Sense and Sensibility

I just finished the first half of the 2008 BBC version. It is perfect. I’ll have to keep a note on the fridge to watch the second half next week.

Book club is election night, so I’ll be a little delayed in knowing the returns. This month’s book is The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. I liked the book very much. There’s a little mystery, a lot of nuance, and a proper twist towards the end.

This is the second book I’ve read in a month with a sub-theme of incest, though. Can’t say that’s top on my list of readable notions. I nearly gagged getting through Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher in college. You can imagine my surprise when the youngest had the same text in 8th grade! (I was assured that theme was completely ignored. They only studied the eyebrows on the windows.)

Also moving to the front of my mind this week is the front garden. It’s time to redo a major portion. I have peonies and dicentra (bleeding heart) and lots of columbine that I want to save, so it will be delicate work. A couple of these really don’t like to be disturbed. There is also a planting of about 60 lilies that I need to thin. Then there are all the iris in the back I need to get to this year…

All of this is to suggest that we know each other’s political leanings by now, but what else makes you tick? We’ll soon have a long stretch to the presidential election. I suppose we’d best find one or two things to talk about.


  1. Anonymous says:

    Cindy – do you keep a vegetable garden at all? When I get a house, thats the first thing I am going to plant. There’s no substitute for fresh tomatoes, green pepper, and cucumbers!

  2. Columbine is pretty tough if you move it as seedlings. Mine came from Michigan in my sister’s luggage. I really didn’t see what was so great about it then, but now I do!

  3. I used to keep a vege garden, but then we redid the backyard and the garden was a victim. Then my neighbor used to keep a garden, but they just redid their backyard!

    I really rely on Farmer’s Market. You are absolutely correct, there’s no substitute.

    Kathryn, thanks for the columbine tip. Mine reseeds, so I’ll try moving the babies to make an improvement in the grouping. I love those little flowers.

  4. Kathryn says:

    I’m reading a novel in which the radical students of the sixties lump Thoreau with Marx and Hegel. It’s been a very long time since I read Walden and Civil Disobedience, but other than the natural law (?) stance in the later, I’m wondering what the appeal might be to a socialist? Other than Thoreau’s willingness to accept his sister’s largess, I don’t recall any socialist tendencies. Is civil disobedience the clincher, or am I missing something?

  5. Kathryn, I’ve got both on the book shelf. Should we read them and do a Fairly Conservative dissection in a couple of weeks?

    I seem to remember Walden as more an essay defining necessity, but something is tickling my brain about “there’s land I want to live on and he’s not using it so why shouldn’t I have it?”

    I’ve never cracked Civil Disobedience.

    This is right up Shawn’s alley, though. Maybe he’ll weigh in.

  6. If we do, I should pick up a copy. I like that idea. Both books are on my “list.”

  7. He’s not exactly a simple read, but they aren’t very long. Let’s wait and see if anyone else wants in on the idea.

  8. Kathryn says:

    Not sure I want to read that chapter on hoeing beans again. Bleh.

    I’m game if we’ve got a group, though.

  9. Kathryn says:

    Does this mean you ARE still speaking to me after the polls close?

  10. Speaking, typing, whatever you prefer.

    Of course, there’s a chance a no will prevail…

    I heard someone say earlier today, “I think it will be 52% to 48%. I just can’t predict who wins.”