Weekend Ramblings 6

This week has been marred by another series of severe migraine headaches. The biggest inconvenience to having a migraine is not being able to read. (Okay, one of the biggest inconveniences next to an increased sensitivity to light, noise, scent and sound and extreme nausea.) Fortunately, I was able to get in some reading over the course of the week. Reviews will be posting soon for Defensive Wounds by Lisa Black, The Pirate Queen by Patricia Hickman, and Lucidity by C. J. Lyons. 

This is the weekend I’ve been waiting for…book festival weekend. As many of you may recall I had a dilemma choosing which festival to attend: Books By The Banks in Cincinnati Ohio for the day or the West Virginia Book Festival here in Charleston WV for the weekend. Sadly this decision has become moot as a severe migraine currently has me grounded (nothing quite like typing in the dark). At the moment there is no way I can handle a 7-hour round-trip drive to Ohio nor I can tolerate the lights and noise at the local book festival here in Charleston. I remain hopeful that I’ll have the current migraine knocked into submission and downgraded from severe to moderate or mild within the next 2-4 hours. If this happens, then I’ll be off to the WV Book Festival for the remainder of the day.

If you’re in the southern Ohio area, stop by the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati for the Books by the Banks Book Festival. This festival will be playing host to a number of authors, including Dennis Lehane, Chris Bohjalian, J. T. Ellison and Judy Clemens. Presenters include Martha Southgate – A Taste of Salt and Paula McLain – The Paris Wife.

For those of you in West Virginia, head down to the Charleston Civic Center for the two day West Virginia Book Festival. This year’s WV Book Festival will feature: Lee Child, Jerry West, Jaimy Gordon and Dave Pelzer; and don’t forget the library’s used book sale and marketplace. I hope that when I get back up this migraine will be bearable and if so, I’m off to the WV Book Festival. Hope to see you there!


Well fellow readers it was a strange and not-so-wonderful weekend here in Wild and Wonderful West Virginia. As with most of the US, we got hit with the heat wave and this was followed by severe thunderstorms. If you’re not familiar with our beautiful state, it is quite mountainous and we have trees galore. There are homes along hillsides, atop hillsides and between hillsides throughout the state. And all along and beside those houses are trees, lots and lots of trees. Unfortunately when the winds are too strong or lightning strikes are a little too close to the ground this can make for disastrous situations with downed trees resulting in downed power lines. We jokingly say that in our area if too much rain falls the power goes out, if the wind blows the power goes out, if snow falls the power goes out… 

Now the storm came through on Friday evening but for some reason our power decided to stay on until mid-Saturday, during the middle of another heat surge. Then, adding insult to injury, our local electrical provider stated that the power couldn’t be restored until Monday, 07/25/2011 by 6:00 PM ET (maybe earlier).  So long story short (I know – too late), we had no power, no breezes, 90+ temperatures with heat indices in the 100s and we’re told the power would not be restored for 2 more days, so we hightailed it off to a hotel for a few days. This was pretty much a necessity since my parents are elderly (both are in their late 70s and my father is in frail health due to mini-strokes and stage 4 kidney disease) and they obviously couldn’t stay home in those conditions. And with me being the eldest (and only daughter), it was decided that I should accompany them to ensure they had no problems for the duration. Thankfully, the power was restored before 6:00 PM yesterday and we were able to return to our homes. I could now enjoy the A/C in the privacy of my own home, listen to Vivaldi a little too loud, and get back online and in touch with my fellow readers (I missed you).

The good thing about this past weekend was that I got to read while elder-sitting. I hope to post reviews in the next few days for the books recently finished: Heart of Evil by Heather Graham (yes I read the books out of order…sorry) and Counting From Zero by Alan B. Johnston. I’m currently reading Husband and Wife by Leah Stewart. Upcoming reads include: The Evil Inside by Heather Graham, Shoe Strings by Christy Hayes and Divine Intervention by Cheryl Kaye Tardif. Until next time, happy reading!