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Monday, April 16, 2007

Miscellaneous Musings

There has been a lot to deal with around here lately, and I've gotten off my blogging stride. Catching up on emails and comments and blog-reading is difficult.

Good things:

  • Laddie is recovering nicely from the fall he took last week.
  • I received the poetry chapbook by Frank Bidart - Thanks so much, Stefanie!
  • I've gotten two more ARC books in the mail that I hope to get around to soon.
  • Amelia and Chris have returned from their cruise ( they had a wonderful time) and now I can get my copy of The Habit of Being back and give Amelia her copy, which arrived the day they left.
  • I've mailed a copy of Anne of Windy Poplars to my Aunt Mary who will enjoy it and have ordered her a copy of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small. She's 88 and frail in body, but never in mind.
  • Nice weather has returned.
  • The roses bushes are all in bloom.
  • I got a little work done on a baby quilt that has been sitting way too long.
  • Have finished two mysteries that I need to review and am reading Off Armageddon Reef by David Webber and enjoying it tremendously.
  • Got a brand new vacuum cleaner, a Dyson, that will make a mundane chore semi-entertaining for a while. Love that clear cannister and the fact that there are no bags.
  • Have my yearly checkup out of the way and, as always, am grateful that Dr. B. is such a nice person. Liking and trusting your doctor is a very good thing.

There have been some sad things in the past week, as well; my Aunt Janice died, and although not entirely unexpected, it is hard to see that generation slowly passing away.


  1. I'm sorry for your loss, Jenclair.

    But I'm happy for all the good things you list!

    Best wishes...

  2. Jenclair I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. Sending you good thoughts! Take care.

  3. The Anne books are all so wonderful, aren't they?

    I haven't read any of the James Herriot books but I love the British television series based on the books. Have you seen them? They are all available on Netflix and I first got them all on video from my local library. Great stuff.

  4. I forgot to mention that I am sorry about your aunt.

  5. So sorry to hear about your aunt JenClair. I wish you the best.

    It's great to see you back! I was wondering where you've been. Glad to see all of those good things in there!

  6. Thanks to all of you for the good thoughts! And yes, there are always the good things to keep in mind.

    Carl - I've loved Anne for more years than I care to mention; they are still charming. Yes, I used to watch the BBC series which was excellent. I read the first Herriot soon after it was published and still smile when I think about some of the stories in the various books. I think I will add them to my Netflix cue since it has been so long since I've either read or watched them!

  7. Jennclair, I'm sorry about your aunt - It's been years since I read Anne, and I might treat myself this summer. Thanks for reminding me. I'm looking forward to receiving the book! thanks in advance.

  8. Sorry about your aunt. No matter how expected it was--it is still hard. Glad to see you are back to posting.

  9. teabird - Anne of Windy Poplars was always my favorite, but they are all "feel good" books!

    danielle - Thanks. It is always sad.

  10. Welcome back. May I join the rest of the world in expressing sorrow for your loss? Take care.

  11. The weather has been wonderful, hasn't it? Our roses are blooming like crazy, too.

    I love James Herriot and keep thinking he's due for a reread. We adored the series, too. I've never managed to find out what that theme song is, if it's a piece of classical music (as opposed to "just a theme song someone wrote for the show").

    Sorry about your aunt. I know what you mean about seeing a generation slowly passing away.

  12. I'm glad you got the Bidart book. I hope you enjoy it.

    Sorry about your aunt.

  13. Jill - Thanks!

    Bookfool - My copies arrived from Amazon yesterday. I ordered 2 of All Creatures Great and Small; one for Aunt Mary and one for me! It is one of those books that can put you in a good mood.

    Stefanie - I am enjoying it! I've read through it once, but will go back and savor it later. Thanks, again~