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TToT: These Lackadaisical July Days

“As long as this exists, I thought, this sunshine & this cloudless sky, & as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?”- Anne Frank, Nov 1943


Last week my brother used the term lackadaisical, seemingly out-of-the-blue. Leave it to him to think to use such a rarely utilized word.

He used it for something else, but I have been thinking about it ever since, all this last week. I like it and it seemed to fit a lot of what life’s been like around here.

July is nearly at an end and I have felt unwell this week, mostly physically, but really I see something lacking, in myself. I am in a bit of an energy slump and in a hurried mood to write this and try for some sleep. I will motor through the TToT this time. Though I have developed an outline for these whereby I try to follow days of the week, this time I think I will simply speed things up a bit.

This does not mean I don’t have enough things to be thankful for. The above quote by Anne Frank is one with the greatest perspective and appreciation, even in the worst of circumstances.

If Anne can live by that quote, I can certainly tell you of ten things I am grateful and thankful for.

For the effort shown by bloggers to caption photos.

I owe a special thank you to:

Thankful Me


Heels and a Toolbox,

for their consideration and willingness to make it so I can enjoy visual TToT’s, as well as the written ones.

For the pleasant surprise and the thrill of discovering a truly wonderful book.

There has been so much talk about the author of the American classic To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, releasing Go Set A Watchman. This release has been in the news since being announced last winter. I had my doubts and still do, about the ethics of this book, which I’ve written about before, but I read it and I am glad I did. I don’t call it a sequel, as so many are determined to refer to it as. I don’t know what all the real story surrounding it’s discovery and publication is. All I know is my curiosity got the better of me this week. (My review of the story is still to come.)

I was blown away. I am thankful that a book can still produce such feelings in me. I am thankful for Harper Lee and her beautiful words. I am grateful that this book is getting to see the light of day. It deserves to be read…just one book lover’s opinion.

For a break in the middle of summer, a little cooler than average July day or more than one actually. I just can’t stand humid summer temps.

For another excellent evening attending

A History For Today

and its thoughtful speakers.

For a copy of this week’s speaker’s memoir,

The Hidden Package,

which was given out with admission and our tickets. This was a lovely surprise.

For the opportunity to get my book signed after the talk.

For yet another signed book to add to my recently begun and growing collection.

For soothers.


No, not for me. They don’t make everything better forever, but for an infant they are magic. This afforded me a few more moments of calm with a sweet little doll in my lap, so her mother could eat.

For raspberry cheesecake cupcakes.

For Decade Adrift. It’s the name of the beautiful music my brother creates out of thin air. Where once there was no beautiful sound, he produces something worth sharing. This song offers a glimpse into his heart and soul. He may think that sounds silly, but I know him better than that. It’s the truth.

Passenger – Let Her Go


15 thoughts on “TToT: These Lackadaisical July Days

  1. hoping you were able to rejuvinate after some rest. lovely music. I want to read Go Set A Watchman but was reluctant to damage my thoughts of the original ( which I hear this is… I also read all the news stuff.) but now that you gave it the go ahead I may pick it up today. thanks.

  2. I love raspberry cheesecake too. The story of Anne Frank is so sad and yet hopeful that she could have such joy and love in the midst of terrible times. The speaking series sounds like a great program. Thanks for sharing your impressions even when you were not feeling well. I have been there too and had to muster through a post too. I am glad you were able to write and share.

  3. valj2750 says:

    lackadaisical and languish are two words that describe the hot, humid days of summer. I really can’t wait to read the Lee book. It’s next on my list.

  4. Kristi says:

    Oh, I’m glad to hear that the captioning of the photos is helping! Please let me know if there are other steps I should take to make my blog more accessible.

    Raspberries are my favorite fruit, and who can argue with cheesecake? If that cheesecake happened to be made with a hazelnut crust and topped with chocolate, I think it would be perfect!

  5. Raspberry cheesecake cupcakes??! Those sound delicious!
    I just learned this past week about the controversy around the Harper Lee book. Somehow, I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird, so a friend of mine explained it all to me. I’m glad you found the newly released book to be so good.

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