Sunday, October 14, 2018

Another Sunday Smorgasbord

 This cheerful, smiling scarecrow family greets passersby in my neighborhood.

After church this morning, I visited the old, colonial High Street Cemetery in Hingham, MA. The trees are beautiful and the early signs of the foliage changing may be viewed here.

The Whiting Chapel . . .

At the summit, across from the chapel is a memorial to the Grose family. I searched but could not find any information on the statue. This beautiful figure holds a large key. To what? I don't know.

So, do you have plans for next weekend?  Why not come to the Crosstown Quilters Guild Show, "Wrapped in Comfort" at the Abington Senior Center,  441 Summer Street, Abington, MA!!! The hours are 10-4:00 on Saturday and 10- 3:00  on Sunday. The admission is $5.00. There will be a hundred quilts on display. If you are a quilter, note: we will have vendors!!! If you are a not a quilter, come see some stunning quilts and bring your Christmas shopping list since there will be a wonderful boutique of handcrafted items. (Some lovely pocketbooks for the boutique were shown at the last guild meeting; come do some early holiday shopping. :-)

On the reading front, I just finished  Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schulyer Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie.  Since the phenomenal success of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway show based on Ron Chernow's biography of Hamilton, this founding father has become a household name. Though I was an American History minor in college, I'll admit my knowledge of Hamilton was limited to a few key items: his troubled youth, his founding of the treasury system, and the duel with Aaron Burr. When I saw "Dear Hamilton" offered on BookBub, I decided to give it a try. It tells the story of Alexander Hamilton from the point of view of Eliza, his wife, a truly remarkable woman in her own right. I learned so much about the early days of our country from reading this book. If you think politics is nasty today, it may well have even been worse in those times. 

I recommend this book, but if history isn't your thing, at least please take a moment to read this short Smithsonian article, "Why Elizabeth Hamilton is Deserving of a Musical of Her Own."  As I indicated above, she was a remarkable, remarkable woman.

Now if you have read this far, I am going to make it worthwhile for fellow pistachio loving fans. :-) You know how there are always a few nuts that you just can not open without risking destroying your nails? Well, I recently came across a tip which will amaze you. If you have a stubborn nut, simply put the tip of a half shell of an already cracked nut into the slit and give it a little twist. The shell will then magically open. Try it. You'll be amazed, too.  :-)  :-)  :-)


Mereknits said...

Thank you for the tips on the book and the nuts, brilliant idea actually. Have a wonderful week. said...

Cool tip about the pistachio cracking! Next weekend, I'll be attending a football game and enjoying the fall foliage. We have had particularly dry weather which has enhanced the beautiful leaf colors. I hope your show is well attended!