Bits And Pieces Of My Life Lately


I'll be honest with you. This post is solely made up of photos and bits of my life that don't really fit into any other post. So, we will start with the many pictures I have taken lately on the various walks we have been on. Today I managed to go for a walk with my husband and leave my camera and my phone behind. I just walked. Imagine that. It was very peaceful. I am not sure I would want to do it all the time, I do like taking photos, but it was nice for a change.




I was in Boston twice last week which led to a trip to the Boston Public Library. Have I been to Boston if I haven't been in the library or a bookstore? Last week I managed both.



I went to the Brattle Book Shop again. I have a whole list of bookshops I want to visit but time constraints usually prevent me from ticking any more off my list. I am going to have to plan a full day of bookshop visits in Boston soon but for now, running into Brattle Book Shop when I can manage it will have to keep me happy.





I was particularly pleased with the Elizabeth Fair novel. I have read several reviews of her novels and they sounded like just the type of thing I would enjoy. I was correct. I finished it tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it. I would describe it as a cross between Angela Thirkell, D.E. Stevenson, and Elizabeth Cadell. It was light, charming, and lots of fun. Dean Street Press has reprinted a handful of her novels and I will definitely be reading more of them. 



I know, that last photo is a bit of a strange transition, isn't it? I wrote a post about my dad recently in which I mentioned that he met Big Bird from Sesame Street once. At the time, I couldn't find the photo that commemorated the occasion but when I was sorting some family photos today I stumbled across it. So, here you go. Big Bird in a newsroom, apparently interviewing the journalists. My dad is the man on the left facing the camera. 

Right now, my kids are playing a video game together. Actually, my son is teaching his sister how to play a game. There is a lot of bickering but a lot of laughing too so it all seems to be good. My husband is listening to the news on the radio. And, once I finish this post, I will probably be surrounded by books trying to decide what to read next. 

What is new in your life? And what are you reading?


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  1. Fun post! Very cool that your dad met Big Bird :-)

    In my life right now, I am trying to put together a cool giveaway with some fellow indie writers, I'm contemplating what to put in my Christmas letter, and I'm wondering if I'm ever going to finish the first draft of the book I'm writing. I've spent three Saturdays going to see Thor: Ragnarok because I adore it, I had people over for Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving, and also for a pre-Thanksgiving get-together a few days earlier. And right at the moment, I'm reading The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien, Scarlet by Stephen Lawhead, and A Sidekick's Tale by Elisabeth Grace Foley. Good times!

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    1. Oh my goodness. Your life sounds very busy right now. I am not really a movie theater person (I understand the shock and horror you must be feeling right now. Please don't decide that means we can never be friends) but I hear very good things about Thor.

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    2. My husband is not hugely fond of movie theaters either. He goes to see about one movie a year. I go to the theater probably between twelve and twenty times a year, but I have a tendency to see the same movie over and over if I really love it. For me, it's my "day off" from the job of being a mommy and housewife. Two or more hours where I do not have to speak, which is just so refreshing and restful for me. I do sometimes go to movies with friends, but mostly I go alone because -- I love that solitude. Yeah, there are other people in the theater, but I am interacting only with the movie, not with them, so it's very soothing for me.

      I didn't go to a lot of movies as a kid -- maybe four before the age of 13. But that year, I started going to some with friends, and then my parents started taking us to some movies too (my dad used to go to movies once a month or so when I was a kid, all by himself, exactly the way I do), and I became something of a movie theater addict, heh.

      Thor: Ragnarok is the Thor movie I've been wanting for years now. Thor is my favorite Avenger, but his solo movies have been kind of hit-or-miss, so I am beyond thrilled with how much this movie is the movie I wanted.

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    3. Hmm, solitude and not having to speak for two hours does sound very appealing. Maybe I should start going to the movies. I think it is interesting that you do the same thing your dad used to do. We do pick up traits without even being aware of it, don't we? My daughter keeps complaining because we don't really go to the movies. Maybe I should do something about that. But then I won't get the solitude....

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    4. My kids are young enough yet that I want to see a movie myself first before I take them to it in the theater, so I kind of get both -- first the solitude, then sometimes a trip to the theater with them. They all saw "Planes" in the theater a few years ago, and then my daughters saw "Cinderella" and "Cars 3," and my son saw "The Princess Bride" with me in re-release.

      It's so interesting the things we pick up from our parents, sometimes not even realizing we're doing similar things!

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  2. Lovely photos and what a great photo of your dad! and Big Bird. Those books you got look great - and so cheap. I think I would enjoy Elizabeth Fair. At the moment I'm reading Dorothy Dunnett's The Disorderly Knights.

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    1. I just finished Niccolo Rising by Dunnett. Elizabeth Fair was the perfect accompaniment. Dunnett requires me to pay attention and Fair was light and fluffy. There is a place for both.

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  3. I had to do a double take with the Big Bird pic! Too funny! I just started a new book called Nutshell. It's about a woman who has an affair with her husband's brother, and gets pregnant. She and the brother are plotting to kill the husband. It's based on Hamlet. What makes it really interesting is that the narrator is the unborn child. So the whole story is from his perspective. It's really different.

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    1. That does sound very unusual. I can't decide what I think which probably means I should just read it.

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