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Yesterday, Jonny commented, “You sure are reading a lot of books!” Sometimes I’m good about sticking with just one, but more frequently, my bedside table is a mess of stacks. I do think there’s a method to my reading. I typically don’t have more than one fiction book going. Right now, I’m reading Middlemarch. My friend Grace is reading it, and I decided to join her because we thought it would be fun to read together. She suggested the audiobook, so I downloaded that on Audible. I had a hard time focusing on the audio so I borrowed a copy of the book from my friend Eve thinking that I needed to get into the story before attempting to listen to it. (A funny side note is that Grace and Eve knew each other in college and I became friends with both of them separately years later, years apart. Eve is an in-town friend and Grace is a long distance friend. It’s a very small world.) Talking about Middlemarch with Eve and her mom, Denise, recently, Denise suggested that I watch the movie before reading Middlemarch. That’s the opposite of the way that I usually do things, but I took her advice. Actually, the movie is a series of episodes, so I am doing a funny combination now of reading, listening, and watching. I’m laughing at myself for requiring a multimedia system to conquer this 800-page book! I’ve read the first 125 pages, and at the rate I’m reading, Middlemarch should last me through all of Lent.
My Bible study for Lent is Hosanna, and I started this morning. If you’re still looking for something, you might like this one. It’s an in-depth study of the Gospel of Matthew. I’m excited about it. I like having something structured for Lent. I’m also reading excerpts from Kendra Tierney’s Catholic All Year Compendium. I held out for a while before purchasing it, but now I’m so glad that I did. It’s a treasure. Kendra did a great job of writing about liturgical living in the home in a very accessible manner without diluting anything. I’m learning from her without getting overwhelmed.
As far as my knitting goes, I finished the Wild Rabbit I mentioned in last month’s Yarn Along and gave it to Larkspur for her birthday. She is very pleased with it. I haven’t photographed it yet, but I will. It’s cute and a little creepy at the same time. Something about those plastic safety eyes… I’m working on a hat now, also for Larkspur, and meant to be a birthday gift but I ran out of time. The pattern is called Quill, by Andrea Mowry.
As seems to be the custom for our family, some of us are sick or recovering on this Ash Wednesday. We won’t be attending Mass, but will contemplate our mortality at home, while hoping that the need for throw-up buckets (as we call them) is coming to an end. To those of you who observe Lent, I wish you a fruitful one from my spot on the bed, a cup of tea in hand. I’m curious to know what all of you are reading, and what you are knitting…