Do you ever find yourself with absolutely nothing of interest to blog about? Do you do what I do, and imagine your blogging friends (um, that would be all of you) sitting around in your living room before dinner with glasses of pinot grigio and what you might talk about? Well, here is how it might go today.
"So, did I show you my new sandals? I love these, even though they cost more than I make in a week. Totally worth it, for when you want to get that hip vibe that doesn't come easily once you reach a certain age. I feel slightly naughty wearing them, like an aging rocker or something. Oh, and yes, they are totally comfortable and I am keeping them well out of Ozzie's reach. Yes, how cool is that, the leather is totally edged with zipper. They are some German brand, Paul Green, I think. I love it that I take a 6 1/2 in a German shoe. That equates to 9+ in American sizing! I will need to wear them for about six years to amortize out a decent price per wearing. It's ok though. It is the last personal purchase I will ever make. The rest of my disposable income will go towards my new grand child. Oh, and fabric".
"What's for dinner? Oh, pork chops and mashed potatoes. It is my all time comfort food Go To Recipe. My mom used to make it. You brown some pork chops and sprinkle with diced onion. Spread a can of Campbell's cream of chicken soup over all (I like to dilute it with some white wine-pinot grigio is fine), cover and cook for 40 minutes or so. Meanwhile, cook up some russet potatoes and mash them. The gravy the pork chops make is wonderful spooned over the top. Yum. No, it isn't gourmet--far from it, but man, is it good".
"What am I reading? Or, shall we say, 'What's on my Kindle?' That would be My Antonia, by Willa Cather. This is such a fabulous-must-read-classic. How on earth did I live this long without reading it? If you haven't read it, well my goodness, you need to. Right away.
The story is set on the Nebraska prairie around 1918 (when the book was published). Antonia is a Bohemian girl, whose family emigrates to America and settles on the prairie. It is a fabulous story on so many levels. First, it is a story of the American immigrant and the struggle to make it in a harsh new land. Second, it is a story of a couragous, stalwart young woman who had none of the advantages we enjoy in this more Feminist-Friendly time we live in. The author was obviously a feminist, way ahead of her time. Third, it is an All American novel. The prairie, our immigrant ancesters, the heroism of brave women pioneers, and the random tricks of fate that shape our lives are all there in this book.
The book is written from the point of view of a bystander, who observes Antonia's life throughout the years. Many of the significant things that happen to her, happen 'off stage', and we only learn of them through his narration and perspective. This book is an American Masterpiece, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. My copy of the book, which I am enjoying on my Kindle, was FREE on amazon.com!"
OK, it's time for dinner, enough of this chit chat. Now you know more about me and what makes me tick, that is for sure! Shall we move into the dining room and eat those pork chops?