Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Life: It Goes On - October 4

We finally got to my sister's and brother-in-law's new house this last weekend (hence, no post on Sunday). Just the Big Guy and I were able to go but it did give us a little more flexibility; made a bit of an adventure of the trip north that included a trip to a book store where the owner gifts you a free book on your first visit. He asks about your reading preferences than chooses a book he think you'll enjoy from his inventory of used books. I think we both got winners. Of course, the benefit of this for him was that we felt obligated to buy a couple of books as well (as if I weren't already going to buy a book!). If you're ever in Red Wing, Minnesota (also home of Red Wing pottery and Red Wing boots), I highly recommend you check out Fair Trade Books.

This Week I'm:

Listening To: The Big Guy and I tried to listen to Jonis Agee's The Bones of Paradise on our trip but with our meandering up and semi-stressful ride home, we only got through one disc. So I'm listening to it this week as a read/listen combo.

Watching: Over the weekend we spent a good deal of time watching that river that my sister's property backs on to, a bonfire, and some football.

Reading: I have soooo many books to finish this week, between a library book due back soon and Netgalley books that are about to expire. I'm hoping to finish M. C. Beaton's The Witches' Tree today then it's on to Alice Hoffman's latest, The Rules of Magic, which is a sort of prequel to her Practical Magic.

Making: Tacos, coleslaw, steaks, fried apples, salads, and BLT's. We seem to be fighting the end of summer eating.

Planning: On spending most of the rest of my free time this week reading.

Thinking About: Getting my Halloween decorations out today.

Top to bottom, left to right: looking up at my sister's house from the river, getting love from one of their dogs who kind of loves me, the river my sister's house backs onto, on a wagon ride through an orchard, the guys at winery #1, BG and I at winery #2, and my sister and me at winery #1.

Enjoying: See collage.

Feeling: Like Menomonie is too far away, especially with winter just around the corner.

Looking forward to: Seeing The Avett Brothers in concert tomorrow night.

Question of the week: When someone asks you what you like to read, what's your quick answer? Can you even narrow it down?


  1. Trips without children, where you can meander and dawdle and generally do all the things that would annoy kids, have become one of my favorite parts of the empty nest.

  2. Your food always sounds good. Fried apples! Goodness. BLTs sounds good too. I have to go to the market tonight and haven't a clue what to make for dinner. A bonfire by the river sounds pretty nice too.

  3. What a neat idea--offering a free book to first time customers! I glad you made it to your sister and brother-in-law's safely.

    I don't know why I thought Rules of Magic was a sequel. A sort of prequel though. I still want to read it. I really enjoy Hoffman's writing.

    I hope you have a great rest of the week, Lisa!

  4. Enjoy family, friends, reading, and wine! Yum!

  5. It sounds like a great weekend! And I agree with Ti that you always make the most delicious-sounding food. I need a meal plan for this week and cannot seem to find inspiration to do so.

  6. I generally say contemporary fiction or memoirs.