Sunday, February 7, 2021

Salon ~ noticing, reading, listening, and watching

Noticing ~ Clawdia under a chair in the hall last night.  That's as far as she wanted to go when we went for our late evening walk.  We turned around and went home.

Reading ~ The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek ~ by Kim Michele Richardson, 2019, fiction (Kentucky).

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything — everything except books, that is.  Thanks to Roosevelt's Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome's got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.  Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else.  Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble.  If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachians and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Listening ~ to YouTube videos.  Christopher Plummer (1929-2021) died this past week, so I found is the link to him singing Edelweiss from "The Sound of Music"  To my surprise, the next video showed the real Maria von Trapp teaching Julie Andrews to yodel.  Wow, it was fun!  So I'm sharing it with you, too.

Watching ~ a flock of robins.  I happened to glance out my window today as a flock of robins swooped down to rest in the bare trees below my window.  I stood watching them come and go, and Clawdia came to see what I was doing.  I tried to direct her attention out the window, but she kept watching ME and my pointing finger.  An hour later, she noticed the birds on her own, so I went back to see that — yes — birds were still arriving and sitting on the branches below.  This shows only a few, and they are almost too tiny to see.  Sorry.

By the way, it only got up to 16°F today, with a low of 6°F.

1 comment:

Helen's Book Blog said...

I enjoyed The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek and found the parts about the "blue people" fascinating. I looked them up after I finished the book and the history and how they came to have blue skin is super interesting.