"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=========

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Salon ...April 29, 2012

Remodel Update: the counter-tops are installed, the tile back-splash is in and grouted. We have moved our pots, pans, and utensils back into the lower cupboards. Now we are painting which extends into the Family Room. we should be done by next week-end. no more eating out and living around boxes! What do you think? The kitchen looks lovely, doesn't it?

Weather today... Clear and warm.

I'm reading:  Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay...a teen love story written in verse.

I'm listening to: Rotters by Daniel Kraus. This book won the 2012 Odyssey Award for good audiobooks. About grave-robbing, it is in equal parts mesmerizing and mortifying. I am nearly finished with this tome.

Book finished this week:  
  • Black and White by Paul Volponi---Mrs. Story's 5th period class and I had a Skype visit with Paul Volponi on Monday.  It was a tremendous experience.  Read about it here.
  • Breaking Night by Liz Murray---a memoir about a girl who went from homelessness to Harvard.  Her parents were drug addicts and she lived in absolute chaos most of her life.  This was a book club selection. It generated a great discussion, one that even those who didn't care for the book enjoyed.

Scripture lesson in church: John 8:10,11 "Jesus...said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" And she replied, "No one, sir." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you."

I'm praying for: Friends who are divorcing. Life can be so sad sometimes.

Around the house: Floors. Check. Counter-tops. Check. Back-splash. Check. Paint.  Hang drapes.  Move out of boxes. Still lots to go, but we see the light at the end of the tunnel.

From the kitchen: First night with a functioning oven after three weeks without, I made corned beef and cabbage. Lucky we like it because it is the only thing I had in the fridge.

Yesterday we got the wedding invitations in the mail. Finally!

Today we head to Seattle for a Seattle University Choir Concert.

A favorite quote this week: "This remodel project is the hugest Moose-a-muffin project ever." -Rita, my daughter who has helped us along the way on all our changes. 
The phrase "Moose-a-muffin" comes from the book, If You Give a Moose a Muffin. If you give him a muffin, he will want jam to go with it, and you'd realize you need to pick the berries, etc., etc. It is a co-opted saying our family uses to mean one thing leads to another.



  1. Your kitchen looks fantastic! A nice new kitchen feels so good, too. I love that you use "moose-a-muffin" as we often quote the If you give a pig and pancake... from the same series

  2. The kitchen looks great! I'm happy you can start eating at home again.


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