|(Rain, rain, go away. Come again some other day.) Photo credit: LegendNation|
Weather: RAIN. This past week we also had snow, hail, sleet, fog, sun, and more rain.
Cousin's Shower: My youngest cousin had a baby in November. All my attempts (more mental than anything) to get up to Seattle to meet and welcome Miss Zoe were for naught, so I organized a shower to meet and greet the latest member of our family. Yesterday four cousins, my aunt, my sister, my daughter and son-in-law came to our house for a baby shower. I am still basking in the glow of the event. It was so good to be together with family, especially since we rarely gather together, chatting and catching up on our lives. And of course, Miss Zoe, allowed us all to snuggle her a little bit. What a doll.
More visits for my 60 for my 60th: This was a busy week on my yearlong plan to reconnect with my friends and relatives: Cousin's Shower---four cousins, one aunt, one sister = six; coffee date with friend Margaret = one; dinner at a Mexican restaurant with my cousin's daughter and her husband = two. Total for the week = nine. My little plan is working out well.
Prayers for: My father and my brother. My dad is unwell. He has a mass in his abdomen, is experiencing pain, and no appetite. He has a CAT scan scheduled for Thursday. Prayers that they find an answer and some relief. My brother will be receiving his last melanoma treatment this week but he has also been unwell with chest congestion and a horrible cough. Prayers that he is well enough to get his last treatment and that he gains strength and lung function going forward.
Books completed this past week (a lot of poetry):
- Selections from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman...what can I say? I finally read at least some of this famous American poet's poems and enjoyed the experience. Check out my review by clicking the hyperlink. (Print)
- Howl and other poems by Allen Ginsberg...what can I say? I finally read this famous poet's small volume of poems patterned after Whitman's and I admit it, I hated them. (Print)
- A List of Cages by Robin Roe...my first potential Mock Printz book of the year and not a good starter for me. I sped-read through the middle of this very disturbing book about foster care, abuse, and neglect. But also about the power of friendship. I won't be recommending this book for our reading list. (E-Book)
- LaRose by Louise Erdrich...several generations of individuals with the name LaRose in a Native American community. Pretty complicated but it does provide a peek at what life is like on the reservation. I love this author. (Audio, 72%)
- History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera...another YA Mock Printz contender. (E-book, just starting)
- Sad Animal Facts by Brooke Barker . Illustrated, silly book about animals. (Print, 11%)
For your listening enjoyment: So excellent.