Some Days

Some days are not-so-good days.  Everyone has them.  Even the little ones have them.

You wake up, and somewhere along the way, you feel like this:


Like hiding.  Like a blurry photo.

And there may be a reason or two for that, but you don't think they're very good reasons, which only serves to make you feel worse.

And so I didn't get around to finishing my planned post for today.  It will wait until next week.  The books aren't due back to the library just yet, although I must pick up some holds today.

We have certainly have plenty checked out!


The bag is mostly Christmas books.  I'm sort of excited for Christmas right now, but I can't really act on it yet.  The adult contemporary station is already playing Christmas music.  We looked at Olivia and Muppet ornaments and wooden matryoshka at Target today.  I let myself have a $2 owl ornament, but that was all.  I hope to make it to World Market and some of the antique stores in town this weekend.

I bought tickets for Ballet Wichita's production of The Nutcracker.  We have several friends and teachers in it this year.  We're planning what other holiday festivities to attend.  December 8 is the Lucia Festival in Lindsborg (Little Sweden USA).  I used to work every Saturday, doing storytime at the bookstore.  It was difficult to ask off during December, too, so this will be the first year we get to go!

For now, the Christmas books remain in the library bag.  A book was read to the girls last night.  Daddies are pretty awesome, you know.


He was reading this.  Apparently it led to a lot of questions.  Even Jenny Cat has a confused look on her face.  I'll have to read it myself.

I'm reading the second book in William Joyce's Guardians of Childhood chapter book series.  I think the picture books are gorgeous, and while it took me a while to get into it, I enjoyed the first chapter book.  I thought I'd plow through the books, then maybe take the girls to see the movie when it comes out.


I always plan to see more movies than I ever make it out to see, though.

I wish everyone (myself included) a merry weekend.  May we delight in our books, our families, warm beverages of choice, fall weather, and perhaps even ourselves.

Thankful Thursday


This week, we're still counting our little blessings.  


Big Sis is thankful for...

...her own library card.

...books to read, especially Junie B. Jones!

...hot chocolate and marshmallows and homemade whipped cream.

...baking.  Especially making muffins with Mom.

...delicious pumpkin pie!
Little Sis is thankful for...

...toys.  (Her grandma in Oklahoma sent her a new
Blythe for her birthday.)

...pens and paper. 

...ruby slippers.

...Lalaloopsy dolls!  (Mom's thankful for this
picture she drew of her Lalaloopsy doll for preschool.
I'm thankful for...

...my pumpkin puree stash in the freezer.
...last Sunday.  We went to see some friends' baby be
baptized.  As we arrived at the Orthodox cathedral, we
realized there were little tiny snowflakes falling.
Not enough to qualify as our first snowfall
of the year, but rather magical anyway.

...dance class observation days.

...this picture.  Someone took it during our preschool pumpkin patch
field trip.  It was in Little Sis's backpack last week.


PLOC Magazine


If you follow me on Facebook, you may know that I had a major geek-out last month.  PLOC Magazine gave my Pinterest boards a shout-out on their Facebook page!  Not only that, I received a very nice email from Cathy Olmedillas, founder of PLOC and Anorak Magazines, letting me know she was going to plug my boards.  I wrote her back to thank her and tell her how much I loved Anorak.  I shelved a few issues at my old bookstore job and thought it was the coolest kids' magazine I'd ever seen.  I blabbered on that I loved what I'd seen of PLOC on the internet, although I had never seen an issue in person.  Blah blah blah, Danzel geek out - anyway, she offered to send me an issue of PLOC!  It arrived yesterday, and yes, it's wonderful!

PLOC, The Happy Mag for Little Ones, is geared toward children age 3-6.  The illustrations are by the amazing French illustrator Alain Grée.  Our issue is Issue 2, all about SPORTS.


When Little Sis saw this cover, she immediately tried to grab the magazine from my hands!  The old-fashioned illustrations are so appealing.  I love Alain Grée.



Although Little Sis was taken by the illustrations, it was Big Sis who cuddled with me on the couch to play the games!  The games were a lot of fun.  There was always one answer we struggled to get, and we groaned together after reading the key.  "How did we miss that?"



I would buy an entire coloring book as cute as this picture.  For the record, Big Sis prefers the accordion, and Little Sis said, "I like trumpet and accordion."  She refused to choose between them.



 Someday, we'll have to make a garden in an egg, hoping it turns out half as cute as these illustrations.  So adorable.

Thank you, Cathy, for our copy of PLOC.  If you would like to order a copy for yourself, you can order from the Anorak shop.  And for we North American folk, there is an Anorak North America now!  A subscription is high on my Christmas wish list - I suppose the girls might like it, too.



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Leaf Gathering 2012, Part Two




I believe in gathering beautiful leaves anywhere.


And let us not forget the best place to look for anything...



Eventually, it might be craft time.















Our library stash of autumn leaf books for 2012:



Leaves by David Ezra Stein.  Putnam Juvenile, 2002.
Leaves! Leaves! Leaves! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace.  Marshall Cavendish, 2003.
Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Betsy Maestro, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski.  HarperCollins, 1994.

Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday: The Thingumajig Book of Manners

And Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday returns with a book my mother ordered me when I was 3 or 4.

"Thingumajigs eat toads and snails and pick their teeth with their fingernails."

I'm not sure where my mother found this book, but I remember her giving it to me one night as she picked me up from my grandmother's house.  We may have been in the process of moving.  Anyway, for obvious reasons, my mom thought this was the funniest book ever.

When I started my bookstore job in 2000, I had almost forgotten this crazy book, until one day, a customer came in and asked for it.  She butchered the title, but as she described it, I blurted out, "Oh!  The Thingumajig Book of Manners!"  We didn't have the book in stock, but it had been re-released the year before.

And there are other Thingumajig books, too!  I never saw the others.

My copy was found among the many, many things of mine and my sister's at my grandmother's.  My grandma is an excellent packrat archivist.  Um, the handwriting at the beginning?  I'm guessing that's mine.  Naughty Danzel.












The Thingumajig Book of Manners by Irene Keller, illustrated by Dick Keller.  Ideals Publishing Corp., 1981.


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