Tea With Sarah: 4th Birthday, Summer Plans

Good afternoon, it’s time for tea!

Downstairs from my desk, it’s graduation day. So tea will be short and sweet today since I don’t want to be late for my youngest brother’s graduation party.

Summer is definitely here in Southern California. (It was 95 degrees when I ran errands yesterday.) I thought it might be fun to talk about some summer happenings and plans, and I’d love to hear about yours too.

If this was a real tea party, I think we’d be sneaking cupcakes from the graduation party and probably some lemonade! 

Did you know…Gazette665 Blog’s 4th Birthday Was Last Week?

And like a totally irresponsible “blog mom” the day slipped by me without a celebratory post or even a mention on social media. Oops! On June 1, 2014, I made my very first blog post on Gazette665…and the rest was history – to be totally cliche.

Back then, we only had one blog post a week (Friday), but we did start historical theme of month. That first month of blogging was all about D-Day. If you want to look back on those early posts, the link is here.

Well, sorry we missed the four year birthday of Gazette665. We were in the middle of conference coordinating, and thankfully, blogs don’t get hurt feelings. 🙂 Here’s to many more blog posts, lots of historical information and inspiration, and better luck remembering “blog birthday” next year!

Do you have a favorite historical theme of the month on Gazette665? A historical topic you’d like us to cover? 

What’s On Your Summer Bucket List?

Oh, outside of historical realm of research, writing, and editing? Actually, there are a few things I’m planning to do, so this answer will be a fun way to set some goals.

  1. Have lunch at Farmers Market at the local history museum
  2. Go to the beach
  3. Read the new novel Varina and re-read Red Badge of Courage
  4. Go to a museum or exhibit I’ve never visited before (location to be determined)
  5. Go to a summer concert or movie night

Goals set. Now, I’ll have to “report” at the end of summer and share if I did these activities.

What’s on your summer agenda? Any historical traveling?

What are you reading now?

“What am I not reading” is what it feels like at the moment? The short answer is: too many books.

But I actually read them at different times and for different projects – so it works. Kind of.

  • Historical fiction book about a Civil War nurse
  • 2/3 through a Civil War reminiscences of a Richmond girl
  • Biographical sketches of VMI Cadets who fought at New Market
  • Re-reading several books about the Battle of New Market
  • Just finished a study on modern Chinese economy
  • Starting a short biography about John Pelham (Civil War officer)
  • Inching through a book about Jackson’s mapmaker, Jed Hotchkiss

What’s on your reading shelf this week? Hopefully not so long a list!

That’s all for today. Thanks for the questions and leave a comment to add to the conversation.

Now…off to the graduation party!

Your Historian,

Miss Sarah

About Sarah Kay Bierle

I’m Sarah Kay Bierle, historian, editor, and historical fiction writer. When sharing history, I try to keep the facts interesting and understandable. History is about real people, real actions, real effects and it should inspire us today.
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