Read Any Good Books Lately?

Read any good books lately?  With Thanksgiving Day less than two weeks away, reading up on ideas, creative endeavors, recipes, lists, grocery ads and Black Friday information tops my reading list. I am determined to add a really good read to my relaxation therapy routine and thought travel time.

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A good read can introduce you to places, spaces and faces of interest and intrigue.  My read any good books lately library may not be vast, but it’s informative, inspirational and entertaining.

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Bless Dillard’s heart and their take an additional 30% off sales.  When I spied The New Thanksgiving Table by Diane Morgan on the sale table, I knew it wouldn’t be long before this gem would be my new best friend in the kitchen.  If I had a nickel for every time I am going to read this baby over the next few days, we will hunt out the nearest Cracker Barrel and call it a turkey day.

I appreciate good material and pointers in this area.  A Warm Welcome: How to Be a Gracious Host to Friends and Family by Amy Elliot keeps me on my toes.  It’s a welcomed refresher course to lend confidence to this gracious hostess with hopefully impeccable manners and holiday mostess.

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As we enter the season of holiday entertaining, a guide to simple ways to open your heart and home to others is required reading.

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A Life That Says Welcome: Simple Ways to Open Your Heart & Home to Others ~ Karen Ehman

I have found the find, or should I say the book of how to find finds, accessorize finds, and to know what you have found. The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decoration with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details by Stan Williams.  The “Y” on the cover is very profound, and this read answers a lot of whys- why we love decorating with treasures, trinkets, and trash.  Lucille would be proud!

Home by Carson Ellis illustrates the concept of and the varied places people call home.

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When I need to laugh, when I need to not take things so serious, and when I need to relax, this is the one book I find myself going back to time and time again.  Clinton Kelly’s Freakin’ Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better Than Everyone Else is a laugh-out-loud literary riot!  The chapter on etiquette and the examples of hand written thank you notes is reason enough to buy the book. Hilarious!

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This one is an oldie but a goodie.  Rickles’ Book, not Mr. Rickles.  We lost a legend when we lost Don Rickles this year.  Don Rickles was not only an comedic institution but a class act of a man who valued the importance of family and friends.  Dave the Builder always made me swear never to sit close to the stage at a Rickles performance. The first time we saw him in Vegas was in 1990 at the Golden Nugget.  We were with a group of family and business associates, and thankfully a couple of the wives were running late which helped us to be seated in the back of the showroom. Dave the Builder escaped the insult zone, the hallmark of Mr.  Rickles’ style.  The last time we saw Mr. Rickles in a live Vegas performance was in 2010.  We were seated in the second row and right in Mr. Rickles’ firing range.  I am still convinced Dave the Builder held his breath for the entire performance.  Good times!

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Both a seasonal, inspirational, and everyday best seller.  The Holy Bible aka the good book is indeed a good read.

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Have you read any good books lately?

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In Memoriam- September 11, 2001~2011

“Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh, so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain was yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a tender and callow fellow
Try to remember, and if you remember
Then follow”  (Tom Jones)

This Chandelier Is For The Birds

The moments of tranquility we’ve enjoyed staring out our kitchen window at the hummingbird feeder and waiting for the wonder of nature rank high on “the best things in life are free” meter.   We are experiencing oppressive heat and drought conditions here in the Deep South.  Birds of all kinds of feathers flock to the hummingbird feeder for water on a first come, first gets basis.  I got uncharacteristically quiet the other morning, that glazed look of decor inspiration came over my face, and Dave the Builder knew a wrought iron chandelier bird feeder DIY project was on the horizon.

A couple of years ago I purchased two ornate six light wrought iron chandeliers at auction sans wiring.  The price was fantastic- $20.00 each.  I gave one to a friend for a housewarming gift, and the other one I have kept at the shop in “don’t put a price tag on that one, I might keep it” mode.  I lovingly refer to the shop as my personal climate controlled storage unit but, I digress.  I rang up Dave the Builder and asked him to drop by the shop and bring the fixture home.  I let him in on my intentions for the fixture and he assured me it was doable.

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I found a six pack of mini terracotta planters at Hobby Lobby.  The small drainage hole in the bottom of each planter was the right idea but not large enough to fit the bolt.  Dave the Builder carefully drilled larger holes to accommodate.

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We both agreed it would be better to leave the terracotta pots in their original finish vs. painting  to eliminate any potential harm to the birds.  The modified pots fit perfectly into the candle cups, and we folded the leaves around the pots to further securing them.

You could have heard Dave the Builder all the way to Canada this morning when we had a hungry guest for breakfast.

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Total Costs:

Wrought Iron Chandelier:  $20.00

6pk. Terracotta Mini Planters:  $1.24

Birdwatching enjoyment:  Priceless

 

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