The anti-medley

… and to think, when I awoke this morning, I thought I had nothing to blog about except a book.

So, we’ll start there, because frankly, the three topics for the day are so insanely different there’s no way to tie them together.

This morning, I finished Gunpowder Green, the second book in  Laura Childs’ Teashop Mysteries.  I can’t stand to read series out of order, but a swap pal long ago sent me this book, and I finally got around to reading it, mainly because there was nothing else in the house I cared to read.   I’ve ordered #1 & #3, despite Ruth‘s offer to loan me her copies.  While it’s not a literary masterpiece destined for high school reading assignments, it’s a fun little series with characters I know.

No, no… they’re fictitious, I’ve never been to Charleston (gasp with me!  I long to correct that faux pas in my life as a southern lady), but Theo, Hailey, Mrs. Dimple and Ford Cantrell are shades of people I know from my own life.  (As are other characters, but I do have other things to share with you today, payroll to do, etc.) 

I’ve finally accepted that just as most of last year I needed simple knits, I’m in a place where I’m not compelled to read the literary classics that I normally enjoy.  I’ve always insisted that it’s more important to just READ than to read from a specific list, so I guess it’s time to put my pages where my mouth has been for years.

What are you reading?  Is it in line with what you’ve historically liked over the years?

Item #2.  Dogs and auto insurance.  While Gretchen would have us believe that dogs and cars don’t mix, dear Barbara emailed me yesterday to share a tidbit she’d found in an insurance policy, and Sue took the ball and ran with it.  Do visit Dogs ‘n More and let us know if your auto insurance offers any coverage for your pets, will you?

photo borrowed from Moveable Feasts

Last, but hardly least, my weekend plans have taken on a life of their own this morning.  I was thinking that I just had to deal with the dreaded taxes and a little shopping, until I was tempted by THIS post and recipe.  All the ingredients are my kitchen, and we do have help coming to work on the shed (finish?) tomorrow…

photo borrowed from Modern Day Ozzie & Harriet

Because of my metabolic issues, I need protein with every meal, but most especially in the morning if I’m having a pastry.    Luckily, dear Marjie anticipated my need and posted a recipe for a crustless quiche for a manly crowd.  I’ll be swapping homemade sausage for the beef… 

And simply because I can’t resist any type of cheese straw or cheese biscuit, I hope to have the stamina to make THESE cheddar thumbprints.

What plans do you have for your weekend?

17 comments on “The anti-medley

  1. Sue says:

    You will love Charleston. Take a walking tour. My first time there was in the spring when the wisteria was in bloom and that’s how I’ll always think of it.

    I just finished a novel called Ruslan about an impoverished Russian Countess who want to find a rich husband to save the family palace. She takes some interesting approaches. pretty amusing book.

    Have to go try a new hairdresser and see if she can do anything with this mop.

  2. Barbara S. says:

    I think I may even have some of my homemade hot pepper jam left…..
    Glad that bit in the insurance was helpful to folks!

  3. gaylen says:

    Oh I haven’t read anything lately. I finished the last that I had of the series I was reading – True Blood basis – in Mexico and haven’t picked up anything but sewing/knitting magazines since.

    That casserole looks lovely – quiche, whatever. I haven’t done the blog rounds yet.

    My weekend – ASG dorset button demo; poker; taxes; groceries; laundry. I think that’s everything. Maybe I can fit in some sewing. g

  4. Kathy says:

    I say just read whatever makes you happy! Last year I read mostly fiction but lately I am on a non-fiction streak. And serious stuff: political things (and I am so NOT political) and next up is a book about the drug killings in Juarez. I guess I needed to change it up a bit. But I’ve also got Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand waiting in line for when I get back to fiction.

    Love cheese straws!

  5. AlisonH says:

    I’m trying to get out the door to CNCH, and now you’re making me want to go bake! Blueberry cake from (might be a blogspot thrown in the addy.)

  6. Mary says:

    Like you, I am all about simple. I’ve read three light novels in three days (reading only at night). High stress period that required non-complex, junk reading to take me away from my nutty life. Have a non-fiction book from UK in my half-read pile (Diary of an Ordinary Woman).

    As for the weekend…pick up my car from repairs, get bed for guest room from DIL, visit a son at his new digs, and laundry, always laundry. Have a good one, Chan.

  7. Marjie says:

    Library book sale tomorrow! The little boys are looking forward to it (there’s another one at a different library next weekend). I’m taking my fur coat to be repaired; a place outside Philly comes here twice a year to pick up furs for cleaning and repair. Maybe trim up my grape vines some; maybe clean out the garden bed, by which I mean the boys will do it and I will supervise. It’s cold and rainy today; I think hot roast beef sandwiches are in order tonight, with salad.

    Hope the shed finishing goes well! Happy knitting, and enjoy your cheeseburger quiche!

  8. Samantha says:

    Those quiches look good – I haven’t had a quiche in years. My mom experimented one and made a breakfast quiche with eggs, cheese and ham, and, to my surprise, I liked it!

    My weekend is going to be pretty boring – I have a hair cut appointment tomorrow, and need to travel into the city (NYC) for an event for school on Sunday. Not looking forward to that!

  9. So glad you like the Tea Shop mysteries…I just really, really, wante dyou to like them…don’t ask why! As to current reads, I just picked up The Count of Monte Cristo, two cosy mysteries, and a mystery on cd. I thought this might be a nice anti-dote to all my recent sci-fi.

  10. Kathy says:

    Now you’ve perked my interest in these books. But for the time being I’m reading American Gospel by John Meacham. I also have books lying around with short stories; Chicken Soup for the Tea Lover’s Soul and Knitting through it. Both are inspiring pick-me-up reads for me right now.

    What time is breakfast? 🙂

    My plans? Hopefully Mr. & Ms. Crutches and I will venture from the house this weekend. I’m about to go bonkers here…..LOL

  11. I just finished The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It’s at the top of a bunch of bestseller lists. Cheese biscuits sound good. I’m thinking of making Banana Walnut bread… mainly because I don’t have any breakfast materials in the house (shhh… I can bake at 12:15am if I want…)

  12. Nichole says:

    I called my agent on Friday, but sadly it doesn’t sound as though Met Life offers this. No one in the office had heard of it, and when they called Met they were told something “might” exhist but not all agents were allowed to write it (my agent is not) and that it most certainly was not free… ?? ugh.

    Happy cooking – looks great!

    Bruins game yesterday… today we’re supposed to tackle ripping out the carpet in the wet/moldy basement … but its after noon and no one has moved much yet….

  13. Barbara says:

    I used to take our sustainers on trips here and there…Santa Fe, New Orleans, NYC, Vegas, etc. I did it for about 8 years; some actives came too, but it was more difficult for them because of kids. Anyway, we went to both Charleston and Savannah ( and I go regularly to both, still) for the house tours in the spring. Savannah is a little more off the wall than Charleston, but I love both. You really must manage to make the trip.

    I’ve got two books running at the same time. Do you ever do that? Plus 3 cookbooks I’m reading. (And I just agreed yesterday to do Pres. of the Garden Club which I think I will come to regret. I am such a SUCKER!)

  14. Louise says:

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend Channon.

    Lately, I’ve been getting all my reading enjoyment form that batch of cookbooks I “won” at the last auction. Actually, there were years of past issues of Herb Companion Magazine, which I’ve been enjoying each evening with a cup of tea.

    I’m planning on traveling to Charleston in the fall. A friend of mine is having a baby and I would LOVE to make the christening if possible. The last time I was there, I was on my way to Kentucky and would you believe I plum ran out of time time to visit. NOT, this time!!!

    Love the meals you’ve chosen. I have a “thing” with protein too. I’ve actually been thinking about looking into protein shakes. We’ll see…

  15. Darcy says:

    I like historical romance but right now battling allergies.
    I usually eat light breakfasts.Hugs Darcy

  16. Susan says:

    CHEESE STRAWS!! 🙂 My grandmother used to make them, so they have wonderful memories along with the great tastes. If you have Harris Teeter, they have Cheese Straws that are very good. Very much like what I remember my grandmother making. Try them.

    I am currently reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Very good series. I am on book 3.

  17. […] My reading onslaught continues.  It would seem Sis thinks Maggie Sefton‘s the way to go next.  I know I enjoy Laura Childs and her characters, so it will be great to read the first of that series, since I’ve already read the second. […]

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