Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017-September Read an Author you haven't before

Hollow Earth Trilogy Series: Hollow Earth by John Barrowman Carole E. Barrowman

All three books of John & Carole E. Barrowman's HOLLOW EARTH trilogy. Book 1: HOLLOW EARTH. Book 2: THE BONE QUILL. Book 3: THE BOOK OF BEASTS.
Long ago, the Order of Era Mina bound all the beasts of myth and legend into the pages of a single tome. They called the prison they had created the Hollow Earth - a nightmare world built to keep our world safe. Over centuries, their Order grew strong: the men and women with the power to bind and animate the magic of this world learned to live in secret among us, watched over by their constant companions, the Guardians. Each Animarus was tasked with the protection of this world. Each Guardian was tasked with the protection of an Animarus. And in time the history of the Order was forgotten, their relics lost, and the Hollow Earth became nothing but a story.
Now, twelve-year-old twins Matt and Emily Calder are about to discover this world for themselves...

Hollow Earth was a bit of a surprise for me, I don't know why I expected a different style but I did. It is a great book though I find I need a break now & then because the style seems a little dry to me. It puts me in mind of the droning voice of a teacher more than lively storytelling. That is probably just me.

Also it is a young adult book so it is possible that I heard teacher but they would hear storyteller.

I love the premise and it is a quick read. I am interested enough that I have read the second and will read the third one in the series if only to find out if they do find Hollow Earth.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chasing dreams

LOL such a fanciful title and not indicative of where my mind is right now, least I don't think it is.

I heard myself say "I like routine" today. If you have been following my blog for awhile or read any of my earlier posts you will know how strange that seemed to me.

I have, since I was old enough to walk on my own, been an explorer, curiosity has always been my biggest failing.

Is it a failing? Not so much but it has lead me down some interesting paths in the last 50 odd years. So when did I decide I needed to have a routine to be comfortable? Not sure about that either.

It may have begun when the fibro cut me off of most of the activities I liked. Exploring Toronto was just about the happiest I'd ever been. The last day I felt that way sticks in my head still.

I'd started out with a map and a plan. I was excited because it was a trail I'd never been on before. I don't know how long I walked before my back began giving me trouble but I do know that by the time I found a bus stop my back was a frozen, muscle locked, deep pain. The bus ride home was excruciating and I popped four Tylenol when I did get there. Plus a lot more and had a hot shower before the pain finally reached a reasonable level.

That was when I made an appointment with my doctor. That visit was when he diagnosed me with Fibro and proved it by giving me an example with one of my arms. I had been having pain off and on for awhile and fatigue had always been an issues because of the Dysthimia, I just figured it was normal for a 47 year old with depression issues. Since then I have been babying myself, not pushing my body in any way because I feared that pain.

When menopause started a couple of years later I lost my interest in sex which for 30 odd years had been my central focus. I found myself getting scatterbrained spending whole weeks just playing Farmville and Solitaire on my computer. I was 53 or 54 when I decided enough was enough and I started concentrating on creating daily routines so I did other things besides play games and read.

Now ten years later I'm at a point where I feel I need to change things up a little more. Physical activity for exercise is boring but this past week I rediscovered my happiness in exploring. During a business trip with the Professor I found that seeing new places and doing new things actually cheered me up and gave me a bit of my youthful glow back.

Obviously travelling on my own is a bit problematic but nothing says I cant't start checking out the trails around here and going into parts of the city where I haven't spent much time. All I gotta do is allow my curiosity to guide me once again. Besides the places I knew have all changed and I would like to see how.

The doctor will be pleased he's been after me to get more active since obesity was diagnosed as a disease. Yeah I'm obese, the scale says I am 100 pounds heavier than I should be. Not sure what that is in kilos I never really bothered to learn the metric system.

Anyway that's my thoughts for today ... hope you are having a good one

Monday, August 14, 2017

Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy for Reading Challenge 2017-August

Read an author with the same initials as you: Cherylann Marois - C.E. Murphy
Urban Shaman - eBook
This particular book has been on my to read list since the spring so I was glad that it worked for this months prompt.

The heroine, (yes, strong, female, my favorite type), is an odd mix of black Irish and native Indian. These both have strong mythologies and the heroines straddles both of them as does the story.

From page one I was engaged in the story, so much so that I read it in one day. I simply could not stop!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Moments

I feel all fidgity and tired at the same time and I don't think it is the fault of the gelato. I was babysitting this morning for a few hours then had to mail out some letters. I bought ice cream and the bus was taking too long to come so I walked home.

I feel like I should work on some of the swaps I have coming up but nothing is due for a week and it only takes a few hours to make something suitable. At the same time my bed is calling my name.

Think I will lay down for a bit even though it is nearly 4 pm. Maybe I'll feel better afterwards

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mental Struggles

Have you ever had a memory or a thought take up residence in your mind and refuse to go away?

I am having such a struggle with myself at the moment. The worst thing is that it is a matter of jealousy and anger.

I love my husband but he is a wuss where his brother is concerned, (sorry hon but it's true), and that has caused some friction between us on occasion. Since their mother came to live with them I have refused to spend my usual week a month at his place. It was only a few days ago that I figured out why.

When I moved to be closer to my job it appeared that I had left my husband but I hadn't not really we just took a small breather. When I came back I did not feel like I belonged there, not really, and it only got worse which is why I jumped at the chance to leave a second time.

I made a simple request a room where I could do my crafts. I need natural light and I put forward two options, the spare room or the day room. Both of these were vetoed by his brother and I ended up in a dark basement room surrounded by computer bits.

It hurt me really badly that he refused to fight for what I needed instead of bowing to his brother. Now that his mother is there she has all the things I needed. A room of her own to do with as she pleases and a bedroom. OK I didn't want a bedroom of my own but the other, I needed it.

It is kind of pathetic but I feel a little jealous because she is sure of her place in the house and in their lives, I have not been sure of anything for a long time. I also worry what she thinks of my arrangement with Rob, it is the opposite to what she had with her husband.

Anger and jealousy can make fools of us all I guess. I want to be brave but I am not sure I have it in me.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Let's Get Organized - Email Swap

Time to do something about the clutter that seems to accumulate! For this swap, you will commit to cleaning up and clearing out any one area of your home or office, inside or out.
Do you have a junk drawer, messy craft room, overstuffed closet, tool shed that's a hot mess?
You will take before and after pictures of the area you clean, and email the pictures to your partners. Please take at least 2 pictures before you clean up, and 2 pictures after. Include a short paragraph about the project.
I hope this motivates you to tackle a job you've been putting off....at least that's what I'm hoping for myself. Nothing like the accountability of having a deadline looming to make sure you get going on a project!
I chose to work on taming my collection of envelopes and stuff. My main goal is to make my in/out tray a productive tool instead of a catch all.

Before Photo
After Photo

The second part was a bag I'd been throwing stuff into instead of putting things away.

Before Photo
After Photo

The biggest chore of all is this milk crate that has become the dwelling place of everything I don't have space for.  My aim is to empty it as I had done the others so that it could be used for something else.

Before Photo
After Photo
Everything has now found a new home and my craft stuff is more organized though I still need to go through those other two boxes. My biggest headache, that crate is done.