Thursday, May 21, 2009

Musing Mondays

I got the love of reading from my mom. She was a grade school teacher, mainly taught Kindergarten. She would read to us 3 kids the classics (Dr Seuss, Currious George, etc.) and we grew up to Chapter books, where I got hooked on Beverly Cleary---Henry Huggins, Ramona the Pest, Runaway Ralph---a mouse, The Littles series, and she would let me read her Bobsey Twins books. I was always afraid to read them because the pages were brown and very brittle. I fell in love with astronomy when I was 5 or 6 and I wasn't allowed to do science fair projects until I was 10, because it was not a proper field for a woman. First Mrs Utlaut, my church's associate pastor's wife at the time would let me read astronomy books that were age appropreate, (and she had the tinyest record player that I ever saw and it played 33 1/3 records) and then Mrs Subnewski carried on the "torch", so to speak, and when I read all of the school library books on astronomy, she would give me a list of astronoy books to look up at the Oak Lawn Library. Mom, when she was teaching 5th and 6th grade science and history, I think, she would ask me for help with the chapter on astronomy. I was blessed by my mom and my grade school librarians for allowing me to read what I wanted to read.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Update on Myself

First off, I can not no longer speak or use my legs, and that makes me frustrated because I used to help my nieces and nephews with their homework or read a book to my youngest nephew Owen, and I miss doing that. My new wheelchair came about a month ago, but it doesn't fit into my church's elevator, and I miss going to church. I have been going to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ since I was 4 and I'm going to be 49 in August. I used to be able to volunteer for everything---or what I was good at; but since I have ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease, I had to drop everything except being on the Mission board, where we communicate via e-mails. Thank goodness for the Internet. I'm hoping for good weather on May 31st, as we have once a month services outside through out the Summer. my brother Jim is seeing if there is a handicapped accessable movie theater so that I can see the new Star Trek movie. I told him to see if the theater has an electrical outlet so that I can plug in my VPAP machine. It's a machine that forces air, not oxygen, into my lungs as I'm down to about 20% lung capacity, meaning that my lungs are not doing well. ALS/Lou Gehrig's Disease tackles the respitory system. We recieved an invitation to go to a Cubs game in July, and my brother, Jim and sister Jill are White Sox fans, while my mom, Barbara, are Cubs fans. Jill and Jim are going because thet care about me. I hope that there is an electrical outlet at Wrigley Field for my VPAP machine.

I'm also on hospice care now. Kim is my nurse, Irena is my nurse's aide, Rich is my Social Worker, Randi-a female-is my massuse, Audra is my art therapist and Gabreil is my chaplain. I have been liking them all and Irena came on Tuesdays for the past 3 weeks at 7:45 so that I could go to Bible study at Grace Community Christian Reformed Church, which is also in Oak Lawn. I been going to what they call Coffee Break Bible Study for 13 years now. I had mom call Kim to call Irena that there's no more Coffee Break until September. I was very grateful that she came early so that I could go to the last 3 weeks of Coffee Break.

I found out that there's not going to be an adult Summer reading program at my library this year. Our library has a new department head to replace Mary Lynn who was one of my favorite librarians (she retired this year). I hope that the new department head will not drop the LCDM club---50, 100, 500, 1ooo b00k club. I'm on my 2nd way through the club. And my mom said that the Oak Lawn Library is doing away with the paper slips that you fill out to put a book on hold; you have to do it by computer now. I bet that got alot of people in their 60's, 70's 80's and beyond that haven't took a computer class angry. Why the library couldn't take it in consideration to leave the paper slips for the Seniors? There will be lessons so that the Seniors can do it by computer. And I like Nancy who is another librarian, she handles the Interlibrary loans, meaning if your library does not have a copy of let's say War and Peace, you would fill out a hold slip, and she would get it for you at another library in the district. But Nancy was really great at getting me books that no other library in the district had. I'm wondering with the no hold slips policy now, can I get books out of district? She would get me hard to find P G Wodehouse books and other books from colleges, universities, and other libraries. Nancy is wonderful.

That's about it on myself; what have you all been doing?

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Friday 56---Innkeeping With Murder

The Friday 56 is where you turn to page 56 and copy the 5th sentence. It has to be closet book near you. If the sentence doesn't make sense, you can write the next few sentences.

Innkeeping With Murder

Elise's eyes soften. "I'm sorry, Alex, I overreacted. I guess I'm kind of defensive."

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Blogging Though Thursday-Gluttony

I only buy Doctor Who books. They are getting harder and harder to find. I'm glad that Borders carries them. I became a fan of the show when I was a freshman in high school. We just got cable TV and for some reason, the local channels were not the same if you were watching a regular TV. I was comming home from the 2nd Christmas Eve service where I was playing in the Handbell Choir. I was flipping through the channels and I recognized Peter Davison who played Tristan Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small, which PBS aired. I loved All Creatures and I stopped on channel 11, our PBS station. That's how I became a Doctor Who fan. I like each of the Doctors for their unique characteristics. I have seen every episode at least once; from William Hartnell to David Tennant, I have loved them all.