I can hear the rain just outside my window, splashing and dancing on the leaves. The boughs sag with the liquid weight and bounce back, creating merry little waterfalls for the fairies who, no doubt, take up residence there.
It's perfect weather. Perfect, that is, for staying indoors. Perfect for sitting near a glowing fire while the kettle whistles and a wee person or two snuggles nearby.
This is "curl up with a book" weather. Can't you feel it?
Here's a peek at the stories we've been enjoying on this soggy October afternoon.
Drew likes the carefree and relaxed quality of Twain's characters. After reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer last month, he was eager to read a bit more about the intriguing Huck Finn.
Bethie has been racing through every book within reach ever since she detected that autumn tang in the air. She's currently devouring anything by Elizabeth Enright. I'm afraid she'll go through a period of mourning when she realizes she's read them all. Then she'll probably just read them over again.
Aidan is enjoying Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. A book featuring a cast of deadly animals is definitely bound to be intriguing to this child. A carpet python? So cool. Bring it on.
After finishing Betsy-Tacy, Avery and I had to move right on to Betsy-Tacy and Tib. We are thoroughly enjoying these charming stories. I am so in love with books from the 40s. (And fashion from the 40s. And movies from the 40s. I better stop now.)
James Herriot wrote a charming collection of stories based on his experience as a vet in England. In the 40s. (Sigh.) I find myself slipping into a British accent when reading these with Miss Kate. She doesn't mind.
One of the most delightful children's books I've come across. We absolutely love Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm. Every single page makes us giggle.
So that's what we're up to over here. Have you found time to curl up with a kiddo and a book this week? If not, grab one and do it. You'll be glad that you did!
Read about my thirty-one day challenge over here.