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About meMy earliest memories were of reading. The small town where I lived had a wonderful library. If I was missing, my parents knew they could find me in the library, keeping company with librarian Miss Alice Blake.

Books remain my solace and comfort. To be surrounded by books in a quiet room is heaven.

Discovering Library Thing in 2008, continues to be a blessing! A member of the 75 challenge group, my reading genre expanded, and I've met many wonderful people.

Here is thread number one for 2014:

About my libraryMy library at home consists of well over 1,000 books located throughout the house. Purchasing near 500 books in 2013 was the tipping point. Alas, I fear the men in the green coats will come to take my books away and you will find me on the tv show regarding hoarders..

Mother of two daughters, grandmother to four, significant other to a lovely man who also reads, but, unlike me, thankfully he doesn't collect.

Groups100 Books in 2013 Challenge, 100 books in 2014 challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, Books off the Shelf Challengeshow all groups

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Hi, Linda!
Wonder how it is that we're online at the same time so seldom!
Hope you're doing as well as you can be expected to do and that you're staying warm. I hated to feel that wind blowing the cold back into NC today.
Hi, Miss Linda!

Are you feeling any better? Have the flowers in your area started to pop out at all? Has Lilly been improving? Is Will okay?

I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that you are not alone on the surgical roller coaster - saw the doctor this morning and have to get another scoping of my knee in the next few weeks so that I can rehab before our trip to Napa Valley.

This is going to be tricky because I have to squeeze in surgery, PT, and back shots in the next 8 weeks. My calender is going to get a workout!

Keep me posted on your progress...I worry about you.

Hugs. Cheli
Many thanks for the kind words! Glad I could be helpful.
Hello, sweetie,

Have you recovered from the news of your latest upcoming adventure? Things have not been going good for us, have they? You find out that you need another surgery and I'm not in much better shape.

I think I torn my knee up again, I slipped on a wet spot in the kitchen and my knee is feeling abut the same as before my surgery. Same knee, bummers! Besides that my arthritis seems to be getting worse, especially in my shoulders, elbows and wrists. The only other thing I can think is that I have whacked out my shoulder (always sleeping on it to baby my knee) and carpal tunnel for my wrists. When we get back fro Florida, I'm headed to the doctor. My back survived the plane ride pretty well (thank god for lido-cane patches) but I'm so used to my bed that sleep is not that easy on a mattress that is either too soft or too firm, and pillows, I won't go there. Guess I am just a Goldilocks at heart, it has to be just right!

We flew out yesterday and before I left, my Mom (doing well thank you) called to say that my niece has gone into labor with her twins - born last night a boy and a girl, all we know. More March birthdays to add to the list.

Well, I'm headed back to my book after I read a few threads. Take care. Hugs.
Thanks for the kind words, Linda. I still have a bit of a buzz from the book, even though I finished it two weeks ago! If you're on Spotify, you should check out Rowell's soundtrack for the book.

Also, please join us in the 2014 Tournament of Books list and spread the word about it.

Even if you've only read a couple of the books, it's fun to have as many people as possible in on it. Eleanor & Park is currently near the top of the list.
Linda, I'm picturing Lilly romping in the snow, and considering all the snow you must have, I hope she doesn't get lost in it! They do so love playing and rolling in the snow!

I put the book you recommended on hold at the library. I recognize the author's name and suspect I've read a few of hers but I haven't heard of this one. Sad doesn't bother me. I've read "Love That Dog" aloud several times and have never been able to read through to the end without tears streaming down my face. It's a good one if you haven't read it, but be forewarned, it's heartbreaking.

Thanks for the rec! I hope you have a wonderful weekend - be careful out there!
Hi Linda,
I just thought I'd stop by and let you know that we received some good news today. Copper's MRI indicated a fatty mass rather than a nerve sheath tumor. We still have to figure out why she's hurting, but I think the worst possibility has been ruled out. (To remove the tumor, the nerve would be removed as well, and so also her foreleg - we couldn't have done that to her at her age and size).

Thank you for all your kind thoughts and words and prayers!

You are a dear!
Love, Joanne
Hi, Linda! I'm okay... still have my good days and bad days. The neurosurgeon says my fusion & decompression healed beautifully, so he thinks any symptoms I still have are probably from the POTS/low blood pressure. So we're treating that aggressively, and if it doesn't help I'll have to see another specialist, because the headaches/dizziness could be from CSF.

It's frustrating that there never seems to be one thing that will "cure" me. I have months at a time where I'm doing well & can work & socialize and then months where I'm homebound.

I hope you're recovering from your surgery well! I know that's no fun. Six fusions--- that's amazing! I can't imagine. I only had the one surgery, though I'm fused from C1-C6.

Thinking of you often, as well!

Hi Linda,
Here is the recipe I used for beef stroganoff the other night.
It's from "How to Cook Everything" cookbook.
I wanted a recipe to use tenderloin tips I got from Omaha Steaks. Recipe said you could also use veal.
I served it over noodles. It was a bit too juicy for me. It was really good, but next time I will use less stock and more sour cream. We like it thicker.

I used all the optional ingredients. Tomatoes gave it a nice smattering of color.

Real Beef Stroganoff

Makes 4 servings - 30 mins (or less)
Use pieces of tenderloin if you can, because cooking is quick and the meat should be tender.

3 Tablespoons butter
2 large onions, sliced (I used one)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 oz mushrooms, sliced (optional)
1 1/2 to 2 pounds beef tenderloin, cut into one inch chunks
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 plum tomatoes, chopped (optional)
1 cup beef or chicken stock (I will cut this down to 1/2 cup next time)
1/2 cup sour cream (I will increase this to 1 cup next time)

Put the butter in a large deep skillet over medium heat. When the butter is melted, add the onions, along with a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and the mushrooms if you are using them. Cook, stirring occasionally until the onions are very soft, not brown. About 10 mins. Push aside and add the beef, stirring, for just a minute.
Stir in the mustard, tomatoes if you are using them, and stock. Adjust the heat so the mixture bubbles steadily but not violently and cook until the meat is tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sour cream. Taste and adjust seasoning. Serve over butter noodles or plain rice.

Hope you enjoy this version of beef stroganoff. The meat makes it - so get the good stuff.
Linda, I love the Metropolitan Art Museum. I convinced my wife to take a trip to New York to see a Fra Angelico exhibit there. Unfortunately, I don't make it to New York very often so I have only been a handful of times. Hopefully in the next couple of years we will be taking a family vacation there.
Thank you for the well-wishes, Linda! I'm not suffering at the level of post-surgical pain, so I really should be quiet about it. But today, I'm happy to report, is a fairly good day!

Hi Linda, glad you also enjoyed Light on Snow. Shreve's great for a quick escape. Yes, you MUST read Middlemarch!

Thanks Linda. Damian's 4 now and a little sweetie! I forgot how smart kids are at that age. He never ceases to amaze.
And Happy Thingaversary !
Linda- I hope you find and enjoy Amelia and Eleanor -

*smooch* You're a treasure, my dear lady.
A very happy Thingaversary to you, Linda! I've enjoyed getting to know you over the past couple of years in the 75-Book Challenge group. Thank you for being such a warm and welcoming presence on LT. I wish you much joy, today and every day.
Happy Thingaversary, Linda!
Dear Linda,

I responded with this on my thread, too, but in case you don't get back round there before you head to the library, I wanted to repeat it here: Snack Time for Confetti is the second book about that little bird - Charlie and I read Roly-Poly Egg last week and it's wonderful, too, so you may want to look for them both.

Happy (and pain-free, hopefully!) Reading!
Hi Linda! I got your card today. Thanks so much for thinking of me. I hope you're doing OK these days. I'm going to attend my first LT meetup on February 1st in Portland. Mark will be visiting his sister in Salem OR the last week of January and set up a meetup at Powell's Books. I'm so excited. Hopefully, you and I will end up at a meetup together this year, maybe when Paul makes it to the US. :-)
Whew, that was close. LOL!
Thank you, Linda. You know I send you best wishes every time I am here.....
Linda, I've been meaning to stop by and thank you for passing on The Little Island. It arrived the other day and I immediately read through it and looked at all the illustrations. I just caught up on your thread and was sorry to see today was not the best as far as your pain levels go. I hope tomorrow is a better day. You're in my thoughts and I hope you can feel the love being sent your way.

Hi Linda, I'll probably send out Brewster on Tuesday. Please know there's no rush in sending me The Little Island. If the next day or two or three turn out to be low energy days, don't push yourself to send it out on my account.

Hope today was a good one for you.


So how did your surgery go? I really haven't been to anyone's thread so I have no idea how things went. Quick update til I can make it to your thread?

Love you, dear friend!
My pleasure!
I love visiting your thread :)
How do, Linda:

The blog is Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud. You can visit and follow at your leisure! Thanks.

Dear Linda,
I think about you often, but you can't tell I don't suppose.
I hope that your appointment tomorrow brings some helpful information.
Take care! You're a champ!
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