Friday, September 16, 2016

I Thought That I Would be Safe in my Doctor's Office!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

Well, I suppose that if I were to be completely honest, I would have to say that I'm not feeling absolutely wonderful right now - but certainly much better than I was feeling yesterday. I went to my doctor's office for a checkup appointment on Thursday afternoon, September 15th. I was sitting right next to the check-in desk in the waiting room and my name was called. I leaned forward in order to get up from the chair, and the next thing I knew I had whacked my head against the desk.

While it was a serious enough whack for me to pause - and it did hurt a little bit at the time that it happened - I stood up and went into the exam room. The nurse took my blood pressure - which was higher than usual - so she questioned what was wrong with me. I mentioned that I had just bashed my head in the waiting room, so she immediately decided to check my head - which seemed to have developed a substantial lump by the time I had arrived in the exam room.

I finally got home from the doctor's appointment at about 4:00 PM, with a cold compress and strict instructions to keep an eye on my head injury. I was also told that I had to watch out for any possible bleeding on the brain - well, there's a cheery thought. Even Mareena had to wake me up every couple of hours all throughout the night to check on my condition. So all in all, it was quite a busy night!

Given that my head has begun to ache slightly - although, only if I touch the knot on my head too much - I have found that I can't really concentrate too much on anything all that complicated. As a result of circumstances, I just wanted to finish the jigsaw puzzle which I started on Monday afternoon, September 12th! So, it's only taken me a total of four days, but I finished the entire jigsaw puzzle today - Friday, September 16th!

As regards my reading, I've noticed that I haven't gotten all that far into The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio. Actually, by Sunday, September 11th, I had only read six more pages than when I started reading the book on Thursday night, September 8th! Since that means that I have only read a total of 20 pages into a book that according to Goodreads has 304 pages in it, I'm thinking of setting the book aside for a while.

So, according to Goodreads - as of Sunday, September 11th - I've read 20 pages into The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio. As the book has approximately 304 pages in it, reading 20 pages into the story means that I have read about 6 percent of it. Since my own copy of this book actually has 294 pages, reading 20 pages into it means that I have read approximately 7 percent of the story.

The synopsis is definitely interesting, and having watched the movie with Mareena back in June of 2014 - I'm really looking forward to reading this book. However, I may have to set aside the book for a while, or at least until my head gets better. I might have to see if I can read another book!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I Seem to be Doing an Amazing Number of Jigsaw Puzzles - Although, Not Much Else!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

So, to be perfectly honest, I've been sort of keeping a relatively low profile these days. It isn't so much that I haven't been doing anything, it's just that I haven't been spending too much time online, lately. For the past few days, I just haven't been doing anything all that noteworthy, I suppose.

Actually, since Saturday afternoon, September 3rd, I've started doing jigsaw puzzles - and as of Tuesday, September 13th - I have finished a total of three jigsaw puzzles. I finished the 1,000-piece puzzle of the sailboat in the harbor on Sunday night, September 11th. Then, I started another jigsaw puzzle that I had previously done several years ago - a 1,000-piece puzzle of an old-fashioned town square. Since I started doing it on Monday afternoon, September 12th, I don't expect I'll finish the puzzle for a few more days!

As regards my reading, I just started reading a book that I received through the mail on Tuesday afternoon, September 6th! I started reading The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio on Thursday night, September 8th! According to Goodreads, as of Saturday afternoon, September 10th - I'm on page 14 of 304; or approximately 4 percent into the story. Since my copy of The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio actually has 294 pages to it, reading 14 pages of the book means that I have read approximately 5 percent of the story.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Well, my Schedule is Full - of Books and Puzzles!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

I am happy to say that everything is going well - at least so far! I'm in the peak of health and have been reading quite a bit as well as doing the occasional jigsaw puzzle and crossword puzzle from the newspaper. After finishing the 500-piece cat puzzle on Saturday night, September 3rd, I found a jigsaw puzzle that I actually hadn't even opened! I think the puzzle was from either this past Christmas or from a belated birthday approximately a year ago.

Actually, on Mareena's birthday our friend Lisa also gave me a jigsaw puzzle along with giving Mareena her own gift. It was really very nice of her to do that, but I don't know if that was the jigsaw puzzle that I chose to do next. Anyway, the jigsaw puzzle was of a farming scene - a huge red barn with plenty of cattle in the pasture. It's actually only had 300 pieces in it, so it didn't seem too difficult for me to finish.

It wasn't all that difficult, although the large expanse of blue sky was what proved to be the trickiest part of the puzzle to do. I believe that I started the puzzle on Sunday night, September 4th and finished the puzzle the next day on Monday afternoon, September 5th! Then, I started doing my next jigsaw puzzle of a sailboat pulling into the harbor on Monday evening, September 5th! The puzzle is 1,000 pieces but I can't really tell how much of it I have done as of this morning - Saturday, September 10th - I'm probably about three quarters of the way through, I think.

As regards my reading, I just started reading a book that I received through the mail on Tuesday afternoon, September 6th! I started reading The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio on Thursday night, September 8th! To be perfectly honest, even though the book looks like it's going to be very good, I haven't really gotten into the flow of the story yet.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Joanna Trollope - The Rector's Wife

Reread. The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope (1991)
Length: 285 pages
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Originally Read: 26 June 2012
Reread Finished: 8 September 2016
Where did it come from? Originally from a Bookmooch, then from my "keeper" shelf.

So, after looking through some books that I had stored in my bedroom closet - Devil's Eye: A Novel by Al Ruksenas and Somebody Else's Daughter by Elizabeth Brundage; I had originally planned to read one of my birthday books, The Businessman: A Tale of Terror by Thomas M. Disch. I had started reading this book on September 1st! While this particular book certainly has an intriguing synopsis, I was having a little bit of trouble getting into the story, so decided to put it aside for the moment.

I had just finished reading While I Was Gone by Sue Miller for the third time from August 28th, to August 31st, 2016 and was trying to decide what to read next. Actually, I wasn't planning on choosing a book that would become another reread for me, but then I caught sight of The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope. Since I hadn't read this book for quite some time, I decided to start my second reading of it.

I had originally received this book from Mareena as one of her 'just because' gifts for me in June of 2012. Actually, The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope arrived in the afternoon mail on June 21st, 2012 - although, I started reading the book for the first time two days later, and spent the next three days reading it in June of 2012 - from June 23rd, to June 26th, 2012! Then, I decided to read this book again four years later.

So, my reread of this book took place approximately four years later - over four days in September of 2016 - from September 4th, to September 8th, 2016. I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed rereading this book, although there were some parts of the story that I couldn't for the life of me remember reading the first time through. I have since posted this book on all the book swapping websites that Mareena and I belong to - someone else will enjoy it as much as I did, I'm sure!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

I'm Not Having Another Reading Slump, It's Just That I Seem to be Choosing Books That I Happen to Have Read Before!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

So, I'm very happy to say that as of Tuesday afternoon, August 30th, my stomach issues have almost gone away. Despite a short reoccurrence on Saturday afternoon, September 3rd, I'm still feeling so much better than I was. I'm actually so relieved!

The jigsaw puzzle that I chose to do on Wednesday afternoon, August 31st, was a 500-piece puzzle that features four rather large cats happily playing on top of a desk in someone's office or study. It actually didn't really take me all that long to do the jigsaw puzzle - I finished it on Saturday night, September 3rd!

So, I don't know what is going on with me these days, but I can't seem to settle down and choose something else to read. I just finished reading While I Was Gone by Sue Miller on Wednesday, August 31st. After spending a few days trying to figure out what to read next, I finally chose The Rector's Wife by Joanna Trollope.

I read this book for the first time over three days in June of 2012 - from June 23, to June 26, 2012. I started reading the book again on September 4th! It looks like it's going to be a relatively quick read for me.

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Saturday, September 3, 2016

I'm Feeling so Much Better Now!

Hello everyone! I hope that you're all just fine this morning - I certainly am! :) Anyway, I just wanted to give you an update on how I'm doing so far.

So, I'm very happy to say that as of Tuesday afternoon, August 30th, my stomach issues have completely gone away. I'm feeling much, much better than I was. To celebrate my return to good health, I started doing another jigsaw puzzle on Wednesday afternoon, August 31st! I suppose that I have some rather strange ways of celebrating certain milestones - LOL!!!

The jigsaw puzzle that I chose to do was a 500-piece puzzle that features four rather large cats happily playing on top of a desk in someone's office or study. It is such a cute picture, and I'm definitely enjoying doing this puzzle. Although, I really don't know how long it should take me to finish it!

So, I don't know what is going on with me these days, but I can't seem to settle down and choose something else to read. I just finished reading While I Was Gone by Sue Miller on Wednesday, August 31st. However, I'm finding so many great books stashed away in closets and on my various bookshelves that I can't make a choice between which ones I want to read next. So far, I have narrowed the choice down to between a total of four books!

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Reading Wrap-up For August at Moonshine and Rosefire


Hello everyone out there and I hope that you all had a terrific reading month for yourselves. I am known as Rosefire around the Internet and this is my new personal reading blog. I originally posted my reviews over at my daughter's blog, Emeraldfire's Bookmark but am now in the process of transferring them all over to my own blog. My daughter makes blogging look like so much fun that I thought that I would try it out for myself! :)

Anyway, I started out August with 1,065 books lying around the house and ended the month with 1,060 books unread. All the books that I acquired this month came from Paperback Swap.

Let me try to break down the influx for you:

Changes to the TBR pile

Rereads
- Silver Wedding by Maeve Binchy
- While I Was Gone by Sue Miller

Read from my TBR pile (Yes! I am a reading machine :))
- Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher
When You Believe by Deborah Bedford
- Becoming Jane Eyre: A Novel by Sheila Kohler

Added to my TBR pile (oh well, you win some and you lose some! Not too bad though, I suppose:))
- The Businessman: A Tale of Terror by Thomas M. Disch
- A Dog's Purpose: A Novel For Humans by W. Bruce Cameron

Taken off my TBR pile and sent to a new home (Yay! Happy Dance! :))
- Seawitch by Alistair MacLean
- Snow in April by Rosamunde Pilcher
- Donovan's Brain by Curt Siodmak
- Timepiece by Richard Paul Evans
- The Entity by Frank De Felitta
- When You Believe by Deborah Bedford 

Well, there it is...the breakdown! All in all, a very good reading month for me. Here's a further breakdown:

Books Read: 5
Pages Read: 1,482
Grade Range: A+! to A!

So, there you go! The reading month that was August. I hope that you all had an equally good reading month; if not a little better. :) See you all next month! :)

Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight