A couple things finished.
First .... Lily and the Octopus, a debut novel by Steven Rowley. Two chapters in, and I knew I couldn't read this book. I knew the ending couldn't be a 'happily ever after' and I wasn't sure I wanted to go there. And yet....just one more chapter. Just one more. And the next thing I knew, I was done, amid a bucket-load of 'eye rain' (from the book). This is a story of love, forgiveness, dedication, and loyalty. Some parts reminded me a bit of Life of Pi. I truly loved this little book. I didn't want it to end. I read right through the Acknowledgments (who ever does that?!?)....and you must. The last paragraph of the acknowledgements. WOW. Summed up the whole book. I really can't recommend this one enough.
YOU!REALLY!MUST!READ!THIS! (read the book and you'll 'get' the type.) Believe me, I tried not to, and I'm so glad I failed.
In keeping with the 'nautical' theme of the octopus (boo-hiss on the octopus!), I decided to finish the little sea turtle I started about a month ago. Why do I leave projects undone when they are so close to being completed? All the pieces were knit. The finishing took maybe 45 minutes, which included running to get a glass of tea, checking my emails, bringing in the snail- mail, f-i-n-d-i-n-g stuffing...in other words----it was done in a snap. The grands are coming to visit in about a month. On their beach vacation, a sea turtle nest next to their cottage hatched while they were there. (Since they all know this is on MY bucket list, the oldest started texting me and gave me a blow-by-blow account of the babies walk to the ocean! --too dark for pics-- Hubby had to hold me back...I was ready to jump in the car and make the 12 hour drive to see for myself. Surely some slagger would still be slugging her way to the surf by the time I got there.)
She still hasn't made it to the water. She's on the bed waiting for little ones to visit and love her.