"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Monday, August 31, 2015

Mop Philosophy Monday

 The family reunion at my house is over and I miss everybody.  It's so fun to have the chaos of extended family around at all hours and it makes me feel nostalgic for the small town life we as a family have left behind.
I kept fresh sunflowers around at all times and I went for paper napkins for the really large dinners.
Knives and forks rolled up in paper napkins.
 I made a new salad when everyone was here and it was so easy: fresh tomatoes, chopped fresh fennel and an entire jar of feta cubes packed in oil.  Add lemon, salt and pepper and you are done.
New salad recipe, great side dish to a BBQ.
 Anyone reading Go Set A Watchman?  Not me, though I have my people on it (MrBP is reading it).
Right now I am obsessively reading Karl Ove Knausgard's My Struggle, I'm just finishing book two.  It's so good and I hardly understand why, it somehow meshes the deeply personal with a philosophical and very artistic viewpoint.   His powers of description are completely amazing.  I recommend.
Go Set A Watchman
I'm not reading it but don't worry I have my people on it.
 I have a new post up on Frock Philosophy and it's all about The Nail Polish Index.
Frock Philosophy
Apparently nail polish is leaving lipstick in the dust as far as economic indexes go, once again I have to recognize that The Zeitgeist is a real thing, and doesn't necessarily apply solely to big ideas.

What's going on at your house, any family visits?  Any paper napkins?  Anyone else reading Karl Ove?
xoxDani

25 comments:

  1. That salad looks good - I'll have to give it a whirl. We have Spring on our doorstep, and my pear trees are starting to blossom, so I'm thinking about outdoor dining. My children actually went for a swim in our freezing pool on the weekend (apparently - I was not here, or I would have definitely prevented them from going in). Your family week sounds lovely. It's Father's Day here on Sunday so I'm going to be preparing a family meal to share with all the Dads. Oh, and I have Go Set A Watchman lined up next. Although I also have around 8 others in backlog, and just ordered another two on the Net, so I probably now will have to impose a book ban until I've worked my way through it all. xxx

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    1. Heidi it sounds like you'll have your summer reading all lined up! Those children of yours are very adventurous, they must be dreaming of sunny pool days. It's always so interesting to me that your seasons are opposite, I'd love to see how your garden evolves this spring. xx

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    2. I'll be posting lots of pictures - I really think this spring is going to be so beautiful. A lot of it wasn't there this time last year even! And I've planted a lot of roses around the bocce court in the past month too. But my bigger project is the front garden which is about to be ripped up and redone. I have a nearly dead tree that has caused this, and am so looking forward to the planned changes - enlarged garden beds, a fountain… ok, I've rambled enough! Glad to see all is well in your world Dani xx

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  2. We're in the period defined by George's dad in Seinfeld as "festivals for the rest of us" at our home. For the past 2 weekends we've had 20 for dinner & yes we use paper napkins! The only way to go with such numbers. Saves on ironing as well! Our guests brought flowers so our home is filled with beautiful flowers, orchids, roses, tiger lilies etc.
    Have 3 weeks of school before end of term and in between kids have sport grand finals, training, more training, ( did I mention the training...) camps etc etc so limited reading as I'm in high demand as kids' taxi driver. My mother in law stayed over for 2 weeks as well and our home has never looked so clean. 2 nephews slept over on the weekend and the kids had a ball. That's all. Den xxx
    Ps my very talented cousin makes her own feta cheese and it's good.

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    1. Den laughing about the festivals-for-the-rest-of-us! Paper napkins are the only way to go when the numbers creep up like that, on our paper napkin night we had 25. The young folks (my rascals and step-brother) cleaned up thank goodness, that worked out well.
      Your MIL sounds extremely lovely, cleaning the house? I'm always amazed when people have talents like making their own feta? The patience! xx

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  3. Let's see, the drywallers will be here today and tomorrow to texture and sand. Painters are coming Wednesday to paint ceilings and prime. Outside, the masons shall be laying stone. I will not be feeding any of them.

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    1. BB rightly so, how would you even begin? Thank goodness we don't have the providing-tea-and-biscuits culture here in NA. These days I'm sure it's all you can do to figure out dinner for you and H.
      I hope the week goes well with no mishaps! xx

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  4. I had sunflowers the other week but it didn't last long which was sad but my hydrangeas are going weeks!! Good to have s family week. I can't wait to see some soon! But it's a new semester soon it feels! X

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    1. Naomi the sunflowers this year have been stunning and they are local so they last and last, but that is not usually the case. I guess we've had a fine summer for growing them, along with plenty of other things.
      It is lovely to see family and I miss mine, we don't get together often enough. Are you travelling again or hosting? I hope it goes well. xx

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  5. I remembered to buy one of those giant hibiscus (?) plants, the ones with flowers the size of salad plates! V. pleased with self for remembering, I often don't think of it until they're all gone from the greenhouses. The flowers are new every day, and it's in a pot so it can live on the deck where it's safe from deer and rabbits. In our quiet little pocket of the East End, "wildlife" doesn't mean fundraiser parties and bartenders and designer beachwear, it means the raccoons and chipmunks have gotten into the garbage again and the squirrels are at the bird-feeder. Although come to think of it, there may be some similarities after all...

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    1. Fred they do sound similar! ;) Those plants are so gorgeous. Our local raccoon population has grown this summer, I looked out the window last week while waiting for my brother's 4am airport car and the crazy creatures were having a convention on the street, there must have been 6 or 7 of them standing around planning their next escapade. xx

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  6. My sunflower seedlings get eaten by the chipmunks, for whom MLane has constructed extensive granite stone walls; yours are so cheery. Consoling myself with massive colorful dahlias I used to hate and now cannot have enough.

    The company is trailing off here, too; hopefully some fall visitors will arrive to fill the void! Until then, I have masses of peaches and plums dripping from the trees I need to preserve.

    I have not read fellow viking Ove yet, but I did take out S Undsted's nearly 100 yr old epic "Kristin Lavransdatter" from the library to tackle this week. Quite a tale.

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    1. Land if you have Viking blood you will really adore reading Karl Ove, I want to visit Norway now that I'm reading him. Did you read the article he wrote a couple of months ago for the NYT magazine? It is what started me reading My Struggle, it captivated me so:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/01/magazine/karl-ove-knausgaard-travels-through-america.html
      Wish I was at yours for the preserving, I could use a lesson from a master! xx

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  7. Yummy salad idea and beautiful plates I can just see up there.

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  8. That salad sounds delicious! We've had visitors off and on all summer and will be keeping September low key because my brother and SIL are coming in October for several weeks. Really looking forward to having them.

    Paper napkins are the only way to go for large groups! (Even small groups! :-))

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  9. I love a good salad. Hubby and I have been on a detox for 21 days - 7 more to go. Lots of salads and veggie for us. He was finally ready to join me and the never ending quest of eating more mindfully. Of course he's lost 3x as much weight as I have-but it's all good. We're in it together which is making all the difference. My stepson's wedding is less than 3 weeks away, so the final preparations are underway. Tuxedo rented for Rocket Arm - I bought one for Slugger for proms and this wedding a few months ago. I did a trial run for shoes and accessories for my dress this morning so that's settled. I anticipate several busy weeks this month...then on to the busiest for my business and the holidays.

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  10. I totally endorse paper napkins for big dinners. With so much else to clean, cutting yourself a little slack is good. Glad it went so well with your guests! I, too, adore sunflowers in blue and white!

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  11. Dani, We have had so many family birthdays and parties here at summer's end, including a long weekend at the lake! Time for reading and movie watching, plus cool crisp weather soon!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Featuring Sharon Santoni

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  12. I have sunflowers in my favorite vase right now. I am with you, they are cheery and nice to have around. I try to pick up flowers every week when doing my marketing. Some last all week, others fade and droop in a few days. I enjoy them while they last.

    We are lucky enough to have some far flung family move recently and they now live mere miles from us. It's wonderful, especially since some young ones are in the group. Having teenagers around again will be great fun.

    Your paper napkins are divine! I can never find any that pretty.

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  13. So glad you enjoyed your folk Dani. I admit with much shame, that paper napkins are the way for us almost all the time in this household. I would cringe at how my beautiful linens would be treated. I pull them out on formal occasions and when I want to treat myself to lunch alone :)
    Now, those daring leopard heels do look familiar. A certain small person had a crush on them once I think!?? Helen : )

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  14. Parents coming Thursday, paper napkins for casual crowds and am reading Nancy Mitford don't tell Alfred x

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  15. Gorgeous flowers. You are a pro at hospitality. Lovely. We are renovating and refurbishing so that's my excuse for general domestic slackery this month!

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  16. I love your pictures! The napkins are so pretty. I have such a lovely collection of cloth napkins, but rarely use them. Thank you for the Karl Ove info. Off to look now!

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  17. I have read Go Set A Watchman and enjoyed it. I doubt it would have been published without the renowned To Kill A Mockingbird book going before. But, I wanted to be able to be a part of the conversation and the book--which has been fun.

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  18. I have read Go Set A Watchman and agree with Susan that it would not have been published without To Kill A Mockingbird. I disagree with the marketing that it's a sequel. It's not a sequel. She wrote it prior to To Kill A Mockingbird, and it reads as a rough first attempt at that novel. Lovely post, as always, Dani. So glad that you enjoyed your time with your family.
    Ashley

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