Wednesday, January 22, 2020


After a couple of days of single-digit temperatures, the thermometer is staying right around freezing.  It's been gray all day, with a mixture of snow and sleet that is trying to melt as soon as it lands on the snow from our previous snow.  This sort of weather isn't what I would prefer, but it's good weather for reading.  I'm glad Gabe and I went on a walk yesterday, because it would be pretty sloppy out today.  I rode the exercise bike a while ago, and Cliff is in there using it now.  We read when we're on the bike; it makes thirty minutes seem like ten.  

We've both been on a computer or reading device most of the day.  I didn't even have to cook:  We went to Costco the other day and I got one of those $5 rotisserie chickens:  When we got home with it we had it for dinner after microwaving a sweet potato and cooking some broccoli.  Am I the only one who can never remember the right spelling for broccoli?  I usually give it one C and two L's.  Thank goodness for spell check.  Anyhow, the next day with the Costco chicken I fixed my low-calorie version of Jambalaya.  I also cut up a bit of it in small pieces to use as treats for Gabe and then put the rest in the freezer.  I took that yesterday and made chicken salad for sandwiches; that's what we had for our noon meal yesterday and today.  I also cut up some more for Gabe and froze it in a  plastic container.  Four meals for us and many dog treats for $5.

The Internet is a wonderful method of entertainment, sometimes a little too handy.  I'm reading the latest Virgil Flowers book, Bloody Genius.  John Sandford sometimes mentions a real-life author in his books, and he mentions various stores or restaurants too.  When he does this, it distracts me:  I have to stop reading and ask myself, "Does he get paid for mentioning those places?"

Well, today as I read, this brought me to a screeching halt:  "Virgil had some time to kill before the meeting with Trane and the cop, so he stopped off in St. Paul for a Butter Flake Roll at Breadsmith, went next door for a Strawberry Surf Rider at Jamba Juice, then idled around the corner and looked in a bookstore window until he finished eating and drinking his smoothie, then went inside and bought the latest Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke."

This mile-long sentence sent me down so many rabbit-holes my head was spinning.  Being who I am, I had to look up the places mentioned.  Yes, they are real places.  Then I had to look up James Lee Burke and the Dave Robicheaux books long enough to decide I needed to read those books.  I don't know when I'll get a chance, because I'm getting great books from the library faster than I can read them.

The last book I finished was Olive, Again.  It was different, but I liked it.  I identified with her, in a way.  I see she was the main character in a 2008 book, Olive Kitterage, that won the Pulitzer Prize, so I plan to read that at some point.  Do you see my problem?  I guess it's a good problem, though.  Sort of like having too much money, or too much beauty.

I got a free Reader's Digest in the mail today with an amazing offer:  A one year subscription for $10 or a two-year subscription for $15.  I just don't read magazines any more, but Cliff likes Reader's Digest.  In fact, he's reading this new one now.  At fifteen bucks for two years, I can't pass it up.

That's it, folks.  Just rambling.


Margaret said...

James Lee Burke is a mystery writer, but he is very literary and writes like a poet. His books are beautiful but dark, and violent. I've enjoyed his Robicheaux series, although it sometimes breaks my heart.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Reading and eating are my two favorite wintertime sports, It's no wonder, I put on weight every year. when I read about food I get hungry, same with seeing food on TV. I've watch that more than reading this year. I'm going to have to go to the library and find how to get their books on my Kindle. They said all I needed to do was take my Kindle and they's set it up for me.

Rachel said...

Yay! Hand-me-down Reader's Digest! I'm excited.