And it’s been a good start already with well-wishes from friends through snail-mail cards, email and Facebook posts! After all, you turn 60 only once in your life, so MAKE IT COUNT!
I started celebrating Friday, (of course since it’s the official weekend starter-upper) with a box of two dozen beautifully decorated cookies sent by my Memphis sister, from a wonderful bakery in Germantown, Tennessee – Karen’s Cookies and Cupcakes – YUMMY!! We’ll be noshing on those for a while – especially today. I also received a gift card to one of my FAV book stores.
Then, Friday afternoon, a huge box appeared magically on my front porch. The thing looked like a coffin turned on its side. Well, that’s the first thought that went through my mind. But we wrestled the box inside. Surprisingly, it was rather lightweight. And inside is…..a beautiful acoustic Yamaha guitar! Oh. My. Word. My parents had given me one many, many years ago, and I had attempted to learn it when I was much younger. But, I had finally given up and given it away – you know how it is – life got in the way. It was probably my one regret, that I hadn’t stuck it out. So, now I have a second chance to learn a beautiful instrument. Thank you to my wonderful sisters and brothers-in-law (AND nieces!).
Now, we’re heading out for morning service and then my wonderful husband is taking me out for dinner ( right across from my FAV book store!) and then home for dessert (cookies and ice cream, of course!!)
So, as a birthday present to me from you, y’all have a wonderful day!!!
As a volunteer at my tiny local library (hi, Alida!), I’m privy to the host of new (and old) books that flow in and out through our doors. Of course, with the wealth of information online, most anyone can stay abreast of the goings-on involving a favorite author. But what I really like is discovering an author who has a series of books involving one or two characters or even a family of characters. It’s like one novel simply can’t contain all the history and angst for all the characters, so it has to be spread out amongst several novels. I LOVE IT! Only one problem. Once I start with the first book I simply MUST read all of them. In order. One after another. Heaven help me if I can’t get my hands on one of the serials. Or even harder, when the author isn’t finished with the series and you just KNOW it’s going to be a looonng time before the next book. Did I say that waiting is not my good point? That’s when I fall back on some tried-and-true series to re-read until that waiting-to-die-for book comes out.
One of my favorite series, The Chesapeake Bay books by Nora Roberts, is a case in point. It doesn’t hurt that I lived for 23 years in Southern suburban Maryland and made many trips to Easton and Ocean City and all points in between. The Bay is just gorgeous. Familiarity with the area always adds a little thrill of pleasure when I read the books. So, I have to confess, I spent time this week and read the whole series – again – and found myself actually missing that area and wishing I could have met the Quinn brothers along with Ray and Stella and the dogs – oh, especially Foolish! It took me three days to read the four books and when I turned the last page of the 4th novel, I gave a big sigh, and said, I’ll be seeing you, again – someday soon!
Of course, I’m not dissing stand-alone novels and I’ve read many of those by many more authors, including Nora Roberts, and enjoyed them immensely. But it’s nice to know that the connection you’ve made with a character, even if it’s in your mind, will be carried on in the next book, and if you’re very lucky, more books after that!
HA! Change that – reading is a passion for me. It’s a trait my family revels in and I can see it’s been passed down to the next generation. Oh, how that gladdens me! My two youngest nieces seem to always be near a book if they aren’t on the phone texting their friends. Their mom, my youngest sister is way too busy being a mom to really sit down and just read, but believe me she has her favorites, too. My other sister likes books by Anita Shreve, but she, too, is working a full-time job. Me, I’m retired – and the oldest. Just means more reading for me.
My favorites run the gamut from chick-lit to true crime and everything in between. I figure at the rate books are being published these days, and no matter how long I live, I could read a book a day and never, ever be bored. I have a Kindle, an iPod, and a laptop, all for my ebooks, but there’s just something about holding that physical entity in my hand that makes me smile. What’s between those pages? How do they get from the title page to the end? What kind of journey am I taking with this author and is this author one I want to become good friends with, as in — buy every one of their books!! Aiyiyi. The pocketbook pain.
My husband built me three beautiful bookcases several years back, but they’re full. He broke down and bought me a nice one from one of those box stores, but it’s full, too. I need another one. His argument goes that I don’t need a new bookcase, I just have to get rid of some of my old books. My argument goes you just don’t willy-nilly get rid of books. There’s a relationship that’s like strands of silk – easily made, hard to break, especially if I’ve read them more than once!! I told him to get rid of all his golf clubs just to show me how it’s done. Oh, if looks could kill….
So. If I could have a wish for you, all things considered, I’d wish for you a love of reading. To paraphrase Dr. Seuss, oh, the places you can go and the things you can see!