I just finished decorating my house for Halloween and Fall today! I know... I know it is only the 20th of September. But I have a great excuse so,hear me out. Jeff and I are going to celebrate our 30th anniversary in October and we are also, going to Boston to see our little grandson and family. So....I didn't want the girls ( my granddaughters ) to miss out on one of their favorite decorations at Nana's house this year; you should see how cute it looks, very homey and warm. Wish each of you could come over and visit for awhile, that's what Homes are for you know.
I worked on a table topper for me today, that is really unusual...I am usually sewing something for the shop, my family and friends but this one was made for my living room. It is a spider web mini quilt/table topper, I will have to try and get a photo of it. Where is Lauren when I need her? :)
Tonight a friend and I were going to go to a meeting together then at the last minute she had company coming in and so I decided to go by myself. But the traffic was horrible and so I ended up missing the meeting and going to the Book Store instead.
I found out that one of my favorite authors just published another book called Sunset. His name is S. Michael Wilcox and this book is a collections of all the things he wrote and felt during his wife's battle with cancer. He talks about what it feels like to lose a loved one and even though he thought some of the things that happened in his life were hard ( up until this point ) but realized they were nothing compared to losing his companion. I sat down and began reading it, and within 10 mins I was crying so hard...that I decided to put it back on the shelf. Having had cancer myself, all of that seems to hit too close to home. Plus, through his books and life's stories I got to know this author and it just broke my heart to hear of his experience. But as his books usually do, he helped you see the hope and faith that it takes to keep going. Still I thought I had better not get it yet.
Then I saw the newest book from another one of my favorite authors called THE THIRTEENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS by Jason Wright. I could hardly stand it, I have read I think almost all of his books, the first of which I became aware of was THE CHRISTMAS JAR, so here were two of my favorite things, the latest book from a favorite author and also a Christmas story... and all of you know I collect and love those. But I showed restraint again and wrote it down on my wish list. But since it is a Christmas story, I will have to read it before then ..don't you think? :)
As I was in the bookstore, Jeff came in ( he works close by there ) and what a fun surprise it was to see him. I love that guy, even though he makes me crazy some days... I can hardly wait for him to come home each day. We decided since I had missed my meeting, and it was late and we both hadn't eaten dinner yet, that we should go out to eat and so we did. That was kind of a fun little surprise Date Night, still we get to have another one tomorrow night! I am a blessed girl!
I wondered as I was driving home why I didn't read more books as a little girl. I could have traveled the world and to much safer places ( in my mind ) if only I would have been good at reading. But since school was a challenge so were so many basics ( like math, reading and writing ). Guess that is why I escaped in my art work, that was a good place too! Still I love books and hardly can wait to read more and more now!
Good night dear friends!
"The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it." ~James Bryce
"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers." ~Charles W. Eliot
"The art of reading is in great part that of acquiring a better understanding of life from one's encounter with it in a book. " ~André Maurois