"Life isn't long enough to do all you could accomplish. And what a privilege even to be alive. In spite of all the pollutions and horrors, how beautiful this world is.
Supposing you only saw the stars once every year. Think what you would think. The wonder of it!"--Tasha Tudor

Friday, December 31, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Hoping you are having a lovely Christmastide.
Remembering all of those we love and those we lost and will always love in 2010.

And looking forward to what is to come in 2011.

We're here on Cape Cod visiting Lou and Barb. The Corgis are having a great time, too!

Wishing you all the most wonderful days to come in the New Year.

With all my love, Cathy xo xo

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

E Reading Little Women

"Jo was the first to wake in the gray dawn of Christmas morning. No stockings hung by the fireplace, and for a moment she felt as much disappointed as she did long ago, when her little sock fell down because it was so crammed with goodies. Then she remembered her mother's promise and, slipping her hand under her pillow drew out a little crimson-colored book. She knew it very well, for it was that beautiful old story of the best life ever lived...." Beginning of Chapter 2, A Merry Christmas, from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I have a sneaking suspicion that Santa might bring a couple of E Readers here to the Santarsiero household for Christmas, you know, Kindle, Nook and the like. I downloaded Barnes and Noble's Nook for the PC just to see what all of the fuss was about. If you don't have a Nook you can download and use Nook for the PC right to your computer for free without owning the actual device. There are loads of free books you can get in an instant. I must say that I am impressed. I resisted the notion of ever being able to take pleasure in reading in an electronic format. I love books and glorious magazines. The old fashioned paper kind. I love the feel of them, the smell of them, the way they look stacked up on a shelf or table just beckoning me to take a break and escape into a story. No one that I know loves books as much as my 19 year old daughter, Laura. She is constantly writing and reading. She takes more books out of the library than anyone I know (yet still loathes the Dewey Decimal System) and spends every dime she has on books. She agrees that no electronic device can ever replace a real book for a true bibliophile.

Having said that, last night while The Mister was outside with the cable guy trying to figure out why our internet connection was screwy, I had the Nook version of Little Women up on my computer screen. After a few minutes I felt the familiar presence of Laura reading over my shoulder, drinking a hot cup of tea. I call her the 'grammar nazi' because she is constantly criticizing me when she sees the way I sometimes send out emails or instant messages with no capitalization, punctuation, etc. Homeschoolers! Sheesh! Anyway, even she was intrigued by the E Book. Within minutes she was reaching over my shoulder to get the mouse and clicking on all of the highlighted footnotes and annotations throughout the page to discover more information, definitions, and the like. Very cool indeed. So many of the classics and others are available and for free! I can see what a wonderful resource this could be for students who need to read books for book reports for school assignments.

Anyway, getting back to Little Women, I especially enjoyed the notes in the beginning of the book with the introduction and The World Of Louisa May Alcott. If you love Little Women, check out the Nook version. I think you will enjoy it if you have never read it before. It might come in handy on those snowy Winter days like this!

P.S. Do you love The Pioneer Woman? Who doesn't? Here's a link to a wonderful printer giveaway over on her Tasty Kitchen blog!
Have a happy day, my lovelies!
xo xo ♥ CS

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Huzzah! I'm EBSQ's Blogger of the Week!

Thank you to Amanda Makepeace for inviting me to be interviewed for Art Meets Blog over at EBSQ! Wanna see? Pop on over here! ♥ xo CS

Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus - Must See!

I dare you not to smile and clap at your screen
after watching this. Be sure to pause my playlist
on the left sidebar before watching! Thank you to my
AHA friend Suzanne for sharing it with me!

Love, Cat xo xo ♥