Number 53

October 🧡 (You Know I Have To)

These past few months have been quite something in the Monetti household—first there was my run from the flood; then our dream trip to Israel dampened by the worst food poisoning imaginable; then (and I kid you not) Tim and I simultaneously suffered (and I used that word literally) the devil that is COVID. For me it was Round Three which I cannot take in for I've been so cautious as to be considered OBNOXIOUS to my family and friends.

And yet.

And yet that old devil COVID.

Which brings me to today and this lead into what promises to be a perfect October weekend. We both are recovered PRAISE HANDS and a little giddy over the prospect of being home and for the first time in several weeks having the option of DOING WHATEVER WE WANT. Watch a little football? YES I SAY. Hang and paint and play in the studio? I BELIEVE I SHALL. Accept a sweet invite from my son-in-law to accompany him to Hunter-Gatherer for combo beer garden and pumpkin patch? WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE!

Whatever you've got up your sleeve, I hope it's drenched in autumn orange, covered in October's sky-blue, and soaked in so much apple/cinnamon/brown sugar as to make you giggle, then laugh out loud.

image: IMBD
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MAD MEN, on Freevee via Prime
Oh, we'd been threatening to rewatch this series for months when one night a couple of weeks ago we found Episode One and hit PLAY. We're hooked. It's just as good as you remember, although I swear somehow it's become even more sexist than when it first began airing in 2007. (I'm considering that societal progress.) Mad Men is available on Amazon Prime via their streaming service Freevee, which is ad-supported, which is okay, I mean it is a series about the ad business.
Build a House, by Megan Tibbits
This sweet song is on repeat in my studio.
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Sycamore, by Bryn Chancellor
I loved this masterful novel. I'm skipping the first part of the promo copy here not because I didn't love the plot—I did—but because the themes in the novel are so compelling:
Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn Chancellor maps the bloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heart—most notably Jess Winters, a thoughtful, promising adolescent poised on the threshold of adulthood. Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature, as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.

I started the novel on audio, which is excellent, then bought a print copy so I could see the sentences. Bryn Chancellor is a gorgeous, gorgeous writer.

via Bookshop
via Amazon
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Image: Chelsea's Messy Apron

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili, by Chelsea's Messy Apron

I've made this twice in the past two weeks. And I've probably shared it here three or four times, who knows. Still, it's so good.

recently on THE DAILY GRACE

When your trip to Israel doesn’t go as planned, and still it’s the most amazing thing you’ve ever done.

It was the trip of a lifetime. And while we faced some…let's say…challenges—I've never experienced anything as moving or emotional as my time in the Holy Land. Here's the story.
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