Hello from the top of the maple tree that stands by the house of the pointed eaves! Our maple tree is flourishing, popping out her stunning leaves!
We've had some smoky clouds floating around the sky. Oh, the weather is remarkable!
My book came! Aren't Ann and Andy beautiful? I see you smiling.
I realized that my big Ann book has been in my possession for (gulp!) over twenty years. I'd forgotten that my sweet mama sent it to me. Don't you love my mother's fine handwriting?
I bought this little book of wisdom for myself (shocker!) and it holds the very dearest words of GREAT truth. Quotable, right?
Since I was messing about downstairs near the ironing basket and the mish-mash of Pom Pom junk, I took some Ann portraits.
When the kids were very young, I would occasionally take myself on little outings (thanks to Bill who would come home between appointments) to antique stores near Seattle. I searched for handmade Annies. I found quite a few for reasonable prices and I used my pocket money to buy dolls. Isn't that funny? Here I was busy with my real babies and I bought myself raggedy dolls. Hmmm.
This shy Ann has a lovely dress.
The Ann on the left was handmade by me. She isn't finished and is practically bald in back. The crazy haired one is really an Andy, but at the moment he is wearing a dress.
They all have the special Ann seal: I love you!
Yes, I have Ann on my brain, but I also have the Willows on my mind. Betty the Wood Fairy has been entertaining the small brood. She sent me a postcard (actually Ratty, Mole, and Mr. Toad did!) The Willows' hostesses (a stellar group of NICE people) are doing it up big. My, my, oh my! Don't you wish you were traveling with the boys? The Grand Tour is proving to be the trip of a lifetime!
I have felt a small amount of guilt because my beloved Badger did not get to go. He is a homebody, and probably would not have wanted to hustle around the globe in a box, but he is such a fine guy. I might make a Badger to welcome the boys home many months from now.
I was reading the end of the story a while ago. I had to copy the illustration of Mole and Ratty in their nightclothes. I was feeling sleepy and yearning for bed (and peace) at the time.
Do visit Betty and check on the boys, won't you?
I'm off to dance with the ladies this morning. Oh, it is sweaty business and the weight work/mat work is so hard for this granny.
When I get home I'll put on my new gardening gloves and pull weeds. I may plant some pansies.
I have five weeks left of school and I am bent on giving all the encouragement I can to my first set of sixth graders. I am thinking of writing them each a card (starting now) with all the virtues they possess, written out one by one. I had a former student pop by yesterday and she said, "I still have the Christmas card you gave me." I said, "Did I write something nice on your card?" She replied, "You told me to do a little writing over the holiday break!" Ha ha! Well, I'll try not to be so bossy this go around.
Kindness is a very sweet word, isn't it?
That's why I like Raggedy Ann. She is SO NICE! Her voice is nice, her actions are benevolent, and her attitude is humble.
If you don't have an Ann, I hope one comes your way.
Thank you for reading and thank you for stopping in. You're nice.