minute missive

I’ve got that nasty respiratory thingy that’s going around;  red nose and eyes to prove it.  That’s the norm for the season, isn’t it?  We pass around the viruses with the Thanksgiving turkey…

It’s cold and ugly outside, and we’re moving all of our large planters from the back porch into the garden shed this week-end.  This is their final stop for the winter…  Our woodpile is piled, our leaves are spread over the perennials…time to come inside and curl up with a good book, a steamy cup of tea, and mellow music.

Reading Now:  Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage  Stories ,  a collection of short stories by Alice Munro.  I’ve been a little unfocused with my reading since finishing up the Nero Wolfe/Archie Goodwin mystery series, trying to get caught in a series or drawn into an author as good as Rex Stout.  This title was recommended by BN, I noticed it at the library earlier this week and checked it out.  I had read some of Munro’s stories in The New Yorker and truly loved her style, so I’m not surprised that these stories are all brilliant.  (She won the Nobel Prize for Literature this year, but don’t hold that against her)

Listening Now:  Neko Case, Iris Dement….2 extraordinary ladies;  they both recently released some new music, but I’m still listening to “Fox Confessor Brings the Flood” and “Infamous Angel”.  I need to buy their new stuff, too.

Counting down Now:  I’m skipping over Thanksgiving Day and skimming past Christmas Day to 12/26/13, the day we’ll all check in down at Walt Disney World for our bi-annual visit with Mickey.  This one promises to be a doozy, as the imagineers test out some new technology with our family.

You might have noticed that I’ve been fiddling with the look of this blog.  I like it, but it screams for photos, don’t you think?  I’ll be snapping some shots this week-end, but until then……