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Actually, I think you should apologize when you write short posts! HaaHaa!

Anne of Green Gables and Laura Ingills where my favorites. Oh, and Trixie Beldon.


Sweet Valley High....


Nancy Drew! I still have a few books I'm missing from my collection.

And of course Harry Potter, because I grew up with him. :) Btw, I enjoy your long posts. They're like a big catch up on life in writing and make me feel like writing in my blog.


Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth


I was obsessed with The Baby-Sitters' Club books by Ann M. Martin. I loved Claudia's creativity and Dawn's independent and confident style.

Megan Wighaman

Anne :)


Harriet the Spy... :o)


I loved Harriet the Spy - read the book over and over.


Nancy Drew,the Hardy Boys, and Bobbsey Twins!


Hi Joanne,

I loved the famous five and a lots of books from the autor Enid Blyton.

And know I reading your book living simply again. I love that book! thank you for writing that book. Greatings Eveline! I love pag 49 a simple home and a lot more in your book. Its like a write that piece.

I am glad to read about your happy in Colarado. Have a good time white the girls and Toben

Best Wishes,



ooooh, way too many good ones to name. . .

Sara Crewe
Ralph S. Mouse
Trixie Belden and Honey
Hellen Keller, Laura Bridgman (do they count?)
Polly and Digory
Sam, Frodo, Merry and Pippin (and of course Eowyn, one of the world's best literary heroines, after whom our #2 is middle named!)

Wow, I have to stop now or I will waste the next 30 minutes over at the bookshelf reminiscing. BUT Joanne, if you have not read The House of Thirty Cats with your girls, or The Tanglewoods Secret, you really should try to get your hands on copies. The first is about a little girl who tried to find homes for 30 cats--but really, it is a parable about the spiritual life! The second is by a Christian author, and so the lessons are clear, BUT I loved this book as a girl, and the spiritual echos persist into adulthood.

By the way, still waiting to a pic of your blocked knitting. ; )

Joyful Advent to all in your home!



Hello Joanne!

Hardy boys, Famous Five, Secret Seven, Spiderman, Batman, Malory Towers and everything Enid Blyton (:

I'm thinking of crocheting a scarf for winter. But I haven't come across any pattern that really attracts me. Any suggestions?

Holly B.

Amelia Bedelia (Peggy Parish)was one of my favorites.

Jennifer VeStrand

Trixie Belden, Cherry Ames, and Beanie Malone! I LOVED, LOVED, all the Beanie Malone books and now they have been reprinted. Sadly, my sweet girls are a bit too old. But they were soooo good! And, of course, the Ingalls family will always be near and dear to my heart!

Jennifer VeStrand

Here's a link to the Beanie Malone series, in case anyone is interested.

And I forgot to add that I loved Betsy, Tacy, and Tib too!!! We used to go to the library (half hour away) once a week in the summer, and I would get 7 books--one for each day. Sweet memories. My sweet mom instilled in me a love of books that continues to this day and has been passed on to my children too!


Hi Joanne,
Totally off subject...would you update us on your "tatoo" adventure? :) i'm not sure if i missed a blog about it or not.

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