Although I did a lot of reading this week, it was so diversified that I finished very little.
Reading this as my devotional each day.
Still reading and digesting slowly…
Put this aside for awhile…
Slodging through…

The farther I get into this, the more I like it!

What I Watched:

More than I’d like to admit: several Christmas movies; three or four series, more than one episode; and the total most recent season of The Crown. All of these I enjoyed immensely.


Technically, my last Sunday (Evening) Post that gave an update on what I was reading was on June 30th. I skipped the next Sunday, the 7th because I had just given a detailed update on my July 4th Personal Readathon where I described what I had finished, was reading and what I was looking forward to reading as of that date. When the 14th came, I was a day late on Saturday Mornings for Kids, so I posted it on Sunday instead.

And, here we are at another Sunday, the 21st, the next to the last Sunday in July.  Summer has been too long in some ways for me, too short in others.  I guess I fall into the category of, “You just can’t please some people”!

Here is what I have finished since the end of June: Art for Dummies/ What the Wind Knows (No, I lacked a few pages of finishing by the book club meeting, but even though the participants discussed the ending, I was intrigued and did finish it that afternoon./ No Time to Spare (essays from Ursula Guin), Unbecoming, Book “U” of The Alphabet Soup Challenge, The Readaholics, A Gothic Celebration (a cozy, bookish mystery I picked up and put down while waiting on other things and other people), No Ordinary time (see July 4 post), and Peter Elbow’s classic, Writing with Power.

Because I had spread myself very thin, I decided to postpone finishing Zafon, The Shadow of the Wind for Book “Z” until I had finished the other letters, and I also postponed starting Just Like Us by Helen Thorpe.

For some reason, I did more reading on Kindle. I started and am continuing to read The Sparrow, classic sci-fi; Why They Can’t Write; Americanahand I am continuing to watch the last episodes of season 2 of The Outlander.

I haven’t been reading as much as usual, for I have been busy, but a good busy.We took birthday cakes and made visits to two Sunday School friends, another friend and I visited the local writer’s group’s meeting at the public library, I had two tutoring sessions with a great new pupil, I rounded up and mailed two big boxes of “stuff” to relatives I’ve been putting off since the middle of June, had time to blog and more importantly, enjoy friends’ blogs, and even went on “adventures” with My Better Half a couple of times, morning or afternoon errands/outings/retail therapy–eating out each time we did, of course. It has been hot here, but surprisingly not as hot as the rest of the country. The “feels like” temperatures in the afternoons hit 100-110 degrees, but looking at the national weather map, places that really aren’t used to this kind of heat are experiencing the same temperatures, an unusual phenomenon!

That’s my past few weeks, and I am looking forward to some really good watching, reading, and good things coming up in the week ahead.


Because Santa brought us a stomach virus as an early Christmas present, and because I had been sleeping days as well as nights to catch up from being up at night, I awoke early Christmas Eve-Day and decided it was the perfect time to rip into a box of donations for my Little Free Library, and dig in. As I went through the books, I wanted to add many to my TBR shelves, but there simply was not room. Discovering that several of the donated books were already on my TBR list, some from years ago (It had been a long time since I had cleaned out my TBR manilla folder full of scraps of paper and newspaper reviews.) I decided to hold my own Christmas Eve-Day marathon.

I spent from 5:30 a.m. CST until 10:45 p.m. CST alternating between reading books, reading blogs I was so far behind on, and snacking on whatever would stay down (mostly water and saltines).

Books I began and finished:

Your Flying Car Awaits by Paul Milo–This one was a clip of a review in The Houston Chronicle from 2009. It was a fun read which described predictions of “robot butlers, lunar vacations, and other dead-wrong predictions of the twentieth century.” (cover blurb)

Books I had already started and continue to read:

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin–The second novel in “The Broken Earth” series, a sci fi adventure/thriller/mystery/poetically written novel started as our read-to-each-other for My Better Half and I, but when I needed an “O” for my Alphabet Challenge, I asked permission to go ahead and finish this on my own.  Things just became too busy as the Holidays approached. I now have about 250 pages to finish.  Just “getting back to it” was an accomplishment.

Books I started Christmas Eve-Day and am continuing at the present:

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub was a book I checked out of our local library and began reading Christmas Eve Day while recuperating.  I have only read 106 pages. This refreshing novel was also from a review in The Houston Chronicle’s “Zest” section where books are reviewed on Sundays.

What Great Teachers Do Differently by Todd Whitaker was a donation to my LFL from a friend who is eventually moving and who is “fixing up” her home ahead of schedule, planning construction and remodeling work over the Holidays. I began this one Christmas Eve Day and have read only sixteen pages.

Books I’ve Barely Begun:

Magic Words @Work by Kaminsky and Penney, part of the “Magic Words Series” was a donation by the same friend. I started it Christmas Eve Day, but I only read to page 47 before I had to wait until My Better Half woke up so I could retrieve my Quotes Notebook from the main bedroom to copy many of these “pearls of wisdom” down.

I have failed miserably at catching up with blogging friends’ posts, especially those done just for Christmas.  Honestly, I just wasn’t in the mood to read them, and listened to Christmas music with the lights dimmed and tried to stop my stomach from roiling.

This morning,  I’m “over it all.”  PTL!  I went outside about six a.m. and brought in the paper, then put a nice beef roast in the slow cooker for a late dinner or even maybe supper, depending on how tender the roast is.  The fact that I can write this description of food without becoming nauseous testifies  to how much better I feel. God is good, and happily, today I celebrate His birth!