The Family

The Family

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fall Reading

In terms of reading, this fall has been a major disappointment. I quit Bradberry's "Farewell Summer" 19 pages in. This one was a random pick off the library shelf - not on my extensive "To Read" list- so I felt no guilt when I put this book down.
I feel a throwback to Damon Wayans and David Alan Greer from the Show "In Living Color" is needed to describe my feelings on "The Casual Vacancy." HATED IT!

And I don't even know where to start with "The Girl on the Train." HATED IT! There is such hype about this novel, and I was more than disappointed by this book. I was disgusted. There was no redeeming quality in any character.
The one book I have liked so far, "The Nightingale," is the story of two sisters and how differently they view love and war. It was a moving portrait of the way both women deal with the Nazi's invasion of France.

I can't weigh in on "Nora Webster" yet because I'm set to begin it tonight. As a novel shortlisted for the Mann Booker Prize, I'm hoping it won't be another letdown.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Scarecrow Sightings

Just before Halloween we took a little walk, and on this walk we found some scarecrows.

Scarecrows in the Park is an annual event in October and November at Frank Jackson State Park in Opp, Ala. Because this fall has been unseasonably warm (who am I kidding, it's been downright HOT!), we don't appear to be dressed for fall and scarecrow outings.

The kids loved this nature hike.

They also loved the many, many variations on scarecrows we came across and doing their own imitations of the displays.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Toward the end of October my mother-in-law invited the kids and I to go to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens with her. She had heard about a Dale Chihuly exhibit and wanted us to see it before it ended.

We are familiar with Chihuly's work because our local art museum has a blown-glass chandelier he was commissioned to make for the museum's opening about 14 years ago.

Below are just a few of his many blown-glass designs we saw that day on display in The Gardens.

While my mother-in-law and I were in awe of Chihuly's work, the kids were much more interested in the Halloween displays submitted by local residents, school groups and businesses on display throughout The Gardens.

Even though this fall has been unseasonably warm, it was a pleasant day we spent wandering through The Gardens.