a political escape…

I’ve found an escape, a Camelot of political integrity…a place where the White House is doing the right things (mostly), making decisions with future generations in mind, and maintaining the governance of our Constitution as best they can.

If you’re also in need of respite —  come with me to the magical world of West Wing (on Netflix).  Watch a few episodes of this extraordinary and beautifully written television series.

Yes, it’s a White House of imagination and sometimes over the top… but I highly recommend just an episode of West Wing ~~ here and there.

Choose any episode at random, see how it could be done.

At least for me, it keeps some perspective when I see the activities in the actual West Wing and today’s White House.

Now, now ~~ before you lecture and accuse me of hiding my head in the sand —  I’m active in local politics and am supporting my political party towards both the midterms and 2020.  I’m not copping out, I’m not giving up on our government or our country — but egads — every so often, a gal needs a break.

 

 

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On Vacation ~~ sort of

Here at Book Barmy, we’re away right now.  House, dog, pool, and BBQ sitting for friends in the East Bay. It’s tough work, but Husband and I are managing.

Perfect timing — weather is in the low 80’s and sunny while back in the city it’s a damp and foggy 56…

It’s well known here in the Bay Area that 30 miles = 30 degrees

The pool sitting is especially tiresome.

back next week

 

 

My Biggest Fan

 Happy Birthday to Book Barmy’s biggest fan

 

My Mom

~~ who taught me to read, shared my tears over Little Women, bought me the newest Nancy Drews, planned outings that included used book stores, gritted her teeth during my Rod McKuen stage, and has always encouraged and shared my love of reading.

Happy Birthday Mom – all my barmy-ness comes from you ~~ and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I love you

 

 

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Between Books

I am between books, and finding it most delightful.

Oddly, I’m feeling no pressure to leap into another book lickity-split.

I dipped into several options last night, but mainly, just enjoying the pure pleasure of browsing for my next read…

 

 

In the meantime, as much as I love you all ~~ please go away ~~ take a walk, visit a friend, just go do something else for a bit…

Leave me alone, I’m browsing…

 

I borrowed this image from a favorite book blogger, Lynn at Fictionophile.

I especially enjoy her ‘Cover Love’ series, check it out for yourself.

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Rose Barmy

I’ve abandoned my books, my roses have beckoned me out to the garden most every day.

Because of our winter and spring rains – my roses are at their absolute finest.

So, I’ll take this opportunity to show you (and document for myself) their splendor ~~ the best blooming in years.

 

(Note: the back garden is quite steep so the second photo is as you walk  down the stone path.)

Then I spend much happy time arranging bouquets all over the house…even the bathroom ~~

Then, as the petals fall, I collect them for drying and ultimately, potpourri.

The house smells wonderful.

 

 

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The good life

Husband and I aren’t very materialistic, we live modestly, don’t drive a fancy car, have but one television, and are known (and teased) for being quite frugal.  “No, we didn’t get your text, we don’t have smart phones…really.”

But we do succumb to a few indulgences – books (natch), good food, wine  ~~ and especially travel.

On a whim, and with a Groupon deal in hand (see, thrifty), last week we took off for a few days on the Russian River.

Our room overlooked the river, full and swift moving after all our winter/spring rains.

 

We went for a long hike in the redwoods

Did a bit of antique looking – just looking…

 

Visited a rose nursery and garden – again just looking (no more roses, someone kept muttering…)

And watched a drop dead beautiful sunset on the coast, where the river meets the ocean.

 

It’s not a large life – but for us, it’s a good life.

 

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