Sunday, December 1, 2013

Life: It Goes On - December 1

Hoping all of my friends in the U.S. had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend and that those of you who hit Black Friday sales survived and got lots of great deals.

We enjoyed time with both sides of our family including shopping with my sisters and nieces on Friday AFTER the crowds had thinned. and a nice long walk without so much as a jacket with the Shepp side yesterday when temps were in the 60's.

Today I've gotten all of the fall/Thanksgiving decor down and after I get a good cleaning done, it will be time to put up the Christmas decorations.

Here's What I'm:

Listening To: I started Frances Mayes' Under The Tuscan Sun Friday and I must say I am not enjoying it at all. The narration is, frankly, awful. I'm not sure I'll keep listening; it's enough to adjust to the fact that the book is nothing like the movie. I have the book so may just read it in print.

Watching: We used to watch The Mentalist regularly but when it moved to Sunday nights it couldn't compete with football and Downtown Abbey and we lost track of it. But with the series winding down, we've been watching the past couple of weeks again. I'm not sure I like the way things are wrapping up. Do you watch it? What are your thoughts?

Reading: Ann Patchett's This Is The Story of A Happy Marriage which is a book of essays and may just have convinced me that I need to read more essays. I'm enjoying it a lot.

Making: I looks like I'll be making more blankets for Christmas gifts this year; two of the kids I made blankets for last year told me yesterday that they'd love to have another blanket.  Looks like a trip to the fabric store is in my future this week.

Planning: Oh you know, all of the Christmas things - shopping, baking, and, hopefully, Christmas cards this year!

Grateful for: Time with our families - love them all so much!

Loving: Having a four-day weekend. It's been very relaxing.

Feeling: Recharged and ready to head into the busiest time of the year!

Thinking: People need to learn to get over it. If you've got a problem with someone, talk about it over and move on.

Looking forward to: Playing with some new decorating ideas for the holidays thanks to some new pieces and Pinterest. What are you looking forward to this week?


  1. I wish I could say my weekend was relaxing. It was fun. It was eventful. But it's never relaxing!

    Enjoy all your Christmas-y plans!

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed the holiday. We had a great time with friends. We always go shopping on Friday, but in the early afternoon (no crowds) so we can each choose a new Christmas ornament and then spend the evening decorating the tree and the house and drinking eggnog. It was delightful! :)

  3. Re Under The Tuscan Sun - Read it don't listen to it! lol I love Frances Mayes books but not her audio's - I'm just not fond of her she reads them. I was startled by how different the movie is from the book (I adore the movie) but once I got past that, I really enjoyed the memoir.

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed time with your family Lisa. You know I'm not sure I've ever read Under the Tuscan Sun. I've only watched the movie and loved it. It's hard to get through a bad audio though.

  5. I'm interested that you didn't enjoy the narration of Under the Tuscan Sun. Sometimes the author is not the best person to read his/her own work. I haven't seen the film or read the book so I'm intrigued. Glad the four day weekend did you good and hope you get done all the things you plan to do this week.

  6. Glad you had a nice holiday with the family! There are tons of decorating ideas on Pinterest - I am always impressed by how creative people are!

  7. I've heard so many people say they felt refreshed and recharged after the long Thanksgiving Holiday. I wish I did. But then, I never do when I have company, even if it's only my mom. I'm such an introvert that way. No matter, I had a nice holiday and am glad you did as well!

  8. I love this post Lisa! I saw the movie for the Tuscan Sun but don't remember reading the book.... sorry you aren't enjoying it. The narrator can make or break the listening experience!

    My tree it 80% done... ugh. I need to finish tonight since I have company arriving tomorrow. :)

  9. How are you enjoying Under the Tuscan Sun? I love travel fiction. Makes me want to travel and see new things and eat new foods and drink new wines and all that.

    I also lost track of the Mentalist a couple of years ago. My parents still watch and said no bueno on it :(

    Looking forward to relaxing in front of the tv to watch all my favorite holiday films and making fun Christmasy things with Gabe too.