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lindapanzo's 2023 reading--first period

Editado: Dez 30, 2022, 9:02 pm

Welcome to my 2023 reading thread!!

I'm back for my 15th year in the 75 books group (my first one was in 2009). Despite generally lower books read totals during the pandemic, I bounced back in 2022 and read 106 books (might even reach 107).

In 2023, besides the Net Galley books and mysteries I usually read, I'm hoping to get back to reading more non-mystery fiction. As usual, I'd like to make a big dent in my print TBR piles but we'll have to see about that. I always have the best intentions but it never seems to happen.

Editado: Ontem, 9:05 pm


88. The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson--finished on 11/1/23
89. Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off by Darci Hannah--finished on 11/3/23
90. The Christmas Stranger by Leslie Budewitz--finished on 11/4/23
91. Double Grudge Donuts by Ginger Bolton--finished on 11/7/23
92. Mischief Nights are Murder by Libby Klein--finished on 11/9/23
93. Gone for Gouda by Korina Moss--finished on 11/15/23
94. Unlikely Heroes by Derek Leebaert--finished on 11/18/23
95. Murder at the Blueberry Festival by Darci Hannah--finished on 11/23/23
96. The First Christmas of the War by Alan Simon--finished on 11/24/23
97. Thanksgiving, 1942 by Alan Simon--finished on 11/26/23
98. The First Christmas After the War by Alan Simon--finished on 11/29/23


75. Honey Drop Dead by Laura Childs--finished on 10/1/23
76. A Christmas Vanishing by Anne Perry--finished on 10/2/23
77. The Hangman by Louise Penny--finished on 10/3/23.
78. Game Time: A Baseball Companion by Roger Angell--finished on 10/4/23
79. Deep Fried Death by Maddie Day--finished on 10/6/23
80. The Last Donut by Jessica Beck--finished on 10/7/23
81. Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life by Bill Madden--finished on 10/11/23
82. The Academy by David Poyer--finished on 10/13/23
83. Coconut Drop Dead by Olivia Matthews--finished on 10/15/23
84. Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop by Darci Hannah--finished on 10/18/23
85. Cheddar Off Dead by Korina Moss--finished on 10/22/2023
86. Snow Place for Murder by Diane Kelly--finished on 10/25/23
87. A Questionable Character by Lorna Barrett--finished on 10/29/23


65. The Opera Sisters by Marianne Monson--finished on 9/2/23
66. Murder by the Seashore by Samara Yew--finished on 9/4/23
67. Four Parties and a Funeral by Maria DiRico--finished on 9/7/23
68. At the Edge of the Woods by Victoria Houston--finished on 9/11/23
69. Murder at the Pumpkin Pageant by Darci Hannah--finished on 9/13/23
70. Mistletoe and Murder by Connie Berry--finished on 9/14/23
71. A Nutcracker Nightmare by Christina Romeril--finished on 9/16/23
72. Murder at the Taffy Shop by Maddie Day--finished on 9/19/23
73. Live and Let Grind by Tara Lush--finished on 9/20/23
74. The Sign of Four Spirits by Vicki Delany--finished on 9/29/23


58. The Weather Machine by Andrew Blum--finished on 8/4/23
59. Music and Murder by Jeanne M. Dams--finished on 8/7/23
60. Jumping Jenny by Anthony Berkeley--finished on 8/10/23
61. Curds of Prey by Korina Moss--finished on 8/17/2023
62. Case of the Bleus by Korina Moss--finished on 8/21/23
63. Catch Me If You Candy by Ellie Alexander--finished on 8/26/23
64. Dead on Target by M.C. Beaton--finished on 8/31/23


52. Murder in Williamstown by Kerry Greenwood--finished on 7/4/23
53. Murder on Mistletoe Lane by Clara McKenna--finished on 7/10/23
54. Christmas Mittens Murder by Lee Hollis, Lynn Cahoon, and Maddie Day--finished on 7/15/23
55. Death by Chocolate Marshmallow Pie by Sarah Graves--finished on 7/20/23
56. Caught on the Book by Laura Gail Black--finished on 7/25/23
57. When the Game Was War: The NBA's Greatest Season by Rich Cohen--finished on 7/31/23


43. Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge--finished on 6/5/23
44. Barbacoa, Bomba, and Betrayal by Raquel V. Reyes--finished on 6/10/23
45. Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict--finished on 6/14/23
46. The Right Call: What Sports Teach Us About Work and Life by Sally Jenkins--finished on 6/15/23
47. Murder Checks Out by Victoria Gilbert--finished on 6/17/23
48.The Great Red Sox Spring Training Tour of 1911 by Bill Nowlin--finished on 6/19/23
49. A Trace of Poison by Colleen Cambridge--finished on 6/22/23
50. Death and Croissants by Ian Moore--finished on 6/25/23
51. Murder by Invitation Only by Colleen Cambridge--finished on 6/30/23


34. Murder Uncorked by Maddie Day--finished on 5/2/23
35. Christmas Cocoa and a Corpse by Maddie Day--finished on 5/5/23
36. Silver Canyon by Louis L'Amour--finished on 5/8/23
37. Have Yourself a Deadly Little Christmas by Vicki Delany--finished on 5/12/23
38. Made in Chicago: Stories Behind 30 Great Hometown Bites by Monica Eng and David Hammond--finished on 5/17/23
39. Nine Lessons I Learned from My Father by Murray Howe--finished on 5/19/23
40. Board to Death by CJ Connor--finished on 5/22/23
41. Murder at Mallowan Hall by Colleen Cambridge--finished on 5/28/23
42. A Fatal Groove by Olivia Blacke--finished on 5/31/23


27. Wake Up With Purpose!: What I’ve Learned in My First Hundred Years by Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt--finished on 4/2/23
28. Steeped in Malice by Vicki Delany--finished on 4/6/23
29. Lefty and Tim by William C. Kashatus--finished on 4/10/23
30. Stalking Around the Christmas Tree by Jacqueline Frost--finished on 4/16/23
31. Read to Death at the Lakeside Library by Holly Danvers--finished on 4/21/23
32. One Day at Fenway: A Day in the Life of Baseball in America by Steve Kettmann--finished on 4/26/23
33. Murder in the Book Lover’s Loft by Ellery Adams--finished on 4/29/23


20. Hard Dough Homicide by Olivia Matthews--finished on 3/6/23
21. Mother of the Bride Murder by Leslie Meier--finished on 3/10/23
22. Lemon Curd Killer by Laura Childs--finished on 3/14/23
23. Death by a Thousand Sips by Gretchen Rue--finished on 3/19/23
24. Fateful Words by Paige Shelton--finished on 3/22/23
25. The Bullet That Missed by Richard Osman--finished on 3/27/23
26. Of Manners and Murder by Anastasia Hastings--finished on 3/30/23


9. Odd Man In: Hockey's Emergency Goalies and the Wildest One-Day Job in Sports by Stephen Whyno--finished on 2/1/23
10. Olive, Mabel & Me by Andrew Cotter--finished on 2/2/23
11. Horse by Geraldine Brooks--finished on 2/7/23
12. The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman--finished on 2/11/23
13. Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke--finished on 2/13/23
14. To Tame a Land by Louis L'Amour--finished on 2/15/23
15. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett--finished on 2/18/23
16. Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews--finished on 2/22/23
17. Fatal Fascinator by Jenn McKinlay--finished on 2/24/23
18, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho--finished on 2/26/23
19. Tales from the Chicago Blackhawks Locker Room by Harvey Wittenberg--finished on 2/28/23


1. Irish Coffee Murder by Leslie Meier--finished on 1/4/23
2. Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver--finished on 1/11/23
3. House Party Murder Rap by Sonia Parin--finished on 1/14/23
4. Platonic by Marisa G. Franco--finished on 1/16/23
5. Post After Post-Mortem by E.C.R. Lorac--finished on 1/20/23
6. The Light We Carry: Overcoming in Uncertain Times by Michelle Obama--finished on 1/23/23
7. A Cryptic Clue by Victoria Gilbert--finished on 1/26/23
8. A Season in the Sun: The Rise of Mickey Mantle by Randy Roberts--finished on 1/29/23

Dez 31, 2022, 6:14 am

Wishing you a comfortable reading year in 2023, Linda.

Dez 31, 2022, 8:17 am

Happy New Year, Linda. Good to see you posting and congrats on reading over 100 books. I hope to see more of you in 2023. I will probably start Demon Copperhead today. Just sayin'...

Dez 31, 2022, 9:14 am

Hiyah, Linda! Welcome back for another one.

Jan 1, 12:07 am

Happy new thread Linda!

Jan 1, 8:32 am

Happy new year, Linda! Hope you have a great year of reading!

Jan 1, 11:12 pm

Jan 2, 3:02 pm

My 14th Thingaversary is coming up fast. January 13th. Fifteen books for me this year.

Jan 2, 6:40 pm

Happy New Year, Linda! I hope you enjoy your Thingaversary shopping!

Jan 2, 9:05 pm

Happy Thingaversary!! Don't forget one for good luck. ; )

Jan 3, 3:32 pm

>9 lindapanzo: I cannot wait to see what you get! Happy New Year and Happy Thingaversary!

Editado: Maio 3, 3:35 pm

My Thingaversary Books for this Year

14 books +1 for my 14th Thingaversary on January 13

1. Fatal Fascinator by Jenn McKinlay--READ
2. A Man of Iron: The Turbulent Life and Improbable Presidency of Grover Cleveland by Troy Senik
3. Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life by Dacher Keltner
4. The Unseen (The Barrøy Chronicles Book 1) by Roy Jacobsen
5. The Nazi Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill by Brad Meltzer
6. Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez
7. Checkmate to Murder by E.C.R. Lorac
8. Horse by Geraldine Brooks--READ
9. These Names Make Clues by E.C.R. Lorac
10. The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood
11. The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman--READ
12. The Red and the Black by Stendhal
13. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart
14. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho--READ

Jan 10, 11:48 am

>13 lindapanzo: Oo, the anticipation builds. . .

Have a terrific Tuesday, Linda!

Jan 10, 2:47 pm

>144 I'll say. I was going to start thinking about what I wanted over the weekend but I was sick. Even took a sick day from work yesterday for the first time in years. Maybe I'll start looking tonight.

Jan 10, 5:10 pm

I am reading. Just reading Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver, which is totally outside of my usual. It started slowly for me but I soon got into it and now, halfway through, I can hardly put it down.

Jan 10, 7:05 pm

Glad you are enjoying DC, Linda. Sometimes, it is good to wander outside of your literary comfort zone. Keep the updates coming.

Jan 10, 8:32 pm

>17 msf59: Great review of DC, Mark.

My Kindle tells me I have 5 hrs and 34 mins til I finish it so definitely not tonight but maybe tomorrow.

Jan 12, 8:47 am

Happy reading in 2023, Linda!

Jan 12, 11:04 am

Finally finished Barbara Kingsolver's latest, Demon Copperhead, a terrific, but sometimes painful to read, novel about poverty and pain meds addiction in Appalachia. One of the best books I've read in quite some time. A lead character who gets the worst of life thrown at him, and more, but who maintains his resilience and somehow, against incredible odds, persists.

Thanks to Mark for strongly recommending it and urging me to go outside of my reading comfort zone. I'll have to give that a try a bit more often in 2023.

Now that I'm feeling better, I can start picking out Thingaversary books. These will be shown up in message 13.

Jan 17, 1:06 am

Hurray for Thingaversary books! And I see you still have room for some more. : ) I have Horse on my TBR list for later this year, also DC.

Jan 22, 7:25 pm

Hi Linda! I'm seeing lots of love for Demon Copperhead. I'll have to see if I can work it into my reading plans soonish.

Editado: Fev 25, 1:37 pm

Last month, my favorite book, by far, was Barbara Kingsolver's Demon Copperhead. This month, I read a number of excellent books, most notably, Horse, the first book I've ever read by Geraldine Brooks. My favorite book of the year, so far.

You might need to be an avid hockey fan to appreciate it but, in hockey, there's a thing called E-BUGS. Emergency Back Up Goalies. Teams dress two goalies each game and, if they're both hurt, the team is in trouble. So, by NHL rule, an EBUG must be available to come in. These are ordinary people who once played goal. They sit in arenas during each game, ready to suit up at a moment's notice. A few years ago, my Chicago Blackhawks had to bring in Scott Foster, an accountant, to play goal. Odd Man In: Hockey's Emergency Goalies and the Wildest One-Day Job in Sports by Stephen Whyno was one of the most fascinating hockey books I've ever read.

Another terrific book this month was Olive, Mabel & Me by Andrew Cotter. I've been a bit blue because my sister's much-loved Yellow Lab passed away a few weeks ago (besides loving her personally, I always had a soft spot for her since she was born on my 50th birthday). Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed Cotter's book about his life, especially as to hiking/mountain climbing, with his two Labs, Olive and Mabel. I'd picked it up thinking it it was his book about their antics during the pandemic but that's a different book, apparently. Besides being funny, it also gave brought back happy memories about Ellie, though none of us ever went hiking/mountain climbing with her.

Quickly becoming one of my favorite mystery series is the Thursday Murder Club series by Richard Osman. This second book in the series, The Man Who Died Twice, was even better than the first.

I also discovered two terrific cozy series debuts this month: Vinyl Resting Place by Olivia Blacke (about a Texas vinyl record store and coffee bar) and Against the Currant by Olivia Matthews (set in a West Indian bake shop in Brooklyn).

It's been a great reading year, so far!!

Editado: Mar 3, 12:32 am

Linda-- Well let's see. I just started reading Demon Copperhead and started up a group thread to discuss it, if anyone is interested. Glad to know you loved it.

Just finished Horse and it was a 5 star read.

Osman is now a favorite author and, like you, I am looking forward to the third in the Thursday Murder Club series.

So, since we are so in synch, I guess I better check out your latest two -- Vinyl Resting Place and Against the Currant!! Thanks for the book bullets! (Tagged as Linda P's Fault.)

Mar 3, 1:52 pm

>24 Berly: I like "Linda's Fault." Makes me laugh. I'll have to find more for you.

One series I've never read but have meant to read is Christopher Fowler's long-running Bryant & May series. Sadly, Fowler has just passed away at age 69.

Mar 25, 8:28 pm

Hi, Linda! This is just a drive-by hello.

Hope you are well. Glad to see you're having a great reading year. Two-and-a-half months in, I'm just getting started, sad to say, but have been grabbed by two nonfiction history advance copy books.

I'm going to try (try again!) to be more present on LT, but can't guarantee that I will!

Mar 30, 11:05 am

>26 tymfos: Hi Terri, nice to see you. I've been reading a lot of mysteries so far this year but hope to get to a disaster book or two in the next month or so. In fact, looking back at March, it was "mystery only March." But I enjoyed them.

I'm not around as much on LT as I like. I should check in more often. Now that baseball season starts today and hockey playoffs start in a couple of weeks, more time on LT might be wishful thinking on my part.

Abr 12, 3:49 pm

Jun 23, 9:59 pm

Linda, are you OK? I'm not on LT much, but you even more so. Ah, but I see from the list at the top of the thread that you are reading up a storm! I haven't read hardly anything this year.

Jun 25, 5:15 pm

>29 tymfos: Hi Terri, personally, I'm fine. Dad's still in memory care and Mom is having medical issues but still at home. Her only surviving brother (9 years older than her) just went into a nursing home. Plus a number of cousins in my generation, including one who had to be flown by helicopter from his small town WI hospital to UW Madison Hospital. It's been crazy health wise.

My only complaint is that I have a bit of a sore knee but, otherwise, am OK. I am reading lots, working mostly from home still, and helping Mom as much as I can.

Jun 26, 8:29 am

Hi, Linda. Sorry, I haven't checked on you in awhile. Sounds like you are doing well, despite taking care of your aging parents. Yes, I am planning on reading East of Eden in July. Probably early in the month. Depending on who wants to join us, I will decide if I will post a Group Read thread. More details later in the week.

Jun 26, 11:18 am

>31 msf59: Thanks for the info, Mark. While I don't always wander over to your LT thread, I do see your Jackson photos on FB. How old is he now? He's such a cutie.

After I finish my last June read, I'll probably get started on East of Eden. I haven't read a Steinbeck in awhile.

Jun 27, 8:25 pm

Stopping by to say hi. Looking after aging parents is not easy. My dad passed away 16 years ago at the age of 65 from cancer, and that was hard. My mom is now 81, and in good health, other than being very hard of hearing, such that she no longer talks on the phone. It's hard at times as I see her age and loss a bit of memory and the things that go with aging.

Jun 28, 5:30 pm

>33 vancouverdeb: Mom is still as stubborn and talkative as ever. She gets tired a lot faster though. She'll seem like her usual self and then, suddenly, seem very frail and in need of help. We like to go out for breakfast or another meal. I've been trying to pick new places that she might like.

Unfortunately, she is reading much less than she used to. However, she is watching a lot more mystery shows such as on Acorn, so it probably balances out.

Jun 29, 7:53 pm

At one time, I had 8 uncles, 6 on Mom's side of the family and 2 on Dad's side. Today, the last of them, Mom's last surviving sibling, passed away. I think he was about to turn 96. He had a good long life but the past few months have not been good for him.

Jun 29, 8:35 pm

Goodness, that's a lot of uncles - having come from a very small family, I'm always happy to hear from people that they had a large one. I'm sorry for your loss, Linda, and sorry that his last few months were difficult. May his memory be a blessing for you.

Jul 4, 9:47 am

Dropping in to say hello. I'm behind on threads, but it looks like you are not posting a lot. I'm sorry you lost an uncle. Praying for the situation with your parents.

Jul 21, 1:48 pm

>37 thornton37814: Hi Lori, hope all is well.

For the first time in about 5 years, I actually went into a bookstore last weekend and browsed. More than the books, massive supply of magazines at B&N caught my eye. Paired with a nice brunch with good friends and then bookstore browsing with them, it was a great day.

There was one book I wanted to pick up but I was taken aback by a $19.99 price for a trade paperback (when did that happen) so I just jotted down the name. Checked it out from the library this week This am, I went to add it to a TIOLI challenge and I discovered I already read it in 2021. So glad I didn't buy it.

Jul 21, 1:56 pm

>38 lindapanzo: LT is such a great resource for tracking reading, isn't it?

I am sorry to hear about your uncle. I wish there was something more I could do or say.

Ago 6, 12:04 pm

>38 lindapanzo: I refuse to pay the prices they want for books nowadays. I am using the library. I will be downsizing my TBR piles over the next few years as I prepare to retire and move into a more "old people friendly" home (one without stairs unless I decide to do the RV thing in which case I'll have a couple with a handle that makes it easy to pull up).

Ago 15, 8:25 pm

>40 thornton37814: I almost never buy print copies of books anymore but it'll probably take the rest of my life to read the ones I already have.

Pretty sure I've mentioned that Dad has been living in a memory care home since late last year. Sadly, on Monday, we found out that they're recommending a hospice evaluation.

Ago 16, 11:56 pm

>41 lindapanzo: I'm so sorry to hear that Linda.

Ago 17, 8:21 am

Hi, Linda. Just checking in. Sorry to hear about your Dad. Keep us updated. How are those books treating you? Getting plenty of reading in?

Ago 17, 2:10 pm

>42 quondame: >43 msf59: Thanks. I kept telling Mom he was losing weight and declining, though he had a really good stretch there from Easter til about Father's Day. She didn't see (or wouldn't admit) the decline.

Mark, I've been reading comfort books for me, namely cozies and sports books, mostly. I didn't feel like East of Eden. I think I started it about when Dad's most recent decline set in.

Ago 28, 8:10 pm

Hi, Linda. I'm sorry about your Dad.
>44 lindapanzo: Probably good to stick mostly to comfort books now. Sounds like you know what works for you. These days, I'm finding it hard to figure out what are comfort reads for me.

Set 15, 12:39 pm

Just dropping in to say hello. I'm catching up on threads, and I'm sure you are attending your father. I do a lot of comfort reading but occasionally put in something else. I like to listen to cozies, police procedurals, and historical mysteries as I drive. They are predictable enough that I can pay attention to the road and drivers around me without any trouble. I mix up the print reading a little more.

Set 15, 4:11 pm

Thanks Lori and Terri. In recent weeks, I’ve been attending to Mom, age 85. One night, she was going to sleep and tripped and fell. Her right leg was wrapped under her and she hurt her knee and broke her ankle.

For 3 weeks, she wore a boot nearly up to her knee and today, she “graduated” to a shorter boot like thing. Lets her move her ankle from front to back but protects her from any side to side rolling. She’ll be using it for 4 weeks.

Much much lighter. The PA has been treating her but we were kinda worried when the orthopedic doctor walked in. We were afraid he was going to recommend surgery but instead said she was healing, though not healed.

Set 15, 7:11 pm

>47 lindapanzo: It's good she is healing.

Set 22, 9:54 pm

>47 lindapanzo: Glad to hear that your mother is healing, Linda!

Set 22, 9:56 pm

>47 lindapanzo: Slowly positive news from a difficult situation, Linda. xx

Out 2, 10:53 am

>48 thornton37814: >49 tymfos: >50 PaulCranswick: Thanks for the good wishes, Lori, Terri, and Paul. Mom is slowly getting better and Dad seems steady for the moment.

On a cheerier note, yesterday, I finished my 75th book for the year.

Out 7, 1:37 pm

>51 lindapanzo: Congratulations on reaching 75, Linda!

I hope your Mom keeps improving, and your Dad stays steady.

Out 7, 1:56 pm

>47 lindapanzo: We were afraid he was going to recommend surgery but instead said she was healing, though not healed. Very good news that she does not need surgery!

>51 lindapanzo: I am glad to see that your parents are doing well at the moment.

Congratulations on hitting 75!!

Out 7, 8:27 pm

Congrats on reading 75 books! Nicely done!

>47 lindapanzo: good to hear that your mother is healing and will not need surgery

Out 7, 11:02 pm

Congratulations on 75 books!

Nov 4, 12:51 pm

>52 FAMeulstee: >53 alcottacre: >54 figsfromthistle: >55 quondame: Thanks!! Next goal is 100. I always aim for, and achieve, 100 though, during the first two years of the pandemic, I didn't make it. i was reading too many magazine and other articles about COVID.

But lately, I've been reading a lot more than I have in quite awhile.

After a month of off and on reading, I finished the massive Erik Larson history, The Splendid and the Vile. Subtitled A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz. A bit slow starting but, once I got into it, I couldn't put it down.

Probably my favorite book of 2023.

Nov 8, 11:17 am

On top of Mom's medical troubles and Dad's decline with dementia, my older cousin, who has always been like a second mother to me, fell at home two weeks ago and has been in the hospital facing a battery of tests since then.

Yesterday, we found out she has liver cancer. We don't know the exact stage but it seems to be pretty far along. No one in my family has ever had liver problems before.

I've lost many people in my life but she is the closest one facing something like this.

Nov 8, 12:45 pm

Oh Linda, I'm sorry to hear about your cousin. What a shock. You have my wishes for strength and whatever joy comes your way.

Nov 8, 1:56 pm

>56 lindapanzo: I am going to have to go back and re-read The Splendid and the Vile. It has been a few years now and I remember that it was a miss for me at the time, which surprised me because Larson is one of my favorite nonfiction authors.

>57 lindapanzo: I am so sorry to hear that you have one thing more added to your already overburdened person!

Nov 8, 3:42 pm

>58 quondame: >59 alcottacre: Thanks!!

Stasia, it took me a couple weeks to get through the first quarter of the Erik Larson and, after that, it really picked up and I couldn't put it down.

I see that his most recent book was a work of fiction. I won't be reading that one.

Nov 8, 6:38 pm

Happy Wednesday, Linda. Thanks for staying in touch. Sorry, you are dealing with so many family health issues. I hope you are keeping your chin up.

Congrats on hitting 75!! I also loved The Splendid and the Vile. Larson is still at the top of his game.

Nov 8, 8:26 pm

>60 lindapanzo: I must get to that one soon too, Linda.
Nice to see you posting.

Nov 8, 10:47 pm

>60 lindapanzo: I will not be reading Larson's fiction book either, Linda. It is just not of interest to me. I will have to look for my copy of The Splendid and the Vile and put it with the stack of books I have already set aside to read in 2024.

Nov 9, 3:30 am

>57 lindapanzo: Sorry to read about more health trouble in your family, Linda.

Nov 9, 2:34 pm

Thanks for all the good wishes. Unfortunately, we just heard that, because she's got so many medical issues, they can't even give her chemo. Hoping she can get moved to a nursing home and put in hospice and made comfortable.

Nov 9, 2:47 pm

>65 lindapanzo: I am so sorry to hear the additional bad news, Linda. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Nov 12, 10:02 pm

So sorry, Linda. Sending best wishes to you and yours.

Nov 21, 6:27 pm

>66 alcottacre: >67 Berly: Thanks so much. I can't remember what I last updated but my cousin was given 6 months to live. We had a great visit with her on Friday (even my sister who hates any death-related things went). My cousin wanted to make sure that we were all doing OK and seemed very much at peace. Kept saying "my whole family is here."

Then, Monday morning, we heard the news that she has "hours to live." We spent much of the day there. The dr said it was possible, but unlikely, that she'd be around today but yet, here she was, so we had a bonus visit with my cousin today.

She's in a coma and while we don't think she knows we're there, the dr believes she does. In fact, when Mom went close in to my cousin's bedside, there seemed to be a bit of a reaction.

I feel like I've been through the wringer. We're playing the Christmas music station and reminiscing. It feels like a calm atmosphere.

The hospice nurses, doctor, and chaplain are angels on earth.

Nov 21, 6:33 pm

Sorry to hear about your cousin, Linda. Tough losing a loved one, especially around the holidays.

Nov 21, 7:24 pm

>68 lindapanzo: This is such sad news. Though I'm glad you are all there for her and will have these memories for yourselves.

Nov 21, 8:30 pm

>57 lindapanzo: Sorry to hear about this bad news.

>68 lindapanzo: Oh no! What a drastic decline. I am glad that your cousin is surrounded by people who love her. ((hugs))

Nov 22, 10:39 am

Thank you all.

Sadly, my cousin passed away this morning. It was a blessing to be able to talk to her and see her at peace on Friday and then to be at her bedside on Monday and Tuesday and to know that she was calm and apparently not in pain.

Nov 22, 11:55 am

Please accept my condolences on the loss of your cousin. May you recall her with joy.

Editado: Nov 22, 12:32 pm

Dear Linda:

I send condolences regarding the loss of your cousin. It is good you were able to be at her bedside to see that she was calm and at peace.

I hope you are able to enjoy Thanksgiving through the pain of loss, and to celebrate in thanksgiving for the wonderful memories you had with her.

Nov 23, 8:02 pm

So sorry for your loss

Nov 25, 3:39 am

So sorry about your cousin, Linda, my condolences.