Sunday, December 4, 2016

Epistolary Challenge... 2017

I haven't done a Reading Challenge for a couple of years, mostly because I'm a terrible tracker of what I read.  However I thought I'd jump on board for the Epistolary Challenge hosted by Whatever I think of.

I have a number of Nick Bantock books on my shelf for they are first on the list. 
Beginning with the Forgetting Room.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Snapshot Saturday

and he'll be big enough to grow a beard, orange or otherwise.
I saw this on Facebook today and thought how true it is.  I remember being so TIRED when my little boys was little and he had all these needs,  and then he grew up
taking it easy
 selling his wares

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday 56...A Duty to the Dead

" Lieutenant Graham, I'd like very much to ask you a question.  Though you needn't answer if you don't with to."
"Of course.  What is it?"
"Can you right this wrong for your brother?  Is it in your powers?"
"Why should you doubt me?" His voice was cold.
:it isn't doubting you so much as wanting to believe that his faith in both of us wasn't misplaced.  I saw his distress.

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda at Freda's voice.

Monday, November 21, 2016

It`s Monday What are you Reading...A Duty to the Dead

A Duty to the Dead is the first of the Bess Crawford mysteries.  I`ve read a number of the later books and am sort of mad with myself for doing so.  In spite of the fact that they all can stand alone, I now know that Bess makes it out of this mystery, none the less it`s a good read.  I had no idea... Love Charles Todd books.  I`ve now gone through my stack and put numbers on them, so as not to be so annoyed with myself on the Ian Rutledge series.

Happy Reading..

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

For Today...
Looking out my window
it's sunny, and noisy, there is a giant truck outside making a lot of noise
I am thinking
I just got up and I'm tired already, what gives?
I am thankful
for absolutely everything

One of my favorite things
peanut butter and banana's on toast 

I am creating
today I need to finish painting my  lightbulbs

I am wearing
painting clothes

I am reading
just finishing reading Luanne Rice's, The Lemon Orchard

I am hoping
to get a boost of energy, and actually paint a little more than I need to
I am learning
I doesn't matter how much flavorful ingredients I put into my dishes, my husband always peppers /salts and adds ketchup, it's infuriating.

In my kitchen
potato dumplings for supper

In my garden
my garden is somewhat asleep, the pond is still unfrozen, so I have a few birds hanging out

Board room
I haven't been on a committee for some time, and I'm thinking this is more work than I remember.

Shared Quote
I'm sharing Tracy Moreau's thoughts
 My Body knows how old I am , My Brain just refuses to believe it.

A moment from my day
looking for a spot to hang my latest scratch art, sorry about the glare

Monday, November 14, 2016

It's Monday What are you Reading...The Lemon Orchard

Just started this one, I have never read Luanne Rice.  Some of it so far is heartbreaking.  Happy Reading.
In the five years since Julia last visited her aunt and uncle’s home in Malibu, her life has been turned upside down by her daughter’s death. She expects to find nothing more than peace and solitude as she house-sits with only her dog, Bonnie, for company. But she finds herself drawn to the handsome man who oversees the lemon orchard. Roberto expertly tends the trees, using the money to support his extended Mexican family. What connection could these two people share? The answer comes as Roberto reveals the heartbreaking story of his own loss—a pain Julia knows all too well, but for one striking difference: Roberto’s daughter was lost but never found. And despite the odds he cannot bear to give up hope.

Set in the sea and citrus-scented air of the breathtaking Santa Monica Mountains, The Lemon Orchard is an affirming story about the redemptive power of compassion and the kind of love that seems to find us when we need it most.

I don't live in the U.S.A. so Mexican workers are not something I'm very familiar with, I do remember my mom talking about similar circumstances happening during the war.  SAD SAD SAD.
How lucky and blessed I feel to not know this sadness.

Monday, October 24, 2016

It's Monday what are you reading? The No1 Ladies Detective Agency

I have some how acquired the first few books of this series, so this is what I'm reading.

From Amazon

Penzler Pick, July 2001: Working in a mystery tradition that will cause genre aficionados to think of such classic sleuths as Melville Davisson Post's Uncle Abner or Robert van Gulik's Judge Dee, Alexander McCall Smith creates an African detective, Precious Ramotswe, who's their full-fledged heir.
It's the detective as folk hero, solving crimes through an innate, self-possessed wisdom that, combined with an understanding of human nature, invariably penetrates into the heart of a puzzle. If Miss Marple were fat and jolly and lived in Botswana--and decided to go against any conventional notion of what an unmarried woman should do, spending the money she got from selling her late father's cattle to set up a Ladies' Detective Agency--then you have an idea of how Precious sets herself up as her country's first female detective. Once the clients start showing up on her doorstep, Precious enjoys a pleasingly successful series of cases.
But the edge of the Kalahari is not St. Mary Mead, and the sign Precious orders, painted in brilliant colors, is anything but discreet. Pointing in the direction of the small building she had purchased to house her new business, it reads "THE NO. 1 LADIES DETECTIVE AGENCY. FOR ALL CONFIDENTIAL MATTERS AND ENQUIRIES. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED FOR ALL PARTIES. UNDER PERSONAL MANAGEMENT."
The solutions she comes up with, whether in the case of the clinic doctor with two quite different personalities (depending on the day of the week), or the man who had joined a Christian sect and seemingly vanished, or the kidnapped boy whose bones may or may not be those in a witch doctor's magic kit, are all sensible, logical, and satisfying. Smith's gently ironic tone is full of good humor towards his lively, intelligent heroine and towards her fellow Africans, who live their lives with dignity and with cautious acceptance of the confusions to which the world submits them. Precious Ramotswe is a remarkable creation.