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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Weekend Reflections 7/23

Looking outside...it's sunny and hot. Have I ever mentioned that I hate heat?

Listening...to silence. The Boy and The Doctor are at work and The Brother is sleeping. 

Loving...family, extended family. Cousins. Heritage. Legacy.

Thinking...that I am tired, so very tired. Mom and I went to Utah for another funeral yesterday. 8 hours total driving, 600+ miles, 5 wonderful hours with beloved family members. A good, but long day.

In my kitchen...a Grande Peppermint Hot Chocolate and a butter croissant from Starbucks.

Wearing...black skirt, white t-shirt.

Hoping...that we can get some solutions to our vehicle problems. Both cars are having issues.

Reading...what's that? I haven't read anything of note for nearly a month.

Today...my house needs some care. It's been neglected and we need to do some definite tidying, sweeping and vacuuming.

Quoting...“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard

Feeling...So many things. I drove to Utah yesterday with my mom for another funeral for one of her cousins. It is difficult because as we age, saying good-bye to loved ones becomes more common. But, I love this family that I am descended from. They are good people who came from a tiny little town in northern Utah. That town gave them an upbringing that shaped and molded them into amazing people who then raised more amazing people. 

Funerals are so bittersweet. There are tears and memories, but there is also laughter and reminiscing and reunions. I love cousins. First, second, third; once-, twice-, three times-removed, whatever. You're a cousin? It doesn't matter at what level you fall. You're related and you're part of this amazing legacy.

Planning...we got The Boy his housing for school. An apartment near campus, affordable and not a dive. Woot! I need to start looking ahead to make lists for what he will need. I'm working on his cookbook.

Gratitude...for family, immediate and extended family. Cousins. Heritage. Legacy.

From my world... 

Best new road trip snack. Seriously.

What about you? What are you reflecting on this week? How has your week gone?

Friday, July 22, 2016

Conversation at Our House...Matches

I love going back through my old blog posts and finding these conversations. I'm so grateful I recorded some of these, because I'd forgotten many of them. This one was with The Boy when he was about 11.


M: (hugging The Boy): "I love you. Do you know that I love you?"
E: (hugging Mom back): "Yes."
M: "How do you know that I love you?"
E: "Because you do my laundry and let me play with matches!**"

**Disclaimer: The Boy "plays" with matches when he does his science experiments. He's always supervised.  Don't worry, he's not going to burn down our house or anyone else's!

Conversation at Our House...Art

We have tried to raise our boys with an understanding and appreciation of different types of art and music. I think we've done a decent job. This conversation was when they were about 9 and 11. Still one of my favorites.

E: "Mom, you know how the TMNT are all named for artists?"
M: "Yes."
E: "Can you get me biographies of all of them? DaVinci, Michelangelo and the others? I was just thinking that I really want to learn about them. And Beethoven, too. I also need to get a poster or something of the Mona Lisa so I can start drawing it."
M: (After giving him a big kiss.) "Absolutely I can find you some biographies! I have some books about Michelangelo you can start looking at now."
E: "Awesome!"

J: (Looking at the cover of the Michelangelo art book I just handed his brother) "Hey, that's David!"

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Cover Crush...The Book of Speculation

I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.

I love books. Bet you didn't know that! (Nudge, nudge, wink, wink...) This cover has books. A woman holding books. Why? Why is she holding them? What do books have to do with this story? The synopsis captured my attention because it's about a librarian, a mysterious book and family history. The cover captured my attention, because, well...books!

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Flashlight Commentary, A Bookaholic SwedeLayered Pages.