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Roberta's (luvamystery65) Howdy thread!

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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1luvamystery65
Edited: Jan 17, 2017, 10:29am Top

HOWDY!


Welcome to my 75 thread! I am Roberta from the suburbs of Houston, Texas USA. As my user name will tell you I love a mystery most, but thanks to LT, I have an appreciation for other genres as well.

This year, I've decided to keep my 75 thread as a strictly social thread. My main thread is in the 2017 Challenge Group. There I have my lists, reviews, tickers, etc... It's pretty extensive and I'm so over duplicating posts. I would much rather spend my time visiting with my LT friends. If you want to keep track of my reading please come on over and have a look.

2017 Category Challenge Roberta's Colorful Challenge

I love dogs! ;-)


2PaulCranswick
Dec 29, 2016, 11:31am Top

>1 luvamystery65: Welcome back Ro. Looks comfy in that hammock, but of course i would crush the poor pooch.

3brodiew2
Dec 29, 2016, 12:11pm Top

Hi Ro!

4luvamystery65
Dec 29, 2016, 12:35pm Top

>2 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul! Happy New Year! I don't care how lazy or old a pooch is, they will quickly move before being crushed. ;-)

>3 brodiew2: Hi Bro(die)! :D

5EBT1002
Dec 29, 2016, 4:27pm Top

Dropping off my star, Roberta! (I think I left the same star on your other thread.....)

6luvamystery65
Dec 29, 2016, 4:29pm Top

>5 EBT1002: Thanks Ellen!

7Ameise1
Dec 29, 2016, 4:35pm Top

Happy reading for 2017, Roberta.

found you and

8johnsimpson
Dec 29, 2016, 4:53pm Top

Hi Roberta, just starred your thread my dear and look forward to a good 2017 reading year.

9Crazymamie
Dec 29, 2016, 5:03pm Top

Dropping my star, Roberta!

10katiekrug
Dec 29, 2016, 5:56pm Top

Got you starred in both places, Ro, because I love you that much! MWAH!

11lyzard
Dec 29, 2016, 5:57pm Top

Hi, Roberta! Just dropping off a star... :)

12drneutron
Dec 29, 2016, 7:22pm Top

Welcome back! I'll keep an eye on your thread over there too.

13DianaNL
Dec 30, 2016, 5:41am Top

Happy New Year, Roberta!

14The_Hibernator
Dec 31, 2016, 8:22am Top

15PaulCranswick
Dec 31, 2016, 9:15am Top



I am part of the group.
I love being part of the group.
I love the friendships bestowed upon my by dint of my membership of this wonderful fellowship.
I love that race and creed and gender and age and sexuality and nationality make absolutely no difference to our being a valued member of the group.

Thank you for also being part of the group.

16FAMeulstee
Dec 31, 2016, 10:50am Top

Happy reading in 2017, Roberta!

17Ameise1
Dec 31, 2016, 4:04pm Top

I wish you from my heart health, happiness, satisfaction and much exciting read in 2017. May all your wishes come true.


from my hometown Z├╝rich, Switzerland

18ronincats
Dec 31, 2016, 6:27pm Top

Happy New Year! (dropping a star)


19Donna828
Dec 31, 2016, 11:30pm Top

I kept up two threads a few years ago, Roberta, and it nearly killed me. I have announced I'm not taking part in group reads unless I am moved to read a particular book. That does not apply to the Hillerman books. I'll definitely read along with the group again. Heck, maybe I'll even post some comments!

Happy New Reading Year!

20scaifea
Jan 1, 2017, 6:28pm Top

Hi, Roberta!

21tymfos
Jan 1, 2017, 9:13pm Top

Happy new year, Roberta.

22cammykitty
Jan 1, 2017, 10:20pm Top

Happy New Year!

23Berly
Jan 2, 2017, 5:29am Top

Just adding to the social chatter!

24jnwelch
Jan 2, 2017, 3:28pm Top

Happy New Year, Ro!

I'll follow you on both threads. Here's to a book-filled 2017!

25rosalita
Jan 6, 2017, 11:36pm Top

Happy New Year, Roberta! Belated though it is, it's sincerely meant.

26vancouverdeb
Jan 6, 2017, 11:45pm Top

Stopping by to say hi, Roberta!

27luvamystery65
Jan 17, 2017, 10:34am Top

I AM HANGING MY HEAD IN SHAME VISITORS!



I am so sorry! I completely forgot I had this thread. Yikes!

Thank you Barbara, John, Mamie, Katie (Krug), Liz, Jim, Diana, Rachel, Paul, Anita, Barbara (again), Roni, Donna, Terri, Katie (CK), Kim, Joe, Julia and Deb for your greetings, stars, New Years wishes and most important your visit.

I will do better.

28luvamystery65
Jan 17, 2017, 10:35am Top

Work has been a bear lately, but I have managed to read quite a bit. I'm headed to Vegas Thursday for my cousin Joe's 50th. I hope to get started on Moby Dick soon.

29PawsforThought
Jan 17, 2017, 1:32pm Top

I'm looking forward to reading your thoughts on Moby Dick.

30brodiew2
Jan 17, 2017, 2:04pm Top

I'm adding Rennie Airth's River of Darkness to the 2017 TBR. I liked it when I started it once before, so this time I'll finish it.

31msf59
Jan 17, 2017, 8:48pm Top

Happy New Thread, Ro! I did not realize you had a thread started over here. My bad. I have found you now. I will try to stop over at your Challenge thread too.

32Familyhistorian
Jan 18, 2017, 8:14pm Top

>27 luvamystery65: How did you remember? Not to worry, at least you didn't let it go a couple of months!

33jnwelch
Jan 20, 2017, 5:05pm Top

I love that, Roberta. Forgetting your own thread is pretty great. :-)

34PaulCranswick
Jan 21, 2017, 12:14pm Top

>33 jnwelch: Hahaha I should have given you safekeeping of my house keys, Ro. I'd be living on my own already!

Have a great weekend.

35SuziQoregon
Jan 23, 2017, 3:51pm Top

Belatedly dropping off a star. Hope you had a fun trip to Vegas.

36luvamystery65
Jan 23, 2017, 6:54pm Top

>29 PawsforThought: Thanks Paws. I started a thread for Moby Dick
Roberta sets sail on the Pequod!

>30 brodiew2: I look forward to your thoughts. Airth sounds right up my alley.

>31 msf59: No worries Mark. I started this thread at the last minute. More to socialize. All my reading I am posting over in the Category Challenge thread since I set it up last Oct.

>32 Familyhistorian: I was looking for my Horror! Group thread which I only post in once a month. It was right next to this thread which I labeled Howdy. My eye just kept looking at both and thinking they were Horror! to my own horror! LOL!

>33 jnwelch: Sure is Joe! Now you can tell Debb, "At least I've never lost one of my own threads!"

>34 PaulCranswick: Ha ha!!! Not a chance Paul because I know your Hani leaves nothing to chance!

>35 SuziQoregon: Thank you Juli! Welcome. I had an ok trip to Vegas. I really didn't want to go. Bad timing, but all in all it wasn't too bad.

37jnwelch
Jan 24, 2017, 2:19pm Top

>36 luvamystery65: Debbi loved it, Roberta. :-)

38johnsimpson
Jan 24, 2017, 3:35pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope all is well with you my dear, sending love and hugs.

39Berly
Jan 25, 2017, 2:20am Top

Just popping in here to say Hi!!

40brodiew2
Jan 25, 2017, 11:09am Top

Good morning, Ro! I hope all is well with you!

41luvamystery65
Jan 27, 2017, 10:29am Top

>37 jnwelch: ;-)

>38 johnsimpson: Love and hugs back to you and Karen.

>39 Berly: Howdy Kim!

>40 brodiew2: Morning Brodie! It's been busy but I'm settling back into a routine after vacation.

42Familyhistorian
Jan 28, 2017, 3:52pm Top

Hope you are enjoying your weekend and your new blue jug!

43johnsimpson
Jan 28, 2017, 3:54pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope you have a really good weekend dear friend and send love and hugs.

44katiekrug
Jan 29, 2017, 7:37pm Top

Howdy, Ro!

45luvamystery65
Jan 29, 2017, 9:27pm Top

>42 Familyhistorian: & >43 johnsimpson: Thank you! I went out to lunch yesterday with some of my nieces. The youngest of that bunch just turned 25! Then one of the anesthesiologist gave us his tickets to see Kristen Chenoweth at a new local venue. The seats were great and we had free valet parking. She is a teeny tiny powerhouse and just as hilarious live as on TV.

>44 katiekrug: Howdy KAK! Glad you found your wine glasses. Unpacking is not for wimps.

46Berly
Feb 3, 2017, 11:41pm Top

>45 luvamystery65: Oh I bet Kristen Chenoweth was a hoot! What a fun time. Happy weekend. : )

47DianaNL
Feb 12, 2017, 8:15am Top

48EBT1002
Feb 14, 2017, 6:26pm Top

No need to hang your head in shame, my dear. I don't know how you keep up with more than one thread, anyway!

49Berly
Feb 15, 2017, 6:44pm Top

Hi there. Just keeping this thread warm here. : )

50katiekrug
Feb 19, 2017, 11:03am Top

Howdy, Ro!

51luvamystery65
Feb 20, 2017, 11:26am Top

Catching up here folks!

>46 Berly: She told this story when she was at University in Oklahoma she got the part in Chorus Line where she sang Dance: Ten; Looks: Three. Her teacher changed the lyrics of tits and ass to boobs and butt "because the Bible Belt!" She sang it for us like this and told us after that she told that story to Marvin Hamlish and he told her to promise him that she would never repeat that. LOL!

>47 DianaNL: Thanks Diana! I hope your weekend was lovely and that your week ahead is too.

>48 EBT1002: I'm still struggling Ellen, but I did finish Bleak House.

>49 Berly: Thank you Kim. It's much appreciated.

>50 katiekrug: Howdy KAK! Thanks for popping in.

52rosalita
Feb 20, 2017, 11:29am Top

Nice to see you, Roberta! I hope you're doing well.

53luvamystery65
Feb 20, 2017, 11:33am Top

>52 rosalita: Howdy Julia! Crazy busy and going through some personal stuff, but all in all not bad. Thank you.

54rosalita
Feb 20, 2017, 11:58am Top

Well, I hope all that other mess clears up for you. I miss seeing you around these parts, but I understand how real life has a way of taking over!

55PaulCranswick
Feb 26, 2017, 6:42am Top

Nice to see you back for a fleeting visit at least, Roberta.

Have a lovely weekend. xx

56johnsimpson
Feb 26, 2017, 3:53pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope you have had a really lovely weekend my dear, I must say I miss your lovely comments dear friend, sending love and hugs.

57luvamystery65
Mar 3, 2017, 12:49pm Top

>54 rosalita: Thank Julia.

>55 PaulCranswick: I appreciate it Paul.

>56 johnsimpson: Howdy John. I am really looking forward to this weekend. It looks like we are in for nice weather and I'm off.

58luvamystery65
Mar 3, 2017, 12:52pm Top

I went to see Glenn Frankel on Wednesday at Brazos Bookstore. I met up with Lisa (LisaMorr) who visits Houston a LOT for her work. I loved Frankel's The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend so I am very excited about High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic. Frankel's research is extensive and I loved the narrative style of his previous work. From his talk and Q & A, I do believe this book will be just as good.

59brodiew2
Mar 3, 2017, 1:19pm Top

>58 luvamystery65: So cool, Ro! I saw that book at B&N yester day afternoon. It looked really interesting.

60arubabookwoman
Mar 3, 2017, 6:33pm Top

I visit my daughter in Houston frequently, and I love Brazos Bookstore!

61luvamystery65
Mar 3, 2017, 7:21pm Top

>59 brodiew2: Yes it does.

>60 arubabookwoman: If you are in the area and would like to meet up or go to one of their book events, please message me. I also go to events at Murder by the Book a block away.

62DianaNL
Mar 4, 2017, 5:58am Top

63johnsimpson
Mar 4, 2017, 4:25pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope you are having a really good weekend my dear, sending love and hugs.

64arubabookwoman
Mar 4, 2017, 10:17pm Top

I would love to meet up with you on one of our trips to Houston. We were just there over President's Day week, and probably won't get back til October (I go to Quilt Festival every year). My daughter lives in walking distance of the Half Price Books in Rice Village, so there's another bookstore option. I have seen the Murder bookstore, but haven't been in.

65ronincats
Mar 4, 2017, 11:59pm Top

Hi, Ro. Looks like a great book event and LT meetup!

66susanj67
Mar 5, 2017, 5:27am Top

>58 luvamystery65: Hi Roberta! Lovely picture :-)

67rosalita
Mar 5, 2017, 7:47am Top

Great meet-up photo! Both Frankel books sounds interesting.

Hope you're having a good weekend.

68Berly
Mar 5, 2017, 1:12pm Top

69SuziQoregon
Mar 6, 2017, 3:47pm Top

>58 luvamystery65: Yay for a meetup! I need to check out both those books by Frankel.

70luvamystery65
Mar 18, 2017, 10:07am Top

Hello all! I've been sick with this respiratory crud that is going around. I still can't shake this cough. Ugh!

>62 DianaNL: & >63 johnsimpson: Thank you. I've been feeling pretty yuck but I did go with my niece last Sunday for her to choose her wedding dress. She looks like a princess and since she is my princess, that is perfect.

>64 arubabookwoman: I love Half-Price books in Rice village. Message me when you are headed to Houston and we can work something out between our schedules. How fun!

>65 ronincats: >66 susanj67: >67 rosalita: Thanks! It was fun.

>68 Berly: Thanks Kim, my last Sunday was lovely ^

>69 SuziQoregon: Howdy Juli! I can safely vouch for the book based on The Searchers. It was an excellent read.

71ronincats
Mar 21, 2017, 11:11pm Top

Just dropping by to say I hope you are feeling better. Any daffodils there yet?

72jnwelch
Mar 22, 2017, 3:26pm Top

Hi, Roberta!

73PaulCranswick
Mar 25, 2017, 10:46pm Top

Hope that you are now feeling A-OK, Roberta. xx

The Searchers possibly remains my all time favourite movie,

74luvamystery65
Mar 31, 2017, 5:33pm Top

>71 ronincats: I'm feeling much better but I still have a small lingering cough.

>72 jnwelch: Howdy Joe! I was able to get Saga Vol. 7 via Hoopla. It was a good one.

>73 PaulCranswick: Feeling better Paul. Thank you. The Searchers was one of my mom's favorite movies. I loved the book by Alan Le May.

75katiekrug
Apr 1, 2017, 10:24am Top

Howdy, Ro! I'm going to be in Houston the first week of May.... you free for dinner any evening?

76alcottacre
Apr 1, 2017, 10:26am Top

Hello, Roberta!

77luvamystery65
Apr 1, 2017, 10:34am Top

>75 katiekrug: Howdy KAK! I'll PM you my schedule for that week.

>76 alcottacre: Hi Stasia! It's so nice to see you around the threads again.

78jnwelch
Edited: Apr 1, 2017, 12:40pm Top

>74 luvamystery65: Whoa! Saga 7 is out?! I'm on it!

79johnsimpson
Apr 1, 2017, 3:30pm Top

Hi Roberta, glad to see you are feeling a lot better my dear and nice to see you around the threads dear friend. Hope you are having a really good weekend and send love and hugs.

80luvamystery65
Apr 8, 2017, 1:29pm Top

>78 jnwelch: I hope you snagged up a copy. Volume 7 was good.

>79 johnsimpson: Thank you John. Working this weekend, but I've got my regular crew here and that makes all the difference in the world.

81EBT1002
Apr 9, 2017, 12:38am Top

Hi Ro!

82johnsimpson
Apr 14, 2017, 3:33pm Top

Wishing you a very Happy Easter.

83DianaNL
Apr 15, 2017, 5:09am Top

84Berly
Apr 16, 2017, 12:19pm Top



Or just Happy Sunday!!

85luvamystery65
Apr 16, 2017, 12:42pm Top

86mstrust
Apr 16, 2017, 1:07pm Top

Happy Easter!

87alcottacre
Apr 16, 2017, 1:14pm Top

Happy Easter, Roberta!

88johnsimpson
Apr 22, 2017, 4:32pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope you are having a really good weekend my dear and the weather is good with you dear friend, sending love and hugs.

89luvamystery65
Apr 25, 2017, 11:16am Top

>81 EBT1002: >82 johnsimpson: >83 DianaNL: >84 Berly: >86 mstrust: >87 alcottacre: >88 johnsimpson:

Howdy to all that have been popping in and keeping my thread warm. I had a quiet Easter and this past weekend went home to see my Dad. My aunt and uncle renewed their wedding vows and we had a memorial mass for my great aunt Sylvia.

90PaulCranswick
May 7, 2017, 5:00am Top

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, Ro.

91msf59
May 7, 2017, 8:16am Top

Hi, Ro! Just checking in with my pal. I miss your face!

92Berly
May 10, 2017, 5:47pm Top

The mystery is where is Ro?! Hope to see you soon around these parts.

93johnsimpson
May 12, 2017, 3:38pm Top

Hi Roberta, just passing by to wish you a really good weekend my dear, sending love and hugs.

94luvamystery65
Jun 23, 2017, 10:00am Top

>90 PaulCranswick: >91 msf59: >92 Berly: >93 johnsimpson: Thank you so much for keeping my thread warm friends.

Got through our new computer system at work and now just doing annual competencies and getting ready for our Magnet status audit next month. I'm also back at trying to get my aunts house packed up and sold. It's going to be slow going because I am still in a flare up and just can't get it all done at once. Fingers crossed it goes smoother than I think it will.

I met up with LisaMorr on Wednesday night. We had a nice dinner and great conversation. Of course we exchanged books. I love when I KNOW my books are going to a good home. Lisa brought me some Virago Modern Classics. I'm excited because I am trying to read more books by women authors. Tropical storm Cindy was threatening but she was more bark than bite in my neck of the woods. Thank goodness!

No photos of the meetup. We should have taken photos of our food. So delicious and beautifully presented too.

I started a bullet journal on June 1st. I've committed 3 months to it to see if it will help me be better organized. I've always used a calendar book and to do lists and sticky notes everywhere so this puts it all in one place. You can go down a rabbit hole with this, but I am keeping mine very utilitarian. Once my 3 months are up, I will share my thoughts about my experience.

95Berly
Jun 23, 2017, 10:27am Top

Wow! Sounds like you have been busy. Glad you had such a nice meetup, but then, when aren't they fun? Good luck with the bullet journal. And happy weekend!

96rosalita
Jun 23, 2017, 10:34am Top

>94 luvamystery65: I use a bullet journal as well, Ro, and I have found it tremendously useful to have everything in one place and neatly organized. I do not decorate mine, either, although some of the layouts I have seen from others are beautiful. But that is not my style and I'm more focused on the utility rather than showing it to other people.

97SuziQoregon
Jun 23, 2017, 10:56am Top

Mine's pretty minimalistic too.

98luvamystery65
Edited: Jun 23, 2017, 11:00am Top

>95 Berly: A lot more busy than I'm used to Kim. Love meetups.

>96 rosalita: I love seeing how creative people are with bullet journals Julia, but it would stress me out to keep up with that.

ETA: >97 SuziQoregon: Glad to know there are more of us than the internet led me to believe. :)

99katiekrug
Jun 23, 2017, 11:12am Top

Good to hear from you, Ro!

100PawsforThought
Jun 23, 2017, 4:55pm Top

I have a bullet journal, but only use it as a meta-list where I collect all my reading, watching and other lists. Plus track the number of books I've read. I don't use it for journaling or as a calendar.

101ronincats
Jun 23, 2017, 11:31pm Top

Hmmm, the Texas contingent seems to have problems with providing pictorial evidence of meet-ups!!

102johnsimpson
Jun 25, 2017, 5:03pm Top

Hi Roberta, Hope all is well with you my dear and that you are having a really good weekend dear friend, sending love and hugs.

103luvamystery65
Jun 25, 2017, 7:12pm Top

>99 katiekrug: Thanks KAK!

>100 PawsforThought: I do love the list aspect of the bullet journal. I've always used a calendar, so this just keeps everything in one place for me. The index is a life saver.

>101 ronincats: So sorry Ro! This is my 4th or 5th meetup with Lisa. I was so frazzled by traffic and a little worried about the tropical storm, that I didn't even think about taking a photo. Let me get my book haul together and take a photo. Will that do? ;-)

>102 johnsimpson: Howdy John! Thanks for popping in. Love and hugs to you and Karen. The weather kept us from going to San Antonio and working on my aunt's house, but I did get some things done around here.

104lkernagh
Jun 26, 2017, 10:56am Top

Stopping by to say "hello" Roberta! I hope you summer is off to a lovely start.

105luvamystery65
Jul 1, 2017, 11:31am Top

>104 lkernagh: Thank you Lori! Summer is busy and HOT!

106jnwelch
Jul 1, 2017, 10:36pm Top

I get confused - I just posted on another thread of yours, Roberta. My new Series Push, if you haven't read any of it: Ruth Galloway mysteries by Elly Griffiths. Set in eastern England, and Ruth is a great character. First one: The Crossing Places.

107luvamystery65
Jul 2, 2017, 10:03am Top

>106 jnwelch: Imagine how I feel! LOL! There are six books in the series. Should I nominate it for next years mystery year long read?

108jnwelch
Jul 2, 2017, 2:15pm Top

>107 luvamystery65: Yes, please!

109msf59
Jul 2, 2017, 3:43pm Top

Happy Sunday, Ro! Glad to see you posting here and there. We miss you, when you are away. I hope life is treating you well, my friend.

110PaulCranswick
Jul 2, 2017, 6:25pm Top

Another pleased to see you back posting here, Ro. xx

111johnsimpson
Jul 3, 2017, 1:02pm Top

Hello my dear, nice to see you posting, miss you when you are away dear friend, sending love and hugs.

112BookLizard
Jul 3, 2017, 10:13pm Top

Good luck with the Bullet Journal. I found it helpful, especially the habit trackers, future log for upcoming books, collections for when library books are due, etc. LOL.

113johnsimpson
Jul 8, 2017, 4:26pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope you are having a good weekend my dear, sending love and hugs.

114ronincats
Jul 8, 2017, 5:24pm Top

Just dropping by to leave a hug, Ro. (((Ro)))

115msf59
Jul 9, 2017, 7:18am Top

How was Gaiman? How was Gaiman? Waiting with bated breath...

116luvamystery65
Jul 10, 2017, 1:14pm Top

Time for a quick catch up...

>108 jnwelch: done

>109 msf59: >110 PaulCranswick: >111 johnsimpson: Thank you gentlemen

>112 BookLizard: I'm in month two and I'm not utilizing it well yet, but still, it's better than what I was doing before. I like it.

>113 johnsimpson: Thank you

>114 ronincats: Thanks Ro, the hug is much needed.

>115 msf59: I loved Gaiman Mark. This is my second time seeing him and he did not disappoint. I saw him both times with my friend Bonnie. She loves him too.

117luvamystery65
Jul 10, 2017, 1:19pm Top

We are being appraised for our Magnet status and today is my department's review. I was going to see Roxane Gay tonight but I'm exhausted and I just can't. Perhaps next time. I will get my book autographed by her though.

My aunt went into the hospital last Monday with gallstones and pancreatitis. She threw up so much that her electrolytes were so depleted. She had a cardiac arrhythmia in CT scan. She was brought back in less than an minute, but now we are dealing with this, the gallstones, pancreatitis and no alcohol at all. This is huge as my aunt has been drinking for more than 50 years. She has also been drinking heavily more than 30 years. In the last year, I have persuaded her to drink less, but not quit.

I almost missed Neil Gaiman due to her condition. She came home Friday night. My niece Martha, who is also an RN, came to stay with her while I attended. This was a huge gift for me!

Anyhow, I am mentally exhausted and physically tired too, but I am not defeated my friends.

Posting this on my other threads so if you read this more than once, I apologize.

118rosalita
Jul 10, 2017, 1:22pm Top

>117 luvamystery65: I'm so sorry for your RL troubles, Roberta! I'll keep you and your aunt in my thoughts. {{{{{Ro and Tia Dora}}}}}

119PawsforThought
Jul 10, 2017, 1:30pm Top

>117 luvamystery65: I'm sorry to hear about the troubles you're going through with your aunt, but so glad for you that your niece could look after her so you got to treat yourself with some Gaiman! You deserve it!

120mstrust
Jul 10, 2017, 2:02pm Top

That's a lot of stress! I hope your aunt is doing better today. And I'm glad that you were still able to see Gaiman. Nice niece!

121jnwelch
Edited: Jul 10, 2017, 2:21pm Top

I loved Gaiman Mark. This is my second time seeing him and he did not disappoint.

*green with envy*

What did he talk about? Norse Mythology?

122lkernagh
Jul 10, 2017, 4:26pm Top

Roberta, very sorry to read about RL and your aunt's current health condition. My thoughts are with you, your aunt and your family.

123Berly
Jul 17, 2017, 1:32am Top

Sending good thoughts to you and yours Ro. So glad you got to see Gaiman and so jealous. ; )

124luvamystery65
Jul 17, 2017, 9:32am Top

>118 rosalita: >119 PawsforThought: >120 mstrust: >121 jnwelch: >122 lkernagh: >123 Berly: Thank you so much everyone. My aunt has her stress test today. After this we can book her gallbladder surgery.

>121 jnwelch: Joe he read from many of his works, including Norse Mythology. He answered questions that were submitted in writing from the audience. He told stories and made us laugh. Thanks to my niece Martha, I was able to enjoy my evening.

125jnwelch
Jul 19, 2017, 9:12am Top

>124 luvamystery65: Sounds lovely, Roberta. What a guy.

126luvamystery65
Aug 10, 2017, 9:33am Top

I have finished Moby-Dick!!!

I really loved it. It was very crazy pants and way more information than you ever wanted to know about whales and whaling, but in all that it was very humorous and way out there.

127drneutron
Aug 10, 2017, 9:47am Top

Awesome! One of my favorite classics. Glad you liked it!

128PawsforThought
Aug 10, 2017, 9:59am Top

>126 luvamystery65: Well done! Moby Dick is one of those books I started but never got very far into. Not because I didn't like it, but I was in a bad place reading-wise. I'll pick it up again some day.

way more information than you ever wanted to know about whales
There's no such thing. Whales are one of the great loves of my life. Whales rule!

129mstrust
Aug 10, 2017, 1:10pm Top

>126 luvamystery65: Congratulations! Enjoy your feeling of accomplishment.
I've yet to tackle that one but it's somewhere in my future.

130FAMeulstee
Aug 10, 2017, 3:17pm Top

>126 luvamystery65: I read it back in 2010 and was surprised how it was readable and sometimes funny.
The geek in me loved everything about whales ;-)

131Berly
Aug 10, 2017, 3:19pm Top

Whoohooo! Congrats. Moby was a high school English read for me.

132scaifea
Aug 11, 2017, 6:35am Top

>126 luvamystery65: WOOT!! Well done, Roberta!!

133jnwelch
Aug 11, 2017, 8:56am Top

>126 luvamystery65: Congratulations, Ro! That's a big milestone.

way more information than you ever wanted to know about whales and whaling. So true! :-)

134johnsimpson
Aug 18, 2017, 5:05pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope you have had a good week my dear and wish you a great weekend dear friend and send love and hugs.

135luvamystery65
Aug 24, 2017, 12:37pm Top

>127 drneutron: >128 PawsforThought: >129 mstrust: >130 FAMeulstee: >131 Berly: >132 scaifea: >133 jnwelch: >134 johnsimpson:

Thank you kindly all. I really did enjoy Moby-Dick. I hope to read it again one day.

>135 luvamystery65: Thank you John. I went to visit my Dad this past weekend and I had a nice visit. He seems to be declining, but we will keep an eye on things.

Currently I am awaiting news on Harvey our tropical storm/hurricane. I work this weekend so I'll likely be stuck at the hospital. I am worried about my aunt, cousin and dogs. We are preparing to stay put but I am wondering if they should evacuate. I'll make a decision with them tonight.

136katiekrug
Aug 25, 2017, 3:47pm Top

Stay safe, Ro!

137luvamystery65
Aug 25, 2017, 3:59pm Top

I'm packing for the hospital. My cousin Joe is in charge of home health and doggie day care

138rosalita
Aug 25, 2017, 4:27pm Top

I hope everyone in your world stays safe in the hurricane, Ro. I will be thinking of you all.

139jnwelch
Aug 25, 2017, 5:19pm Top

What Julia said, Ro. Sending positive thoughts your way.

140lkernagh
Aug 25, 2017, 11:02pm Top

Joining the others with hopes that things stay safe in your part of the world, Ro.

141PawsforThought
Aug 26, 2017, 4:39am Top

Just read that the storm's been upgraded to cat 4. I hope you and yours are safe and taking all the precautions to stay that way.

142susanj67
Aug 26, 2017, 5:42am Top

Yikes Roberta - it's all over our news too, and it looks awful. I hope all your family are OK.

143msf59
Aug 26, 2017, 7:47am Top

Hi, Ro. Please keep us updated, my friend. Hoping the worst of Harvey missed you. Fingers crossed.

144johnsimpson
Aug 26, 2017, 3:32pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope Hurricane Harvey is not causing you too many problems my dear. I have been seeing reports on our news and coastal areas seem to be taking a battering and the last report we got was that it had been downgraded to cat1 but heavy rain will cause problems for days if not weeks. Our thoughts are with the good folks of Texas at this worrying time dear friend, sending love and hugs from both of us.

145Berly
Aug 26, 2017, 3:39pm Top

Roberta--Hoping that things are going okay for you and yours with Hurricane Harvey. Thinking of you!! Be safe.

146luvamystery65
Aug 26, 2017, 4:04pm Top

Quick update from work. There was a tornado last night in my master subdivision, but not the smaller one I live in. Close but did not reach me. I still have power at home according to Center Point energy and some updates from my cousin Joe. I'm staying at the hospital tonight and possibly tomorrow.

My fence is old and needs to be replaced, but I have been holding out. I am hoping it makes it unscathed or with minimal repair needed. That is my major worry for my dogs not escaping my yard once the storm is over.

Thanks for all the good wishes. I'll be back after the storm and respond individually

147johnsimpson
Aug 26, 2017, 4:09pm Top

Thanks for the update Roberta my dear, stay safe and hope damage is minimal for you dear friend.

148rosalita
Aug 26, 2017, 6:23pm Top

Thanks for checking in, Ro. Still keeping you all in my thoughts. Take care!

149scaifea
Aug 27, 2017, 10:10am Top

Thinking of you, Roberta. Fingers crossed that you and yours will stay safe.

150Ameise1
Edited: Aug 27, 2017, 10:20am Top

Stay safe, Ro. Thinking of you and yours. On the brighter side I wish you

151jnwelch
Edited: Aug 27, 2017, 7:54pm Top

Thanks for the update, Ro. Woo, the news footage of the Houston area is a shocker. I'm glad you're okay.

Our son's FIL just drove a U-Haul from Houston to McAllen, and saw a semi flip over in front of him on the highway. He's so lucky he made it okay - very stubborn but charming man.

P.S. Happy Birthday! What an unusual one, right?

152msf59
Edited: Aug 27, 2017, 4:46pm Top



^Hope you manage to have a lovely birthday, Ro, despite the horrific aftermath. I hope the flooding is not affecting you. Fingers crossed.

153johnsimpson
Aug 27, 2017, 5:01pm Top

Happy Birthday Roberta my dear, despite all that is happening in Texas at this time I hope you have a really lovely day dear friend, sending special birthday love and hugs.

154PaulCranswick
Aug 27, 2017, 8:16pm Top

Happy birthday from me too, Roberta. I miss you in these parts much of the time. xx

155luvamystery65
Aug 27, 2017, 9:59pm Top

Thank you all for the birthday wishes!

I'm still on the ride out team for Hurricane Harvey so I'm still staying at the hospital. I'm hoping to get home by tomorrow evening. So far my cousin Joe reports that all is well at home.

Will update.

156jnwelch
Aug 28, 2017, 9:03am Top

Thanks, Roberta. I hope they have a (relatively) comfortable spot for you to sleep at the hospital. Is the hospital receiving a lot of patients from the effects of the storm?

157Berly
Aug 29, 2017, 2:25am Top

Hang in there!!

158luvamystery65
Aug 29, 2017, 2:38pm Top

Had to evacuate yesterday. Still at the hospital but with my aunt and 2 dogs. My cousin Joe took the other 2 dogs to a cousin's 3 story apartment. My house is fine right now. The river should crest today and let's see if our levee holds up. We are safe and that is the most important thing.

Did you notice my hospital let us bring our dogs? Cats too! I have the most amazing employers. We are also the only hospital open in our area.

159PawsforThought
Aug 29, 2017, 2:48pm Top

>159 PawsforThought: Glad to hear you're doing well despite having to evacuate. Can't imagine what it's like for you all.

160jnwelch
Edited: Aug 29, 2017, 3:29pm Top

What Paws said, Roberta. So glad you're all okay, including the dogs. Kudos to your employers.

161SuziQoregon
Aug 29, 2017, 6:13pm Top

Happy belated Birthday!!

Sorry to hear you had to evacuate. Hope all remains above water at home. Very cool on letting folks bring pets to the hospital.

162ronincats
Aug 29, 2017, 9:41pm Top

Belated Happy Birthday wishes! I bet this is one you won't forget. Sorry you had to evacuate but so glad you were able to get the animals safe as well.

163rosalita
Aug 30, 2017, 11:28am Top

Oh, dear! I'm sorry you had to evacuate but how great that the hospital let you being your pets to work. Clearly they understand that employees distracted by worry over their pets won't be as productive. A lovely act of compassion.

164lkernagh
Sep 1, 2017, 4:39pm Top

Glad to see that you are doing well under the circumstances Roberta, and I agree, you do have a very understanding and compassionate employer! Stay safe.

165luvamystery65
Sep 3, 2017, 11:35am Top

Harvey Update from me.

Did well in my home. Nothing flooded, not even my street. Lots of people I know were evacuated and their homes are flooded. It breaks my heart. Our hospital system has raised 7 million for employee relief. I work for such a great system. Everyone has pitched in.

Thank you for the birthday and belated birthday wishes and checking in on me. >160 jnwelch: >161 SuziQoregon: >162 ronincats: >163 rosalita: >164 lkernagh: & >165 luvamystery65:

166luvamystery65
Sep 3, 2017, 11:37am Top

I have completed my 75th book on August 31st!

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

167Ameise1
Sep 3, 2017, 12:01pm Top

Thanks so much for the update, Ro. Glad to hear that everything is fine at your personal home.
Congrats on raching 75 with one of my favourite books.

168PawsforThought
Sep 3, 2017, 12:36pm Top

Glad to hear you're alright and nothing was flooded at home.

And hurrah on the 75th book! How great to reach 75 with a 5*! I love The Master and Margarita and am thrilled to see you loved it too.

169johnsimpson
Sep 3, 2017, 3:52pm Top

Hi Roberta, congrats on reaching 75 books read for the year my dear and glad that your home and street avoided flooding dear friend. Sending love and hugs.

170lyzard
Sep 3, 2017, 6:11pm Top

Very relieved that all is well with you, Ro! Happy birthday and congratulations on #75. :)

171Donna828
Sep 3, 2017, 9:58pm Top

Congratulations on reading 75 books, Roberta. Even better news, though, is that you and your family are safe and didn't suffer flooding damage from Harvey. What a wonderful employer you have. I always thought hospitals should have dogs and cats around to lighten the atmosphere!

172Berly
Sep 4, 2017, 2:46am Top

Roberta--Sorry you had to evacuate!! Glad to hear you are safe though. Congrats on 75 and happy belated birthday.

173rosalita
Sep 4, 2017, 9:47am Top

Glad to hear that your house is undamaged and you all are safe and sound, Ro. Don't forget to take care of yourself as well as everyone else!

174FAMeulstee
Sep 4, 2017, 5:08pm Top

What a relief for you that your house isn't damaged.
And congratulations on reaching 75!

175drneutron
Sep 5, 2017, 2:00pm Top

Congrats on 75! And I'm glad you didn't have any Harvey damage.

176lkernagh
Sep 5, 2017, 4:14pm Top

Very glad to read your update and congrats on 75!

177SuziQoregon
Sep 5, 2017, 5:40pm Top

Congrats on 75!

So glad you weren't flooded but jeez - it's just awful all around there.

178msf59
Sep 5, 2017, 7:11pm Top



^Hooray for Ro!

Glad you weren't flooded out, my friend. My heart goes out to your city. How awful.

179johnsimpson
Sep 18, 2017, 3:10pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope all is well with you my dear, sending love and hugs dear friend.

180ronincats
Sep 22, 2017, 12:16am Top

A belated congratulations on hitting the 75 book mark, Ro!!

181luvamystery65
Oct 2, 2017, 12:12pm Top

Thank you all for the congratulations on reaching 75. It's been a crazy busy month for me. LT time and reading time have taken a hit.

182johnsimpson
Oct 22, 2017, 5:00pm Top

Hi Roberta, hope you are having a really nice weekend my dear and wish you a lovely week ahead and send love and hugs from both of us dear friend.

183PaulCranswick
Nov 23, 2017, 12:36pm Top

This is a time of year when I as a non-American ponder over what I am thankful for.

I am thankful for this group and its ability to keep me sane during topsy-turvy times.

I am thankful that you are part of this group.

I am thankful for this opportunity to say thank you.

184Berly
Nov 23, 2017, 12:58pm Top

On this day of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for many things, one of them being my



Thank you for being so wonderful! : )

185johnsimpson
Nov 23, 2017, 3:35pm Top

Happy Thanksgiving Roberta my dear.

186luvamystery65
Nov 26, 2017, 2:02pm Top

>183 PaulCranswick: >186 luvamystery65: Thank you John. I've been a ghost here and I appreciate you keeping my thread warm.
>184 Berly: Thank you Paul
>185 johnsimpson: Thanks Kim

187luvamystery65
Nov 26, 2017, 2:03pm Top

Duplicate post from my CC thread. This is what I've been reading.

Currently, I am listening to The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope. It wasn't in my plans to go beyond The Barsetshire Chronicles this year, but then Liz had to mention that it would be better to read the first Palliser novel before the last Barset novel, and here I am! I just finished Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde. It was very heavy, but excellent. I'll have to read her poetry. I'm not a huge poetry person, but after these essays, I believe I should at least try her poetry out. I'm still plucking away at A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin. I truly love her writing. Some of stories hit too close to home with the alcoholism. I live with one, don't want to read about it right now. Still, it's a beautiful collection of stories and I am winding my way through. I have an annotated Poe collection I bought and I'm reading three of the stories for my Horror! Group selection this month, Fall of the House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum and The Purloined Letter. The three stories are listed in the 1001 Books to read before you die collection. I'll read those three, count it as one book read, and put the rest of the book aside to finish next year. I also joined the group read of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami over in the 75 Group. I'm a bit stalled out on it. I've picked up again as Whispersync. It seems to help. This is my third attempt at Murakami. I tried 1Q84 a few years ago, but put it aside. I read Kafka on the Shore earlier this year. I had a mixed reaction to it. I see why he is so beloved, but as a woman, I am bothered by his writing. I can't quite put my finger on it, which is why I am still reading him.

I hope to finish my Shirley Jackson biography by the end of the year and read Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell. I also want to read Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 by Anna Deavere Smith to close out my category challenge officially. Of course, I always make time for a Christmas murder mystery. I have to find my book, The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay, but I'm also reading 2 am at the Cat's Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino for my RL book club.

Yes, I joined a RL book club! I've only been to one meeting. It was interesting. They mainly get together to drink wine, but that suits me. Y'all are my book club that I wouldn't trade for the world.

188luvamystery65
Nov 26, 2017, 2:19pm Top

I'll do my best to get around the threads next year, but I won't start a thread in the 75. I've also handed over the reigns of my mystery project to Terri (tymfos) and Benita. We will be reading two mystery series set in Italy and I'll for sure join in on the Guido Brunetti ones. Our Horror! Group has moved over as a KIT in the Category Challenge next year, so I'll be able to limit my thread to the CC. I'll be going back to school next year so I my time will be limited.

189BookLizard
Nov 26, 2017, 6:55pm Top

Going back to school? That sounds promising! Best of luck.

190luvamystery65
Edited: Nov 27, 2017, 12:40am Top

>190 luvamystery65: More a necessary evil I must do for work. I have horrible anxiety when it comes to school, but I will survive. ;-)

191PaulCranswick
Dec 10, 2017, 7:16pm Top

>189 BookLizard: That is exciting news, Roberta. What will you study?

Sorry though that I won't have this thread on my list of places to park myself next year but I hope you'll stop by mine occasionally and say "hi".

192luvamystery65
Dec 11, 2017, 10:31am Top

>192 luvamystery65: Thank you Paul. I will be studying for an advanced degree in nursing.

193mstrust
Dec 11, 2017, 11:49am Top

We'll miss your thread, but hopefully you'll come visit as often as studies allow. Lots of luck!

194jnwelch
Dec 11, 2017, 5:07pm Top

>193 mstrust: I will be studying for an advanced degree in nursing. Great, Roberta! I hope you can stop by and wave once in a while. You'll be missed!

195msf59
Dec 11, 2017, 10:05pm Top

Good luck on your advanced schooling, Ro. We will miss you, my friend. I hope you can drop by once in awhile and let us know how you are doing.

Hugs, to my Texas pal.

196Berly
Dec 14, 2017, 2:01am Top

Roberta--That is exciting, about the advanced schooling for nursing! What area of specialty? How long is the program? One year or more? At least I will see you on the Guido thread. ; ) Big hugs.

197Ameise1
Dec 23, 2017, 10:29am Top

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

198johnsimpson
Dec 24, 2017, 8:08am Top

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Roberta my dear and send love and hugs from both of us dear friend.

199PaulCranswick
Dec 25, 2017, 3:39am Top



Wishing you all good things this holiday season and beyond.

200kidzdoc
Dec 25, 2017, 4:56am Top



Merry Christmas from Philadelphia, Roberta!

201susanj67
Dec 25, 2017, 5:19am Top

Happy Christmas, Roberta! If you're working, I hope there is at least some Christmas food to keep you going :-)

202msf59
Dec 25, 2017, 7:54am Top



^I hope you are having a great holiday, Ro and you are finding some R & R.

203Berly
Dec 26, 2017, 3:57pm Top

Happy Boxing Day!!

204jnwelch
Dec 29, 2017, 2:22pm Top



Happy Holidays, Roberta!

205johnsimpson
Dec 31, 2017, 11:07am Top

Hi Roberta, just stopping by to wish you a Very Happy New Year my dear and hope that 2018 is a really good year. Sending love and hugs to you from both of us dear friend.

206luvamystery65
Jan 1, 9:38am Top

Thank you everyone for the holiday wishes. You can find me in 2018 over at the CC for my home thread. I'll be popping in various group reads over here though.

Happy New Year!

My 2018 thread is here http://www.librarything.com/topic/270737

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