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Yesterday, as we sat at the kitchen table eating dinner, we counted NINE magpies hopping about in the street in front of our house. That's surely enough for a tiding. Or even a charm, which is one of the alternative collective nouns for magpies according to a couple of different websites I checked. A charm of magpies seems more fitting to me, since I think they are such charming birds. They're so flashy and curious and bold. And big! Striking black and white with a brilliant flash of peacock blue that shines out when they spread their wings.

They seemed to be congregating (another of their collective nouns) but loosely, hopping back and forth in their funny two-footed hop but not really paying attention to each other. We had the windows closed so we couldn't hear if there was any tittering going on (yet another of their collective noun designations) but after a few moments they seemed to lose interest and move apart or flew away.

The sun slants long through the trees and the skies of an evening are full of Maxfield Parrish clouds: tinted royally purple and orange and coral and pink as the sun slopes down. The sugar beet trucks are trundling through our village and the factory is huffing and puffing across the highway. There hasn't been a lot of wind or rain, though it's turned chilly. I wipe condensation from the car windows each morning, expecting any day now I'll be scraping instead.

Tonight I baked a cake: a Lemon dream cake, in a Bundt pan and then I drizzled icing over the top (tinted yellow) and scattered silver and white dragée balls around the top. It came out perfectly from the oven and it looks even better. I hope it tastes as good as it looks; it ought to: my sister gave me secret ingredients to add to cake mixes: Dream Whip and PUDDING mix. Have you ever done this? She swears the cake comes out moister and stays moister. And I mixed the powdered sugar icing with milk instead of water which is what I've always done in the past when I was making that kind of icing for cookies. NOMNOMNOM! I can't wait to try it!

The cake, along with a pile of other snacky goodies, is for book group tomorrow, which I am hosting. The only bad thing about hosting book group is that usually you miss out on a lot of the actual book discussion because you are busy running back and forth to the kitchen, setting things out and making coffee and tea and checking that you have enough ice cubes and folding napkins into magpie shapes...

What would be a good collective noun for the people in my bookgroup? A bevy of bookworms! An absorption of... A series of... A bibiliography of... A library of readers!
mood: accomplished
music: Vienna Teng—Level Up


YUM!!!! It does look great. I like the library of readers. I love ya Seester!

It was DELICIOUS, Sarah! :) Too bad I have to import the secret ingredients!

Very nice job with the cake! You should make sure to be the host on a night you're talking about one of those books you didn't like so you won't mind missing out on some of the discussion. ;-)

*chuckle* Good idea!

There you go Liz! Waxing 'magpie' eloquent.

Really? Pudding mix? I wonder if that would work in a vegan &GF cake? Would have to skip the dream whip, I think...I'll have to check the ingreds...
How was it? Yummy? And what book is your group discussing?

I don't know what's in pudding mix, but there is probably milk powder idea. It was SUPER yummy.

We were discussing The Paris Wife which was better than I expected it to be :)


Definitely a library of readers! And that cake looks soooo good!

It was DIVINE!

From Megsie

Save a piece of that cake for me! It is beautiful.

Your description of autumn is so lovely...I love the words you have chosen and the picture they paint in my head. We have been having such lovely weather. I love fall days like these. Warm enough to wear flip-flops to work AND cool enough for a sweater. Perfect.


Re: From Megsie

I agree, fall days like this and all the subsequent ones we have had are just wonderful. It's been such a great year weather-wise, here!

Re: From Megsie

But, did you save me a piece of cake? I am thinking no, right now. (Sob)

Re: From Megsie

It wasn't me, it was my kids!

A library of readers for a group of people reading different things, but a binding of readers, if they're all reading the same thing. ;-)

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