This and That: New Journal, Pens and More

We recently celebrated my birthday and I just had to show you a piece of the birthday cake my hubby made for me:

Homemade Hot Fudge Cake.jpg

My husband knows how much I like  chocolate. 🙂 So he made homemade hot fudge cake with plenty of hot fudge sauce as you can see. Oh my. It was absolutely delicious!


This past Saturday, my hubby, youngest daughter, and I went to the local bookstore and I bought my first paperblanks journal. I almost didn’t buy it though. They are a tad bit on the expensive side as far as journals go. After picking out the journal, I looked at my hubby and said “My frugal side is kicking in.” Then I proceeded to show him some very basic plain notebooks that were much cheaper. My hubby wouldn’t let that fly. He insisted I get the one I really wanted. And so I splurged and bought the paperblanks journal. Isn’t it beautiful?

Pens and Journal

The pens with it are ones I just bought Wednesday. I decided to go with the Inkjoy pens and as you can see, I chose a pack with 8 different colors. 🙂

While we were at the bookstore, I also bought some books. Imagine that! 🙂 One of the books I bought was the third book in The Giver series. I can’t wait to start reading it! I am a bit bummed that the book is a different size and a totally different look than the other three books in the series. Is it weird that I like books in a series to all be the same size so that they sit pretty on the bookshelf?  LOL  Nonetheless, I still bought the book and can’t wait to read it.



I’m still pluggin’ along with Paradise Lost. It’s slow going right now. But I am making good progress on finishing up the books I’m reading of The Once and Future King. I have finished Book 1 and am ready to begin Book 2. Yay!


Oh, and this week I did a post about the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Somehow it initially posted with the wrong date and so I had to go back in and change that to the correct date, which means it posted again but with the right date. Unfortunately, the emails went out to blog subscribers before I could get the post date changed and so the link probably didn’t work since it deleted the original one that posted with the wrong date. My apologies for the confusion. You can read the post HERE.

How was your week?


The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Hugo thought about his father’s description of the automaton. “Did you ever notice that all machines are made for some reason?” he asked Isabelle. “They are built to make you laugh, like the mouse here, or to tell the time, like clocks, or to fill you with wonder, like the automaton. Maybe that’s why a broken machine always makes me a little sad, because it isn’t able to do what it was meant to do.” Isabelle picked up the mouse, wound it again, and set it down. “Maybe it’s the same with people,” Hugo continued. “If you lose your purpose…it’s like you’re broken.”

                                    The Invention of Hugo Cabret, pg. 374

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick was the book I chose to read for the reading challenge category “A Book You Can Finish In a Day.” Hugo is an orphaned boy who lives in the walls of a train station in Paris. He must keep the clocks at the station running while keeping his existence a secret. Hugo is hanging on to the hope that an automaton has a message for him from his father. In order to get parts to fix this automaton, he has been stealing various things from a toy shop owned by George Méliés. (The toy shop is in the train station.) Méliés has tried to forget the past and what he once was. Instead of moving on though, he is bitter, broken, and has lost his purpose.

As the worlds of these two characters collide, an intricate story unfolds…one of survival, hurt, loss, brokenness, and healing. The story is captivating; the pictures stunning. This book will not only tug at your heart, but also beg to be read and re-read. It’s one of the books I absolutely love and have read it more than once. I’ve also watched the movie several times as well. 🙂

2016 Reading Challenge February Update

Well, I’m obviously a little late getting February’s reading challenge update posted. But here I am….finally. 🙂 The following is what I read in February. Most of what I read wasn’t for the challenge; but I did complete one category. And I did start Les Miserables, which was one of my book choices for the category “A Book that Intimidates You.” But after reading a bit of it, I decided that I think it needs to be a book for another time. So this month, in fact just this past weekend, I picked up one of the other book choices I had for that category:  Paradise Lost by John Milton. Epic poetry intimidates me. It might take me some time to read it…….

On to the reading challenge update…..

The Reading Promise

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma
Category:  A Book You’ve Already Read At Least Once

I absolutely LOVE this book. I’ve read it twice now and could still probably read it again. The first time I read it, I read it in just a few days. This time around, I decided to read it slower. So I scheduled it out to read over the whole month.

Other Books I Read

Henry Huggins by Beverly Cleary

The Sword in the Tree by Clyde Robert Bulla
*This is a great chapter book to read if your children are studying the Middle Ages.

I began The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit as a read-aloud in January and we finished it February 1st.