Monday, August 6, 2012
I read three books...yes I am a fast reader! I finished up The Ballad of Tom Dooley by Sharyn McCrumb. I have heard the song, Tom Dooley, since I was a little girl so it was interesting to find out some of the facts behind the song. However, the book dragged on too long and was very repetitive. Another reviewer of this book on Good Reads suggested the book should have been a story and not a book. I think I agree. Then I took on Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman. It is a non fiction work about a young woman who leaves the Satmar Hasidic community to live in the outside world. After I finished the book, I decided to research it a bit and it turns out that some people think Ms Feldman should have written a novel as they think she took great liberty with the facts. Either way, it was an interesting read. And yesterday I finished Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman. It is the story of a wedding day that quickly turns from a celebration to a tragedy when the newlyweds are killed in a horrific car crash on their way to the reception. Ayelet Waldman is a very descriptive writer and she catches the personalities of each character and their reaction to the event so well. After all these rather heavy books, I am looking forward to a light read...maybe a cozy mystery!
Yesterday we attended church, made a trip out to have lunch at Dot's Soul Food in Hillsboro, AL. If you cannot eat at your mama's house, Dot's is a good choice. It is good old fashioned Southern Cooking and some of the best fried chicken I have every had the pleasure to put in my mouth! After lunch, Amelia dropped by with Kendall and Landon. Grandpa had not seen these two in two weeks so he was happy to be with them. Then Ben and Katy came by with Margaret and Baylor. Katy's mom had spend the weekend with them and they brought her home to Decatur. Nothing like time with our precious grands.
Then we ended the day checking out some of the Olympic games. I felt sorry for the American ladies gymnast who got silver last night when everyone thought she had the gold for sure. But I think we should know that nothing can be taken for granted and in sports, on any given evening someone can come out of no where to win! That is one of the things that makes the Olympics exciting.
And we are off to swim lessons this morning....hoping Kendall will be able to catch on to it with two more weeks with Miss Anita. I have had her watching the Olympic Swimmers to get motivated!!