Feeling Better & What I’m Watching & Reading

I’ve been feeling much better the last few days. There’s been virtually no pain. But then I’m not even trying to walk at this time.

So it’s one day at a time.

The physical therapist, Greg, told me not to try to walk until he comes again later this week. He was last here yesterday.

Plants on my patio 2022

The times I’ve walked with my walking boot on and used the walker, I did pretty well.

But once I took the walking boot off and put on a sneaker and tried to walk, it caused a lot of pain.

So I’m still just using the knee scooter to get around my apartment.

What I’m Watching on TV:

In What I'm Watching & Reading, this is the cast of A Million Little Things

I’m still watching the show “A Million Little Things” that is streaming on Hulu. I am just starting the second season, and I really like the show and many sub-plots.

There’s Gary and his previous reluctance to commit to any type of relationship. Until he meets Maggie, who is dealing with cancer.

There’s Eddie with his secret concerning Delilah. Rome dealing with depression and his wife Regina opening her new restaurant.

And more clues have come to light about why John died.

I Finished Reading:

I read the book "Ordinary Grace" by William Kent Krueger

Last night I finished reading “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. It was a great book and I highly suggest it.

It’s a novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.

What I’m Going To Begin Reading:

The book I think I’ll start reading next is “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek.” Several of you suggested this book to me.

In What I'm Watching & Reading, I will be reading  "The Book Woman Of Troublesome Creek"

The Premise:

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything—everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter.

Cussy’s not only a book woman, however, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble.

If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachians and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s.


I know I’ve read another book about the pack horse library, but I can’t recall the name of it.

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  1. Brenda try walking five steps three times a day but with your walker, then ten and so on a little more each week. I had a knee injury an d started with just five steps three times a day and progressed. The walker was the key because then your not putting all your weight on the injury.

  2. I echo Charlotte’s comment – The Queens Gambit a Netflix miniseries based on the (1983) book about the world of competitive chess – it’s a good binge watch:)

  3. Krueger has a whole mysteries series which is really good if you liked his writing.

  4. Yay, I’m glad your pain has subsided Brenda!
    I woke up with a pulled muscle in my lower back, so it will take about a month to heal again! Oh well, I’ll keep on massaging my back and move around more bc that helps.

  5. I’m so glad you’re feeling better and pain free. Pain relief is such a good thing!
    You’re keeping yourself entertained with great TV and books! That’s great.
    I am coming to terms with why my “happy cart” was rolled onto its side and feeling much better. Yesterday was the best day I’ve had in awhile. Went to bed with a very happy heart.
    Have a bliss filled day, Brenda.

  6. My sister has methemoglobinemia. Hers is mostly noticable on her lips and under her fingernails. Especially when she is cold. We are in no way related to the Fugates. 🙂

      1. This is what the Fugates have/had. It is genetic. There is also an acquired form of it. I haven’t read the book so I don’t know if the name is given

  7. The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes is another book about the traveling librarians in Kentucky.

  8. Brenda, I see that Sara Gruen has a comment on the book “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek”.
    Have you read her book “Water for Elephants?” If not, put it on your reading list. I believe that book is one of the best I’ve ever read, and still remember it, from years ago, when it first came out.
    Glad to hear you are having days without pain. There is a light after all, at the end of that tunnel.
    Hugs from Wisconsin, Bonnie

      1. There is a sequel to the Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek. It is The Bookwoman’s Daughter. It is an excellent read as well.
        Glad you are feeling better today. I enjoy your blog and visit faithfully.


        1. Sorry about the extra words at the bottom of my comment. I didn’t see them there because the ads were covering them.

  9. Ah, historical novels…so interesting…I bought the book you recommended Ordinary Grace and have been reading it…about half way through now. So glad you are feeling better and not in pain…hope that trend continues…healing just takes a very long time.

  10. Both the tv series and the book sound really good. I just looked up the “blue skinned people of Kentucky”—an interesting phenomenon. Have you watched the Queens Gambit…if you haven’t, I highly recommend it. Glad you are feeling better.

    1. I just read that “A Million Little Things” will end with the upcoming fifth season. I loved the whole thing, too. You have many great episodes ahead, but I feel that wrapping it up when they do is a good choice.
      I held my breath reading yesterday’s post about Ivy’s disappearing act. I’m glad everything’s fine. Years ago, one of my rescued feral cats, Mickey, developed an eye infection. When I described the stress I’d put myself under planning for a family Easter gathering, the vet said he may well have reacted to my anxiety. Thought that was weird at the time, but now I do wonder if Ivy isn’t sympathetic to your restlessness. Btw, Mickey is still here, age 14 and as healthy as a horse! 🙂

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