Why would you apologize for what you read for pleasure? Every book read for pleasure should be celebrated. And novels that celebrate love, commitment, relationships, making relationships work -- why isn't that something to be respected? - Nora Roberts
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Friday, August 28, 2015
We are moving mid-Sept to a little bitty condo that's closer to what there is of my family. So there's that. (Lord, I hate moving.)
Mr. Bat is doing very poorly. We've consulted hospice because the doctors say it's time to do that, but there are one or two fairly mild treatment options left, and he wants to explore those options. Can't do that plus hospice, so no hospice for now.
Also, when we move, we'll be in a different county, so we'd have to start over with a new hospice team anyway, so.
I'm pretty tired, and I cry a lot. He's so weak and pale. He did laugh today, though, at the cat's antics, and it was lovely to see it. He requires a great deal of care, can't walk more than 1-2 steps, can't get out of a chair or bed on his own. He's not in any pain, and I'm so grateful for that.
We have some hope for the remaining treatments, and I tell you that hope can be a terrible thing. The up and down, up and down, of hope and then despair, then hope, then despair, sometimes cycling in less than an hour, makes it hard. We're hoping for symptom relief. If he could get strong enough to sit up for an hour or so, I could get him to the car and we could go look at the harvest. They say the leaves are starting to turn already. I'd like him to have another ice cream cone.
Everyone says I'm being so strong and good. I don't feel strong at all. What I feel is love for Mr. Bat, my companion of over 40 years, and I feel compassion for this sweet and gentle old man who is quietly and slowly shutting down and saying goodbye to life.
I don't know how to face his death. For so many years, everything I've had to face in life, I've faced with him, and I don't know how to do it without him. I know that in time, all our good memories will be a comfort, but right now good memories just hurt.
I don't know where I'd be without the support and comfort of my on-line friends, here and at Twitter. God bless you all for your continued kindness. I'll be back, but not sure when. Hugs to everyone who would like one.
Monday, July 27, 2015
It's a Long Story: My Life by Willie Nelson with narrator Christopher Ryan Grant (drive-through review)
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
Thursday, June 11, 2015
The Widow of Larkspur Inn (Gresham Chronicles #1), by Lawana Blackwell (Victorian, Christian inspirational)
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Sunday, May 31, 2015
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo (non-fiction, quite a bit of personal background)
6/4/15: ETA: I meant to put this into the original review and forgot. There are three quotes from book I think may be valuable:
Because I was poor at developing bonds of trust with people, I had an unusually strong attachment to things. I think that precisely because I did not feel comfortable exposing my weaknesses or my true feelings to others ... .
But when we really delve into the reasons for why we can't let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future. (...)
The things we own are real. They exist here and now as a result of choices made in the past by no one other than ourselves. It is dangerous to ignore them or to discard them indiscriminately as if denying the choices we made. This is why I am against both letting things pile up and dumping things indiscriminately. It is only when we face the things we own one by one and experience the emotions they evoke that we can truly appreciate our relationship with them. (...)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Saturday, May 23, 2015
I couldn't figure out the source of Sully's animosity.
ETA 5/25/15: I have now read some other reviews of this book and had some Twitter conversations. Please see this excellent post at Something More/My Extensive Reading, and be sure to follow the links, and if you're really interested, read the comments for truly enlightening discussion. Something More:
Also, I may have given the impression that I didn't like the book. While I found the book so uncomfortable to read that I'm resisting the desire/need to read it a second time, I'll go on record as saying that this would definitely be in my list of top 100 best-written fiction I've ever read, and honey, I've read a lot in my seven decades. It is masterful writing. It is amazingly subtle writing. I cannot imagine forgetting the book, and how I felt when I was reading it. I could talk about this book more or less endlessly because there is just that much to it. But I'm going to try to shut myself up. :-)