First of all, I actually started doing something again that I did semi-professionally for several years after I was married: which was knitting. For about three or four years after my husband and I were married - in fact, just before Mareena was born - I used to knit things for my neighbors and occasionally sold some of these creations as well. My 'business' wasn't all that exclusive; although I generally knitted only by request and not always for payment. So, for the past couple of days I have been knitting a little jacket for myself.
I'm also still working through an amazing backlog of crossword puzzles and sudoku puzzles from the newspaper. So far, I've done approximately 76 sudoku and crossword puzzles from the newspaper, although I have also done some sum-doku puzzles from my puzzle books, too! I haven't really finished an entire sum-doku puzzle book from my collection since Saturday, December 3rd - I have been working through partial puzzles from the moderately difficult to extremely difficult levels!
So, as regards my own reading, the most recent book that I've read was Treasures by Belva Plain, which I finished on Wednesday, January 18th! I actually have two copies of this book in my library, and I think that I have read it at least twice. Both books have been put on the several book swapping websites to which we belong.
Since then, I've started reading Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia on Thursday, January 19th! I realize that I have already read one of Ms. Reynolds' autobiographies: Unsinkable: A Memoir back in April of 2016 - and actually, here is my review. However, with her recent passing, I felt that I wanted to read the previous one she had written. Actually, according to Goodreads - as of yesterday, January 20th - I've read 30 pages out of 446 in Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia; or approximately 7 percent.
Since my own copy of Debbie: My Life by Debbie Reynolds and David Patrick Columbia actually has 374 pages in it, reading 30 pages means that I have read approximately 8 percent. So far, this autobiography seems to be focused more on Debbie's tough, hard scrabble childhood. It's a really poignant story.
To be perfectly honest, after Carrie Fisher suffered her unexpected heart attack on Friday, December 23rd - it was completely understandable that as her mother, Debbie Reynolds would be under so much stress and worry. It is equally understandable to me that after her daughter's death on Tuesday, December 27th, Ms. Reynolds would be suffering from shock and grieving immensely. And while it may have seemed surprising to many that Ms. Reynolds passed away so quickly after Carrie - as the result of a stroke that she suffered on Wednesday, December 28th - I absolutely do believe that people can actually die from their grief.
Sometimes, the level of sadness is such that a person may actually lose their own will to live after the death of a loved one. My heart and prayers go out to those who loved Carrie and Debbie, and are left behind to grieve their loss. It definitely was a terrible shock for so many, but they live on through their work. Rest In Peace, Carrie and Debbie!
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight