Whistling Past the Graveyard

Whistling Past the GraveyardWhistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am on a roll with reading good books. I picked this one because it was the Target book club choice this month. And it was good! The story of Starla who runs away to find her momma. She hitches a ride from a black woman named Eula who promises to get her to her momma. Their journey is not easy through the south with civil rights being on the fore front of everyone’s minds. And Starla and Eula’s lives will never be the same.

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The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left BehindThe Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Girl You Left Behind was engaging from the first chapter. It is the story of a lost painting and Sophie, the subject in the painting. I have to admit, that I was a bit lost at the start of the 2nd part of the book when it switched to present day and the story of Liv,the woman who now owned Sophie’s painting. But I soon was engrossed in that story as well, and how we learned about Sophie’s life through Liv’s story. Love it all. For awhile I thought it might be anti-climatic but it wasn’t at all.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this book. A classic. And I’m glad I re-read it. It was required reading in high school and I enjoyed it then. And probably more from the perspective of Scout who didn’t understand why the world didn’t see the injustice when it was so obvious to her. I think as an adult, there is a lot of respect for the character of Atticus, knowing how hard it can be to do the right thing when it seems you’re the only one ready to fight for it. This is a must read.

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Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Tell the Wolves I'm HomeTell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great book. This book was about a 13 year old girl who lost her uncle and best friend. And how she coped with his loss when she met another friend of his that she never knew. Of course it wasn’t all that easy as there was a reason she never knew his friend. I felt like it was a quick read and the style of writing kept me reading.

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The Weekend of Falls

Last weekend was not a good one for Charlie’s head!

On Friday night, he fell down the stairs. We didn’t see it, but within a minute his forehead had a purple goose egg on it. It was really kind of scary.  We called the on-call nurse who told us, the fact that it was swelling on the outside was good (it wasn’t swelling within his skull).  I did however have to monitor him overnight which meant setting my alarm every few hours…

Saturday, we were good.

Sunday, we went to skating lessons.  During Maria’s lesson, Charlie was running in the stands with his boots.  And tripped and went face first into a bench.  Came out with a fat lip.

After Maria’s lesson it was Charlie’s turn.  First time on skates. And he did awesome!  He fell quite a bit, but kept getting up.  But after 45 min on skates (and no nap), he took a faceplant and apparently landed on his forehead again, because that giant goose egg was back!  So once again I monitored him overnight, and then we went to the doctor in the morning.  Just to make sure everything was good! (Plus it was -20 and he didn’t have school anyway)  The doctor said just to continue monitoring him and not to let him watch TV (or any screen time) until it was starting to heal to avoid straining his eyes (so not cool when it was so cold and I needed to entertain him so I could work!)

But he’s getting better. The bruising has moved down to his eyes, so he looks a bit like a raccoon, and he’s still got a bump.  So no skating tomorrow, but he’s looking forward to next week, because we got him a helmet with a “jail” on the front (a mask)
Just another Shiner...
The day after the 3rd fall

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Our Raccoon (on Wednesday)