A peek into my week
The outline below was inspired by The Scattered Life Collective vision of Cynthia Lee.
out the window
Fall flowers spied on my walk to work this week: Coreopsis (tick seed) and sedum (pictured at left.)
on the menu
We had delicious fresh turkey sausage from our local Lakewinds Food Co-op tonight. Last night I had greens from our CSA Hogs Back Farm with two local eggs and sauteed fresh potatoes, onion, red pepper and corn. I enjoyed it with a beautiful red wine, the Alamos Malbec.
The wistful + proud feeling I got while watching my sons walk across Pearl Park together yesterday, the older one (12th grade) reaching out to encourage the younger (5th grade) after a soccer game that didn’t go well (see photo above.) There is a deep recognition that this will be our last fall with our senior living at home, and everything from here on out will truly be a milestone. We will all feel Jesse’s absence when he heads off to college next year, but Dylan–who has lived under the solicitous care of one very loving and attentive older brother every day since he was born–will likely feel it in an especially poignant way. It’s a tender time for all of us.
I’m reading the Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert, bit by bit, and loving the mix of English and American history, botany, and view of women’s roles in the early 1800s. My favorite kind of novel is a sweeping, uber long one that spans decades and continents and opens me up to a whole new world. This is one of those.
I also enjoy reading all of the magazines I’ve got access to through my Next Issue App. I tried it for free for 60 days, then did the math and realized that for me $15 a month for full subscriptions to 135+ magazines was a win. You should maybe check it out!
I was also really enjoying John Coltrane’s Giant Steps while lying in the hammock today.
I had the good fortune to catch part of NPR’s interview with Sergio Mendes on the radio this afternoon.
favorite word of the week
QUIM: I thought my Victorian vocabulary was fairly broad, but I had never heard this one before. A popular term for the female sexual organ during the Victorian era, Elizabeth Gilbert uses it liberally in the Signature of All Things. Kind of a pretty little word, don’t you think? Could be quite useful in a Scrabble game…
out and about
Everybody was out and about this weekend…everyone except for me! I stayed close to home as my fall exhaustion started to descend. A nap each day, numerous epsom salt baths, and lots of cuddling under blankets with my kitty while my boys played music at a wedding, attended a birthday party sleepover, and took in another homecoming.