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Welcome to my weekly update for January 21, 2024!
My great-uncle passed away on Monday. He had been sick for a while so it wasn’t unexpected but somehow death is still a shock, isn’t it? I rented a little place from him back when I was a single girl and the first couple of years my husband and I were married. The rent he charged me was almost laughably low, even at the time, so he indirectly helped us save a good down payment for the house we eventually bought. I worked night shift when I lived there and he would always mow the yard around me on my days off so he didn’t disturb my sleep during the day. He loved to tease everyone and be teased in return. Every time he spoke to one of his nieces or grandnieces, he would ask, “How’s my favorite niece?” and laugh. We knew we were all equally his favorites. He was a good, honest, hard-working man of a type that seems to be getting rare. I was able to attend the funeral and catch up with family members that I haven’t seen in years. So it was a sad occasion but also had happy moments, as so many things do.
We had a couple of cold spells this week and I don’t like it one bit! My husband and I have gotten spoiled by choosing relatively warm states for the winter as we’ve been traveling with his job over the past five years. As I write this on Saturday afternoon, our expected high is 23° F and the low should be 10° F (-5° C and -12° C). I know that’s almost warm for some of you but this is about as cold as it gets in the mountains of North Carolina and that is more than cold enough for me!
Nothing this week but I have been working hard to review books on GoodReads and schedule them to post here starting in February.
All links in this section go to my reviews on GoodReads
The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd–4 Stars
Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree–4.5 Stars
“Pages to Fill” (Legends & Lattes #0.5) by Travis Baldree–3 Stars
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, read by Kate Burton (A re-re-re-re-re-re-read, but my first time on audio)
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben, translated by Jane Billinghurst
What did your week look like?