Sunday, May 8, 2016

The Sunday Salon: We're Home!


It's Mother's Day and we're home! The car is unloaded, dirty laundry is piled high, there are groceries to be bought, and mail to be sorted. The place seems huge compared to our little house in FL... and it's dark. I miss the pale yellow walls and bright sunshine. Central NY is cloudy, windy, and rainy this morning, though they're promising it will clear later. And since it's only 39 degrees, I'm even wearing socks. Maybe we should have come back in June.

The road trip was great. We explored the Florida panhandle beaches, then drove up the east side of Mobile Bay to Mobile... the first time in Alabama for both of us. We stopped in Savannah, GA and Fredericksburg, VA, visited with friends in Philadelphia, and spent a night in Princeton to be with our nephew for his outpatient surgery. Now I'm exhausted.

I read next to nothing the entire week and didn't listen to even one minute of an audiobook, but I was thrilled to find book mail from Oxford World's Classics waiting for me at home. I loved every page of The Barsetshire Chronicles last year and feel a strong urge to read more Trollope soon!


On audio, I'm fully invested in Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Katharine McEwan's narration is wonderful and I may have to add West With the Night by Beryl Markham to my reading list. I'll also be starting a new print book today... just need to decide which one.


Our Mother's Day dinner will be at my sister's.  Most of my siblings and my parents will be there - I can't wait to see everyone! It really has been a long winter.

What are you reading this week?


This post will link to It's Monday, What Are You Reading?  hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

44 comments:

  1. Welcome home again! And happy Mother's Day too.

    I have a Penguin edition of Trollope's autobiography, but now I really want that OWC edition. The Penguin doesn't include "other writings."

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    1. Lisa - Can't wait to see what those "other writings" involve. I'm starting to miss Trollope!

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  2. Welcome home and happy Mother's Day from me, too!

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  3. Welcome back, and the road trip sounds really good...I can't wait to get my hands on Clouds in My Coffee (in your sidebar). Loved the first two books.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Have a great week!

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    1. Laurel-Rain Snow - I've finished Clouds in my Coffee and it's every bit as good as the first two. Sure hope the series continues!

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  4. Happy Mother's Day.

    Sometimes it is good to be home.

    I plan to start reading Trollope again very soon.

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    1. Brian Joseph- Not sure if I'm ready to commit to The Pallisers just yet, so I'll probably read one or two or Trollope's standalone novels first.

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  5. I have missed you! Hopefully we will all have warmer weather soon! And...good luck sorting through the mail and the laundry!

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    1. Thanks, Patty! I got through most of the laundry today and it seems like nothing important comes in the mail anymore. Fingers crossed for a warmer week :)

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  6. Happy Mother's Day! I am sure it is so good to be home even if you are considering moving home in a few years. So good to have you back as well! Glad that you are spending mother's day with your family.

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    1. Athira - I'm happy to be back home and will start to enjoy it again once everything is put away and organized. Hope your first Mother's Day was special!

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  7. Welcome home! What a long trip. fyi - West With the Night is a delight. Better than Circling the Sun. Enjoy your week.

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    1. Susan - Think I'll want to get the real story once I finish Circling the Sun, so West With the Night will probably end up on my summer reading list.

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  8. Glad to hear you guys had a good drive back and are now home. Hope you and your family have a wonderful's Mother's Day!

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    1. Iliana - It's good to be home and we had great Mother's Day. Thanks!

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  9. I added West with the Night to my TBR after reading Circling the Sun as well!

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    1. Sarah - Just requested it from the library this morning :)

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  10. Welcome home. Hope your Mother's Day was wonderful.

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  11. Welcome home! Happy Mother's Day. I hope it's been a good one.

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    1. Vasilly - It was a wonderful Mother's Day... especially because I got to see my own mother. I missed her over the winter!

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  12. Oh girl, you are my reading soul sister, I too loved every word of Trollope's Barsetshire Chronicles and read them last year. Today I am enjoying his The Way We Live Now and On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks.

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    1. Terra - I finished The Last Chronicle of Barset in November and now I'm really missing Trollope! The autobiography will be fun to dip into, but I need to decide whether I'll read a stand alone novel or just jump right into The Pallisers. Have read that series?

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  13. The weather has been weird all over. We had a cold and cloudy day for Mother's Day but I thought it was pretty wonderful anyway.

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    1. Ti - I'm glad you had a good Mother's Day. Mine was good, too, despite the weather.

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  14. It's always nice to be home again. Hey, we are in the Florida panhandle, I could have bought you a coffee :-)

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    1. Tina - The FL panhandle is so big! It's hard to grasp just how big the state is until you drive through it. Not sure how close we were, but I wish I'd thought to contact you. Next time!!

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  15. I hope the weather warms up for you soon...spring and the sun has finally arrived here in the UK, at last! This week I have been reading Scottish, historical fiction Turn of the Tide by Margaret Skea and children's classic The Water-Babies by Charles Kingsley. Happy reading and settling back in!

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    1. Jessicabookworm - I'm glad it's spring somewhere! Actually I can tell that today is even greener than yesterday... spring is finally coming along for us, too. Hope you have a great week!

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  16. Welcome back and Happy Mothers Day too! 39 degrees is not good after all the FL sunshine. Sounds like you had a nice drive back though... hopefully it will start feeling like summer in these northern climes soon... :)

    Enjoy settling back in and have a great week!

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    1. Greg - At this point I'll settle for spring... summer seems a long ways away! We're finally unpacked and the laundry is done. Now it's time to go grocery shopping. Maybe I'll get time to read this evening ;-)

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  17. While on my business trip in Buffalo, I found a rare and used bookstore and bought West with the Night. It seemed everyone was reading it in the 1970s, but somehow or other I didn't get to it. I'm putting it on my Classics Club list now.
    You have me wanting to visit Sanibel Island someday!
    Judith

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    1. Judith - Thanks for reminding me to add it to my Classics Club list. I seem to be falling off the pace this year, but hope to read West With the Night very soon.

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  18. Welcome home! Central New York is so lovely. I particularly like the wealth of Greek revival architecture.
    I recently finished Framley Parsonage and am about to start The Small House at Allington. I also recently finished Point, Counterpoint by Aldous Huxley.

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    1. Patience_Crabstick - I love the Greek revival architecture, too, and it all looks particularly beautiful as the spring flowers are blooming!

      What did you think of Framley Parsonage? It was not among my favorites of the series but, like every Trollope I've read, still very enjoyable. Hope to dip into the autobiography this weekend, but am beginning to crave more of his fiction.

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  19. Welcome home! There's no place quite like it.

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    1. Thanks, Peggy... you're absolutely right!

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  20. Glad you are safely home. Look forwaed to more book news.

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    1. Thanks, Pam... it's good to be here :)

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  21. I have the West with... Beryl book on my classics club list. READALONG! oh yea, we are also supposed to get to Germinal one of these days. Was that you or am I thinking it should be Melissa? sigh

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    1. Care - West With the Night is ready for pickup at the library. I'm going to try to read it before book club next Friday...fingers crossed! I want to read Germinal, too, and think Melissa was also interested. When are you thinking?

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  22. I'm slowly making my way through the Trollopes....doctor Thorne is on my audio play list at the moment but I'm finding it a bit slow

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    1. Mercury - It did take a little while to get into Doctor Thorne (a read/listen combo for me), but once I did I loved it!

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