I didn’t even know who Mercy Watson was Until Last Week

Mercy Watson books have been checked out of the Columbus Public Library and are now at  home with my grandson Charlie, 3 1/2.

I’d never heard of the existence of Mercy Watson prior to last week’s Ohio visit.  Charlie has always liked his soft pig toy and  has a small pig on the kitchen counter where he eats lunch.

Mercy Watson is a pig.   No, edit that statement

Mercy Watson is a porcine wonder.” says Mr and Mrs. Watson

The author is Kate Di Camillo and illustrated by artist Chris Van Dusen 

Seems that ‘buttered toast’ is a favorite of Mercy Watson.

Laura  created a Mercy Watson breakfast for Charlie.

He was adjusting the mouth/cashew.

That is hand squeezed oj accompanying the toast. Mmmmm. 

 

 

 

I should have taken one more shot of the empty breakfast tray. 

a screenshot for the Mercy Watson site

Do you think it’s time to clean off the front porch?

Do you think it’s time to clean off the front porch?  Past the time for a good Spring cleaning? This is just one swipe off the circular plastic tabletop!

Looking forward to spending time on the front porch- reading, knitting, sipping tea or lemonade,  serving guests supper, remembering happy occasions celebrated on the front porch. One of my favorite parts of my home.  Have to run and clean up the rest of it, spiderwebs and dried leaves. IMG_6716IMG_6718IMG_6719

Below-See snippets from older  blog posts tagged “front porch”

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I look at my grandmother’s photo and wonder what she’s reading 


On Sunday, my family drive through Durand IL (pop. 1500). It’s the place my family drive me every summer of childhood. 

My son took a photo of his four kids in front of my grandparents house. He asked for an old photo of the house to compare. I rediscovered this picture of my maternal grandmother. 

I wonder what she’s reading.


Grandmother whose China went to Laura post 

Then I went and googled her and a her name comes up. The people I want to call and ask, are passed.  

Charlotte Baker Rowley 1888-1980

Born Jun 1888 in Winnebago, Illinois, USAmap

Daughter of Eugene Baker Rowley and Mary S Smith

Sister of Clair S Rowley, May Rowley, Edna Rowley and Cecile Rowley

Wife of Judd DeWitt Vansickle — married 16 Nov 1908 in Winnebago, Illinois, USAmap

[children unknown]

Died Jun 1980 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois, United States of Americamap. But her children are known. My mother was Marian.And no mention of Charlotte’s middle  name Elizabeth.  

I must ask my older cousin, John.  Maybe he’ll know 

I’ll list their children 

John Rowley Van Sickle b 1910

Marian Van Sickle  b 1912 

Robert Eugene b 1914

Mrs. Wozniak’s Very Last Day of School

The First Grade at Sacred Heart Elementary School is going to need to fill a very big hole, left by the retirement of Mrs. Wozniak.  I had the privilege of going to photograph and document her very last day of teaching First Grade.

Our sons met at this school in 1989 and are best friends still.

I got there before the children came into the classroom and got a tour of her room.  Each classroom has a different nationality theme and her classroom is Australia.

 

 

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All of the students walked to 8:30 mass, the church is next door. Father recognized Mrs. Wozniak before his homily and the cat was let out of the bag that she is retiring as the students did not know this information prior to his announcement.  The nice part was that it gave the older students a chance to hug and appreciate her, remembering being in her class and all that they learned from her.

 

When the class returned to their room, they sat on the carpet listening to The Giving Tree and Mrs.Wozniak showed them the gorgeous ceramic farewell plate (with all their names) that they helped make ( the homeroom mother organized that effort)

Thank you for your dedication and service, Mrs. Wozniak. You will be missed!

Enjoy your retirement. You deserve it!

Invitation to Read

A basket of books at the Urgent Care waiting room.  The Delaware County District Library offers the gift of a book as you wait.  

There was a basket of children’s books on  another end table.  I took a James Patterson mystery titled Mary Mary for my sister Mary.

I read the recipes in one but left it for someone else.  

Thank you Friends at the Delaware County  District  Library.

(My son Mark had a scratched cornea-ouch– our reason for being there.  He’s on the mend)

 

Hypothetical Self-Help Books Cover Art

Cover Art- Part two-  A fun weekly challenge created by Pete Rosos- you can check out his blog

I neglected to add a title/text right onto the images.

Today I went to www.picmonkey.com as suggested on WordPress, found some images that lent themselves to the addition of text and went with the Self-Help Genre.

Not that self-help books really help

Here’s the bookshelf of Cover Art of my imaginary titles.

dawn at St george Island

Keep your Marbles

Knit Your Way Through Winter

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Find balance in your life

Baseball in the leaves

Men at Work

 

In the living room at Mark and Erika’s house,  Saturday of Easter weekend.

I pulled the iPhone out of my pocket.  QUICK

The four males engaged with their devices or book.  Oblivious to me.

Erika’s dad- Donald,  grandsons Michael and Jack and my son Mark on the right.  Pap’s birthday. April 19th.

I love this photo of the four them.

Men on Devices

 

My School Neighbor Gave Me These- Said They Look Like Me

A couple of weeks ago, my next door neighbor at school put out a call for a poster about reading.

There was to be a state inspection and a visual aid encouraging reading was on the checklist. When I saw her in the hall, I offered a collage of photographs of students reading their favorite books.  She was thrilled and one of her students created a large poster with the photos and added some text about the benefits of reading.

It looked good and she told me it was well received by the inspection team.  My colleague was pleased.  And grateful.  I wish I had a photo of the finished poster to include in this post but it is at school.

As a thank you, she brought me this unexpected gift.

She said when she saw them at the store, they reminded her of me.  I looked in the mirror and I see the resemblance!

When I saw the smiling face socks,  I thought of fellow blogger Stef and her Smile, Kiddo blog. Always on the lookout for smiles.

Here’s a link to a cool post titled What I Like About Me.

 Right now the high school students are working on creating images for a positive image campaign so it’s a great post for that theme.

smiley face socks

 

p.s. You can see Twilight, Gregory Crewdson’s book of photographs.  If you haven’t seen his movie Brief Encounters about how he makes his photographs, check out the trailer and the film.

The Book Loft of German Village – Columbus OH – Independent Bookstore

Not many independent booksellers left in my city of Pittsburgh.

If you come to Columbus, Ohio you must visit this bookstore. In fact, plan a trip to Columbus so you can go to this bookstore.

Thirty-two rooms of books!

 I spent most of time in the children’s section but you could lose yourself for hours in any one of the sections- travel, cookbooks, business, art, mystery, fiction, bestsellers, biography, magazines…..

My DIL’s friend, Christina, recommended it as I had some time in the city after dropping my granddaughter and her daughter off for Writing Camp at the Thurber House, but that is another whole post.

 Laura and I had lunch at the Brown Bag Deli and after I took her back to work, I followed her directions and found the Book Loft. The number 631 was the same number as my parents home so that was fun.

It is an Independent Bookstore  and here is their link- The Book Loft of German Village 

My big purchase of the day was 4 Advent Calendars from Germany which reminded me of growing up and when we lived in Germany, too. I got an iced coffee at Cup O Joe next door.  The building is pre Civil War and there is more info about it on their website. Left in time to drive back to pick up the girls from camp and they were so excited after taking a field trip to the Topiary Park Garden.

Summer vacation is in full swing!