what are you reading?

by rae on July 27, 2015

I have been reading a lot lately, on the deck after dinner. Here are my recent favs. I always enjoy Anna Quindlen. Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work [...]


More great guests this weekend. Terry and Barry were here. It was the 4th Annual Golfapalooza. The men golf as much as possible and on breaks they watch golf. The women garden and shop. Saturday found us at the Farmer’s Market. And from the shoes I wore it looked like I got dressed in the [...]


I am becoming less and less of a shopper. Probably because I am in a serious decluttering mode. And shopping eventually leads to more decluttering. But I could not resist this Souvenir de Paris deskset. The little box in the front is an inkwell. This treasure was accompanied by this sweet note from Jill. You [...]


summer reading…

by rae on August 11, 2014

summer is slipping away. Like everyone else I am trying to pack it all in. I am trying to spend time on the deck reading. A friend read this book and ordered it for me as a surprise. Always love a box from Amazon. I really enjoyed this almost 800 page book. Hard to put [...]

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  i don’t journal but I have started this little memory book. It is the perfect way to keep track of my life, day by day. The 365 daily entries appear five times on each page. So 4 years from now when I make my entry I can see what I was doing on this [...]

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  I love this book on so many levels I don’t know where to start. First I adore the author, font maker, and mixologist Stuart Sandler. In addition to his cool cocktails his book really showcases all of his Font Diner fonts. I love retro things. Especially mid-century. Derek Yaniger’s retro illustrations are amazing. I [...]

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Corn Soup

by rae on May 15, 2014

Harmony Valley Farm Sweet Corn Soup – L’Etoile Restaurant 3 T butter 2 large yellow onions, peeled and julienned (cut like matchsticks) 1 T salt 1/2 t black pepper 1 T sugar 1/4 t red pepper flakes 12 ears sweet corn, shucked and corn cut from the cob 3 cups cream 3 cups whole milk [...]

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2 books and 1 movie

by rae on January 7, 2014

  I won’t even go on about how cold it is in Wisconsin. We know it is cold everywhere. I say stay in and read and watch movies! Here are 2 books by Ruth Ozeki that I just read. And enjoyed both. She has another book that is now on my list. A teenage girl [...]

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this was my book club book this month. I found it really interesting and equally sad and informative. I had no idea what happens in a women’s prison. With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. [...]

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beautiful ruins by jess walter

by rae on October 21, 2013

fun read and it does open like a movie. Not to mention I love the cover art and typography. They give a movie poster feel from that era. Also on the 100 Notable Books, Book Review for 2012 by The New York Times. It is April 1962. A beautiful blond American actress, a dying beautiful [...]

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