Monday, August 8, 2011

Bits and pieces .............


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Summer is going by much too fast! Our local schools open next Monday. It seems like they open earlier every year. When I was young, we always went back on the Monday after Labor Day. Of course, that was back in the olden days.

This has been an extremely hot summer. We've spent lots of time in the pool trying to cool off. After several 100+ days the water was so warm it wasn't at all refreshing. That's when we retreated to the air conditioning and hibernated inside.

I've been on a reading binge. My Nook, which now has 305 books, has had a workout. My favorite so far this summer is "The Mill River Recluse" by Darcie Chan. It is a beautifully written and engrossing novel. This is Mrs. Chan's first novel and I'm anxiously awaiting more from this talented new author. The book is only $.99 and can be purchased for your Nook or your Kindle. It is well worth the price.

The three M's - Maggie May, Mazie Grace, and Mollie Ann - have been very, very lazy cats during all this hot weather. They stretch out in the coolest spot they can find and refuse to move.

A week ago we moved the rest of my brother's things from New Jersey to Virginia. We got up at 4 AM on Saturday morning and headed north. We got to Cherry Hill around 11 AM, rented a UHaul trailer, loaded his furniture, and began the trip back south. We got caught up in a traffic jam caused by a ball game near Washington DC. Then the interior light on the truck came on and we couldn't get it to turn off. For some reason the trailer was causing a short or something in the electrical system. We were fooling with the lights and missed our turn off 95 and ended up having to go through downtown Richmond. It was 11 PM when we got back home. That was a long and tiring day. It took us all day Sunday to recover.

The monster plant has not strangled anyone yet. I did move it to the guestroom so the cats wouldn't chew on it and get poisoned. It still looks the same.

15 comments:

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

We use to go back to school the Wednesday after Labor Day when I was in school. Same for when my kids were young. Now they go the week before Labor Day.

The Mill of Recluse was one I was eying -glad u liked it.

Farmchick said...

That is a lot of books on that Nook! I have a Kindle, so I will have to check out that book.

Linda said...

It's hard to think how fast fall is approaching, especially since we've yet to have summer weather. Today's high was 69. Are the kitty girls actually living in peace together? Sounds like moving your brother was a stressful event.

Pat said...

I can't believe how quickly this summer has gone by. Thanks for directing my attention to a new book...will have to add it to my kindle. Now if I can just find the time to read it.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

We got a break in the weather today. The humidity dropped, a nice breeze came up and I got out of the house for the first time in what felt like forever! At 6:00PM the weather guesser said it was 77 here and 97 in Martinsville! We've even got a few 70s in the forecast for this week. HEAVEN!

Arkansas Patti said...

We did the day after Labor day also. The huge county fair over that week end was our last hurrah for the summer.
Thanks about that book notice. I can do 99 cents. I will check it out.

schmidleysscribblins,wordpress.com said...

What a fun update. Our oldest dog has been sprawled on the floor the past few days. She almost looked dead, but I finally convinced David the cool floor feels good on her tummy.

Poor you trying to get around DC during the aftermath of a ball game. Richmond isn't a picnic either.

Hope your Mom likes VA

Dianne

TheBookGirl said...

I too remember going back to school the week after Labor Day. Since my daughter is in college, I'm not really aware of when the schools start around here, but I think it is in September.
Sounds like you had an exhausting adventure moving the last of your brother's things!

Kim said...

Yep, school starts on Tuesday here. Boo! Summer's fading fast . . .

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

You went the long way. One time I took 95 around DC and got caught in a traffic jam that was so long I shut my truck off and took a nap. Not kidding. May I suggest you go the PA Turnpike to 81. Much faster, traffic or not. And then stay on 81 all the way. Don't listen to the GPS and get off halfway.

(GBS) NewsFromTheHill said...

School has started here too. I always feel sorry for the kids on those hot buses now that they are starting in early August.
Guess you like your Nook? I'm hoping for an ipad one of these days, but I think it will be next year.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

That's a long day out. Obviously not the same kind of stress for the 3 M's.

Gilly said...

That hammock looks really cool! Here in the UK we haven't had hammock weather, though the last few days have been wet and muggy, a very unpleasant combination!

But I don't envy you that heat - I would have melted by now!

I reckon the cats have the right idea!

CountryDew said...

Your Nook is getting a workout! I don't have anywhere near that many books on mine. I am glad you're enjoying it.

NitWit1 said...

I always started to school the day after Labor Day.

The kids here started Aug. 12 and the temps are still in the 90s; small favor that there is a break in the 105s. For the kids' sake I hope it holds. The schools near me are all air-conditioned.

Many schools I attended were NOT, and these were all in Texas.

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