Just a quick little update on the status of my house, brain and weather

My mom’s trip was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances.  “Her” bed is still in my dining room, though the mattress was dragged upstairs for a sleepover and then back downstairs into the garage.  I need to unassemble the frame and put it back into the garage.

The kids had a day off today due to Veteran’s Day, but one kid had to go into school anyway for play rehearsal and one had a friend over.  My husband and I both ended up working as usual, as did one of our kids.

The weather has finally cooled.  In fact, it’s downright cold in our bedroom at night with the windows open–which I prefer.  I like it as cold as possible but my husband disagrees, so the windows actually remain closed.  We’ve even had a bit of rain here and there which has been a pure delight.  Our “cool” weather is between 65 and 70 degrees during the day, so I recognize that it’s not really cool at all, but it’s so much better than summer.  Now starts the season when we all realize with gratitude why we live here and with resignation why our housing costs are so unreasonable.

Last night I went to hear Diana Nyad speak about her record-setting swim from Cuba to Florida two years ago.  She was a captivating and inspiring speaker, better than I expected, even.  The event took place in a library, which was kind of fun because my seat was right next to a row of library books so i just plucked one from the shelf and read for thirty minutes while waiting.

I love reading so much.  In fact, just because you care (ha ha), here’s what I’m reading and watching.

Currently reading:  The Great Santini by Pat Conroy.  I’m reading it in preparation for reading his memoir, The Death of Santini. I’m also thinking I should watch the movie sometime.

Last movie watched:  Bridge of Spies with Tom Hanks.  Excellent movie.  Is there anything Tom Hanks can’t do?

Last music purchased:  Chris Stapleton’s The Traveller.  I heard him sing with Justin Timberlake at the Country Music Awards.  Such a performer!  And country music is not my favorite, but now I own this music, including (at least) two songs about whiskey.

What are you reading and listening to?

3 thoughts on “Just a quick little update on the status of my house, brain and weather

  1. I am SO impressed that you’re still plugging away on your blog. I miss mine so much but it’s just lying dormant for the most part, patiently and hopefully awaiting my return, ha! I have read “The Great Santini” at least 2 times. I just picked up a paperback of it at a thrift store recently and will read it again. Saw the movie…very good…and Robert Duvall as the dad was excellent. Thanks for the short review on Tom Hanks’ new movie. We rarely watch movies but when I saw this I think we’ll be picking up a copy at the local video store. We both really enjoy him and we thought the trailer looked good.

    Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving, Mel!


  2. Oh, and I meant to say I got The Death of Santini at the library this afternoon. Looking forward to reading that as well. Have you ever read any of Anne Rivers Siddons books? She and Conroy have been great friends for years and her writing style is very descriptive like his is, too.


  3. Hi, Out there in paradise!
    I’m trying to read Laurus, by Eugene Vodolazkin.
    Also, just read a free ebook downloaded from Michael Nobbs’ Sustainably Creative web site. Have been listening to his podcasts. He has chronic fatigue syndrome, and has learned strategies to deal with limited time and energy. They helped me assemble and run a Hoover carpet shampooer in the family room, so far. I also read his book Draw Your Life, which applies Danny Gregory’s ideas about illustrated journaling.
    Music? Tine Thing Helseth’s Christmas trumpet album.
    A Russian, a Welshman, and a Swede.


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