I went into this weekend with great plans. Plans actually completed? Zero.
I had an awful stomach problem last Wednesday and Thursday. It went away. I made my great plans. It came back. It went away. It came back. I began to notice that I was fine until I ate. I began reading, like I do, and came to the conclusion that I was having a gallbladder problem. I was miserable, but went along with the diet to see what would happen. Sure enough. Things started easing back. I am also drinking a lot of ginger tea, since ginger is good for relieving inflammation.
I am much better today, which leads me to think I am on the right track.
I expect that at some point, I will probably have to see a doctor, but I'm hoping to delay things for just a while. My newest granddaughter will be here in less than three weeks, and I'll be waiting at home with big sister anxious to meet her.
So, I spent most of the weekend curled up with a book I picked up some time back. It is an Aldine Reader, Book Seven (which was for seventh graders, ironically enough). It was printed in 1921. The readings are quite advanced to what we see in seventh grade nowaday. Complex themes about war, and dying for God and country, patriotism, duty, honor, written by Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Daniel Webster Henry Ward Beecher. Alfred Lord Tennyson and the like.
I saw that they had the story of Rip VanWinkel in it, and I was curious. William reads steadily, but he's reading James Patterson's middleschool series and getting a huge kick out of them. Quite a different level. He's also younger, having just finished 5th grade. I was kind of curious and so I began to read the story out loud to him. It is a 200 year old story, and some of the words are quite old fashioned. There were several stops to define words (shiftless, flagon, tory, draught, etc.) but he became quite engrossed with the the tale. He loved the part about the little men bringing Henry Hudson back every 20 years so that he might view his town and the river named for him. It was very cool to see him take such an interest.
I spent this afternoon curled up listening to the thunder moving through the area. We need the rain, so I really cannot complain about that.
I also watched Shadowlands. What a sweet movie. I spent a lot of time reading about Douglas Gresham when it was done. Thanks for the tip, Northsider!