I love greeting my day from this spot … smiles from my favorite family (and those boys are not so little any more – Charlie started first grade yesterday and Sam is in Pre-K!), the warm, softly scented, glow of a candle, a cup of coffee, and my journal. off to the left, Holly is curled up in our white chair. overhead, the fan is whirring. and way off in the background, Marc is watching the final round(s) of the women’s Olympic golf match.
Hello to August from an early Friday morning (which somehow became a late afternoon).
Thinking about … easing into Fall. The shorter days, especially the darker mornings (which these past few days have also been cool enough to need an afghan), the back-to-school push … I’m not close to wanting a pumpkin-spiced anything, but I am starting to plan fall sweaters, looking forward to the fall birthday season (which kicks off for our little family in mid-September), and generally making peace with the season’s transition.
Grateful for … two good health reports. First, Holly had a Big Vet Appointment yesterday and she came through it with flying colors. She did lose two teeth in the process, but she still has enough to keep her tongue in her mouth. and if things continue to go well (we are now on a 53-night streak of sleep!), we won’t be seeing Dr. Keller again until early next year when it’s time for her annual vaccines. And, I played tennis last night – a just for fun match, that was a little frustrating for me and my partner (Sara) because I wasn’t aggressive about anything … but … I was out on the court and today I’m not any worse for it. Holly and I both have a ways to go, but it’s progress. and I’m sure that’s giving me energy around the season’s transition, too!
Inspired by … Novel Pairings’ podcast and bookclub (Jane Eyre is the September selection), a lovely conversation with Juliann that touched on Karen Swallow Prior, and Marcie Alvis-Walker’s Black Coffee with White Friends newsletter (from July 12), I ordered two new books. Y’all, I’m not sure I realized just how many pages Jane Eyre would be if the pages were high-quality and the print were legible. more than 700??!! I guess I’m also grateful we won’t be having bookclub until later in September.
Fun … I’ve talked (and talked and talked some more) about how much I love my reading journal. and (now) one of my favorite things is the paper copies of the book covers. It was a steep learning curve to figure out how to make them (if you are ever so inclined, please email me and I can make your learning curve a very flat line). This month, I feel like I have a pretty good handle on my TBR, so I printed and cut out all the coversThese are all books I plan to read this month – and I’m planning that the Jane Eyre brick at the right of that bottom row will be the only one “currently reading” by the end. Bookclub books are on the top row. and two “currently reading” books with my small group are on the bottom. and the really fun – or maybe really crazy? – thing is that I realized as I put all these covers together … I need some “fun” books, preferably on audio!, to balance things out. I would love a recommendation (or three!) – please share! extra credit if they’re backlist-ish and therefore available on Libby … double extra credit if they’re non-fiction (of course remember, they need to be fun!)
Hello August! what FUN do you want this month?