Book Club

I hosted the Book Club at my place yesterday. The day was so dreary to start with, with torrential rains (St. Louis area had a tornado touch down, and we got the horrible winds and the rain) and damp day. So I went to the orchards here and got a gallon of fresh apple cider and put it in the slow cooker with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and slices of oranges. But by the time the ladies arrived, the weather had improved and the sun was shining. But, all the ladies absolutely loved the mulled cider. It did taste very very good!

I also had artichoke dip with slices of baguette on the side, a spiced pumpkin dip with ginger wafers on the side, and crab/asparagus quiche. For dessert I had petit fours. We were ten of us, and we discussed the book Gone Girl. I liked the book a lot, it was an easy book to read and a good page turner, but couldn’t fathom the sickness of a twisted mind of the girl in it. The discussion was really good. I had so many different emotions while reading the book, from pity for the girl, to anger towards the man, hatred for the girl and disappointment at the end. I did see the movie too, and I thought that the movie did fair justice to the book.

Our book for next month is Maltese Falcon. I have already read that book. Then we are in a hiatus till March or April when all the snow birds return home form sunny Florida or Texas or Arizona. Meanwhile  I am currently reading The Hiltons, and it is very interesting. I just finished a beautiful book by Rick Braggs, titled The Prince of Frogtown, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and two more books this month.

This year we have rented a condo in Vero Beach, across from the ocean. We will spend the entire month of January there. We would have loved it if we could have got February too, but we were late in applying. So we’ve decided to drive around to different relatives and friends in that state, and spend three or four days with each one of them, and somehow get the month of February under the hat. We will be visiting Tim and Alicia in Valrico for a day or so too. If there are other xangans in Florida, please let me know, so may be we can have a Xanga meet.

My dear sister, who lives in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, is coming here tomorrow. YAY! I haven’t seen her since January of ’13. She has not seen the autumn colors, and is traveling here to see that. The trees here are getting so beautiful. We’ve had such cold nights and this has helped the colors. I will probably take her for a drive through some of our parks and out into the country. I am so excited that she is coming. I got her a pair of earrings from my jeweler. A little high end purchase, but she is very dear to me, and she is so sweet and deserves the diamonds. When she opens the packet, I will take a picture and post it.

Shelley and the boys have gone up to St. Charles/Elburn in Chicago subs to visit the other grandmother. I love it when they go there, because I know Shelley misses her mother and Andrew adores his grandma. I am happy that Susan and Dan will have them there for the whole week. Sayeed will join them tomorrow I think.

I think that’s it for now.  Oooh! One more thing. I finally broke down and got myself an i-phone. I really felt bad to give up my Motorola flip phone. But the children and friends were after me to get one, and yesterday, I bit the bullet. I am kind of overwhelmed by it, but getting the hang of it. Not bad for an old woman, no?

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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24 Responses to Book Club

  1. beowulf222 says:

    I would join your book club … just for the food though. So now you have entered the era of smartphones. Ask your children for help if you get lost. 😉

  2. sunsetdragon says:

    Oh your mulled cider sounds absolutely wonderful and I bet the smell was even better.
    I am happy to hear you say that you think the movie “Gone Girl”, did fair justice to the book as I have been wanting to see it.
    Oh how wonderful that you will be spending the winter in a condo in Vero Beach, and also driving and visiting, especially Tim and Alicia.
    You totally rock with that iPhone. It is overwhelming at first but once you get the hang of it you will love it.
    My grandkids got me onto iPhone a few years ago and I just got the iPhone 6.
    Have a wonderful time and give yourself time with the iPhone and if it gets to confusing you tube has some really great tutorials.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you. I did not know about the tutorials on you tube. I will check that out. I am looking forward to going to Florida. It is quite cold here these days. How is the weather up where you are?

      • sunsetdragon says:

        Here on the Washington Coast it is the raining season but lows in the high 50’s and highs in the mid 60’s.
        The morning fog is beautiful and the sun peeking through before the rain starts is amazing.
        It is actually warmer than usual.

  3. I’m with Nick. I haven’t read much lately but will be there for the munchies. I’ll sneak in the kitchen and eat everything while you guys are talking about the book. hahaha….

    Enjoy your iPhone!

  4. mrswrangler says:

    That cider sounds good.

  5. jeff markowitz says:

    The Maltese Falcon is a wonderful book. If you have the time, read Hammett Unwritten, by Owen Fitzstephen (Gordon McAlpine) before your book club meets.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thanks Jeff. I will order that book right away and let you know when I finish it. Right now I am into The Hiltons. Unlike Saadia, I cannot read three or four books at a time. I don’t know how she does it. I have to finish one book at a time before I can get to the next one. I liked The Maltese Falcon a lot.
      Thank you for the suggestion of Hammett Unwritten. I have heard about it I think. Sometimes when my muse is on strike and I cannot think of anything to write, I have wondered about this book.

  6. If you need help with your new phone, ask a kid! 😉 Most young adults and even children are savvy to all of that new tech stuff! 🙂 I am often asking the kids in my life to explain something on my phone to me. Smart phone + weird me = TROUBLE! 😛 When I upgraded my phone recently the guys at the store made fun of my old phone. It was almost 4 years old…I guess that is a dinosaur in phone years. 😮
    Your Book Club sounds fun! 🙂 You personally are reading some great books! 🙂
    I’ve yet to get to see Gone Girl the movie. I’ve just been too busy lately.
    Your January sounds wonderful and the perfect time to head South with all the smart birds! 😀
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  7. PS…I love when you post here on WP! 🙂

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Carolyn. It saddens me that we are all the same people of Xanga, and yet cannot feel comfortable with that platform. I am trying to post more here, and have done that this past few weeks. There was a time when I posted a poem every single day on Xanga. huh! Who knew!
      My son was over yesterday, and has taught me several things about the phone. I am more comfortable with it now.

  8. sunsetdragon says:

    ditto to what carolyn said-love it when you post here too

  9. The book club sounds fun and the food/cider sounds delish. I bet your house smelled so great.
    Woo hoo for a fun January and February. 😉

  10. jstnotherday (Lynn) left you a comment on my comment page. 🙂

  11. I belong to some book clubs on Goodreads. Right now I’m reading Brian Keene’s The Rising series with some people. It’s been fun discussing the books with them.

    That’s great your sister is visiting 🙂

  12. rudyhou says:

    i believe i have left a comment for this same post on xanga. rereading it here, i suddenly long for an apple cider. ah, the taste of fresh apple ciders in the fall. i too miss the many pears of the fall, especially anjou pears.

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