Saturday, July 18, 2015

Five on Friday

Yes, yes, I know its Saturday, but Amy at Love Made My Home gives us extra time and this week I need it.
Summer just saps my energy and drains my brain so please excuse my rather mundane five.

The First is my summer wardrobe.  I live in shorts, short or sleeveless tops and walking shoes.  The flip flops I wear in the pool because when my plantar fasciitis is acting up you're not supposed to go barefooted anywhere.  I don't normally like anything between my toes, but these aren't too bad.  I don't like sleeveless tops because I have fat arms no matter how much I exercise, but the heat demands as little clothing as the law allows.  The top is from Loft and I have it in several colors and the shorts are Gloria Vanderbilt because she understands short, round women.  I have shoulder length hair and in cooler weather I actually curl it.  But in the summer I wash it, blow it dry and put it up in a clip or a scrunchy.
So my summer wardrobe:

The Second one is today's lunch.  We're going to have lamb shish kabobs with lamb, potatoes, Videlia onions, green peppers, mushrooms  and a shrimp at each end.  The shrimp are just because we love them.

The Third is the books I read and are currently reading.
I read: Long Way Gone: The Memoir of a Boy Soldier by Ismael Beah.  What a sad story about children dragged into the war in Sierra Leone

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova The story of a family that discovers the father has Huntington's disease.  The dilemma is, do you want to know if you carry the genetic mutation that causes this disease?

Dry Bones a Walt Longmire novel by Craig Johnson.  I've just discovered this series and ordered the first one.  I understand that it is a tv series too, but I've never seen it.  This one was about dinosaur bones and Native Americans.

Those 3 I finished, now I'm working on The Last Plantagenets by Thomas Costain---this is a reread, fits in with my class that I'm taking.
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner.  This is a reread too.  I read it many years ago and thought it was an incredible book, so I wanted to reread it and see if I still felt that way about it.  I do, it's a wonderful book about the West.
The Power of Three by Laura Lippman.  This is the story of a high school shooting, strangely enough by a girl.
Fall of Giants  by Ken Follett.  I've been working on this one for awhile, but I had library books to read and return and this one had to linger for awhile.  Family saga, world war I, a Russian family,  2 British families, a German family and an American.  It's good, but I'm not enjoying it as much as I thought I would.

The Fourth is what was on my MP3 player this morning while I was exercising.

Iris  by the Goo Goo Dolls

500 Miles by the Proclaimers

You're 16  by  Ringo Starr

Everyone Wants to Rule the World   by Tears For Fears

I Want You To Want Me   by  Cheap Trick

We Got the Beat by  The Go-Goes

And the Fifth  is the movie we saw this week, besides Jurassic World.  We saw the Kingsman with Colin Firth and enjoyed it very much.  Mr. Darcy, who knew you could be so dangerous.

Well I got this done too late to be on the list at Amy's, but I did get it done.
So please join  the others for Five on Friday.


  1. I don't know why I keep missing your blog ?
    Sorry about your foot ! With me it is both knees and other stuff !
    I have 3 Longmire books I haven't read yet. I really like the TV show when I remembered to watch it.

    Stay cool
    cheers, parsnip

  2. I like your summer wardrobe, lovely cool neutral colours. Have checked out the Longmire books and might give the series a try. How is the Leicester uni course doing? The book I'm currently reading is by John Ashdown-Hill who is not a fan of either the city or the university:)

  3. Both my sister and a friend suffer from Plantar Fasciitis so I know how painful it can be. Like your summer wardrobe colours. I love Iris by the Goo goo dolls and the Tears for Fears track too:)

  4. Rowan, have only finished one week of the class, not much new material yet, but I'm hopeful. Some of my fellow students (we comment after each activity) seem to know most of their history from fiction books, a rather romanticized version of things. Have never been to Leicester, but like to form a gang to steal Richard's body and take it home to York.

  5. I have long hair too, lately I can double up my pony tail...time for a trim:) Good to hear that I am not the only one that the heat and humidity bothers, makes me feel like a weak kitten:(

  6. Your lunch sounds delicious!!!! I don't wear shorts, but try to wear as little and as light as possible in summer. My hair is always up too! You have quite a reading pile, I hope that you are enjoying them all. Thank you so much as always for joining in, sorry that I am so late visiting you! I hope that you are having a great weekend! xx

  7. This weather the battle between age-appropriate dress and comfortable 'at home' attire is clearly being won by the need for comfort. The heat and humidity are enervating. I do what must be done and retreat to a chair with a stack of books.

  8. I had to buy new shorts when I came to SC, shorter, looser, and thinner material. I used to straighten my shoulder-length hair! What a laugh here. I could redo it every 5 minutes. I bought some stuff that sets the curls, pull the sides back, and call it done!


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