Three Things

1. Fall color is slowly creeping into the leaves around here!

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2. My Dad just published the second book in his kids book series, Never Give Up. It’s a great read that’s packed with outdoorsy adventures and excitement—perfect for the boy scout in your life. I loved designing the cover for him again! (This is how the cover for the first book in the series turned out.)

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3. One of my chickens’ favorite pastimes is digging through piles of leaves. They stir them up and shred them into bits, and chicken poop + shredded leaves = nice compost for my garden. (No eggs yet though!)

music: “the kind of song you make up in your head when you are bored” by Lullatone


  1. Cindy G.

    I just ordered copies of your dad’s Never Give Up books for my 6th grade classroom bookshelf. I also got the Kindle edition for myself (I like to read the books so I can recommend them to students). I love to get series books because I think they can really hook kids into reading more. Thanks for letting me know about it!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Thank you so much for supporting my Dad’s writing, Cindy! I know your students will enjoy the books! :)

  2. Maya

    Good for your dad! I have a series of kids books I want to write and publish on Kindle next year. So I bought the first book to see how my 9yo likes it. She is not such a girly girl (prefers cats & dogs to princesses), and I’m hoping she’ll really like it.

    The chicken video should be longer! They’re adorable.

    Also, I would love an updated tea post, when you find the time. My son is allergic to milk and my morning coffee just isn’t the same with coconut creamer. Thinking I’ll switch to tea, but prefer it without chemicals. How are your tea plants doing?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Awesome, I hope your daughter loves it and good luck with your kids books!

      I’d be happy to do another tea post. What kinds of things would you like to know about them? Some recommendations maybe? I went to a tasting a few weeks ago, and it was awesome. My tea plants aren’t doing so great. One of the three died and the other two haven’t grown at all in the year I’ve had them! The bugs seem to really like to much on them.

  3. Myrte

    Congrats on your dad’s book and the beautiful cover! I’m afraid you might have to wait until spring for the eggs, so don’t worry if they haven’t started laying yet. A tea update would be lovely, maybe something with berries as they are in season now?

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Yes, I figured they may not lay until spring. Although, I’ve heard some Barnevelders lay in the winter. We’ll see if Roberta comes through for me. You are lucky berries are in season where you are! Here berries are on the way out, and chai is in season. ;)

  4. Maya

    Oh, I’m sad about your tea plants! I was going to order some in the spring, depending on how yours were doing. I’m not much of a gardener, though. But yes, recommendations are welcome. Also, some beginner’s essentials would be fun. Right now, all I have is a microwave and a South of the Border mug. ;)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Yeah, I talked to a local tea shop owner, and he said the tea plants don’t do very well in the climate here. I’ll add a tea post to my blog to do list! :)

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