My Sunday-Monday Post!

My Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

We had a busy busy busy week!! Tons of appointments – how they all fell in the same week I have no idea! But at least they are all done for a bit, including a few of Wyatt’s specialist appointments. So yay! Then on Saturday we celebrated my birthday! We went for really low key family day which I loved. It was so perfect to just see my family, hanging out, doing the things we enjoy. Today we have some stuff to get done, then we are going to try to make more pie! Lol.

Read Last Week – and this one coming up too!

21st Century Yokel: I am still plugging away at this one! I am really enjoying it, I just read nonfiction so slowly I guess. Plus, last week I would start to read at night and fall asleep in five minutes so that didn’t help. But I am more than halfway through so…this week!

The Owl Papers: I have also been reading this one as well. I have it stuck in my glove compartment and I read it when I get the chance. It’s really good too, but I love owls.

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Nonfiction November – Ask the Experts

A Day at the Detroit Parade Company

A Slow and Cozy Fall Day

Watching:

We barely watched anything last week! A little AutumnWatch on Britbox, and that is about it. Oh! We did watch a movie, The Biggest Little Farm, which was so beautiful and amazing. It is available on Amazon, and from the cinematography to the story, just the whole thing, was so beautiful. It made me cry too; sometimes tears of sadness, sometimes from the sheer beauty of what these people accomplished in just a few years. The life that abounded. The life that surrounds us. It was truly beautiful. I recommend it highly! Although, trigger warning, it does take place on a farm with animals, so…you know what that can mean sometimes.

Check out the trailer!

So that is about it from me today! What about you? What’s going on in your world?

A Day at the Detroit Parade Company

On Saturday one of my childhood dreams came true! I have always loved the Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade and have all these memories of watching it with my brother, and now my own family. So when we got the opportunity to tour the Detroit Parade Company as part of a group that Wyatt belongs to, I quickly RSVPd. At the start it was more exciting for me, but I knew once we got there that Wyatt would love it too! Billy who is not a parade lover, even enjoyed himself!

We were greeted by larger than life Sesame Street characters – including two of Wyatt’s favorites, Cookie Monster and Elmo!

We learned that the Parade has been running continuously from the 1920s, except for the two years we were in WWII, when there was a shortage of materials. The warehouse itself was used to make Howitzers, which was weird to think about as we walked around! There is a permanent staff of 14 people, and then 2000 volunteers!

We walked through the construction areas first, that were reserved for sculpture and carpentry, before we got to the giant floats. And they were huge! Seriously so big. I think we were all a little in awe of the craftsmanship and size and scale of the floats that we saw.

Two of our favorites – The “Up North” float, and the Detroit Zoo! We also saw the brand new Ford Motor Company float which is amazing, but we are not allowed to talk about it or post photos. They want a big reveal at the parade! That one was Billy’s favorite of the day too. It was pretty cool!!

The big heads are always so fun during the parade! There is a Bob Seger one, which makes sense! But then someone had a sense of humor because the Henry Ford head was next to Walter Reuther. LOL. Our tour guide and full time staff member told us that the laundry for the parade takes until April to get finished!! Yikes!!!

We also really loved this dinosaur float!! It is retired unfortunately, so we won’t see it again, but I loved being able to see all the details up close! So fun. Also pictured is part of the Wayne State University float. And then of course my boy who was getting a little sleepy!

We finished up at Santa’s sleigh, which really put me in the Christmas spirit! I guess Santa no longer gets out of the sleigh as he gets mobbed, but gets out onto a platform and the mayor climbs up to him.

This was definitely something that we probably will never have the chance to do again, and it was such a good time. I learned a lot, and saw a lot, including the smile on my kiddo’s face during this whole event. I can’t wait for the parade now to see these things in action!

Do you like a parade?

Nonfiction November – Ask the Experts!

Wow, week 3 already! I have been finding so many great books – I am so glad that I participated this year. This week’s prompt is:

Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Hosted by Katie at Doing Dewey)
Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).

This is the week I was really nervous about. In the past few years I haven’t read much nonfiction. Not enough to consider myself an expert at anything. Maybe years ago, when I was reading more. But now, not so much. So, I am opting for a blend of the remaining two options! I am asking for recommendations as well as sharing a list of the books I had already started. If you have a suggestion on my topic, I would love to hear it! If you have an opinion on any of the books I am sharing, I would love to hear that too! And finally, if you don’t have one on this particular topic exactly, I would love your suggestions for nature reading!

Rewilding/Wilding our Family

For much of my adult life, I have suffered from anxiety. When things began to pile up, I would find a walk in the woods always made me feel so much better. Years later, I have learned that this is something that has been studied and scientists are finding that nature and a connection to nature is so important to our health, mental and physical. My son has cerebral palsy, so sometimes finding the accessibility is tough, so I have joined a million groups online and read all sorts of different philosophies to find different ideas that I can adapt. I really believe that some of his progress is due to the way we are trying to raise him, with a closeness to nature. Yes, he has multiple therapy appointments a week, and monthly doctors appointments, but I believe this nature connection is providing a healthy balance to that world, and they are working in tandem. So,with all that being said, I need your suggestions! I have read a few already, like The Nature Fix and There is No Such Thing as Bad Weather, but I am looking for more!

These are the few I have found but I would love to hear your recommendations or suggestions! If you don’t have a rewilding/widling specific book suggestion, I would love to hear your nature book suggestions!

My Sunday- Monday Post

My Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date

Sunday Salon is hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz

I have had a week, I tell you! It was just crazy. I can’t even tell you why, but it disappeared like that! *snaps fingers* I blogged a lot, I went to a wet felting class with my stepmom, had parent teacher conferences, then on Saturday Billy, Wyatt, and I toured the Detroit Parade Company, which was awesome!!! A post on that with lots of photos is coming this week, I took a million so I will try to cut some out. Lol. I didn’t read as much as I intended to however – my Kindle ran out of juice and I never managed to charge it! I am so bad with that, it is one reason I read physical books more. I know, I’m weird.

Read This Week:

When my Kindle died, I reached for this. And I loved it! I guess I am feeling Christmas a little early this year – perhaps because I already drove my son to school in a white out?

I started 21st Century Yokel and was enjoying it but then ended up just reading Coming Home For Christmas. I was a little judgy of the main character at first and thought I might never like her, but then ended up loving the book.

Reading This Week:

I am going to hopefully finish 21st Century Yokel, and also read Alone in the Wild, which I am super excited for! I love this series!

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Currently…November

Hello, November!

Nonfiction-Fiction Book Pairings – Nonfiction November

Watching:

AutumnWatch on Britbox – I’m obsessed a wee bit. Lol. Also Riverdale, and I also started watching the Reese Witherspoon show on Netflix, Shine On. The first episode with her and Dolly Parton is magic. I love them both.

How about you all? What is in going on in your world?

Currently..November

Currently..is a meme hosted by Anne in Residence. I had a great time last time and found so many great new blogs! Today we are sharing what we are currently….. picking, preparing, trying, feeling, following.

Picking and Preparing: Recipes! This kind of goes along with the next one, preparing, too, so I am just putting them together. We are preparing for our Thanksgiving gathering this year, who is bringing what, who is coming. My mom and I have a few recipes picked out, and my husband and I have been hitting the cookbooks and blogs for different things to try. My husband and I have a pie project going on as well this month, where we want to improve our pie game. It is going to be a month of planning and eating!

Trying: We are trying to do a fast food free November! Sometimes it seems like days run away with us and this month, we want to be more mindful of our minutes and our time, and what we do in that time. One way we can do this is by eating good food together, not just driving through Taco Bell, which we probably do more often than I want to admit. (but I do love their cheesy bean and rice burrito..) We are just going to try to menu plan better, so on the days that are going to be busier, have easier, quicker meals planned ahead of time, even if it is make our pizzas or homemade Mexican food.

Feeling: Cozy. We are settling into a new fall routine, our warmer clothes are coming out, our wool hats and socks, and we are enjoying filling warm soups and stews, with tea as our nightcap. The nights are darker earlier, and we are embracing this change.

Following: The 30 Day Slowdown Childhood Challenge by Wilder Child! We are on day 3 and so far it has been simple and gratifying. We have watched a sunset together, prepared a meal together, and tonight we are going outside to explore and find some treasures in nature to add to our nature table.

What about you? What have you been up to?

Hello, November!

I have always thought of November as the pause between October and December – where for me October and December seem crazy busy, November is different. It is a the signal to slow down, to get cozy, embrace the season for what it is. And November is that bridge between fall and winter. It is also the month of my birth, and also the month that my husband and I got married! (19 years ago this year!) He is still my very favorite person, that I want to spend all my moments with, good, bad and all the rest. And bonus, we get to have adventures with our little guy too! My other favorite person in the whole world.

This month our adventures are simple, as they usually are, just the way we like it. We like to not spread ourselves too thin, to not have so much stuff that we can’t enjoy what we have, to enjoy our every moment that we can. We plan on visiting a few nature centers, going on an owl prowl (something we do every year for years now!), baking and cooking, spending time with family. I foresee lots of soups and pie in our future… We are also joining in with the 30 Day Slowdown Childhood challenge over at Wilder Child – and frankly, it is the perfect time to do it.

We are going to learn about owls together this month, and beavers, since the full moon this month is the beaver moon. I have to say I don’t really know all that much about beavers, honestly, so I am looking forward to learning with Wyatt. We are also getting the opportunity to tour the Detroit Parade Company, something I have always wanted to do! I am a parade lover, beginning when I was a little girl and my brother and I would drink hot chocolate and watch the parade under blankets together. Now I do this with my son and husband, while my brother watches with his daughter.

As for me, I am going to a needle felting class with my stepmom one night this month, and I have my book club with my friends pretty soon too. But for the most part, I plan to be home a lot this month, playing around here with my family. I do have a goal of being done Christmas shopping by December, so we will see how I do. I do like 99% of my shopping online though, so at least I don’t need to go in a store, one of my least favorite things ever. I might not be done entirely, but I think I will have made some good headway. I want to be done so that we can really enjoy December this year, and not have to worry about too much. I started in September and I have quite the collection of gifts adding up!

I plan on enjoying November with lots of tea and cookies, movies, music, some family hikes, and cozy nights at home. Nature is getting ready for this slowdown time as well, with trees dropping their leaves to preserve their energy for the cold months ahead, animals getting snug in their burrows, other animals heading to warmer climates until spring. I love how our lives have begun to fall into these natural rhythms, this more seasonal way of life.

How about you? Any plans for the month?

Nonfiction November- Book Pairings

Woohoo I made it through week 1! There is so much participation in this challenge, that it makes it so fun. I had a great time and tried to visit everyone, although I think I missed some bloggers near the end, due to my schedule and Halloween.

This week is all about book pairings!

Week 2: (Nov. 4 to 8) –  Sarah’s Bookshelves is back to host – Book Pairing: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story. SARAH

First Pair:

My first pairing is The Radium Girls with A Beautiful Poison. I love Lydia Kang and her books always send me down a rabbit hole to track down more information on what she writes about in her fiction. She is fascinating, and so are the real histories, although tragic for these women.

Second Pair:

My second pairing is The Children’s Blizzard with The Long Winter. This would be an interesting duo to “buddy” read with a child. I always loved this Little House book but when I got older and read the real history of that winter, I saw just really how lucky to survive Laura and her family were.