"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, November 20, 2016

Sunday Salon, Nov. 20th

Weather: overcast and cool. Threatening to rain on and off all day.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Anne a dull girl. I had one of those weeks that was just crazy busy at work. I double booked myself almost every period for three days in a row. So I not only was busy every period I was also running around every period from class to class. I ended up staying late every day except Wednesday when I had to leave early for my follow-up mammogram (gulp) but they discovered nothing after closer inspection (whew.) I came home every day completely pooped. See what I mean about Anne having a dull week?

"Look everybody. Look whose back. Again." That is one of our favorite lines from the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". In the movie the grandmother keeps running away and a neighbor brings her back. In our life, we say the line whenever someone is gone for a while and returns. This week it was Ichiro, our fifteen-year-old cat, who disappeared for over 48 hours before returning all bedraggled with a wounded foot. Boy, were we happy to see the old boy. I had already written our girls an email telling them I thought he was gone for good. Glad I was wrong. The photo montage (above) is one photo of him which I manipulated with Waterlogue.

Thanksgiving this week: We are hosting the dinner this year and plan the traditional meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and sides, and plenty of pies. My parents and sister and her husband are driving up from Eugene, her daughter is flying up from California, a cousin and my aunt are driving down from Seattle, my cousin's daughter and her husband will be here (they live nearby), and so will our daughter and her husband. It will be a full house, but lots of fun. We will miss our youngest daughter who will remain in New York and dine with friends.

Books read this week:
  • Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. I attempted to finish this book last Sunday as part of my 24-hour reading/blogging event. I didn't quite get it finished in time but finished it later in the day. It is a weird one but I did end up enjoying it.
Currently reading:
  • Girl at War by Sara Novic. For an upcoming book club about a girl trapped in the fighting during the Bosnian War. 33% done.
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. For my Classics Club challenge. I hope to finish by Dec.1st. 69% finished. Audiobook.
  • Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford. Another audiobook and book club selection. 70% complete.
Fish Tacos:  A new food obsession of mine is fish tacos and we dined out one day at the local Taco Del Mar and each had two fish tacos then later in the week we successfully made them ourselves, using two recipes, one for cooking the fish and the other for the white sauce.  In my opinion it is the white sauce that makes them extra special, but we did use cabbage, cheese, and pico de gallo along with the fish and sauce. Since we had leftovers, we are having them again today. Yum. Anne Burrell Fish Tacos.  and Wickedly Good Sauce for Fish.

Have a wonderful week. Even with all the disappointments of this Fall (election results, death of my father-in-law, cancer diagnosis for my brother) I still have so much to be thankful for. Bet you do, too!


  1. Thanks for the fish taco sauce recipe. We love fish tacos, too! Sorry that we can't join in on all the loving commotion at your house on Thanksgiving. We, too, feel very blessed and thankful for so many things. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

    1. Thanksgiving won't seem like Thanksgiving without being together.

  2. Glad your kitty made it back! Happy early Thanksgiving!

    1. Yes, we are happy Ichiro is home, too. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  3. So happy your cat came back! We need all the good news we can get. I too am thankful for the wonderful people(and books!)in my life. :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    1. You, too, Margaret. Hope Thursday is a good day with family.

  4. I like your pretty Kitty montage, and glad your cat is okay. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all of your family. Enjoy.

  5. I love that your 15 year old cat is named Ichiro. My husband and I were dating 15 years ago, and we listened to a lot of Mariners baseball that year! I'm also glad he made it home--we once had a cat disappear for two weeks, then reappear unharmed but very scrawny. We suspected he got trapped in a half built house during a break in the building.

    Sounds like you have had QUITE the time this fall, and I'm glad you still find room in your life for celebration. I will forever be envious of schools with librarians; I haven't had the privilege of working with one since about 2002.


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