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Marilyn is SICK | We Watch Our Saturday Shows

Marilyn is VERY sick. She still has a running nose and congestion and a fever. She feels lousy. She was DOWN all day long and slept a great deal today (which I think is a good thing). She has an awful cough. I'd like to say it's getting better, but I'm not sure that's true.

I did try to get a hair appointment with Kathy (my hair dresser) for either today or next week, but that wasn't possible. I'm disappointed, but oh well. It is what it is. I can live with it. I need to start making my appointments way in advance, the way most people do. I've been pretty spoiled in the past...

I forgot to mention that I cancelled the special dental plan that Mary had encouraged Marilyn to sign up for to help with my dental costs. Marilyn had asked me to do it, and interestingly enough, they called just before we took off on Friday. So that's done, anyway...

Today was another icy day. The snow has moderated a little, but it's still around.

June told me today that they never picked up the recycling this week. Wow, I was surprised. They managed last week. But Marilyn said it was much worse this week. I wonder if they'll just wait until next week now? Anyway, I stuck it down on the curb, just in case.

Jim was going to take me shopping, but I just couldn't get myself up and dressed to go. We need some groceries, but I'll figure it out tomorrow... (sigh)

I did make dinner and popcorn for the Svengoolie movie tonight. And I tried to make some peanut butter cookies -- using the new cookie sheets I got. But they all burned. We had this happen before when we made cookies several years back. We had a bunch of different cookie sheets, but only one or two would work at all. I think it's the oven, which has always been too hot. It's very, very old. The range was in the house when we moved in -- and we've been here 20+ years now. Generally the oven works fine for what we do, as we very rarely bake anything. But I guess it's why my brownies always get too dry around the edges of the pan. And stuff like that. The second batch of cookies I turned DOWN the temperature, moved the rack to the bottom and baked them two minutes less. AND THEY STILL BURNED. (sigh) And I was using parchment paper, too (which is supposed to help). Oh well. It was very small batches, thankfully.

I don't think the mail came today, either. If not, that will be the first time I've noticed them missing delivering...

I had more vertigo today. Mild, but I did throw up, even so. (sigh) I've no idea what brought this recent flareup of vertigo on. But I've never known in all the time I've had it. So why should now be any different? Vertigo is kind of a catch-all term, by the way. I know quite a few people who have -- and a couple who have it much, much worse than I do. So whatever.

I read Marilyn John Green's Christmas short story out loud today. Very entertaining. She enjoyed it. I need to ask Nicole if she's read it (he's her favorite author).

They played one of our favorite Hammer films on Svengoolie tonight: "The Brides of Dracula." Peter Cushing is fabulous as Dr. Van Helsing! It's amazing to realize the film was made back in 1960! Wow...

I think that's it for tonight.

Good night, sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite. (As our Aunt Mabel said to us EVERY SINGLE NIGHT we ever stayed with her as kids... smile...)
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Bazaars and Scones

We were up very late again last night. I don't remember when I finally went to sleep.

At one point I was watching some movie. I had been in bed, had a nightmare about Marilyn and got up to sit beside her, so I started watching a movie about Merlin (a favorite subject of mine). I didn't last long, though. I finally went to bed and really paid little heed to all of Henry's standard howling...

We both slept in, then got up around 10:30 (I think). I did my blood (I'd also done it at 8:00 -- and it was IDENTICAL both times), and then my insulin. We got dressed, and headed out to attend the St. Rita bazaar, one we've been going to for years and years. We got quite a few nice things there -- plus Marilyn had a cup of tea and I had coffee before we left.

We went and checked another church in that area that Marilyn remembered going to in the past. We did find the church, but they weren't having a bazaar today. However when we got to Lombard (the main drag in our own neighborhood) there was a church having a bazaar, so we went to that. Again, we got some very nice things.

Our goal had been to look for Thanksgiving items, but we didn't find all that many. Mostly there were Christmas items -- and we already have tons of those! Hahaha.

I got a copy of "The Unique Voice of Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Portrait in Her Own Words" at the second bazaar, and have already started reading it. It's from 1997, by the way.

One of the things we got at the first bazaar were some AMAZING Hallmark decorations. I'm not going to say what these were, as we're giving some as gifts for Christmas. But we just love them. (They weren't inexpensive, but when we looked them up online we found out they generally run a lot more, still. Hahaha. So we were happy we found them for sale, brand new.)

Marilyn got me two FANTASTIC seasonal candle holders that are so beautiful! In fact, I ended up with FOUR different autumn candle holders that I love.

I actually need to take PHOTOS of all our Autumn/Thanksgiving things, now that Halloween has been put away. (smile) And share!

We were watching some shows about Queen Elizabeth II and London -- and getting very excited! Because I never went back and wrote much about our Auction, I haven't mentioned here that Marilyn bought a trip to London with friends (they shared one of the Live items). So we'll be going there next September, to stay in this absolutely incredible flat that's a few blocks from Buckingham Palace. I need to share more about it, but I'll skip that for tonight (it's late, and I'm tired). Neither one of us have traveled that much in our lives, and we've wanted to see London forever, so we're very, very excited.

Oh! And Carla (we're going with Carla and Gary on this trip) wanted to go on to Paris for just a day and night, so I guess we'll also get to (briefly) see Paris. I'm still a bit in denial, because it's all such a surprise and shock to me! Sister Sue has been quite a few places, but not us...

We lazed around for most of the day after we got back home again after the bazaars. It was a little bit too much for Marilyn, who is still recovering. But still fun. What a nasty day, weather-wise! Pouring down rain and chilly.

Oh!!! I wore my leather jacket out (it's old and pretty worn, but I still wear it, even so). And I could ZIP IT UP -- which I've never done the entire time I've owned it!!! In a way it's not a big deal: I tend to wear all my jackets and coats without ever zipping or buttoning them. But on the other hand, it fits me perfectly when zipped up now. I'm sure I couldn't have zipped it in the past! (Gosh, all this weight loss has been pretty exciting, I must admit. Don't get me wrong: I'm still really big. But I'm smaller than I've been since 2000...)

We did drive out briefly in the evening and go to the DollarTree. I wanted to see if I could find a sheet of colored cardboard for a project I wanted to do. We also got a set of four glasses to replace our beer glasses at home. At some point somebody must have broken one and not told us, so there are only three, which has been a pain at times... That was a short, quick trip, however.

As always, we started watching METV in the evening and kept it up until very late (in fact, it's still on now). We love all those old shows, plus Svengoolie. Growing up we NEVER MISSED "Batman" or "The Wild, Wild West" (to name two we love).

And I made a batch of scones and we each ate one. (grin) We love them and they're so easy to make.

Marilyn made chili for dinner, plus we ate leftover hot dogs. Yummy!

Well, that's a quick review of today, anyway.

I DID look up online how to inject insulin and found several helpful things. Now I need to practice!!!

Plus, I looked up thyroid medicine and diarrhea -- and discovered all the side effects of too much thyroid medication, which aside from diarrhea includes:
Elevated pulse and blood pressure
Anxiety, nervous energy, tremors, feeling jittery, shaking hands
Feeling irritable, overemotional, aggressive, easily startled, or erratic
Difficulty concentrating, mind is always racing, can't shut off thoughts
Difficulty sleeping, insomnia
Fatigue, exhaustion
Perspiring, feeling overheated (especially when others are cold)
Heart palpitations, feeling like heart is skipping a beat, or racing
Weight loss with no change to diet/exercise OR weight gain
Increase in food intake, with no weight gain
Craving and/or eating more carbohydrates
Unusual hunger pangs
Excessive thirst
Loss of appetite
Hair loss
Achy or weak muscles and joints

When I shared this with Marilyn, she was struck by dizziness, as she's been quite dizzy in recent weeks. But several of those items would be on her list, I'm sure!

I have to tell you that I have some serious concerns about levothyroxine -- which is the most common prescription people get for thyroid treatment. I had a bad reaction to this medication and finally quit it cold turkey. Now it looks like Marilyn is being poisoned by it, too. THIS ARTICLE is an example of some of the problems (in case any of you are on the medication and are curious). The nurse (Megan) did not want Marilyn to quit her thyroid medicine, but I feel she should, frankly. Yes, her primary care physician can adjust her -- but until then, why would she continue when this is undoubtedly what has been causing her issues???

When it comes to all of the various medications prescribed for us, we need to be active in helping to decide what works best for us -- and when not to take something. (Like the cholesterol meds Leslie gave me that were highly constipating, when I already deal from constant and severe constipation! A few days of that nearly gave me a blockage of the bowel!) No doctor knows our bodies as well as we do, so we have to get involved and be firm about it. Frankly, I doubt I'll ever take levothyroxine again, personally...

Well, off to bed (finally!). It's now 2:30 a.m.

I just cleaned up the kitchen and did a big load of dishes. I should do some laundry tomorrow.

OH, OH, OH!!! And I stuck the oil late last night (in the dark, mind you -- because Marilyn had reminded me it was going to pour down rain all day today). We're just over 100 gallons, so I need to order oil on Monday. (I hope I don't forget!)

Sleep well!

Tough (Three-Day) Weekend... (Poor Marilyn...)

It's pretty much a miracle Marilyn could go to work on Friday -- much less all day Saturday, as well! She really isn't feeling at well right now.

I wish she didn't have to go to work tomorrow, either, as I know she's still feeling lousy. She had to go back to work, still sick or not. But she's still got the tail end of that damn virus, and it's making her pretty unhappy. Yesterday and today she's been feverish and coughing and clearing her throat constantly and so on... Just awful. And she's EXHAUSTED (sound familiar?).

We did very little (aside from her WORKING on Saturday, that is!) this entire weekend. Oh, and my little bit of cooking, I guess.

Still, I plan to go back and blog for the days I've missed recently (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). And to maybe ADD some more to today, as well...

Needless to say, we'd planned to try and go to dinner with June and Jim and sister Sue -- to belatedly celebrate June's September birthday. I'm not sure when it will happen, but there was just no way this weekend...

And now I'm off to bed.

I do want to tell about making homemade pizza today (which I haven't done in YEARS AND YEARS -- but used to do all the time). But it will keep.

And I'd still like to share some photos (if I can get them over to my computer!). Maybe tomorrow...

Stay healthy, friends! My seasonal allergies are on me like CRAZY (like I needed anything ELSE to deal with!!!) now. I hope Friday we'll talk about how to deal with that issue.

Good night!

Little to Report: Marilyn is Sick

It's past 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. Marilyn is sick, so we're still up. The same was true last night this time. We did try getting to bed much earlier Monday night, but she's really NOT feeling well. Something gastrointestinal...

Monday: Marilyn and I did very little. She was under the weather all day long. I guess she has some bug in her intestines... She's had a lot of stomach pain and other associated discomforts. I think she's had a bug for some time, but it's worse now. As for me, I'm pretty convinced I do have mono. My friend June brought it up some time ago, and Marilyn did shortly after that. I was confused -- I thought mono was a disease that only teens and kids got. What an idiot, huh? So now I've been reading up on it a lot. Anyway, it would totally explain my continuing sore throat, small cough, constant fatigue, fevers and joint pain... There's NO TREATMENT for mono. You just have to ride it out. Get a lot of rest (I saw 'bed rest' over and over again). Oh well. (The good news is that it says you can only have it once in your life. I was pleased to hear that!!!)

I did make mizithra cheese spaghetti yesterday, and Marilyn had some. She doesn't normally eat pasta (which doesn't agree with her), but she figured under the circumstances it didn't matter much...

Tuesday: Marilyn stayed home from work. She had an important lunch meeting, but wouldn't have been comfortable eating anywhere away from home today, anyway. She just didn't feel up to getting out of bed, frankly.

I baked some brownies today. There's nothing that matches homemade brownies -- you simply can't buy anything even in the ballpark taste-wise. Just a small pan, but yummy.

And I did cook dinner. But we ate very little most of the day, really.

(Another side effect of mono is lack of appetite...)

Marilyn has been reading a lot during vacation. She's not much of a reader normally, so this is nice. She's re-reading a book from years back and enjoying it.

Recently my friend June had mentioned a book to me on Kindle. I discovered I'd downloaded it last year, so I started to read it. And then I found I'd actually already read it! Sometimes the way Kindle works you can't always tell you've finished a book...

A very, very dear friend passed early this morning. We're both really sad about it. I can't believe we'll never see Bill's smiling face again. (His memorial will be in August.) He had fought off cancer for some time, so I guess I started to believe he'd last forever...

Watched a lot of "Leave it to Beaver" both yesterday and today.

Marilyn and I are big fans of Jessie Graff, from American Ninja Warrior. Last night she was one of only TWO people to get through one of the new obstacles!!! A woman!!! She's just amazing. It was wonderful seeing her accomplish that. We don't have a lot of friends/family who watch the show. We think it's very inspiring and love hearing the stories of the contestants. Plus they are all SO SUPPORTIVE of one another! There's none of the crap you see on so many shows where people lie to each other and do everything they can to make others fail. These contestants pull for one another and train together and cheer for each other! It's wonderful. It's too bad there can't be more shows like this that inspire people of all ages in positive ways.

That's it for these two days. I'm washing a load of dishes and ready to head to bed soon.

Today while making brownies, I lost control of the bowl and actually DROPPED IT into the pan when I was pouring the mix inside. What a mess. I just don't begin to have my normal strength, and that's all there is to it. I can't wait to start feeling stronger and more normal.

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Another Super Busy Day! Website Focus...

Henry Update: I'm still keeping a close eye on Henry (and HIS eye). He follows me around a lot right now, which actually makes it easier to watch out for him. He has been scratching a bit, but usually it's with his right leg (not left) -- and he only scratches below his chin line (and not his face). But I'm aware he'll get more itchy as the eye continues to heal, so I'm still watching carefully, just in case... He had the eye open a lot today, and that inner eye seems better, too, I swear. (But what do I know? I'm not a vet.) I guess we'll know more on Saturday when we go back to the vet again.

I worked some more on the formation map for GFP (for Marilyn) today. It's really come along nicely, I think! She needs to play with it a bit now -- and of course I can tweak it even more, if need be. But I'm pretty happy with how it's looking, so far.

That's very slow work, by the way, because of the way the graphics software deals with layers. At least it doesn't limit the layers! That's a real issue with Apps on my iPad. You can only have so many layers in any one image. I'd be screwed if that was the case for this map. I just checked to see how many layers it has and the current total is 118! Even I didn't realize it was that many! Hahaha.

Christine and I finally did the Volunteer page at the festival website today. It contains a form -- and I don't really think of forms as all that difficult to work with. However (surprise!), WordPress has a very different way of handling forms. I'm going to need to learn to understand it at some point, I guess. I didn't have time to get to that today -- but I might try and work on it tomorrow...

Anyway, the page is corrected for 2016! So that's another major update checked off our list.

And I caught up a bunch of random items in the queue. I actually believe we can do these TOO QUICKLY. Here's my reasoning: Unless there's an 'emergency' item (and we do get these sometimes), then normal updates should go into the queue and be addressed as time permits. None of us working on the website have that as our ONLY job, after all. And we need to prioritize accordingly! If we start doing each item the minute (day) we get them, all it does is raise expectations! I know this from years of experience with our website -- the more you do and the faster you do it, the more people expect you to do.

I don't mind trying to keep on top of things, of course. But this is only one part of my workload. So I need to keep it in balance! I'm forcing the entire team to check items by me before doing them right now. If I have something in MY queue, then I don't want to waste time on it if somebody else is already doing the work. Usually by now I do most of the changes, unless I specifically ask Christine to do them...

I'm also really trying to keep other staff out of the mix on the website. I'd prefer to have them turn over their stuff for us to do. As it is, I was CORRECTING various things again today from work that wasn't done according to our website policies...

Marilyn worked until past 8:00 p.m. tonight. She had a SUPER BUSY day, that included meetings and TWO speaking engagements! (Her last two for this year.) She said both went well, which is great news. She really stretched herself, adding Living History and so many speaking engagements to her already hugely busy schedule. I admire her for taking it on!!!

My eyes were starting to bother me by the time I quit working tonight. And my left hand was acting up, too. That's odd, because I use the mouse with my RIGHT hand, so normally it's the one that will bother me. But who knows???

We had cheese sandwiches for dinner. And I made brownies and homemade popcorn, so it was (again) 'like a party' for us. (smile) We watched some episodes of "Leave it to Beaver" while enjoying this bounty of food goodies.

Weird weather today! Sunny early on. Then oddly humid later in the day. I guess we're expecting a weather change again (with rain). It was 84' in the house at one point!

June and Jim are both going to drive for the Junior Parade. Actually, they might put them together in one truck and have one of them drive (I'm not sure why). It kind of depends on what's happening with our Grand Marshal (I can't share who this is quite yet). If the GM needs a driver, then they'll both be driving... I guess we'll see how that goes! Anyway, that's a fun parade. I don't get to go to it myself anymore (and we're usually REALLY BUSY back at the office on that day). But I used to love it in the days when I worked Junior...

I never talked to sister Sue today! I thought about it at one point, but then I totally forgot. Just so busy.

Both Henry and Colin were all over me today. And Henry was howling for attention at some points (when I was on the phone with work, for example).

Donn will be setting up IT for CityFair tomorrow.

I'm reading a FASCINATING book right now: "The Lost Painting," by Jonathan Harr (Kindle version). It's the story of the artist Caravaggio's LOST painting, The Taking of Christ -- and how it was found. Caravaggio was quite the 'bad boy' of his time, drinking and brawling and eventually murdering someone (and dying young). Google him if you want to see photos of some of his work, which is pretty amazing stuff. This book reads like a novel, even though it's based on real events. I'm currently about half way through the book and really enjoying it. (The descriptions of art restoration are FASCINATING, by the way!)

Well, time for bed! Sweet dreams!
frightful weather

Winter Weather COMING!!! (Oh, NO!)

I'm just fighting a constant fever right now. I might need to see my nurse practitioner at some point, I guess. This is decidedly a flare-up -- but it hasn't shown up in any one joint as terrible pain, yet. That's a good thing, I guess. But there are twinges of pain in my right ankle, left big toe, right wrist and right hip. (sigh) So I'm waiting and watching for any full-fledged joint flare-up. So far, it's not happening...

But I feel crummy. I seemed a bit better today, but not great. Marilyn decided we wouldn't head down to the beach today. And we'd talked about maybe going down tomorrow and staying overnight, then coming back on Monday (we work on Tuesday). But the weather is supposed to be NASTY tomorrow! We're certainly NOT going to be driving in either snow or (shudder) freezing rain -- and we're slated for both according to the weather reports. I guess we'll see.

We did dash out to get a lottery ticket and Starbucks earlier. Then after we heard the report about tomorrow, we went to the store to pick up a few items late tonight -- just in case.

I phoned June and Jim and unfortunately woke them up! They'd gone to bed. But Marilyn and I were worried they might need something from the store, so we wanted to check, just in case.

We finished our Lilian Jackson Braun's 'The Cat Who' book that I've been reading out loud ("The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern"). And we've started a NEW one. Well, it's very OLD, but it's been so long since we read these (a couple of decades, at least) that I don't even remember what happened. So it's like reading them for the very first time. The fun is the characters (including the two cats!) and the settings. And she's a very good writer, too. Marilyn didn't want to go back to the very first book, which was before Yum-Yum joined the family. So we're now reading the third book, "The Cat Who Turned On and Off" (which was written back in 1968). Once we get past the first three books, we'll reach the novels written during the 1980's.

Marilyn and I baked a few cookies today. Nothing much, but it was fun, anyway.

And we made the Ro*Tel Queso Dip that they're always advertising on TV lately. People eat the dip and then CRASH through fences and fountains and so on, it's so good. To tell you the truth, it IS pretty darn good! We only did half of the ingredients they suggest (and we did Velveeta's microwave version, rather than Ro*Tel's stovetop version) yesterday, and didn't finish it. So we heated up the leftover dip tonight and had it with taco chips. So good!

This brings us to Velveeta. Marilyn, Sue and I were raised on this product. Mom used it to make TONS of foods. She almost never used actual cheese! We used Velveeta for toasted cheese sandwiches and to add to any number of recipes. The first time Marilyn and I had real cheese rather than Velveeta, we honestly did NOT care for it! Hahaha.

That reminds me. Mom also made a packaged pizza for us growing up. It was made by Chef Boyardee and came as a 'pizza kit' that Mom would 'create.' We ate it into our teenage years, seriously. I enjoyed reading THIS ARTICLE about it -- yes, they still make it! (There were others who grew up with this pizza, too. Hahaha.) It did NOT use real cheese, so the first time our Aunt Dorothy took Marilyn and me out for a real pizza, we were freaked out by the 'strings' of messy cheese!!! We thought it was nasty. Hahaha.

In recent decades we haven't even had Velveeta in the house. But growing up it was ALWAYS in the house! How could you LIVE without it??? We're cheese people, so we always have Tillamook cheese around now. But you know what? Velveeta sure makes a yummy dip! I'd honestly forgotten how tasty it is.

We had another fire tonight (a small one, but we had both a pressed log and a small stick of firewood). Nice on a cold night -- and tonight is very cold!

This was another day of TV watching and playing on our iPads.

And that was our Saturday! Sleep well, friends.

Super LAZY Day -- Reading Out Loud (I Love It!)

This was another VERY LAZY day for Marilyn and me. We never got out of our jammies all day long -- and we pretty much laid around most of the day. Yesterday I cooked a meal, but NOT today!

Marilyn made cinnamon rolls, though! Pillsbury ones, out of the can. We hadn't had those decades, I swear! It made me remember the old: Nothing says lovin' like something from the oven. (Anyone else old enough for THAT?) And Marilyn looked up the Pillsbury Doughboy, who turned 50 (!!!) this year (on November 7). I love him! And I really enjoyed the cinnamon rolls. I think they're a nice change from something like Cinnabon -- to tell you the truth, I find Cinnabon rolls just too sweet.

As for any other cooking, all we ate were a couple of chicken pot pies (which can be thrown in the microwave, thankfully!). I wasn't much up to cooking today...

I SLEPT a ton again today. And we BOTH slept in. Marilyn was talking about how TIRED she's been, and I think it's little wonder. It was a very busy year. And we were running around like MAD for much of this month! It's nice to just lie around and then to nap whenever we feel like it...

Yesterday I bought two of Lilian Jackson Braun's 'The Cat Who' books for Kindle. I originally listened to them as books on tape way back when I worked for Hoffman Construction, downtown. At the time I was so close to the Main Library that I often walked there on my lunch hour. And because of the nature of that job, I could actually listen to books on tape during work hours. You can read about the series HERE -- and I highly recommend it to mystery lovers -- AND cat lovers! These books feature Jim Qwilleran and his Siamese cats, Koko and Yum-Yum, who are involved in a mystery in each of the novels.

Here's something really interesting about the series of books: The first three books were written in 1966, 1967 and 1968! Then she didn't write another one for 18 years!!! I came upon them in either the late 1980's or early 1990's (I can't remember which), on tape (as I already mentioned). Marilyn and I took a road trip around that time, and we took one of the tapes along with us -- so that's how Marilyn was first introduced to the series.

After that, we bought a bunch of the books in paperback. I recently started re-reading these. I sometimes call paperbacks 'bathtub books,' because I'll take one in the tub with me when I want to soak and read. I don't DARE take the Kindle in the tub (I'm not an idiot and don't want to risk dropping it!), so the old-fashioned printed book is best for these situations. The amusing thing, of course, is that once I start reading a 'bathtub book,' I get interested -- so I'll just keep reading it until I've finished it. (It's pretty rare that I can STOP myself from continuing to read and save the book for the next long soak. Hahaha.)

Anyway, one of the books I bought was "The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern." It's the second book of the series, so it was originally written in 1967. This is the book that introduced Yum-Yum -- the first book was just Qwilleran and Koko. This was the first of the books Marilyn read, as it was the one we listened to on our road trip (mentioned above).

Interesting notes: There's mentions of Orientals in the book -- which is no longer okay, but was common back in the 1960's. There are a lot of things like that, actually! The descriptions of things fit that time period now and then, such as one woman wearing a very short skirt (mini-skirts were the rage in the 60's). Now that we KNOW when it was written, we're paying attention to these details. But for the most part it holds up fine.

We own a number of the books -- but several have 'gone missing' over the years (as books sometimes do). There are quite a few that we've never read, so I'm hoping to eventually get them all for the Kindle. They seem to run around $7.99, which is really a good price for a best selling author. (I have another series I like where each book runs around ten dollars, or more. Obviously it depends on how popular the books are and how well known the author is.)

I never actually SAID that I'm reading "The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern" out loud, but that's what I'm doing! We love to have sessions where I read some book out loud. I love doing it, and think I'm a pretty decent reader. We've done this for years and years. It's a sort of nice way to share the reading experience.

Reading out loud used to be a very common practice. I suppose partly because many people weren't able to read years ago (or didn't read that well). It was considered a form of entertainment, but also a way to comfort those who were sick or elderly -- aside from reading to children, of course.

Mom and Dad used to read to us when we were little and I remember loving it! Dad was especially fond of reading things to us. He read from "Reader's Digest" quite a bit, which makes me smile.

Marilyn always read "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" out loud to Mom and me every Christmas. She'd start before Christmas and spread it out, ending on Christmas Day. (The story is set just before and on Christmas, for those who might not know.) And when we were in high school she read "Gone With the Wind" out loud to me and her then boyfriend, Tom.

I don't know if most people still read out loud. If not, that's too bad. At least people can purchase audio books in a number of formats if they want to have the same experience. But I love being the one doing the reading, personally!!!

It might snow again tomorrow. Anyway, we're planning to head to the beach on Wednesday...

I need to color my hair. Maybe I can get myself to do that tomorrow. Maybe. Hahaha.

Time to go read out loud a bit more before bed!