Friday, January 23, 2015

Readin’ and Writin’ and waitin’ for Rain!

The sun is out bright this morning but I would love to spend the day inside and we do have a ‘chance of rain’! I’ve had such a wonderful (and active) week!


And look at the books I’m readin’ right now.


I love love love the Jacqueline Winspear mysteries with Maisie Dobbs. I found this one at a book sale so I’m still reading them ‘out of order’ but that’s OK.

And when my hubby shopped for my birthday on Amazon, he used my wish list for ideas and bought me this book.


Do you recognize the author? It’s my blog buddy and dollie friend, JoAnn from Scene through my eyes!!!

I can’t wait to read it!

She sent me some dollie pressies for my birthday too that I’ll share in another post.


I also got my giveaway win from Gina at The Gentle art of Homemaking. She has started a new blog so visit her soon! You’ll love her!


She sent me an April Cornell tea towel in a pretty tote bag and this amazing journal.


I’m going to really enjoy it and use it for some special writing this year.

I hope you’re having a wonderful day, too!

Do you think it will rain?


cucki said...

It's going to rain here too..lovely book and I love the lovely giveaway you received ...
Enjoy your day
Hugs x

ann said...

Certainly no rain here. Sunshine. Sun. 3 cheers. And it will be warm and the snow will finally all be melted away and we can take down the outside Christmas deccorations. No. No rain. You have lots of great reading to keep you entertained on a rainy day, the best way to spend a dreary day. Have a wonderful weekend.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

"Are we walking to alaska " sounds interesting. xo

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm happy to hear you had such a fun birthday week. Looks like you have lots of reading to catch up on. No rain in sight here; it's been the driest January on record so far.

Stacey said...

You've hit the jackpot! Hope you've had a wonderful birthday week.

Thank you for your sweet encouragement.

Pamela Gordon said...

You are always a winner, Diane! :) What a lucky lady you are. There's definitely not a chance of rain here today and the sun is shining brightly if you care to go for a walk all bundled up in layers. I used the treadmill this morning instead but will walk to the mailbox at the end of the driveway shortly. lol Have a wonderful weekend!

Linda H said...

LOVE your new header photo. Of course what's not to love about flamingos?? I just love their color, and their backwards legs! lol Hope you get that rain (assuming it is needed.)

Linda H said...

Ooops, forgot to say Belated Happy Birthday!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It's raining here and cold so I'm going to curl up with the new John Grisham novel and read away. Hugs to you sweet Sis!


Susie said...

Love your gifts Diane. I would love to know about that Alaska book. :):) Looks like fun. I have gone to town and back home...washed my hands, wore my gloves in the stores. LOL. Hope your weekend is great. xoxo,Susie

Terra said...

I am asking God to send rain since we are in a drought, and meantime it looks like it will be 70 degrees and no rain this weekend. I am reading the Maisie Dobbs books too, and I have read the one you have.

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Miss Lavender Dreams, ♫Happy Birthday to you♫

Save some reading for tomorrow, rain is headed your way, and then up it shall travel to our mountains and SNOW. And....more on Monday. Yippee.

Heaps of Hugs

Hope the dolls have their cuddly jams on!!!

Sam I Am...... said...

The Alaska book looks good...right up my alley! I too love JW books but got only a few into the series so need to catch up.
Look at your lovely gifts you got! I think the line of storms is running right between us. We have sunshine and no must have just missed rain either. You might fare the same as it looked just north of you but then I'm not a meteorologist...I just play one on t.v. LOL! Have a wonderful weekend!

Kathy said...

So happy to hear you had such a good birthday week!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

I loved the Maisie Dobbs series, and yes I recognize the author of Are we walking to Alaska? We must visit the same sites :) You must be the luckiest person to win things, think I need some hints and tips from you :)

20 North Ora said...

What a darling journal!! We've had some cloudy, gray days this week but the sun is shining brightly today, Thank goodness.


Arlene @Nanaland said...

Thanks for voting on my door color...I will reveal the total votes next week. Some of my friends read my blog but they do not comment so they tell me in Thanks for sharing Gina's blog as I had missed her new one. Enjoy of my favorite series of books.

Christine said...

glad you've enjoyed a great birthday week! sit back and enjoy such wonderful pressies and book!

Linda Kay said...

Looks like a special birthday that will keep on giving for a while as you peruse these items!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Dear Diane,
Cutest planner ever, I love little birds and flowers! Just know you must have had the loveliest of Birthdays.
Happy Birthday and just look at you in
your sweet ruffle dress and pretty hair!
Sweet memories for a sweet friend!

Noelle the dreamer said...

Och Diane, we are practically drowning here since I came back from overseas. May I bottle a little rain for you??

Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased that your package arrived so soon! Happy Happy Birthday!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

It indeed looks like it will rain - well here in the PNW on the coast it does - rain has been coming down by the bucket all day with heavy lashing winds. Perfect day for staying indoors and making doll clothes. I'm working on two dresses - one has to wait because I'm out of narrow lace - but I'll remedy that tomorrow.

What lovely gifts you got for your birthday - and I'm honored that your husband chose my book as one of your gifts - I hope you enjoy it.

Oh the journal is so neat - I love a fresh new journal. Looks like you are going to have some fun things to play with from your birthday - enjoy!

Brenda Pruitt said...

What a pretty journal!

September Violets said...

I've never seen anyone receive so many gifts and win so many giveaways as you Diane!! You must carry some lucky charm ;) It sounds like you had a wonderful week of birthday goodness. Enjoy your weekend! Wendy x

Carla from The River said...

Yippee, fun birthday gifts. :-)) And a giveaway win!!

Enjoy the weekend.

Carla from The River said...

Yippee, fun birthday gifts. And a fun giveaway win.
Thank you for sharing.
Have a blessed weekend.

Lorrie said...

Sweet gifts - I know you'll enjoy them. The tea towel is so pretty.

Shug said...

some great things here....The deluxe planner sure caught my eye...I so enjoy journals, planners and notebooks of any kind. Have a great Saturday

Montanagirl said...

Girl, it's raining as we speak! You have some nice give-away items there :)

Suzan said...

Rainy days ARE wonderful for reading!!
The title - "Are we Walking to Alaska? sounds interesting!! Love the art work on your new journal!!

Stephanie said...

Rainy days are the perfect day for curling up and reading :)

What lovely gifts, my friend. Hugs to you!

Buttercup said...

We had snow today, but I had a great day catching up on all things bloggy and cooking. Ready to be out and about tomorrow.

Linda Walker said...

Good evening Diane! You certainly did have a good week! I love the cover of your journal!!! We got 3" or 4 " of snow today--not too much but there is a good chance we are going to get buried with snow early in the week. Oh well, spring will be here before you know it!!! I cooked, cut out a sewing project, worked on my journal and my blog post for tomorrow so it was nice to be stuck inside. I love days like this!!!!
Enjoy your reading!!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Sweet friend..I'm sorry I haven't been around. I sort of drifted from blogging for awhile. Yes, I DO love a good mystery even though I lean toward historical novels. Mostly English right now. You sound like you are really into your books..and I know exactly how you feel!
I didn't even get to post Christmas this year and with guests for a few weeks..blogging went by the wayside.
Just for the record, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Would you believe I did get at least one baby doll dressed for winter!
big hugs..and take good care..

Doreen@foxdenrd said...

So glad you had a lovely birthday week Diane! Beautiful journal too :).

Looks like you may have gotten your wish today for rain?

BeachGypsy said...


Petite Plangonophile au chocolat said...

Just droppind by to say 'Hi'. I'm sure you have enjoyed your reading as well as your presents.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I loved JoAnn's book. Read it 2x and got one for my mom and some friends as well. So interesting!


A belated Happy, your trip to Homosass state park was fantastic to see... We put this park on our must see when we get to Florida in February.. Another one is Cross creek state park... Both discovered thru your blog. Thank you... For sharing your adventures..

I have read all the Maise Dobbs books. Loved them all. The new book comes out March 2015.. I can hardly wait to read it..

Kink regards Judy