Autographed copies of A Girl From the Hill will be available at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School’s annual Holiday Fair in Richmond, RI. Lots of other great used and new books too and other local authors. Did I mention that A Girl From the Hill makes a great holiday gift??
Just a quick follow up my last post. Looks like a beautiful calendar! Nice Holiday Gift too… way to go Seth!
Only a few more moths to go and we'll have our 2014 calendar. It's October's turn now. These are all from October 2012 as I have very few from this month. So, out of the following five photos, which would you choose for October 2014? If you haven't already, please vote for January, February, March, April, …
It’s pretty hysterical really. Watching me run a race, or run anywhere. I have way too much heft in my mid section to look like a runner. And I run slower than most people walk. But I have completed three 5K’s in the last 4 months. The first one was in 95 degree heat running up and down the ramps in Gillette Stadium. In the last two, on much easier courses and under cooler temperatures, I finished last. Dead last. No one behind me but the truck to come take down the finish line.
Most people would look for some other way to get exercise, for some other way that allows for less assumed humiliation. Like when the elderly woman in the pic above was in front of me and finished before me in one race. All I saw was the back of her, which, by the way was pretty fit. After the race I asked her if I could take her picture because I wanted to remember the person who gave me inspiration to keep running. I just kept thinking, you can’t let this woman finish without you, she’s on the other side of 70. And she’s doing it. She’s trotting along then stopping to walk a bit, just like me. Just a wee bit faster.
“You were ahead of me for quite a while,” she smiled, and I agreed. Just not long enough. “I’ve been running for over 30 years and I love it. So don’t give up, you’ll get better over time.” What a sweet little lady with calves that I can only wish for at the moment.
As I sit here and watch the Red Sox try to win Game 2, I recall when the Sox won it all in 2004. Such an amazing time to be a fan, especially a fan that still had ‘the faith.’ Before it cost money to be a fan (ala Red Sox Nation) and before it cost several hundred dollars for a few folks to go to the game together and go grab a bite before or after. But I digress.
There are two moments I remember clearly during the playoffs and series in 2004. The first is just jumping off my chair when the Sox took the series from the Cardinals and hugging my husband. We were truly blissful that ‘The Curse’ had finally been broken, and we were fans on the winning side. We got to know those guys almost intimately – Damon, Veriteck, Millar, and of course my main men Pedro, Manny and Big Papi. That feeling of joy still makes me grin.
The other moment is actually a series of moments, of running home from work with Julia, who was almost four years old at the time, getting her positioned in front of the TV on her own little upholstered chair with the horses on it that Mimi and Papa got her, with a little tray to eat her supper off of, making dinner and watching the game and the child at the same time, each playoff game. Something to look forward to each night, and Julia went right along with the scurrying around, then the settling down to watch the game with her Mama. She would cheer for Big Papi and Pedro, mimicking me, taking her queue from her mom, her role model. She loved the game and she loved watching with me, with both of us. Jeremy worked nights in those days and sometimes Julia would just be going to bed when he got home to his tired, bleary eyed but happy girl. She was thrilled to see Daddy, but we gals took care of ourselves at night, and she was normally in bed and asleep by the time he got home.
I'm in the process of developing a 2014 calendar which will go on sale in the next two or so weeks. I need your help in creating the calendar. You will get to decide which photos I will use for each month. I'm hoping you'll enjoy the calendar enough to purchase one and send a bit of love to Todd and I.
Before you say anything, the answer is yes, I know I’ve been the absent blogger these days. And yes I do miss not only my blog and its followers, but also catching up with my new blog buddies and commenting on them on a regular basis. Life is very busy – good busy – and keeping up with blogging and writing has been a challenge. Excuses, excuses.Therefore I hereby commit to providing blog updates every Sunday at a minimum, so please stay tuned and don’t forget about pattytmitchell! I am looking forward to getting back in the saddle, and interacting more with all of the great writers out there that I have come to know and admire.
For local folks, I have a few events coming up where I will be promoting “A Girl From the Hill“ and offering copies for sale and signing.
- October 23rd 6PM - Barnes and Noble in Smithfield, RI. I am absolutely thrilled about participating in their Local Authors Night. Some other area authors will be there too, so if you can stop by to say hello, we all could use the support! http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4611236
- November 19th at 6:30PM - I will be at Marion Mohr Library in Johnston, RI for a reading and book signing. I believe they are having a genealogy and Italian Heritage series during that week, so check out their site for more events if you’re interested. http://www.mohrlibrary.org/images/programs/mitchell.pdf
I’m trying to drum up a few more appearances in the coming months, so I’ll keep you posted. Bad pun, sorry. (Inserting Shameless Plug Here) Just remember that ‘A Girl From the Hill’ makes a great gift, on Thanksgiving for a special family member, or for Christmas. Whether you are Italian American or not, everyone has or at least knows a Mom. Or two …