October 22, 2011 § 17 Comments

There are not a whole lot of easy barefoot patio mornings left in this year.  We covered the flowers against the frost two nights ago. They live to creep and vine still along the brick fence columns.

But getting up to make coffee and sip outside now needs a sweater. And really, some shoes. The bricks are nearly cold despite the sun. The air has a wee bit of a snap.  I think about baking things that include apples.

And, the coffee in the press pot cools all the quicker. Thus, the thermal cups.
(Look closely in the lid of the pot to see the patio umbrella and HM’s reflection!)

And doesn’t it affect your reading choices as well? Anything with a beach or a summer cottage, deserts, Provence or South America (and even my fave Karen Russell (Florida swamps) goes on the guest room bookshelf. Anything on southern islands or in such climes is banished to a stack in the den.

It’s time for Thoreau, Dickens, Dillard, Joyce, McPhee, Proulx, Wolfe,  White (as in EB), and all of one’s favorite sit-in-the-wing-chair-and-read writers.
Do the seasons affect your reading choices? 


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§ 17 Responses to cool…

  • Dale says:

    Sitting here enjoying coffee with J. Reading your blog is almost like sharing a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning.


    • oh says:

      Thanks, Denver! Imagine that you’re all snapping some fine pictures in the mountains….please keep the snow out there this year. It doesn’t do us much good here anyway – no place to ski!

  • jeanie says:

    They do affect mine. I may sometimes read the same kinds of things — mysteries or novels — but they are deeper, darker, more thoughtful. That time is here, along with those cool mornings (no porch for me those days!) and cool nights — sweaters and afghans!

    • oh says:

      J- Yay for afghans – one of the best things about winter. Today we worked on building up the wood pile. As for reading, looking forward to a quiet evening (ahahaha) with a book about France that I found and will update you on it soon.

  • Richard says:

    Such a lovely mix: Cafe, nature, comfort and a handsome husband….one can do much worse!

  • Heather says:

    With a change in season doesn’t really have a change in books. Maybe now just getting ready to spend more time under a blanket reading in bed.

  • anno says:

    Looking for something more substantial to read… just finished a wonderful history of the National Geographic Society and went through an unsettling period where nothing really engaged me. Am currently settling into a collection of short stories by Ron Carlson, At the Jim Bridger, which I’m enjoying surprisingly well.

    • oh says:

      A – Had to look up At the Jim Bridger having not heard of it (or, ashamedly, the author, either) and I am intrigued by the write-ups I found. Thanks for the recommendation! (and I love short stories, and would LOVE to see the country embrace them whole-heartedly again.)

  • Lisa of Lisa's Yarns says:

    Seasons definitely impact what i read. I tend to read lighter books in the summer and then more heavy stuff in the fall and winter. Which is sort of the opposite of what i should do! You know, since winters can be depressing in these parts, perhaps that is when I should be reading the light stuff or the stuff set on beaches!!

    • oh says:

      I do the same. In fact, I’m glad to stop reading some of the beach-y stuff. Must confess that I was not at ALL a “heavy” reader this summer. (my intentions don’t count – thought I might read Thomas Pynchon – ha! didn’t even come close.)

      Now circling the books, getting ready to choose the “newbie”! As soon as I finish this delightful book “I’ll Never Be French.” Geez, it’s good AND funny. And not necessarily all that light, either. Will post on it.

  • anno says:

    OK, have just added “I’ll Never Be French” to my library reserve list.

    Was too lazy earlier to look up the name of the book about the NGS that I’d read (Explorers House: National Geographic and the World It Made), but it’s well worth reading, both as a story about a family dynasty (Alexander Graham Bell/Grosvenors), and as insight into the publishing industry from the late 1800s until the early part of the new millennium.

    • oh says:

      Hoping for some library or B&N time this weekend, to collapse in either place over a pile of books to browse. Writing down this title now – I’ll never remember! It’s so gloriously fall-ish this morning – bet it’s gorgeous where you are, too. Hoping for some of those photos of your place and harvest and the table in your post…or maybe facebook….must go see…

  • Jeannine says:

    Lovely visual post. Apples, hot coffee, cold bricks. Love the thermal cup, you are a creature for comforts!

  • Bella Rum says:

    It was so cold here today and wet. It seem too soon.

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