The Wind In the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The Wind in the Willows“The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home.”

Like many readers, I read The Wind in the Willows as a child and was completely charmed by the adventures of Ratty and Mole and Badger and Mr. Toad and the other creatures who populated Grahame’s captivating tale.  Yet like any children’s book read as an adult, you wonder if it will have the same effect now as then. Would I relate to its characters, be able to vividly imagine its setting, to become part of the story instead of simply experiencing it? Fortunately, I found time had diminished none of its magic. From the moment that Mole discovered the river and began “messing around in boats,” I was there. I could hear the fresh wind rushing through the reeds and the splash of the water as Mole fell out of the boat.  I could feel the warmth of Ratty’s snug house and the fear of Mole as he trekked through the Wild Woods.  And what became appreciated once again became familiar and what became familiar became loved.

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Ten Currently Reading Books That I Need To Finish

Ten Books on My Currently Reading

When I had more time to read, I used to have about 6 to 8 books going at the same time.  This was never a problem and I did like to be able to read sections of a books consistently with group reads keeping me on track.  But sometime in the last three years or so, it’s all gone wrong.  Suddenly, I wasn’t finishing books I started, yet I would still pick up new ones to begin.  Which, of course, has left with me with a number of books I’ve begun but never completed.  Not good.

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Classics Club Spin #23

 

Spinning dancer

With everything going on of late, instead of targeting specific books to read, I’ve preferred to let my reading tastes wander to what I feel like reading at a particular moment.  Which makes me wonder with great puzzlement, why I’m choosing to participate in the recent Classics Club Spin.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve hardly focussed at all on my list.  But it’s more likely peer pressure from all you other bloggers who have jumped right in.  So here I go!

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The Mad Gardener’s Song by Lewis Carroll

Sutterlin Handwriting

These crazy times seemed to be the perfect time to re-start my Deal Me In Challenge and perhaps not so surprisingly, my card-choice led me to a very crazy poem, The Mad Gardener’s Song.  Lewis Carroll is well-known for his zany poetry and stories and this one is no exception.  It also lines up with my activities and planned activities of late …. gardening.  Of course, there is no connection to the mad gardener and me.  Perish the thought!  I’m quite sane.  Really ….! 😂😜

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Books on my Spring TBR 2020

Tulips in Spring

Books on my Spring TBR was a Top Ten Tuesday topic and probably one I missed this year, however I thought I would resurrect it, for my own interest as well as yours.  Why my own?  Well, I have very little idea what I plan to read this spring.  As the death of my mom has left me somewhat lost and meandering and the pandemic has changed life considerably, I’ve found that I don’t feel like concentrating on the books I usually choose.  And while I haven’t officially chosen any particular book, today I thought I’d wander through my bookshelves to see what catches my eye.  My choices might even be a surprise to myself, lol!

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The Missing Blogger Returns … but briefly …

Playing with Mother William Kay Blacklock

Playing with Mother – William Kay Blacklock
~ source Wikimedia Commons

To all my friends, followers and those who just happen to stumble across my blog, I’m so sorry that I’ve been absent and have fallen behind in The Iliad Read-Along.  My mother has been in the hospital for the last month+, which has taken up most of my time for reading and blogging.  She lives some distance from me, about 1 1/2 – 3 hours round-trip, depending on traffic, and with the visits and talks with doctors, etc. I’ve had little time to do much else.  Right now, she’s not eating much and at times refusing food, so it doesn’t look good.  She’s had a long life and she says that she’s ready to go, so I believe it’s just a matter of when.  It’s sad but then again, it’s part of life and we must accept what it brings. Hopefully Jesus has made a special place for her with the angels. 😇

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