Wednesday, January 23, 2013

From My Burrow

I am like an old groundhog in the winter. I just retire into my cozy burrow and wait for spring! I'll admit to being a bit of hermit by nature, which is a good thing considering that going out in the cold and wind sets off my asthma. Even on a calm day I have a problem with the smoke from the neighbor's woodburning stove and the dust and snow melting chemicals residue that are thrown into the air by auto traffic when the snow is gone.

This is me at about age seven. That
year I was introduced to the Oz books
by my second grade teacher in the
read-aloud time in school.
Now that I don't have a family to care for or a job to go to, my natural burrowing instincts have taken over. So, what have I been doing in my burrow? Unlike the groundhog I really can't sleep all that much. But, boy, can I read! I also watch TV, listen to books on Audible (still working on the big biography of George Washington), and do basic household chores. But I'm in no hurry. I just finished putting away the Christmas tree and other seasonal decorations yesterday. I rather miss them. The living room seems so bare and plain without the Christmas tree and other ornaments. I have known people who leave the tree (artificial, of course) up all year, but that makes it less special when Christmas really rolls around.

I have several new books waiting for me to be in the right mood to read them, but right now the only book I am working on that I haven't read before is a book titled Nightpool that my granddaughter and I are reading together. It is a fantasy novel set in a world where certain species of animals are sentient and speaking. Of course, there is the classic good vs. evil situation, where the young heir to the throne is being hidden and sheltered by sentient animals after the murder of his father, the king. When he grows up the good/evil contest is bound to get more intense.

When I'm doing something that requires hands but not much mental attention, or when my eyes are tired, I listen to one of my Audible books. The ones I have are very well read. It reminds me of when I was in elementary school and for fifteen minutes every day the teacher would read aloud to us. I always loved that.

I am also rereading the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. These books are a reimagining of the the life and times of Sherlock Holmes, as seen through the memoirs of his young wife, Mary Russell. Many writers have taken Arthur Conan Doyle's characters from his Sherlock Holmes tales and given Holmes new adventures. Of the ones I have read, these books by Laurie King are my favorites. She does not rewrite the characteristics of Holmes, Watson, Mycroft, etc., she just moves them on a few years, and expands on them. I think what got me started on this reread was watching a few episodes of a couple of modern day TV shows that put Holmes into our time, plus the big screen movies that have come out in the past few years. I've enjoyed these reimaginings of Holmes, but my favorite remains the Mary Russell series. I'm enjoying revisiting her world and adventures.

So, that's it from my burrow today!


  1. Yikes!!! When I first looked at the picture, I thought it was me!!!

    1. Nah--you were lots cuter and your hair never looked that bad! (The next photos of me in the old album show me with short curly hair. So Mother cut the mane and permed it not too long after this.)

  2. Oh my goodness! Are you sure that isn't a photo of Anne Marie?