Sunday, April 28, 2013

Life: It Goes On - April 28

You'll notice this week's Sunday post has a new title and a new look. The Sunday Salon posts are intended to be post about books and reading, the "Lit" part of my title. But in the past few months, my Sunday posts have definitely come to be about the "Life" part of my title. Enter Robert Frost.

Since April is National Poetry month, I've been reading a lot of posts about poetry, including one about Robert Frost. Frost was an American poet best known for his realistic depictions of rural American life. He was both popular and critically respected, earning four Pulitzer prizes for poetry. He may be best known for these lines:
"Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I— I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

The Frost words that really struck me this week were these: "In three words I can sum up what I've learned about life: it goes on."  My family has been through so much in the past couple of years; it's been one thing after another. But this I have learned from all of it - life goes on. As soon as I saw these words, I knew what I wanted to do with my Sunday posts.Thanks to The Big Guy for the photo that made visualized it for me!

You'll also see a new piece for when I really do just want to talk about books. Thanks to Stephen King, it will be called "Lit: Uniquely Portable Magic."

Here's What I'm:

Listening To: Paper Towns by John Green - I succumbed to peer pressure and picked this one up at the library sale a few weeks ago. I was surprised to find that I had not gotten this on CD but, instead on something called "Playaway" from Brilliance Audio. Essentially it's an MP3 player with the book loaded on it and nothing else can be added.

Watching: The televisions been on this past week but I can't say that I've paid much attention to any of it with the exception of The Voice and some of the NFL draft.

Reading: I finished Gone Girl in the wee hours of this morning; it made a great readathon book both for Dewey's and the Spring Into Horror readathon. I also got caught up with The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and got about half way through listening to John Green's Paper Towns. I'm on a roll with good books right now!

Making: Enchiladas for dinner last night. With a vegetarian in the family, I've taken to making bean and cheese enchiladas and have had fun experimenting with those.

Planning: On getting annuals this week for my flower pots. This always takes so much longer than it should since I'm always looking for new flowers and combinations to try.

Grateful for: My family being mostly supportive of my reading yesterday. They just sort of roll their eyes at me. There, there, tut, tut - Mom's being silly about her books again.

Loving: The past few days have been glorious; we've eaten most of our meals outside.

Thinking: There is nothing nicer than a beautiful spring evening on the patio, listening to the birds, spending time with my family, enjoying a nice glass of wine and just relaxing.

Looking forward to: A new computer. Well, sort of. My son built a new computer for a friend and he's going to rebuild mine with the parts from the friend's old computer. Said parts being about eight years newer than anything in my current computer.


  1. Love the Life quote and picture! Awesome! So glad you got to read yesterday. I decided not to try this time, good thing I didn't since I would have only been extremely frustrated. Here's to new computer parts!

  2. Love the photos and buttons that you've created for your posts...pretty awesome. I think your Sunday posts are my favorite. I love getting a small glimpse into your world and what is going on. I think your wonderful weather will finally land here in the Thumb of Michigan tomorrow...can't wait. I have to get my yard looking nice as graduation is just around the corner!!!

    Have a great week!!!

  3. I'm glad you've been able to focus on the aspects of life you love the most this weekend - your reading and your family. I certainly appreciate your blog,reading your book reviews and hearing your news. I'm sure the 'new' computer will be of great benefit! Have a good week!

  4. What a terrific photo - I loved it! And I love the Frost quote - how apropos :) I love reading your Sunday posts - its so nice to get a peek into what you are reading and watching and life in general - after all, we may blog about books, but we are living life, too. Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

  5. I had mixed feelings about Paper Towns, so I'll be interested to see what you thought!

  6. I bought Gone Girl this saturday - and I can't wait to read it. I hope you had fun with the readathon!

  7. "Uniquely portable magic"-I love it! I just wanted to stop by and say thanks for visiting during the read-a-thon! I hope your patio time includes enjoying a glass of wine while watching the fireflies. We lived just outside of Omaha for a couple years, and sitting on the back porch at night and watching the fireflies come out was a truly magical experience. I really miss that... :)

  8. I bet Gone Girl did make for a good Read-a-Thon book! I'm so glad you joined us. Now I want bean and cheese enchiladas. ;)

  9. Life: It Goes on....simply perfect! The Lit quote and photo are equally awesome. I always love your Sunday posts, Lisa.

    We finally got a taste of nice weather last weekend- for the first time since sometime last fall! All sorts of chores to accomplish, but my reward was a glass of wine and a book on the patio, too. Here's to being on a roll with good books :-)

  10. I like this new and revised feature! I know a little about Frost, as I read a few of his poems in high school, but I haven't read very many, and I would love to get more familiar with his work.

    It does sound like you had a really nice readathon weekend, and that your family cooperated wonderfully. My husband and kids don't bother me when I do readathon either. It's nice to have such a big block of time just to read!

    Have a happy Monday over there!

  11. Mmmmmm. I love enchiladas! I forget about them though. I had this one recipe that I loved that used flour tortillas but they don't taste right with corn and with the gluten thing.. I can't do flour anymore. It's tragic.

  12. Yay. I love your new look for Lit and then Life! Looking forward to more. So happy for spring and thanks for the quotes from Robert Frost. Life indeed goes on and so glad that it does even though it can be so painful. Thanks for this!

  13. I love the new look to your Sunday posts! The button is perfect and the saying so fitting.

    Bean and cheese enchiladas . . . That sounds really good.

    I am glad spring is here at last--although it also means my allergies will get worse. I'm just glad for the warmer weather!

    Have a great week!

  14. It sounds like you enjoyed Gone Girl. I'll look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Thanks for joining us for the read-a-thon. Keep your options open for the High Summer RAT in July. ;O)

  15. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this new title and photo!

    Did you love Gone Girl? I didn't feel the blue book subplot was necessary to move the story forward. I also remember being looked until we flipped to the wife's story and the story started to fall apart for me. So many 'no way, that could never happen'. I wish I could get over this! :)

    The end was perfect though... creepy good!!!