August Reflections

I had a wonderful August this year!  August is usually one of my least favorite months because of the intense and constant heat. But despite record-breaking heat in our area, I loved the month!  It was full of family — extended time with our grandson, and a family reunion in celebration of my mother’s 98th birthday. We enjoyed travel, gardening projects, 5K races, and watching the awesome total eclipse of the sun! And when it wasn’t too smoky in our area (due to the many wildfires!), I loved the daily views on my walks and drives through this gorgeous part of Oregon.

My reading time was limited, but I did enjoy 4 different books during the month. My favorite book of the month was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I am rereading the series just for fun and as an antidote to the misery of the daily news. I also reread Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, which is my least favorite of her books…still. A refreshing and delightful read was of Philippa Pearce’s The Way to Sattin Shore. And a fascinating library book was The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures. It was a fun book and brought back many memories, including a memory of volunteering in the school library at my junior high school –typing cards for the catalog!

So, I just have to say that August turned out to be a delightful month for me overall. I am now 5 books “behind schedule” with my Goodreads goal for the year, but that’s totally okay. The special memories from this delightful month of August will warm me through many cold winter months ahead.

7 thoughts on “August Reflections

    1. Robin Post author

      Thank you, Nan. I have read Tom’s Midnight Garden, but it’s been awhile and I’d like to reread it. I like her writing so much. Your post was wonderful and I loved the two photos of her that you included.

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  1. Les in OR

    It sounds like you had a lovely summer! It sure flew by quickly, at least for me. Our weeks were full and lots of fun, but very little reading was accomplished. Maybe when the rains begin… or on our next camping trip to the Olympic Peninsula. I’m currently reading A Celibate Season by Carol Shields and Blanche Howard and enjoy it very much. Hope the smoke isn’t too terrible up your way!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Les, it looks like you’ve had a lovely summer, as well! The smoke here has been terrible, but we are hoping for some relief when the wind changes direction, perhaps later today?

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  2. Kristen M.

    I’ve never read more Philippa Pearce besides Tom’s Midnight Garden but I probably should! And I was one of three students that sat and typed our entire junior high library card catalog into computers for the first time in about 1989. 🙂

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    1. Robin Post author

      Kristen, I love that we share that similar junior high memory! You would have been using the cards that I typed when you transfered them to the computer. Carrying on the library work!

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