The Sunday Salon

The Sunday Salon is hosted by Readerbuzz.

What I’m reading now:

I read a chapter a day in Adam Bede by George Eliot.

Dark Night of the Soul by Saint John of the Cross.

Sabriel by Garth Nix.

The Fall of Numenor by J.R.R. Tolkien.

In Good Time by Jen Pollock Michel.

The Viking Heart by Arthur Herman

Walt Whitman, Complete Poetry and Collected Prose.

I’m enjoying all of the books. Sabriel is out of my normal type of book to read, and I did this on purpose. I want to explore/read this type of genre.

All the above links are to Goodreads.

What else is going on in my life?

This afternoon at 2 PM it is 59 but feels cooler. The humidity is high. The wind is slight and from the south. Heavy overcast sky has gone away, and I see only bright blue sky.

On January 1, that evening, my 17-year-old grandson who has several mental health conditions had a violent outburst at his home. Then he talked of ending his life. The next morning, he voluntarily went to stay in a psych treatment center for several days. He had medication changes. He is in counseling. After 5 days he was discharged home. This was emotionally draining on all of the family. It is a difficult and ominous way to begin a new year. So far, he is fine. Back in school. Track began last week.

My husband has a sinus infection…again. He has probably had it several days or weeks. Yesterday, after a doctor appointment, he is on an antibiotic.

I am fine, busy with life and busy with several books I’m juggling to read.

Today is a lovely day at home.

Enjoy your weekend!


The Sunday Salon

The week started off with stormy weather (a few tornadoes) and a cold for both me and my husband. It is not a sinus infection. It is not the flu. It is not Covid related. It is a cold. We are both better, but still have lingering symptoms. This has been a season where I have had sinus allergy or cold stuff since a few days before Halloween. I’m ready for it to vacate my head.

I chose not to put up a Christmas tree this year. I don’t miss it. I love Christmas trees. I love looking at them. I enjoyed decorating them in the past. We have 4 cats. That is the big reason for not having a Christmas tree, it’s the ordeal of having 4 cats removing ornaments, eating things they should not, and the everyday chore of picking up items from the floor they removed from the tree. Plus, I don’t have the heart to ask my husband to go up in the attic and get down the artificial tree, only to put it back up there in a few weeks. That tree is the only thing kept in the attic.

I’ve decorated the house with a few items that are festive. I listen to Christmas music most days. I am watching Christmas movies, especially the classic ones.

For those of you who blog, do you visit the blogs that follow you or you follow them? Do you wait until they like or leave a comment on a blog post and then visit them?

On Saturday mornings, I receive emails from 40 plus blogs that I follow. Instead of getting an email every time a blog posts, I get a weekly digest. It is one of the first things I do on Saturday mornings: I read through, like, or comment on those blogs. I have a few that come to me in emails as soon as they are posted during the week, but most arrive in the weekly digest.

Some blogs post 1 or 2 times a week. Some blogs post multiple times a week and sometimes more than once per day. This means a lot of blog posts I look through in that once-a-week digest.

The more graphics on a blog page, the longer it takes to load the page.

Some blogs do not have a like button on the email, but if I click on comment, I will be taken to the blog post and can like or comment.

One of the big takeaways from reading all those blog posts is bloggers who write book reviews work hard at blogging about books. The amount of time and commitment that goes into blogging is created and developed from a big heart that loves books and reading. I’m proud of all of you my fellow bloggers and readers.

Are you signing up for reading challenges in 2023. I’ve committed to one, the George Eliot Chapter a Day Reading. This is the link if you are interested. I have the book, Adam Bede. I printed out the reading schedule. I’m ready.

This link is a one stop place to find reading challenges in 2023: Girl XOXO/Master List of Reading Challenges.

The Salon Salon is hosted by Readerbuzz.

The Sunday Salon

What was my week like?
What else is going on in my life?

I just got home from a Saturday choir practice at church that lasted about 1 1/2 hours. We are rehearsing for the big Advent Lessons and Carols that will be performed next Friday, December 9, 2022.

We are a small choir, when all are present, we have 10. Another church choir is joining us for the Advent Lessons and Carols service. The combined choirs will make 20.

I sing 2nd soprano.

I am reading several books this week but have not finished any of them because I’m busy with the season’s activities. Hoping and planning to finish some before the end of the year.

Everyone in my family is well except a brother-in-law who is waiting on insurance approval to begin chemo and infusion therapy for leukemia. This is the second time he’s had leukemia. This time it is a more aggressive form.

It’s teatime and I’m ready to relax and read.

Enjoy your weekend!

The Sunday Salon is hosted by Readerbuzz.

The Sunday Salon

I didn’t post a Sunday Salon last weekend—-too much going on.

On this dreary overcast Saturday morning it is 36 degrees. The wind is from the NNW at 9 mph. The humidity is 51%. It is expected to warm up to the mid 40s. We will have a warming trend over the next 10 days.

My 4-year-old granddaughter Charlotte has the flu. She had gotten the flu vaccine but still became sick this past week. I’ll not be surprised if her parents become sick.

My 19-year-old granddaughter Celeste was in the hospital last week with seizures. The EEG showed the seizures, but they are not in the area of the brain to diagnose her with epilepsy. Instead, she has been diagnosed with dysautonomia which is related to the POTS Syndrome she has. Celeste has several health problems. The dysautonomia is one more on the list. She is home and has not had seizures for several days. There is not a pill to fix this problem. I believe they are going to try biofeedback.

My sister Frances’s husband John has been diagnosed with leukemia. He had a bone marrow aspiration biopsy yesterday at MD Anderson in Houston. We will know more information with those results. He had leukemia and was on chemo 2 years. He had 2 years free of no cancer, it has returned.

Thanksgiving is planned at the home of son Paul who is the dad of Charlotte. But we will see how the family fairs. He has ordered a fully cooked meal from Albertson’s grocery store. I am to bake the pies. Some holidays are like this. Plans change because of sickness or other life stuff.

I finished reading The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. I posted a review yesterday.

I am reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I am also reading a book of her short stories which are vastly different than Little Women‘s tone and writing style. It’s as if a different author has written it. The book is below. This is the link at Goodreads.

I just started reading a book that will be a review for Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. It is Half Notes from Berlin by B V Glants.

I’m wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! Stay well. Stay warm. Read only enjoyable books and drink warm tea or coffee. Don’t forget the lap blankie, and maybe a cat or two.

The Sunday Salon is hosted by Readerbuzz.

The Sunday Salon

We’ve had about three inches of rain the previous two days. Today it is clear and sunny and a pleasant 54. The week will be warmer than I’d like, but on Friday November 11 and strong cold front arrives.

Today I am doing a mix of house chores, reading, preparing for choir tomorrow (because I missed choir practice Wednesday night), blogging, and a quick trip to the grocery store.

I’m still fighting this sinus allergy thing. I don’t have Covid. I don’t have a cold. I do think that I’m slowly getting better.

Read any good books? Tell us about them.

I began reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott last night. This is the first time to read this story. I’ve seen a few film adaptions of the story, but this is the first time to read it.

It is a Penguin Classic. The story was originally written in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. The stories were merged into one volume plus they were revised for a new edition in 1880.

The text I am reading reproduces the original 1868-69 editions.

I’ve been motivated to read Little Women after reading my friend and fellow blogger’s review of Marmee by Sarah Miller. The link is to Becky’ review. Becky and I often talk about our feelings on books, an author, or other book matters.

I’m seeing a trend of books that are linked to a book previously written. Other characters that now have a spotlight in a story. For example, Elizabeth Bennett’s sister Mary who has been cast in multiple historical fiction books or Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy.

When I am reading a story, I sometimes wonder how a secondary character in the story would develop as a main character. I have remarked in reviews that a secondary character is more interesting than the main character.

How do you feel about this trend in developing a new story of a secondary character from previous works?

Do you sometimes wonder when you are reading a book that a secondary character would be better as a main character?

Enjoy the weekend!

The Sunday Salon is hosted by Readerbuzz.