April usually brings lots of showers in my part of the country but let’s hope this year the flowers appear early. It’s been a pretty exciting March and also heading into April. The keyword is “renovations” and there are many of them. As you know from my January, February and March update, my new kitchen is under construction and is progressing nicely thanks to the dedicated direction of my colleague. I’ve been Insulating and drywalling up a storm (well, actually only one wall) and I laid the floor myself. Otherwise, I’ve had an excellent cabinet installer help with the cabinets and today my new Wolf range went in. Still to go are countertops and tile, along with various other little tasks. I’ll be so glad to finally get my kitchen back. I’ve been living in a house that looks like it’s been hit by a hurricane and so many times I’ve wanted to leave for cleaner pastures, but soon I’ll be able to put everything back in order. I can’t wait!
While I’ve spent a few days doing some fun extracurricular activities, because of the renos, I’ve had very little time for anything including reading. My poor friend on Goodreads is being very patient with me as I finally finished Inferno and am struggling to firmly begin Purgatorio. Dante’s geographical map of Hell and on which level he places sinners has been very illuminating. The sins of incontinence (to which carnal sins belong, however gluttony is seen as a worse sin which is very curious, don’t you think?) are not very deep in the structure, however violence, fraud and treachery are in the deepest depths. It is clear that the sinners are often not placed in Hell for their particular sin but for their inability to take responsibility for their sins and ask for forgiveness; each time they are still blaming someone or something else for their actions. It makes sense if you think about it …….. how can we be forgiven by God if we think we’ve done nothing to be forgiven for and therefore don’t ask for it? In any case, Dante has certainly spurred some interesting discussions between the two of us.
My reading plans for April include a readathon with a group on Gooodreads. And my books? I’m still reading Agatha Christie’s novels chronologically and am about 70% of the way through The Man in the Brown Suit. I loved the movie with Stephanie Zimbalist done so long ago and the book is just as good. It reminds me of an Emerson and Peabody mystery from Elizabeth Peters. The heroine has spunk and the action rarely stops. It’s lots of fun to read. I’m also try to keep up with Ruth’s read-along of Mary Wollestoncroft’s The Vindication of the Rights of Woman. I quite enjoyed the introduction so I’m looking forward to reading the rest of her arguments. I’m also determined to keep going with my Great Ideas project and will be so relieved when my last post on Darwin is over. They’ve been educational but I’m more interested in the next set of 5 talks that will be on love. I can’t wait to hear what Adler has to say about that often capricious emotion. And speaking of love, this year I really want to read C.S. Lewis’ The Four Loves. I’m particularly curious about his philosophy on friendship, as I believe he notes that friendship has changed through the centuries and it used to be a much deeper and abiding connection. Lewis felt because modern people can’t understand this bond, very few experience it. Interesting, huh? I’ve been pondering hosting a read-along of it and am wondering if anyone would be interested? It’s a short book, but knowing Lewis, chock full of nuggets of wisdom and enlightenment. Well, I will ponder some more. Happy April, everyone!