vernal bliss

For the past couple of weeks we have been enjoying gorgeous weather! [Although it is supposed to rain today-but it might not!] While we wait for the older two kids to get out of school, Julia and Collin have enjoyed romping around the school playground.

Of course Julia has to do her reading to me beforehand and is then free to roam, leaving her other homework for the kitchen table. But both kids really look forward to their romps in the mild sun and light breeze that we've been blessed with recently. Absolutely perfect weather. And it's nice for me as well-I stow a book away in my bag and read as they play. It makes for a nice relaxing break in the middle of an otherwise hectic day.

Of course, now that I've posted this, it will most certainly rain today!

did you know . . .

. . . that April is National Poetry Month?

Last year I found a fun way to get into the spirit at poets.org. You can sign up on the website to receive a poem a day via email.

The poems are modern ones, so you won't be sent any by Emily Dickinson [pictured to left] or other poets you may have studied, but the website also features an archive, with access to poetry written by both past and modern poets.

One of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson:

There is no frigate like a book

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul.