Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking Forward to the New Year 2012

Happy New Year!

I wonder what 2012 will bring? I'm hoping for some new adventures, but I want to stay closer to home this year. Here are some of the activities I hope to experience this year with family and friends:
  • Snowshoeing - I have never tried this winter sport. What's lured me in is that I can rent a pair for $10, go at my own pace along a trail, and then exchange the snowshoes when I'm finished for a large hot chocolate!
  • Taking a tour of Quilt Gardens. I have a friend who adores quilting and I love flowers so it seems like a perfect fit for us. I can't wait to photograph these gardens.
  • Giving canoeing a second shot but with someone other than my son who refuses to get into a canoe with me again, ha ha. For those who don't know the story of our previous experience, you can read it here.
  • Travelling to the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Wisconsin. This is something my husband and I have talked about doing for a long time. I'm hoping to organize it as an outing for my ALDA support group. I think the visual spectacle will be something we deafies can enjoy.
  • Participating in the reindog parade, of course.
What are your hopes and dreams or even plans for the New Year?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Switched at Birth Returns January 3

During my holiday break, I'm watching the previously aired episodes of Switched at Birth in preparation for their winter premier. Did you know they are now available on Netflix?

Beginning January 3 the series begins anew on ABC Family channel. It will air Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. Eastern and 7 p.m. Central. An all day marathon of the first ten Switched at Birth episodes will precede the premier. If you are like me and do not have the ABC Family channel, episodes are available later on the show's website and on Hulu.

What do you think will happen next on the show? Will Bay and Emmett stay together?

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Rusty's Christmas present

Viewing tip for HD videos: To avoid experiencing lag time, click play, then pause to allow the video to download completely. Once the grey bar has reached the end, the download is complete. Now click play again and the video should run without interruptions.

Santa must not have heard what happened to Rusty's old dog bed.

I'm sure it's hard to believe, but he chewed it up. Ha, ha.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Reading

Public Library Christmas Tree 

To keep my spirits bright, I've been reading library books with a winter or Christmas theme. Here's what I've read so far: Aunt Dimity Snowbound by Nancy Atherton, Wreck the Halls by Sarah Graves, and Christmas Wishes by Debbie Macomber. I'm in the middle of A Crossworder's Gift by Nero Blanc. I still have yet to read Decked With Folly by Kate Kingsbury and Murder for Christ's Mass by Maureen Ash. All of these authors are new to me.

I was lucky to find so many seasonally appropriate books at my local library. It's a nice way to finish out my year of reading. Have you enjoyed following my reading list? Should I do it again for 2012?

Closeup of Ornament on Library ChristmasTree

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Blog Award and an Announcement


I've been awarded the Leibster Blog Award by Liz of Cats and Chocolates. Thanks so much, Liz. This was quite a surprise to me. I had not realized she was a long time reader and I had not been to her blog before. To my delight, we have common interests like reading, animals, and chocolate. She is deaf and interested in sign language, BSL in her case. Please stop by her blog and give it a look soon.

Now I have the responsibility to pass the award on to 5 other blogs worthy of your attention.
[Dramatic drumroll] And the winners are:



Now for the announcement. Since November I've been taking an online web design course. The class has gotten the wheels in my head turning on how I might improve my own website, Speak Up Librarian blog.
I'm thinking about making changes during the break after Christmas and before New Years.

If you have any opinions on what you like to read here and what you DON'T like to see here, drop me a comment. Thanks!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Christmas Treat for Dog Lovers

Nothing says holiday like a good old fashioned reindog parade. A what? You ask. A reindog parade, you know, that holiday tradition where you dress up your dog and parade him in front of the townspeople. Okay, I'll admit it. This was new to me too this year. But it was a lot of fun,especially when the dogs shook off their costumes. I made a video of the event to share with you. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holiday Gift Giving Idea


I saw this display at a public library. I thought it was such a lovely idea that I took a photo with my cellphone so I could share it with all of you. This library has taken books in like new condition, tied them together with a festive bow, and placed them for sale.

It would be a simple idea to copy. Most libraries have donated books for sale. You could bundle together books by one author or even group books in the same genre, like romance or mystery. Stop by a craft store for a ribbon bow and you are good to go with a thoughtful gift that will also benefit your local library.