August 28, 2011

Sunday Salon - August 28, 2011

Good evening! I hope all of you on the East Coast survived Hurricane Irene and if you’re without power, I hope it’s up and running quickly. I’ve been thinking about my friends and family in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and New York and hope everyone is doing alright.

Our weather was a bit cooler this past week, so instead of reading after work, I got out on the bike trail and went for a few long walks and one very long (33 miles!) bike ride. I visited Lincoln’s Sunken Garden and will share some photos of that outing later this week.

It felt so good to get out of the house while the plumber was here working on our broken pipe issue! We are finished with Phase I of this mess and now have a beautiful new pipe running from the upstairs bathrooms down to the basement sewer line. Phase II involves having the huge opening in the drywall repaired and re-painted. The house is a mess and will remain so until the drywall is in, but at least our basement is dry!

I haven’t made much progress in my current book (Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God), but I did manage to get one review posted on Thursday. If you haven’t had a chance to read Before I Go to Sleep, I urge you add it to your list. It’s a terrific debut and I’m eager to see what S.J. Watson has in store next. I also learned that the film rights have been acquired by Ridley Scott’s production company, Scott Free, with Rowan Joffe to direct. (Go here for more information.) I have a feeling this is going to be a sensational film! Hmmm... I wonder if Daniel Craig is interested in a leading role… ;)

The weekend was full of the usual chores and errands, flying by far too fast, but my husband and I managed to have an “unplugged” afternoon. We went for a leisurely ride (first time out this year for Rod!) on one of the pretty bike trails in our community and ended the evening with a visit to our favorite ice cream shop, Ivanna Cone.

Photo from website

I love summer.

Links to the books mentioned in this post can be found by clicking on the cover art in my sidebar.


  1. I wish it was cooler here. The storm brought warm weather with it, so overnight it was hotter than some daytime temps lately.

  2. Yay for cooler weather! Our evening are cooling off, but our days are still hot as blazes.

  3. I wish I could say we've had a break in the heat, but not so! Although, it's looking a little overcast this morning, so maybe we have a shot at something less than 106 today.

    LOOOVE your pics! The flowers and beautiful, the ice cream shop looks delightful, and I'm glad the pipe fixing is going well.

  4. The garden looks beautiful - can't wait to see more photos!

  5. Kailana - Well, it's "cooler" but it's not cool by any stretch of the imagination! Yesterday it was in the high 80s with high humidity. However, it is cooling off in the evenings, which makes it feel like fall is on its way. I hope it gets more comfortable for you soon. I love summer, but I prefer it to be between 75-85, not 85-100!

    Kathy - I'm just thankful I'm not in TX! I can't get over how many days of 100+ temps they've had to endure this summer. UGH!

    Andi - I wish the same for you! I can't imagine that many days with that heat. Oh, wait. Yes, I can. I remember how miserable we were when we lived there back in the late 90s. It probably wouldn't feel so awful if it would cool down at night, but I remember going to sleep when it was still well over 100.

    Rod and I have fallen in love with Ivanna Cone. The ice cream is fabulous and we love the location and atmosphere. Definitely more quaint than DQ!

    Rhapsodyinbooks - It's a gorgeous garden. I'll get more pictures up later this weekend. It's been a hectic week.


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