Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Downtime...

Just finished Whiskey Tango Foxtrot with Tina Fey and Martin Freeman. It was disturbing, seeing how difficult survival can be in a war torn country. I felt afraid but Fey brought humor to this war reporters adrenaline junkie adventure. I am a fan of Fey anyway. She is fearless and funny. So I give WTF, yeah, I got that, 4 stars.

Alone again, naturally, on the porch...

Today was my husband's sixty-eighth birthday. I gave him a wooden painted sign that said You are my Bucket List. I saw it in a store and remember thinking, I wish someone would want to buy it for me. Then a light bulb went on above my head! He is my bucket list. Really. We are such a good pair. We traveled for years in a hurry because of the restrictions of our jobs. I would say I want to go there someday when we have time as we sped by, for example, The Fish House, a floating restaurant on the White River. Last trip he remembered every place I had mentioned and we stopped at each place.

My niece in Grand Ledge hosted the Aman family camp out this year at her beautiful home. Water balloon fights, campfires, good food, golf cart rides, Scottish cows and family. We also camped at Wabasis Lake in Greenville in our campers. It was so much fun to spend time with my siblings and their kids and grandkids! I so enjoyed the twenty somethings who kept us all up around the campfire til two a.m. My hubby's Kalamazoo family arrived at our camp in Isabella just hours after we got back to da U.P. More fun and we met the new baby, Lucia. ZZZZZZ

I am listening to Billy Lynn's Long Half Time Walk by Ben Fountain. Very well written but it is a difficult read. The war in Iraq from the point of view of the soldier on the ground home on PR mission.
Reading Barbarian Days A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. The author's Dad grew up on my street in my small town! Fascinating life this man is living.
 I read Little Moon Dog to my great niece Emma. It is a  book I read to any child who  stays in the camper.







Monday, July 11, 2016

Up the Fourth of July creek without a paddle...

Half of the grands made it up from Florida and Texas this summer. One family is moving to a new home so could not make the trip.  I had to say good bye again today.
We spent a few hours every day at the beach. There were parades and backyard barbecues. Paddle boarding and the card game of Golf! Fireworks and friends. The grands are growing up so quickly. The 12 going on 13 year olds have changed so much. They are tall and tan and losing the baby look. One of them is in Nepal for the month. 

I started listening to Moby-Dick. It is part of The Big Read grant program. Tilda Swinton read the first chapter. Each of the following chapters are read by different people. I am finding it to be an amazing book. I recommend it highly!
Still working on Mosquitoland. Very good. Watched the last Outlander of the season. Roger and Brianna were introduced. Roger is exactly as I pictured him. Brianna is difficult. I would have thought Claire would do better raising her girl...they could not be close. She, of all people, should know you cannot get back the time you don't cherish with your child. That said, I liked this episode the best of the entire season. Make love, not war...






Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fourth of July Eve...

On our way to Isabella, camp with the grands. Rocked the dock yesterday in Esky with friends, family and neighbors. Talked to so many people from work I hadn't seen some of them for years. Watching the kids bungee jump and log roll was so crazy! Beach time. Shopko. Music. Kitchi-Ti-Kipi. Sand Point Light House. More beach time. Football.
I am reading Mosquitoland. Lila by Maryanne Robinson I will get back with you on this book. I saw Finding Dory with the kids. I want to see Tarzan. Last Outlander of the season on the ninth of July. I love beaching and porching and back yarding with my daughters. The tweens are pure entertainment. Four of the grands will be thirteen by the end of November.
Fun in the cool summer sun...

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

That face...

Her face!! I miss it so much! Her smile!

Today is my 47th wedding anniversary. How did the years go by? It is like wind blowing away the memories of my crazy life. I have pics to post but my I pad and phone do not cooperate. So later. 
Ivan gave me a beautiful bouquet of flowers. We went to MQT for dinner at Red Lobster. Very yummy. We both can hardly get our minds around the years. I posted two wedding pics on Facebook. Some of the comments just amaze me! 
We were so young. 21 and 18. I did not feel young though. My mother had been gone since I was 16. Her death took away any vestiges of childhood left to me after dealing with her illness. 
Looking back our married life wasn't perfect. It is hard work living with and making a life with another person. But I must say we both are such positive people. My hubby is such a loving, funny, teasing, giving man. He is so sentimental. We both love our children and grandchildren so much. Our 47 years have been full of joy. We have fun. He is a good friend. I want many more years...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

All's well on the porch...

Inspired by O magazine's contributors questions. I love these creative minds.

I feel my best when...I walk the Atlantic Ocean beaches with Izzy the dog and various grands. I walked for thirty days in a row during February this year. I have the sea shells to prove it. I know, I know, two days were in January!

The strangest thing I've done in the name of wellness...Wii FitMarching Band. It is so hard! Marching and arm movements to Jon Philip Sousa, oh my. (I love it)

My favorite healthy snack...Gala apple slices and unsalted peanuts taste like a caramel apples. I also love homemade kale chips and...

The one unhealthy indulgence I can't give up is...really good ice cream with rhubarb sauce.

I am listening to Brit-Marie Was Here. Very quirky but I love Fredrik B. Reading The Queen of the Night by Chee. Having a little trouble getting into it. Strange story. I finished Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleve. So much better than other WWII books I've read. Cleve is brilliant as usual.
Sherlock fanfic is just entertaining...who knew??
Outlander was so good. Jamie is quite a violent man but very sweet in comforting Claire. Lord Gray makes a youthful appearance. Also watching The Girlfriend Experience with Elvis's granddaughter.



Friday, May 20, 2016

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 208, Louise Erdrich

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 208, Louise Erdrich



Wonderful interview with author of The Round House. This book literally knocked my socks off! The writing is so human. Of course my heart now aches. I want to read all of her work.