|If you like Billy Joel and you missed his special on A
& E last night, In His Own Words, I highly recommend
catching the rerun if it airs again. His performance was more of a
question answer type show giving insight on how he writes his material,
etc. He was also promoting his new classical album Fantasies and
Delusions. He wrote the music for the CD but had a classical pianist,
who also makes an appearance on this show, play his works.
An unusually busy Sunday. Normally I take Sunday afternoon
off to watch a race and take a nap. However, with all this yard
stuff hanging over my head I decided to get some work done while the
weather continues to be pleasant.
I finished cleaning house about 11 and fixed Bob and I lunch. Then went
out back and used the blower to get the leaves up. Instead of trying to
blow them up the drive to the street I decided to just blow them over to
the big natural area under the tree and then use dad's old mulching mower
that I keep on hand to just mulch them down.
The game plan was to blow the leaves then come in and watch the race.
Tomorrow I was going to mow the lawn then put down the seed and
fertilizer. It only took me about an hour to get the leaves up revealing
the grass underneath. It was not really high enough to need cut so I
decided to go ahead and do the seeding and fertilizer. The neighbors
behind us had out of town company plus their daughter and her family all
enjoying a nice afternoon out on their patio. I really hated to make more
dust and noise by mulching the leaves so I left that for tomorrow.
While I babysat the lawn sprinkler--it needs moved every ten minutes or
so to another part of the yard--I did some more work on the basement area.
I moved a book case we had been storing into the finished area and dragged
out the small desk we had stored also. I am offering it to my friend Nancy
if she wants it. I am trying to get the downstairs reorganized and
hopefully next week go ahead and vacuum it for the year.
I am also trying to reorganize my office. The big desk adjacent to my
computer desk is really only there so I can have drawers for storing
envelopes and stuff. A lot of the other things I have in the drawers could
really be stored in the filing cabinet or filing boxes. I want to remove
the desk and replace it with something that takes up less room and will
give me more floor space in my office. I have some ideas brewing and
should make some final decisions on that in the next day or so.
I am reading a mystery by D. R. Meredith, Murder in Volume. This
is the first one I have read by her. It is good. Not one of the best I
have ever read but not horrible. The main character, Megan Clark, is a part
time reference librarian, former archeologist, and paleopathologist.
(FrontPage gives the correct spelling for this word as pale pathologist).
She is also an avid mystery reader. She signs up her best friend,
Professor Ryan Steven, for the local mystery reading club, Murder by the
Yard, at the local bookshop, Time and Again. Suddenly Megan finds herself
the prime suspect in a murder that has strong ties to the bookshop, the
mystery club, a well-known local mystery writer, and a visitor from out of
town. The subplot of the book occurs between Ryan, who is considerably
older than Megan, finding himself having romantic feelings toward Megan
and is not sure how to deal with them. He is always getting into some kind
of accident or mishap when he participates in some of Megan's schemes.
Murder in Volume is the first in a new series of mysteries by D.
R. Meredith. I have the other two, By Hook or by Book and Murder
Past Due which I intend to read. She has written some other series
which I have not read. Give this one or one of the others in the series a
try and let me know what you think.
Speaking of books and reviews, many of you know that I usually post a
brief review of what I am reading and then a longer, full review on my favorites
page. I am so busy and have so many different projects going on that I
am temporarily giving up the full reviews and instead just continue
writing about books in my daily journal pages.
I still have some yard work to finish up today. Last night after the
cleaning house and the yard work I was just too tired to fix dinner. Bob
and Lenore had scrambled eggs and hash browns and I heated up a Pasta
I hope your week gets off to a great start and thanks for stopping by
for a visit.