When I was in first or second grade, I loved the main character in The Little Witch
, a children's book about a nice child witch who lived with an ugly mean old witch, who made her do mean things. The child witch thought the ugly old witch was her mother, but- SPOILER ALERT!- at the end discovers that the old witch kidnapped her as a baby and cast an evil spell on her real mother, and the little witch breaks the evil spell and her mother gets her back and all is good with the world. I took that book out of the Clarence, NY, town library every week for almost two years when I was a kid.
A favorite character as an adult is Morgaine, the heroine of The Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The book is an amazing adaptation of the King Arthur story, told from the perspective of the women in the story- Arthur's mother and aunt, then sister Morgaine. It's a tad too long, but still a great book with amazing characters.
A short 3 mile run with a dog this morning, loosened up my legs from yesterday's harder workout, followed by lots of dog walking and juggling of contractors and other house stuff. I had chicken congee for dinner, very delicious considering it is so easy and simple to make. It always amazes me how many people one cup of rice can feed!
Blather: Too tired to blather.
Bonus: Usually I stick to October 1, but this year we had our oil tank removed on September 7. It left a giant grave-shaped patch of dirt in our front yard near the sidewalk, so we stuck a fake Halloween tombstone at the head of it just for laughs. The kids who walk to and from the elementary school next door have been loving it.
I just added a pair of skeleton hands, but I'll wait until October to add some other bones. Fake bones, just to clarify.