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Welcome to The Epic! I am launching this blog as a manifesto for and a guide to living well. The title and motto of the blog are taken from the Epicureans, at least some of whom believed in the notion that not one minute of the future was guaranteed to them and that as a result they had the duty to live life to its fullest every moment.

I believe in discovering fun and pleasurable things wherever I find myself each day and I am told I have a knack for unearthing them. My hope is that by sharing in my pleasures and some of my ways of finding them you will begin to collect all the riches that lie in the moments of your life. They are there. Take them! All our lives should be.....Epic.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Autumn Gifting


Sitting by the huge stone fireplace, the crackling logs in the grate lulled her toward sleep. The crisp of autumn was unusually early this year. Because he was arriving tonight she had dressed carefully. The old blue and white Norwegian sweater. The tan corduroys he always said looked so good walking away. And the boots. They looked rather like the apres-ski boots she bought in Vail that night after he won the downhill race, but they had a thick merino fleece lining that made her feet ever so much warmer. She loved to fold down the tops of her favorite gold metallic pair to make a fleece collar. A package from him arrived the week before with pairs in seven different colors. Along with a copy of his itinerary. And a note..."I couldn't decide which color you would like best, so...". She stared at the fire, sipped liquid dark chocolate laced with Grand Marnier and eagerly awaited the sound of his step on the lodge's front deck...

Historical Note: This is an advertisement for the Whooga Boots Co. from the U.K. I (among numerous others no doubt) was asked by them to do a small piece featuring their products. I hope you enjoy it, and the boots!

9 comments:

The Machinist's Wife said...

Oh, man - I love all the detail here. The story needs to go on and the scene is wonderful. I could just go and get myself a choc-grand-marnier right now. And of course - I am familiar with the UGG boot. Over here, they are a matter of course. We have them in slippers, slip-ons and nowadays - 'going out' boots. Lovely post!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Very intriguing indeed... so evocative! Reading this I feel as though I am ready to welcome Fall :)

~Tessa~Scoffs said...

Delightful scene, Mr. Lane. I love how it centers on the anticipation.

heavy tweed jacket said...

This brief story is perfect as it its. As much as I have enjoyed summer, this story has reminded me of a longing for autumn and its colors, chilly weather and warm interiors.

M.Lane said...

Thanks everyone!

ML

CashmereLibrarian said...

Wow. I'm not quite ready for fall personally but this does make me just a little excited...

Did you hear LL Bean is bringing back the Norwegian sweater? I used to have one, but have since misplaced it. Time for a new one, I guess.

vicki archer said...

As an Aussie you will excuse me if I don't get over excited about the Uggs!! I love the romance though, xv.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Now that's advertising copy. I quit.

Reminds me of the J. Peterman catalogue. I used to read it like a book of short stories.

M.Lane said...

CL, oh DO get one. You with the greatest blogname ever!

Vicki, the romance is much more important than the garment. One of my core principles!!

Easy, thanks for the [I think] compliment!!! You quit what? Not The Epic I hope!

Thank you all for your visits and comments!!

ML