Saturday, September 11, 2021

The Sunday Salon: A Glossary of Joy; How to Cook a Wolf; Eager to Love; and a Wonderful Party for Our New Granddaughter

 



Bailey's photo with her dad is just to the right of center in the family gallery

It was a busy week. We delighted in getting to know our new 17-year-old granddaughter, Bailey, at the party we held for her (all of us have been vaccinated) over Labor Day weekend. Bailey is kind, smart, and beautiful. She will be graduating from high school next May, and she plans to study education or something in the medical field in college. "It really doesn't matter to me what I do," she told us, "as long as I can help others." Wow. We eagerly made plans to get together again as soon as we can. 







How to Cook a Wolf, a book food writer M.F.K. Fisher first published during World War II, is filled with ideas on ways to cook great meals during the days of rationing during the war. Eager to Love is spiritual author Richard Rohr's book about the life and legacy of Francis of Assisi. Now I can't stop looking for more books about Francis. I'm always on the lookout for books about happiness, and I was charmed by Happiness Found in Translation: A Glossary of Joy From Around the World. Author Tim Lomas shares one hundred of his favorite words about happiness in other languages with us. One of our book club members asked me to read The Journal of Mrs Pepys and see if I agreed with her that it would be a good book for the club. The book is based on the diary kept by Samuel Pepys from 1660 to 1669, but the story is told from the point of view of Samuel Pepys. Do I think it would be a good book for the club? Definitely.

Click on the link to read my complete review: 

Eager to Love: The Alternate Way of Francis of Assisi by Richard Rohr (Spirituality)  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
How to Cook a Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher (Food Nonfiction)  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Journal of Mrs Pepys by Sara George (Historical Fiction) ⭐⭐⭐⭐




The Gastronomical Me by M.F.K. Fisher (Food Nonfiction)
Saint Francis of Assisi by G. K. Chesterton (Spirituality)
The Invisible Husband of Frick Island by Colleen Oakley (Fiction)
The Art of Eating by M.F.K. Fisher (Food Nonfiction)
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (Classic)







Good Thing #1
Bailey with my husband and me.


Good Thing #2
My son and his wife and three kids.



Good Thing #3
My dad and Bailey.




I'm happy you joined us here at the Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is a place to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 

Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:

  • What was your week like?
  • Read any good books? Tell us about them.
  • What other bookish things did you do? 
  • What else is going on in your life?

Other places where you may like to link up over the weekend are below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

My linkup for Sunday Salon is below. 

74 comments:

  1. My best to the newly-grown family and its new member! I love the M.F.K.Fisher cook-a-wolf book because it shows how different things have become now than they were back then. She was such a neat writer.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I was shocked at how much things have changed since the rationing days of WWII. Economy was essential. I think How to Cook a Wolf would be a good read for the young, just to get a taste (sorry) of what things were like then.

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  2. I've only read Long Ago in France by M.F.K. Fisher, but I loved her writing! I'm adding The Journal of Mrs. Pepys to my list. Pepys' diary entries are fascinating, aside from the great fire, in one he details his wife's new petticoat!

    What a wonderful family celebration! Bailey is adorable :)

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    1. I have not read the diary of Mr. Pepys, but this fictional version of the diary of the Mrs. was excellent. I'm always intrigued with the lives of women of other times. Such difficult lives.

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  3. I've read some terrific books recently. Currently reading and enjoying Stephen King's latest.

    Bailey is lovely and sounds like a wonderful addition to your family.

    Morning temperatures in the 60s - wow! Happy weekend.

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    1. I delighted in these cooler temps we experienced in the last few days, Dorothy.

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  4. Congratulations on your new addition to the family!
    Love al, the big happy smiles!

    Wishing you a great reading week

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  5. I'm glad you had a good visit with your granddaughter.

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  6. How wonderful that you were able to get together with your granddaughter . So special

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  7. Such lovely family pictures! What a treasure.

    You had a great week of reading too. St. Francis is a fascinating person.

    I read The Invisible Husband of Frick Island a couple of months ago and enjoyed it. I hope you do too.

    Have a good weekend!

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  8. I'm so happy you all had a nice visit with Bailey. I love all the pics. I enjoyed The Invisible Husband of Frick Island. I hope you like it too.

    Have a great week!

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    1. I did enjoy The Invisible Husband. And, at last, I've read some fiction.

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  9. It's great that everyone got to visit with Bailey, I LOVE her shirt!

    I hope you love The Invisible Husband Of Frick Island as much as I did!

    I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Bailey had such a cute outfit. She knows a lot about vintage clothing.

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  10. Happyness in Translation sounds great!

    Great pictures with Bailey, she seems lovely!

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  11. It sounds like you had you great time getting together with your granddaughter! Those pictures are lovely!
    Happiness Found in Translation sounds interesting! I have to keep an eye on that one!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. I'm doing a little post on Happiness Found in Translation on Wednesday.

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  12. What fun to have a new addition to the family, she sounds delightful.

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  13. Oh you must love all those grand kids!! Hope you get to see her lots!

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    1. I do, too. Bailey is such a busy person, active with school and work and band and church. I hope we get to see her soon.

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  14. Your new family member sounds delightful! Enjoy your time getting to know each other.

    Enjoy your books and the week ahead!

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  15. Bailey has a great philosophy. She is going to succeed in whatever she does. Have a great week!

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  16. Bailey sounds like an absolutely lovely girl! You all look so happy. <3

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  17. How wonderful to get to meet your new family member. Bailey has a great outlook and no doubt she's going to do great in whatever she does. Love the pictures! I hope you enjoy the Colleen Oakley book. It was a really cute read.

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  18. Beautiful photos with Bailey! Enjoy your time with her... what a lovely young lady. I've always meant to read How to Cook A Wolf and will consider your post a little nudge. Thanks :)

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  19. I love seeing your family photos. Such a lovely daughter and so nice you have your dad still!

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  20. The photos are wonderful, it’s nice to hear about Bailey choosing an occupation to help people.
    The How to Eat a Wolf book was interesting from the time perspective, the rationing of foods.

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  21. Wow cute photos. So nice to have Bailey there! Looks like a great girl. The Mrs. Pepys Journal book looks interesting.

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    1. The Mrs Pepys journal is a book that one of our club members has loved for many years.

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  22. I am so glad to hear that Bailey is bringing so much joy to you and your family Debbie. Gorgeous photos!

    How to cook a wolf can only be interesting and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Invisible husband of Frick Island.

    Have a wonderful and blessed week Debs.

    Elza Reads

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  23. I love the new family photos! Bailey sounds like a special young woman.

    I vividly remember one of my high school classmates reporting on the Diary of Samuel Pepys. She absolutely loved it! I think she relished all the gossip and minutiae of daily life back then.

    Enjoy your week!

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  24. I've got the Invisible Husband on my TBR shelf and look forward to reading it before the end of the year.

    I am so pleased for Bailey and all of you for the joining, joy, and fun you had and will continue to have. She sounds wonderful.

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  25. So happy for you all and your wonderful family. She has a great attitude about life. I have The Invisible Husband of Frick Island on my TBR, but haven't gotten to it yet. I will watch for your review Deb. This past week, I spent a lot of time with family and friends (all vaccinated) as we got in our last swims in the pool before I close it for the season. Have a wonderful week.

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  26. I love how happy everyone looks in the photo with Bailey! That's a really cute picture of you and your husband with her.

    Does that one book really include how to cook a wolf in it? lol

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    1. No, the idea of cooking a wolf refers to the idea of trying to feed your family during hard times, I think.

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  27. Are you reading David Copperfield for Nick Senger’s Chapter a Day read along? I began it, and loved it, but it’s hard for me to go at a slow pace with a big book. I’d rather jump in for “total immersion.” So I’ll probably pick it up closer to October and read it straight through.

    So glad to be catching up with you and other bloggers during this Sunday Salon you host! Have a good week. Xo

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    1. Yes, I'm doing the Chapter a Day read along. I am actually a little behind.

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  28. Meeting a new granddaughter who is almost grown...that is a new experience. It must be so delightful to spend time getting to know her.

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  29. The Disry of Nrs Pepys sounds like a work of potential interest. Thanks for mentioning it

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  30. Bailey sounds like a ray of sunshine. How wonderful to have such joy during this pandemic!

    I hope you don't have any serious issues with tropical storm Nicholas. Be safe!

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    1. Bailey is a ray of sunshine.

      Hurricane Nicholas (it attained that status just as it reached land) is here now.

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  31. It's awesome to have family time, glad you got to see your son and his family! The Happiness book looks interesting. Happy reading!

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    1. We've been so hesitant to get together, and when we have gotten together, it has been wonderful.

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  32. Bailey sounds like an amazing person! So glad you are getting to know her.

    I'd love to get my hands on that book on joy and happiness words from around the world! That would be a very interesting read. Glad you are finding some great books to read right now. I hope you have a wonderful week!

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  33. I am going to read Happiness in Translation.. sounds wonderful.. And your three good things made me happy as well so thank you!

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  34. Congratulations again on your new granddaughter! Loved the photos you've posted - everyone is thrilled! I hope you all get to meet again soon. Have a great week!

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  35. It sounds like Bailey has a good head on her shoulders. I am glad you had a nice visit. Take care, Deb!

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  36. Bailey's education goals could not be any better :)

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