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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 02): 09/02/19
The teens are back in school. My son got his classes but my daughter didn't quite get the schedule she wanted. We have one more week to wait to see if a spot opens up in the zero period that would allow her to add her second elective.
My daughter's birthday is on Thursday, so we're celebrating today. Her big present is the "Neighbors" painting which I finished last week. It will be hanging in her room.
Now I'm starting on a new two painting series — portraits of my current cats. I've painted portraits of previous cats but not Tortuga and Salmon. I've started on Tortuga first because she's the oldest by eighteen months.
On Saturday my husband put together the smoker he recently purchased. Getting it up to our house took a lot of effort. Our home sits on a steep hill and backing up a car with a heavy box in the back was more than the car wanted to deal with. Then there was the fun of getting it out of the car and into the garage where the box could finally be opened. Our side yard has steps and rocks and the dolly wouldn't have been practical for the entire box. Anyway on Sunday we had our first ribs and corn on the cob.
What I read:
What I'm reading:
Comment #1: Sunday, September 01, 2019 at 23:48:16
I hope your daughter's scheduling gets sorted out, my boys are making their elective choices for next year right now.
That smoker should provide plenty of delicious meals.
Have a great reading week
Comment #2: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 16:40:00
It looks like she's not going to get that second elective. There just aren't enough spots in the zero period to accommodate her. She's ok with this turn out.
Comment #3: Monday, September 02, 2019 at 00:03:16
I loved Clock Dance. Enjoy your week.
Comment #4: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 16:42:00
Thanks. Clock Dance was good but not as compelling as previous books by this author, at least for me.
Comment #5: Monday, September 02, 2019 at 00:58:06
Another painting to be treasured. I am not speaking to the cat next door who is pooing in my garden, I am trying to deter her!
Comment #6: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 16:42:00
The scene in the painting is all taking place next door in the cat's yard.
Comment #7: Monday, September 02, 2019 at 01:36:12
What a nice gift for your daughter. Hope she had a nice birthday.
The smoker looks cool. How did the food turn out?
So many of your books look great. The 104-Storey Treehouse seems cute.
Hope you have a great week.
Comment #8: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 16:48:00
The food turned out delicious. My daughter's birthday is actually tomorrow, but that means school. I think she had a nice time with our early celebration. The Treehouse books are fun. They start with the 13 Storey Treehouse.
Comment #9: Monday, September 02, 2019 at 08:13:35
Your daughter will love the painting, I bet. I love to receive gifts made by the giver.
I hope you will be as satisfied with the end result of your painting of your cats. Neighbors is so lovely.
I've finally finished Moby Dick and I'm ready to take on some new books. I may read Gods of Jade and Shadow soon.
Have a great week!
Comment #10: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 16:55:00
Originally I didn't know what I planned to do with the two paintings — "Let's Eat" and "Neighbors" then my kids asked for them for presents! The portrait of Tortuga is coming along nicely. I'll post my progress next Monday.
Comment #11: Monday, September 02, 2019 at 08:35:59
You're a talented painter. I'm hoping that one day I'll have time to take up the hobby of painting. My daughter is back in college and my son starts back to school tomorrow. I've been wanting to read The Underground Railroad. Hope you're enjoying it.
Comment #12: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 16:58:00
If you want to paint, start painting. It takes practice. Join a local art group. The Underground Railroad has been sitting on my TBR since it first released. It sort of got lost in the move.
Comment #13: Monday, September 02, 2019 at 12:10:37
Getting the smoker set up sounds like quite an ordeal. I hope you enjoy many more meals prepared in it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!
Comment #14: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 17:04:00
The smoker was heavy — especially when boxed up. The most difficult part was the lifting the top half onto the bottom half. That was a two person job.
Comment #15: Monday, September 02, 2019 at 12:12:57
Oh, I envy your smoker, even if it was a pain getting it into place. Have a good week!
Comment #16: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 17:06:00
The smoker was worth the effort.
Comment #17: Monday, September 02, 2019 at 14:52:02
That smoker looks amazing, and I'm sure you'll be glad you put in the effort!
I haven't read Anne Tyler in years, but I sure loved several of her books when I was in my late teens. And I take it that Anne Hillerman is continuing her Tony's series? Is she his daughter, or what?
Comment #18: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 17:08:00
I also hadn't read Anne Tyler in years. It was nice to revisit an old favorite author. The smoker turned out great and we're looking forward to getting lots of use out of it.
Comment #19: Monday, September 02, 2019 at 18:50:48
Wow, I didn't know you were such a talented painter! Impressive.
I loved The Underground Railroad - such a powerful and imaginative novel.
Hope the food you cooked was worth the trouble of getting the smoker up there - it all sounds delicious!
Comment #20: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 17:13:00
The Underground Railroad has been on my TBR for two years. It's been sitting next to my phone — I had intended to read it while waiting for the phone and internet to be installed and then just didn't get to it. Oops!
The ribs were amazing. We're looking forward to using the smoker regularly.
Comment #21: Tuesday, September, 3, 2019 at 00:28:45
>Wow! This looks like a great week for reading. The Baby Teeth book definitely stuck with me, as did Teen Titans: Raven, for different reasons. I've never had a smoker--but this looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for visiting.
Comment #22: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 17:18:00
It was a great week. I've now finished Raven and loved it. I'm looking forward to Beast Boy which comes out next year. I'm about sixty pages into Baby Teeth and it's an odd book.
Comment #23: Tuesday, September 03, 2019 at 00:40:58
Happy Birthday to your daughter and what a great present! I have a lovely painting of my college cat (with me 18 years) that was painted by one of my secretaries. It helps me to remember him so it is special.
Your cozies are some I would like.
Enjoy your week and Happy Reading!
Comment #24: Wednesday, September 04, 2019 17:20:00
I have some paintings that were gifts. They've made every move from college to the current place.
The cozies were good. I review mysteries on Wednesdays.
Comment #25: Tuesday, September, 3, 2019 at 20:10:28
Woot! I see some cozy mysteries!! Your TBR looks great too! :D Have a good week.
I review mysteries on Wednesdays. They tend to be cozies.