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The Temperament God Gave You by Art and Laraine Bennett
Feeling and Healing Your Emotions by Dr. Conrad W. Barrs
It's So You by Mary Sheehan Warren
The Better Part by Fr. John Bartunek
Keeping House, the Litany of Everyday Life by Margaret Kim Peterson
Ten Prayers God Always Says Yes To by Anthony Destafano
This is on top of the stack of books already in progress, like a few Brother Cadfael mysteries, a book on Mother Teresa, and waiting patiently are 2 Maeve Binchy novels, The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith, and The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter.
I have visions of sitting on my patio, in a sun hat, reclining on my new chaise lounge I just bought for $4.99 at the thrift store, and reading, reading, reading. So far the lounge remains folded up in the garage, and I read the books for 10.2 seconds at bedtime before I fall asleep.
I also have had more dental work done, and had a week of mouth pain. My teeth never hurt before I went to the dentist. Go figure. I praise God Almighty for ibuprofen, and I am not kidding. I have taken more ibuprofen after the dental work than I did after any of my births, and I am not kidding. Any young moms out there, here is some free advice (take it for what it is worth). Keep good care of your teeth. Don't get too busy or tired. I am paying now for the follies of my youth in that department. Make an appointment today!
I have weeded and planted 2 wild areas in my crazyacres, and every. time. I go outside to relax, I see more yard work to do, and start pulling weeds, or digging around my plants. I cannot keep my fingernails clean for more than 15 minutes. I get every pair of my nice sandals dirty by absentmindedly gardening, stained many of my "good" clothes, and despite keeping my nails cut to the quick, they are always dirty.
I have a pile of photos to share, of random prettiness, of my garden progress and of a music fest that was held at our house Monday night. Life has been full of guests, visiting, working and playing. I have tried and loved a new set of summer drinks, including blueberry green iced tea, mohito, with fresh mint from my garden, and gin and tonic, with a twist. Also Weiss beer, with the required lemon wedge. Very refreshing.
Well, that's the update. I am off to shower and change and go to a dinner invite. Life is good!