|Photo by Emma :-)|
So! I hope you, my lovely readers, are all having a beautiful autumn season. Fall is, in my opinion, the most gorgeous time of year in Western New York. I dream about living in other places sometimes (such as, *ahem* the 'west'), but really, there's no place as beautiful as home. I love my little neighborhood, and I love fall. Happiness. :-)
It's just recently turned really cold here, and some of the trees are almost completely bare, (a sure sign of Winter coming!) Here at home I've been reading lots of books, writing little snippets of stories and random things (including some blog posts in draft.....unfortunately, they're still there....in draft, I mean), and drinking a startling amount of apple cider. I probably could set some sort of record for drinking apple cider. It's crazy.
Last week I read True Grit for the third time (it's a tradition, you understand) in less than two days-- which is pretty good for me! All I can say is that this book is a gem. A must-read for anyone who loves westerns or adventure stories or just a good tale. It's just SO GOOD. Now I'm reading Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, which, I must say, is nowhere near as good as the movie, which we just watched recently and in my own humble estimation is SUPER SUPER good. The book is just....bleh. I'll probably be reviewing it soon.
And speaking of books, I am pleased to announce my new book review blog, Down in the Valley, where I'll be posting more book reviews and book/movie comparisons and other fun bookish things. I'd love it if you'd stop by! I've already written reviews of some other books I've read this fall-- the Williamsburg series. Some of the best historical books you'll ever find, let me tell you. Visit the blog to read more about it!
*Insert dreamy picture of Horatio Hornblower*
October 6th happens to be the birthday of Ioan Gruffudd! Today he turns 41. Of course I had to mention it, seeing as Ioan Gruffudd has been my favorite actor since....oh, since Amazing Grace, probably, which was several years ago. There's just no one like him. Sadie and I practically have a personal acquaintance with the man.
Of course my favorite of his roles are unquestionably Horatio Hornblower and William Wilberforce, but we've also seen him in LOTS of other things, some of which were really good, some of which were.....not. But in general, we really, really like him.
Oh, and does everyone here know how to pronounce his name? It's Yo-an Griffith. Yes, it's very strange. Sadie and I didn't know how to say it for the longest time, and we called him all sorts of weird things, our favorite of which was 'what's-his-name'. In fact, we still call him that. It's kind of like a code-name; we both know exactly who the other is talking about. ;-P
|We particularly like this picture. The reason should be pretty clear. Hint: THE GUY ON THE RIGHT.|
Sadie and I made our annual soundtrack order a couple weeks ago! Every fall we buy four or five soundtracks off Amazon, and they always come in shifts in the mail. It's awesome. ;-) This year we bought six: The Patriot, Hidalgo, Amazing Grace, True Grit, Lonesome Dove, and the original Broadway cast recording of Shenandoah. We are in agreement that this has been our best order yet! My favorites are Lonesome Dove, True Grit, and Amazing Grace (Sadie and I really don't know why we've waited until now to get that one-- it's amazing.) Soundtracks in the mailbox= happiness. :-)
The other day it was kind of cloudy outside and the wind was blowing strong, and leaves were flying all around everywhere. I went out to the woods to take some pictures, because the wind was so beautiful, but guess what? You can't take pictures of the wind. It just don't happen. But anyhow, here are some of the pictures I took. You can just use your imagination to picture what it was like.
We have a few more weeks of our business being open, and then Hallowe'en is our last day at the stand. Pretty soon Mama will start counting down the days. ;-P It seems like September flew by in a windstorm, but I guess that's how it happens every year. I love October, and am enjoying almost every bit of it. There's something about autumn sunshine that just makes one feel so alive and happy, you know? It's more golden and invigorating than 'normal' sunshine. :-)
"I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air." ~Nathaniel Hawthorne
Well. For once ol' Nathaniel Hawthorne has got something right.
Later this week my sisters and cousin are going to on a trip to Indianapolis for a women's conference with my aunt. I've never been that far west, so it will be exciting. :-) I'm not crazy about leaving home or three days, but everything's always fun with my aunt, so it should be a nice time. Anybody been to Indy? What's it like?
Also....I have something REALLY BIG to tell you all, something I think will be of great interest to many of you. Something that I'm so excited about I could just burst, and has got me practically dancing in my chair as I type this....but I think I'll save that for another post. Yes, I'm cruel. ;-) But until then, here's a little hint for you: