Top Ten Tuesday

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Time for Top Ten Tuesday – and this week we are asked to share our top 10 reads so far this year. We are now half way through the year – a perfect time to reflect on our favourites so far.

My Top Ten Favourite Reads – So Far
1 I’ll Be your Blue Sky by Marisa de Los Santos
2 The Last Chance matinee and The Sugarhouse Blues by Mariah Stewart
3 Summer Rental by Mary kay Andrews
4 Come Back to the Ballpark, Maisy Gray by Cynthia Tennent
5 The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene
6 The Hidden memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato
7 The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr
8 Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley (* My top favourite)    bellewether 25094955
9 Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs
10 Vintage by Susan Gloss

I also read several fantasy books that I loved:
1. The Solace trilogy by Jaleigh Johnson
2. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
3. Tin Star and Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci
4. Rise of Fire by Sophie Jordan
5. 5. The Hobbit by Tolkien

 

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June Reading Round-Up

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It is the end of June already and time once again to share what I have been reading this past month.
This past month the total read was 42, with the following breakdown:
Fantasy/scifi – 3
Magical Realism – 1
Paranormal 1
Non-fiction – 1
Picture books – 24
Romance – 9
Women’s Fiction -2

Cozy Mystery – 1

(Ebooks – 8)
(Diverse books – 7)
(TBR books -1)

For the Reading Challenges I participate in, I’ve read these books:

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for June was to read a book recommended by a friend. I read:

In a Heartbeat by Rosalind Noonan

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “bride” as June is a big wedding month. I read several bridal/wedding books:
The Substitute Bride by Kathleen O’Brien
The Wedding Season by Samantha Chase
His Blushing Bride by Dani Collins

As well, I read 2 books by Roxane St. Clair in her Barefoot Brides series:

Barefoot in Lace and Barefoot in Pearls

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The theme this month was “Crack the Case”. I read a short cozy mystery – The Art and Craft of Murder by Catrherine Parker

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read from 3 categories this past month:
A book recommended by a friend – In a Heartbeat by Rosalind Noonan
A book that is considered a classic – The Hobbit by Tolkien
A book about a current world issue (racism, world of Trump) – I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chariandy

Swords and Stars Reading Challenge.
I read a couple for this challenge:
Read a Fantasy classic – The Hobbit by Tolkien
Read a book with magical realism – Death at Peony House by Krista Walsh

Writers Write Book Reading Challenge
I read three books for this challenge:
4. A book published in 1999 – Mr. Maybe by Jane Green
15. A book set and read in summer – Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
19. A book with a teacher as a protagonist – Come Back to the Ballpark, Maisy Gray by Cynthia Tennent

For June, my top 5 reads were:
Come Back to the Ballpark, Maisy Gray by Cynthia Tennent
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene
In a Heartbeat by Rosalind Noonan
I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You by David Chariandy
I read so many wonderful children’s picture books this month. My favourites were:
The Magician’s Secret and Hockey Hero by Zachary Hyman
The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer
The Artist and Me by Shane Peacock
Charlotte and the Rock by Stephen W. Martin
Hedgehog Needs a Hug by Jen Bretton
Wild Berries by Julie Flett
Vincent Can’t Sleep by Barb Rosenstock
The Night Gardener by Terry and Eric Fan

My goals for July are to continue to read more books on my TBR pile – a must! As well, I plan to read more mg/ya, memoirs, and more diverse books/authors.

 

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Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

I have just started following the PBS program “The Great American Read”. It is so interesting to see what makes a book special to each person. Each gives a sales pitch for their book.
I’ve checked off the books I’ve already read (38) and I have already voted for my most beloved book, even though there were several I could have chosen (“To Kill a Mockingbird”)
There is such a range of books and genres – from the classics like “Jane Eyre” to fantasy books like “Harry Potter”. There are favourites from my childhood, like “Anne of Green Gables”, as well as thrillers and time travel (“Outlander”).
I’ve decided to take on another reading challenge – one that will undoubtedly take me awhile to complete – to read this list of 100 books. There are many I’ve planned to read (Jane Austen, “The Handmaid’s Tale”) but have just not made the time.

Be sure to check here for the list (and quiz to see how many you have read)and here to vote for your favourite.

What is your most beloved read?

Slice of Life/TOP TEN Tuesday

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Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “two Writing Teachers”

Hard to believe that summer is only a week away. 2018 has just flown by.
As I was checking blogs this morning, TOP TEN TUESDAY posts kept popping up in my feed. The topic this week really appealed to me – and it is definitely timely.
I keep a yearly journal and usually start the year with a list of books I want to/plan to read. I have not made much of a dent in this list, so I am moving most to this summer’s TBR list!
Here are my TOP TEN TBR books for summer – I am determined to finally check them off my TBR list once and for all!

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1. Glass Houses by Louise Penny. (I have thoroughly enjoyed her series – I have delayed reading this one so there won’t be too much delay to the next one!)
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
3. Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
4. Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
5. Open Heart, One Mind by Clara Hughes
6. The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis
7. The Hobbit  by Tolkien
8. Holes by Louis Sachar
9. The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
10. The Alchemist by Paul Coelho

Many of these are books I started but haven’t finished. There are a range of genres and both newer and older books.

I am participating in several  Summer Reading  Challenges:

Goodread’s Ultimate Summer challenge

Summer 2018 Reading Challenge – read any 7 of 20 listed themes

Early Bird Summer Reading Challenge – read 6 books from listed topics

here – check it out here.
What books are you planning to read this summer?

 

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”

I saw a post by Wendy at Falconer’s Library and was intrigued by the idea about answering questions about one’s reading. It has been making its way around the blogosphere. Wendy answered 20 questions – I am choosing ten of these.

Ten Questions answered by This Reader

1. How many books are too many books in a book series?
It really depends on the series. I have read :  Sue Grafton series – which is 25 books;  Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series with 13 books and Charlaine Harris’s 13 books of the Sookie Stackhouse series. – to name a few.

Often there is a trilogy and although I try to read all books in a series, sometimes the second just doesn’t grab me (as the second book by Brittany Cavallaro). I find that when a character grabs me, I want to read more, so a trilogy is just right.

2. Hardback or paperback?
I will read either – which ever I can get. I prefer an actual book to an ebook, but I have been enjoying the free books from Freebooksy – to check out the first in a new series, or an author or for just a fast read.

3. Favorite book?
Right now, my favourite book this year has been Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley.
But other 5* s lately have been:
Fantasy books by Jaleigh Johnson
The Family Gathering by Robyn Carr.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Hidden Memory of Objects by Danielle Mages Amato

Favourite picture books this year have been:

You are Stardust by Elin Kelsey

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

The Specific Ocean by Kyo Maclear

And Middle grade/YA books:

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz

Fantasy Books by Cecil Castellucci, and Jaleigh Johnson
4. A book you’re currently reading?
I just finished Mr. Maybe by Jane Green today (and enjoyed it) so  I’m struggling a bit over what to read next. It will either be The Storefront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene (have started it tonight) or The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (It was a finalist in “Canada Reads 2018″)
I have started several books and need to finish:
Leonard by William Shatner
The Hobbit by Tolkien
The Writing Diet by Julia Cameron

5. Last book you recommended to someone?
That’s easy – Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

6. Favorite author?
I have many – Louise Penny, Susanna Kearsley, Robyn Carr, Jill Shalvis, Sherryl Woods, Mariah Stewart to name a few novelists.
And there are so many picture book and MG authors! – too many to list!

7. Buying books or borrowing books?

I buy too many books – but I tend to frequent thrift shops and yard sales when I can. (I will buy books of favourite authors or special art books though – usually I can’t wait til it is at the library!)   My bookshelves are crammed with books – my TBR list is huge. But now that I am retired, I am slowly working my way through it!
I am always reserving books at the library though – and am there several times a week picking up books.

(I will buy books of favourite authors or special art books though – usually I can’t wait til it is at the library!)

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8. Can you read while hearing music?

I can read through almost anything. Once I am deep into a book, I am deaf to what is going on around me most of the time. I read in the car, on planes and trains, in lines, while waiting for appointments. I can really read anywhere.
I do prefer music in the background though if possible.

9. One POV or multiple POV’s? (POV’s = Point of views)
I enjoy both.

10. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

It really depends on the book and the time I have available. If I start a book in the evening, I often will read til I am finished, whether it is midnight or 3 in the morning.

 

May Reading Round-Up

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Time once again to share what I have been reading this past month – this has been keeping more accountable for the reading challenges I am taking part in.
This past month the total read was 27, with the following breakdown:

Fantasy/scifi – 3
Middle grade/YA novels – 2
Non-fiction – 0
Picture books – 6
Romance – 9
Women’s Fiction -3

(Ebooks – 4)
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I read these books for the Reading Challenges I’ve joined:

Beyond the Bookends.
The theme for May was to read a royal love story. I read an ebook:

The Royal Trade by Erin Hayes

Monthly Key Word Challenge
The key word I chose this month was “dog” and the book I read was a YA book –

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

52 Books in 52 Weeks
I read from 5 categories this past month:
A book set in the Middle East – Catch a Dream by Wendy Brown-Baez
A book with a 6 – word title: The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson
A book by a Canadian Author : Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
A book with bad reviews – The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
A book on my TBR shelf: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

Swords and Stars Reading Challenge.
I read   Secrets of Solace –by Jaleigh Johnson–Read a book with a map

Writers Write Book Reading Challenge
I read two books for this challenge:
A novel based on a true story – Catch a Dream by Wendy Brown-Baez

A novel with a month in the title: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

 

For May, my top 5 reads were:
By far my favourite was: Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley
Also:
The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
Secrets of Solace –by Jaleigh Johnson
The Quest to the Uncharted Lands by Jaleigh Johnson

My goals for June are to continue to read more books on my TBR pile, as well as to read different genres, especially mg/ya, memoirs, more diverse books/authors.

June 1 starts a new reading challenge which looks very doable, as well as interesting. Amy Young of “The Messy Middle” is hosting the ”Summer 2018 Reading Challenge.” She provides a list of 22 categories and you are to read at least 7 of them. I am challenging myself to read all 22. Wish me luck!

 

 

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Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”

This was week six of our Diabetic Fit programme through the YMCA and today we had a tour of our local supermarket with a dietician.
Half of us are prediabetic and the information was very beneficial. Most of it I had read or already knew, but the woman phrased it in new ways. Like talking about insulin as a key that will unlock the door to our cells so they can use the glucose but if it can’t unlock the door, the glucose stays in the blood.
We went from the produce department, to seafood, to bakery, and finally to the pharmacy. We compared products and talked about how different ones could be used. We checked out calories, carbohydrates, sugar, satured fats, and fibre and discussed what we should be eating daily.
Even though I was familiar with reading the info on packages, it made me realize that we really haven’t been keeping track of carbohydrates as we should. Time to buckle down and really take charge of our diet and meal planning. I’m glad we went.
At the end, the dietician prepared a delicious salad for us, with avocado, peppers, red onions, tomatoes, chopped lettuce, with a lime, oil dressing. YUM! I then made it for supper. I will definitely be making it again.

WOW – Women on Writing Blog Tour for “Catch a Dream”

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I was excited to have an opportunity to read and review Catch a Dream by Wendy Brown-Baez, as part of the WOW! Women of Writing Blog Tour.

(I received an advance copy to read and review.)

 

My Review:

Wendy Brown-Baez wrote a memoir about her stay in Israel. Catch a Dream grew from her experiences there and became a novel, a novel about a woman’s spiritual journey.

Lily felt she had to emulate the life of Christ and was drawn to Israel, feeling it was the ideal place to go to explore the Holy land. As she says: Jerusalem “has written herself all across my heart”.

She went with her nine year old son Jonah, her best friend Rainbow and her daughter, after traveling throughout the U.S. and Mexico.

We share Lily’s journey – of Israel, of the people there, both Jewish and Arab, and of her interior journey. We learn about the Jewish culture, about the political history of Israel and Palestine.

As she travels and learns about the country, she meets many people, including Levi, who she comes to love. But all is not all that it seems.

Lily is very honest about her past – her loneliness, her pain, her fears. She exposes her inner turmoil to us and the questions she asks at different times throughout her journey, are ones we have probably asked ourselves, or could ask ourselves.

I was drawn to read her book – as I faced a journey to a different place, with a different culture when I first began teaching forty years ago. I too came to love the people and the land of the far north of Canada.  Though I only stayed three years, to this day, I still feel the hold the north has on me. I can relate to Lily’s desire to stay in a country that had such  strong meaning for her.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wendy’s novel and would highly recommend it. You quickly get caught up in Lily’s journey of discovery – both of Israel and her interior life.

 

Book Summary

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A woman’s healing journey begins in a country embroiled in relentless turmoil. In Israel, the first Intifada has just begun. Palestinian frustration for a homeland erupts in strikes, demonstrations and suicide bombings and Israel responds with tear gas, arrests, and house demolitions. Lily Ambrosia and Rainbow Dove arrive in Haifa with their children on a pilgrimage to sow seeds of peace. Lily’s fascination with Jewish culture inspires her to dream she can plant roots in the Holy Land. She falls in love with the land itself, with its people, and with Levi, a charming enigma, dangerous but irresistible. Eventually she is fully immersed in Israeli life, earning her way as a nanny, hanging out in cafes with friends, and attending Yom Kippur in the synagogue. Her son rebels against the lifestyle she has chosen and war with Syria looms on the horizon. Will she be able to stay? What does she have to give up and what will she be able to keep?

Print Length: 196 pages

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publisher: BookBaby (March 24, 2018)

ISBN-13: 9781543925579

 Catch a Dream is available as an eBook at BookBaby and Amazon.

 

About the Author

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Wendy Brown-Báez is the author of a poetry CD Longing for Home, the full-length poetry collection Ceremonies of the Spirit (Plain View Press, ’09), and chapbooks: transparencies of light (Finishing Line Press, ’11) and Elegy for Newtown (Red Bird Chapbooks, ’14).  She has published both poetry and prose in numerous literary journals and anthologies, both in print and on-line. She received McKnight, Mn State Arts Board and Saint Louis Park Arts & Culture grants to bring writing workshops into non-profits and community centers.

Wendy has facilitated writing workshops since 1994 including at Cornerstone’s support groups, the Women & Spirituality conference at MSU Mankato, Celebrate Yourself women’s retreats, All About the Journey healing center, The Aliveness Project, Unity Minneapolis,  El Colegio High School and Jacob’s Well women’s retreat. Wendy received 2008 and 2009 McKnight grants through COMPAS Community Art Program to teach writing workshops for youth in crisis. The project at SafeZone and Face to Face Academy developed into an art installation showcasing their recorded writings. When it was noted that students’ reading scores improved, she was hired as Face to Face’s writing instructor.

In 2012 she was awarded a MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant to teach writing workshops in twelve non-profit arts and human service organizations. She continues to teach at Pathways: a healing center, in Mn prisons, and in community spaces such as public libraries, yoga studios, churches, and cafes.

Wendy has taught memoir at MCTC continuing ed and through Minneapolis community ed.

In addition, Wendy has managed shelters for the homeless and visited incarcerated teens. She is trained as a hospice volunteer and as a facilitator of Monologue Life Stories. Wendy studied alternative healing, ceremony, and spiritual traditions with Earthwalks for Health and lived in Mexico and Israel. She has collected wisdom teachings from these diverse cultures, as well as written memoirs of her adventures.

You can find Wendy Brown-Baez at:

 Website: www.wendybrownbaez.com

Blog: www.wendysmuse.blogspot.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/wendybrownbaez

GoodReads: www.goodreads.com/wendybrownbaez

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wendybrownbaez.author

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/wendybrownbaez

 

 

Be sure to check out all the stops of the Blog tour:

Blog Tour Dates (in Chronological Order)

 May 21st @ The Muffin

Grab a muffin and a cup of coffee and read Women on Writing’s interview with author Wendy Brown-Baez and enter to win a copy of the book Catch a Dream. 

http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/


May 22nd @ Memory Revolution

Jerry Waxler relates to the main character in To Catch a Dream as if she was a real person. His post reflects on lessons learned in this fertile ground between “memoir” and “fiction-based-on-fact.

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May 23rd @ World of My Imagination

Exercise your imagination over at Nicole’s blog The World of My Imagination where she reviews Wendy Brown-Baez’ book Catch a Dream.

http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com

May 24th @ Jill Sheet’s Blog

Make sure to stop by Jill Sheet’s blog to read Wendy Brown-Baez fascinating guest post on conflict and peace. The author answers the question – is peace possible without forgiveness?

https://jillsheets.blogspot.com/

May 24th @ Rebecca Whitman’s Blog

You should also stop by Rebecca Whitman’s blog where Wendy Brown-Baez talks about free spirits and belonging. What if home is not where we come from but where we feel we belong? What are we willing to give up to stay?

https://rebeccawhitman.wordpress.com/

May 25th @ Margo Dill’s Blog

Come by Margo Dill’s blog to catch another guest post by author Wendy Brown-Baez. This moving post is about motherhood and how can we be a good parent and yet fulfilled as a woman?

www.lorisreadingcorner.com

May 26th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Come by Ashley Bass’ blog to check out Wendy Brown-Baez guest post on trauma and healing. How can we stand up for ourselves? How can we reclaim our voice when we have been silenced by trauma?

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

 

May 27 @ Beverly A. Baird’s Blog

Make sure to stop by Beverly’s blog to find out her thoughts about Wendy Brown-Baez book Catch a Dream.

https://beverleyabaird.wordpress.com

 

May 22nd @ Memory Revolution

In a second post, Jerry Waxler will share Wendy Baez’s own words about the choices she made to publish her true life story as a fictional novel.

memorywritersnetwork.com/blog

May 29th @ Mari’s #JustJournal! Blog

Stop by Mari’s blog to read Wendy Brown-Baez guest post on journaling and self-reflecting writing. A must-read if you love freewriting or journaling!

http://www.createwritenow.com/journal-writing-blog

May 30th @ Story Teller Alley

Come by Veronica’s Story Teller Alley blog and find out how Wendy Brown-Baez book came to be in the Story Teller Alley feature “Where Do Stories Grow?”

http://storytelleralley.com/blog

 

June 1st @ Words from the Heart

Come by Rev. Linda Naes’ blog to read Wendy Brown-Baez guest post on the topic loving someone who is not good for us.

https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

June 2nd @ McNellis Writes

Come by Margaret’s blog when she shares Wendy Brown-Baez guest post on the subject of travelling in countries during times of unrest.

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June 3rd @ Margo Dill’s Blog

Stop by Margo’s blog where she reviews Wendy Brown-Baez book Catch a Dream.

http://www.margoldill.com/

 

June 4th @ Mommy Daze: Say What??

Come by Ashley Bass’ blog and find out her thoughts on the moving book Catch a Dream.

https://adayinthelifeofmom.com/

 

June 5th @ Madeline Sharples’ Blog

Take a look at Wendy Brown-Baez guest post over at Madeline Sharples’ blog where the author talks about writing to heal. A must read during these troubled times!

http://madelinesharples.com/

June 7th @ Memoir Writer’s Journey

Stop by Kathleen’s blog where she shares Wendy Brown-Baez guest post on writing authentically about difficult or painful topics.

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June 8th @ Words from the Heart

Take a heartwarming journey over at Rev Linda Naes’ blog Words from the Heart to find out her thoughts on Wendy Brown-Baez book Catch a Dream.

https://contemplativeed.blogspot.com/

 

June 14th @ Become Zen Again

Come by Shell’s blog Become Zen Again where she shares her opinions on Wendy Brown-Baez moving book Catch a Dream.

http://www.becomezenagain.com/the-book-shelf

June 18th @ Strength 4 Spouses

Stop by Wendi Huskin’s blog Strength 4 Spouses where she shares Wendy Brown-Baez guest post on writing to heal.

www.strength4spouses.blog

June 22nd @ Strength 4 Spouses

Stop by Wendi Huskin’s blog where she shares her thoughts on the book Catch a Dream. A must read for your upcoming summer vacation!

www.strength4spouses.blog

SOL Tuesday

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Today is Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

 

Today began earlier than I planned (8:45), with the doorbell ringing and ringing. I grabbed my housecoat and rushed to see who it was. A community health nurse was wanting a patient – she was obviously at the wrong house. She handed me my paper though, and so I stayed up to eat breakfast and read the paper.

My husband got up soon after, had his breakfast and then we showered. My son arrived by 9:30, first to fill one of our tires (OnStar diagnostic informed us a tire was low) and then to drive us to Hamilton for my husband’s transplant clinic appointment.

Normally my husband drives, but the distant from where we park would have exhausted him and I’m not driving at all now. My son has moved to our city to be there for us. Now he mows our lawns, does odd chores and even some driving. I could a nice meal on the day he comes.

I had hoped there would be some positive actions the doctor would take to help my husband – whether from this doctor, or his heart doctor. But each look at the numbers and say, everything looks okay.  Today, we didn’t even seen the doctore – we saw the nurse and the intern.

Yet my husband has trouble walking longer than a few minutes without stopping and huffing and puffing. He has gained at least 15 pounds in the past 4 months. He is discouraged, I am stressed and feel too little is being done. At least we are participating in a diabetic fit programme through the Y for 3 months – 6 weeks to go.

It is so hard to see your partner suffer  and not be able to do anything. I have gained some weight through stress eating as well. The past four years in particular have been a challenge for him. He sees the doctors saying “see you in a year” (heart dr) or “see you in 6 months (transplant dr) as a good thing – I see it as washing their hands of him – not knowing what to do.

All we can do, is go day by day, trying to eat well, take more steps and be there for each other.

Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today id Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.

As we drove home this afternoon, I shut the book and already regretted finishing it so quickly.
I had been waiting and watching for “Bellewether” by Susanna Kearsley for months and months. (She’s a Canadian author)

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I have read all of her previous books and loved them, many are a combination of historical and contemporary fiction, with a love story.
So, on Saturday, when I finally saw it in Costco, I had to buy it .I vowed, though, that I would stretch it out and savour it. Normally, I would read a book late into the night, finishing it often at 3 or 4 in the morning. This time, I forced myself to stop at 1.
I read a bit on Mother’s Day, a bit more on Monday. Then today, with only about a quarter of the book left, I took it with us in the car and read in between our stops. And then, I finished it.
What a consummate storyteller Susanna is. The back and forth between present day to 1700s America was so well done, with  so many connections. I highly recommend this book – and all of her others.

 

Check here for a review from Goodreads.