1. Â Is there any nicer feeling than the feeling you get on the Friday of a three-day weekend? Â Ahhh. Â While I’m on the subject, blessings on all veterans, past and present!
2. Â Isn’t this a charming painting?
It’s called Bubbles, and it’s by the Victorian painter Sir John Everett Millais. Â I remember seeing this painting when I was a child, and it was nice to encounter it again during a Â Google Image search for something else entirely (don’t you love the serendipity of the Internet?). Â It captures the sense of wonder that children have … don’t we all need to be more like a little child in this regard? Â (I also Â like the picture because bubbles figure prominently in my new book, too, both in the content and on the cover. Â There’s something so evocative about them.)
3. Â Fall has, at long last, come to Northern California. Â The 80 degree weather of earlier this week has been replaced by rain and clouds. Â I’m ready for it; there is something profoundly unsettling about sandal weather in November, which always makes me think of global warming and the melting polar ice caps. Â But now, there is a lovely snap in the air. Â
4. Â Speaking of fall: have you ever tried the pumpkin pancake mix from Trader Joe’s? Â It’s heavenly. Â It’s amazing with maple syrup, but when you have it with warmed fresh cranberry sauce … well, if I didn’t already believe in God, I think this would be enough to convince me. Â If you live near a TJ’s, trust me: go get a box and try it. Â You’re welcome.
5. I was at the bookstore the other day, and was utterly psychologically unprepared for the sight of Christmas decorations. Â And then I realized that if Thanksgiving is two weeks away, can Christmas be far behind? Â I guess I’d better start looking for cute little holiday vests for the boys to wear.
Have a fabulous long weekend!