Dark and dreary Saturday

Melbourne winter, honestly, what happens? Who takes the light? I feel like someone puts are thick grey blanket right over the sky and blocks everything out.

Having said that, I cannot complain. I have had a lovely day. A dear friend of mine gave me a 1500 piece jigsaw puzzle. I haven’t done a puzzle in many, many years but, as I always say, why not…why not try this and try that and well…try anything; so, today I cleared my table and spent a couple of delicious hours finding the ‘edges’. I was knee deep in mottled greens, tree branches ranging from black/grey to sun drenched gold, then beautiful nuances of muted blues, greens and purples. The excitement of finding a face peeping out from a tree or the red shoe that goes on the rotund gnome reminded me how lovely this pastime can be. This is the jigsaw.

I feel like I have been playing musical chairs. After a few jobs that were staring at me, washing, cooking etc. I picked up my knitting for awhile (knitting a pair of socks). I like the challenge of getting around that heel. After trying to knit socks I have great respect for mine when I put them on, they are quite unique little fellows.

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Bed sock with tricky heels

After an outing to the local shop for coffee I am now playing on the computer, uploading photos to my supposerose.wordpress.com blog and having a chat here.

I don’t mind if that thick grey blanket stays over our sky tomorrow as I will enjoy much of the same.  Happiness to all and if you are under that blanket, hope you are having fun as well. Oh, I also am reading a book and that was happening as well. I am reading a crime novel at the moment which is something I don’t normally read but, as I said, why not! I am enjoying it so far. The author is Karin Slaughter…hee hee, gotta love that name for a crime writer. This one is called ‘broken’. Good suspense, only up to page 100 of 398 so I have a way to go to see ‘whodunit’.

This and that and other things

I am slowly getting back into ‘normal’ life. I came back from holidays with a health problem but things are looking very good now, so, as a friend of mine said the other day; I am now hot to trot (ready to enjoy all the things I love doing).

Having a health problem is not always bad as I have been, grounded, which means there has been a lot of ‘home’ time, rest time which meant reading, drawing, writing, knitting and all that is such fun.

Books that I have read lately are:

Bravemouth by Pamela Stephenson

Bravemouth (living with Billy Connolly) Author of course Pamela Stephenson. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Not only is it about Billy, Pamela and their family, but Pamela has managed a beautiful travelogue as well. There are many anecdotes and plenty of humour.

how now brown frau – Author: Merridy Eastman

This is a memoir. On the back of the book it say this book is a ‘laugh-out-loud funny book. It certainly is. Once on the bus and once in a waiting room, I found myself the centre of attention when I suddenly burst out laughing, so if you read this book, which I strongly recommend, just be careful where you are reading it. Merridy (quoting the back of the book here) plunges headlong into a new life in Bavaria where she takes up residence four months pregnant and without a word of German under her belt.  A world of challenge opens up for her, but with the help from some wonderful expat friends, Merridy grows to love the beautifully restored ancient city, and to realise that travel doesn’t just broaden the mind, it can also open the heart. This book is also a wonderful travelogue.

There’s a Bear in There (And He Wants Swedish

This book is about Merridy’s job as a receptionist in a brothel. It is raw, hilarious, funny, fascinating and near-as-dammit true account of a forbidden world, told with a lively sense of the absurd and a rare and forgiving understanding of human frailty.

The Dovekeepers

I bought this book at the airport on the way home. I just couldn’t make up my mind what to get; I am so lucky I chose this wonderful book. Again to quote some of the back of the book:

Nearly two thousand years ago, nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. This book is about that time and the lives of four complex and fiercely independent women; they are all keeping secrets about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.

I found this book intriguing, so different in every way, I couldn’t put it down.

The Dovekeepers

As you can see I am quite an eclectic reader but then I live my whole life like that.

I am back

Oh my golly, I have been missing for sooooo long. Been away to the great US of A, had a great time with my Son, Daughter-in-law and my georgous 8year old Grandson travelling around in a huge RV. Thank you to people that have left messages etc. I will be coming to your blogs to catch us as soon as possible. These are just two happy snaps of Disneyland where Michael is the King of Rollercoasters. He continued his success with his Dad in DisneyWorld as well. I will post more photos over at my other blog when I get them uploaded. http://www.supposerose.wordpress.com   Happiness and creativity to all.