"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The mountain is out today.....and it is Friday!

The mountain has been out for the past three days here in the Puget Sound.  If you live in the shadow of the mountain (Mt. Rainier) you know what I mean when I say this. Kim Derting, a local author of the wonderful YA novel, The Body Finder, told me that she referred to the mountain being out in her book and her publisher asked her to explain what she meant before publication.  I guess it is a local idiom.  Often Mt. Rainier is obscured by clouds for weeks on end and then on a clear day, there it is again.  It is a gift to receive the mountain's beauty every time.  I have a wonderful view of the mountain from my library and I've been blessed this week.

The photo of Mt. Rainier was taken from just outside my library last year.  But you get the idea of what a wonderful view I have when the mountain is out.

Since this photo is so tiny I thought I'd share a photo that I found that is very close to what I see while I'm driving home on Sunrise Blvd.  Honestly, it is this big and domineering.
Pretty spectacular, huh?  See why those of us in the Puget Sound Region of Western Washington are quite smitten and love it when the mountain is out? 

(While I am writing this blog I have on the Evening News in the background and the meteorologist is forecasting rain.  Bummer, the mountain will be hidden tomorrow!)

Hi Friday Blogger Hoppers from Crazy for Books!  Yes, I do notice when people un-follow my blog but I am not that in tune with my list of followers to ever know who has actually left.  Once I posted a rather controversial blog about books I'd never be caught reading and the first person that looked at my diary stopped following me.  I was hurt for minute and then decided it was better that they didn't follow my blog if they were offended by something I said.  I don't know how to un-follow (tee-hee) so once I follow a blog, I am a follower for life!

Witness   by Denise Levertov
Sometimes the mountain
is hidden from me in veils
of cloud, sometimes
I am hidden from the mountain
in veils of inattention, apathy, fatigue
when I forget or refuse to go
down to the shore or a few yards
up the road, on a clear day,
to reconfirm
that witnessing presence.
                                           -Levertov, Denise. Selected Poems. New York:New Directions, 2002.

Happy Friday!


  1. Hey! I found you through the hop. I'm a new follower. I hope you can check out my blog sometime.


  2. Beautiful pictures!

    So interesting about followers. I once posted on Cheerleading, and lost 2 followers. Coincidence? Hmmm . . . But like you said, if they don't feel they should follow you, I guess it's better that way.

  3. I lived in Seattle for a year during fellowship. I still remember my bus ride to work, coming over a hill and being faced with sunshine and a view of the mountain-- on good days. So inspiring.

  4. Today, no mountain, but Wed. and Thurs. it was a beautiful view! I wonder if other places say that their mountain is "out." Too many people don't have a gorgeous sight like Mt. Rainier. Obviously, that person had different political leanings and couldn't handle your honesty. If it had been me(you know that I agree with you politically), I would simply have listed my books, including ones that I would never read from my political perspective. :)

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower (:

  6. Just hopping by, I'm a new follower here! RYC: I'm not further than a few chapters into Prince of Mist (so it's going to roll into next week's reading list as well!) but so far so good! One of my favorite bloggers, Jami at YAaddict, recommended it as a book that really creeped her out, so I decided I had to read it! :D

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog. And I totally agree - how can you not admire someone who encouraged millions of kids to read? Have a great weekend :)

  8. We can't see Mt. Rainier from here, but I do remember driving past it as a kid. Pretty impressive.

    Around here, Mt. Baker is often "out". Sometimes it looks really close and I have to remind myself that it's actually miles away... in another country!

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I'm a new follower of yours too! Have a great weekend :)

    Claire @ YA Bookie Monster

  10. thanks for hopping by, and i absolutely love the concept of "the mountain is out"...lots of delicious metaphors there.

  11. I know I'm a little behind with Book Blogger Hop, but thanks for stopping by my blog. I think your header is super cute! Have a great rest of the week :)


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