I came home from work last Friday not feeling well, and iended up with a bad cold. Most of last weekend I spent in bed and still was wiped out on Monday so I had to take a rare sick day. After another day with a lot of sleep I felt better so I went back to work on Tuesday. I was still pretty drained on Tuesday and Wednesday although I managed to have productive days at work. I finally felt up to resuming my morning walks on Thursday morning. That makes for one happy yellow Labrador retriever, Chelsey, whose home and walks I share.
In part of the loop we make on our walks, we pass the backyard fences of several blocks of homes. The homeowners have planted various vines to screen their fences. I see all kinds of interesting foliage. Among the vines that I can identify are grape vines, silver lace and even holly. While Chelsey sniffs every inch of ground that we cover, I take in the plantings that abound. Silver lace is a favorite of mine because it grew successfully over the backyard fence in my previous home, but I do not yet have it in my current back yard.
Last week I reported that I was 300 pages into reading a book and it had really started to drag. Fortunately, after about 30 lagging pages the story picked up again and the book got quite interesting. I made it through the book quite handily, but to me it had a very unsatisfying ending. The book was recommended to me by a friend, but it had very mixed reviews. People either loved it or hated it. It was The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski. It centers around a family that raises dogs and since I am a dog lover that appealed to me, but it is not a book I personally would recommend.
One thing about being sick is that during my waking hours, I was able to get a lot of reading done. I finished that book and then read a Jonathan Kellerman murder mystery which was a quick read. I am one of those people who have an abundance of books that I have not read. I have declared a moratorium on buying more books, but since my family is filled with voracious readers I am constantly given books that they have finished. Mind you, I am not complaining, but the number of books I still have to read never seems to be reduced. However, it does provide a very nice selection from which to pick my next book.
I am still working to balance my blogging with other things in my life. I really enjoy blogging and visiting other blogs. But with also many other things that I enjoy doing in my free time it has been very difficult to find the right balance. I originally started to blog to discover if it is something that I want to pursue in my retirement. The answer to that is affirmative. But since I’ve started now…and have no firm retirement date in mind…it tends to be a bit of a struggle to give enough time to my blog. I need any kind words of advice that I can get as to how others fit blogging into their lives.
Have a great weekend, and take a moment to enjoy the beauty in the simplest things.