I am grateful that today was not quite as cold as yesterday. My morning acupuncture appointment went well and I felt much better afterwards. I dropped off a couple of bags of items at my school. I contemplated staying and getting some things done and wisely decided against starting work before Monday. I want to enjoy my entire vacation.
I completed a few necessary errands and then hit a thrift store. I headed straight for the books as I have been determined to read as much as possible this break. It brings me joy to peruse the selections to find something unusual that speaks to me.
I found yet another Nora Roberts for my aunt and an interesting novel for myself.
The Recipe Club is an interesting story about a friendship between two women that spans decades. The novel is told in letters between the two and recipes they share with each other. It kept my interest to the end and I wondered who else might enjoy it.
Today was another lazy day and I am grateful that I had time to get morning chores done and lots of time to read. Vacation time feels wasted if I don’t get to do something fun.
Tomorrow brings another morning doctor appointment, lunch with my dear cousin, and the last weekday of winter break. But joyfully and gratefully tomorrow night is my call with Kim.
Today was a melancholy day. I could not put my finger on the why, nor did I care.
“Then you must reconcile yourself to the fact that something is always hurt by any change. If you do this, you will not be hurt yourself.”
― Power & Light
I am grateful that today I had no expectations or commitments, sans a five minute visit to a doctor to get my prescription refilled. I am grateful that although my thyroid does not function there is a medication that can give me some assistance to make my life a little better.
While my body does not function well in the cold weather, and cold actually causes me great pain, I am very grateful that I could snuggle in front of a heater today. Without success I tried to take a nap. So instead I indulged in a very long, very hot bath. The bath was so long I had to refill it with hot water part of the way through.
My treat for myself today was to read another fiction book. I picked it up at a thrift store of course. I was not aware that Steve Martin wrote nonfiction novels but I was intrigued by the description. So I am grateful that I gave myself the time to read his book today.
Steve Martin’s Interview is here.
I found out after the fact that I could have listened to the book while relaxing in the tub. I am not sure how I feel about audio books. I fear that I would fall asleep while listening. I am not sure if I would be as engaged.
You can hear the book read here.
I ended my night by finishing the novel. It was a very good read. i enjoyed the content, the writing, and the thought that these were realistic characters I might have known. I am grateful that reading for pleasure gives me joy.
Today I am grateful for my following through with giving myself time to read for fun. Not that reading isn’t fun, it is. But lately I have been restricting myself to one genre which is self-help non-fiction. There are so many wonderful books stacked in my living room, my bedroom, and my dining room. I have sought out and found a multitude of uplifting and helpful publications.
I wanted to read some fiction just for fun. I found this book while perusing Amazon that looked like it would be of interest to me. Finding books with Jewish characters is not an easy task, especially with current themes. The fact that this book takes place in 1971 in a nearby city in Southern California, made me look further into what it was about. Some of the reviews peaked my interest even more.
“I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of this book, and it was a treat from start to finish! I’m not Jewish, but a coming-of-age story centered around Hanukkah (and magic!) was intriguing to me. Joel ben Izzy does not disappoint! The structure of this book, the humor, the heart… everything works beautifully. It is at times hysterically funny and seriously heartbreaking. I can’t recommend it highly enough, for people of all ages and faiths.”
“Holy challah bread this book is good!…A Kvetcher in the Rye- for our times. Seriously though, I’m gonna read this book again…. It’s filled with so much humor, so much wisdom, and best of all, so much warts-and-all truth. Truth about that awkward time of adolescence when your feelings are as strong as your questions about life: Why is this bad s—t happening to me? Why do people die? Why is my family the weird one? How will the prettiest girl in class notice me? I taught 9th English for 10 years and I wish I still did just so my kids could have a great time reading and discussing this book! Ben Izzy is the best kind of storyteller. You feel like he’s talking just to you… letting you in on the secrets and the magic of things. When you get to the story the old man tells about the oranges- oh man, I got chills. Do yourself a favor. Get eight copies for all eight nights of Channuka, give them to the people you love (ages 12 and up i’d say…) but save one your yourself… This is a story that makes you glad to be alive.”
I enjoyed reading this book so much that I stopped doing anything else. I dedicated all my time and energy in to finishing the book. I am grateful that I have the time to give right now. I want more time to do this. Now who do I pass it on to?