'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Saturday, October 25, 2014


I feel like I've been away for some time, but looking back I have been posting off and on. Almost four weeks since mom passed and I just don't feel like I've gotten back in the saddle yet. Feel a little adrift still, but I'm sure time will take care of that. It comes and goes. Odd things these crazy emotions! Hits at strange times, passed the efferdent in the store yesterday and I started to cry. It was the last thing I bought for her.

Mom was a little 'enmeshed', as the counselor's would say, with me. So we had a difficult relationship. She was hanging on for dear life and I was always pushing away. Very sad really as we both loved each other a great deal. I just came across a statement recently that when someone makes you the person responsible for their happiness it always destroys the relationship. That pretty much sums it up for us. So on reflection I guess we did pretty well actually in keeping it together all these years and being able to keep mom at home until the end. I'm very thankful that I was with her when she passed. And I will chose not to 'regret' what wasn't.

The hospice girls that helped me keep mom at home these last two years are THE BEST! They became family to us and Yvonne, mom's favorite, made it to be with us when mom passed. Don't know what I would have done without her there! We are all going to keep in touch. Having lunch with Yvonne next week.

It still feels odd to have this much freedom to go and do whatever! Hubby took me to the kids house for 3 days this last week. Passed this on the road...

Wonder if my meal would be free?

We had a nice visit...

Made Halloween cookies
Went to the used book store
Biting the Moon - Martha Grimes
Death Turns the Tables - J.D. Carr
The Princess and the Goblin-George MacDonald
Mr. Pinkerton has the clue-David Frome
The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey
The Moonflower Vine -Jetta Carleton
The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford 
The Black Dudley Murder - Margery Allingham

and two old kids books from the 1950's by Troy Nesbit

Heliotope in my daughter-in-law's garden
Went to the Greencastle Coffee Roasters and I got some loose Rooibos tea and flavored coffee. Also stopped at a couple antique stores and I got a really nice old Ball jar to keep my tea in and a sweet little bowl. Not to mention the fine wooden rolling pin I found too!
So life goes on, but Mom will always be with us and not forgotten. Every time I sit in her chair to read she's with me in spirit and actually on her bookcase next to me!

I brought her chair and bookcase home with me. The gold box on the bookcase is mom's remains. We will eventually be burying her in Tennessee next to her parents, but for now it makes me feel good to have her right here with me! Maybe I'm crazy! I have a couple pics of her laughing and making silly there too, to remind me of better times.

No date on the photo though:(

Now back to business, reviews coming this week. The read-a-thon helped me get back in the reading groove.

Peggy Ann

Sunday, October 19, 2014

End of Event Meme

Well, it's over. It was a whirlwind for me. First time in and jumping in spur of the moment and late. I think I liked it but I might be too tired to tell yet:)

Which hour was most daunting for you? Actually this morning was the hardest! I could not stay awake reading, and after I slept all night too!

Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? Not really because what engages me might not engage you at all!

Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? No, I think it is pretty well organized and established.

What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? Since this was my first time I have nothing to compare it to but I think it works well like it is.

How many books did you read? 1 and 1/3 of a second, which I will go ahead and finish today.

What were the names of the books you read? Case for Sergeant Beef by Leo Bruce and A Taste for Murder by Joanna Cannan

Which book did you enjoy most? Case for Sergeant Beef, excellent book!

Which did you enjoy least? No answer since I only finished one!

How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? Yes I will join in again. Just as a reader.

I'm not a very good Tweeter and I think that was a large part of the event. When I did tweet I forgot to add the hashtag #readathon! I think I need to work on tweeting if I'm going to do this again!

I loved the fact that I got to put everything else aside and just focus on reading and I loved the mini challenges. I think I will enjoy it better next time as I'll be more prepared and plan ahead! I have very dry eyes and it is hard for me to read for extended periods anymore. Boo Hoo! I must get reading glasses!

And now on to previously scheduled events for the weekend, carpet cleaning!

Until next time, keep reading!
Peggy Ann

Good Morning Read-a-thon Update

Jeepers creepers don't love these peepers!
I did not read thru the night:( My eyes were very tired and blurry. I need reading glasses for long reading spells. Bi-focals suck! Up since 6 a.m. but I've spent too much time online checking in at the read-a-thon website and visiting other readers posts!

Since I started late yesterday morning I am counting my 24 hours from 9:30 a.m. instead of the start time of 8 a.m. so that gives me 2 1/2 hours to read so I'm off to 'speed' read these last couple of hours and stay offline!

Peggy Ann

A Little Different Song for Sunday

Saw this on the Dewey 24 Hour Read-a-thon website! It's so much fun! What a fun crew they have that Nashville Library!


Saturday, October 18, 2014

15th Hour Read-a-thon Update

Finished book 1, Case for Sergeant Beef by Leo Bruce. I actually only read a total of 4-4 1/2 hours today and only got one book finished. But I did a couple mini challenges, and did start an hour and half late this morning. I had one long phone call take up some time today and a couple power naps as I had been up since 5:30 this morning and a 4 hour dinner date with my son this evening. So not bad for the first time I joined in this read-a-thon.

Starting my next book, The Taste of Murder by Joanna Cannan. Another vintage mystery, my favorite kind! But can I stay awake tonight to read? Doubtful, but we'll see. I'll be up at 5:30 a.m. again if not, and that will give me a couple of hours reading time. Might be do-able to get 2 books done!

Happy reading everyone.

Peggy Ann

Mid-Event Survey

1. What are you reading right now?
Still on Case for Sergeant Beef by Leo Bruce but very close to the end!

2. How many books have you read so far?  Almost one

3. What book are you most looking forward to for the second half of the Read-a-thon? The Taste of Murder by Joanna Cannan

4. Have you had many interruptions? How did you deal with those? Just one phone call and a dinner date with my son. Just enjoyed them:) especially dinner! Plus I got started late because I didn't know about the Read-a-thon until this morning!

5. What surprises you most about the Read-a-thon, so far?  How easy it is to do nothing but sit and read when you decide that is what your going to do!