What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
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|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
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I had a lovely surprise today…..an email from daughters school with a link to a blog of her trip! One of the escorting teachers has posted several diary entries along with a lot of pictures, four or five of them featuring daughter! One has her in HUGE protective headgear and an enormous smile; I an guessing she was about to go quad biking, gulp! But how lovely, to see her so obviously enjoying herself, and how wonderful of the teacher to take the time to do it.
LEW, hello! Are you enjoying The World Cup?
asti, yes I am. And I’m getting no work done!! I hope you’re able to enjoy them, though I know the game times are more convenient for me than you.
And it’s great hear hear that you daughter seems to be having such a great time. And that you’re able to keep up with her adventures through the blog! How fun!
ASTI, I’m not sure what quad biking means. I’m going to have to look it up. I’m glad to hear she seems in good spirits. How far is she from home?
I have a friend who is biking the Katy Trail across the State of Missouri. I think this is their third day out. He is 52 years old. When I say biking I mean peddling the bike not motorcyling. Apparently, the whole route is lined with little towns that cater to bikers.
My daughter said that they were going out to dinner. He had weeded the front yard the previous day. At the front of the house he stopped and “he said look at that weed.” My daughter who was slightly ahead turned around to see him on his knees pulling a weed. He dropped the weed and held his hand up like he was praying and said “will you marry me?” She said “stop joking.” He opened his hands and the ring was in his palms without a box. He repeated “Will you marry me?”
She started to cry and hugged him. She says she was so surprised because she never expected it in the front lawn. :)
When she called me she was still crying.
I can relax now. :)
I saw a link to this article on Facebook. It is from the Daily Mail in the UK. It seems there have been three records broken in Mississippi for alligators. The alligators in this article were caught during the one week alligator hunting season during the first week of September last year. I had not heard about this. I have heard some local fishermen say they have seen alligators in their fishing holes, small ones, not huge ones. That seemed incredible to me because in my mind alligators are a thing of coastal Florida and Louisiana swamps. Granted, Mississippi is a neighboring state to Louisiana and we do have a coast line but the idea that the creatures have become reinstated in even the north part of the state is astounding and unsettling. I find it frightening to think that even smaller specimens could be lurking in local ponds. These are prehistoric predator reptiles and we are not accustomed to being wary of them around here. It is not in our mindset. In recent years we have had a few bear work their way north into our city out of the swamps far to the south. I grew up thinking of bear as citizens of the Appalachian mountains 400 miles to the east. I never realized they were in the southern swamps as well until we had them showing up in backyards here.
MM YES!! Your SIL was very imaginative with his proposal scenario, loved it.
Lady Hawke Were you out of town last September or just immersed in family concerns? Perhaps you should stick the photo up on the refrigerator as a constant reminder until the message has truly sunk in.
By the way, I am an ex-biker and I have never been athletic. Cyclists are a different breed altogether.
Dr Lew (waving) Hi, nice to see you.
Today I will be receiving Jo’s second detective book under the pen name of Robert Galbraith – The Silkworm.
I was fixing my coffee this morning when I saw my lunch for today still on the stove. It is unusual for me to forget to put away the food. So my lunch for today went into the trash. At least the pans were not so hard to wash since they had lids over the food. I am trying to decide if I want to mow this morning. The heat and humidy are high today so I will need to do it early or not at all. Guess I better go mow.
MM, there must have been some reason the ring took so long to be ready. I can hardly believe the jeweler notified him it was ready by mail instead of calling his cell phone.
I’m so glad it is done and you can stop having to keep your lips zipped.
GRAYMAYNE, what is so astonishing to me is my friend who is riding this 225 mile bike trail was never known to be an athlete of any kind in our youth. Somehow in middle age he has managed to train himself into a bike rider. Last September I don’t remember seeing anything about these alligators. I don’t think these huge ones were caught locally but they were caught by people from two to three hours drive south of here. That is much too close for comfort. It sounds as if they pulled some of them out of the Mississippi River. Along the river there are cut offs from the river to lakes. When the river overflows its bounds it will flood into the lakes and when the river recedes it leaves “whatever” behind in its wake. So, there is no telling what is in these local overflow lakes. My father fell at the end of the month and from then on I was out of commission.
So much for mowing. Got the mower gas and oil up. Did a few rounds, then the mower quit and I can’t get it started again. I did take a stick and get the wet grass out from under the mower but it still did not help. Guess I will have to wait for a little while then try again.
YAY MM!!! Fantastic (and long-awaited) good news! Congratulations to you, your daughter, and the whole family! I can only imagine how excited you are to finally get to celebrate the engagement!
LH, I had a very good and productive trip home. It was exhausting because there were about 2 dozen meetings scheduled, but we got just about everything done. I have had a fair amount of input into all the planning. WARNING: Wedding overload below
The cake has been picked – the flavor decisions were made mostly by my parents and finace. The bottom layer is vanilla cake with french vanilla icing and raspberry preserves. The middle layer is carrot cake (my mom’s choice), and the top layer is vanilla cake with a lemon filling layer and a raspberry mousse layer (the lemon was my fiance’s request). My fiance and I will save the top tier for our first anniversary, so there is a kitchen cake (to make sure there are enough pieces for all the guests) that is coconut creme – my dad’s choice. The cake tasting was the one meeting my dad went to (he’s the cake aficionado in the family). ;) There is a butter creme frosting with a lattice work design on the outside. We will have flowers on the top of the top tier.
The reception menu was a pretty good compromise by me and my mom, with some great input from the venue event coordinator (who has lots of experience). I got my Georgia shrimp and grits and bacon-wrapped tenderloin and didn’t care too much after that. ;)
Best news of all, my dress still fits! Though I definitely need to lose about 5 lbs. It’s tighter than I would like it in the thighs (I guess one of drawbacks of fit-and-flare dress is that I can’t hide the hips, thighs, and butt…). And I did a trial run for my hair with the stylist.
We picked the wedding music. Some tradition, some a little different. The only requests I really had were to have Canon in D and Lord of the Dance (Shaker Tune) (the former being very traditional for a wedding and the latter being very out of the ordinary). I initially wanted to process to Canon in D immediately following the attendants, but then the organist played the trumpet voluntary (that would announce my arrival in the doors at the back of the church), and then trumpet tune; I just about started crying, so I figured I had to go with that. The attendant will process to Canon in D, and the mothers will be seated to Airs in D (Bach). The organist did a phenomenal improv with Lord of the Dance for the recessional and it’s absolutely perfect – I’m SO happy that we were able to use it!
I finally made a decision about flowers. I knew I wanted cool colors – darker blues and greens with ivory/white. Initially I wanted a dusty rose (like terra-cotta roses), but fell out of love with that pretty quickly. Dark blue is a hard color (there aren’t too many commercially grown dark blue flowers that are good for bouquets), and when I was looking at pictures online at bridal bouquets I found a lot of lavender rose bouquets that I really like. Some I’m doing lavender and blue and green with whites. I trust the florist implicitly, so I’m not worried that it will be anything but spectacular. We will have sunflowers at the rehearsal dinner – it’ll be a bbq at my parents’ house, and the sunflower is the state flower of Kansas, so it’s pretty perfect.
Lots of other meetings (reception music, Sunday morning brunch, bridesmaid luncheon, reception venue set up, wedding program,rehearsal dinner caterer, etc.) and gift buying (wedding party, hostess, etc.), but we are pretty much good to go until the week before when the details really have to be coming together. Invitations went out, so we’re starting to get RSVPs back, which makes everything 10x more exciting and real.
My menfolk are nervous……… England have a World Cup game in an hour……. At least this kick off is at a sensible time!
More overtime for me tomorrow. I wouldn’t mind if I actually had some spare cash to show for it at the end of the month, but it’s ot extra money; my extra hours are a neccessity.
I get my daughter back tomorrow!!!!!!
LEW, thanks for the lovely wedding update. It all seems to be going well, and your flowers and cake sound delightful. I had Lord of the Dance as one of my hymns. And thanks for the little hint about your dress………!! Remind me of the date of your wedding? And what news on your house? xxx
Graymayne, I want The Silkworm. I enjoyed the first book a lot, but will wait either for the paperback, or it to be a cheapy on the Kindle. I hope you enjoy it.
MM, woohooo, FINALLY!!! Congratulations! And good on him for planning it so sweetly, and still managing to surprise your daughter. I am glad she is so happy.
Right, I must go and have a quisk bath before my presence is required in the capacity of Supportive Wife. (!!) I also have some emails I need to attend to.
asti, I can send you a picture of the dress, if you’d like. Not of me in it, but from the designer website. The wedding is August 2. 6 weeks from Saturday.
We close on the house tomorrow at 10am – assuming nothing else crops up. We are planning on moving Saturday. Keeping my fingers crossed!!
Oooh, LEW, very yes please! And I’ll have my fingers crossed too for the house, how exciting! xx
Apparently, saying “your opponents have abs to die for,” is NOT the remark a Supportive Wife should make. Oops.
asti, as long as you weren’t talking about Suarez. And be sure to tell you DS that Rooney’s hair plugs are looking very nice these days.
Here is the dress: http://www.casablancabridal.com/collections/fall-2010/1125/#.U6NG_41dVCd (in ivory)
Yesterday I was soo tired I fell asleep for three hours when I arrived from work. Going through the work overload of end of year, school/summer closing with my new pacemaker has been exhausting. But I made it through.
I am off today and I am off every Friday from now on until August!!! YAY! Sister time! I am off with my sisters. Our first stop will be at my daughter’s house to admire the ring. My daughter invited my sisters and I for breakfast. After that we are off shopping! I am looking forward to the day!
MM, sounds lovely, lunch with sisters, admiring a ring.
Admiring abs seems to be a politically incorrect thing to do everywhere.
DR LEW, I like the idea of a variety of cake choices and the kitchen cake idea. Generally I am not fond of grits but for some inexplicable reason I do like shrimp and grits. I love Lord of the Dance as a choice.
I have my daughter back. She had a super time, but……tears at bedtime. She’ll never go there again, and it was all so wonderful.
I am without abs tonight……..after Italy failed to win, and keep England with even a faintish hope, the tv has been football free! It won’t last………. must find out when Uraguay play again…..
LEW, that dress is beyond beautiful. I love the lace detail. Thank you for posting the link. And isn’t Wayne’s hair special!
MM, tell us about your breakfast with the ring! What are their early plans?
How could I have forgotten to respond to Graymayne………! That is by far the best sentence I have seen in a long time! lol! xx
HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE EVERYONE! We will be travelling to Herefordshire to celebrate with a very delicious lunch of locally sourced foods. We have been to The Three Horseshoes twice before to meet up with friends who were travelling back to Wales, but today it is simply a day out with very good food:)
Happy Summer Solstice! We have no plans for today which is fine with me…except to rearrange some of that incoming furniture we have yet to deal with. My DS thinks it will take ten or twenty minutes. I suspect otherwise.
GRAYMAYNE, I hope you DS remembered to take the camera.
I have always found it curious that the longest day of the year is not also the height of our summer heat. Even though the days will start to become shorter again, the heat will increase throughout July and August and will not start to back of in a noticeable way until October.
As I expected arranging the furniture in our bedroom did not just take a few minutes. We were at it for several hours and we are not really finished. It is still in chaos but at least the major pieces are where they belong. He still contends we could have done it before bed one night (only if we had not wanted to go to bed any time soon).
My DS is going to grill butterfly pork chops tonight. I am making the stuffing for them, a mixture of chopped onions, apple, quinoa and blue cheese. I’m also making some green beans bundles again.
Tomorrow we are going to do the Father’s Day dinner we didn’t have last week because our church function interfered.
I am off to my daughter’s house to have breakfast. She invited her future in-laws too. We are all helping her weed and design their front lawn. It’s huge.