Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Hello again, big world!

I am still recovering from a sinus infection, but the great dizzying haze of sickness is clearing away with the morning sun. Long sigh. I am so very thankful for health. What must it be like to be continually sick, struggling for health? I am grateful beyond measure that I normally have good health. We are even back to the swing of school - and no real complaints! I think even the children can see that school is a blessing!

There is not much to say today as we have done just about nothing for a week and a half except lie around and watch movies. There comes a time when even movies stop being interesting to children - and that is saying something here.

On one of the few good days, we did manage to get our garden in. I am not sure how successful it will be with the Bermuda grass invasion we experience each year. Is there nothing that will stem the tide of that insidious plant? It can be *so* defeating! I hope that we can at least stop some of it from taking over, but we will see. We did plant sweet white corn, a tomato, snap peas, cucumbers, mellons, and a few pumpkin plants. We shall see if the clay that turns to rock in the summer heat here will give forth any pumpkin plants at all! We also planted Black-eyed Susan's and the three foot tall Zinnias. They are an explosion of color and last long in a vase. They were a discovery a few years ago and we just love them. Almost every color of the rainbow blooms and they are stunning.


Di, over at Circle of Quiet sent this to me quite some time ago, and here are my answers:

1) You're stuck inside Fahrenheit 451, which book do you want to be?

I am not really sure what this question actually means, so I will do my best to answer it. I think I would like to be in The Lord of the Rings or Pride and Prejudice. Not too exciting as these are not terribly shocking answers if you know me.

2) Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character?

I have been pondering this question to see if I could remember any paper crushes from my childhood – for I was one that would have had them if anyone would have. I simply cannot remember that I have ever truly had a crush on a fictional character from a book. From the movies and music industry, well now, that is a different matter. Sean Cassidy comes to mind. “Somebody told that her name was Jill, da do ron ron ron da do ron ron…” and the Karate Kid, and of *course* I had a crush on “Jake” from Sixteen Candles, the real life, Michael Schoeffling. He was one handsome dude, and I was one young impressionable girl.

3) The last book you bought is:

a hardback book for the children from the thrift store called, Odysseus in the Serpent Maze, by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris.

4) The last book you read:

Just finished the Sarah Plain and Tall trilogy as my daughter said they were good, and I agree with her. Lots of sweetness in those stories, but mixed with the reality of hard pioneer life. In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer, by Irene Gut Opdyke was right before that and it was one of the most moving books I have ever read. The author was faced with such terribly difficult choices and circumstances for so very young a girl. I really highly recommend it. Be prepared for difficult and painful visual pictures – she did a good job of conveying what she saw. I think everyone should read this book. On the way to Disneyland I read Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte. Agnes was a moral character with high standards for living. I have not seen this character’s equivalent in the literary world. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

5) What are you currently reading?

Far From the Maddening Crowd, by Thomas Hardy.

6) Five books you would take to a deserted island:

1) A Bible
2) A survival info. book (I *am* a camper, but hey – even I have my limits when it comes to survival!
3) Huge bound encyclopedia of information type book.
4) Tolkien’s complete works
5) Calvin’s Institutes

But, if I could add just two MORE:

1) Cadfael Chronicles
2) Jane Austen’s Complete Works

7) Who are you going to pass this stick to (3 persons) and why:

I am not going to stick it to anyone, but will gladly offer anyone reading to tell us in the comment section what your answers would be!

Glad to be back in the world of the bloggers.



Kim said...

Oh Kate, I am so glad you're better. Sinus infections are the worst. I get them occasionally, and when I get them, I feel just dreadful.

I love, love, love Far From the Madding Crowd. Who wouldn't want a suitor more faithful than Gabriel Oak?

Anonymous said...

Sean Cassidy, huh? I may be dating myself here, but for me it was his big brother, David Cassidy! I loved watching him on the Partridge Family every Friday, and I loved to hear him sing.

My favourite Hardy novel is Tess of the d'Urbervilles.