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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Colonel Mustard used a FOREIGN object & a Rope in the Ballroom

It feels like a stretch for FOREIGN to describe Britain, but I'm going for it.

For the prompt FOREIGN I'm using the 1st book from the Casual Christie Club: (which cover do you prefer? There are dozens more, if these don't suit you!)

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Regardez!  La version française - maintenant, c'est plus éstranger!

    March Mystery Madness challenge #5 The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Dame Agatha Christie (#Iamnotworthy).

    This is the first of her books & we meet M.Poirot.  Club lead by my booktube crush, The Big-Haired Bookwork.  

    This is a reread but it's been decades.  
    (And is there a more yucky color than mustard?  I don't think so...)


    Saturday, March 3, 2018

    Professor Plum gave a(n) HISTORICAL lecture in the Study with a Candlestick

    There are so many great historical mysteries.  In fact, my selection for the SHELF challenge is set between the wars.

    Hmmm - I'll select an audiobook for this one.  One already loaded to my phone.

    For the prompt HISTORICAL I'm going with 

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      March Mystery Madness challenge #4 A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang.

      The setting is New York City (1918-1919) - just past the gilded age & right in the midst of the influenza epidemic.

      It seems funny that this "historical" piece is about the year my sweet daddy was born (1919).  I guess we all become history eventually, yeah?


      Friday, March 2, 2018

      Mrs Peacock concocted a NEW Poison in the Conservatory

      Never turning down the opportunity to purchase a book...

      Added another title to my #MarchMysteryMadness TBR: The prompt is NEW.

      I just happened to see, in the Wicked Wednesday newsletter, that a new book was released 2/27/2018.  It's in an established (but new to me) series.
      Sounds like a match!

      Challenge #3 for March Mystery Madness is I Know What You Bid Last Summer by Sherry Harris.

      (Is that Mrs Peacock's hat in the background there?)


      Thursday, March 1, 2018

      Mr Green hid the Lead Pipe on the SHELF in the Lbrary

      I know that there are full TBR lists out there for the #MarchMysteryMadness.

      I'm not that organized.

      But it is March 1st & I am starting today, so that's not bad!

      The prompt is SHELF.

      • I went to Goodreads, 
      • pulled up my shelf titled "To Be Read - on the Stacks" (meaning I own the book in some format), 
      • sorted by "date added" (oldest first), and 
      • selected the first mystery on that particular "shelf"

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      First up for March Mystery Madness is Fine Spirits by Alice Duncan.
      It's been on my shelf since November 26, 2013.  Yeah.  2013.  I dunno why.  I really enjoyed the first book in this series.  When it comes to books I'm sorta like a kid with lots of toys.  I forget how excited I was about one as soon as another shiny book comes my way.

      But today is the day. 

      So what are YOU reading??


      The OTHER March Madness!!

      Mystery Madness

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      2018 March Mystery Madness Challenge Group.

      The center of every mystery novel is a puzzle. A puzzle for the reader and sleuth to solve as one. Through a thread of events stretched into a 200+ page funhouse of mirrors. If you love puzzles and the deconstruction of peace in the face of chaos. Or have an appetite for "sleight of hand" narratives and misleading plots (add a stream of frustrating red herrings). Then you’re in the right place to share your delight in the mystery genre.

      View this group on Goodreads »

      What a PERFECT reading challenge, right??  I might have a couple mysteries on my TBR list (just a couple though).

      So grab a cozy or a true crime and join me!  There are groups on Goodreads & hashtags on Instagram & many videos on booktube.  

      Go Read!  (and watch out for those red herrings!)


      Thursday, February 8, 2018

      still counting

      I guess it's all about scale.  What was counted in days is now, by the attrition of time, counted in years.

      I wrote about the count First Here  &  Then Here.

      But yesterday wasn't 730.  It just became 2.

      We've had 2 Christmases.
      2 Father's Days.
      2 birthdays.
      2 Easters
      2 Lobster Fests.  
      I can't say I've handled all those 2s very well. 

      Harder to rally for the holidays without Dad here to focus our energies.  
      I haven't gone to Red Lobster again because, well, why would I?  
      Not even one trip to the produce stand for fresh berries & golden cherry tomatoes.

      After mom passed away, I carried her spirit bundle for one year.  I felt her so present during that time.  I didn't feel a need to carry a bundle for dad.  Mom was lost.  Dad was so solidly present and ready to go.  He didn't need my support while he found his way.

      I didn't really think about me needing his support.

      In most ways, I'm so like my mom.  Verbal, witty, crafty, plagued by depression & anxiety, way over involved at the church...

      But I'm so aware right now of my dad's influence.  Singing.  Nature.  Noticing rocks.  Loving wood.  An odd connection (ok - obsession) with knives & blades.  Quiet, fierce devotion to family.  We both like rare meat, stinky cheese, & black licorice (not served together though).

      I like to think I got strength from both of them.

      Got.  I wish it was "still get".   But I really don't feel them close.  I used to, with mom.  Not with dad.  There is just an ache.  An emptiness.  They just keep not being here.

      In a month, mom's number will be at 10. oops.  11.

      Numbers are usually comforting to me.  These just seem random & meaningless.  

      2 & 1011

      Infinity & zero.


      Tuesday, November 14, 2017

      Sew very sad....

      I remember watching her on TV when I was in college.  And as a young mom.  And as a beginning quilter.  I can't really remember NOT watching her show.

      There's a big quilting show in Puyallup every February.  About 3 years ago, I got to see Nancy, attend a lecture, touch quilts that she'd made.  I was such a fangirl.  It really was amazing.

      I knew, thru her blog I think, that her cancer was not responding to treatment.  She was stepping down to spend time with family.  I knew what that meant.

      I'm still feeling pretty heartsick.

      She made an amazing difference in the world.  As a woman entrepreneur, a media figure, an artist, she opened so many doors.

      My mother had Bell's Palsy just when I was born.  Mom was always so aware of the loss of movement & muscle tension - although it wasn't significant.  Nancy had Bell's Palsy as a child and it's effects were visible.  I always felt a personal connection to her - she was the first person I knew of with Bell's Palsy, aside from my mother.

      A lifetime on camera - doing what she loved - in spite of her gender, the partial paralysis, the passing of times & trends - I always felt proud of her & protective of her - because she was part mine somehow.

      A couple years ago, Nancy had a real time, video conference type workshop.  She spoke & did demos & had a time to take questions - by text.  I asked her a question about batting, I think, but in my text I also told her that she was a rock star.

      She laughed - acted a bit embarrassed.

      I'm glad I got to tell her.  

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      Shine on, Rock Star.