Catching Up and a Couple of Book Reviews
I am still playing catch up after my two week babysitting gig. I did ok the first week but the second week found me a bit tired toward the end. It would be fine if there wasn't so much getting up and down off the floor. Now that Bean is pushing two, however, there isn't nearly as much lifting which is a blessing and considering that she is the independent sort, she does a lot for herself. Aside from having the opportunity to spend time with Bean, the time I spend at her house does afford me a good amount of time to read which I really enjoy. She still takes a good afternoon nap so I have at least two hours of uninterrupted time to get into a really good book. I have been able to finish or almost finish a couple of really good reads in a short amount of time -- for me -- this way.
The first book I finished was The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons.
I discovered it when I did a search on Downton Abbey and several complementary books were recommended. It is the story of a young Dutch Jewess who was shipped off to England at the beginning of World War Two to work as a domestic in a big house, even though she was somewhat aristocratic in her own right. She was dispatched to Tyneford house where she learned all the ins and outs of British aristocracy. She also learned of love, loss -- great loss, and of starting over again and having strong resolve. This book was a page turner, I couldn't put it down and would recommend it to anyone.
The second book I have been reading, and am about to finish is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton.
Another activity this week, unrelated to babysitting or reading, was Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or Fat Tuesday -- whatever way you want to say it. This was actually the first time we ever attended because, in the past, The Hubs was always at work at the time most of our church events begin but, clearly, this year was different. So, we decided to join Bean and her folks in the festivities. The parish hall was decorated in the usual gold/green/purple and there were beads abounding -- all anybody had to do was grab them off the table. Bean looked lovely in green -- really went with the red hair. There were literally piles and piles of pancakes and waffles, bacon and sausage and bowls of fresh strawberries. Whipped cream and maple syrup completed the buffet table along with milk, tea and water. It was a feast, for sure, and none of us took a camera. You would think that at my age I would realize that every day has its Kodak moments and carry a camera with me at all times! I will work on that and in the meantime, I will see if I can "steal" one from the good Father Klein off the church website.
So, all of this coupled with beautiful spring weather (almost 80 a couple of days-- makes me fear for July) it has been a fantastic week with another just like it on the way! I may get out and work in that garden yet -- I just need a gate!