Today, I am again taking part in THE SUNDAY POST from The Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a great opportunity to meet up with new, and old readers, and other bloggers! After you hang out here a while, I hope you’ll check out THE CAFFEINATED REVIEWER‘s link up.
This past week was a little “pirate-y” here at FW&FD with two pirate-themed posts, including a visit from one of my favorite guests, Suzanne Johnson, with her newest book: PIRATESHIP DOWN.
Oh man! Every time we think we have the majority of leaves off the trees, we get hit by another blanketing of the lawn. Last year we used the mown leaves as mulch, but they provided too much cover and the voles went to town on our trees. And with so many, the mulching mower bags get filled too fast. So we’ve been blowing and blowing; raking our acreage is jut not an option.
Otherwise I have mostly been listening to books, reading books and writing about books. Such is the life of a book blogger. I also have a painting that is bothering me; well, something in the “finished,” and signed painting is bothering me. When that happens it is interesting to try to figure out what it is bugging me. It’s amazing how much time I can spend on an issue like this. And, this is a painting I probably finished a long time ago; I had done something “painterly” to it and liked it but then, I started to pick at it and I think, I may have killed it.
Tuesday I went to bookclub and our book, ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr will be in my review this coming Friday. This book is about WWII and what war does to people, and in a sense what the people in power do to people.
Several members on my book club are from Germany and some even lived through the war or were born there right after. We heard some haunting first hand stories or stories from their parents. And, of course this book is about France in WWII and Paris. I ask, we know the horrors of war so why do we, humans, keep doing it.
What have you been up to?
ON THE BLOG:
Last Sunday: Bon Jour – The Sunday Post
Friday: FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES: A Half-Moon Hollow Short from Molly Harper
Coming Up This Week:
Monday: Nalini Singh’s ROCK REDEMPTION (Audio)
Tuesday: Anne Mercier’s FALING DOWN (Audio)
Wednesday: ICONOGRAPHIA: My Food and Drink, Medical Icons
Thursday: Christie Ridgway’s MAKE ME LOST CONTROL (Audio)
Friday: ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
And coming on the 27th, THE BLACK FRIDAY BOOK BONANZA HOP! My winners will have five prize packages to choose from.
AROUND THE WEB:
Speaking of LEAVES, and we were, briefly, a few paragraphs go, I am finding myself more unhappy about the coming wintry weather. I don’t ski, in any way, shape or format and snowshoeing seems like a lot of work and very awkward in the times I have done it. As you know I spend a lot of time outdoors, and in the winter that trickles to time I get to spend shoveling snow, snowblowing the drive way and reaking up the ice that seems to form later in the winter. I do get a lot done inside the house, but it’s not the same. So, when someone on Facebook posted something on why Scandinavians don’t hate winter I started to follow threads.
I saw an interesting article on How Scandinavians think of winter, and one idea led to another, including an article at A FROG IN THE FJORD on how to make winter better than something to survive by making things “Koselig:” cosy, warm and friendly (HOW TO MAKE THINGS KOSELIG – http://afroginthefjord.com/2014/02/02/how-to-make-things-koselig/). From my reading the word reminds me of “umami” not so much because of the meanings, which are unrelated, but because the word requires the native cultural context to really be understood.
Another article about winter and happiness in Scandinavia by Russell McLendon, How “Hygge” can Help You Get Through Winter,” is to be found at: http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/blogs/how-hygge-can-help-you-get-through-winter. And the first one I saw is: The Norwegian Secret To Enjoying A Long Winter: How it’s possible to be cheerful for the next four months at FAST COMPANY: http://www.fastcompany.com/3052970/how-to-be-a-success-at-everything/the-norwegian-secret-to-enjoying-a-long-winter
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