Friday, May 15, 2009

Porches, gardening, and the inability to say no at the library

My neighbor's barn at sunset
last week

I sat in my rocking chair on the front porch last night, reading The Gentle Art of Domesticity and watching the sun disappear below the horizon. It was my first evening of rocking and watching and pondering this year. All the rain we've had combined with recent warm weather has brought back the forest into its' full lushness. No longer is the neighbor's shabby red barn easy to view from my porch. Now there are all shades of green, everywhere I look... as one would expect living at the edge of a forest.

Life has suddenly become overwhelmingly busy. My husband caught the raised bed garden bug (and I'm thrilled) but there is a lot of work to setting one up that first year. There's nothing like giving a former engineer a construction project and watch him go to work. He and I both decided this is the priority list item we would use with the paycheck he earned at the bookstore this time. So, for days and days he has been drawing pictures on paper and making calculations. He started on the fence yesterday and we'll work on building the frames for the beds today if the weather cooperates.

Since we needed the car yesterday morning, I had to pick Christopher up at work and drive to the college where he was to be part of a commercial they are making. Then waiting for him, first at Panera and later at the campus library.

Both are dangerous places for me... after a bagel and coffee at Panera, I drove back to the college and perused the New Fiction shelves, the New Non-fiction shelves, and took the stairs to the cookbook section. I came home with an arm full of books... note to self, always take a basket or bag to the library as you know you'll get carried away.

I was absolutely thrilled to find The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brocket at the library. I have enjoyed it already. I've been on the lookout for the new Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mystery titled Oolong Dead and it was finally there, just waiting for me to check it out... along with Katie Brown Celebrates and Joel Rosenberg's new nonfiction book called Inside the Revolution.

I also checked out (again) Get-Togethers with Gooseberry Patch and Coming Home With Gooseberry Patch... eye candy combined with great recipes... love these books. As I've mentioned before, I've changed the type of cookbook I'm reading and using for this year... recipes and relaxation all in one book.

My apologies for not getting the book and film list completed. Life became very busy and unforeseen circumstances popped up (like spending Wednesday at the Veteran's Administration clinic and chauffeuring duties yesterday). I'm chipping away at it... soon, very soon. I am so excited about the new authors and titles, at least new to me.


cheri said...

Brenda, don't feel like you have to apologize to your 'virtual' audience for being busy living your real life.

We love our raised beds. I just planted our fourth succession of lettuce and radishes (in TN). Yummy salads right out the back door.

Congratulations on the great books from the library. Better to be unable to say no at the library than at the bookstore!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Vee said...

Hope that the building projects go smoothly and that much produce and some flowers, too, are reaped. Don't worry about that'll come. Enjoy your books!

scrappy quilter said...

I agree with Cheri, don't feel you have to apologize do to being busy living your real life. It happens to all of us. Hugs..

We are the same when it comes to libraries. We now take a couple of bags with us. We use 3 different libraries and everytime we visit, it's always the same. Many books come home. Love those libraries.

Rain said...

Looks like some good reading. Please don't feel pressured about getting the list together. Your blog is a joy to read no matter what or when you get to things. I'm honored that you put the effort in that you do.

Blessings to you and yours.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Brenda, it sounds like you live in a great town for thrifting too. I'm so glad many of us have discovered the thrill of the hunt when it comes to clothes & things like that. Thanks for stopping by. Your sunset sounds devine!

Anonymous said...

I also urge you not to worry about getting the "list" finished. This should be a no pressure blog!

Friend Debra

Cheryl (Copper's Wife) said...

Oooooo, I'm itching to read the Brocket book. I'll look forward to hearing what you thought of it.

I'm very excited that you'll have raised bed gardens this year.

Anonymous said...

We garden too and I know you love being outside on your peaceful lot so this will just be an added enjoyment for you. Don't stress about the will come in time. Seems most of us who read your prose also read and probably have a stack from the library already! We can wait for more titles!! :) Today used I found several blouses I had been wanting and....another book! :) What fun,.. isen't it!! We have a swing on our porch but no rocker but we too love being out there viewing God's beautiful earth. It is just so wonderful to hear of so many women who also love the Lord and their homes and enjoy things we all do...too bad we probably live so far from each other. Blogs are like our "back fence" for sharing...I so enjoy coming here to your world. Jody