I was blessed with a LOT of new books this Christmas. I have my winter reading all lined up. Life is good. I am ready for any blizzard or just some very good days with fire and good books.
Matt and Diana introduced me to a new author Suzanne Collins and a book called The Hunger Games. It is the first book in a trilogy so I will have to continue the story. I finished it already. It was very captivating. Diana described it as a 'teen version of The Handmaiden's Tale' and I kind of agree. It is a futuristic book about how people live after civilization has been seriously disrupted with warfare.
Brittany was talking about a book she read during her first weeks of medical school which is called The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. It is a book about a Hmong Child and her American doctors and the collision of the two cultures. I started it yesterday and it too is very interesting. Sara said that she read it before starting her masters program. It is very interesting to have this view into a different culture. I am glad that Brittany shared with me.
Eva gave me a book called The Book Thief. She read it for her book club and really enjoyed it. I have another book by the same author waiting for me so I will look forward to reading both of them.
I asked Bud for books for Christmas too. I found this page in the December Time magazine that described what they considered the best books of 2010. I decided that three of them really sounded interesting. I know very little about them other than the description in the magazine.
Matterhorn is the first book that caught my eye. I had noticed this one in the bookstore and bought it for Doug for Christmas. It is a book about the Vietnam war by Karl Marlantes. I will let you know how it turns out. I read a little of it while in line at Borders waiting to check out and it sounded interesting.
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob deZoet is the next one that Bud bought for me It takes place in 18th century Japan while it was sealed away from Westerners. It just sounded interesting. I find that period of history interesting anyway.
Finally Bud bought me Faithful Place by Tana French. Again I have another book by this author ready to read which is called In the Woods. The book In the Woods was recommended highly by a reading friend so I hope that both of them are good.
All of these books are fairly thick so I have many hours of good reading ahead. I will have to stay out of bookstores for a while. I don't like my 'to read' stack to get too high.
OK, I don't know how to make the background color match so I am going with this. I did something strange and this is the way it looks today.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
It is very nice to have family right across the street. It makes the holidays special. I am very thankful for family. We had two wonderful weekends with our families. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
It was a wonderful weekend full of laughter and fun. We are all very blessed to have such a wonderful family. We missed some of you but you were with us in spirit. I hope you enjoy my little picture review of the weekend.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
It was a fun evening full of drinks, laughter and just fun catching up with everyone. Today we are leaving SOON to drive down to Grand Rapids to have Christmas with Eva and the kids. I miss all of you that won't be there. I will post pictures.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
So that is the a picture review of various family members this past weekend. This is almost as fun as writing the weekly family letter.
We stayed home this weekend, only going out on Saturday to stock up on groceries and do little errands. We rented a movie (The book of Eli) and just did at home chores. Bud worked on the wiring in his new garage, I did laundry and cut out a quilt that I am making for Diana. It was a good weekend to be inside. Glen said it was COLD out there but they were doing fine. Leo is back working 12s but will only have this week to work and then will have 2 weeks off around Christmas. Eva was working on wrapping her Christmas gifts yesterday and then she witnessed the birth of a new Burmese baby boy which the family named Matthew Ken as the first two names. She claims that she didn't influence the naming of the babies but I am going to suggest that she takes 'Midwife' training soon if she continues to be present for all those little Burmese births. She is becoming a professional at helping with births in the Burmese community.
I hope you had a great weekend and were able to enjoy the weather and company of family and friends.