Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Mid-September Sunday Salon


Time // 10:00 PM Saturday evening

Place // the family room couch

Eating // Nothing, I'm still full from dinner.

Drinking // Hook & Ladder chardonnay :)

Reading //  After almost no reading time last week,  I started The Ivy Tree for Anbolyn's Mary Stewart  Reading Week. A large inheritance, an impersonation, and a dark, handsome hero should make for an interesting story. I'm still reading The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, too, and loving the Old New York setting. Edith had such a keen sense of society and style. Despite my slow progress, I'm really enjoying this book!

Listening //  I'm on the eighth (of twelve) CD of JFK's Last Hundred Days: The Transformation of a Man and the Emergence of a Great President by Thurston Clarke and inventing reasons to spend time in the car.

Making// The house look like fall... seasonal decorations are on my baker's rack and a sweet cinnamon pumpkin candle is burning in the kitchen. Now if I could only get motivated for some serious fall house cleaning.

Blogging // Unfortunately, not much happened on the blog last week, but I'm working on a post with three or four mini-reviews.

Enjoying// Time spent with my parents. They moved in for a week while their hardwood floors were refinished. I hated to see them leave on Friday.

Celebrating// Twin B finally got her driver's license!

Anticipating //  My book club meeting on Tuesday  evening. I'm hosting a wine and dessert discussion of Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver.

Traveling// We're off to swap cars with Twin A today. She can't wait to get the Jeep back (Twin B used it for her road test) because driving a minivan around campus is just embarrassing!  Zelda is coming along for the ride and Daughter #1 will take a short train ride up from NYC to join us for the afternoon, too... a quick family reunion!

What are you up to today? We should be home in time for some evening blog hopping. I'll catch up with you then!

26 comments:

  1. Oh, good. You're not done, and you're enjoying it. Me too! :)
    Early September was a little crazy for me, and I'm almost panicking that it's mid-September and I'm not into my fall groove yet. I just hate to miss any of it. Will get myself together this week (said promisingly to myself...)

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    1. Audrey - My kindle tells me I'm 42% done, but I keep turning to my hardcover copy just to make sure ;-) It's been very cold here, especially at night, so I am in full fall mode now!

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  2. Fall is always crazy at our house, but I do love it when it gets cooler (maybe in the 80's by November? Haha). Your impromptu family reunion sounds wonderful.

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    1. Sandy - We had an absolutely perfect day yesterday! I know it will get cooler for you eventually. Did I tell you have a place in Florida now? We've taken over my FIL's condo in Sanibel. The repainting starts in a few weeks, but kitchen/bath updates will wait for another year or two. Hopefully, we'll get to spend more than 2 weeks there this winter.

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  3. I do not decorate much for fall, but I have several new Yankee candle scents that I am enjoying (I think November Rain is my favorite so far)

    I adore Hook and Ladder chardonnay :) -- and the wine and cheese book club sounds like such fun.

    Enjoy the family reunion...

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    1. Molly - I'll have to check out that November Rain scent, especially since it's the paint color of my bedroom! Fall is my favorite season and I enjoy decorating almost more than I do for Christmas... less stress for this season. We had a wonderful day yesterday, and I think I'll finish off that Hook & Ladder chardonnay tonight :)

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  4. I have that audio book and wondered if it was any good. It sounds like I need to move it up my stacks. Congratulations to Twin B!

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    1. Kathy - Initially it was hard to follow, but I got into the rhythm quickly. Such an interesting book, and easy to fall into the 'what if' line of thinking.

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  5. Sounds like a nice weekend JoAnn. Spent a few hours today having lunch with daughter and granddaughter and some brief fall shopping [ a 17 mth old who prefers to walk in circles and hide in cubbyholes in the stores gets old fast -- even though she is very cute] LOL

    Have a great week....Red Sox/Yankees game on now.

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    1. Diano - I'm sure not much shopping happens with a 17 month old! We had a wonderful day in Rhinebeck yesterday... lunch, farmers market, ice cream, and hanging out with the family :)

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  6. The Ivy Tree has been a great favorite of bloggers (I haven't read it yet) so I hope you like it too.
    I just had my book club discussion on Thursday and we discussed The Submission - a great conversation!

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    1. Anbolyn - If the first couple of chapters are any indication, it will end up being a favorite of mine too. Glad to hear your book club had a good discussion with The Submission!

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  7. I hope you enjoy the visit with all of your girls! And congrats to B on her drivers license.

    I've been a little bit jealous of those around the country who have been experiencing little bits of fall. We are still in the 90s during the day and will be for most of the rest of the month. Maybe I should just drag out those orange decoration bins anyway and pretend. ;)

    Enjoy book club--sounds like it'll be a great meeting!

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    1. Trish - It was so nice being together yesterday.. wish it could happen more often. Twin B was afraid to drive for several years, but finally felt like she was ready. It's quite an accomplishment for her. Sorry you're still so hot in Texas. We're looking at a frost tonight.

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  8. Hooray for autumn! I can almost smell the candle that you're burning. :D

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    1. Jennifer - I just love that sweet cinnamon pumpkin scent!

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  9. Mary Stewart was one of my mom's fav writers and so, of course, she quickly became one of mine. When my mom passed away, it was a Mary Stewart I chose from her library. Just seeing the name Mary Stewart reminds me of my mom.

    Here's my It's Monday!

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    1. Deb Nance - Your mom would have appreciated a whole week devoted to one of her favorite authors. I'm glad to discover Mary Stewart at last!

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  10. I hope to start reading The Age of Innocence soon...it's patiently waiting on Sparky.

    I'm glad you had enjoyable family time. Have a great week!

    Here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - It's amazing how attuned Edith Wharton is to all the nuances and manners of New York society. I'm enjoying this one!

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  11. I haven't pulled any fall decorations out yet as it's been so freakin' hot! But, I did go to the craft store to peruse the aisles for some new stuff. I didn't buy anything though. Just walking from the car to the store killed it for me. It was almost 100 degrees and blah.

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    1. Ti - It's hard to think fall when the thermometer is stuck near 100! We've got a frost advisory for tonight, but that seems a little early to me. It's technically still summer, after all...

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  12. I love that you get to have quick family reunions in New York City :) Jealous!

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  13. It's been so nice here that I just this weekend started thinking about getting fall decorations out. I guess since it's just now fall, I'm not too far behind but I have started the pumpkin baking.

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    1. Lisa - I've yet to start any pumpkin baking, but this will surely be the week!

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