Happy Monday! I had a 4-day weekend that began with a run to the old homestead to pick up some planters we left behind, zip around town trying to get my address changed and bills paid (two did not arrive, this month), visit old neighbors and my former personal trainer and eat lunch with the husband. That was just Thursday! The rest of the "weekend" began on Friday with a trip to Oxford to visit Kiddo. We took the futon to his apartment because the poor fellow had only a rocking chair and a beanbag in his tiny living area. Visitors had to sprawl on the floor. He's very happy to have some decent seating.
Saturday, we ran to Memphis to meet up with Eldest for lunch (he was in town for a wedding) and do some critical shopping, including the search for a new, padded desk chair for Kiddo (success!). His other chair was a wreck and very uncomfortable. It didn't take much complaining to convince me that we needed to find a solution. I think we've got Kiddo's home away from home pretty well kitted out, now. We stayed with him both Friday and Saturday night and discovered you quickly figure out what your child needs when you spend the night at his place.
I think I forgot to mention that this book arrived for TLC Tour, last week:
On the other hand, maybe I did mention it. At any rate, we're excited about it and have already cooked one recipe, "Heavenly Salmon Salad". It was absolutely amazing.
Here are this week's arrivals and purchases (in front of a pile that I unfortunately misplaced for a month -- I have some serious ARC catch-up to do):
Top to bottom:
Ned Kelly & the City of the Bees by Thomas Keneally - purchased at Burke's Books in Memphis
The Girl Below by Bianca Zander - from Paperback Swap
Soldiers - Fighting Men's Lives: 1901-2001 by Philip Ziegler - purchased at Burke's Books
The Man Who Never Was by Ewen Montagu - Extremely exciting library sale discovery
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver - ARC for review from Harper
Sixties: Years of Hope, Years of Rage by Todd Gitlin - Library sale purchase
On Prejudice: A Global Perspective ed. by Daniela Gioseffi - Library sale purchase
Wildflower by Mark Seal - Library sale purchase
Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James - Another library sale find
Totally out of order:
A photo of moi driving past Sun Records in Memphis. Note the tourists snapping pics on the sidewalk.
The Monday Malarkey photo at the top of this post shows my new goat sculpture, which I purchased at our favorite produce stand -- to which we are now much closer in proximity (squee!) -- standing in one of our planters. Below, the same planter about a week later. Our broccoli is growing like crazy! We've also planted mums, an aster, salvia (to draw the hummingbirds), basil and cauliflower. Some pansies and a new gerbera daisy are waiting to be planted.
Some day I'll finish the whopper of a chunkster pictured below, but it's taking me so long that I set it aside to read two of my purchases, this weekend.
I read The Man Who Never Was (about WWII's Operation Mincemeat) and Ned Kelly & the City of the Bees (a children's book about a boy who goes into the hospital with appendicitis and ends up spending the summer in a bee hive -- apparently based on a hallucination the author had when he went into the hospital at the age of 10). Kiddo does not have a TV, which made for quiet evenings with plenty of reading time. Both books were quick reads and very, very enjoyable.
You can imagine how much I appreciated Vice President Joe Biden's use of the word "malarkey" in last week's televised debate. I think the word needs to be used as often as possible. I just do.
Since I didn't have time to load a Fiona Friday pic, here's your kitty fix:
How was your week?