Oh my gosh, my back feels so much better, and now that I’m off the meds, I can think clearly and see normally again. Although I’ve taken both Flexeril and Tramadol in the past with no issues, this time I got blurry vision. Not so bad that it affected my day to day, but holy criminy reading was a pain in the rear. But all is back to normal now, and I’m ever so grateful.
So, the reason I’m late with my update (besides just being me!) is we had our family outing to Bangor yesterday. The Maine Discovery Museum doesn’t look like much when you approach the doors, but it is a hidden gem. It is designed for children of all ages and everything is hands on. They have a Nature Trail section with tons of information about wildlife and a great human sized beaver lodge for the children to investigate, as well as a huge “tree” that they can climb up through to the top where they find themselves inside a human sized egg, like a baby bird hatching in a nest. They have a human body/general science section with a giant heart that has a stationary bicycle the kids can “ride” to simulate the heart pumping blood – as they cycle, red and blue lights that run through the interior of the heart light up! And my favorite, the Children’s Literature section. I learned some tidbits about Maine’s literary history and library circulation and they had some stunning rooms based on children’s books written by Maine authors (see images below!). And a fabulous puppet theatre for the kids to make their own show. If you are ever in the Bangor area, I HIGHLY recommend a visit. We will definitely be back.
Afterwards, we drove past Stephen King’s house and took some pictures – from the car with the window rolled down. The side gate was open and there were vehicles present and it just felt intrusive to get out and ham it up in front of his house. I suspect that, subconsciousl,y I probably realized it wasn’t likely to be my last opportunity since we only live about 90 miles away. Next time I’ll do a day trip by myself to visit the Bangor library (for so many reasons), and probably do one of the tours that visits all the sites he put in his books, and then I’ll get a pic of me in front of the gates instead of just a pic of the house. But I was pretty excited to see the house! The gate he put up is amazing. Also, the house next door is for sale! As well as two other houses on his street, within sight of his home! Can you even imagine? Yes, I admit, I spent a fair amount of time looking at those houses on Zillow (and no, we wouldn’t really move!). 🙂
We ended the day at a local park, picnicking under a willow tree and taking advantage of the playground before heading home. It was a wonderful day for all, and ended up being a lot more book-inspired than I anticipated!
As for my reading life, this week I’ve finished:
Next up is likely to be:
Hope everyone else had a wonderful week! Looking forward to catching up on all your blogs. 🙂