Thursday, September 20, 2007


Hi, All!

Thanks, Bonnie, for bringing us all together!! It will be so much fun to read with you all, can't wait to get started. My internet reading groups have migrated to yahoo groups since the Oprah days, and I do belong to 3 groups that are really fun. All 3 groups are slowly reading the complete works of their authors, and the members are diverse and funny and quite reasonable human beings, LOL! The authors are Shakespeare, Balzac, and Trollope, so if any of you are interested in these authors, let me know, would love you have you join any of these groups, always room for one more.

I've been reading some history and always some classics too, and spending time playing bluegrass in my husband's bluesgrass band - I play the standup bass, it's great fun. We play as the opening band every Friday night in a local amateur venue in an old converted furniture store, LOL! The rest of my time has been spent getting healthier - I've been on the South Beach diet online for 2.5 years and have been exercising about 12 hours a week, doing the elliptical and weight training. It seems as certified by my endocrinologist I am officially a VERY slow metabolism (as if I didn't know that already) and I have had to cut down to one small meal and less than 1,000 calories a day plus all this exercise to keep losing. But I'm proud to say that over this time I've lost 83 pounds and still going. I still have some to lose, but honestly don't know how much more I will be able to lose with my slow metabolism. I really can't eat less or exercise more, so we will just have to see how it goes. I'm an air fern!! But I feel good and have recently finally gotten out of plus sizes, yea!!

Can't wait to see what we decide to read, what fun!! And to see what you all have been up to lately!! I'm going to post this unchecked, because when I previewed my first post somehow I lost it!!


Kailana said...

Hi there! Congrats on your healthy eating goals! Metabolism stinks, as if people didn't have enough to worry about in their lives!

Welcome to the group! I can't place you, so I am not sure if we have ever 'met'.

cindy said...

hi everybody. i am now officially smart enough to get on this blog site. thanks for inviting me. im looking forward to reading with you all.


Bonnie Jacobs said...

Congratulations, Cindy, for figuring out how to make yourself official. I have sent you the link to become a contributor who can POST the same as I can. Good for you.

Gerry said...

Hi Scamper,
Welcome. You have sure been busy. Congratulations on the weight loss. They has to be really hard.
I would love to read Trollope. I have several on my TBR list and want so much to read him. What books has your group read and how are you going about reading tham?
Thanks for the information.

Margreet said...

Hey Pamela, my dear friend! What fun that you joined us here too. We should read another book together via email one day. Although....we now have this group!
Others should know that Pamela and I read Rebecca West's 'Black Lamb and Grey Falcon' together, and discussed via email. 1150 pages; we were sooo proud of ourselves.

scamper said...

Hi, Kailana,

I'm not sure if we have met either, I'm thinking not. I was in one of Oprah's clubs, the Lost Generation one, the Classics Club, and some Barnes and Nobles clubs way, way back... But I wasn't in the Essentia Island club. Glad to meet you!!

scamper said...


The yahoo group has been in existance for several years, and they've worked their way through all of Trollope more than once. They read aboout 50 pages a week and group his books by a theme or a subgroup of his writings I think. We are currently in the Barchester series, but one can really jump in anywhere. We are starting next week on a new book, so this is as good a time as any to jump in if you are interested!! Just go to and join up, they'll get you started. I think the new book is "John Calidgate". I find Trollope simply relaxing, a book about human relationships you'd want to read by the fire, sort of Charles Dickens but more changing human interaction and less action I suppose. I think most people who like Jane Austen would like Trollope.

scamper said...

Hi, Margreet,

Hey, you forgot to tell them that after that venture you refused to read anything else with me, LOL! Well, it WAS very hard, but I was pretty proud of us, too!!

Neco said...

Hola Pamela. I'm sure I haven't met you since I was a late stage Islander. I'm Anne and it's nice to meet you. I've never hear of Trollope but I love Jane Austen. I'll have to add him/her to my TBR list. Congrats on your weight loss and good luck in your future goals. My friend Shan has similar problems, it sounds like and it's been very rough on her.