Summer Fun

Oh friends, I’ve been having a fun summer but it’s also been busy and unfortunately I just haven’t put blogging at the top of my list. I hope you’ve all been having a wonderful time and I apologize for not keeping up. I got a bit overwhelmed when I saw my feedly activity. So please do let me know if I’ve missed something important.

Anyway, I’m back sort of. We had a wonderful three week vacation in Germany as we spent time with family and friends, saw a new city and relaxed a lot. I thought I’d be all set for my return but I came back to family visits, friend visits and lots of work. So needless to say, I feel like I’ve been running around a lot this month trying to catch up.

The next few months I have a couple of trips planned and then I’m also trying to get my shop ready for the holidays and other craft fairs. You know where this is going right? Yep, I may not be around as much still. We’ll see, maybe I’ll finally learn the art of time management. Ha. Again, thank you for hanging in there with me.

So, I did read quite a few books while on vacation and bought books too of course so I’ll do a post on that but in the meantime, here are a couple of pictures from our adventures:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe spent a weekend in the Harz Mountains. I’ve been to the Harz several times and I just love this magical place. We boarded a steam train to take us to the highest peak. So much fun. Between that and the scenery I thought I had stepped into a Grimm Fairy Tale.

 

 

 

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThen we went south to spend a week in beautiful Freiburg at the foot of the Black Forest. Walked a lot, had a lot of gelato and enjoyed bike rides along the Dreisam river.

I was hoping to escape the Texas heat but it was actually pretty hot in Germany too. Oh well, thank goodness for the gelato and eiscafes!

Alright guys, I hope you have a wonderful weekend and will be back with more book talk!

Bloggiversary

Today I’m celebrating 10 years of book blogging! I cannot believe I’m typing this. The last couple of years my blogging has gone through a lot of ups and downs but that happens right? I’m just very happy that I belong to this wonderful community of book bloggers.

You guys have given me so many more books to add to my reading list, you’ve helped me broaden my reading horizons (for example I never would have thought I’d read a graphic novel and love it) and you never get tired of talking about books. I love that.

I will make this short and sweet because I have to finish a book for book group tomorrow but just wanted to say thank you again for your sweet friendship. And, of course, it would be a bloggiversary without a giveaway so if you’ll leave me a comment (share a title of a great book you’ve read recently if you like) I’ll do a drawing on Friday. Not sure yet what you are getting but I promise it’ll be something a bookworm would enjoy!

Hugs,
iliana

Is This Still On?

I keep thinking of checking in to tell you about books I’ve read, bought, etc. but life just seems to be flying by and the longer I keep away from the blog the harder it is to come back because I feel a bit overwhelmed by where to start. Anyway, I hope you’ve all been doing great and forgive me for the extended silence.

What’s been keeping me from the blog? Work has been a bit busy and changes are happening so more than likely I’ll be looking for a new job in the next few months. I have been trying to focus on my health a bit more after a doctor visit so more time at the gym and walking outdoors – which actually has led to me enjoying audiobooks a bit more! Now if I could just find the time to do yoga again.

When not reading I’ve been spending more time with my mom, in our garden and of course crafting. My Etsy shop is not closed but my focus isn’t on it at the moment. Right now when I craft I just make stuff for me and that makes me happy.

printingLook at what I’m into lately – monoprinting! I got a gelli plate and have been busy getting paint everywhere. I tell you, one of these days I will take a real printmaking class. This is just too much fun.

I celebrated a birthday recently and my dear husband got me some craft supplies. Lots of stuff he said he didn’t know what it was for but figured I would and he was right. What a good husband. So more crafting adventures to come.

Anyway, that’s a quick recap of life at Casa Bookgirl. My posting will more than likely be a bit spotty in the next couple of months as we have vacation coming up, family visiting, etc. but I will try to pop in. I actually have a new stack of books I need to tell you about so hopefully I can get another post done soon.

Anyway, I hope all is well with you all and hope you’ve been reading lots of great books!