book review: the day that a ran away

“The Day That A Ran Away” is the second book that I will be reviewing by author B.C.R. Fegan. 

The description of the book reads:

“Master Jet has forgotten to complete his homework … or has he? Jet’s teacher is surprised to find that instead of the alphabet, his page is completely blank. Jet tries to explain that it really isn’t his fault. After all, how can he help it, if none of his letters want to stay on the page!”

An adventure-themed plot makes this picture book unlike your typical alphabet story. I would almost argue that this is intended for school-age kids. While each page is dedicated to its own letter, the writing is on the smaller side than what is found in a board book intended for younger children. Every letter of the alphabet is uniquely transformed into an animal or creature often befitting of that page as well, which, at first glance, can make it confusing for small ones.

Each page discretely has a few other items surrounding the anthropomorphic letters. For instance, “K” resembles a king, and also pictured are a kitten and a kite.

During the initial read-through with Remy, I pointed out every item that would start with the letter in question. The correlations were not obvious to her at first. From the second time onward, she pointed out those objects that began with the letter on the page. She absolutely loves the book, and finding these somewhat hidden objects. But I can see why it is most likely intended for older audiences, and not 2-year-olds.

Nevertheless, if your child likes ABC stories, then I recommend this for them. No matter their age. If you are a teacher of a younger grade(s) or a library worker needing an engaging read for story time, I also suggest this book!

This book was graciously sent to me to review on my blog. All words and opinions are mine.

Emory

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a day in the life (two)

BeFunky_001.jpgOn October 18 2013, I published my first Day in the Life. That’s almost one year ago exactly. I love these types of posts, and I especially love when other bloggers take part in them. They’re so interesting. Even if that individual doesn’t do anything particularly interesting that day, their own take on, and how they relate to the world, is what makes it so intriguing.

I randomly chose one day last month to highlight here today. Below is a list of each event as it unfolded:

7:00 am. Get up. Take the dogs for a walk.

8:00 am. Get back, throw on clothes, pack the dogs up, and leave.

8:15 am. Drive into town.

BeFunky_002.jpg9:00 am. Arrive at the Vet College and drop of Holly for her all-day appointment. When I get back into the vehicle, I call my mum and bawl my eyes out. I return a missed call from my contractor. I’m needed at our new home, which is out of town. I start making my way out there with Truman.

BeFunky_003.jpg9:45 am. Arrive at our building site and start making decisions on lighting, electrical, appliances, fencing, decks, and anything else that my contractor needs an answer for.

10:15 am. Building inspector arrives. I introduce myself and then leave. 

PicMonkey Collage10:20 am. Drive down the street, and take Tru for a walk. I hang out on the dock for a bit while Tru plays in the water. It’s going to get up to 31°C that day, and it’s already a gorgeous morning.

BeFunky_004.jpg11:00 a.m. Head back home.

11:45 am. Get back and start making breakfast for myself and Tru. We’re starving! 

12:15 pm. Tru and I finish eating. I haven’t heard from the vet in regards to Holly, so to distract myself I clean the entire house and then get ready for work later that night. 

BeFunky_007.jpg1:45 pm. I get overly impatient, so I call the Vet College. Holly is ready to be picked up. I make the 30 minute drive into town and to the college for the second time that day. 

2:15 pm. Grab Holly, load her up, and leave to go back home. We’re both so relieved to be with one another again. 

2:45 pm. Get home, feed Holly, and take her outside for a stroll around the acreage. Once back inside, I begin to cook Geoff’s supper in addition to getting the dog’s meals together. 

3:15 pm. I finally have about an hour to myself. I use that time to start a blog post and work on my store. I’m trying to keep busy, but am having a hard time concentrating.

BeFunky_008.jpg4:15 pm. Make my final trip into town for my shift at the library. I forget to take supper.

5:00-9:00 pm. Work at the library. Later in the evening, I continue writing my blog post on my break. Working my other jobs while at work, it’s something that I’ve come to master over the past year.

9:00 pm. Finish my shift. I’m exhausted, but it’s time for the gym. First though, I have to make a quick stop at my store.

BeFunky_0010.jpg9:15 pm. Arrive at my store. Grab what I need, then head to the gym.

9:30 pm. Get to the gym and try to have a good workout.

10:15 pm. I’m too tired to do anymore. I get changed, and make the drive back home.

10:45 pm. Get home. Eat supper. Blog some more.

12:00 am. Bedtime. I’m dead. 

Not everyday of my life looks like this. For the last few months however, they have followed a similar suit. I mostly wanted to write this because up until I stopped caring, I was getting tired of my in-laws and friends complaining that they don’t see my husband or I anymore. When we tried explaining that we were busy, their response was that “everyone is busy.” Yes, to an extent. 

On this particular day my mom told me that she didn’t know how I kept it together. When she initially said that, I didn’t have a response. Now I do. I am able to keep it together because I have the support of my mom, my step-dad, my husband, my sister, my brother (via phone), and my competent contractors. If I didn’t, I know that I would have already fallen apart.

BeFunky_006.jpgWhether it’s a photographic or written hourly journal of one’s day, the A Day in the Life posts offer such an intimate portrait of that particular blogger. I challenge my readers to do the same, and then to link their publication here, to HSB! Let’s start a movement! Or at least, another take on an already established series. ;-)))

<3

Emory

prairie photography outtakes

BeFunky_1.jpgBeFunky_2.jpg BeFunky_4.jpgBeFunky_5.jpg BeFunky_6.jpgI consider ad photographs to be one of the hardest yet one of the most fun aspects about blogging. Think about it. This one picture not only has to sum up what your entire blog is all about, but it also has be inviting and strategically display your sense of style and skills as a photographer/photo editor/graphic designer/blogger without looking like you are trying too hard. I find that I am always experimenting with my ad photographs. Every few weeks I will take my camera and my tripod out to a new territory and photograph it. I prefer to let the landscape do most of my advertising, yet I always try to work my little face into it one way or another. I do this because I believe blogs are such personal spaces that I want whoever sees my ad to connect with me on an emotional level rather than just witnessing a prairie scape. Well, at least my blog is personal. I really have to struggle sometimes with letting the whole world know my story, since I’ve always been an honest but yet quiet and guarded person. I’ve come to realize that readers appreciate forthcomingness and want to learn more about the person behind all of the posts. Otherwise, why would they keep on coming back?

This particular photo shoot occurred over a month ago on an extremely warm day in Saskatchewan. I had the day off so I made the best of both the weather and my free time. I drove out of the city and to an acreage that my husband and I had looked at a short time before. I loved the location and knew that the empty fields that surrounded it would be the perfect place to shoot for the day. Because the snow was still melting, the ground was extremely soft and muddy. One of the first things that I noticed was that wearing my 1970s platform boots wasn’t the wisest decision. Every time I ran across the field I rolled my ankle. Yet, winners never quit and quitters never win (or something to that effect). So I set the timer, grabbed my hat and antlers, and painfully ran as fast as I could and as far as I could away from the camera while dancing and jumping around in each shot. It was exhausting, but incredibly exhilarating. These photo shoots will always be my favourite.

best prairie gifEmory

P.S. The last image is an unedited GIF of my mad prancing skills. I hope that you like it!

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (one on earth, one in heaven, and growing another). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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