BLUE MONDAYS AGAIN? — HOLIDAYS CAN BRING THEM ON

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I love Mondays!  Seriously, I do.  But I used to hate them.  Which is one reason that I am now celebrating, via this blog, the absence of Blue Mondays.  Post-retirement, I relished being able to wake up on Mondays, or any day, and do what I wanted.  And read all day every day.

Chasing Away the Blues (through reading) is our antidote to the blues.

But some Mondays can seem blue, even now.  Like the Monday of a holiday week, with many blogs quiet and memes missing.  Yes, the bloggers need a break, too!  What does this say about me that I am so glued to my laptop and my online world?

Am I addicted?  Dependent?  Or at loose ends because I just miss those connections?

Meanwhile, however, the books, those trusty friends, are close by.  And I am now reading A Fireproof Home for the Bride, by Amy Scheibe.

 

 

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I am frustrated by this book.  I am rooting for Emmy, the main character, but wishing she had more backbone.  But then I think…yes, I can relate to the tyranny of her home.  Many aspects of it resemble the one in which I grew up, and it took me a lot of determination to find my voice.  And I was already kind of a rebel.

Eager to find out what she does to escape the tyranny, I kept reading late into the night…and hope to finish it this morning.

Some horrible things have happened to her, and I think that I would have been out of there already…and she is eighteen at the time most of these things happened.

Do you ever get annoyed with characters that seem mired in their situations?  Do you want to urge them on?

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Next, I hope to read Lillian on Life, another review book…but I also have some e-books on my list this week.

 

 

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Check out my Weekly Updates for the titles.

Later today, I am going over to hang out with Noah, my youngest grandson.  He also loves to read, and when I went there on Saturday, we spent time at Barnes & Noble, buying books for him.  I enjoy reading and sipping their coffee while he picks out books.  We might do that again today.

 

 

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I restrained myself and didn’t buy any books for myself that day.  I had already downloaded some e-books from Amazon.

Yesterday, the UPS man delivered a package…on Sunday!  I couldn’t believe it.  It held the cute birdhouse in the photo (below).  I collect birdhouses, and my youngest son has added to this collection over the years.  I think this one reminds him of our A-Frame house in the foothills.

 

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So I am feeling very cheerful at the moment, with much to look forward to…and hey, my blues have disappeared!  Again.

Even when you have a sure-fire way to chase away the blues, do you sometimes have to reach down and plumb the depths?  Searching for that antidote?  What does it for you?

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6 thoughts on “BLUE MONDAYS AGAIN? — HOLIDAYS CAN BRING THEM ON

  1. Aw Laurel, you hit the nail on the head. Even though it is a holiday week, people start to feel stress, even good stress, because so much is expected of (let’s face it) the mother of the family to pull off a great holiday season, with the right snacks, dinners, entertainment, cleaning, shopping, wrapping…. We bloggers need to step back and take a break. I’m not posting for a few days because I haven’t been able to concentrate on a good book enough to finish one and review. I really just have nothing much to say, but I do miss my online friends when they are away.

    I love that birdhouse and your son is so wonderful to pick out just the right gift for his Mom. It’s great when family members collect something and you know an addition to that collection will make them smile.

    Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings to you and your family.
    {By the way, it’s so good that Noah is following in Grandma’s footsteps with his love of the bookstore.Perhaps a future book reviewer on one of your blogs??}

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    • Thanks for stopping by, Rita…it is good to connect with someone during the holidays.

      I love that my son added another birdhouse to my collection, as he and my daughter often warn me against becoming a hoarder…LOL. I think they’re kidding.

      I am reading a book now (the one above) that reminds me of my own tyrannical childhood, from which came Web of Tyranny.

      I think those memories make me blue at times, so perhaps the book was the wrong choice. Looking forward to my time with Noah…he loves books, too, although often he chooses comic books. But that’s okay. Reading is reading.

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