And so like the sands through an hour glass....no, no I do not watch soap operas, but boy the days and weeks do go whizzing by.
I read a lot, finished a load of books:
A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd---a mother/son writing team This is part of their Bess Crawford series, she's a WWI nurse who gets involved in mysteries, it was just ok.
Map of Time by Felix Palma --time travel and I so wanted to like it, but except for the last third I didn't at all.
A Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion---about the year after her husband's death, it was excellent
A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz---this was a reread and well worth it, what a snotty post graduate student learned from reading Jane Austen----everything!
Breakfast at Six by Mary Scott -- life on a sheep ranch in New Zealand in the early 1950's, it was nice, but nothing special
I started 3 new books:
Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey --another reread--a police officer in the hospital, bored, looks into the history of Richard III- I'm a huge Richard III fan so I reread this one regularly
The Alteration by Kingsley Amis--this is an alternate history, something I don't usually read, but it's fascinating--the Catholic Church pretty much rules the world, except for the Islamic parts, and has kept things rather medieval. A 10 year old boy who sings like an angel, the church wants him "altered" to keep the voice, the boy doesn't want it
The Help by Kathryn Stockett --sad, sad book about an ugly piece of our history
I also watched a bad movie: The Hobbit, the Desolation of Smaug ---we liked the Lord of the Ring triology, thought The Hobbit was pretty good, but the second in this series pretty well stunk. Lovely to look at, but 90% filler, couldn't wait for it to end, we probably won't watch the next one.
When I could pull my nose out of a book I worked in the garden, mowed, the lawn, started sewing a blouse and tried to keep up with the housework. I'm not the most enthusiastic housekeeper, but you have to beat back the dust bunnies from time to time.