Friday, October 2, 2015

This and That

**UPDATE TO PREVIOUS POST**  I found out late Wednesday night that author Jan Karon mentioned my Mitford posts on her Facebook page (September 2, 2015) and linked to my blog.  I was so honored to receive a shout-out from her!  For those of you who are fans, she has a new book out now.  You can find out more about it on the Jan Karon Facebook page.

Happy October everyone!  

Picture from October 2014

A beautiful month, but not so much at the moment.  Are you all hunkering down ahead of the hurricane?  I confess to being a little anxious; the ground is already like a wet sponge here, and more rain and strong winds are bound to bring trees down.  I hope people along the coast will be safe.

I don't know about you, but I've got to get busy around here on my fall "day-core."  ;)  Have you been decorating for fall at your place?  Since the weather promises to be nasty this weekend, I think it will be the perfect time to work inside -- also the perfect time to cook some comfort food.  We had our first batch of chili and cornbread last weekend.  Do you have a favorite comfort food?

Football seems to be in full swing now.  It's a good thing I like football, since it's on the television four days a week at our house.

Last month, I told you about the "Maggie Hope" series I was reading.  They were very enjoyable, and I have the newest one on my Christmas list.  I've now discovered another good series by Canadian author, Louise Penny.  These are great mysteries!  I'm seriously having trouble putting them down.

Still Life is the first in the Inspector Gamache series.  These are really well-crafted mysteries -- the best I've read in years.  They take place in Quebec's Eastern Townships, and it sounds like a beautiful area.  Now I want to travel there.  :)

I'm currently reading the second book in the series.  Are you reading anything interesting at the moment?

Thank you for your visit and I hope you stay safe and dry this weekend!




  1. Good Morning, Denise. I have been thinking of my blog buddies on the east coast, wondering, worrying, hoping that they escape the wrath of the hurricane. I love the photos of your fireplace just next to the comment box all aglow with fall color. Reading? Right now students' essays. My teaching assignment will end mid December then I can get back to my reading list. Be safe and dry this weekend.

  2. Well now! That explains the mystery! What an honor to have Jan Karon point to your Mitford posts. Just so cool.

    Yes, I love comfort foods when the weather turns chilly, as it definitely has here. Yesterday, it was pumpkin bread. Earlier in the week, we had crockpot pork chops...yum.

    Fear not the storm. It may be close, but The Lord is closer.

    Enjoy your autumn nesting!

  3. What beautiful color you are privileged to share! Glorious, just glorious!!! Have a wonderful weekend! Cathy

  4. the ground is soaks in Davidson county too.. Since the pond is only 70 ft. from my back porch, I can clearly see its risen a few inches.
    I'm fully stocked so no going out on the roads till Monday...

    Have a great weekend

  5. That's a beautiful fall photo up top--before long we'll be seeing that color. Hope you have a great weekend in spite of the rain!

  6. Love Louise Penny! I'm reading the latest one right now. I also bought the dvd of Still Life which I really enjoyed. That's fun that you got a shout out from Jan Karon. Such a good story teller.
    Hope all goes well with the extra moisture your coast is going to get from Joaquin...

  7. How exciting to have Jan Karon mention your post, Denise!! I'll have to look into the series that you're reading. I haven't read anything since Rosamunde Pilcher's, September.
    Stay warm and dry!

  8. The lovely colours in your photo caught my eye when I was visiting Mike's blog ... so I thought I must 'hop' over and leave a comment.

    Have a lovely weekend and thanks for sharing these beautiful colours.

    All the best Jan

  9. What a nice surprise for you that Jan Karon mentioned your blog. That's very special.
    Hope you won't have any damage from the weather. Our day started with cloudy and misty conditions to beautiful sunshine and around 80 degrees with a breeze at mid afternoon. I am thankful.
    I am enjoying your book recommendations. I started back reading recently and enjoyed reading,
    "Paris" by Edward Rutherfurd. He has also written one on New York that I would like to read.

    Blessings to you, sweet friend.

  10. I have put "Maggie Hope" on my must read list. I had a one month school break coming up in December and I can't wait to read something other than a textbook. :)

    That is really truly exciting about Jan Karon. I have read all of her books, given them as gifts and made several recipes from her cookbook.

  11. I live in Maine on the coast and Fall is the time I come alive. It's my favorite season.
    Beautiful photo yvonne



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