Hey, folks. March came in like a lion, howling winds today, leaving me feeling unsettled. The dogs came down with a nasty cough (vet appointment tomorrow) and I’ve had a few days of poor sleep, tending to them, and being veeery careful in my interactions with other humans because I’m leery of what might come out of my mouth. So. Lots of reading books quietly and drinking tea.
I mentioned I can’t smell much of anything, which also means I can’t taste much of anything, either. Just the basics – salty, sour, sweet, spicy. It’s been loads of broth and ginger and hot peppers and garlic, really spicy foods, while I wait for life to warm up and the sun to come out and spring to burst forth.
I reread Dune on a lark over the weekend, because it was sitting here. I’ve never been able to make up my mind about Dune. Frank Herbert constructed this amazing world, overlaid with so much detail, but he just didn’t bother much with the plot, did he? And it’s not foreshadowing he goes for so much as a fore-bludgeoning. I got a whole box of mysteries from my English neighbor that I’ve been plowing through quickly because I get about 30 pages in and think, next. I’ve never felt an obligation to finish a book – even books critics (or friends) are raving over – if it’s not grabbing me.
I have enjoyed the Miss Read books, they’re English country life, warts and all, not what I expected given their innocuous covers (as Anita laughed about as well) – it’s real life in there, its ups and downs and messy details.
Well, that’s the least inspiring post ever. If you start a book, do you grit your teeth and finish it? What’s the next spicy thing I should make to eat? Any favorites (sweet or savory) with ginger? I love ginger so much it’s ridiculous, including the extra-spicy ginger beers whenever I see them, and Trader Joe’s triple ginger cookies, and those Scandinavian ginger thins. Fingers crossed next time I post we’ll have had a freakish burst of warm weather (possible where I live, this time of year) and I’ll have gotten outside for some fresh air.