I feel like I need to post some love for this series of books I have thoroughly enjoyed (by Alexander McCall Smith). I remember I tried to read the first book in this 17 book series (I know, who knew there were that many?!) before I ever moved to Zambia; I couldn’t get into the story, I felt it was moving too slowly. Now, seven years back in Canada & I’ve savoured each & every book in the series. I remember thinking about 100 pages into one of them that nothing had happened, but still, I couldn’t give up the beautiful characters Mma Ramotswe & JLB Matekoni. Or the reflections of life at a different pace- & the explanations of the sights, sounds & smells that characterize Africa. And no, I never visited Botswana (where the novels are set) but I will get there- I simply must.
Oh…& I started a book club with a friend from work. It seems a pinnacle of nerdom but I can’t believe how many people have expressed an interest in participating. Fun!
It’s official, my bucket of bolts (aka 2004 Nissan Murano) is out of my life. I had a difficult relationship with her over the years…& after putting $1,100 into her I threw up the white flag when the mechanic told me a further $800 may do the trick 😢.
After many dealerships & 1 too many horrible used car salesmen I’ve finally found my new ride (especial thanks to my patient hubby)… car shopping is brutal. I don’t understand why we (as a society) allow people to behave so menacingly- but that’s another story for another day.
The new chapter is a gorgeous 2013 pearl white Mitsubishi RvR… she’s a beauty. Ivy & I are looking for the right name- a little classy & a little sassy would be the perfect balance- let me know your ideas… 😁
It’s hard to believe the long days of summer are noticeably turning into shorter Fall days with cool mornings & evenings. This is my favourite time of year. I love the smells, colours, & harvests. I’m also looking forward to a little more structure in the coming weeks- Ivy is starting new preschool classes that will allow for a little more “me” time (yes, I’m saying that knowing I’ll still have Isaiah to care for… but he’s so easy- knock on wood).
Here is beaming Ivy after her first dance class 😍
We squeezed in a family picnic on a September day where temperatures soared to over 30 degrees.
We got to catch up with Alaina & Olivia before Olivia’s 1st day of school 💃
Ivy’s little friend Cole turned 4- they are seriously too cute.
We had a special day at the farm berry- picking & harvesting some fresh veggies. Ivy got to pick her own apple right off the tree & was it ever delicious!
We were able to take my mum- in- law to the mountains before she returned home. We had a lovely time in Calgary & Banff ❤