Although Valentines Day was on Tuesday, we chose to celebrate on Wednesday because my daughter had horseback riding lessons on V-Day. My dad offered to take the whole family out to dinner, and we chose Le Coq Au Vin, a little local mom and pop French place right up the road where the food is DIVINE! Even in my dietary mode, I left there euphoric.
But that wasn't it for dad. He also bestowed Valentines gifts on us. He gave me a heart-shaped necklace that has an inscription on the back that says "My little girl yesterday, my friend today, my daughter forever". How precious is that? And my dad is not a shopper, he is a simple farmer. I was touched. He also built me this Adirondack chair for my front porch:
I even got a chance to SIT in it for awhile this week and read!
Speaking of reading...I did finish River Jordan's "Praying For Strangers" this week, and it made such a big impact on me. In fact, I approached a number of women in a prayer group at school and demanded they read it. I just did start Sarah Pekkanen's "Opposite of Me" to complete my Pekkanen binge until her new book is released.
On audio, I finished the delightful "A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty" by Joshilyn Jackson, and readers, it is GOOD. Maybe not quite as perfect as "Gods in Alabama" but darned close. Then I dug in and am attempting to finish "The Dovekeepers" by Alice Hoffman. I didn't share this with you originally, but our Skype book club is discussing this one at the end of the month, and the only audio format available at the library was MP3. So I attempted to just listen to it in the car, but I ran out of time before it had to go back. This is such an arduous listen. My library then picked it up on regular audio discs, so I'm back on the case and working my way through it. Jury is out on my opinion. It is interesting, and the writing is beautiful, I can say that.
I just signed my daughter up for high school. OMG help me. I just had to get that off my chest.
We have little planned for today, except for horse. The kids actually have Friday and Monday off, so the kids and I may take in a movie tomorrow. I'm hoping to do a little reading and get caught up on some reviews. Anything exciting happening in your world?