Pushing Forward Back April/May 2019


The books I read for April 2019, the special breakfasts I had, the “stuff” we got rid of during our town’s Spring Cleanup Week, the movie we watched (Bumblebee) that was a pleasant surprise in a franchise we despise.

April started out with car and doctors’ appointments back-to-back for both me and my wife and then her 49th birthday the first Saturday. We didn’t go to my usual breakfast place for brunch in a neighboring town, but went to a restaurant in our town, with my parents, sister, nephew, and niece surprising my wife there. The food was very good and the company too. Later in the day, we got together with neighbors to play 500 Rummy, with my wife appropriately winning in her first ever win with the neighbors, who are hardcore cardplayers.

Then the month went a little haywire for the next two weeks as I was, and still am, dealing with a badly bruised left knee. After some miscommunication (some admittedly caused by me) and bad customer service experiences at our local health center, I am getting the knee addressed. An X-ray was negative for broken bones, I was given a two week dose of prednisone, and this past week I had an initial assessment at physical therapy. Based on that evaluation, minor injury and probably not anything torn, I was given exercises to do at home and then check in with my primary in six weeks unless it gets worse before then.

The third weekend was a long weekend for me as I took Good Friday off, ostensibly to go to a Good Friday service, but in reality I didn’t. I stayed home and finished Leaving Church: A Memoir of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor, which I had been reading for Lent, and started All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot that I plan on finishing this weekend. Then last Saturday, my plan was to continue my impromptu Easter Triduum Readathon, but I didn’t read at all as the weather, which was supposed to be rainy all or most of the day, took a turn to being nice.

I literally got out of town, went to breakfast at my aforementioned usual breakfast place in a neighboring town, happened upon an Earth Day event in the town’s park, and then came home to put mulch on the side of a driveway we share with a neighbor, much of my energy thanks to the prednisone I was taking. Also thanks to the energy, I ended the month doing a little extra cleaning around the house, including organizing a book shelf.

Books I want to read or reread over the next few months.

May begins with our buying a new lawnmower and then my first mow of the season, which I usually dread, but might dread (and hate) less (slightly less) than normal now with the new mower. Winter is finally over and spring is here – at least in reality. In fake world, winter is still going until at least mid-May with the final season of Game of Thrones, which we are watching and enjoying so far.

Otherwise mid-May should be uneventful for us, leaving me time to adjusting new daily routines that I’ve been attempting to develop in light of my wife and I “giving up” Facebook in March. Since last fall when I started using a CPAP machine, my daily routines already have been changing. Thanks to actually getting rest, I usually now get up earlier than I did, meaning I have more time to do more things than I did before. Those things include reading and walking, especially as my knee improves.

May ends with a three-day holiday weekend, and even though I work on the Tuesday after it, the library where I work is closed that day for staff to work on a few projects we couldn’t otherwise. So basically it will be a four-day break from patrons, which although their presence obviously means job security, it is nice for an introvert like myself to be able to have a chance to breathe without all the extra people…

…bringing me back to my One Word for 2019:

How was your month of April? Read any good books, seen any good movies and/or TV shows, listened to any good music? What was the highlight of your month? What are you looking forward to in May? Share in the comments.

This post is part of The Sunday Salon, that was created in 2007 to spark conversations about books and book-ish things. It now can be found each weekend at the blog Readerbuzz, where you also can post a link to your blog.

28 thoughts on “Pushing Forward Back April/May 2019

  1. Happy Belated Birthday to your wife. It sounds like a lovely celebration last month. How is your knee? I hope it is improving. I am glad the lawnmower is working out–and making mowing a little more pleasant, even if not a favorite chore. We’ve gotten a lot of off an on rain the last few days, which means our lawn hasn’t been mowed in a while. It’s due for a good mowing–so hopefully soon. I hope you are enjoying your weekend, Bryan!

  2. April was a tough month for us but things should get better.

    I hope the exercises work for your knee – having a bad knee will make the dreaded mowing job even worse.

  3. Sorrry you’re having knee problems. A few years ago I fell on my left knee and it gives me trouble from time to time. I like your One Word 2019, mine is Adventure and I’m doing great with it so far. In April I watched a True Crime Documentary, Abducted In Plain Sight, it was really good, but had me shaking my head most of the way through, not believing some of the things the people did. My favorite book of April is Always by Sarah Jio.

  4. Bummer on the knee, but hoping you’re on the mend now. Mr. BFR mowed this weekend for the first time, and we’re finally getting our spring flowers. Now if I can only catch up with my work!

  5. So LEAVING CHURCH sounds so ominous. AND you skipped work to read it? Wow. That sounds ironic. Glad you are getting the help you need to make your knee better. I am starting my 10th book for ‘My Own Books’ challenge and I’m so motivated that I am already picking ten more just to keep me reading from my shelf so I can clear the books off, too. Happy May! My Sunday Salon

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