Hey! So Glad You're Here

Whether we're meeting online or I struck up a conversation with you in a book or yarn store, I'm glad you've stopped by. This world is a crazy place and finding common ground is a great thing! I'm a girl on a mission, I also am a wife, mom, homeschooler, cook, so-called "brainiac"(that's what my librarian calls me) and someone who enjoys the adventure...doing things the same day after day gets me down, so I like to mix it up! Above all, I love to learn! The subject matter can change weekly, but the fact of pursuing knowledge doesn't!

Learning has taken many different faces in my 40 something years. It's been hardcore books and papers, travels with my family when I was young, sitting at home near a furnace vent in a winter spent in a MA beach house or dinner prep with a podcast, but whatever way it happens, I'm always trying to learn.

My name is Carolyn and I'm a married (20+ yrs) mom of 3 beautiful kids(17,15 & 6) and I love this life we're creating one day at a time. I try to take it in but know I'll miss so much of it, so this blog will serve in part as a selfish diary of our lives - snapshots in a time that will go and has gone by too fast.

The roles of mom, wife, homeschool parent can often become blurred, and yet there is always this struggle to maintain a distance, a taste of who I am alone, separate from my other roles. I'm not only someone's wife, someone's daughter, mother, sister, friend but who I was created to be from the inside. It's been a path of times where I can see and know clearly that person and then absences that make me wonder if I'll ever see that part of myself again or recognize me when I did. It's not a state of not wanting those things I have, but of understanding that we are all complex individuals with many facets that require understanding and enlightenment simultaneously.  

I try to keep it real, be honest, and open and let you see the good along with the bad. One sure thing about life is you can't appreciate the highs without the lows, so they're just as important to remember. Anyway, grab a cup of coffee, tea, or coke and travel this road with me. Let's cheer each other on, congratulate and celebrate each other! Then be ready to grab a blanket and a book and snuggle in for a great day because life is good, but life with a blanket(handmade is best) and a book(s) is what makes life wonderful!


What I'm Reading Now

Reading Books Makes You Better

The Mysterious Benedict Society

A Lantern in Her Hand

The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen

Dancing Bears - True Stories of People Nostalgic for Life Under Tyranny

The Borrowers


Books Finished in 2020

  • The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek - Kim Michele Richardson

  • Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

  • All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr

  • Antifragile by Nicholas Nassim Taleb

  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

  • Unselfie - Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All About Me World by Michele Borba

  • The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly

  • The Hammer of God by Bo Giertz

  • A Stash of One's Own by Clara Parkes

  • Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  • Superfandom by Zoe Fraade-Blanar & Aaron M. Glazer

  • Give and Take by Adam Grant

  • Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  • Loserthink by Scott Adams

  • Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

  • Unschooling Rules by Clark Aldrich

  • Win Bigly by Scott Adams

  • Taming the Tiger by Witold Rybczynski

  • Eat Bacon, Don't Jog by Grant Petersen

  • The Narcissism Epidemic by Jean M. Twenge

  • iGen by Jean M. Twenge

  • At Home in Mitford by Jan Karon

  • Grandma's Attic series except the last one(8 books)-Arleta Richardson

  • Little House on the Prairie - 1-5 completed

  • Chronicles of Narnia - 1-7 completed

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