Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday Blatherings


Good morning readers - sitting here with my second cup of coffee thinking about my Thanksgiving menu and shopping list (just 11 days away). This year Thanksgiving falls the day before my son's birthday (38), so it's yet another reason to be thankful. He is a terrific son: smart, kind, caring and sensitive, the kind of son that would make any mother proud.  I still worry about him a lot as he has a lot on his plate between job and family life and he never seems to take enough time for himself. Do we ever stop worrying about our children? Sometimes I wondered how got so lucky in having (2) wonderful kids who never gave me any trouble, given the fact I was far from a perfect mother. Much of the formative years, was spent as a single parent, just the 3 of us.  Do you think how children turn out is the luck of the draw?

This past week has been busy. We went to a flower show and saw a movie: Bridge of Spies (I didn't think I'd like this one, but loved it. But, then, anything Tom Hanks is in is usually fantastic. Have you seen this movie? I've also been trying to catch up on reviews and have a few more to post over the next week. I've been reading as well and just finished, Being Mortal  and Ghostly: A Collection of Ghost Stories; A. Niffenegger  I loved. I've been struggling with Avenue of Mysteries, John Irving and not sure if I'll be finishing this one.  I also started, Drew Barrymore's memoir, Wildflower. I've always liked this actress and know she had a difficult childhood so I'm curious.

I've received some new books in the mail over the last few weeks, take a look.


Plans for  today - a short walk, browsing through cookbooks for holiday recipes, reading and well then the dreaded meal of the day:) Enjoy your week everyone.

30 comments:

  1. I think you need to give yourself a pat on the back for having two wonderful kids, and happy birthday to him in advance :)

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  2. My son is 24, and no, I doubt very much we stop worrying about them. Ever. How we're supposed to go from tying their shoes and wiping their tears to hands-off, I'm not sure. ;)

    I love adult coloring books! I just bought the newest Ocean one by Johanna Basford of The Enchanted Forest and The Secret Garden fame. So lovely. It's fun how coloring books for adults are really taking on!

    Wishing you a happy Sunday, and happy preparations for the extra Thankful week ahead.

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    1. I guess that is true about motherhood - we worry in a different way when their older.

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  3. I'm interested in AFTER THE CRASH. I hope you review it.

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  4. I think both nature and nurture play a role in how kids turn out. I'm sure your kids saw how hard you worked.

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  5. I haven't seen Bridge Of Spies advertised yet. I'll have to look it up since I love Tom Hanks.

    I was Blessed with 3 great kids, they sure make me proud!

    Happy Birthday to your son. My birthday is the 24th.

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    1. Forgot to say that the flowers are beautiful!

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    2. Bridge of Spies has actually be out for a while now - so worth seeing though.

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  6. I got Ghostly for my birthday and am eager to get started on it. I love anthologies and the authors in this one are perfect for me!

    I'm also interested in reading Wildflower.

    I'm not sure that how kids turn out is entirely luck of the draw--I think there is nature, nurture, chemistry, time/place/circumstances--maybe that all equates to luck. At any rate, happy your family is solid and healthy, and no, we never stop worrying about our kids!

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    1. Oh Jane, I hope you love Ghostly - my review will be up later this week. Yes, worrying is forever it seems, even when they seem to be doing well. Have a great week Jane and belated birthday wishes.

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  7. I have been reading with my tweens. Carry On by R.R. was just toooo young for me. Happy Birthday to your son. I think loving our children makes up for many parental shortcomings. Still worry...

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    1. Thanks so much for the wishes. I haven't heard of the book you mention.

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  8. I love adult coloring books and The Time Chamber looks fun. I think how children turn out is a combination of nature and nurture. But I think it's important to help children develop tools to deal with challenges in life and to allow them to feel safe and cherished. As for worrying I definitely understand. Our 2 oldest are in college now and I worry a lot about them. I was kind of hoping that would end at some point! Have a great week!

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    1. I love adults coloring books as well. I need more free time or to manage it better that is:) Have a great week.

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  9. I loved The Bridge of Spies. I expected to like it because, well, Tom Hanks, but I liked it even more than I expected!

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    1. Me too Megan! I almost told my husband we should wait for it on tv:)

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  10. Lovely flowers! I really want to see Bridge of Spies. My husband and I hardly ever go to the movies - don't know why - but lately there seem to be a lot of movies I really want to see. Hopefully over the Thanksgiving holiday we'll make some time to enjoy a movie or two!

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    1. Iliana, there are so many good movies coming out over the next few months I want to see. Hope you week goes well.

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  11. I think it's normal to worry about your son, that's just part of love.

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  12. Someone was asking me about my Christmas menu the other day since we're having it at our house. I'm not ready to think about that yet. :-S I can't believe Thanksgiving is just 11 days away! That seems too soon.

    I am glad you liked Bridge of Spies. I did too. I decided to see it at the last minute and am so glad I did.

    I will be curious to know what you think of Drew Barrymore's memoir. I really like her as an actress, but am not too familiar with her personal life.

    Enjoy your new books, Diane. And have a great week!

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  13. Your Thanksgiving is going to be so special! How wonderful to have a birthday fall around the same time as a holiday.

    Your week sounds pretty fun. I am curious about Wildflower - I love Drew Barrymore too.

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  14. I doubt we ever stop worrying over children 3 or 38! I think you have done a wonderful job if they have turned out as decent, good people. Good luck with the preparations.

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  15. I don't think the worrying ever stops... my girls are all in their 20s and it's just a different set of worries now. My mother is 80 and still worries about the 6 of us daily! Sorry to hear about the new John Irving. I generally like his books, but the premise of this one doesn't sound very appealing.

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  16. I can't believe Thanksgiving is next week. I normally have more of my menu planned out but not this time. I've had the time I've just not been able to wrap my brain around this month!

    I can't stop worrying about my kids. There will always be something. Always.

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  17. Oh, I don't think great kids are the luck of the draw. They are usually the ones who know they are truly loved :)

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