Friday Evening

It's Friday evening.  We've been cleaning and prepping the house for tomorrow's Belated Fairy Day Party, but I'm trying to reschedule the party for Sunday.  We had rain today, and we're supposed to have rain and storms, on and off, all day tomorrow.  It wouldn't be much of a fairy party if everyone had to cram into our little house, no fairy playhouse, no bubbles, no mud pie kitchen...

I don't have a big reading round-up for you right now.  I was reading something for a book club I was recently asked to join, but my summer cough got the best of me last night.  I did read Ella Enchanted, which I enjoyed very much.  We watched the movie as a family last week, and while it was goofy fun, I'm sure I would have hated it had I read the book first.  This photo is only a tiny sliver of our current library haul.  We read A Piece of Cake by LeUyen Pham, which I highly recommend for the younger set, and Michael Hague's Magical World of Unicorns is gorgeous.  Big Sis and I have been working our way through D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths in the mornings.  We're all still reading Pippi in the South Seas at bedtime, and Little Sis is still working on Catwings with me.  I will probably start Under the Egg tonight, since it's due back soon.

I hope the weather isn't dampening your weekend plans!  It's too bad we decided to do something outdoor-specific, because the rain sure makes reading all the more inviting.

Merry Weekend!  Happy Reading!

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Fairy Poetry for Fairy Day

It's June 24, International Fairy Day!  The collage you see above consists of fairy house and dress-up pictures from over the years.  I have no pretty pictures taken on this Fairy Day.  Alas, it is a very rainy, muddy, dreary day in south-central Kansas.

But it's okay!  The rain should be over by Friday, giving us time to get the backyard ready for our Fairy Party, Saturday evening.  

I do have a book to share with you today, another beauty illustrated by Michael Hague:

The Book of Fairy Poetry, selected and illustrated by Michael Hague.
HarperCollins, 2004.

The book is divided into four chapters:  "Where Fairies Dance," "Fairy Justice," "The Road to Fairyland," and "Fairy Helpers."  There are poems by Shakespeare, Milton, Tennyson, Rachel Field, Jack Prelutsky, anonymous folk poetry...  Accompanying each poem are magical illustrations of fairies, gnomes, elves, and other mythical creatures.

Little Sis is 6 1/2, with a shorter attention span.  She preferred to page through the pictures on her own.  Big Sis, 8 1/2,  loves poetry, though, and we read it together!

Sadly, this lovely book appears to be out of print, but it's only ten years old.  Nice used copies should still be easy to come by.

I'm sorry to post this so late.  Between my allergies and the weather, I've been a bit sulky.  To see inspirational pictures, crafts, and cool stuff, check out my pinboard entitled "A Little Magic," or to see ideas I've begun pinning specifically for fairy day celebrating, click here.

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Midsummer's Festival

Oh, summer in Kansas.  Why must you be so hot?  Actually, I must admit, June has been rather mild.  Saturday, however, was a bit too warm for me, especially since we spent most of the day outside.  We drove an hour to Lindsborg, Kansas, "Little Sweden U.S.A.," for what has become a family tradition:  the Midsummer's Festival in Lindsborg, then a little excursion to Coronado Heights.

We arrived a couple hours later than usual.  I don't know if and when they performed, but we never saw any folk dancing on this trip!  Instead, we heard lots of music and wandered in and out of shops.  We even wandered around town, away from the festival, just to see new sights.  We were in Lindsborg about two hours, then Coronado Heights for another hour. I then spent another half hour trying to find the Höglund Dugout - what reader of On the Banks of Plum Creek hasn't wanted to see a real dugout before? - but I struck out. I think I was in the right vicinity, but I didn't see any signs or anything. I will plan better and try harder the next time we travel up that way.

From Anderson Butik.

Um, this was an amazing candy bar.  Each bite felt enormous, and the nuts were chunky and plentiful.

At the moment I took this picture, these guys were playing Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance."  Prior to that, it was "Air on a G String" by J.S. Bach.

Set up in front of the Anatoly Karpov International School of Chess.  The knights were dala horses.

She has just spied a lizard.

We made it to Shakespeare in the park that night.  By the time we got home, I couldn't wait to shower and defunk.  Oh, and how right-handed am I?  Well, we have spray sunblock, and I did okay until I had to spray my right shoulder with my weak left hand.  I have one patch of sunburn, and it's on my right shoulder.  ha!

Last night, we had a big storm, which cooled things off.  Today, I am sick.  Well, I'm still hoping it's just a bad allergy attack, but I should probably concede defeat...

Happy Summer!  And if you're in the southern hemisphere, happy winter!  (That's my season, you know.)

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