Catching Up

What a busy weekend and I still feel like I haven’t caught up on things around the house since we were out traveling last weekend. Anyway, I hope all of you are having a wonderful day even if the news around the world aren’t that positive. While we typically don’t participate in the SXSW event I do feel bad for the small business owners who look to this event for a boost to their income. Anyway, stay healthy everyone!

Let’s move on to what I’ve been up to around here. We went to another classical guitar show yesterday and it was amazing. I love the music that David Russell treated us to and if I closed my eyes I felt like I was being transported to another time and place. Just lovely.

Tonight we tried a strawberry-oat smoothie recipe from Edible Austin magazine and I have to say it was a winner. We’ll definitely be making more of these especially once the summer arrives.

On the book front, I finished reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and everyone was right, the book was wonderful. It made me laugh and cry. Have you read it yet? If not, make sure you add it to your list immediately!

So that’s a bit about what I’ve been up to around here. I hope you have a great start of the week!

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Outdoor Adventures

Hi Friends! We’re back from a little getaway to Palm Springs. What a beautiful place it is with so much natural beauty. We got to visit the Joshua Tree National Park. This picture of me is taken from Keys Views which is a short, paved loop path offering amazing views of the San Andreas Fault, Mount San Jacinto, Mount San Gorgonio, and the Salton Sea.

We also went on a guided hike of Indian Canyons and really enjoyed hearing about its history. The weather was wonderful and perfect for hiking as it was sunny but not hot. I cannot imagine doing those hikes in warmer weather.

I feel like there was much more we could have done but maybe we’ll have to go back another time.

On the reading front, I was able to finish a book while we were there and thank goodness, otherwise February would have been a very sad reading month. All in all, I read four books in February with my favorite one being Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart.

I have several books going on at the moment and I’ve made quite a dent in those so hopefully I’ll be finishing some other books soon. Anyway, what a great way to great the new month and I hope you all have a wonderful reading month ahead!

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Death and Other Happy Endings

“There are some people in this world to whom things happen. I am not one of them. I lead an ordinary life. I do regular things. That’s not to say my life is boring, but it’s not a life full of big ‘you won’t believe what happened to me’ stories, either. Until now. When this happened. Honestly, it really did…”

Death and Other Happy Endings
By Melanie Cantor
Source: Advance review copy

Jennifer is sitting at her doctor’s office and he’s just told her she has a rare blood disorder which is aggressive and untreatable. She was completely unprepared for the news given that she is only 43 years old and was only just feeling bloated and tired. Surely it could be some other diagnosis but there it is, she now has three months left to live.

Stunned, she leaves the doctors office and rather than thinking of a bucket list of things she needs to do before the end, she decides to instead write three very honest and heartfelt letters to the people that have hurt her the most. Her sister, her ex-husband and her ex-boyfriend.

Yes, there are scenes where Jennifer is crying and bemoaning her fate and but many others where she decides to throw caution to the wind and have some fun. She has a wonderful best friend who is there to rally around her and it seems her letters have some very positive consequences.

Really liked Jennifer and could understand why she dealt with some of the people in her life the way she did. What I had a hard time with was her accepting her fate without more questions but then again, I guess then we wouldn’t have a story. So, you do have to gloss over that aspect and enjoy the story-telling.

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