The past six days have flown by but so far, nothing very exciting beyond visiting and searching out wonderful new places to eat has happened. Wednesday evening I rode along to his monthly book club with my brother-in-law, Walt. He had given me the title of the book (The Book Thief by Zusak) to be reviewed and after finding it at Barnes and Nobel—I managed to finish it the day before the meeting. Having never been involved in a book club, it was an interesting experience and sadly, I now realize what I have missed over the years. As a diverse and dedicated reader I find book discussions appealing and whenever possible, “Book TV” on C-Span is a favorite show on the weekends.
Yesterday morning I tagged along with my sister, Robin to her monthly “Writer’s Group” meeting. That was an enjoyable experience as well as each member read a short story they had written and invited constructive critique from the group. Our hostess served us muffins and fruit along with coffee and tea and I believe a good time was had by all. I really had a great time but must admit I find creating fiction very intimidating. I prefer relating facts and actual happenings as in the biographies I am working on. Last night all of my local nieces and nephews came to Robin’s house for dinner. We had a great visit and a terrific meal. I just love those kids! Julie and her husband Doug presented a terrific verbal travelogue about their recent three and a half week trip to Italy and Greece! They had a great time, especially enjoying the food in Italy and Julie said they have not eaten out in an Italian restaurant since returning for fear of disappointment.
My sister, Robin continues to get radiation treatments and is feeling pretty good. Our Aunt Elaine is also getting radiation treatments but the last update was a few days ago so I have no new news for her. Her doctor’s do not want to reduce her pain medication just yet so it continues to be a wait and see situation. Finally, I have to disclose that I have been chastised by my sister, Dixie for “talking about her personal business.” So, if her welfare is something you care about, I am advising you to contact her for updates.
Phil and I finally agreed that we needed to make some changes in our bedroom. It’s okay … it was only a problem with the mattress! We went to Costco and purchased a three inch Memory Foam mattress topper and wow! Because I am vertically challenged (it has raised the bed three inches) it presented a bit of a challenge for me to get in and out of bed but is well worth the trouble. It will take some getting used to but so far, we love it! This coming week we have provisional plans to go exploring and do some day trips but as usual, our decisions are carved in Jell-O and will remain to be seen.