Well, hello November. How did you sneak up on me? Has it really been four months since my last post? And, over six months since my last book review?! I hadn't planned to be away that long! I guess I always knew I'd return to this corner of my life or I would have posted a formal goodbye. I wasn't feeling pressured to blog, but spring rolled around and I got busy with outdoor life (although not to the extent I used to... I love a beautiful yard, but don't really care to spend too much time working at it) and travel (photos of three fun-filled vacations will be shared on Wordless Wednesday over the next few months). But things seem to be settling down now (says she who is about to dive into yet another season of holiday madness as a bookseller at Barnes & Noble!). Hey, I'll give it my best shot. As far as book reviews, I think I'll keep things simple. Maybe I'll share what I've read with a brief comment or two, much like what I now do on Goodreads. If I feel compelled to elaborate or include a lot of favorite passages, I'll go that route. In any event, I want to be back here, sharing my thoughts and photos and reconnecting with all of you. Thank you for being so patient and keeping me in your blog feeds. :)
I guess I'll start off with some photos from the weekend. We are enjoying some amazingly warm temps. 76 yesterday and 82 today. I know we're going to eventually get hit with some colder weather, so I'm enjoying the fact that I can still wear shorts and sandals, even though what little tan I had has long since faded.
We took a long walk yesterday afternoon, enjoying the fall colors and spending a little time wandering around our city's rose garden. We've ridden our bikes past this park on several occasions, but this was the first time we spent any time strolling among the roses. Most are finished for the season, but there were a few still blooming. Afterwards, we rewarded ourselves with an iced cold beer out on our porch. All in all, it was a great afternoon.
I haven't been reading much these days, but I decided to start The Boys in the Boat last night (unofficially, joining the Nonfiction November challenge). I've been eager to read this book ever since it was first released in hardcover, so I'm happy to have a gentle nudge to finally dust it off my shelf. The last book I read was Find the Good by Heather Lende. Oh, and I'm also listening to The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. (Yes, I plan to update my sidebar!)
And now it's time to go start dinner and spend some time working on my photos from my recent trip. My mom and I went on a river cruise in Austria, Germany and the Netherlands and I have hundreds of photos to edit!
I'll leave you with a question of the day: Do any of you actually like daylight savings time?