Sunday, July 15, 2018

Writing dry spell

Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember; from a notebook stuffed underneath my twin bed mattress, to studying journalism in college, to running a blog about a relative with ties to my community.

But this year, I've hardly been writing.

I'm not sure what it is; maybe I've hit a dry spell. Maybe the looming thought of writing my own book has left my creative side paralyzed. I know I've been busy with other things: working quite a bit, devoting time and resources to my new Little Free Library, and burying myself in house projects: new plumbing, yard work, reorganizing rooms, etc.

Writing has definitely taken a backseat for the first time in a long time. Have you ever experienced this? How do you kick it?

I've been searching for inspiration -- watching meaningful shows, reading lots of books, engaging in conversation with friends and family. These things are supposed to inspire and recharge me, but maybe they are just taking away from good writing time?

The thrill of writing something great used to draw me to my laptop, now I hardly ever think of it. Is this just a phase?

Thursday, July 05, 2018

My Little Free Library

My Little Free Library in Sycamore, IL. Photo by Jessi LaRue

Take a book, leave a book.

Little Free Library is a project that has impressed me for years. I dreamed of the day I'd own my own house. Then I could finally install a Little Free Library of my own.

I’ve always been a bookworm, a nerd, a geek. One day in elementary school, I tripped on the walk to school. I skinned up my knee, and there was a little blood. When the school nurse asked what happened, I said, “I tripped while reading my book.” She didn’t think it was such a good idea to walk and read.

Growing up, I spent many Friday nights curled up with a good book. Books took me to far away places, taught me about interesting things, and gave me the power to think for myself and have my own opinions. Books have had a profound impact on my life. After all, I ended up becoming a writer.

My hope for the North Avenue Little Free Library is simple - to spread the love of reading, even to just one person. I hope that reading changes someone’s life, that it makes them question the world around them instead of just going with the flow. I hope that picking up a book inspires someone to create something new. I hope that someone enjoys a book so much, that they can’t help but share it with someone else.

Want to learn more about Little Free Library? Visit www.littlefreelibrary.org to learn about their wonderful mission. And if you’re in the Sycamore, IL area, please visit the library on North Avenue. Take a book, leave a book, write a note in the guestbook. We’d be delighted to have you.

Instagram: @northavenueLFL

P.S. Stay tuned for a "behind the scenes" post about the creation of my Little Free Library!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Vintage fun in Volo

Last week my husband Chris and I took a day and drove an hour to Volo, Illinois, a town I had never even heard of before. With a population of just a few thousand people, why would we choose this small town to spend our day? 

Three words: Volo Auto Museum.

Situated just an hour from our town is a giant museum filled with hundreds and maybe even thousands of cars -- vintage classic cars for sale, and legendary cars plucked from movie sets. We spent hours ogling over the various cars, then walked just across the street and explored three vintage malls for another couple of hours. I absolutely recommend visiting Volo if you love cars, antiquing, and exploring museums. It was a great day, and I took a LOT of photos.

The LaRues take on Volo, Ill.
Volo Auto Museum
Batman!
na na na na na na
The Duesenberg Room
The Duesenberg Room
The Duesenberg Room
The First Automobile
Boat motors
Jinkies! It's The Mystery Machine
Showroom after showroom full of cars for sale
Shiny
Vrrrrrooom
That color is so me
Chris' favorite
"Terminator" car
Chris was in car heaven
*drool*
"Dukes of Hazzard"
Hazzard 
"The Beverly Hillbillies"
"Who ya gonna call?"
"GHOSTBUSTERS!"
Speed Racer is one of my favorite characters
They had multiple cars from the Fast and Furious franchise
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Bumblebee!
Chris was nerding out over this one...ELEANOR!
Rows and rows of classics
Showroom selfie
Barbie dream car
MJ soul-mobile
Charlie Chaplin
Vroom
The Munsters
"Christine"
My dreams coming true...the Grease car!
Johnny Cash Git-Tar Car
Git-Tar Car
Back to the Future
KITT
Movie boats, too!
Vintage arcade games
Jurassic Park
The Cat in the Hat
#23
From the live action Flintstones movie
Beach Boys cruisin'
Mirror selfie
Endless Batman
The King's chariot
Displays from Disney World
Disney Dalmatians

More plastic pups
Tow-Mater
Glam camper
Barbie's dream camper