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Brisk Weather and A Book About Bicycle Face

Last week I failed to read a book and post. It was a hectic, but good, week which started off with Cook Book Club. Our theme for Cook Book Club was tailgating recipes and hor d'oeuvres.

Emily made an extremely delicious French Silk Pie Brownies and I made Seven Layer Mexican Taco Dip, both recipes which I found on Pinterest.

The rest of the week entailed getting Emily ready for her first Homecoming Dance. Nails were painted, hair was styled, makeup was applied by her best friend Katie, I made the Boutonnniere

and corsage, and of course pictures were taken by me. Up until that point, our Ohio weather had been very mild, but of course, the day of the dance the temperatures took a nose dive and it was quite brisk. Despite the cold that set in, she had a lovely time and that in itself makes all the effort spent worthwhile!

This past week wasn't quite as pleasant as Emily had to have two cavities filled, but we muddled through. I also managed to get almost a dozen jars of apple butter made. And of course, I got back into my routine and read a great picture entitled Born To Ride - A Story About Bicycle Face. Now if that title alone doesn't pique your curiosity, then I don't know what would.

This book tells the story of a small girl in the late 1800's who wants to do the unthinkable. She wants to ride her brother's bike. And in order to do so, she also puts on her brother's pants to make the job much easier. At that time in our history, women and girls were told they couldn't do the same things that men and boys were doing. And to keep them from wanting to do things like ride bikes, they were told it was detrimental to their health. They were told they would get maladies like bicycle hump, bicycle leg, and bicycle face which consisted of bulging eyes and a locked jaw. It was meant as an insult to shame and put females in their place. But thankfully, this did not daunt women and they became magnificent bicyclers.

I hope you enjoyed a brief glimpse into my week as well as my foray into the kidlit world. I also hope to see you here again next Monday.

Wishes for a week full of wonder!


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