Sunday, October 12, 2014

Life: It Goes On - October 12

Happy Sunday! What a beautiful weekend we've had - temps have been cool but warm enough to be outside enjoying the sunshine, changing leaves and fall smells (I like to pretend that smell is NOT decaying plant life!).

Finally - I feel like the knee is getting back to being a useful part of my body. Everyday a little less pain, a little more functionality. It felt good enough for me to go to Junkstock yesterday and traipse up and down the hills. Lots of fun stuff there but so many people I had a hard time really getting to look at things. I did find a wonderful new pumpkin covered in book pages and got some great ideas for projects.

Happy birthday, today, to my brother! We are what some people might call Irish twins, less than a year separates us. He's a biologist by profession but a wonderful photographer as well. Check out his website - he has a great eye!

This Week I'm:

Listening To: Thanks to some extra driving this week, I finished Laura Lippman's By A Spider's Thread on Friday and will start Josh Brazell's Beat The Reaper on Monday.

Watching: Football, baseball, The Voice - the usual.

Junkstock - on a farm in the middle of the city!
Reading: I finished Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good this week, Kathleen Flinn's latest as part of Fall Feasting and started Erica Bauermeister's The Lost Art of Mixing. Later this week I'll start Ann Leary's The Good House for book club.

Making: Pumpkin bars - I have finally almost used up all of the pumpkin that The Big Guy bought last winter in a mad desire to eat everything pumpkin!

Planning: On spending today getting my house put back in order. The dining room table we've been refinishing is reading to be put back together and we need to start getting things organized for Miss H's big move.

Grateful for: Great friends that make me laugh!

My newest pumpkin
Enjoying: Finding a new local (-ish) winery that makes a respectable wine and has a very nice venue with a beautiful view from the deck. Always fun to discover new places in your own backyard.

Feeling: Like I need the weekend to be about two days longer. I got a lot of play time in yesterday, which was great, but there is so much I need to get done.

Looking forward to: A clean house - I feel like things have gotten out of hand in the past few weeks while I've been a gimp. I still can't get down and scrub the floor but that's what the rest of my family is for, right?

What are you looking forward to this week? What ways have you been finding to enjoy autumn?


  1. I love that pumpkin! Isn't Fall one of the best seasons? There's just so much to love and I can't wait to get started with the cooking.

  2. Love your new pumpkin - what a great idea!!

    If you can get an audio copy of The Good House, I cannot recommend it highly enough!! Mary Beth Hurt IS Hildy Good... one of the best audio productions, ever.

    1. I agree with JoAnn. The Good House is one of my all-time favorite audio books!

  3. Yay for your knee feeling better! Hopefully you'll be feeling back to normal soon.

    This is the first season I have watched The Voice. I am enjoying it so far. I really like the interaction between the judges.

    Yum! Pumpkin bars!

    We got a lot done around the house this weekend. I need to rent a carpet shampoo machine--trying to talk my husband into it. Otherwise, we did some major autumn cleaning these past couple weekends and it's a good feeling.

    Have a great week, Lisa!

  4. It has been a little cooler here 85 instead of 90. In the morning, I can smell the dead hillsides. Smells like damp hay. Sort of a good smell, I like organic smells but it's a reminder that we are low on water.

    I did a lot of cleaning and cooking which was nice but didn't have much down time. I feel drained today. The one plus is that I am about to head home with will listen to the rest of Big Driver by King. It's brutal, about a rape, but it's scary and suspenseful too.

  5. Glad your knee is feeling better! I'm enjoying all the fall TV though since the Braves are out we're not watching much baseball. I'm about halfway done listening to The Lost Art of Mixing and am enjoying it. I definitely want to read/listen to The Good House. Love your newest pumpkin. Have a great week!

  6. I love the pumpkin! Happy birthday to your brother. He does have a great eye and a biologist to boot. Genius runs int the family.

    I hope you are able to move around more now. I'm sorry it's still difficult.

    How fun you discovered a new winery! Yum! I'm enjoying the cooler weather but it hasn't turned the leaves here in Japan quite yet. I hear just a few more weeks and it'll be reds, yellows, and oranges everywhere! I can't wait.