Monday, July 26, 2021

The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder ~ A Delight Directed Review

The Selected Letters is of Laura Ingalls Wilder by William Anderson and read by John Morgan and Tish Hicks review is not one of my normal book reviews. I listened to this book on Scribd. I was completely delighted, and spontaneously wrote this review for Scribd after I listened to it. 

I will link to Scribd below, and I will share my Amazon affiliate link.

 Oh my, this book was truly wonderful! It touched my heart like no other book has for some time. I first heard my teacher, Mrs. Pamela Higgs, read this to me and my fourth grade class way back during the Bicentennial celebration.  Laura Ingalls Wilder caught my attention and held it raptly. I saved my allowances of fifty cents each week to buy her books, which then cost $2.50 in paperback with the Garth Williams illustrations. Mrs. Wilder was one of the most influential people in my life as I read, re-read, and asked for her books for every birthday and Christmas. 

I've read several books about Mrs. Wilder's life over the last forty plus years. None touched me like The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder written by William Anderson and Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I believe that this is largely because Tish Hicks read Laura's letters brilliantly. As Mrs. Hicks read, I felt that I was listening as  Laura was speaking.  She even started with a young voice and aged with Laura as the years passed. 

It's hard to say what this meant to me. It felt a bit like closure. Something that was stirred to life in me as a ten year old has grown through the years  I've learned to do myself, to make do, and make something out of nothing, and it has come to full fruition as I listened to this wonderful antholology of letters that Mr. Anderson collected and put into order then explained as each was read. 

She was little Laura, Laura the young wife, Laura the mother, Laura the writer, and Laura the beloved elderly author.  I was little Laura, Laura the young wife, Laura the mother, Laura the writer and who knows what my future holds. 

I am richer for "knowing" Laura Ingalls Wilder, and that William Anderson, John Morgan, and Tish Hicks have given a middle aged woman a great deal of pleasure.


Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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Laura Lately ~ Covid Update

Photo by Phillip Larking on Unsplash

 Thank you all for praying for our family during our Covid illness and quarantine. It was a very long month. We are all well now, and I am regaining my strength and stamina. I still tire easily, but I am breathing much better now... as long as I don't move about the house picking up and such too quickly!

 There is much that I've gotten behind on during my illness, but I trust that if I pace myself, I shall get things in order a bit at a time. The garden is looking wild, but the cucumbers keep coming. I'll be making sweet pickles this morning. Little cherry tomatoes are bountiful. We have bigger tomatoes that are still green on the vine. I hope they ripen soon. There is nothing like a fresh tomato sandwich!

 Bless you all, and thank you again for praying!

 Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Favorite First Lines... Anne of Green Gables and Thoughts on Reading

"Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies' eardrops, and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; it was reputed to be an intricate, headlong brook in its earlier course through those woods, with dark secrets of pool and cascade; but by the time it reached Lynde's Hollow it was a quiet, well-conducted little stream, for not even a brook could run past Mrs. Rachel Lynde's door without due regard for decency and decorum; it probably was conscious that Mrs. Rachel was sitting at her door, keeping a sharp eye on everything that passed, from brooks and children up, and that if she noticed anything odd or out of place she would never rest until she had ferreted out the whys and wherefores thereof."  

Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery

I'm sure this sentence would make even the brightest of English teachers scratch her head!  I absolutely love Anne of Green Gables.  It's full of fun, fancy, dreams, and drama.  My favorite part, though, is that it's full of twenty dollar words!  It would be a perfect book to enjoy reading aloud with your family.  A family read aloud time goes far to help your children love reading. Not good at it?  No one is when they start.  Remember, these little, or not-so-little, ones adore you.  You are the most beautiful, the smartest, the bestest in their eyes.  Gather them to you and cuddle for an old-fashioned good time.  

Are they little?  You can read picture books to them.  You will be surprised, however, how soon they will enjoy chapter books if you will read to them.  I read to my children so much when they were younger, my youngest fairly skipped picture books because she preferred chapter books! They can also understand at a much higher level than they can read when they are young. Share experiences in books. Give your family new things to learn and talk about together.  Go ahead. Make memories. 

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

May I suggest?
Home... Emily Dickinson

Saturday, July 24, 2021

I am Recovering from Covid


I want you to  know that I am recovering well from Covid. My doctor prescribed iv antibodies. The treatment helped my body to fight the virus. I'm still taking things slowly because I get short of breath. I also get tired easily. 

But God! 

God has taken wonderful care of me and my family. All four of us who live here at the cottage have had Covid. We are all doing very well. We have been quarantined for almost a month. I wanted togive you an update and tell you I should be back to blogging early next week. 

Thank you all very much for your prayers. You have been so faithful to pray for us. I am blessed with wonderful blog friends. 

God bless you all. 


P.S. These are the socks I knit during quarantine. They will get a good wash!

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Advice From Marmee

Michael and Me
14 and I'm not telling!

"Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant, and prove that you understand the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be delightful, old age will bring few regrets, and life become a beautiful success, in spite of poverty." ~Louisa May Alcott Marmee's Advice in Little Women

I've got to get this figured out and fast!  
I'm too busy to do the important things right now!


No Rules