Sunday Salon – January 18, 2009

Sunday Salon

January 18, 2009

It is Sunday again – another week has slipped by.  I have had several inquiries into how Caribou is doing, so here is an update. I attempted to reduce her pain medication just a bit on Monday through Wednesday, and she was not able to tolerate it. She refused her food on Wednesday and seemed depressed. So I went back to the original dosage and she is doing much better. She is a spirited dog and not much gets her down. I have decided to leave her medication alone as she seems to be functioning well…and is happy…on this higher dose. Each morning when I look at her grinning face and wagging tail, I am reminded how lucky I am to have this affable friend in my life.

I finished reading Breathing Out the Ghost by Kirk Curnutt last week. My review will post tomorrow along with a companion piece about missing children which includes a wonderful meditation by the author on this subject.  This is all part of my participation in TLC Book Tours. I hope you’ll stop by and read both posts!

Along with Curnutt’s excellent book, I read and greatly enjoyed The Road Home, by Rose Tremain. Each book I read by her convinces me more and more of her talent. Tremain’s ability to get inside her characters’ heads and uncover that which makes them endearingly human, turns her novels into masterpieces. I loved The Road Home (read my review) and am now on a quest to read everything Tremain has ever written or will write!

I next picked up After the Floods, by Bruce Henricksen. The author sent me this book which I must admit is outside of my usual literary fare. Set in New Orleans after Katrina, and then moving to a fictional town in Minnesota which has also experienced the ravages of a flood, the novel is largely magical realism where crows and dogs converse and time is compressed from decades down to a week. Henricksen has the gift for stringing together beautiful sentences, and I admit to quickly becoming engaged in the story…although I am still trying to sort through the symbolism and underlying meaning of the novel. I should finish the book today and will be posting a review soon.

I have decided to read Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters next. This book has been begging me to read it for weeks now…and I am finally going to comply. I am in the mood for something moody, mysterious and Victorian, and Waters’ novel seems just the thing.

Later today, my husband and I are taking our new snowshoes up to Mt. Lassen. There is not a lot of snow up there for the middle of winter (we have had a week of mid-70 degree temperatures in Redding and clear skies), but there should be enough to provide us with a bit of exercise.

Whatever you are doing today, I hope it brings you joy…and if you are reading, may it be a book you cannot put down!

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    • Kathy on January 18, 2009 at 09:04

    I’m glad to see Caribou’s hanging in there.

    • Kristen on January 18, 2009 at 10:58

    I’m glad the medication tweaks have helped Caribou. I’ve got one on daily meds forever and know how stressful that can be.

    On another front, I just finished Fingersmith last night. It is quite the read with plot twists coming at you right and left (but never from out of left field so they work). Hope you enjoy it!

    • Laura on January 18, 2009 at 11:34

    Thanks for the update on Caribou. I’m glad the meds are helping her. Have a fun afternoon!

  1. I’m anxiously waiting for your review of Breathing Out the Ghost. I loved your review of The Road Home and requested it from my library for later this year.

    Caribou sounds like a real champ!!! Have fun with your snowshoes!!

    I just finished Edgar Sawtelle and now I’m reading a YA book: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist for my YA challenge…so far so good!

    • sheri on January 18, 2009 at 11:55

    I’m glad the meds are helping. I always think about Caribou. My review on Breathing Out The Ghost is on the 21st… although it’s been done forever. I hope you enjoy my review. I liked the book.

    I just finished Life of Pi. Great book.

    • Memory on January 18, 2009 at 12:58

    I’m really glad to hear that Caribou’s medication is helping. I know just how hard it is to watch a beloved dog deal with illness.

    I think you’re in for a real treat with Fingersmith. It’s a wonderful read.

    • Alyce on January 18, 2009 at 13:04

    I’m glad that you have found what works for Caribou. I hope she continues to do well!

    • Jill on January 18, 2009 at 14:08

    As everyone else said, thanks for the Caribou update – I hope her meds continue to make her days happy ones!

    • Rebecca on January 18, 2009 at 15:50

    I am glad to see Caribou is feeling better! What a relief for you!

    I am looking forward to your review on Breathing Out the Ghost.

    Happy reading! 🙂

    • Frances on January 18, 2009 at 16:44

    Glad to hear that you can ease Caribou’s pain. Sad to see anyone suffer needlessly.

    Love that you are reading outside your comfort zone a little. Am attempting to do the same myself (that means nonfiction as I read so little).

    • Wendy on January 18, 2009 at 17:05

    Thanks, Kathy – she is in good spirits lately.

    Kristen: *nodding in agreement* Not only does Caribou take daily meds, but so does our cat Maia (she is hyperthyroid!). I am really excited to dive into Fingersmith tonight!

    Laura: Thanks – we had a lovely day 🙂

    Staci: I’m planning to post my review of Breathing out the Ghost tonight before I go to bed so it will be up first thing in the morning 🙂 Glad to hear you are going to read Tremain’s book…hope you love it. And your YA reading sounds like fun.

    Sheri: My review of Curnutt’s book has been written for a week! *laughs* I liked it too…Life of Pi was an interesting read.

    Memory: I’m happy she is feeling better as well! And thank you for the positive thoughts on Fingersmith…I think I’m really going to like it.

    Thank you, Alyce! *hugs*

    Jill: So far she seems to be holding her own. I’ll breathe easier in another three weeks if she is still doing this well.

    Thanks Rebecca!

    Frances: I like to read outside my comfort zone from time to time…and I am sometimes pleasantly surprised when I do so! I hardly ever read fiction either.

    • Kristi on January 18, 2009 at 20:05

    I am glad that Caribou is doing better – I was telling my sister about her tonight (she is the one with the Chow that is holding on). She will be glad to hear that she is doing better on the meds too! Breathing Out the Ghost sounds like a good read – I have seen it on a few different blogs!

    • Wendy on January 19, 2009 at 09:11

    Thanks, Kristi…I hope your sister’s dog is doing okay as well.

  2. I’m glad to hear that Caribou is feeling better – even if she has to remain on her meds.

    Ah, Mt. Lassen. It’s probably been 40 years since I was there!!

    • Wendy on January 23, 2009 at 08:36

    Thanks, Les…if the meds help her, I don’t mind giving them to her for as long as necessary! Mt. Lassen is one of my most favorite places on earth…I feel so lucky to be so close to it. If you ever get back this way you MUST contact me!

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