Bagging Books

world atlas

the animal boogie

the barefoot book of dance stories

paperback books with storytime cds

book bags for school fundraisers

I was wrapping up a book school fundraiser last May and forgot I had these photos. It's always exciting to see tons of books around your living room and then to dive into the work ahead of bagging up all the individual orders and delivering them to the school where the book fair was held. I originally signed up with Barefoot Books as an ambassador to be on my daughter's team, to help support her as a team leader. She is doing very well on the East Coast while I've pretty much retired from selling Barefoot Books. I enjoy reading children's books to my grandchildren, and I'm writing my own stories. I've enjoyed the journey, meeting sweet families at farmer's markets and going to public , private and Montessori schools. Thanks so much for your support through the years and remember, you can always order these beautiful books through my daughter at or through my Amazon links as an affiliate.

I'm a huge fan of author, Jane Yolen. Have you read any of her books and if so, do you have a favorite?
The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories (Barefoot Books)

The Animal Boogie is an awesome book, combined with a very catchy song, it's a huge winner with toddlers and pre-schoolers. If you have the time, you might be interested in the video on YouTube. Join in with the singalong.
The Animal Boogie

The World Atlas has been so popular in the schools, home school and family libraries. They also have the app for iPads that is awesome.

Barefoot Books World Atlas

While we were in full production with the book distribution, we paused our work for a delicious snack, our very own persimmons. The Fuji persimmons are crispy like an apple, while the other type are much larger in size and mushy inside when ripe like jelly. Yummy!


Photos for Blue MondayMellow Yellow Monday and Mandarin Orange Monday

Happy Blue Monday while eating and reading!


“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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Around The Pumpkin Farm

tractor on the pumpkin farm

November skies in SoCal continue to be clear and bright with slightly cooler temperatures. Bates Nut Farm is located in Valley Center, California.

bumpy pumpkins
 I've never seen "bumpy" pumpkins before. They remind me of some type of gourd with their rough outer appearance.
cinderella pumpkin

I remember many, many years ago when the children were little ones, we made pumpkin pies from scratch.
Have you tried it before? I'll use the canned pumpkin for my pies again this year, it's easy.

bates nut farm

child dancing on platform
 After the grandson showed us his "turkey trot", he invited his cousin to stand on the platform and show her stuff.
grandchildren sitting in the chair.

After much contemplation, the little one twirled around and headed up the grove road for lunch. Flora loves wearing her striped leggings with just about everything.

 We had a little bite to eat before nap time. I think it's funny that my grandkids love Mexican food but it does please me to see them eat rice and beans, enchiladas and of course, chips and avocado. While waiting for the tangerines to ripen, we sampled the last of our delicious pears.

mexican food

assortment of pears

 Afterward, we went outdoors for some fresh air and to water the Clivias.


Photos for Blue Monday and Mandarin Orange Monday

I love getting together with family and friends and doing what most people love to do, which is eat. I can enjoy the food. I can enjoy my family and focus on giving thanks.

Where will you be and what will you be doing for the holiday? We'll be reading together:

10 Fat Turkeys
 I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie (Picture Puffin Books)
Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks

You may be interested in reading an excellent article, including 8 delicious recipes, at 13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin on Jen Reviews blog.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!

-- LadyD

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis

Land of the Lorikeet

San Diego Safari Park
feeding the lorikeet
grandson feeding the lorikeet
the family feeding 4 lorikeets
crab salad and dragon fruit salad
mock orange blossoms

The Rainbow Lorikeet, (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a species of Australasian parrot found in Australia, eastern Indonesia (Maluku and Western New Guinea), Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. In Australia, it is common along the eastern seaboard, from Queensland to South Australia and northwest Tasmania. Its habitat is rainforest, coastal bush and woodland areas. For more information, visit

These colorful parrots feed on nectar of various blossoms and soft fruits, preferably berries. Here at the San Diego Safari Park my family loved feeding the Rainbow Lorikeet. You can purchase a cup of nectar and experience their brush-like tongue from these very social birds. For more information, visit Lorikeet Landing. The photos of these very friendly birds are for Blue Monday.

We came home with so many fond memories and then sat down to enjoy some crab salad and dragon fruit salad with orange persimmons from our fruit orchard. I love this time of year where we continue to eat from the abundance of the land. Photos for Mandarin Orange Monday. I think the plant is Mock Orange Blossoms, not really sure but they are pretty with the elongated shape.

rainbow lorikeets

Happy Blue Monday! Happy Mandarin Orange Monday!

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” — C. S. Lewis
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