First things first (because Stephen Covey insists that's the order I must use):
The latest issue of Estella's Revenge has been available for your reading pleasure since the first of February (I'm just slow to post). Squeee! Go soak up some Estella coolness. You'll be glad you did. Also . . . weird . . . my Estella button has disappeared. I still have the HTML encoding in my sidebar, but the button isn't showing up. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm not sure what to do about it.
Both Heather and Eva tagged me for the You Make My Day Award. Eva has since commented on the bloggerly "lovefest" that this award has sparked and I must admit I've been enjoying the posts. Thanks, Eva and Heather!! Sorry for the delay. I've recently observed that I'm tremendously disappointed when bloggers don't tag specific other bloggers to carry on the awards (and I've done that; it gets more difficult to narrow down to just a few, each time) so this time I'll make a point of tagging, although I'm going to save that for a separate post because I'm a little pressed for time.
On Saturday we were in Cleveland, MS, attending a swim meet at Delta State University. I'll do a separate post on that, later, also. But, I have to tell you we really enjoyed the fact that the meet was a small one, so there was room to find a relatively quiet corner to read. I zipped through half of Anonymous Lawyer by Jeremy Blachman and finished it up at home, Saturday night. This morning, I finished reading Sailing Alone Around the World by Captain Joshua Slocum. So, February is looking like it may end up a decent reading month.
In other good news, this blog has not been getting hits based on the "family-friendly blog" post I added, just out of curiosity (to see whether adding a few words and names effected my keyword activity). I'll remove that post when I have a moment, but I've been very pleased to note that almost all of the keyword activity I've read, when I've gone to check my stats, has been in reference to book titles, poems, author names or generally harmless, often book-related, key words. Yippee for that!
Photos of swim meet and a few anecdotes will be forthcoming. In the meantime, here's my favorite sight at the swim meet (except for watching my delightful youngest child swim, of course):
It was a joy to behold.