A Day With a Klemm

September 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm (In So Many Words) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Klemm.  When I looked up the meaning of my married name, I found a definition somewhat like this one:

German: from Middle High German klem ‘narrow’, ‘tight’, ‘scarce’, hence a
nickname for a thin or inhibited person, or alternatively a topographic name for
someone living in a narrow, precipitous place, from the Middle High German noun
form klemme ‘constriction’.

Read more on FamilyEducation: http://genealogy.familyeducation.com/surname-origin/klemm#ixzz26eR2FcGy

So it should come as no surprise that we have some very interesting daily habits that coincide with being a small, introverted, hobbit-like soul, that does not emerge from the house for days at a time.  First of all, we eat like hobbits:

  • Breakfast – 7am
  • Second breakfast – 9 am
  • Elevenses – 11 am
  • Lunch – 1 pm
  • Afternoon tea – 3pm
  • Dinner – 6 pm
  • Supper – 9 pm

In between all these meal times is a whole lot of coffee, a morning cleaning ritual, and lots of reading.

I get really into my books and the characters involved.  And with that engagement comes an intense need to invite them in my home the same way I would a welcomed but unknown guest.  I prepare coffee, make sure we have had our meals and have later meals prepared, clean the house (sweep, mop, vacuum, do the dishes and wipe down counters) and then I am ready to sit down with my future new friends – the lovely people portrayed in books.

So, I’m writing this blog post in between Elevenses and mopping the floor.  My coffee is ready (more than ready, I’m on cup two – and my cups are overly large mugs that fit about half a French press in each serving) thinking about Louise de la Baume le Blanc de la Valliere and how we are going to enjoy some afternoon sandwiches together.  That’s crazy book nerd talk for: I am going to be reading more of Karleen Koen’s Before Versailles while I munch on chicken salad sandwiches (I’m addicted to HEB’s Rotisserie Chicken Salad) and sip even more coffee.

I do the same thing before I write.  Which is probably why I’ve been working on the same novel since I was 14 years old.  Karleen said yesterday that it takes her a long time to complete a book, and all I could think was: Thank God, I am not alone, because I am taking forever.  If my debut novel is half as good as hers (Through a Glass Darkly) I feel as though I will have accomplished something in life.  I just want to finish it, get it in print, and have a completed work that someone – anyone – will remember.

I spend days on end reading and writing and eating with my daughter.  It is only for events, planned activities for her benefit, and my random extreme extrovert days that get me out of the house.  (One day, my daughter will probably tell you her mother was a bit wacky, as when I take personality tests I come out equally extroverted and introverted depending on the day.  Some have misused the term bipolar on me, but I got that checked out and I’m not.)  Yesterday I spent the whole day at Half Price Books running around and giving things away… today I will huddle up with Louise and Louis XIV and whoever my daughter interupts me with (LadyBug Girl a constant play friend in our house).

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Ladybugs and Dragons for Summer

May 16, 2012 at 7:05 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The first time I saw Ladybug Girl by David Somer and Jacky Davis, I fell in love.  It was long before I’d even thought about having a kid, but I wanted an excuse to buy it.  Not that I had a kid in order to buy kid’s books – I definitely did NOT do that!  But the moment I found out I was pregnant, I purchased a copy.  The reason I fell in love is because the story is about a little girl that frolics around in a ladybug costume with her faithful hound Bingo, and the first book includes a fabulous page where she and her hound stand in front of a wall of glorious books.  Its wonderful.  I wanted the illustration framed on my wall.

So lucky me when my daughter fell in love with the book too.  I was certain she would because its familiar.  She has walls of books.  She has a hound (we have a beagle named Geoffrey Chaucer).  She absolutely adored her ladybug costume when she tried it on after I decided to do a ladybug themed one year birthday party.

All these thoughts rushed over me when we were at the library this week and Ayla discovered a Ladybug Girl board book called Ladybug Girl Makes Friends, featuring moments from Ladybug Girl picture books.  She loves finding familiar things, so of course we checked it out and I vowed to look for it today at the Half Price Books Humble Story Time today, where I bought Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad.  (We already own Ladybug Girl, Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy, and I’m on a mission to find Ladybug Girl at the Beach.)

On top of all this Ladybug Girl excitement, we discovered The Touble with Dragons by Debi Gliori at the library this week.  The Trouble with Dragonsis a great book for any budding environmentalist! We loved it.  “Respect all the Earth’s creatures and cherish the land.  Recycle, reuse, and reduce your demands!” The Trouble with Dragons proclaims after explaining all the habits dragons have that might harm the world in which they live.  Its a great book to have around to discuss world views  and recycling with your own little dragon at home.

Both these books are excellent choices to kick off your summer with, and they will both become long time favorites, through summer and beyond.

In additon to keeping your kiddos entertained, start your summer off right with by keeping your house smelling wonderful – lots of awesome summer scents available from Scentsy.  Join the Summer Kick Off Party now: https://akklemm.scentsy.us/Scentsy/Buy?partyId=86754827

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