Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #10

And it's summer here in Southern California! Wait, I take that back. We're back to spring. After temperatures got seriously close to 100 degrees late last week, it's nice to finally plunge 20+ degrees. Though spring is a fun time for us as the song birds and pigeons make their return to torment my cat. … Continue reading Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #10

The Lily Cafe Digest #22

I'm not sure what's happened over the past few weeks, but somehow the below things posted. Just looking at some of them has me scratching my head a little because I think I went through the last few weeks in a complete haze. A complete haze in which all I saw and dreamed about were … Continue reading The Lily Cafe Digest #22

Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #9

Breaks are never really long enough, are they? Well, I'm back and reasonably ready to get back into this blogging thing. As I mentioned in my previous Upcoming post (don't worry, I didn't remember what I wrote in it until I started on this one), this spring sees my family house hunting. The next 3 … Continue reading Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #9

The Lily Cafe Digest #21

A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking of changing my blog theme for, um, the (pick a number)th time. Which doesn't really impact much anyways since I think at least half of my views are through the Reader, but, just in case someone is actually at the site, things would have looked different. But, … Continue reading The Lily Cafe Digest #21

Book Review: Red Thread of Fate by Lyn Liao Butler

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Title: Red Thread of Fate Author: Lyn Liao Butler Publisher: Berkley Publication date: February 8, 2021 Genre: Women's Fiction One Sentence Summary: Just before Tam and Tony hear from their caseworker about the little boy they're adopting from China, Tony and his estranged cousin Mia are killed and Tam suddenly becomes mother to Mia's little girl, … Continue reading Book Review: Red Thread of Fate by Lyn Liao Butler

I Need Some Picture Book Recommendations

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Every night, I read 1-5 books to my 4 year old daughter, depending on how long they are. She doesn't just look a lot like me, but also shares my love of books. There's literally a pile of books under her desk because she hates when they're neatly organized (which is very much NOT like … Continue reading I Need Some Picture Book Recommendations

Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #8

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful, healthy, and restful (?) holiday season, and I hope we all remember to write 2022. I know I'll need a couple of months to get the hang of it. Right now, I'm just hoping I remember to write and give the correct year to my kids … Continue reading Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #8

The Lily Cafe Digest #20

And we made it through another year! I can't tell you just how ready I am for the next two weeks off. For me and for my kids. For two weeks, I get to just be mom instead of mom and teacher. Not that it'll actually take much of a load off my shoulders, but … Continue reading The Lily Cafe Digest #20

Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #7 + Introduction

Hello and welcome! After a much needed break, I'm back at The Lily Cafe. Since I hit 2000 followers a couple of weeks ago (thank you so much!), WordPress has now taken it upon itself to congratulate my blog on receiving notice every time someone follows it. (Is this something new? Has anyone else experienced … Continue reading Upcoming at The Lily Cafe #7 + Introduction

The Lily Cafe Digest #19

I probably say this every time, but I really am looking forward to my blogging break next week! In my last Digest, I mentioned my kids had completed 3 weeks of school and I complained a bit about the online program our (former) district offered. We've now completed 12 weeks of school. It feels like … Continue reading The Lily Cafe Digest #19