What are you reading?

By way of a weekend update, I’ll ask: what are you reading? We are doing a lot of reading these days. With lots of quiet mornings and afternoons with our DP resting, we are able to make headway on a number of different texts.

Since Herman Melville’s 200th birthday is coming up, nearly everyone in the house is reading or re-reading Moby-Dick…
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and I (daughter #2) am also re-reading the Mitford series. It is a great stress reliever.
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He had already had morning prayer and studied the challenging message of Luke 12: “Therefore, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?”

There was not one man in a thousand who considered these words more than poetical vapor, he thought as he dressed. Don’t be anxious? Most mortals considered anxiety, and plenty of it, an absolute requirement for getting the job done. Yet, over and over again, the believer was cautioned to abandon anxiety, and look only to God.

Yesterday, daughter #1 and I went to two estate sales and were quite successful, which is to say, we came home with a lot of loot and collectively spent less than $10. At the second estate sale, we came across a fairly good selection of hardback novels, and when I asked the cashier how the books were priced, he asked “What would you pay for them?” A novice at haggling, I stared at him blankly. He then proceeded to joke, in escalating tones, “How about three books for $1. FIVE books for $3! Ten books for $5!! TAKE THEM ALL!!!!” even after we had left the room.

We ended up with 8 books for $3, including a stack for DN. Now everyone around here has homework!

Here’s one I resisted. Should I have made this my summer manual?
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Today, daughter #1 heads back to mid-MO and will return to work. We will miss her, and are SO grateful for how she led the recovery efforts for week one.
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But I shouldn’t pretend that all we did this weekend is read great literature. We also enjoyed margaritas!