Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Quote for the Week

You can't have a rainbow without rain.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Books of June

I read a lot this month, mostly to keep my mind off my flooded house.  Some books helped better than others.  See below.
A lighthouse keeper and his wife on a deserted post find a baby washed up on the beach.  The wife has miscarried three times and is in despair of ever bearing a child.  They keep the baby, setting off a moral dilemma that has far reaching consequences.  I enjoyed it.  In our book club, we often rate books on a scale of 1 to 10.  I gave it a 6.

An elderly widow asks a widower who lives a few blocks away to come to her house several times a week to sleep with her.  Now there's an interesting premise.  A "sweet" book, with a rather contrived ending. (No worries--they don't die at the end).

I am a big fan of Nora Roberts.  In fact, reading her Silhouette romances convinced me  to become a romance writer.  Whiskey Beach is a typical N.R., not one of her best but a fun read.

I ordered this book for my Kindle after seeing some good editorial reviews on Amazon.  Don't always believe what you read.  This book, written from a stalker's point of view, was disgusting, revolting, utterly gross.  I can't believe a woman wrote it.  On a scale of 1 to 10, it gets a zero.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Quote for the Week

We can make ourselves miserable or we can make ourselves happy.  The amount of work is the same.
            Carolos Casteneda

Sunday, June 28, 2015

My New-Old Gadget

It's now been a month since the Great Memorial Day Flood, and I have been coping better than I would have expected.  My "Flood Notebook" is full of interesting information that I've learned, like what "proof of loss" is, how many people want to dry out/clean out/rebuild your house, and most of all, how much you can do without.  I am back in my 5-bedroom house and making do with a bed, a breakfast room table and chairs and a chair for my built-in desk.  The bottom 2 feet of sheet rock is torn out all through the house, and the cat loves it because I can't close him in a room any more--he just walks right through the walls.

My dishwasher drowned in the flood.  The nice adjuster who was here explained that it's because the motor is underneath.  Who knew?  So now I wash dishes by hand after each meal, which is okay because I don't run out of spoons because they're all in the dishwasher.  But I don't like drying dishes, so I decided to try to buy a dish drainer.  I wasn't sure they were still around because frankly, I haven't seen or used one in probably 30 years.  I went to Bed, Bath and Beyond and, not certain the clerk would know what I was talking about, asked if they had a dish drainer.  Surprise!  They had several.  I bought the smallest, cheapest one...and I got a 20% flood-victim-discount.
Seeing it sitting on the counter makes me feel a bit like June Cleaver.  Yes, I know--some of you use dish drainers all the time, but I have been too lazy all these years to wash dishes without relying on a machine
Seriously though, the most important thing I've learned from the flood is how kind people are and how fortunate I am to have friends who care and take the time to check to see how I'm doing and if I need help with anything.  In spite of everything,  feel truly blessed.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Quote for the Week

“If you love life, don’t waste time,
for time is what life is 
made up of.”
Bruce Lee

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Books of May

I'm a bit late (no, a lot late) with May book reviews, but I've been dealing with a flooded house, the worry that Tropical Storm Bill would cause another flood, and living in a 5-bedroom home where all my furniture is piled in the middle of the rooms except my bed, my breakfast room table and chairs and the chair to my built-in desk.  And of course, the sheet rock is torn out two feet up from the floor...and I still can't find my salt and pepper shakers.  Anyway, on to the books I read last month.

A stranger visits various people and whispers secrets that change their lives.  Implausible and weird.  I could not suspend my disbelief for even a minute.  Read at your own risk.

This is another weird book, a supposedly modern-day version of the myth of Castor and Pollux.  The twins in this story were so identical and so confusing, I couldn't make sense of  it at all.  Another read-at-your-own-risk book.  Sorry, Scott Turow, I used to love your work.

I heard Geoff Dyer read from his book, and I bought it the next day.  As a resident writer for two weeks aboard an aircraft carrier, he describes all aspects of aircraft-carrier life in hilarious detail.  Some Amazon reviewers felt he was disrespectful of the ship and crew, but I loved it and laughed all the way through it.

A college student interviews a condemned killer who is dying of cancer and becomes intrigued by his story.  Okay but not great.

I love Liane Moriaty's books, and this one didn't disappoint.  What happens after a wife finds a note her husband meant for her to read after his death?  A fun read.
The White House as viewed by the "little" people who work there, as cooks, butlers, florists, housekeepers, etc.  Moderately interesting.
Happy Reading!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Quote for the Week: Lyrics from an old song

I've always loved "You'll Never Walk Alone," and it seems appropriate as we brace for another possible flood.
When you walk through a storm, keep your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark.
At the end of the storm lies a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.
Walk on through the wind, walk on through the rain,
Though your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone.


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