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Carmenere's (Lynda's) place - #5

This is a continuation of the topic Carmenere's (Lynda's) place - #4.

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 4:29pm Top

Welcome to my last thread of 2017! Grab your book, your beverage of choice and join me as we read through the next 31 days.
May all who enter here enjoy a blissful, stressless, timeless holiday season surrounded with friends and family you love or even just like alot!

Edited: Dec 10, 2017, 8:59am Top

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Where my books take me...
States visited as of 2-5-17

visited 38 states (76%)
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Countries completed as of 12-10-17

visited 46 states (20.4%)
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Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 4:08pm Top


Yes! I do have goals this coming year, loosely formed, but goals nontheless.
1. Read the ER's I've been accumulating - I'm serious about this so here's my link to the TBR Challenge page https://www.librarything.com/topic/243399

2. Read books within a series I've accumulated, particularly mysteries by Donna Leon, Alexander McCall Smith, Charlaine Harris and C J Sansom

3. Award Finalists - Awards I may want to follow in 2017. I'm thinking I'll just be focusing on the short lists.

National Book Awards:

NBA Longlist Announcements:
- Fiction - 9/15

Elliot Ackerman: Dark at the Crossing READ 9/17
Daniel Alarcón: The King Is Always Above the People: Stories
Charmaine Craig: Miss Burma
Jennifer Egan: Manhattan Beach
Lisa Ko: The Leavers
Min Jin Lee: Pachinko
Carmen Maria Machado: Her Body and Other Parties: Stories
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton: A Kind of Freedom READ 9/17
Jesmyn Ward: Sing, Unburied, Sing READ 10/17
Carol Zoref: Barren Island

- Finalists Announced - 10/4

Elliot Ackerman, Dark at the Crossing - Read

Lisa Ko, The Leavers -

Min Jin Lee, Pachinko -

Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories -

Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing - Read *WINNER*

- National Book Award Ceremony and Benefit Gala (Livestream) - 11/15 (Winners announced)

Man Booker
The ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 12 or 13 books will be announced in July 2017
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster (US) (Faber & Faber)
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Ireland) (Faber & Faber) READ
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund (US) (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) READ
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Pakistan-UK) (Hamish Hamilton) READ
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Ireland) (Canongate)
Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor (UK) (4th Estate)
Elmet by Fiona Mozley (UK) (JM Originals) READ
The Ministry Of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy (India) (Hamish Hamilton)
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (US) (Bloomsbury Publishing) READ *WINNER*
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie (UK-Pakistan) (Bloomsbury Circus)
Autumn by Ali Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton) READ
Swing Time by Zadie Smith (UK) (Hamish Hamilton) READ
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (US) (Fleet) READ

and the shortlist of six books in September 2017. The winner of the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction will be announced on 17 October 2017 at an awards ceremony at London’s Guildhall, broadcast live by the BBC.
Man Booker International
Shortlist 4-20-17 Winner announced 6-14-17

Longlist : Mathias Enard (France), Compass
Wioletta Greg (Poland), Swallowing Mercury
David Grossman (Israel), A Horse Walks Into a Bar Read - READ - Winner
Stefan Hertmans (Belgium), War and Turpentine
Roy Jacobsen (Norway),Don Shaw, The Unseen
Ismail Kadare (Albania), The Traitor's Niche
Jon Kalman Stefansson (Iceland), Fish Have No Feet
Yan Lianke (China), The Explosion Chronicles
Alain Mabanckou (France), , Black Moses
Clemens Meyer (Germany), Bricks and Mortar
Dorthe Nors (Denmark), Mirror, Shoulder, Signal
Amos Oz (Israel), Judas
Samanta Schweblin (Argentina), Fever Dream - READ 4.75/5
Tournament of Books 2018
Started in November, 17 with a selection of 72 books - wooo, that's a lot! I intend you concentrate on those under 300 pages

Her body and other parties : stories Sadly I couldn't renew this one. Will try again

White tears COMPLETED

Universal harvester


Temporary people

So much blue : a novel

A separation : a novel COMPLETED

Marlena : a novel

Kingdom Cons Reading

In the distance

Homesick for another world

The end of Eddy

Eat only when you're hungry

Dear cyborgs : a novel

The dark dark : stories COMPLETED

The book of Joan : a novel

The woman next door


One of the boys : a novel

Augustown : a novel

All Grown Up

*I also have a couple reserved on Kindle and Audio/Overdrive and have listed them here.

Goodbye, Vitamin COMPLETED

The list will be whittled down by ToB on Jan 3, 2018

Neighborhood Book Swap 2017
Finding me by Michelle Knight - COMPLETED 12/16

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - my submission

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - read several years ago

Salt sugar fat by Micheal Moss

STING by Sandra Brown

Paris Letters by Janice MacLeod

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

The girl on the train - Read in 2015

Neighborhood Book Swap 2018

Hasn't chosen yet
The Rooster Bar - John Grishman
Hasn't chosen yet
Winter Garden - Kristin Hannah
Hasn't chosen yet
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Robinson
News of the World - Paulette Jiles
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Hasn't chosen yet
Pandora's Lab
Wine & War
The Dollhouse By FionaDavis
The storied life of AJ Fikory by Gabrielle Zevin

Edited: Dec 1, 2017, 7:37am Top

1. The Invoice ER
2. The Princess Diarist Library
3. A Gentleman in Moscow Passed from Mark, sending on to Beth.
4. Without you, there is no us ER

5. A Thousand Acres Thanks to Julia for sending me to Iowa!
6. Human Acts ER
7. March: Book One Library
8. March: Book Two Library
9. The Vegetarian Library Tournament of Books
10. Black Wave Library Tournament of Books

11. Homegoing Library Tournament of Books
12. Wide Sargasso Sea Pauls BAC
13. Mexico Stories ER
14. Fever Dream Library Booker International Longlist
15. March: Book Three Library

Edited: Dec 1, 2017, 7:38am Top

Accomplishments - 2nd Quarter

16. Paris Letters NBSwap
17. A Horse Walks into a Bar Booker international Longlist


18. Strange Pilgrims

Edited: Dec 1, 2017, 7:38am Top

Accomplishments - 3rd Quarter
19. Hunting Season
20. Just Mercy

21. Exit West - Booker Long list
22. The Woman in Cabin 10
23. History of Wolves - Booker Long list
24. Days Without End - Booker Long list
25. Lincoln in the Bardo - Booker Long list

26. Swing Time - Booker Long list
27. Autumn - Booker Long list
28. Elmet - Booker Short list
29. A Kind of Freedom - National Book Award Long list

Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 5:28pm Top

Accomplishments - 4th Quarter
30. Dark at the Crossing - National Book Award Short list
31. Sing, Unburied, Sing - National Book Award Short list
32. Pines
33. The Odyssey
34. Oresteia

35. Morality For Beautiful Girls
36. Chemistry: A Novel - Tournament of Books
37. Goodbye, Vitamin - " " "

38. The Dark Dark - " " "
39. Ties " " "
40. A Separation " " "
41. White Tears " " "

Dec 1, 2017, 7:04am Top

Dec 1, 2017, 7:05am Top

Happy New Thread, Lynda! And Happy Friday, my friend.

Edited: Dec 1, 2017, 7:41am Top

>9 msf59: Hey Mark! You are number #1, my friend. Here is your welcome beverage

Happy Friday to you! Hope you have an easy peasy kind of day!

Dec 1, 2017, 7:48am Top

Happy new thread, Lynda!

Dec 1, 2017, 7:50am Top

>11 scaifea: Thanks, Amber!

Dec 1, 2017, 7:50am Top

Tournament of Books scorecard to date:

1. Tie between Chemistry & Goodbye, Vitamin - These two novellas are so similar it's scary. If I had to give the edge to one of them it would be Goodbye, Vitamin simply for its treatment of Alzheimer's Disease. Other than that, both books contain a 20/30 something woman living the life she would not have chosen if not for following a man who is pursuing his dream. They both contend wiith parent issues, past boyfriends and possible new ones
My guess is, these books will cancel each other out and not proceed to the next stage.

Stay tuned, The Dark Dark is pretty darn good, so far.

Edited: Dec 12, 2017, 10:50am Top

I've missed participating on TIOLI this year so after dipping my toes back into that thread in November I am fully absorbed again.

Here are the challenges in participating in for December:

Challenge #2: Read a book that has a word in the title that describes how you feel when the wiki is not working
A Seperation by Katie Kitamura - COMPLETED

Challenge # 6: Read a book that features 12 something
The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt (12 letters in author's name) - COMPLETED

Challenge #7: Read a book on the 2017 New York Times Notable Book list
White Tears By Hari Kunzru

Challenge # 8. Finish a book which you started in October 2017 or earlier
Across Many Mountains Started in March 2017 - Reading

Challenge #9: Read a book with a one word title
Ties By Domenico Starnone COMPLETED

Challenge #12: Read a book where the author's name contains at least two consecutive alphabetical letters
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (R,S & N,O x3)

Dark Fire C J Sansom (N,O & M,N) Reading

Dec 1, 2017, 9:29am Top

Happy new thread!

Dec 1, 2017, 10:49am Top

Thanks, Jim!

Dec 1, 2017, 10:57am Top

Happy December thread--I like your Challenges this month!

Edited: Dec 1, 2017, 11:31am Top

Thanks, Kim! And I actually believe I'll be able to finish all of those challenges.......I hope ;0)

Folks, I need your ideas...................
Has anyone switched from Spectrum/Time Warner for Cable/landline/internet to another service which provides cable and internet. My husband is ready to cut the cord with the land line and finally get a cell phone. We have a smart tv and feel we are not utilizing it to its full capability. Help, we are so techstupid.

Dec 1, 2017, 4:52pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda!

>18 Carmenere: Can't help you with that, I am equally techstupid in that field ;-)

Dec 1, 2017, 6:36pm Top

Thanks, Anita! Gone are the days when a manual was packed into the box with your tv. We're lucky we can turn it on and get the channel we want let alone discover all of its "smart features".

Dec 1, 2017, 7:50pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda. Good luck with the goals you're setting.

Dec 1, 2017, 10:03pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda.

>10 Carmenere: - Oh...that looks tasty. Love the seasonal offerings!

Dec 1, 2017, 10:07pm Top

Happy new thread, Lynda.

Have a lovely weekend. xx

Dec 2, 2017, 2:11am Top

Happy new thread, Lynda. I hope you find someone to answer your tech questions. I am in another country so services are different.

Dec 2, 2017, 7:10am Top

Morning, Lynda. Happy Saturday. Enjoy our last mild weekend of the year. Sad face. Thanks for the Great Lakes. Yum.

Dec 2, 2017, 9:36am Top

Morning, Lynda! Happy new thread! We had a landline in Indiana, but when we moved to Georgia, we decided not to have one - no regrets.

Dec 2, 2017, 10:37am Top

Happy new thread! Wishing you a great weekend, Lynda.

Ah, technology. Sometimes I feel pretty techstupid, too, and it's my job to know this stuff. So hard to keep up.

Edited: Dec 3, 2017, 6:22am Top

>21 BLBera: Thanks, Beth!

>22 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori! Doesn't it though? I need to add Christmas Ale to my grocery list and purchase before it's sold out.

>23 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul! Hope you are enjoying a wonderful weekend as well.

>24 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! Bill, Will and I just need to find the time in the next couple of weeks to sit down and fiddle around with it till we can make sense of a Smart tv and how the internet interacts with it. *sigh*

>25 msf59: I heard, Mark! It looks as if winter is arriving on Tuesday. To for me to go into my hermit/hibernation stage of existence. You best take your gotchies our of storage.

>26 Crazymamie: Happy Sunday, Mamie! Bill has been landline adamant but has of late started using my cellphone. So I think the time is ripe. :0)

>27 tymfos: Thanks Terri! Ha! Yeah, you are correct! It is "so hard to keep up" and exhausting as well. Keep us in your thoughts during this life altering event ;0)

Dec 3, 2017, 6:37pm Top

#38-2017 The Dark Dark
Samantha Hunt
239 pgs
2018 Tournament of Books

I've been to..............Galveston, Texas
Akron, Ohio
South Florida hurricane

Thoughts...............The author of Mr. Splitfoot, which I've not yet read but have heard good things, has published a group of short stories that are, unusual and a bit eerie. Strange things occur in the dark of night and Ms. Hunt tells of these occurrences in a manner that leaves the reader imagining what might happen after the last printed word is read. The author talks of pregnancies and the inability to become pregnant, of infidelity and insecurity. I suppose you could say it's mainly women's issues but her stories are written so well and are so original that it can be enjoyed by all.

Dec 3, 2017, 6:41pm Top

Tournament of Books 2018 Scorecard:

1. The Dark Dark
2 (tie) Goodbye, Vitamin & Chemistry

Edited: Dec 4, 2017, 9:38am Top

I'm currently reading Ties by Domenico Starnone for the ToB's. Has anyone else read this one? It was translated by Jhumpa Lahiri and she includes a very nice Introduction.

Dec 4, 2017, 12:34pm Top

Happy new thread Lynda!

Edited: Dec 5, 2017, 9:16am Top

Thanks, Heather!

Well, I had a scary situation very early this morning about 4am. I was first awakened by rain and very strong winds. As I lay in bed, waiting for sleep to return, I began hearing noises from downstairs. Hmmm, Mittens is sleeping at the foot of our bed. My husband is snoring softly beside me. Hmmm, more noices. Is that a foot step I just heard? More noises.......Is someone fumbling through the Christmas gifts I left in the living room to wrap? Hmmm, I won't wake Bill. He went to bed later than I. what to do, what to do? Go downstairs, but I need something to hold, you know, just in case. What do I have? What could I use? I'm not going downstairs to the unknown alone without protection. A Ha! I unscrew the heavy wood spindle from our rice bed and sufficiently protected I creep downstairs. Mittens follows. For him, This could mean it's time for breakfast. I quickly flick on all the lights I can and hold my spindle with two hands like a baseball bat. Mittens and I do not fine anyone lurking in the shadows. It must be the wind. I scratch mittens' head, fill his dish, thank him for his support and begin to return to my nice warm bed. But wait?! That's it! That's the noise! As I was climbing the steps to the second floor I discovered the noise was coming from between the walls. If you live in a semi-rural area you'd know it's at this time of year when furry little creatures find warmth in the walls of homes. Not doubt a little mouse created all the commotion. *sigh* How could I have forgotten this?!

Still reading Ties. My rating for this one could be quite high, depending on how the conclusion goes.

Dec 5, 2017, 3:09pm Top

>33 Carmenere: Oh, no! Our two acres in Ohio had been cut from the corner of a massive cornfield, and there were cornfields on the other side of the road, too, so yeah, I know just what that sound is. Every fall when the combines rolled through. Can't say that I miss it, either. Yoicks.

Edited: Dec 5, 2017, 5:08pm Top

>34 scaifea: You must also remember, Amber, the noxious scent that sometimes fills a room but there's no evidence as to why. Sad, but so country.

Dec 5, 2017, 4:53pm Top

Dec 5, 2017, 5:10pm Top

Glad that your nocturnal visitor was fairly harmless, Lynda! I was worried for you as I read about your nightime scare.

The Dark Dark is definitely going on my wishlist, it sounds deliciously different which makes me happy. :)

Dec 5, 2017, 6:00pm Top

>37 DeltaQueen50: I hope you like The Dark Dark, Judy. It's a little off the wall but the writing is superb!
I too am oh so grateful I did not need to contend with something/someone other than a sneaky and hidden little creature.

Dec 7, 2017, 5:56am Top

Domenico Starnone
150 pgs
2018 Tournament of Books

I've been to.............Restaurant in Piazza Dante - Naples, Italy

Gallipoli, Italy

Thoughts..........I love the way this novella is composed. It is divided into three books. The first is written in Vanda's voice in the late 1970's. Mother of two children she weeps for her marriage and all her newly estranged husband, Aldo, has put her and the children through. Her pain is evident and it's heartbreaking. Book Two is in the voice of Aldo spoken in relatively current times. It is when he is faced with a crisis that he ruminates and laments about his life, his choices, his women. Lastly, Book Three gives the reader the point of view of the children, Sandro and Anna. Their adult voices reverberate with the toll a broken and misguided marriage has indelibly left upon their lives.
I was extremely impressed by this novella. Written by Starnone and translated by Jhumpa Lahiri it is partially a mystery, and partially a thought provoking window into a troubled marriage. For such a short story, the characters are well defined and deep. I would not have discovered this book had it not been for the Tournament of Books 2018 long list. Very worthy work to advance.

Dec 7, 2017, 7:08am Top

My Tournament of Books 2018 Scorecard:

1. Ties
2. The Dark Dark
3. (tie) Goodbye, Vitamin & Chemistry

Current read A Separation

Dec 7, 2017, 8:43am Top

Morning, Lynda! Sweet Thursday! Yikes to the mice, and I also know that sound. When we lived in Indiana, our home was across the road from fields that grew corn one year and then soy beans the next. I SO do not miss that.

You got me with Ties, and our library system has it, so I have requested it. If you posted that review, I will add my thumb.

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 9:20am Top

Good morning, Mamie!
Yes, mice do have a way of etching themselves into our memories, don't they?
I hope you find Ties to be well worth your time. And, yes, I did post my review. Thanks, thumbs are always appreciated.

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 10:54am Top

Thanks for the thumb, Mamie! I haven't had a "Hot Review" since I don't know when.

Buzz buzz buzz. If anyone is searching for a short book to tide them over everyone should check out Ties, I highly recommend it.

Dec 7, 2017, 1:21pm Top

Hi Lynda - I sometimes have bats in the walls, so yes, I've heard noises in the night as well.

You got me with Ties.

Dec 7, 2017, 2:56pm Top

We had mice where I used to work. Not nice to open your desk draw to half eaten chocolate and little souvenirs left behind. I haven't had them in a house that I know of (knock on wood). I wouldn't want to have to contend with them along with all the other critters around here. A least your scare wasn't as bad as you thought it was.

Dec 7, 2017, 6:29pm Top

>44 BLBera: *Gasp, Beth* bbbbbb bats in the walls?! Are they very menacing? I think I'll take my furry little guys with long tails any day.
Yay! another bb for Ties! Yes!

>45 Familyhistorian: Oh my, Meg, how rude of them to munch on your chocolate. You just may need to eat all your chocolate in one sitting. It's tough, I know, but you have to save the mice.
In our 20 years at our current address we've had just a few intruders actually scurry across our floors. Our cat, Mittens, is oblivious to them so it's up to my husband to capture and release. I don't want any part of it. uh uh.

Dec 7, 2017, 6:47pm Top

>45 Familyhistorian: I worked at a library where everyone knew there was an ongoing mouse problem. So we were not to leave food out, etc.

My boss left little chocolates as a Christmas treat in our mail boxes. I rarely looked at my mail box, since so much of what we did was face-to-face, or email. Weeks later, when I went to look, I found an EMPTY foil wrapper (in the shape of a wrapped present). Never figured out how the mouse got the chocolate, going into a metal cabinet with individual metal drawers, eating the chocolate and leaving not a trace!

Karen O.

Dec 8, 2017, 9:02am Top

>47 klobrien2: Little did you know a photo of the perpetrator exists

Dec 8, 2017, 11:02am Top

Morning, Lynda! Your little mouse friend made me laugh.

Dec 8, 2017, 11:42am Top

Found you, Lynda! Happy new(ish) thread!
We got rid of our landline about seven years ago and haven't missed it. My mom has a cell and a landline as a back-up, which makes sense for her as her cell phone reception was pretty spotty for years.
I've never had furry things in my walls, so that's a disturbing thought to me, but I have had a cactus woodpecker drill it's way into the side of my house right outside my bedroom and hatch eggs in there. Every morning I was woken up to the sound of the morning feeding, and it was rustling and chirping throughout the day.

Dec 8, 2017, 4:56pm Top

>49 Crazymamie: You know, Mamie, as I gaze upon that little fella, it's like his tail was made for a bird to say "Look, a worm!" It's like birdbait. Sad, but it's nature. None the less, I'm Glad he made you chuckle.

>50 mstrust: Hey Jennifer! Glad you spotted me! Yeah, it's differently time for a change. The sticky wicket is that it's not so easy to just drop your land line from a bundle. I've found that if we drop land line and keep cable and internet the price goes up! Isn't it ludicrous?! It's like we need to make a change of everything at one time. Ugh, not the easiest Christmas present.
Considering you live in the desert I'm pleasantly surprised that a woodpecker has been your intruder. Although, I know, they can be destructive I'd say it's better than snakes and scorpions.

Dec 9, 2017, 2:42am Top

Morning Lynda and happy 2nd advent weekend! :)
Ha, mice in the walls, I remember those from my years with first boyfriend who was a farmer. Sometimes the mice must have partied I thought.

We also had office mice in our groundfloor offices near Frankfurt once. Cookies got eaten, but they also cleanly ate the content out of my omega3 pills and left the outer layer, we were very impressed. :)

Got the Starnone sample, but given that I just half-abandoned a Ferrante about a man leaving the family because I couldn't bear the pain and grief, I don't know yet when I'll get to it.

Dec 9, 2017, 7:05am Top

Morning, Lynda. Happy Saturday. Woke up to another coating of snow. Hope you are getting the same or less.

Dec 9, 2017, 7:43am Top

>52 Deern: Hi Nathalie, Happy Saturday! It appears mice are on to something. This quote came from Time Magazine Oct, 2015 "In the Japanese study, the researchers fed two groups of mice fatty food, but one group had fish oil added to the chow. Mice that ate this food gained significantly less weight and less fat, compared to the group with regular chow. They also and had lower insulin and fasting glucose levels, plus a hotter core temperature."
Apparently, their chocolate gorges are tempered by absconding with Omega-3 capsules from unsuspecting office employees. Think that might be the secret for humans too? In any case, I'm going back on Fish Oil just incase the critters got it right.

Yup, Starnone's book is a raw description of one families experience of a broken-marriage. Not the most enjoyable type of read.

>53 msf59: Morning, Mark! No accumulation here but radar says it's not too far off and will probably hit here around 10ish. Next weeks forecast looks not so enjoyable either. Stay safe and warm out there!

Dec 9, 2017, 11:35pm Top

When I was growing up, my parents' house frequently had mice. Our house, not so much. The one time we did have them was after a renovation where walls had been opened to the elements for a short time. I assume the critters made their entry then. We did manage to banish them.

When my husband and I were first married and living in student housing, there was a critter in our ceiling, between us and the floor above -- we could hear it dashing about overhead. We had those drop ceiling tiles, and I could just imagine it falling through and dropping into our living room. (Ewww!) But it never did. Supposedly maintenance investigated, waited for critter to exit (turns out it was a squirrel) then patched up the entry point.

Dec 10, 2017, 4:32am Top

Mice and rats are obviously different species and wouldn't really know one from the other. Rats give me the absolute creeps though. I remember in Johor in the mid-1990s setting a cage trap for a rat in my house (before I was married) and being shocked when i came back from work to find the biggest bloody rat I had ever seen staring at me through the cage with a less than friendly disposition. Lucky I had a house mate at the time who disposed of the thing for me otherwise I dread to think how long we would have kept each other company!

Have a great weekend, Lynda.

Edited: Dec 11, 2017, 8:13am Top

>54 Carmenere: I might have to abandon vegetarianism to include heavy doses of fishoil for the next couple of weeks. :(
Tried on all my festive clothes yesterday morning and then went and bought a new pair of wide black pants. I eat sweets but far less than in former years, have my 5-7 vegs a day, I walk my daily 10-12,000 steps, do yoga, drink hot ginger water and yet nothing fits anymore.

Dec 11, 2017, 8:51am Top

>55 tymfos: Hey Terri! Please share your banishing secrets. Did the little critters ever find their way back? Your squirrel story remind me of my friend who once had a family of raccoons living in her clothes closet. Apparently, the expectant mom just wanted a safe warm place to deliver her babies. Talk about a fiasco.

>56 PaulCranswick: Egads, Paul! That's the most godawful rodent story I have ever heard! I'm sure you took your housemate out for a round of drinks after that disposal!

>57 Deern: Girlfriend, you've discovered what I discovered a couple of years ago! I found that the stuff I'd heard about is actually true. A slower metabolism is the enemy of women over 40ish. We eat the same way, we exercise as before, yet our bodies are looking so different! My weight is exactly the same as it's been since my 20's but the distribution of fat and gravity at work have changed the scenery. Let's not even begin talking about crepe paper skin. Aaaargh! Good luck, Nathalie we're all in this together but as long as we eat right and keep active, we'll hopefully remain healthy.
BTW: lol I also stopped off at the store yesterday and picked up a new bottle of fishoil!

Dec 11, 2017, 9:25am Top

>57 Deern: >58 Carmenere: *reads posts and nods head* Yep, I'm right there with you ladies.
*also sitting at computer at 8:30am eating potato chips, so there's that issue, too*

Dec 12, 2017, 1:03am Top

Lynda--Hi! Getting caught up here. Sorry about the mouse scare. Let's not talk about the redistribution of charms as we age. LOL. I am enjoying my candy before I buckle down on another New's Year Resolution. : )

Dec 12, 2017, 7:05am Top

Morning, Lynda. I hope your week is off to a good start and I hope those current reads are treating you fine.

Dec 12, 2017, 9:01am Top

>59 scaifea: Hey Amber, I won't even bring up the bag of dill pickle chips I ate driving home from the store. Oops, I think I just did :/

>60 Berly: Kim, we are on the same page! Yeah, I'll gorge on holiday treats till 1/1/18 then it's back to basics. I figure, "Hey, the damage is already done"

>61 msf59: Howdy do, Mark! The week's off to a fine start but busy busy busy. We're picking Will up on Thursday so I want to give the house a quick tidy because our calendar is filling up with fun events once he's home. First and foremost being THE LAST JEDI on Friday! Eeeeeee, so excited!

it's before 9am and I had a cup of coffee, a bowl of oatmeal (cause that's what you do when it's cold and you've got a few inches of lake effect snow on your deck) and scrubbed the kitchen, laundry room and downstairs bath floors :0). Now, I will sit in front of my Christmas gift from Bill and Will and have the 2nd cup of coffee of the day and finish A Separation then possibly try to go back to Dark Fire which I'd started earlier this year and desperately want to finish.
Oh, haven't I told you about my early Christmas gift? I'll take a pic.

Dec 12, 2017, 11:57am Top

*sits down to wait for the photo*

Edited: Dec 12, 2017, 1:08pm Top

>63 Crazymamie: hahaha go about your day, Mamie, I've got a few things to do beforehand too.

Dec 12, 2017, 1:07pm Top

What are you talking about, Lynda? I am just sitting here waiting for the photo. *blinks*

Dec 12, 2017, 1:09pm Top

You silly goose ;0)

Dec 12, 2017, 1:10pm Top


Dec 12, 2017, 1:10pm Top

>65 Crazymamie: Pick the box up and shake it. : D

Dec 12, 2017, 1:16pm Top

Ha! It's already open, I'm assuming, since it was an early Christmas gift. And she was sitting in front of it, so it might be hot. I can't tell on account of there is no photo.

Edited: Dec 12, 2017, 4:08pm Top


Dec 12, 2017, 4:09pm Top

VERY nice!

Dec 12, 2017, 4:43pm Top

Thanks, I think so too. It is in our master bedroom (notice the laminate flooring?) The books on the shelf are from the library so they'll be out of the way and off the floor. It has a heat element too when its especially cold. Now, if I had a Keurig up there, I'd read all day and never come downstairs.

Dec 12, 2017, 4:46pm Top

What a great present! Good for you!

Edited: Dec 12, 2017, 4:58pm Top

>73 mstrust: Yeah, Jennifer, I'm pleased. Now, I'm thinking I should rethink my gift for Bill, cause the cell phone is still a question mark.

This is the view I get when I crain my neck from the chair. (that chair is borrowed from Will's room, Bill and I haven't found the right seating arrangement for the master.

Yeah yeah yeah, it's sideways.

Dec 13, 2017, 12:16am Top

>70 Carmenere: love it, one day I'll have one of those. They're selling minis here this year, but they're a bit ridiculous. Lovely floor and wall color as well!

>58 Carmenere: I read this last night, silently crying into my broccoli (which had a little extra of pumpkin tortellini in it I admit and fat-free Greek yogurt on top).
My own weight has gone up up up in the past 3 years. Since my late teens my weight always fell effortlessly when something new and exciting happened in my life (new relationship, job, moving here) through 2 dress sizes, stayed low for a long while and then slowly crept back up when life was peaceful but dull despite all kinds of efforts to eat healthy or to do sports. I always had 3 dress sizes in my wardrobe, but last year threw out lots of the old bigger stuff and hate now having to buy new in those sizes. I'd say it's high time for something positively exciting to happen again.
But you're right, I'm getting belly fat this time, never happened before. *grrr*

Dec 13, 2017, 8:14am Top

>70 Carmenere: Ooooh, I love it!!

Dec 13, 2017, 9:42pm Top

>33 Carmenere: - Oh no... not the little furry creatures! I can partially relate to your situation via proxy of my brother and SIL who had a squirrel infestation problem in their attic last year. Suffice to say, my brother no longer sees squirrels as 'little furry creatures' but as evil incarnate. ;-)

The decision to go mobile only is a tough one. We still have a land line - so that we can buzz visitors into our older style multi-family dwelling complex - but other than that, we hardly ever use it. I was curious about multi-family dwellings where the front entry system can be programed to call your mobile phone for entry. I can see some pluses - and some minuses - for that, after having talked with my oldest brother and SIL. The plus side is that you can buzz anyone into the building using your mobile phone, even if you happen to be traveling in another country! That blows my mind, but as a downside, I really don't like the idea of someone buzzing my phone, I get the call and I don't want to let that person know that I am not at home (i.e., the place is prime for potential burglary). I came up with a solution when my work building recently installed one of those systems when we became a controlled access building with no reception. I programed the phone number of the entry system into my contacts list and I can ignore it if I am not expecting a visitor. Gotta be creative with technology. ;-)

>70 Carmenere: - What a fabulous present!

Dec 14, 2017, 3:02pm Top

>70 Carmenere: Very nice gift, Lynda.

Dec 15, 2017, 5:33am Top

>70 Carmenere: Score!!! Oh, how will you ever leave that warmth and the books? ; )

Dec 15, 2017, 6:25am Top

>75 Deern: >70 Carmenere: Nathalie, when we began to redecorate the 2nd floor, I told Bill, "just do whatever" because I was not in an arguing mood. The lavender was a pleasant surprise. The adjoining master bath, not so much. He explained he wants each room to be a different color but that still does not explain why he chose a Pepto-Bismol pink. It's a rude, eye blinding color that reminds me of my bedroom when I was 4. After adding white and gray accessories, it turns out, it's really not so bad.
>75 Deern: >58 Carmenere: Ugh, I've never been an up and down weight person but I truly sympathize with those who are. I've come to believe that no matter how we look to ourselves (pudgy, wrinkly, bad hair day etc, we (this includes e-v-e-r-y-b-o-d-y) have to love ourselves. Regardless of whatever. When we do, it changes the world around us and within us. This feels really good

>76 scaifea: Ain't I a lucky girl, Amber :0)

>77 lkernagh: >33 Carmenere: Eek, Lori! I think squirrels in the attic can lead to bats in the belfry, if ya know what I mean.
"Gotta be creative with technology" I like that! Need to sit and ruminate on this phone situation.

>78 BLBera: It is, Beth, and very thoughtful too.

>79 Berly: Kim! I can not tell you just how difficult it is but I'm adjusting ;0)

The Willmeister's home! Tonight, we have tickets to the Last Jedi! Squeel, so excited!
My calendar slapped me in the face the other day. I was thinking I had 2 more weeks till Christmas. Wrong! I've got to start the baking But first, a short review............

Edited: Dec 26, 2017, 4:13pm Top

My Tournament of Books 2018 Scorecard:

1. Ties
2. The Dark Dark
3. A Separation
4/5. (tie) Goodbye, Vitamin

Edited: Dec 15, 2017, 7:18am Top

A Separation
Katie Kitamura
229 pgs
2018 Tournament of Books

I've been to.............Mani, Greece
Gerolimenas, Greece

Ugh! Right on the heels of one book Ties about a troubled marriage, comes another but a tad bit less like-able A Separation.

Thoughts...........The nameless narrator has come to an agreement with her husband. They will separate but she is to tell no one. So, what does she do when her mother-in-law calls and tells her she can not locate her son and he's not returning her calls? She's the wife, why doesn't she know where he is? The MIL tells her he's somewhere in Greece and why isn't she with him and will she fly from England to his last known location on a Greek peninsula and find him. Hah, sounds like a premise for a comedy. No, far from it. The book is a sad telling of betrayal and infidelity. Panoramic Greece becomes the stage for the undoing of a marriage that was never right, perhaps, never good. Although the writing is well done, the characterizations just make the reader cringe and, to me, so unlikable, and ambivalent to whatever the outcome may be .

Dec 15, 2017, 7:02am Top

Morning, Lynda. Happy Friday. I remember enjoying A Separation, back when I read it. I liked the creepy atmosphere and tone of the story.

Edited: Dec 15, 2017, 7:20am Top

>83 msf59: Happy Friday, Mark! Maybe I had just overdosed on reading about bad marriages leaving me a little bitter? tired? maybe. I did love the scenery!

Dec 15, 2017, 8:44am Top

Will someone please talk to me like I'm a 5 year old and explain Net neutrality to me? Is it good, is it bad? Thank you :/

Dec 15, 2017, 10:23am Top

I am no American, but what I have picked up about Net Neutrality is that with Net Neutrality providers have to give every content the same way of use. Content being what you want to get from the world wide web.
Without Net Neutrality providers can make a difference between content they want you to see and other content. So web-pages they like will apear faster on your screen that non-sponsored content.

I hope this helps.
I am glad Net Neutrality is guarantied by law in my country.

Dec 15, 2017, 10:53am Top

I think, maybe?, also, internet providers will be able to start charging more for internet access, which I think may lead to tiered pricing packages, depending on what sites you want to use, sort of like how people pay for cable - packages that include premium sites will cost you more per month and such. I could be misunderstanding that part, though. I sure hope so, at least. Any way you look at it, it ain't good.

Edited: Dec 15, 2017, 10:08pm Top

>85 Carmenere: - Coping a paragraph from the following website: https://www.komando.com/happening-now/433986/net-neutrality-explained-in-plain-english-and-what-it-means-to-you
"Net Neutrality is a principle affirming that all ISP (Internet Service Providers) must treat all data on the internet equally. They must not discriminate against certain services, users, content, applications, or methods of communication. Under Net Neutrality regulations, an ISP is not allowed to intentionally block, nor slow down specific content or websites. Nor is an ISP allowed to charge additional fees for access to certain internet services.

In more simple terms this means that an ISP (e.g., Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable) is not allowed to deny access to, charge extra for, or deliberately slow down an internet related service or website such as Netflix or Facebook."
Net neutrality = good :-)

FCC decision = Bad ;-(

ETA: Even though net neutrality is still a cornerstone of Canadian internet, this decision impacts Canadians as Canadian data (website) requests can be channeled by our ISP providers through the US. Suffice to say, I am not a happy camper that an internal US decision will have ramifications on my internet access, outside of my control.

Apologies for the mini-rant... I am still upset about the outcome of that vote.

Edited: Dec 16, 2017, 7:47am Top

>86 FAMeulstee:>87>88 Thanks Anita, Amber and Lori! Thanks so much! I get it now! It's like, (tell me if I'm wrong) if the internet were a library where one day you can walk in and for free you can borrow any book in the building. Then the next day you walk in and are charged $1 to borrow periodicals, $2 for children's books etc etc until you get NYT weekly best sellers in non-fiction and you are charged $10.
Even if this is semi accurate, it's insane! The only ones to benefit are the internet providers!
Your mini-rant is fine here, Lori. I did not vote for the newbie nor for the has-been. With the amount of intelligent, thoughtful people residing in the US it shocks me still how it came down to these two.
BTW: after doing a little more research (link below), because I'm completely beside myself, I discovered the man #45 promoted to director of the FCC was actually hired by #44 several years ago. Clearly bipartisan stupidity. Apologies for the mini-rant.

FCC Chairman

I will now back cookies :0)

Dec 16, 2017, 8:28am Top

My fave bookstore just shared this on facebook. The consequences are far reaching.
Net Neutrality and libraries">

Dec 16, 2017, 11:08am Top

You might be interested in a documentary called "Barbershop Punk" that I saw on Netflix. It's about the case of a man who wanted to share files of barbershop music, stuff that was a hundred years old so not under copyright law, to other enthusiasts. He found that his server was reading his messages to his friends and delaying, or not delivering his messages. It went to court and became a landmark case about internet neutrality.

Dec 17, 2017, 10:09am Top

>91 mstrust: Thanks, Jennifer! Robb Topolski, what an extremely interesting documentary. Isn't it crazy how Comcast assumed the right to censor content.
I can understand powers at be might want to make the web safer or prohibit fake news or terrorist organizations from posting inappropriate content but if they can't use the internet, they'll have other venues to share their ideas.
I was amused when one of the speakers said it's rare and unusual when Christian Right wingers and pro abortion supporters both agree on something but in regards to Net Neutrality, they do.
Yet, didn't the networks for, various reasons. decide/censor 9/11 news and chose not to show people jumping to their deaths while people all over the world saw it? Wasn't that somewhat like Comcast chose to do?
I don't know, but either way, the public seems to lose.

Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 10:13am Top

>82 Carmenere: Greece is certainly on my bucket list for the next five years, Lynda.

Five countries I haven't been yet that I really want to go to.

1 Italy
2 Greece
3 Australia
4 Japan
5 Sweden

Have a lovely weekend.

Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 10:37am Top

>93 PaulCranswick: Paul, I can honestly say, I've wanted to see Greece, Athens specifically, since 5th grade. A remarkable social studies teacher, Mrs. Weintraub, lit my Grecian spark. Now, I've learned that it is best, to spend just a few days in Athens and more time on the islands. So, that's our plan, also hopefully, within the next 5 years. Might as well include Italy while I'm in that direction. Of course, I've wanted to go to England since Elton John and Jane Eyre. My husband has been to Australia but enjoyed New Zealand more so. So maybe NZ will be on our radar in the coming years. At 56 & 60 we've really got to plan these trips while we're still mobile.

Back to cinnamon sugar cookies, a visit back to high school to see the current seniors (many of Will's friends) perform in the holiday concert.
Oh, yeah, we saw The Last Jedi Friday night. Any else? Thoughts?

Dec 17, 2017, 3:21pm Top

>92 Carmenere: It was such a weird situation. A guy wants to share very old, completely inoffensive music, and for some reason Comcast made the decision that he shouldn't. And they messed with the wrong barbershop fan. I'm glad you found the documentary as interesting as I did.
Today I'm making what I believe will be my last batch for Christmas- truffle brownies.

Dec 18, 2017, 7:18am Top

>93 PaulCranswick:, >94 Carmenere: waving from Italy! Let me know in advance and I'll try to travel South for meetups! We now even have a direct train line from Bolzano to both Rome (where I still haven't been) and Naples.

Dec 19, 2017, 12:16am Top

It's going to be a busy week so I'm here to wish you all the best of the season, Lynda. I will be away for the week between Christmas and New Years, but I will definitely hunt down your 2018 thread when I return.

Edited: Dec 19, 2017, 9:08am Top

>95 mstrust: Mmm, truffle brownies sound deliciously decadent, Jennifer. Do you freeze your goodies till Christmas or nibble from your hoard right way?

>96 Deern: Oh, Nathalie, that would be delightful!! Rome is not on our radar next year as we're returning to Mexico. We loved traveling to Europe the past two years but with so much to see, it was exhausting. So it's back to beaches and books. I'll try to get my guys thinking about an Italian/Grecian combo in 2019 and will be sure to keep you updated if anything comes of it.

>97 DeltaQueen50: Thank you so much, Judy! I wish the same for you! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Safe travels!! See you in January :0)

Last year, my older cousin from Texas gave me a long lost copy of Nana's nut roll recipe. I made it for Christmas in '16 but it was heavy as a brick and looked like an artisan bread. Didn't taste bad but it just wasn't right.
Last night I made the dough again (which needs to sit in the frig overnight) and discovered what I did wrong. Yeast! the recipe call for 2 cakes of yeast. Well, I'm not familiar with yeast coming in cakes, just packets. I suppose I thought 2 packets = 2 cakes. WRONG! It appears (and please correct me if I'm wrong....again) I need 6 packets to = 2 cakes of yeast. That's how I made it last night so I'll let you know what the results are later today. :}

Dec 19, 2017, 8:57am Top

I am not a baker, so I have absolutely no idea on the yeast questions, but I can't wait to hear how they turned out!! Travel involving beaches and books sounds heavenly.

Dec 19, 2017, 9:30am Top

Morning, Lynda. Happy Tuesday. 50 degrees. Yah!

Hope those books are treating you well.

Dec 19, 2017, 11:23am Top

>98 Carmenere: Oh no, I know better than to leave them out. As soon as they cool, they're in the freezer. I leave out only the edges of the bars or a broken cookie for Mike to taste, then he can eat all he wants from the ones we take to Vegas.
I'm afraid I've only used yeast maybe three times in my life so I'm no help with your baking.

Dec 21, 2017, 12:53am Top

>98 Carmenere: I've baked with yeast quite a bit but never with yeast cakes. If it was heavy then it probably needed more yeast. I hope that the nut roll comes out the way that you remember, Lynda.

Dec 22, 2017, 4:43am Top

I can't help with the yeast as measurements are different here, but we also have yeast in powder in little bags and "fresh" yeast in blocks sold from the cool shelf of which you need much less. Maybe they're the equivalent of yeast cakes?? Anyway, with those my cakes always worked well, with the powder only 50% of the time and the dough took much longer to rise.

Leaving my year-end wishes early this year:


I was considering sending a Santa or Christkindl pic, but maybe a snow-covered family dog - Anton, my aunt Karin's Eurasian - serves better
as a neutral messenger for the joys of the year-end. :)

A Very Merry Christmas or Very Happy Holidays to all my dear LT friends and their loved ones.
May there be lots of great books under the tree or in the stockings, may there be your favorite foods on the table,
May there be joy and laughter and above all lots and lots of love around you and everywhere in the world.


Dec 22, 2017, 12:28pm Top

Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Lynda!

Dec 23, 2017, 4:15pm Top

Hi Lynda!

P had a similar misadventure with a very old recipe from her mom's collection - I believe it called for a yeast cake and she honestly didn't know how to translate that into currently available measures and forms. I think she figured it out but it took more than one baking round.

Wishing you a warm holiday season filled with love, laughter, and good books.

Dec 23, 2017, 7:44pm Top

Hi Lynda, stopping by to wish you and your loved ones peace, joy and happiness this holiday season and for 2018!

Dec 24, 2017, 8:46pm Top

Dec 24, 2017, 9:38pm Top

Wishing you all good things this holiday season and beyond.

Dec 24, 2017, 9:45pm Top

It is that time of year again, between Solstice and Christmas, just after Hanukkah, when our thoughts turn to wishing each other well in whatever language or image is meaningful to the recipient. So, whether I wish you Happy Solstice or Merry Christmas, know that what I really wish you, and for you, is this:

Dec 26, 2017, 3:12pm Top

Happy Boxing Day!!

Dec 29, 2017, 8:33am Top

>99 Berly: I love baking, Kim but this nut roll thing is no fun and I like fun so I've told my husband, in the future, I will stick with what I know: Cheesecake, pumpkin pie, apple pie, cinnamon sugar cookies and kolaches. I'll let the bakery make the nut rolls and pecan pies.

Dec 29, 2017, 8:34am Top

>100 msf59: Happy Friday, Mark! How are you getting along with the blast of cold and snow we've been having? Hope it won't last long!

Dec 29, 2017, 8:36am Top

Morning, Lynda! Lovely to see you back online - we missed you! And a wise baker to value your time and happiness when considering how best to use your mad skills.

Dec 29, 2017, 8:37am Top

>101 mstrust: Yes, I did the same, Jennifer! Will and I split a cookie when it comes out of the oven just to make sure it's safe to consume. I know, it's a dangerous job but we'll lay down our lives for our guests ;0)

Dec 29, 2017, 8:39am Top

>102 Familyhistorian: eh, not so good, Meg, crumbly but still edible. *sigh* Since I'm not getting any joy out of this I'm quitting the nut roll business. There's a nice little bakery nearby that would love to have my business.

Dec 29, 2017, 8:41am Top

>103 Deern: Anton the Christmas dog is a delightful addition to the usual characters, Nathalie. I'm glad he stopped by.
Have a very happy new year, my friend!

Dec 29, 2017, 8:44am Top

>104 mstrust: Yes, "naughty" is such an ambiguous word. Currently, I'd define naughty as eating all the leftover kolaches in the tupperware with a cup of coffee : o *burp*

Dec 29, 2017, 8:47am Top

>105 EBT1002: Yeah, that's the thing with older recipes, Ellen. They baked differently and with different terms. I remember my grandmother, while teaching my mom how to make something, told her to add a handful of flour and a half a handful of sugar! Ha! This is our inheritance!

Dec 29, 2017, 8:47am Top

>106 lkernagh: Thanks, Lori and the same to you!

Dec 29, 2017, 8:48am Top

>107 rretzler: Thanks Robin and same to you!

Dec 29, 2017, 8:49am Top

>108 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul and all the best to you and yours as well!

Dec 29, 2017, 8:50am Top

>109 ronincats: Thanks, Roni and all the best to you in the new year!

Dec 29, 2017, 8:51am Top

>110 Berly: Thanks Kim! I love Boxing Day. Although nothing much gets boxed it's another day for great get togethers.

Dec 29, 2017, 8:53am Top

>113 Crazymamie: Good morning, Mamie! I've got so much to do to catch up on LT. How cruel are the internet gods to screw up my modem at such a critical time of year. *sigh* honestly!

Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 9:00am Top

Yeah, our modem died on the morning of the 26th! Ugh! We tried to finagle a fix but decided to just have Spectrum come out and work on it.
Our life support arrived yesterday morning and replaced the old modem with new. I, could not work on it then because I had my moms grocery shopping to do. Bill was glued to the desk top all day, Will was on his laptop and my iPad is great for little things but not for extended periods of time on LT. So, here I am this morning. :0)

I've got one more book to review for the year and then I'll begin reading towards 2018. Then I'll create my new year thread.

Dec 29, 2017, 9:07am Top

>125 Carmenere: So glad your technology has been fixed and you're back! Sorry the nut roll thing did not work out, but it is honorable of you to taste all things baked in order to protect your guests. ; ) I'll be on the lookout for your 2018 thread! Happy Friday.

Dec 29, 2017, 9:28am Top

Happy Holidays, Lynda!

Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 9:52am Top

White Tears
Hari Kunzru
271 pgs
2018 Tournament of Books

Where I've been................Washington Square, NYC
Hunts Point, Bronx, NYC

Thoughts..................This novel is a different take on racial bias in the United States. It is of black musicians in the early 20th century being lost to history. It is about entertaining but not gaining notoriety, putting out but being disregarded.
The reader senses this won't be the usual book. There are no quotation marks, a long dash signifies a characters comment. The novel breaks rules. When in New York the story seems straightforward. Two college grads love music, they start their own studio, they monkey around with sound, recordings, musicians of the past. Then, at one point, it became somewhat like China Mieville's writing and when the story takes the reader to the roots of Blues recordings in Mississippi that it becomes dreamlike, ethereal and Gabriel Garcia Marquezlike. A place where ghosts seek revenge. Well worth the read but beware, it's a bit confusing and worthy of a deep conversation after you've read it.
Kunzru's writing is amazing but a bit lofty. Just the same, I enjoyed it.

Dec 29, 2017, 10:19am Top

>126 Berly: Hi there, Kim! I'll probably get to my new thread later today. Finally, we have a day where we can just relax!

>127 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! I tried to hit a lot of threads this morning but I think I missed you! Happiness to you and yours in the new year. Let all things good come your way!

Speaking of good, here's my little story about Christmas Eve dinner. I purchased a whole beef tenderloin from the grocer when it was at a great price. $11.99 per lb. Still outrageous, but hey, it's Christmas. I froze it. Watched tutorials on line as to how to prep it for cooking. Ewe, it seemed complicated with much butcher work to be done. Bla! So, to confirm the tutorial I talked with the butcher at the grocery story and he confirmed, I do indeed need to pull off the silver skin, tear away the seam and trim the fat. Good golly, if I'd only known, I would have splurged for prepared filets.
But I had a $100 plus cut of meat in the freezer and I had to use it.
A couple of days before the 24th I thawed it. On the 23rd I went to work. The seam comes off pretty easily and though I had asked the butcher if I could use it for stew or something he said, throw it away, it's all gristle. So, sadly, I did. With a sharp knife the silver skin came off easily and easy peasy to trim the fat off. Then I sliced it into 16 1 1/2" slices. Feeling pretty proud of my squeemish self I discovered it wasn't that bad.
If I didn't prepare the filets in front of our guests they wouldn't believe I'd made them. They were extraordinary. Prepared in skillet with olive oil, butter, garlic, rosemary and lemon juice to deglaze the pan. Bragging complete :0)

Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 10:40am Top

Update to my Tournament of Books 2018 Scorecard:

1. Ties
2. White Tears
3. The Dark Dark
4. A Separation
5/6. (tie) Goodbye, Vitamin

The Tournament bracket begins January 3rd so I'll just finish the TOB book I've started Kingdom Cons and then wait for the bracket to come out. That will determine what my next ToB read will be.

Dec 29, 2017, 10:43am Top

>129 Carmenere: Next time let me know when dinner is!! Nicely done. :)

Dec 29, 2017, 11:38am Top

>129 Carmenere: The Food Network is calling! Good for you, that would intimidate me too. I have a long history of making good meat as tough as a shoe.

Dec 29, 2017, 1:53pm Top

>131 Berly: Will do, Kim!

>132 mstrust: Sometimes Jennifer, I get lucky. I felt fairly confident as I sauteed the filets because I'd done it before. I got a bit nervous when I had to transfer to a warming tray while the other filets cooked. Luck, that's all. While I'm hot, I purchased a Power Ball ticket for tomorrow.

Dec 30, 2017, 9:26am Top

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday!

Dec 30, 2017, 9:34am Top

Thanks, Chelle! It was lovely!

Dec 31, 2017, 2:37am Top

Good to see you back online, Lynda. Too bad about the nut rolls but the beef tenderloin sounds amazing.

Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 6:43am Top

>136 Familyhistorian: Yes, Meg, it's much more important to have the main dish turn out well. If guests don't want to eat dry nut roll there's always plenty of other
tasty desserts to nibble on.

As much as I'd like to curl up with a book by my Christmas present, we've been invited out. First dinner at mom's - drop off Will at a friends house - proceed to SIL's for festivities and games. Another rite of passage...........this is the first NYE in which Will is bringing in the NY at a different party than his parents. *sigh*

On this thread, we begin celebrating now and continue to fill the buffet and bubbly all day long...Enjoy and drive home safely.....

Dec 31, 2017, 8:00am Top

>128 Carmenere: Good review of White Tears. This one, was a very nice surprise. I was impressed by the depth. I thought about it for quite awhile.

Morning, Lynda. Happy Sunday. Looking forward to thawing out the next couple of days, before starting all over again on Tuesday. Sighs...

Dec 31, 2017, 8:19am Top

>138 msf59: You are right, Mark! White Tears does leave its impression on the reader and it's not so easy to shake. Very original book.
Enjoy your thaw. It seems good news is on the horizon, temps in mid 20's/30's the week of the 8th. Hurrah!

Dec 31, 2017, 11:51am Top

I believe I see Veuve Cliquot back there, so I'm pulling up a chair. Happy New Year's Eve, Lynda!

Dec 31, 2017, 12:06pm Top

>140 mstrust: Ahhh, my friend, not only do you have exquisite eyesight but impeccable taste in champagne. Cheers!

Edited: Dec 31, 2017, 5:32pm Top

My dear, I admire your extraordinary judgement in serving such quality, and in letting me in to drink it for you.
Have a Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2017, 7:56pm Top

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