The calendar says it’s the first Sunday in November and as Mr. Smith and I drive I-80 across Pennsylvania and Ohio, the fall foliage agrees. We’re on a mini-vacation which includes visits with all our grandchildren. Mr. Smith is doing the vast majority of driving, so I am free to admire the fading fall colors and let my mind wander. As well as thinking about some plans for the approaching holiday season, I reflected on the past couple of months and decided I wanted to provide a recap of my life in the not so fast lane!
I just finished reading The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman. It takes place in Nazi-occupied France between 1941 and 1944. Following the lives of three young women and their struggle to survive, the main theme for me was the strength of a mother’s love. The book weaves history and myth. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like it since myth and folklore aren’t genres I normally gravitate towards. Hoffman’s writing is so beautiful I was able to suspend my belief system and accept the premise of the story. I believe it is well worth your time to read.
Next up for me is Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. I read it many years ago with my book group back in Indiana and now I’ll be reading is with My Three Son’s Book Group. It will be a fine read from my perch up in my nest, while watching for the first snowflakes to fall.
Recently on a dreary, rainy Sunday afternoon, Mr. Smith and I decided we needed to blow the stink off and get out of the apartment. We grabbed our umbrellas and headed out to the movie theater to see Downton Abbey. We had enjoyed the series and decided an afternoon our old friends Mr. Carson, Mrs. Hughes and all the others would be as comforting as a cup of tea and a biscuit. While it had its moments, I agree with Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times, “Lacking the nutritious story lines of the past, the movie is mainly empty calories.” My favorite scene is near the end and involves the Dowager Countess played by the marvelous Maggie Smith. For those who haven’t seen the movie, I’ll leave it at that.
A couple of weeks later, Mr. Smith and I were faced with another rainy, gloomy Sunday afternoon. But this time we were happy to stay in, pop some popcorn and watch On the Basis of Sex. We’re a little behind on our movie watching as this movie came out last year but I’m so glad we’re catching up! If you haven’t seen this yet, I highly recommend it. The movie is based on Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early legal career and her fight against sex discrimination. Her nephew, Daniel Stiepleman, wrote the script. Some reviewers thought the movie didn’t do justice to Justice Ginsburg, but I thought it was fascinating to see her start her journey towards being the notorious RBG! By the way, RBG has seen the movie three times. I might do that also.
My Best Friend
I thought you might enjoy a little update on my best friend! Rest easy that we are still as close as ever. Mr. Smith and I needed to deliver a tub of building blocks to our granddaughter Eleanor on our road trip. With rain forecasted for the day we were going to leave, I wanted to get them loaded into the car the night before. With Mr. Smith at work, I again called on my friend and she came through for me. The tub was too heavy for me to lift, so I simply loaded the majority of blocks into a bag in the cart and then we were off to the elevator. I think it’s time that I take my loyal friend out for a pedicure.
If you check back on Wednesday, I’ll tell you about my favorite November 2019 issue magazine!
C’est la vie.