"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, July 3, 2016

Sunday Salon, July 3rd

Black bear, eating clover outside Whistler, B.C.

Weather: light rain, with sun-breaks

Canada: We spent last week in Whistler where we have a time-share condo. We've been going to Whistler for over twenty years and find it a relaxing, delightful environment. Don took golf lessons, I read and blogged. We went to the lake and floated around in our inflatable kayak. We read our books in the sun down by the swimming pool. We shopped at the quaint shops, even finding a wedding present for a friend's daughter's upcoming wedding. We drove out to one of the Winter Olympic sites and saw two bears snacking on the clover alongside the road. There are signs everywhere to be "bear aware". Our last night there we treated ourselves to a dinner out at our favorite restaurant, The Rimrock Cafe. Everything was delicious, especially the finale, Sticky Toffee Pudding with homemade vanilla ice cream.

Wedding: We raced home from Canada to attend the wedding of a daughter of close friends. Katie's mom is the sister of my best friend from high school, Ken. Ken and his wife and their extended family made the trip from points south and east for the wedding. We had lots of fun visiting with everyone. Tonight the crew is heading over to our house for a salmon dinner.

Books currently reading:
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson---This is the audiobook Don and I listened to on our trip to Whistler and back. It is about the author's experiences giving legal assistance to individuals on death row and others who cannot afford legal help. It is enlightening and horrifying how unjust our justice system is for people who have little money and people of color. Progress 77%.
  • A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Conner---this short story collection is my Classics Club spin book. O'Conner became famous for her short stories, all set in the South, and most dealing with issues related to religion. Progress: 39%.
Books finished this week:
  • Character, Driven by David Lubar--- a coming-of-age story about a boy who recounts experiences of his senior year of high school. Check out my review here. 
  • Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Hepermann---another coming-of-age story this one written in verse about a girl who has an unintended pregnancy.
Recipes of the day: Boysenberry Cobbler and Raspberry Crisp. Take your pick I will be making both for dinner tonight. I love berry season.

Books representing my lifetime: I had fun this week creating a list of books I've read which were published each year of my life. Take a look at the list here.

Happy Independence Day tomorrow! (Watch and listen, I love the piccolo solo.)


  1. A book published during each year of your life? Very fun.

    Stay clear of bears. We just missed being bear dinner when we were in Yellowstone last summer. They look cute but...

    1. Yes. We were very careful with the bear. Don took the photo through the sunroof of the car.

  2. Sounds like you had a nice time! I wish I had a time-share somewhere. But I found out a friend of mine owns a condo in Fort Collins and she let me go stay there the last weekend in June. I had a wonderful relaxing time and got lots of reading, and writing, done. I'm hoping that maybe she will let me make it a yearly thing.

    1. The time-share is good and bad. We own 1/52nd of a unit, so we have one week a year we can go to it. But we have to pay maintenance fees which have amounted to a lot of money over time. And then sometimes, if we decide we can't/don't want to go to the time share our particular week, we have to bank it and then pay to exchange for another week. It does force us to take vacations, though.

  3. The trips to Whistler sounds wonderful and relaxing! I read Just Mercy a while ago and found it very powerful. And frustrating when reading about all the injustice that goes on.

    1. Jut Mercy has really opened my eyes. I am aghast at the horrible inequities in our legal system.

  4. I've never been to Whistler! I need to get there one of these days. Raspberry crisp, please! I love crisps. :)

  5. That is a great picture of some wildlife! I have to say, I love blog posts that break from books and reveal a bit about the blogger's real life. Lovely post!

  6. That's such an awesome picture! I am personally TERRIFIED of bears. Haha. One of the reasons why camping isn't my thing :P.


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