2019 Virago Salon
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Welcome, Virago readers! I've put more logs on the fire and plumped the pillows. Make yourself at home.
This thread is the group message board, for general discussion and announcements. If you're new to the group, you might want to start with the "Which Virago are you Reading" and "What Else are you Reading" threads. In 2019 we are also "Reading the 1940s," with monthly topic threads (January's topic is "Family). Other group reads and events tend to pop up over the course of the year, so watch this space.
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Happy New Year and Happy Reading!
Hi Laura, Karen and fellow Viragoites,
Happy New Year to everyone.
The salon does look very welcoming meanwhile we are having a heatwave in this part of the world.
I haven’t posted here for a very long time but I am happy to close the door on 2018 as it has been a year of multiple health issues through which I and my family have had to negotiate our paths.
Hope 2019 will be very productive reading year for all.
I am starting the new year by joining the 1940s theme read-along.
Happy new year everyone! I hope it brings good health, strong friendships and wonderful books to us all!
>3 mrspenny: Welcome back, Patricia. We've missed you. I hope 2019 is a better year for you.
Hello, I'll just squeeze in beside the fire if that's okay? How lovely to see Trish here again!
I was all set for surgery today but have a chest infection and cannot be operated on! So that is that for another six weeks or so. I'll probably just curl up in here with a (1940s) book until I'm feeling better 😊
Thanks Laura and Dee - it is lovely to be back and reading.
Dee, curling up with a good book is definitely the best prescription for feeling better and lifting the spirits. Hope you are soon over your chest infection.
>6 Soupdragon: wait, what?! Is that a disappointment or a blessing in disguise? I hope you feel better soon, Dee. Curling up with a book sounds like just the ticket.
>10 souloftherose: Thanks Heather. I'm following mrspenny's reading prescription which seems to be helping 😊 Hope you had a good Christmas break.
So perfectly cosy and what a gorgeous, inviting fire. Well done, Laura! Comfy clothes donned, my basket filled with books, journal & such in hand, fluffing pillows and well...hello all and Happy New Year! Shall I put the kettle on?
Indeed a lovely and inviting room, Laura. Thank you for once again welcoming us to the new year.
After a couple of very challenging years in so many ways, it is good to be back. Lovely to see you all again. It has been so long since I have posted here. I am looking forward to the 1940s Challenge. Should be fun.
Oh, Belva! Welcome back!!!!!
I meant to post that my absence has been due mainly to debilitating health problems. My liver disease caused such fatigue that I was spending 14 hours a day in bed! No travel, only comfort reads etc. BUT!!!!! My liver doctor in October said that for my disease progression I was too fatigued so he suggested getting a sleep analysis. Well, I have sleep apnea and was having 60 incidents an hour (why am I not dead!) I got my CPAP machine which I named George. George has done the trick. I have a normal sleep pattern now and wake up full of energy which lasts all day.
My incidents are down to under 3 an hour. The only drawback is that I do look like ALF in bed but since I am not expecting a visit from George Clooney any time soon, I can live with this.
So, I am reading Chatterton Square and planning an April trip to London, Stratford and maybe Leicester to visit Richard III.
I missed posting here....
Elaine, it's so nice to hear from you. I'm sorry to hear about your health woes but really happy that you've found some solutions that make them manageable. Especially if the result has been your return to this group and your beloved trips to the UK.
Lovely to hear from you Elaine, I have missed your messages. So sorry you have had such a difficult time. Thank goodness a solution has been found and things have improved. It would be lovely to see you come back to the UK. Happy reading. xx
It's great to hear from you, Elaine! Your name has been mentioned and your prescence missed at our Virago meetups. I'm glad your health woes are improving and I hope we'll be able to have a group outing when you're over in April.
Lovely to see both Elaine and Belva here again! 😁😁😁 So sorry to hear about the health issues, Elaine, but great that you’ll be travelling here this year!
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