CEE's 2014 Thread #7 *Come as you are *
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Why didn't I head south with the others?
#1 Rising Sea Levels by Hunt Janin 4 stars (219 pp)
#2 Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather 4.2 stars *BOTS* (240 pp)
#3 Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline 4 stars (304 pp)
#4 Lupita Manana by Patricia Beatty 3 stars (192 pp)
#5 One of Ours by Willa Cather 4.5 stars *BOTS* (206 pp)
#6 Arsenic Under the Elms by Virginia McConnell 3.5 stars (288 pp)
#7 Innocence by Dean Koontz LTER book 3.5 stars (352 pp)
#8 Love Songs from a Shallow Grave by Colin Cotterill 4.2 stars (304 pp)
#9 Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard 5 stars (304 pp)
#10 Cinder by Marissa Meyer 4 stars (448 pp)
#11 Dune by Frank Herbert 4.75 stars (896 pp)
#12 Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 4 stars (512 pp)
#13 The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky 3.8 stars *BOTS* (796 pp)
#14 The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold 4.8 stars (448 pp)
#15 Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book by Grumpy Cat 4 stars (96 pp)
#16 Music & Silence by Rose Tremain 4.5 stars (512 pp)
#17 The Color of Lightning : a novel by Paulette Jiles 4.3 stars (384 pp)
#18 All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (4.8 stars) (302 pp)
#19 Song of the Vikings by Nancy Brown (LTER) (4 stars) (244 pp)
#20 Fountain Filled With Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming (3.75 stars) (320 pp)
#21 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (4.5 stars) *BOTS* (264 pp)
#22 The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz (4.2 stars) (284 pp)
#23 Slightly Foxed: No. 24: A Pash for Nash by Gail Pirkis (3.7 stars) (94 pp)
#24 Lost Cat by Caroline Paul (3.5 stars) (176 pp)
#25 Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (4.8 stars) (362 pp)
#26 Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye (4.5 stars) *BOTS* (241 pp)
#27 My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer (4 stars) (287 pp)
#28 Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation by Stephen Mitchell (4 stars) *BOTS* (221 pp)
#29 The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope (5 stars) (256 pp)
#30 Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (4.6 stars) (529 pp)
#31 Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter (4.5 stars) (215 beautiful pp)
#32 A Thomas Merton Reader edited bu Thomas P. McDonnell (4 stars) (516 pp)
#33 Selected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty (4.2 stars) (429 pp)
#34 My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor (4 stars) (432 pp)
#35 Animal Wise: How We Know Animals Think and Feel by Virginia Morell (4.5 stars) LT ER (283 pp)
#36 Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (4.5 stars) (304 pp)
#37 Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (3 stars) re-read *BOTS* (560 pp)
#38 Crewel World by Gennifer Albin (3.8 stars) (400 pp)
#39 The Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo by Kent Nerburn (4.5 stars) (408 pp)
#40 Nine Lives to Die by Rita Mae Brown (2.5 stars) (253 pp)
#41 My Notorious Life: A Novel by Kate Manning (4.8 stars) (438 pp)
#42 Marmee & Louisa by Eve LaPlante (4 stars) (368 pp)
#43 The Secret River by Kate Grenville (4.5 stars) (334 pp)
#44 A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler (4.4 stars) *BOTS* (288 pp)
#45 The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie (4.6 stars) (241 pp)
#46 The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay (4.8 stars) (541 pp)
#47 Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki by Haruki Murakami (3.7 stars) (386 pp)
#48 Two Winters in a Tipi by Mark Warren (3.9 stars) ( 264 pp)
#49 The Art of Purring by David Michie (3.5 stars) (232 pp)
#50 The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street (3.8 stars) (505 pp)
#51 Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams (5 stars) (314pp)
#52 The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro (4 stars) *BOTS* (349 pp)
#53 And There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran (4.5 stars) (306 pp)
#54 The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain (3.8 stars) *BOTS* (686 pp)
#55 Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor (4 stars)( 334 pp)
#56 All That Ails You by Mark Asher (4 stars) (215 pp)
#57 When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams (5 stars) (208 pp)
#58 The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna (4 stars) *BOTS* (293 pp)
#59 The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton (3.6 stars) *BOTS* (413 pp)
#60 Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver (5 stars) (264 pp)
#61 Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (5 stars) *BOTS* (610 pp)
#62 Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (3 stars) (108 pp)
#63 Silence of the Songbirds by Bridget Stutchbury (4.8 stars) *BOTS* (223 pp)
#64 The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman (4.25 stars) *BOTS* (343 pp)
#65 An Echo Through the Snow by Andrea Thalasinos (3.75 stars) *BOTS* (368 pp)
#66 Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold (5 stars) *BOTS* (370 pp)
#67 China Dolls by Lisa See (3.5 stars) (335 pp)
#68 He Wanted the Moon by Mimi Baird LTER (4.5 stars) (250 pp)
#69 Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (4.5 stars) *BOTS* (147 pp)
#70 The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way by Amanda Ripley (4 stars) (289 pp)
#71 Stoner by John Williams (4 stars) (305 pp)
#72 The Living by Annie Dillard (5 stars) (397 pp)
#73 A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra (4.5 stars) *BOTS* (396 pp)
#74 Portrait of a Lady by Henry James (4 stars) *BOTS* (564 pp)
#75 Questions About Angels by Billy Collins (4 stars) *BOTS* (91 pp)
#76 The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory (3.5 stars) (256 pp)
#77 Cat Coming Home by Shirley Rousseau Murphy (3.25 stars) (384 pp)
#78 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (5 stars) *BOTS* (247 pp)
#79 The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd (3.4 stars) (307 pp)
Pages read to date for the year: 26,942
total books read: 79
BOTS (books off my shelf): 23
male author: 28
female author: 51
US authors: 57
authors from other countries: 22
living author: 58
deceased author: 21
The Living: A Novel by Annie Dillard
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel by Anthony Marra
Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Questions About Angels by Billy Collins
The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory
Cat Coming Home by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd
2014 AAC - as I plan it for now:
Jan - Willa Cather -
Mar - Cormac McCarthy -
Apr - Morrison -
May - Welty -
Jun - Vonnegut -
Jul - Twain -
Dec - Larry Watson - Let Him Go Not in the mood.
I'M DONE! FINISHED! BINGO!
A book with more than 500 pp: Dune by Frank Herbert (896 pp)
A forgotten classic: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A book that became a movie: All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
A book published this year: Innocence by Dean Koontz
A book with a number in the title: One of Ours by Willa Cather
A book written by someone under 30: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
A book with non-human characters: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
A funny book: Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book by Grumpy Cat
A book by a female author: Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
A book with a mystery: Love Songs from a Shallow Grave by Colin Cotterill
A book with a one-word title: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
A book of short stories: Selected Stories of Eudora Welty by Eudora Welty
A book set on a different continent: The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky
A book of non-fiction: Rising Sea Levels by Hunt Janin
The first book by a favorite author: The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
A book you heard about online: The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
A best selling book: The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
A book based on a true story: The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
A book at the bottom of your TBR pile: A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler
A book your friend loves: Music & Silence by Rose Tremain
A book that scares you: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
A book that is more than 10 years old: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
The second book in a series: Fountain Filled With Blood by Julia Spencer-Fleming
A book with a blue cover: The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope
How's that wine bottle doing? Empty yet?
Kath: Me too! Wish we were closer to a good one.
Ilana: Thanks xo
Kim: Thank-you, thank-you...
Roni: Nice to see you. Thanks.
Amber: Delurk anytime :-) Thanks.
Joe: Thanks - me too!
I am now looking forward to some lighter brighter days and less fretting squabbling inside-ness for my boys.
I really enjoy following your reading. You've done very well on the AAC. I won't get to the Baldwin, until I get back from vacation. I hope you can squeeze the Munro in, this month. What a gem that was!
>21 msf59: Hi Mark, Thanks... I love my "gorgeous" family! They know how to have fun.
Unfortunately, when summer hit, my progress on AAC came to a screeching halt. BUT - I'm gonna try to catch up to myself. Hoping for way more reading time coming up.
Have a great vacation!
>22 sibylline: Thanks, Lucy! There is a major error in my monthly pictures though. I wonder if you can spot it? It's been bothering me but I have no way to fix it this year. Arrrgh.
I am cooking a vat of chicken for Duncan. He is off carbs since I can't get the pasta he likes. I really NEED to give him some carbs to help fill him up. His diet is so expensive as it is... but I am doubling the chicken, and halving the carbs...and I am going to try something I used to do now and then, and just make him "sandwiches" with broth over. He tolerates less and less of any kibble. I have to have something to get into him in the morning, so I can give him preds, as I have to give them 2x a day now. They must be given with food. Aspirin, too. The whole thing is taxing my dietary ingenuity. sigh. Good thing he's well worth all of this trouble! lol
How are your furkids doing? So far so good here.
How is Bridget doing? I don't know how she does it, because it seems she really does it all...
It's going to be hot today, so I am trying to get stuff done before that happens. So, off I go
>25 mckait: and >26 mckait: Well, I'm not gonna say which picture is in error as I can't really correct it and I don't want anyone to think I am less than perfect in everything I do! lol Anyway, thanks for the compliments.
When it comes to a pet's senior years, it's a tough row to hoe. They give us so much pleasure and love, we put up with it. But... it's a heartbreaker. I'm sorry you have to go through all this diet and med stuff. You are a kind and loving mom to your furkids. I'm sure they take comfort in all you do for them.
Loki is Loki. Ron is away this weekend and Loki is sleeping later and acting better. ??? I think I am calmer than Ron and don't trigger interest, anxiety, duty as much so he can relax a bit.
Willow is ok. Still doing good on the pred. Good days and not so good days. She's a trooper though and keeps purring for me to keep my blood pressure down. heh.
Funny you should ask about Bridget. I'm somewhat concerned about her success. I know that may sound silly to some, but I think she is doing too much and expecting too much of herself. This has been a particularly tough week for her. With Doug starting a new job, the kids starting school, and B hiring a new employee - they are all struggling to fall into a routine that works. So far, a routine has been elusive and nerves are edgy in that house. Time should heal these upsets. I just wish I could do something to help them.
Your last book does look like a good choice for Halloween. I've been so busy I have not been looking forward more than a few days at a time. You're right though... Halloween is right around the corner. Eeesh! Thanks for the suggestion. Is the book out yet?
Today is our hot and humid day :p~ Thanks, mid-west!
At least Canada is gonna be nice to us and send cool, dry, seasonal air our way tonight. Yay!
Reading The Art of Purring and once again, loving the Dalai Lama's cat. I am Buddhist at heart. I just don't have the mind discipline to meditate for more than 2 minutes.
It looks beautiful beginning with those girls in the topper!
For the third time in less than a year I am emptying out my bookcases and stacking my books here, there, and everywhere. Twice to rearrange the room and now we are getting new carpet - so here we go again! I'm excited about the new carpeting - not so much about all the extra exercise of lugging books around. Ah well. There's a cost for everything. Hoping this will do it for the next 10 years!
Ah, yes... my Alice bag :-) I'll be using it for the next course I signed up for in our local Senior College - "Moral Theory in the Real World". Starts Friday. Too bad it's in the morning. I imagine I'll survive. Anyway, the books we'll be reading are: Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams and Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver. Both look good.
Finished The Dalai Lama's Cat and The Art of Purring by David Michie. It wasn't quite as great as the first book, but I enjoyed it. (3.5 stars)
Still slogging my way through The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. It's a good story but the book is so long I feel like I'm living every minute of the main character's life. It could be shorter and still effective, but it's not awful. It's an ER book.
Ron comes home today after spending a long weekend in CT with family. He had a good time. Soccer games, miniature golf, laser tag, movies, walking the dogs, doing bakery dishes, and out-to-eat with the kids so parents could have date nights, etc. I imagine he'll come home exhausted -lol.
Beautiful weather today... only 14 more days till Autumn arrives :-D
Sounds like Ron's had a pretty full weekend. He'll need babying after all that!
I always look forward to taking out my cashmere sweaters when the cooler weather sets in, with the caveat that I'm always fearful to see what the latest damage the moths have wreaked on them might be...
Did you ask the woman what days she worked so you could avoid her?
I keep my Alice bag hanging where I can see it and think of you when I do... thanks again, that was very sweet of you.
Ron gets no babying when he gets home! But, I will be glad to have him back to share the load around here. I had to go to the
Loki has been sleeping till 7ish every morning (sweet boy) while Ron was away. He must know Ron is coming home today cuz he got me up at his usual 6 AM! :ppp~ and he is wanting to stay on the front porch to be on watch.
I love cashmere sweaters - but they are usually too warm for me. I've given some of them to my daughter who is always cold. I've hung on to one basic black in case the occasion ever arises that is appropriate and cool.
I did ask that other girl, who really was, a GIRL, and who had the nerve to say she'd listened in to the conversation and found nothing about it objectionable, and it was in fact true I wasn't allowed to have my dog there (another new girl, by the way), and when I said it had nothing to do with the dog ("who by the way was allowed in there by the director herself" I made sure to add), but with the woman's attitude, who'd suddenly made a very pleasant place into a threatening and singularly unappealing one, had the nerve to say it was all in my head. She let slip then that the woman was just a temporary replacement, at which I exclaimed that the other woman had shown real ill will by not simply telling me that when I asked if she worked only on weekends. I added that she too showed ill will, for not trying to understand my point of view and simply sticking to the words that were spoken in our exchange while not attending to the attitude behind them. Then walked out on her when she started up on her inane answer back at that. Argh!
One satisfying outcome: another member who'd been present all this time came up to me once I'd left and said she didn't mean to meddle, but that she'd overheard what had taken place and that the first woman was equally unpleasant to her and she would avoid her at all cost if ever she saw her again too, and that the second girl was just some new kid there and I should probably have spoken to someone else, which was true enough. But at least it confirmed to me it wasn't all "in my head"!
eta: cashmere sweaters: I got most of mine from JCrew and on sale on top of sale. They are quite thin and I usually wear them on their own or with just a very thin layer tee underneath, so not too warm. But I know what you mean, I overheat very easily with warm clothes on too.
Took Mom to the DR on Tuesday and am facing the acceleration of her mental deterioration :-(
It kinda hit me like a ton of bricks all of a sudden. There are many times she can't even construct or complete a sentence. I suspect it won't be long before she forgets my name or that I'm her daughter. I've been very bummed trying to process this in the last few days. Not having much luck. Perhaps I am thinking about it too much.
Additionally, our house looks like a tornado hit it with LR furniture spewed out and smushed in everywhere else resulting in a completely barren living room. We are getting new carpeting installed. Yay - and hurry up! I want back to normal and so do the furkidz. Ron just wants his TV.
Then there's the problem almost every marriage faces at some time or other at night. One likes it hot, the other likes it cold. I have ripped the bed apart 3 times this week to try different combinations of bedding on the two sides (including dual control electric heating) to no avail. My daughter thinks we have a problem if we can't get along in a king sized bed. I just want some sleep! ugh.
Reading? It's going slow. I'm feeling moody and funky. Today is overcast, windy, rainy, and dreary. To top everything off, we had to turn the heat ON today to get up to 70 degrees inside. Why? So the new carpet will be warm and happy... easier to stretch or something. So, I'm about to fall asleep sitting up.
Can I have some cheese with my whine?
Sorry to hear things aren't going too well with your Mom. Prayers are wafting.
Hope the carpet settles in soon so you at least don't have to put the heating on when you'd rather keep it cool in the house. As for marriage woes of different bodies needing different temps at night, I never did marry as you know, and only briefly had to trouble with those issues, which was enough to convince me maybe I wasn't cut out for all the compromises necessary to make such a union work. I do believe this kind of situation is one of the basic reasons so many couples opt to faire chambre à part, that is, to keep separate bedrooms, which may not be an option for you, though it's not uncommon.
I hope the coming days bring you a bit of necessary relief and maybe even some laughter and good cheer? Or failing that, some comforting moments here and there.
Well, no. That is the short answer. The long answer also includes "yes" as summer is the holidays, but its not 'now'. I have 55% worth of assessment due before Oct 14 so now all Im thinking about is getting that done. *confusing*
My work for the year finishes in mid- October (nearly Summer). And it doesn't start again til March next year! That is AGES! Summer is Dec/Jan/Feb really.
So sorry to hear about your brick wall moment with your mum, its terrifying (for me) to even think of it happening that way. My rational mind has advice for you but we all know this kind of grieving isn't really (and doesn't have to be) rational. Take care of you too (((hugs)))
Oy. I've been 'out of it' for awhile.
It's a real shame when a library becomes a hostile place. It's usually considered in general to be a safe and quiet place - at least in the past. What I have been hearing about libraries lately is not encouraging :(
Sorry about the hassle for you and Coco. It's hard to convince people that there are indeed some dogs and children that are well behaved... maybe because so many aren't.
I so often remember our trip to your fabulous market and wish you and it were not so far away (as I eat my so-so cheese, veggies, and fruit). Once the prime of summer is over, Maine is not the best place on earth to buy fresh food. I then read books that vividly describe poverty/starvation and realize I need to be happy I have good enough food and can afford it.
Here are a couple shots of our caleche ride. The horse was "Lilly" and I forget the driver's name, but I think she was the only female driver.
Our last "good-bye" (*sniff*) in the metro before we went our separate ways... Selfies aren't always the best quality and don't capture the best expressions. We'll try for a better quality in our next "Bonjour!"
I know, huh? I finally gave in on the window (only open a crack instead of wide open) and the ceiling fan (off). I also placed a fleece blanket at the foot of the bed for Ron to pile on his side. sigh.
Oh well, glad I gave you a smile or two. You're right, of course. They are still worth keeping ;-)
Thanks for the prayers.
>39 tymfos: Hi Terri,
Here's what my sister had to say when I updated her on Mom's condition...
"you will be the one who feels the most gratified or full filled for having had this time to spend with mom"
I pondered that one for awhile but I can't agree. I would rather remember the times past we spent together when she was the woman I most admired and felt a strong connection to her. She's just not that person to me anymore and I find it heart-breaking.
My sister has pretty much written Mom off and only sees her about 2-3 times a year for a couple hours. She doesn't get it. In a way, I'm glad Sarah is not agonizing as I am. It doesn't do any good for Mom and only makes me miserable. I'll learn to live with it, but I won't like it at all.
>40 LovingLit: Hi Megan!
I get a bit confused comparing the timing of our seasons. It's really because I don't stop to count the months, etc. Still, Dec-Mar is a great time to be off from school and not so far away. Good luck with your wrap up school work. I know you will do great :-)
Thanks for the kind words and hugs!
Thanks, Ilana. I'm ok ;-)
I had the best kirby cucumbers and red tomato from the market today and thought of you and how much you would have enjoyed them. Such basic ingredients, yet there's no other time of year when they can be this good.
Wishing you well my dear. Can't be easy for you watching your mother on the decline. I visited my friend Liselotte, 95, on Friday, and she's on the decline too. She's still got all her head and memories and all that, but is physically becoming less and less able to do things, is now forced to use the walker even around the house, when she used to refuse outright to touch the thing but for the occasional outing, and having to accept help all the time, which is really hard for her, as she's always been a feisty old firecracker and it's a bit sad seeing her forced to be humbled that way. I can only imagine what you're going through with your mom. xoxo
Is the new carpet wonderful? Are you all back in order now? Time to settle in for some reading!
Two days ago I broke down and lit up the wood stove. Yesterday was sunny so it was fine, though brisk.... I wonder about today. The cats sure love the fire!
From the extreme poverty of an immigrant family in NYC to the founder and owner of a hugely successful ice cream company, a young girl struggles for survival and love in this rags to riches story. Suffering a permanent injury and physical handicap, as well as emotional devastation, this determined young Jewish-Russian builds an empire with questionable ethics. As a woman who has earned her success, she wildly enjoys the fame and wealth and suffers the consequences. However, you can't help but admire the inner strength and the will to succeed despite the hardships and failures along the way.
What I liked best about this book is the intimate and familiar tone in the writing. It's an easy read and the author develops a true empathy for the main character. The reader will recognize the inner turmoil and cravings of the human condition. The story is as good as the ice cream.
Ilana, There's the unresolved debate over which is worse - losing the functions of your body or mind??? Neither are what we think much about when we are young. If we live long enough though, we are usually faced with one or the other. *sigh* It's a strange feeling to face your mortality. The book I am reading now for my moral theory class Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams has a lot to say about life, suffering, and death. And her writing is so poetic. Timely meditations for me, I guess. I'm loving the book.
Lucy, It always amazes me how many people have to go through this ordeal of dementia with family members. And the stricken are not always old. I'm sad because they are so far away from any kind of effective treatment. It is for sure - very hard.
The new carpet is not too different than the old - BUT it is clean! Really clean :-) We finally gave up on the old one. No matter how much we cleaned it, it was just too far gone and looked very tired.
We usually see how long we can hold off before we turn our heat on. Never much of a problem for me. This year however, we had to heat up the house for the new carpeting installation. They say it's to help the carpet stretch properly - but I wonder if they were just too chilly here when they walked in. Ha!
Had to do a review for my free book. It was long (500 pages always seems long to me), but the story was a good one.
Beauteous day here. Please send more ;-)
dunno how that will go.
I've been very stingy of 5 star ratings lately. But, this one is a winner!
Here is an emotionally charged book that is chock full of moral issues, as well as intimate sharing of life, death, suffering, and beauty. Full of women's wisdom and the cycles of nature. This is one of those books that if you can make it through the initial reading you will want to re-read it to pick up the subtle details and think about it more fully.
I'm reading this book for my course in moral theory. Not a textbook at all, it is a personal journey through an especially difficult time of the author's life - both inner struggles and environmental issues to which she feels strongly connected. Our assignments are broken down into three sections of reading, but I could not put it down till I was finished.
So many quotable quotes. As I approach the inevitable deaths of my mother, my loved ones, and even myself, this one strikes me as something to think about -
"Suffering shows what we are attached to ... Dying doesn't cause suffering. Resistance to dying does."
The crisis of the Great Salt Lake, how nature adapts, and ways humans interfere reflect the personal crisis Terry Tempest Williams faces in her family and how the natural landscape of desert and marsh become her refuge in vulnerability and strength.
I will be looking for more books by T T Williams.
Can't wait to hear what my professor and other students think about Refuge - the moral issues and the thoughts that percolate up spontaneously in a group of seniors. Are you recommending Full Body Burden?
Hi Mark -
I'm thinking this was your first day back at work after the vacay... ooof! Hope you still have some of the "glow". It seems to disappear too quickly once you get back to work.
Didn't grab me right away, but kept going and things are making more sense. I thought this was going to be a book of short stories - unrelated. It seems this is all connected which makes me happy. I'm still waiting to see why reviewers think her writing is so awesome ???
So sorry about your mother's decline. If it is any solace at all, I went through it all with my mother. She got to the point where she couldn't talk at all. So sad to see the decline of a gregarious and lively soul. My memories of happier times have begun to replace the years of seeing her fade away. She appears to me in dreams as her happy self which is a great comfort. Hugs to you and your dear mother.
I tell ya, this one is coming out of me in dribs and drabs, painfully slow dribs and drabs. I guess I will get there though!
>59 Smiler69: Sheesh! I hate when I want to love a book and it's just not grabbing me. I'm about halfway thru The View from Castle Rock and it's still not moving me. The book is broken up in two major parts and I'm about to start the second part. It might turn out to be better (optimistic) or I might have picked the wrong Munro book to start with (more likely). It's not horrible. So many have extolled the woman's talent I feel like I should like it way more. Whatever. Yeah. I know what you mean about loving/not loving. It's all good.
>60 Donna828: See, that's one thing I wonder about, Donna. Will I ever be able to remember my Mom as the exuberant and sharp woman she used to be? She was so talented in so many ways and we could talk about anything. You've given me some hope that I will eventually be able to remember the good years, and accept/let go of the "bad" ones. Thanks for that.
>61 LovingLit: Hi Megan! Sending you strong report writing energy and inspiration! I remember those days... like one Mother's Day I had to hole up in my bedroom till I finished my writing for some class or other. Funny. I don't remember the report - just missing my kids most of that day. We all survived. When you are a mother, every day is Mother's Day! right? lol
Hi Cee. Really, I got nuthin'. Work, home, and the same old "stuff" as usual.
I will be off to do errand soon, but have to cook for Duncan first... it's going to be a warm day, and I don't wanna cook later.
I worked til 7p yesterday. meh. Got a lot done. It's almost like digging a big old hole one day, filling it in the next....no feelings of accomplishment, more like going backwards. oh well. Whatever.
It's going to be around 80ish here. boo!
Hug your furkids for me, and then hug you
“A dog park is like a cocktail party, where you don’t know
anyone and everyone is drunk. You could have fun, but it could be a disaster.”
>63 mckait: Accck! Keep the 80s there or send them south, please. I think we're expecting 70s here on Sunday? Maybe that will be a window washing or painting day, though I don't feel like doing either. I'm pretty sure I can talk myself out of either quite easily.
Off to class this morning - then to see Mom, I guess. I know I'm terrible, but I don't enjoy visiting her anymore. It's depressing. It takes so much to pull myself together for her. This is not making me a better person. sorry to whine again...
Thanks for the hugs :-)
Have a lovely week my dear.
Hi Cee! I have absolutely nothing to say but that. You know how it is.... but wanted to at least stop by.
>65 Smiler69: From Oct 1st to April 1st, dogs are allowed on our beach. They are supposed to be on a leash, but many are not. So we struggle with big dog/small dog events and owners who think the beach is a dog park with no rules. Luckily, there are so few people here in the winter we usually have the beach to ourselves once it gets cold.
>66 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul!
My grandmother grew up on a small farm and taught my Mom that animals were supposed to be outdoors and working. So I had to wait till I was on my own to have any pets. I used to be strictly a dog person... but a kitty stole my heart. Now I have both and luckily they get along quite well. Can't say I favor either now. They are good companions indeed.
>67 msf59: Mark!
I'm almost finished with Twain's Innocents Abroad which I picked up this month. Trying to catch up but it's taken me all month to read that one. Mark Twain is a favorite author of mine, but I am struggling with this one. Perhaps since this was his first book, his sense of humor wasn't refined enough for me. There are really good parts - but some awful ones too.
I've finally decided I need to skip Aug & Sep on my AAC in order to pick up on Oct and keep going. So, yes. I'll be reading Wharton's The Custom of the Country soon. I've read this is possibly her best book.
>68 mckait: Hey Kath,
Thanks for stopping by ;-)
Malaysia? WAY too hot! At least dogs do not have to suffer that heat :p~
I know large dogs need room - lots of room - to exercise and the beach is a great place for running. But the rules do say dogs must be leashed on our beach. Frankly, there are some VERY large dogs (Great Danes) that run like the wind and are slightly scary to me. Bottom line, it just isn't fair that some dogs are on leash and some not. It's a disadvantage for the leashed dogs, I think. And many of the unleashed dogs have no manners or discipline - on our beach. That goes for the kids too, actually... in the summertime.
My daughter has 2 labs that are very playful. Hard to wear them out! They sure are lovable.
>72 mckait: Hi Kath,
"What would we do without them?"
Well, the first thing I would do is go on a very long vacation and not worry about them! LOL Then, I don't know.
Started reading Just One Damned Thing After Another and loving it!
Glad you found a book to enjoy!
eta: for all I know, maybe she only has three or four dogs, but it always seems like a really huge gang of dogs to me for some reason. And she NOT a professional dog walker, I'm quite sure of this!
On to happier things--yay for the new clean carpet!! I am sure it is making your house seem a brighter place. And congrats on becoming another St. Mary's convert. I love the series. ; )
>75 Smiler69: I got hell from one of my neighbours because (Coco) was "making her dogs jealous" LOL!
I only worry that a dog on a leash does not have the freedom/ability to defend itself against a large dog off leash whose owner is too far away to control their dog.
Ah well. Such is life!
>76 msf59: Hi Mark,
Oh boy - looks like I'm caught. I've had the book for awhile but never knew what it was about. Now I'm in trouble - ha!
>77 Berly: Hi Kimberly,
This is not good news :(
I am so sorry you and your Mom are facing this terrible disease. Everyone who has it seems to be affected somewhat differently in the beginning and while some progress quickly, others don't. I'm not sure which is better. Well, neither is good. I will keep you and your Mom in my thoughts and prayers. It makes me sad too.
So - yup! Great carpet... it hides everything! I had a plain brown elastic band break on me the other night and it went flying to the carpet - which includes many shades of brown. On my hands and knees, I couldn't find it! I vacuumed the whole damned rug cuz I was afraid the cat would find the elastic and try to eat it. I never found it but hoped it went in the vacuum cleaner. The next morning I saw it right in the middle of the room. I'm guessing the cat (or dog) did find it, played with it, and abandoned it. It's a mystery to me.
I think I'm gonna try reading ONE book at a time for awhile and see what that is like. Hmmm...
As far as your heat / cold issues with hubby, have you tried a chillow or some other form of gel pillow? I have two. The ones I'm using now are called Gel'O Cool Mats. I take my Thirty One thermal to bed with me (shameless plug, I know. Sue me. LOL). I use one and keep the other one in the thermal with two hard ice packs on it keeping it ready for when the first gel pillow gets too warm. Usually after about 3-4 hours, I wake up to go to the bathroom and I will need to exchange the first gel pillow for the cold one. It has helped me be able to sleep through the night. I still use a box fan on medium, but with that and the gel pillows, I am so much more comfortable and then the AC is on a "reasonable" temp. Just an idea.
There are definitely dog breeds with attitude, regardless of size. It certainly seems to me that large dogs are more mellow in general - once they mature. Their size can make them scary though and they are unaware of their strength sometimes. Little dogs can be scary too if they get crazy (and that happens). Bottom line, it is the responsibility of the owners to train and control. Some do; some don't.
Daisy sounds like a sweetheart, pretty funny, and good natured. Congrats to you as a good dog owner ;-) I believe training is key.
>81 TinaV95: Hi Tina,
Thanks for the hugs;-) I am making an effort to go with the flow and embrace change... even if it encompasses loss. It's gonna happen anyway. I can't fight it with any kind of success. The blessing here is that Mom is still in good humor - not depressed or aggressive.
Gel pillow - good idea. If I lived in the south, I'd be doing the gel pillow for sure! And the fan ... and the a/c ... etc
Thanks for keeping up on Duncan's story :) He sends his best to auntie Cee.
I am glad that you finally dipped into the St Mary's Chronicles. I am very glad that rd warbled them my way. I am caught up, and looking forward to the next one :) Much like the Iron Druid Chronicles, they are fun and interesting reads.
Was the Halloween read A Winter Haunting ? That one was good. Terri is a great go to for shivery reads. I need to take a look at her list myself. There is an author that she introduced me to whose name I constantly forget. It's frustrating, because i like him and recognize him when I see it, but his name eludes me.
Hang in there with all of the hard stuff. I honestly cannot imagine what it is like to deal with. A mom who doesn't know who you are has to be heartbreaking. Sending hugs your way.
I have been a HUGE TT Williams fan for ages. She is wonderful and all of her books are worth reading. I've seen her read and speak too, sublime!
Cats hit by trains, dog by buses, cars..dogs jumping out of moving vehicles " but she loved hanging her head out the window".BAH!
People do stupid things all the time, we can't expect our furkids to be any different. It's up to us to protect them from harm. If that means a leash in public, so be it. It's a bad old world out there. "If only" two words, not magical in any way.Lots of temptation for a dog walking unrestrained. No matter how well trained. No dogs are better trained than police dogs, but I have seen them refuse commands a time or two if circumstances are too tempting.
My daughter used to take her 2 large dogs to a dog park, but since pet parents aren't any better than child parents, she quit. Some are irresponsible and lazy, and do not make sure their babies are taught right from wrong. Sometimes, it's just accidental and a result of exuberant dogs, bad results don't just come from bad behavior. Good intentions matter, but they aren't magical either. She doesn't take them anymore, she fenced in her back yard instead.
I love big dogs when they are old. Big dog puppies and adolescents (that are still quite large) are too heavy for me. And when they get really old, how do you carry them up and down stairs when they are lame and blind? And they eat so much - and usually drool or slobber. Ick. I like really small dogs :-)
There's a size for everyone.
I don't think your suggestion was A Winter Haunting but I'll check that out. I really thought I made an obvious note of it when you mentioned it. Apparently not. I think I remember from somewhere else that Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane is a good one for Halloween. ???
btw, I agree with your rant. I'm just not willing to tempt fate unnecessarily. So, I guess I feel better now that we have no dog park around here. I'm sure Loki would not have fun. He gets too nervous when the "herd" is scattered and acting unpredictable, so to speak.
>84 sibylline: Hi Lucy!
Wow! I can totally visualize being run over as a great dane came up behind me once running like the wind. Lucikly he veered off before he flattened me. Shook ME up a bit!
That's pretty weird the way everyone disappeared on you. Sheesh!
I am currently reading another TTW book When Women Were Birds. It's a great follow-up to Refuge. I think I've found another favorite author. Our professor has met her, read all her books, and thinks very highly of her. She has a new book coming out in November The Story of My Heart.
Giving you a big hug!
I thought you must be talking about heating your feet in bed! (or is a gel pillow for your head?). See how out of the loop I am- lol
We rarely get hot nights here. Ever. Nothing that open windows won't fix anyway. I take a hot water bottle to bed in winter, even though my lovely other is a giant heat-machine, he doesn't really like my cold feet on his legs at my whim.
>84 sibylline: wow, that says a lot that 3/4 of the people disappeared when you broke your ankle. What a sad state of affairs, even if I do get why.
I'm so exhausted I went to bed early last night when I got home and didn't even pick up my bedtime reading. Might do it again tonight.
And the leaves this year are sooo gorgeous. Nice bright colors at their peak inland. We're a bit past that in Maine, but still pretty.
Didn't get much reading done this past week, but I am slowly working on a couple books. One by Edith Wharton for the AAC The Custom of the Country which is interesting, albeit the main character is a witch and a half. Decent writing and storyline.
The other book is Small Wonder by Kingsolver which I am running behind on and will need to catch up this week for my class.
>87 Berly: Hi Kim!
New? Leaves are fluttering off the trees like so many brilliant butterflies, hugs and love in my heart are back on "full" from the grands, lots of great HIGH tides now that summer is over, and the hunters are back :P I say every year I need to go away for the month of November to avoid the killing, but it hasn't happened yet. October is for bow and arrow hunting - November for guns. I really object to listening to gunshots early morning and throughout the day. *sigh*
Thanks. Not only did I have a nice weekend - I had a whole nice week!
>88 connie53: Hi Sis!
Everything is back to normal - incl books. Thanks for the hug :-)
Cute gif ;-)
Hope you are enjoying cooler weather and back to school???
>89 LovingLit: Hi Megan -
As hot/warm as I always seem to be, I do get cold feet in the winter. Maybe cuz I don't wear much on my feet on the cold floors. They warm up eventually once I'm under the covers - but hubby's legs are quicker :-)
Got your Christmas shopping done? hehehe
>90 sibylline: Hi Lucy,
Hope you and your daughter had a great time hanging out. That's a lovely place to do so. Did you get to the Met? Hope you enjoyed each other whatever you wound up doing. I think that is a great little RR station there, with good parking too.
I'm hoping for a happy ending with poetic justice. I think I'm at about 82%. Things look bleak. And what a stupid name - Undine!
I must catch up with your thread to see if there are any more chapters in your winter coat saga. lol Thought of you when our three generations of females went coat shopping in CT ;-) And it was so warm last week, but we were successful. Looking forward to cold next week.
You'll have to stop by the AAC Main thread. We've been tossing around ideas for next year. It seems most folks want it back. Grins...
Just checking in :) Reporting a warm spell here, with sun and heat. Not to your liking maybe, but I am liking the kids being outside!
Thanks for posting your lovely photos of the Canadian trip. Isn't is ever so special to meet up with our LT friends?
While you may have snow, we still are enjoying fall. So, from my house to yours, Happy Fall:
Mark, Lucy, Kim, Megan, Lynda, Connie, Linda & Lilly- great picture, Thanks!, and Ilana
Please forgive me for this group acknowledgement. I am pretty far behind for everyone - including myself. I have been lurking from time to time - though not enough to really know where everyone is these days. Sorry.
Thanks for keeping my thread alive! Wasn't easy, was it?
Will be interested in NEXT year's AAC. I am liking the one this year. I'm presently waiting for The Witches of Eastwick for this month's challenge. Apparently there is not a library in Maine that has this book so I finally had to break down and buy it used.
I'm struggling along with a few issues, but nothing that time won't correct/heal. The rest of this month looks very busy. Kids coming for Thanksgiving and I have to make 100 fancy bows for the town school (kids will be joining with the fire dept to make their annual wreaths Dec 1). So, as soon as I get the ribbon, I'll be busier than a one-armed paperhanger! Hope it comes SOON! Also have to do volunteer work at the historical society for sending out the newsletter, membership renewals, and an author's book signing. Oh, dear. It looks even worse when I write it all down.
Things are looking iffy for hitting my goal of 75 books this year. I'll either just miss it or just make it. It's not the end of the world... but when I'm this close I want to make it.
Many thanks to all the veterans out there! You are all very special :-)
You really are awfully close to the mark in terms of book numbers, aren't you? But then it's not about numbers of course, so hardly matters one way or the other, but I know what you mean about wanting to make it when you're so close. Maybe you should get more kids to help you with some of those non-essential (i.e. non-reading) tasks and devote yourself to what really counts (!).
You are missed my dear Claudia. Wanna walk over to Atwater Market and hang out? ;-)
I like your thinking, Ilana!
I'd love to meet you at Atwater Market! I assume it is all snugged up now - no more open air. I think of that place often. We had a good time and a good lunch.
>105 streamsong: Hi Janet!
I really have been bad about writing reviews all year. The fact that this book Refuge has a review is testament to how much I loved it. I hope you get to read it and enjoy it too.
>106 connie53: Hi Sis -
I'm doing my best at taking care of me. Sometimes I feel like it's one step forward two steps back. Even so, I manage to do all right ;-)
Thanks for stopping by... hugs across the horizon...
Have started an ER book He Wanted the Moon. Oh my! The beginning has slammed me - it's an account of how mentally ill patients were treated in the early 20th century. Just awful. Very hard to read :-(
Also started China Dolls. Hope it picks up. It's not horrible, but not exciting - yet... (pg 73) I do like a couple of the other books written by Lisa See, so I'm giving it a chance.
Hmm. The two books are about the same time period - coincidentally. But they are on two different coasts (BOS and SF) and very different environments and subject matter. Sometimes I really wonder how I choose my reading.
Also finally got The Witches of Eastwick in the mail. Yay! I don't know about that one either but I'm reading it for this month's AAC - John Updike.
On the latest Lisa See: I found it sadly disappointing. Hope you like it better.
>109 sibylline: I beginning to wonder if I should concentrate more on reading next year and less on personal issues. I, too, am hoping Winter will be a great reading season. It usually is. I'm having a hard time getting to the books I have lined up - and, well, I should be writing more about books and less about me ;-)
>110 bohemima: Hi Gail!
I just finished China Dolls. I am somewhat disappointed that it wasn't as good as a couple of the other books I read by Lisa See. Was expecting better, but I see now the reviews told it like it is. I did think the first of the three sections was the weakest and impossible to get excited about. Being a stubborn reader, I found it got a bit better as the story went on. Just not one of her best overall.
Thanks so much for sending it to me. Would you like it back now?
Hope you are well.
Good luck with the Updike. Joe pearl-ruled it and someone else hurled it unfinished. I hope it isn't as bad for you. I have about 80 pages left in Rabbit, Run. I like it but it isn't pleasant reading.
Oh well, I am looking forward to December's AAC read.
Thanksgiving is almost here: my favorite holiday! No presents, no commercialization (well, almost none).... just gratitude and good food. I love it.
Take care, Cee.
A direct look at the effects and stigma of mental illness, this book is a labor of love as the daughter of a bipolar physician combines her father's memoirs and her own experiences and questions of what really happened to her family.
Dr Baird's writings make their way through the family to his daughter, Mimi, in disarray. Dr Baird left behind his personal and medical insight in explicit accounts of harsh and barbaric treatment that were practiced on him in psychiatric institutions. Unfortunately, he lived in the mid twentieth century - a time of misbeliefs and the lack of scientific knowledge of bipolar disorder.
A sad story of the breakup of family, pain, misunderstandings, and the loss of her father's genius unfolds in a clear and forthright style of writing. Mimi's quest was to know her father, make sense of his life and contemplate its effect on her. It takes many years, emotional conflict, and resolute research of public and private records.
Uncomfortable to read, this is yet another instance of treating the unknown and fearful aspects of life with force and insensitivity - which never really works and usually makes things worse.
An enlightening story.
>112 msf59: Hi Mark!
I am past page 50 on The Witches of Eastwick and feel like continuing. Except for the atrocious sentence structure which I find hard to follow at times, I can't find major fault with it yet. However, I will say I don't see any kind of plot developing and wouldn't consider this great literature.
We'll see. I don't feel like I'm really into it yet.
>113 jayde1599: Hi Jess!
LOL :-) I don't like smelly books either... and... I'm not really sure there is going to be anything to actually "get into" at all. Hope I'm wrong. Nice to see you here.
>114 EBT1002: I lose track of my thread, too, Ellen ;-) Seriously!
Nothing beats Thanksgiving for good food. Well, maybe Christmas ties. You are right. There is no real commercialization of the actual holiday. Of course, Black Friday shopping seems to be swallowing it up on both ends now. I'll always take time out for thanks, turkey, stuffing, and a nice glass of wine though. Hope you have a wonderful holiday :-)
So now I'll be starting Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys. Finally. Really looking forward to it. Why is it I can pass over a book for months and then suddenly I can't wait to get started on it?
I've spent enough time playing with ribbon and making bows that my kitty and dog have finally lost interest. Good. Now maybe I can get something done.
You came back!
Glad you are reading up a storm, even if you might not get to 75 (I certainly wont). The Witches of Eastwick I will leave, but I am trying to track down Rabbit, Run for a late run on the AAC. Never too late to start, right?
Good luck bow-tying!
Eta: I (especially) hope you enjoy Wide Sargasso Sea!
I know, huh? I have pulled out Wide Sargasso Sea so many times and something else always seemed to push it away. I haven't forgotten this was a gift from you :-) I am actually excited to get to it. I come across so many references to it in other books... the time has come and now is! Will be starting it tonight.
And no. It is never too late to start anything imo. Go for Rabbit, Run. I'm wondering if I should have chosen that one myself.
I thought I liked reading books about witches... thought this would be more fun. Updike's sentence structure is so awkward on top of it all. Not worth the work. Whew. I'm free!
OTOH - I'm really liking Wide Sargasso Sea. Very interesting...
I'm wondering if you are getting any of this wonderful snow that is hitting everywhere but Maine :(
Will have to check your thread to see the ongoing saga of the winter coat...
Hope you are warm ;-)
This is a must read companion to Jane Eyre. Though it is a prequel, I think it is better read after. Also, most introductions should be skipped (imho) to avoid spoilers. This introduction was quite helpful to read beforehand - as an introduction - before getting into the actual story. The notes throughout were very, very helpful to me. They were short, abundant - but not excessive.
Haunting and beautifully written. The spiritual and physical worlds of the characters are explored in beauty and tragedy. This little book makes a big impact.
Certainly could be read as a stand alone, but much more meaningful as a companion book. Thanks again to Megan!
Read this one for my upcoming RL book group. This was not a boring book at all... quite interesting. I can see that it will spark plenty of conversation in my group that includes many teachers.
The US does not rank as an education superpower in the international rankings. Ripley (a reporter) decides to see what she can find out to begin to answer the questions this raises. While she does not claim to have all the answers, her book raises some unexpected factors impacting countries that should be doing better. She follows exchange students to Finland, South Korea, and Poland, as well as researching and comparing education systems in those countries. She does it all in the context of political history and socioeconomic conditions that vary among countries.
Much of what she presents is controversial - and these are ideas and policies we should be questioning. Ripley believes schools should be for learning (not sports and PTA meeting) and more should be expected of our teachers and students.
btw, I really loved Wide Sargasso Sea even more than I thought I would. So glad I recently read Jane Eyre and heard about WSS on LT. A great combination :-)
>124 Berly: Hi Kim!
Sorry about the ice. Snow is so much nicer. We might be getting a bit more in a few days... wouldn't you know, it'll be Weds when everyone is traveling.
When I give up on a book it really deserves a negative comment from me... but not any kind of review. So I just label those books "Quit, Yuck, Ptooey!" That way there is no question of its standing imho.
>125 Donna828: Hi Donna!
I don't post much anymore, so I don't expect others to. Lurking is fine. Glad you dropped a note here too.
I tried to get Witches of Eastwick in my library by the only one that was listed in our system was "The Widows" of same which I did not want. Not being able to find it anywhere made me want it more. Too bad, since I wound up buying it. What a mistake. Oh well. I didn't pay much for it... still... bad decision that time.
I think Mark will forgive us - no problem. There are sooo many books in the world and we agree on a lot of them. He's very open minded ;-)
Now you've got to know I heartily approve and applaud your decision to ditch a book you weren't enjoying! Life's too darn short. Besides which, it can feel too darn long when you're not having a good time. xox
The Witches of Eastwick is one of the few Updikes I haven't read, not sure why that is.
And don't get me started on the USA and public education, really, I start foaming at the mouth. Seems like people get caught up in everything but the substance. Everything from 'theory' to sports. Argh!
I think Larry Watson will be much more satisfying for everyone.
Have a great holiday, my friend.
Cee, While I'm MIA, please know I'm thinking of you and sending all good wishes.
>129 Smiler69: Hi Ilana!
I can only imagine how beautiful your Folio Society books are. It must make reading that much more pleasurable. Which one is your favorite of all you have? Maybe that's not a fair question, but I'm curious.
"I heartily approve and applaud your decision to ditch a book you weren't enjoying!" I know, huh? It's about time I learned that lesson!
>130 LovingLit: Oh yeah, Meagan. We're happy. I loved the cover too ;-)
>131 sibylline: So, Lucy, did you like the other Updikes you read? Should I try another?
Our discussion today at my RL reading group was quite lively re The Smartest Kids in the World. Why, oh why, can't we DO something about our education system? Argh is right!
>132 msf59: Hi Mark!
We had a wonderful holiday weekend. Hope you did too.
I'm going to try to get one of Watson's books from the library as I don't have any of my own. I'll make a stab at it.
I have really enjoyed the AAC this year - what I was able to do. Well, I did most of it. I'll be trying again next year. Thanks for your interest in this and sharing the challenge with us ;-)
Yes, indeed. It was a pleasant Thanksgiving, but I'm not sure you could call it peaceful - lol. It was wonderful to have the Grands around - as well as our own kids. We won't be seeing them for Christmas so we took full advantage of this visit.
>134 PaulCranswick: Hey, Paul! Great to have you drop by. I know you are super busy and I appreciate it ;-) I have given up keeping up, but I do lurk around as I think this is a special group of friends.
Thanks for counting me a friend - as I do you!
>135 ronincats: Hi Roni!
Didn't know I had any bullets left... thought I was out. heh.
We had quite a discussion about that book today. I think you'd find it interesting.
>136 EBT1002: Hi Ellen -
There was a lot of discussion re those two books about this time last year and that's what got me started. So. It took me a year. Oh well. I was a bit slow to just be getting to Sargasso Sea, but I was looking forward to it all year. I probably won't reread those two for a long while again as there are way too many other books calling me. They were both a treat for me though... glad I read them!
>137 Whisper1: Hi Linda -
We are all looking forward to your surgery and wishing the VERY BEST and PERFECT outcome for you. Take your time and get it right ;-) You are in my thoughts and prayers. Gentle hugs xoxo!
Witches of Eastwick was too boring for too long... and the women were just a obsessed with making the rounds having casual sex with the men, too. I don't know about Updike's sentences or writing overall, but his characterizations and descriptions in this book were uninteresting and somewhat crude imo. I don't mind a bit of sex in a book - but I want it to be special. 'nuff said
Are you reading a book by Watson for December's AAC?
Well, I don't know, because I don't like to judge how others like to approach things, and as someone who has always had difficulty with finishing things, I must say I've always had respect for completists, but as I've come into middle age, I've come to accept that in some cases, I really do make no apologies for leaving certain things unfinished and that especially goes for books that do nothing for me, and all the more so when they annoy me or make me feel depressed or peeve me off. There are just so many other ways I'd rather be spending my time, right? Like, with other books. Or drawing. Or with my pets. And lately, even, with other human beings—EEK! Whowouldathunkit!!! Anyway, you get my point. So ya, better to ditch it is my thinking. Although that being said, there are quite a few cases where I've decided to overrule the Pearl Rule because I had some instinct I might get over some hurdle if I just let something flow over me and did get a lot out of the experience by sticking to it longer. But in those cases, there was some part of my mind that was finding something or interest in there, instead of one part of my brain telling me I should jump off the nearest bridge or high place, ya know?
Love and hugs
Yes. I do know. All of it. lol
You sure know just how to put words together - like hitting nails on the head. You're too funny. xoxo
>143 connie53: That's the thing about sisters... there's no need for shame or recrimination. I don't feel neglected and we don't need each other to be better. You're great just the way you are. I love any time you drop in ;-)
I ran into my sister today at a mall- neither of us are likely mall-rats, and the first thing we did (after our hello hug) was give each other that look that says "how come you didn't tell me you were out and about!!?" :)
It was funny.
This excellent book was dense and took me a long time to read. The depth, the pain, and the beauty of this story of pioneers settling on the Washington coast in the 1800s was impressive. Dillard "paints" a very strong sense of time and place. Her character development focuses on an array of individuals to portray an astonishing kaleidoscope of the success and failure of human adaptation to a harsh existence. Unlike many other good historical novels, however, she takes this experience to another level.
As outstanding as it is, this book is not for everyone. I can see where some readers would get impatient working their way through it. Also, there is much melancholy and death in this story. The soul searching of relationships is as dramatic as the hard physical work of clearing a wilderness. Dillard explores deep within hearts and minds. Characteristically, she uncovers and explores the age old, contemporary, and eternal quest for insight to a human's short existence - the failings, hopes, and place in the universe.
Highly recommended for anyone who lives in the NW coastal area, is planning a visit and wants a bit of historical background, or just loves Annie Dillard's profound interpretations of living.
Living pretty far from my sister, there is no real chance of our meeting in a mall. heh. There are no malls in my area and she has no money to spend... don't ask me why. She makes a ton of money but always complains of not having enough for the basics. Whatever. I don't go there. When she wants to come up to see us I have to give her gas money. She's an odd one.
So. Now I get to concentrate on my other current read - Constellation of Vital Phenomena which I had to put aside to concentrate on The Living. I was hoping to pick a few somewhat shorter and hopefully quick reads to get to 75. Didn't end up that way and December is slipping away rather quickly. I might not make it this year... but the books are really good.
I picked a Kindle offering (for cheap) about cats and Christmas Cat Coming Home - ya know, to get in the holiday spirit. Title sounds good, right?
So far (37%), there is not much Christmas and everyone is getting beaten up, stabbed, and murdered. Horrible. The cats will probably solve the crimes, but the cats themselves are highly improbable. They talk to a selected few humans and traipse all over town in and out of everyone's homes. I'm usually pretty good at suspending belief and going with the flow... but... sheesh. This might be the first cat book I am not fond of :-(
On the other hand, I visit my brother every Wednesday! That has been the case for almost 25 years now. And I value that evening. I always go to see him by train and he takes me home at about 11.00 pm. He doesn't want me to travel at night. What we do? We watch some series or the 'X-factor' or 'So you think you can dance' (UK, US, Canada and Australia) and we talk (a lot).
It started 25 years ago when he tried to teach me computer stuff.
And have you read The Cat and the Curmudgeion? Great and very funny (realistic, too) book about an animal advocate and writer and the cat who made his life great. I loved it.
It's nice to have a brother ;-) The are quite different creatures from sisters.
Wishing you a very merry holiday season too! I guess it's not that far away now - yikes.
I'm so glad you dropped by. I ordered Amory's Compleat Cat which has three of his books about his cat. As a matter of fact, I just got it in the mail today and hope to pick it up soon. I need some animal humor today. It's been so grey and rainy lately. Animal stories written by advocates always put me in a good mood. Thanks for the recommendation.
YAY! I made 75! I may even get a few more in before the end of the year.
One of my favorite poets :-) Once Poet Laureate of the United States.
I can relate to most of what he writes, imagines, and shares.
I'm glad I made it to. I go through this every year - and just barely make it every year. I guess I'm pretty consistent at 75/yr.
>154 jnwelch: Hi Joe!
Thanks. I read a few of the poems to Ron - which he also liked - but seemed to think it couldn't be real since it didn't rhyme. ha!
I just didn't want the cat murder mystery to be #75. Didn't seem quite right after all the good books I read this year.
And it looks like you are reading some heavy subject matter too, good for you!
No goals for me next year. I've some books in mind, but I'm not setting anything in stone.
What do you have in mind?
I hope you have a great one, and can find some time to sneak off to snuggle in a comfy chair with a book and a drink.
Hope all is well with you my dear.
I loved The Living.
On the eve: Do I smell turkey?
During: Worn out:
I hope your mom is okay.
Thanks to all who came here to wish me season's greetings. It's been a most disruptive Christmas for us and I feel bad I was not here to send out my own wishes.
Things are somewhat calming down for the moment but we still have "a long row to hoe", as they say. Mom is not good. She has a systemic infection - incl the flu. Oh yes, she (like all the others) had the flu shot. Not working this year. She is so out of it - talking crazy, hallucinating, delusional, pulling out her IV, stuffing gauze pads/ kleenex in her mouth, etc. I do think she will recover and probably need to be in a rehab facility after the hospital. This may be the time to move her to a higher level of care in a nursing home which we see coming anyway. *heavy sigh*
Anyway - special thanks to Roni, Megan, Gail, Jim, Joanne, Linda, Ellen, Terri, Connie, Ilana, Rhian, Chelle, Jess, Lucy, Kath, and Paul! I sure appreciate the good wishes. I may not be much on LT but I will think of you all and be grateful for these friendships.
Hugs to everyone - messaging and lurking.
There is still joy to be found all around ;-)
Best holiday wishes in the midst of the disruptions. Hope you have moments that are lighter.
Happy New Year from your friend in Kuala Lumpur. Also wishing your mum a speedy recovery.
I don't know if they have something similar in Maine but when my parents needed to be moved to a higher level of care in Arizona I used a type of geriatric counselor (don't remember the women's exact title) that helped me find a great place for them in a residential adult care home. There were only 8 residents and my parents got fantastic care there. I would never have been able to find this place on my own. It was hospice who recommended this woman to me and I didn't pay anything for her services--she got a commission from the adult care home. Just thought I'd mention it.
Try to remember to take good care of yourself. I remember how stressful it was to help my parents. Actually, I think it was the most stressful thing I've ever done.
I think that is mostly what is happening to Mom - toxic encephalopathy caused by the infection. But it seems she has lost a lot in the process and I'm not sure if she will recover back to her "day-before-Christmas baseline"? We'll see. Thanks for your kind sentiments.
Thanks for your kind wishes. Wishing you the very same :-)
Yay! Fireworks. I'll bet the real ones in KL were fabulous.
Pat!!!!! It's so, so good to see you around here :-D
You had such a very busy 2014. Hopefully, you'll have another great year and keep them coming. I wish you the very best.
Thanks for your advice - which is always appreciated. We have some contacts to start with and have talked to one who is working for us to get Mom a place with "Memory Care". I know there are some good small home/residential options out there... pricey though.
Ellen and the gang! Thanks for stopping by with all that good cheer. Wishing you even more happiness in 2015!
Have not started a new thread for 2015. Don't have that kind of energy yet. Will try to get to it soon.
As Mom said to space (???) in the hospital ER (at the height of her delirium and hallucinations) "Oh, well. It could have been worser!"
I have no clue what she was referring to but I do wish I'd inherited her innate positive attitude. Maybe I will work on that for my New Year's resolution...
It took me so long to type that last message, I almost missed you.
Serenity. Wow. Wouldn't that be sweet? I accept! Thanks for your kind thoughts and prayers.
Hope you and your family are blessed this year with all that brings you peace and moments of joy ;-)
Miss you here friend!