Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Instagram?

Hello everybody!!  I thought I’d take a quick minute to update everyone on what is new and exciting here.  To be honest, not a whole lot.  But things are moving along.  Or at least most things are.

The book is on a temporary hold, but I’m planning on getting back to it soon.  First off, I got that horrible flu that was making the go-rounds.  Talk about a downer!  I’m all better from that.  It’s hard to write though when all you can do is cough.  And of course everything else was behind, so there is the inevitable catch up.  I did get back to writing and finally past a part where I was a bit stuck, always a good thing.  Then the near unthinkable happened–my laptop had a nervous breakdown.  And dummy me hadn’t saved what I’d written to an external drive.  (Insert scream here).  The good news is I was able to get the laptop back up and running and able to get my written chapters recovered.  However, I’ve also had to purchase a new laptop, and I haven’t had the time to get everything transferred and up and running there.  That’s on my “to do list” in the very near future and hopefully I can get back to it.  I’ve been rethinking some of what I want to do as well, so maybe the delays have been a good thing.

My guitar lessons have had an unexpected twist and at the moment, I am currently lesson-less.  I had a bit of a falling out with my guitar teacher for a number of reasons.  It’s all good though as I didn’t feel I was getting the kind of training I was expecting and I have since signed up with a new teacher starting at the beginning of April.  In the meantime I am continuing to practice and learn new songs on my own.  I’m still enjoying it though and I’m really looking forward to seeing what my new teacher has to offer.

Otherwise, it’s still pretty much the same old stuff here.  I’ve been working on doll posts as I have the time and posting them in advance so I have a bit of a backlog, which is nice!  I’m actually thinking about just keeping things this way for the foreseeable future as it’s been very convenient to devote a block of time to the blog all at once, then not have to think about it again for an extended period.  I’m still playing around with it, always a learning adventure!

Something I have noticed over the past few months, and not just with my blog, is a lot of people are posting less, several have quit and a few are “on a break” (I always think of Friends when I say or type that!).  I’ve also noticed a significant reduction in the number of hits I have on my own blog.  I think there are a number of factors that are causing this, but I am fairly certain that the number one reason is Instagram.  It’s a fun platform to use and if you aren’t into writing stories but do enjoy the doll photography, I think it’s a good option.  I don’t foresee myself ever switching to just that because I enjoy the writing aspect too much, but I do think it’s been a contributor in the reduced number of blog posts and doll blogs out there.  How many of you use Instagram, either as a “follower” or as a way of getting your doll photos out there for others to see?

Last, but certainly not least is the news of toy retailer Toys R Us and their plans to close their stores.  I thought they might be able to pull through, but apparently not.  When news hit of this, the stocks of several major toy companies, Mattel included, dropped significantly.  I can’t help but wonder how this is going to affect the American Girl line at some point.

I hope everyone is doing well!  I come in here and regularly read the comments and try to reply in a timely manner.  I’ve been contemplating trying a couple of new things here, but they are still in the “think” stage at the moment, so I’m not sure which ones will actually be used.  Stay tuned–and keep in touch!!


Book Group–Meet Felicity

Hello everyone!  It’s bookgroup time again and this month we are going to discuss Meet Felicity!

I hope everyone was able to find a copy of it so they can participate in the discussion!  I had never read any of the books in Felicity’s series before this.  I borrowed Evil Twin’s set, and I’m so glad I did.

Felicity’s stories are set in Williamsburg, VA during Colonial times, just before the Revolutionary War.  This is a time period that is of particular interest to me, so I was anxious to see how it was depicted in the books.  I thought that Valerie Tripp did a terrific job in explaining some of the details pertaining to this era, particularly women’s dress and some of the day to day occurrences for a young girl growing up in this time period.  I think it’s easy for us to forget that everything was not as simple as it is today, and that something as simple as the clothing you wore could be very complicated!  I sure wouldn’t want to have to wear a corset or stiffeners, they sound downright uncomfortable.

I loved that Felicity is a bit of a tomboy and very independent in her thoughts.  She reminded me a bit of Kit in how she didn’t want to do the things that were necessarily expected of her as a girl.  I also really enjoyed how she came to discover Penny, and how their relationship evolved throughout the book.  I was especially surprised at how the book ended, and I’m anxious now to read the others as well!

We do have a nasty character in this book, but unlike most of the Girl Of The Year books, the nasty character is an adult!  The copy write date on Meet Felicity is 1991, but I thought it very relevant to many things we have going on in today’s world that we see on the news on a regular basis.  I don’t want to say too much and spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the book yet, but it’s definitely something to think about as you read.  We also have a developing friendship for Felicity that comes as a bit of a surprise.  I will be curious to see if this is continued throughout the rest of the series.

Meet Felicity is a very quick read, as are most of the earlier historical books.  I always enjoy the section at the back of these where they talk about different things from the past and explain them to the reader.  Overall, I liked Meet Felicity, I wouldn’t say that it was one of my favorites, but I liked the subject matter and how it was presented.

What did you think?

For April we will be reading Saige.  There will be no book group again until October, I will announce the books for then sometime over the summer. 

The Room Rearrangement

“Thanks for coming over to help me Jenny!  I knew I couldn’t move all of this furniture around by myself, and Marie-Grace had riding lessons today.”

“No problem Rebecca, I’m happy to help!”

“Let’s see, first we need to get this dresser out of the way…”

“The stereo needs to go to the living room.  We don’t use it in here anymore, we have all of our music on our smart phones now.”

“And this is going to go to the attic until someone else decides they need it or we have a big yard sale!”

“Now we just need to start sliding the desk over there…”

“Wow Rebecca, that wasn’t hard to move at all with two of us!”

“I agree, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.  Except now I’m not sure what to do with the poster, it’s hidden.  Hmm…”

“It’s so pretty, I’m sure you can find somewhere else for it.”


“Perfect!  I kind of feel bad that it wouldn’t fit in Cassandra’s room, but I am going to love having it in here!”

“What do you want Lulu?  You want to come up here?”

“Oh great.  It’s now a dog bed.  UGH!!!!”

“This is not what I was expecting…”

Do the pets in your house always take over the best seat in the house?????