I had a plan this holiday weekend to do the final clean-up in the garden but the weather has seemed to have other ideas. It was rainy/sleety/icy on Thursday and then bitterly cold since. I still have hope to get out later this afternoon and at least pull the dead tomatoes plants and put the planters and the grill away in the garage. The thing that really needs doing, however, is raking some leaves to mulch the beds and my two potted blueberry bushes so that the more delicate things don't die in despair at Iowa's harsh winter. Since the leaves are either sodden or frozen and since usually once the cold temps and bad weather come, they don't leave, I'm afraid I may have really screwed up with my procrastination. It has been such a weird Autumn. C'est La Vie. Thus exhausts my knowledge of French.
Here in the U.S. it was thanksgiving week. I think the thing I am most thankful for this year, is being able to take a few days off of work around the holiday. It came at just the right time for me to get my head on straight(ish) so I can dive back into what will be a very busy December. I think at this point I can officially declare 2015 to have been a difficult and not particularly good year - nothing catastrophically life-changingly bad - but enough to feel pretty emotionally worn down by now. So a few days off for reflection and to fix my toilet was just what I needed!
|Giving myself a gold star:)|
So how about you? Any reformed incompetents out there that are now semi-professional DIYers? What did you do to gain confidence around the house?
WATCHING, READING and BLOGGING
I've been indulging in some time with dear, vain Hercule Poirot. As I've watched, one question that has arisen in my mind is how prevalent blackmail is these days? In Agatha Christie's day it appears absolutely everyone who appeared to have any money at all, was being blackmailed. I guess we have fewer scandalous things these days? Is this good or bad? I mean it's undoubtedly good if blackmail has taken a bit of a dive but if it's because no one cares anymore that you're an adulterer? Agatha Christie...revealing society's moral decay.
Finished Last Week:
- Doctor Who: The Resurrection Casket by Justin Richards: Love me some Space Pirates!
- Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling: *Sniff* My re-read is coming to an end.
- End of Days by Susan Ee: This is the final book in the Penryn and The End of Days trilogy about evil angels and the start of the apocalypse. I loved the first two books in this YA series and have been sucked in pretty immediately to this one. I'm about halfway through and things are get INTENSE.
- Heartless by Gail Carriger: I'm was listening to this 4th book in the Parasol Protectorate series. Carriger was having way too much fun with an 8 months pregnant Alexia. ON HOLD because I was forced to return it to the library. Grr....
- Still Life by Louise Penny: This is the first book in a mystery series set in Quebec, Canada and featuring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. A friend of mine recommended this series to me and so far this book is fantastic. Excellent writing, excellent characters, intriguing mystery and setting.
- Winter by Marissa Meyer: The Conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles!!!!
Added to the TBR:
This is a list of books that I have added to my Goodreads TBR list this week. It helps to burn the books I want to read a little more firmly into my mind, maybe get them
on some other folks TBRs and gives me a chance to recognize a lot
of the awesome bloggers that add stuff to my TBR!
- Without Reservations: Travels of an Independent Woman by Alice Steinbach: A non-fiction travelogue/memoir recommended by The Introverted Reader.
- Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper: Looks like a complex and exploratory sci-fi recommended by The Bibliosanctum!
- Our Lady of Ice by Cassandra Rose Clarke: Another Science Fiction read recommended by The Bibliosanctum. Clarke is an author whose every book sounds like perfection to me and yet I haven't yet read anything by her. Tsk. Tsk.