Tuesday, November 03, 2009

LOVED this one too...

I've been into books about Yankees acclimating to life in small-town Georgia. Wonder if it's a premonition? ;)



Description:

The delightful New York Times bestselling author returns with a hilarious novel about one woman's quest to redo an old house . . . and her life.

After her boss in a high-powered Washington public relations firm is caught in a political scandal, fledgling lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left almost broke, unemployed, and homeless. Out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father's offer to help refurbish Birdsong, the old family place he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia. All it will take, he tells her, is a little paint and some TLC to turn the fading Victorian mansion into a real-estate cash cow.

But, oh, is Dempsey in for a surprise when she arrives in Guthrie. "Bird Droppings" would more aptly describe the moldering Pepto Bismol–pink dump with duct-taped windows and a driveway full of junk. There's also a murderously grumpy old lady, one of Dempsey's distant relations, who has claimed squatter's rights and isn't moving out. Ever.

Furthermore, everyone in Guthrie seems to know Dempsey's business, from a smooth-talking real-estate agent to a cute lawyer who owns the local newspaper. It wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the pesky FBI agents who show up on Dempsey's doorstep, hoping to pry information about her ex-boss from her.

All Dempsey can do is roll up her sleeves and get to work. And before long, what started as a job of necessity somehow becomes a labor of love and, ultimately, a journey that takes her to a place she never expected—back home again.

Been Reading ...

a lot lately. I devoured this book in just over 24 hours. It was that good! Go read it!



Here's what it's all about:

Margaret Pinaldi is the quiet daughter of a hell-raising abortion-rights advocate who recently died - bequeathing Margaret a house in Georgia. Finally free from her mother's demanding presence, this transplanted Yankee is finding herself for the first time, courtesy of the Deep South. And, much to her surprise, she likes it.

A former International Dogwood Festival Queen, Donna Kabel once had cute male suitors chase her like hounds to the fox. But all that changed after a car accident left her with a huge facial scar. Now Donna works in the produce section of Kroger. But it seems that the scar that could have cost Donna her inner strength has actually spurred her to reinvent herself.

Thirty-four-year-old Suzanne Parley, the chardonnay-alcoholic wife of a fifth-generation Selby neurosurgeon named Boone, longs to have the most exquisitely decorated house in the affluent Red Hill Plantation community. Childless and directionless, Suzanne suddenly comes up with a bold plan to make her bored husband love her again: She'll simply fake a pregnancy.

On the eve of this year's all-important Dogwood Festival, the disparate lives of these three women will converge in a brilliant comedy of Southern manners like none other. With this funny and poignant novel, Ad Hudler joins Fannie Flagg and Adriana Trigiani as one of our best chroniclers of Southern life.

Fall Ball

This year Dylan decided to play fall baseball. He usually only plays spring baseball as he plays soccer in the fall. But not this year.

He is on the Indians with quite a few kids he knows. He has Coach Lipksi again. He makes the game fun for the boys.

This season Dylan has been working on his hitting. He even goes to the batting cages for extra practice. He is still looking for that big hit. Wish him luck! ;)

We've also been hit by a ton of rainouts this season. It seems that we are off more than we are on. :( We only have 2 weeks left. Hoping for a dry and mild next 2 weeks. :)

Here are some pictures of our season...

Dylan in his Cleveland Indians uniform. :)




Waiting for the pitch. He eventually walked that at bat.




Standing on 3rd right before scoring a run. :)

I Love Halloween!

I love halloween. I love making special treats. I love decorating the house and picking out costumes with the kiddos. It's such a fun time.

This year the weather somewhat cooperated. It was warm and misty most of the night. It started to rain pretty hard towards the end of the night. :(

My award for the best costume goes to these 2 adorable 12 or 13 yr old boys who dressed up as girls. They were wearing dresses and wigs and makeup and talked like girls. I wish I had something special to give to them. They deserved it. I just gave them extra candy. ;)

Here are some pictures of our Halloween.

Dylan was some scary creature. All the boys were wearing some sort of masked scary looking costume.




Natty was a pirate girl. Lucky for her it was 73 degrees outside. :)




Tombstone Brownies. YUM!




My cute little white chocolate mummy lollipops. :)



Until next year. :)