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Mamie's 2017 Madness (Page 17)

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Dec 7, 2017, 11:02am Top

"It doesn't matter if the glass is half empty or half full, there is clearly room for more wine."

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 8:48am Top



snail's pace

Books Read in December:
97. The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas (reread), off my shelves ebook, romance (The Wallflowers, book 3)
98. A Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (reread), off my shelves ebook, romance (The Wallflowers, book 4)
99. A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas, 2017 acquired ebook, romance (The Wallflowers, book 5)
100. Sudden Mischief by Robert B. Parker, narrated by William Windom (3 stars), library audiobook, mystery/private detective (Spenser, book 25)
101. A Christmas Memory: One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote (5 stars), off my shelves hardback, short stories
102. The Narrows by Michael Connelly (4 stars), off my shelves ebook, police procedural (Harry Bosch, book 10)
103. The Closers by Michael Connelly (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, police procedural (Harry Bosch, book 11)
104. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, narrated by Tim Curry (reread), 2017 acquired audiobook
105. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly (reread), off my shelves ebook, legal thriller (Mickey Haller, book 1)

Books Read in November:
91. Snowblind by Ragnar Jonasson (3.5 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, police procedural (Dark Iceland, book 1) - recommended by Deborah and Barbara
92. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (4 stars) off my shelves ebook, dystopian/1980s pop culture - recommended by Morphy
93. The Children Return by Martin Walker (3.5 stars), off my shelves paperback, police procedural (Bruno, Chief of Police, book 7)
94. The Patriarch by Martin Walker (4 stars), off my shelves paperback, police procedural (Bruno, Chief of Police, book 8)
95. Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas (reread), audiobook/ebook combo, historical romance (The Wallflowers, book 1)
96. It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas (reread), off my shelves ebook, historical romance (Wallflowers, book 2)

Books Read in October:
84. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer (4 stars), library paperback, weird fiction (Southern Reach Trilogy, book 1) - recommended by Chelle
85. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (reread), off my shelves ebook, urban fantasy (Mercy Thompson, book 7)
86. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds (4.5 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, literary fiction
87. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (reread), off my shelves, contemporary fiction/magical realism
88. Autumn by Ai Smith (4.5 stars), library hardback, contemporary fiction/literary fiction
89. Authority by Jeff VanderMeer (4 stars), library paperback, weird fiction (Southern Reach Trilogy, book 2)
90. Calamity Town by Ellery Queen (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, mystery (Ellery Queen, book 16) - recommended by Julia

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 11:04am Top

I am planning on walking the cat this year. That is, I am just going to go where my reading takes me. I am not committing to any challenges except for Ellen’s Reread Challenge, which is a perfect match for me because every year I reread multiple books. I love to reread - it’s like getting together with old friends. I like the comfort of knowing where I am going and the surprise of discovering new truths in a familiar landscape.

So some thoughts I have:

It would be nice to read some of the hundreds of books I have sitting on my shelves - especially the authors that I have multiple standalone books by, such as Elmore Leonard, Philip K. Dick, and George Orwell

I want to keep going on some of the series I focused on this past year as well as some that I have neglected for a while: Harry Bosch, Harry Hole, Inspector Montalbano, Bruno Courrèges, Barsetshire, the Vorkosigan Saga, The Others, Sebastian St. Cyr, ...

I would like to eventually read all of the books mentioned in The English Patient, starting with The Histories by Herodotus

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 11:05am Top

Books Read in September:
75. News of the World by Paulette Jiles (4.25 stars), library ebook, historical fiction
76. Simply Irresistible by Jill Shalvis (3.5 stars), off my shelf ebook, romance (Lucky Harbor, book 1)
77. A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen (3.5 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, mystery (Her Royal Spyness, book 2)
78. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Cruisie (reread), off my shelves ebook, romantic mystery
79. LaBrava by Elmore Leonard (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, crime fiction
80. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (reread), off my shelves ebook, urban fantasy (Mercy Thompson, book 5)
81. The Complete Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne (reread), 2017 gift from Birdy, children's literature
82. River Marked by Patricia Briggs (reread), off my shelves ebook, urban fantasy (Mercy Thompson, book 6)
83. The Lewis Man by Peter May, narrated by Peter Forbes, (4.5 stars) 2017 acquired audiobook, crime fiction (The Lewis Trilogy, book 2)

Books Read in August:
62. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg (reread), 2017 acquired audiobook, narrated by Jill Clayburgh, YA classic
63. What There is to Say, We Have Said: The Correspondence of Eudora Welty and William Maxwell edited by Suzanne Marrs (4.5 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, non-fiction/letters
64. The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson (4.75 stars), library hardback, contemporary fiction - recommended by Kim
65. The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, fantasy - recommended by Jim
66. Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men by Molly Harper (3.5 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, urban fantasy (Jane Jameson, book 2)
67. Nice Girls Don't Live Forever by Molly Harper (3.5 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, urban fantasy (Jane Jameson, book 3)
68. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (reread), off my shelf ebook, urban fantasy (Mercy Thompson, book 1)
69. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (reread), off my shelf ebook, urban fantasy (Mercy Thompson, book 2)
70. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (reread), off my shelf ebook, urban fantasy (Mercy Thompson, book 3)
71. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (reread), off my shelves ebook, urban fantasy (Mercy Thompson, book 4)
72. Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell (3.5 stars), off my shelves ebook, crime fiction/police procedural (Kurt Wallander, book 1)
73. leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess (4.5 stars), library paperback, poetry - recommended by Joe
74. Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion, off my shelves ebook, non-fiction/essays

Books Read in July:
54. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, sf/space opera - recommended by Heather
55. Small Vices by Robert B. Parker (4 stars), library audiobook, crime fiction/detective (Spenser series, book 24) - I actually liked this one!
56. One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis, library audiobook, romance
57. Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews (reread), off my shelves ebook, romantic mystery
58. Head Over Heels by Susan Anderson (reread), off my shelves ebook, romantic suspense
59. One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, urban fantasy (October Daye, book 5)
60. Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, urban fantasy (October Daye, book 6)
61. The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kaye Andrews, library hardback, cookbook

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 11:05am Top

Books Read in June:
44. The Resistance Man by Martin Walker (4 stars), off my shelves paperback, police procedural (Bruno, Chief of Police, book 6)
45. The Chalk Pit by Elly Griffiths (4 stars) 2017 acquired ebook, police procedural (Ruth Galloway, book 9)
46. The Lightkeepers by Abby Geni (5 stars), 2017 acquired paperback, literary fiction/suspense
47. Churchill & Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks (4.5 stars) 2017 acquired hardback, non-fiction/WWII
48. Cold Earth by Anne Cleeves (4 stars), 2017 acquired book, police procedural (Shetland series, book 7)
49. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (thinking), 2017 acquired audiobook/paperback, Murakami/mind-bending mystery
50. The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg (4.5), library hardback, GN
51. The Zebra-Striped Hearse by Ross Macdonald (2.75 stars), library hardback, crime fiction/detective (Lew Archer, book 10)
52. Planetfall by Emma Newman (4.5 stars), library paperback, science fiction/space opera - recommended by Heather
53. Chance by Robert B. Parker (3 stars), library ebook, crime fiction/detective (Spenser series, book 23)

Books Read in May:
40. The Blackhouse by Peter May (4 stars), off my shelves ebook, mystery/police procedural
41. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami (4 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, Murakami
42. Love Story, With Murders by Harry Bingham (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, police procedural (Fiona Griffiths, book 2)
43. Thin Air by Anne Cleeves (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, police procedural (Shetland series, book 6)

Books Read in April:
29. The Captain and the Enemy by Graham Greene (4 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, espionage
30. Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick (4.25 stars), off my shelves paperback, science fiction
31. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, 2017 acquired audiobook, mythology (duh)
32. We Are Legion by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by ray Porter (4 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, science fiction
33. Red Bones by Anne Cleeves (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, mystery/police procedural (Shetland series, book 3)
34. The Devil's Cave by Martin Walker (4 stars), paperback off my shelves. mystery/police procedural (Bruno, Chief of Police, book 5)
35. The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett (4.5 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, historical fiction, Lymond Chronicles, book 1) - series recommended by Lucy
36. Blue Lightning by Ann Cleeves (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, mystery/police procedural (Shetland, book 4)
37. Ann Cleeves' Shetland by Ann Cleeves (5 stars), 2017 acquired book, non-fiction
38. Dead Water by Ann Cleeves (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, mystery/police procedural (Shetland, book 5)
39. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (3.5 stars), off my shelf ebook, urban fantasy (The Others, book 2) - series recommended by Morphy

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 11:06am Top

Books Read in March:
21. An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire (4 stars), library ebook, urban fantasy/private detective (October Daye, book 3) - series recommended by Roni
22. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (4 stars), reread, audiobook, WWI fiction, off my shelves
23. Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara (4.5 stars), ebook off my shelves, fantasy (Chronicles of Elantra, book 2) - series recommended by Roni
24. Cast in Secret by Michelle Sagara (4 stars), ebook off my shelves, fantasy (Chronicles of Elantra, book 3) - series recommended by Roni
25. Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire (4 stars), library ebook, urban fantasy/private detective (October Daye, book 4) - series recommended by Roni
26. The Third Man by Graham Greene, 2017 acquired audiobook, thriller
27. White Nights by Ann Cleeves (3 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, crime fiction/police procedural (Shetland, book 2)
28. The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (3 stars), off my shelves paperback, crime fiction/detective

Books Read in February:
12. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, (5 stars), library hardback, historical fiction - recommended by Mark, and Lynda hypnotized me
13. The Looking-Glass War by John LeCarré, (4 stars),2017 acquired audiobook, espionage (George Smiley series, book 4)
14. Thin Air by Robert B. Parker, (3.5 stars), library hardback, crime fiction (Spenser series, book 22), read this with Roberta
15. Raven Black by Ann Cleeves (4.25 stars), ebook, crime fiction, off my shelves (Shetland, book 1)
16. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov (3.5 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, crime fiction/scifi (Robot series, book 1)
17. A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (3 stars), ebook, urban fantasy/mystery, off my shelves (October Daye series, book 2) - series recommended by Roni
18. City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan (3.5 stars), ebook, historical fiction, off my shelves
19. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (4.5 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, urban fantasy/police procedural (Rivers of London series, book 5)
20. Ghachar Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag (4.5 stars), 2017 acquired paperback, contemporary fiction

Books Read in January:
1. Rivers of London: Volume 1: Body Work by Ben Aaronovitch, art by Lee Sullivan (3.75 stars), GN - police procedural, off my shelves, (Rivers of London series, GN set in between books 4 and 5)
2. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John LeCarré (5 stars), paperback/audio combo, espionage, off my shelves (George Smiley series, book 3)
3. The Chisellers by Brendan O'Carroll (4 stars), library paperback, historical fiction/humor - series recommended by Nancy (Agnes Brown trilogy, book 2)
4. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (5 stars), ebook, off my shelves - series recommended by Jenn (Queen's Thief series, book 1)
5. The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu (4.5 stars), ebook, short story collection, off my shelves - recommended by Mark
6. Talking to the Dead by Harry Bingham (3.75 stars), ebook, off my shelves, police procedural - series recommended by Julia and Joe and Mary (Fiona Griffith series, book 1)
7. Nutshell by Ian McEwan (5 stars), 2017 acquired audiobook, literary fiction - Katie's Dirty Dozen
8. Summer Knight by Jim Butcher (4 stars), audiobook, urban fantasy, off my shelves - Roberta said to keep going (Harry Dresden series, book 4)
9. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene (4 stars), audiobook, literary fiction, off my shelves
10. Get Shorty by Elmore Leonard (4.25 stars), ebook, crime fiction, off my shelves
11. Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien (4 stars), library paperback, literary fiction/Vietnam

Edited: Dec 8, 2017, 10:34am Top

Usually I list my print and ebook purchases, but I thought it might be fun to follow my audiobook purchases instead this year. My husband always gets me the 24 credit Audible membership for Christmas, so…

1. Nutshell by Ian McEwan, narrated by Rory Kinnear, Katie's Dirty Dozen 2016 COMPLETED
2. The Looking-Glass War by John LeCarré, narrated by Michael Jayston COMPLETED
3. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey, narrated by Carole Boyd - $2.95 Daily Deal
4. The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch, narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith COMPLETED
5. Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis, narrated by Nadia May - a favorite of both Birdy and me - $2.95 Daily Deal
6. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman - because I couldn't NOT have it COMPLETED
7. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, narrated by Neil Gaiman - just $6.99, and I am wanting to get to this one soon
8. Sherlock Holmes Collection by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, narrated by Stephen Fry
9. A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft, narrated by Fiona Shaw - $3.95 Daily Deal
10. The Third Man by Graham Greene, narrated by Martin Jarvis COMPLETED
11. The Captain and the Enemy by Graham Greene, narrated by Kenneth Brannagh COMPLETED
12. We Are Legion by Dennis Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter - $1.99, recommended by Kim COMPLETED
13. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, narrated by Jonathan Pryce
14. For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter, Bobiverse, book 2
15. The Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami, narrated by Rupert Degas COMPLETED
16. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami, narrated by Rupert Degas COMPLETED
17. The Lewis Man by Peter May, narrated by Peter Forbes, The Lewis Trilogy, book 2 COMPLETED
18. The Chessmen by Peter May, narrated by Peter Forbes, The Lewis Trilogy, book 3
19. The Jekyll Revelation by Robert Masello, narrated by Christopher Lane - $2.95
20. The Black Echo by Michael Connelly, narrated by Dick Hill - $3.49, Harry Bosch, book 1 Listening, reread
21. The Black Ice by Michael Connelly, narrated by Dick Hill - $3.49, Harry Bosch, book 2
22. The Concrete Blonde by Michael Connelly, narrated by Dick Hill - $3.49, Harry Bosch, book 3
23. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, narrated by Jill Clayburgh COMPLETED
24. How to Train Your Dragon: How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse by Cressida Cowell, narrated by David Tennant
25. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami, narrated by Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
26. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, narrated by Samantha Bond and Alan Corduner - recommended by Mark
27. A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen, narrated by Katherine Kellgren - $4.95 COMPLETED
28. Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood by Mark Harris, narrated by Lloyd James - $4.95
29. Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas, narrated by Rosalyn Landor - $4.95, The Wallflowers, book 1 - I have read this one before but thought it would be fun to revisit it on audio
30. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré, narrated by Michael Jayston, George Smiley, book 5
31. The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey, narrated by Finty Williams LISTENING
32. Solar Bones by Mike McCormack, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds COMPLETED
33. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, narrated by Michael York - free
34. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams
35. Artemis by Andy Weir, narrated by Rosario Dawson
36. All These Worlds: Bobiverse, Book 3 by Denis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter
37. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, narrated by Robertson Dean - free
38. Ubik by Philip K. Dick, narrated by Luke Daniels
39. Red Rising by Pierce Brown, narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
40. Wishin' and Hopin': A Christmas Story by Wally Lamb, narrated by Wally Lamb
41. Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett, narrated by Simon Vance - $1.95
42. I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty, narrated by Gerard Doyle
43. In the Morning I'll Be Gone by Adrian McKinty, narrated by Gerard Doyle

Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 12:49pm Top

Katie’s Dirty Dozen - That’s right, folks, KAK’s reserved spot is back for a third year, let’s see what she gets me with this time

1. Everyday people by Stewart O'Nan (linked short stories)
2. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
3. Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin (memoir)
4. The Golden Legend by Nadeem Aslam
5. Personal History by Katherine Graham
6. Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan
7. Taft by Ann Patchett
8. Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence
9. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
10. The Lost Book of the Grail by Charlie Lovett
11. Snow in August by Pete Hamill - Katie mentioned how much she loved this one over on the AAC thread after Mark had posted the list for next year

From 2016:
1. Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras
2. Destiny of the Republic by Candace Millard
3. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez - seconded by Charlotte and Susan
4. In the Walled City by Stewart O'Nan COMPLETED 8/12/16 3.8 stars
5. My Reading Life by Pat Conroy - she recommended the audio, and don't speed it up
6. Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo COMPLETED 7/21/16 5 stars
7. Ruby by Cynthia Bond - seconded by Charlotte
8. Not My Father's Son by Alan Cumming - she recommends the audio read by Cummings himself
9. Songs for the Missing by Stewart O'Nan
10. Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye - Roberta also loved this, Katie says the audio is great, purchased 5/15/16
11. The Jaguar's Children by John Vaillant
12. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi COMPLETED 10/2/16 5 stars
13. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat - she pointed out that this was only $1.99 on Kindle and that it was one of her very favorites, purchased 7/13/16
14. Tribal: College Football and the Secret Heart of America by Diane Roberts
15. Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
16. Nutshell by Ian McEwan COMPLETED 1/2017 5 stars
17. Black River by S. M. Hulse

AND, from 2015:
1. The Mermaids Singing by Lisa Carey ($1.99 on Kindle), purchase on 2/18/15 COMPLETED 8/19/16 5 stars
2. Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter (2.99 on Kindle), purchased on 2/23/15
3. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly ($3.79 on Kindle), purchased on 3/31/15 COMPLETED 11/7/15 4.2 stars
4. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler ($12.77 trade paperback), purchased on 4/1/15, COMPLETED read for Mark's AAC in January 2016, 4.25 stars
5. Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker ($.99 on Kindle), purchased on 4/9/15 - second book in a series, first book Dreamland was recommended by Katie and purchased last year
6. Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing - used an Audible credit COMPLETED 6/16/15 4.9 stars
7. Academy Street by Mary Costello ($9.99 on Kindle), purchased on 6/12/15 COMPLETED 7/2/16 5 stars
8. Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn ($5.99 on Kindle), purchased on 8/28/15
9. Sweetland by Michael Crummey ($.99 on Kindle), purchased 9/5/15 COMPLETED 11/19/15 4.5 stars
10. If You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins ($7.99 on Kindle), purchased on 10/26/15

Edited: Dec 21, 2017, 1:27pm Top

Every year, LT is an embarrassment of riches for me. I like to keep track of who recommends what and any other pertinent info that lands a book on WL.

1. Winter by Christopher Nicholson - read Suz's review on her thread, it was one of her top reads from last year
2. News of the World by Paulette Jiles - because Mark said so! COMPLETED
3. The Return: Fathers, Sons, and Between by Hisham Matar - memoir -read Rhonda's review on her thread
4. Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly - read Roni's blurb on her thread about this series
5. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin - series recommended by Deborah - read her review of the third book on her thread
6. The Western Lit Survival Kit by Sandra Newman - Joe says this is delightful
7. The Inquisitor's Tale, Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz - read Anne's review on her thread
8. A World of Love by Elizabeth Bowen - read Meg's review on her thread
9. Under Another Sky by Charlotte Higgins - read Susan's review on her thread, and she said that she heard about it on Jennifer's (inge87) thread
10. He Wants by Alison Moore - read Nancy's review on her thread
11. A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install - read Caro's review on her thread
12. Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler - read Robin's review of the 13th book in this series
13. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro - read Faith's review on her thread
14. Moonglow by Michael Chabon - Charlotte talking about reading this on her thread has made me add it to the list, and I was really trying not to...
15. The Assault by Henry Mulisch - read Anita's review on her thread
16. India: A Portrait by Patrick French - read Erik's review on his thread - he says a good look at modern day India
17. The Watcher by Ross Armstrong - read Charlotte's review on her thread
18. The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - read Jenny's review on her thread
19. I Will Have Vengeance by Mario De Giovanni - read Ellen's review on her thread
20. The Ferryman Institute by Colin Gigi - because Jim said so
21. Madwoman in the Attic by Sandra M. Gilbert - read Gail's review of it on her thread
22. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah - read Heather's review on her thread - she says the audio is superb
23. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford - read Cee's review on her thread
24. The Riviera Set by Mary S. Lovell - read Susan's excellent review, which has not yet been posted to the book's page
25. In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides - read Jim's review on his thread
26. Emotionally Weird by Kate Atkinson - read Jenny's review of it on her thread
27. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders - read Joanne's review on her thread
28. Smoking Poppy by Graham Joyce - read Lucy's review on the book's page after she mentioned it here
29. My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris - because Mark and Joe said so!
30. How to be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned From Reading too Much by Samantha Ellis - Heather was reviewing another book by this author on her thread and mentioned that this one is her favorite
31. Scriptorium by Melissa Range - read Joe's lovely review on his thread (poetry)
32. Excellent Women by Barbara Pym - read Anne's review of this on her thread, and it's narrated by Jayne Entwhistle!!
33. The Dead Ladies Project by Jessa Crispin - read Lucy's fab review on her thread
34. War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans - read Donna's excellent review on her thread
35. Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda - read Charlotte's (Fourpawz2) review of it on her thread
36. We Are Legion by Dennis Taylor - read Kim's review on her thread - she recommends the audio COMPLETED
37. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester - Brodie recommended this since I like PKD, and he said that Joe recommends The Stars My Destination
38. The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui - read Mark's review on his thread (GN)
39. Planetfall by Emma Newman - read Heather's review on her thread COMPLETED
40. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey - Heather again! COMPLETED
41. The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson - read Kim's review on her thread COMPLETED
42. A Useful Woman by Darcie Wilde - read Roni's review on her thread
43. Black Roses by Jane Thynnev - read Judy's review on her thread
44. A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth - Judy again!
45. The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty - read Charlotte's review on her thread
46. Blessed Are the Dead - Charlotte again! (But read A Beautiful Place to Die first to keep Susan happy, as it is first in the series)
47. Crazy Brave by Joy Harjo - loved the quotes Mark posted from this on his thread
48 The Color of Water by James McBride - read Mark's review on his thread, he recommends the audio narrated by Andre Braugher and Lainie Kazan
49. The Anatomy of a Traitor by Michael Smith - read Susan's review on her thread
50. Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine - read Roni's review of it on her thread
51. The Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn - Jim read through these back to back (one story published in four books, if I understand correctly), and it sounded like something that Abby, Birdy and I would all enjoy, so...
52. leadbelly:poems by Tyehimba Jess - read Joe's review of it on his thread COMPLETED
53. Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz - read Mark's review on his thread, and he recommends the audio
54. Blind Justice by Bruce Alexander - recommended by Joe
55. The Punch Escrow by Tal M. Klein - read mark's review on his thread
56. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer - recommended by Chelle COMPLETED
57. The Thread That Binds the Bones by Nina Kiriki Hoffman - recommended by Roni
58. The Terror by Dan Simmons - read Susan's review of it on her thread
59. The Abominable by Dan Simmons - because Susan said this one is also very cold, and she is helping me with cold reads for my summer reading
60. Calamity Town by Ellery Queen - read Julia's most excellent review on her thread COMPLETED
61. Unnatural Creatures selected by Neil Gaiman - read Jim's multiple book bullet reviews over on his thread
62. John Dies at the End by David Wong- Jim again, and I am thinking that Judy also liked this one several years ago
63. Help for the Haunted by John Searles - ahem...Jim
64. Shark Drunk by Morten Andreas Strøksnes - yep, Jim again. The doctor was IN.
65. The Poisoned Chocolate Case by Anthony Berkerley - read Judy's review on her thread
66. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish - read Donna's review on her thread
67. Trickster: Native American Tales by Matt Dembicki - GN - read beth's review on her thread
68. The Best American Noir of the Century edited by James Elroy and Otto Penzler - read Judy's review on her thread
69. The Mamur Zapt and the Return of the Carpet by Michael Pearce - read Susan's comments on her thread
70. A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright - read Heather's comments on her thread
71. Ties by Domenica Starnone - read Lynda's review on her thread
72. Suds in Your Eye by - recommended by Joe, who was recommended it by Richard and Anne
73. Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt - recommended by Mark
74. Sea of Rust by C. RObert Cargill - recommended to Jim by Richard, but he got me, too
75. Charmed Circle by James R. Mellow - recommended by Joe
76. The Mistletoe Murder by P. D James (4 short stories) - read Joanne's review on her thread
77. Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman - recommended by Mark, who says the audio is really good. Joe says I will love this.
78. Grief Cottage by Gail Godwin - read Beth's review of it on her thread

Dec 7, 2017, 11:03am Top

This should do it - next one's yours!

Dec 7, 2017, 11:04am Top

Happy new thread! I'll take some of that wine...

Dec 7, 2017, 11:07am Top

Good morning, Mamie - congratulations on the new thread!

And from the last thread - one of the advantages of living in Georgia is being able to buy really good pecan pie just about anywhere!

Dec 7, 2017, 11:11am Top

>10 Crazymamie: You got it, Jim! And thanks.

>11 drneutron: Morning, Dejah! NOW it's cold enough for me - a lovely 46F here today! And so true about the pecan pie.

Dec 7, 2017, 11:17am Top

>1 Crazymamie: - LOVE!

>8 Crazymamie: - You have misnumbered #11 on the DD list. One more to go!!

If you're like me, the holidays are hard on the ol' waistline, so I've made a video of my workout routine. Feel free to try it!

The hat is optional but the hip thrusting is mandatory.

Happy new one, Mamie :)

Dec 7, 2017, 11:18am Top

Let's push the boat out, shall we? It's Yuletide, after all, and we need the vitamins that wine gives us to help our health in the Dark Times.

Dec 7, 2017, 11:24am Top

>14 katiekrug: Hello there, Damn Dame Katie! I knew you would love the topper quote. And thanks for the head's up on my misadventures in numbering - I have corrected it now.

Your workout video made me laugh out loud! I am wondering if I could walk after that.

And thanks for those good wishes - you da Best!

>15 richardderus: Oh, dear! I LOVE that!! Thank you, BigDaddy.

Dec 7, 2017, 11:29am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie, wine is good, malt whisky's from Islay are better ;-)

Dec 7, 2017, 11:31am Top

>17 FAMeulstee: I knew there was a reason I loved you, Anita. Single malts RULE.

Dec 7, 2017, 11:35am Top

>17 FAMeulstee: Most generous of you, Anita! Thank you.

>18 richardderus: *grin*

Dec 7, 2017, 11:36am Top

Happy new one, Mamie. I'll have a glass, please.

Dec 7, 2017, 11:39am Top

>18 richardderus: You did it again, Richard, you made me smile :-)
It is an aquired taste. I only discovered single malts in the last few years, after we cut the sugars in our diet. Before I mostly did very sweet alcoholic beverages like Amaretto, Cointreau and alike ;-)

Dec 7, 2017, 11:43am Top

>20 BLBera: Thank you, Beth! Here you go:

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 11:52am Top

Happy New Thread, Mamie!

>1 Crazymamie: Words to live by. :-)

Sometimes you have to go right to the source.

Dec 7, 2017, 11:53am Top

>23 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe! YOWZA!

Dec 7, 2017, 11:54am Top

>21 FAMeulstee: *smooch*

I still like the occasional dram of a liqueur though not at all frequently.

>23 jnwelch: LIKELIKELIKE

Dec 7, 2017, 1:21pm Top

>22 Crazymamie: Gracias. Here's to you!

Dec 7, 2017, 1:32pm Top

Wow, this thread got boozy fast. Happy New thread!

Dec 7, 2017, 2:27pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

Dec 7, 2017, 4:08pm Top

Happy new one, Mamie.

>17 FAMeulstee: I have to say that Anita makes a very good point.

Dec 7, 2017, 4:30pm Top

>25 richardderus: I like liqueur in my coffee from time to time. In the evenings, of course.

>26 BLBera: Da nada. *clink*

>27 charl08: Well, it is the holiday season, Charlotte. Time to start wining things down. *blinks* And thank you.

>28 scaifea: Thank you, Amber!

>29 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! How did I know that you would agree with Anita?!

Dec 7, 2017, 4:53pm Top

Mr. Personality stopped by and left you a message, Mamie.

Dec 7, 2017, 4:58pm Top

>31 weird_O: You crack me up, Bill! Nice to see you here.

Dec 7, 2017, 5:03pm Top

Howdy Mamie!

Dec 7, 2017, 5:09pm Top

Howdy, Ro! I just finished listening to the Spenser. It was not the worst entry in the series, but it definitely was not the best one, either.

Edited: Dec 7, 2017, 5:47pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! I see the party is here and it just so happens I brought my own wine glass........

Dec 7, 2017, 7:27pm Top

Um...WOW, Lynda! Most impressive. Come on in and grab a seat.

Dec 7, 2017, 7:40pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mamie. Cheers to my pal. Lots of winey consumption going on over here. I better grab a beer.

Hope you are enjoying those current reads.

Dec 7, 2017, 7:44pm Top

Thank you, Mark! The current reads are going...um...nowhere. I have just been flying by the seat of my pants and reading whatever I feel like picking up. Hopefully, I will get back to the ones already started very soon. Or not. Ahem. Let's get you that beer:

Dec 7, 2017, 7:58pm Top

Ooh, Dogfish Head. Like that one...

Good luck with the reading adventures.

Dec 7, 2017, 8:37pm Top

Whoa, another new thread! Happy New Thread, Mamie. Love the topper--I need to go get a bottle out of the wine cabinet right NOW. (NOT kidding)

Dec 7, 2017, 8:50pm Top

Hi, Mamie! Happy new thread! I could use some of that wine . . . (today's been one of those days!) Hope your day has been a good one!

Dec 7, 2017, 9:13pm Top

Are there any more wine glasses like Lynda's?

Dec 8, 2017, 4:54am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! I can't look too closely at the pictures as it's only 10am here, but happy Friday!

Dec 8, 2017, 8:46am Top

Morning, Mamie!

That's an impressive, and enviable, wine glass Lynda has. She just has to be careful not to fall in.

A book suggestion for not-sure-what-to-read time: Suds in Your Eye. Anne (NarratorLady) and Richard rec'd it to me, and it was a lot of fun. Nothing weighty, just three dames having a great time together. Debbi loved it, too.

Dec 8, 2017, 10:53am Top

>39 msf59: Thanks!

>40 ronincats: Thank you, Roni! I also opened a bottle of wine last night.

>41 tymfos: Hello, Terri! And thank you. You can always count on a glass of wine here. Hoping today is better than yesterday.

Dec 8, 2017, 10:55am Top

>42 BLBera: Lynda brought her own glass, Beth. None of mine are quite that generous.

>43 susanj67: Thanks, Susan. We'll save you a glass for this evening.

>44 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Lynda's wine glass scares me a bit. And thanks for that suggestion - adding it to The List!

Dec 8, 2017, 10:56am Top

Good morning, Mamie dear, time for elevenses.

Would you like some clotted cream with your scones? I myownself prefer just jam, though permaybehaps this cloudy morning I might want *shockhorror* marmalade. Such a sunshiney thing, marmalade.

Dec 8, 2017, 11:00am Top

>46 Crazymamie: Morning, BigDaddy! Oh! That looks most yum. Yes, please, to the clotted cream. Birdy and I have fallen in love with this:

AND, it's really great if you mix it in a 1:1 ratio with grainy mustard and use it as a spread on ham sandwiches.

Edited: Dec 8, 2017, 11:05am Top

Oooo aaah

I will go to the grocery store and look for it immediately! Sounds scrummy. I love their cherry preserves, too, but MANGO!

And that ham sammy idea is boss. I'll give it a whirl.

ETA forgot the clotted cream, sorry:

Dec 8, 2017, 11:09am Top

Thanks for the cream! Hoping you can find the preserves as they are fabulous.

Dec 8, 2017, 11:36am Top

My store carries a huge selection of Bonne Maman products. Possibly because I buy a jar every time I visit. Well, okay, two jars. Ummm maybe even three. Sometimes.

I use the jars as drinking glasses because they're so cute.

Dec 8, 2017, 11:39am Top

>51 richardderus: Oh, hooray for that! I love the jars, too.

Dec 8, 2017, 11:40am Top

I use the preserves as yogurt flavoring. That way I get flavors I like *and* I know exactly what I'm getting in my yum yum.

Dec 8, 2017, 11:41am Top

Happy Friday, Mamie Dearest (it only sounds like Mommy Dearest)!

Dec 8, 2017, 11:43am Top

>53 richardderus: An excellent idea - so very clever!

>54 katiekrug: Thank you, Dame Katie. *hides the hangers*

Dec 9, 2017, 11:09am Top

Morning Mamie! Happy Saturday. Hope to resolve my at home internet issues. It has been frustrating.

I just started Silver Screen Fiend on audio, narrated by Patton. Due to your love of film, I think you would really like this one, plus it is a shorty.

Dec 9, 2017, 11:15am Top

Morning, Mark! Happy Saturday! It feels like Sunday to me because Rae and Craig both took yesterday off. Hoping that your internet woes get fixed today and that you have no more problems - so frustrating when that happens.

I have not heard of Silver Screen Fiend, but I will add it to The List just on your say so - you have yet to steer me wrong.

Dec 9, 2017, 12:08pm Top

Hiya Mamie, champagne brunch?

I tried to get into Solar Bones and stalled, so I read a silly little gay romance novella and it set my reading mojo right. It's snowing so I am not going outside for any reason.

Dec 9, 2017, 12:13pm Top

>58 richardderus: That looks quite splendid! Are you accepting guests?

Good morning, Mamie!

Where did all the hangers go?

Dec 9, 2017, 12:19pm Top

>59 jnwelch: Ha! Well now, Mamie can decide for herself, but I'm serving "champagne" margaritas chez moi.

Dec 9, 2017, 12:35pm Top

So yesterday Craig and Rae took the day off, which was lovely. Craig had to go see a specialist in Columbus for his foot (he has a Morton's neuroma), but that was an early morning appointment so he was back home before noon. We spent the day quietly indulging in individual pursuits - he chose gaming, and I chose reading. Rae made me a batch of her modified Chex Mix, and I got to eat it while it was still warm - delightful. In the evening we binge watched Haven - Rae's choice. Poor Abby is sick - cold with a nasty cough, and she had to work both yesterday and today, poor baby. Luckily, the coffee house is closed on Sundays, so she will have tomorrow off. AND the lemon coconut biscotti has been a huge hit there - they have already sold four batches of it!

On the reading front, I read A Wallflower Christmas - the only one of the Wallflower books that I had not yet read, and truly, you can skip it unless you are a completist. It was not nearly as well written as the other books in the series.

Also, I read A Christmas Memory: One Christmas and the Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote. This is a collection of three related short stories, and each is a gem, although A Christmas Memory is my very favorite. That story I have read many times over the years, and it never fails to make me laugh and cry - so poignant and perfectly captured; Truman shines here. The other two stories are from that same time period that he spent with his Alabama relatives, and so we get to see both Miss Sook and Queenie, her beloved rat terrier again. Here is Capote's description of Miss Sook from the first story:

"In addition to never having seen a movie, she has never: eaten in a restaurant, traveled more than five miles from home, received or sent a telegram, read anything except funny papers and the Bible, worn cosmetics, cursed, wished someone harm, told a lie on purpose, let a hungry dog go hungry. Here are a few things she has done, does do: killed with a hoe the biggest rattlesnake ever seen in this county (sixteen rattles), dip snuff (secretly), tame hummingbirds (just try it) till they balance on her finger, tell ghost stories (we both believe in ghosts) so tingling they chill you in July, talk to herself, take walks in the rain, grow the prettiest japonicas in town, know the recipe for every sort of old-time Indian cure, including a magical wart-remover."

I double dog dare you not to fall in love with Miss Sook. I just cannot recommend this collection highly enough - perfect for holiday reading.

Dec 9, 2017, 12:41pm Top

>58 richardderus: Yes, please! I am sorry to hear that you could not get into Solar Bones - I really liked that one, but I listened to it, and the narrator brings it to life with its rhythms and repetitions. I'm not sure I would have liked it nearly as well in print form. And good for you for getting your reading mojo back!

Soak up some of that snow falling for me - I had the weather channel on all morning yesterday, on mute, just to watch it snowing in Atlanta. So pretty, although clearly they have no idea about how to handle snow there.

>59 jnwelch: Morning, Joe, grab a chair - everyone is welcome here.

Hangers? What hangers? *blinks*

>60 richardderus: Yum!

Dec 9, 2017, 12:44pm Top

>61 Crazymamie: I wonder if, when all is said and done, Capote will be remembered not for In Cold Blood but for A Christmas Memory. It is perfect, and I wouldn't change a word of it. For someone who re-edits books in his head at every turn, that is saying something special.

It might just be the future's A Christmas Carol.

Dec 9, 2017, 12:47pm Top

OH! I forgot to mention that I finished the horrible Spenser book in between those last two reads. The highlights were Hawk and Rachel Wallace, who makes a brief appearance. I was really hoping that Susan would get killed off in this one. Anyway, it was book #100 for me, so there is that. The narration by William Windom was not terrible but also not great - my favorite narrator for this series so far has been Burt Reynolds, who got it perfect, believe it or not.

Books Read in December:
97. The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas (reread), off my shelves ebook, romance (The Wallflowers, book 3)
98. A Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (reread), off my shelves ebook, romance (The Wallflowers, book 4)
99. A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas, 2017 acquired ebook, romance (The Wallflowers, book 5)
100. Sudden Mischief by Robert B. Parker, narrated by William Windom (3 stars), library audiobook, mystery/private detective (Spenser, book 25)
101. A Christmas Memory: One Christmas, and The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote (5 stars), off my shelves hardback, short stories

Dec 9, 2017, 12:51pm Top

YAY for 100 reads! Here is your wreath of olives (laurels are so fossil fuel, aren't they?):

Dec 9, 2017, 12:53pm Top

>63 richardderus: I completely agree that it is absolutely perfect. I would love to see it be his most remembered work. I wonder what he would have been like if he could have had Miss Sook in his life longer, but his Christmas Memory of her is such a lovely tribute.

And I know how you feel about Dickens, and I do not love him myownself, BUT I adore A Christmas Carol, which I pulled off the shelves yesterday. I think A Christmas Memory can stand with it toe to toe, easily.

Dec 9, 2017, 12:54pm Top

>65 richardderus: Beautious! Thank you, BigDaddy!

Dec 9, 2017, 1:13pm Top

>66 Crazymamie: One does wonder...I suspect he'd've been better adjusted, so permaybehaps not quite the writer that he was.

>67 Crazymamie: It struck me that I don't see olive wreaths, and the leaves and fruit are so beautiful that I wondered why. Turns out they're A Thing!

Dec 9, 2017, 1:24pm Top

That's a good point.

I had no idea they were A Thing! I have never seen one before, but it's gorgeous. One of Craig's business associates sent us a HUGE wreath this year, and it has bay leaves in it - very elegant looking and I love how it smells. We hung it up on the screened-in porch, so we could enjoy it more.

Dec 9, 2017, 3:08pm Top

How's that snow, Mamie? It is snowing quietly here right now, and it looks lovely. But I doubt it will last very long. Got nowhere to go, so we are enjoying the stillness and reading. Judi's charging through Murder on the Orient Express, while I'm wading through A Farewell to Arms. Not Hem's best effort. But get get Dame Aggie's mystery next. So there's that.

Dec 9, 2017, 3:11pm Top

>70 weird_O: Sadly, no snow here, Bill. We live in Albany,GA, which is much further south, so we just got rain.

Oh, I really enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express - Poirot is my favorite of hers. And yep. Completely agree with your thoughts on A Farewell to Arms - the dialogue is truly terrible. My favorite of his is A Moveable Feast.

Dec 9, 2017, 3:24pm Top

>71 Crazymamie: You fingered the dialogue. Right you are. It IS terrible.

Dec 9, 2017, 3:32pm Top


Dec 9, 2017, 3:48pm Top

Hi Mamie!

Since you visited my thread (coerced, I know, with the promise of Pecan Christmas Crack), I have finally tracked you down and starred you!

Wine, books, food, and etc. My kind of place.

>61 Crazymamie: What is Rae’s modified Chex Mix? We call it Trash for some strange reason (husband’s family has called it that forever) and my modification is that I make 1 ½ times the sauce recipe and bake it 1 ¼ hours instead of 1 hour. But not warm, so I wonder what makes it wonderful warm.

I just read A Christmas Memory for the first time ever and loved it.

Dec 9, 2017, 3:50pm Top

Happy Saturday, Mamie! Did you get a bit of snow yesterday? We are cold but still green up here. Seems that's going to change in a little bit.

Dec 9, 2017, 4:22pm Top

>74 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Thanks for tracking me down - I dropped a star at your place, too.

Rae leaves out the Wheat Chex, and makes up for it with extra Corn and Rice Chex. Then, instead of mixed nuts, she adds 1 cup of cashew pieces and 1/4 cup of cocktail peanuts. The warm part is that I like to eat it straight from the oven instead of waiting for it to cool.

A Christmas Memory is one of my all-time favorites, so I am really happy that you loved it.

>75 Carmenere: Happy Saturday, Lynda! Nope. No snow here - it was much further north of us in the Atlanta area. But Atlanta got more than 3 inches. We did get the cold, though, which I am loving.

Dec 9, 2017, 4:24pm Top

Atlanta in three inches of snow! LOLOL

Poor things must be losing their minds.

Dec 9, 2017, 4:27pm Top

>77 richardderus: Yeppers. They don't know what to do with it. But on the news the kids there were so thrilled, and it was so sweet to see them out in it, completely entranced and oh, so thrilled.

Dec 9, 2017, 4:30pm Top

I'm not sure I remember how to be thrilled about 3" of snow, it's been so long since anything under a foot made an impression on me. Once, in 1986, we got a foot of snow in Austin but it was deeply shocking. *I* loved it. Come to think on it, that's what tipped the balance and moved me to Manhattan.

Dec 9, 2017, 4:37pm Top

But it was that really great snow that makes for excellent snowballs. And 3" is a wonder to kids who never experience it. A full foot of the stuff would completely shut everything down. Heh. I do miss watching snow fall and crisp air that you can see your breath in, but I do not miss dealing with all the issues that come with the sustained colder temps and the snow and ice. I suspect when Craig retires we will move further north but not back to Indiana - I could see us landing in the Carolinas somewhere.

Dec 9, 2017, 4:50pm Top

Just out of the Swamp Belt. You're not a zombie at heart. The Blue Ridge is ***GORGEOUS*** and if you're willing to drive for yer kulchur nites, Sylva, North Carolina, is relatively cheap and utterly gorgeous. It's near Asheville. It's also a comfy drive from Atlanta for airporting purposes.

Dec 9, 2017, 5:26pm Top

You're not a zombie at heart. Made me belly laugh! Thank you kindly, good sir. I LOVE Asheville!!! That's where we would have moved in a heartbeat if there had been an opportunity for Craig there to join an established privately owned practice, but alas...Anyway, my dream would be to retire close to Asheville.

Dec 9, 2017, 6:18pm Top

Mamie, I think you'd like this book:

Dec 9, 2017, 7:08pm Top

Too funny, Terri! I'll have to track it down.

Dec 9, 2017, 7:26pm Top

Happy newish thread, Mamie. Looks like you are already into some Christmas cheer!

Dec 10, 2017, 4:54am Top

Your thread is almost edible my dear at the moment.

This is where I took my lunch today.

Have a lovely Sunday. xx

Edited: Dec 10, 2017, 9:56am Top

Happy Sunday, Mamie!

>76 Crazymamie: Oh. I always just buy a box of whatever’s least expensive, generic Chex and only use the one kind. I usually use just almonds because I always buy large bags of them and always have them in the house. And I absolutely love using pretzel goldfish. As the cook I have to try it when it first comes out of the oven, *smile*, but wait until it's cool to try to snag my share before husband scarfs it all up.

>80 Crazymamie: When I was 7 5 months pregnant in 1993 I had to fly back through Atlanta and they had a major snowfall and everything was shut down. I was stuck at the airport for 6 hours, I think. No food in the vending machines, toilets a disaster, trash cans overflowing, husband in a panic because his pregnant wife was in a stressful situation. I did get a lot of reading done, as I recall.

Move to NC! I’ve lived here since 1991 and would never move back to CA. This is home now. And >82 Crazymamie: is only 4 hours or so from where I live between Siler City (“the big town”) and Pittsboro.

Dec 10, 2017, 9:31am Top

Oh, I loveloveLOVE A Christmas Memory! So gorgeous. And right now I'm working on A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings, and am completely enjoying my Penguin Clothbound Edition...

Dec 10, 2017, 9:46am Top

>85 Familyhistorian: Thank you, Meg! We all love the Christmas season, so we are usually pretty good with the making merry.

>86 PaulCranswick: And what did you have for lunch, Paul? It is morning here, and Abby and I are preparing to go make more lemon coconut biscotti - they sold four batches of it at the coffee house last week and could have sold more. This time we will start with four batches instead of two.

>87 karenmarie: Happy Sunday, Karen! Our local grocery often has the big boxes of Chex buy one get one free, so that is when we stock up on it. Rae LOVES cashews, so they are non-negotiable to her, and really, they are most excellent in it. I bet the goldfish are really tasty in there - hadn't thought of that! We have a giant pig that we put the Chex mix into as soon as it has cooled for a very brief moment, and then we dig in while it is still warm. One of my very favorite things. Our pig looks just like this:

Oh, dear to the airport stranding! NOT fun. Let's see, if you were 7 months pregnant in the winter of 1993, you must have had a 1994 baby? That's the year my son was born (our second of four children).

I do love both North and South Carolina, and we have vacationed in South Carolina stopping over in North Carolina many a year - we used to live in Indiana and went every year to Hilton Head Island with my sister and her family. I would absolutely love to end up in North Carolina when Craig finally retires.

Dec 10, 2017, 9:51am Top

>88 scaifea: Morning, Amber - you snuck in there while I was posting! I have that same clothbound edition of A Christmas Carol and Other Writings!! I love to read A Christmas Carol every year, and there is a really cool reading of it online by Neil Gaiman if you can find it.

Okay, went looking, and here it is: Neil Gaiman Podcast

Dec 10, 2017, 9:55am Top

>89 Crazymamie: Hmm. I got that one really wrong, because the storm, having just looked it up, was in March and daughter was born in August. So I can only have been almost 5 months along. I'll go back up and edit the months. As my MiL used to say, "I miss my mind."

Non-negotiable cashews. They are tasty, too, and I love the pig.

Dec 10, 2017, 10:24am Top

>91 karenmarie: March?! Wow, that is amazing. Love your MIL's saying - I like to say I am "having a mental moment".

The pig was one of our first purchases when we moved to Georgia - saw it in a little shop and HAD to have it.

Dec 10, 2017, 10:49am Top

Good morning, Mamie!

Love the pig!

I'm a fan of A Moveable Feast, too. Your appreciation of it made me think of another book I loved, Charmed Circle by James R. Mellow. "On almost every Saturday of the first half of the twentieth century, Gertrude Stein would open her door to the likes of Picasso and Matisse, Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Cocteau and Apollinaire, welcoming them into a salon alive with vivid avant-garde paintings and sparkling intellectual conversation." (Amazon). I was agog reading it, I tell you, agog.

Dec 10, 2017, 10:51am Top

>93 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! SO happy to see the pig love! And thank you so much for that book recommendation - adding it to The List. Sounds right up my alley.

Dec 10, 2017, 11:48am Top

>89 Crazymamie: I had Nasi briyani daging rendang Briyani rice with slow cooked spicy beef. This is a close approximation of the dish but not quite the same.

Dec 10, 2017, 11:59am Top

That sounds and looks delicious, Paul!

Dec 10, 2017, 12:15pm Top

>96 Crazymamie: When cooked properly, Mamie, the beef almost melts in your mouth, the coconut milk gravy infuses the whole thing wonderfully aromatic

Dec 10, 2017, 12:25pm Top

Morning, Mamie! Happy Sunday. I have not cracked a book yet but it will happen very soon. I have A Farewell to Arms lined up. I really enjoyed Silver Screen Fiend, which I knocked out in a day. Working on a mini-review.

I hope you have a R & R filled afternoon.

Dec 10, 2017, 12:56pm Top

>97 PaulCranswick: YUM! And coconut milk gravy sounds divine.

>98 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy Sunday to you. A Farewell to Arms - ugh. And now I am wishing I had picked up Silver Screen Fiend when it was the Audible Daily Deal a few days back - when I looked it up, I recognized that cover. I almost snagged that one. *sad face*

We are planning on a day of watching football, which is what I usually do on a Sunday this time of year.

Dec 10, 2017, 1:19pm Top

Hey Mamie! Happy Sunday to everyone at the Paradisio. It's great to read that Abby's biscotti is so popular, and it must be fun to bake in a big commercial kitchen. Just remember the Hannah Swensen cozy mysteries set in a bakery, and try not to fall over corpses everywhere you go. Mind you, I suppose you could get quite a few books out of it, so there's that...

Dec 10, 2017, 1:50pm Top

Hello, Susan! Thanks for those good wishes. Abby and I are both thrilled with the biscotti success - so fun! Alas, there is no big commercial kitchen - it is a very cramped space and awkwardly planned out. Luckily, they are closed on Sundays, so it is a perfect time for us to go in there and bake. No dead bodies so far, but I will keep my eyes open. You made me laugh with the idea of writing mystery novels - Mamie's Mysteries!

Dec 10, 2017, 2:06pm Top

Happy Sunday, Mamie. We are deep into the Christmas prep here and I still have quite a bit of shopping to do. I usually have all my shopping done early in December but I guess I have slowed down over this last year. I've been seeing references to A Christmas Memory all over LT recently so I must pick myself up a copy. I am planning on listening to A Child's Christmas in Wales this year which I am looking forward to. Hope you and the family are having a lovely weekend and you are bracing yourself for the "M-word" day tomorrow!

Dec 10, 2017, 2:48pm Top

"Mysterious Mamie and the Coconut Frosted Corpse"--Mamie sets out to find Abby, gone MIA after refusing to reveal the recipe for lemon-coconut biscotti...in her search, she follows Abby's crumbs through the bakeries of North Georgia before cornering the malefactor, Horrible Karen, and losing her battle to bring the evil one to justice as a stack of powdered sugar sacks knock the fiend into the icing vat.

"The Murder of Mamie's Malingering Macaroon-Maker"--with poor Abby sidelined by PTSD at the mere notion of icing, Darryl/kidzdoc visits Mamie to "assist" her efforts to maintain Pecan Paradiso after Craig's sudden disappearance...the patients begin to suffer more and more childhood diseases despite averaging 50 years of age, and most tellingly have all eaten the batches of macaroons "the Doc" has sneakily doctored with pathogens...until Mamie, in an inspirational seizure, releases Craig from captivity in the local beer hall, the last place anyone would think he'd be, after struggling with the Doc and landing him in the oven amid a batch of gingerbread.

"Mysterious Mamie and the Chex Mix Choking"--the devious duo, Debbi and Joe, arrive to assist Mamie and the resurgent Abby in their new commercial-scale endeavor to capitalize on the phenomenal popularity of cashew-rich Chex Mix...little does the family know that these industrial spies are passing the proportions of the ingredients to Paul, whose offshore connections plan to undercut their last best hope for Pecan Paradiso's survival...in the final confrontation, the evildoers are forced to flee and ram directly into the truck driven by the eminence grise of the Orient and all three fatally inhale fragments of cashew.

Dec 10, 2017, 3:07pm Top

Dec 10, 2017, 3:26pm Top

>102 DeltaQueen50: Hello, Judy! Happy Sunday. I am usually lucky if I have all my shopping done by the week of Christmas. Heh. You will love A Christmas Memory, so do try to track down a copy. I'm going to see if the library has A Child's Christmas in Wales, as I don't think I have read that one.

We are having a lovely weekend, thanks - really nice since Rae and Craig took Friday off, giving them a 3 day weekend. We have gotten a lot done and still managed to get in a lot of relaxing.

>103 richardderus: Oh, you made me laugh, Richard!! Well done, my friend. Very inventive and highly entertaining!!

>104 luvamystery65: My thoughts exactly, Roberta! And howdy!

Dec 10, 2017, 4:14pm Top

>103 richardderus: The campaign for crowdfunded pecan paradiso GN series starts here?

The food all sounds wonderful. I had a lovely butternut, coconut cream and flaked almond soup for lunch. Gorgeous.

Dec 10, 2017, 5:17pm Top

Phew! All caught up. So much good food and good reading here. :)

My kids have thoroughly enjoyed their 3 inches of snow. There has been sledding and snowmen and very frosty fingers. I also enjoyed my Saturday am work meeting being cancelled and my husband's 6 pm work party Not cancelled. *grin*

Dec 10, 2017, 5:31pm Top

Just catching up here.

Have I said how much I am coming to rely on your movie and tv recommends -- sometimes just mentions really, and that you enjoyed whatever it was. The other night I was alone at home and a wee bit mopey and While You Were Sleeping (how did I ever miss a Sandra Bullock movie?) was the perfect medicine.

Dec 10, 2017, 5:35pm Top

>106 charl08: Ha! That soup does sound delightful, Charlotte. I love soup.

>107 nittnut: Hello, Jenn! Thanks for catching up with me. Hooray for snow - my kids always loved playing in it, so I am glad we lived where we got some every year when they were growing up. And BONUS with the meetings going just the right way. *high five*

Dec 10, 2017, 5:37pm Top

>108 sibyx: Hello, Lucy! So happy to provide recs for your tv viewing pleasure. While You Were Sleeping is Abby's very favorite Christmas movie - we usually squeeze in two viewings of it each Christmas season as we all love that one. Glad it was a hit with you.

Dec 10, 2017, 5:46pm Top

Condolences to Rae on the Giants loss :(

Dec 10, 2017, 5:46pm Top

She was completely disgusted. Thanks for thinking of her.

Dec 10, 2017, 5:47pm Top

Tell her I felt the same. What a waste.

Dec 10, 2017, 6:03pm Top

Will do.

Dec 10, 2017, 6:56pm Top


Permaybehaps a Kickstarter is in order...

Ideas ideas ideas, need some ideas

Dec 10, 2017, 6:59pm Top

*belly laugh*

Dec 11, 2017, 8:02am Top

Hi Mamie!

Sorry the Giants lost for Rae and Katie, but glad the Cowboys won for husband. It's a fine line I walk, for sure. I'm a Panthers fan and although I couldn't watch the game yesterday because I was out with a friend for lunch/play, was able to check up during intermission to see them ahead. Husband said I'd have gone nuts actually watching the game, so I guess ignorance was bliss.

>104 luvamystery65: Too, too funny, RD! I laughed out loud.

Dec 11, 2017, 9:08am Top

>115 richardderus: Ha! Looks like a great way to do some important thinking.

Good morning, Mamie! Happy Whatever Day This Might Be, which I'm not looking directly at, I promise.

Dec 11, 2017, 9:28am Top

here's an idea

Dec 11, 2017, 9:32am Top

For those who use the Threadbook:

Now that the wiki has been re-established, I've updated the Threadbook to include all the new threads made in November/December. If you find any errors, let me know and I'll get 'em fixed!

Dec 11, 2017, 10:18am Top

>117 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! My husband Craig also has a soft spot for the Giants, as it was the team he watched while growing up. However, as an adult he almost never watches football, so there was no happy in sight for their win over the Giants here at the Pecan Paradisio. I do actually like Tony Romo as a commentator, though, which really surprised me.

>118 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Good work with the rules of The Day - you are coming along nicely, my friend. *grin*

>119 richardderus: I like that idea, Richard!

>120 drneutron: Thanks for that, Jim. I depend on the Threadbook - such a great resource, so I truly appreciate all the time and effort you put into creating and maintaining it.

Dec 11, 2017, 10:39am Top

Trying to catch up on all the activity here! I got behind with Living Christmas Tree performances last week.

Dec 11, 2017, 10:41am Top

>122 thornton37814: Hello, Lori! It's always fine to just drop to the bottom and say hi. Hoping you are having fun with the concerts.

Dec 11, 2017, 10:45am Top

>123 Crazymamie: I'm just glad they are over. It is terribly uncomfortable in the tree.

Dec 11, 2017, 10:50am Top

I bet! My BIL used to sing in one, and while the performance was amazing, I did not envy him all the practices and then the hours of standing in there for the performances.

Dec 11, 2017, 3:00pm Top

>121 Crazymamie: My husband likes Tony Romo as a commentator, too, which surprised him. Prior to my actually liking Tony Romo my only thought about NFL commentators is that I despise the voice of the gravelly-voiced one - I don't even know his name. Sounds like he's got a mouth full of sand. He gets on my every last nerve if I'm watching a game he's a commentator on.

Dec 11, 2017, 3:07pm Top

Does anyone like Chris Collinsworth as a commentator? I find him easier to take than anyone else.

Dec 11, 2017, 3:07pm Top

I think you might be talking about Boomer - Chris Berman, who worked for ESPN through last year, although he's retired now.

Dec 11, 2017, 3:10pm Top

>127 jnwelch: I have a love/hate relationship with Collinsworth, Joe - every once in a while he makes the stupidest comments, and then I have to yell at him - "Shut up, Chris!" What would be lovely is if they actually just commented when there was something worth commenting on - they talk too much. Why do American commentators think they have to talk through everything?!

Dec 11, 2017, 3:13pm Top

I'm another (surprised) fan of Romo as a commentator. His enthusiasm is infectious.

And, >127 jnwelch: - No, just no.

Dec 11, 2017, 3:16pm Top

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>130 katiekrug: And he's smart - who knew? (Romo, not Collinsworth)

LOVE the gif!! My favorite was when he said something like, We're just two scores away from a one score game. WHAT?! Or how about, "This guy's got talent."

Dec 11, 2017, 3:16pm Top

>131 katiekrug: *belly laugh*

Dec 11, 2017, 3:19pm Top

I was reading the posts out loud to the girls, so:

Birdy said her favorite was when he said, "Both teams seem like they're playing to win."

And Abby's is, "They're playing on a professional level."

Dec 11, 2017, 3:23pm Top

>134 Crazymamie: - I love your girls.

It's like the old story of the sideline reporter who asked a coach at haltime what he needed to do to win and the coach said, "Score more points than the other guys." Except with CC, it's 3 hours of that nonsense.

But I feel like we're piling on poor Joe, who is entitled to his (erroneous) opinion... ;-)

Dec 11, 2017, 3:35pm Top

It IS Chris Collinsworth!

>130 katiekrug: Thank you, Katie! It's what I'd do except husband controls the remote.

I'm glad I'm not the only one he drives crazy. For me it's mostly his voice but that's only because once I hear him start up I mentally mute him and don't hear what is a stream of things so obvious that I should get paid for saying them or things so stupid that even I know they're stupid.

Dec 11, 2017, 3:35pm Top

>135 katiekrug: The girls love you back.

And YES!

And okay, but it's so entertaining to make fun of him. So...um...he is always very respectful. His voice is not annoying. And when he played, his number was 80, and I loved the 80s...

Dec 11, 2017, 3:36pm Top

>136 karenmarie: Oh, too funny because I just said his voice was not annoying. Ha!

Dec 11, 2017, 3:54pm Top

Did I say Chris Collinsworth? I meant, anyone else.

You guys have convinced me I need to listen to Tony Romo. After I crawl out of the Pit of Despair.

Dec 11, 2017, 3:59pm Top

>139 jnwelch: Did you mean the Pit of Misery, Joe? Oh, dear! And yes, do listen to Tony Romo if you get the chance.

Dec 11, 2017, 4:26pm Top

Hmm. Well, I LIKE Chris Collinsworth's voice, Joe. I don't usually listen to what any of them are saying. I have heard Tony Romo do a couple of games and his familiarity with the game is evident.

Dec 11, 2017, 5:04pm Top

>140 Crazymamie: The Pit of Misery probably is an improvement over the Pit of Despair, Mamie. OK, I'll take it.

>141 ronincats: Phew. Thanks, Roni. I feel better. It's been a tough crowd here!

Dec 11, 2017, 7:38pm Top

Lots of football shenanigans going on over, I see...My Bears have been awful this season, so it has definitely deflated my interest.

Hi, Mamie! Late check in, with my pal. Like I mentioned to you over on my thread, I would have no problem delivering all those packages to the Pecan Paradiso, especially if it involves a little book chatter and the occasional refreshment. Smiles...

Dec 11, 2017, 11:22pm Top

I'm tired of football bloviators in general. All of them tend to chat about legends and lore and personalities and just amazing exploits and lose track of the action on the field. They have signature catch phrases than grate after a while. So I watch the games that I watch with the sound muted or turned down to inaudibility. I can usually follow what's going on.

All that aside, Mamie, I think you should be missing snow. You miss out on all the winter high jinks.

Dec 12, 2017, 12:57am Top

>1 Crazymamie: I am soooo late here!! But I still want to mention that I love the topper and the quote underneath. : )

We are both on book #98--I think we are going to make 100!

>64 Crazymamie: Oh, and I see you have.

Happy not-Monday.

>144 weird_O: LOL!

Dec 12, 2017, 9:03am Top

Howling winds and snow here! I love the upside-down snowman!

Dec 12, 2017, 9:21am Top

Rainy and fiftyish. Only today, though, as tomorrow brings wintry winter temps in the middle 30s for the rest of the week. I hope you're snug as a bug in a rug there in your cold snap.

Dec 12, 2017, 9:50am Top

>144 weird_O: LOL!! Madame MBH loved that one, too.

Good morning, Mamie!

Phew, we made it past that day, you know, that day. The rest will be easy.

Dec 12, 2017, 10:53am Top

>141 ronincats: Now Roni, I did say that to me his voice was not annoying. And I think he seems like a nice guy. Except he does make stupid comments. Tony ROmo, on the other hand, I was expecting to be annoyed by, and it turns out that he is insightful, articulate and his enthusiasm is catching.

>142 jnwelch: Ha! I'll be happy to do whatever Sean Bean advises. Although he does end up dead a lot, so maybe I should rethink that...

And, Joe, you know we love you, right?!

>143 msf59: I love football, Mark, so I watch even when it is awful. It's my burden to bear. *grin* This season has been especially painful, though.

And you are so sweet - if you were our mailman, there would definitely be book chatter and refreshments.

Dec 12, 2017, 10:55am Top

>144 weird_O: Fabulous photo - it ALMOST makes me miss snow!

Hiya, Mamie! I'm reading Connie Willis's recently published A Lot Like Christmas (a collection of short stories, most from Miracle, and Other Christmas Stories) and it includes an 'Advent Calendar' of Christmas movies to watch. Listed in no particular order, number five is While You Were Sleeping. It made me think of you.

Dec 12, 2017, 11:03am Top

>144 weird_O: Love that snowman, Bill - reminds me a bit of Mr. Bill from the SNL skits.

I think most American commentators feel like they need to talk through the entire game for some reason - not just the football ones. I do not do mute because Craig's dad always watched all his sports on mute, and when Daniel was little he would ask if he could turn the sound on, and the dad was always so completely nasty about saying that the sound was not needed.

Thanks for understanding about my snow woes.

>145 Berly: Thank you, Kim! Good to see you, and I hope it means that you are feeling better. And right - so far I have read 101 books, so I am very pleased with that. Hoping your Tuesday is full of happy!

>146 sibyx: Soak some up for me, Lucy! I love that snowman, too.

>147 richardderus: Well, the cold snap is over, Richard. It's sunny and going to 58 today. By Sunday is supposed to be 67F. *sigh*

>148 jnwelch: Morning, Joe! Well, yesterday lived up to it's name for us - Daniel broke his collarbone last night.

Dec 12, 2017, 11:05am Top

>150 Dejah_Thoris: Morning, Dejah! That snowman is very cheerful, isn't he? That Connie Willis book sounds like fun - now you have me wondering what the other movies are.

Dec 12, 2017, 11:09am Top

Morning Mamie. Very cold here, barely out of the teens. Hope my audiobook keeps me perfectly distracted. I will need it.

Enjoy your day.

Dec 12, 2017, 11:11am Top

Morning, Mark! I was just over at your place! Those are some very cold temps you are dealing with - sending you warm thoughts.

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I had never realized Ultimate Frisbee was so dangerous, Mamie. This isn't the first broken bone suffered by the denizens of Pecan Paradiso in the pursuit of that game, is it? I have memories of Daniel and maybe Abby getting into scrapes before. Maybe they should wear full pads!

Edited: Dec 12, 2017, 11:40am Top

>155 rosalita: I know, right, Julia?! And actually it is the first broken bone for Ultimate Frisbee. His last broken bone(s) were from a failed attempt at sliding into home during a softball game. As you probably remember, he dislocated his ankle, breaking his leg in two places which required surgery, a bone graft and a metal plate to repair. Not to mention all the physical therapy. This time it's his left collarbone, which he had x-rayed last night. Unfortunately not a clean break, so he sees the orthopedic specialist tomorrow, which is the soonest we could get him in. It will be the same doctor who repaired his leg, so there is that - he did a very good job with the leg. We are not sure yet if he will need surgery or not.

*Back to add that Abby dislocated her knee playing soccer.

Dec 12, 2017, 11:48am Top

>156 Crazymamie: Oh yes, softball and soccer were the culprits last time! Hopefully this collarbone business isn't as bad as the ankle. It's good that you already know the doctor, too. Perhaps you could ask him about a family bulk discount on bonesetting? ;-)

Dec 12, 2017, 11:55am Top

>157 rosalita: Well, it's not nearly as painful as the ankle was - so horrible as they attempted twice to set it and could not get it, thus the surgery. So, I would definitely take the broken collarbone over the previous injury. The doctor is a gem, so I was very happy that we could get Daniel into him again - that's why we have to wait until tomorrow because he is in surgery all day today. And if Daniel needs surgery, whoever does the initial evaluation also does the surgery. A bonesetting bulk discount - I like that way you think, Julia!

Dec 12, 2017, 11:59am Top

>103 richardderus: Super! I've added those three titles to my wish list.

Dec 12, 2017, 12:01pm Top

>159 weird_O: *belly laugh*

Dec 12, 2017, 12:18pm Top

>159 weird_O:, >160 Crazymamie: Ha! Now we need to get someone to draw the purty pickchers.

Dec 12, 2017, 12:26pm Top

Wow, Mamie, sorry that Daniel broke his collarbone. I hope things go well with the orthopedic specialist today.

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>161 richardderus: Now you're talking. Actually, what am I saying - Abby could draw the purty pickchers.

>162 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. It's tomorrow - the specialist we want is in surgery all day today, so we see him first thing tomorrow morning.

Dec 12, 2017, 1:13pm Top

Mamie, ouch! So sorry to hear about Daniel and Abby. I follow a writer whose middle child was so accident-prone that the parents swore the hospital's new wing had been funded entirely by them. I hope you don't get to that point, but you might want to keep naming rights in mind should it happen. I hope the appointment tomorrow goes well.

Dec 12, 2017, 1:19pm Top

Thanks, Susan. Abby is fine - that injury was years ago. However, in her coffee shop adventures she has already cut two fingers - one on each hand. The first needed stitches and the second had to be bonded. I will definitely keep naming rights in mind...

Dec 12, 2017, 1:23pm Top

And Birdy is regaling me with Daniel's misadventures in sports - fractured eye orbital in flag football, broken nose in basketball camp, broken jaw and a concussion when he rode his bike into a tree...

Dec 12, 2017, 1:30pm Top

My goodness, Mamie! You may want to invest in an industrial-sized roll of bubble wrap from Costco for that boy!

Dec 12, 2017, 1:31pm Top

>167 rosalita: If only. Good thing he is not allowed to play contact sports, huh?

Dec 12, 2017, 1:53pm Top

Poor Daniel! He's been having a time of it, that guy. Collar bones do heal even stronger than before - our guy broke his skateboarding eons ago. Ha! "good thing he's not allowed to play contact sports." There's no protecting them entirely, is there.

Dec 12, 2017, 3:14pm Top

>168 Crazymamie: It seems as if any sport is a contact sport for Daniel!

Dec 12, 2017, 4:15pm Top

>169 jnwelch: Yep, he has, Joe. Jesse broke his skateboarding when he was younger? My sister Nora broke hers, too, but I was young when it happened, and I don't remember how she did it - I am thinking jumping into leaves or something silly like that.

The no contact sports is because he only has one good kidney.

>170 rosalita: Right, Julia, but I think the definition is supposed to be about contact with other players - Daniel mainly contacts with the ground and trees and things like that.

Dec 12, 2017, 4:33pm Top

>171 Crazymamie: I am happy to be in the "one good kidney" club with Daniel. Although I'm sure you'll pardon me if I keep my distance from him when he's on one of his wild tears. :-)

Dec 12, 2017, 4:39pm Top

*grin* No worries, Julia. Good thinking.

Dec 12, 2017, 4:47pm Top

Sorry to hear Daniel has broken something again. He must really like sports as he keeps active and seems to go back to playing as soon as he heals.

Dec 12, 2017, 7:07pm Top

>174 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg. Yep - he loves being active and being outside, so sports, kayaking, hiking...

Dec 12, 2017, 9:51pm Top

Dec 13, 2017, 1:02am Top

>175 Crazymamie: So probably preferable that the injuries happen when he is playing sports instead of when he is kayaking out on the water or off hiking in the woods somewhere.

Dec 13, 2017, 9:25am Top

Screw "healthy" eating, let's grab the gusto and pastry up!

Dec 13, 2017, 11:54am Top

>176 BLBera: *waves at Beth*

>177 Familyhistorian: Correct, Meg. And all of the times he broke something there was a doctor playing on the team, so that was very helpful. Of course, now I am going to worry about the kayaking and hiking. Ha!

>178 richardderus: I am with you, Richard! That's so pretty I hate to disturb it, but ....

Dec 13, 2017, 12:00pm Top

SO Daniel will be needing surgery, and it has been scheduled for this Friday. We call in tomorrow afternoon to get his scheduled surgery time. He will be getting a plate and six screws.

Dec 13, 2017, 12:12pm Top


Dec 13, 2017, 12:14pm Top

I concur.

Dec 13, 2017, 12:15pm Top

Good glory, Mamie! I'm so glad you have a surgeon you all like and hope that all goes well.

Dec 13, 2017, 12:19pm Top


Surgical success *whammy* winging its way southward

Dec 13, 2017, 12:19pm Top

Oh, no! I can't decide for whom I feel more sorry, Daniel or Momma Mamie... Gentle (very, in Daniel's case) hugs to you both!

Dec 13, 2017, 12:23pm Top

Yikes, that x-ray looks bad. Thank goodness he can get it fixed fairly soon, and with a good surgeon.

Dec 13, 2017, 12:38pm Top

>183 Dejah_Thoris: Dejah, he operated on Daniel's ankle in June of 2016, and he did an excellent job - he needed a plate with six screws there, too and also a bone graft. And thanks so much for those good wishes.

>184 richardderus: Yeppers. Thanks for that whammy, Richard.

>185 scaifea: I know, right, Amber?! Daniel is a very excellent patient to care for - never complains and very laid back, so he has the toughest job with actually having to go through and recover from the surgery. He makes being the Momma easy. Thanks for those hugs.

>186 susanj67: It's nasty, Susan. The doctor did us a solid and worked Daniel into his already full schedule - otherwise, he would have had to wait until the 22nd. I am very thankful that it can be repaired and that we could get back into the same surgeon that did his ankle repair.

Dec 13, 2017, 1:16pm Top

Yikes! Poor Daniel. Sending all sorts of positive thoughts for the surgery.

Dec 13, 2017, 1:17pm Top

Thank you, Joe!

Dec 13, 2017, 1:37pm Top

Wow, Mamie, that looks awful. *shudder*

So glad the doctor is getting him in sooner than later.

Dec 13, 2017, 1:40pm Top

>190 karenmarie: It was lucky that it stayed there and didn't do any internal damage at all. Crossing my fingers that I never have to deal with anything coming through the skin. I have a very strong stomach, but that might do me in if it was one of my kids. I was VERY happy that the doctor squeezed him into the schedule so he didn't have to wait more than a week to get it taken care of.

Dec 13, 2017, 3:44pm Top

Ouchie - hope the surgery goes well!

Dec 13, 2017, 8:34pm Top

Thank you, Jim! Definitely an ouchie.

Dec 13, 2017, 9:39pm Top

>180 Crazymamie: Dang!! That looks like a painful one. Daniel and my Jack should NOT hang out together. Jack is on a very predictable every other year emergency room visit. And, yes, one was the collar bone. LOL. Good luck at the doctor's.

Dec 14, 2017, 2:43am Top

Sorry to hear about the breakage Mamie. My brother is the same. For a significant birthday speech he listed all the medical stuff the parents had had to deal with for the three of us: and then admitted the breakage were all him!

Dec 14, 2017, 8:02am Top

Morning, Mamie. So sorry to hear about Daniel's shoulder. Poor guy. I am glad they can get him in before the holiday. I have had both shoulders worked on and they do stellar work now. Hugs to my pal.

Dec 14, 2017, 8:53am Top

>194 Berly: Thanks, Kim. You are right - Jack and Daniel should not hang out together. (Which makes me think of Jack Daniels, ha!) Although, I bet if they ever did get together, they would have a lot of fun. Did Jack have to have surgery on his collarbone?

>195 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte. Laughing at your brother's speech - too funny. Abby would have to share in the damages - she has broken both arms and dislocated a knee, all in playing soccer.

>196 msf59: Morning, Mark! Me, too, about the scheduling - I would be a wreck if he had to wait until after the holidays to get it fixed. YIKES! You are so right that they do stellar work now in the medical field - it is amazing what they can fix. Hugs back to you, my friend.

Dec 14, 2017, 11:18am Top

Sweet Thursday, Mamie!

I hope the Pecan Paradisio gang (including poor broken-boned Daniel) has a good one today.

Dec 14, 2017, 12:28pm Top

Sweet Thursday, Joe! Thanks for those good wishes - so far, so good with the day.

Dec 14, 2017, 12:56pm Top

Turns out the doc is anti-coffee and has no other reason to demand that I abstain from coffee for two days than to start me down the decaf road.


Dec 14, 2017, 2:17pm Top

Anti-coffee? What sort of sick propaganda is this?! Good to you for saying no. *there, there. pat, pat*

Dec 14, 2017, 2:19pm Top

>201 Crazymamie: Hell if I know. I won't be asking. I'll just breathe coffee breath all over the numbskull.

Dec 14, 2017, 2:22pm Top

Good thinking.

Dec 14, 2017, 2:52pm Top

>180 Crazymamie: That doesn't look good, Mamie, good luck tomorrow.

Dec 14, 2017, 2:59pm Top

Good luck with the surgery and recovery. I'd rather break my own bones than go through it with a kid.

Dec 14, 2017, 3:25pm Top

>204 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. It should be looking better after tomorrow.

>205 BLBera: Thank you, Beth. And that's exactly how I feel about it, even though Daniel is 23 - and it's really hard when they are adults because you can't say, don't do that again.

Dec 15, 2017, 2:09am Top

>197 Crazymamie: No surgeries. My son has miraculously survived the broken collar bone, ruptured spleen, partially detached ACL and then other misc broken bones and has only needed stitches for gashes.

Jack Daniels--HA! That made me laugh. They probably would have a blast together. : )

Best wishes tomorrow.

Dec 15, 2017, 4:26am Top

Mamie, I hope Daniel's surgery goes well today and he can be feeling better for Christmas.

I saw a new type of teabag in the work kitchen the other day and I was quite excited, until I realised it was loser tea. Oh noes!

Dec 15, 2017, 7:06am Top

Morning, Mamie! Happy Friday. I hope the last work day of the week goes smoothly for you.

Dec 15, 2017, 7:59am Top

Fingers crossed that all goes super-smoothly for Daniel today!

Dec 15, 2017, 8:12am Top

Sending best wishes and hugs for Daniel's surgery today!

Dec 15, 2017, 8:13am Top

Thinking of you and Daniel today. Hope all goes well!

Dec 15, 2017, 8:17am Top

Good golly! gentle hugs to Daniel! and a big one to you. I'll be thinking of both of you today.

Dec 15, 2017, 8:21am Top

>207 Berly: That is truly amazing, Kim! Tell Jack I stand in awe of his awesome bone structure. And thanks for those good wishes - Daniel has to be at the hospital at 11:45am today. I'll report back once we have him back home again.

>208 susanj67: Thanks so much for that, Susan.

Too bad about the loser tea bags. Good thing you examined them carefully before using them.

>209 msf59: Morning, Mark! Friday indeed - I'm happy to see it. I'm hoping it goes smoothly, too. May yours be full of wonder.

Dec 15, 2017, 8:23am Top

>210 scaifea: Thank you, Amber.

>211 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen. Hugs back to you.

>212 katiekrug: Katie, thanks for that.

>213 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda. Hugs back to you.

Dec 15, 2017, 10:13am Top

I'll be thinking of you and yours today, Mamie.

Dec 15, 2017, 4:01pm Top

Poor Daniel and all of you, I hope everything went well.

Dec 15, 2017, 4:26pm Top

What Lucy said, Mamie. I hope the surgery went well, and you all have a restful weekend.

Dec 15, 2017, 5:22pm Top

>216 Dejah_Thoris: Thank you, Dejah.

>217 sibyx: Thank you, Lucy.

>218 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe.

So Daniel is back home again - just got home about twenty minutes ago. The surgery went well - they put in the plate with six screws and removed a small piece of bone that had broken off. He is much groggier and more nauseous than he was with the previous surgery, but he is doing fine. Thanks so much for all of the good thoughts and well wishes. I absolutely know that this group makes a difference when it starts sending positive vibes out into the universe.

Dec 15, 2017, 5:35pm Top

Hi mamie, sounds like you are on care-duties the next wee while. I hear that patient love to be sat next to all day, in which case you get to read ;)

Dec 15, 2017, 5:37pm Top

>220 LovingLit: Hello, Megan! In the past, Daniel has been a very easy patient to take care of, so there is that. I do think you make an excellent suggestion, though. Perhaps I had better just sit next to him and read so that if he does need anything, I will be at the ready.

Dec 15, 2017, 5:40pm Top

>221 Crazymamie: and if he interrupts you needs anything, just hold up your hand until you have finished your sentence :)

Dec 15, 2017, 5:44pm Top

>222 LovingLit: Ha! I like how you think.

Dec 15, 2017, 5:56pm Top

I'm so glad to hear that Daniel is back home and recuperating, Mamie! Sitting bedside and reading sounds like a strong care management plan to me.

Dec 15, 2017, 5:59pm Top

Thank you, Julia! I am very happy to have the surgery part over with, and the recovery for this surgery will be so much faster than with his ankle, so hooray for that.

Dec 15, 2017, 6:18pm Top

There is no way on earth I can catch up on 225 posts right now so I'll just say "hi" and pick up from here.

Dec 15, 2017, 6:27pm Top

Hello, Reba. Really the only thing you missed was that Daniel broke his collarbone on Monday night. He had it surgically repaired today and is doing fine.

Dec 15, 2017, 6:30pm Top

I'm so glad to hear that the surgery went well and that Daniel is home if a bit groggy.

Being at hand is critical for patient recovery and reading necessary for YOUR recovery.

Dec 15, 2017, 6:34pm Top

Thank you, Karen. I appreciate those words of wisdom - so true!

Dec 16, 2017, 3:02am Top

Very glad all is well with the patient. Wishing a speedy and (relatively) pain-free recovery. For Daniel and his mom! I definitely think he will need pretty constant supervision, so you'd best find a comfy chair by his bedside and a good book or three. : )

Dec 16, 2017, 10:36am Top

So glad surgery went well! May the recovery and healing process go smoothly too!
So true, this group is a positive Force.
Bailey's in the coffee, perhaps. ;0)

Dec 16, 2017, 11:19am Top

>230 Berly: Thank you, Kim. Believe it or not, he is going to a Christmas party today - in Macon! His girlfriend's family has their big bash today, and he is determined to go. And he did get permission from his surgeon to go as long as he takes it VERY easy.He will not be driving of course. Luckily, his girlfriend is a gem, and I know she will take very good care of him. He looks great today - you would never guess that he just had surgery yesterday.

>231 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda. This group makes magic happen on a regular basis, I am convinced. And Bailey's in the coffee is a terrific idea!

Dec 16, 2017, 11:31am Top

Glad Daniel's surgery is over and he is doing well. I think this recovery will be easier than his ankle, as he is MOBILE! And that reminds me--I need to pick up some Bailey's.

Dec 16, 2017, 11:34am Top

Thanks, Roni! And yep - that is exactly what he said. His ankle injury required A LOT of rehab, so this should be a walk in the park in comparison.

Hoping you get that Bailey's today.

Dec 16, 2017, 11:57am Top

Oh thank goodness Daniel's okay post-surgery. I'm quite sure you're right, the 75er mojo cloud envelops and protects us all. I myownself narrowly escaped surgery yesterday, and I might very well have a solution to the gout problem. See thread.

Celebratory mimosas! (Plus I want these flutes.)

Dec 16, 2017, 12:06pm Top

>227 Crazymamie: OMG So sorry to hear about Daniel's collarbone. Glad he's feeling well enough to travel to a party today :) Hope the rest of the recovery goes as well.

Dec 16, 2017, 1:25pm Top

Happy Saturday, Mamie!

I imagine you're treating poor Daniel pretty darn well. That's the one upside to breaking and mending.

Dec 16, 2017, 1:59pm Top

Hope Daniel has fun at his party: admire his bounce-backability!

Dec 16, 2017, 4:45pm Top

Ah, yes the '20s when you can have surgery one day and be out partying the next. Seriously, Mamie I am glad to hear that the surgeon got Daniel in early, that surgery went well and that he's recovery is going well. Have a great weekend.

Dec 16, 2017, 5:14pm Top

>235 richardderus: Hooray for escaping surgery and for an alternate solution - coming right over! Oh! And mimosas! Yes, please. I also want those stemless flutes - elegant and fun.

>236 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! He needed a plate and six screws to fix it, but he is doing really great today. And they texted me that they made it to Macon safe and sound, so now I can relax.

>237 jnwelch: Happy Saturday, Joe! We usually treat hime pretty well, but he was definitely getting babied by all the women in his life. He is amazingly low maintenance, though.

>238 charl08: He was very excited to go - meeting a lot of the girlfriend's extended relatives for the first time. And there was a competition for best holiday hat!(I was thinking it was an ugly sweater contest, but it is best hat instead) And you're right - he is good at bouncing back.

>239 Familyhistorian: Truth, Meg!! And thank you - everything went really smoothly, which was a blessing. Hoping your weekend is full of fabulous!

Edited: Dec 16, 2017, 9:47pm Top

Such resilience in your young man, Mamie! I take to my bed for a week whenever i get a hangnail.

Dec 16, 2017, 8:36pm Top

Ah youth! So glad Daniel is bouncing back.

Dec 16, 2017, 9:00pm Top

Happy Saturday evening, Mamie!

Dec 16, 2017, 9:27pm Top

>178 richardderus: Oh my God, Yes please!

>180 Crazymamie: Best wishes to Daniel and I hope he will be problem free after getting his plate - except of course in airport metal detectors!

Wishing all at the Paradisio a lovely weekend.

Dec 16, 2017, 10:06pm Top

>244 PaulCranswick: Looks fabOO doesn't it. I'm particularly excited about the custard/strawberry tart.

Dec 17, 2017, 10:13am Top

Morning, Mamie! Happy Sunday. We are hosting a birthday party for my FIL today. He just turned 75. A good number, right?

I hope you get plenty of R & R in over at the Pecan Paradiso!

Dec 17, 2017, 10:22am Top

>241 rosalita: Oh, to be young again, right, Julia?

>242 sibyx: Thanks, Lucy! He had a great time at the party and is back none the worse for wear.

>243 katiekrug: Thank you, Katie. It was a good one - I should have been cleaning, but since Craig and I spent the afternoon braving the shops, I came home, opened the wine and my chocolate orange, and grabbed my book. Later I watched The Big Sleep with Craig and then an episode of Haven with Rae.

Dec 17, 2017, 10:27am Top

>244 PaulCranswick: Well, he already had a plate and six screws in his ankle, so the shoulder is just additional bling.

I thank you for those weekend wishes, Paul. Today we will bake more lemon coconut biscotti and watch football. Dinner is baked potato bar. Your Sunday is almost over, so I'll wish you week full of wonder.

>245 richardderus: That did look delicious!

>246 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy Sunday. 75 is a most excellent number, so I wish him happy.

Probably not much rest today, but hopefully I can squeeze in some relaxation. Hoping that yours is full of fabulous! And cake.

Edited: Dec 17, 2017, 10:15pm Top

Hi Mamie

I'm stopping by to wish you a wonderful holiday season!

Dec 18, 2017, 8:02am Top

Morning, Mamie! I love the sound of your baked potato bar - what fixings do you set out?

Dec 18, 2017, 9:32am Top

>249 Whisper1: Thanks so much for that, Linda! Hoping that your holiday season is also full of wonder.

>250 scaifea: Morning, Amber! Let's see, it varies according to what is requested ahead of time. Last night we had sautéed mushrooms and onions, ground sausage, bacon, black olives, cheese, and sour cream. We usually have steamed broccoli, too. Almost any kind of meat will work, really, so we often use baked potato bar as a way to use up leftovers.

Dec 18, 2017, 11:13am Top

Morning, Mamie!

Sounds like you're cooking and baking up a storm. Lemon coconut biscotti - mmm.

Dec 18, 2017, 2:07pm Top

Afternoon, Joe! The biscotti is da Bomb. Seriously. And we love to eat here at the Pecan Paradisio, so it's good that we also love the cooking and baking part.

Dec 18, 2017, 5:47pm Top

Good to hear that Daniel came through the surgery with flying colors. I have been busy with Christmas the last few day, but at least my shopping is done! Now I can concentrate on the fun stuff like wrapping and cooking! Sounds like the Pecan Paradisio is deep into Christmas prep as well!

Dec 18, 2017, 5:56pm Top

>254 DeltaQueen50: He did so well with it, Judy. I have been a bit crazy with the Christmas, too, as it somehow managed to sneak up on me. I cannot believe it is only a week away. YIKES! I do think I am almost done with the purchasing, but I have yet to wrap one thing or mail one card. I have not panicked yet, but...

Hoping your Christmas preparations go smoothly and bring on the happy for you. The stuffing of the stockings is my favorite part.

Dec 18, 2017, 7:05pm Top

Hi, Mamie. Late check in. Have you read Eleanor Oliphant yet? If not, give it a go and the audio is really good too.

Dec 18, 2017, 7:38pm Top

Hey there, Mark! Nope - haven't read that one yet, but I'll add it to The List. Thanks for the tip!

Dec 18, 2017, 9:59pm Top

Christmas time did kind of sneak in this year, didn't it, Mamie. I can't remember being this late shopping. The mall was very busy today - don't those people have to work?

Dec 19, 2017, 12:12am Top


(Translation: my cold isn't better, feed me biscotti)

Dec 19, 2017, 8:52am Top

>255 Crazymamie: Happy Tuesday, Crazy!!! I had a little wrapping party last night. Just me, some Christmas music, lots of paper, boxes and tape, and a little wine. It went well. ; ) Best of luck with all the holiday hoopla.

Dec 19, 2017, 8:56am Top

Morning, Mamie! Color me ecstatic! I purchased a frozen pecan pie from Aldi's and I thank you for opening my eyes and getting me out of the kitchen :0)

Dec 19, 2017, 9:23am Top

>258 Familyhistorian: It sure did, Meg. I need to go to our mall today, and I am not looking forward to it. And I have to hit the post office. *cringe*

...don't those people have to work? Made me laugh!

>259 richardderus: Well, hello there, BigDaddy! So sorry about the cold. Let's get you that biscotti:

Apple cider biscotti

Dec 19, 2017, 9:27am Top

>260 Berly: Happy Tuesday, Kim! Are you feeling better? I need to have myownself a wrapping party, but it probably won't happen today as I still have errands to run. Just waiting for our very dense fog to burn off. I thank you for those good wishes, and I hope they work.

>261 Carmenere: Morning, Lynda! Hooray for purchased pie!! Too funny, as I love to bake and to cook, but I usually leave the pie making to others. I don't want to make it - I just want to eat it. Preferably for breakfast.

Edited: Dec 19, 2017, 9:28am Top

Morning, Mamie. 50 degrees today. A seasonal gift from Mother Nature. Yah!

Dec 19, 2017, 9:30am Top

Morning, Mark! Seasonal gift? I would like to return mine, then. I got stuck with 72 and humid. Supposed to be 79 by Saturday. Oh, joy.

Dec 19, 2017, 11:11am Top

>265 Crazymamie: You live at the same latitude as Tunisia, dear heart. Ugh icky ptoo-ptoo weather is de rigueuer.

My virtual biscotti turned the trick, I'm feeling oodles better. Apple cider biscotti! Y.U.M.

Dec 19, 2017, 12:35pm Top

Ugh icky ptoo-ptoo weather. Yep. Exactly. *sigh*

Glad the biscotti worked.

Dec 19, 2017, 12:57pm Top

Happy Tuesday, Mamie!

>262 Crazymamie: Mmm. That looks delish.

Adding my support to Mark's for Eleanor Oliphant. I'm pretty sure you'll love it - hang with it through the getting your bearings beginning.

Dec 19, 2017, 1:13pm Top

Happy Tuesday, Joe! Help yourself to some biscotti. I will add your name to Mark's rec - thanks!

Dec 19, 2017, 3:36pm Top


Book #102: The Narrows by Michael Connelly (4 stars), off my shelves ebook, police procedural (Harry Bosch, book 10)
Book #103: The Closers by Michael Connelly (4 stars), 2017 acquired ebook, police procedural (Harry Bosch, book 11)

I just love the Harry Bosch series - police procedurals set in Los Angeles and written by Michael Connelly. I remember reading somewhere that Connelly is a big fan of Raymond Chandler, and it shows. The city of Los Angeles is definitely a character in these books, and I love the history of the city that is intertwined with the storylines of these books. Like most detectives that we meet in crime fiction, Bosch is flawed and just a bit broken, but he is such a great protagonist. The backstory here is complicated, so start at the beginning - you won't be sorry, and the books just get better as they go on.

Dec 19, 2017, 4:07pm Top

Ha! No book bullets for me, I'm current on my Bosch! Ha ha! Ha!!

Dec 19, 2017, 4:17pm Top

*grin* Very good. I am happy that I still have a bunch ahead of me - I love Harry!

Dec 19, 2017, 4:24pm Top

I am a fan of the Prime series, as well. The Boschverse just lends itself to visual media, and Titus Welliver is my image of Harry to the life.

Dec 19, 2017, 4:28pm Top

Getting all caught up. Rats about the broken collar bone, but Hooray!! for successful surgery and good recovery.

Dec 19, 2017, 4:31pm Top

Rae and I LOVE that series! And agreed that Titus Welliver is perfect for the part of Harry. He also narrates some of the later audiobooks, beginning with book 17, so I have a few more to go before I can have him read to me.

Dec 19, 2017, 4:41pm Top

>274 nittnut: Hello there, Jenn! You summed it up perfectly. SO thankful everything went smoothly, but boy, sis it put me behind in my Christmas endeavors.

Dec 20, 2017, 6:55am Top

Hi Mamie!

Glad to hear that Daniel is coming along.

>270 Crazymamie: I am a huge Harry Bosch fan, series, and TV series both. I love the Lincoln Lawyer books, too, with Mickey Haller. I'm from LA and love how he brings LA into the stories. I'm all caught up on the books, having just read Two Kinds of Truth.

I hope that you get caught up on Christmas endeavors soon! I have to send my Christmas cards today, bake two pies for husband's work tomorrow, and start wrapping husband and daughter's presents. What a mad rush it an be!

Dec 20, 2017, 8:14am Top

Morning, Karen! Daniel goes back to the surgeon for his post-op check this morning.

The very first book I read by Michael Connelly was The Lincoln Lawyer - loved it and met Harry there, and then I went back to start at the beginning of the Harry Bosch series. I have been reading the other series as they fit into the Harry Bosch storyline. I love that Connelly has a reading order for how all the books fit together on his website. Like you, I really enjoy how he makes LA part of the narrative.

I have been looking all over for the Christmas cards - they were sitting on the dining room table, and now they have disappeared. I can't find them anywhere - weird. I really need to start wrapping and there is a box that should have been mailed already, but I am still waiting on something that need to go in it. *sigh* This year is looking to be a jumble for us, as we also have another December incident - see next post.

Dec 20, 2017, 8:19am Top

We just found out last night that Craig's mom had a stroke on Monday and is in the hospital. She was playing bridge with friends when it happened. She did not have her phone with her, and no one knew how to get in touch with her family. Craig's brother is flying down today if he can get a flight.

Dec 20, 2017, 8:45am Top

Best wishes for Craig's mom to recover completely. Not the best year at Pecan Paradiso, is it? *smooch*

Dec 20, 2017, 9:13am Top

Thanks, Richard. I won't complain about seeing the backside of 2017, that's for sure. *smooch back*

Dec 20, 2017, 10:47am Top

>279 Crazymamie: I'm so sorry to hear about Craig's mother. How fortunate she was with friends when it happened, even if they didn't know how to reach anyone. I hope she's recovering well.

Here's to a better 2018 for all of us.

Dec 20, 2017, 10:51am Top

>279 Crazymamie: Oh dear. Best wishes to Craig's mom. This is a terrible time of year for such things to happen, when everyone's nerves and emotions are on their last legs anyway.

Edited: Dec 20, 2017, 11:12am Top

Morning, Mamie! Sorry to hear about Craig's Mom. Please keep us updated.

Keep cool down there in GA.

Dec 20, 2017, 12:56pm Top

I will never catch up, Mamie, my dear, so I'm here to say hello. I'm so sorry to hear about Craig's mom! So terribly frightening.... I hope she was able to get medical attention quickly and experiences a rapid and robust recovery.


Dec 20, 2017, 12:57pm Top

Sorry about the family accidents. Hope they're done with now and you can relax and enjoy the holidays.

Dec 20, 2017, 6:21pm Top

It doesn't rain but it pours.

I'm sorry to hear about Craig's mom and hope she's doing okay after the stroke.

Hang in there!

Dec 20, 2017, 6:28pm Top

Mamie--Oh, I am so sorry to hear about Craig's mom. Sending MORE best wishes to you and yours!!! Eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2018....

Dec 20, 2017, 9:08pm Top

Wow, a double whammy with Daniel's broken collarbone and Craig's mother's stroke. I'm glad Daniel did well with the surgery. He seems to be a quick healer. It's either his age, physical fitness level, or just that his body is used to it! Re: the bridge stroke. At the studio where I play duplicate bridge, I (at age 70) am one of the young ones. Management requires a medical profile and contact in case of emergency numbers. We also have a defibrillator on the premises. Huh, it's almost like playing in a skilled nursing home. lol.

Dec 21, 2017, 7:36am Top

I'm so sorry, Mamie. I'll be keeping you and yours (and Craig's) in my thoughts.

Dec 21, 2017, 11:22am Top

I'm sorry to hear about Craig's mom, too, Mamie. I hope it's turning out all right - they can do amazing things re strokes these days. My dad just had one, and they caught it quickly with that tPA, and he's okay.

Dec 21, 2017, 11:26am Top



Dec 21, 2017, 2:50pm Top

Happy Yule Book Flood!

Dec 21, 2017, 6:14pm Top

Update on the MIL - she has been released from the hospital, and was very lucky to have friends that ignored her insistence that she did not need to go to the hospital. She was dragging the left leg at the beginning but has gotten the use of it back, so she will not need to do any PT followup. She is 89, and one very tough bird. Craig's brother made it down there and was able to take her home from the hospital and will be staying with her through Wednesday, which is certainly a gift to the rest of the family. Craig will go down next weekend to be with her - he is on call through the holiday, so it would have been very difficult for him to change his schedule and get there. And the brother is retired. As those of you who follow my thread know, there is no love loss between the MIL and I, but still she's his mom, so ...

And that, I do believe is more than enough drama for December. My. Word.

Dec 21, 2017, 6:19pm Top

Toodle-oo 2017. Done with you. Now SHOO!

Dec 21, 2017, 6:22pm Top

>282 Dejah_Thoris: Thanks, Dejah. She was very lucky to be with friends - I agree, and their quick response probably saved her from suffering more permanent damage.

I like your thoughts for 2018 - make it so, please.

>283 rosalita: Thank you, Julia. You are so right about the timing - poor Craig does not need one more stressor. I was so happy that the brother made it down there and could stay through Wednesday.

>284 msf59: Thanks, Mark. Will do with the updating - she seems to be doing fine.

Our temps are still high 60s to mid 70s, so less than deal for me, but not horrible, either.

Dec 21, 2017, 6:28pm Top

>285 EBT1002: No worries about catching up, Ellen - it is lovely to see you here. And thank you for those kind thoughts. She seems to have bounced back nicely from this one thanks to the quick actions of her friends. I do feel badly that she was without family for the first 24 hours because no of us knew. xo

>286 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba. And AMEN to that thought!

>287 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen. She is doing fine and was very happy to see her oldest son arrive on the scene. He is a retired doctor, so she is in good hands.

Dec 21, 2017, 6:47pm Top

>288 Berly: Thank you, Kim. I am also eagerly awaiting 2018.

>289 Donna828: Right, Donna - and two Monday whammies at that. You are right that Daniel's age and level of physical fitness played a role - he is very active and takes good care of himself. Very health conscious, that one.

The MIL is 89 and repeatedly insisted that she did not need to go to the hospital, but luckily her friends did not listen to her. I am hoping that they now have a contact number for someone - everything is on her phone, and she did not have that on her.

>290 scaifea: Thank you, Amber. The timing just could not have been worse, so I was very happy to see things work out - so difficult to drop everything right in the middle of the holidays. Craig has a really crazy schedule, so I was very pleased to see him not have to try to manipulate things so he could go down.

Dec 21, 2017, 6:49pm Top

>291 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. She is out of the woods and seems to be doing fine. You are so right about the amazing things the medical world can do these days.

>292 EBT1002: Thanks so much for those hugs, Ellen, and for keeping us in your thoughts. Once again, the LT mojo has worked its magic.

>293 richardderus: Ha! Thanks, Richard - I needed that!

Dec 21, 2017, 7:09pm Top

Speaking of the wonders of modern medicine:

Before and after of Daniel's collarbone

Dec 21, 2017, 7:10pm Top

>295 richardderus: Just saw you there, BigDaddy! From your lips to the ears of the Universe! Well said, my friend.

Dec 21, 2017, 10:38pm Top

Wow. Quite a couple of days. I am wishing a Very Quiet Christmas for you.

Dec 21, 2017, 10:39pm Top

Thank you, Jenn. Quiet would be good. And very welcome.

Dec 22, 2017, 4:30am Top

Dear Mamie, I'm so sorry I missed most of the year here. Sending lots of extra health wishes your and your family's way right now and chiming in with the wishes for an extra quiet Christmas. And leaving the Non-Xmas dog of course:


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, 8:39am Top

>304 Deern: Nathalie!!! I LOVE the snow-covered dog! And how very lovely to see you. You have made me smile BIG. And your message is full of fabulous. Thanks so much for that.

Edited: Dec 22, 2017, 9:27am Top

Happy Friday, Mamie!

A quiet Christmas sounds good to me, too. Tomorrow we head off to the old homestead in Ann Arbor for a gathering of the clan. The pater familias (and the only one of our kids' grandparents who is still alive) is 94, so we're all going to go easy while there.

Dec 22, 2017, 10:12am Top

Happy Friday, Joe! Wishing for you safe travels. I am SO happy that we do not have to road trip anywhere. Not that we could leave anyway since Craig is on call Sat/Sun/Mon. We have to run a bunch of errands today, including grocery shopping, and then it will be back home for a wrapping marathon. I If I get everything done today, then I could just veg on Saturday and Sunday. Okay, now I am cracking myself up because there is no way I could get everything done today. Heh. Still, it speaks to my ability to dream big.

Dec 22, 2017, 10:25am Top

Good luck! Just veg-ing on Sat and Sun is my kind of motivation.

Dec 22, 2017, 10:33am Top

Thanks, Joe!

Dec 22, 2017, 10:43am Top

Morning, Mamie! Happy Friday. Thanks for the updates on the MIL & Daniel.

I am enjoying the day off and the wife and I, (she gets off work at noon) are planning to see Star Wars in the early P.M. Looking forward to it.

Dec 22, 2017, 11:04am Top

Morning, Mark! Happy Friday to you! I am really wanting to see that Star Wars movie - so far only Daniel has seen it, and he loved it.

Dec 23, 2017, 10:41am Top

Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

Dec 23, 2017, 11:09am Top

Morning, Mamie. Happy Saturday. Big Thumbs Up for the new Star Wars film. Try to see it at the theater if you can.

Dec 23, 2017, 11:53am Top

Time for a Yule log!

Dec 23, 2017, 11:54am Top

>312 Ameise1: Thank you, Barbara! That is the sweetest image - really love that one. Hoping that your holidays are full of fabulous.

>313 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy Saturday. Hooray for the Star Wars movie - we will definitely see it in the theater.

Dec 23, 2017, 11:54am Top

>314 richardderus: So pretty! Thank you, Richard!

Dec 23, 2017, 2:34pm Top

It has been a busy December for you, Mamie. It is good that your MIL was with her friends so that her stroke got caught right away. So two health issues on consecutive Mondays, eh. Well, you should be good next week because that day has been renamed to Christmas Day. I hope that everything goes well at the Pecan Peridiso (sp?) for the rest of the holiday season.

Dec 23, 2017, 4:28pm Top

>300 Crazymamie: Wow.

And I'm glad the MIL has bounced back as well as she has. P is off visiting her dad today, he is 95.5 years old and is in hospital with influenza. He makes her crazy (and makes me even crazier), but - as you say - he's her dad. What are you gonna do?

Dec 23, 2017, 4:29pm Top

And I'm making my holiday rounds today.

Wishing you and your family a Christmas full of warmth, laughter, joy, and many books.

Dec 23, 2017, 7:43pm Top

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

Dec 23, 2017, 11:38pm 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 24, 2017, 5:09am Top

Mamie, I hope you've reached the vegging out stage :-) Sorry to hear about your m-i-l. And that Craig is on call, but maybe there will be a Christmas baby to visit.

Daniel's new x-ray looks much more orderly than the original ones. I hope he continues to improve and is soon back to normal.

I was doing a crossword yesterday and one of the clues was "A type of nut" and the second letter was "e". "Ha!" I said. Fortunately there was no-one to hear me.

Happy Christmas to you all.

Dec 24, 2017, 8:29am Top

Knowing you lights my world!
Merry Christmas! Peace and Joy!

Dec 24, 2017, 9:14am Top

Stopping by to drop off my Christmas wishes to you and your family Mamie and sorry to hear about Dan and your MIL. Glad to hear the MIL is out of hospital and was with people when the stroke happened so that they could get her to see someone. And adding my wishes that the rest of your December is nice and quiet! And to a better 2018 (I think almost everyone needs that at the moment).

Dec 24, 2017, 9:44am Top

Happy Christmas, Mamie!!

Dec 24, 2017, 10:35am Top

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mamie, and a wonderful 2018 too!

Dec 24, 2017, 10:46am Top

Hi Mamie!

I hope that things have slowed down enough for you to relax a bit.

Stopping by to wish you and yours all good things this holiday season.

Dec 24, 2017, 12:09pm Top

You've worked hard enough. Time for brunch!

Dec 24, 2017, 1:06pm Top

(Or in other words, Happy Christmas, to you and yours!)

Dec 24, 2017, 8:39pm Top

Dec 24, 2017, 8:46pm Top

Merry Christmas Mamie!

Dec 24, 2017, 9:45pm Top

Wishing you all good things this holiday season and beyond.

Dec 25, 2017, 1:31am Top

Mamie, best wishes to you and yours at Christmas!

Dec 25, 2017, 7:32am Top

^Holiday wishes to all the folks at the Pecan Paridiso! Hugs to you all! Enjoy the day!

Dec 25, 2017, 8:29pm Top

Merry Christmas, Mamie, and peace , joy and good health to you and yours!

Dec 26, 2017, 10:12am Top

Still a bit under construction, but here's the new group: https://www.librarything.com/groups/75booksin2018

Happy Boxing Day!

Dec 26, 2017, 2:40pm Top

Happy Boxing Day!!

Dec 27, 2017, 4:16pm Top

Hey Mamie, watching Waitress and for some reason, thought of you.

Dec 28, 2017, 8:13am Top

Morning, Y'all! I managed to acquire a head cold over Christmas, and I do not remember unwrapping it. I would very much like to return it.

Thanks so much to everyone for the delightful holiday wishes - we had a good one. And I even received some books! This hardly ever happens because they are afraid to shop for me, which I totally get since usually if I want something I just go ahead and buy it. I mean, why wait around for Santa when my credit is just as good? Anyway, here's what I got:

Spy of the First Person by Sam Shepard
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories by David Lebovitz
Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love From a Year in Paris by Ann Mah
A Man Lay Dead by Ngaio Marsh
More Than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts by James Naremore
Future Noir Revised and Updated Edition: The Making of Blade Runner by Paul M. Sammon

I am most excited about those last two. We had such a lovely Christmas. We opened stockings and then had Big Breakfast. Then the gifts. Daniel went to his girlfriend's Christmas for the afternoon as they do a lunch thing, and then they both came back here for dinner and the evening. A friend of Abby's joined us for the afternoon and evening as she had nowhere to go for Christmas. We kept dinner simple - we just did two big taco rings with all the fixings. (Christmas Eve is when we do our more glam dinner) It was fun and indulgent and very relaxing. And everyone was so thoughtful with their gift giving - no dud gifts, although Daniel did give me a bit of a scare with the fake box his present was in:

Hoping all of you also had holidays full of fabulous.

Dec 28, 2017, 8:23am Top

>317 Familyhistorian: Meg, thank you for those good wishes - they worked! And you are right that we did not need another Monday event this December - we managed to come through Christmas unscathed. Thank goodness!

>318 EBT1002: I know, right, Ellen?! The surgeon took one look at the x-ray and said, we're going to have to go in and fix that. They actually had to remove that little piece of bone that broke off on its own.

Hoping P's dad is doing better. And don't I hear you about how family can make one crazy. I actually tried for years to get along with Craig's mother, but after a huge blowup where she told me what a lousy mother I was right in front of my children, I said enough. I could have saved myself so much time and effort if I had just began where I finished, but at least I can say that I did try. She is doing very well after her stroke (it's her second one), and Craig's brother stayed with her through last evening before flying home - he had to be back to close on the house they are selling. Craig and Rae are going down to check on her this Friday and staying the weekend.

Dec 28, 2017, 8:37am Top

>319 EBT1002: Thanks for those holiday wishes, Ellen - that kitty is so cute!

>320 lkernagh: Thank you, Lori!

>321 ronincats: What a lovely and thoughtful post, Roni. Thank you.

>322 susanj67: I did make it to vegging out stage for Christmas Eve, Susan! We listened to Tim Curry narrating A Christmas Carol while we were each doing our own thing, and it was really fun. In the evening, we had our big meal and then played Settlers of Catan together, which is one of my favorite holiday movies.

Daniel has done great with his recovery - he is back driving and working now, although the arm is still in a sling and he cannot lift anything with that arm or rotate it outward or upward just yet. He goes back next week for another recheck. In the meantime, he is off today to a cabin in Northern Georgia that a group of his friends has rented together. Luckily, he has a good head on his shoulders, so I know he will not do anything stupid that would risk his full recovery of that shoulder.

And I love the crossword clue!!! We did the Sunday NYT crossword together - I read out the clues and everyone helped with the solving of the puzzle. Really fun because it was a holiday one, so Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer featured.

Dec 28, 2017, 8:40am Top

>323 nittnut: Very cool, Jenn! Thank you.

>324 souloftherose: Thank you, Heather! You are so right that most everyone is looking for 2018 to be a better year than 2017. Crossing my fingers that all of us get that.

>325 scaifea: Thank you, Amber!

>326 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba!

Dec 28, 2017, 8:42am Top

>327 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen - things have indeed slowed down, thank goodness.

>328 richardderus: Oh, yes, BigDaddy! You always bring the best treats - thank you!

>329 SandDune: Rhian! So lovely to see you here! And thank you for those good wishes.

>330 rretzler: Thank you, Robin!

Dec 28, 2017, 8:43am Top

>331 luvamystery65: Thanks, Roberta!

>332 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul!

>333 AMQS: Thanks, Anne!

>334 msf59: Thank you, Mark! Hugs back to you, my friend.

Dec 28, 2017, 8:47am Top

>335 Dejah_Thoris: Thank you, Dejah!

>336 drneutron: Thanks so much, Jim - I appreciate all of your hard work, time and effort that you put into setting us up for a new year. This is such a great group!

>337 Berly: Thanks, Kim!

>338 charl08: Hello, Charlotte! I have not seen that movie, but as you know, I have big love for Nathan Fillion - I am going to have to track that one down.

Dec 28, 2017, 9:08am Top

>338 charl08: - Waitress is a cute movie. It's been made into a musical and is playing on Broadway.

Charlotte and Mamie, you should come to New York and we will go see it :D

Mamie, I'm sorry you were "gifted" a head cold. My SIL has one, too, but like you, she was a trooper about it. We had a really nice Christmas. What a difference it makes not spending it at my MIL's cramped house in the heat of South Florida!

Also, I want a NapSack. I feel it would be useful during Board meetings...

Dec 28, 2017, 9:30am Top

Hello, Katie! I am going to have to rent the movie because Netflix and Amazon Prime do not have it, and our library also doesn't have it. Bummer. And how did I miss it the first time around anyway? I saw that there was a musical made of it when I was looking it up - Sara Bareilles wrote the music! Very cool, and she is one of Birdy's favorites.

Me and you and Charlotte in NYC! How fun would that be?!

I am glad you did not have to brave the cats and the heat in Florida this year - BONUS! I am happy to have the head cold after Christmas instead of before it, so I cannot complain.

The NapSack says right on the box that it is ideal for Board meetings. Heh.

Edited: Dec 28, 2017, 10:30am Top

New York?

Only if I can stay in the library hotel :-)
Srsly, sounds amazing. Friend has been in touch to say she's heading to New Orleans for New Year.

I'm really not jealous at all.

Dec 28, 2017, 11:03am Top

The Library Hotel is fun! I'm having a 40th birthday celebration in April and trying to get a discounted rate for a block of rooms there for out of town friends. Does that sweeten the pot? You can swing by and pick up Susan on your way :)

Dec 28, 2017, 12:12pm Top

Hope you had a good holiday with your family!

Dec 28, 2017, 1:20pm Top

Happy Holidays to you and the Pecan Paradisio Gang, Mamie!

Dec 28, 2017, 1:25pm Top

Despite the unwanted gift, sounds like you had a splendid holiday. Love the nap sack!

Dec 28, 2017, 3:48pm Top

>348 charl08: Oh, the library hotel! That did look full of fabulous! And you are doing a very good job of hiding your jealousy. Really. It doesn't show a bit.

>349 katiekrug: I bet your birthday bash will be amazing - good thinking with the hotel arrangements. 40?! I remember that decade.

>350 ChelleBearss: We did, Chelle! How wonderful to see you out and about on the threads. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers.

Dec 28, 2017, 3:52pm Top

>351 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe!

>352 katiekrug: Whoop!! You da Best, Katie!

>353 Berly: Yeppers. It was delightful. Abby was horrified because she thought he actually gave me the NapSack, which would be SO Dan. But instead I got a nameplate for my desk that says, "Mama Mamie, and underneath "Biting Shepard", which is an inside joke. I love it, and now I look so official when I am paying the bills.

Dec 28, 2017, 8:23pm Top

>355 Crazymamie: No, I love the misleading box. And I am glad you are finally OFFICIAL! It's about time. lol. Are you going to explain Biting Shephard? : )

Dec 28, 2017, 8:25pm Top

Hi, Mamie! Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas with the family and received a few books, as well. Sweet!

Dec 28, 2017, 10:39pm Top

Sorry you got a cold. I'd return it too, if I were you.
How nice to get books for Christmas. I got a book too - I bought it for myself. I also got 2 big old Land's End totes, one from my MIL and one from my husband, which are very nice and will hold a lot of books...

Dec 29, 2017, 7:07am Top

Speaking of misleading boxes, I used the box for my work boots to house an assortment of gifts for my nephew and his wife. When they unwrapped it, I pointed out that the shoes were unisex so they could both wear them - and he thought I was serious!!! Priceless.

Hope the cold is feeling unwelcome and decides to leave sooooooon!! And a Happy New Year to you!

Dec 29, 2017, 7:54am Top

Happy belated Christmas to you and yours, Mamie! I've been off line without a modem and with little data time left on my phone it was a living hell.
>300 Crazymamie: amazing! Talking about modern miracles. We were at a neighbors party the other day and saw a fellow neighbor who was on deaths door with cancer. He looks incredible and his hair is growing back etc etc etc. He mentioned that if this happened to him three years ago, he would've been dead but new advances in cancer therapy kept him here and still enjoy quality of life.
oooo, I'm wearing my fitbit I'll pm you with my email address. :0)

Dec 29, 2017, 8:29am Top

>356 Berly: Um...maybe, Kim. It's one of those stories that takes forever to explain, and then it's not nearly as funny if you weren't there. I'll see if I can figure out how to break it down for consumption, in the meantime, just know that it is funny, and even funnier that Shepard is supposed to be Shepherd - it's completely misspelled.

>357 msf59: Hello, Mark! Getting some books was extra sweet because that usually doesn't happen.

>358 nittnut: Thanks, Jenn. That's usually how I get books for Christmas - buy them myself. Now I am wondering what book you got. We used to have several of those Lands End totes when the kids were younger - they hold up nicely and take a lot of punishment.

Dec 29, 2017, 8:35am Top

>359 dragonaria: Hey there, Kimberly! Too funny about the unisex boots. And thank you for those good wishes - hoping they work! Happy New Year to you!

>360 Carmenere: Miss Lynda!!! I wondered where you had gotten to, but now I see you were suffering from a deceased modem. I really hate when technology doesn't work like it's supposed to.

It is truly amazing how far we have come with our medical knowledge - my sister had stage IV Hodegkin's back in the late 80s, and she survived, but it took a heavy toll. They have come so far in cancer treatment since then.

And YES!!! PM me your email so you can join our group!Most exciting!

Dec 29, 2017, 10:33am Top

Hey Mamie! Lunch is too much trouble, let's just graze:

Dec 29, 2017, 10:36am Top

Yum! Grazing is my favorite, actually. That's what we do for New Year's Eve. Thanks, BigDaddy!

Dec 29, 2017, 10:36am Top

>361 Crazymamie: I did pick up on the spelling change. ; ) If it's too much trouble to explain, I will just go with it's a funny story. ; ) Oh, and I got a new Fitbit for Christmas and now that the ice has melted maybe I can get in a walk today!

Dec 29, 2017, 10:52am Top

>365 Berly: The short of it is that the kids and I were playing a game where you had to come up with two words that started with p and b - we kept trying to outdo each other with nonsense words that fit. Finally, I proudly produced the two words that I felt no one could top - Biting Shepherds. The kids were rolling, and I was sitting there all smug thinking I had outdone myself. Turns out it doesn't fit the parameters. *rolls eyes* Dan was all, like, Mom that totally doesn't count. It was late, I was tired, there might have been wine. Anyway, after that they always bring it up - just those two words to remind me that maybe I don't know everything. They say, Mom, I have two words for you...So then I started saying that it was because I was BOLD. I was a rule breaker. A rebel. It was just a HUGE bonus for me that Daniel's sign was misspelled - and even funnier is that when I pointed it out, Craig, who is probably the world's worst speller, said, yes, there should be two "p"s.

Whoot! for the new Fitbit - I need to get back to stepping. I have been very bad lately.

Dec 29, 2017, 10:57am Top

Crazy--OMG! That made my morning. Classic story. Thanks for taking the time to share--I am still laughing.

Dec 29, 2017, 10:58am Top

Oh, good! It does translate. I was worried it would only be funny to me.

Dec 29, 2017, 11:03am Top

Morning, Mamie. Happy Friday. Just getting ready to start my residential. A tad better today.

Dec 29, 2017, 11:11am Top

Morning, Mark! Happy Friday! Good luck with the residential deliveries. It's sunny and 44F here currently, so I am very pleased.

Dec 30, 2017, 8:14pm Top

The God Stalk group read thread is up in the 2018 group,Mamie, here:


Dec 30, 2017, 8:41pm Top

Thanks, Roni!

Dec 30, 2017, 10:08pm Top

Finally, Mamie, I got here and skimmed through about 200 messages. Daniel, Daniel. Being there (different bones) and doing that right now. Saturday, Dec. 16. Slipped on the banana peel (so to speak, really snow on leaves) and broke my right ankle. Heard the snap. Noticed some pain. Crawled on my hands and knees to the house. Lay on the kitchen floor, totally winded. The nice EMTs lugged me, then my wife, about 50 yards up the drive to the ambulance. Anyway, surgery Sunday morning to screw plates to both sides.

Saw the surgeon yesterday and got to see the incisions. I'm now in a boot 'til the end of January. But no weight on the joint. I can't drive now, and my wife hasn't driven in a couple of years. So here we are.

Happy New Year anyway, Mamie.

I'll be trying this reading business anew in 2018, hoping to do better both in numbers (just...just...well, uh....a half-dozen more would be satisfying) and in being more social (getting around the threads, tipping the hat, sharing a smile). See you on the other side, my friend.

Buh-bye 2017... (and good riddance, too).

Dec 30, 2017, 10:20pm Top

I thought your biting shepards story was funny, but I bet it was even funnier at the time. I love those sorts of inside jokes that last for years!

Dec 30, 2017, 10:49pm Top

>373 weird_O: Oh, Bill! Bill, Bill, Bill...what are we going to do with you? I know exactly how much time and effort it takes to heal that kind of injury because that's what Daniel did in June of 2016. He was playing softball, attempted a slide into home, dislocated his left ankle, breaking the bone in two places and shattering a bit of it. Surgery required with a plate and six screws to repair the damage. Then a LONG recovery process. You poor, poor man. I will be sending you healing mojo and keeping you in my thoughts.

And thanks for those New Year's wishes! Hoping the New Year brings nothing but good things for you.

See you on the flip side, my friend.

BY the way, LOVE that image - burn, baby, burn...

>374 rosalita: It is definitely an iconic memory for us, Julia. Those kind of memories are the best, you are right.

Dec 31, 2017, 4:05am Top

Happy Sunday, Mamie.

Dec 31, 2017, 9:19am Top

Thank you, Barbara! Happy Sunday to you!

Dec 31, 2017, 3:41pm Top

Hi Mamie!

Peace, Health, and Happiness in 2018

Dec 31, 2017, 3:55pm Top

Thank you, Karen! Happy New Year to you!

Dec 31, 2017, 8:00pm Top

Dec 31, 2017, 8:35pm Top

Thanks, Robin. Happy New Year to you!

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