Had the AC on last week, but switched back to heat this week. (Thank you Dominion Electric). No more frosts this spring, but it was 48f degrees, grey and overcast this AM and very cold outside as I planted a new clay pot of succulents on the back porch. Now I’m back inside, warming myself with a mug of hot tea, and catching up with blog friends.
I finished 1776 yesterday, and what a fabulous book it is. I haven’t decided what I will read next. And yes, my Kindle is loaded to the gills and my library cloud is huge. Many of the books are texts from school, many not. Some I want to read again, some not. I’m always at a loss when I finish a good book.
When I was an undergrad, I worked as a research assistant in the Lee-Trinkle Library on the Mary Washington campus. Much of my work consisted of shelving books. While I shelved, my colleague, also a student assistant, sat at the main desk processing books for fellow students and professors. Between tasks, she sat behind the desk and read Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.
One day, she finished the book, looked up and said, “When you finish a good long book, do you miss the characters?” I did and occasionally I still do. McCullough’s book is so uplifting and positive, I wanted to go on reading about George Washington when I finished 1776. But the author ends the book on New Year’s Day 1777. The war lasted another six years, but that first full year of fighting was critical for the survival of the Continental Army.
Arlington has been named the best county in the US for “aging-in-place” retirees, according to various media sources. I would share all the reasons David and I love our county, but either you feel the same way about where you live, or you don’t. If you don’t, I think that’s sad. When Spring arrives here, I don’t have a negative thing to say, except I’m choking on pollen. Have a great day, wherever you are.