Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Spotlight: A Fish in Foreign Waters

As someone who has experienced moving to another country, I know quite a bit about having to get used to new surroundings. It's a thrilling experience, but it can also be challenging. For children especially, I can imagine that it's quite an adjustment in addition to being exciting.


The new children's book A Fish in Foreign Waters by Laura Caputo-Wickham, is a truly charming story about a fish named Rosie Ray, who struggles to fit into her new surroundings. Her father gets a new job and the family moves from sunny Green Bay to the cool foreign waters of Indigo Bay. Rosie Ray has to learn a new language and also makes new friends. There is a lot of change for her, but she learns a lot in the process.

I loved this book! It's a great way to show children how great it is to learn new languages and to learn things about other cultures. As I read it, I also thought about how us adults can learn a simple but true lesson about being open to different cultures and traditions.

The book is beautifully illustrated and the drawings definitely bring the story to life. The colors are vibrant and give a great vibe to this uplifting story. I think that this is a wonderful book to expose children to the beauty of our diverse world.

About the author:
Born in Rome, where she graduated in Languages and Foreign Cultures, Laura then moved to the U.K. where she taught Italian as a foreign language for many years.  Laura was raised bilingual, so was her mother and so are her two daughters.  Her own experience was the inspiration for A Fish in Foreign Waters, a book for bilingual children.

A Fish in Foreign Waters can be purchased here and at all good bookshops.

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Work In Progress



Hello :)

Sorry that it's taken me almost two weeks to get back here. I appreciate everyone who visits me here. I've been doing a bit of repositioning over these last couple of weeks. As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm working on switching over a bit from my obsessive job search to a more balanced way of being. It's easier said than done, but I'm stepping along the way slowly but surely.

It's been like waking up from a very detailed dream and you have to gather yourself a bit to remember how you were before. I've had my lists out...I love making lists :) I've been thinking and asking myself....

"What did I used to do?"

"How do I get back there, but with some balance?"

I still need to look for a job, but I need the other part of my life too. I refuse to go on spinning and chasing my tail and letting it make me crazy. The job will come and I'll keep looking for it, but I have to be ready when it does come. So this past two weeks I've been working on finding my footing again and thankfully finding my writing again. Yay! :)

One important part of writing is getting back to this blog that I love, but haven't been giving enough time to. This place...this Yellow House...is a part of that balance too. After all, my Yellow House...this Yellow House...is a state of mind...a place of light (at least that's where I'm aiming). So here I am and I hope that you'll keep visiting me. I have photos and thoughts and my book progress and just things that I want to share. The world is so chaotic sometimes, so I want to share some (I hope) good things. Please join me if you can :)

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A New Season

It feels like back-to-school time even though I'm not in school now. I guess that some things never leave you and it is "back-to-school" time of a sort. Most people have gone or are going back to school and work after the summer break and life heads into all things fall. Labor Day was this past Monday back home and we had a bank holiday here on the Monday before, so now my mind has clicked over into this new season.

My summer was good. This year we finally got quite a few hot days, so I soaked it up. Nothing huge happened, but the nice simplicity of warm summer days was welcome. I spent quite a bit of my time job hunting to no avail, but hopefully something will turn up soon. It is what it is.

Hey, if there's anyone out there who'd like to hire me or who knows of a job, let me know! Drop me an email :)

I didn't spend much time at all on my book this summer, mostly because of my job hunt. As many of you know, job hunting takes up a lot of time.

Now that we're moving into this new season on the calendar, I've decided to move into a new season personally too. I'm going to do more of what I love. I've missed writing and I find that it's at the core of who I am. The absence of it during the summer reminded me so well. I'll be getting back to my writing a lot more and finally finish my book and also I'm going to read more. Words have always given me solace, so that is where I will turn as I go through this rough patch in my life.

I'm going to return to that which has given me joy all of my life...creating, writing, and reading. Therefore, I'm making room for more of these in my life...


And I'm going to drop back into the world that I'm creating in my book, so there'll be more of this...


I'll still be job hunting and I'll stay ready for when the job comes, but I need a bit of balance. Both sides of my life...the job hunt....and my creativity need me to give them my time. This will serve me well because I'll be happier and more productive.

So it's "back-to-school time" for me and that means a new season in my life, after the beautiful summer :)

Have a great day and new season wherever you are!

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Happy September


Hello September! :)

A new month has arrived and like a lot of people that I talk to, I can't believe that it's already September. Where does the time go? I guess that it's all about perspective though...we just have to enjoy every moment no matter how quickly it seems to pass. I'm all for that.

I took the above photo the other day and I was struck at how blue the sky was. It was glorious! If you look very closely, or click on this pic to enlarge it, you can see the faintest bit of the moon near the center of the picture. This photo makes me happy for a few reasons:

1) I love the color blue as I've mentioned many times before, and the lamp post matches perfectly. 
2) I love the moon. It's so mysterious and I've always been really drawn to it.
3) I'm reminded of that wonderfully beautiful day!

Simple pleasures...

Happy September wherever you are! :)