|The Painted Hills, part of the John Day Fossil Beds in Eastern Oregon|
|Mr. Bingley, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel|
|Don and Jon look over the meadow where they scattered their father's ashes|
The rest of the weekend: was spent attending the Grant County Fair and the Lonestar concert in the grandstands there on the grounds; watching the fair parade down the middle of town in John Day. We also made a quick detour to check out the amazing Painted Hills, part of the John Day Fossil Beds, a new National Monument, before we drove to Eugene to pick up Bingley and to visit with my sister/brother-in-law and my parents.
New fence: Our back yard is ours again after a two-week project to demolish our old fence and build a new one...just in time for Bingley's arrival.
- The Name of the Rose by Eco. This is my Classics Club SPIN book and it's a toughy. Not sure I would recommend it to anyone. But I'm not quite half way finished. (53%, audio and print)
- Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Sloan. A re-read. I encouraged Rita to read it and then decided I needed to have a second go round on it, too. (57%, audio)
- Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Struggles edited by Burkhart. Authors writing about their own experiences with mental illness. This should be required reading. (55%, print)
- The Book of Pearl by Timothee de Fombelle. YA, translated from French. A true fairy story set in both a magical kingdom and out world. I liked this one. (Print)
- Cries of the Spirit: More than 300 Poems in Celebration of Women's Spirituality edited by Marilyn Sewell. A poetry anthology with a decidedly woman's point of view. Read my review by clicking the hyperlink. (Print.)
- The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson. YA. Elena is tasked with saving the world by healing as many people as she can. My review coming soon. (Print)
- Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen by Deborah Hopkinson. Children's picture book. A sweet introduction to a favorite author. (Print.)
- Northanger Abbey: a graphic novel by Nancy Butler and Jane Austen. A fun retelling of Austen's least well-known book. (Print)
- The Lost City of Z by David Grann. A re-read and next month's book club selection. This is a nonfiction account of the greatest exploration mystery of the 20th century, the disappearance of the Percy Fawcett on his quest to find the lost city of Z. (Audio)