Archive for ‘Sunday Salon’

October 16th, 2011

Getting Lost the Wright Way

by Gwen


Hi, name is Gwen and I have an addiction to books and one other thing. It started out simple enough, a needlework pattern of one of his designs caught my eye. Then I started seeing him everywhere and before I knew it, the whole thing turned into some sort of quest that threatens to go out of control.

First it was his house in LA, you may have seen it in commercials. Built in 1924 for Maude and Charles Ennis, it is now known simply as the Ennis House.

Ennis House

Then there was a trip to Chicago, the FLW mecca, where I got to see his studio and climb on the roof of one of his houses.

FLW Studio


Hey, look at me, climbing a 40 foot ladder to stand upon greatness! (little tip here, when about to take some of the most important pictures of your life, choose your camera person wisely. Pick your husband or boyfriend, you just might end up with pictures of your butt going up a ladder)

Anywho, then there was Taliesin West, Arizona, 2010.


It’s his former home, a school, a labor of love, and also really flipping hot because it’s in Arizona.

I thought that the fervor would eventually die down, like the pennies in my bank, thanks to the economy. Then Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, the Vice President and Director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, came out with a new book this month.


This beast of a book is bringing it all back, with sketches and plans of buildings that I have only been able to imagine in my pea brain for years. This baby is 7 pounds of heaven for me and I can’t put the thing down.

It’s as if my two obsessions are wrapped into one, an architect and the book, and armchair traveling has never been like this. So yeah, I get lost sometimes, but it is in the Wright way.

October 2nd, 2011

Sunday Salon- The Kindle is Winning and The Pumpkins Are Taking Over!

by Gwen


Having done a little quick math, I have to let you know that it is official. I have read more books on my Kindle this year than tree books. I never saw this coming when I got the Kindle a year ago. At last count, I have read 189 books this year and 120 of them have been on the Kindle.

On the review front, I am totally losing. Need to get that mojo back, don’t know where I lost it. I think it may have something to do with the pumpkins and other goodies that are growing in my yard.

You see, gardens take time and when they turn out right, it is very pleasant to sit out next to them, reading with the Kindle, enjoying the fruits and sights of your labor. That, and it is much easier to work on your tan sitting outside where, unfortunately, the laptop is hard to see in the sun. Hence, very few reviews, just lots of reading and tanning and weeding and watering.

One caveat I must mention before I show you a picture…we planted the pumpkins really late. Therefore, we are looking at a very late (or early, depending on how you look at it) harvest. Anyone for fresh pumpkin pie for say, Valentine’s Day? You can munch on pickles, tomatoes, and watermelon until then. (Yes, we planted the melons late too and are still harvesting them)


The apples are starting to be perfect for picking and the walnuts and persimmons are just about there as well.

The crazy thing about all of this is that I am a City Girl. Until a couple of years ago, I had no idea how Walnuts grew and until last night, I thought those persimmons were apples. I kid you not, my error was pointed out to me on a walk last night amid much giggling. Do men giggle? Maybe it was snickering and just sounded like giggling.

Who cares? What I know is this..

  • The books I have read this summer have all been wonderful, even if I haven’t shared them with you.
  • Pumpkins should be started much earlier than July and they like to roam, so give them lots of room.
  • Like my dog, I am easily amused by the wonders of nature and still have a lot to learn.
  • The Kindle isn’t evil or going to be the death of tree books. It just adds to pleasure of something that I already loved doing, reading.
  • Sometimes your cucumbers will be larger than your watermelons and that is okay.
  • Life is good, make it an adventure and it is even better.

And Book Riot Starts tomorrow. Have you joined up?