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(Bahzah) Cee's Journal for July

This is a continuation of the topic (Bahzah) Cee's Jumping into June - a bit early.

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Edited: Jun 30, 2012, 9:16pm Top

Doe Re-Mi
Munching on Blueberry Salad in Backyard

Edited: Jul 19, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Books read in 2012:
* indicates BOTS (Does NOT incl ER books)
#1 The Tiger by John Vaillant (4.25 stars)
#2 The Elephant's Journey by Jose Saramago (4.5 stars)*
#3 Cannery Row by John Steinbeck (4.5 stars)
#4 Wheat Belly by William Davis (4 stars)
#5 Big Miracle by Tom Rose (3.5 stars)
#6 Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates (3 stars)
#7 Sarah's Key by Tatiana deRosnay (2.5 stars) *
#8 Blizzard of Glass by Sally Walker (4 stars)
#9 Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman (4.5 stars) *

#10 The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (4.25 stars) *
#11 The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (4.5 stars) *
#12 The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck (4.3 stars)
#13 The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (4.5 stars)*
#14 The Siege by Helen Dunmore (5 stars)
#15 The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman (4.5 stars) *
#16 The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care by Virginia Bell (3.5 stars)

#17 The Owl Service by Alan Garner (3 stars)
#18 Little Chapel on the River: A Pub, a Town and the Search for What Matters Most by Gwendolyn Bounds (4 stars) *
#19 A Dog Year by Jon Katz (4 stars) *

#20 River of Doubt by Candice Millard (4.5 stars)
#21 Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (4.5 stars)
#22 The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck (4 stars)
#23 Overseas by Beatriz Williams (3.5 stars)
#24 The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (4.8 stars) *
#25 Iron and Silk by Mark Salzman (4 stars)

#26 Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (3.8 stars) *
#27 A View of the Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor (4 stars)
#28 The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
(3.5 stars)
#29 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (4.5 stars)

#30 The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carleton (4 stars) *
#31 Auraria by Tim Westover (3.7 stars)
#32 The Call by Yannick Murphy. (4.5 stars)

#33 "Frost, You Say?" by Marshall Dodge (3.8 stars)
#34 Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (5 stars)
#35 Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (4.25 stars) *
#36 South of the Northeast Kingdom by David Mamet (4 stars) *
#37 The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill (3.8 stars)
#38 River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh (4 stars)

Edited: Jun 30, 2012, 9:32pm Top

Special Hi to Caro, Bonnie, Rhian, Lucy, Ilana, Paul, Terri, Mark, Kath, Brit, and Mamie , catching up on last thread.

Making progress toward better health.

Ron snapped a picture of a yearling we have romping and munching around our back woods lately. I named her Doe Re-Mi. Ain't she sweet?

We are meeting friends for a Sunday Buffet tomorrow at a local B&B. Then I think I get a real reprieve before the Fire Auction next Saturday ... but I have said things like that before!

Lovely night for fireworks tonight. Does not seem to bother Loki.

Happy July to Everyone!

Jun 30, 2012, 11:09pm Top

Congratulations on your new thread Cee and I hope it brings you good health, good cheer and good reading.

Jul 1, 2012, 1:01am Top

Love the doe.

Didn't realize you had Labrynthitis --- P had that several years ago and it was brutal!!!! I remember her trying to get out of bed and I swear if I believed in ghosts I would swear one just put his hands into her chest and shoved her hard back into bed. I watched it and it was one of the weirdest things I've ever witnessed. The dizziness was really horrible. I'm so glad you are better.

I hope you're un-dizzy enough to read again soon.

Jul 1, 2012, 1:03am Top

Hello Cee, glad to catch up at last - I love that beautiful deer!

Jul 1, 2012, 7:34am Top

Okay, you win. That is the best photo for a thread topper I have yet seen.
Gorgeous! Hope you feel better today :) No worries about reading, those books
will wait, and be just as good when you get to them...

Jul 1, 2012, 9:00am Top

Such a beautiful photo - I wish we lived somewhere where we got wildlife coming in like that. The most interesting thing I've ever seen in our garden is a hedgehog.

Jul 1, 2012, 9:04am Top

I've fallen woefully behind on the threads, again. Dropping by your shiny new thread to say hello. Do Re-Mi is sweet!

Jul 1, 2012, 9:05am Top

#8 I agree, Rhian, I got very excited last year when I had three baby hedgehogs in my garden - that's about as good as it gets!

Jul 1, 2012, 9:07am Top

8,10: A hedgehog would be exciting here!

Jul 1, 2012, 9:07am Top

Such a sweet picture. I hope you don't have a garden - or more accurately, didn't have one!

Jul 1, 2012, 9:14am Top

Beautiful photo and lists!! Oh my!! Hope you are getting some R&R today and hope you are feeling better!!!

Jul 1, 2012, 9:18am Top

Agree... a hedgehog would be great here, too. There is a deer, a buck..
that has begun coming back around here. Usually at night. I haven't
seen him recently but one of my neighbors has..

Jul 1, 2012, 4:56pm Top

Lovely photo to start off your brand new thread - well done! Hope you are feeling better, Cee. Take care of yourself.

Jul 1, 2012, 8:29pm Top

OK - unless I am completely 100% better tomorrow morning, I am calling the doctor again. I'm getting so antsy I'm driving Ron (and myself) nuts!

So - to respond to those who suggested audiobooks... thanks. I tried. No can do. Those guys just won't shut up! I tried listening to At Home and Gods Behaving Badly and couldn't take it. Probably due to bad ears or lack of concentration. But I also don't like that I can't think about anything they say or I'll miss the next sentence... and I can't see the names. Or re-read something I want to experience at a deeper level.
It's like "Cruise Comtrol" - you're just not in charge! Guess I'm a bit of a control freak! Ya think?

Anyway thanks for all the good wishes.

Paul, you are FIRST! And your opening greeting is perfect... I want all of those things ;-)

And - yes Ellen - this labrynthitis is the pits! I can relate to your story, Ellen. It hits me hard, too. Brutal and horrible are good descriptors! I was willing to succumb for the first round... but once I start feeling better followed by a relapse... I will not accept any more of this bullstuff! (I'm tough. Right? Is anybody scared? No? sigh.)

Hi Genny! Good to see you again :)
I think 3 baby hedgehogs sounds like fun! I never have seen one... unless they are the same as groundhogs????

Thanks, Kath! For compliment and consolation. You always know just what to say. How do you do that???

Oh, Rhian. A hedgehog IS a form of wildlife. Can you get us a picture of one???

Jul 1, 2012, 8:36pm Top


Edited: Jul 1, 2012, 8:45pm Top

Katherine, I finally had to look up hedgehogs.
cute, huh?

That would be exciting. Wonder how big they are??

Linda 007 - hahaha! Anything Doe Re-Mi wants in my garden is free for the nibbling.
Last year I had a beautiful little hydrangea bush with flowers. I didn't pick them waiting for company. The morning of the day they arrived, I went out to pick the flowers for an arrangement in their bedroom. The flowers were cleanly eaten off... hope they were good!

Tammy!!!! I think you are the only one that uses exclamation points as enthusiastically as I! LOL!!!
Good to see you here!

Oh, Kath - hope deer do not like new trees... willow types. How is it doing, btw? the tree.
And Ron thanks you for the compliment on his photo up top ;-)

Hi Mamie, Thanks. Credit for the photo goes to ROn. He is determined to capture a $1mil picture. So I get all the trials :-)
As far as feeling better - the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. *heavy sigh* Doing a lot of sighing tonight :(

Jul 1, 2012, 8:47pm Top

Pet hedgehogs will fit in your hand. And they curl up and are very cute.... I have never seen one in the wild...

Willow kinda shaky... hope it will make it..

The deer doesn't go back there as far as I know... to many dogs.. :P
He stays up front..

Jul 1, 2012, 8:50pm Top

Just a note of encouragement, Kath.
There's a house down the street that had a whole row of pines planted along the street and the first year they looked like hell. I thought sure they would all bite the dust. The next year, they looked even worse and I wondered why they didn't dig them up and get rid of them... they really were struggling.
Now - they are gorgeous! (3rd yr)
So don't give up hope...

Jul 1, 2012, 8:56pm Top

Do you feel better?

Jul 1, 2012, 8:57pm Top

? Where did the rest of that post go?

Thank you for encouraging words.. hope you're right and the willow makes it.. love it!

Jul 1, 2012, 9:06pm Top

Hi Cee, I hope your world stops spinning soon. I am with you on audiobooks. My auditory comprehension must be terrible - at least my husband says so!

Deer are such beautiful creatures. Hunting season around here just breaks my heart. We had a doe in our yard one morning last week. She must have wandered off the greenway in search of water. That is only the second one we've seen by the house in the twelve years we've lived here.

Jul 1, 2012, 9:06pm Top

Happy New Thread Claudia!

I love love love the photo up top, seems almost too good to be true! And then the hedgehog is almost like an overdose of cuteness. I can't take it!

Sorry that you're not all better yet though. For the audiobooks, it took me some adjustment too, and I have the problem, no matter what format I'm doing my "reading" in, that my mind always wanders. But when I listen to audios, there's a neat function on my MP3 player (in this case my iPhone, but probably on ALL MP3 players) that allows you to rewind in the increments you want, from 10 to 60 seconds at a time, and I often make use of that feature. But then, if it doesn't work for you, it just doesn't. I just know that it makes my chores seem like fun because they're turn into an excuse to get some reading done.

Get better my dear, and soon!

Big (stabilizing) hug to you.

Jul 1, 2012, 9:33pm Top

Kath, my attitude is getting better but my ears are still grieving me. What I got back in stability, I lost in hearing. Tomorrow it's the doc office or bust!

I know, Donna. I hate hunting season. Oh, I know all the arguments - but still. I hate to see - well, nevermind. It's too sad. Glad you got a deer visitor last week ;-)

Ilana! 2 visits so close together??? I'm honored :-)
I'd like to do audiobooks - really, I would. Maybe I need to try it when I'm not dizzy. Of course, now you are getting all technical on me - "...function...rewind...increments..." gaaahhh!
Thanks for the stabilizing hug - I needed that!

Jul 2, 2012, 8:07am Top

#16 I didn't realise that you didn't have hedgehogs in North America - I think I thought it was one of those animals that you got all over the place. The ones we have hear are bigger than hand size - but smaller than a rabbit. To be honest you don't often see live ones as they are nocturnal but you find them in most places including towns. They eat slugs and snails so are good for gardens. You see more dead ones to be honest as their main defence mechanism is to roll into a ball if they are frightened, which obviously isn't very effective with traffic.

I'd never heard of keeping a hedgehog as a pet before but I looked it up and apparently they are usually Pygmy ones which aren't native to the UK.

The ony reason that I noticed them in my garden is I went to see what the strange noise was and found one hedgehog pursuing another making lots of noise. Discovered later that this was mating behaviour and not some sort of fight as I assumed at first.

Edited: Jul 2, 2012, 8:10am Top

I hope the doctor will see you, and that once you get there you are all well!
That's what usually happens :) Hope it works!

nope.. no hedgehogs here..
too bad, they are adorable.

Jul 2, 2012, 8:18am Top

Oh my I thought you were on the road to recovery but apparently everything's still spinning. I hope today is the day everything turns around, oh poor choice of words.

I have no luck with audio books either Cee. I just can't concentrate. We're visual learners, that's all.

Jul 2, 2012, 8:50am Top

That photo is simply wonderful, just such a wonderful image with the water sparkling in the background. Marvelous.

Good luck today at the doc's.

Jul 2, 2012, 8:54am Top

Incredible photos!

I'll be thinking of you today in the hope your appointment goes well.

Thanks again for the advice regarding how to train a stubborn sheltie puppy.

Jul 2, 2012, 5:43pm Top

Awww I want a hedgehog! And a Doe Re-mi visitor :)

Hope you start to feel better quick!

Jul 2, 2012, 7:00pm Top

The battle of balance continues - and I don't mean my checkbook. Come to think of it - I don't keep a chekbook register anymore. I do everything online. Check the entries from the bank and let them do the math! Way less frustrating!

Anywho - went to dr am being passed on to ENT specialist. No appt there yet. Still dizzy off and on.

Rhian - great info on hedgehogs. Thanks - now I know 100% more about them than I did yesterday.
Poor things rolling into ineffective balls :(
Funny mating story.

Kath - I love my doctor. He always sees me and he is kind and gentle... but still a no-nonsense guy. He gave me an excerise to do in case it is calcium deposit (trying to r/o at this point) - but is sending me to specialist.

Bonnie - I was getting better - so much for that false hope! Haven't given up but I'm so impatient. Can't read much. It always feels like I am reading in a moving car and I get nauseous. I sooo wish I could do audiobooks. But I am also sooo stubborn. Gotta work on that.

Thanks, Lucy. I was thinking the same thing about the photo. Even so, Ron said I could have it for free! What a guy!

Linda - I hope something I said re puppy training is helpful, but I know it can be frustrating. HAving any luck?

Chelle, I'm thinking you would like anything that moves and is cute. Does Nate fall into that category? LOL

Thanks, my friends for your support. It really does help :-)

Jul 2, 2012, 8:41pm Top

Hope you are well soon... miss ya!

Jul 2, 2012, 9:08pm Top

Hi Cee... love the picture of the doe. As for a hedgehog, I love them. They're adorable if a little pokey if you don't hold them properly. When I was living in the outskirts of London, there was a family of hedgies living in my garden. Eventually they got used to us noisy students and would go hide in the bicycle shed whenever we had parties ...how they knew to go into the shed ahead of time I never figured out. But I'd always see them scurrying into the shed before the first guests arrived in the evening. Maybe they smelled the alcohol?

Jul 2, 2012, 9:24pm Top

Me too, Kath. I miss me too! ha

LOL, Caro! Cute story! So, would you say hedgehogs are a member of the porcupine family? Porkies are much bigger and dangerously quilled - but they have the same basic shape, I think? We have some of those around here. The only enemy they have here are fischers (sp?) that attack them from underneath on their smooth bellies.

Speaking of alcohol - it's been 10 days since I have had even a glass of wine, but I feel like I've been tiping the bottle a bit. Dang dizziness!

Jul 2, 2012, 9:30pm Top

I think they're in the same family... just smaller and cuter. Their quills aren't quite as dangerous as a porcupine's though, I think. I ate a porcupine once in a village in China .. not knowing what it was ...and not understanding the Chinese name for it. The business partner I was with thought the English name was a 'Sqeechil' ..which made me pause in my chewing because I thought maybe he meant squirrel ... but later on, I pulled out a quill thinking it was a bone ..and recognized it. Asked for a piece of paper, drew a porcupine on it and everyone clapped and smiled. Mystery meat solved. Tasted like chicken. haha

Jul 2, 2012, 9:33pm Top

A fischer cat:

Slightly sweeter picture:

Jul 2, 2012, 9:34pm Top

Hmmm.... never thought it would be edible - the porcupine, that is. Got a quill, huh?

Jul 2, 2012, 9:37pm Top

Someone told me once porcupines and hedgehogs were two complete different species... this is where wikipedia comes in...

here we go: "Hedgehogs' spiny protection resembles that of the unrelated rodent porcupines and monotreme echidnas." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog

Poor Claudia. I feel badly for you. Got your notes on my bloggedy-thing. So sweet. I'll be happy to help you, but you have to listen! ;-)

Edited: Jul 2, 2012, 9:47pm Top

Listen!hahahahahahahaha, Ilana! You hit the nail on the head!

Thanks for the lesson ^ on hedgehogs. I'm gonna have to find a book on them now. I'm getting interested.

Jul 2, 2012, 9:57pm Top

I am loving the hedgehog picture - so very cute.

Cee - I am so sorry that you are still feeling dizzy. This is no good. I have trouble listening to audio books also - I think it is a learned skill. I think you have to practice paying attention. I haven't learned this skill yet, but I'm working on it. I hope you feel better really soon. Sending good mojo your way.

Edited: Jul 3, 2012, 7:28am Top

It was always fun watching Dr Abe trying to trim their nails.
He loved them ( hedgehogs) but they did not love him. I did love to hold the dear little things. :)

Jul 2, 2012, 10:18pm Top

Hey, it's like Wild Kingdom over here! Was that Merlin Perkins? Not a lot of books but several cool critters.
Hugs to my pal!

Jul 3, 2012, 7:28am Top

Hopefully, today is better? I will keep on wishing until it comes true..

Jul 3, 2012, 7:57am Top

Beautiful picture! Love the deer, but its your gorgeous, sparkling water that I covet for my backyard! Hope your docs are able to take care of your health problems. Not being able to read - I can't even imagine it.

Jul 4, 2012, 10:15am Top

ahhh here you are..
Nothing to add.. just want to keep you high up on my list.
I am so late starting today... and I have a few things to do.. but I want to get to at least a few threads
before I give up!

Hope you are better today


Jul 4, 2012, 10:36am Top

Happy 4th of July, Cee! Hope you have a relaxing day and that you are feeling better.

Jul 4, 2012, 12:05pm Top

Cee, hope you feel better soon. My mom has had bouts of this, too and she hates it! Wishing you a happy, steady Fourth.

Jul 4, 2012, 3:51pm Top

Thanks, Ilana for the hedgehog lesson. At least I won't make the mistake of thinking them family members anymore.

How're you today, Cee?

Edited: Jul 4, 2012, 4:00pm Top

Cee,,,finally catching up. I hope the ears are behaving so you can enjoy a day w/o the dizzies to watch the fireworks and celebrate the holiday. Love the opening shot and really really want to thank you for the photo of the fisher. I have tried on several occasions to explain to visitors why we don't let out cats outside (between fishers, coyotes, bald eagles, owls, hawks and foxes they'd be somebody's dinner fast!) but I've never had a picture to show how nasty these fisher critters are. I saw them being fed at the Gray Wildlife Park last year, and we've seen them racing through our woods but that's as close as I care to get.

We're having a foggy cool one today---I know that's your favorite weather and hope the mist travels over a few coves to your house.

Feel better...............

Jul 4, 2012, 4:58pm Top

Here's wishing you feel better soon!


Jul 4, 2012, 6:06pm Top

Hedgehogs, how strange to me that you've never seen one. I have to agree with SandDune in that I see more flat ones than snuffling ones.
They rustle in the leaves outside our window, and scurry around until they spot you, and then roll into a little ball. They are cute, but I got ringworm from touching one as a kid, and have never forgotten that!

Edited: Jul 5, 2012, 1:11am Top

Should I be in need of an odd new pet, I will choose a hedgehog over a fisher cat. At least, based on the pics you posted....

Oh, and you scare me, Cee! Really you do! I can just tell how tuff you are!

I hope the dizziness goes away and never comes back.

ETA: I want to visit Megan so I can see a hedgehog.

Jul 5, 2012, 7:52am Top

I hope you feel well enough to stop in today...
thinking of you...

Edited: Jul 5, 2012, 8:14am Top

Hello Everyone :-)

OK. Where to start?
I'm feeling better - again!
Not 100% - but close.

So much better, in fact, that I was giggling at 5 am.
Me (whispering): Ron, are you awake?
Ron (whispering back): yes
Me (whispering): What???
Both of us cracking up. I can't hear worth a damn!

I thought our ceiling fan needed oil - which Ron said no - it doesn't. When I finally figured out what the moaning noise was, hehehe - it was the fog horn! :PPP~
ok...so... I can't hear worth a damn!

I am so happy lately. Ron thinks he's in the wrong house. What med is causing this, I wonder???

Got a Thundershirt for Loki - works great!
Found a dining set I like - will buy!
Visited Mom yesterday who was out walking with new friend Hope and little dog -
I want little dog ;-) *soooo cute*
Got on scale and realized I have lost about 8 pounds in last couple months ;-)
Dandelion Wine on hold for me at Library!
Library Book Sale tonight - hope I can make it.
Vacation is 18 days away :D


I am so behind on threads :{

Jul 5, 2012, 9:03am Top

Not sure what you're on, but may I have some please? LOL
Glad you're feeling better :)

Jul 5, 2012, 9:35am Top

Cee - I would like some, too!! So glad you are feeling better! And the Thundershirt works for Loki - YEAH!! Bella loves hers - she had it on last night because there were some neighborhood fireworks going off, and she was completely fine. Just laid down on the bed and went to sleep.

You lost eight pounds - I hope I don't find that!

Jul 5, 2012, 9:42am Top

yay glad to see you happy!! I think I found your eight pounds while I was camping ... turns out eating chips and s'mores and beer is not conducent to a good diet, who knew! ;)

Jul 5, 2012, 9:45am Top

Wow....hope everything continues to go well for you. So glad you can hear the foghorns. I don't think there's any sound I enjoy more on a rainy foggy day...just puts me right in the mood to settle right down to read. Stay well my friend. The clouds are forecast to continue all day.

Jul 5, 2012, 9:59am Top

Isn't it great, how much we learn from others here? Thundershirts, recipes.. etc. :)

Jul 5, 2012, 10:05am Top

I'm glad life is good, Cee!

Jul 5, 2012, 11:24pm Top

Good for you Cee. I'm so glad things are finally looking up.

Jul 6, 2012, 7:18am Top

Did you make it to the book sale?
How are you today? Feeling better?

Jul 6, 2012, 7:40am Top

Hi Kath, Mamie, Chelle, Mamie, Tina, Ellen and Bonnie!

I'm gonna try driving today... look out! Everyone OFF the roads! LOL
Going to a family-style breakfast with Mom this AM at Sunnybrook. Should be good!

Will report back later....

btw. Mamie. Have we seen a picture of Bella???
Gotta check your profile. ;-)

Jul 6, 2012, 7:42am Top

Be safe ...have fun!

Edited: Jul 6, 2012, 3:18pm Top

Ahhhh. Nice day :D

Did not go to the book sale preview last night, so I went after breakfast today. (fresh fruit bowl and strawberry/blueberry pancakes w/kahlua syrup... they only made me one, so I had to request a pile of them! YUM)

SO! I got some books ;-)
$20 worth
Anthology of American Literature Vol 2 by George McMichael (2000+ pages!)
City of God by Doctorow
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (will be a re-read)
Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min (loved her Red Azalea)
The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh (yes, our Sea of Poppies author)
The Real Thing by Doris Lessing (a fav author of mine)
The River King by Alice Hoffman
The Toynbee Convector by Ray Bradbury
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

So, that's less than $2.25 a book! All in great shape - most hardcover - white pages and decent sized print. I HAVE to go back! This goes on for 2 more days. They have boxes of books they have not even put out yet. I could go broke ;-)

To top it all off - Ron was NOT home when I got here... so I sneaked them in! LOL

I hope everyone is half as happy as me. If I find out what is in the air to make me so happy, I'm gonna bottle it and send to all my friends ;-)

Hugs to all - happy or not!

Jul 6, 2012, 4:47pm Top

Love the 5am bedtalk and mistaking a foghorn for the fan, Cee. Maybe your meds are affecting your hearing? haha...

Nice haul of books at the book sale. The only Doris Lessing book I've read so far is The Grass is Singing which I absolutely loved. I've been wanting to read A Proper Marriage. It's been on my obese wish list for the longest time. I really should make a note to get a copy sooner rather than later. Oh I see a visit to a bookstore in the very near future.... great joy! :-)

Jul 6, 2012, 6:09pm Top

That is a nice haul of books, Cee! I have The Unbearable Lightness of Being in my TBR, and am hoping to get to it this year. Bella is my profile picture and also in my Member Gallery pics - she has her red toenail polish on! My daughter Rae used to paint her dog Biscotti's nails and our groomer got such a kick out of it that now every time we have them groomed she paints both girls' nails - a different color each time to match their bandanas!

You made it home okay, so I'm assuming that the driving went well.

Edited: Jul 6, 2012, 6:21pm Top

Great bunch of books, Cee, with the added plus of no 'splaining to do with Ron gone. LOL!

Glad that you are feeling better and had a nice day!

eta - The deer up top is great! What a beautiful photo!

Jul 6, 2012, 6:35pm Top

It sounds like a beautiful day! Glad you were there in the middle of it :)

Jul 6, 2012, 7:01pm Top

Sounds like to made out well at the book sale! I may venture out and try some of Ghosh's other books since I liked SOP

Jul 6, 2012, 7:50pm Top

Back from my beach vaca Cee!
lovely deer picture up top, pat on the back for Ron :)
nice book haul!
did I see something about calcium deposits possibly causing dizziness?
would that then mean rocks in your ears? ;)
joking aside my old boss had that and they had to put her on some table and tilt her this way and that to get it/them out.
hope the ENT has an answer :)

Jul 6, 2012, 11:09pm Top

Hi Cee,
LG baby, LG

Jul 7, 2012, 2:42am Top

Great book haul - Lessing, Kundera and Ghosh are three winners for sure. Also happy that you are feeling a little better. Hope you spend the weekend in perfect equilibrium! x

Jul 7, 2012, 6:46am Top

Good Morning Cee...I am looking forward to you reading DW. I think you will love it :)

Jul 7, 2012, 8:07pm Top

FIRE DEPT AUCTION was a huge success!
We made over $22K
Lots of work...
All pooped out!

Jul 7, 2012, 8:10pm Top

wow that's great!! Have a good rest tonight :)

Jul 7, 2012, 8:23pm Top

Wow, you've got lots to be happy about lately Claudia! What a great book haul! I got The Glass Palace at an Audible sale very recently, and looking forward to it. Must re-read The Unbearable Lightness, though will likely do that on audio too, since they just recently released a bunch of Kundera titles in that format in the last couple of months. I have yet to re-attempt Lessing's Golden Notebook. Didn't realize she was a fave of yours. Now I feel guilty. (sort of, not really :-b)

Jul 7, 2012, 8:24pm Top

Cee--Yay! You are practically giddy! I am so glad life is good again. You scored at the book sale and it did well. Here's wishing you more pillow talk, but maybe not at 5am. : )

Jul 7, 2012, 10:50pm Top

Just stopping by with greetings and good wishes!!!

Jul 7, 2012, 11:15pm Top

22K!!? That sounds a huge amount...what did you sell?
Great job!

Jul 8, 2012, 6:48am Top

Hmmm Hope you didn't over-do yesterday~
On the other hand, I hope that you had a great time!

And wow! That does sound like a lot of money.. good for you!
Now,whatcha doing today?

Edited: Jul 8, 2012, 2:31pm Top

Good Morning, everyone!


Make that over $25K now for the auction - a few more items have been added in... and this is NET!
We sold boats, art, antiques, furniture, pottery, beeeutiful African baskets, power equipment, gift certs, etc...all kinds of things.
And all donated to us for selling by people in town and businesses.
I, myownself, even bought a huge blueberry pie - made by a great local cook ;-)
Ron got a leaf blower and I got a small side table for my library (which I will probably paint a cool color) and a nice hand juicer to make the "Perfect Lemonade" recipe from Jude. All in perfect shape.
We were so busy I didn't really have time to even bid on much for us. I suppose that is a good thing. Only spent $105. That's a record low for me.

The main thing is I survived - went to bed early - and even feel better today. Another step forward.

Hoo-boy! I need to go back and respond to all you great people.

Jul 8, 2012, 12:11pm Top

84: Well. That's... prominent. I'm glad I've already had coffee... :-)

Jul 8, 2012, 1:12pm Top

Good to see you are still resting comfortably on cloud 9... or have you moved up to 10? :)

Edited: Jul 8, 2012, 3:54pm Top


No kidding! I took a quick trip (as noted above) to the library book sale on Friday. Saturday was auction. So I decided to go back first thing today and see if anything was left. They were still putting out books and they were ALL free. They only asked for a donation to the library - not required.

I got 27 books for FREE! All in great shape and most hardcover

E.L. Doctorow: World's Fair and Ragtime
Ivan Doig: English Creek
Wm Faulkner: Sanctuary
Agatha Christie: Miss Marple: The Complete Short Stories
Betty Smith: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Alice Walker: Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful
Wm Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida
Marshall Dodge: "Frost, You Say?"
Wallace Stegner: All the Little Live Things
Isabel Allende: The House of the Spirits
Dean Koontz: Fear Nothing and Dragon Tears (loved the titles)
Anita Shreve: Fortune Rocks, The Weight of Water, and The Pilot's Wife
Terry Pratchett: The Color of Magic
C.S. Lewis: Till We Have Faces
Denis Lehane: Mystic River
Alice Munroe: Runaway
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day This one is for my Mom.
Daniel Silva: Moscow Rules
Leonard Rue: The World of the White-tailed Deer In honor of our new little Doe Re-Mi
and for fun -
DeNitto: Needlepoint on Plastic Canvas I want to make covers for my kleenex boxes.
Claire Cook: The Wildwater Walking Club
Howard Padwee, DVM: The Cat Who Couldn't See in the Dark
Lillian Jackson Braun: The Cat Who Sang for the Birds Silly and lovable books from Ms Braun.

Whew! Let's see. $0 / 27 books = $0.00 per book YAY!

ETA: Am I happy because life is good?
Is life good because I am happy?

Nevermind. I don't need to know. I disgust myself! Too much. Too much. Is something bad on the horizon????
I'm not a pessimist. But, this is crazy!

Jul 8, 2012, 4:03pm Top

Oh how I wish you could all have been here today.
How about next year?
July 4th weekend - Bath Heritage Days all weekend incl booksale. Carnival (v small) - Crafts - Food
All low key and small town - plus shopping, lobsters, and the beach?????
Anyone? Anyone?

Jul 8, 2012, 5:04pm Top

Oooh, very good book haul...in fact, i own/have read quite a few!

That labyrinthitis/inner ear mess....is truly dreadful...My mom had it, years ago....and it took way too long for her to get better...this hot weather doesn't help, either...especially if you're prone to Sinus Trouble...any who..am sending positive vibes your way


Jul 8, 2012, 5:14pm Top

wow that's a great haul!! Gotta love free books!

Jul 8, 2012, 5:36pm Top

I know Jude... believe it or not, I have not read any of these books yet. I keep seeing comments about either the authors or the books here on LT and how could I resist free?

I'm surprised how many people seem to have ear trouble. Is this a subject I'm not supposed to talk about???? It is truly a horror to be deaf and dizzy.

Amen, Sister Chelle!

Jul 8, 2012, 6:35pm Top

>91 -Cee-: Ear trouble, i do have...in my case it's sinus related...but damn, i hate waking up in the night, with what feels like a hot needle in my right ear...and a seriously stuffy head

The deaf & dizzy antics..i've missed, so far...knock wood

Talk about it all you like.....inner/middle ear infections are nothing to joke about (see me, Ms Spinning Top??)...but they can be cured..just takes time...like most things, at our age...***pffft on that***

***Big Hug***

Jul 8, 2012, 6:40pm Top

I suspected that the books would be discounted today..
Glad to see that I was right :)

Is Ron out buying a new book case?
There is a Tree Grows in Brooklyn GR coming up you know....
The House of the Spirits is a good one.. I like her writing a lot..
The Cat Who Couldn't See in the Dark also looks good.

The kids and I all made kleenex box covers back in the day. Then we adapted the instructions,
and we made treasure boxes :) I have Craig's here with post cards in it.

Well done Cee!

Jul 8, 2012, 7:26pm Top

Cee - Finally caught up here, and oh, so happy for you. That is quite a book haul that you got for free - good work. And the auction was incredibly successful - WahHOO, for that.

ETA: Am I happy because life is good?
Is life good because I am happy?
- YES!!

Jul 8, 2012, 9:46pm Top

What a haul!!! And the price was right, that's for sure Cee. I'm afraid hearing problems (and they run the gamut and include dizziness) are fairly common as we age. There I said it. I my own self, have Meniere's disease. You just have to live between flare-ups.

Jul 8, 2012, 10:15pm Top

I'm back from being away, SO glad to hear you are better - came here to check right away!

Congrats on the great haul!

Jul 9, 2012, 6:56am Top

Sleeping in and getting ready for some power reading?
Making plans for a frolic for today?
What's the plan?

Jul 9, 2012, 6:57am Top

Morning Cee, another brand new week. hope it's a good one!

Jul 9, 2012, 7:13am Top

27 free books, lobster and great company - if I can get across count me in dear lady. A lot of favourites there too. Slightly highbrow chick-lit I actually enjoy Anita Shreve and you snagged three of em.

Jul 9, 2012, 7:15am Top

Someday I will get to the Shreve's that I have. And I have never read that Bradbury!
How is it that we have so few book sales here? :( I am not even sure that the humane society will
have their this year..

Edited: Jul 9, 2012, 7:25am Top

Thanks for the big hug, Jude. I've said it before - I'll say it again - you are a great hugger!

Hi Kath! I hoped the books would be discounted. And I hoped there would be some left. But Holy Cow! Free? And still many books left that I wanted to read. Now I need to hole up somewhere and like you said "power read"!
I squeezed them all in my bookshelves - luckily they were lightly packed. But... that didn't last long. I need to get going. Read and Weed.

I looked through my plastic canvas book. It's pretty good. Think I will bring it and supplies on vacation in case it rains :)

Today - taking Mom to the pain doc for an injection. Fun ;-)

Mornin' Mamie. YES is a good answer. I have to try not to analyze it and just go with it. That will be a new lesson for me. I'm waaaay too analytical. Served me well in my $$ career - but I need to let it go now. Looks like a great week ahead. New dining set arriving tomorrow - woohoo!

Bonnie! That's terrible. Please say you are kidding. No? *groan* This is looking like another version of old eyes.
I complained to my eye doctor about my eyes and he was unimpressed.
Told him I couldn't see without my glasses and I couldn't see with them!
His response? Welcome to the club! Huh? Turns out he wasn't the magician I was hoping for. Now - I have to accept old ears too???? :PPPP~~~~
I don't want to be 20 again, but would like my younger version of eyes and ears. What's going next?

Thanks Lucy. I must be quite well now as I am back to complaining (see above). Hope you had a great time. Will be checking your thread. Just read "Frost, You Say?" - Maine humor. I think you would like it. ETA I'll bring it to you.

Jul 9, 2012, 7:31am Top

Hi Paul! Good to see you ;-)
I did do good - didn't I? I then had to carry them all back to my car about 1/2 mile away. Did I already mention that? :{
But it was a beauteous day! Hope you have a pleasant evening :)

Kath, I had never heard of that Bradbury. I'm always moaning that we don't have any good book sales here - and then I run into this! Very cool! Maybe we need to keep our eyes and ears (old as they are getting) more open!

Jul 9, 2012, 7:16pm Top

love the 27 free books haul!
That's the stuff we dream of.......
I bet you were like a kid in a candy store LTer in a book store!

Jul 9, 2012, 7:55pm Top

Those were all FREE?!!! Why don't I ever find library book sales that give away books for free and ask only for a donation? What a super haul, Cee.

Jul 9, 2012, 8:37pm Top

I had never heard of it either :)
I look forward to hearing what it is all about..

Jul 9, 2012, 9:40pm Top

Hi Megan! I know, huh? It was the stuff of dreams - especially since I didn't know if they would have anything good left. I might have made one mistake... there is one book A Tree Grows in Brooklyn that has a slight smell of mustiness. I'm gonna get rid of that one. But hey! It was free.

Oh Caro - I used to say that exact same thing all the time. Never mind free books - we never seem to have any decent book sales anywhere around here. This proved me so wrong. Yay!

Kath, It may be awhile. It's a super busy summer. No matter how much I do, there's always more. I'm so glad I planned an away vacation for July. Can't wait! No. I can't!

Jul 9, 2012, 9:48pm Top

Hi Claudia- It was nice to see you over on the thread. I missed your special visits. Fantastic book haul! I LOVED Ragtime, english Creek, The Remains of the Day & Mystic River. We are doing a Group Read of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in August. I'm not hosting but I NEED to finally get to that one.
Enjoy all the reading!

Jul 9, 2012, 9:56pm Top

Good news of the day: I am hearing much better. I heard the birds - even the softer, far-away ones. :)

Took Mom to the dr. She's ok. Just needed her usual cortisone injection for her back pain. Did some shopping for ice cream and those cheap reading glasses for her. Her reading glasses (prescription) are missing. She swears someone took them. When I went in to get her today, she had 2 pair of prescription glasses (NOT HERS) on the table next to her chair. She doesn't know where they came from. *groan*

Tonight I finalized a list of artists in our Celebration for the brochure. That was a chore - now done!!!

Tomorrow we get our new dining set. In the morning - I think.
That'll be cool!

Good night/morning to all. Take the one that applies ;-)

Jul 9, 2012, 9:59pm Top

Hi Mark! I need to get to that book too - and now I have to get rid of it due to the odor. I'm too sensitive to moldy stuff. I didn't spend anything on it - so no worries :)
I think I will order a better one from Amazon now.
You probably rec half the books I bought! LOL

Jul 9, 2012, 10:23pm Top

Hi Cee! I'm going around and trying to catch up on everyone's thread. A couple months away and those threads sure get out of hand. :)
Did you take that picture of the deer yourself?? Beautiful and amazing!

Jul 9, 2012, 11:35pm Top

Cee - Bummer about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, but you were right to throw it out because the smells a book acquires seem to linger. So glad you are hearing better and that your Mom can get by with a cortisone injection. The glasses are puzzling!

I cannot wait to see the new dining set - WahHOO for that. Very exciting!

Jul 10, 2012, 12:34am Top

Glad you're doing well, Cee.

Are you going to be adding on a room to your house to store all your new books? Wow - and free!

Ragtime and World's Fair are wonderful.

Jul 10, 2012, 7:30am Top

When you find mom's eyeglasses...
paint the inside of the temples ( sometimes called arms or legs.. weird ) with red polish..
Or these days, you can simply get V funky frames.. where the funkiness
is on the inside of the temple. Trust me, I have a pair.
And try getting her a neck chain for them??

Sorry to hear about the musty book. Especially that one. I wonder if there are any fixes for that?
Dunno. Sorry though.

I's so glad that you have vacation to look forward to !

Jul 10, 2012, 7:56am Top

Just the other day a friend said to me, "I just read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - it's so great, I assumed I'd be bored, but it's been hanging around my shelves so......" etcetera - I remember enjoying it, but it could stand a reread, for sure.

Jul 10, 2012, 7:58am Top

#33 "Frost, You Say?" by Marshall Dodge 3.8 stars

OK. It was a small book - but hey! I enjoyed and finished it!

(You know me and frost/cold/snow!)
Strong sense of place and wonderful Maine humor. Fun to read. The photography brings it all home.

Jul 10, 2012, 8:00am Top

If that photo is an example, can't wait!!!!

Jul 10, 2012, 8:14am Top

HI Valerie! You are ambitious ;-) I wasn't able to get on LT much for two weeks and I am still trying to catch up. Hard to do! Anywho, my DH took that deer picture (in his quest for his $1M shot). I'll pass on the compliment.

Mornin' Mamie! What makes you think you will see a picture of the new dining set? LOL ok.ok. We'll see if I can manage it. I think it's great. Downsized for the two of us - but has expansion capabilities.

Hi Joanne, A while back there was som kind of quiz on who do you write like. You entered a sample of regular writing and got the analysis. It said I wrote like E L Doctorow. I had never heard of him. Him, right??? So it peaked my interest. Followed by someone reviewing a book of his... well, now I'm really curious.

Great idea on the eyeglasses, Kath. I'm afraid the nail polish might not be enough - but worth a try. She already has 2 things hanging on her neck that she is not real comfortable with - room key and emergency button. I don't want to push that one.
I tried spraying the book with Lysol and leaving it out on the back deck in the sun. Not good enough for me. It's outta here.
Mold makes me nervous. Don't want it spreading. I'll get another copy.

Lucy - You of all people will love this little book. They don't explain the humor - they assume you get it. I have already put it aside for you. It was published by DownEast in Camden - their selections are generally very good.

Jul 10, 2012, 8:28am Top

OK - for those of you worried about the tree in Brooklyn - I just ordered a copy from Amazon. Don't tell Ron! He will never understand why I bought another book when I just got a boxful of them!
btw - he has adopted my Mom's Kindle as she can no longer figure it out. I showed him all the freebies (in various places) and he has only downloaded two. He read one - then downloaded another. Only getting them as he needs them! Huh?

Jul 10, 2012, 8:52am Top

LOL hard to understand isn't it?

I am wondering how many books I can put into my cloud on Amazon before they start raining out..
and if they do, will I see them fall?

Jul 10, 2012, 10:15am Top

Will they be in the forest with the tree that falls but no one hears it?

Jul 10, 2012, 12:52pm Top

I like ambitious over just plain ol' crazy. :)
LT is like an addiction. I keep coming back for more! The amount of time I spend here would probably add up to 1 whole book read, but who's counting??

Jul 10, 2012, 1:53pm Top

Cee... could be.. I have no experience with clouds with a capital C

Valerie, I think I fall into the plain old crazy category.. oops!

Jul 10, 2012, 2:15pm Top

Kath, we all do. ;) We just tell ourselves all those pretty little lies to make ourselves feel better. I'm batty, but oh so proud of it!

Jul 10, 2012, 2:23pm Top

me too... srsly.

Jul 10, 2012, 3:12pm Top

Kath - I didn't see you fall into the Crazy Category - did you make any noise?

Valerie - Counting? Not this year apparently. I'd have to actually read and finish some books to count them :-P

Jul 10, 2012, 4:24pm Top

>113 mckait: great idea about personalising the glasses Kath.

Jul 10, 2012, 5:53pm Top

I didn't fall in, I've been there all along , so I didn't make any falling sounds.

Thanks Megan...

Good day but nary a page read..dearie me.

Jul 10, 2012, 6:01pm Top

I'm reading Dandelion Wine
What a really great book! It just transports you back to childhood and seamlessly includes every age from young to old.
Thanks for suggesting it, Kath.

Jul 10, 2012, 6:09pm Top

Claudia- I recently read DW too and loved it. And that was a Bradbury I had never even heard of. Is LT wonderful or what? Our lives would be so mundane without it. Hugs!

Jul 10, 2012, 6:10pm Top

I'm glad you like it... I knew you would... Bradbury is a genius... a gentle one.

Jul 10, 2012, 8:00pm Top

What Kath said, Cee.

I'm so glad you're getting to read it now. When you're done, we should do a GR of the sequel Farewell Summer.

Jul 10, 2012, 8:09pm Top

Cee - Just checking in over here. So glad you are liking Dandelion Wine. I absolutely loved that one.

Did your Mom find her glasses? Did you get your new dining set? Inquiring mind want to know.

Jul 11, 2012, 7:24am Top

So... Did you finish? Or did you have a dozy relaxing evening without a book?
Did you go to LL?

Jul 11, 2012, 9:16am Top

Hi Mark! I wonder why Bradbury is such a sleeper? I am so impressed. Yes! LT is wonderful! (made up of people like you :-D )

Hi Caro - You're right - Farewell Summer would be great. I'm not doing well with GRs lately, but maybe I'll try.

Mornin' Mamie! (hehehe) Nope - Mom did not find her glasses but we bought her 3 pair of those cheap-but-effective reading glasses at CVS.
Yup! Got my dining set - LOVE it! I took a picture but Ron has to get it off the camera for me. I don't want to learn how to do that. So - it's coming.

Hi Kath - Did not finish DW yet. Geesh. I can't read that book fast. It is soooo awesome. I keep re-reading it as I go along. I'm soaking it in... I would quote my fav from this book, but I would have to copy nearly the whole thing!

Yup. Went to LL. Bought the denim blue braided rug and it looks gorgeous in my settin' room, imho! Could not figure out which was the right side up. So I called them and was told it can go either way. Beautiful workmanship as you would expect from LL.

I am so happy with my house right now. Have made some long desired improvements and they are all just right.

Loki went for grooming today - can't wait to smell that newly bathed scent :)

Jul 11, 2012, 12:16pm Top

IT sounds like life is perfect for you just now... A blue rug will be beautiful in there.. so I hope you
post a pic of that, too.

A lot of nothing going on here.. thank goodness!

Jul 11, 2012, 12:41pm Top

I am so happy with my house right now. Have made some long desired improvements and they are all just right.

I remember fondly the bathroom renovations and the lovely huge unfrosted window overlooking the river. What a great spectacle for the passing riverboat traffic!

Jul 12, 2012, 8:07am Top

just keeping you on my radar...

Jul 12, 2012, 2:01pm Top

Just stopping by to say hi, Cee! Glad to hear you're enjoying the house so much.

Jul 12, 2012, 2:14pm Top

We've moved into our house coming on 4 years now and I STILL only have one picture hung on the walls. So shameful....we will probably move again before I actually get around to hanging anything. :/

Jul 12, 2012, 3:53pm Top

Hi Claudia. All caught up here!

Congrats on the great FREE books haul .

Only getting them as he needs them! Huh?

I don't understand—people do that?

Jul 12, 2012, 5:46pm Top

Cee --

July 6 - great book mini-haul.

July 8 - congrats on a successful auction!

Later on July 8 - 27 books for free!!!!??? And some wonderful titles! My 15-year-old (next week) cousin is reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for her summer reading list for school. I was looking it over and it has been added to the WL..... I'm a fan of Ivan Doig (Dancing at the Rascal Fair is still my favorite) and I want very much to read some E.L. Doctorow, most notably Ragtime.

Ack, this will have to be my LT last stop for the afternoon. My timer just went off. :-)

Jul 12, 2012, 7:20pm Top

Hi Cee,
glad things are rosy in CeeLand
See you :)

Jul 12, 2012, 8:05pm Top

Here's my boy Loki! All nice and clean :)
Doesn't he smell great?

Jul 12, 2012, 8:14pm Top

pretty pretty :)

Jul 12, 2012, 8:21pm Top

Sooo - HI! Everyone.
Kath, Paul, Joe, Valerie, Ilana, Ellen and Megan!
It's nice to see you all.

OK, Valerie. Since you confessed about it taking a bit of time to hang your pictures....
I'll post a picture of my new dining set even tho I have yet to take DOWN the stupid teacups and clock and replace with some kind of art... still thinking on that one.
Open to suggestions ;-)

So, for all tose who are not bored with my house-type pictures:
Sorry... it's fuzzy here. Don't know why.
Stuff is coming off walls - TBR(replaced)
Flowers are from my garden - they look better in person and at least I got a few!
Table has a good sized extension.

Jul 12, 2012, 8:28pm Top

Beautiful & cozy!

Jul 12, 2012, 10:35pm Top

Yup, see at least you have stuff on your walls. I have a bunch of holes left from the previous owners. :/ Beautiful and cozy. I think I can settle down and get comfy in one your chairs and pass the afternoon reading.

Jul 12, 2012, 10:48pm Top

Oh Cee, how fabulous! LOVE the picture of Loki - he is just beautiful! Wow! And love the dining set - I should post a picture of mine because it is HUGE! We usually host all the family stuff so I have the big guns! Those new chairs look so comfy to sit in. You must be positively giddy!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Jul 12, 2012, 10:58pm Top

Hi Claudia, beautiful and sweet-smelling Loki! And lovely new dining set. May you have many satisfying and creative meals with appreciative family and special friends.

Jul 13, 2012, 8:07am Top

Kath - and COMFY! Those chairs called out to me and I love round tables. Must have been a knight in a previous life ;-)

Valerie - Well, the wall stuff is coming down... except for the TV
Gotta start over. Now go fill those holes, lady! And find something cool for your walls! Want some help?

Mornin' Mamie - I have no doubt you have a massive dining table with your gang :-) Would love to have you post picture. I did this one mainly for you.
I used to entertain more and had a much larger set. Since we have been in this house (13 yrs now) we have downsized and gotten more intimate in our entertaining. So - now I think small... and love it.

Bonnie - Thanks :-)

I am still wallowing in Dandelion Wine. How I love that book. My reading has slooooowed waaaaay down and I don't care if I am still reading this book at the end of the year. Something happened to my brain, I think, when I had my ear trouble. But if I get stuck in a great book - it's all the same to me :)
Still having trouble with ears and slight dizziness when I look up. And being short, that happens a lot *sigh*
The readings on my happiness scale are finally leveling off - thank goodness cuz I couldn't stand myself much longer :PP~~

How're all my friends? Lovin' the summer? Hope so... cuz...
Winter is Coming!!!! Only about 160 days away! Common frost and snow!!!!

Jul 13, 2012, 8:25am Top

Morning Cee - I forgot to mention that I really love the wall color in that room. Thinking small is good. I am a firm believer in hanging onto stuff while you are using it and enjoying it, and then letting it go when it is no longer what suits your lifestyle. That's so healthy, I think, to be able to let go and embrace new things - so many people hang onto things they USED to love. When we started working on organizing the house for staging, I couldn't believe how much stuff we had that we never use - you know because you stash it some place and then forget it's there. It felt so good to get rid to it - clutter is draining to me. The move is a good the to purge, so I will let go of as much as I can.

I think your new set looks warm and inviting - just like what I have seen of the rest of your home, which is also a reflection of you. Now you can linger over coffee and not get uncomfortable because those chairs look heavenly to me!

Hope the lingering dizziness goes away and your ear trouble clears up. Glad you are wallowing in Dandelion Wine - I just loved that book.

Jul 13, 2012, 9:14am Top

I think I could sit around that table for hours and hours........ Loki has that look of the beloved pet, no?

Edited: Jul 13, 2012, 10:09am Top

Caught up with you, Cee! Wow...free books...life is indeed good in coastal Maine these days. Loki is so fluffy and clean-smelling, and I love your dining set. We have comfy chairs that invite lingering over meals, too. We also seem to use our kitchen table to work crossword puzzles, check LT, and all sorts of fun activities. Have a great weekend.

Jul 13, 2012, 10:43am Top

Morning Cee! Looks like your house improvements are going well eh!
Sorry to see that you are still having some issues with dizziness. Hopefully that goes away very soon for you!

Jul 13, 2012, 4:05pm Top

Yes Mamn! I will tell the hubby to get on those holes asap! :)

The walls have nice and soothing colour so that at least is okay. It's just filling stuff on top. I've seen like picture collages at stores and other people's homes that are really nice so one of these days I will find the motivation to get it done.

Hope you are having a great day and a great weekend to come!

Jul 13, 2012, 8:54pm Top


Jul 13, 2012, 9:01pm Top

#34 Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (5 stars)

What a really GREAT book! So glad I read this one... would have been a shame to miss this experience.
It is not science fiction. Don't know why it is thus labeled in the tags. It is not short stories either.
It's the summer of 1928 in an Illinois hometown told from the perspective of youngs boys - and so much more.
Beautifully written. Insightful.

Jul 13, 2012, 9:16pm Top

Hi Mamie! I hear ya loud and clear. Retiring and moving to another state, downsizing from 2 houses to one, being older and no children at home all did it for me. I suddenly realized all the accumulated stuff was, well... just stuff! I took a step backwards when Mom moved in as she came with a truckload of stuff! That was after we got rid of a caravan of truckloads of her things in FL. So, now I am still working at it. Once again trying to weed out and live more simply.

Hi Lucy, Loki is indeed truly loved, however, sometimes he is very lucky he is such a cutie.

Thanks, Donna! You have a great weekend too! Hopefully not too scorching :P

Hi Chelle! Still have a lot of trim to paint inside, but things are coming along. You will be interested to note: We went to apply for passports today!!! Finally! Look out world!

Hi Valerie, Picture collages sound like a great idea and a bit of work. But it could be soo worth it. Good luck with that!

Hi Ilana - you just missed a big event over here! I finished a book! And a good one too! I'm pretty much giving up on writing reviews for now. Too much reading to catch up on ;-)
Thanks for stopping by!

My right ear continues to act up. No dizziness yet - but I need to get through to September 25th dr appt.
Think I will turn in early for extra sleep which helps me get over everything!

Jul 13, 2012, 9:20pm Top

Sorry about the ear trouble Claudia. Sucks, no two ways about it. Congrats on finishing a book you enjoyed so much. It's already on the WL, but I'm adding you as a recommender. xx

Jul 13, 2012, 9:26pm Top

woo hoo! Passports: check. Trip to Canada next!

Jul 14, 2012, 7:42am Top

Mornin' all!

Ilana - That I am! (i.e., a recommender) I will probably gift this book to my Mom and my grands. It has wide appeal. I might even rec to my book club.

Hi Chelle - You have some idea how much I want to go to Canada - and that desire grows every day. I must have lived there in a prior life... most of my ancestors are from the Maritimes and Quebec area. I feel strongly called to visit. Can't wait. ;-)

So - today.
Need to work on the database of members at the GHS this morning.
There is a library book sale for our tiny library - will buy mainly to support. Do you think I will find a goodie?
Gonna be hot :P~~~ (really - not fond of summer at all)

Hope y'all have a good one! Drink plenty of fluids :-)

Jul 14, 2012, 8:05am Top

Trust that you are having a good weekend Cee. Brilliant cover of Dandelion Wine. Canada does sound like a place to visit for sure. Hope you get there soon. x

Jul 14, 2012, 8:07am Top

Yeah... Thats what I have always said, that is what Bradbury said.. not sci/fi !
Wonderful to read. I have to find a copy of the one that you found that I hadn't
heard about. I knew that you would like it!

Dislike summer myownself.. I want rain :( it keeps missing us.

Jul 14, 2012, 12:47pm Top

So glad you liked Dandelion Wine, Cee. And what a darling picture of Loki .. he looks nicely proud to be so beautifully bathed and groomed.

We downsized quite a bit ourselves because it just didn't make sense for the 2 of us to be living in a big house. As it is, we pretty much live in the tv room, the kitchen and the bedroom upstairs. We rarely use the living and dining room unless we have friends over. The deck is only used during the summer and fall. I can see myself moving into a condo or a large apartment when I'm retired ... as long as there's room for my books. ;-)

Jul 14, 2012, 6:09pm Top

I second the you need to come visit Canada party as well. :) I've actually never been out East since I've lived my whole life on the West Coast, but just seeing Chelle's pictures is enough to convince me of the fact that it is absolutely gorgeous. I will have to plan a road trip with the family and tour the rest of Canada one of these days...

Jul 14, 2012, 6:10pm Top

#35 Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick (4.25 stars)

I bought this book months ago and was saving it for a treat. And a very nice treat it was! Loved the art and the story.

Coincidentally, I read this book on Ben's (main character)birthday! July 14. LOL
Also since I have had trouble with my ears and hearing lately, I was more conscious of the hardships of being deaf.

Jul 14, 2012, 6:18pm Top

Hi Caro! Isn't it nice when people have the sense to choose a dwelling based on their own need and desires instead of "keeping up with the Jones" lifestyle? Yup, be sure there is always enough room for books if you don't live right next to the library and have a kindle!

Hi Valerie! I think Canada is a well kept secret and an overlooked gem. I'd love to do a cross country trip of the US out and Canada back. It would take me a couple years, I imagine :-)

Jul 14, 2012, 8:32pm Top

Did you find any gems at the book sale?

Jul 15, 2012, 12:44am Top

bah! Gotta read Dandelion Wine now by the look of things. *fake grumpy*

People go bankrupt in the name of keeping up with the Joneses.....my SIL nearly got her family there (dont get me started on how many designer clothes a toddler needs). I find the need to look good for people a sign of extreme insecurity.

Jul 15, 2012, 3:09am Top

sorry to hear about the ear trouble cee :(
I just added Dandelion Wine and the rest in the series :)
I will get to Wonderstruck sometime :/
Loki is looking spiffy in his flag scarf! and your new table and chairs look warm and inviting :)

Jul 15, 2012, 7:39am Top

Hi Ceeeee! Wow! the price was truly right on all the stellar books from the non book sale and congrats on having such a successful fundraiser! Loki smells so fresh and the DR set looks marvy! Sort of caught up now and hopefully I can now keep on track, I SAID ALL CAUGHT UP NOW. I hope your hearing problems will soon be a thing of the past. That's got to be aweful.

Jul 15, 2012, 8:21am Top

Morning Claudia- Hey, you knocked out another GN! Hooray! I also liked Wonderstruck, although it fell short of the great hugo Cabret.
Hope you are having a good weekend. Hugs!

Jul 15, 2012, 9:32am Top

Glad the ear is better, but not happy that it isn't fully better.

Ah yes, Posey definitely has had a few moments where being ridiculously cute (and clearly innocent.....) has been very helpful to her cause. (The 'cause' being getting away with chewing up a pillow or something.)

Are you bringing Loki to Vermont??

Edited: Jul 15, 2012, 5:55pm Top

#36 South of the Northeast Kingdom by David Mamet (4 stars)

Sitting with this book was like inviting a Vermonter to supper. Great conversations ;-)
Mamet lives in Vermont, immerses himself in its culture, and shares the love. His reflections are intelligent, witty and honest. I enjoyed our evenings together. Ready for my VT vacation!

ETA: Thanks, Lucy for the rec!

Jul 15, 2012, 5:55pm Top

I have Wonderstruck on my to borrow list from the library since I checked out how much it cost at the bookstore and my eyes rolled onto the ground.

Jul 15, 2012, 6:11pm Top

Hi Cee! Just keeping up with you - both of your last two reads sound good. When do you go to Vermont?

Jul 15, 2012, 6:21pm Top

Hi Chelle! Let's see. At the tiny library sale I got:
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Bread and Wine by Ignazio Silone
A couple craft magazines and pamphlets
$3.30 total ;-)

Hi Megan! As much as I may love someone else's home, if it's not me - I just let it go. I still have too much stuff - but I am learning to do without and it doesn't hurt a bit. I am very blessed to have what I do.
yup - you NEED to read DW - especially since you have 2 boys LOL!

Jul 15, 2012, 7:04pm Top

Thanks, Kara, for your comments and concern. Frankly I am not happy about the ear problem. I'm afraid it will never go away completely, will recur, and will interfere with my life and reading! :p

LOL, Lynda! Thanks for speaking up :)

Hi Mark - I didn't think Wonderstruck fell short at all. Probably leaving plenty of time between the two books was helpful in this case. It was cooler today so the weekend was salvaged. All in all, pretty nice :)

Lucy - no. Not bringing Loki anywhere but the doggie motel! He hates to ride in the car. I didn't think that was possible for a dog! I'm sure Posey's cuteness covers her nicely lol.

Hi Valerie - I know what you mean about the $$ and I cannot remember why I decided to buy this one. I think I used Amazon points and got it free.

Hi Mamie - heading for VT in a week! Will be leaving early on a Mon morning. Well - that's what is in my head. Early is relative - we'll see how it goes.

Edited: Jul 15, 2012, 7:25pm Top

Hi Claudia. For someone who isn't doing any reading, it sure looks like you're doing some good reading! :-)

eta: it's always such a lovely treat to see that beautiful doe at the top of your thread. I'll miss her when you move over to new digs.

Jul 15, 2012, 7:33pm Top

Hi Ilana - My mind has settled on "summer reading". Never made a distinction before, but this year I need small tasty morsels instead of chunksters. So much going on and too many interruptions. Getting sick set me back big time.
I can't seem to get through the dense books right now. So, rather than get frustrated with reading, I decided to keep it light for now. The best thing is that these recent choices have been really great reading.
Good to see you here ;-)

Jul 15, 2012, 7:33pm Top

Cee I'm sure you will enjoy the Moonlight in Vermont. If you see Bob Newhart so hi. x

Jul 15, 2012, 7:37pm Top

Whatever works for you Claudia. No sense in putting pressure on yourself about your choice of reading material. It is, after all, supposed to be a pleasant occupation! And summer isn't really made for big chunksters. I happen to be deep into a few of them now with Wolf Hall and Our Mutual Friend and soon East of Eden, but I'm breaking it up with lots of shorter stuff too. Last summer, I was all about children's books, so it's fine by me to change things up from year to year.

I've been visiting other threads a lot more since my own thread has stopped attracting visitors and doesn't take up quite as much of my time. It's a good thing to get around for sure, but I can't help but wonder what I've done wrong... :-(

Jul 15, 2012, 7:38pm Top

Moonlight? Hmmm.
Taking my camera, Paul. If I can get a picture of the moon for you, will do.

Jul 15, 2012, 8:02pm Top

Claudia- I am very glad you enjoyed Wonderstruck. His illustrations are amazing. If you recall, I went to an author event with Selznick last summer and he was terrific.
Good luck with those "small tasty morsels". At least there are a few out there to choose from.

Jul 15, 2012, 8:12pm Top

I do remember that, Mark. I'm indebted to you for introducing me to GNs. I used to think of them as comic books - but, no. They are special.

Have started The Coroner's Lunch today - based on everyone's good comments. Haven't gotten too far yet.

Jul 15, 2012, 8:15pm Top

I'm sure you will fall in love immediately with Dr. Siri! This is a really special series and I'm glad you are a board.

Edited: Jul 15, 2012, 8:27pm Top

(ummm... you may have skipped over #182. just sayin')

(eta: though of course you've come to visit me since...)

Jul 15, 2012, 8:34pm Top

OH my! I did miss #182, Ilana! Thanks for bringing me around again :}

I totally agree that reading should be pleasant (though I sometimes like dark, disturbing, and/or deep). I am even more about no added pressure right now. There is always too much going on in the summer around here. Am so looking forward to vacation.

I didn't notice your thread attracting less visitors. I do a lot of lurking over there. You do so much - and all so well - it sometimes embarrasses me to think how slow and awkward I am. I love seeing you progressing in so many ways lately.

Jul 15, 2012, 8:37pm Top

*waving* at Claudia

Jul 15, 2012, 8:39pm Top

Hi Stasia!!!!!!
Great to see you here!
Waves back!

Jul 15, 2012, 8:42pm Top

It is good to be seen! :)

Jul 15, 2012, 8:44pm Top

Oh my. Me? Progressing? It makes me nervous when people say that. If they only knew how inadequate I always feel. I do make efforts, but it's NOT easy or painless, I assure you. Most of the time I wish I could just hide under the blankets... but I did that for 2 solid years after my breakdown, so I feel like it wouldn't be acceptable somehow to keep that up...

Jul 15, 2012, 9:37pm Top

Don't mean to make you nervous, Ilana. I see you still have huge swings of energy and sometimes mood. But I think? you are drawing more from your creative ability and it seems to help you feel more productive and satisfied - from my observations. I know it is very hard - just to get moving sometimes. I know.
Nothin' wrong with being under blankets, imho. Just don't stay too long - we'll miss ya.

Jul 15, 2012, 9:59pm Top

I think your observations are quite astute dear Claudia. Sometimes it's hard to decide or figure out how much is too much or too little or just right. There's what society, family and friends think, there's what I think, there's the unpredictable energy and moods to figure out... no wonder I have such a hard time making plans eh? But no, not burying myself under the blankets. Besides, I have too many great books to read! :-)

Edited: Jul 17, 2012, 8:25am Top

So sympathetic..... I'm in a reading slump for no reason at all right now - when I actually pick up any of them I like them, but then I just sort of drift off. Very scatter-brained. Something to do with this time of year.

What I feel like reading most is usually the easiest book in the pile right now....

Jul 17, 2012, 12:42pm Top

Not really caught up but I did note you're starting The Coroner's Lunch. Enjoy!!

Jul 17, 2012, 12:59pm Top

Just dropping by to say Good Morning. :) Hope you are having a relaxing day!

Jul 17, 2012, 8:05pm Top

#37 The Coroner's Lunch by Colin Cotterill (3.8 stars)

Oh yeah. I loved it. Despite all the murders, I found myself smiling a lot. Engaging characters. Good story.
No doubt I'll be reading more of these - I'm on the Siri Caravan!

Jul 17, 2012, 8:19pm Top

Hi Ilana - I think your flexibiity, honesty, and good sense are strong allies in your life. You know the best for you ;-)

Lucy - Sorry about the "slump" - but perhaps it is just a short summer respite for your brain. I got derailed when I was sick. Had to leave River of Smoke with about 200 pages to go for about 2 weeks. Lost my momentum, my interest, and forgot a lot of names. I am trying to recover with shorter/easier books for now.

Hi Joanne - started and finished Dr Siri's first book. There's more. Right? I enjoyed it and flashed through it. Today was too warm for me to do much else. Humidity - yuck! Beautiful yellow sky this evening. Wonder what that means?

Hi Valerie - That's just what I did today - relaxed and read.
I tried to make a ceasar salad w/chicken tonight. Had it all assembled and when I went to get the ceasar dressing - found I didn't have any! So - I figured Ceasar was Italian - right? I used Italian dressing and it wasn't bad at all.

I know many others are suffering higher temps than I, but I just want to say I'm wishing hard for the first frost :}

Jul 17, 2012, 8:23pm Top

Hooray for you jumping on the Dr. Siri Caravan! These books are just so much fun - so thrilled that you loved it.

Jul 17, 2012, 8:29pm Top

Hi Mamie - didn't want to start another series (mainly because I don't want to buy any more books for awhile). Couldn't resist seeing what all the fuss was about. It was fun ;-)

Jul 17, 2012, 9:02pm Top

Hi Claudia- I'm glad you liked your 1st Dr. Siri book. I knew you would. The good news is, the next 2 are just as good if not better. Hope all is well.

Jul 18, 2012, 10:13am Top

Hi there Mark! My eyes have been opened to the reality of Chicago weather and I will def NOT visit there in the summer! I always thought your city was cold and windy. Hope you are faring well in your heat.

I think I'll have to switch to library books for the rest of the Dr Siri books. There are what - 6 more? oy.

Vacation coming soon.... 4 more days! Woohoo!

Jul 18, 2012, 12:06pm Top

Yay for vacation! Vacations are always wonderful if they are relaxing. Where are you heading off to or are you just going to enjoy some rest and relaxation at home?

Jul 18, 2012, 3:02pm Top

Ceeeeeeeeeee! Are you already packed in anticipation? House sitter? dog and cat sitter?
Or just leaving Ron behind?

Jul 18, 2012, 4:45pm Top

welcome to the Dr Siri club! :)
Enjoy your vacation!!

Edited: Jul 18, 2012, 8:56pm Top

Glad you're joining us on the Dr. Siri caravan, Cee! And I simply must get a hold of and read a copy of Dandelion Wine!!

Your boy Loki is handsome, by the way. I want to bury my face in that clean fur!

edited to fix my stupidity

Jul 18, 2012, 9:41pm Top

Hi Cee, OK OK I give up. I will have to read Dr. Siri, sooner rather than later. I need to borrow your blue filtering glasses.

Jul 18, 2012, 9:46pm Top

Valerie - This will be a relaxing vacation with one of my daughters and her family.
Going to VT - Northeast Kingdom

Kath - No one being left behind. Loki and Woolly are going to the doggie and kitty motel - shhhh
Packing not done yet... I'm thinking toothbrush and Kindle.

Chelle - Thanks! AS soon as I get back will start planning our NS vacation. The National Passport people just cashed our checks. Hopefully that means we will be getting the passports soon.

Ellen - I couldn't resist and got Thirty Three Teeth at the library today. Also got Something Wicked and have started to read that one first. Kinda spooky already.

Yes - that is one of the joys of a clean dog - face in the fur ;-)

Jul 18, 2012, 9:49pm Top

Oops... hi Bonnie!
I lost and had to re-type my last message and we cross posted.

Jump right in and join us reading Dr Siri series! The first chapter did nothing for me - BUT - it got going rather quickly after that :-)

Jul 18, 2012, 10:36pm Top

Love VRBO! We used it for our trip to Vancouver and was able to snag this incredible deal right in downtown Vancouver and because it was a completely new unit they offered us the lowest rate you can get for a such a sweet location.
Relaxing vacation sounds wonderful! Will you be packing anything to read with you?

I've never read anything from Dr. Siri. Need to give him a chance?

Jul 19, 2012, 8:09am Top

One day closer to the big Vaca! I hope it ends up being even better than you can imagine.
So what have you been up to? Nothing much here. Hot, quiet and hot. Did I say that twice?
Sorry, its been hot.

Did some reading and am now addicted to a series. It's all Terri's fault.

So What are you doing with yourself these days.. I don't see many posts.. you must be out and about or napping or ...I know! addicted to a new tv show? For weeks now it has been a low Cee zone :)

Jul 19, 2012, 9:04am Top

Hi Valerie and Kath!

I am anxiously looking forward to an escape from town next week. It's just too busy here in the summer. Thought I might bring my Kindle and maybe a book or two in case something goes wrong with it. Praying to the weather angel for coolness at night for sweet sleeping.
But I do expect to play a bit. Hoping to hook up with Lucy (sibyx) for a mini-meetup. Bike, kayak, and hike (if I have the energy and weather cooperates). Crafts (if it rains). Exploring the Northeast Kingdom by car.

I have been pulling back from LT for the past few weeks. It's such a time consumer and I have been busy around town. I also find when I am tired at night, my dizziness acts up and that keeps me in check.
But. no Kath. I don't do TV. Not even the weather reports when it's hot. Today is the first really nice day in awhile. Low humidity. Comfortable.

And yes, Valerie. Dr Siri is 'da bomb! (as someone else said and made me dip in myself) A very cool 72 y/o coroner - hehehe. Even my library has the books ;-)

Hope everyone has a great day!

Jul 19, 2012, 11:00am Top

Cee! I lost you there for a while, but you are found and starred again. Let's see. You are quite the bargain book shopper. I am sorry that the book was moldy and glad you got another copy (I won't tell!). Love the Loki picture and I want to come play bridge or Mah Jong on your new dining set. Those chairs look comfy!! I really should read Dandelion Wine and I have Wonderstruck waiting for me. And I am just in time to wish you a happy vacation--enjoy! Hugs.

Jul 19, 2012, 11:54am Top

Cee - we are both chewing up the Siri series - I have bought the second one after enjoyable muching through the baguette of the first one.

Jul 19, 2012, 11:56am Top

Funny how everything thinks summer is vacation time so you would assume it would be less busy and more relaxing. The older I get, the more I'm finding it's the complete opposite. Our summers are so chalked filled with activities that I'm actually looking forward to the reprieve that fall will offer and yes...cooler weather as well!

Jul 19, 2012, 1:58pm Top

Val--I was just thinking the same thing! And the schedule with all the kids stuff just keeps changing all the time!! Crazy.

Jul 19, 2012, 9:09pm Top

#38 River of Smoke by Amitav Ghosh (4 stars)

Not quite as engaging as book one of the trilogy, still well written, informative, and interesting. Unfortunately I got sick about halfway through it and suffered a lapse of 2 weeks in my reading. Had a slightly difficult time getting back into it - but it caught me up again :) Glad I finished it and learned a thing or two in the process.

Jul 20, 2012, 8:58am Top

Hi Kim! Nice to see you again - I've been having trouble getting around threads. My focus for my available time is on reading lately and I'm having fun with that ;-)
I'm glad to be in a stage of life where the young ones come and go - not having to deal with that crazy, high level of activity 24/7 that comes with summer. Getting too old for that!

Paul! I tried to resist the Dr Siri books, but happily it didn't work. lol

Val - you are right about summer. In our town, we take advantage of the summer visitors to have special events to fund raise, entertain and re-connect. Our summers are kinda short so it gets packed with activity and company all at once. I so look forward to cold, peace & quiet, and a reprieve from all this stress (for me anyway). I'm NOT a summertime gal :P

Gotta take some real initiative to pack and get ready for vacation today. Kids are coming for the weekend (gotta go groc shopping) and our Celebration of Arts is gearing up to a frenzy (gotta bake cookies).

Jul 20, 2012, 9:16am Top

Cee - I am hoping to finish up River of Smoke today. I have to agree with you that it is not quite as engaging as the first book - I missed my favorite characters. I also thought it dragged just a bit in places.

How are you feeling? Better, I hope. Bet you are more than ready for your vacation time - enjoy and please take care of yourself. Hope you get to do lots of whatever you feel like doing!

Jul 20, 2012, 9:56am Top

Cee! Hi!

I am so sorry about your ear issues. (That sounds wrong somehow.) But, I'm glad they're easing up.

I so envy you the vaca in the coolness of VT. I've been sort of not here for quite a bit, but am drifting through threads a few at a time. Well, two or three at a time. LT can take up too much time, I'm afraid, because everyone and everything is so interesting!

Have a marvelous time if I don't check in before you set off...

Jul 20, 2012, 12:25pm Top

Here you are! I am late jumopng in here today. I had a very busy morning. . . but
I am now ready to lock myself in and just not go out again any time soon.

How are things going with your ears and balance?
Dreadful feeling, vertigo.. I hope that by now it is totally gone and for good.

Any beach time lately?

Jul 20, 2012, 6:54pm Top

Hi Claudia, sounds like your plate is pretty full, but I'm hopeful you're feeling better? Vacation just around the corner eh? Woo hoo!

Jul 20, 2012, 7:59pm Top

Hi Cee, I get to pick up my copy of Dandelion Wine from the library this weekend. Oh boy.

Vertigo better?

Jul 20, 2012, 8:15pm Top

Hi Mamie, Gail, Kath, Ilana, and lurkers
I hate to say it - but - yes, I'm feeling better.
Why do I hate to say it? Cuz everytime I do, I seem to have a slight relapse. I'm tired of the whole thing, frankly. Got another month before I get to complain to the specialist. *sigh* I am functional and can read. Good enough for now. :}

I know I have not been on top of threads here lately and I do apologize to all. I admit - just can't do it. If I am not visiting your thread as much as I would like to, it's only because I can't keep up. I am truly interested in what is going on in all your lives, what you are reading, and thinking. So, I will muddle along doing the best I can.

Hmmm. Re-reading what I just typed, I'm sounding kinda down. But I'm not really - just tired with a lot to do before I get to relax. Early to bed tonight :-)

Jul 20, 2012, 8:19pm Top

Hang in there, Cee, and don't worry about us. We'll take you any way we can get you! Take care of yourself and have a fabulous time on vacation so that you can tell us all about it!

Jul 20, 2012, 8:33pm Top

Just quietly de-lurking....don't want to spoil the no-hitter---glad to hear you're hanging in there, enjoying life, and hoping it continues to get better and better.

Jul 20, 2012, 8:43pm Top

Claudia- You take your time, my friend. And you do what's best for you. This is a caring and understanding group of pals you have here. Hugs!

Glad you finished and enjoyed ROS. We'll have to do a G.R. of book 3, whenever that comes out.

Jul 20, 2012, 8:48pm Top

Aww shucks! You guys are the best!
Thanks for the comforting/understanding comments and hugs Mamie, Tina, and Mark!
I'll sleep better now ;-)

Jul 20, 2012, 8:56pm Top

Get all the rest you need dear Claudia. I know you love me no matter how often or how little you come to visit. :-)

Jul 20, 2012, 9:14pm Top

That is the absolute truth, Ilana!
I'm glad you know that :)

Jul 20, 2012, 9:48pm Top

Have a wonderful vacation, Cee!

I certainly understand about pulling back from LT as I'm seeming to do the same. But you'll be missed much more than me!

Even though I'm not around as much as you have been, I know it's a time suck.

Jul 20, 2012, 9:52pm Top

Glad to hear you are feeling better Cee! I hope it only gets better and better. I had vertigo a couple of years ago? It lasted about a week and then just went away. No reason the doctor could explain for it but I can understand how disorienting it feels. There is no pressure to keep up with anything! That's one of the best thing about LT right? We just enjoy each other's company when we get the chance. Have a great weekend! :)

Jul 20, 2012, 10:06pm Top


Jul 21, 2012, 8:26am Top

No wonder you are fleeing! With the town ramping up and no doubt wanting
you involved! What is it today?

I agree, it does get tough to keep up...

Jul 21, 2012, 10:07am Top

Hi Cee! Glad to see you are feeling a bit better and can read now!

Jul 21, 2012, 3:13pm Top

Hi Cee, I think I missed the Siri Caravan.....
And sorry to hear ROS wasnt all it was cracked up to be for you. Did it give any closure to some characters? Or were they all left dangling for the last book to round up?

Jul 22, 2012, 12:34am Top

No relapses allowed around here Cee - have a lovely weekend with all those 33 teeth. x

Jul 22, 2012, 7:37am Top

Hope you are having a good time with the kids :)

Edited: Jul 22, 2012, 7:52am Top

Today is the big day for the Celebration of Arts - and secretly I dread it.
Oh. Not a secret anymore :{
We have gorgeous weather thank the weather angel - since this is all outside and under tents.

Hi Joanne, I don't see how you will have much time for LT for awhile with a new kitty and puppy! I do hope we can catch a picture or two - now and then - from you. You know how we all love the animal kingdom :-)

Valerie, I'm surprised to learn recently how many people suffer from some degree of vertigo. Nasty stuff.
You are right about jumping in anytime to enjoy each other's company here on LT. Very flexible, fluid group...

Ah Gail, thanks for the hug. Here's one back {{{{{Gail}}}}}. We all need 'em!

Hi Kath - The gang's all here! Activities for the kids today incl painting t-shirts with fish(eeeewww) and veggies. Bridget got up at 4:30 today to go to Portland with Doug to run her marathon. Ron and I are helping at the Celebration.
I think Doug is making supper tonight - yay!

Hi Chelle. The worse thing is not being able to read when there's not a thing else you can do. So, yeah. I'm pretty happy that is over. Thanks for the cool NS hugs :)

Megan! Hi! ROS wasn't really bad but I was reading it under less than perfect conditions. The story took entirely new directions and focused on other characters - which was necessary to tell the story of the opium wars. I imagine the third book will bring it all together. Yeah - some resolution, some dangling in ROS. I just hope I remember anything by the time the last book emerges. I do want to read it.

Hi Paul! Have to finish up Something Wicked This Way Comes (getting tense)- probably tonight - before I can start Thirty Three Teeth. Then while on vacation I need to get to "In the Garden of the Beast" for my book club. I must have the title wrong as the touchstone is not coming up. Hope your weekend was super!
ETA: the book is actually In the Garden of Beasts by Larson. I guess there is more than one beast!

Jul 22, 2012, 8:10am Top

Checking in, Claudia. . .

I have The Coroner's Lunch and one of these days will get around to reading it. I read Sea of Poppies and loved it, but my local library has not obliged me in getting the other two books of the trilogy yet. Maybe one day!

Jul 22, 2012, 8:21pm Top

Sounds like you're enjoying Something Wicked This Way Comes Cee ... and I know you're going to like Thirty Three Teeth when you get to it.

sounds like a fun day with the kids .. any pics of the painted tee shirts?

Jul 23, 2012, 8:49am Top

SWTWC ... are you finished? Didn't you love it :)
What a great writer we had in Bradbury..

Wo kids gone? Trip is when? today? Leaving?
Left? Have fun!

Jul 23, 2012, 9:46am Top

Cee, I totally get why you are less active on LT. I'm in agreement with you. I'd rather be reading! I'm still lurking quite a bit but posting far less than I used to. Not enough hours in the day.

You are probably Vermont-bound as I type this. Say hello to Lucy for me, take pictures, and HAVE FUN!

Jul 23, 2012, 9:53am Top

Cee - Just checking in over here. I hope you are having a great time. I read In the Garden of Beasts last year and loved it. Larson is so great with non-fiction.

Jul 24, 2012, 6:52pm Top

I'm another one trying to find the balance between posting and, well, reading (and the other things in life, too!).

Jul 24, 2012, 7:09pm Top

I know exactly what you mean Cee. LT has become overwhelming and I have limited my time on it consciously for some time now. You do what you can. That's all anyone expects. I hope you continue to keep from suffering from dizziness.

I didn't like River of Smoke as well as Sea of Poppies either. But I'm still looking forward to the next book.

Edited: Jul 25, 2012, 8:11am Top

I just saw the photo in Lucy's thread! You look beautiful, and I hope that you are
having a wonderful time :) What fun that you managed another meet up.. you are getting to
be good at that :)

Hope the days left on your trip each get better than the last, and that when it is time to
go home, that you are happy to be there, where all of your books and furkids live ... oh,
and that you can sleep 12 straight hours to get your strength back from "taking it easy" with the family :)

Jul 26, 2012, 1:05pm Top

Have a great vacation. Love VRBO; I've never had a dud. Your place looks like fun!

Jul 26, 2012, 6:51pm Top

Loved the photo of you and Lucy that Lucy posted on her thread. Sounds like a good time. Hope you are having an excellent and very relaxing vacation.

Jul 27, 2012, 4:52pm Top

Enjoy your vacation, Cee. You looked fantastic in the photo on Lucy's.

Jul 27, 2012, 6:36pm Top

Cee, echoing the ladies in wishing you a lovely and relaxing holiday.

Jul 27, 2012, 10:54pm Top

Hi Claudia, thinking of you and hoping you're having a fabulous time. I so wish I could have been there to see Lucy and meet you, but seeing a picture or your meetup was the next best thing. xx

Jul 27, 2012, 11:07pm Top

Hi Cee, just a fly be hello today, will check up on you again when youre back :)

Jul 28, 2012, 1:18am Top

Just stopping by to say hello, Cee!

Jul 28, 2012, 7:41am Top

Is it coming home day? If so, I hope it is a safe and smooth drive, and that walking into your
beautiful home brings you a feeling of peace and happiness. After all, vacations are wonderful, but sort of...

Fluffing pillows

Putting a pitcher of lemonade in the fridge

Jul 28, 2012, 7:55am Top

The photo on Lucy's thread looks lovely. These meet ups are such great fun!

I hope you are feeling better. When I last checked here you were not feeling well.

Happy summer!

Jul 29, 2012, 1:49am Top

Hope you're having fun, Cee!!

Jul 29, 2012, 4:24pm Top

Hope your trip home was safe and uneventful!

Jul 29, 2012, 4:30pm Top

Hi Cee! Anxiously awaiting your arrival back to the world of LT.

Edited: Jul 29, 2012, 4:36pm Top

*peeks in* Is Cee home yet?

Puts a plate of petit fours on table.

Jul 29, 2012, 5:35pm Top

OMG Caro! Those look sinful, they do!

Jul 30, 2012, 12:01am Top

Precious! My Precious!!

Jul 30, 2012, 6:48am Top

Just a quick drive-by to check on my buddy! Hope all is well, my friend.

Jul 30, 2012, 7:12am Top

Edited: Jul 30, 2012, 1:55pm Top

Hi All!
Made it home safely - had a good vacation overall :-)

Stasia, Caro x3, Kath x5, Donna, Mamie x3, Ellen x2, Bonnie, Cindy, Paul, Ilan, Megan, Terri, Linda, Lucy, Lynda, and Mark... (but who's counting??)
Thanks to all of you for keeping my thread bubbling.

Discovered when we got home that our wireless router was kaput - we bought a new one and Ron is struggling with the printer part of it now. But at least I can get into the internet.
Have a lot of catching up to do! Yikes!

So, Stasia - are you off for the summer now?
You got me with the petit fours, Caro! YUM!
Thanks, Kath ;-) The welcome home with fluffed pillows and lemonade were perfect. You always know just what is needed!
Donna - meeting Lucy (and her lovely daughter) was great. They live in a very beautiful part of VT. Was glad she could make the time :-) Oh yeah. I do have a picture or two - but Ron has to get them off the camera for me.
Mamie - got to check to see how your house is doing. Hope you are not getting too discouraged. You've had a lot of action for lookers. I'm almost finished with In the Garden of Beasts. Interesting to read another perspective - quite different.
Had some fun, Ellen! It was very strange to have a real vacation - in the summer!
Bonnie - The Dizzies seem to be gone! YAY! More reading getting done. Double YAY!
Oh, Cindy... the dome was fun and the location perfect. Our hosts were helpful and considerate. It was a good experience :-)

Edited: Jul 30, 2012, 1:57pm Top

Continuing on...
Paul - thanks for visiting. I started reading your thread that I am so behind on and it looks like you have been very busy and hungry during the day. So, I appreciate the time you took as I do for all the others here. It's a gift I love!
Ilana, it would have been so great to meet you too. It's gonna happen yet - I just know it.
I am honored, Megan, that with your very busy life and so little sleep you would check up on me :-) Are the days longer over in NZ???
Hi Terri! Hope your life is going well. Gotta visit threads and catch up...
I am well now, Linda. I hear you are needing more surgery :( So sorry and soooo hope it works.
Yup. Long and uneventful trip home, Lucy. I'm so glad to have made the trip to VT - and in no small part I was glad to have met you and LD (she's very sweet despite the rant). Hope you are home and resting comfortably now, too.
I was a little worried, Lynda, to have no internet connection when I got home. But I am here now! Whew!

*grabbing another petit four and glass of lemonade*

And, yup! All is definitely well, Mark! Got nicely unwound and unknotted... vacations are so necessary for me. I just don't get enough of them. Will work on that...

So - phooey! Time to start a new thread again... hang in there!

Jul 30, 2012, 3:36pm Top

While you work on your new thread, I'm going to close this one by saying I'm glad you had a good vacation and I agree—feel it in me' bones we'll meet in person too eventually. See you on your next thread, I'm off to do groceries.

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