This has been a crazy week so far! On Monday came the freeze, which is going to last most of this week. I had to get all of our plants out of the greenhouse and into the garage which was a big project. As much as I love winter, when it comes in late like this and ruins spring flowers, it’s a total drag. Our lilacs were going to bloom, but I doubt they will now, and that’s something I look forward to every year. At least we were able to enjoy the trees in bloom for a few days. Walking outside yesterday to the woods, now turned white, after everything was so lush, green, and beautiful was just bizarre.
One of my sons has been sick since Monday with some sort of strange flare up, which threw him into a fever last night. He’s not tolerating it well. I’m hoping the doctor doesn’t find anything serious going on. This is the second time this has happened in the last six weeks. I’m afraid it could be something autoimmune with our family genetics, but I’m hopeful it won’t be. This just heightens my anxiety issues, which is so stupid. Anxiety is such a waste of time. Good thing the pups are so supportive!
It’s normal life stuff, right? I’m just not dealing with it well, but I’m striving to stay positive. This too shall pass!
There are some beautiful things happening. My mom is coming home this week for the summer. I’m also getting my second vaccine on Thursday, which will be nice to get out of the way. The close friend I spoke about in the “Vaccine Shaming” post has decided to get vaccinated after all and on his own accord. And, our outdoor female cat had kittens over the weekend. She’s the only outdoor cat we have that isn’t fixed. Some of you who’ve been following me for some time might remember Toby’s story. This mother cat is Toby’s sister.
I just finished up a few books:
When the Stars Go Dark by Paula McLain
I enjoyed this book and reviewed it a few days ago. You can read my review by clicking here.
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
This was a spontaneous read for the retelling reading challenge. It turned out to be enjoyable. I read the physical book along with the audio and recommend them both. This book is beautiful. You can read my review by clicking here.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
My middle graders decided to read Gary Paulsen’s series Brian’s Saga. I couldn’t be happier because he’s one of my favorite authors, and I love this series. I’ve read this one probably three or four times and never tire of it. It was nice to see the kids so engrossed while reading Hatchet. We read this in one sitting because they had no interest in stopping. We’re moving right on to The River today.
Blurb for Hatchet:
Brian is on his way to Canada to visit his estranged father when the pilot of his small prop plane suffers a heart attack. Brian is forced to crash-land the plane in a lake–and finds himself stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness with only his clothing and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present before his departure.
Brian had been distraught over his parents’ impending divorce and the secret he carries about his mother, but now he is truly desolate and alone. Exhausted, terrified, and hungry, Brian struggles to find food and make a shelter for himself. He has no special knowledge of the woods, and he must find a new kind of awareness and patience as he meets each day’s challenges. Is the water safe to drink? Are the berries he finds poisonous?
Slowly, Brian learns to turn adversity to his advantage–an invading porcupine unexpectedly shows him how to make fire, a devastating tornado shows him how to retrieve supplies from the submerged airplane. Most of all, Brian leaves behind the self-pity he has felt about his predicament as he summons the courage to stay alive.
A story of survival and of transformation, this riveting book has sparked many a reader’s interest in venturing into the wild.
Two years after Brian Robeson survived fifty-four days alone in the Canadian wilderness, the government wants him to head back so they can learn what he did to stay alive. This time Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him. But a freak storm leaves Derek unconscious. Brian’s only hope is to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post. He’s survived with only a hatchet before–now can Brian build a raft and navigate an unknown river?
For the first time it’s not only Brian’s survival that’s at stake. . .
My personal choice this week:
Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry
This is one I picked up weeks ago, but as usual, I veered off track and started reading something else. I’ve seen many positive reviews for it. You can read Teri Polen’s excellent review here.
In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award-longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.
The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.
In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.
So that’s it for me this week. What do you have going on this week? What are you reading? Let’s chat in the comment’s section below!