Things I did this past month:
1.Picked up countless books to read, started them, put them down again.
2.Went to physio. Advised might need surgery eventually. Confirmed meniscus (cartilage) tear in knee.
3. Two setbacks with healing knee. Enjoy healing techniques at physio tremendously. Discover might need to buy exercise bike after all, if only for knee recovery. Have not told husband yet.
4. Bought a cane.
5. Bought plane tickets to England for 10 days for husband's 40th birthday, sent daughter along with husband for grandparents to hug and cuddle on April 14.
6. Heroically survived 7 days without spouse, with wounded knee and six year old son. Managed to do laundry, dishes, make lunches, get to work. Knee gave out once.
7. On the 7th day (last Thursday), son woke up with pain. Ended up in Children's hospital emergency department, and then with 3 day stay at hospital while son was intravenously fed antibiotics for a skin infection called cellulitis.
8. Discovered at hospital that not having a cell phone and being alone with child meant limited and collect phone calls anywhere. Decided cell phones were required after all. So is laptop. Have not told husband about desire for laptop.
9. Discovered that the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario is an excellent caring facility for sick kids, with warm and caring nurses. Realized after one night that torn meniscus + pull-out cot for parents = pain. Slept in chair for other two nights.
10. Arrived home thankful for recovering child, to greet returning husband and daughter the next day.
11. Somehow a month has passed without blogging. How did this happen? Wonder how life is speeding up as I age, instead of slowing down.
12. Feel need for holiday.
What I am learning as I have now not been shopping (even groceries) for 6 whole weeks: what I really need to be happy is my health, my family (and their health), some books, and some chocolate, and to be able to go for walks again.
Books read that saved the day: 3
The Tapestry of Love - Rosy Thornton. 4.5/5 I really enjoyed this book. I especially loved the first half, when Catherine moves to a new home in the Cevanne mountains and begins her life over again after a divorce. I loved the evocative rhythms of life in the mountains, the slowing of everything down to the movements of the days and seasons in the Cevannes. It was like a rural retreat for my soul, too. My biggest problem with the novel is Catherine's sister, and what happens with Catherine's new friend down the road, Patrick. In my family, with us sisters, what happened would be almost unforgiveable. It is explained in the book, but it still troubled me after. I don't want to give it away as a spoiler, and it didn't detract from the wonderful setting and life Catherine is creating, or the book. It was more a distraction that I didn't feel was needed. I could have a read this story all about Catherine in her new village and it would have been terrific just with that. It really is a lovely novel. Just what I needed to help take my mind of my hurt knee and inability to go anywhere at all.
Moonheart - Charles de Lint. 4.7/5. This was a reread for me. I first read Moonheart 20 odd years ago. It was the first book by Charles de Lint that I read. I fell instantly in love. I really of course, loved Tamson House, the mysterious, wonderful, magical house that protects everyone within, that is set square in the middle of Ottawa, in a neighborhood called the Glebe. The Glebe really does exist, and is one of my favourite parts of town for shopping in. Tamson House, sadly, doesn't exist, although even knowing that, reading about it's location - and it is set is specific parts of the Glebe that could be Tamson House, only makes me wish more desperately that it did exist.
Upon rereading it, I found I loved it as much on this time around. I see things now in the book that I didn't see before, such as recurring themes in Charles' work as the other worlds that mythic beings inhabit, that certain magical items in ours can transport characters to for encounters with these beings. Celtic myths are entertwined with Native American mythology, a big recurring theme in the Charles's works. One of the more unusual features is the presence of the police (in the form of our RCMP), and government officials, and a criminal element that is frightening, violent, and makes for an interesting mix. The main characters are Charles' wonderful mix of fun and realistic and just a little bit fey. Highly recommended fantasy book, that was among the first that started the urban fantasy books of the 1980's. 4.8/5
I really want to find Tamson House, still!!!
I can't write more, electrical storm is suddenly come around the house, so I will be back with more reviews and catch up in the next couple of days. I have to talk about the new Dr Who season premiere!!!