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?