What I read:
Murder on Pleasant Avenue – If you love cozy historical mysteries then the Gaslight series by Victoria Thompson is for you. The series is set in the early 1900s and it follows a midwife as she teams up with a New York city police officer to catch murderers. Their early banter and obvious dislike for each other quickly switches over to admiration and <<spoiler alert>>> affection in the later part of this series. To make it even sweeter, there are twenty-three books (!!) in this series, so that should keep you in books for a good long while.
Circe – If you love mythology, then definitely check out Circe by Madeline Miller. This story follows the troubled life of Circe and explains how a sweet kind goddess turns into the ruthless sorceress we know from The Odyssey. This book was extremely well written and the plot was wonderful. I loved all of the little details the author adds about the gods and goddess throughout the novel. My only negative comment was the amount of bad language scattered throughout. I doubt the gods used the “f-bomb” back then, but it does get the point across in the tense scenes I guess. Also, if you know a lot about mythology, I’m sure you will understand me when I say the gods were not pleasant beings and there are many scenes that made me cringe while reading this book.
Emma (16 years old) is reading The City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.
Ben (8 years old) is reading Misty of Chincoteague and Miss Piggle Wiggle’s Farm. We are switching over to a Charlotte Mason homeschooling style for the fall, so I have been introducing Ben to more classical children’s literature to prepare him. It takes awhile to get into the rhythm of reading classics, so I figured we needed to start early:)
What I watched: Justified with my husband and Psych with the kids.
Blessings this week:
-We finally had youth group again and the kids had a blast. We had a lesson on St. Anthony of Padua, kickball, and then ice cream. Finding ways to stay socially distant with teens has been quite hard, but we are making it work.
-Our Charlotte Mason group had a meeting this past week and we are starting to formulate what we are wanting to cover with the kids. While the moms chatted, the children took advantage of the amazing park to socialize outdoors. Ben especially had a wonderful time because he got to play around in a stream and now he is hooked on nature. He had a ton of scrapes and bruises (not to mention that he was muddy from “falling in the creek”) but besides that, he said he had a blast and now wants to be a biologist so he can play in creeks all day. So now I am planning all the cool things I can teach him. All those wildlife science classes that I took twenty years ago should come in handy now.
Something I was happy to accomplish this week:
-I picked up my kitchen cabinet doors this week. After twelve years of no doors….I think its about time. This week I hope to get them painted and hang them up. **I have never installed cabinet doors, so I am sure I will make a mistake or two (or three)
-Oh and we managed to survive another week in this crazy world as gracefully as possible. The year is officially half way over….Woo Hoo….2021 has to be better than 2020.
Best things I saw on social media:
A little Hamilton humor. King George was one of my favorite characters.
I have to admit I make my way through all of those states in any given day. Except for the wine…it gives me headaches…but the sentiment is there:)
Stay safe and try to keep on laughing!