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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Good Morning

I'm very sorry for my absence. It hasn't been an easy week.

Our weather has been unsettled with rain and windy conditions. Perfect for a book and coffee but awful for business and yard work. I suppose I shall break down and hire a truck load of democrats and have them take on the job of my long neglected yard. I just haven't the time.

The mother in law has retreated. She arrived home safe and sound and reported she had a wonderful time and her care was graded as, adequate. She also informed Sweet Wife she'd miss my meals. I smiled.

During her stay she recruited my wife as tour guide on her hunt for a new home. Early yesterday the two ladies descended a series of concrete steps. Sweet Wife, ever attentive to her elderly mother's needs, took her hand as they descended the steps. In the process Sweet Wife forget her own safety and fell. She landed hard.

Later, after I arrived home I remarked it looked as if she'd gone three rounds with Floyd Patterson. My lovely wife had scrapes, bruises, and cuts. Unfortunately when she fell she landed on her bad shoulder and arm. Six weeks of physical therapy out the window. She's fine, just sore.

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How, pray tell, do those very beautiful Fox ladies hold their legs in the crossed position for hours on end.



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Last evening in the quiet I read. I'm an easy man to please. Give me a good book and either a hot cup of fresh coffee or tea and the satisfaction of my life is complete.

Late, she steps into the family room and said, "Bed time." I turned the music off and afterwards, in the dark, the book came back to haunt me. I adjusted my pillow and eased to my side and flipped the switch of my bedside light. I took my reading glasses and once again lost myself in words of a past age.

I read far into the morning. At some point she rolled over, moaned, then flipped her beautiful green eyes my way..."Is it that good?"

"Yes," I said.

Another gentle moan, "You're hopeless."

"True, but you love me in spite of it."

"Yes, but much less so if you don't turn off that light."

I complied.

Stephen



 

23 comments:

  1. It's been quite a week here as well...

    The massive red oak that anchored the backyard gathering of trees fought a losing battle with Friday's thunderstorm - and cleaved off the back of the kitchen while invading over half the attic in it's fall.

    It was quite loud, and much too close for comfort.

    Oh well, the roof was due for replacement anyway. (Sorry, I'm not trying to trump your writings today.)

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    1. Not a problem, the trump I mean, Badger. Last week a home in my area was cleanly halved by a pine. A large pine. I'm very sorry...take care.

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  2. ...and I am in remiss; I do hope that your better half is doing ok and recovers quickly. I apologize, that should have been first and foremost.

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    1. Thank you, my good friend. She's fine.

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  3. It sounds like your mil had a nice visit :) Poor sweet wife, I hope she recovers from her fall, it sucks that it was on her bad shoulder :(
    I love to read too, just don't have time lately. Like you, once I'm into a book I'm lost in it's pages until it's finished.

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    1. Any rainy day presents an opportunity for me to read, and since my television mostly stays off, it too helps my book consumption. Thanks, Lovely Kelly.

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  4. Oh poor Sweet Wife! I sure do know about falls. Thank God she did not break any bones. Please give her a gentle hug from all of us and many wishes for a speedy recovery.
    So MIL went home? There go my stories that could top yours!
    I like that little globe that shows who is reading - but I'm not where it says I am. I guess it just shows the general area. Love to read and listen to music when it rains. Thanks for the tip on my next book.

    Phyllis (N/W Jersey)

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    1. Yes, she fled. She said she had 'things' to do but I'm sure the old girl just missed her church friends. Yep, books, soft music, and rain are intertwined. You'll really enjoy the book. I can't sit it down. Take care my sweet friend.

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  5. So sorry about SW's fall, and very glad she's okay. I love to read, and rarely get enough uninterrupted time to do so.

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    1. Thanks, Paul...she walks about and it sounds like this, "Ouch, oops, yowl, dad-gum-it...."

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  6. Sorry to hear of your wife's fall. I pray she recovers quickly.
    Thanks for the great book information! I have not read any of Simon Garfield's books but will now read them all. I happen to have "For the Love of Maps" and will start with it, however the 3 books of WW2 diaries will be next. Thanks again.

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    1. Thanks, Dick. Now that I'm deep into the book I too will read the rest in the series. Have a great day and thanks for dropping by and please don't be a stranger.

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  7. Glad she was not seriously hurt. And thoughts and prayers for her.

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  8. Oh and another good series is Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series...

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    1. On behave of Sweet Wife, thanks, my friend. I shall take a look at Cornwell's Sharpe series, thank you.

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  9. I discovered some reward points on my credit card and used them last night to buy a Kindle. Not sure I'll even use it since I love the paper feel of a book.

    Your poor wife would have never forgiven herself is her mom had taken that fall. I hope mom didn't leave without buying that house next door. (sorry. I couldn't help saying it)

    You would hate the book I wrote, but while dear wife is recuperating, maybe she would enjoy it.

    http://www.amazon.com/TREADWELL-Sheltered-foothills-Southern-reclusive/dp/1483603644/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366658230&sr=1-1&keywords=treadwell+by+dana+joy+wyzard

    (sorry, but I had to do that too)

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    1. Lotta Joy,
      Keep it up. I am going to have to hire you as a promotions director to my books too. You might have TWO new careers in mature life !

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    2. Joy, I truly enjoy and like my Kindle very much indeed. Try it. I shall purchase your book...never fear. Thanks, Dear Lady.

      Jane, seems she has the talent. Grab her.

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  10. Glad the SW is doing well. She has definitely had a time of it.

    Your post reminds me of the definition of mixed emotions... Watching your mother-in-law drive your new F150 over a cliff!

    Thanks for the idea for the book. Haven't read any of his work since the Sounds of Silence" and " Bridge over Troubled Waters". 8?D

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    1. Thank you, Stephen. Range of emotions, yes. I've never read the two books...thanks for the tip. Take care.

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    2. I apologize for my facetiousness. That was Simon AND Garfunkle and two of their more famous songs. Never could resist a opportunity for a pun.

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  11. Stephen, I hope your wife recovers very soon.
    Perhaps your mother in law really will miss your cooking !

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    1. She's called the wife three times and always mentions the meals...maybe the old saying is true...the way to one's heart is a fine dish. Thanks, my lovely friend.

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