Ivy is in the window watching the sparrows in the bushes. She is as still as a stone. I suppose this is Ivy’s bird TV.
She can watch from the front window or the patio door. Endless bird action.
Meanwhile Charlie is sitting on the arm of the couch watching Ivy watching birds. He probably thinks this is just a variation of Ivy being at the window killing flying insects.
Last night I began reading a book called “The Stillwater Girls.”
Wren and Sage are sisters who have lived off the grid their entire lives. They don’t know what electricity is. They’ve never seen a TV.
Their mother left with their younger sister when she became very ill. She said she was taking her into town to get help, but several months have passed.
The sisters, who are in their late teens, were told to never go beyond the forest or let anyone inside. They are running out of food and are down to two hens because the others have died.
Then a man suddenly appears and breaks in. He tells them when he rests up he’s taking them somewhere, and he seems to know their mother. Wren can’t think of any other way to escape him or be able to get to the rifle over the door, so she drugs him.
She takes valerian and melatonin, things her mother used, and grinds them up into his food. This allows them to escape through the window and run through the forest that night.
Then there’s the alternating voice, Nicolette, who is very wealthy and lives with her photographer husband. Her husband is off on another of his trips taking photos for a magazine.
She has found a photo of a little girl in his things and is convinced he’s having an affair and that the child is his. The very thing she wanted and cannot have is children.
She finds that he’s used her password and gotten into her bank accounts. Her parents are rich and she has been the recipient of that wealth.
Is he giving it to a woman he’s having an affair with? Is she the mother of this child who looks so much like him?
Wren and Sage ran from the scary stranger through the night and ended up finding Nicolette’s modern farmhouse. This is where Wren, Sage and Nicolette’s lives converge.
That’s as far as I’ve gotten.
Can you imagine suddenly being exposed to cars and cell phones and all the modern conveniences after living in a shack and going to an outhouse in the middle of the night?
This is another good book I’ve stumbled upon with NetGalley. I have completely replaced TV with reading.
Books Instead Of TV:
I think about all the money I’ve been paying to Cox Cable all these years.
For the first couple of years I lived here I only kept a small TV in the bedroom. Then when I brought the bigger one into the living room, I found myself turning it on just because it was there.
I watched cable news because there were rarely any TV shows I found interesting.
Now I get all my news online. I’m not inundated by it anymore. I get it in small doses.
You come to realize that you have something just because you can. Because you feel like you should.
Then you take some of those things out of the equation and realize you don’t even miss it. Wasted money.
Maybe, like with the story of Wren and Sage, there are other conveniences I thought were necessary, but will realize I don’t need.
It’s been a few hours since I gave Charlie his morning dose of diuretic. So I need to go to the store for a few things.