Currently August is upon us!

Hello there!  Can you believe that August is upon us?  Time sure flies when you're having summer!  It is time to link up with Anne in Residence for:


We went to Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island last week, and I really admired the beauty of the place:  the ocean, the bluffs, the scenery in general...The Abrams Animal Farm was right across the way from our hotel, and I went there every day to check out the alpacas which were my favorites!

The owners of the farm shave the alpacas and make yarn.  You can even buy socks and others items made from the yarn!


As soon as August arrives, I start thinking about Back to School and what I have to do to prepare.  There is uncertainty because of the the new variant, but I am really hoping to have the rug back in my classroom.  I have heard that students need to sit 3 feet apart so I'm not sure if they'll be able to sit on the rug yet, but I remain hopeful!
A flashback to a visit from a therapy dog on our classroom rug!


I am enjoying the sunny and mostly dry weather.  In Massachusetts, we had one of the rainiest and coolest July's on record, but it seems like the weather is improving, finally!  Now that it's August, the weather seems to be settling into temperatures in the 80's, low humidity and less rain (hopefully, now that we are not having a drought anymore)!


Of course, I spent some money at the Nordstrom sale.  I bought two winter coats (although I'll only keep one at the most).  My at least 10 year old red Lands End winter coat is no longer waterproof so I need to replace it.

Did you buy anything at the Nordstrom sale?


Last but not least, I am saving book recommendations.  Anne recommended the book, The Soulmate Equation, and now that book is on reserve for me at my library.

I just finished this book and really enjoyed it:  The Henna Artist which is a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Selection.  This book takes place in India and centers around a woman who is trying to make an independent life and living as a henna artist.

If you have any book suggestions for me, please leave them in the comments!

I hope you are enjoying the summer and staying healthy!  Thank you for checking in today!


  1. That August weather sounds wonderful. Sounds like you got some great items to last a while from the Nordstrom sale. I bought my favorite pair of jeans. Enjoy the rest of summer and I too hope school can resume & stay closer to normal.

  2. Yay for saving book recommendations. I feel like my wish list is getting longer by the day!


  3. Looks like a great library holds list - hope you enjoy! Weird to think about winter coats in August, but it's definitely smart to snag them on sale, because winter coming is always the reality of people who live in climates like ours, right?! Hope you enjoy the last bit of summer break, and that the transition back to school is safe and smooth.

  4. This summer has just flown by! As they tend to do... I can't believe I go back to work in just a couple of weeks now! I guess on the bright side, now that I'm back in MN vs living in TX, I do have an extra couple of weeks instead of starting in a couple of days!

  5. Hello Susan,
    It's August! I hope you are able to use your rug this year. I made a spot for mine, and I should at least be able to use it for small groups. Glad your trip to Block Island was so much fun. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

    1. Hi Jan! I can't believe it's August! The summer flies by every year! I am always glad to hear from you! Hope you and your family are healthy and happy!

  6. I hope that in person school plans, including your rug, are able to go forward for you! I'm currently reading The Whispering House. I thought I would dislike it, but it has totally captured my attention.

    1. Hi Debbie! Thanks for the book recommendation. I'll check it out!


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