Book Reading and Puzzles
Poor Frodo had a few rough days this week. First on Monday, he was groomed and that event tends to tucker him out. On Tuesday, he received a lyme vaccine that is a new formula and I guess it made him sore and tired. Never fear though, he is back to his investigative self. Having him in our lives was one of the best decisions ever. I'm glad he is feeling much better as well.
I have diligently been following along with my Lenten promises and cannot believe we are half way through Lent. Time is flying during this Lenten season. I continue to participate in my Lenten readings, learning and growing along the way.
That crazy winter storm last week is almost melted and signs of spring are upon us once again. The sun was shining on my daily walk yesterday and even though I was bundled up, I know this cold weather is temporary. I choose to believe.
I've been reading my first Louise Penny book "Still Life" after seeing this author showcased again and again on blogs and on instagram. I am gobbling up the story! I am foregoing my lunch crossword puzzle for some quick reading.
The reading obsession state of mind reminds me of my summer teen years. I'd have a pile of books from a used book store, filled up a huge glass of iced tea and headed off to the front porch swing, immersed in a novel, ignoring the world. My girlfriend would beg me to put my books down to play neighborhood games of kick ball or flag football. My decisions were based on how good my book was and how hot and humid that day was.
I had my priorities.
So when I get giddy about a novel, I feel a swirl of past memories, fresh and real, rolled up and into my current life experiences. I thank God for writers and creative people who entertain me. Where would I be today if not for the opportunity to escape and relax?
A month ago, I subscribed to the New York Times and with my subscription came the NYT crossword puzzle app. I used to believe I was really smart and clever when I did my local paper's Sunday crossword puzzle. For years, I've successfully filled out most of my clues and felt smug.
Enter in the NYT crosswords....wow. What a humbling experience! I am struggling to get past Wednesday's puzzle. So here I am, learning new things and I love that I do NOT know everything like I thought I did.
Are you a crossword puzzler? Are you reading Louise Penny? Which of her books is your favorite?