Monday – Thursday, 11-15 January
The reading blends together from day to day…I had resorted to interlibrary loan to get Isabel’s Bed. Its setting, Cape Cod in winter, added to my enjoyment. I’ve now read all Lipman’s novels and will have to do another interlibrary loan for a book of essays. Now that true, quiet, non social staycation had come, I settled in to read the garden books I had purchased this year.
Maybe I can remember this new name by thinking of the nearby town of Naselle.
I liked the essays very much (and the cartoons, of course), and some of the short stories. As I recalled during more of my winter reading, short stories, if good, make me want them to be longer. One essay suggested we call ourselves “guardians” rather than “owners” of cats. That is a word I had been seeking and will adopt.
Druse’s previous shade book had been a great inspiration to me over the years. I had even almost copied one of the photos for a garden at the Sou’wester Lodge when I lived there in ’93. The new version was an equal pleasure to peruse.
I read all through another rainy, windy day and felt so inspired that I became gripped by the urge to go out by flashlight and transplant some epimediums into the bogsy woods (but did not follow through).
Meanwhile, Allan went out on errands most days.
Friday, 15 January 2016
I resolved to go out as little as possible during January as I continued to seek the life of a recluse. However, two events drew me into social life on Friday.
lunch with Jenna
My dear friend Jenna (Queen La De Da) and I are both so busy during tourist and garden season that we were long overdue for a luncheon. We dined at El Compadre and had a good long talk. I thought you might enjoy seeing what a charming interior the restaurant has (quiet on a winter weekday).
Dave’s Birthday Dinner
Celebrating the birth of one of our favourite people (not on his exact birthday) was well worth going out for, especially when it featured dinner at the fine Depot Restaurant.
Saturday, 16 January 2016
My book of the day was the second I’d recently read set in Madison, Wisconsin.Earlier during this staycation, I’d found the Madison setting entrancing in But Not For Long by Michelle Wildgen. Both novels feature the Isthmus neighbourhood.
Maybe one year, the Garden Bloggers Fling will be in Madison, and if so, I would like to go there.
I spent the rest of the weekend engrossed in a detailed and informative book on a topic which has become an obsession again:
During the week of staycation perfection, I’d also read a book by Nick Jaina, and on Sunday the 17th, I’d be leaving my reading lair to see him perform at the Sou’wester.