The Dueling Dutch Woman

The Adventures of a Middle Aged Dutch Woman

A new book…

I’ve been laying in bed for a couple of hours reading a new novel (The Hotel New Hampshire by John Irving) but I was not able to fall asleep. I got very caught up in the story and was unable to put the book down. It’s another one I’ve read before, but this time it’s long enough ago that I’ve forgotten a lot about it and it’s like reading a brand new book in a lot of ways. I do remember certain events as I read them, but not in great detail. It must be at least 25 years ago since I read this novel first.

As a result, I have to pay attention better and it’s taking me longer to read it. I can’t very smoothly get through it. The sometimes shocking things that happen in it do trip me up. It maybe is not such a good idea to read it in bed before going to sleep because it keeps me awake. I’m too unaware of what’s going to happen next and expect the worst. In John Irving’s novels the worst does happen.  I finally put the book away, but I was too wide awake to go to sleep. I’m hoping that sitting here for awhile will make me sleepy so I can go back to bed. I think that will happen sooner rather than later.

I’ve had one cup of coffee and am now drinking milk. A tall cool glass of it. I had the coffee to straighten out my head, it was so filled with images of that novel. It was like I had been immersed in a film and disconnected from reality. That’s the hard part about reading novels. You do need to reattach yourself to the real world around you. I always feel separated from it. I suppose I dislike that. I don’t like to be out of touch with reality and lost in make believe. Some books really do that to you.

It’s not been a bad day when you consider that ‘The Black Dog’ is still lurking in the background. He’s keeping a bit quiet, but he is there and growling occasionally to remind me of his presence. I’m doing much better than I was two days ago, so whatever I’m doing is the right thing.  That’s treating myself as kindly as I possibly can and not letting myself get pulled down by negative thinking. I don’t analyze myself or my situation. I find distraction helps the best.

I’m going back to bed. I hope you’re all having a good night.

Ciao,

Nora

 

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5 Comments»

  wisewebwoman wrote @

Just keep reading to distraction, Nora dear, it does work for me.
Glad to see you are doing a little better and not feeding Him.
He will leave.
XO
WWW

  noortjeibsen wrote @

I have good hopes that he will disappear soon, WWW. It’s pretty boring for him here. There’s not much drama going on 😮

XOX

  Bernie wrote @

So happy to hearr you are better than a couple of days ago.I am goad you have 5he dog and cat, they picked Shiloh up tonight and I miss her a.lot. Perhaps it is time I started thinking about getting a pet again, I do love them. Happy Monday….:-)Hugs

  noortjeibsen wrote @

I’m sure the cat and the dog help keep me sane, Bernie. Not that you need help in that department, but maybe you ought to think about getting a dog. They are great company as you know.
Have a great Monday. XOX

  Bernie wrote @

Sorry about the spelling errors, I am about to drift off to sleep…xo


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