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New Mommy

First thing when I got to the nursing home tonight, my new friend Helen says to me “Do you have a new mommy?” We had quite a chuckle over that. Seems Frieda (I found out her name and which room is hers) is still hot for my dad. At one point dad left his room and she was in the hallway. Dad said “I picked the wrong time to leave”. Dad has been in good spirits. It’s good to see him laugh and make friends.

Then I had promised Helen I would show her my kindle so I stopped in her room tonight. You haven’t lived until you’ve tried to explain and demonstrate an electronic device to an 89 year old woman. She is quite intrigued with it. The woman definitely reads a lot.

My dad used to read. He just isn’t able to much these days. I had to buy a large print paperback and then break the spine (which also broke my heart) so it could lay open flat. It is the only way he could read it. So I got him a book for Christmas. As soon as he was done with it, he gave it to Helen to read. Now he is asking for another book by the same author. This makes me happy.

I’m just so thankful that everyone is happy and having a good time. I told my dad tonight that he was providing entertainment for so many people.

Those are the good things that happened. The bad thing is that I lost my cleaning lady today. She decided to take a job where her husband works and quit cleaning houses. I’m really bummed. I guess I will be cleaning my own house for awhile 😭

Laughter is Good for the Soul

Let me start by telling you what I’m thankful for tonight  — laughter.  I haven’t laughed this hard in ages. Bear with me as I tell you the story.

Went to see dad tonight at the nursing home. We chatted about the Ohio State victory (he’s a huge OSU fan) and talked about the weather and then the conversation pretty much died out. Dad isn’t a big conversationalist. Many nights I just sit and we look at each other.

But all of a sudden he started to chuckle then said “when you leave tonight, stop in Helen’s room and ask her to tell you about my girlfriend.” Let’s back up a little bit.  Helen sits at dad’s table for meals and is one of his gang members. She’s a sweetheart and probably close to 90 years old.

But then he continued. It seems that another old woman (I guess old is a given there) who, in dad’s words, is out of her mind, decided that he is her boyfriend. She got up from her table and announced loudly that she wanted to be with her boyfriend and put her arm around dad.

By this time I was rolling on the floor laughing. He said that his gang was of no help to him. They just sat there and laughed. He even told them that if I was there, I would have been laughing with them.

And that’s all he had to say about it.

Well, I gathered my coat and decided I had to stop and see Helen. When I got to her room, I told her that dad said she would give me all the details of his “girlfriend.” She and I both laughed hysterically as she filled in some details. Helen said that the nurses tried to get this old woman to go back to her table and sit down but she wasn’t about to let go of my dad, proclaiming she wanted to be with her boyfriend. It seems the nurse finally quit laughing long enough to get this old dame back to her table.

The there’s more. Once she was back at her table, she wanted to send dad a drink. So she had the nurse give him a glass of milk. So this is the kind of bar I have to look forward to when I get old??? But then this old gal was going up and down the hall later looking for Bob (my dad). Thankfully she didn’t find him. Helen and I laughed and laughed and laughed. Dad always said he should write a book – he certainly has enough material for one.

While I found this all hilarious, my sister will not be happy about it. She is terrified that some old woman is going to try and get her claws in dad. Sheesh! The evil part of me wants to call her and tell her (and probably exaggerate a bit) – but then the other part of me wants to keep this special thing to myself. (Maybe that is really the evil part of me)

I spent an hour in Helen’s room. I have to tell you that she is really a great lady. And she likes to talk (something dad doesn’t do much of). I learned about her four boys and grandchildren and how the kids don’t get along. When she told me that one of her sons changed his name and wanted nothing to do with the family, I wanted to cry along with her. But then we talked about other stuff that made us both laugh.

But the one thing about Helen I have noticed every day is that she is a reader. She always has a book open reading. One of my favorite subjects so we talked about that for a long time. She offered me all of her books (boxes) and said that her grandkids make sure she has plenty to read. I was talking about reading on my Kindle. She had no idea what that was but was quite fascinated. She leaned up in her wheelchair and said “can I be nosy and ask how much one of those is?” When I told her mine was only about $59, she perked right up. Any other time, I would have had it in my purse, but tonight I had taken it out before I went down to see  dad. I told her I would bring it with me and let her see how it works. I was talking about indie authors and she didn’t have a clue what that meant. I’m opening up a whole new world to her.

I think I will go to the library at their next used book sale and buy her a stack of books. I love people who read. Plus she is good for my dad. She told me how much she respects him because he is so kind to her (and everybody).

So, that is why I’m thankful for laughter. It makes me feel good to know that dad is happy and has friends. But just laughing makes me feel so good. How can you possibly be having a bad day when you’re laughing.


Is a Series the new thing?

As you know, if you’ve read much of my blog at all, I read a lot. I always have. One of my favorite authors is Stephen King. Almost all of his books are individual, stand alone books. Other authors produce books that don’t have to have multiple books to tell their story.

I’m not talking about the same character in many books (Patterson’s Alex Cross, Silva’s Gabriel Allon and others). Those books can be read without having read any other books with the same character.

But the trend seems to be writing a multi book series. Is this a thing now? I have series fatigue. I want to enjoy a book…not necessarily a library of the same thing. There are sequels. And there are trilogies. But that’s where I really wish it would end. And no more 600 page books please. Is that really necessary?

Expand yourself. Write a book about something different than an expansion of an existing storyline.

One notable exception to a long series is Sarah Cradit’s House of Crimson and Clover series. Not only are they well written books and novellas, but they are not never ending books. And there is plenty of variety in the writing and story.

These are just the opinions of one reader so don’t bash me for not wanting to read 15 books about one thing. I’m sure there are those who will disagree with my opinion. (Isn’t that what makes the world so fun…we aren’t all alike).

Buy a book today!

For those of you who just got a new Kindle for Christmas – here are a few suggestions to help you fill in up so you can start some great reading.

Doctor Sleep is available today for $1.99 – this is a great sequel to The Shining by Stephen King and a great price.  Here was my review of it.

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen was one of the best books I read in 2013.  I highly recommend this book.  Here was my review

Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan – this is another inexpensive book (only $2.99).  A journey with an older man with some memory loss as he travels around.  This was a charming book to read.  My review is here

And don’t forget the classics – many of them can be “purchased” for nothing.  What a great time to re-read them or read the ones you’ve always wanted to read.

And you should follow me on Goodreads – I read lots and lots of books and review them as I go.  Plus there are several reviews already there if you are looking for a recommendation.  But even if you don’t follow me, you should certainly look around at what others are saying about books.  As you can see, I’m a huge fan of indie authors and their books.  I think we need to all support them in whatever way we can.  Their books are less expensive and often they are better books.


Meet My Friends

I am really thankful today for the friends I have made through blogging. My world has expanded and opened up since I have been blogging and these are some of the people who have made my world better.

I want to introduce you to some of my friends and some of my favorite books.

Let’s start with some of my favorite books this year. All are available at Amazon and these are all highly recommended books. Don’t forget it’s the season for gifting and books make a great gift!

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
Yesterday Road by Kevin Brennan
The Iron Locket by Samantha Warren
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Legends of Windemere series by Charles Yallowitz
Crimson and Clover Series by Sarah Cradit
Notes of a Small Dog: Four Legs on Two by Sue Vincent
Red Clay and Roses by Susan Nicholls

I read a lot more books than this throughout the year, but these really stood out in my mind. Many are by indie authors and I firmly believe that we need to support them by reading and talking about their books.

I would also like to introduce you to some dear friends and their blogs.

First of all is Ionia Martin with her Readful Things Blog. Ionia is a dear friend who is supportive of authors everywhere. She has a sharp wit and giving spirit. And there is nothing more beautiful than a woman in love with her soulmate (Julian Froment). Love both of them bunches. Show her some love by taking a look at her multitudes of book reviews on her blog.

Then there is Susan Nicholls. What a sweetheart. Susan pours herself completely into her writing. She researches the subject thoroughly and breathes life into her characters. Susan is a delight – check out her blog.

And how could I do a post like this without mentioning Bradley, a.k.a. Green Embers. He designed my last header and doodles (as he puts it) quite a bit. Check out his current header on his blog. And if you are looking for something, he is available for commissions.

Charles Yallowitz has gotten to be a good friend this year as well. Charles is not only an amazing author, but the father of an adorable toddler. His Legends of Windemere series is a fantasy series that should not be missed.
Charles writes poetry as well and is a mentor for other indie authors with blogs detailing his struggles and successes.

And Sarah Cradit is just an amazing person, as well as writer. I don’t know how she is able to write as much as she does while holding down a full time+ job, but she has created a family with characters that are incredible. Sarah is funny and charming. Her books and novellas are well written and great reads. She even released a playlist on Spotify of music that goes with Illusions of Eventide.

The risk of making a list like the is that I was not able to mention them all. There are many many more awesome bloggers out there. Explore them – look around – read and comment. You never know, you might meet your new best friend.

Don’t forget to buy books for Christmas (and if the list above isn’t enough, let me know and I will suggest more books).

Thanksgiving Project – Books, Books, and More Books

I am having a wonderful day. I love days when I am obligated for nothing and don’t have to even talk to another person if I don’t want to. I’m home alone and I’m loving every minute of it.

I went to see my dad and then my uncle so that took all morning. But then I came back home to do a couple of things around the house.

Now, I’m curling up in my chair with my blanket, a cup of hot cider, and a book. I’m nearly done with the one I am reading so then I will spend some time deciding which book to read next. I do love my books. I think I download more than I can ever possibly read – but I’m giving it my best try to read them all 😉

Today I’m thankful for ebooks/ereaders. I’m thankful that I have so many choices of great books to read. I’m thankful that I enjoy reading. I’m thankful that my biggest problem today is deciding which book is next on my list!

Thanksgiving Project – Time Off

I think the thing I’m most thankful for today is that as of 10:30 this morning, my work week was finally over. I did take Friday afternoon off, but still put in 55 hours this week. I’m beat. So, I truly am thankful for the down time.

Of course that all comes with a price. Today’s price is dealing with my dad. He has come to the realization that he just doesn’t think he can stay home much longer. I’ve just had a feeling for the past few weeks that something wasn’t quite right. But every time I would ask, he would say things were fine. I even called my sister and asked her if she had noticed anything – in fact, I even went so far as to stop and see her at her work yesterday. She kept assuring me that it was just the time of year (whatever that thing is that the lack of sunshine affects people). Today she called and asked if I had time to talk. I knew something was up. So, it seems that today dad told her that we need to start looking for assisted living for him. His mobility is deteriorating, he is almost too much for one person to handle, and he realizes that he needs something more.

Fast forward – I stop to see dad and he tells me pretty much the same thing. Now comes the hard part – I don’t think he can do assisted living. He needs more than that. This stuff is just not fun. But, at least I had the weekend (well, most of it) off.

Now if I can just finally find some time to read. Why does that always get put on the back burner? It is my saving grace and keeps me sane so it should be way more important. I’m reading Poe by J.Lincoln Fenn – not a typical book for me but so far really good. Have you noticed I keep saying “this is not a typical book for me?” I have never read outside of the suspense thriller genre much before and with all these indie books, I’m discovering new worlds. And I’m glad I am too. I encourage all of you to read something “not typical” for you today.

The other thing I’m thank for is that I have had TWO good hair days in a row. That almost never happens – now I’m going to try for three! Although, truth be told, I’d rather not have a good hair day tomorrow in exchange for a good hair day when I will be at work. Vain, I know. But I do love my hair 😉

It was nearly 60 degrees here today – but very windy. The temperatures are going to start dropping tomorrow though and by early next week it will be down i the 20’s at night. BRRRRRRR!

Don’t forget to be thankful for all the little things every single day.

Thanksgiving Project – Men and Women

I just read Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. I’m really not going to review the book – I rarely read nonfiction. But if you are woman, you should read this book. If you are a man, you should read this book.

I remember being in college in the 70’s a few years ago and thinking that women could conquer the world. Then reality hit when I entered the work force. It was still definitely a man’s world. And 40+ a few years later, it still is. Especially in small town rural America. It is always a struggle. Women are still paid less than men with the same qualifications and the same positions. I just hope it gets better for my daughter. And future generations.

This book was really good to read – and it is nice to hear that it is still a struggle for women in executive management positions. Well, not nice to know. Just nice to know that we are in it together.

Really, if you are a woman, you need to read this book. And if you are a man, you need to read this book. We need to do what we can to change attitudes, little by little.

I’m thankful today for the changes that began many years ago. And I’m thankful that they are still moving forward (even if it is a glacial pace).

Thanksgiving Project – Clouds

Clouds dominated my Saturday skies. I was disappointed I couldn’t sit in the sun until well after 2:00 pm

But I’m thankful the sky was overcast and gray. It gave me the opportunity to get some inside chores done. I was also able to finally get some reading done. I started reading The Panther a week ago and just haven’t had time to devote to reading as I would have liked. By the way, it was a good book, but not quite as good as other DeMille books.

Anyway, I got my house stuff done AND I got to lay out in the sun.

Plus, today Warren turned 67. He was gone most of the day, but I took him out for his free birthday dinner tonight. And even talked him into letting me take his picture. Of course, after I took it, he said ‘I think that is for kids!’ Ya’ think????

It was a good Saturday. Now off to decide what book to read next (one of my favorite things to do, that, and just buying books in general!)

Thanksgiving Project – Day 5

Coincidentally, day 5 is Cinco de Mayo 🙂

Beach plans thwarted by the windy conditions. Didn’t want to get sandblasted again. Disappointed to not get my toes in sand and listen to the surf. But I still got sun poolside. Maybe a bit too much. But I turn pink into brown pretty easily.

Margaritas in a little Mexican bar/restaurant. Drinks were strong. Bartender was awesome. We each tipped him so his tip was considerably more than the drinks were. Food was okay, but after the margaritas, it didn’t even matter. I ate about one fourth of the grilled chicken breast with retried beans. No chess and only one tortilla so I stuck with my diet plans pretty good. Except for the margarita. But, hey, cinco de mayo only comes once a year.

I finished reading Life After Life last night (see my review on goodreads) and started State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. I’m half way through and it is really good. I’m sure I will finish it in the morning. Then I get to have fun deciding what to read next. Tomorrow I’m on my own. It will be time by the pool and reading and relaxing.

I do love vacation…even with all the frustrations and disappointments. So thankful that I can vacation like I do. I have already looked at airfare for my next vacation for hopefully at the end of August.


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