It's been a quiet day here at Nutwood. We've been busy being un-busy! Actually, we've both gotten some things done, but nothing overly complicated or serious. Ken got the high speed Internet cable grounded today--the cable company neglected to do that when they installed it, and after going through 2 modems and a couple of fried phones and phone jacks due to lightning strikes, he knew that with summer's volatile weather on the way, it needed to be done. He also got 2 new wine racks put together, and our "hobby" room in the basement is starting to look like a nice little wine cellar! I've been doing laundry, and managed to read quite a bit of Sophie's Choice. (More about that in a moment.) I also bit the bullet and ordered another CD cabinet from Sorice.
A while back, Cousin Shane mentioned our Sorice cabinets in an email. We both have them and love them. I've got 3, and I think he might have 4. (We love our music, have I mentioned that?) Although they're pricey, they're solid wood and very nice. I asked Ken if he wanted me to look for something that wasn't so expensive, and he said if we're going to have it for a long time (and we will), we should go ahead and get one that matches the other ones. This is what they look like, although I've got the dark oak rather than the golden oak shown in the picture. I outgrew the 3 we have some time ago, and the stacks of CD's by the stereo are about as bad as the stacks of books by my side of the bed! A major housecleaning is coming soon....
Speaking of Cousin Shane, I just got an email from him that he got home safely. He was visiting his Dad in Tucson, and had a great time. Other than when he was taking pictures in the desert, and backed into a prickly pear cactus. Ouch! He said the desert was blooming, so I'm looking forward to seeing his pictures.
I forgot to mention that I heard from Bill, AKA "Wildcat," of The Wildcat's Lair. I wrote that I loved his graphic art about Frank the cat, and noticed that he hadn't posted in a while. He wrote that he's been very busy lately, because he and his wife are getting very close to publishing their novel! Let's hope they are successful! He also mentioned that he wants to get back to Frank one day, so I'm also hoping for more of those adventures. Good stuff!
Oh, about Sophie's Choice, the March book for our book club. Jillian and I were talking the other day about how good it is, but how difficult to read. Not difficult as in hard to understand, but difficult as in we can only handle so much pain and anguish at one sitting. William Styron has an incredible talent for putting you into the middle of the story, the emotions of the characters, and the sheer agony of their experiences. I read quite a bit today, but I got to the point where I had to put it down. I may pick it up again later tonight, but I needed a mental health break.
Sometimes I read things online that really disturb me. 99% of my fellow bloggers and J-Landers write fun and interesting things (at least the ones that I've read), and I'm enjoying getting to know so many of you. But there are a few that I've stumbled across that just plain give me the creeps. At first glance, they seem fairly normal, but as you keep reading, you sense a deep-seated and constant paranoia, and get a sense that their lashing out at others is a poorly disguised attempt to cover up their own inadequacies. I've read things that make me feel like I've been slimed, or like I've just looked into a dark and scary basement of mental disturbance. The outpouring of vitriol, bile, and hatred is so alien to me that it hurts my mind and my soul. The blogs I enjoy are ones that make me smile, or think, or marvel at their writers' cleverness and excellent writing. The ones I don't enjoy are the ones that leave me with that look of mingled disgust and disbelief on my face, as in, "Good God...this is nuts." Thank goodness the vast majority fall into the former category.