What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
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ASTI, I hope your birthday dinner and presentation of gifts went well. If your DS ends up not having to report for his final week on his current job do you have a list of things to keep him busy?
This is a long holiday weekend for us as well, Labor Day. We are going over to my parent’s house and bring in hamburgers for lunch. We’ll play board games and call it an early evening to prepare for going back to work and school tomorrow.
Labor Day is traditionally the last cookout/BBQ of summer but the thermometer is meant to hit 100 F (37.77 C) today with who knows how much of a heat index. There is no interest in going outside and producing more heat with a fire.
Of course, this is not really the last cookout or BBQ day. People will continue cooking out and BBQing on any pleasant day throughout the fall and winter. It will be a much more pleasant thing to do at more comfortable temperatures.
Labor Day used to be the three day holiday before school started. Fifty years ago we all went back to school the day after Labor Day, the first Tuesday of September. Now, regionally we go back to school at different times. As you know my daughter has been back in school for close to a month. In the north the students will still go back tomorrow.
I went to my youngest daughter for dinner yesterday. I only had to bring corn on the cob. As usual, everything was good to eat. It was funny that there was not a lot of people there like normal. None of the granddaughters were there. Only one grandson and girlfriend was there. At least Jennifer came over. Usually on a holiday, a lot of people are there. Today I will be by myself.
Shoot I just spent a lot of time catching up and now I have forgotten what I meant to say.
Asti Congratulations to son and to DS’s new job.
Graymayne A few summers ago I had to take my brother to emergency room because of hornet stings. He was lucky that he managed to drive to my house. I think he was in hospital for 3 days because of it. He was lucky they did no more damage. He had opened a trunk on his car that had been sitting all summer. When he started moving things around, he was swarmed. He was about a mile from where I lived at my other brother’s place down here.
I hope everyone has a nice holiday today.
I think my DS has had an ok day, despite losing the car. Which I know makes him feel humiliated and a failure. Even though that is not true.
He’s handed in his notice, and it looks like they want him still to work his week.
I cooked roast beef, which went down very well! He was also pleased with his small pile of gifts. I bought him a copy of “our song.” It was Number 1 when we got together, and it was our first dance at our wedding. I thought we both needed reminding.
I hope all of you enjoyed your extra day. xx
Hey, the “stick to it” award goes to Diana Nyad for her perseverance. With the aid of some high tech anti jellyfish sting gear she finally completed her dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida. It was her 5th try, not bad at all for a 64 yr old! KUDOS!!!
I am liking my new treadmill. The only problem so far is that I have it set so slow that I have to walk backwards to
to keep up.
I am home today doing all the laundry I didn’t do over our holiday weekend. I need to take my parents to about six doctor’s appointments but even if someone has an opening, not today. I have to do laundry or some people will have no clothes for tomorrow.
IRONSOS, I used to feel like I was having to walk so slow to walk with other people I was going to fall over. I must be getting old because I don’t seem to have to slow down to keep from racing past other people anymore.
We are under grey cloud and no sun at present:(
CoolG That must have been so painful! I’ve only experienced two occasions of being stung by a wasp and both times I scratched an itch before looking. Here is a lesson – check before you scratch if it is summer/autumn, it just might be a wasp and their stings are not nice.
Asti Nice planning, good psychology:)
COOLG, I had not thought about it for a long time. After reading about your brother I remember my father was out in the backyard cutting the grass. Somehow he mowed over a hornet’s or wasp’s nest and they swarmed him. He was stung all over. I don’t remember the number of stings but it was tremendous. He must not have been allergic because he didn’t even go to the doctor. I realize now that was dangerous. We should have probably put him in the car and taken him straight to the emergency room.
Daughter walked down to meet me after work, and I took her to buy new school shoes. She has tiny, very narrow feet, and it can be really tricky to find a pair that fit, but she’s really pleased with the ONE style that the fitting assistant was happy with.
The assistant was very impressive, she remembered my daughter, and also remembered the exact pair she sold us last time. On reflection, it might be stuck in her memory because daughter’s feet are such a challenge, lol! Between my two children, I must certainly make them shudder!
I remember a car journey as a child. All of a sudden, my Dad, whilst driving, started slamming his back, repeatedly and very hard, against his seat. It really scared me. Once he was able to pull over, he told us he’d felt something large fly inside his shirt, and could feel it against his back. He took his shirt off, and a dead wasp fell out. He’d managed to kill it before it started panicking and stinging.
A few years ago, they found a wasps nest in the garage. Dad especially felt really bad at having to call in the exterminators. Bless!
I walk very fast. The only person with whom I do not have to slow down is my son. I feel bad when out with daughter……try as I might, she ends up trailing behind me!
Lady Hawke My brother did not want to go to hospital either but I wouldn’t take no for an answer. He had too many medical problems to ignore that many stings.
I do worry about wasp because you never know when you might suddendly become allergic to their stings. This is the time you can run over a nest mowing. You can mow somewhere every week and then in the fall, you can suddendly get swarmed by them.
I have a roast on cooking. It is pleasently cool today but it is making the house warm. Jennifer came over this afternoon but I told her to come back tomorrow and we would fix a plate to eat. I did give her 5 ears of corn to take home to cook. I had planned on putting it in the freezer but my other daughter failed to give her the package I bought for her. I hope she remembers to cook it.
Ironsos Glad you like your new treadmill. I could use one now. I have had different ones over the years but could use one now for walking. The girls meet to walk every day but they walk further than I could. They do it to train for the 5K and 10 K marathons they run in.
At the dentist with my father. Thrilling day. I don’t want to stay here long but I also don’t want a long gap of time before we can pick my daughter up and go to dinner. I’m always ready to get finished on Wednesdays and get home. I use up a lot more energy worrying about people on walkers, folding and unfolding walkers and holding doors than I use on the actual shopping. It is my mother’s one day out and she likes to go. They both like going to dinner with my daughter.
I am a bit sad today……. It is the last day of the holidays. Back to school for both of them tomorrow.
Both are a bit excited and a bit nervous. Son will be facing a whole new experience of education. 6th Form is very different to ordinary school. Daughter will be in her last year at the Junior School.
Despite somewhat difficult circumstances, they have both enjoyed the last six weeks, as have I, and we have managed to do some fun things.
DS got his formal letter from the new company today outlining all the terms of his employment. The benefits are generous. The car comes with unlimited personal use, (within reason!) and free fuel. He also gets a phone and a laptop, and a monthly target related bonus. Just pleasepleasepleaseplease let this work out.
The weather forecast encouraged us to make a trip into Wales, our first this year, so we visited one of the reservoirs and had lunch overlooking the water. It was nice to visit one of our old haunts where the welcome is always so pleasant. Apparently their winter experience was much colder and snowier than ours, as you would expect, and they were snowed in for two weeks without electricity, phone or mobile signal. Imagine!
I watched quite a large portion of It’s Complicated starring Meryl Streep but I finally couldn’t take any more and switched it off. Sorry, Meryl, this was not the finest script you have ever tackled.
Asti I am very happy for you and your DS that the benefits are so good. I hope the whole experience is as positive. Is the target to be eligible for the bonus realistic or torally unrealistic? ;)
Graymayne I have never been enamoured of Merryl Streep, Sarah Jessica Parker or Sigourney Weaver. I understand that they are all popular and are supposed to be wonderful actresses. I have enjoyed isolated performances by each one, but I have never been uncondtionally wild about any of them. I am sorry you were watching something less than wonderful, regardless of who was in it. ;)
Another work lurk from the land of the clueless. Why do they all insist on complaining about non-issues? (Rhetorical question.)
Deanie I have seen several films starring Meryl Streep and have always enjoyed them, which is why I chose to watch this one on TV. I realise, however, that good scripts are few and far between, particularly as actresses get older, so they may choose an interesting part in a film which has parts or characters that are not up to standard. This was the case last night, Meryl was first class but others weren’t, partly because they were playing a different type of comedy (over the top). I console myself with the fact that I didn’t pay to see this film and I switched it off before it became unbearable. I really must use iMDB more often, I noticed that someone else had the same reservations, but generally it was well received. I’m just picky.
Well, the First Day seemed to go ok. Son particularly was very full of things to tell me, which was a delight.
Deanie, thank you. As to the potential bonus, no idea yet.
My daughter spent her day in misery. I think I told you she purchased herself a functional corset in New Olreans. Today was Spirit Day at school. They were to wear purple and gold, the school colors. We visited the local charity shop and she found a purple velvet dress under which it would have been appropriate to wear a corset. I could not talk her out of it. She was bound and determined to wear her corset. I knew she was going to be in misery.
When she climbed into the car this afternoon the first thing she said was, “Get me home and get me out of this torture device.” As it turned out she couldn’t wait to get home. She realied she could unbutton the front of the dress and unhook the hook and eyes down the front of the corset instead of waiting to get home and be unlaced. I had to laugh at her. I told her so. She found sitting to be painful, breathing to be difficult, anf had experienced some light headedness.
So, the next time she hears someone waxing poetic about Antebellum homes and long dresses with hoop skirts she is going to realized they are uninformed or crazy. The allure of spending her life day in and day out, in the heat especially, has lost its appeal.
ASTI, so glad your children had a good first day. It must have been very exciting to have inspired verbosity in a teenage boy.
While we were out driving around our county borders and into Wales I was looking closely at the countryside. Wales was looking particularly green after experiencing a late, wet Spring, and the Summer sun has not drained the water out of the soil. I saw no sign of leaves starting to change colour, although the Mountain Ash/Rowan trees were laden with orange red berries. In our county we saw several loads of straw bales being taken back to farms for storage, and several fields were being harvested, although the majority of fields were already done, with some already ploughed ready for sowing. After the poor harvests of the last two summers this is good to see. Tomorrow a sharp change in the weather will bring lower temperatures and heavy rain so I spent a couple of hours out in the garden this afternoon watching butterflies.
GRAYMAYNE, that is interesting you are seeing no changes in the leaves. Even here with the temperatures still above 90 F (32.2 C) I’ve seen a tree here and there with some leave beginning to change.
My DS has taken the day off. We finally have the title for our new vehicle and can go get our tags. Then, he hopes to get a trailer unit attached to the back of the van so we can pull a trailer. If he manages that we can go tomorrow and pick up my cousin’s wife’s dining room table and chairs for my MIL. Unfortunately, he wants me to go with him as company for today’s missions. So, I’ll lose today at home doing laundry, cooking dinner and being alone.
I am resting from mowing the front yard. I need to mow the side and back yard but I don’t think I will make it today. The whole time I was mowing I was looking to make sure I had not run over a yellow jacket nest. Those are more likely to be in the grass than hornets. It is suppose to rain over the weekend so I will have to mow again next week so I will start with the side and back yard.
I noticed that there are a lot of trees starting to change colors here. When I saw several leaves down in the yard is when I started noticing the trees. They usually do not start to change until closer to October.
Busy weekend here. Comic Con at Salt Palace, Greek Festival, State Fair, final downtown
music summer concert. Over 250,000 expected downtown each day. All within easy walking
distance. I may be busy.
IRONSOS, have fun. It sounds like a great place to be at the right time. Have a gyro and some baklava.
My DS cut the grass last weekend. I don’t know whether he will feel he has to do it again this week or not. Our next door neighbor’s house is up for sale. So, he is trying to keep our front yard especially neat too.