Monday, June 23, 2008

Dixie Before Disney -- great summer read!

M and I were doing some work in our library today, and I came across Tim Hollis's book, Dixie Before Disney: 100 Years of Roadside Fun. What a good read for summer! (click here for link)

Glad to report that J and I are making it through Seabird, even though it is lush and dense prose...makes a nice counterbalance to Henry and Mudge.

Oh! And, my meal planning did achieve the objective of eating at home most every meal last week, but I did not follow the Saving Dinner menus. I made Southern-fried pork chops tonight which coincided nicely with finding the Dixie Before Disney book.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What we're reading, what we're eating...

Upon my friend Rachel's encouragement, months ago, I bought the book Saving Dinner, and am now finally going to try a 6 day menu from it. It has taken me 4 days to do the shopping, and I still have a few items to purchase. Even with my imperfect organizational skills, I think the menu will save us time and money. Lynne Ely, the author, arranges her menus seasonally, which is fun.

J and I are still reading Henry and Mudge and telling stories and reading Grimm's fairy tales. JB likes the Amazing Days of Abby Hayes and she is drawing and writing alot lately. I started the lovely picture book, Seabird, by Holling Clancy Holling. The prose was too elaborate for J, but I am drawn in and hope to finish it.

Today I began Graham Greene's novel, The Power and the Glory. I hope to write about that soon.

Monday, June 9, 2008

All salty and sandy

We just got home from a week at a lovely beach near Charleston, S.C., Kiawah Island. Thanks to my friend Diana's good organizational skills, we ate meals from France, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Italy and the US. We took a break from the waves and sand castle building to tour historic Charleston by horse-drawn carriage.

And, amazingly, three different pet sitters had no problem with our eight animals that we left in Georgia.

I am so grateful for such a refreshing vacation and the blessing of coming home to everything in its place. Above is a photo off the internet of the 5-star hotel, The Sanctuary, where we ate breakfast one morning.