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. :)