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It's Monday.  And that means it's time to . . . 


On Mondays, I share some things I've collected over the weekend . . . to get the week off to a good start!


A Quote

Each week, as I set up my calendar, I find a quote that seems appropriate for the week ahead.  Here's my quote for this week:

"Sun is shining.  Weather is sweet.  Make you wanna move your dancing feet."
                            --- Bob Marley


This Friday, we celebrate the Summer Solstice.  Here in my corner of the world, summer can't seem to get a good grip on the season (very wet, very cool).   Maybe if we collectively think pleasant, sunshine-y thoughts, Summer will wake up and join us?  


A Word

I first heard this word as a child (it's in the lyrics to Bippity-Boppity-Boo Impossible from Disney's Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella*).  I've always loved saying this word out loud (usually followed by ". . . and fiddle-dee-dee"), but never bothered to look up the definition or proper spelling until recently.  Now, I'm looking for more ways to use it in casual conversation!

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To Read

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Looking for something new and interesting to read this summer?  Why not start here . . . with this new paperback series from The Modern Library.   Challenge the classical canon!  Discover overlooked women writers who deserve a place in classic literature.


A Challenge


Remember to look up!  
(You find the most surprising things.)


Happy Monday!  
I hope your week is off to a smooth start.


One last thing.  I know that I typically do my monthly Stash Giveaway on the third Monday of each month.  I've decided to switch that feature to Wednesdays, beginning this month.  So be sure to check back on Wednesday when I'll be telling you about this month's Stash Giveaway.  (Hint:  It's sock yarn.)


* And one more thing.  Thanks, Pam, for pointing out that I mixed up my Cinderellas!  (I always liked Rodgers & Hammerstein's version better, so I don't know what I was thinking. . . )


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Ooo! I think I have found another classic novel to read this summer! Thank you so much for sharing that great link!

Have an amazing week!


I have been contemplating a classic as part of my summer reading. Thanks for reminding me to look up too!


Oh boy oh boy oh boy - sock yarn!!! LOL

Another great word Kym and such a fun quote. Looking at the wall calendar in our kitchen over the weekend, I realized that Friday is the Solstice and my first thought was your annual party. Have fun and be sure to share your play list (please).


FOLDEROL -- LOVE IT!! I hope you find many occasions to use it! Your spring/summer is a lot like mine... I sure hope it kicks into gear (I dread a whole "summer" of this) (but it's happened before).


Greetings from across the lake! Summer is behaving the same exact way on our side of the lake. And here it is already, the solstice. Can hardly believe it. I can see the bridge peaking out behind that glass of wine. 😉 Such a special place. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

kim in oregon

This post just made me so happy! It is my first day of summer break and I'm quite ready! Off to see the list!


We're having a wet summer, (still so much snow in the mountains!) but the warmth is starting to take hold. It's in the 80s this week and really lovely, for the most part. What is it with all the thunderstorms? I love the list of books, with covers by women, too. My TBR has grown so much this year, which is great because somedays all I can do is read/listen. The word folderol (I also didn't know quite how to spell it) is one of my favorites and there was a time I used it often (also frippery--which I love).


Oh I can't wait to use folderol! (We have big word Sunday so I can plan just the right sentence!) Thank-you for the link always enlarge my world. xo


I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who hears folderol and immediately thinks "and fiddle-dee-dee"! This month is going by so quickly that I didn't even think of the summer solstice coming up, but now I'm going to make a point to remember and celebrate it. I just love these long days of summer (even though right now they're gloomy and wet).


Happy Monday to you!!!


How can you be blue when you say “Bibbity boppity boo!”


Oooh sock yarn. Definitely not folderol. Our pre summer season has also been pretty wet and sort of cool, we've had way less days over 80 than normal by this time in June. The good thing about that is that we haven't had to put the ACs in the windows yet. The bad thing is that I'm ready for warm sunny days and they are few and far between.


My grandfather used to tell us to stop the folderol! (Ooh ... sock yarn!)


My mother was fond of "folderol." Lots of food for thought in this post. My favorite though is "remember to look up." One misses quite a lot by keeping one's (mine) head down.


When I hear "folderol and fiddle-dee-dee" I'm back in my own little corner in my own little chair -- with Rogers and Hamemrstein's Cinderella. I think the fairy godmother uses that phrase in the intro to "Impossible."

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