Life, A Day At A Time

I think what bugs me so much about the time change is this:

I can reconcile that it’s close to 5pm even though it looks like it’s 9pm, but for some reason I feel like I am scrambling to get everything done in time.

If it’s light outside at 5pm, I feel like I am on schedule, whatever that means.

However,

If it’s dark outside at 5pm, I feel like I’ve somehow overlooked a million things, run out of time, because it’s now time to go to bed. It make no sense, but I guess I just associate light and times together no matter what time my brain tells me it truly is.

I know the quote you are probably used to seeing mentions October and is by L. M. Montgomery. As much as I love October, I also love November, so the one above is by me. Feel free to use this quote if you feel the same 😉

Whereas October, at least the beginning, has just barely become fall, November is fully committed. Fall is in its prime come November. There is no turning back. Jack Frost is on his way. I really love this time of year.

On Saturday, part of my post talked about my blog writing process. I was making some more notes for this month and thought I’d show you the calendar I use.

It’s one of those blank calendars where you can write in the days and the month. Last month was the first month I started using this and it really helped to put the month more in to perspective. I write ideas of possible books at the bottom. Books that I need to get from the library I write down the right-hand side of the page. These days and books aren’t set in stone. If a different or better suited books comes to mind I will change it. Also, if one day is better to post over another, I will change the day. Things come up no matter how much you try and plan, so you have to be flexible. I read a quote recently that said, “ You can plan your days, but you can’t control them.”

So remember that next time you are being held up by a super long line because the internet is down and no one can pay or maybe an event pops up out of nowhere that you have to attend. Be flexible, slap on a smile (even if it’s slightly less than genuine), and then read your Kindle that’s stashed inside your purse.

The book I wanted to share today is by Richard Russo. If the name sort of sounds familiar it’s because I posted a book of his a few months back titled, Empire Falls. EF was my first read by Russo and it hooked me.

He recently published Chances Are and I am on the waiting list for that one.

Nobody’s Fool is an older book, published in 2011. I have actually seen the movie, because at the time I wasn’t aware there was book. The movies stars Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Melanie Griffiths, and Bruce Willis, amongst others. It’s fantastic and I do recommend it.

Normally i don’t read the book if I’ve watched the movie first. But in this case, because I loved Empire Falls so much, I want to read everything Russo has written.

I’ve known for a long time that domestic dramas are my thing. Anne Tyler, who writes this genre well is a favorite of mine and I have read many of her books. But Russo brings something a little different to the table. I can’t put my finger on it exactly, other than to say that he captures small or smaller town daily life incredibly well. The details and specific nuances he puts in to his writing is nothing short of amazing. I just want to fall in to his books and live there.

Although I know the story because I’ve seen the movie, I’m going to include the Amazon synopsis:

• This slyly funny, moving novel about a blue-collar town in upstate New York—and in the life of Sully, of one of its unluckiest citizens, who has been doing the wrong thing triumphantly for fifty years—is a classic American story.

Divorced from his own wife and carrying on halfheartedly with another man’s, saddled with a bum knee and friends who make enemies redundant, Sully now has one new problem to cope with: a long-estranged son who is in imminent danger of following in his father’s footsteps. With its uproarious humor and a heart that embraces humanity’s follies as well as its triumphs, Nobody’s Fool, from Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Richard Russo, is storytelling at its most generous •

Since I can only vouch for Empire Falls, I would say start with that one. But I’m sure if this type of novel is up your alley, it won’t matter which Russo book you begin with.

The last thing I wanted to share with you is this candle. If I get the chance to sit for a bit under a cozy blanket or sweater I always light a candle. There is something so soothing about the flicker of candlelight.

The candle in the picture is my favorite cheap-y one. It’s from Walmart and it’s called, Mulled Cider. Years ago, a friend of mine named Leslee introduced me to it and ever since then it’s been a go-to come this time of year. It’s only available in the fall time and maybe the beginning of winter. The size shown is only $3.33, so I always stock up on them.

Alright. That’s all I’ve got for you tonight.

Sleep tight.

“For fairness and loyalty, however important to the head, were issues that could seldom be squared in the human heart, at the deepest depths of which lay the mystery of affection, of love, which you either felt or you didn’t, pure as instinct, which seized you, not the other way around, making a mockery of words like “should” and “ought”. The human heart, where compromise could not be struck, not ever.” – Richard Russo, Nobody’s Fool

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