Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Porch Flowers, Fresh Produce, To Debate or Not to Debate, and a Book Recommendation

I am happy that our flowers are still blooming. Notice I caught a photo of Rich taking photos. :) Most of these are his, but I took a few myself. When we were in Nova Scotia last year, he bought some Atlantic lupine seeds to see if we could grow any in Alaska (since we have our own variety of lupines here). The photo on the seed packet shows yellow and red blooms as well as the typical purple that we are familiar with. As you can see, only the purple ones seem to be coming out. Maybe the rest will show up before it gets too cold!

Our second box of fresh organic produce arrives tomorrow, just in time, since we have about finished off all of the goodies from the first one.

Interesting news that McCain is trying to call off the debate. We have a debate watch party planned for Friday night and will use that time to finalize the rest of our activities for the home stretch of the campaign. If the debate doesn't happen, I think we will still get together and work on our letter writing project. We are sending Unalaska postcards from AK women to women in swing states, letting them know why we are supporting Obama. If you want to do something similar, look on the candidate's website for Women for Obama. It's fun and it's easy and you can make a difference!

I am always running behind on reading. Just finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which I believe was published in 2006. A young girl, Nazi Germany, sweet relationships, the power of words, small miracles, heart wrenching experiences, good vs. evil on Himmel (which means 'heaven') Street, stolen books and stolen lives, narrated in a weary yet sometimes funny and sarcastic voice by Death itself all combined to make this one of the most memorable books I've read in a long time. I wish I hadn't waited so long!

Speaking of books, our local book club starts back up on Sunday night (we take the summer off) and I haven't even found the first book yet. In fact, I don't even remember what it is. Not a good sign.

Hope everyone is having a good night. :)


Susan said...

The flowers are gorgeous! I can't believe you still have some blooming. (Rich's head and camera are nice, too.)

Kristinn said...

Aunt Jane, I wanted to share this with you too! I'm considering doing it, although I don't actually need another time commitment and I bet you don't either. Still the idea is phenomenal! Check out:

You basically register with them and try with a whole online community of others who try the same thing to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. The idea obviously is quantity not quality. But then you have something to play with once you get through November. :)

Gigi said...

That sounds like great fun, Kristinn! I am definitely going to check it out and maybe can actually participate. Thanks for sending it on!