About Meg

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National Library Week

This is National Library Week and I wanted to share a story about Meggie (me!) going to Story Time. The library is one of my favorite places and it always will be.

Story Time at the Library

Story Time was starting soon and Meggie walked to the library with her older sister. When they went inside she tried to be as quiet as possible, but her penny loafers went clackety-clack on the wooden floor. She said “Shhh” to her shoes, hoping they would stop being so noisy.

The children’s librarian let everyone know when Story Time was about to begin. Once they were seated the librarian said, “Sit quietly and if you have a question please raise your hand.”  When they listened to a story about a rabbit Meggie raised her hand and asked, “Can rabbits really talk like the one in Alice in Wonderland?” 

After Story Time Meggie loved looking at books and always wanted to take home more than she could carry.  Her sister would check the books out on her library card.  Meggie asked, “How old do I have to be to get my own card?” The checkout person said, “You can get a card when you are six years old.”  Would that ever happen?  But still, it was so much fun carrying books home to keep for a while and read over and over. To Meggie, reading and Story Time were wonderful adventures.

#NationalLibraryWeek

April Flowers and Showers

It looks like April is for showers AND flowers. After some rain a few days ago there are new places to see flowers. Here is a forsythia that’s in bloom in my backyard. The yellow flowers seem even brighter compared to the trees that still don’t have any leaves. It’s wonderful to share a picture I’ve just taken!

This is for the FOTD challenge.

Flowers in Spring

After a long winter the first spring flowers are back! This daffodil is from my garden and it was delightful to see its bright cheery color.

These violets were in the yard (but not the garden) so I suppose they should be dug out or mowed. However I think I’ll leave them alone for now – they’re so colorful.

More flowers are getting ready to bloom, and I say the sooner the better!

Daffodils and early daylilies, tulips and hydrangeas (and oak leaves)

Postcards and Photos

After a trip it’s fun to reminisce by looking at photos. I’ve also accumulated quite a collection of postcards.  Sometimes I think I take so many pictures I shouldn’t need postcards, but that doesn’t seem to matter when I’m looking for souvenirs.

When I was in Italy a few years ago I wondered if I should I buy this postcard.

… or should I buy this one?

I couldn’t decide, so I got them both!

Then there’s the somewhat competitive idea of whether my photo is as good as a postcard of the same scene.  I took a picture of telephone boxes in Cambridge, England.  Then I bought a postcard that was similar.  I can’t decide which one is the better likeness, but I’m glad to have both for the sake of comparison.

My Photo:

The postcard:

I also like unusual postcards from different places.  This is a unique card of the astronomical clock in Prague.  There’s a little paper wheel on the side of the postcard that turns and shows the scenes on the clock changing the way it does when you see it in person.

Postcards are classic souvenirs.  And I’ve enjoyed mine, so they were worth buying!

A Visit to Prince Edward Island

I first read Anne of Green Gables when I was eleven and always dreamed about going to Prince Edward Island. A few years ago I went there for a visit and it was as charming as I had imagined. In addition to the beauty of the island there are all sorts of places that have connections to L.M. Montgomery and her creation, Anne Shirley.

Here are some pictures from my summer visit to PEI.

And of course there’s Green Gables!

A Flower Show

I took these pictures at the Chelsea Flower Show several years ago. When I got off the tube at Sloane Square to go to the show I heard someone say to follow the crowds. After a few minutes I saw directional signs and got there early enough that I could walk right up to the exhibit gardens. These were the first flowers I saw.

Here are some of the floral displays I visited on that beautiful sunny day. I also brought home postcards, pamphlets and other souvenirs!

For someone who loves flowers (like me), it was an unforgettable experience. I’m looking forward to going there again someday…

Ice Cream and Chocolate

Both of these have always been Meggie’s favorite treats. But could she ever decide which one she likes better? Maybe a comparison of the two would help.

Ice cream in a cup or cone is delicious but it melts pretty quickly. However, chocolate also melts if it gets too warm. Meggie can’t stop eating chocolate, but… she can’t stop eating ice cream either. She thinks there are more places to buy chocolate and it doesn’t have to be eaten right away like an ice cream cone. But she usually can’t wait to eat chocolate, so that doesn’t make any difference! These comparisons are not getting Meggie any closer to deciding which she likes better.

Her conclusion: it isn’t ice cream or chocolate. No, it’s ice cream and chocolate. There’s no competition – both are wonderful!