if you like illustrated books these are a couple that are worthwhile.
fabulous in the extreme and excellent ideas for sketchbook pages.
meanwhile in san francisco is by wendy mcnaughton.
hello NY is a julia rothman book.
fascinating reading for a los angeleno!
on a different subject entirely, my students were happy to hear their all powerful ruler is staying. we painted pumpkins this week and drew patterns on them, then hung them on the bulletin board in the hallway outside our class. after school i taped more art to the square panes in the large classroom windows. i always wanted to have a classroom with the big old kind of windows.
when i told mumu that i am staying she laughed, grabbed my arm and squeezed hard. i wish i had a photo of her radiant smiling face. her delight was immediate and genuine.
"oh! GOOD GOOD GOOD!!!" each good more emphatic than the last. then, "fieldtrip, fieldtrip, i go with!"
today is dear mama moss' 86th birthday.
my dad in brazil riding a horse in his tennis shoes and baseball cap!
my 2 sisters have made a pilgrimage to arkansas to visit her & my pop's grave. so far carol has emailed a photo of her and dottie's dinner menu. dinner is an important event for all of the moss children. i am almost positive my mom would have ordered grilled shrimp wrapped in tennessee country ham with sweet bourbon glaze. i think i would have ordered the braised short rib with jalepeno cheese grits, and maple braised acorn squash with toasted pumpkin seeds, but the ginny morris' buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes also sounds good. as soon as i'm done typing this post i'm going to sit out on the porch and ruminate about it.
Not wanting to be too bold, but what was your Pop’s like?
Aw, sweet Momma Moss. I think of her often. My mum told me when she became a momma she started looking at adults and imagining them as children. Tonight as I put the final touches on my Halloween costume I wonder would 18 year old Angie dress up, and if so, what would she be? I hope the sweetness of your momma’s memories bring you more joy than grief.
I once went on a family road trip in New Zealand where we missed visitng every single attraction because it was shut by the time we’d finished eating our breakfast/lunch/dinner. Food is important. As are beautiful books and wonderful teachers.
From childhood my whole world revolved around food. The entire family was in the restaurant business. My parents were both excellent cooks at home too. Food is still a major part of my life. I love to try new places in town. I live in a resort city so there is a wide variety of eating treats to visit.
The books I’ll have to have.
I know those kids were delighted and surprised that their supreme ruler was staying on as their teacher. And Mumu! I think she bewitched the staff into keeping you on. Delightful friend you have made there!
Happy Birthday Mama Moss….such a delight to get to “know” through you girls. She was adorable.
thank you for the book recommendations, mary ann! i just got maira’s newest, ‘my favorite things’. i am happy…
Dagnabbit! Now I gotta go get those books! Fabulous. Your legacy lives on Mama Moss! So happy you continue to share her with us. She really instilled a sense of adventure and humor in her family.
Susie LaFond says
What a yummy post this AM, Mama Moss instilled a keen sense of cuisine in her girls, makin’ my tummy growl and those books would be a great addition to my collection but I am going to hold fast and TRY to avoid running over to Amazon. What I do plan to do today is make arrangements to take a little local jaunt up to the way northern part of MN on lake Superior mid week, spend a day or two on the shores of Gitche Gumee, some seriously good deals on off season rates. If I plan carefully I could be sleepin and chill’, and readin’ and maybe even sketchin’ with the lake right outside the door. Not quite the ocean views I’ve been cravin’ the last few months but a damn good stand-in none the less. PS. you are a dream come true for those kidlets and the school Miss Moss. They should know that they have a treasure in their midst and are uber lucky to have you.
Oh, don’t tempt me with those books you book temptress! They look lovely.
I smiled at the dinner with family part. I come from a family where food is much loved too. When we (my sisters and I, our parents are gone too) come together the major topic of conversation is where we will eat out and what we will have when we get there and usually when we are there we are already planning the next meal, because you can’t be too prepared for good food. 😉