Well, we have entered the Big Dark. The Big Dim. The Big Wet. Late October and the first weeks of November are usually the wettest part of the NorthWET’s year, and the rainy season has arrived with a series of three storms strung between China and our doorstep.
Today the wind howls, small branches fall, mysterious knocks and crashes can be heard through the neighborhood, and rain blurs the windows.
But it’s not cold and I am cozy now that all Ava’s required walks are done for the day (Neither snow no sleet nor gloom of night shall stop Ava from expecting at least two miles a day.)
And there’s cheer! These arrived from used-bookseller DiscoverBooks:
Was anybody else a big fan of Allen Drury’s Advise and Consent series when they were
a kid at whatever younger-than-now age applies? I devoured these things once upon a time. Then earlier this month I watched the 1962 Otto Preminger film and found it as classy as ever. Dated, but classy. Though Henry Fonda got top billing the real star and stealer of scenes was Charles Laughton (in his last film performance). Laughton played a cagey, crusty southern senator (based on John Stennis), determined to halt a key presidential cabinet nomination.
So I decided to indulge in the book series again. Not quite the whole series, unfortunately. The third novel, Capable of Honor was available only as an autographed copy, going for way more than the $3-4 I was willing to pay. So forget that. But the five will brighten the first dark weeks of winter.
And so will these:
Award-winning honey from the Molon Labe Apiary in the Great State of Jefferson.
This white honey won 1st place at the (Oregon, not Jefferson unfortunately) State Fair:
I think this red also placed high in the competition:
But without having opened either jar yet, this is my favorite part:
Honey from armed, dangerous, attitudinal freedomista bees! Thank you, JW and C.