Wordy Wednesday

Today is our first real ice storm this year – and everything (I mean, EVERYTHING) is covered in a layer of beautiful, shiny ice. I will take more pictures today and post them this week if I can.

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Thankfully, this fence is not in use (just a piece of history left on our property) but look at that barbed wire…the ice has coated it making it as smooth as silk rather than barbed wire-y. If I had animals I was keeping out with it, I’d be a little more bummed. As it is, I just find it beautiful!

It took me a solid 10 minutes to skate walk to my car this morning and I am only parked in our driveway – it was just THAT slippery that I could only take one teeny tiny step at a time (and did a whole lot of wobbling). We don’t usually salt because it irritates the Dogs paws – but we may actually need to today!

Example: This morning at 2:30 I got up to let Chops out, and she was so excited she bolted out the door, slide off the deck and continued to slide the 25 feet down our cement walkway…she even managed a little twirl at the end. I awarded her a 9, because her form on take off was a little off (otherwise it would have been a 10). Note: She was fine but her pride was slightly bruised and I think this is further supportive of the need to put down some salt!

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What I’m Reading:

Someone Else’s Garden by Dipika Rai:

This is a sad, beautiful story of a young girl named Mamta doing her best to find her footing in a world where everything is stacked against her. It is very sobering to read about what it is to be a woman in other countries – and it reminds me of how very lucky I am to be born into a free country, and to live in a family where men and women are equal. Mamta’s quiet strength and determination to survive in the face of adversity is empowering.

What I’ve Read:

The Invention of Wings – Sue Monk Kidd:

As the author of Secret Life of Bees – I was expecting something similar in this story. She did not disappoint me, I devoured this book in a single day. It was a tragedy mixed with courage and strength – a truly wonderful female heroine, and I enjoyed following her story. The grit and determination shown by Handful is incredible considering she has only known sadness and struggle.

The Mountain Story – Lori Lansens:

This is the kind of book that you don’t know how great it was until it’s finished. Truly a must read, and I think it should be included in high school curriculums.

It covers some fairly controversial topics, mixed with coming-of-age-meets-survival story that is filled with suspense, drama and heart rendering truths. Wolf is a multi-layer character, who has only know cruelty and by all rights should be just like his father, but instead he is a kind, caring young man in the throes of grief and trying to find his way. It’s a reminder that even in the darkest, more horrible moments – kindness and love prevail.

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What are you reading? Read anything good recently? Doesn’t have to be books, I love articles and blogs too! I am always looking for new suggestions!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wordy Wednesday

What I’ve read:

The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters: This was the most strange novel I’ve read in a long time. It was well written, but I actually didn’t enjoy it at all. Nothing about the book gave me a good feeling – it was sad, and desperate, and just unpleasant. It highlights the issues same-sex couples faced (and continue to face), and it also highlighted not only the injustice but also the desperate lengths some have to go to in order to protect a secret deemed unconceivable by society.

The Scent of Sake – Joyce Lebra: I enjoyed this book. It showed the plight of a quietly strong young woman and her silent battle for power in a male dominated world. She shows just enough strength to challenge the norm, but not enough to bring down the hammer on her family. I like this character – she shows the quiet side of feminism that I, personally, belong to.

Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins: Oh. This book. I had big expectations for it – I had heard it was a “game changer” and insanely clever. I love a good thriller with a twist – and  was so excited to read it…. but I did not find it to be those things. I found the “twist” to be predictable – maybe not at first, but as I continued to read and get to know the characters it became obvious. It was also very sad – the life that Rachel leads is so desperately sad and lonely. It focused on the darker side of life – affairs, domestic abuse, alcohol abuse… and had very little light in it. Not my cup of tea, at all. I doubt I will see the movie!

What I’m Reading:

The House Without Windows – Nadia Hashimi: I have been plugging away at this book for a couple weeks, which is not my usual style (I’m typically a binge reader). I haven’t really gotten into it – but yet I still want to read it and am consistently going back to it. I’m not sure how I feel about it, other than that it is sad and infuriating. It’s mind blowing to me, as a born and raised Canadian, that women in this day and age have to face jail time or a death sentence for being raped, falling in love or for being suspected killing their husbands (regardless of what he did to them first – not that killing him isn’t wrong, but sometimes it’s self defense or the abuse is so intense it seems like the only option to save yourself and your family). It’s not that I didn’t know how corrupt some parts of the world are, I did, but seeing it laid out in such clear terms is shocking…the lengths Zeba is going to, to protect something that in my country would be a monstrous crime all on it’s own, is incredible and intensely humane. It also makes me thankful for how very, very lucky I am to be Canadian and free.

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What are you reading right now? Have you read anything good recently? I’d love to hear about it in the comments – I am ALWAYS up for new book suggestions!