Sunday, July 23, 2017

My House and My Heart

In my last post,  I shared how overwhelmed I felt by summer stretched out before me.  Now that the end of summer is in sight, I am pleased with what I have accomplished, but I don't want to get lazy.

I can see clearly down the road!!!

So far Lily has a good start on potty training and some great swimming practice. Ben has done lots of reading, some building, a museum visit, and had started learning ASL. He has been great at ASL! I'm super proud of him. And Lily has mostly stopped fussing about potty training. Yay!
I have managed to clean, sort, and get rid of things.  I have not pulled weeds like I need to,  but I have been stung by 3 yellow jackets, Ben has been stung by 3 wasps, and I have seen lots more scary bugs. So I am hesitant to get out there like I need to. I did get the trees trimmed because I hired a former student who did amazing work!
Things are slowly coming together.  I often feel so overwhelmed by the amount of work to do in and around my house that I don't do it. I know it won't be perfect, so I don't start.  I know I can't get it done in a day,  so I don't start. I know some things won't get fixed until much later, so I don't make small changes. This summer I have begun to overcome that. I am awaking from a paralyzing fear of not being good enough. I am slowly putting things together and I'm proud of myself. 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Sucker for Settings

Recently it occurred to me that there are a couple settings that I always enjoy. I am definitely a reader who counts on a sense of place to really submerse myself in the book.  Some settings just don't interest me, but others will draw me in even if the story stinks.  I have mentioned this before, but this is a different kind of setting. (Although I am very into the Southeastern US now! Maybe that will be a post for next week.)

If the characters live in these places,  I am in love.

1. A seaside cottage, especially when it is raining or snowing and there is a fire going.  I'm sure that seems really specific, but that is just about the coziest fictional scene I can imagine. The book I am currently reading, I Found You, is that cozy, which is good because the suspense is creeping me out. This is also the reason I love the Josie Prescott cozy mystery series.


2. A mansion/estate/big house with a long gravel driveway in the spring or summer with interesting gardens. Again that is specific, but there are so many stories you can tell there! Romance, horror, mystery, literary fiction, etc. A couple off the top of my head,  The Haunting of Hill House and Wuthering Heights.

There might be more places, but those are off the top of my head.  What books do you know of that have these settings?

Friday, July 14, 2017

Super Long Books I Want To Read

Some people love the really long books.  I am not one of those people.  However, every great now and then a book is just too good not to read. Several years ago I read the unabridged version of The Count of Monte Cristo. I think it was about 800 pages, but I flew through it because it was amazing.  I'm so glad I took the time to read it.  In the last few months,  a couple other really long books have made it on my radar. I don't know when I will brave enough to pick them up,  but I am really thinking about it.



Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (1463 pages)

It by Stephen King (1116 pages)

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy (964 pages)

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo (695 pages)

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (786 pages)

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (662 pages)

11/22/63 by Stephen King (849 pages)

Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky (671 pages)

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (536 pages)

The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio (876 pages)