This day is seriously overbooked! With rain headed our way and nearly 900 bags of pecans to get out to 12 different distributors, we'll be running most of the day. I plan to survive by putting the crockpot on before we leave, but I'm afraid that thoughtful blog-writing is just not in the cards. Instead, here are some random thoughts I've been tossing around this weekend
We drove back to Memphis from Nashville yesterday morning under a clear blue sky and burning sunshine. The colors in the forested areas around the Tennessee River and the foothills of the Smokies are absolutely spectacular this year. I felt as if I was being drenched in color. At the same time I felt a pang for those of you in the northeast whose trees were felled by the recent snowstorm. I can't restore your beautiful fall, but at least I can take the time to appreciate my own.
After two days away from home, we were not terribly popular with the cats who had been left behind with a catsitter. It was nice to see, however, that they had managed to stay on meowing terms with each other and were taking comfort by cuddling.
In a minor rant, I've been fussing over the fact that from Friday night to Sunday morning, every meal i ate was served on a styrofoam plate wih flimsy plastic utensils. I didn't mind the hotel breakfast too much, since it was free, but come on, an "honors banquet," with tickets at $30.00 a head? The absolute last straw came when they pulled out the big trash cans and put them at the ends of our tables so we could do our own clearing. Can they spell "tacky?' It was lovely to get home and hear the clink of real silverware on real china plates
I was also a bit disturbed by the "honors" awarded Saturday night to those who had served the organization well before their deaths. The families accepted their little glass awards graciously, but wouldn't it have been nice to say thank you a long time ago? Better late than never? I'm not so sure.
Now, off I go to lug pecans! Along the way I'll be planning a better blog post on what constitutes historical fiction. If you have ideas, I'd love to hear them.