Mother of All Lists (May 2012)

  • The best book self has read so far this year:  Caesar:  Life of a Colossus, by Adrian Goldsworthy
  • The book it has taken her the longest to read so far this year has been:  Ian McEwan’s Atonement (28 days)
  • The longest story self has written so far this year:  Ambition (32 pages)
  • The most self has ever spent on a subscription so far this year:  The New York Times Book Review (Paid $91 for a year’s subscription in December 2011)
  • The number of literary contests self has joined so far this year:  7
  • The fastest rejection self has ever received has been from:  Bluestem (on-line) Magazine:  12 hours
  • The number of times self joined the Willow Springs Fiction Contest (by mistake):  2
  • The nicest rejection self has received so far this year:  from The Paris Review
  • The snottiest rejection self has ever received was from:
  • Number of pieces self has placed so far this year:  3
  • Number of novels self has read so far this year (including the one she is currently reading, Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine):  10
  • Most Fabulous Food Discovery of the Year:  caramel salt macarons, Pamplemousse Bakery, Redwood City
  • Best Investment so far this year:  MacBook Air
  • Happiest Day of 2012 So Far:  the day Jennie, son and self went to see the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit in the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park
  • Coldest place self has visited so far this year:  Dharamsala, India

Happiest monks self has ever seen were in the huge monasteries.  Happy, well fed, and at dinner time they would take over all the local restaurants.  She even saw one monk cradling in his arms a fabulous Akita.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Afternoon, May

There are times when self’s heart wants to stop, just wants to stop.  She is not always so peaceful.

She would love to die in her garden, surrounded by green grass and flowers.

Mums growing by the kitchen stairs: They’re really exploding this year.

Every year, the clematis henryii and the irises put forth vigorous blooms. Sometimes — but not this year — they bloom simultaneously.

This rabbit knows to keep away from the grass!

The climbing New Dawn has been covered in blooms since April.

Happiness is . . .  a garden in May, filled with blooming flowers.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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