I didn’t read much in September – not all that surprising with a new baby in the family!
We also had the same relative & friend who were out in July replacing windows back, to finish replacing windows, and to tackle other projects around the house. They were here for 8 days, and got a lot done, but it didn’t allow for much reading time. (Don’t let the 15 books finished total fool you: that includes 6 ebooks, 1 cookbook, and 2 rereads.)
September 2014 in Stats
Books Read Last Month: 15
Books Read For The Year: 167
Things That Happened
- The blog turned two! I considered doing a giveaway week to celebrate, but decided that trying to coordinate that three weeks or so post-baby was perhaps not a great idea.
- We have all new windows. And a new enclosed porch, with glass and sliding doors replacing the battered screens. A new deck too. Those guys worked hard! I am so glad to have this done – we’ve known about the window issue since we bought the house, but were saving up for it. So happy to have it completed before another winter!
- Our water softener and garbage disposal died. And our fridge is having some issues. Because timing always works that way, doesn’t it?
- Awana started up again, and this year I have a Cubbie and a Spark. They’re both super cute in their vests!
Best Things I Did or Saw
- A sweet moment between the big kids at Awana. They squabble so much it’s reassuring to see that they do like each other at least some of the time.
- The baby’s cute smiles. I keep trying to capture a picture of them, but no luck so far. And daddy has yet to see one which is why I so wish I could get a photo of it.
- Sitting out on the new enclosed porch. It’s not actually completely done – it needs some new flooring of one sort or another (indoor/outdoor carpet? tile? We’re not sure, and are waiting to decide on a couple of other items before making a final decision.) It also has a bunch of painting still to be done – all the wood trim is unfinished and waiting for R. But still, even in it’s unfinished state it’s a nice spot to sit and watch the kids play in the backyard.
- Book club’s annual dinner party. Lamb and scalloped potatoes and cheesecake were my favorite parts, but it was all delicious. And all inspired by the book.
- I feel like I should have a better handle on dinner by now, but it’s still a struggle. If I can get something in the slow cooker it’s fine, but otherwise invariably it seems like the baby is needing me just as I’d need to be prepping or cooking dinner. And that’s not working very well.
- Soup season arrived, at least briefly. The temps warmed back up at the end of the month, but there were a few evenings when I made soup for dinner and it was lovely.
What I’m Anticipating Next Month
- The book club retreat!
- Halloween, and seeing the kids in costumes.
- Hopefully continuing to get better as far as preparing meals goes. 🙂
Books I Read
Asterisks mark ones I especially enjoyed. Links go to my review if I’ve posted one, Amazon if I haven’t yet.
- * The Mislaid Magician: or Ten Years After by Patricia C. Wrede & Caroline Stevermer
- * The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley
- 101 Days of Christmas by Mandi Ehman
- Bodies We’ve Buried: Inside the National Forensic Academy, the World’s Top CSI TrainingSchool by Jarrett Hallcox and Amy Welch
- A Simpler Season by Jessica Fisher
- Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey
- Celebrating and Savoring a Simpler Season
- Twerp by Mark Goldblatt
- * Whatever You Do, Don’t Run: True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide by Peter Allison
- * Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
- Weapons of Mass Instruction: A Schoolteacher’s Journey Through the Dark World of Compulsory Schooling by John Taylor Gatto
- Fresh Facials and Scrumptious Scrubs: Everything You Need to Know to Host a Natural Spa Party by Katie Kimball
- Crunchy Betty’s Food on Your Face for Acne and Oily Skin by Leslie Martin
- Simple Scrubs to Make and and Give by Stacy Karen
- * Good Cheap Eats: Everyday Dinners and Fantastic Feasts for $10 or Less by Jessica Fisher
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