Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Books and pumpkin pie

There was another shower of golden leaves this morning as I was "setting the dishes to soak".  The sudden gust of wind and leaves falling as if in an invisible cyclone took me by surprise and gave me hope... perhaps an early autumn or at least a break in this heat wave?

By coincidence, my home is filled with the aroma of Thanksgiving in August... pumpkin pie!  I was too busy yesterday to do anything for our anniversary (and we rarely celebrate on the day, anyway) but today I baked a pie and later this evening I will grill out (should the weather cooperate).

I must check the garden for newly ripened tomatoes when it dries from the morning thundershowers.  The plan was originally to cut some more rosemary to dry for the winter months before the winds and rain and lightening blew in.  I can handle getting wet... electricity in any form is another matter.

Yes to Anne Morrow Lindbergh's daughter Reeve!  I have an autobiography she wrote about her mother on my wish list, hoping to order soon.. when I decide to read a "month of all things AML"  (and a big thank you to those of you who order through my widget... you bless me greatly).  She writes very much like her mother, pulling one into her world instantly with words.  I believe Stephanie read some of Reeve's books for young people long ago... I think.  I need another cup of coffee to remember.  :)

I am not surprised that younger people today either do not know Anne or they recognize her only through Gifts From the Sea.  Charles and Anne Lindbergh were part of the WII generation although still well known when I was young and reading her diaries.  Reeve has said Lindbergh is an authentic biography of her dad, who was a hero and a flawed, driven man (as are many who change the world).

There truly are so many books to read and so little time to read them.  I want to read more by Goudge and Stevenson, as well as a stack of books I have been given which all look wonderful.   There are books just crying out to be re-read, perhaps when the snow is falling?

I have Jillian Dare on my coffeetable, waiting to be picked up after dishes are washed this evening.  It is written by one of my favorite authors, Melanie Jeschke, who wrote the three Oxford Chronicles... one of my all time favorite series... based at Oxford in England and beginning just after C. S. Lewis has died. 

Jillian is a modern story based on the classic Jane Eyre.  I highly recommend any books by this author (who was a homeschooling mom, too).  They are well written for all ages but are also those rare safe modern books to give young ladies to read.  They are also very reasonably priced these days when purchased used online.

Sigh... I am writing at my dining room table... across from where the pumpkin pie sits on a cooling rack.  I can't tell you how distracting such an aroma is when this close.  :)


Amy Danielle said...

Your blog is lovely. So glad I found it. I plan to visit again soon. And I am now following. :)

Becky K. said...

Thank you for the recommendation of this author. I'll be checking her books out of the library very soon, if I can find them there.

Becky K.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Thanks for the review of the book Jillian Dare and for letting this homeschooling mom, with teenaged daughters who love to read, know about the author!

Pumpkin pie sounds amazing right now! It is only 94 degrees outside though!

Soon Autumn will come, my friend!


Anonymous said...

I have had a copy of "Inklings" on my bookshelf for awhile now. I had never heard of the book or the author but was drawn in by the title. I am moving it up in the stack to be read soon!

Friend Debra

Vee said...

More writers to consider...the list just grows and grows. Pumpkin pie sounds so wonderful...hope that your celebration is a delight.

Anonymous said...

As always I thank you for the book recommendations and information. Honey they say to not pick things in the garden when it is wet as it spreads diseases in the plants. I know, I know, ya got ta do what you got to do when you have the time and need the mattoes!! :) As for me it is hard for me to keep my hands out of the garden rain or shine. So been there ,..done that!! :) Isen't a garden glorious!! God is so good to us!!! :) Sarah

jAne said...

I've been in need of a new author and you've supplied a name. Thank you. :o)

Pumpkin pie. swoon.

Anonymous said...

I love Anne Morrow Lindbergh's books, too. I've read her diaries and letters as well as the books she wrote about her air travels. Also, if you've never read it, you may enjoy "Dearly Beloved" which is a story she wrote about a wedding told from the perspective of several of the people present.

I'd love an early autumn where we are as it has been almost 100 degrees lately.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the book recommendations. I have not read anything from the Lindbergh daughter yet, though I read her mom's book years ago. We also were CLOSE once while in Hawaii to the area where they lived out their years. One can understand how after their life, they would desire that peaceful place to reside.

Living in one of the lightening capitals of this country, I applaud your decision to stay inside whenever the possiblities are there. I had my computer fried one year here, just did not get it all disconnected in time. We fixed that...I can do that in mere seconds I watch the weather closely when online and it is stormy out.

matty said...

I love the blog renovation! I haven't had time to visit lately, but now life is slowing down! I love your post today! I think we are in that season of life, don't you?? We learn what matters!

From the Kitchen said...

I just "met" you on another blog and am always seeking out readers, cooks and southerners (not sure if you fit this category or not). I see you like the Mitford books. I adore them! I even made a trip to "Mitford"/Blowing Rock a few years back. And, if PBS is reading my comment, I wish they'd do a Mitford series a la "All Creatures Great and Small".