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Whatnot – Week 11

When I started these “What Not” posts, I did so because my reading was spotty and you can’t manage a book blog effectively when you aren’t reading. I am reading like a machine now, but I’ve come to enjoy this mid-week post so I shall continue! Can’t believe I am eleven weeks into this.

Last weekend we drove to the coast. We loaded up the pup and her blanket and took off. My daughter wasn’t feeling it so she went to a coffee shop instead. We drove to Ventura so we could walk around the harbor. A lot of people skipped their masks that morning. What didn’t sit right with me is how they looked at ME wearing one. If it’s just you and your friend walking around the harbor then yeah, whatever but when you pass others or hit a crowd, you pull it up. No?  I do.

As we were walking on this clear, beautiful morning, a fog rolled in. You can see it inching its way into the harbor. It’s so beautiful there. After walking around a bit we picked up pizza and ate it in the car!

Ventura Harbor

Oddly enough, we have had our own foggy mornings these past couple of days. I like it. The pup does not. She must have sun or she creeps around the house scowling. I will wait for it to burn off before we go for our walk.

I am currently reading The Distant Dead. A math teacher shows up dead. He’s murdered actually but he’s fairly new to the town and people don’t know much about him so there’s a bit of mystery surrounding his death. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it when I started it but now I am totally into it. I should finish it soon and have the review up next week.

In other random news I am back to being uninspired by meal planning and food in general. I am a good cook but I just feel like it’s too much effort these days. I am happy with PB toast with a drizzle of honey or a nice slice of avocado toast sprinkled with Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning. My family doesn’t feel the same way though.

Hey, it’s Valentine’s Day this weekend. Any plans? I think we had planned to pick up Chinese takeout but I just remembered that I think we still have youth group that night. Hmmm.

Fall Tracking – Week 7

Good morning!! How are you all doing? It’s Thanksgiving week and I have the week off, plus Monday and Tuesday so I am feeling pretty darn good. I’ve been cleaning the house and tossing stuff out. I am trying to get rid of some of the clutter that has accumulated over the months. Being home is fine and all that but one does collect things even though I am not really buying much of anything. How does that happen?

Today, I might make the cornbread for my favorite dressing recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence, Caramelized Onion Cornbread Stuffing. It’s filled with sage and smells so good when it’s done.

Stuffing

As you can see from the photo at the top of the page, the trees are actually changing color. My husband and I were driving around town and noticed quite a bit of color actually. This almost never happens in Southern California. It’s so beautiful.

Well, I am on a quest to find my next book to read. It might be Parable of the Sower. Check out this summary:

When global climate change and economic crises lead to social chaos in the early 2020s, California becomes full of dangers, from pervasive water shortage to masses of vagabonds who will do anything to live to see another day. Fifteen-year-old Lauren Olamina lives inside a gated community with her preacher father, family, and neighbors, sheltered from the surrounding anarchy. In a society where any vulnerability is a risk, she suffers from hyperempathy, a debilitating sensitivity to others’ emotions. – Indiebound

Uh, what do you think? Freaky, huh?

Tomorrow, I hope to have my review of The Weekend posted and then I will spend the rest of the day cooking. My son is coming for the meal but not sure how long he can stay. He has some school work to complete and he starts his new job on Saturday. We will make the best of it and do so in a safe, responsible way.

Have a great week.