Thursday, August 4, 2011

August days

A few years ago the heat of early August meant county fair, the kids' 4-H projects, and the countdown to school. After the kids grew up, August brought moving in day for college and all the turmoil, excitement that comes with those big changes. Those years have passed and Augusts have been calmer. There was time for a northwoods trip, but even then August always had the faint call, "School is starting" which would increase its tempo and loudness as the month progressed. NOT THIS YEAR! However, the month has started with a flurry of activity and no time to blog. On Tuesday, a friend and I made a trip to the family cabin, almost a four hour trip for a short girls' outing. We window shopped in Minocqua's popular downtown, ate supper, and headed for the cabin. Since rain had made everything wet and mosquitoes were in attack mode, we settled into the cool cabin for the rest of the evening. I made some progress on Melody Carlson's new book which I will blog about later. Wednesday morning we headed out to Mercer,a typical Northwoods small town, for its iconic Loon Day. LD draws thousands of people to the main streets of town for a craft fair with over 300 exhibitors. It took us over 3.5 hours to make the loop one time. Some unique offerings, but also many same old. same old. By mid-afternoon we needed to close up the cabin and make the long trek home. Both of us are babysitting grandchildren for the rest of the week. My plan is to blog later this week about two historical fiction books, both ones I loved to booktalk for the above fourth grade audience. With the first posting, I will make my pitch about why adults should know about these books and quality middle school books in general. See you then.

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