Kid books I read this year…

I fell in love with this series…

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The author shows kids that they don’t need to be physically strong to beat the odds.

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That friendship is important.

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And sometimes compromises must be made.

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I read this with the kids, it was a realistic look at teen parenting.

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This one was a bit younger, and many of our kids had read it, much good it did them!

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Puppy picked me this one up for my birthday (I think). It’s set in the Bay Area.

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And this, well it’s really not a kids book, but it was good.

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Some books I’ve read and enjoyed this year, I wont mention those I have not…

Nice look at the Hebrew letters, beautiful book.

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Quick jaunt through the jewish holidays, recipes included!

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A poets look at the Zohar.

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Another Kushner classic.

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This was a true love story.

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As was this.

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Santa dropped by Craigslist on the way to our house!

You see he knew we were working on the orchard, sooo…

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He picked us up an old rototiller!

Yay Santa!

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It has been super useful, and will soon return to Craigslist.

Then Santa dropped by Lowes…

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Cause we needed to move our compost from the pile to the orchard…

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We have super healthy compost…

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As evidenced above by the beetle grub that is every composters totem “animal”.

Then Santa headed back to Craigslist to fill my car with goat manure.

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Puppy very kindly raked over that which I spread around before another good tilling.

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Thank you so much Santa, I’m really looking forward to watching my garden grow!

Oh dear!

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Wouldn’t you know it!

Pup got me the one thing I wanted!

Isn’t she beautiful?

We will be setting her up and doing her plumbing this coming week.

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Happy holidays!

I am heading into fog/low cloud on the Grapevine, wish me luck!

Here’s a December rose from our garden…

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And this was from Ana in Australia.

Have a good whatever it is you celebrate!

Let’s not forget…

Plates!

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Found at the Starvation Army.

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Southern California snow…

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Yup, this is what it looks like down here!

Better late than never!

I thought I better get a couple of posts in before I head out of the door.

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Here are a couple of cups from the collection.

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The first being a pre-wedding gift.

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It seems to be an expresso cup if I look at it in the cold light of day, but a cup none the less.

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It’s “big brother” was one I picked up at T J Maxx on a rainy day.

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Similar saucers, yet different.

Thanks to Xerox…

We can all say “thanks” to those serving away from home this holiday.

Thanks to Mom who showed me how.

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