Wednesday, September 21, 2016
All the signs
August and September really haven't been my months. Aside from the craziness of the new school year, we've been almost endlessly sick around here for more than a month. It's been one cold after another; such is life with two kids in elementary school. I think we've all been sick twice so far, in the space of just over a month. Right now, the Bear is the sick one, but I'm starting to feel that scratchy throat that usually heralds another cold. I'm doing everything I can to keep it at bay, including sleeping on the couch to avoid the Bear's germs at night. It will be fine, but I'm tired. I need a day to sleep and relax. I'm not going to get one, but it's nice to dream. I'm accomplishing very little lately. Blogging has fallen by the wayside. I love to be busy, and I certainly have the busy part in the bag, but I'm looking forward to fall break in a couple of weeks. We're all ready to build a blanket fort and hibernate for a while. I'm not really looking for sympathy, by the way, I'm just complaining.
In the past couple of weeks, it's suddenly becoming fall around here. I can't believe how quickly it goes. We never get the really vibrant fall foliage here, but the trees are definitely looking different. Green has become gold or brown. Our pyracantha berries are completely changed to orange now, and many of them have already been eaten by birds. The nandina is changing too; the berries are just starting to develop a pink blush on their sun-facing sides. It's much cooler outside now, which is a very welcome change. I'm cooking fall-ish foods again and baked my first apple pie last week. I used homegrown apples, a combination of some from our tree and some from a neighbor's. I still want to make apple butter and might do it this weekend. We haven't made applesauce or leather yet and I hope to make at least one more pie. We'll need to use the ladder if we're going to make all of this; we've picked everything within reach already. Our apples are better than ever this year and it makes me feel inspired, even if we end up running out before I can make all the apple things.
The good news about feeling sort of lousy is that I've been reading a lot, and I've watched some good TV. Not everything I've been reading was especially good, but at least I had time for it. I'm reading Amy Poehler's Yes, Please right now and really enjoying it. I love her. I should have read her book sooner (it came out a couple of years ago) but I'd read Tina Fey's Bossypants around the same time and didn't really understand the hype, so I put it off.
I've read a couple of novels lately, which is kind of unusual for me these days. The first was The Girls, by Emma Cline. Talk about hype. I waited months for a copy from the library. It's a fictional story of a young girl joining up with a cult similar to the Manson Family. I freely admit to enjoying crime-related books, anything about Manson being a particular interest, but this story felt contrived, like the author was trying too hard to prove the place and time. It's one of my pet peeves in period novels. Details are important, but I don't like being barraged with endless references to music, food, television, movies, clothing and hairstyles, cars, literally anything that helps make the case for a specific setting. I also read The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell, which I liked a lot. I'd tried one of her books a few years ago and never really got into it, but this one was good. I see she has a lot of books so I'll look for some more. TV-wise, we're watching a lot of PBS lately. We're looking forward to Poldark starting on Sunday. I LOVED Royal Wives at War. I can't wait for Victoria this winter, not to mention The Crown, coming soon to Netflix.
What's new with you? I'm sorry to be so behind with blogs lately. I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the change of seasons wherever you are. Make an apple pie or three, I guarantee you won't regret it.