Monday, September 10, 2012

Flu and a book review

What is there good to say about the flu?

I've spent (lost) 2 whole days laying in bed so sore and tired I could not move. I did not feel like reading or watching tv.
I did Nothing!
I don't do nothing well.

On day 3 I decided I'd try to go to work because if I am out 3 days I need a Dr. to sign I'm sick.  I'm not paying for an office visit to have my Dr. tell me what I already know and can't do anything about.
So I went in and made it 5 hours! 5 hours on my feet.  I had not been vertical a total of 1 hour at a time in the last 2 days.

Needless to say i went home and promptly went to sleep for 2 hours.

Walked to the mailbox and up the hill and was worn out!

Back to the bed :(

Here is what I can say that has been good about the FLU.
I had time to catch up here on my blogs and post a new one.  I will hopefully find out why I keep getting error messages when I log on to blogger.  This has been very frustrating!

I have several post I need to do so I hope to add one each day for the next few days while I'm (resting).
Book Review

I received this book in the Early Reviewers from The Library Thing.  This is one of my favorite books to receive so far.  I enjoyed the relationship Cathy Holton develops between her characters,  Alice , the elderly, crotchety, rich lady and Stella, a young, poor student taking on a part time caregiver position to earn some much needed money.
Everyone else views Alice so negatively like so many people do the elderly but Stella takes the time to actually listen and care about Alice.  The relationship begins to benefit both Alice and Stella as time passes.
I enjoyed the past stories integrated into the present.  We have a lot to learn from past experiences of other people in our lives.  Without giving away too much of the story, I have to say Cathy’s dialog from Alice about her marriage was beautiful and spot on.  I have been married for 30 years and couldn’t agree more.
“You think I married Bill Whittington out of sacrifice?” Alice said fiercely, and something moved in her eyes then, something stubborn and slightly hostile.
“No,  AL, of course not.”
“There’s  all kinds of love,” Alice said sharply. “There’s the kind that comes over you like a sickness, and there’s the kind that comes on after years of shared struggle and companionship.  And I can tell you, from my experience, It’s the second kind that last the longest.  The other eventually burns away like a fever. Leaving what guilt, regret?  Would I have been happier with Brenden Burke? I don’t think so.  He wasn’t the man I thought he was.  I got the life I needed with Bill Whittington, even if it didn’t seem like the one I wanted at the time.”
A few small predictable things in the beginning bothered me like Stella’s last name and I may have missed something but I never really understood all the lead up to something in the basement.  At Chapter 18 with 1 chapter to go and needing to get back to work in 5 minutes, I read the first line of chapter 19 and threw the book down on the break room table.  “Figures!” is all I could think.
I finished the book that evening and was no longer mad at how Cathy wrapped her story up. 
I do believe good chances come to everyone.  Everyone is just not brave enough to take them when they come.
Great book, I will look for more from Cathy Holton.

If you would like to enter for a chance to win this book leave me a message and mention you would love to read Cathy's book.  I will close the give away on Friday Sept. 14t

I have so much to share I can't wait to tell you all that has been happening with me!


  1. Sometimes the rules for employment are kinda ridiculous. Hope you are feeling much better now.

  2. Bless your heart! The flu is no fun. At least if you are going to be sick you want to feel well enough to read and watch movies! I hope you are back to normal soon.