Cool Stuff I Like

August 22, 2014


Look at my sweet jam! Found it at a local farmer's market. You can find it here.

Oh my goodness, I feel like I've been on a long ocean voyage, that's how it seems when I've been away from my blog for too long. End of summer craziness. Right now we've had swim lessons and soccer league practice....on the same days. This will end next week when swimming ends, THANK THE STARS. I'll have a Project 52 post up on Sunday. Friends, can I share that I really do not enjoy the end of summer. I enjoy every other seasonal change, I do. But not this one, and not because I'm sad about summer's end. I just don't like August for some reason. Maybe it's because I love autumn so much, I can't wait to just get on with it. The end of summer always just feels like a season that's overstayed its welcome. May/June is the promise of summer. July is the festive yay! it's summer! season, but August just seems hot and sticky and irritable-ish. Like a low grade fever. Does anyone catch my vibe here??


Fun cool things this week:

DIY orange soda.

Back to School dressing with Curly Birds and Tea Collection! 

Great article about kids and reading. 

This is such a cute idea for personalized puzzles.

Awesome post on taking creative pictures of your family.

12 Back-to-school breakfasts.

New Ikea stuff!!

I really want a playhouse. For myself.

Have I already linked to Lamb Loves Fox? Magical photography.

Oh Joy! for Target Fall collection.


Cool Book of the Week: 'Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Biography' by Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pamela Smith Hill (editor). Finally. FINALLY. Omg, this book has been in the works for years and years. Laura Ingalls Wilder saw some craaaaaaazyyyyy $$#@$%^ on the prairie. And the craziest stuff didn't make it into her books ~ she and her daughter (Rose, who co-wrote and edited the books with her) went back and forth on a lot of the material, with Rose deeming a lot of it inappropriate for children's books.) A wife getting pulled around by her hair by her husband and a dude lighting himself on fire? Wowza. 'Pioneer Girl' is Laura's own, never-before-edited or published autobiography that was meant for adult audiences, and features a ton of notes and annotations by Wilder scholar Pamela Smith Hill. I CANNOT WAIT.

Have a lovely weekend! Julia and I were quite delighted to see Halloween deco at a local store the other day. I know, that's wrong. But we were delighted nevertheless.

~Melissa




14 comments:

  1. Oh Yes, I catch your vibe here - not a fan of August, and end of summer either! Everything and everyone looks hot and tired. You probably don't really know hot and muggy until you have spent an August in the south. It's going to be 95 today with 100% humidity today. I don't even want to go outside! On another note, that jam looks really yummy!

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    1. AAAAAAAH! I have family in the deep South and I recall being in weather like that, it was just....in another realm of icky. Bring on fall!!!

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  2. I love autumn and I really can't wait for the September month to start as well. If you want a playhouse, you could build or buy one for your garden right? You have enough space, right? If I had a backyard, I would totally get a playhouse for my kids... and for myself (or rather my dolls) :) I didn't even know Laura's biography was coming out! I can't wait to get my hands on it!

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    1. Yeah we've got space, but it would be tight unless we took out her swing set. We have grand plans of building a tiny 550 sq ft retirement cottage back there some day, ha ha ha. Pretty sure that won't work, but Julia imagines that someday she will live in our current house when she's grown and with a family, and Andrew and I (or just me, ha) will be banished to the back yard!

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  3. I like August 3. It's hard to be completely disloyal to one's birth month. :) And of course, around here, August means back to school. It's hotter now than it's been at any other point during the summer. July was cooler than normal, and now it's hot, sticky, and the girls are stuck in school all day. I'm ready for fall. Sooooo ready. I just don't like summer. And I'm soooo ready for this book! I've read about it, because any adult Laura biography seems to quote from it. I've been loving Lamb Loves Fox lately. Cool photography tips, although the photos make me long for more natural light, long hallways, and better floors. Sigh. I have major house envy, especially now that I spend so much time alone in mine. We finally get an Ikea store that's less than 3 hours away, but I don't know when I'll make it up there. I agree, I want a playhouse, too. Happy Weekend!!!

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    1. Amendment ~ I like all of my friends' birthdays in August!!! Our Ikea is not optimal to get to, but still....it's nice to know it's there! So I'm very excited for you!

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  4. I woke up this morning and somehow did not see the Cool Stuff email in my inbox and felt adrift. What would I read this morning? How would I learn what great things are going on in the blogosphere? Then, I saw it and sighed in relief.
    I guess I'm addicted to Fridays on Julia's Bookbag.
    Allison
    www.bakingalovestory.com

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    1. Ha ha ha ha! My Friday posts are easily my most popular posts. I could probably only blog on Fridays and people would be happy! ha.

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  5. Ditto, not a huge fan of August, think it is the humidity that gets me and that at this point, I am always ready for fall time to start. So yeah, about that Pioneer Girl book, I truly looked at your other posted links, but when I saw this book at the end, everything else just flew out of my head and now I am frantically trying to type this so I can go request the book from the library or pre-order it or do what needs to be done to get this book in my hands! I remember some of the biographies I have read about her touching base on some of the more adult details. Sounds like she had quite a few stories to tell! Seriously, she has been one of the biggest influences since my childhood. :)

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    1. i feel just the same way!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm going to pre-order and I don't think I've ever done that before!!

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  6. I'm an August baby but I don't love August either. It's just too hot.

    I kinda love the new Ikea balance beam.

    Oooo I want that happy banner from Tar-get.

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    1. there's a balance beam????? oh i missed that, need to go look!

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  7. Oh, the Oh Joy party hats! I do love a good party hat. We just finished Farmer Boy and are taking a brief break from Little House to read Pippi Longstocking, but I LOVE THIS IDEA AND MUST READ IT!

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    1. Oh man, we need to get back on the LHOTP train with Julia. This winter I think. We got off it and onto all the Oz books, but I really want to be able to read Farmer Boy this winter! The best, that book, oh how I love it!

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