Which is what’s been happening around my household
lately. I’ve finished several projects (started
and set aside because . . . who knows
the because, I don’t). I’ve had
company, been alone, exercised and been a bit of a couch potato. The weather has been dry, really hugely wet,
warm, and cold all in the span of a couple of weeks. I’ve also watched some mindless TV, rewatched
some movies, and started watching a new series on Netflix. Absolutely nothing of great interest or
excitement going on here to write about.
The outdoors is starting to sing to me but as it is January
with our (possibly) coldest month yet to come, I am ignoring the song to bring
the plants outside, to dig in the dirt, to arrange the rest of everything that goes
outside. Nope – been there, done that
and had to cover, carry things back inside, lost things planted.
I got my first COVID shot last week – yay! Have the second one scheduled for February.
I watched the terrorist attack on the Capital with the same
horror and shock as when I watched the twin towers fall on 9/11. And even though thousands of people were not
killed or injured, it was the worst thing I’ve ever watched because it was
Americans attacking the basis of America.
I’ve read several books.
Two by Donna Andrews – The Meg Langslow series. The Penguin Who Knew Too Much
Both are good – fun,
light, and a good mystery.
is a very good mystery solver AND very, very patient.
I believe I’d have locked my father (possibly
mother too) in a closet if he’d done some of things hers does!
I also read Emerald Blaze, A Hidden Legacy book by
Ilona Andrews. I think I’ve read all of
their (they are a husband/wife team) books and have enjoyed every single
one. I specially like the Hidden Legacy
series because it’s set in Houston and having grown up there, I recognize all
the reference points.
As Prime magic users, Catalina
Baylor and her sisters have extraordinary powers—powers their ruthless
grandmother would love to control. Catalina can earn her family some protection
working as deputy to the Warden of Texas, overseeing breaches of magic law in
the state, but that has risks as well. House Baylor is under attack and
monsters haunt her every step . . . .
My granddaughter Abby recommended a book for me to read – American
Gods by Neil Gaimon. In the first
pages, the author talks about this particular edition. This particular book is the 10-year
reprint. And, the editor had him put
back in some 12,000 words that had been eliminated from the original printing. It’s long and a bit wordy. The book is about America and its immigrants,
a road trip, a little romance, and a mystery.
It’s full of mythology and fantasy – I mean, how often do you talk
with various gods brought to America hundreds of years ago.
Released from prison, Shadow
Moon finds his world turned upside down. His wife has been killed; a mysterious
stranger offers him a job. But Mr. Wednesday, who knows more about Shadow than
is possible, warns that a storm is coming -- a battle for the very soul of
America . . . and they are in its direct path.
Some of the people (gods) Shadow encounters and interacts
with – Mr. Wednesday, Low-Key Lyesmith, Czernobog, Mr. Nancy, the Zorya
sisters, Mr. Jacquel, Bast, Easter, Whiskey Jack, John Chapman, Hinzelmann
along with several others. There are
some “new” gods he encounters also but I’ll let you read it yourself as they
are pretty easy to figure out.
So, what do I think about the book? Well, it’s like the “GREAT AMERICAN
(or English or Russian or, or, or) NOVEL” we’ve all read at different
times in our life. You read it, close
the book, and think – that was really good! I’m not sure what it was about but
it was good!
The new tv series on Netflix – Lupin. My daughter recommended it. I was originally put off by the fact that it’s
either in French with English subtitles or dubbed in English meaning nothing
matches up exactly. She recommended I
watch it in French with subtitles. It’s
very good. And, in case you are watching
it also and wonder about the “book” - Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar –
it was a real series of 17 or so books written in the early 1900’s by Maurice Leblanc. The good thing/bad thing is, of course,
having to read the subtitles meaning there’s no doing anything else while I
watch. The other good/bad thing is it is
very good and now I’m hooked.
Well, that’s all of any interest right now. Everyone think positive thoughts that
Wednesday goes well and there are no more attacks on anything. And, that all those that broke the law – ALL THOSE
– are arrested and 1 put in a deep hole; 2 shot at sunrise; 3 sent to a
deserted island in the middle of hurricane paths; 4 forgotten about except for “yeah
– I remember that guy, a real idiot”.