Happy #ThankfulThursday. It’s a cool misty autumn morning here in Wisconsin, my favorite kind. My mini Yorkie Ruby and I are tucked up in my recliner right now. She’s curled in a little ball on my lap, and I am drinking a cup of tea and talking with you.
However, the morning didn’t start out too well for me as I fell in the kitchen trying to get myself some breakfast. Thankfully, my son was at home yet and helped me get up. Though getting to my feet these days is itself a feat.
I don’t have the strength to pull myself up, and for someone lifting me, it’s just a lot of deadweight. So he pulled me over to the few steps we have leading down into the mudroom, and I dangled my legs over them to get some footing. Then with his help I was able to stand, though it was a lot more difficult this time. I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be able to do that. I’ll probably have to call emergency services the next time I fall. ￼￼￼￼￼
But for today, I am thankful that I didn’t badly hurt myself and that I’m safe and warm.
🍁What about this particular day are you thankful for?
I recently enjoyed reading this historical fiction novel by an author friend of mine, Dawn Klinge.
Palmer Girl, About the book:
Elizabeth Nordman accompanies her wealthy parents to Chicago. Her father is set to work on a project for the 1893 World’s Fair, staying at the illustrious Palmer Hotel. When Elizabeth, who becomes known as The Palmer girl, seeks employment for her flower design skills at Marshall Field’s department store, she meets humble John Lewis, Field’s talented window display designer.
John and Elizabeth become friends with the inclination of deeper feelings, though another man, determined to gain Elizabeth’s hand, threatens their relationship. But the difference in John and Elizabeth’s social and financial standings weaves a wedge in between the would-be lovers as well.
Will John and Elizabeth conquer the obstacles in their way to love and build a potential life together, or will outside forces and hard times cause too much of a rift between them?
Palmer Girl transports the reader back in time to the late 19th century in an easy and believable way. Klinge’s writing is clean, focusing on the characters and their interpersonal relationships while also constructing the scenes to give the reader a sense of place. Elizabeth and John’s romance is slow, sweet, and yet dotted with enough tension to give the story dimension, becoming a lovely all-around read. I particularly liked the floral design aspect, as I worked as a floral designer in a local flower shop for many years.