Sunday (Evening Post)

This week has been filled with trips to the mall to visit and walk the mall with a friend from Las Vegas, and going four days in a row (each day a larger percentage off) to an estate sale down the road where we purchased a bedside table in anticipation of visitors from Boston in June and a roll-top desk as an early anniversary present to each other. We also brought some smaller items none of which we needed, but all  nice additions to our house and lifestyles.  Because of the unusual busyness, I did very little reading.

I finished Vanishing Grace by Phillip Yancey, borrowed from the church library, which I returned this morning.  A review follows soon.

I am continuing to read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas which deals with a white on black shooting and is so interesting that I am halfway to three fourths of the way through.

I started an old book, Tender Mercies by Taylor Caldwell that a friend brought to donate to my LFL when she attended a book party, and I am wondering why I haven’t heard of it before? It is old-fashioned, but wonderful.

I have been cooking this week: Greek lemon-roasted golden potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs, roast beef in the crockpot, and fresh green beans and new potatoes from a friend’s garden.  We are eating well.

It is hot on the Gulf Coast of Texas, hitting 90 degrees, at least, each day with 0ver 85 to 90 percent humidity.  Whew! With washing clothes, taking extra showers, and watering the plants, I dread seeing my water bill!

The Powerful Women Readers’ “Hen Party” is next Sunday, so I have another busy week ahead, shopping and cleaning in anticipation of that. I have read and prepared book talks on all three “assigned” books, but this get together will focus on food, fellowship and fun.

Sunday (Evening) Post

Happy Mother’s Day.  Although I am not a mother, I had a lovely Mother’s Day Weekend. Saturday my husband and I visited Half-Price Books in Houston and I purchased $30 worth of bargains for my Little Free Library.  While in the same strip shopping center, we went to a consignment store specializing in furniture and accessories, and my husband bought me a lovely basket/vase which I was able to put dried flowers/weeds from a disassembled floral arrangement in, something I’ve wanted to do for a while now.  The clerk at the store said, “Tell me you’re a mother, and you’ll get a twenty percent discount.”  I informed her I was not a mother, but I thought I deserved a discount for being honest.  My Better Half chimed in that I was the only mother our cat, Lena, had ever known, and the kind salesperson came through with the discount!  She made my day. We finished up at Eduardo’s Mexican Kitchen for lunch, thus freeing me from cooking , not only the rest of the day but also for lunch today, thanks to warmed up leftovers.

This morning we cleaned up and moved furniture around in our guest  bedroom, anticipating summer visitors.  It looks so much larger and roomier, and My Better Half hung two pictures on the wall and in the hallway to accommodate the changes we made.  Now to the local Alvin furniture store, Cox’s, for an end table and maybe  a new sofa and loveseat at their Memorial Day Sale.  I told you it was a good weekend, didn’t I?

We worked in the yard again this first full week off from school, planting flowering hawthorne, another hibiscus, a knock-out rosebush, and a lipstick plant in a pot.  Also, our Easter Lillies, hastily stuck in the ground last Easter, are in full bloom for Mother’s Day.  They also have multiplied, so we may have further blooms for Father’s Day, or at least for next spring.

Finished this week: Many Waters by Madeline Engle…great as a part of a series or as a stand alone. (To be reviewed soon) and the very first issue of a delightful magazine, Magnolia Journal, “inspiration for life and home.” As a charter subscriber I was very interested in receiving this magazine, skimmed it ooooohing and aaaaahing when it first arrived, then going back and reading with enjoyment every word. Joanna and Chip Gaines, editor-in-chief and editor-at-large, respectively, are responsible for this excellent piece of readability.

Continuing to read: Have not quite finished today’s edition of The Houston Chronicle, my Sunday afternoon reading material; Who Is Human? a science fiction novel by Gary Pegoda; Beyond Human Nature by Printz; and Phillip Yancey, an excellent inspirational writer who is fast becoming my second favorite inspirational writer (next to Max Lucado) has hooked me on his Vanishing Grace:Whatever Happened to the Good News? 

Started this week: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.

I have done a great deal of reading, a chapter here a chapter there, and am probably going to end up with several books to review, all at the same time.

I’ve done little cooking besides warming up from food cooked last week and leftovers I’ve dubbed “Cowboy Stew” which has leftover lean hamburger patties from a lunch and anything in the refrigerator in the way of leftover vegetables that weren’t “spoken for.”  We’ve had it twice, once rolled up in flour tortillas and once over leftover rice from Eduardo’s. Believe it or not, it was most enjoyable.  A friend brought homemade Louisiana gumbo and a scrumptious dessert…more than we could possible eat ourselves, so we were privileged to share with a neighbor for her Mother’s Day.

As I said, it has been a good Mother’s Day weekend.

SUNDAY (EVENING) POST

The Sunday Post was originally started at Caffeinated Blogger, a fine blog I follow. Many participants post a catch-up on their week’s activities, focusing on what they read during the past week.  I thought it would be an excellent way for PWR to catch up with each other and stay abreast of what we were all reading.  There were so many participants, however, that I altered the meme, inserting (Evening) in honor of the old magazine, Saturday Evening Post. This is a call for readers to post their own comments, catching PWR members and others up to date with their reading (and other) activities.  That said, here is my Sunday (Evening) Post:

What I finished this past week: Who Said I Was Up for Adoption by blogging friend, Colin Chappell, a fine blogger and a fine author. I reviewed it this Saturday here. Also I enjoyed Cat and Dog, a children’s book written by David Lloyd and illustrated by Clive Scruton.

What I am continuing to read: Big Magic, a non-fiction book about creativity; Beyond Human Nature: How Culture and Experience Shape the Human Mind, both in an effort to stretch and challenge my thinking processes.

What I started this week: Last night I read the first three chapters of a close friend, Gary Pegoda’s book, Who Is Human?  It is a sci-fi novel that reads like poetry but carries the reader along in page-turning prose. Also, I began a book I have heard about and wanted to read for a long time (I made it a quarterly selection for PWR, so I’d be sure to get to it soon.), Memories of a Geisha.

What I watched this past week: Three movies–Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Killer; Lion; and The Dressmaker. All were creative, all were well done, but my favorite was The Dressmaker.

Generally, it was not an exciting week, except for Easter Sunday, for “He is risen! He is risen indeed!” as the New Testament greeting goes.  It was a quiet, yet busy week as we begin the big count-down to the end of the semester. I hope to MAKE time for more reading this coming week, but we shall see…

Sunday Evening Post

This should be the end of an almost month long confinement with plantar fasciitis, for I must return to school this coming Wednesday, and I plan to give a Birthday coffee for a friend turning 83 as well as attend the Third Tuesday Book Club on Tuesday. Monday will be the last day of taking it easy, and probably next week will not be as generous with the amount of reading time offered.

That said, here is what I finished last week: Chasing Vermeer a middle school mystery by Blue Balliett which I listened to on an audio book from the library; Freeks, a YA paranormal romance (I didn’t know such a genre existed!) which I bought in hardback after reading a review of it on Brainfluff; and Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, which I read so much ABOUT, I thought I had read it, but I was wrong.

Here is what I am continuing to read:  The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahata, and The big, fat Sunday edition of today’s Houston Chronicle.  Reading the Sunday paper on Sunday afternoon is one thing I do each week for pleasure.

Started this week: A nice “escape read” that was left anonymously at my back door (along with donations to my Little Free Library) that had the word “Good” written on the price label entitled The Friends We Keep by Susan Mallery; and a Kindle version of Who Said I Was Up For Adoption by Colin Chappell, whose blog I follow faithfully.

Temporarily Parked:  Racing in the Rain, written also from the dog’s point of view.  I am sure I will have to re-read a considerable portion of this Garth Stein paperback, but the excellent writing will make this a pleasure, not a chore.

Watched:  A terrific movie Guardians of the Galaxy which had me yelling at the TV  because it was so exciting…and the soundtrack! The Valentine’s episode of “Speechless” was well done, as was another twisty-turny episode of “Bull”.  I am one episode short of being up to date on my favorite TV soap-opera, Gray’s anatomy, and I began the series on young queen Victoria on PBS, Victoria, as well as watched a PBS documentary on the cousins: Victoria, Alexander, Tzar of Russia and Frederick Wilheim  of Germany.  It gave a whole new slant to the causes of WWI and the relationships and alliances made during that war, totally fascinating. I also watched the “Today Show” on NBC every morning this past week.

I feel so totally up-to-date on TV viewing and have made a dent in my TBR list as well.  It has been a good week.