Elvis has left the building.

Last time I blogged, I promised I would give you some juicy details about Elvis.   Well, all I can say is that we have it from  good sources that contrary to popular belief,  Elvis died in Yakima seven years ago.  A customer told us this shocking news  last week and she is considering writing a book to clear up the previously misreported details.

While Jim and I were in CleElum yesterday, we saw further evidence that Elvis might not be as gone as we think.   That might even be his car back under the shelter in the picture.  Look closely and listen for faint strains of Heartbreak Hotel.

and, in case you are near Cle Elum, WA on July 15th...

Published in: on July 13, 2010 at 4:40 am  Comments (1)  

Cat got my tongue. I got it back.

Merit, our newest firecracker

After many months of silence in blogland, I’ve found my voice once more.  Migrating my blog from blogger to WordPress has taken me longer than I thought it would.  Ok, it didn’t really take 3 months, but it did take me that long to get up the gumption to move it.   Gumption is such an illusive thing.  I think you will like the new format.  You may subscribe to updates and easily comment.  The new habitat for Thinklings is https://justsomethinklings.wordpress.com

To catch you up a bit:   I have a new granddaughter, Merit Claire, now a dimply two-month-old.  I found out today that our first grandson will be born in November!  I just knew it would be a boy!

Sophie meets her new cousin, Merit

I still spend Wednesdays with my beautiful first granddaughter, Sophie , a second-grader in September.

We are installing underground sprinklers in the field next to our house.  OK, to be fair, it is not “we” – it is mostly Rick, my hard-working brother-in-law.  As I write I’m wondering if he has melted into a puddle in the 100 degree heat.

The store is doing fine.   I spend a lot of time choosing books that I think our customers will love so my favorite time of day continues to be the time when FedEx wheels in the daily boxes.  Today, in addition to great books, we got loads of gifts and toys.  We are having a sidewalk sale tomorrow, so we are making signs, planning displays and other related tasks.

On the reading front, our bookclub is reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer this month and then we will start Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross for August.  Just finished and loved Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall and I’m plotting some hours tonight with The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom.  It is so very good.  In the mornings I’m reading The Message and my current non-fiction is His Needs, Her Needs by Willard F. Harley, Jr. – a great marriage book for anyone young or old(er).

My Bible study group has recessed for the summer, though we are all missing each other terribly.  In the fall we will study, the third in James Bryan Smith’s series, The Good and Beautiful Community.

I’m enjoying goldfinches, turtles, osprey, trout, bass and flowers at home.  The goldfinches have eaten a good portion of the 75-pound bag of thistle I bought this spring.  The osprey have eaten a good portion of the unwanted carp in the pond and I’m afraid the bass have eaten more than their share of tadpoles because the evening croaking is pretty quiet this year.  The only things eating my flowers are aphids and earwigs, though I am launching a chemical counterattack.

What am I eating?  Cherries, strawberries and apricots are abundant.  Who needs to cook?  But speaking of cooking, GUESS WHO STOPPED BY TO SHOP AT INKLINGS BOOKSHOP TODAY?  Graham Kerr, the Galloping Gourmet. No kidding.  What a nice guy.  He sang the praises of independent bookshops and he bought some books.  What a delightful, serendipitous happening!  He told me about his current project to grow most of what he cooks so standby for something deliciously new from him in the near future.

Ah, Susan, guess who is here shopping?

Tune in next time to find out a little known fact about Elvis.  Really.

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