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JohnSimpson- Chunksters rule in 2018 No 6.

This is a continuation of the topic JohnSimpson- Chunksters rule in 2018 No 5..

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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1johnsimpson
Oct 1, 10:54am Top

Please come along and post a comment or two and see how I am progressing on my crazy Chunkster challenge.

2johnsimpson
Oct 1, 10:55am Top

My challenge for 2018 is to read books of 500 or more pages only this year, I know it sounds a bit crazy but we all need a bit of craziness now and again and I do have lots of Big Ones to go at and to add to the madness of this challenge I will try and read 75 of them.

3johnsimpson
Oct 1, 10:55am Top












4johnsimpson
Oct 1, 10:56am Top

BOOKS READ IN JANUARY

1. Betrayal by Martina Cole, PB - 556pgs.
2. Mount by Jilly Cooper, PB - 681 pgs. Rutshire Chronicles No 10 of 10.
3. Echo Burning by Lee Child, PB - 572 pgs. Jack Reacher series No 5 of 22.
4. Taboo by Elizabeth Gage, PB - 623 pgs.
5. The Forest by Edward Rutherfurd, PB - 883 pgs.

5johnsimpson
Oct 1, 10:57am Top

BOOKS READ IN FEBRUARY

6. The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, PB - 550 pgs. No 1 of 3 Cormoran Strike Series.
7. No Safe Place by Richard North Patterson, PB - 581 pgs. No 1 of 3 in Kerry Kilcannon Series.
8. Never Look Back by Lesley Pearse, PB - 737 pgs.
9. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, PB - 620 pgs. No 1 of 5 in Robert Langdon Series.
10. Paragon Place by Harry Bowling, PB - 598 pgs.

BOOKS READ IN MARCH

11. Bad Boy Jack by Josephine Cox, PB - 632 pgs.
12. No Angel by Penny Vincenzi, PB - 626 pgs. No 1 of 3 in Spoils of Time Trilogy.
13. Protect and Defend by Richard North Patterson, PB - 704 pgs. No 2 of 3 in Kerry Kilcannon Series.
14. Crisis by Frank Gardner, PB - 558 pgs. No 1 of 2 in Luke Carlton Series.
15. The Americans by John Jakes, PB - 793 pgs. No 8 of 8 in The Kent Family Chronicles.

6johnsimpson
Oct 1, 10:57am Top

BOOKS READ IN APRIL

16. The Au Pair by Janey Fraser, PB - 582 pgs.
17. Give Us This Day by R.F. Delderfield, PB - 767 pgs. No 3 of 3 in Swann Family Saga.
18. Alaska by James A. Michener, PB - 1073 pgs.
19. Blind Eye by Stuart Macbride, PB - 549 pgs. No 5 of 14 in the Logan McRae series.

BOOKS READ IN MAY

20. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, PB - 576pgs. No 2 of 4 in the Cormoran Strike series.
21. Something Dangerous by Penny Vincenzi, PB - 893 pgs. No 2 of 3 in Spoils of Time Trilogy.
22. The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson, PB - 580 pgs.

7johnsimpson
Oct 1, 10:58am Top

BOOKS READ IN JUNE

23. Into Temptation by Penny Vincenzi, PB - 876 pgs. No 3 of 3 in the Spoils of Time Trilogy.
24. Two Brothers by Ben Elton, PB - 617 pgs.
25. Godchildren by Nicholas Coleridge, PB - 711 pgs.
26. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown, PB - 510 pgs.
27. Trinity by Leon Uris, PB - 890 pgs.

BOOKS READ IN JULY

28. Don't Look Twice by Andrew Gross, PB - 501 pgs.
29. The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher, PB - 671 pgs.
30. The Dwarves by Markus Heitz, PB - 733 pgs. No 1 of 5 in the Dwarves Saga.

8johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 12, 3:34pm Top

BOOKS READ IN AUGUST

31. The Country Escape by Fiona Walker, PB - 601 pgs.

BOOKS READ IN SEPTEMBER

32. Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson, PB - 1180 pgs. 3 of 10 in The Malazan Book of The Fallen Series.
33. The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes, PB - 531 pgs.
34. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, PB - 645 pgs. No 1 of 3 in The Night Angel Trilogy.
35. Perfect by Judith McNaught, PB - 805 pgs.

9johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 17, 4:32pm Top

BOOKS READ IN OCTOBER

36. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher, PB - 698 pgs.
37. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith, PB - 572 pgs. No 3 of 4 in Cormoran Strike Series.

10johnsimpson
Oct 1, 10:59am Top

BOOKS BOUGHT IN JANUARY

1. The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller, PB.
2. My Country's 'Keeper by Wally Grout, HB.
3. Endless Beach by Jenny Colgan, PB.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, PB. Free via BBC promotion
5. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott, PB. Free via BBC promotion
6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine By Gail Honeyman, PB.

BOOKS BOUGHT IN FEBRUARY

7. How to Stop Time by Matt Haig, PB.
8. Fred, Portrait of a Fast Bowler by John Arlott, HB.
9. Death of a Bore by M.C. Beaton, PB.
10. Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern, PB.
11. The Little Bookshop of Promises by Debbie Macomber, PB.
12. The Don 1908 - 2001, The Definitive Biography of Sir Donald Bradman by Roland Perry, PB.
13. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon, PB.
14. Death Wears a Mask by Ashley Weaver. PB.
15. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor, PB.
16. Bertie Plays the Blues by Alexander McCall Smith, PB.
17. A Secret Garden by Katie Fforde, PB.
18. A Good Heart is Hard to Find by Trisha Ashley, PB.
19. The Prime of Ms Dolly Greene by E.V. Harte, PB.
20. A Most Novel Revenge by Ashley Weaver, PB.

BOOKS BOUGHT IN MARCH

21. The Cheltenham Square Murder by John Bude, PB.
22. The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon, PB.
23. Down the Wicket by Graeme Pollock, HB.
24. My Way by Glenn Turner, HB.
25. Property of a Noblewoman by Danielle Steel, PB.
26. The Woman who Stole my Life by Marian Keyes, PB.
27. Frank Worrell by Ernest Eytle, HB.
28. Island Cricketers by Clyde Walcott, HB.
29. Death in the Stars by Frances Brody, PB.
30. Forging On by Catherine Robinson, PB.
31. A Man called Ove by Fredrik Backman, PB.
32. The Fault in our Stars by John Green, PB.

11johnsimpson
Oct 1, 11:00am Top

BOOKS BOUGHT IN APRIL

33. A Thief of Time by Tony Hillerman, PB.
34. Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich, PB.
35. Felix, The Railway Cat by Kate Moore, PB.
36. The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce, PB.
37. The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland, PB.
38. Midnight Tides by Steven Erikson, PB.
39. Reaper's Gale by Steven Erikson, PB.
40. The Bookshop on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry, PB.
41. Death at the Seaside by Frances Brody, PB.
42. Playfair Cricket Annual 2018 by Ian Marshall, PB.
43. A Beautiful Game by Mark Nicholas, PB.

BOOKS BOUGHT IN MAY

44. Angelica's Smile by Andrea Camilleri, PB.
45. The Treasure Hunt by Andrea Camilleri, PB.
46. Death of a Kingfisher by M.C. Beaton, PB.
47. The Baboons Who Went This Way and That by Alexander McCall Smith, PB.
48. Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith, PB.
49. Chance Developments by Alexander McCall Smith, HB.
50. Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party by Alexander McCall Smith, HB.
51. The Cleverness of Ladies by Alexander McCall Smith, PB.
52. Murder in the Museum by John Rowland, PB.
53. Resorting to Murder by Martin Edwards, PB.
54. The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley, PB.
55. Yorkshire County Cricket Club Yearbook 2017 by David Warner, HB.
56. Pagan Spring by G.M. Malliet, PB.
57. A Demon Summer by G.M. Malliet, PB.
58. A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet, PB.
59. The Dance of the Seagull by Andrea Camilleri, PB.

BOOKS BOUGHT IN JUNE

60. Rules, Things are Changing at the Little School by the Sea by Jenny Colgan, PB.
61. Loss by Victoria Hislop, PB.
62. The Riviera Express by T P Fielden, PB.
63. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, PB.
64. The Little Grey Men go Down the Bright Stream by 'BB', PB.
65. Sin Killer by Larry McMurtry, PB.
66. The Wandering Hill by Larry McMurtry, PB.
67. Sherlock Holmes and the Birth of the Ashes by Arunabha Sengupta, PB.
68. The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton, PB.
69. Cibola Burn by James S. A. Corey, PB.
70. The Burning Girl by Mark Billingham, PB.
71. Devil's Breath by G. M. Malliet, PB.
72. Death of a Cosywriter by G. M. Malliet, PB.
73. A Death at Fountains Abbey by Antonia Hodgson, PB.
74. Death of a Witch by M. C. Beaton, PB.
75. Death in Devon by Ian Sansom, PB.
76. Manhunt by Janet Evanovich, PB.
77. Don't Look Twice by Andrew Gross, PB.
78. The Sixth Man by David Baldacci, PB.
79. Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol by Gyles Brandreth, PB.
80. Death of a Valentine by M.C. Beaton, PB.
81. Damaged by Martina Cole, PB.

BOOKS BOUGHT IN JULY

82. A Train in Winter by Caroline Moorehead, PB.
83. The Thousand Lights Hotel by Emylia Hall, PB.
84. Summer at Hope Meadows by Lucy Daniels, PB.
85. A Clear Blue Sky by Jonny Bairstow and Duncan Hamilton, PB.
86. Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon, PB.
87. A Dark and Distant Shore by Reay Tannahill, PB.
88. Hitler, 1936 - 1945 Nemesis by Ian Kershaw, PB.
89. Capital Crimes by Martin Edwards, PB.
90. The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin, PB.
91. The 12.30 From Croydon by Freeman Wills Crofts, PB.
92. The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan, PB.
93. Morgan's Run by Colleen McCullough, PB.
94. Monte Cassino by Sven Hassel, PB.
95. Indian Cricket 1972 by P. N. Sundaresan, PB.
96. Cricket's Strangest Matches by Andrew Ward, PB.
97. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy, HB.
98. Death of a Ghost by M. C. Beaton, PB.
99. Dragonfly Falling by Adrian Tchaikovsky, PB.
100. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott, HB.
101. Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott, HB.
102. Last Letter Home by Rachel Hore, PB.

12johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 17, 4:33pm Top

BOOKS BOUGHT IN AUGUST

103. Peril in the Cotswolds by Rebecca Tope, PB.
104. The Little Flower Shop by the Sea by Ali McNamara, PB.
105. In Prior's Wood by G. M. Malliet, PB.
106. The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson, PB.
107. Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher, PB.
108. 4321 by Paul Auster, PB.
109. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, HB.
110. Lord Hawke, A Cricketing Legend by James P. Coldham, PB.
111. A Column of Fire by Ken Follett, PB.
112. for one more day by Mitch Albom, PB.
113. the first phone call from Heaven by Mitch Albom, PB.
114. Death and the Lit Chick by G. M. Malliet, PB.
115. Death at the Alma Mater by G. M. Malliet, PB.
116. Resort to Murder by TP Fielden, PB.
117. This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay, PB.
118. The Kicking the Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins, PB.
119. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, PB.

BOOKS BOUGHT IN SEPTEMBER

120. Westmoreland Alone by Ian Sansom, PB.
121. The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom, PB.
122. The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom, PB.
123. Mr Dixon Disappears by Ian Sansom, PB.
124. Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers, PB.
125. Dancing over the Hill by Cathy Hopkins, PB.
126. The Woman who met Her Match by Fiona Gibson, PB.
127. You and me Always by Jill Mansell, PB.
128. The Essence of Malice by Ashley Weaver, PB.
129. The Little Breton Bistro by Nina George, PB.
130. The Bowness Bequest by Rebecca Tope, PB.
131. The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton, PB.
132. Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George, PB.
133. Over the Edge by Jonathan Kellerman, PB.
134. The Alington Inheritance by Patricia Wentworth, PB.
135. Spotlight by Patricia Wentworth, PB.
136. The Catherine Wheel by Patricia Wentworth, PB.
137. Danger Point by Patricia Wentworth, PB.
138. Miss Silver Intervenes by Patricia Wentworth, PB.
139. The Gazebo by Patricia Wentworth, PB.
140. The Key by Patricia Wentworth, PB.
141. Verdict of Twelve by Raymond Postgate, PB.
142. Somebody at the Door by Raymond Postgate, PB.
143. Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 1947 by Hubert Preston, HB.
144. Never Surrender by Michael Dobbs, PB.
145. Churchill's Triumph by Michael Dobbs, PB.
146. Handly Cross by Robert Smith Surtees, HB.
147. The Betrothed by Sir Walter Scott, HB.
148. The Test Match Career of Walter Hammond by Derek Lodge, HB.
149. Time Bomb by Jonathan Kellerman, PB.
150. Catalina by W. Somerset Maugham, HB.
151. Tom Brown's Schooldays by Thomas Hughes, HB.
152. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom, HB.
153. Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, PB.
154.Tom Jones by Henry Fielding, PB.
155. The Store by James Patterson, PB.
156. The Unwomanly Face of War by Svetlana Alexievich, PB.
157. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, PB.
158. The Book Of Dust Vol 1 (La Belle Sauvage) by Philip Pullman, PB.
159. The Toy Makers by Robert Dinsdale, PB.
160. The Pyramid of Mud by Andrea Camilleri, PB.
161. A Distant View of Everything by Alexander McCall Smith, PB.
162. The Zanzibar Wife by Deborah Rodriguez, PB.
163. The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes by Ruth Hogan, HB.

BOOKS BOUGHT IN OCTOBER

164. Bats in the Belfry by E. R. C. Lorac, PB.
165. Liquidate Paris by Sven Hassel, PB.
166. Why Mummy Swears by Gill Sims, HB.
167. Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims, PB.
168. A Question of Trust by Penny Vincenzi, PB.
169. The School at the Top of the Dale by Gervase Phinn, PB.
170. An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope, PB.
171. Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington, PB Freebie for Karen
172. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, PB.
173. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard, PB.
174. The Sealwoman's Gift by Sally Magnusson, PB.

13johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 17, 4:50pm Top

CURRENTLY READING

The Olive Tree by Lucinda Riley
Morgan's Run by Colleen McCullough


14johnsimpson
Oct 1, 11:03am Top

Hi I am John and this will be my fifth time with the 75ers and I must say I have made some great friends along the way.

I am 54 years old and have been married to Karen for 33 years, I have two children, Robert who is 30 and lives with his partner Louise and has a daughter Hannah who will be seven at the end of February and a step-daughter Shannon who is 15, and Amy who is 28 and married Andy in October 2015. We also have a cat called Leo who is 15.

I love books and currently have just over 2,350 books on my shelves and this doesn't include my Cricket collection which stands at about 350 books. While reading I do enjoy the odd pot or two of tea and in 2018 I will only be reading Big Fat Books.

Feel free to pop along and drop a comment or two and join the fun.

15johnsimpson
Oct 1, 11:03am Top

I just love Big Books, these are my 1000+page reads so far with more to add.

1.Shogun by James Clavell, 1243 pgs
2.Gai-Jin by James Clavell, 1578 pgs
3.Noble House by James Clavell, 1435 pgs
4.War & Remembrance by Herman Wouk, 1171 pgs
5.Whirlwind by James Clavell, 1343 pgs
6.Centennial by James A. Michener 1100 pgs
7.The Covenant by James A. Michener, 1080 pgs
8.Sarum by Edward Rutherfurd, 1344 pgs
9.Homeland by John Jakes, 1138 pgs
10.Russka by Edward Rutherfurd, 1007 pgs
11.A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 1474 pgs
12.Love and War by John Jakes, 1019 pgs
13.Texas by James A. Michener, 1508 pgs
14.My Life by Bill Clinton, 1000 pgs
15.Child of the Phoenix by Barbara Erskine, 1086 pgs
16.Voyager by Diana Gabaldon, 1059 pgs
17.The Journeyer by Gary Jennings, 1219 pgs
18.Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton, 1144 pgs
19.Judas Unchained by Peter F. Hamilton, 1235 pgs
20.Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon, 1185 pgs
21.Wicked by Jilly Cooper, 1007 pgs
22.The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon, 1412 pgs
23.London by Edward Rutherfurd, 1299 pgs
24.The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, 1076 pgs
25.A Breath of Snow and Ashes by Diana Gabaldon, 1391 pgs
26.World Without End by Ken Follett, 1111 pgs
27.Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, 1,015 pgs
28.The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer, 1,056 pgs
29.An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, 1,065 pgs
30.New York by Edward Rutherfurd, 1017 pgs
31.Hawaii by James A.Michener, 1130 pgs
32.The Company by Robert Littell, 1281 pgs
33.The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F.Hamilton, 1225 pgs
34.Spangle by Gary Jennings, 1276 pgs
35.Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell, 1024 pgs
36.Alaska by James A. Michener, 1073 pgs.
37.Memories of Ice by Steven Erikson, 1180 pgs.

16johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 1, 11:09am Top

Latest reading stats:

Books on shelves at 1-9-18 - 2438
Books added in September - 45
Books read in September - 4

Revised book total - 2479

Pages to read at 1-9-18 - 1,030,593
Pages added in September - 16,093
Pages read in September - 3,161

Revised total pages to read - 1,043,525

17johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 1, 11:10am Top

SEPTEMBER'S READING STATS

Books Read...................... 4

No of Authors.................... 4

New Authors...................... 2

Male Authors..................... 2

Female Authors.................. 2

Pages Read....................... 3,161

Daily Avg........................... 105.37

Book Length avg................. 790.25

18johnsimpson
Oct 1, 11:05am Top

The thread is now open for business.

19figsfromthistle
Oct 1, 11:06am Top

Happy new thread !

20Ameise1
Oct 1, 11:14am Top

Happy new one, John. Read 33 books and bought 163, ok that won't give more space ;-)

21johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 1, 1:22pm Top

>19 figsfromthistle:, Welcome Anita and your the first to the new thread.

22johnsimpson
Oct 1, 11:22am Top

>20 Ameise1:, Hi Barbara, I know the figures look bad but most of the 163 are of Karen's doing although I will read most of them. Ever since she found the Worldofbooks website she has been perusing and purchasing, add to this a book group she is a member of on Facebook and that is why the number is so big, honest.

Next year I will make inroads into the book mountain we have, the reading of the Chunksters has created shelf space and that has been filled, lol.

Hope you had a good weekend Barbara and wish you a good week ahead and send love and hugs to you and the family from both of us Dear Friend.

23Ameise1
Oct 1, 11:28am Top

>22 johnsimpson: LOL, looking forward what will bring 2019 at your place.
Love and hugs right back to you and Karen xx

24johnsimpson
Oct 1, 11:40am Top

The last three days have been pretty good for us, on Friday my bottled ink and pen set arrived. I ordered it late on Wednesday afternoon and it was with me by 1pm on Friday, the inks look good but the pen was not right. It was a bit of a hybrid with a Rollerball front section and a Fountain pen body, I rang Pure Pens up and explained what had happened and she was so apologetic and said it would be sorted out once they had checked their stock in case they had been sent a bad batch and would be in the post by close of business.

On Saturday after Karen had gone to work, Amy and Andy arrived. They had come over so Amy could get to her hair appointment and they had a good chat with me before Amy left, sadly Andy was in a bit of pain has he had tweaked his back at work on Friday. The poor lad was in even more pain when he had a couple of violent sneezes and twitched badly, I made sure he was ok by the time Amy got back. After about an hour they left to go to the cinema as Andy was feeling a bit better and she took the cast iron pans we had got for her along with one or two other things and the wallpaper steamer.

Sunday was a nice steady day for us, we pottered about and sorted a few things out before going to look at an Oak bookcase that a friend was selling, sadly the shelves were too close together and were fixed. I think it was really a CD unit but if it had been ok it would have been a bargain at 60 pounds.

25johnsimpson
Oct 1, 11:56am Top

We were up with the alarm this morning, no tea in bed as we needed to get up and about as Karen had a dietician appointment at Pontefract for 9.30am. We just had time for a quick pot of tea and then we set off, I dropped Karen off at the hospital entrance and then drove back to the council car park where I could get free parking. I sat and read until Karen called me to say she was done and on her way back out of the hospital.

Once Karen came out of the entrance she got in the car and we made our way home, once home I made us a pot of tea and we had something to eat. Once we had eaten I fired up the laptop so that I could alter Karen's CV and then e-mailed it to her. Although she quite likes her job on the George Clothing department at Asda she is feeling a little unsettled, more so now that her section leader is going and so when she got her usual e-mail from Blacker Hall farm shop it had a note about a job vacancy and so she is going to apply for it. The job is on the Deli counter and she would be going back to her first love which is the food industry if she is successful. Unfortunately she was having problems on her phone trying to fill in the application form so the other option they gave was to e-mail a CV and a covering letter. My task for the afternoon is to redo the covering letter already typed up and make it more for this new job, she will then view my handiwork in the morning and then if it is ok we will send an e-mail to Blacker Hall with the CV and covering letter attached.

Once I had sorted out her CV it was time to eat and we had Pie and peas and a pot of tea, after we had finished eating the post arrived and my replacement pen had come from Pure Pens, I opened the package and then took out the return envelope and put the faulty pen in the packaging and put it in the envelope to send back to them. I must say I am impressed with their service and will be buying more of their own inks before long. Their own inks are named after parts or places of the British Isles and the colours match the names and are wonderful.

By the time I had sorted all this out it was time to take Karen to work and after dropping her off I moved to the front of the store and popped in to get some cigars and post the pen back. Once this was done I made my way home and had a pot of tea before doing my book notes on the last two books I finished over the weekend. Once the books notes were done I fired up the laptop to come on here and set up this new thread.

I hope to be on here posting more often from now until the end of the year.

26jessibud2
Oct 1, 11:56am Top

Happy new thread, John. Re your opening comment on >15 johnsimpson:, I was at our local annual book fair last weekend and I bought a lapel button that says: I like big books and I cannot lie

:-)

27johnsimpson
Oct 1, 12:24pm Top

>26 jessibud2:, Hi Shelley my dear, I think that lapel button would definitely apply to me, lol. Hope you are ok and had a good weekend dear friend and I will be calling in at the threads as the day progresses, love and hugs.

28johnsimpson
Oct 1, 12:40pm Top

When my parcel arrived on Friday I quickly filled the TWSBI ECO-T pen I got from Bartrums in Hay with some of the Diamine Earl Grey ink I had ordered, I can't for the life of me think why I ordered some Earl Grey ink, lol. I only half filled the pen as it has quite a large ink tank and was advised not to overfill in case I don't like some inks.

Now that the J. Herbin Transparent ink pen has come today I will fill that with a J. Herbin ink that came with it, Eclat De Saphir, which is a rich Blue.

As you can see from recent posts I am in full Fountain pen and ink mode at the moment, Karen has ordered a Sailor Fude De Mannen pen for me, this is a double edged pen as it is a fountain pen and writes like one but also has a kink on the nib which allows you to enhance your writing by calligraphying it. It was on offer and she needed to add something cheapish to her order to make it post free, it is up to sixteen pounds cheaper than some pen websites. I do love my Fountain pens and the range of inks astounded me, I am thinking of putting a Noodlers Ahab pen and some of their inks on my Christmas list, also I found out that Noodlers do an ink for lefties that dries quicker and so stop smudging occurring which when I told Amy she was impressed with.

29quondame
Oct 1, 1:03pm Top

Happy New Thread!

>28 johnsimpson: Fast drying ink sound great! Colorful inks are so attractive as an enhancement to great penmanship.

30johnsimpson
Oct 1, 1:21pm Top

>29 quondame:, Hi Susan, thanks my dear. It was only as I was perusing the inks that I came across the Noodlers selections and saw that they had developed an ink for lefties, Amy has always avoided Fountain pens because she is left handed and it smudges, she was impressed about this and is thinking of using a Fountain pen again. I never realised that there were so many ink manufacturers and so many colours and the names are wonderful. I am looking forward to using a Noodlers pen and ink soon as Pure pens do a gift set of a Ahab pen and a bottle of ink although I may have to buy separately depending on the ink colour as part of the set.

31drneutron
Oct 1, 2:58pm Top

Happy new thread!

32FAMeulstee
Oct 1, 3:09pm Top

Happy new thread, John!
I used fountain pens for many years, but only have kept two of them. They lay unused for years now, since the first PC entered our house in the 1980s, I stopped writing my letters. Frank never liked them, like Amy he is left handed and dislikes any smudge on his hands.
Is there a community for foutain pen lovers, like LT is for books, to get some inspiration?

33johnsimpson
Oct 1, 3:34pm Top

>31 drneutron:, Thanks Jim mate.

>32 FAMeulstee:, Hi Anita my dear, I am on a couple of sites but the best one for me is Fountain Pens UK, the people discuss brands, share stories, are very helpful with queries, let you know what the retailers are doing and generally celebrate and commiserate Fountain pen life. People post a lot of photos of them writing with their lovely pens and the vast range of inks now available if this is of any use.

I was perusing the net and came across P. W. Akkerman and loved this site, they have some lovely pens on there and I was checking prices with the exchange rate to see if I would be better off purchasing a really nice pen from them rather than over here. If we get over to the Netherlands I would be wanting to pay a visit for certain.

What pens are they Anita?

34FAMeulstee
Edited: Oct 2, 7:09am Top

>33 johnsimpson: One silver colored, I got it together with a ballpoint as set from work, can't find a brandname on it. The other is the Parker I used in high school.

ETA: P.W. Akkerman in The Hague, or P.W. Akkerman in Amsterdam?

35kidzdoc
Oct 2, 5:17am Top

Happy new thread, John! I'm very happy that you met Debbi & Joe, and I look forward to meeting you & Karen later this year, or sometime in 2019.

Reading your thread nearly always puts me in the mood for tea. It's not yet half five, so it's too early for coffee, but a pot of Earl Grey and a breakfast bar would be perfect.

36scaifea
Oct 2, 7:02am Top

Happy new thread, John!

37johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 2, 2:56pm Top



Finished book 34 on Saturday night, this is the first in The Night Angel Trilogy and follows the story of Azoth (Kylar Stern) who is a youth in the warrens of Cenaria. Azoth is in a gang who have to try and steal or beg to survive, he looks after Jarl and Doll Girl as best as he can. Azoth knows he needs to get out of this life and so persuades Durzo Blint who is a Wetboy (Assassin) to take him on as his apprentice.

Azoth is now known as Kylar Stern and has had to vow to keep away from his friends even when The leader of his gang at the time scars Doll Girl badly. As Kylar he learns all his skills from Master Blint and he is going to need them as Cenaria is under threat from surrounding kingdoms. It may be down to Kylar to try and save the monarchy of Cenaria from an invasion threat that would make all in Cenaria subservient to the oppressors.

A very good book that I really enjoyed and look forward to books two and three in the trilogy.

38johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 2, 3:30pm Top



Finished book 35 late on Sunday evening, Julie Mathison had a fraught and unloved childhood in Chicago yet she was bright and it was this brightness that brought her to the attention of a woman who would go on to change Julie's life. Julie was placed with a loving family in Texas and there she was given a home, a family and most of all, love. Julie repaid all this by excelling at school and university and becoming a teacher in her hometown of Keaton.

Zack Benedict is from a wealthy family and has had everything but on his 18th birthday he was thrown out by his Grandmother and told never to contact her or his siblings again, his siblings were warned not to contact him, either. Zack left with $50 in his pocket and the clothes he wore and managed to get a lift with a trucker going to Hollywood. The trucker got Zack some work so he could try and survive.

Years later and Zack is an Oscar winning actor and director and studios want him to direct their films. On the set of Destiny things are not going well, it is over budget and late, to try and save money he decides to finish the film off with minimal staff. The day before the final scenes he catches his wife with the male lead in the film, needless to say the marriage is over and his wife wants to nail Zack for as much as she can. The last scene is between Tony Austin (the male lead) and Zack's wife, a gun is involved and they are dummy bullets. As filming is due to start on the last scene, Zack changes who fires the fatal shot but sadly when it happens it is for real, someone has changed the bullets and his wife dies in the film and in real life. Zack is charged and ultimately found guilty of the murder of his wife as he put the bullets in the gun, he claims that they were dummies and sticks with this story even when sentenced to 45 years in the Amarillo penitentiary.

Five years down the line and Zack is a trusted prisoner and drives the warden into town for a meeting with another trusted prisoner, Zack overpowers his fellow prisoner as planned and escapes but things go slightly awry and soon there is a manhunt for Zack. Things take a turn for the better for Zack when he sees Julie's car and he punctures her tire so he can get a lift. Julie is surprised when she sees this and accepts his kind offer to replace the tire and gives him a lift as a reward when he tells a tale of where he going. As things proceed Julie realises she has been kidnapped and has to drive to a remote house in Colorado and form here forms a relationship with Zack who she believes is innocent with his deeds and his tale of what happened on that fatal day.

Will they manage to stay together or will Zack be arrested? Will Julie survive and go home or is her fate sealed?

An enjoyable read.

39johnsimpson
Oct 2, 3:43pm Top

>34 FAMeulstee:, Hi Anita, sounds like two nice pens my dear and I am not sure which P. W. Akkerman's store it is, I just looked at the website my dear.

>35 kidzdoc:, Thanks Darryl, hope our trips don't clash so there could be an opportunity to meet but if not it will have to be 2019 mate. 5.30am is definitely too early for a coffee and Earl Grey and a breakfast bar does sound good, in fact any time is good for a pot of tea. When I worked in the mining industry I used to get up at 4.50am and had to have a pot of tea and a bowl of cereal before setting off to work for 6am otherwise I was like a bear with a sore ass, lol.

>36 scaifea:, Thanks Amber my dear.

40johnsimpson
Oct 2, 3:54pm Top

Not a bad day for us, once up with the alarm I went and made us a pot of tea as Karen wasn't feeling too good but by the time the tea was drunk and we got up she was ok. Once downstairs I got our meds and vitamins out and made us a pot of tea while Karen emptied the dishwasher and then set a load of washing going.

We had our tea and I had some cereal before we watched a couple of programmes I had recorded yesterday, Karen had some eggs on toast as a late breakfast before I made us a pot of tea while she got ready for work.

I dropped Karen off at work and then dropped some old clothes and footwear in the re-cycle bin at the store before heading into Wakefield to take a parcel back to Next for Karen, I picked up a 50th birthday card for her niece and then did some banking. After this was done I made my way to a retail park just outside Leeds to visit a store but didn't find what I was looking for and so headed back towards home.

On the way home I called in at a filling station and put some diesel in the car and then as I had written the birthday card I dropped it through her niece's door and then made my way home. Once home I made a pot of tea and put the washing on the airer before enjoying my tea while having a peruse of the TV listings magazine that had come in the post. I had another pot of tea and set up the DVD recorder for four programmes I needed to record for Karen and when I had done this I read while finishing my pot of tea.

Once I had finished my drink I went and did the upstairs housework and then had a shower before cleaning the bathroom. Once the housework was done I made myself a sandwich and had a piece of parkin and some biscuits with a pot of tea and then read. A couple of pots of tea later and after watching the news I put a pizza in the oven for my late tea. After having my pizza I made another pot of tea and fired up the laptop and once it was running I sent Karen's CV and a covering letter in an e-mail to Blacker Hall Farm Shop for the job she is applying for.

41johnsimpson
Oct 2, 3:57pm Top

It is that time of year where Karen has put a message on Facebook for her friends asking who wants a Christmas Cake making, they have until the 20th to get back to her and then I will get all the ingredients, at the moment it looks like we will be baking 16 cakes including our own so I can start working out how of each ingredient we will need. Looks like we will be busy towards the end of October mixing, making wishes and baking the cakes. Some want a large loaf tin one, one or two want a small loaf tin and a one wants a round one at the moment.

42johnsimpson
Oct 2, 4:31pm Top

Looks like I need to order a new Librarything sweatshirt, the one I have is now showing signs of better days but it has had some serious wear and has been well worth the money paid for it, I will still be able to wear it when out in the garden but a new one is needed to go out in public with. Mrs S has been pestering me for a few weeks now to get it ordered so I will get on and do it.

43jnwelch
Oct 2, 5:18pm Top

Happy New Thread, John.

Oh, a Librarything sweatshirt. That's intriguing. I'll take a look.

How are you liking Career of Evil? I'm hooked on the series, and just loved the new one, Lethal White.

44thornton37814
Oct 2, 9:01pm Top

>41 johnsimpson: Since she doesn't deliver to the U.S., I'll have to make my own cake. I usually make a cheesecake for the family, using a recipe my mother made. Everyone loves it!

45karenmarie
Oct 3, 8:48am Top

Hi John! I love the names of the inks.

Please post a picture of yourself in your new LT sweatshirt when it arrives.

Now that our hurricane and the book sale are things of the past (sadly, the hurricane effects are still being felt Down East - southeastern North Carolina), I can come visit threads again.

Sending love and hugs to you and Karen.

46johnsimpson
Oct 3, 4:23pm Top

>43 jnwelch:, Hi Joe, anything with an LT logo on is a talking point but when it is out loud and proud it really does get people talking.

I am loving Career of Evil and trying to remember the TV adaptation of it, I have found out from the latest Radio Times listings magazine that when Lethal White is filmed it will be four episodes rather than the two of the first three, this is because of the size of the book and to do it justice.

47johnsimpson
Oct 3, 4:25pm Top

>44 thornton37814:, Hi Lori, sadly the cost would be prohibitive with the weight of the cakes, the Cheesecake from your mother's recipe sounds really nice my dear.

48johnsimpson
Oct 3, 4:31pm Top

>45 karenmarie:, Hi Karen, the ink names are really nice and they have made a good choice with them, I haven't tried my bottle of Cadwaladr yet but I have seen a review of St. George's Dragon and it said it is a true red and dries a true red, a lot seem to darken to more of an Indian Red. Amy saw the bottle on Saturday and as I would like a few more she said they would make nice little add-on gifts to a main gift at Christmas, my list is available for her to see if she asks mum.

When the sweatshirt arrives I will make sure a photo is taken and I will post it on here, last time it didn't take too long to arrive which was really good, Café Press are pretty good and they have a really good range of Book-related Sweatshirts and I may get another so when the LT one is being washed I can wear another book themed one, lol.

Sending love and hugs right back to you.

49johnsimpson
Oct 3, 4:52pm Top

We have had our first date day since we came back from our holidays, we went up to the market town of Northallerton. After a quick breakfast and a pot of tea we dropped a birthday card off and dropped off our repeat prescriptions at the doctors and then made our way to Northallerton.

Once we arrived in Northallerton we got parked up behind the old prison and made our way to the high street and our first call, a coffee in the Golden Lion Hotel. The site of the old prison is being re-developed and when finished will be shops and a cinema.

After we finished our drinks we went back out onto the high street and did a bit of mooching about, we wandered into one or two shops and looked at the myriad of market stalls. We have normally visited on a Thursday and Saturday, Saturday is a market day as it turns out Wednesday is. Once we got to the top end of the high street we crossed over the road and wandered down the other side calling into the occasional shop. Along the way we picked up a couple of books and a pair of small wooden buildings that light up, ideal for Christmas. As we wandered further down the street I picked up a railway magazine and then some sausage rolls and a couple of currant squares for tea. As we got to the end of the street we crossed back over again and perused shops and stalls on the Golden Lion side of the street and ended up back at the Golden Lion Hotel for lunch.

We had a nice lunch in the Golden Lion and then made our way back to the car, we left the car park and drove the short distance to the Tesco supermarket as Karen wanted to pick up a couple of bits and when that was done we headed back to the A1 and headed home. We arrived home just after 5pm and I made us a welcome pot of tea. We had a lovely day in one of our favourite places.

50thornton37814
Oct 3, 10:03pm Top

>49 johnsimpson: Sounds like it was quite enjoyable.

51johnsimpson
Oct 4, 3:30pm Top

>50 thornton37814:, We had a lovely day Lori, Northallerton is a really nice market town my dear.

52kidzdoc
Oct 5, 6:25am Top

I enjoyed your description of your day in Northallerton with Karen, John. We don't have "market towns" in the US, at least not to my knowledge, but I like the concept, and local markets are becoming more popular here, including the Saturday farmers' market in Piedmont Park, the largest one in Atlanta, which is a short walk from where I live.

I'm curious about your comment about dropping off repeat prescriptions at your doctor's office. Do you have to do that every time you refill a regular medication, or can you simply go to your local pharmacist/chemist and pick up prescriptions when they are due to be refilled without going to your doctor's office? I'm in a unique situation in that I can call in my own prescriptions, specifically for heart, blood pressure and asthma medications without having to see my internist or cardiologist, along with other non-opiate medications if I feel that they are warranted (I called in prescriptions for Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for myself when I diagnosed myself with influenza, and clindamycin when I thought that I had a secondary bacterial pneumonia after I developed a secondary lower respiratory tract infection with persistent fevers for over a week while I had the flu).

53thornton37814
Oct 5, 6:50am Top

>52 kidzdoc: Sometimes I wish we didn't have so many big "box stores" and more locally owned (and smaller) stores. When I was growing up, my town had a variety of "grocery stores." Some were really small, catering to just the immediate neighborhood. Others served most of the town, but had 5 aisles at most. When A & P came to town, we thought they were huge, but it was just that the aisles were a bit wider and the produce section and they had maybe one more aisle than the others. It was still half the size most of the others were. We have a small farmer's market here in Morristown which is open most, if not all days. Most of the vendors are from the big farms in the next county. Knoxville's farmer's market is larger, but only operates on Saturday. Walmart's new "neighborhood markets" are still too large, I think. I really love the smaller size of Aldi, but I wish they had "fresh" meat. One vendor at our local farmer's market offers some fresh meat.

54johnsimpson
Oct 5, 3:57pm Top

>52 kidzdoc:, Hi Darryl, I have to drop our prescription forms into the doctors and then they are sent across to the pharmacy, it takes 48 hours and the doctor signs them off. When I pick my prescriptions up I have to sign the back of one as I am getting a controlled drug (Fentanyl morphine patches for my back pain).

We love our market towns as most of them have quite a lot of independent stores, they all have a big supermarket at the edge of the town or just a little bit further out, most of them are a distance from the major towns and cities and most have a rail link to these cities and towns.

55johnsimpson
Oct 5, 4:14pm Top

>53 thornton37814:, Hi Lori, we are quite blessed with our market towns although most are a good 40 to 60 minute driveaway but the scenery surrounding them is glorious. As I said above they do have major supermarkets nearby and some have well known retailers but predominantly they have lots of independent stores.

What annoys both of us is that Wakefield is a Cathedral City and up to 15 years ago was a really good shopping city but it has gone downhill a lot and I hate to say this about my City but it is a shithole (please excuse the language). The majority of the market towns have retailers that we do not have yet other major cities do and it is frustrating that for some reason Wakefield cannot attract them in and a couple of stores have moved from their original positions due to a retailer that was next to them wanting to expand, they are still in the city but are smaller. We live three miles form the centre of Wakefield and do not have some of these major retailers yet someone who lives three miles form the market towns does, we have to drive to Meadowhall shopping mall just outside Sheffield (27 miles) or get the train from our neighbouring village to Leeds (16 miles) to visit some stores that are in most market towns. On top of this they have market days twice a week with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit plus meat and fish stalls and they also have farmer's markets.

We have been considering moving more to the countryside with a market town nearby for a better quality of life and most of them have either an independent bookseller or a Waterstones, The Waterstones in Northallerton is larger than in Wakefield. Ilkley, Ripon, Thirsk, Beverley all have an independent bookseller and in the Dales village of Grassington, The Stripey Badger book shop opened six weeks ago alongside the Stripey Badger Coffee shop, these are run by a lady and her son and her sister-in-law and is in a tourist haven. The other market towns have a Waterstones book shop.

56Familyhistorian
Oct 6, 1:31am Top

Good for you finishing two chunksters in a row, John. Looks like revising your goal helped in the reading department. That's too bad about the shops in Wakefield. Are you seriously thinking of moving soon or will that happen later?

57Ameise1
Oct 6, 1:56am Top

Happy weekend, John. I'm currently listening to Career of Evil and I like it very much.

58Berly
Oct 8, 2:55am Top

Hi, John! I don't think I will make the magic 40,000 pages either, but I should easily hit 30,000. (Megan brought up on your last thread how you have roped both of us into keeping track of this stat now!) I am another fan of the Cormoran Strike series and it should be a perfect fit or your chunkster reads. Have fun with the pen and ink!

59johnsimpson
Oct 8, 3:32pm Top

>56 Familyhistorian: Hi Meg, we are considering moving but it will be a few more years yet, but we are looking around so that if and when we decide we will be in a better position if we have looked around and got a good idea of area and what we can get for our money. Hopefully the mortgage will be paid off in another five years and then we can make a more informed idea, the biggest thing is making sure Karen is ok with everything, as she doesn't drive I need to make sure that she could get out and about if I was no longer around. I know it sounds a bit morbid but I wouldn't want her stuck especially if we were in a more countryside location where public transport is a big issue now not to say what it could be like in a few years time.

At the end of the day as long as Karen is happy whether we move or stay then I will be happy. It is all about the cost of housing sadly over here, if I was like Darryl and considering Portugal, we have seen programmes about folks moving abroad and Portugal is quite good for prices, consider this. Our house is a three bedroomed semi-detached, drive, garage and decent front and back garden, value now around 175 to 180K, we have seen three bedroomed detached in Portugal for around 80K. We could consider moving towards the Yorkshire Dales but with this it comes at a premium and we would have to downsize to a two bedroomed possibly a terraced house for a similar amount to the value of our house currently.

What I don't want to do is get to 65 and think, I wished we had moved.

60johnsimpson
Oct 8, 3:32pm Top

>57 Ameise1:, Hi Barbara, I am at the 250 page mark and really enjoying Career of Evil my dear.

61johnsimpson
Oct 8, 3:44pm Top

>58 Berly:, Hi Kim, I will definitely hit 30,000 pages and may make it to 35,000 if I am good. I saw Megan's post that I got you both roped in to my statistical web, as I enjoy cricket and a lot of that is statistical based especially reading the Wisden Almanack it just seemed natural to me to do it with my reading. I am pleased that you have both stuck to it but don't be bound by it my dear, I am just a stats geek, lol.

The third Strike book fits right in with the challenge and I am loving it. The pen and ink is going well, I have been reading posts on a Facebook group I am in as it was the London WES pen show yesterday and there were some bargains to be had but it appears that it is only at this show and won't be at the Yorkshire Pen show at the end of November. It is alright going down to London but then the travel costs take away valuable budget for pens although it looks like the Cambridge show has ceased and so there will be a second London show on the calendar. The new London show will be in March as well as October, Karen has said if I get to know the date I could book a rail ticket in advance to try and get it as cheap as possible and so that I could go down and try and take advantage of a bargain. I know it is not Karen's thing but I don't like wandering off to the Capital without her, for the Yorkshire show I can drop Karen off at the Meadowhall shopping mall and then drive the short distance to the show, have a look around and maybe pick a pen of some inks up and then go back to the mall, get parked up and meet up with her, we would only be apart for a couple of hours or so whereas it would be a full day down to London and after looking around for a couple of hours I would be on my own wandering around London getting value for money on my day which would not be good for me.

At least this time the kids will have something else to possibly buy me for Christmas as they are getting fed up of buying me books as they know I have lots anyway and I have enough shirts and socks, lol.

62johnsimpson
Oct 8, 4:14pm Top

On Friday I was busy, after dropping Karen at work I did the weekly shopping and then popped next door to the Aldi to get some Christmas cake ingredients plus the brandy to go in them. From here I had to go into town to do some banking and then to the Sainsbury's supermarket as Asda didn't have a couple of things we needed and a couple of books found there way into the shopping to go with the two I had picked up in Asda.

Once the shopping was done I made my way home and unpacked and put it all away and then had a nice pot of tea. After another pot of tea and some reading I got on with the downstairs housework and the kitchen got a good clean before I made myself something to eat and then spent the rest of the time reading and drinking tea until it was time to pick Karen up from work.

Saturday morning dawned and it was raining as forecast, we had breakfast and a pot of tea and watched a bit of TV before I took Karen to work. After dropping her off I went into store to pick up some cigars before making my way into Wakefield to take a parcel back to the Next store. From dropping the parcel off I went to the post office to pay this months council tax and then went to the Sainsbury's store to pick up a couple of bits but they didn't have anything that I needed. From here I went back to WH Smiths (where the Post Office is now based) to get my Saturday copy of the Yorkshire Post and my rail magazine. Once this was done I made my way back to the car and went to the smaller Sainsbury's store and got the Black Treacle and the new Joanna Trollope paperback and then made my way home.

By this time the rain had stopped and the sun had come out, once home I made a pot of tea and read for most of the afternoon interspersed with pots of tea and I had something to eat. Before long it was time to go and pick Karen up from work.

After a pot of tea in bed, Sunday morning was quite bright and once up and about we had breakfast and set a load of washing going. Once this was done Karen decided to make the first batch of Christmas cakes and I got the big bowl down from the loft and she started getting the dried fruit ingredients together. I was roped in to cut the glace cherries into quarters and when all that was done everything was put into the bowl ready. After all this was done she decided to make some traditional Yorkshire Parkin, shortly after I heard a loud groan and went to find out what was up. It turned out that she hadn't any Oatmeal so I left my newly made pot of tea and went to the Asda to get some, they had run out so back to the car and off to the smaller Sainsbury's to see if they had some. I was successful and bought two bags to make sure we had some in, once back I got a kiss from Karen for going out to get the Oatmeal and then I warmed up my tea in the microwave. While I read and checked my phone for news of the London WES pen show I got the delicious smells of Parking being baked.

Once the parkin was done I made us both a pot of tea and then put the ironing that Karen had done whilst I was Oatmeal hunting, away. Karen then started our late Sunday lunch, we had Duck breast and vegetables along with some roast potatoes and after eating this and a short gap we then had some parkin. We both read for a while before watching Countryfile and then the first episode of the new Doctor Who show. Normally Karen would not watch Doctor Who but she was transfixed and loved Jodie Whittaker in the role of the 13th Doctor. I will say no more but if you like Doctor Who you will love this new series.

All in all we have had a good weekend.

63EllaTim
Oct 8, 4:50pm Top

>62 johnsimpson: Hi John! Your weekend sounds lovely. Baking cakes together, very cosy. (I'll have to look up Yorkshire Parkin)

And a new Doctor Who series! I've missed the first instalment, but I can still watch the rerun, great!

64jnwelch
Oct 8, 5:04pm Top

We enjoyed the first Jodie Whitaker episode of Dr. Who, too, John. (We had liked her a lot in Broadchurch). Like Karen, Debbi was not big on Dr. Who before, but is very interested in this run of it with Jodie at the helm. It's off to a good start. Debbi was struck by how much energy JW showed.

65FAMeulstee
Oct 8, 6:03pm Top

>59 johnsimpson: What I don't want to do is get to 65 and think, I wished we had moved.
Exactly, John, we are also looking around. Not planning to move soon, Frank still has at least 8 working years to go (maybe 10 years, depending how changing retirement ages work out for him). I would like to go back to an appartment with a nice view. We would prefer renting, so we can spend the money of selling our house on trips and vacation, as we have no one to leave it.

66johnsimpson
Oct 9, 3:44pm Top

Yesterday I was quite busy after a steady morning. After taking Karen to work I got back and after setting up the DVD recorder to record a couple of programmes Karen I cleared the coffee table and the small unit and proceeded to oil them as they hadn't been done for a few months. I left them so the oil could soak into the Oak before I gave them a gentle polish.

While the oil was doing its job on the Oak furniture I got on with clearing out some plants that were past there best, I emptied the two pots with the hanging tomato plants in and then went in to the front garden to clear the Japanese Anemones and a few other plants and tidied up the Lavender. The front garden looks better for this although it is bare. I have a Magnolia to move and we are debating whether to put it in the front garden but I have no need to rush this as long as it is moved by March. Once the Magnolia has been lifted and moved I have a dwarf Apple tree to move from the fruit bed into where the Magnolia currently lives. Two Dwarf Apple trees in the fruit bed is too much and growth is being restricted.

Once I had finished in the garden I had a nice pot of tea before polishing the Oak furniture, that's two pieces down in the living room and three more to do and then I will do the Dining room furniture.

I am getting my jobs done slowly so that I don't overdo things, the weather has put on hold some of the gardening jobs but now that I know that the Magnolia and the Apple tree don't have to be moved before the end of October it has made things better for me. I should get the small window made and glazed for the rear of the garage and the top bed in the back garden is coming along slowly but it will be ready for planting next spring and the plants we have had in containers will be over-wintered and transplanted next spring.

Once all my work was done I had a couple of pots of tea while I read a bit and then I made myself something to eat before getting the laptop out to come on here.

67johnsimpson
Oct 9, 3:54pm Top

Today has been pretty steady again, once we were up and about we had a pot of tea and then I had some breakfast. After I had eaten we caught up with a couple of programmes I recorded yesterday and then Karen had brunch while I had a pot of tea. We had time for a small pot of tea before I took Karen to work.

After dropping Karen at work I moved to the re-cycling bins and deposited my juice cartons and then made my way to the Barber's for a haircut. After I had my hair cut I made my way home and made a pot of tea. I collected the post and found that we had both received the same letter from the Inland Revenue stating that we owed them 90 pounds. I rang them up and spoke to a nice gentleman and told him I already had a payment plan set up with them and could he just tag this amount on. After a short break he came back on the line and said it could be done but he would have to close the current plan and re-start a new one with all the same payment details and it will finish as planned next November, why they delayed wanting the 90 pounds by 12 months I do not know as I knew from the original letter we received in August 2017 that I owed 806.14 and 90.00 but I was only having to set up a payment plan for the 806.14 which I thought was stupid. Everything was sorted out satisfactorily and I got back to reading the new TV listings magazine that had also come in the post.

After another couple of pots of tea I got on with the upstairs housework of the bedrooms and bathroom and once this was done I had a pot of tea and read for a bit. A pot of tea later and I made myself something to eat before checking a couple of websites before logging on to LT.

68Familyhistorian
Oct 9, 6:46pm Top

>59 johnsimpson: The cost of housing makes it difficult to move around, doesn't it John? We are in much the same boat here with high prices. You are so close to your family that it would be difficult to move very far away.

69benitastrnad
Oct 9, 6:59pm Top

It is still hot and humid here in Alabama. Summer is still going strong, but that is about to change with Hurricane Michael steaming towards the Gulf Coast of Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. There was a strong breeze last night, but it was still from the South. So far we have had no rain, but that is going to change tonight. Once the hurricane moves out there should be more normal fall weather.

My plants are all past their prime but I still have bees working on some of my giant coleus plants, so I have not ripped them out yet. I will leave them for the bees even though they look very raggy and blowzy. I am having dinner guests over towards the last of the month and I do want to have some plants around even if they are way over done for the season.

70thornton37814
Oct 10, 11:14am Top

I may need to make myself a cup of tea in a bit! It sounds good. Things are hectic at work. I'm having to cover several classes for colleagues this week which makes things a bit interesting.

71kidzdoc
Oct 11, 11:42am Top

>54 johnsimpson: I have to drop our prescription forms into the doctors and then they are sent across to the pharmacy, it takes 48 hours and the doctor signs them off.

Thanks for your reply, John. I electronically prescribe most of the medications I provide to my patients, which is easy to do in the electronic health record system we use. Clicking the "e-Prescribe" tab sends it to the pharmacy that the parent has listed as they one they use, and clicking the "Print" button prints out a standard prescription that I only have to sign. Controlled substances like fentanyl and morphine have to be hand written on specialized and numbered state forms that are kept under lock and key, and they cannot be called in. I only occasionally write for refills, and in most cases the parent can refill the prescription without needing a physician's approval.

>55 johnsimpson:, >59 johnsimpson: I'm sorry to hear that Wakefield has gone downhill within the past 15 years. As you said, housing prices in Portugal are shockingly low, and the cost of food and public transportation is as well. I was blown away when I bought bread, cheeses, fruits, vegetables and especially fish at the Mercado Temporario do Bolhão in Porto in June (5€ for two salmon fillets cut by a fishmonger in front of my eyes?!), rides on the Lisbon Metro cost 1,10€, roughly half the price of my $2.50 one way ride on MARTA, Atlanta's metro, and ferry rides across the Rio Tejo from Lisboa to Cacilhas were 3€ round trip (that would have been a bargain for a one way ride in the US). I could afford to buy a house or flat now, but I'll probably work for another 3-5 years, and I almost certainly won't move abroad while my parents are still living independently, which could be five years or longer at this point.

What I don't want to do is get to 65 and think, I wished we had moved.

Yes! I couldn't agree more. I can't see myself working past 65, and certainly not in this very demanding and, at times, exhausting (although highly rewarding) position. The challenge I'll face is what to do if my parents are still around in eight years, when I turn 65, and are in need of me. I imagine that I'll purchase property by the time I'm somewhere between 60 and 65, depending on what I find and their health.

I hope that the rest of your week is a good one. Please give my best to Karen.

72johnsimpson
Oct 11, 3:06pm Top

>68 Familyhistorian:, Hi Meg, High housing prices are causing a lot of problems over here and it doesn't seem to getting any better in the foreseeable future. I saw a calculation done about housing and wages, they looked at 1984 when the average salary was around 6K and average house prices were about 19K, that is about what I was on and the house price of our first house that year, now the average salary is around 26K (laughable). The article said that wages had risen by 370% but houses by 1,070% and it said that to be compatible to the house price percentage increase the average salary should be around 70K, not going to happen.

I think the biggest drawback to us moving would be Amy and Andy having a family, by the time we envisage moving Hannah would be around 13 years old and we probably won't see as much of her as we do now as she will be in High School and have more friends that take up time, that is not a problem.

I forgot to mention last week that when we had Hannah she was talking about what she was getting for Christmas so I said to her what did she think I would be getting, her first guess was a shirt, I said no, the next guess floored me and we were both laughing our sides sore because Hannah's next guess was a new haircut, I wish. After that I stopped and thought I am on a losing battle here, lol.

73johnsimpson
Oct 11, 3:08pm Top

>69 benitastrnad:, Hi Benita, I hope you are more fortunate than others have been with Hurricane Michael, I feel so, so bad for them and as it is moving further North and East. I hope you still have some plants in good shape for your dinner guests my dear.

74johnsimpson
Oct 11, 3:09pm Top

>70 thornton37814:, Hi Lori, a pot of tea always sounds good and from what you said I think it would be very appropriate my dear, I hope things get better on the teaching front dear friend.

75johnsimpson
Oct 11, 3:25pm Top

>71 kidzdoc:, Hi Darryl, getting the repeat prescriptions isn't too bad, I drop them into the Doctors for them to be signed off and then they send them over to the pharmacy as I said and two days after I have submitted them I go and see Raj and everything is waiting to be collected. Raj is very good and if I forget and One of Karen's is running low he will give me them when I drop the prescriptions in at the Doctors rather than waiting the 48 hours as he knows the script will be with him shortly.

I could not believe the prices when we were in Madeira although we did have favourable exchange rates, the first time it was 1.24 Euros to the pound and the second time I got 1.36 Euros to the pound and even better using my credit card as my purchases were at a smidge under 1.42 Euros to the pound. When I compare like for like products it is really astounding, on our second visit I picked up a Troika Rollerball pen, it was 28 Euros or 20.58 pounds, I had bought the same type of pen in the nice Stationery store in Hay-on-Wye four months earlier and it cost me 35 pounds. Also and I know this is not good, I smoked Handelsgold cigars, they were very nice in six different flavours, they were 1.20 Euros or about 88 pence per pack of five, a few months later we were in Manchester and went into the Exchange shopping arcade and I found a tobacconist shop and they had some, Karen said to treat myself but I couldn't warrant paying 8.50 pounds for the same pack of five cigars.

I am not sure that we will get a good rate as it stands at the moment for when we go back to madeira next July as it is around 1.13 Euros to the pound, I would be pleased if it got back to what we had the first time we went as I am hoping to get a really nice Fountain pen while we are out their with a saving of around 100 pound on the one I would like.

Like you with your Mum and Dad to consider I think that if Amy and Andy have a family by the time we are thinking of moving this may be the stumbling block for Karen. As it stands it is a few years away for both of us mate and a lot can happen in five years.

76johnsimpson
Oct 11, 3:42pm Top

We had a quite a good day yesterday, after we had got up and had breakfast etc we set off to Junction 32 Outlet park as I am in need of come new Jumpers. We got parked up in glorious sunshine and started to have a mooch around. At first I was struggling to find a store that had any Jumpers but then we came across Marks & Spencers and spotted some nice ones. We left without buying as I wanted to check any other outlets so we kept on wandering. We were still not having much luck until we came to Jeff Banks store and Karen spotted a nice pale brown Jumper, it was a third dearer than M&S but she thought it was better and it suited me better so that was bought. We kept wandering around but to no avail, so as Karen went into the last store she wanted to visit she sent me back to M&S to get the nice Teal Jumper, I purchased said Jumper and got back to Karen and we left the Outlet.

After our visit to the Outlet we had intended to go to the cinema across the way from the Outlet but we were way too early so we headed back towards home and called at the Aldi store in Featherstone to get the usual few bits. Karen went into store while I sat in the car and read. Once Karen was done we made our way home and unpacked and put away the shopping and then I made us a nice pot of tea.

After another pot of tea Karen made us something to eat and we watched a couple of programmes I had recorded before it was time to set off to the cinema in Wakefield to see The House with a Clock in its Walls. We both really enjoyed the film as we love both Jack Black and especially Cate Blanchett. Once the film had finished we made our way back home and a welcome pot of tea.

77johnsimpson
Edited: Oct 11, 4:37pm Top

Today has been fairly busy, after we had got up and had breakfast etc it was time to drop Karen off at the hairdresser's and then I was on an errand run. I dropped Karen off and first stop was Asda to use the cash machine, get some cigars and put some Diesel in the car. Once all this was done I made my way to the Aldi at the Snowhill shopping court.

Once I Aldi I consulted my list, I needed two new bird feeders, they were doing a nice deal as it had the Feeder pole with hook attachments plus the feeders to go with them, a seed dish and a water dish all for 15 pounds, I bought two, one for the front garden and one for the back garden plus a new doorbell and a light. Once this was bought and paid for I left and went back into Wakefield to go to the B&M store for four small bottles of pink Gin. The pink Gin was duly purchased and then I had to go to the Sainsbury supermarket to get Currants and some greaseproof paper for the Christmas cake baking marathon. By the time I had done this Karen called to say she would be another half hour so I made my way back to the hairdressers to wait for her.

Once Karen was done in the hairdressers we made our way home and unpacked and put all the purchasers away and then I made a pot of tea while Karen put the washing on the airers. We had another pot of tea and then while I began the first bit of mixing for the Christmas cakes, mixing the brown sugar and butter, Karen made me some toasted teacakes. By the time the teacakes were done for me I had completed the mixing and Karen could continue with the rest of the mixing of fruit etc. Once I had eaten I had a quick pot of tea and then set off out, I needed to go to the main post office to pick up some post that had been sent without the correct postage, so that meant I had to pay three pounds to collect whatever it was. Once this was done I need to call in at the car dealership as I needed some information and when that was done it was off to collect Hannah from school.

Once Hannah was out of school I brought her home and when we entered the kitchen the smells of Christmas Cakes baking in the oven assailed us both. Hannah was a bit under the weather and asked if she could go up to bed for a lie down, which she did. I made us both a pot of tea and a short while later the Cakes were ready to come out of the oven, two large loaf tins, two small loaf tins, a round one and a small tray bake one. Hannah came back downstairs when her tea was ready and then she played with Lego downstairs. We had something to eat a short time later and then another pot of tea.

Just before six o'clock Rob arrived and he picked up the last three boxes of his stuff from when he came back here last year and a couple of things that he had asked me to pick up for him. He had a cuddle with Hannah and played with her for a bit before he went of to his Cricket meeting and not long after I took Hannah home after dropping Karen off at her ex sister-in-laws.

78johnsimpson
Oct 11, 4:47pm Top

There is an antique fair on Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and I am hoping to go along and I have also found out that it is Fountain Pen Day on the 1st of November. Along with other Fountain Pen Group members I am hoping there are some special offers on that day from some of the Pen websites.

Also I found a nice website called the Kanilea Pen Co from Hawaii, they have some really lovely pens but unfortunately they are slightly out of my price bracket and then add on the shipping and taxes. I commented about them and said I will still have a look occasionally if only to drool, a day later Karol and Hugh from the company mailed back with a lovely message, I replied that it would be great to see them at the Yorkshire Pen show, too late for this year but maybe next year and I was sure they would love Yorkshire and would get a fabulous greeting from Yorkshire folk. They had obviously had a quick look at Yorkshire and said they would love to come. What a nice couple they seem to be and I hope to see them at a Pen Show in the near future.

79johnsimpson
Oct 11, 4:50pm Top

I think I will finish another Chunkster tonight and have already lined up a replacement, I am hoping to get five done this month as I desperately want to reach 50 books for the year.

80johnsimpson
Oct 11, 5:08pm Top

A bit of sad news to impart, yesterday there was an incident at our village nature park, emergency services were called and a body was found. It turns out it was the body of a Gentleman in his mid-thirties, police have reported that the man took his own life. It is good news that it wasn't a murder and the worry that it would have caused BUT it is very sad that the Gentleman was in such a low place that he thought the only way out was to commit suicide. The villages' thoughts are with the mans family if he has family at this very sad time.

There have been some strange and weird actions going on in the nature park over the last few weeks especially with women using the nature park, police have been keeping an eye on it and then this happens.

81johnsimpson
Oct 11, 5:09pm Top

Night Night folks, I have a book to finish.

82thornton37814
Oct 11, 9:25pm Top

>80 johnsimpson: I'm sad to read of the incident. Those are always sad. I hope the strange things cease soon!

>79 johnsimpson: >81 johnsimpson: Hope you managed to complete it. I've got so much else going on that I'm not getting much reading done. I did finish one today, and I'm about half-way through an audio version of The Scarlet Letter which I've read in print two or three times.

83johnsimpson
Oct 12, 3:41pm Top



Finished book 36 late last night, Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher. This was one book that I was enjoying so much that although I wanted to finish it I also wanted it to go on for a few hundred pages more.

There are five main Characters, Elfrida, Oscar, Carrie, Lucy and Sam and the story wends its way via all these lovely people and there is a large supporting cast but it does not drag the story down. Although it is only 2 pages short of 700 it does not seem long and is definitely well worth a read.

An unlikely group of people find themselves stranded in the rambling Scottish house that December, each of them nursing a past sorrow that looks likely to spoil the festive season. But log fires and the warmth of friends can thaw the coldest heart a ring in a very magical Christmas.

84johnsimpson
Oct 12, 4:22pm Top

Back to a normal Friday, once up and about we had breakfast, a pot of tea and our meds before I took Karen to work. After dropping Karen off I moved to the front of the store and parked up and went into store to do the weekly shopping. We didn't really need too much and most of the shopping was ingredients for the next batch of Christmas Cakes.

Once the shopping was done and I had got through the checkout I got back to the car and put it all in the boot and then set off into Wakefield to do some banking and to cancel a couple of direct debits. Earlier in the week I e-mailed both the SAA and Artists & Illustrators to say I would be ending my subscription/membership at the end of the current period. By the time I was on my way into Wakefield it had started to rain quite heavily and the wind was getting up. As the day has progressed Storm Callum has begun to wreak a bit of havoc, I say this mildly as it is in no way like Hurricane Michael and what devastation that is causing. We are expected to have 70 to possibly 80 MPH winds but this is just a bit of a blow compared to 130 to 175 MPH winds in the U.S.

Once the banking was done I made my way back to the car and made my way home to unpack and put the shopping away. Once the shopping was stored I made myself a pot of tea and read my Friday copy of the Yorkshire Post. A couple of pots of tea later and some reading I decided to make myself something to eat before I got on with the downstairs housework.

I did the Downstairs housework and then did my book notes on the book I finished last night and then made a pot of tea and read until it was time to go and pick Karen up from work.

85johnsimpson
Oct 12, 4:54pm Top

I have sampled the Christmas cake tasting buns and the small tray bake that Karen did with the leftover Christmas cake mix and it tastes delicious, I can just imagine what the cake will be like on Christmas day when it has had all its Brandy feeds between now and the week before Christmas, yum, yum.

86benitastrnad
Oct 12, 9:34pm Top

Hurricane Michael didn’t touch this part of Alabama. No rain, and no wind. But with the hurricane moving through the front behind it has brought us our first taste of fall. Temperatures tomorrow morning at due to unseasonably cold, while up till yesterday they were unseasonable hot!.

The Southeastern part of Alabama and the path the storm took through Georgia has left miles of forested land devastated. In Georgia the pecans and cotton fields took a big hit. It takes 10 years for pecan trees to start producing and the pecan farmers were just getting back on their feet from Hurricane Ivan back in 2007.

87ChelleBearss
Oct 13, 9:09am Top

Hope you enjoyed the antique market today!

88karenmarie
Oct 13, 9:25am Top

Hi John!

All this talk of potentially moving and downsizing fits right in with what Bill and I need to discuss soon - a too-big house on too much land that we're having a hard time finding the money to keep properly maintained. On the other hand, I love looking out at my trees, pastures, and creek and not seeing any neighbors.

Have a lovely day with your lovely other and I'm sending hugs and love to you both.

89thornton37814
Oct 13, 10:13am Top

I love looking out the window towards the mountains, but I doubt this home is where I will live after retiring. I need to find something all on one level (which will be extremely different here in the mountains). I'll have decisions to make in the upcoming years about where to live.

90johnsimpson
Oct 15, 2:29pm Top

>86 benitastrnad:, Hi Benita, glad that you have escaped from Hurricane Michael with out any damage my dear, from the coverage we saw it was devastating for those in its path and our hearts go out to everyone caught up in it. I feel sorry for the Pecan farmers, all that hard work getting things back together and then this happens. Sending love and hugs dear friend.

91johnsimpson
Oct 15, 2:30pm Top

>87 ChelleBearss:, Hi Chelle, the antique market wasn't too bad but not too much for me to look at but I did pick up a bargain pen.

92johnsimpson
Oct 15, 2:33pm Top

>88 karenmarie:, Hi Karen my dear, it is all talk at the moment and to be honest I don't really envisage us moving too far away if at all. It will be Karen's decision at the end of the day, in one sense we are in an area which is semi-rural so we do get the best of both worlds and transport issues are not a problem where we are and that would be one of the biggest factors to any potential move, that and a little bit more cash needed to do it right.

We have had a good weekend despite the wet weather, sending love and hugs dear friend.

93johnsimpson
Oct 15, 2:36pm Top

>89 thornton37814:, Hi Lori my dear, ideally if we moved it would be to a bungalow so that everything is on one level with us both being arthrific and obviously it won't be improving as we get older. The main thing is that we are considering all options now rather than leaving it too late.

Sending love and hugs dear friend.

94johnsimpson
Oct 15, 2:50pm Top

The weather over the weekend was not good with rain and high winds blowing, I went to the antique fair on Saturday after dropping Karen at work. There were quite a decent number of stall holders compared to the last few events and for once I saw a decent number of Fountain pens around but most were what I had already got. I did manage to pick up a nice bargain pen, a 1960's Platignum "Silverline" with aerometric filler for the princely sum of four pounds.

Once home I gave it a good clean and then filled it with the Cadwaladr ink I got from Pure Pens and the pen writes well. The rest of the afternoon was spent reading until it was time to pick Karen up from work. After we had eaten we watched Strictly Comes Dancing, you know it better as Dancing with The Stars and while this was on Karen chopped all the nuts up for the next batch of Christmas cakes to be baked while I zested the lemons and oranges. We also got everything prepared for the slow cooker so that we could set it off on Sunday morning.

On Sunday we had breakfast, set the slow cooker off and then set off to Boundary Mill outlet looking for some Sweaters for me but we came away empty handed. Once home we got started on the next batch of Christmas cakes, I was sous chef to Karen and mixed the butter and sugar while Karen chopped the dried apricots and glace cherries up and put the mixed peel in. I then had the task of juicing the oranges and lemons while Karen lined all the tins with greaseproof paper. When all this was done the mixing of the cakes began and as it got heavier I was called in to provide a bit more muscle power and then Karen finished it off and then filled the tins and put them in the oven. Five went in to begin with and when they were done and out on the cake racks we cleaned the tins up and then did two small loaf tins and a little sample with the remaining mixture.

After the first cakes went in the oven the slow cooker had finished and we had a nice chicken stew for our late Sunday lunch. After the meal the dishwasher was filled and set off and we settled down to watch Strictly the Results show and relax after a busy afternoon.

95johnsimpson
Oct 15, 3:46pm Top

We are still feeding the Hedgehog(s), it is still quite mild here or else they think they are onto a good thing, lol.

96EllaTim
Oct 15, 5:31pm Top

Hi John, those hedgehogs are onto a good thing!

Your thread has made me hungry as well, as you describe what goes into your christmas cakes, I could nearly smell all those flavours.

Hope your weather improves a bit, and you get to enjoy a bit of nice autumn weather.

97karenmarie
Oct 16, 8:43am Top

Hi John! Congrats on starting the Christmas cakes. I can certainly appreciate the effort, having made them last year.

You're good to the hedgehogs. I'm unintentionally feeding the groundhogs out here. They have been coming out recently and scavenging under the bird feeders. Our kitty Inara was watching one the other day and Bill got a picture of it with his handy-dandy cell phone. I've posted it on my thread - here's the link in case you're interested. It is as big as she is. Inara and the groundhog

98thornton37814
Oct 16, 1:15pm Top

Your Christmas cakes sounds like what we call "fruitcake" in the U.S. People either love them or hate them. It always makes me think of this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWajIWlP6Tc

99johnsimpson
Oct 17, 4:43pm Top



Finished book 37 yesterday evening, Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith. This is the third in the Cormoran Strike Series.

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a Woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but is alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

The police focus on the one suspect that Strike is increasingly sure has nothing to do with it and so he and Robin take matters into their own hands and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. Unfortunately more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them.

Will Strike manage to nail the perpetrator before his business goes under and will he still have partner Robin by his side or is she another one of the perpetrators targets to inflict more pain on Strike.

This is a very clever mystery with unexpected twists around every corner, well worth a read and once started you will not want to put it down.

100thornton37814
Yesterday, 8:08am Top

>99 johnsimpson: Only 13 more to go to hit 50! You can do it!

101johnsimpson
Yesterday, 3:29pm Top

>100 thornton37814:, Thanks Lori my dear, I am determined to give it a good go.

102johnsimpson
Edited: Yesterday, 4:03pm Top

The week has been pretty good so far. On Monday after I had taken Karen to work I went off to The Mill Outlet at nearby Batley, I was looking to get a sweater in Raspberry colour but didn't find one but I did pick up one in a Salmon colour. That evening after I had picked Karen up she wasn't sure of the colour so had to wait until Tuesday morning for better light to get the green light from Karen.

On Tuesday morning and Karen was happy with the sweater I bought on Monday, the rest of the morning was spent catching up on programmes I had recorded on Monday. After dropping Karen off at work I made my way to Otley as I was hoping to pick up a notebook that is only stocked at a few places. Sadly they only had the blank and grid page versions. I had a mooch around Otley and picked up a nice small notebook that had been reduced by 75% and a nice fountain pen. A bit more mooching about and I picked up a book before getting back to the car and heading home.

Once home I got on with the upstairs housework and cleaned the bathroom before having a bite to eat. Once I had eaten I made a pot of tea and read before firing up the laptop to come on here.

Wednesday and we were busy, once we were up and about we had breakfast and a pot of tea before heading to Snowhill and the Aldi to pick up a few bits before making our way to the Costco just outside Leeds. We got the bits we wanted from Costco and then made our way home. We unpacked all our shopping and put it all away before having a pot of tea and then we got on with the last batch of Christmas cakes. I was on mixing the sugar and butter before I grated and then juiced the Oranges and Lemons. Once this was done I made us a pot of tea before Karen got me helping with the final mixing and making a wish. Once the cakes were in the oven we watched some programmes I had recorded and had some lunch until it was time to take Karen to her bariatric meeting in Pontefract. I dropped Karen off and made my way home and once home made a pot of tea and read until it was time to go and pick her up. After I had been reading for about 20 minutes I got a text to say I didn't have to bother picking her up as she was getting a lift home.

Once Karen was home we had a bite to eat and watched a bit of TV before Karen finished the cakes off with their first wash of Brandy.

Today has been a good day, once we were up and about we had breakfast and then set a load of washing going and once it was finished I put it out on the line as it was a glorious sunny day here. After the washing was hung we went and put fresh bedding on our bed before having a pot of tea. Whilst having our tea we had a delivery, the new laptop that Karen ordered from Costco on Tuesday arrived. I unpacked it and began to get it setup, as I was doing this Debbie arrived to do Karen's nails, I made us all a pot of tea. I did a bit more setting up before it was time to go and collect Hannah from school.

I brought Hannah home and Debbie was still here but had just about finished Karen's nails, when Debbie left we all had a drink before Hannah said she was hungry and so Karen made us all something to eat. Hannah played with her toys after she had eaten and then Karen took her for a bath and washed her hair so we could all watch Strictly takes two and when that had finished I took Hannah home.

The old laptop has been playing up for a while and we missed the last good deal at Costco so when Karen got a message on Tuesday and this one was on a really good offer she quickly ordered it, luckily we have recently got an interest free credit card so it has gone on that and we can spread the cost without incurring any extra cost.

103johnsimpson
Yesterday, 5:01pm Top

On Tuesday when I picked up another Fountain pen the lady serving asked if I was inspired and it set me thinking, a number of times I have been asked if I have a book in me once they know I read a lot and collect Fountain pens. In answer to this I have to say no and if I did have a book in me it has obviously been in hibernation for a long, long time with no thought as to when or if it will come out. As I read I am in awe of anyone who has had a book published and those who seem to have idea after idea I bow down to.

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