The first book I read was Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani. The story spans the life of one woman as she grows up in NE Pennsylvania. I found myself thinking of my own mother and grandmother as they started out on the farm, and moved into town. The author tells a fine story and creates enough drama to keep you interested but doesn't take that turn from happy (or feel good) to sappy. Overall, I'd consider it a good summer, stretch out on the couch, sip your cold one and read sort of book.
Now for sappy, I found myself reading Nora Robert's Midnight Bayou. I admit it has been a very long time since I've read anything by good ole Nora. And my memory is fading, but sheesh, I don't remember her being such a heavy duty sap of a writer. HELLO? I don't think even gay men give speeches with such melodrama that this main male character was delivering. Sorry to the N.R. fans out there, but this one was over the top romantic nonsense and sap. And yet, I still finished it. Because...well, sometimes you just need sap, don't you?
Aside from reading, I also was able to steal away down to the craft room to play for awhile. It's been a long stretch( by my standards) and it felt good to play. The photos weren't the most inspiring (sometimes there is a reason that they sit there unscrapped for close to 2 years). But, once I found the right sketch and the right paper, I"m pleased with how they turned out. What do you think?
Now I really must get back to being a wife and mother. I've been rather selfish this weekend taking time to pursue my own interests. Oh well, my guys love me enough to give me that time...I'm a pretty luck gal, aren't I? Oh, and yes, just a wee bit spoiled...I know.