Monday, August 11, 2014

Busy, Busy, Hurry, Hurry!

Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our every day lives that we forget to slow down and take it easy. Children tend to especially be this way. Emily is always busy with a project of some kind, or a friend, or an event, etc... So busy, that she is barely done with one thing or another before moving on to the next. This is probably why I have a living room full of half completed Lego empires, craft supplies, and assorted stuffed animals and dolls.


And although I'd like to slow down a bit this week, I doubt it will happen because I have Cookbook Club on Tuesday, Baking for Farmer's Market on Wednesday and Thursday, Trip to an Indian Village on Friday, and Farmer's Market and a birthday party on Saturday. But the good news is that the following week I don't have anything scheduled and I plan to relax. I might even get some weeding done in my very overgrown flower bed. Don't worry, weeding is my therapy and quite relaxing.

My I'm too busy overgrown flower bed!
With all of the business going on, I thought it was quite ironic that one of the books I had brought home from the library for reviewing was all about slowing down. It is a delightful book written and illustrated by Jan Fearnley and is called Watch Out! Although this book was published back in 2004, it is well worth tracking down a copy to read about little Wilf. Wilf is a small brown mouse who hurriedly scurries about and always manages to get into a mess. Wilf is not a bad mouse. He is just so busy being busy that he ends up in some predicaments. I can relate to this and what happens to his mom when she does the same thing. There has been many a time that I have spilled something or tripped because I was in too big of a  hurry.

Watch Out by Jan Fearnley

So take it from me, slow down once in a while and smell the roses as the old saying goes.

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. And feel free to drop by my personal website, Fun With Aileen, any day of the week for even more on reading, writing, my very own early grade chapter book, Fern Valley, and my soon to be released sequel, Return To Fern Valley, coming September second! I'm also on twitter @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days.


  1. It looks like a wonderful book for kids AND adults to think about. And yes, your schedule does seem quite overwhelming (as I can understand as mine is the same). Good timing for this book indeed!

    Thank you for sharing and linking up with the Kid Lit Blog Hop! I am looking forward to following your future posts!


  2. Hi Aileen.
    Nice to meet you through the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I'm looking forward to reading Watch Out!, it sounds like a fun story.

    Congratulations on your sequel to Fern Valley. And I look forward to keeping up with you via Twitter and Facebook.