Sunday Salon – August 29, 2010

August 29, 2010

9:00 AM

Good morning! I slept in this morning…I needed it and we got a little taste of autumn here yesterday and last night with temperatures dropping into the 50’s during the day (with rain) and into the 40’s last night which made sleeping easy. Only in five years out of the last 116 has there ever been rain recorded in Northern California…so this is rare, but delightful weather.

Yesterday I worked on my Romanian Charity quilt which is taking me a good bit of time to quilt. I am free motion quilting flowers all over it and although they looked great, they are time consuming to stitch. I have one small corner of the quilt left to finish, and then I’ll put the binding on it, wash it and put up some photos before getting it in the mail tomorrow.

This week I read two great books. Zoe Ferraris’s latest mystery City of Veils did not disappoint (read my review). Once again, she captures the culture of Saudi Arabia and the difficult conditions women face in that country. The mystery itself is great – there are many twists and several suspects. There is a scene with a dust storm that had me completely captivated. Hope you’ll read this one and let me know what you thought of it.

Next up was Liz Rosenberg’s debut novel Home Repair (read my review). I have had this book in my stacks for a while, and I’m glad I finally read it. Rosenberg reminds me of Anne Tyler in her style and characters. I liked that! This is a simple book, and the characters drive the story. They are quirky and lovable – I hated to say good bye to them at the end of the book. Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

My current read is Simply from Scratch by Alicia Bessette (I love that cover, don’t you?). I’m only fifty pages into the book, so I don’t have strong feelings about it either way except to say it is an easy read and the nine year old little girl in the novel has already stolen my heart. I need to get this one finished before Tuesday when I leave for New Hampshire because it is a hard cover and I don’t want to carry it on the plane. So hopefully you will see a review on Bessette’s book by (at the latest) Tuesday morning.

Later today I am going to start packing for my trip. I have been laying things on the guest bed that I think of to take, and it is beginning to look like one bag won’t be enough. My biggest decision will be which books to take with me. I’ve already decided I’m going to have to mail some to my sister’s house because I want to bring at least 24 books (12 for each month). That seems a bit much to pack on the plane!

I hope you are having a great day – and whatever you are doing, I hope it involves a wonderful book!

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  1. Ok…I guess I haven’t read the post about where you are going. Two months is a long time though. I pack like you. I have to lay everything out on my guest bed. Then I realize I need bags and more bags. Even if I go for a two night stay..I am ridiculous. Especially shoes. LOL

  2. City of Veils sounds like an interesting read and something that I would definitely enjoy. Packing for that long would be very difficult for me but I’m bad at packing. I can never figure out exactly what I”m going to need. I hope that your sister is doing okay and keep us posted. Good luck!

    • Trisha on August 29, 2010 at 09:05

    I love the idea of dragging 24 books on a plane just to see the expressions on people’s faces. It’s too bad it’s such a hassle..

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. The City of Veils is definitely going on my TRB list!

    • Kay on August 29, 2010 at 09:26

    I think mailing your books is a great idea. I did that for my vacation purchases recently. And you would not believe what people took on the airplane. I’m always just astounded. All our flights were completely sold-out and I just watched in amazement what people carried on. Some women had suitcases they couldn’t even lift and they brought them on and then searched for a man to put it in the overhead. I say if you can’t life your own stuff, it needs to be checked! LOL

  4. I pack light, no matter how long I’m staying. I love my iPad for trips away. I just wish I had more books downloaded there.

    I finished Three Musketeers this week and that’s the subject of my Sunday Salon. Hope you will stop by.

  5. Have a good journey, and I hope that your Sister is doing well…

    • gavin on August 29, 2010 at 12:06

    Have a great trip, Wendy, and know that we will be thinking of you and your sister.

  6. Have a good trip – that’s a long time away! E-readers do come in handy on trips like that 🙂 I still prefer books at home, though.

  7. What fantastic books! I’ve been super lazy this week as I’ve been on vacation in Boston…still trying to wake up after a nap from all the fun! I love the Simply from Scratch book cover, too — what is it about book covers!!

    My parents lived in Saudi Arabia for about 9 years in the ’90s since my Dad was an engineer at the time for an American company who posted him overseas, and although they enjoyed it quite a bit and met so many amazing friends, it certainly was a culture shock for them. Even though they have lived overseas for the better part of their lives, Saudi Arabia was very different, and very uniquely educational and fun. I look forward to reading City of Veils — I love a good mystery and especially one set in a locale that isn’t the standard settings that are consistent through most mysteries, you know?

  8. “Only in five years out of the last 116 has there ever been rain recorded in Northern California” This just amazes me! Now that I’ve lived in the Midwest for 18 years, I can barely imagine what it’s like to NOT have a rainy season. We have two rain gages and the weather is always the topic of conversation. 🙂

    Too bad you don’t own a Nook! You wouldn’t have to worry about which books to pack. 🙂 I’ll be thinking of you and your sister in the coming weeks. Take good care, Wendy.

  9. I can’t wait to see pictures of this latest quilt! Also, I hope that your trip to your sister’s goes well and is not stressful. You guys are still in my prayers!

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