Tuesday, June 30, 2009


The literature I have been devouring lately has me completely entertained. It returns some calmness to an otherwise busy life.
Half this year has past. I have accomplished so much. I have so many things yet to do. Where are you it?
I'm pushing to stay simple.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I fought through to the end of Before I Die by Jenny Downham. It was excellent. Real. Knowing the whole way that the main character was terminal, I kept thinking that by some miracle a cure would fix things. The last 100 pages of this one were hard. They sparked me to look within, deep within. I started wondering how I would act. What would I do. How much would I allow. Then, I started thinking about what would be on my list. That was it. This is where my musings ended.
I cried hard reading the story. I cried harder in my thinking. I cried more understanding that many people live in this reality.
This book is right up my sister's reading alley. Lisa, it's coming your way.
I'm into The Fiction Class by Susan Breen. The introduction has been thought provoking. I think this book is going to be a story as well as a personal writing adventure. The prompts so far have been fun.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Read me.

I can't say enough good things about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The book was delicious. The pages were pure sugar. The story reached deep into my soul. The control, the spontaneity, the determination, the dedication, so many more elements to list. All of what made up this novel is exquisite. A perfect tale to lay awake reading or laze about with or curl up and just devour. Very well done.
Now I'm into Before I Die by Jenny Downham. With each new turned page, I'm not sure I can believe how raw what I'm reading is and want to read more to know that the words really are there. It delivers many teenage taboos - sex, drugs, cancer - openly and honestly. It's the things that are whispered among so-called friends. It is one girl's list of missions to complete before her terminal illness takes her (or at least I think that's the way it may go). Perhaps this adds to it being right up my alley.
Let's see where it goes. What are you reading or what is on your list of want-to reads?

Let's Play #130.

You know you want to play along. Go here.

1. She had a great __smile___.

2. __My angel___ is by my side, always.

3. I know this: __memories matter most___.

4. __Be___ still.

5. These words apply to me: __stubborn, solid, swizzled___.

6. __Through the rain___ the sun was shining.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __finishing this weird book___, tomorrow my plans include __visiting family___ and Sunday, I want to ___dance in the rain__!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Reading Machine.

With Summer's official arrival, I compiled a list of books I hope to have read by the end of it. Dark Summer by Iris Johansen was at the top. Corny, yes, but how much more fitting than to kick off a summer reading marathon than with a book that contains the very season in its title.
This novel was not the author's finest work. I found it to be a bit lack lustre. There were intense moments but none quite as climactic as many of her others. Being one of my favorite authors, I anticipate her next book with higher hopes.
Very quickly, I dove into The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows. I have read half the book and can't wait to swallow the rest. It certainly isn't every reader's style. The tales are told in a post-WWII era through a series of letters penned by various characters. Thus far, this novel is an absolute afternoon delight. I would definitely recommend it for readers wanting to step just a touch away from regular reading into a world of delicious reminiscing.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Square up.

All right my blog. Let's know that I haven't forgotten about you. You haven't been abandoned. You are dear to my heart. This month is running away from most people I've talked to including me. Why is it that through the bitter cold that bites our asses in February the days don't seem to end but as soon as the sunshine kisses our cheeks with warmth - ok, fine, swealtery-balming-sweat-drenched-heat - the days fly by?
I am slurping up every last moment I can with my sister before she flies back to Never Never Land.
Regular scheduled programming is on the horizon. July might even start with a list of missions. If I'm lucky the kitchen painting will be done before then and it WON'T be on the list!

Let's Play #129.

Are you playing along yet? Go here for details.

1. All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting__Linkjust what it is they don't do___.
2. Show me a good loser and I will show you a __a person at peace___.
3. __Just one convo over coffee with my sister___ is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs at one time.
4. Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy __trying to run other ones___ and __not listening to the people that put them in the power___.
5. I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine __watching tv___ and __listening to his wife___.
6. It is impossible to think of any good meal, no matter how plain or elegant, without __great company___ or __love mixed___ in it.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __family time___, tomorrow my plans include __a long over due visit ___ and Sunday, I want to __celebrate at the awesome bbq___!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Let's Play # 128

Won't you play along, too? Go see Janet who creates these fabulous fill ins.

1. I grew up thinking __that I could do anything___.
2. __Ebay___ was the last website I was at before coming here.
3. Why don't you __laugh out loud right from way down in your belly___?
4. __A warm cup of delicious tea___ helps me relax.
5. Thanks for the __memories___.
6. __Arrogance is___ very off-putting.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __a movie (which one???)___, tomorrow my plans include __a long date with a new book___ and Sunday, I want to __be outside before the green gremlin worms start flying off every tree___!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Let's Play #127.

Details here.

1. __My heart is my___ home.
2. My favorite thing for dinner lately has been __anything I can manage to eat...dental surgery hinders abitilities___.
3. __ Complain complain___ bark! bark! bark!
4. A nice long walk __is a refresher to the soul___.
5. __Take a moment and remember ___ some good news.
6. When all is said and done, __it matters that you can rest easy and honestly___.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to ___some quiet time__, tomorrow my plans include __a seminar ___ and Sunday, I want to __not feel the hurt in my mouth anymore___!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


You made it! Hi. Hello. Welcome.
Yesterday was awesome.
Today, I go in for some surgery on my mouth. It might keep me quiet for a few days. I might blog more to keep the voices in my mind from driving me crazy. I am nervous. I am trying to be strong. I am trying to trust the strangers who will be doing the procedure. I am struggling. I am scared. I said it.
Moving right along, missions are coming. This is back-on-track month. I'm bootin' it in the butt. I feel it's going to be right.