My Blogoversary Passed & I Was Coughing Too Hard to Remember

I planned to post this Friday.  I had it in my head, and thought I'd get it set to go Thursday night.

But this cough is evil.  It's been going around, and it doesn't seem to ever. go. away.

So I went to bed, thinking I'd do it Friday morning.  Or afternoon.  Maybe late that night.  But I just never did.

And it was going to be a regular Friday "what we've been reading" post.  I totally forgot that Friday was the first anniversary of Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes!  I was going to do something special!  Not that I knew what that would be, but I thought I'd do something!

Oh, real life.  Why ya gotta interfere with my bloggin' life?  If you want to see my very first post, you can see it here.  My second one is here.

This time last year, I was complaining about the heat.  How we had no winter, and spring had become a nasty hot summer in the blink of an eye.  (Seriously, we had two summers where 110 degrees was the norm!) This year is so different.  We had a late winter, but oh what a winter we had!  And now, on June 3, the weather is still decidedly spring-like.  In fact, we took the Daisy Scouts to the water park for our end-of-the-year celebration on Saturday, and it was windy and chilly!

And we've had rain!  Glorious rain!  Glorious grab-the-umbrella, jump-in-puddles rain!

So the girls and I finished The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  They surprised me by begging me to start The Marvelous Land of Oz right away.

I had already prepared Little Sis for the fact that Dorothy is not in this book, not even a bit.  I told her, this is the book with Jack Pumpkinhead, and the old witch Mombi (not to be confused with Princess Mombi in Return to Oz), and Gump, and the Wogglebug.  I told her a bit about General Jinjur and her army of girls, armed with their knitting needles.  She was still having trouble getting past the idea that the main character this time would be a boy, Tip, though.  So to keep her interested, I kinda told her the whole surprise ending.

But now she is interested!

We open our play this Friday.  My character disappears early in Act IV, which leaves me with some time for reading.  I'm reading Mary Poppins here at home, and reading grown-up books at rehearsal.  Last week, I read these:

I bought the mass market of Garden Spells for my mom, back during my bookstore days, and scored the advanced reader's copy of The Sugar Queen from work, as well.  My mother loved them.  She gave them back to me, gushing, "You love Alice Hoffman, you love southern fiction, you'll love these!"  They did seem like perfect light summer reading, so I read them.  I enjoyed Garden Spells, although it really did feel like I was reading an old Alice Hoffman novel, set in North Carolina instead of the northeast.  I actually preferred The Sugar Queen, which was more original.  I have ordered Sarah Addison Allen's other two books from Better World Books.  While I wait for those, I have started Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers, yet another ARC I never got around to reading.

On the television front, the girls were jumping up and down to see that Littlest Pet Shop is now on Netflix.  They love Littlest Pet Shop and LPS Blythe dolls.  Little Sis even went to an LPS-themed birthday party this weekend.

It's helped to soften the blow.  Netflix let their Viacom deal expire, which meant all the Nickelodeon shows disappeared from Netflix.  Many of the shows are on Amazon Prime Instant, too, so we can still watch those.  But one is not available on Prime, and it's rather expensive to buy separately.  We had to go the DVD route.

Little Sis loves her Bessie.  She draws the characters.  Last week, she even drew a lady and told me it was Amy Poehler.  (Amy Poehler, creator of the show and voice of Bessie, is pictured on the back of the DVD case.)

Our summer activities haven't gone quite as planned.  Little Sis was supposed to start day camp at our dance/theatre school today, but something happened with enrollment.  I turned in our registration card in mid-April, but the card was misplaced and we didn't get into the camp.  It's too full now.  Big Sis starts dance later this week, and she begins a musical theatre class next Monday.  I think we'll go see Epic sometime soon.  I'll probably drag the girls to the park to watch my play on Friday.  We have plans to clean up the backyard, getting the fairy house and mud kitchen ready for summer.  Just playing the rest by ear!

And thank you for reading, folks.  I appreciate the fact you take the time to come here.  My posts may become more sporadic as we move into summer (or as long as the weather stays nice like this!), but I enjoy my little bloggy space and the friends it's made for me.


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  1. Hi hi hi!!!!!!!!!!! oh so much to say today. 1) HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! did i spell that right??? love your blog oodles and noodles.

    2) so happy you read Garden Spells and the Sugar Queen. I loooooved both of those books, so so much!

    3) my kid is still in school. for 2 more weeks. then we also will be doing a fairy house and otherwise figuring out what to do with ourselves.

    4) no more Mighty B??? Oh wow! I was wondering why Julia wasn't watching it, prolly b/x it wasn't there! but Littlest Pet Shop??????? Oh she will lose her MIND. You always clue me in to the cook TV for kids!

    5) You all will love Epic.

    6) Feel better!!!!

    1. wow.the typos.

      should have been "cool" TV for kids and "b/c"

    2. I've been the queen of spacey typing, writing, thinking, and everything else lately. I have NOOOOOOOOOOO room to judge. I knew whatcha meant. ;o)

      1. I have no idea how to spell what amounts to a made-up word. Your way has its own domain name, though, so it's probably more correct. And thank you for finding me on Pinterest and making me interact and come out of my internet shell. ;o)

      2. I enjoyed them! The other two on order...

      3. We started school soooo early, though, remember? And it will happen again this year. I remember the school dates varying a lot when I was a kid, but I don't think we ever started/let out this early back then. Can't wait to see your fairy house!

      4. I know. The Mighty B! is missing. Little Sis noticed first, of course. The DVD doesn't have much on it, because Nick never releases full seasons of shows. They do on Amazon Instant, but sheeeesh.

      5. Excited to see it!

      6. Thanks. ;o)

  2. Happy Anniversary! Glad I found your blog via Melissa via Julia's Bookbag.

    Littlest pet shop is still unchartered territory to me. I wonder if my daughter will like them when she grows up. I saw the mini Blythe dolls in store and they are really cute!

    The Mighty B is so much fun to watch! Thank goodness for DVDs!

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

    1. The Blythe dolls as we love them seem to be going away. The last time we were at Target, all we could find was a set with a newly redesigned Blythe, looking more like the cartoon. I've wanted a "real" Blythe for years. The original LPS Blythe was Hasbro's homage to the old Kenner Blythe from 1973, which Hasbro wound up with the rights to. Because the Kenner Blythes go for a thousand dollars or more, and the modern Japanese Blythes are too much for me, too, I've been enjoying Blythe vicariously through the girls' LPS toys. And through other bloggers' and photographers' collections on Pinterest. ;o)

      Okay, and I have to admit, I kinda like the cartoon. It doesn't replace the zaniness of Bessie Higgenbottom, but I think it's cute.

      Thank you!!!! xxxooo

  3. Happy belated blog birthday! :o) So great to see your first posts, which I hadn't read before! I'm so glad I found your blog, it's totally one of my favorites and it's so great we have so much in common. I love it, keep rocking!

  4. Happy Anniversary! I remember that we both started our blogs just a week apart! Now they're both one! Can't wait to see what the second year of Silver Shoes and Rabbit Holes brings!

    1. Thanks! I know, I was giggling when I saw your one year anniversary posts. I really did think I would mark the milestone better than I did. Oh, well. Maybe for anniversary number 2! ;o)

  5. Yay! That was a great first post :) may this be the first of many!

    1. Thanks. I hadn't read it since I wrote it. I don't remember writing so much! :o)

  6. Happy blogoversary! Mine is coming up too - I better check when it is! And I better get back into posting - aaahh!!!

  7. Hooray for blogging for a year! Time is flying bye isn't it??? I'm so glad to have made friends with you this year! It's been such fun getting to know you through posts and pix. Love it!

    1. It's crazy. I'm so very glad to be a part of our little blogging community. Thank you so much, Robyn! xxxxoooo

  8. Happy Happy Happy Anniversary! I hope you get better... Oh and I love your blog! :)

    1. Thank you, thank you, and thank you! I love our little blog community so much. :o)

  9. Happy blogoversary! Your blog always brings a bit of happy to my day:)

    1. Aww, thank you so much! I adore your blog. You have the sweetest collection. :o)


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