Sunday, May 10, 2015

Weekly Update 5/10/15: Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day. Today's post will be short and sweet as we're off to Albany to meet Daughter #1. She's taking the train up from NYC to spend the afternoon with us - a little shopping, lunch, and definitely some book browsing. We'll visit my mother on the way home. I'm a lucky Mom!

Reading, Listening, and Loving//


Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope
I've had a wonderful week in Barchester!


Set Aside//

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Every time I picked this book up, I really wanted to be reading Doctor Thorne instead... definitely a question of timing. I may try again later.

On the blog//


Upcoming event//



Allie at A Literary Odyssey is hosting A Victorian Celebration 2015 in June and July. That fits in perfectly with my trip to Barsetshire. See her post for all the details.


In the kitchen//



I tried a new recipe for Healthy Shrimp Scampi from Smoked 'n Grilled blog... and didn't even miss the butter. (photo from the blog)

The week ahead//
Nothing too exciting... a dental appointment, getting my car serviced, lots of outdoor chores. That should mean plenty of time in Barsetshire!

What are you up to this weekend? Have you read any good books?

35 comments:

  1. Happy Mother's Day, JoAnn!

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  2. Happy Mother's Day JoAnn! I've only read half of one Trollope but you and some others have me thinking I should give him another try. And that shrimp looks great! Going to pop over to glance at the recipe.

    Hope you have a great day!

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    1. Trish - Everyone always compares Trollope to Dickens, but I like Mr. T much, much better.

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  3. Happy Mother's Day JoAnn (I'm one of the lucky mom's as well).Enjoy your day

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    1. Diane - Hope you had a very happy day today :-)

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  4. What a lovely Mother's Day plan! You are a lucky woman. Still envious of your Trollope reading but the time has not presented itself for me to dive in too. Happy reading!

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    1. Frances - It was a perfect day! As for Mr. Trollope, I think I have a new favorite author. Happy Mother's Day to you, too :)

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  5. Happy Mother's Day! Hope you have a great time with your daughter and your mom - definitely wonderful to spend the same day with both.

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    1. Athira - We had a wonderful day... I am truly blessed.

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  6. Adding my wishes for a very Happy Mother's Day!

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  7. Happy Mother's Day! Here's wishing you a wonderful day!

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    1. Andi - Hope your day was wonderful, too! Happy Mother's Day :)

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  8. Happy Mother's Day to you, JoAnn! Hope you have a great time with your daughter and your mother. And that shrimp looks good. Taking a look.

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    1. Thanks, Kay. It was a very happy Mother's Day.

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  9. Happy Mother's Day. I hope you had a great time in Albany. That shrimp looks delicious!

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    1. Pat - We had a great time in Albany - a nice brunch, a little shopping, and a lovely indie book store. My kind of day :)

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  10. Life sounds good in NY state. And that shrimp scampi looks delicious. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thecuecard - Life is definitely good in upstate NY this time of year... it's those darn winters that are tough ;-)

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    1. Monica - My day was just about perfect!

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  12. Happy Mothers Day! Glad you're enjoying your read, and the Victorian Celebration looks nice. Have a great week.

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    1. Greg - Trollope is fast becoming a favorite. The Victorian Celebration should be fun. Hope your week is off to a good start!

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  13. I love the cover of that Trollope. Wouldn't it be hideously cool curtains in a museum or somewhere? (not MY house, of course)

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    1. Whoooops, meant to wish you a belated Happy Mother's Day!

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    2. Thanks, Care! We had such a nice day :)

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  14. Loved In the Time of the Butterflies. Enjoy.

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    1. Midlife Roadtripper - Had to set Butterflies aside for a little while... all I want to read is Trollope right now.

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  15. That shrimp looks delicious!

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    1. Lisa - It was... even without the butter!

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  16. I have spent some wonderful time in Barsetshire recently with Dr. Thorne. I am reading Chronicles of Barsetshire in order and Anthony Trollope is my new favorite author.

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    1. Terra - I can say the same of Mr. Trollope now. My plan is to dive into the biography by Victoria Glendinning when I'm done with Doctor Thorne!

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