November 10, 2007

Remember Me?

Sorry I disappeared like that but I've had a crazy week. I think I suffer from volunteeritis, otherwise known as the inability to say no to a worthy cause or person. Do any of you suffer from this affliction too? I've been helping out this week in Emma's school setting up for the book fair, working in the classroom and doing work for a committee that I chair. We also had a dinner for a visiting professor that Sweet Hubby is working with and to top it all off I've managed to get sick.

The good news is that it's given me the chance to stop this weekend and enjoy laying around on the sofa reading Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. I've only read about 100 pages so far but I have to say that it is one of the best books I've read in ages, so full of colorful characters and scenery. It's hard to put down but at the same time I don't want to rush through it because something tells me that I will miss these characters after I've turned the last page. Go out and get it. I give it my highest recommendation.

By the way, thank you for all the Millie love on my last post. She sends big, wet, sloppy kisses to you in appreciation.


  1. Jen, I'm so glad to read your recommendation of this book.....I almost bought it the last time I was at B&N.

    Hope you are feeling a better and that you are enjoying your weekend.

  2. Hello Jen...I used to suffer from that malady in my younger days. I enjoyed every bit of it, too!:-)

    Not doing as much volunteering these days...but it may be something J and I will look into, in our golden years.


  3. I loved this book...can see it getting made into a movie. Very "Practical Magic"-y.

    Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage

  4. I hope you have a wonderful and restful weekend.

    I used to be the "yes" girl, too. I homeschool now and seem to have more time SOMETIMES. As moms, I think we are always asked to over commit.

    We have a lovely golden at our house named Tacey. She looks a lot like your beautiful puppy, particularly in the belly-up position. She brings so much love and warmth into our home.

  5. Oh yes ma'am, I suffered with it too. It was so hard to say no when I was younger, but once I learned, I was free! Yeah! Free to be me! Try'll like it, I promise.



  6. I absolutely loved this book too. Can't wait for her to write more. I really wanted to live in the neighborhood in the story.

  7. That book has a beautiful cover! I'll have a look at it next week when I'm in B&N since it's getting such good feedback.

    No, I don't suffer from that malady! I pretty much keep my commitments down to 1 or 2 a week.

    Hope you're starting to feel better and have are having a restful weekend!


  8. Lovely book recommendation! I am going to watch for it.

    I do over commit myself, not so much to volunteering this year, but to everything else I imagine would be fun to do under the sun. My eyes are always bigger than my tummy when it comes to creative options in life! :-) Then I am just frustrated because I can't do it all to the standards I would like. When will I learn?

    Take care of yourself,

  9. Yes, I too have a hard time saying no. I've done so much baking in the past couple of weeks and my poor family has had to watch the goodies get packed up and go elsewhere. Can't wait to start baking for them :0)

  10. Zoe sends Golden Goddess love to Millie!

    Glad you're getting a bit of a break!

    Honey...Learn to say no...and reclaim your life! LOL

  11. I will have to read that one. Sounds really good.
    Yes I use to suffer from the same, when my daughter was in school. It's always the same people helping out. As I got older I learned to say no sometimes.
    Have a good week,

  12. Thanks so much!!!! No, I don't deserve it, but it has been fun hearing from SO many people!!! Welcome back and let's stay in touch, oK?????


  13. Thanks for the referral, I've been wondering about that book. Glad you had some reading/rest time.

  14. Your welcome, cookie!

  15. Jen, so glad you are back among us bloggers. Hope you can get some much deserved R&R.

  16. I really enjoyed that book too. In fact, had been thinking of posting about as well. Reminded me of Practical Magic and Like Water for Chocolate. A really lovely, enjoyable read.

  17. Jen, I've not heard of that book before, but considering that YOU are recommending it (because we like so many of the same things), I will definitely pick it up.


  18. Thanks for the book recommendation. Hope you're feeling a lot better now after a relaxing weekend.

  19. Sounds like great and relaxing weekend Jen! I have been relaxing as well, also reading books and making plans for Christmas decorations. But i miss enthusiasm these days. Maybe is has something to do with the weather, or i just need some time off, focusing on other stuff and then it comes back gradually..
    Have a nice week !

  20. thanks for the recommendation...i've been needing a new book to read :)

  21. Jen, we must have been reading the book at the same time. A friend had checked it out of our library for me to read (she knew I would love it) and, of course, I did!
    My kind of story from cover to cover, strong but quirky women, love them.

  22. Ah, yes, I have this illness too! I spent my entire week last week and my children's school, and my house is showing the effects. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I really enjoy your blog!


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