I did see LadyP this past Saturday at the senior center; it was obvious she was not doing well. She was much more agitated than usual, repeatedly asking when her husband was going to come, did I think her husband was going to come, what if her husband forgot, etc., even asking if I would give her a ride home if he didn't come get her. A couple of times it seemed that she thought we were children, asking if she could come to my house or if I would go to her house, and wondering if her siblings were going to come over. I have to give her husband a call to let him know how she was, but I dread making the call.
There was a news blurb several days ago that said Mother's Cookies was going out of business. What? Mother's Cookies? How can that be? The blurb contained the information that other companies were making the cookies for Mother's Cookies, so I'm hoping that the companies will continue making the cookies, just using another company to market them. Yes, I know, I'm not much for store-bought cookies, but I do like some of the Mother's Cookies, at least once in a while.
The murder of the week was in an incident in which a young man who used to date one of KidThree's cousins was shot and critically wounded while his companion was fatally shot. KidThree knew the young man who used to date her cousin, but didn't know the deceased young man. Not many other details yet.
I finished reading the book "Ghost," about the experiences of a counterterrorism agent. This is the book that I almost didn't read because it was in present tense, which I dislike, but I did stick it out as he worked for an agency I didn't know about. It was an interesting book. His agency, DSS, was responsible for providing security to embassies, in addition to other things; the security of embassies is something that is near and dear to my heart, given that KidTwo worked at our embassy in Managua and is now applying for jobs at our embassy in Bogota.
Now I'm going to read "What Came Before He Shot Her," by Elizabeth George. I got it from the Friends of the Library shelf, so no royalties for her from me. I know she lost a lot of fans when she killed off Helen, but she had lost me before that. I don't remember which book it was, but it had an incident at sea (a very far-fetched incident at sea) that involved (honest to goodness) some sort of chase in boats. A kidnapped child was thrown from the first boat in order to distract and delay the pursuers in the second boat. The series' sidekick pulled a gun to force the driver of that second boat to pull around to get the child, despite knowing that would allow the fleeing vessel to get away. The sidekick was roundly abused for that action, including being chewed out by Lynley, the series' protaganist. That jarred, and kept jarring. Of course she had to save the child. A child tossed into an ocean has only seconds to stay afloat; of course the sidekick couldn't continue to go after the fleeing boat and then return later to get the child. It wasn't the unlikeliness of the incident that bugged me, it was the official reaction. Children come first. This is why when Baby Jessica was down that well in Texas, the entire country stopped to pray until she was successfully rescued. This is why the reaction of the Chinese people to their recent earthquake was outrage, because it disproportionately killed their children. This is why there was such a public outcry when Michael Jackson dangled his baby over that hotel balcony, and when Steve Irwin held his baby while feeding a crocodile. I finished that book, almost grudgingly, then when Elizabeth George killed off Helen Lynley, I gave her books back to the Friends of the Library; I had had it with her. That murder was so egregiously cruel, and on top of the callous disregard for the welfare of that child, was too much for me. I've been looking at "What Came Before He Shot Her for months, trying to decide if I was going to read it, then when I saw it at the Friends' kiosk, I gave in to curiosity. I'll read the damned thing. But then I'll give it back.