20201221

It's That Time of Year

If it was a normal year we would be on a hot beach somewhere soaking up the sun.. but this has been no normal year..

We are keeping spirits high though.. the snow filled past week really help amp up the joy.



We have a slopping backyard which comes in really handy when it snows.. we had some neighborhood kids stop by and sled down as well.

Keeping with the holiday spirit we decided to make cookie decorating kits for our friends and neighbors. I baked over sixty sugar cookies, packed little baggies of sprinkles and made colorful icing.. I had a bunch of pastel food coloring so our icing looks less Christmasy and more Easterish. 






I'm going to be taking a blogging break for the rest of the year.. I wish you all a very Happy Holiday and New Year. 
    
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20201214

Reading lately

So I am currently reading my 25th book of the year.. that is a record for me, post children. Covid and being stuck at home obviously had a lot to do with it. 

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

Synopsis - Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose everything. And Winnie angrily determines that she must be the one to tell her daughter, Pearl, about the past—including the terrible truth even Helen does not know. And so begins Winnie's story of her life on a small island outside Shanghai in the 1920s, and other places in China during World War II, and traces the happy and desperate events that led to Winnie's coming to America in 1949.

Thoughts - This wasn't a really long book.. but sometimes it felt really long. Based in China during and before World War II it was not always fun to read about all the horrors people have to live through during war. But add all the injustices women have to suffer through just because they are women made me so angry and sad. Historically, I did not know anything about China's role in the World War so I learned a little.. but mostly the book was about one woman's journey from a unloved chilhood to an abusive marriage to finally migrating to America, where until a few years ago this was a land of opportunity, a home to people of all colors, races and walks of life. I did not love or hate this book.. it was a good read and Winnie was a colorful narrator, I could imagine her as many eldery relatives of my own.  

5th Horseman by James Patterson

5th Horseman by James Patternson and Maxine Paetro

Synopsis - It is a wild race against time as Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer and the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, attorney Yuki Castellano, lead an investigation into a string of mysterious patient deaths--and reveal a hospital administration determined to shield its reputation at all costs. And while the hospital wages an explosive court battle that grips the entire nation, the Women's Murder Club hunts for a merciless killer among its esteemed medical staff.  

Thoughts - This is my 5th in the Women's Murder Club series. I liked the idea of all these strong women at the top of their fields solving crime. They killed off some major characters in the earlier books made the books less predictable but I'm not so sure anymore. They don't compare to Karin Slaughter's crime thrillers, there are a lot more tame and that is probably the problem. I don't think I will continue with the series. They are easy reads though, something to read between more intense reads. 

All That Glitters by Gita Trelease

All that Glitters by Gita Trelease

Synopsis - Paris is a labryinth of twisted streets filled with beggars and thieves, revolutionaries and magicians. Camille Durbonne is one of them. She wishes she weren’t...When smallpox kills her parents, Camille must find a way to provide for her younger sister while managing her volatile brother. Relying on magic, Camille painstakingly transforms scraps of metal into money to buy food and medicine they need. But when the coins won’t hold their shape and her brother disappears with the family’s savings, Camille pursues a richer, more dangerous mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Using dark magic forbidden by her mother, Camille transforms herself into a baroness and is swept up into life at the Palace of Versailles, where aristocrats both fear and hunger for magic. As she struggles to reconcile her resentment of the rich with the allure of glamour and excess, Camille meets a handsome younge inventor, and begins to believe that love and liberty may both be possible.But magic has its costs, and soon Camille loses control of her secrets. And when revolution erupts, Camille must choose—love or loyalty, democracy or aristocracy, reality of magic—before Paris burns.

Thoughts - This was such a fun read. It had a bit of everything, Paris, magic and love. It was a perfect escapist read. 


My to read pile for next year is already quite tall.. new reads are always sneaking there way in and the pile never gets any shorter which brings a smile to my face. I buy books for the kids but I mostly use paperbackswap.com or bookmooch.com (a new discovery) to swap books and I have been lucky with goodreads giveaways and have managed to win quite a few. 



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20201207

The Happiest People...

So.. we had a little Covid scare last week. We found out M who barely leaves the house except to go play cricket once a week in an outdoor field with some friend came into contact with someone who tested positive. Someone who decided to keep it a secret for a week and not tell anyone until another aqcuaintace sussed it out of him. And now everyone at the cricket game and all their families had a bit of a freak out. We cancelled everything.. had our groceries delivered and didn't leave the house till thankfully we got the negative result. But how infuriating.. some people.. argh.

And with the cases on the rise again the kids have gone back to virtual school.. and yet with the kids staying home we get regular emails informing us of students still testing positive.. what? how? Well I'll tell you how.. we had to go to the mall over the weekend.. and I say had to because we needed to return on online purchase and JC Penny has gotten with the program yet and makes you pay to ship returns. And to our shock and surprise the mall was full!The food courts were full. The last time I had ventured into the mall you could get food but couldn't sit down to eat.. not anymore.. there were people everywhere.. noses poping out of every other persons mask... argh. We just wanted to turn around and run out. I just can't.

So I need a major Monday pick me up, but these will just have to do.. plus a lot of coffee. My current Pinterest feed is overflowing with these beautiful and uplifting quotes. So I thought I'd share a few.












        
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