May Update

burgundy yarrow flower buds

The A to Z Challenge was a success for me. With short posts and no theme, I was able to complete it. I enjoyed meeting new bloggers and gaining more followers. I’m grateful of all the thoughtful comments throughout the month! It seems that I am back to infrequent posts, but I want to get back into blogging again.

My decluttering is still in progress. It’s satisfying to throw out or give away things and have a bit more room as a result.

I hope you are keeping up with your goals and maintaining (or creating) good habits!


A to Z Challenge – Z for Zadie Smith

On Beauty

Z for this challenge can be a tough one. I brainstormed a bit, but couldn’t find the right topic for this one. Then I looked at my bookshelf and immediately knew I was on the right track. Zadie Smith was it! I’m currently listening to Zadie Smith’s On Beauty. I’ve heard many praises for Zadie Smith, so I’m excited to give one of her novels a try.

Have you read On Beauty or any of Zadie Smith’s books? What do you think? 

*Wow, I’ve made it to the last post of this challenge! Congrats if you also completed it!*

A to Z Challenge – Y for Yarn Bombs

Have you seen anything like this in your area?


East Bay (Northern California)



Yarn bombing

Melbourne, Victoria, AU



Yarn Bombing

The Netherlands



Yarn Bombed Library Frog

 Highland Square branch of the Summit County Library (Akron, Ohio)



Yarn bombs

Occidental Park in the Pioneer Square neighborhood (Seattle, Washington)

A to Z Challenge – V for Voracious Readers

Library books in black and white

I know many voracious readers who give me great book recommendations. I keep those books in mind, but I have to prioritize which ones I will read next. I enjoy some variety when coming up with my to-read list. So here’s where you come in. Tell me about a good book or two you’ve read recently. Or maybe mention an author whose work you love.

Here are my picks. Wild and Tiny, Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. In Wild, Strayed writes about her experiences hiking the Pacific Coast Trail after dealing with the death of her mother. Tiny, Beautiful Things is a collection of advice columns Strayed wrote as Dear Sugar from . The letters and responses are heartbreaking, honest, and encompass a range of issues and life stages.

 So voracious readers, read any good books lately?

A to Z Challenge – T for Time

Test of Time

Little Things

Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.

So the little moments,
Humble thought they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of Eternity.

So the little errors
Lead the soul away
From the paths of virtue
Far in sin to stray.

Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Help to make earth happy
Like the Heaven above.

Julia Carney