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Friday, October 9, 2009

Fridays are Golden

You might be thinking, "Why is she starting 'Golden Friday' with books?" The answer is simple. I'M GOING ON VACATION!!! I love to read, and back in the days when I was working full time (and more), I treasured the opportunity to read books on vacation. Old habits die hard, so I have two books I'll take on vacation. I'm taking only two books because I have some knitting projects to work on as well. Too bad I cannot read or knit in the car or I would get a lot done during our 10-hour drive.

I always read about fifty pages of each book just to make certain it will hold my interest and will be "worthy" of being a vacation book. This almost backfired when I started reading The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. I read my fifty pages and couldn't stop! I've read almost half the book already and I can definitely recommend this as a really good read. This second book by Kate Morton is very different from The House at Riverton and while I thoroughly enjoyed that book, this one is far more entertaining. In fact, it's difficult to believe the two books were written by the same author (although both of them are good). [Thanks dear daughter, for bringing it to my attention. You always know what I will like.]



The other book I'm taking is Dan Brown's new book. While it won't be great literature, it will certainly hold my interest and that's what a vacation book is all about.




Unfortunately, we won't be taking the Golden Girls with us. They will be well-cared for and have a good time at "camp" while we are gone. On our last sunny day, we took them to one of their favorite places...Big Hill Cemetery. Ordinarily they run in the forest, but Big Hill has open grassy areas and they just love sprinting there.
Ellie leads the way and Lucy follows.


Lucy looks as if she has Dumbo ears in this one. She was flying!




Ellie trots along enjoying the leaf-covered grass.





Lucy is slowing down, but not stopping.




Ellie sits down to catch her breath.




Meanwhile, Lucy keeps going.





Finally, we make them sit for awhile to rest. They are watching my husband who has just told them to sit.





Smile if you're happy, girls.



The condo we're renting has Internet access so I will be checking your blogs. (Well, after I finish reading The Forgotten Garden.). I won't be posting at all next week. It's vacation after all.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AND A REALLY GOOD WEEK NEXT WEEK.

32 comments:

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Carolyn, Hope you all have a wonderful trip. We'll be in and out until Oct. 26--but I will have my laptop with me --so I'll try to keep up some also.

Your girls got alot of great exercise at the cemetery, didn't they??? They are so well-trained. I know you will miss them while you are gone--but they'll enjoy 'camp'...

Have a wonderful trip. We are on the road to Hendersonville now to check on G's parents. Then we have company coming tomorrow for the weekend. Fun Fun!!!!
Hugs,
Betsy

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Have a wonderful vacation Carolyn and enjoy your reading! I've got both of Kate's books in the TBR and have heard how good both are !
Lucy really did have Dumbo Ears !! :)

KB said...

Have a wonderful vacation! I absolutely love your last photo of the girls. They look carefree and so happy!

Also, thanks for the book ideas. I've enjoyed Dan Brown's last books but I've never heard of Kate Morton.

Enjoy!

Jen Chandler said...

Have a wonderful vacation, Carolyn! Enjoy your books and the chance to relax.

Love the pictures of the girls. They look so happy running through the leaves!

Happy Friday,
Jen

The Thundering Herd said...

Enjoy your vacation and relax. I finally broke down and bought a Kindle and absolutely LOVE it. I can sample the first 50 pages (or first chapter or two at least) of any book free before I decide to buy it, the prices are significantly lower than a real book, and, I can have any book I want within a minute. At first I thought I would not like the electronics of it, but the screen does not flicker, so it is just like reading a page of paper and it feels like a (small) book.

Sam said...

What cute pictures from the big field. My favorites are the first and the last ones.

Hope you have a wonderful time on your trip!

merrilymarylee said...

Ooooh. . . I'll look for both of her books! (said the bookaholic!) THANKS!

robin andrea said...

Have a great time. I'm looking forward to your photos from vacation-land.

Cicero Sings said...

Oh happy, happy girls. Nothing like a big open area to run in ... even better if there is a good wind ... a good wind really stirs up the blood!

Oh happy, happy Mither ... off on vacation. Ahhhhh.....

Vicki Lane said...

Beautiful girls!

Have a wonderful vacation!

caboval said...

Have a great weekend!!! Love the pictures of your babies together! Beautiful! Hugs Joey and Kealani

YD, sometimes with Samantha & June said...

Those are some big smiles from the girls!
Have a great time at your vacation destination!

jeannette stgermain said...

Amazing pics of your "Golden Girls"! Oh, don't you hate that, you can't stop reading, and now you probably have to find another book on your vacation! (you're a fast reader, I can tell).
Have a very relaxing and nice vacation!!

golddog said...

Have a great vacation, to bad the girls can't got too..Just got back from Wisc with our two.

Twisted Fencepost said...

I hope you have a great time!!!!

Cheryl said...

Have a wonderful time....I am sure you will miss Ellie and Lucy. So will I. Could I ask, what is camp? I am not familiar with that.......

I read when on holiday...it is about the only time I can complete a book......

I shall look forward to your posts on your return....

Jayne said...

Have some wonderful time away Carolyn! I just finished The House at Riverton last night (what an ending!), and now, of course, will have to check out The Forgotten Garden. :c) Be safe on your journey.

Shelley said...

I love reading on vacations too! Sounds like you picked a couple interesting books! nice to see your golden girls all happy and running around! Have a fun and safe trip!

Barb said...

Love those Girls in the autumn leaves! Goldens have such great smiles. I'm going to check 2 of your books - they look interesting to me, too. Have a wonderful vacation.

kks said...

have a wonderful trip and thanks for the book recommendations...always love that!
the girls look so happy running in the leaves...i'm sure they will miss you, but the reunion will be so fun!
xo

Stephanie said...

Reading is so relaxing....

Love the photos of your "golden girls"...... They are adorable! I wonder if they cause as much excitment as my labs and cats do...lets just say i USED to have a feather bed....now I have a lot of feathers...

Enjoy your vacation!

George said...

Have a wonderful vacation and enjoy your books. I always take along a book or two myself. I know the girls will miss you, but I'm sure they will be well-cared for.

JeanMac said...

Happy holidays - love the pictures, as usual.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Carolyn,
I hope you have a wonderful vacation, enjoy yourself, have fun reading your book and relaxing. Have a great week and a great get-away. The girls sure will be glad to see you when you get home. They are beautiful. I loved the photos!

dAwN said...

Hope you are having a wonderful vacation..
That first photo of your fur babes is so cute!

Donna said...

Have a wonderful vacation!!

Your girls are beautiful, they look like they were having such a good time.

I wrote down the name of "The Forgotten Garden". Sounds like something I would like to read.
Thanks!

Enjoy,
Hugs,
Donna

Bird Girl said...

Hope you have a truly wonderful vacation and get both books read and all your knitting done ;-)
I can't read in the car either because it makes me sick - bummer - because it would take my mind off of my hubby's driving - haha.
You are gonna miss those golden girls! But I'm sure you'll have a great time - can't wait to hear all about it!

kks said...

i love to visit every friday! thanks for the heads up on the books...i've got so many new ones....but soo little time...i like to read when i can do so uninterrupted....lately i have way too much going on...envy your time away...have a wonderful time! the goldens look beautiful....i wonder if the long tongues are a Dichi trait?! Tahoe's hangs long too!, but not my other goldens, or the ones before them....funny
xoxo

kks said...

....hummmm...you can tell what kind of day i've had....

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NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for commenting, everyone.

Herd - I am SO going to get a Kindle. You wouldn't believe how many books I read but don't care to own.

Cheryl - "Camp" is simply a term I use to indicate the dogs will be staying with someone else. Camp makes it seem like more fun.

Allison (Dog Mom) said...

LOVE the pics of the girls!