Friday, August 6, 2010

Dropping In

Well, hi there. No - no you didn't come at a bad time at all. I was just about to make myself a fresh pot of Gunpowder Green if you'd care to join me.

What's that? You'd like a good stiff drink instead? I think that can be arranged. Let's see. I have vodka in the freezer...a-a-and some brown stuff in the bar. Oh! There's a little bit of rum left over from when I had house guests in January.

No, I don't have wine. I find that if I keep red wine in the house I drink it. Did you know that a small bottle of wine has over 700 calories?! A small bottle of wine has only 5 glasses in it, and 5 glasses of wine is nothing as far as I'm concerned. (Rummaging noisily.) There's a little sherry. (Calling over shoulder from built-in bar cupboard.)

Yes. I have olives but they have pits. Calamata I think.

Well, if you don't mind I don't either. Shaken or stirred?

Please, sit. You can use that small pillow for your back. The one that says, "I cannot live without books....Thomas Jefferson." John got that for me from the Smithsonian. All Jefferson's books are preserved there. Don't you just love Old Tom?

I'm sorry I don't have any munchie snacks to go along with your drink...although I do have some unsalted almonds in the freezer. I should have something tucked away for "when guests drop by unexpectedly." You know, like articles in women's magazines suggest. Only I never have unexpected guests drop by...until now that is.

Oh no no no. I didn't mean to suggest...I mean, it's perfectly fine...Uh...(I should have vacuumed the carpet this morning instead of playing Nintendo.) Have a nut? They're thawed out by now.

These? That's my reading stack. I just finished Someone At A Distance by Dorothy Whipple.

Well, I never heard of her either until recently. It's a shame she disappeared; she's making a come-back though. Persephone Books has republished some of her work and made them available again.

No, the Greek goddess...Haides' wife. The one who ate the pomegranate seeds. They have a bookstore in London - not Haides and Persephone the goddess -Persephone Books has a bookstore.

Apparently, there is a Persephone reading group and the book they are discussing this month is Someone At A Distance. Luckily for me, it seems to be the one Persephone book in the entire Live Oak Library system.

No, I didn't mean I'm lucky they only have the one. I'm lucky they had that one since that is the one I wanted to read. Something really should be done about it.

About what? About the fact that they only have one Persephone book.

You know, I checked this one out on Wednesday and already finished it. Two days. Less than that, really, since I checked it out at noon.

Fast read indeed. Even though it was over 400 pages it took no time at all. You see, the thing is it's a very simple yet well-told story. For the life of me I couldn't tell you what made it so difficult to put down. It has no action, no suspense. And almost from the beginning there is an inevitability to it. The dialogue between the family is cloyingly sweet throughout much of the book. And yet I simply could not put it down. I read it when I should have been working. I read it when I should have been sleeping. I just read it until I was finished. And then I thought about it quite a lot. Odd for such a simple story, don't you think?

Definitely. I would read another by Whipple if I could find one; but, I am on a very tight book budget and am using the library more and more these days.

Well sure I could order it directly from Persephone Books, but shipping costs from England would make that pretty pricey. How much is 10 pounds in dollars these days? The rate of exchange changes so much, it's hard to keep up. I just usually double it in my head and figure I'll be in the ballpark.

I doubt you want your glass re-filled this early in the...oh, you will. Delighted. I'll be back in a tick.

Here you are. Slante. Oh dear, my fault. I shouldn't have filled it so close to the top. Not to worry. Vodka doesn't stain the carpet. Another good reason not to keep wine in the house.

What's that? White wine? I don't like white wine. No, really. I don't want to try to acquire a taste for it. It's either too sweet or tastes like an oak tree.

Well, right now I'm reading O Pioneers! What did you say? That exclamation point that appeared over my head just now? That one? It's part of the title. Yes, very clever. It's very short and I'll have it finished by today. I drove out to Tybee to pick up Death Comes For The Archbishop also by Willa Cather and Middlemarch by George Eliot after work yesterday only to find out they are closed on Thursday! Excuse me? That exclamation point? Oh. No...that time I was exclaiming. Yes, I understand. It can be confusing.

What a strange day to be closed. Thursday. Which reminds me, I have finished the first four of the Thursday Next series and have the fifth, First Among Sequels, sitting on the stack.

That's what I thought, too, but I was wrong. The next one doesn't come out until March 2011. Fforde is supposedly calling it, "One Of Our Thursdays Is Missing."

To be honest I wasn't all that upset to find the library closed. I mean, when the library is across the street from the ocean even a closed library is a nice place to be. I'll go back to get the books today. I might even stop and get an ice cream at that little shop.

Uh, no I don't think I'll join you in one - it's a little early for me. But I'll be most happy to get you...right...right away. I'll just put it in a fresh glass while I'm at it.

(I better re-think the Vodka Lime Chicken I planned for dinner tonight.)


  1. Thanks for the drink...uh, drinks. Quite lovely.

    J'aime Paris and France and, best of all, French food.

    I am a new follower. I'm happy I stopped by.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog and the drink. I love your blog. Have a great weekend!
    -Marcie from To Read or Not To Read

  3. Thanks for the drinks and the chat. I promise next time I won't stop by unannounced. About the library, outrageous that it's closed on a Thursday. Speaking of Thursday, glad you are enjoying the Thursday books. Death Comes for the Archbishop is awesome. Enjoy!

  4. Thanks for the drink(s) I need to get a chaser now... Love your blog and I'm now a follower

  5. I love your monologue, and obviously your cocktail party is quite popular! By the way, diet coke doesn't stain, either, but I'm not sure I'd try to make lime chicken with it.......

  6. Shanks for the liddle tibble... *hiccup*

    I love these little conversations of yours, Graddikins - my own personality splits aren't nearly so convivial!

  7. I also loved Someone At A Distance - oops but I already told you that earlier, no? It's tricky commenting when we've already had a conversation. ;) Cute post, Grad!

  8. Readerbuzz, thank you and welcome - or should I say, accueillir? High school French very rusty!

    Marcie, I enjoyed visiting your blog as well and will return.

    Stefanie, I still haven't started the next Willa Cather, but I really liked O Pioneers! But so sad. When I finished it I grabbed The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James and I think it's going to take a little time to get finish. I might have to renew Death Comes to The Archbishop.

  9. Whitney, you may need an Alka Seltzer as well. :> Welcome.

    Tinky, Diet Coke doesn't stain? How can that be?

    Doctordi, I'm glad I called you a virtual cab. And in your condition, virtual cocktails are the only ones allowed!

    Litlove, I really want to read more Dorothy Whipple. Our library system is very inadequate in some respects. In fact, the Sherwood Anderson is the only one of the Slaves of Golconda selections it has (But I voted for the May Sarton anyway.)

  10. DON'T I KNOW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!