"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, May 9, 2021

Sunday Salon, Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!

Favorite Mother's Day song: (Tom Chapin's "Mother's Day") Carly actually sang part of it to me this morning, a favorite from her childhood.

Weather: Clouds and sun-breaks. It sprinkled on and off yesterday while we worked in the yard.

Zoom gathering: My family of origin met today to honor our mom (grandmother, great-grandmother) via Zoom. Everyone was present, even though we came from four different states and various locales within those states. We love you, Mom, and are honored to celebrate you this day.

My Mother's Day: Both of my daughters made brunch: Quiche, cinnamon rolls, fruit salad, and coffee/juice. We played games and reveled in our love for our grandsons. Jamie is teething so isn't very happy (or happy for a long period of time) and Ian enjoyed playing games with us. Yesterday, as per our tradition, Don took me shopping for bedding plants and annuals. Then he dedicated the day to helping me plant them. Carly contributed to the beauty with the purchase of a pot full of shade plants---my favorites. I am blessed.

The yard looks amazing right now: Take a look at the photo above. All the photos were taken in our yard this past week.  Top to bottom, left to right--- Lilac, rhododendron, tulip, violas, strawberry blossoms, chives and blossoms, azalea, blueberry blossoms, apple blossoms. (And, because I forgot to add it to my collage---wisteria.)


  • Completed this week:
    • Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz. Diaz is a Native poet and many of her poems speak to issues related to her people. I was tremendously moved by many of the poems. Please check out my review by clicking on the hyperlinked title.
  • Currently reading:
    • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I am listening to this book which got a lot of attention last year in the book blogging world. I am really enjoying it. (Audiobook, 83% complete)
    • The Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka. My Classics Spin book. I guess you'd say this about the famous story of a man who turns into a bug---I don't get it. (Print, 48% complete)
    • The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. A novel about the famous actress Hedy Lamar and her life in pre-WWII Austria. This is a book club selection. (Print, 39% complete)

Social events: Now that we are fully vaccinated we actually have started socializing in small groups. This week we visited Don's cousin and her parents for a delightful dinner of salmon and arugula salad. During the COVID lock downs, Don's cousin lost her sister to ALS. This is the first time that we have been together as a family since she passed. Lots of tears were shed but it was so good to be together to remember and honor Cathy.

Best "News" Item this week: "The Art of the Oval Office Tells a Story" from the NYT. Use one of your free views to check out this article it is so cool! Be sure to scroll through the whole thing. (NYT)

I just discovered 2Cellos and can't get enough. Listen to them play the theme from Gladiator, Now We Are Free.

Have you noticed this also?



  1. That is so very true about the aliens. Amusing but terrifying. It sounds like you had a great day and are enjoying your reading. Do you think I would like "Midnight Library?" It got such mixed reviews from people! I fly out this week to visit the girls and celebrate Niko's first birthday! I'm stressed but excited.

    1. I'm enjoying The Midnight Library. It made it onto a Goodreads list of good book club selections. Not sure if our club would agree.

  2. Beautiful flowers. Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day. The 2Cellos sound good! thx

  3. Your flowers are gorgeous. We had spent so much time and money on trees, plants etc at our other house and even though its 2 hours away and we moved over 12 years ago whenever we are back in the area in summer we ride by to check out the landscaping we created LOL Now we live in a condo, which I love, but we are only allowed to plant in the back as the front yards must look uniform. Still fun to experiment with pots etc. Have a good week.

  4. Such beautiful flowers! I loved my spring and summer flowers in NY, but am still adjusting to the VERY different plants and trees in FL. Everything is native around our house, but I'm planning to experiment with some containers.

    Funny/sad, but likely true about the aliens...

    1. The funny part is not only the aliens but the misspelling of "there" instead of "they're". Drives teachers crazy.

  5. I am so behind in my blog visits! It sounds like you had a lovely Mother's Day; mine was quiet (as usual). Your garden flowers look absolutely fantastic! Ours is blooming as well and I just love it.


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