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Mamie's 2019 Madness (Page 4)

This is a continuation of the topic Mamie's 2019 Madness (Page 3).

75 Books Challenge for 2019

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1Crazymamie
Feb 5, 9:52am Top

2Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 15, 8:31am Top



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3Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 8, 9:39pm Top



Completed in January:
1. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, 2018 acquired audiobook, non-fiction/essays/feminism - Katie's Dirty Dozen
2. Nerve by Dick Francis, 2018 acquired mass market paperback, mystery - recommended by Julia and read for the Dick Francis GR
3. Dead Beat by Jim Butcher, 2009 acquired ebook, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 7)
4. The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal, 2018 acquired ebook, science fiction/alternate history (Lady Astronaut, book 1)
5. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, 2009(?) acquired paperback, classic
6. Mouse House by Rumer Godden, 2018 hardback purchased for my great-niece, juvenile fiction
7. Fox 8 by George Saunders, library hardback, contemporary fiction/short story
8. The Mousewife by Rumer Godden, library hardback, juvenile fiction
9. Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher, FLP audiobook, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 8)
10. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, 2008 acquired paperback, crime fiction/noir (The Continental Op, book 1)
11. White Night by Jim Butcher, 2019 acquired audiobook, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 9)
12. Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo, 2014 acquired paperback (Europa World Noir), crime fiction, translation



Completed in February:
13. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendahl, 2018 acquired hardback, classic/literary fiction, translation
14. Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount, library hardback, non-fiction/books about books
15. Small Favor by Jim Butcher, 2019 acquired audiobook, narrated by James Marsters, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 10)
16. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail, 2019 acquired ebook, fairy tale, Katie's Dirty Dozen

4Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 11, 11:12am Top



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

From 2019:
1. What Girls Learn by Karin Cook
2. Partitions by Amit Majmudar
3. Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and It's Family by Jane Brox
4. The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
5. Blood on the Forge by William Attaway - "A searing and brutal story of three brothers who travel from rural Kentucky to the steel mills of Pennsylvania in 1919, during the Great Migration."
6. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail COMPLETED 2/8/19 3 stars
7. The Garden Party by Grace Dane Mazur
8. Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan

From 2018:
1. The North Water by Ian McGuire - Mark and Judy loved this one, too. And also Richard, though a weentsy tidge less.
2. How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - go with the audio COMPLETED 1/3/19 4 stars
3. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
4. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan - Katie says for when I'm in the mood for something light and recommends the audio
5. When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman - Katie mentioned on Joanne's thread that she loved this one COMPLETED 10/29/18 4.5 stars
6. Matilda by Roald Dahl - the audio narrated by Kate Winslet COMPLETED 4.5 stars
7. Come Hell or Highball by Mala Chance - saw this first on Katie's thread and then Meg's enthusiasm sold it to me
8. The Map of Love by Ahdaf Soueif - Katie says,"...one of my very favorite books - easily in my top 10."
9. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
10. How to be Safe by Tom McAllister
11. Georgia: A Novel by Dawn Tripp
12. Sunburn by Laura Lippman
13. The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor - she mentioned on Karen's thread that this is one of her all time favorite books
14. West by Carys Davies

From 2017:
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) COMPLETED 11/1/18
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 COMPLETED 4 stars
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 COMPLETED 3/01/18 4.5 stars
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 COMPLETED 1/2018 4.5 stars
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

5Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 5, 10:04am Top



The Chosen Ones - my 2019 list of book bullets:
1. The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker - recommended by Susan
2. Well-Read Black Girl by Gloria Edim - recommended by Beth
3. The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes - recommended by Susan
4. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher - Heather
5. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai - Bonnie
6. Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison - Carrie
7. Snapshot by Gary Disher - series recommended by Richard
8. An Unwanted Guest by Shari La Pena - Susan again
9. In Her Blood by Annie Hauxwell - Charlotte by way of Susan who says, "The series that is not about nuns is by Annie Hauxwell and it's the "Catherine Berlin" series. Charlotte just finished "A Morbid Habit", which totally sounds like it should be nun-related, but it's not. The *first* one is In Her Blood."
10. Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift - Beth
11. The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife - Susan. Again.
12. How to be Both by Ali Smith - Helen
13. The Strangler Vine by M. J. Carter - Barbara. Charlotte also loved this one.
14. Murder on Millionaires Row by Erin Lindsay - Meg
15. A Killer in King's Cove by Iona Whishaw - Meg, who got hit by Deborah
16. Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich - Stasia
17 Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson - Faith
18. Fire in the Lake by Frances FitzGerald - Gail says, "Her book on Vietnam and the Vietnam War, Fire in the Lake, made a lasting impact on my political thinking."
19. Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce - Joe
20. Sum by David Eagleman - Joe again.
21. Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan - Susan again.

6Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 5, 10:20am Top



Overflow for book bullets...

7Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 8, 9:42pm Top



My 2019 Data:

Print Books (Acquired before 2019) Read From My Stacks: 4/50

Books read: 16
Group/Shared Read: 2 (Nerve, The Scarlet Letter)

Books that are part of a series: 7
In Translation: 2
Rereads: 1
GNs: 0

Format:
hardback: 5
paperback: 4
ebook: 3
audio: 4
audio/print or ebook combo:

Borrowed: 3 (local public library), 1 (FLP)
Acquired in 2018 or earlier: 8
Acquired in 2019: 3
Purchased to gift: 1

Authors:
Living: 9
Dead: 7

Male: 10
Female: 5

American: 9
Australian: 1
Canadian: 0
English: 3
French: 2
Welsh: 1

New to me authors: 6

fiction: 14
non-fiction: 2

Genres/category:

non-fiction/memoir: 1
non-fiction/essays:
non-fiction/books about books: 1
non-fiction/film history:
non-fiction/history:
non-fiction/politics:

classic: 2
literary fiction/contemporary fiction:
literary fiction/espionage
literary fiction/historical fiction:

crime fiction/espionage:
crime fiction/mystery: 1
crime fiction/noir: 2
crime fiction/police procedural:

romance:
fairy tale/retelling: 1

weird fiction:
dystopian:
fantasy:
urban fantasy: 4
sci fi: 1

juvenile fiction: 2
YA:

play:
short stories: 1


LT Recommendations Read:

Katie's Dirty Dozen - 2
Julia - 1

8Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 5, 10:05am Top

Reading 50 Print Books From my Own Shelves (acquired before 2019):


Penguin Clothbound Classics:


Penguin Deluxe Classics (with deckled edge pages!!!):
1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne


Everyman's Library Editions:
4. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendahl


Europa Editions:
3. Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo


Virago Modern Classics:


Penguin Orange Collection (totally Charlotte's fault):


Pedestrian Books (or Everything Else):
2. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

9Crazymamie
Feb 5, 9:53am Top

This should do it - next one's yours!

10harrygbutler
Feb 5, 9:54am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

11FAMeulstee
Feb 5, 9:56am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

12katiekrug
Feb 5, 10:04am Top

New thread happiness, Mamie!

13Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 5, 10:20am Top

>10 harrygbutler: Thank you, Harry!

>11 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita!

>12 katiekrug: Thank you, Katie! Love your phrasing!

14richardderus
Feb 5, 10:31am Top

I came prepared.

15drneutron
Feb 5, 10:31am Top

Happy new thread!

16Crazymamie
Feb 5, 10:35am Top

>14 richardderus: I love how you think, BigDaddy! Thank you so much! I WANT those glasses.

>15 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

17Helenliz
Feb 5, 10:53am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie.
I love the exasperation on Hermione's face in >6 Crazymamie:

18susanj67
Feb 5, 12:29pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! I love all my recommendations up there :-)

19RebaRelishesReading
Feb 5, 12:43pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie. I love all of the book collections -- do you really have them all?

20Crazymamie
Feb 5, 1:24pm Top

>17 Helenliz: Thanks, Helen! Me, too - I love Hermione!

>18 susanj67: Thank you, Susan! You are on a roll - keep up the good work!

>19 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! I really do have books from all of those collections. The only collection I own in its entirety is the Penguin Orange with those whimsical covers:

21scaifea
Feb 5, 1:25pm Top

Hi, Mamie! Happy new thread!

Gosh, I love those Penguin Orange covers.

22Crazymamie
Feb 5, 1:29pm Top

>21 scaifea: Hello, Amber, and thank you! Those covers are very fun, and they look stunning all standing together proudly on the mantle in the living room.

23katiekrug
Feb 5, 1:34pm Top

How are you finding Eucalyptus, Mamie?

24DeltaQueen50
Feb 5, 1:37pm Top

Hi Mamie, I'm getting here early so I have a good place near the front to keep track of all the action! I have serious book envy when I see pictures of all your collections!

25Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 5, 1:40pm Top

>23 katiekrug: I am liking it, and I think I know where it is going. I am about 60% of the way through, I think. Where are you, and how is it holding up for a second read? It's kind of dreamy and disorienting in places.

26katiekrug
Feb 5, 1:41pm Top

I'm a little less than halfway through. It's okay - I am enjoying it - but not as much as I remember upon first reading it. "Dreamy and disorienting" is a good way to describe it.

27Crazymamie
Feb 5, 1:44pm Top

>24 DeltaQueen50: Hello, Judy! So happy you got here early!! I am honored. I love all of those collections - they bring me great joy.

28Crazymamie
Feb 5, 1:48pm Top

>26 katiekrug: Isn't it funny how we can remember reading and really loving something the first time around, and then it doesn't hold up when we revisit it? That happened to me with A Tale of Two Cities, and I kid you not, it was heart-breaking for me.

29Carmenere
Feb 5, 1:53pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! I love the little fellow announcing your February reads!

30Crazymamie
Feb 5, 2:05pm Top

>29 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda! The mouse!! I fell in love with him when I found him - so glad you also find him charming.

31katiekrug
Feb 5, 2:42pm Top

>28 Crazymamie: - Yeah, I mean, I'm glad I don't hate it, but I am slightly bored by it...

32Crazymamie
Feb 5, 3:26pm Top

>31 katiekrug: *there, there, pat, pat* At least it's relatively short.

33quondame
Feb 5, 5:07pm Top

Happy new thread!

>1 Crazymamie: What a comfortable image!

>3 Crazymamie: Hedgehog mittens! ❤️!

34karenmarie
Feb 5, 6:12pm Top

Happy new one, Mamie!

35PaulCranswick
Feb 5, 8:22pm Top

Happy new one, Mamie and love as always to all at the Pecan Paradisio.

36humouress
Feb 6, 6:24am Top

Happy new thread Mamie!

(I confess that I didn't even stop at thread no. 3, I'm so fora behind.)

37msf59
Feb 6, 6:58am Top

Morning, Mamie! Happy New Thread! I am having a good time with The Calculating Stars. Good company on the route.

38alcottacre
Feb 6, 7:02am Top

Checking in on the new thread, Mamie! Happy Wednesday!

39Crazymamie
Feb 6, 7:42am Top

>33 quondame: Thank you, Susan! I am happy that you love the images I chose!

>34 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! Thank you!

>35 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul!

40Crazymamie
Feb 6, 7:45am Top

>36 humouress: Thank you, Nina! No worries - it's lovely to see you here.

>37 msf59: Morning, Mark! Thank you! I had a feeling you would enjoy The Calculating Stars, and it's good to know that the audio holds up.

>38 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia! Happy Wednesday to you!

41Crazymamie
Feb 6, 8:16am Top



I couldn't help thinking of this poem this morning when I awoke to see the blanket of fog outside my window. It's lovely and ethereal, and it always feels like magic to me.

I have errands to run today, and I am getting my hair trimmed. Country Captain for dinner.

On the reading front, I am really needing to write up some mini-reviews on my completed reads. I have quite a few books on the go currently - a bit crazy even for me, but I had several digital holds come in at the same time. Here's what I'm working on:



Those first two are audios, so yes, I am both listening to and reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf, which just came out yesterday. *happy dance*

42richardderus
Feb 6, 9:06am Top

>41 Crazymamie: Oohh, Packing for Mars! Can't wait to hear what you thought.

Happy Humpday, dear lady, may all your errands take less time than you think.

43katiekrug
Feb 6, 9:22am Top

Please remind me what Country Captain is?

That's quite a line-up of books!

44ChelleBearss
Feb 6, 9:37am Top

Happy new thread!

45figsfromthistle
Feb 6, 10:02am Top

Happy new thread! Packing for Mars and Eucalyptus look like great reads.

46RebaRelishesReading
Feb 6, 11:13am Top

>41 Crazymamie: That's one of only two or three poems I think of regularly but when I lived in the Bay Area (San Francisco Bay) I often thought of it as the afternoon fog would creep over the top of the mountains, pull back, try again, etc. I love that fog and the poem matched it so well. Magic indeed :)

47BLBera
Feb 6, 12:32pm Top

Happy newish thread, Mamie. I love the covers! And I'm glad I am one of your "chosen ones." :)

48Crazymamie
Feb 6, 12:57pm Top

>42 richardderus: I am done erranding, and they went ver smoothly, so thanks for those good wishes, BigDaddy!

I am loving Packing for Mars so far - very interesting and the humor is excellent.

>43 katiekrug: Hello, Katie! Country Captain is this:



Very delicious, and I love that it all cooks in one pan. Here is the recipe, if you are interested: Southern Cast Iron Country Captain

I cannot add one more book to the line-up. I need to finish something up before adding anything else. At least that's what I am telling myself. I hope I listen to me. *Grin*

49Crazymamie
Feb 6, 1:02pm Top

>44 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle!

>45 figsfromthistle: Thank you, Anita! I am hoping to finish up Eucalyptus today. And Packing for Mars is great so far.

>46 RebaRelishesReading: Hello, Reba! Thanks for sharing - I love how you expressed that. That poem is one of my favorites.

>47 BLBera: Thanks, Beth! Glad you love the covers. Good work on becoming a "chosen one" so quickly!

50richardderus
Feb 6, 2:51pm Top

>48 Crazymamie: Oh good, the whammy worked, so I'll just take that Country Captain over here into the corner and

...best not to describe that osmotic process...

DO NOT TELL ROB that I left you the banana foster bread or he will cry and Bambi-eyes me.

51Crazymamie
Feb 6, 4:02pm Top

OhHHHHH! Thank you, Kindly! And mum's the word.

52SuziQoregon
Feb 6, 5:30pm Top

Happy New Thread! Belated Birthday wishes for Abby. Her artwork on your previous thread was simply lovely.

53karenmarie
Feb 6, 6:07pm Top

Hi Mamie!

>48 Crazymamie: A friend of mine called it Captain Chicken... I can no longer think of it any other way.

54Berly
Feb 6, 6:24pm Top

Crazy--I have Packing for Mars around here somewhere....

And I loved How to be a Woman. Thanks to you and Katie for that BB!

I am totally making that recipe later this week when I am germ-free again and allowed in the kitchen. ; )

Happy Wednesday.

55Berly
Edited: Feb 7, 11:14pm Top

Just in case...

56jnwelch
Feb 6, 8:28pm Top

Happy New Thread, Mamie!

I loved Packing for Mars. Debbi is a Mary Roach fan, and had a nice conversation with her before a talk at Wesleyan.

57BLBera
Feb 6, 8:42pm Top

Wait, while I wipe the drool from my face. :)

58Crazymamie
Feb 7, 8:06am Top

>52 SuziQoregon: Thank you, Juli! I will pass along your happy wishing and the kind words.

>53 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Captain Chicken made me laugh - we might have to start calling it that.

>54 Berly: You should dig it up, Kim - it's very good and very fun so far.

I just knew you would love How to be a Woman - wasn't her narration fabulous? And hooray for Nerve - it was my first Dick Francis, and I was happy to be able to share it.

The recipe is delicious, and so easy - I love meals that cook in one pan like that. Sending you a germsbegone whammy.

Sweet Thursday! My Wednesday was full of happiness, thanks!

59Crazymamie
Feb 7, 8:08am Top

>55 Berly: The incredibly rare double post! I am honored.

>56 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe! So cool about Debbi getting to talk with Mary Roach! I bet she is delightful and very fun to converse with.

>57 BLBera: Right?! *hands Beth a napkin and a slice of banana bread*

60msf59
Feb 7, 8:18am Top

>50 richardderus: OMG, that looks sinful!

Morning, Mamie! Sweet Thursday. I am enjoying the day off but the rain will probably keep me indoors, which isn't a bad thing, right?

61Crazymamie
Feb 7, 8:21am Top



Going to 80F today. *sigh* What happened to Winter? The good news is that I have finally gotten rid of my headache. No big plans for today except for laundry, as I got a bunch of the weekly stuff done yesterday. Tonight's dinner is Steak Diane, mashed potatoes and gravy, and roasted carrots with dill.

On the reading front, yesterday I listened to several chapters of Small Favor while getting my steps in. I also read a bit from Eucalyptus, but I didn't get it finished as I had hoped. We ended up watching Casino Royale, which is a spoof of the bond films made in 1967. It was fun to see so many big names, but it is a total bust other than a few funny moments. Not recommended. The soundtrack is a hoot, so there is that.

62Crazymamie
Edited: Feb 7, 8:26am Top



King Leopold's Ghost is on sale today on Kindle for $2.99. It is an excellent read. I gave ti the full five stars when I read it a few years ago.

The Amazon blurb:

"In the 1880s, as the European powers were carving up Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium seized for himself the vast and mostly unexplored territory surrounding the Congo River. Carrying out a genocidal plundering of the Congo, he looted its rubber, brutalized its people, and ultimately slashed its population by ten million—all the while shrewdly cultivating his reputation as a great humanitarian. Heroic efforts to expose these crimes eventually led to the first great human rights movement of the twentieth century, in which everyone from Mark Twain to the Archbishop of Canterbury participated. "

63harrygbutler
Feb 7, 8:42am Top

>61 Crazymamie: Good morning, Mamie!

Casino Royale really is a mess of a movie, though as you say it does have its amusing moments. I always enjoy George Raft's cameo at the casino, for example. I've probably seen it three or four times; though I know I will be disappointed, I can't help being drawn back to it.

"Seven James Bonds at Casino Royale. They came to save the world and win the gal at Casino Royale. Six of them went to a heavenly spot; the seventh one is going to a place where it's terribly hot."

64Crazymamie
Feb 7, 8:51am Top

>63 harrygbutler: Morning, Harry!

Perfect description - "a mess of a movie". And it is WAY too long. I also like that cameo. And David Niven is always charming.

65karenmarie
Feb 7, 9:14am Top

'Morning, Mamie!

I'm so glad to hear that your headache is gone. It's supposed to get to 79F here today after getting to 80F yesterday. I mean, c'mon! It's down vest weather and I'm feeling deprived.

Warm weather means the flora will get confused just in time for a freeze, but the bug fauna may be tempted out and then killed by a freeze. At least there's that.

66richardderus
Feb 7, 9:18am Top

>57 BLBera:, >60 msf59: I expected people to enjoy that wickedly scrummy idea. It's just banana bread batter poured over modified pineapple upside-down stuff. A tablespoon of rum, 1/4C butter, 1C brown sugar, 2 bananas. Banana bread batter (or a box of spice cake mix plus mashed bananas if you're lazy). Heat and time.

Thursday and 80° = boo. Weekend and 40° plus rain = pretty much boo as well. What unpleasant weather it's been! *smooch*

67Crazymamie
Feb 7, 9:48am Top

>65 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! I completely agree with you about the weather. Crossing my fingers about the bug fauna because that would be awesome.

>66 richardderus: Well, it looks absolutely delicious, Richard. I might have to try that.

Boo to both of us having weather we don't want. I would take the 40F and rain for the weekend, as I plan on staying in and being completely lazy. Plus the rain would help knock down the smoke from the constant burning of debris that they do in these parts. Ugh. Craig, Abby, and Birdy are headed down to Universal, so the house will be full of quiet.

68richardderus
Feb 7, 10:12am Top

OOOOOOOOOOOOO
House-to-herself (well, mostly) weekend!! Crank up the AC, turn on the mood music, and make like the Library of Alexandria just landed next door.

69Crazymamie
Feb 7, 10:28am Top

Precisely. And it's a three day weekend because they are leaving tonight!

71EBT1002
Feb 7, 10:55pm Top

>41 Crazymamie: That is quite a collection of "currently reading" you have there. I hope you love Old Filth. I read Last Friends, the third in the trilogy, last week. I think the three will work best if read somewhat more close together than I did.

>62 Crazymamie: I need to see if I'm too late for that one.

72Berly
Feb 7, 11:14pm Top

>59 Crazymamie: A double post!! LOL Should I go back and change it up a bit? Okay, I did. : )

Glad your headache is gone.

73scaifea
Feb 8, 7:01am Top

Woot to the headache being gone! Mine, too, for now, but the temps have dropped from the 60s yesterday to a high of 25 today, so I wouldn't be shocked if it doesn't come back. We'll see.

I recently saved a recipe for Country Captain and plan on making it for the first time soon! It looks SO GOOD.

74alcottacre
Feb 8, 7:36am Top

>62 Crazymamie: Missed that one, which is a pity as it has been in the BlackHole forever.

Happy Friday, Mamie!

75Crazymamie
Feb 9, 11:00am Top

>70 richardderus: Well, Friday was delightful. Now onto Saturday - overcast and cooler temps, so I am liking it. And I finished two books yesterday, so go me!

>71 EBT1002: I know, Ellen - it's an odd mix, even for me, but I have to work in the digital library loans because there are others in line, so I can't renew them.

I'll keep in mind that the books should be read somewhat close to each other - I only have the first one, but I am loving it.

I hope you were in time to snag that Daily Deal.

>72 Berly: Too funny! You crack me up, Kim. The headache is back - a drop in temps and very windy are to blame. But it's not as bad as the previous one, so I'll take it and be thankful.

76msf59
Feb 9, 11:04am Top

Morning, Mamie! Happy Saturday. Yep, King Leopold's Ghost was an awesome read. Thanks for sharing the alert.

77Crazymamie
Feb 9, 11:06am Top

>73 scaifea: Well, mine is back now, Amber. I'm hoping you managed to avoid it.

We love that recipe that I have for Country Captain - it's in the regular rotation now because everyone here adores it. And it's really good left over, not that we get very much left over - I like that it feeds all seven of us (Daniel's girlfriend eats here often). I don't have to double the recipe, just throw in a few extra thighs or drumsticks. Be sure to report back on your recipe when you try it.

>74 alcottacre: Total bummer, Stasia. It's really well written.

Happy Saturday to you!

78Crazymamie
Feb 9, 11:07am Top

>76 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy Saturday! You are welcome - I love sharing good news.

79richardderus
Feb 9, 11:07am Top

Hi Mamie. It's COLD at 13° windchill. I decided that, since I ain't goin' outside, I'd try this:

I bought a bunch of mixes at 99¢ each on sale for days like today...and a lifesaver they are. Applesauce + cake mix = not too awful a coffee cake. Icing instead of frosting...pineapple juice + powdered sugar with some pureed pineapple in it. Came out fine! The YGC ate half the cake, I had a wodge, he took the rest with him, and I spent no time to speak of making it happen.

Workarounds save the day.

80Crazymamie
Feb 9, 11:13am Top

>79 richardderus: OH! Yum! I love apple sauce in cakes. I love pineapple, so your icing sounds delish. How exactly does one make a cake in a crockpot?

13F is very cold - better hunker down with the comfy stuff and make like a bug in a rug. *smooch and a Bear Hug*

81richardderus
Feb 9, 11:21am Top

Heat up the crock...about 30min on high with a slightly moist towel full of rice in it...take out the towel and then dump the mix in a pan, put it in the hot crock. (I use a 10qt crockpot.) Smaller crockpots I just spray the crock and pour the mix in, set it on high and cover the crock with a towel. It takes longer, but the site the photo came from tells you what to do. I used one egg not three to get the dense texture I like in coffee cakes.

Duly hunkered. Caffeinated. Sugared. Booked up!

82Crazymamie
Feb 9, 11:49am Top

So I have been horrible with the mini-reviews. Here's what I finished up last month:


10. Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, 2008 acquired paperback, crime fiction/noir (The Continental Op, book 1)

Hammett wrote two novels and a bunch of short stories featuring The Continental Op - a private detective working for an agency. Hammett once worked for the famed Pinkerton Detective Agency, so it's not surprising he created a similar character. This books is very fun, and I loved how twisty it got. Basically the detective's client gets murdered, and the client's father then hires the detective to clean up the town, which is run by a bunch of thugs. Then the father changes his mind and tries to fire the detective, but the detective has already accepted the job, so he cannot be gotten rid of that easily. Let the body count begin! I was surprised to learn that so many movies (Yojimbo (1961), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), Miller’s Crossing (1990), and Last Man Standing (1996))are based on this book, although Hammett was never credited on screen.


11. White Night by Jim Butcher (narrated by James Marsters), 2019 acquired audiobook, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 9)

The ninth book in the Dresden Files series, which I am loving. Because each book builds on the previous one, I won't go into the plot to avoid spoilers. What I can say is that I feel like these books have picked up a rhythm, and the ongoing character development and world building are both excellent.


12. Total Chaos by Jean-Claude Izzo, 2014 acquired paperback (Europa World Noir), crime fiction/noir, translation

I loved this one. It's the first in the Marseilles Trilogy. It's steeped in a sense of place - the main character is a cop who has seen too much and knows that justice cannot be had through the official channels. When two of his childhood friends are murdered, he sets out to determine who did it and why. It's a tangled and very seedy web. This is noir at its best - dark and full of atmosphere, and yet there are also beautiful descriptions of the town and of the food. Think Inspector Montalbano or Bruno, Chief of Police meets The Big Sleep. Definitely recommended.

83Crazymamie
Feb 9, 11:53am Top

>81 richardderus: Thanks so much for that, Richard!

I have coffee, and I am about to make this:

84richardderus
Feb 9, 11:57am Top

>82 Crazymamie: #12 I clearly need to read some Jean-Claude Izzo books ASAP.

>83 Crazymamie: I'll be there in an hour. Two, please.

85Crazymamie
Feb 9, 12:02pm Top

>84 richardderus: Yes, indeed. My first book by him, but it was very well done.

Yes, sir!

86karenmarie
Feb 9, 12:59pm Top

Hi Mamie!

>82 Crazymamie: Great review. I want to read the Continental Op series.

>83 Crazymamie: Fortunately I'm full from lunch. (Bill and I run errands on Saturday morning and we always have lunch out. Today was Mexican.) Otherwise, I'd be whimpering.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

87Helenliz
Edited: Feb 9, 1:01pm Top

I treated myself to a hazelnut latte (which I adore but whuch has faaaaar tooo many calories for regular cosumption) AND a ricecrispie/mars bar fridge cake. Which was lush and means that I can't possible manage anything else, thankyou.

Hope the weekend is treating every one well >:-)

88Crazymamie
Feb 9, 2:24pm Top

>86 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Thank you - I also want to read the rest of the series. I know our library has this:



It has all of the stories in it, but it is HUGE. I had trouble reading it before, but now that I have my Book Seat, I will be able to manage it. *grin*

I am also full from lunch - it was delicious. Daniel and Rae joined me, which was fun. I love me a breakfast sandwich. Your Mexican also sounds good - I need to have some of that soonish. I'm thinking I will add it into this week's menu.

Hoping your weekend is also full of wonder!

>87 Helenliz: Yum, Helen! I usually just get a plain latte, as they make it with too much syrup, but I also adore hazelnut anything. Your fridge cake sounds good - I have not had anything like that before. It sounds like you chose wisely - lovely and decadent, so maybe next time for the breakfast sandwich.

We are greatly enjoying our quiet and lazy weekend. Craig, Abby and Birdy are off at Universal enjoying the Harry Potter stuff, which is amazing and so full of fabulous:

89Berly
Feb 9, 2:29pm Top

Someday I want to get to Universal and HP World!! Looks so fun. : ) Hope the headache is waning.

90Familyhistorian
Feb 9, 3:06pm Top

Had to sign in and out of LT a couple of times to see the covers as I was catching up with your thread, Mamie. I really wish that could be fixed. Enjoy your quiet weekend!

91alcottacre
Feb 9, 3:41pm Top

>82 Crazymamie: Adding Total Chaos to the BlackHole. Thanks for the recommendation, Mamie!

Happy Saturday, Mamie!

92katiekrug
Feb 10, 9:10am Top

Your breakfast sandwich from yesterday has me drooling... And debating whether it's worth getting dressed to go get one. I don't have the makings of one here, and there are so many bagel shops around anyway...

Yesterday, we tried a new diner (I love diners) and I had a cup of matzo ball soup and a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich and it was most YUM.

Hope you have a good Sunday!

93brenzi
Feb 10, 10:37am Top

Heh you and Katie have nudged me to request the audio of How to be a Woman Mamie. I've had the ebook on my Kindle (where purchased books go to die in my case lol) for eons. I being able to both read and/or listen. Total Chaos sounds really good too and may find it's way to my list.

94richardderus
Feb 10, 11:02am Top

Happy Sunday, Mamie dear. Coffee and donuts?

95Crazymamie
Feb 10, 11:06am Top

>89 Berly: Kim, we all went at the beginning of December - it was our Christmas gift to the kids, and it was really fun. They have done such a great job of creating the Harry Potter world - all the attention to detail is full of fabulous. The passes are good for 18 months or something like that, so Abby wanted to go back in February as part of her birthday. She texted that she got chosen for the wand show, which she was really excited about. She took her camera and sketch book, as she mainly wanted to go back to sketch things - Birdy and Craig were going to ride the rides while she sketched.

Thanks for those good wishes - it's better today.

>90 Familyhistorian: Yep, it's really annoying, Meg. The weekend has been lovely so far. I have even managed some "attention to details" cleaning in between bouts of reading and watching crime shows with Rae.

96Crazymamie
Feb 10, 11:13am Top

>91 alcottacre: You are welcome, Stasia! Hoping you enjoy it when you get to it. Hoping your Sunday is full of fabulous!

>92 katiekrug: The sandwich was SO good - just what I wanted. I love stuff like that on the weekends.

I also love diners! Your lunch sounds delightful - comfort food. We often make bacon, cheese, and tomato quesadillas to go with soup - I adore that grilled cheese/soup combo.

>93 brenzi: Bonnie, I think you will love it - her narration is perfect and will have you laughing out loud. Total Chaos was really good, and those Europa World Noir books are excellent editions - love holding those in my hands. The perfect size, and the paper is good quality. The older I get, the more I appreciate such things.

97Crazymamie
Feb 10, 11:14am Top

>94 richardderus: Perfect timing, BigDaddy! Yes, please!

98RebaRelishesReading
Feb 10, 11:24am Top

Harry Potter world looks amazing! There is a Universal Studios in Los Angeles. I may have to make a trip now that I'm reading the HP books.

99Crazymamie
Feb 10, 11:40am Top

>98 RebaRelishesReading: I was just over at your place, Reba! You should definitely go - it is so fun just to see Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade brought to life. We ate at The Three Broomsticks, and The Leaky Cauldron, enjoyed butterbeer - you can get it hot (only in the restaurants), cold or frozen. Too sweet for my palate, but Birdy adores it. And it was fabulous to see everyone decked out in their house colors. We went in December so we could see it all done up for Christmas, which was very cool.

100RebaRelishesReading
Feb 10, 11:41am Top

>99 Crazymamie: It sounds really fun. Don't know how I'll convince Hubby to go...but maybe one or both of the "big" grandkids will be up for it (they've both been right after it opened).

101Crazymamie
Feb 10, 11:50am Top

Good luck, Reba!

102Crazymamie
Feb 10, 1:22pm Top

Catching up on more mini-reviews, here is what I have read so far this month:


13. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendahl, 2018 acquired hardback (Everyman's Library edition), classic/literary fiction, translation

This was written in 1839. I started it last year on Kindle, but Craig got me the lovely Everyman's Library edition for Christmas, so I finished it in hardback. I wanted to read it because it is mentioned in The English Patient, a book which I loved. This one surprised me with the humor throughout, and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the political machinations. It is long, and so it becomes a bit of a slog in the middle, which is why I do not recommend reading it straight through - dipping in and out of it is better, I think. What ruined it for me was the ending. The author took so much time and care throughout the book to provide the smallest detail, and then, for some strange reason decided he needed to wrap it up quickly. I felt like I got reader's whiplash. And seriously, I REALLY hated the ending.


14. Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany by Jane Mount, library hardback, non-fiction/books about books

This is completely and utterly delightful. And it's gorgeous. It would be worth owning just for the beautiful images contained within, but there is also the trivia about famous bookstores, about books, about authors...Thoughtfully organized and presented on quality paper that makes it a work of art. I especially loved the sections dedicated to different cooking books by type, which added tremendously to me library WL. Highly recommended, and it would make a great gift.


15. Small Favor by Jim Butcher, 2019 acquired audiobook, narrated by James Marsters, urban fantasy (Dresden Files, book 10)

What can I say? Book ten is another fun ride, and I love the storyline developments!


16. Eucalyptus by Murray Bail, 2019 acquired ebook, fairy tale, Katie's Dirty Dozen

“Some people, some nations, are permanently in shade. Some people cast a shadow. Lengths of elongated darkness precede them, even in church or when the sun is in, as they say, mopped up by the dirty cloth of the could. A puddle of dark forms around their feet. It's very pine like. The pine and darkness are one. Eucalypts are unusual in this respect: set pendulously their leaves allow see-through foliage which in turn produces a frail patterned sort of shade, if at all. Clarity, lack of darkness-these might be called 'eucalyptus qualities'.”


This one was a mixed bag for me. I thought the beginning was very promising. The writing is ethereal and, at times, disorienting. The characters are all flat, and I think that is intentional on the author's part - the trees have more character development than...well, than the characters. I love fairy tales, and I think this could have been a perfect one, but the author gets lost along the way, and the reader gets left to ponder whether they will ever make it out of this forrest of eucalypts. I kept waiting for the characters to rise up and surprise me, but they did not. The ending is what saves it - I liked the ending even though I had visualized it a bit differently.

103lkernagh
Feb 10, 2:55pm Top

Hi Mamie, stopping by to get caught up and to wish you a wonderful week ahead.

>79 richardderus: and >81 richardderus: - YUM! Too bad I don't have a crock pot and my oven is currently on the fritz, otherwise I would be baking right now.

So happy to see your mini review for Total Chaos! The other two books in the trilogy are just as good, IMO. Love the gritty noir atmosphere. As for the Murray Bail book, I had a print copy on my TBR shelves for years and finally moved it on to a new home unread (via a Little Free Library). Looks like I don't need to kick myself for not having found the time to read it first.

104Helenliz
Feb 11, 3:24am Top

Morning, Mamie, wishing you a happy M'day. It's beautiful here today and I'm full of enthusiasm for the first day of the week. As I walked to spin, it was frosty and dark, but by the time I walked home, the sun was up, such that we have a baby blue sky with frost on the ground. I love days like this.
Wishing you a wonderful week.

105Crazymamie
Feb 11, 8:19am Top

>103 lkernagh: Hello, Lori! Thanks for those good wishes and for stopping in to catch up with me.

I am thrilled to hear that the other two books in the trilogy are just as good - I have already pulled the second one from the bookcase. After I posted my thoughts on Total Chaos, I went to the book page and read through some of the book reviews just to see what others thought, and I loved your review. I gave it my thumb. I was tickled that we both thought of Montalbano with the food details.

I think Eucalyptus gets bogged down in the middle, which makes the book drag. And I didn't really like any of the characters, which is not necessary for a good read, but it does help. You definitely don't need to kick yourself.

>104 Helenliz: Morning, Helen. It's lovely that someone is full of enthusiasm for the start of the week - I will be enthusiastic about Friday. *grin* Me, too, with days like that - I love crisp weather.

Hoping your week is also full of wonder!

106katiekrug
Feb 11, 8:52am Top

Morning, Mamie!

107karenmarie
Feb 11, 8:52am Top

'Morning, Mamie! I hope your day goes well, regardless of what day of the week it is. *smile*

It's overcast and drizzling here. Fortunately I don't have any errands to run so can just stay in the house in my jammies and read and putter around and do a bit of housecleaning.

108richardderus
Feb 11, 8:56am Top

>102 Crazymamie: #13 SO AGREE about that stopping place, I mean ending, in The Charterhouse of Parma! I was furious. It felt to me like Stendhal just got tired of the whole exercise, scribbled a few last thoughts, and sent the book off to be typeset. Fin, as the old movie end titles said. *grrr*

#16 Eucalyptus removed from Wishlist. No thonks. Got to be top of the game or Uncle Daddy here sez nuh uh.

>103 lkernagh: Hi Lori!

*smooch* for my favorite Baja Tuesday hater.

109Crazymamie
Feb 11, 8:56am Top



Well, everyone is home again, and a good time was had by all. The sad news is that this morning poor Birdy is sick. The good news is that they brought a box of Voodoo doughnuts back with them - hello, maple bacon goodness.

On the reading front, I started Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and it is excellent so far. I'm about 100 pages in (it's over 600 pages), and I am loving the writing which is smart and funny and irreverent and brazen:

"Like, I like. Dislike, I love. Disgust, I can feel. Loathing, I can grab in the palm of my hand and squeeze. And hatred, I can live in hatred for days. But the smug smile of indifference on someone's face makes me want to hack it off."


On female circumcision:

"Here is my belief. The first man was jealous of the first woman. Her lightning was too powerful, her screams and moans loud enough to wake up the dead. That man could never accept that the gods would gift the weaker woman with such riches, so before every girl becomes a woman, man sets up to steal it, cut it away, and throw it in the bush. But the gods put it there, hid it deep so that no man would have business going to find it. Man will pay for this."

110Crazymamie
Feb 11, 9:10am Top

>106 katiekrug: Morning, Katie! Are you feeling any better?

>107 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! Thank you.

Overcast and drizzling here, too. We will be twins today - your plans are exactly the same as mine. *smile*

>108 richardderus: YES! That is exactly it, Richard. It did feel as if he just got tired of it all and couldn't be bothered to carry on. I felt cheated, and I was angry on behalf of the characters who totally got shortchanged. Why write this beautiful, fully articulated saga filled with humor and heartbreak if you are just going to bail on it at the end?

"Got to be top of the game or Uncle Daddy here sez nuh uh" I hear you - I usually just set aside something that is not working for me, but I did want to see how it ended. I noticed in the reviews that people seem to either love it or hate it, which I totally get.

*smooch back*

111katiekrug
Feb 11, 9:34am Top

>110 Crazymamie: - Feeling a bit better and am left with just a cough for the most part.

Those quotes from the new Marlon James are powerful.

112Crazymamie
Feb 11, 9:52am Top

>111 katiekrug: Glad you are feeling better, and I'm hoping the cough skedaddles very soon.

The book is really intriguing so far - bawdy but also thoughtful. The writing is superb.

113jnwelch
Feb 11, 10:16am Top

Hiya, Mamie.

Woo, it's good to hear you and RD re Charterhouse of Parma. I had the same reaction way back when, but didn't know anyone who'd read it. Have you read The Red and the Black? I haven't. But I remember it was a favorite of Al Gore's.

I can't wait to get to the new Marlon James! Intriguing quotes. I have it, but need to finish two in front of it.

114Crazymamie
Feb 11, 10:26am Top

>133 Morning, Joe! I had been wondering why you seemed less than enthusiastic about The Charterhouse of Parma, but when I got to the ending I completely understood. Such a waste. I have not read anything else by him, but I would be willing to give him another go.

The new Marlon James needs your full attention at the beginning, but it is SO good. I am excited you will be reading it soon.

115Carmenere
Feb 11, 5:22pm Top

Greetings, Mamie! I just brought Bibliophile home from the library! Beautiful book! I hope to wiggle it into my February TBR's.

116Crazymamie
Feb 12, 8:18am Top

>115 Carmenere: Morning, Lynda! I had a lot of fun just dipping in and out of Bibliophile.

117harrygbutler
Feb 12, 8:20am Top

Good morning, Mamie! I hope your week is going well. I've never gotten around to reading The Charterhouse of Parma (nor The Red and the Black for that matter), and I think I'll let them stay away from the top of my to-be-read list. :-)

118Crazymamie
Feb 12, 8:23am Top

Morning, Harry! No Stendahl for you? I am guessing your life will not be incomplete because of it.

119karenmarie
Feb 12, 8:28am Top

'Morning, Mamie! Happy Tuesday to you.

From all the joy here for Stendhal (not), I think I'll pass. I don't have anything on my shelves to feel guilty about either. *smile*

120charl08
Feb 12, 8:44am Top

>109 Crazymamie: Thanks for the nudge, Mamie. I've requested it at the library (it's still on order though, and I am #4 for just one copy of the book - wth?!?).

Your bacon sandwich comes with smellovision here (I've just made one myself!) I've never read anything by Stendhal. I'll just throw that name onto another wishlist pile!

121Crazymamie
Feb 12, 8:49am Top

>119 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! Happy Tuesday! Just the ending sucked - the rest of the novel was very good. But yeah, no need to cry about your lack of Stendahl.

>120 charl08: You are most welcome, Charlotte! Bummer about the wait for it, though.

Hooray for the bacon sandwich! I would like to read another by Stendahl to see if he does a better job with the ending.

122katiekrug
Feb 12, 9:14am Top

Morning, Mamie! Not much going on at my end. Hope you have a great Tuesday.

123Crazymamie
Feb 12, 9:19am Top

Morning, Katie! Nothing happening here, either.It's overcast and rainy out, and I am feeling distinctly unmotivated to do anything.

124richardderus
Feb 12, 9:22am Top

>121 Crazymamie: It's not a novel, and it's dated in many ways, but I'd encourage you to read Love by Stendhal. Short, sweet, to the point essays on the nature of Luuuv by a recently rejected young creative. It's actually kind of funny sometimes, and quite surprising at others for its relative modernity (for 1822).


Gollum and I say happy Tuesday.

125ChelleBearss
Feb 12, 9:33am Top

Hope you have a great Tuesday!
I am also feeing unmotivated today. I was supposed to be having a big clean up day to get caught up but Chloe is home on a snow day and I doubt I'll get much finished today

126Crazymamie
Feb 12, 9:33am Top

>124 richardderus: Oh, thanks for that, Richard! Adding that to The List.

Happy Tuesday to you and Gollum - that's exactly how I feel about my morning coffee.

127katiekrug
Feb 12, 9:34am Top

>123 Crazymamie: - Sounds like a pajama day to me...

128Crazymamie
Feb 12, 9:35am Top

>125 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle! I say go with the lazy and indulge yourself - you've had a rough couple of days.

129thornton37814
Feb 12, 9:23pm Top

Catching up. That bagel sandwich in >83 Crazymamie: looks really tasty! I usually do that type of thing on a whole wheat English muffin, but it looks incredible in that photo with the bagel.

130msf59
Feb 13, 6:37am Top

Morning, Mamie! Happy Wednesday! Hope you are having a good week. Still FULL winter here...sighs.

131alcottacre
Feb 13, 7:15am Top

>102 Crazymamie: I have never read The Charterhouse of Parma, but I think I will skip it. I hate when author's mess up the ending of the book!

You know Bibliophile has to go into the BlackHole!

132karenmarie
Feb 13, 8:00am Top

'Morning, Mamie!

133evilmoose
Feb 13, 9:31am Top

Golly, how easy it is to fall behind. I loved all the intermittent fasting talk. I got into it after my mother discovered it. It did wonders for her. For me, it seemed more about letting my body know it didn't need to be clamouring for food all the time - as an endurance athlete, being able to burn fat is handy, and to have my body know that it can get out for a 2 hour bike ride without needing fuel is a very useful thing.

And a fair review of Eucalyptus - thinking back to my read of it, I think I enjoyed it mostly because I love the trees so much, and it eased some homesickness (or made it worse).

Hope you have a lovely Wednesday!

134Crazymamie
Feb 13, 9:41am Top

>129 thornton37814: Hello, Lori! Thanks for catching up with me. An English muffin would be a healthier choice, but I love me an everything bagel or an onion one. I try to reserve something so indulgent like that for the weekends, and it was SO good.

>130 msf59: Morning, Mark! Hopefully Wednesday will be better than Tuesday. Our weather has been so crazy here lately - sunny at the moment, but we are supposed to get more rain. Sorry about all your arctic - I'm glad we are not still living in Indiana this Winter, as I would be spending all my time worrying about the pipes freezing and the power going out. Sending you warm thoughts, my friend.

>131 alcottacre: Right, Stasia, you can skip it without feeling even a moment's hesitation. The ending really ruined it for me.

You will LOVE Bibliophile when you get to it!

>132 karenmarie: Morning, Karen! Did you get those high winds yesterday? SO crazy.

135Crazymamie
Feb 13, 9:50am Top

>133 evilmoose: It's so easy to fall behind here - I am always behind, I feel like. You are so right about the benefits of the intermittent fasting - it eliminates snacking. And it also makes you pay more attention to what you're eating - I choose more wisely knowing I have a smaller window in which to consume calories.

Eucalyptus does have some beautiful writing about trees- the descriptions of them were wonderful.

Hoping your Wednesday is also full of beauty!

136Crazymamie
Feb 13, 10:09am Top



Well, yesterday was weird. I got a killer headache in the late morning hours, and then in the afternoon we got crazy intense winds that seemed to come up out of nowhere. We lost part of our roof again. *sigh*

I spent the evening finding the hearts in the Valentine's Hunt and binge watching Derry Girls. I have no idea what's for dinner, but I think we should have something.

On the reading front, I am further in to Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and still really enjoying it. The narrative gets easier to follow once you get about 100 or so pages in, which is a lovely surprise.

137katiekrug
Feb 13, 10:18am Top

Oh, no! re: roof. And headache :(

I need to finish Derry Girls. I re-watched the first 3 episodes with The Wayne, but he's not that into it, so I'll just finish it up by myself.

I hope today is better for you. Surely someone could pick up pizza or something for dinner?!?!

138richardderus
Feb 13, 10:20am Top

>136 Crazymamie: Oh dear! Roof-vanishing winds are Not On! We're having warm temps, wet sidewalks, and sunshine, without significant wind.

*smooch* for a headacheless Hump Day.

139Crazymamie
Feb 13, 10:24am Top

>137 katiekrug: It could have gone better, Katie. A less than stellar Tuesday, to be sure.

Derry Girls is a delight! I loved the last episode, but now I want more. Why isn't there more?!

Thank you. I am sure we will end up doing just that - I am not cooking, I do know that.

140Helenliz
Feb 13, 10:27am Top

You should have words with your roof, it's not supposed to take off at the first sign of a breeze!
Hope the headache does one and leaves.

141Crazymamie
Feb 13, 10:27am Top

>138 richardderus: Slightly frustrating since we just lost parts of our roof in that Category II hurricane that came through here last year, and finally the entire roof replaced on New Year's Eve. I was kind of hoping it would last at least two full months.

Thanks for those good wishes! *smooch back*

142jessibud2
Feb 13, 10:35am Top

Oh no, re the roof! Does the roofing company who replaced it have a warranty or guarantee of sorts? Seems like some went terribly wrong.

I find wind to be a strong trigger for headaches (migraines) for me. even if I am not outside, the head somehow knows. Weird. Ice pack, coca cola, dark room. Hope it passes quickly.

143streamsong
Feb 13, 10:40am Top

The intermittent fasting looks really interesting. I'll have to modify it a bit because I'm a type II diabetic and do pills taken with food on a strict-ish schedule. But losing weight would help the type II and I soooo need to do that.

Oh no about your roof! Do roofs have some sort of warranty?

Snowing here, no end in sight.

144jnwelch
Feb 13, 10:48am Top

Oh man, sorry to hear about the roof. It doesn't seem unreasonable to hope for more than two months after the new one was installed. Sorry about the lousy headache, too. Sounds like maybe the barometric changes affected you, with that strong wind coming in?

It's encouraging to hear about your good experience with Black Leopard so far. It's coming up soon for me.

145Crazymamie
Feb 13, 10:48am Top

>140 Helenliz: Exactly, Helen, although I guess we did get winds were severe - it was so freakish. And thank you. The headache is much better than yesterday but still hanging on.

146Crazymamie
Feb 13, 11:00am Top

>142 jessibud2: The roofing company will repair it at no additional cost as we are still waiting on the flashings we lost in the hurricane to be replaced. This area just received so much damage that the roofing companies are really backed up and so had to prioritize repairs. And the storm was brief but very intense - it felt like another hurricane, to be honest. There was nothing and then there was stuff blowing against the house - I though it was hail at first, but it was debris. More trees were knocked down, but luckily, not on our property.

The headache is better today, Shelley, it just won't budge - I will try the coca cola.

>143 streamsong: Let me know if it works for you, Janet. The diabetes definitely makes it trickier to navigate -both of my parents had type II, so I totally get it.

The roofing company will repair it at no additional cost to us since we are still in the midst of them repairing the damage we incurred during Hurricane Michael. It's just such a pain that now we need them to come back and get up there again. Hopefully they can coordinate it with the replacing our flashings, which would be awesome.

Sorry about the snow. I miss it, to be honest, but I would not want to deal with the Winter so many of you are experiencing.

147Crazymamie
Feb 13, 11:06am Top

>144 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. It's weird how Albany, Georgia seems to be a magnet for severe storms - who would have guessed?! Yep - you are right about the headache. It does have to do with barometric pressure - it always happens with weather like that. The winds we got were actually from Winter Storm Maya, they said - the Atlanta airport had delays because of the high winds.

Black Leopard is not disappointing so far - I'm about 200 pages in now. Lots of violence and profanity (which I am fine with, but I know are triggers for some), but the plot is intriguing - I can't wait to see where he's going with it.

148The_Hibernator
Feb 13, 8:24pm Top

Sorry about the roof and headache. Hope things get better!

149ronincats
Feb 13, 8:37pm Top

Trying to catch up here, Mamie. Bookmarked the Country Captain website for future reference. I read the first three Harry Dresden books long after they became popular, and before the series really gets going, according to most of you. I do need to try the later books. Glad the crew had a good time at Universal--I'd love to see the Harry Potter stuff! And so sorry to hear about the headaches and the roof (another headache!). (((Mamie)))

150msf59
Feb 13, 8:45pm Top

I did not realize you were reading Black Leopard, Red Wolf! Yah!! I got my copy yesterday. Joe is going to start it too. I will probably save it and kick off the month of March with it.

151scaifea
Feb 14, 6:11am Top

Morning, fellow barometric headache sufferer! Ooof, I'm right there with you this season with the head pains. I hope yours is better today. And I'm so sorry to hear about the roof! Again! Yoicks. I do hope you ordered in a delicious meal - it sounds like you deserved it!

152charl08
Feb 14, 7:49am Top

Sorry to hear about the roof. I've just been reading about Derry/ Londonderry - I liked Derry girls a lot, hopefully they'll make a new series.

153alcottacre
Feb 14, 7:54am Top

Never heard of Derry Girls. Is it a Netflix series, Mamie? I watch pretty much nothing these days, but I will stick it in my queue of things I am not watching if it is :)

154Crazymamie
Feb 14, 9:27am Top

>148 The_Hibernator: Thank you, Rachel.

>149 ronincats: Hello, Roni! I love their magazine, and we have made several of the recipes featured. Only one has disappointed.

The Harry Dresden series really picks up after the fifth book, which I know is a long haul, but it's worth it because it really takes off from there.

The Harry Potter stuff at Universal is full of fabulous - the attention to detail is just amazing.

Thank you for the thoughts and for the hug - always appreciated.

155Crazymamie
Feb 14, 9:33am Top

>150 msf59: I am, Mark, and it's very good so far. It'll be fun to compare thoughts with you and Joe.

>151 scaifea: Morning, Amber! The year is off to a flying start with the crazy barometric pressure changes, isn't it? My headache is better today, thanks - I still have one, but it is nothing compared to two days ago. The roof has already been repaired, believe it or not, and I hope it stays on this time.

We had Craig and Rae bring home pizza from our favorite joint, and it was most delicious.

156Crazymamie
Feb 14, 9:35am Top

>152 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. I saw that season two is in the works, so hooray for that!!

>153 alcottacre: Stasia, it is on Netflix! It's really fun, so definitely add it to our queue.

157Crazymamie
Feb 14, 10:03am Top



So yesterday the roofers showed up and repaired the roof, which was a surprise. Especially since they didn't bother to let us know they were here - we just suddenly heard someone walking around up there and then lots of hammering. And the upstairs AC also got fixed - don't think I mentioned that it went out last week. We have two units - one for upstairs and one for the downstairs, so really just the kids bedrooms were effected. You wouldn't think one would need the AC in Winter, but this is Georgia, so of course one does. Anyway, it was a valve failure, and the unit is still under warranty, so we just had to pay the service call.

Craig and Rae brought us home dinner from our favorite pizza joint, and it was delicious, so another win. And today is off to a great start as Birdy has made us heart-shaped chocolate chip pancakes with chocolate hazelnut syrup. The pancakes were beautiful, and I almost hated to eat them because they were little works of art. Almost...

158karenmarie
Edited: Feb 14, 10:12am Top

Hi Mamie! Happy Valetine’s Day. Heart shaped pancakes – what could be better? Good for Birdy.

Yikes. Killer headache and roof damage. I’m very sorry to hear about both, but glad the headache’s manageable and that the roof’s been repaired again.

I’ve been spending time with the hearts in the Valentine’s Hunt and have 15.

159Crazymamie
Feb 14, 10:15am Top

>158 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Happy Valentine's Day to you! The pancakes were most YUM.

Thank you for those kind words - I am very happy there will be no hammering overhead today.

The Valentine's Hunt was fun - there were quite a few that I had never heard of before, but I managed to get them all.

160susanj67
Feb 14, 10:16am Top

Hi Mamie! I hope you're feeling better today. The storm sounds alarming, but thank goodness for the quick repairs.

I hadn't heard of Derry Girls, but UK viewers will find it on the All4 hub, available on gadgets or the Fire TV stick :-) I'm going to try it this weekend. It seems that series 2 is not far off (in the UK, anyway) so fingers crossed for the rest of the world on Netflix. I started the El Chapo series last night, after his conviction in the last couple of days. It's by Netflix Mexico, but dubbed into English for the UK. I wonder if the US has the Spanish *and* the English versions available, though.

161katiekrug
Feb 14, 10:19am Top

Good news about the roof getting repaired so quickly. One less headache to deal with :)

162Helenliz
Feb 14, 10:30am Top

Glad to hear you are roofed again.
No Valentines pancakes here. I have just had a cupcake, though. I think I deserved it, I've just run management review.

163Crazymamie
Feb 14, 11:06am Top

>160 susanj67: Hello, Susan! I am feeling better today, thanks. The quick repairs were completely unexpected, and it is a relief to not have to worry about it.

I can't wait to hear what you think of Derry Girls. And now I have added El Chapo to the queue - I just say the English version, but I just took a very quick look.

>161 katiekrug: So true, Katie! I am very thankful.

>162 Helenliz: And I am grateful to be roofed again, Helen. Now I don't have to worry about damage to the interior of the house if it storms again. We have been very lucky so far with that. Just same minor damage to Abby's and Birdy's ceilings.

Cupcake! That counts! What kind of cupcake was it?

164susanj67
Feb 14, 11:20am Top

>163 Crazymamie: Mamie, I have found out that it is possible to change the language/subtitles on Netflix. Apparently where there is English dubbing available they have made that the default in English-speaking countries. However, the dubbing is usually awful, so you can go into the audio/subtitles menu and change the language to "Spanish" and have "English" for the subtitles. That way you get the original acting performances instead of someone sounding like they are reading the dialogue off a card. Yay! I am going to try it tonight. In last night's episode El Chapo met Pablo Escobar, and I think Netflix missed a trick by not getting the same actor who played Escobar in Narcos, but I realise that TV doesn't actually work like that :-)

165richardderus
Feb 14, 1:00pm Top

Mamie me lurve, happy your roof news was good and hoping your surprise heart-pancakes are the tone for the whole day. *smooch*

166jnwelch
Feb 14, 1:28pm Top

What Richard said, Mamie. Phew re the roof.

167ChelleBearss
Feb 14, 1:40pm Top

Happy Valentine's Day!! ❤️💚💗💙

168charl08
Feb 14, 4:15pm Top

Glad to hear about the roof Mamie. I was all set to tell you that I'd just seen a trailer for series two and... you and Susan are both waaaaay ahead of me. No change there then!

V jealous of the pancakes.

169Berly
Feb 15, 2:47am Top

Crazy--Wow, sorry to hear about the roof but small miracles do happen--it's already fixed!! Yay!! Hope it stays that way and I hope your headache is a goner. Nice job on the pancakes, Birdy!!

170richardderus
Edited: Feb 15, 7:51am Top


Some hot, dark crack to celebrate Friday, dear?

171alcottacre
Feb 15, 7:52am Top

>156 Crazymamie: Thanks! I will definitely do that.

Happy Friday, Mamie!

172Carmenere
Feb 15, 7:56am Top

Happy Friday, Mamie!! Yeah for having a complete roof over your heads!

173Helenliz
Feb 15, 8:58am Top

Happy Friday - it's a good one here hope it treats you equally as well. >:-)

174karenmarie
Feb 15, 9:09am Top

'Morning, Mamie!

Happy Friday. >170 richardderus: What RD said.

Re the Valentine's Day Heart Hunt, it took my requesting a hint for #18 to get them all. I'm not proud. *grin*

175susanj67
Feb 15, 2:23pm Top

Hi Mamie! Just popping to say I've watched the first two episodes of Derry Girls and it's hilarious :-) And the soundtrack is superb too. I fixed the language/subtitles on El Chapo last night, so definitely watch it in Spanish with English subtitles. You only have to make the change once (per programme, not per episode) and then it remembers.

176DeltaQueen50
Feb 15, 3:16pm Top

Hi Mamie, I have been off-line with computer woes but now my new computer is up and running so I am doing the serious business of catching up on LT! I am adding The Derry Girls" to my lineup and will probably plan to watch it by myself as my husband prefers action programs, the more violent the better. He's totally into all the "Narco" shows. My Valentines Day was a good one, got flowers and a card from hubby and then he took me out for lunch.

177SandDune
Feb 16, 3:02am Top

>136 Crazymamie: Everyone seems to love Derry Girls. Mr SandDune and J have watched each episode about three times each! Apparently there’s going to be a new series in the UK next month.

178Crazymamie
Feb 16, 8:24am Top

>164 susanj67: Susan, I had no idea you could do that! I went in just now and made the change - thanks so much!

>165 richardderus: Thursday and Friday were both excellent, Richard, so your good wishes worked! Thank you, most generous one! *smooch back*

>166 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe! We are delighted to have the roof all in one piece again.

179Crazymamie
Feb 16, 8:28am Top

>167 ChelleBearss: That made me laugh! Thanks, Chelle! Hoping your Valentine's Day was full of fabulous!

>168 charl08: Charlotte, I was thrilled to see that there would be more of Derry Girls. Hooray! The pancakes were most YUM - sorry you missed them.

>169 Berly: So true, Kim! And we are very thankful for small miracles. The headache is better - we are back int he 70s again and supposed to stay there for the next several days, so hopefully my headache can take a break.

The pancakes were a lovely surprise.

180Crazymamie
Feb 16, 8:30am Top

>170 richardderus: "Yes. A thousand times yes!" Thank you, dear one!

>171 alcottacre: Happy Saturday, Stasia! And you are welcome!

>172 Carmenere: Thank you, Lynda! Hooray, indeed!

181Crazymamie
Feb 16, 8:36am Top

>173 Helenliz: Thank you for those good wishes, Helen! Friday was full of delight!

Happy Saturday to you!

>174 karenmarie: Morning, Karen, even though it is the wrong morning - I am a day late. And thank you. I had to Goggle and use the help thread, but I did get them all - #8 took me the longus. (see what I did there?!)

>175 susanj67: SO glad you loved Derry Girls - I figured you would. I agree about the soundtrack.

I made the changes for El Chapo, and thanks so much for that info. I was wondering if you had to do it for each episode.

182Crazymamie
Feb 16, 8:41am Top

>176 DeltaQueen50: Judy! Hello, there - so great to see you! Sorry to hear about the computer woes, but glad you are back among us! I watched it by myself, too, but I think Birdy would LOVE it. Craig always watches very different shows than I do if he choses on his own.

Sounds like your Valentine's Day was full of fabulous! We never do much for it, but I made up cookie dough earlier in the day and then baked them off after dinner, so everyone could enjoy a warm cookie with ice cream for dessert.

>177 SandDune: It's so fun, isn't it, Rhian? I am going to get Birdy to rewatch the series with me, as I think she would love it. And I am very excited about a season two. *happy dance*

183Crazymamie
Feb 16, 8:52am Top



SO Thursday and Friday were full of fabulous! Abby made dinner on the 14th, I served chocolate chip and toffee cookies warm from the oven with ice cream for dessert, and we ended up watching the first episode of Gap Pine. A slow starter, but we will watch more to see where it goes. Last night, Craig and Rae brought home Mexican for dinner, and we binge watched The Umbrella Academy, which we all enjoyed. Rae said, "I have no idea what's going on, but I like it!" She is so funny - she doesn't get a lot of humor, especially if you have to read body language, but she keeps trying - she is worth more than all of us put together. We made it about half way through the series, which is incredible considering there were five of us watching. And the soundtrack is awesome.

I also recently watched season one of Marcella. Very good if you like noirish crime shows. I will definitely be watching season two.

184richardderus
Feb 16, 9:19am Top

>183 Crazymamie: One of my favorite actors, Tom Hopper, plays Luther in that series! I'm not sure I'll like it, necessarily, but I'm looking forward to sampling it.

185Crazymamie
Feb 16, 9:23am Top

>184 richardderus: I love him, too, Richard! You might like it - it moves at a fast pace and is full of humor. Starts out slowish, so give it more than just the first episode.

186katiekrug
Feb 16, 9:29am Top

Good Saturday morning to you, Mamie! Sounds like your last couple of days were lovely. Your V-Day cookies sound delicious.

I hope today is another good one for you.

187Crazymamie
Feb 16, 9:36am Top

Morning, Katie! Thank you. The transition from football to no football is always a tough one for me, so it's been lovely to fill it with some very fun Netflix binging.

188BLBera
Feb 16, 11:36am Top

It sounds like you had a lovely week, Mamie. I'm happy to hear you have a roof over your head.

189Crazymamie
Feb 16, 1:19pm Top

>188 BLBera: Thank you, Beth. I am also happy to have a roof over my head. And the week fished up better than I expected after that dramatic start, so that's a gift.

190Berly
Feb 16, 1:22pm Top

>183 Crazymamie: I saw that one come up on Netflix and did not know what to make of it on first glance. Sounds like I might feel much the same after watching it a bit! LOL. Worth a try if you guys like it. Happy weekend.

191ChelleBearss
Feb 16, 6:04pm Top

>183 Crazymamie: Oh, I think Nate and I are going to start watching that! I saw a preview and it looks interesting

192Crazymamie
Feb 17, 10:23am Top

>190 Berly: It's fun and interesting, Kim - and the soundtrack!! Give it the first two episodes, and see if it catches your attention.

Happy weekending to you - I hope you are feeling better.

>191 ChelleBearss: We loved it, Chelle - we are halfway through the season. Very fun and fast paced.

193karenmarie
Feb 17, 10:29am Top

Happy Sunday, Mamie!

>180 Crazymamie: longus - *smile*

>187 Crazymamie: Bill's watching college basketball these days since football is over but is already bemoaning the 'sports hell' he experiences after March Madness. He fills in with soccer, but it's not the same for him.

194Crazymamie
Feb 17, 10:43am Top

Morning, Karen! Happy Sunday to you!

I like to watch tennis, especially Wimbledon, but nothing compares to football for me.

195richardderus
Feb 17, 11:04am Top

Sunday orisons, Mamie dearest.

I love these revolvers, don't you?

196Crazymamie
Feb 17, 11:07am Top

>195 richardderus: That is a gorgeous one, Richard! Here'e hoping your Sunday is full of fabulous!

197richardderus
Feb 17, 11:31am Top

>196 Crazymamie: Thanks, sweetiedarling, yours too.

198jnwelch
Feb 17, 12:48pm Top

>183 Crazymamie: This all sounds great. My better half says she wants to try Umbrella Academy, so we'll give it a go. Rae is wonderful - I miss her thread here.

Marcella, eh? I'm a noirish crime guy, and hadn't heard of that one. I'll check it out.

I'm liking Black Leopard, Red Wolf! It's a long one - I'm reading it on Kindle, and I've been reading and reading, and I'm at 12%. Ha! I see it's going to be a trilogy. This is exciting, coming from Marlon James.

199susanj67
Feb 18, 8:38am Top

Hi Mamie! I found some more cold books for you at the library yesterday:

200souloftherose
Yesterday, 5:50am Top

Glad to hear good things about Umbrella Academy which I thought looked very appealing from the trailer. I'm midway through DC's Titans which I think I'm enjoying although I'm not always sure what's going on....

201msf59
Yesterday, 7:04am Top

Morning, Mamie! Back to the grind today. Of course, I fell way behind on the threads, but I will slowly catch up. I hope you had a good weekend.

202Familyhistorian
Today, 12:06am Top

That was the fastest fixed roof I have heard of, Mamie. Good to get that out of the way so that you could enjoy your weekend.

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