Monday, February 19, 2018

Things That Are Making Me Happy

Continued perfect weather. Hard to imagine what Sarasota looked like during the hurricanes.
We drove up to St. Petersburg to see the Dali Museum. The building was a beauty but I have to admit neither of us really care for his art. We probably should have done a docent tour.
We met Erin Mitchell for lunch. She is heading up the Bouchercon conference this year and she told us about the plans. Sounds like it will be a great conference and the location is terrific.
Although Dali made some sense along with the RHINOCEROS which we had seem the day before. A great production of the Ionesco play. We also saw a contemporary play, NATIVE GARDENS, which I liked more than Phil.
It certainly is nice sitting at the pool and reading every day. It will be a long time before we can do that again. We return to Detroit on Saturday.

What about you?


Margot Kinberg said...

Very glad you're having a good trip, Patti!

Charles Gramlich said...

Really enjoyed my week off last week. Work again this week though

George said...

We enjoyed BLACK PANTHER in a Sold-Out AMC.

The snow is rapidly melting with temps in the 40s.

Diane and I are listening to more audio books.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Thanks, Margot.
I bet your weather is similar to what we have here, Charles.
George, post ones you especially like. I am always looking for ones to listen to.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I know it would sound churlish to complain, and I'm not, but it has been almost too warm for us down here the last couple of weeks - generally 5-7 degrees warmer than normal, and much warmer in the overnight hours.

Saw I, TONYA, which Jackie liked more than me, and bought a very cheap DVD on an indie we'd never heard of - NO PAY, NUDITY. I liked it (look on Wikipedia for details). Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy, lots of NY theater actors (Boyd Gaines, Donna Murphy) in small roles. And Jackie liked that it had a happy ending. We also watched NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE last night. I enjoyed it more than the first two times. Not only Lenny Baker, Ellen Greene, Christopher Walken, Shelley Winter, Antonio Fargas, Lou Jacobi, but first (or early) appearances by Bill Murray and Jeff Goldblum among others. I usually like movies filmed on the streets of New York.

Jerry House said...

While terribly sadden by the events at Marjorie Stoneham Douglas High School, I am happy that the student survivors are putting the politicians feet to the fire. The kids give me hope.

Speaking of which, I watched this clip again and I really miss Obama.

Yesterday, while Kitty was shopping at the mall, I was sitting outside in the sunshine and people watching. People watching (not in a creepy way, I hope) is one of my favorite pastimes.

Read some good books this week.

Kitty's Valentine's hydrangea smells really nice.

Enjoy your last week in Florida and have a safe trip home, Patti.

Charles Schweitzer said...

I just discovered your wonderful blog and the many links to the blogs of your blogging friends. Now I have many great exemplars to use as models for my own new blogging efforts. And, by the way, I'm more than a little jealous of your Florida leisure.
Best wishes, Charles

pattinase (abbott) said...

Welcome, Charles.
Know what you mean about the heat, Jeff.
Jerry, as usual, seems happy and upbeat!

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Happy that we have several more weeks down here before we have to go home.

I'm getting more reading done lately - frankly, the Olympics hold almost no interest for us - including a lot more non-fiction. I've been able to borrow library books from home to the Kindle.

Rick Robinson said...

We had snow yesterday afternoon and overnight, so our hill iced up and Barbara couldn't go to quilt group today, but then it was canceled anyway. So we're working on a jigsaw puzzle and looking out at winter wonderland, with the sun out now, it's gorgeous. Temps in the 30-31 range.

Read Chester Himes' COTTON COMES TO HARLEM, which was good, but not what I expected. Also reading SEMIOSIS by Sue Burke. It's the first science fiction I've read in 6 or 8 months, but it just came out and the reviews were quite positive. So far I'm enjoying it.

We have been watching a lot of Olympics, though the repetition, thousands of commercials are a turn off. So is NBC's blatant USA-ism, focusing on the US athletes, even if not very good, instead of the best ones.

Generally a good week, and looking forward to another. Glad you're enjoying your vacation there, Patti. Soak up that sun, and then have a safe trip home.

Gerard Saylor said...

I finished listening to a 1989 book about Ed Gein. For those who forgot: Gein was the Wisconsin farmer arrested in 1957 fortwo murders and the grave robbing of several others. Gein was the basis for PSYCHO and TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. One of the things I learned was that Gein was a popular babysitter.

My kids Scout Troop did a 1st aid competition yesterday afternoon and my planning was just good enough to pull it off. My older son is doing a "high Adventure" trip to the U.P. this summer and it's been neat to see him participate in trip planning and discussion.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Weather is warming up here although it has been raining all day which will help melt the remaining snow.
As I expected most of my library holds all came in at once: new novels by John Kessel, Jane Harper, Mick Herron, Yrsa Sigurdsdottir and a collection of essays by Martin Amis. So I have plenty to read.
Not much opened in the way of films expect Black Panther and none of my friends care much about superhero movies. Probably have to see it on my own.

pattinase (abbott) said...

If I can't talk Phil into seeing it, I may be up for it next week. Don't wait for me though, Steve. Let's get together one way or the other though.
Gerard, your family always me smile.

Todd Mason said...

Ninja the Cat, whose liberation from the cruel regime of Niki is the only upside of her death, has also just recently started enjoying having her chest as well as neck and chin and cheeks scratched. She still tends to have a charming Surprised by Joy expression on her face when she climbs onto my chest for a sktitch, and I begin scratching her chest.

Also, when one is scratching a cat's chin, it gives the impression that they are muttering inaudibly. This, too, is amusing to see.

Todd Mason said...

Or even skritch.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Have never had a relationship with an animal. Something for the next life.