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Yay, LEW! I’m so glad! What ep are you up to?
Asti, I had not heard of that project, but I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for the P&P one this fall. I do own a bunch of the various spin-offs and sequels, but still haven’t read any of them. I don’t think Longbourn is one that I have though, so I’ll check it out. Another that has been recommended to me is Austenland by Shannon Hale, about a girl who gets to visit an Austen-themed resort in England. (It sounds kind of like what we HP fans get when we go to the Universal park, only more immersive, lol.) A movie based on the book just came out recently.
LH, I’m the same way with most “literary fiction”.
CoolG, definitely good to know your daughters will check on you if you’re out of touch for a while!
Does anyone have any big plans for the 4th? Unfortunately, it’s looking like the remnants of Hurricane Arthur (Mr. Weasley!) are going to make tomorrow a washout for us. Several towns in the area have already rescheduled their fireworks to either tonight or Saturday.
Today I finished The Silkworm, Jo’s second book under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. I would recommend that you make a list of all the characters one by one as they are introduced, unless you have a very good memory, because the number of characters is quite large. The main characters I am quite attached to but some of the others I probably won’t want to read about again. I was definitely taken out of my comfort zone. Excellent writing though.
We went to paint today and is often the case at our pottery painting place we find someone interesting with whom to talk. There was an older middle aged lady there painting alone. She stopped by several times to admire what my daughter was painting and to ask questions about her work. I would get up and wander around the shop since I can’t sit still for hours without little marches around the store. I would stop and speak to the lady and talk to her about what she was doing. We drifted off to other conversations and about her health issues, one of which is diabetes. I told her about my mother’s recovery from diabetes and the lady made some mention of the notion that my father was younger. I told her that he was 90 when he died three months ago.
When the lady finished painting she came up to where we were sitting to put her paints away. I turned and asked her why she thought my father was younger. She didn’t have a good explanation but mentioned her mother was 90 but her father had been 60 when he passed away and had been the organist and the choir director at a church. I turned and said, “What church?” When she said the name of the church it was the church where I grew up.
I was telling you the most elaborate part of my wedding was the music and it was handled by the wife and daughter of the organist/director of the church where I grew up. This was the daughter who played the violin at my wedding. She still teaches violin and still lives with her mother in the house where I went to take piano lessons and for choir parties. I grew up going to her swimming pool. We had not seen each other in over 20 years and spent the afternoon talking with each other without recognizing each other until just before she left. My daughter has been wanting to take violin lessons so we may have found the teacher.
I had a wonderful day. I went out with my sisters to breakfast and then shopping. I bought a.summer dress for a bridal shower on Sunday. A white pair of pants and a blue blouse for tomorrow’s 4th of Juky. I have red sandals and a red necklace to complete the ensemble. I will be dressed very patriotic. :) today we signed the contract for the wedding venue. The Hall is very beautiful. It has an awesome entrance and lots of beautiful chandeliers.
Saturday we are having a family picnic. So my four day weekend will be very busy. Today was my Sister Day, tomorrow we are all going to my sons for a BBque. I am making a chicken salad. It will have grapes and apples. It’s a different recipe so I hope it tastes good. I am also bringing steaks and a Guacamole Salad. Saturday is the family picnic in a forest preserve. Sunday it is my best friend’s son’s fiancée’s bridal shower. (That is a mouthful.)
We have known our best friends since our kids were 7 yrs old. We met at tee-ball practice. Our sons were both on the same team. We became fast friends. We discovered that both our boys were born in October of 1984. Mine on Oct. 4th hers on Oct. 30th. We both named our sons Thomas. We each had older daughters born in July 1981. Hers on July 3, mine on the 27th. We named our daughters differently, LOL!
Many times her kids were at our house or mine at hers. We took many soccer tournament trips out of town together and we loved spending family time in each other’s homes. Our kids went to school together and our boys almost made it together to State for soccer. Her daughter and my daughter shared an apartment during college.
When her daughter was the first to marry …my daughter was her maid of honor. My daughter called her. “my sister,” during her wedding speech. When my son married …his best man was his best friend/ “brother” Tom. Now her son Tom is getting married on Sept. 20th ( by pure coincidence it is my wedding anniversary date.) and my son will be his best man. On Sunday during the bridal shower my daughter will ask her best friend and “sister” to be her Matron of Honor. The circle will be complete.
The best part is that we are ALL still very good friends. The DS loves hanging out and talking to the father. I love to go out to lunch with her. We get to talk about grandchildren and the “kids”. We were blessed with meeting a family that became part of our family. Each one of us had a best friend to call our own. :)
Hi friends… I am posting this to tell you I have had one flippin’ incredible day! I had lunch, a fab day long meeting, and dinner with a trio of wonderful folks who want to finance a high end custom made guitar buisness… As some of you know I have been a non professional Luthier for 25 years. I have built & sold one off electric guitars and basses for almost all of those years. There are some of you who have seen some of my work that I posted links to on this site. I had a huge woodworking shop at the horse ranch in Maryland I sold a few years ago. Now I am without all the resources I used to take for granted. THAT is about to change…… :+D HOOO YA!
HAPPY 4th OF JULY!
LH and MM I am warmed by your stories of friendship links down the years.
Won_Two That is very good news indeed. I wish your venture all the luck in the world.
Today I will be starting on a charm bracelet project to celebrate the final part of the All Soul’s Trilogy. I had thought I might re-use the chain from a bracelet I made many years ago but I think I’ve changed my mind about that.
Now for some breakfast.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY LEAKY!!
Won – I am so happy to hear your excitement! I know how hard it was to move out of your ranch. WOO-HOO! for life’s surprises.
Graymayne – please post pictures of the bracelet. :)
LadyHawke – it always amazes me that in this huge world how we cross paths with the right people at the most unlikely place. You always think what were the odds.
CORRECTION ON PREVIOUS POST – the boys made it to state they just didn’t win the state cup tournament. :(
Cool G – if I were you. I would put the phone in my purse more often and cook dinner for when they arrive. He He!!
We are doing our usual for just about any holiday now days. We are headed across the street to my mother’s house for the afternoon.
I just found my previous post sitting there since last night, unsent.
I have been doing my DS’s work clothes laundry all morning. Soon I must get ready for the afternoon at my mother’s house. My DS has been doing yard work. We are not grilling today. We are picking up chicken and have provided side dishes to go with it. We have learned not to make every holiday a major production of the ladies “me” to have turned into a struggle. If there were actually a lot of us doing companiable work in the kitchen it could be fun but now it is just me with everyone else sitting waiting for me to produce food. It is on holidays I find myself wishing for sisters or sister-in-laws with which to share the kitchen bustle. Alone, I just feel presumed upon, rushed, and lonely. I still do it for Thanksgiving since that day is all about particular foods and it must be done but for the other holidays I’ve learned to cut back and do things that can be done ahead and simply served on the special day.
COOLG, MM sounds as if she has a functional plan for you. Cook and don’t answer the phone.
WON, that sounds as if you have something to look forward to pursuing.
MM, you are so lucky to have a Sister Day. All the wedding plans and births/friendships running simultaneously sound like such fun.
I don’t think I told why there were so many text group messages. It seems I am going to be a great grandmother again early next year. My daughter was telling me and her sisters about this. She noticed later that I had not read any of the messages. This will make the second grandchild for Beth, my youngest. They will be a year apart. Have I mentioned that my grandchildren were a year apart until two of my daughters started on their second families? I am excited about this grandchild. The father is one of my grandsons who is special to me. Don’t get me wrong all my grandchildren are special but as you will find out when you have several, some just tug at your heartstrings a little more.
Thanks everyone! MM, yes indeed it was quite a wrench to leave the place. I know it’s been a few years but you may recall my main reason for buying the ranch in the first place was that there was so much flat pasture land to the property. I had so hoped to build a runway for the Riley… It would have been so nice being able to fly in and out without having to drive all the way to the airport. Too bad the Navy wouldn’t let me cuz’ it was too close to their restricted airspace. I remember Sally telling me that although she loved the place it was just too ‘upkeep intensive’… I would have eventually had to hire a full time housekeeper and a groundskeeper even before I got the thrombosis in my right leg. Yes, woo-hoo for life’s surprises that make enduring all the mundane and insane stuff tolerable! loool
My silver charms arrived this morning and I have my very own firedrake, believe it or not!
MM I will try and do that. I aim to have it ready for July15th, Publication Day. I’m still sorting out my ideas but I am very pleased with the items that arrived this morning.
For the first time in my memory July 4 is cool. Granted, it is 80 Friday but there is a breeze and if you stay in the shade it is cool, no perspiration at all, amazing. I am on the deck at my mother’s house in a shady area. My DS was overcome with post lunch sleepiness and has gone to lie down. Fortunately, my mother has a selection of beds.
We brought the dogs with us because they are so fearful of fireworks when left alone. They are presently having a bark out with my mother’s neighbor’s dog. Two doves are watching this from the eaves of the house.
The grandmother’s are sitting at the table telling the same stories to each other they tell every time they get together.
When my DS wakes up I will fill him with some caffeine and we will play some board games.
The dogs are worried, clinging to me, and poking me with theirs noses. I have little sticky nose pokes on my elbows.
Lady Hawke, that sounds pretty peaceful and idyllic, even down to the worried dogs and wet nose marks! It is raining here for the first time in about a month, I have two soggy catties demanding lots of attention, and looking at me as if it is MY fault they are wet.
I hope all my lovely American friends are having a very wonderful Independance Day.
I had a lovely afternoon at my son’s house. He grilled steaks, burgers and shishkabobs (sp?). They were delicious. My grandson was in grandparents heaven. Both sets of grandparents were present. He could go from one grandparent to another and receive our adulation. He could do no wrong. Lol!
Now I lay in my bed with three pets listening to the cacophony of fireworks. My neighbors love fireworks and my fur babies are just terrorized. We go through this hell each year. The fur babies look at me and see my face to check if they should panic. I pet them and tell them it’s okay. I purposely left my son’s house early knowing that I needed to be home before the neighbors started their firework show. :(. I knew my fur babies needed me home. :(
(BTW – to me …. fireworks are a waste of good money. Smh.). :(
Happy 4th of July Leaky.
On the topic of fireworks it would seem that over the last ten years or so the noise of Bonfire Night (November 5th) has diminished in my local area. It has become the custom to attend an officially organised event to watch a much better firework display and the recession seems to have encouraged this trend. It is always a worry when pets are affected by the noise. I like to watch the firework spectaculars on New Year’s Eve from around the world on TV, more attractive and with adjustable noise, lol.
Yesterday’s tennis at Wimbledon was very gripping, it was the Men’s Semi-final, today it is the Women’s final between Petra Kavitova and Eugenie Bouchard.
Unfortunately, the weather forecasts were correct and yesterday was a total washout – cold, windy, and absolutely pouring. Definitely no cookouts or fireworks for us. :( It actually did turn out to be a nice day for me though. I did some work for the bakery in the morning, followed by several hours of reading, watching tv, and catching up on old interviews and posts from the Lizzie Bennet Diaries cast. In the evening, I went to see Earth to Echo with my dad and nephew. It wasn’t as good as I’d hoped – I’d been expecting more of a modern-day E.T. – but it was a sweet movie about friendship, so it was uplifting at least.
LH, that is such a cool coincidence; I’m glad you were able to reconnect with an old friend, and I hope your daughter’s violin lessons work out!
MM, we never had anyone like that in my family…not even our actual family, lol. It sounds great!
Congrats to Won on the potential new business and to CoolG on becoming a great-grandmother again!
I love the professional fireworks displays and am very sad to be missing them this year (My city rescheduled to tonight due to the rain, but I had already committed to babysitting my niece so my sis and BIL could take the boys to a display in a different town.), but I strongly dislike the ones people set off at home…especially because for the past two weeks I’ve been having to play “Gunshot or firework?” every time one goes off! :/
Bookworm Jen I know what you mean about trying to figure out if the noise is fireworks, guns, or explosion. This has been happening here for the last couple of months. Mostly on Sunday nights.
MM I stayed home instead of going to the fireworks because of my dogs. I could not leave them alone when I knew the fireworks would be going off everywhere. It went on for so long that I fell asleep. The dogs woke me up at 4 AM to finally let them out. They would not go out at their regualr time the night before because of the fireworks.
I wonder if it will get warm enough for the pool party? The last time my daughter had one, it had been cool too. I hope the water will be warmer today. I guess I should get ready to go. She will probably have something to munch on for breakfast,.
We are having our first real hot spell of the summer. Near 100(37.7) every day. More humidity than
I can remember the last few years. But it’s a dry humidity.
A dry humidity… kind of make you go, “Hmmm?”
It is much warmer today than yesterday, maybe not up to standard, but certainly hotter than the last couple of days. I cherished yesterday, a July 4 that was not a scorching, skin sizzling heat during the day nor a hot, breathless, wet blanket on your face at night. It was one of those “I wish it was like this all the time” days.
My daughter and DS went off to a movie. I stayed home and ran a very quick errand for my mother, did a little vacuuming, and spent some time reading my Diana Gabaldon book. I’m over half way finished. So, while I’m not reading it at the speed of light I am cutting through it more quickly than some books I’ve read in the last couple of years.
Today the Tour de France cycle race set off from Leeds in Yorkshire and made for Harewood House to be greeted by the young royals, William & Kate and Harry. Kate cut the yellow starting tape and the cyclists were off on the first stage through the Yorkshire countryside. This event was a total novelty and people turned out in their thousands. I failed to realise that the running commentary would be on ITV not the BBC until after the Ladies Wimbledon Final which was won very convincingly by Kvitova who was in devastating form. The race will be in the UK for two more days before crossing to France.
My, Wimbledon, the Tour d France, and the World Cup all at once, and two of them on home soil. I don’t know how sports minded people are standing the excitement.
We have had a quiet day. I have been reading, wandering around the internet and answering some emails. I get very few emails anymore. Most of my correspondence is not through Facebook messaging and text messages. Text messages are so immediate. I still like email if I am trying to organize my thoughts and include a lot of attachments, as long as I remember to include the attachments.
My daughter and DS have gone to my mother’s house to liberate some of the desserts that were left over last night. My mother can’t eat all of it so they decided to storm the citadel and bring them home.
I would love some dessert. :D
We are home exhausted. The DS was in heaven. We saw the grandbaby two days in a row. Tomorrow my daughter in law is taking him to the bridal shower so I get to see him again. :)
We had our family picnic and we had a good time. It was a perfect day. It was partly cloudy and windy. It kept the Mosquitos away and made it so much more comfortable. I loved visiting and talking with my family.
Tomorrow is the bridal shower. It has been a very busy Fourth of July weekend. :)
Lady Hawke It doesn’t end there, we have the Commonwealth Games in Scotland due at the end of July, I think! Wimbledon I have watched almost every year since the late l950’s when my parents bought our first TV. Football I ignore, the Olympics I enjoy, the London Marathon I watch annually, on TV. The Tour de France I watched yesterday purely because it meant I got an overview of my home county in areas I have never visited and I was curious to see the response of the public to the event happening over here. I was astonished by the response of the people of the towns and villages involved and by the numbers of visitors who travelled to the area. I hope that business was good and their preparations were all worth the effort. Today I will watch because they will be travelling to my home city which has seen so much re-development since I left in the mid 60’s that it doesn’t feel like my home city.
Re the Tour de France, BigG took a train to Keighley earlier today, then a light railway to Haworth, well known to all lovers of the Bronte family. Apparently this is on the route.
We’ve had a lovely day. Son had a big golf comp, a team event featuring the top Juniors in the County. Son came 10th out of 48, and his team came 6th out of 12.
While he was playing, we took ourselves to Lulworth Cove, which is very very pretty. We had a pub lunch, a paddle in the sea, and a hike up the cliffs. We managed to avoid all the forecast heavy showers! I did put a picture on fb, but it hasn’t appeared yet.
Talking of fb, Wolfie posted that the Tour de France was going through her village today!