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May Books

I only read 4 books in May. Wow, that's the fewest I've read in a long time! Of course, May was busy with moving Kaitlin home, a trip to KC, Manhattan vehicle repairs, terrible toothache (resulting in having a tooth pulled yesterday), etc.

Book #1 - Savor the Moments (#3 Bride Quartet) - Nora Roberts...I love this series! The fourth book should be out in a few months. Enjoyable reading, and likable characters.

Book #2 - Hannah's List - Debbie Macomber...Macomber continues to be one of my favorite authors. I bought this book (with a coupon) early in May, then found out she was going to be at Sam's here in town signing copies. It was a Wednesday night at 5pm, so obviously I couldn't go. Then when we went to KC that weekend, she was at the Barnes & Noble in Oak Park Mall signing copies. We saw the crowd of people waiting for her, but didn't have time to stay. The kids thought it was quite funny that the majority of people waiting to see her were women my age or older, and most of them had dragged their husbands/significant others along!

Book #3 - Finding Jeena - Miralee Ferrell. I received this book from Library Thing and have already placed my review on their website. It was an enjoyable book, but I think the main character had too many bad things happen to her before things turned around.

Book #4 - Home in Carolina - Sherryl Woods. Another great book in the Sweet Magnolia series. This book actually started the second generation of Sweet Magnolias. I am reading book two in that series now - Sweet Tea at Sunrise - it will be included in my June list.

Had my infected, cracked tooth pulled yesterday by Dr. Orth. It was the first time I've ever used nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and I'm glad I did it. I was very relaxed by the time he put the topical stuff on my gums, and I didn't feel the shot, nor when he pulled the tooth. All I felt was some pressure. So far, it seems to be healing fine. And when Dr. Orth asked if I wanted to save the tooth, I declined!

Kaitlin is enjoying her new job at The Eagle! She started last Thursday, and enjoyed her three day holiday weekend. They finally got a workstation ready for her today. She's working in circulation, which is on the first floor (I'm on the second). It's strange having her there every day, but I'm sure I will get used to it!

City-wide garage sales are this weekend, so I am getting ready for a sale on Saturday. Tomorrow night and Friday will be busy putting the final touches on the garage. We'll be competing with a lot of weekend sales, as we have almost two full pages running in the paper tomorrow - I paginated classified tonight. Oh, and it ended up being a late night due to Ad Perfect (online classified) problems. I finally got home around 7pm.


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