Saturday, February 14, 2015

Celebrate This Week

Join us each weekend for Celebrate this week with Ruth Ayres.  
 When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build.
  A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!

I celebrate chocolate!
It's no secret at my school that I love chocolate.  A colleague came into the library yesterday to share from his bounteous box of chocolates.  No baking for me this Valentine's Day since my makeshift kitchen has no range or oven.  So this priority mail package of fudge hearts from Sara's Ithaca kitchen is much appreciated!  

I celebrate books!  
Anne hosted our book club for a lively discussion of The Family:  Three Journeys Into the Heart of the Twentieth Century.  We enjoyed her homemade wheat rolls, a favorite from Anne's kitchen.  We shared favorite books at our after school book club on Thursday.  Friday I met with two groups of seventh graders in the library.  Some of my former students were in each class.  It was fun to share book love right before our mid-winter break.   
Some of the books from Friday's 7th grade book talks!

I created the Lonely Books Display, books that have never been checked out (or just checked out once or twice) from our library.  It's time to dive into Code Name Verity, book club choice for our occasional book club with two dear friends who have moved away that meets via Google chat .  

I celebrate love!
I celebrate family:  my dear husband and almost 33 years of marriage, children (my two and their spouses are together this weekend), parents who are dearly missed, siblings, my one surviving aunt, nieces, nephews, cousins, the entire wild and wonderful bunch!  I'm at a stage in life where I watch the connections dwindle as older relatives die, but I celebrate the continued growth of our family tree with the arrival of Taven Scott Edwards this week.  He made me a great great aunt!  I celebrate friends:  church friends, school friends, neighborhood friends, old friends, blogging friends, and new friends, including this sweet bundle of joy who stopped by the library with her mom this week for a quick visit and game of peek-a-boo.  She turns one today. 
Happy Valentine's Day!  Take the time to share some love today.


  1. Love all the library doings, the fudge hearts & your love for your family, Ramona-important stuff! One of my all time favorite books is Code Name Verity-hope you enjoy it. If so, get Rose Under Fire next! Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. Sending love to you from all of us (Blake, Stefi, Will and me) we're all looking forward to seeing you soon!

  3. It is so nice to see people who have retired still have and share that love for reading! I remember Linda talking about Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire on her blog. I might have to check those two out at our library. March was on the milk jug today! I like reading those at this time of year!

  4. I too love chocolate, books and love! I had a lot of past students bring me Valentines this week and in each on they mentioned how much they love reading because of me. I can retire now!
    I had a glorious chocolate moment this week when I ate a Chocolove candy bar.

  5. Your joy for books, chocolate, and family comes through loud and clear. Have a great week!

  6. Lots to love in this post, family, books, and Chocolate! Happy VDay!

  7. Ramona, it is wonderful to see how you are celebrating your life in retirement. Enjoy the time! I just posted my celebration.