|November 21, 2015|
I haven't visited the blog in a week and a half mostly because my heart hasn't been in it. One of my close colleagues at work, only 58 years old, died suddenly late last week. This sad event has brought with it a lot of emotion of course, grief and shock being primary. He was someone I looked up to, depended upon and greatly admired. He was my boss and a leader in our section so there is a lot of fear and uncertainty and worry for the others in my group who also really depended on him. Finally, is the reminder that life is very short and that every day we and our loved ones have is a gift. I hope that I can hold onto that as it is an important reminder and one that I can use but I wish it didn't have to come along with such a sad and heartbreaking event.
It happened. I was lured into (further) laziness and gardening bliss by the long and relatively warm Fall. Mid-November and no hard freeze yet?!? Unheard of in this part of the world. So it was bound to come with a rude awakening as you can see in the pictures. Snow. A respectable amount. And cold temperatures - low of 9 degrees last night.
I have been avoiding my fall yard/garden chores for weeks and had started in the last two weeks to fret about it. I knew I was going to regret my procrastination and sure enough this cold spell moved in, in the middle of the week and while I was traveling for work. Blerg. I had kale, sugar snap peas and green onions I should've harvested that are now toast. I needed to mulch my garlic, blueberries and roses to protect them over winter and I will just have to hope this snap of bad weather did not take them out. It would serve me right if it did though..... There are times when being a lazy gardener does not pay. On the bright side, I guess this will be a nice little experiment to see how hardy these plants really are.
WATCHING, READING and BLOGGING
Finished Last Week (well really two):
- The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James: A historical mystery set after World War I about a woman working as a temporary who is hired to assist a ghost hunter. I really really liked this one!
- Murder on Marble Row by Victoria Thompson: Book 6 in the historical mystery series set in Victorian era New York and featuring a midwife and a police sergeant. I do very much enjoy this series even if Sarah Brandt, the female protagonist, drives me a little batty at times. The crime in this one involves bombs and anarchists so it was fun and I think one of my favorites thus far in the series.
- 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.
- Heartless by Gail Carriger: I'm listening to this 4th book in the Parasol Protectorate series. Carriger is having way too much fun with an 8 months pregnant Alexia.
- 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.
Added to the TBR:
This is kind of a new thing I may
try, listing books that get added to my Goodreads TBR list each week.
Maybe it will help burn them into my mind a little bit better, get them
on some other folks TBRs and it will give me a chance to recognize a lot
of the awesome bloggers that add stuff to my TBR!
- Guardian of the Balance by Irene Radford: Descendants of Merlin #1. This is an older book I ran across while trying to find a more recent book a friend had mentioned that featured Merlin's descendants. I never did find the book she mentioned (and haven't had a chance to ask her again) but this looked intriguing. I am a sucker for anything Arthurian Legend related.
On the BLOG LAST WEEK:As I mentioned I've been absent from the blog for a bit while dealing with some stuff in real life but there have been two new posts since I last did a "Saturday" post:
- SUNDAY (2 weeks ago): RE-READ: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
- WEDNESDAY (1.5 weeks ago): Doctor Who Tie-In Novels | Series 1 and 2 (mostly).
On the BLOG NEXT WEEK:We'll see as I'm still lagging behind and all discombobulated. At the very least, I hope to give some attention to the blog when I have several days off for the holidays.
“The life given us by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.”
- Marcus Tullius Cicero