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The House Full of Books

I first read a book I had chosen myself, for my own pleasure, in second grade, in 1952. It was called Hello, David. I loved the story, even though I could sense that David’s parents were making a mistake. They sold their farm in the country and moved to a farm closer to the city. It was the opposite of what was happening in those days! But I loved the illustrations and the descriptions of his school in the country and his new school in the city. When I was younger, before I could read for myself, my mother read to me  all the time, usually from the Little Golden Books.

books hello david

When I was in fourth grade, actually in summer at my much loved Pokagon Girls Camp (http://www.pokagongirlscamp.com/)near Angola, Indiana, someone loaned me a copy of Anne of Green Gables, and I turned into a bibliophile forthwith. My Aunt Fran gave me a copy of Little Women for my birthday and my mother gave me some Nancy Drew books for Christmas. Any gifts or money I received went for books!

book Anne of Green Gables

How I loved all those Anne of Green Gables books and all the Thrushwood Books, as well!

books little women

And on and on it went, year after year, decade after decade! I have a number of favorite authors, such as D.E. Stevenson and Maud Hart Lovelace. I collected tons of mysteries, books on herbs and gardening and art and cookbooks and the history and art of Hungary as well….Oh, lots more sorts of books. Reading is pretty much my main “hobby” if that is what it is, especially as I am more arthritic! It’s been a lifelong joy.

This morning I had an email from my dd Alice which almost made me  burst into tears. It was  a photo of some school work from my youngest grandchild, Stephen, from this first week of second grade.

Stephen september 2019

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Andy aug 2019 ss 1

Last week at Point Chautauqua Andy and three friends participated in the second annual Sail vs. Steam challenge. There was some work still to be done on the Nyitra, but most of it was accomplished. The actual contest happened on Saturday, August 24th.

And……………Sail won. Istvan, (Hungarian version of Stephen) who was doing the sailing said he won by a technicality. Andy won’t call it that. What actually happened was that Andy and Nick were steaming along in the Nyitra when the stack blew off. They are not exactly sure why…This mishap changed the way the launch functioned. The steam pressure fell and so did the speed, alas. Andy says that now, Nyitra has joined the exclusive club of steamboats which left part of themselves at the bottom of the lake. The route was from our dock at Point Chautauqua, across the Lake to the bell tower of the Chautauqua institute and then to Mayville, to the boat ramp. The Nyitra ran short of fuel, perhaps because of the missing stack making it run less efficiently and needed to be towed at the end. Istvan’s girl friend Zsofi was running Alice and Mike’s motorboat and was able to tow the Nyitra to Mayville.

Lots of porchsitting and  meals out and trips to Boxcar Barney’s for ice cream took place over the weekend and Andy was home by Sunday around noon. The have a trophy for this which is being added onto even as I write.

andy aug 2019 ss 2

 

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Wednesday Evening

Lion King 1

I arranged this ages ago, January or February. We bought tickets for the seven who wanted or were able to attend – Alice, Mike, Stephen, Em, Fia, Clara and me. And then when the time came I was really worried about my “mobility issues” and had decided not to go. Luckily, Emily phoned Playhouse Square and found they could have a wheelchair for me. Even though our seats were on the ground level, I was afraid it would be too much walking for me. I’m so glad she talked me into going. It was a wonderful performance! And I noticed there were about six other people getting wheelchair assistance. They stopped at the front door and Mike went in to arrange things and the usher with the wheelchair came out to the car. There was also help at the intermission and the end. It was a sold out show with the Broadway touring company. Enthralling from beginning to end. The woman beside me had been to three other performances.

Lion King me at rows end aug 21 2019

Our group looking one way……..And then another.

LK our row

I remember going to movies in these theaters with my Nana when I was quite young. They are beautiful theaters which were almost allowed to fall apart. Fortunately in the ’80s a strong push began to raise money and restore them! You can read about their history here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playhouse_Square

And if you go to this website you can see the opening number. https://www.lionking.com/about

The costumes and whole production is astonishing.

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I haven’t gotten out to the garden with my camera/iPhone and so no pictures as yet. However, the golden heliopsis is blooming, and the purple phlox and white hydrangeas….I see tiger swallowtail butterflies and monarchs as well as the white ones my mother always called cabbage butterflies. On the deck my Abraham Darby English rose is blooming again! I tried to have this rose for years, many years. Every time I wanted to buy one they were sold out. This year I bought a potted rose which was quite sturdy with thick stems which made me very hopeful. I’ve bought bare root roses before. They never bloomed. They never lived through a winter. Sigh….But this one is making my heart sing. And I think it will live through winter, too. And on the deck also are lots of marigolds, many herbs and several colors of geraniums.

rose abraham darby

This is an Abraham Darby rose, though not mine but a photo from online. It’s very fragrant.

Yesterday two of my sisters-in-law and I met for lunch at a favorite restaurant in Rocky River, Joe’s Deli. We do this several times a year and always for one of our birthdays. Then the two who are not celebrating their own birthday, split the check for the birthday girl.   https://www.myjoesdeli.com/ They have delicious food and are always busy. A specialty I often have is beef and latkes. And one of us usually have their liver and onions which is not to be found just anywhere. In the winter we usually begin the meal with matzoh ball soup which is so delicious and warming on snowy days. It takes a good half an hour to drive up to this place, but it is in my “old stamping grounds”, halfway between my home and my Dad’s old dentist office. We talked about how we had all met when we were in our 20s and now we are all in our 70s. Life is indeed surprising, but we all feel blessed, even though many difficult things have happened and are still happening during these last 50 years.

Today is the birthday of my oldest sil, Isa. She was born in the same year as Queen Elizabeth II. Years ago when we were all younger and we spent all summer at Lake Chautauqua, we had triple birthday parties. My sil Aniko on the 14th, Isa on the 17th and my husband Paul on the 18th. So much fun and such great memories…..

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This Makes Me So Sad

gun

It makes me sad because I think it is true. Why is this country unable to enact legislation to solve our problems. A very rhetorical question. Money is the reason. That is what I believe and it saddens me terribly. It always spoke too loudly, but never as much as now.

 

 

America Is A Gun

England is a cup of tea.
France, a wheel of ripened brie.
Greece, a short, squat olive tree.
America is a gun.

Brazil is football on the sand.
Argentina, Maradona’s hand.
Germany, an oompah band.
America is a gun.

Holland is a wooden shoe.
Hungary, a goulash stew.
Australia, a kangaroo.
America is a gun.

Japan is a thermal spring.
Scotland is a highland fling.
Oh, better to be anything
than America as a gun.

—Brian Bilston, @brian_bilston

Two mass shootings in two days. Children murdered by white supremacist gunmen…Very often the shooters seems to be too young themselves and unable to do any critical thinking. I blame our current culture more than I blame those who have always been lied to and inflamed. I am in tears.

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My birthday is at the end of January. And my granddaughters, especially Clara who I believe had this idea and made the binder, invited my to choose a dinner which they would cook for me and after, a movie which we would watch together.

Clara made a lovely blue binder explaining this. It had pages of dinners I could choose which they would cook for me and suggestions of movies we might enjoy together. But getting a time when we might actually do this was a bit tricky. It happened yesterday! And I do believe in “better late than never”. The dinner was just sublime! I chose Chicken paprikash, or Paprikas Csirke as it is called in Hungarian. This was the first Hungarian meal I ever learned to make, nearly 50 years ago. It is not too difficult but very delicious. And they made (mostly Emily, I think) homemade nokedli, a lovely small dumpling we sometimes call spaetzle which goes so very well with the paprikas sauce. And there was also delicious old-fashioned cucumber salad with dill and sour cream. And Clara baked chocolate cupcakes for dessert.  We ate outside with a view of their lovely pond.

blog july 28 2019 Clara

blog july 28 2019 dinner outside

blog july 28 2019 Fia Maus

My oldest granddaughter had some (not permanent) blue dye in her hair to match her new tie dyed shirt!

And then we all went downstairs to the basement to watch the funny movie, The Gods Must Be Crazy. This movie was made in 1980 and we all saw it then. And Em and family have seen it once much more recently. There are a lot of reviews which call it racist and colonial. I think it could be called this. But I have a willing suspension of disbelief that lets me enjoy it as a sort of fantasy, not part of the real world. I was surprised, though, to realize that the revolutionaries were meant to represent Che Guevara who spent some time in Angola or the Congo fighting for communism. I never knew that nor had made the connection.

the gods must be crazy

If you have never seen this, you might also enjoy it. Ah, that coke bottle has a lot for which to answer.  It seems it cannot be bought anywhere at the moment, but Emily was able to borrow a copy from the library.

 

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The weather has cooled off quite a bit and is slowly warming to normal summer temperatures. Meanwhile, we are enjoying having a guest. While my dd Alice and her family are visiting my sil Maria and exploring the California coast their sweet dog Pepper is visiting us. I enjoy having a dog in the house again. Andy is taking complete care of her as far as food, water, and walks are concerned. I just get to pet her and toss things to be retrieved!

Pepper july 2019 third

Do you see that white bone like thing on the carpet near her? One of my nephews from Alaska finds deer antlers in the woods quite often and every once in a while he sends Alice some. They last a long time, much longer than bones from a butcher. And Pepper enjoys chewing on them. She enjoys this almost as much as running off with one of my shoes….

If you would like to see some photos from 2017 when she first came to Alice’s family you may find some here:  https://thickethouse.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/welcome-pepper/

Like my little dog Bo, or Bogancs to use his real name, Pepper likes to stand on the couch and observe the animal life in the back yard. There are groundhogs, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and deer to be seen often. Trying to get a photo of her doing this I discovered I was getting some interesting pictures with her reflection in them.

Pepper july 2019 second

I think we will be having an interesting two weeks with this little lady whom I have such trouble referring to with the feminine pronoun. We’ve only ever had male dogs. But I have Andy to correct me whenever he hears me making this mistake.

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