Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hurry Up Fall

Once again another summer is winding down, thank goodness. I have said it before but summer in Florida is not my favorite time of year. We have not done any travel or recreation due to the heat. 

What I did do was catch up on my Netflix watching, read some good books and finish two paintings.

My two new paintings.

Dragon - 24"x12" Oil on Canvas

Summer In The Woods - 9"x12" Oil on Wood

I am an avid reader and am never without my Kindle. Here are some of my favorites from this year. All of them were good and worth checking out if you like to read as well. There is a mix of fiction and non-fiction.

The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
"Single, thirtysomething, working as a writer in New York City, Kristin Kimball was living life as an adventure. When she interviewed a dynamic young farmer, her world changed. Kristin knew nothing about growing vegetables, let alone raising pigs and cattle and driving horses. But on an impulse, smitten, if not yet in love, she shed her city self and moved to five hundred acres near Lake Champlain to start a new farm with him.The Dirty Life is the captivating chronicle of their first year on Essex Farm, from the cold North Country winter through the following harvest season—complete with their wedding in the loft of the barn.

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Secret Keeper
During a party at the family farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson has escaped to her childhood tree house and is dreaming of the future. She spies a stranger coming up the road and sees her mother speak to him. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel will witness a shocking crime that challenges everything she knows about her family and especially her mother, Dorothy. 

A Land Remembered by Patrick Smith
A Land Remembered
In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons.

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.

Objects of My Affection by Jill Smolinski
Objects of My Affection
Lucy Bloom is broke, freshly dumped by her boyfriend, and is forced to sell her house to send her nineteen-year-old son to drug rehab. Although she’s lost it all, she’s determined to start over. So when she’s offered a high-paying gig helping clear the clutter from the huge home of reclusive and eccentric painter Marva Meier Rios, Lucy grabs it. But she soon learns that the real challenge may be taking on Marva, who seems to love her objects too much to let go of any of them.

The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
The Light Between Oceans
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. 

Dream State by Diane Roberts
Dream State: Eight Generations of Swamp Lawyers, Conquistadors, Confederate Daughters, Banana Republicans, and Other Florida Wildlife
Part family memoir, part political commentary, part apologia, Dream State tells the grand and sometimes crazy story of Florida through the eyes of one of its native daughters. With a storyteller’s talent for setting great scenes, Roberts lays out the sweeping history of eight generations of Browards and Bradfords, Tuckers and Robertses. From Florida’s first inhabitants to those involved in the recent past with the botched presidential election of 2000, Roberts renders them all with a deep, familial affection. 

The Art Forger by BA Shapiro
The Art Forger
On March 18, 1990, thirteen works of art today worth over $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. It remains the largest unsolved art heist in history, and Claire Roth, a struggling young artist, is about to discover that there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

As far as what is in my Netflix queue I have become hooked on House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and reruns of Breaking Bad, but then who isn't hooked on these shows.

Finally though my favorite time of year and is just around the corner. The weather cools and there are lots of festivals,  events and family gatherings to look forward too. We are starting obedience training with Rhythm next week and taking her to a snake avoidance clinic in central Florida the end of September. I look forward to hiking, traveling some and getting inspiration for new art projects.