Weekend Update

Since my last update:
I finished reading The Ridge by Michael Koryta. I really liked this one. It’s similar to The Cypress House in that it’s a thriller with supernatural elements but can still appeal to readers who don’t necessarily like supernatural stuff in their books.
I started reading Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society by Amy Hill Hearth. It’s fairly light and I’m enjoying it quite a bit so far. After reading Jen’s review at Devourer of Books I decided this might be a good change of pace for vacation reading.

I finished my audiobook. Death Without Company by Craig Johnson. This was the second in the Walt Longmire Series read by George Guidall and I thought it was very good. There’s a holiday themed short story collection by Johnson that features Walt Longmire available as an ebook (Christmas in Absaroka County). Since I’m on vacation and in holiday mode I might try to fit that in before I go back to work on January 2nd.

My new audiobook is Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas (narrated by Lorelei King). I’ve heard good things about both the print and audio versions of this book. Interestingly enough it’s the third book I’ve started this year related to the American internment of Japanese during World War II. The other two were both written by Julie Otsuka (Buddha in the Attic and When the Emperor Was Divine).

I still haven’t picked up a new graphic novel yet, but I’ve got the second and third in the Fables series out from the library and as soon as The Hubster finishes the second Fables book I’m diving into those.

Other than books and reading:
We had our usual low key Christmas and it was very nice. My brother and The Hubster’s sister came over and spent the day with us and we did stockings for everyone. Dinner was yummy.

The Hubster grilled lamb and we had the best mashed potatoes The Hubster has ever made.

After Christmas our relaxing vacation plans took a slight detour. The Hubster had some vision problems and a visit to our eye doctor on Thursday afternoon led to a visit to an eye surgeon and surgery that night to repair a detached retina in his left eye and some preventative laser treatment in his right eye to hopefully keep that retina from doing the same thing. It was stressful and scary and we’re still feeling rather unsettled as we wait to see how much of his vision in his left eye really does come back in the next few weeks. Luckily we’re still on vacation and had nothing planned other than watching football and relaxing. That fits perfectly with his recovery needs right now and it’s nice that we didn’t have to add trying to organize time off work into the mix of everything else on Thursday. My message here is don’t take changes in your vision lightly. These things need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

Looking through this week’s photos:

No home repair project in our house is complete without some feline assistance.

As usual, Abby is reading the instructions (the laptop is on the washing machine) and Howie is ignoring them.

This is pretty much how I plan to spend my time between now and when I go back to work on Wednesday.

Hope you’re having a great weekend!