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!