While the Summer blahs have let up some, I’ve been having an absolutelymiserable time of it the last week and a half. Standing up from a chair 11 days ago, my back went out. By that I mean it kind of froze up and as I hobbled to bed to stretch out I had a back spasm. Those of you who have ever had this experience know it results in barely being able to walk to the bathroom, or crawl there, and that’s the limit of my mobility. After three days I was able, with the help of plenty of Motrin® to get up and stagger around some, but mostly just from bed to chair to chair to bed. I was able to watch some of the Olympics, but often when it was a good time for me there wasn’t much on I wanted to see. Seems there were hundreds of hours of volleyball. For me, a little goes a long way.
As a consequence of this, I was able to sit in a slider-rocker in the bedroom and read. Barbara has been doing all the cooking (usually we share that) and everything else. It’s been a chore just to turn over in the bed, and going up or down the stairs has been impossible.
I’m now at about 80% and getting better every day, have gotten down the stairs and onto the computer twice now, though I’m a bit late with this post.
New Arrivals – nothing again this week.
Current Reading – Everything off of the shelf. I’m very close to the end of Roots by Alex Hailey. I have to say, it’s not as good as I remembered it being the first time I read it, shortly before the mini-series, which I also liked a lot. It’s just me, parts of it were still very enjoyable, others dragged. I also read an very good short story collection, The Mankiller of Poojegai by Walter Satterthwait. Really enjoyed that one, will try to get a review written soon. And really, really liked Louise Penny’s latest (thought a new one is coming out August 28th) Inspector Gramache novel, A Trick of the Light . It kept me guessing, had all the familiar characters, a lot about the Montreal art scene and art criticism, took place mostly in Three Pines, thought the killer and victim were just visiting for a social event, and an ending that left a tear in my eye. Penny remains one of my very favorite authors and I’m eager for the new one to arrive.