So we’re here visiting our friends Terry & Virgie in Phoenix, Arizona and it’s been 100 degrees out! And the air conditioning in our van goes out yesterday. We don’t do heat so there’s no way we’re finishing this trip without air conditioning.
Fortunately, Terry & Virgie know a good local mechanic who can fix the whole thing for $600. And before we need to leave for San Diego on Sunday.
That, coincidentally, is exactly TWO of our “Ready, Set, Go!” Instant Blogging packages.
So if you know someone who needs a blog, you should tell them about this, shouldn’t you?
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To all our blog readers – thank you! We’re now at 10,260 views of the blog.
We especially want to thank again all of you who put us up for a night or longer and/or provided a meal along the way as we traveled from California to Quebec.
Thank you to:
Terry & Virgie Wilson, Phoenix AZ
Sonja & kids, New Mexico
Jason Batt & Family, Denver CO
Dorothy Shapland Parker, Denver CO for a great Moroccan dinner
Denver & Diane Canfield, Rapid City SD (Joel’s Uncle & his wife)
Mimi Klosterman & Family, Arlington SD
Darlene Canfield Arnes, Rice Lake WI (Joel’s mom)
Charley Cheney & Family, Fremont MI
Debs Linden, Toronto Canada
Shawn McCormick & Family, Ottawa Canada
Cristina Favreau & Family, Quebec Canada
We look forward to visiting with each of you more on our return trip in November.
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? In 11 days (love that new countdown over there in the right sidebar) we’ll leave for Canada. The first overnight stop will be in Portland, Oregon – a-10 hour drive from here. Does anyone know how many times a six-year old can say ‘are we there yet?‘ in a 10-hour period?
So we need some suggestions for great road games to help her keep her mind occupied. Remember, she’s not your average six-year old. She’s much more likely to play these games is she knows her ‘fans’ are suggesting the ideas and watching to see how it all turns out. In fact, we’ll write a blog post about how the games go. She’ll love that. Especially if we post something about it also at her 900 Funny Thoughts blog.
Please, add your great road games ideas as comments below! Thank you!
Today was busy getting ready for tomorrow’s workshop. It would be the first day since we started the blog that nothing got posted. I couldn’t let that happen! So today’s post is: too busy to post!
There’s been a lot of talk lately about just who Fiona really is and what she does. Thanks to all of your comments, we’ve been able to come up with this succinct description: “a precocious 105-year old chatterbox prodigy who reads in the dark.”
Yet that only begins to scratch the surface of this deep persona. Today I thought I’d share more specifics – particularly on her reading and writing interests.
Current books checked out from the local library (20 total; I told her that was the limit for this 3-week period):
- The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss
- A Hatful of Seuss: Five Favorites by Dr. Seuss
- Geogra-fleas!: Riddles All Over The Map (she likes us to pronounce that Georgia-fleas)
- Goldilocks and the Three Martians
- David Gets in Trouble (she already owns another of the David books)
- The Squiggle
- Cat & Mouse
- What James Likes Best (any book with James in the title is a must read in honor of her big brother James)
- Ramona and Her Father (she’s become a Ramona fan in the last 2 months)
- Ramona the Pest
- Henry and Beezus
- Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery (she likes to pronounce Jansen as Janseen and loves the Cam Jansen books; loves mysteries like her mom)
- Cam Jansen and the Green School Mystery
- Cam Jansen and the First Day of School
- Arthur Chapter Books 1-3 (she’s been reading chapter books for a while now; yes, she’s just going into 1st grade)
- Baby-Sitters Club #43, Stacey’s Emergency (became a huge fan of Baby-Sitters Club books because her big sister owns quite a few)
- Baby-Sitters Club #33
- Baby-Sitters: Little Sister #61
- Baby-Sitters: Little Sister #37
- Charlotte’s Web
At bedtime we read at least one book and then she requires at least a dozen books at her bedside to read. At any given point in the day if it’s too quiet, we go check to see what trouble she’s up to: usually she’s sitting on our bed reading a book. She’s enjoying The Secret Garden, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books, Little Women and many, many more.
She’ll probably be a writer. Actually she already writes at her blog: Foona’s 900 Funny Thoughts. She usually dictates to me as I type in the words. Often she asks me to correct the punctuation! Oh, and she loves it when people leave comments.
Her library may already have as many books as her dad’s. That must be where she gets it from! I’m sure she’ll be an author like so many in her family: Dad writes business books and has written a mystery; Mom’s co-authored books with Dad (you can find their books here); her sister writes poetry; her brother has published two books; her uncle is writing a book. Mom also writes poems. Here’s one of Mom’s favorites written for Fiona’s Dad:
Our Hearts Entwine
When you look at me my heart melts
Your eyes smile and twinkle with love
With just a look you say I love you
With just a smile you say you’ll always be there
My eyes mist with tears, my heart aches with love
I reach for you, you reach for me
With a look alone our hearts entwine
Forever in love, yours and mine
Yes, Fiona does read in the dark (with a flashlight or small night light). And she can talk your ear off like no one’s business!
Fiona has been writing a blog since June 2009 – her funny thoughts. She’d like to share her newest post and requests “Comments please!” She loves comments. So while the rest of us are busy working on our blogs, why not take a few minutes to check out Foona’s Nine Hundred Funny Thoughts and her newest post “Qwert me!” Thank you all!