Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hunger Games, the lost art of letter writing, and other assorted random tidbits

So was that the longest blog title ever, or what?

Updates from my life lately:

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins is, to quote a recent facebook post of mine, like juicy literary sugar coated crack! I resisted reading these "kid" books for quite a while.  I mean, honestly... I am a woman in my mid thirties! Even though I worked in a bookstore, even though they sold like hotcakes, even though several adults said they were very good...I felt above all that.  Then the movie came out, and I saw all the awesome movie photos in the entertainment mags at work, then a coworker (my age exactly, by the way) challenged me to read just thirty pages...then I could quit if I wanted to without any further words from her.  So I took her up on it.  I read the 30 pages on my lunch break that afternoon...and 4 days later, I had read all three books. Oh, the shame. I kind of hate admitting it to the blog. Especially since it seems kind of warped to say that not only do you like kids books, but you like books about kids being forced to murder each other for food.  Nice!

Next up: I have decided to stop buying so many cards for people (it's expensive!) and start sending handwritten letters instead. I bought some pretty stationary, and new multi colored pens, and a book of stamps. I sent the first one to my mother in law. She has been especially kind and thoughtful to me recently, and I wanted to let her know. I hope she enjoys getting a real, honest-to-goodness letter in the mail! I haven't gotten one of those since high school. These days, with the prevalence of text messaging and facebooking etc etc..I wonder how many kids (and adults) write letters anymore?  I'm willing to bet not many. That was a really nice thing about growing up in the 80's and early 90' friends and I (especially when some of them either moved away or went off to school) would write real letters back and forth. And I still have handwritten love letters from boyfriends, and notes from relatives and teachers, and then there were a few (short term) grade school pen pals..those were good days.  I am looking forward to writing some real letters again and sending them to the people I love!

Last, but not least:  As Gregg is slowly finishing up chemotherapy (one more treatment to go, then he is done!!) I have been looking for ways to cheer him up. He has not been able to go back to work yet, and he spends a lot of time at home alone when I'm working.  I know he is lonely, and sick, and isolated.  We have hung several bird feeders in the backyard now that the weather is so nice. I believe it's really, really good for someone recovering from a serious illness to spend plenty of time outdoors in the sunshine and fresh air. He loves sitting on the back patio and watching the birds and squirrels eat the abundance of seeds, nuts, suet, and cracked corn we leave for them.  Ginger always keeps him company, and usually can be found lying at his feet, keeping a close eye on the squirrels.

The mighty squirrel stalker!
Ginger hates having her picture taken.
Normally she is a dog that smiles a lot.

In the spirit of brightening up our patio for Gregg, I bought several pots of gerbera daisies and planted them in a large planter. They are mixed colors: brick red, orange, and yellow. He really likes gerberas for some reason, they may even be his favorite flowers, so a big bright potful of them made him smile! I would love to post pictures of our beautiful new flowers but the cord on my camera's battery charger is chewed almost in half.  Guess who would be responsible for that?

Marco T. Barlow

The last time Marco chewed a cord up (on my bread machine) my neighbor John was able to replace the cord for me and it was as good as new. It looks like I may be going to see him one day in the near future.  Aggravating bird!!!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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