Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wine party at camp...

I photographed my beautiful niece for her senior pictures. Lots of fun for me with the added plus of getting to visit exclusively with Phyllis and Hannah.

Every year I go to a cookie exchange with several women from the Nahma area. Wine, delicious food and cookies, of course. I invited the whole bunch to my camp in Isabella for a wine party. Introduced them to several local Michigan wines. The favorite was SEX from the Lawrence Winery of Traverse City. Just think of the conversation starters!

I finished Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Five stars. So sad to finish. I loved Eleanor and Raymond. Redemption of our humanity...Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell. Light and fluffy fan fic. I started A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby for my  reading challenge-read a book about a holiday other than Christmas. I am so shallow. I enjoy anything written by Mr. Hornby. So snarky. Listening to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon. It has taken some criticism but good so far. I do think a person actually diagnosed with Asberger's would have a better POV.  I watched The Incredible Jessica James on Netflix. I liked it. No one died or made bad jokes. Playwright deals very nicely with  romance, youth, friendship and success.

                                                      Things got a little cheesy!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday memories on the porch...

A rare day with out a set agenda. These pics are from Ivan's birthday 2012. He had just turned 64. These children have moved to Florida. Deve will be 14 in a few days. Papa was 69 on the 26th of July. By November four of our grands will be 14. Our oldest grand will be 16 and driving.

Just returned from a 10 day camping trip with my brothers and sisters and the Aman family summer get together. Marci and Al hoste us in their beautiful yard. More about this when I can figure out how to download recent pics...

I started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. Audible. The reader has a Scottish accent. I have to listen carefully but I am enjoying this book.
I finished The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. I had to take breaks while reading. So emotional. So current. It is classified as YA but it is so raw, so difficult I cannot imagine my kids reading this without adult input. Is this the fear our kids deal with everyday?
In July I also read The Hearts of Men by Nickolas Butler. Rock on Wisconsin. What else can I say?
The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz "Dejate Querer." Let yourself be loved."
The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. Ok, now I really never want to go on a cruise!
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Once again Ms.Robinson makes me think there must be a God. Reverend Ames loves his wife and son so ardently. This reads like the best sermon you could ever hear. Aaand I read some fluff. Big fluff. Crazy Rich Asians #1, China Rich Girlfriend #2, Rich People problems #3. Roughly 1200 pages of camp. So much fun.Bonus I learned some interesting facts about Singapore.

Watched Varsity Blues and American Pie with my Hubby. He chose. Nuff said.