Sunday, January 27, 2013

~ The Sunday Salon ~

Happy Sunday!  Today it's a beautiful, sunny day in Brooklyn.  It may be winter but standing in the sun feels so warm & it helps that there’s very little wind blowing. The temperature is a balmy 25 degrees!  Sure, I sound a little nutty but last week's temperatures were in the teens and it was winnnnnndy outside.  And, considering that I  got home late yesterday after several days in the hospital, I’d probably find it beautiful outside no matter what the conditions!
I was so excited in December when I got a new computer & was back on-line after several months off-line because my old computer decided it had served me well and was done one day  I had many plans: to visit all of the blogs I missed & readers & friends I hadn’t “spoken” to in months, revamp my blog, type up the notebook full of reviews I have for the books I read while off-line and so much more.  I didn’t know what to do first!  Then, a few days before Christmas, I got a cold. No big deal except, within a couple of days it was one of the worst colds I’ve ever had.  And it just kept getting worse especially because of my pulmonary hypertension, asthma and other lung issues, colds can be a problem for me.   I went to the doc, got meds, did what I needed to do to get better but I didn’t talk about it...a sort of denial, I guess.  I usually try to minimize my health problems because they are such a factor im my life, one I'm not so fond of :o)  I didn’t want this cold to impact how much blogging, posting, commenting, emailing I could do since I had been away from blogging for a while anyway.  And since I spend so much time seeing Drs. & being poked, prodded & blah, blah, blah,  I love getting away from  all that when I’m on-line.  But when I was only posting once a week & unable to reply to comments left on my blog…  I think I should have posted why on my blog.  So I am sorry I didn’t do that or have someone else do it for me.  When my cold became bronchitis and then pneumonia, I tried to get on-line and post but I just didn’t have the energy.  The only positive aspect of being ill was the kitty-cats kept me company, curled up on my lap & my legs & even on my's great to rest while listening to the rhythmic purring of a cat But I do now, finally!
I have just a few goals in 2013: to get healthy; to improve my physical & mental health as well as my diet; to learn how to meditate really well; to learn & understand the concepts of Buddhism; to improve my book blog and to get my blogging “life” organized.  There are probably more goals I’d like to accomplish this year but these are the ones that have been on my mind for several weeks.
I recently posted my review of The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock, a wonderful book many bloggers are reading & reviewing thanks to the terrific TLC Book Tours.  When given the chance, I opted to read the trilogy.  I'm reviewing the second book, Circles of Time, in a week or so.  I was worried about getting my review done on time because ten days ago I still didn't have Circles of Time.  It finally arrived early this week & I dove in quickly!  I'm reading it slowly because I don’t want to finish it!  If It's as good as The Passing Bells  & I could've finished it in a day, from beginning to end, barely coming up for air!  I’m just finishing Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.  It’s taken me a while to read it but I also purposely read it slowly and it’s been totally worthwhile.  I started Ninepins by Rosy Thornton.  I love her prose style.
I hope you’re having a great Sunday
Enjoy & Happy Reading!


  1. Sorry you had a health set back, and glad you are feeling better, ready to get back to what you love!

  2. Oh Amy, so sorry you were down and out for way too long. Here's to a healthier 2013.

    I have no excuses except that I am just blogging less and spending less time on the web.

  3. Glad you are feeling better!!

    I am reading Circles of Time, too, so I can't wait to see what you think of it.

  4. The colds that are going around this year seem to be knocking everyone flat on their back. And if you have exisiting issues like you do, I'm sure it was just terrible. Glad you are finally feeling better and getting back into the blogging world. Of course, we always understand when you need to take a break -- whether you wanted to or not. Be well.

  5. I'm sorry you haven't been feeling well and wondered if that was why we haven't heard much from you lately :-(
    Glad you are on the mend now - Take care, Amy!

  6. Everyone is coming down with something right now and if your immune system is already compromised, then of course it's much, much worse. Don't ever worry about "us" because whenever you come back, it will be like you never left. Just get better. I did worry but you are very good with checking in when you are able to I knew you would post soon.

  7. Ugh, I'm so sorry! I've been wrestling with a respiratory infection myself -- I've had it for a month and it almost ruined my trip to Turkey! I've missed seeing you around and am glad you're 'back in the saddle' -- looking forward to your reviews.

  8. Well, at least online, I can't catch your cold by visiting here! Hope you're feeling better. You are so right - the colds this year at AWFUL.
    Looking forward to your thoughts on Cloud Atlas.

  9. I'm way behind with my blog reading and sorry to hear you weren't well. I hope by now all is well and you are feeling much, much better!