Gather Round {May 19th}


{I truly wish we could all ‘gather round’ and chat about life, relationships, education, books, and our passions. Please grab a mug of steaming coffee or pour yourself a cup of tea, and get comfortable. I enjoy being a ‘fly on the wall’ so to speak, reading about people’s lives, plans, or just what’s generally happening. I’d like to share that occasionally (every, fortnight, or so) here under this title. I’m not sure how it will play out, but I’d like to give it a go. I will post headings so that if you only have a few moments, you can scroll right to what interests you. I love conversations, don’t be shy, please chime in.}

I skipped the May 5th Gather Round, but it couldn’t be helped.  Check out previous editions if you are interested in catching up round here.

Domesticity ~ Yesterday was my husband’s birthday and I had a lot of fun cooking meat and potatoes in different forms! Ha. It’s true. He loves plain, farm fare. The children helped me set the table nicely and we got a lot of farm/yard work done, as it was a gorgeous day. My seedlings are actually doing well. Just need to weed a bit more and transplant them out doors. I probably need some wood chips to help me keep the weeds down. I’m hoping to go to a nearby Amish greenhouse for a few flowers for my deck and maybe a couple perennials to plant, crossing fingers that one day Hearth Ridge will have a bower of flowers. I’m especially keen to plant peonies and lilacs. They might take a few years to really show up or bloom, but that’s alright. The anticipation will be worth it.

Education ~  We are continuing on for a few more weeks, working on finishing up our Civil War studies. We’ve been reading a few wonderful, thoughtful books together about Prudence Crandall, Abe Lincoln, and others.  My oldest has read Gone With the Wind and is finishing up Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  She also has read about Ulysses Grant and Robert E. Lee. It’s been a fascinating term, history wise. We will be getting into the World Wars in the autumn.  We have quite a few loose ends to tie up before we break for the summer.

Writing ~ I’m working on a poem about time and another essay piece I plan on submitting soon to a online journal. I’m hoping another poem I wrote will be included in a collection of local stories and poetry. I’m slowly moving forward on my fiction piece. I am basically character building and world building, muddling through the first draft with no clue what I’m doing. BUT I’m having fun, even though it’s extremely hard to craft. I was digging around online and found a lovely writer’s blog that I am inspired by deeply. I especially have been enjoying her essays on the Creative Process. Her photographs and collections of illustrations are beautiful. One thing that I find, is that I don’t write as much for here currently because all my brain power is turned to my other projects. I still LOVE writing here, my little home, so there’s that tension. However, all of life is a tension and a dance, right?

Reading ~ I’ve been mainly enjoying The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris and Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer by Jane Brocket. I have a huge stack of books that are essays about writing, writing fantasy, and writing for children, as well as nature lore and travelogue memoir types. I’m always way too ambitious with my reading piles. As long as I just determine not to let it me stress out, and weed it occasionally, that’s fine.

Sillies & Sundries ~  I found a fantastic lecture by author Susan Cooper that I very much enjoyed and wanted to pass it along to all of you. Brew a cup of tea and be prepared to be inspired, it’s about an hour long. Is anyone tuning into the Royal wedding today? I might peek onto social media, but for the most part, hope to read, grab a coffee with a friend, and garden with my daughter.

Cheerio, lovelies.


7 thoughts on “Gather Round {May 19th}

  1. Hi Amy,

    Domestic:Today I have a full house so after some coffee with my grown daughters I’ll head down to move my sheep to their new pastures (and play with the lambs).

    Writing: One of my daughters was on the cover of my last book so today we will be doing a photo shoot with my other daughter for the final novel of the series to make it fair. 🙂 Thankfully I saved some of my 19th century dresses!

    Reading: I’m far behind in reading but the other night a friend canceled our weekly coffee night. I went anyway to the place we go and just luxuriated in being alone with a book. The book was on book marketing so there was still a little tension in the dance but still…

    I’m considering donning some hoops and a great hat and setting up shop on a street corner to get my books out there (not sure if this is real or just fantasy 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Adrienne, how wonderful to read a little about your day! Aww, playing with lambs. We had a new batch of kittens here and I can’t wait to hold them. That is fun about your cover models being your daughter! Marketing books is a necessarily evil, right? When one is an indie? I’m not even close to that point. I bet if you took your books and dressed in your clothing at reenactments that might be a good way to get your stories out.


      1. Amy, I was thinking the very same thing. I need to make time to get out and about. being an indie author has its perks but you have to be willing to make TONS of mistakes. 🙂 It’s a constant battle against my natural perfectionist tendencies. LOL.

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  2. My husband turned on the royal wedding coverage before I got up! He’s an early riser. David got himself up to watch, too, about the time I did. We began watching when William and Harry were walking toward the church. I looked at my archives and found a photo taken of the private royal apartments when we were there in 1980. The shot shows the building in the background with the big expanse of grass in front. The grass was mowed in a very fancy pattern today, unlike the more mundane cut I saw.

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      1. Scanning all my old 35mm slides was one of the best things I ever did. It was a very slow process, and I have little patience. I limited the number of slides processed to five a day and skipped many days. It took five years!

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