O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance. ~Psalm 16:5,6.
You've heard of "dinner and a movie," but lately I've been enjoying "a drink and a book." Alexander McCall Smith has scored again with his latest in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive is just as good, if not better, than the seven books that precede it.
In this latest installment, Mma Ramotswe, her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, and her secretary, Mma Makutsi, all investigate cases. Each has a different style, and life on Tlokweng Road is intertwined throughout. Like the other books, this one is nice. It is mild. It is plain, everyday life. I savored this book for over a week - limiting myself to a few pages or a chapter per sitting. It ended too soon. But... I found the perfect drink to accompany my reading: Tetley Vanilla & Pear Rooibos Tea. Now if Mr. McCall Smith would kindly write a little faster and oblige me with book #9 before a year has passed, I will be most grateful.
Joan and Sarah did Jacy's hair and make-up. Marley provided moral support. Jacy borrowed the dress from Mary Beth, her shoes and purse from Hamilton, and nail polish from Joan.
We arrived home last night, tired and extremely happy to be back.
To knit: one skein of Sockotta for socks because it's 45% cotton, and I can't imagine knitting with wool in Cancun; two skeins of green linen yarn that I think I'll knit into a light and airy (translation: garter stitch on big needles) shawl; and two skeins of Peaches & Creme cotton yarn to knit dishcloths.
"To the Kittens to Make Much of Time" is from Poetry for Cats by Henry Beard and "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?" is one of the "Modified Sonnets" by Howard Moss in This Powerful Rhyme, edited by Helen Plotz.
To the Kittens to Make Much of Time (by Robert Herrick's Cat)
Get ye a human while ye may,
When you are still a kitten,
For by a cat too long a stray
Men's hearts are seldom smitten.
The master of yon cozy house
May wed a maid with puppies;
Or set a trap to catch that mouse,
Or buy a bowl of guppies.
Cold rains will soon the summer drown,
And ice will crack the willow;
And though the snow is soft as down,
It makes a chilly pillow.
Then hands that would have stroked your head,
When you came in from prowling,
Will hurl at you a boot instead
To halt your awful howling.
(Robert Herrick's "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time")
Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
Who says you're like one of the dog days?
You're nicer. And better.
Even in May, the weather can be gray,
And a summer sub-let doesn't last forever.
Sometimes the sun's too hot;
Sometimes it is not.
Who can stay young forever?
People break their necks or just drop dead!
But you? Never!
If there's just one condensed reader left
Who can figure out the abridged alphabet,
After you're dead and gone,
In this poem you'll live on!
(William Shakespeare's "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?")
Carmon very sweetly tagged me as a "thinking blogger." All you need to know about the Thinking Blogger Awards can be read at the Thinking Blog.
According to the rules, I must now tag five other blogs that make me think. There are more than five blogs that make me think, so whittling it down took a good bit of time yesterday. And quite a few of the blogs on my "thinking blogs" list have already been tagged.
So, without further ado and handwringing, here are five blogs that make me think:
Dy's blog, Classic Adventures, and Marla's blog, Contented Journey make me, in my role as homeschooling mom, think of how I can mesh everyday life and learning as those two ladies do it. Dy from her home in rural Alabama, and Marla from her home in Croatia, enjoy each day and the opportunies it brings.
At Hidden Art, Dana's blog, I think about how I can use the talents God has given me to encourage my family and create an environment that will inspire them to discover and develop their own God-given talents, and in turn use them in serving others.
Tracy's blog, Wool Windings, chronicles her adventures in knitting and spinning, but she also is like Dorcas from the Bible, using her kntting to benefit others. Lately she has made me ponder ways that I can bless others with what I enjoy doing, too.
And finally, one of my favorite "thinking" book blogs is Will Duquette's The View from the Foothills. Will reviews books, including books read aloud to his wife or children. He also publishes reviews by others in his monthly column Ex Libris Reviews. His last column was published in January (I take it he's been busy with other things lately), but the back issues are worth reading.
The reality was that I was up late running between bathrooms and sick children, washing floors and walls with bleach and other disinfectants, and finally fell asleep on the floor of my bedroom around midnight. Shortly before 4 a.m., David shook me awake to ask if he and Joan could have a sip of water, as neither had had an "incident" since midnight.
They appear better today - water and chicken noodle soup with crackers hasn't hurt them - and although they are weak, they don't have the misery with it. So they are sleeping the day away and I am washing lots of linens with bleach and disinfectant. And scrubbing floors and walls and bathrooms and bedrooms.
But I have something to look forward to when I finish my work. Yesterday and today the UPS man brought me these books and this movie:
Maybe I can sit and knit and read and watch a movie tonight before I nod off.
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