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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Sunday Salon, March 3rd

Is he Captain Kirk or Kermit the frog?
Weather: Lovely. Blue skies, perfect dog-walking weather.

The wisdom of Ian: give hugs when your grandma falls down and sit and cuddle her until all is right with the world again. (The photo above was taken after everyone got righted. You can see he'd been crying, too.)

Snow cones: Over a month ago we had our first snow of the season and it was a whopper. Today our last pile of snow (now ice) will likely melt and that will be a record: one month of standing snow on the ground. Our dog, Bingley, treats the diminishing piles like his own personal snow-cones. He begs to go outside to gnaw on the ice.

Join me in a reading challenge: 'My Own Books' reading challenge will give you the opportunity to read books on your own shelves. Please follow the link for the details and to sign up.

Movies: Don and I have been working our way through the Academy Award nominees and winners. So far we've seen: 1. The Green Book (loved it); 2. Bohemian Rhapsody (loved it, too); 3. A Star is Born (such talent!); 4. First Reformed (very disturbing); 5. The Favourite (I think I'll stop comparing myself to Queen Anne); 6. Can you Ever Forgive Me (Melissa McCarthy was amazing.) We still want to see Black Panther, If Beale Street Could Talk, and Black Klansman.

Prayers for:

  • D- her sister died suddenly on Friday
  • J- is having a mastectomy on Wednesday
  • R- her father died on Thursday
  • J- he and his girlfriend are having issues related to housing 
  • C- recovering from a mastectomy last month
  • D- issues related to health insurance coverage
Books --- recently finished and currently reading
  • Incarnadine by Mary Szybist---National Book Award winner for poetry in 2013. Finished.
  • Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose --- National Book Award winner for Young People's Literature in 2009. Finished.
  • Great House by Nicole Krauss--- National Book Award finalist for literature in 2010. 33% complete.
  • Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver---audiobook. A favorite author, not a favorite book, 30%.
  • Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward--- e-book; 40%. I am plodding along on this one.
  • There There by Tommy Orange--- a NYT top ten book of 2018 and a book club selection. Don and I both listened to the audiobook which is so well-done. Finished.
  • The BFG by Roald Dahl---this children's classic is a must-read. Finished.
  • Lighthead by Terrance Hayes---another National Book Award winner (2010) for poetry. Finished.
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins--- her adventure series that preceded Hunger Games. Audiobook. Finished.
Don't forget to check out my 'My Own Books' Reading challenge. I hope you want to join me.


  1. Yay I think I got on!! Amazing to hear of record snow lying around. It’s been hot hot hot and very dry in Melbourne. Bad bushfires on the outskirts of the suburbs - houses lost but no lives thankfully

    1. Yay! Welcome to my comments. We have had a crazy February weather-wise. So much snow, record setting. But it is bad that we got so much because it means the Arctic vortex split and the cold weather that should be up north has come down further south.

  2. Look at that adorable face! What a cutie.

    I finished There There this week. I felt about it much like I felt about reading The Things They Carried: glad I read it, but what a painful read. I wish I had something light to read now.

    I'd completely forgotten about Gregor the Overlander. It was on our state reading list way back when. I remember it being quite dark.

    1. There There was very, very disturbing. I liked the writing, though, and it helped me gain insights. I know what you mean about Gregor the Overlander. I won't read on in the series.

  3. Nice to heard that you are reading a book by taking challenges like me. I also read Girls of Paper and Fire PDF books in just three days.

  4. I want to see The Favourite, but not sure I can convince my husband. I should join your challenge. I have a terrible habit of acquiring books and never reading them.

  5. We've had a little blue sky here too and it's very welcome, as it's been gray for much of February! Glad you're having some nice weather. I'm looking forward to seeing Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Sending prayers and best wishes to everyone on your list there.

    Love the sound of your reading challenge!

  6. Aw, Ian is so adorable!!

    I didn't realize your new challenge was just for a few months. I already signed up for an annual TBR challenge for 2019, but maybe I will do yours, too, and count everything twice - ha ha Then again, Mar thru May are my worst months for reading from my own shelves because of Booktopia prep plus review books.

    So, I couldn't recall if I'd read The Great House - I kind of thought I did but didn't really remember it. So, I checked my blog and guess what? Yes, I read and reviewed it in 2012...and you commented that you wanted to read it, too! Glad you are finally getting to it (no judgement - I just read a book last fall that had been on my shelf for 25+ years!). I liked her History of Love much better, but this one was good, too.

    So glad you read Gregor the Overlander!! We were huge Suzanne Colklins fans long before The Hunger Games :) We read the whole Gregor series (The Underland Chronicles) aloud to our sons when they were younger, and all 4 of us LOVED them all! They are a bit dark for middle-grade & sometimes violent, but we loved her wonderful sense of humor woven throughout.

    Enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

    1. I hope you can join the challenge, but I understand if it isn't a good time.

      Yes, we are crazy for this little boy who changes so much every week.

  7. You fell! I hope you are okay and had no serious injuries. 2 weeks on and my knee still isn't totally right yet. Ian is adorable and how is he getting so big so quickly?!

  8. Ian is such a sweet boy and loves his gma! Hope you're OK. I liked "The Favourite" but John didn't. We both enjoyed "BlackkKlansman." An important film. Glad to see us moving into spring.


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