Sunday, September 13, 2015

Life: It Goes On - September 13

It's been a blessedly quiet week around Casa Sheep. Nobody moving in, nobody moving out. The entertainment center piece of the puzzle was all settled on Monday so I got to watch the start of the NFL season on Mini-him's big, big television. Bliss!

Much cooler temps have moved in so even I have to concede that summer is over. I spent part of yesterday pulling out the fall decor and using some of my pins from Pinterest to add some fall color. My brother-in-law will be baffled, once again, to find out that food will be used as decor. He couldn't understand why my sister and I used it for Easter!

This Week I'm:

Listening To: I finished On Beauty last week and will start Jon Clinch's Finn. I've owned the book for years (and even loaned it to my dad who really enjoyed it) but have never gotten to it. Looking forward to it. I did squeeze in some podcasts last week including episodes from "Happier," "Stuff You Missed In History Class," and "NPR Books."

Watching: Football, of course - had people over to watch our Huskers last night. "Arthur and George" and PBS (thanks, Cheryl, for accidentally introducing us to this one). "Mean Girls" - because it's one of those movies I am legally required to watch every time it's on. "Arthur and George" is based on a book by Julian Barnes so you know I'll be adding that to my list.

Reading: I found a lot of time for reading last week and finished Julia Heaberlin's Black-Eyed Susans and will finish Nuala O'Connor's Miss Emily today. I'm not sure what I'll pick up next - something for Fall Feasting, another R.I.P. selection, or one of the books I've downloaded from Netgalley. I've got the newest Margaret Atwood, Robert Goolrick, and Geraldine Brooks books waiting for me there.

Making: Texas Trash dip, hot caprese dip, caramel apple cake, and caramel apple cocktails for our football party. BG made another batch of salsa with our garden bounty and all of those tomatoes mean we've had BLT's again this week and more pasta with tomato and basil.

Planning: Now that we'll need to make use of the basement again and some furniture's been moved down there, it's time to get back down there are reorganize this week.

Grateful for: On Grandparents' Day, I'm grateful for the wonderful grandparents my children are blessed with. There has never been any doubt in their lives that they are loved unconditionally by these special people. Missing the two that are gone every day, but especially today.

library garden
Enjoying: A trip to my local library book sale. The hunt is always fun and this time of year it's fun to see their gardens.

Feeling: Relaxed. Bet you were wondering if you'd ever hear me say that again! Although, even as I relax, I can't help but think of all of the things I should be doing.

Looking forward to: Book club this week. We'll be talking about Emily St. John Mandel's Station Eleven. I'm eager to hear what everyone thought of it - it's definitely outside of our usual reading.

What are you looking forward to this week? As the season changes, what changes do you make in your life?


  1. Football! So happy for that. Your football treats sound lovely. Have a good week!!

  2. I have a whole bag of apples from the local orchard and caramel apple cake sounds like a pretty great way to use them up! I have Arthur and George recorded though I haven't watched it yet. I'm really looking forward to it. I have the book on my TBR. Have a great week!

  3. Hope you have a fun book club - that book had lots of interesting stuff to consider, yes?

  4. I am glad things seem to be settling down some. At least for the time being. :-) Our weather has been so up and down. It's not unusual though. Summer never wants to give way to Autumn this time of year, and so it's always a battle of weather and seasons. It'll be like this until mid-October, most likely. What did everyone in your book club think of Station Eleven? I still have yet to read it.

    I hope you have a wonderful week! We have company coming this weekend who will be here for about a week and a half. And as it happens, I'm starting to get sick--at least I think it's sick and not just allergies. It feels more like sick. Bad timing.