Sunday, October 25, 2009

Rainy Autumn

This was the view from my apartment yesterday. It rained nearly all day, so I stayed in and cleaned, read and relaxed. I love nothing more than staying inside on a rainy day and enjoying the sounds of the rainfall.

I'm reading "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle," which someone on Facebook recommended to me. It's an interesting book but it's also huge, so I may be reading for a while! Still, it's an Oprah book, so it must be good.

I got some somber news from my mom this week: A guy who grew up next door to me died of a heart attack a few weeks ago. He was eight years older than I was, and he went to private school while I went to the nearby public school, so I didn't know him well. But I remember visiting him when I was very young, and given that he was only 50, it's shocking to think of him dead. As an old friend's grandmother always used to say, "You never know!"


  1. One of my best friends died at 53 of a stroke. It happened on the very day my daughter and I were driving up to Atlanta to visit him from having cleaned out my parents' house of 50+ years. It was my first wake-up call that our generation is just as vulnerable as any other!

    I rather liked the hard rain we had here yesterday. It's always nice when it rains like that and nothing leaks.

  2. You never do know, not ever. So sorry to hear of the sudden death. Wow.

    I know that view from your apartment. Love imagining you staying in, cleaning, hanging out.

    My roommates read Sawtell and actually cried at the end of it ... so I'm staying Far Away from it. Let me know if you like it, ok?

  3. Oh, yikes! I didn't know it was a crying-type book! I'll let you know, though...

  4. Hey, you have a view of the Chrysler Building? Cool.

    I am eighteen years your senior so guys of 50 dropping dead is very disconcerting to me.

  5. I tried to read Sawtelle. I really wanted to like it, but not so.
    Sudden deaths of our contemporaries are sobering. My brother-in-law died suddenly at age 56 2 months ago.
    Wake up calls to live our lives as best we can, and to tell those we love that we do.

  6. That's the Empire State Building, Merle. The top floors of my building have views of the Chrysler as well, but alas, I'm not up high enough for that.

    So sorry about your brother-in-law, Debra!