I also read another lovely book yesterday, Nina Kiriki Hoffman's The Thread That Binds the Bones. For the most part it was wonderful; I'm not quite sure of what I think of a central redemptive move in the text, where a person who had been very bad decides he really wants to change, and it all seems to happen a bit too easily for my taste. Not sure. Might be okay. But overall, very satisfying, of the style of 'incredibly strong magic shows up and saves the day', mixed with family humor, kind of reminiscent of Diana Wynne Jones's Magicians of Caprona. Just fun.
Mood remains cautiously optimistic. Life is reconfiguring itself around me, which is more than a little disconcerting. I'm trying to hold steady in the midst of it, stay clear and true to myself. Working helps. So does reading fluffy fantasy novels. :-)