Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year End Round-Up

Such a quick year! Where did it go?  There were many travels: to the Everglades in February, to San Augustine, Florida in March, to Utah in May, to England in August and twice to Memphis, Tennessee.  Pack, unpack and pack again.  Less travel planned for 2016, but  some very exciting trips---Japan and Cambodia.

Some crocheting, my Halloween throw and 2 gifts for our daughter, a scarf and boot toppers and a Christmas throw that if I don't get too distracted that should be ready by next Christmas, lol.

Puzzles made by me and unmade by Miss Kitty.

And reading, I read more than 160 books this year.  My top ten, in no particular order:

1.  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaimen

2.  Station Eleven  by Emily St. John Mandel

3.  The Last Samurai by Helen DeWitt

4.  The Sense of An Ending by Julian Barnes

5.  I Know This Much to Be True   by Wally Lamb

6.  Angle of Repose  by Wallace Stegner

7.  Wolf Hall  by Hillary Mantel

8.  Bring Up the Bodies  by Hillary Mantel

9.  Gilead  by Marilynn Robinson

10.  Career of Evil  by Robert Galbraith

We watched few movies this year, the last one was Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation and it was just so-so.  We did enjoy Kingsman a funny British spy movie with Colin Firth and Michael Caine. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was a waste and we couldn't finish either Guardians of the Galaxy or Spy.
We will start the new year with the Sherlock special, so glad we get it at the same time as England and don't have to wait.  No Downton Abbey, I gave up on it before the end of last season.
TV wise we've worked our way through most of The Big Bang Series, got a Roku stick and started watching Acorn TV.  We love the Detectorists and  QI.  Also discovered Would I Lie to You?when we were in England and we've been watching DVDs of that.

I'm making no resolutions, just enjoying each day.  Happy New Year to all of you.


  1. May the new year be filled with happiness and joy for you both.

  2. Sounds like you had a great year !
    May the New Year be the best ever for all of us.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

  3. I don't know how you read so many books! Nearly 10 times as me!! Happy New Year! Here's to a good 2016 and a great trip to Japan especially! xx

  4. Wishing you all the best for the New Year, Pat

  5. We love the Detectorist, too! Just wish there was another season. We are looking for a movie for our celebration tonight, to go with our pizza and tortilla chips. There are fireworks happening across the water. Free show! Happy New Year to you and yours.

  6. Cynthia, we bought the second season from Amazon Uk

  7. Whoa--160 books? I'm super impressed. I thought I was doing well at 40 or 50 books this year!

  8. 160 - that's a lot!! I haven't counted mine yet but usually about 1 per week I think.

  9. What a great round up and what a wonderful year you have had. Detectorists, QI and Would I Lie to you are all favourite programmes of ours. Sherlock too. Have yet to read the third Robert Galbraith but enjoyed the first two very much. I think I've read just under 50 books this year so I'm impressed with your 160, wishing you and Mac a wonderful 2016:)

  10. I am beyond impressed by your reading, I strive to reach 40 books per year and hardly ever manage. Hope 2016 is good for you in every way.

  11. I enjoyed Wolf Hall on to, the BBC did a fine job, and am I right in thinking that Robert Galbraith is JK Rowling? I have enjoyed a few of those books? I am going to try and document my books this month, I think I may read 100 a year, v poor by your standards!!!


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