Friday, November 18, 2011

A Rainy Night

Left work to run errands about town. First stop was the $ Tree... loaded up on housecleaning products, gathered up some holiday accessories for tabletop, mantle and dining room chairs along with the necessary aluminum pans for our weekend holiday feast.

And, books (of course) 4 hardbacks (a $70 value for $4- love it!) For a glimpse inside the books we'll start with A Christmas Caroline by Kyle Smith who is the author of Love Monke, which makes me laugh every time I say it, Love Monkey. Which was adapted into a CBS television series. Anyway, it's The Devil Wears Prada meets Charles Dickens. It's a hip, delightfully irreverent take on the classic tale.  The next book is written by Cathleen Falsani entitled Sin Boldly, a field guide for grace. It's a collection of stories about the author's experiences with grace- in ridiculous moments and in those that seem trivial but are anything but; in wacky adventures and quiet walks; with family and with strangers; in bars, restaurants, the occasional house of worship, and in her own home; and through conversations with people-- some famous and some not-- who have introduced her to grace in new ways that have shaped her faith and the way she tries to live it. These stories have appeared in her Spirituality and popular culture columns for the Chicago Sun-times. The next book is written by Mark S. Weiss, When Your Wife Has Breast Cancer, A story of love, courage & survival. A very well written book that immediately draws you in. A slim volume, but fast moving. And, Lastly Farahad Zama's debut novel, The Marriage Bureau for Rich People. Fans of Alexander McCall Smith's intrepid Precious Ramotswe are likely to find an equally engaging protagonist in Mr. Ali (the main Character).

From the $ Tree I had to dash into Cost U Less to pick up cat food. It began to rain as I left the store. Driving over Melones the storm gathered force and began to pour. In the distance mist hovered around the base of the mountains, their forms blending into the charcoal covered skies. The scenery was like a pre-Thanksgiving Hollywood movie set; glistening black pavement, the landscape was a perfect blend of burnt umber, ochre, sage & ollive greens, wheat mixed with myriad shades of brown with splashes of mandarin orange and vibrant crimson reds.  Driving through this scenic stretch of highway I turned the radio on to the Hawk and found myself listening to Santana's Black Magic Woman--  Wind, rain and Santana... a perfect pairing. 

Arriving in Angels I stopped in at Good Stuff and found two garlands of autumn leaves for the fireplace mantle to blend in with my other holiday decorations.  A very happy, but tired girl arrived home just as the sky opened up and it began to pour. Brought in cat food and will bring the remainder in tomorrow.

Jeff and I hunkered down to dinner in the den-- very cozy and warm. It's time to  toddle off to bed. The rain continues to fall... perhaps, the meterologists are right (it could happen) there might be snowfall in the Sierra's tonight....


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