One of my favorite simple pleasures? MUSICA!
Just thought you might like to see how I’m holding up. Me and Petey, we are having a wonderful time. ♥ Joe too — he’s taking lots of photos at every book signing. We’ve crossed Massachusetts into upstate New York, passing through Pennsylvania, into Ohio, then Michigan and Indiana and now we’re in Illinois, seeing America! Everywhere we go it feels like we’re meeting old friends for the very first time. At each book signing, we talk and laugh like we’ve never been apart, about our picket fence gardens, our families, favorite recipes, trips to England, Beatrix Potter, Willard, tea parties, Martha’s Vineyard, how much we love dishes, Goodreads, Gladys Taber, the Beatles, quilts, art, decorating, old movies, our Peter Rabbit rooms, polenta cake, getting our colors done; we exchange kitty stories and talk about favorite books . . . regular Girltalk, about all the little and best things in life. Some of us have “known each other” for many years, since my first book. I get to meet moms and granddaughters, husbands and sisters and best friends. It’s been such a treat. We’re getting as close to as many of you as we can, you are doing your part too and we meet in the middle and it’s been loverly!
I’ve updated our EVENTS page almost daily with a couple of photos from each book signing, and even with a new book signing event in Bakersfield California, so don’t forget to check back there for updates. ♥ Also, in case of book emergency, you can, for the moment anyway, probably still find signed first editions of our book at the last two bookstores we went to . . . Anderson’s Bookstore (630/963-2665) and Better World Books (574-534-1984) ~ I think they’d be happy to send one to you. (If they run out, you can still pre-order a signed copy from our web store ~ the second printing is due to arrive at the end of October.)
Our Fine Romance Van has gotten very popular! A TV station in Kansas City has asked that we park it on their lawn when we get there so they can show it on their Morning Show — oh yes, and incidentally, I get to come too! You’ll note that the modus operandi for our traveling life, the “bring everything” mantra, still holds. (That’s only the stuff that comes in at night in the photo, you should see what’s in the van!)
Tomorrow, Sept. 12, there’s going to be a Tea Party/Book Signing at a gorgeous Country Club in Wilmette, IL … you can learn more about that on the EVENTS page. Then it’s off to Iowa City, which made me think you might like this recipe for Iowa Corn Bread. It’s getting to be that time of year . . . by Friday, I think Fall will actually begin!
Just thought you’d like this ~ Motel life is always fun! Like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get! Here is what was waiting for us in the bathroom last night! They are so formal here!
The computer is working very slowly today . . . it’s taking forever for a photo to come up, but I wanted to say hello! Off we go to the laundromat. Home looks really good from here, but we would not miss this for the world! Thank you for all your encouragement and L-O-V-E, love. Hope to see you along the way! XOXO