March Reflections

March has been another busy month. Despite the many obligations and activities that kept me busy, I managed to finish reading the above five books and am in the middle of three others!

Early in the month, I joined The Classics Club, which was something I had thought about doing for years and so finally decided to just jump in. I put together a list of 50 books to read in 5 years, and filled my list with books I already own and really want to read, so there are some very nice choices ready for me. In March I read three books from that list and am almost finished with The Moorland Cottage, by Elizabeth Gaskell, which was the book on my list that was chosen as the “Spin” book for March/April. I’ve always loved reading the classics, for both adults and children, and so this is a challenge/group that fits me well.

Some of the other things that kept me very busy in March were my knitting and my walking. Because March was such a rainy month (record-setting, flood level rains!), I was indoors a lot and managed to finish two knitting projects — a scarf for me and a baby blanket for a soon-to-arrive grand nephew! (I love being a great aunt! My nephew calls us “Graunt” and “Gruncle”. )

I’ve also become a serious walker in the last year thanks to my 82-year-old walking partner, Gloria. She is a runner, and I’m a fast walker, so we’re the perfect match at our ages/stages of life! We walk/run a 5k distance twice a week, and meet in exercise class 3 days a week. In March, we both participated in the Shamrock Run in downtown Portland. Gloria finished 1st in her age division, and I came in 24th in my division. A very successful race for both of us!

March definitely came in like a lion, with an incredible number of storms and an amazing amount of rain. It’s going out today like a lamb, with mostly sunny skies and no rain. In between the lion and the lamb, came a lot of enjoyable reading and other activities.

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8 thoughts on “March Reflections

  1. Nan

    I love it that we read the same book this month – the Maisie book. March, here, came in like a lion, and is going out like a lion, with lots of cold weather in the middle!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Nan, me too! We’ll probably do that every time a new Maisie Dobbs comes out! I hope you have some Spring-like weather happening soon! It’s been a long winter!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Thanks, Secretary66. I’m taking my Mom’s advice: “You’ve got to keep moving.” She’s turning 98 in August and has been my inspiration to be as active as possible. I still sit and read and knit probably way too long, but I do exercise or walk at least one hour a day, 5 days a week and I feel so much better doing that!

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  2. Les in NE

    I didn’t finish a single book in March! I’m almost finished with The Lilac Girls, but it’s taken me so long to get through it. Too much else going on in my life right now. 🙂

    Good for you to do so well with your walking! I may have to drive out your way and join you in 5K sometime next year. 🙂

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    1. Robin Post author

      Les, you’ve got a lot on your plate right now. There will be plenty of reading time after your big life change! I’m interested in reading The Lilac Girls. My friend told me she really liked it. Have you liked it despite not having much time to read it? And as for walking… I’d love us to do a 5k together next year sometime!! What a terrific idea!

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  3. Kailana

    March was a very slow reading month for me. I haven’t even looked back to figure out what I have read yet. Not sure what is up with my reading this year, but it is not going well!

    It looks like you had a lot of great things happen in March!

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    1. Robin Post author

      Kelly, there are definitely years like that! It seems like life takes us in other directions at times, and I’ve certainly been through quite a few of those ‘other directions.’ But my reading is always nice to come back to, though.

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