Hello all!  It’s been a while, I know.  I took a little Hiatus, this time it was on purpose.  I took all of October off.  Why, you ask?  Because I love Halloween.  I love it.  I love creating a costume, although sometimes it tests my patience.  I love dressing up.  I love being, for a short time, something I’m normally not.  Some of you are probably thinking “Psh, you’re too old for that.” To you, I say this: you don’t stop having fun when you get old, you get old when you stop having fun. And grown-up Halloween parties are fun.

My costume this year was Alice from “Alice in Wonderland”.  My friend was dressing up as  the Queen of Hearts.  We decided to try to put a bit of a steampunk spin on them.  We both sew and craft so we were making our own costumes. I decided to not use a pattern this time around.  Which is the reason for the October hiatus.  Ive made enough costumes in the past that I had a good idea of how to get this one done.  But I needed time.  All the extra time I could get my hands on.  It didn’t come out quite as I wanted, it still needs a little tweaking.  The skirt was good, the petticoat I made was actually TOO poofy.  I didn’t realize a petticoat could be too poofy, did you?  And somehow, the corset ended up a bit too big and loose, even when laced up.

My friend’s costume was on point.  And I dressed my hubby up as the Mad Hatter.  Yes, I dressed him up.  If I didn’t come up with his costume, he wouldn’t dress up at all.  It’s just not his thing, but at least he goes along with the crazy plans I come up with.  We ended up winning “Best Group Costume” at the party!

So, now I’m back.  This week was scheduled to be a review of the next adventure-related book I’ve read.  Sadly, I haven’t read another one since The Last Season. To be honest, these kinds of books aren’t my normal genre.  Normally, I read fantasy books with magic and dragons and mermaids and romance and other make-believe stuff…….So sometimes I struggle with the more realistic stories.  The Last Season grabbed me and pulled me in because I wanted to know what happened to the missing ranger. But they aren’t all gripping tales, and with my short attention span, I end up staring off into space, following a random thought that leads me every which way but where the book was going.  Next thing you know, I’m looking up concert tickets online, or looking at puppy pictures on a rescue’s website.

For next month’s book review, I just sent a request into my library for The Barefoot Sisters “Walking Home”  by Lucy Letcher.  It was suggested by a member of a facebook hiking group I’m a member of.   It’s a story of two sisters who hike the Appalachian Trail, twice, barefoot.  It’s rated 4.12 out of 5 stars on good reads.  I’m hoping it will be a good one.

I’m also looking for suggestions from you.  Help me out here!  Tell me about a book you’ve read that you really enjoyed.  Something related to hiking or traveling or exploring or camping or kayaking or……..anything adventurous like that.  Tell me what you loved about it and why you think others (including me) should read it.  Next week, I’ll share with you a fun adventure I had this summer in the U.P.  See you then!