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The Girl with The BBC Tattoo- mstrust #2

This is a continuation of the topic mstrust sells everything you need at The BBC.

This topic was continued by We Have Always Lived In The BBC- mstrust's #3.

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Here's the new digs!
We stock just about any book in existence, we have a patisserie, a tiki bar, comfortable chairs, occasional live performances and a staff that are mostly rude but can be inadvertently helpful at times.
We have many, many rooms to browse, enough to make you lose the whole day. Come for the Books, Booze and Chocolate, stay for the terrible service!

2017 Reads

1. Light Boxes- 4 stars
2. The Indian Lawyer- 4.2 stars
3. Dear Beatles- 3.2 stars
4. Down From The Attic- 4 stars
5. The Pursuit of Love- 4.5 stars
6. Googie: Fifties Coffee Shop Architecture- 4.5 stars
7. The Magician's Wife- 3 stars
8. The Know-It-All- 4.2 stars
9. The Victoria Vanishes- 4 stars
10. Pissing in the Gene Pool- 2.5 stars
11. The Brutal Telling- 4 stars
12. How To Be A Woman- 4.5 stars
13. The Third Man- 4 stars
14. My Crowd- 4.5 stars
15. The James River Plantation Cookbook- 4 stars
16. Spooksville: Aliens In The Sky- 3.5 stars
17. My Name Escapes Me- 4.5 stars
18. In A Glass Grimmly- 4.2 stars

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Jan 31, 2:24pm Top

Here is my contribution of the day:

Jan 31, 2:29pm Top

Why thank you, Linda, they look delicious. And as my first customer at the new location, help yourself:

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Happy new thread, Jennifer! I hope your first customer left some deliciousness for me!
I brought this to wash them down....

Love the title of this thread! So inventive and apropos!

OOPS! Just realized I may be stepping on the Dude's toes. Let him know I ask forgiveness :)

Jan 31, 3:24pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jan 31, 4:18pm Top

Happy new one, Jennifer. Gorgeous opening.

Jan 31, 5:02pm Top

I'm in!

Jan 31, 5:31pm Top

Happy new thread, Jennifer, I love the ceiling (and the books) in the second picture at the top :-)

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>5 Carmenere: Lynda! Thanks for coming and for all the supplies for our Grand Re-Opening! I expect the Dude will be perfectly fine with you playing bartender for awhile. Let's ask-

Yeah, he seems cool with it.

>6 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! Come on in.

>7 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara! I like our new place too!

>8 SomeGuyInVirginia: There you are! You'll notice that we have a lagoon in our tiki bar now, and a small boat that floats out every hour with a live band playing Don Ho. Everyone will either love it or attempt murder with coconuts.
The bar stools are already pushed together to make your bed. I figured, why fight it?

>9 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita! It's a gorgeous room and houses our selection of books on the solar system, the sea and nature. And Battlestar Gallactica, because Dwight works here.

Feb 1, 12:11am Top

Happy to new thread to all at the BBC. XX

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Happy new thread!!

You know. In case anyone needs to sew a button back on. After a TIKI drink or two that should be amusing. Or dangerous....!

Feb 1, 9:17am Top

>10 mstrust: Those bar stools! Are you considering making them your next tiki carving project or three?

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>11 PaulCranswick: Helloooo Paul! Good to see you! Bernard is blowing kisses right back at you.

>12 Berly: Hi Berly, and thanks for the thoughtful gift. Dangerous yes, but effective. Ever seen two drunks trying to stab each other with swizzle sticks?

>13 RidgewayGirl: Hi! Those stools are so cool, but my carvings are all small scale, eight to twelve inches, as I use a little dremel about the length of a tube of toothpaste. I happen to have the weirdly tiny hands of an eight year-old and I'd never try a chainsaw because I know I would immediately cut my own legs off. Then how would I Cha-Cha?

I found this gorgeous book for sale at my library yesterday. A Treatise of the Blood, Inflammation, and GunShot Wounds by John Hunter published by The Classics of Medicine Library. It's pretty big, made of faux leather and gilt cover and pages. $15.

internet pic

Feb 1, 11:56am Top

>1 mstrust: I want that constellation ceiling. That is fantastic.

Feb 1, 6:59pm Top

Happy new digs! I'm staking out a spot near those delicious desserts in the patisserie. :D

Feb 1, 7:49pm Top

>14 mstrust: You should leave the Treatise in the guest room on the night stand.

Feb 1, 8:14pm Top

>14 mstrust: that is an awesome looking book! Not sure of the subject matter though lol

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>15 Oberon: It is gorgeous. People just flop on the floor and stare, and I end up walking in and kicking them. Sometimes on accident.

>16 rabbitprincess: Thank you, princess! Tonight's special are Lemon Bars, because I've just made a pan.

>17 SomeGuyInVirginia: That's a great idea! Here I've been leaving Wodehouse in the guest room like a sucker and that's practically saying "I like you".

>18 ChelleBearss: I admit that it was the striking appearance that made me go over and see the title, which made me say "Awesome!", ha. All the clerks at the desk where I paid were talking about how pretty it is and the man who took my money seemed very disappointed and told me he'd been looking at it.
I'd never heard of Hunter so I looked him up and found that he was a Scottish surgeon, lived from 1728-1793, was a military doctor, has a museum named after him and was performing tooth transplants around 1765.

Feb 1, 9:02pm Top

>14 mstrust: Is it illustrated? Please tell me there are pictures.

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Oh, there are pictures all right.
The last section has black and white etchings of blood vessels, a testicle sliced open, a skinned rabbit ear to show the blood vessels, and "a portion of coagulating lymph coughed up from the lungs" of a twenty-two year old man after taking a course of mercury. It looks like the root system of a small tree.
No pictures of gun shot wounds.

Feb 2, 9:10am Top

>14 mstrust: Wow, what a find!

>21 mstrust: No pictures of gun shot wounds
Well, you can't have it all ;-)

Feb 2, 11:08am Top

Ha, that's true, it's just that I thought it would be a sure thing, what with the title and all.
I would have looked through more of their books if not for the enormous book sale in less than two weeks. I've begun planning, and this is where it comes in handy to have someone who doesn't like to read. I send him into a section with a list of what to look for and he doesn't get distracted looking for himself. Silver lining.

Has anyone else seen the teasers for the upcoming FX series based on "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane"?
I've been watching "A Series of Unfortunate Events" on Netflix and love it, and I hate to say that I've finished both seasons of "Flight of The Conchords" on Prime. How I wish there was more from them.

Feb 2, 11:11am Top

I took a class on EMT (emergency medical technician) training back in high school and that textbook was a revelation. My favorite photo (the book was lavishly supplied with photos) was of a foot with the big toe missing, and that toe laid out tidily next to it.

Feb 2, 11:22am Top

Oh no! A picture like that would definitely stick with you, ha! I'll bet that textbook had all kinds of nightmare inducing photos.
I remember years ago reading a magazine article about what it's like to work in an emergency room. Turn the page and there was a color picture of a finger being re-attached, except they were at the point in the operation with the severed finger being held about a foot away from the hand and being held on by a single long ligament.

Feb 2, 4:17pm Top

They're making Baby Jane into a series? Oh that is just wrong!

The ceiling of the BBC science wing is beautiful.

>24 RidgewayGirl: >25 mstrust: John Waters wrote in one of his books that he keeps an illustrated volume of medical abnormalities on his guest room bedside table. I thought that would be funny, but I was too chicken. Total Wodehouse, too.

Feb 2, 6:40pm Top

>19 mstrust: I've visited the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow. Would like to visit the Hunterian Museum in London, but it is going to be closed for renovations for three years and won't reopen until 2020! Darn.

Feb 2, 7:15pm Top

>26 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hold on, what if I told you that Jessica Lange is playing Joan Crawford? I'm not sure if it's Joan and Bette as themselves during the filming of "Whatever..." or if it's a remake or continuation of the story, but Jessica is playing Crawford and that sounds like gold to me. I should mention that the few seconds of advertising looks like it's made by the American Horror Story producers. It's starting in March, I believe.

That does sound like John Waters!

>27 rabbitprincess: Oh, what a coincidence that you've been there. I've never visited a medical museum and expect them to house the most shocking things the curator can get hold of. Did you enjoy your visit?

Remember, tomorrow is Chocolate Day! Or, "lick the screen day".

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Feb 2, 7:31pm Top

Really? That's interesting that a hospital has that. It might make incoming patients thankful that they live in modern times.
I've seen things at The Mutter Museum on tv and it seems pretty horrifying, like "Don't pick that up!, Don't show me!"

Feb 2, 7:49pm Top

>30 mstrust: You've been to the Mutter museum? Cool! Have you read Dr Mutter's Marvels?

Feb 2, 8:17pm Top

I've been to the Mutter Museum. I'm a nurse, so not easily shocked by medical things, but the toxic mega-colon --which they have in a glass case, stuffed with newspaper-- was fascinating.
When I was young my mother worked for a publisher that specialized in medical books. We had shelves full of medical books at home. My sisters and I were obsessed with one that had a photographic step by step appendectomy. This book also had a section of anatomically correct layering transparencies of the skeleton, organs, veins and muscles. It was our favorite.

Feb 2, 8:24pm Top

I want to go to one of these museums!!! How cool. Off to look at Dr. Mutter's Marvels....

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Feb 3, 10:57am Top

>31 drneutron: Sorry, I haven't been, only seen it on tv. I think The Travel Channel has featured it many times in their "Top 10" shows. I haven't read Dr Mutter's Marvels either. Scary? I'll bet it has some creepy pics.

>32 VioletBramble: Yes, being a nurse cures squeamishness pretty fast, I'd imagine. Yet something described as a "toxic mega-colon" has to be startling for anybody. Imagine the rush to the door if that thing wasn't under glass. ; )

>33 Berly: I think there are some military bases that have medical museums too, so that can expand your search. Good luck!

>34 PawsforThought: Every hospital needs something like that. People tend to get trapped in waiting rooms and it would be great to have a diversion. Our airport has revolving art displays on loan from the art museum. Sometimes they have costumed mannequins throughout the ticket terminal wearing clothes from the local fashion society.

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It's here!
play the theme to that space movie "2001" in your head

The BBC presents: A day to eat, make, shop for, and think about Chocolate.


This one is like a gripping novel- you have to see how it ends:

Chocolate goes with just about any fruit. Except kiwi *pahtooey!*. Here's a beautiful torte that features my favorite fruit, blackberries.

Here's a gorgeous black and white roulade

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Chocolate with chocolate chips and full size M&Ms

Fudgey chocolate mint bars


The correct procedure for working in a candy factory:

And can I get some love for the humble Walnut Whip? Three simple components that add up to a solid, delicious candy.

Edited: Feb 3, 12:19pm Top

Here's what's happening in hot chocolate news:
the blooming marshmallow topper

Chocolate is good for you. Yes it is!
There's a place in Pennsylvania called Hershey, where you can ride candy bar roller coasters and meet walking Reese's Cups and stuff your face, but there's also a very beautiful hotel and spa. Here, in a quiet room with dim lights, you can pay a stranger to smear chocolate on your face and rub it into your feet. This is legal.
mmmmm, fondue wrap....

And how's this for a finale- a $25,000 ice cream sundae. From Serendipity, this sundae is made from 24 different cocoas, 23k edible gold leaf and edible gold decorations on the goblet and a gold, diamond encrusted spoon. Yes, you get to take everything and maybe slap a few people on the way out.

Be sure to lick your fingers.

Feb 3, 11:57am Top

>38 mstrust: This one is my favorite, although I will suffer with any of them!! Happy chocolate day. : )

Feb 3, 12:19pm Top

The blooming hot chocolate? I'd love to find a place that does that, it's so inventive.
Tomorrow I'll do a run down of all the chocolate I encounter at the festival tonight.

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Feb 3, 1:52pm Top

"All God's children got truffles." -My grandmother.

Feb 3, 2:23pm Top

Yep, I'm eating chocolate right now. Definitely needed something sweet.

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>41 PawsforThought: Those are really big pictures- could you choose smaller ones so they load faster? Thanks.

>42 SomeGuyInVirginia: Was your grandmother the one handing them out? That was very nice of her.

>43 Ameise1: I made a deal with myself that I'd stuff myself with fruit and veggies because I'll be eating chocolate tonight. Wanna guess how that's going?

Feb 4, 3:31am Top

>44 mstrust: For the fruits you diped strawberries or pears into hot chocolate and for the veggies you ate a carotte cake with a chocolate icing.
I am close enough?
Happy weekend.

Feb 4, 7:32am Top

Blooming marshmallow?!? I love it! Any idea where I can find that?

Feb 4, 10:38am Top

>45 Ameise1: Ha, good thinking! I did eat some baby carrots, but your ideas are much more appealing. Have a good weekend too.

>46 ChelleBearss: Isn't it mesmerizing? Unfortunately I don't know who is doing it, but from the number if gif and pic choice , it's a trend somewhere. I thought the "build an animal out of foam on the side of the cappuccino cup" trend was really cute but I don't think it made it outside of Japan.

We went to the chocolate festival last night and it keeps getting bigger every year. It was packed. But the trees were covered in lights and several stores around the square were open, selling antiques and "antiques". It was around 66F.
For an actual dinner we had Hawaiian grilled chicken with salad (vegetables!) and rice. We went around and bought our Marine Rose and looked in some shops, then got down to business.
We came home with: a five inch round dark chocolate cake covered in dark icing, a large M&M cookie, an oatmeal raisin cookie (Mike's), a kabob of marshmallows dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut (mine, all mine), two caramel chocolate pretzel rods, a chocolate covered graham cracker, a homemade vanilla bean Moon Pie and a big package of homemade chocolate dipped strawberry marshmallows from a place called Fluff It. It wasn't until we got home that I realized that they had been featured on the most recent episode of "Unique Sweets" on the Cooking Channel. The only thing I noticed was missing were the cupcake stands from previous years. There wasn't a single cupcake to be had this year, not even the young woman who is always there with homemade version of Hostess cupcake that are fantastic.
Anyway, we had the cake last night and it was seriously fluffy, really well made. Later on I may have nibbled on a coconut marshmallow. I get one every year.

Feb 4, 2:51pm Top

Chocolate festival. *faints dead away*

Feb 4, 8:17pm Top

>47 mstrust: I thought the "build an animal out of foam on the side of the cappuccino cup" trend was really cute but I don't think it made it outside of Japan.

We found them offered in a cafe in an enormous Berlin bookstore. My daughter ordered it, despite not liking coffee.

Edited: Feb 5, 1:27pm Top

>48 drneutron: Every other city should have a chocolate festival. And they should be scheduled in a way that chocolate groupies could follow the trail, traveling to the next one and the next one. I think I've just come up with The Next Big Thing.

>49 RidgewayGirl: Sweet! I've only seen the Japanese pics, but I'd love to have a foam panda in my cup.

10. Pissing in the Gene Pool by Henry Rollins. A collection of writings. There is micro-fiction, poetry, some very short non-fiction and single sentence thoughts. The book was self-published in 1987 and features a drawing by composer/Devo founder Mark Mothersbaugh on the cover. Mike gave me this autographed copy for Christmas because I'm a Rollins fan. If his name is unfamiliar to you, he is the former singer of legendary punk band Black Flag. Rollins is now an actor, spoken word performer, stand-up and writer whose columns appear in Rolling Stone Australia.
I didn't love this book for one reason: it's unrelenting misery. Seething anger, loneliness, isolation, violence, every page is another vignette that begins and ends badly. Rollins is a favorite, he's an amazingly creative and intelligent guy, but there's a reason why you don't see a lot of 25 year-olds with book contracts. At 55, he's still an angry guy, but now it's controlled and focused rather than spewed out at everyone like I found here. If I'm going to be honest: 2.5 stars

Feb 6, 3:08am Top

Hi Jennifer, I was a little upset that I missed Chocolate Day at the BBC, but luckily my husband made dinner tonight and for dessert we had a piece of chocolate truffle cake. It came from the local bakery and it was delicious, the only problem was I really could only handle a taste as sweets tend to bring on the coughing right now.

I brought the cake here to share:

Feb 6, 10:44am Top

Hi Judy! Well, you have a good reason for missing the day. I hope you're over it very soon.
That cake looks amazingly fudgey and rich. Your husband made a good choice.

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I'm having my first eye exam in I don't know how many years this morning. I expect that dilation will affect my reading somewhat ; )
And, I'm preparing my list for the giant books sale this weekend. This is like Christmas all over again.

Feb 8, 11:21am Top

>53 mstrust: That looks amazing. Our local "Really Big, Really Great" booksale is maybe 10% the size. You could spend days happily rooting around there!

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Feb 8, 1:08pm Top

>53 mstrust: Wow, just speakless.

Feb 8, 2:58pm Top

and I'm slobbering! So many luscious books! Mmmmm!

Feb 8, 3:12pm Top

>53 mstrust: That is how I imagine heaven :-)

Feb 8, 3:48pm Top

>53 mstrust: *jaw collecting dust on floor* That is AMAZING.

Feb 8, 4:24pm Top

Good lord, that is amazing. Reminds me of the (now defunct) annual Goodwill book sale, but that was years ago. Sweet!

Feb 8, 4:42pm Top

I think my dilated eyes are normal enough to type. Let's see.

>54 RidgewayGirl: >55 PawsforThought: >56 Ameise1: >57 Carmenere: >58 FAMeulstee: >59 rabbitprincess: >60 SomeGuyInVirginia: It's a great day, or weekend if you choose to go both days, which I did last year. It's very possibly the biggest book sale in America but I'm not 100% sure. Mike and I usually spend about 3- 31/2 hours here on Sunday, with him doing a little searching for me, then going to the car for a nap. I hit every category that even might have something I need. I start in art, then travel, modern fiction, then mysteries, classics, then go to history, bios, nature, drama, cooking...
I think Mike's favorite part is standing in the line in the morning. It snakes back and forth, and he likes to lean down and point out when he spots what looks like "one of your people", which means someone who looks very serious about reading, usually very pale and nerdy. Well, he thinks he's funny.

Here's another pic. If you want to pretend you're there, imagine standing on concrete and with every forth step, you get a big whiff of urine. This building has been used for the animal exhibits during the fair for decades.

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Feb 8, 6:46pm Top

Paradise except for the urine smell. Sounds like DC!

Feb 8, 7:03pm Top

When I lived in Phoenix, my house was just a few blocks from the state fairgrounds. Were we still living there, I could walk over. Dammit.

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>62 PawsforThought: All the books are donated, so most show some wear, but I've bought many that looked like they were never opened before. After many years of attending, I can say that much of the modern fiction, history and bios seems to have been read once, then donated. The classics section tends to be full of well-read books, many that are decades old. That doesn't bother me as long as it's still in good condition. For some reason, the drama/theater section is the most battered.

>63 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'll tell you something- for the first few years we attended, I kept wondering why some of the other shoppers smelled like pee. Were they refusing to leave and go to the bathroom? The stench comes up suddenly, and I'd be looking at books, then take a step over and be hit by the smell and look at whoever was the likely source. It wasn't until I complained about all the smelly pee people that Mike told me it was the animal exhibit building. : D

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>64 RidgewayGirl: Yes, and save yourself the steep parking fee. Admission to the sale is free but the state sold the property it's on a few years ago and the owners charge, I believe, $9 now just to park for the sale.

Feb 9, 9:15am Top

That's got to be a lot of fun, I totally jealous. What's your strategy; do you have a cart or use a bag or what? I see a shopping cart in the pic above, that's how to roll!

Feb 9, 1:00pm Top

The first year we went, I was empty-handed and a nice lady gave me one of her big paper shopping bags. But I learned quickly, and I've had a rolling shopping cart like this one for years. It's gets lots of approval and envy from my fellow shoppers. It fits in tight spaces and I can do a U-turn with it.

Those big grocery store carts in the pic belong to the sale. You have to either be one of the first through the door and hope you'll snag one, or put your name on a list for when one becomes available. They're too wide to fit down any but the main aisle, and the majority of people I see using them are the re-sale jerks. They load them up to the top with all the textbooks and modern fiction and use them to block other shoppers.
I see people bringing in rolling suitcases, soda crates, tote bags, kid's wagons, just anything that can be filled.
The sale is so big that they have a separate building that is just for wholesale buyers who are taking books by the forklift.

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My Valentine's present from Mike arrived this morning! A big box from Harry & David that included 5 huge pears, a package of chocolate covered cherries, a package of chocolate covered graham crackers, two chocolate raspberry galettes and several shortbread cookies covered in hot pink sugar. Very Valentine-ish.

Found a pic on their site:

Feb 10, 5:19pm Top

Wow, that looks good. We'll want a swag report next week!

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I'll be listing all my purchases here on Sunday afternoon. Picturing me gloating is optional.

11. The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny. In this fifth of the series (but the second I've read), Chief Inspector Gamache and his team are back in the little Quebec village of Three Pines to investigate a body found in the local bistro. That no one recognizes the elderly dead man is unusual, but it soon becomes clear that he wasn't killed where he was found, which means that the body was placed there. Gamache and his team discover great treasures of the world with this investigation, and that Three Pines is home to a large Czech community.

This one has so many twists and far-reaching clues and red herrings. 4 stars

Feb 11, 2:33am Top

Happy weekend, Jennifer. Looking forward to seeing your book hauls.

Feb 11, 11:43am Top

Tomorrow will be very eventful between the book sale and The Walking Dead returning.
Have a good weekend!

Feb 11, 1:11pm Top

Jennifer--Mike gets major Valentine points and I cannot wait to see your plunder! You might be part of the Walking Dead if you have to wheel around too many books. Somehow, I am not very sympathetic though...LOL.

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>74 Berly: I wasn't going to mention it, but a second package from Mike came yesterday morning. Also from Harry & David, it's a chocolate decadence cake, which it flourless and seems like the ganache inside a truffle. He ordered everything at the same time so thought it would all come together, but the pears and cookies came from Washington while the cake came from Oregon, I believe. Anyway, H&D got all his business this year, as he also sent my mom and his mom amaryllis plants for Valentine's Day from them.
And every year we both count him going to the book sale as a Valentine's gift too. It's always around V Day and he tolerates it for me.

Feb 11, 1:46pm Top

Hey, Jennifer! Love the shopping cart! It must make your browsing so much more enjoyable!
Sounds like you guys celebrate V Day to the max! Enjoy!!!

Feb 11, 7:51pm Top

>61 mstrust: Holy Moses! Looks pretty brutal, all that concrete, and no benches for the weary do I see.

Prices? Any info on what books cost?

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I'm baaaaack....

We got in line around 7:10 am, in the rain. It rained for about 35 minutes, the doors opened late, but boy did I work.
From the rare books, I bought a paper book called "Little Man's Family", published in 1950 by The United States Indian Service. It's a child's story written in both Navajo and English.
And also brought home:

The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club
Champagne For One
True Grit
Children in Reindeer Woods
Welcome to Junior's
The Caliph's House
Started Early, Took My Dog
The Fortune Cookie Chronicles
Stephen Fry in America
The Canceled Czech- signed by Block
The Book of Lists: London
Jane and the Stillroom Maid
Thrush Green
The Documents in the Case
One of Our Thursdays is Missing
Royal Flash
Flashman and the Mountain of Light
Flashman's Lady
Flashman at the Charge
The Leopard
The Hare with the Amber Eyes
The Official Prisoner Companion- yes, the 60's show
A Wolf at the Table
A Hummingbird in My House - for Mom, who loves watching her hummingbirds around the feeder
A Man Lay Dead
Fearless Jones
Empire Falls
Poe & Fanny
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Midnight in Europe
The Dancing Plague
Ghost Towns in Arizona
Father Brown: The Essential Tales
The Library: An Illustrated History
Georgia Boy
Of Plymouth Plantation
Combat! The Counterattack- a funny children's book published in 1964.
Memento Mori
Lucky Jim
Emperor of the Air
The Lady Who Liked Clean Restrooms
Round Ireland With A Fridge
Covered Bridges of Vermont
How To Clean Seashells
Don Lancaster's Memphis -published in 1978, this souvenir book had a postcard of Elvis tucked inside, so I had to have it.
Nevada's Valley of Fire
Oliver! and his Friends- from Random House, it's a pictorial of the 1968 movie.

So that's it. As you can see, I lose my mind around this day every year.

Feb 12, 3:19pm Top

What a book haul. Congrats.

Feb 12, 3:29pm Top

>76 Carmenere: I don't know what I'd do without my cart. It tells me when I'm done because the books on top are sliding off.
We've done a bigger Valentine's this year than usual. So much beforehand that on Tuesday we'll only have Mike's present to open.

>77 weird_O: After 45 minutes waiting in line, then three hours walking around and climbing under tables, my dogs are barking. No, there's nowhere to rest, this is an athletic event. You wanna sit, you go to your car, ha!
The prices on Sunday are halved and run from 50 cent paperbacks, 75 cent mysteries, and most hardcovers are $1. But much of the stuff is now individually priced with new fiction going for a couple of bucks. A Wolf at the Table was $2, some of my hardback non-fiction too. The rare Navajo book was $5. Altogether, I spent $57 on 50 books.

Feb 12, 3:29pm Top

>79 Ameise1: Thanks! It's a good day.

Feb 12, 3:34pm Top

A quick scan over this thread reveals a lot of thought has gone into chocolate. I appreciate that :)
Only, now I want to relive my Saturday experience of a lovely mint choc slice and coffee with friends. Maybe I'll just have to go it alone, I'm sure I'll live ;)

Feb 12, 4:02pm Top

>78 mstrust: Excellent haul! Especially excited to see True Grit, Stephen Fry, and The Prisoner among the takings :)

Feb 12, 5:22pm Top

>80 mstrust: Oh, it does sound brutal. Good for you that you could weather the challenge. I think it would make me nuts. Too big a venue (not to mention too stinky), too many people. I can deal with the relatively small library sales in my area.

But I see you got some good books: The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club; True Grit; Started Early, Took My Dog; Empire Falls; Vox; Lucky Jim. Among others. Better get to reading!

Feb 12, 6:49pm Top

>82 Ireadthereforeiam: The BBC is absolutely the right place to see chocolate. We tend to wallow in it.
After the sale, hauling everything in, listing them and then carrying it all upstairs, I had myself a slice of chocolate decadence cake and a cup of Dark Magic coffee. It perked me right up.

>83 rabbitprincess: Thanks! I was very happy to find that Stephen Fry as it had been on my WL for a while. I was also pleased with the number of Flashmans I found, the Junior's (of Junior's Cheesecake) cookbook, and Georgia Boy as I've enjoyed Caldwell and he's not that common to find, and he's from small-town Georgia and so was my dad. I do take a list with me but rarely use it unless I'm confused about which of a series I already own. Btw, I've already found one duplicate. : b

>84 weird_O: Mike hates the crowd and quickly retreats to the car to nap or text. I don't mind it except for feeling "hey, don't touch my books!" I'm glad that the sale does so well that this was the 67th year. And I'll get a foot rub during "Bob's Burgers" tonight. ; )
I looked at the lists for what I bought last year and the year before and counted what I've read vs. what's just sitting there. Yes, I need an extra set of eyes.

Feb 13, 10:37am Top

Just some quick notes on the return episode of TWD:

1. Gabriel's brain suddenly snapped completely in half and he ran away with all the food. We knew it was a matter of time, but we'll see him again.
2. Ezekiel needs to stop using stupid words like "morn".
3. We get Carol for all of three minutes, but nice to see that her disdain for young males is thriving. I'm surprised she didn't threaten to tie that guy to a tree for the walkers.
4. So Rosita is now a dynamite expert? When did that happen? And she's so bitter now.
5. The two cars and line mass extinction effect was pretty awesome.
6. How is it that we could get to Season 7 without me ever noticing before that Rick is bowlegged?

Feb 13, 11:56am Top

Wow, great haul. A Man Lay Dead is one of those 30s mysteries with a high creepy factor, good choice. And a signed edition, nice!

Of course you had to buy the book because it had an Elvis postcard; you were brought up right.

Feb 13, 5:24pm Top

Of course I needed that Elvis postcard! I did a bit of searching and found the pic it features, one that I'd never seen before. I'll note that the postcard looks better, as it's a very clear picture, like a first generation.

Wouldn't you know it, A Man Lay Dead is one of two books bought yesterday that I already owned, though I'm keeping this newer, nicer edition.

Edited: Feb 14, 11:33am Top

Happy Valentine's!

If you have a date tonight, I hope it goes half as well as this:


Feb 14, 12:02pm Top

That looks like a reasoned and restrained haul of books. Well done! Good luck shelving them.

Edited: Feb 14, 1:31pm Top

Ha, spoken like a book collector!
A few days before the sale, I looked around and realized it was time for a culling, otherwise I wouldn't be able to fit anything new in. I removed books that had been around for 10 years or more without being read, things I had no interesting in reading any more. All this major decision making resulted in just 10-12 books being removed.

Feb 14, 8:39pm Top

I did a big rearranging and purge and ended up finding two duplicates. And so two books were removed from my shelves.

Feb 15, 12:12am Top

Jennifer--I am so sorry that you just couldn't find anything you liked at the book sale. Don't worry--there is always next year, poor girl. More Valentine points for Mike!! And we love Harry and David in Oregon. Yum!

Feb 15, 10:44am Top

>92 RidgewayGirl: That means you can fit two new books in. It's hard. You're either choosing to remove books that you've read and liked well enough to put back on the shelf in case you want to read it again, or it's one you haven't read yet but wanted to get to, at least at some point.

>93 Berly: Ha! I look at that list and know that I made a hog of myself.
Mike did exceptionally well this year. I didn't want to mention another present, but he did go to the drugstore on Sunday and brought me back one of those cartoonishly big red heart-shaped boxes of chocolates along with a card. When I told Mom, who knows Mike well, about the pears, cookies, and then the candy, she said " I think he's giving you everything that he wants to eat." Yep, we shared those giant pears. He ate all the milk chocolates out of the box. ; )

Edited: Feb 15, 11:00am Top

12. How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. Part memoir, Moran discusses life and difficulties as a modern woman. The memories of growing up as one of eight children in a poor Northern family are hilarious, and the basis for the tv show Raised by Wolves, written by Moran and her sister.
Moran became a tv presenter and newspaper columnist who hangs out with pop stars and celebrities, but she compares the difference between being female in the last generations to now. She discusses what is expected from women, the difference money makes, aging, motherhood and choosing not to be a mother. Wound through these topics are stories of her own life involving siblings, un-reciprocated love, break-ups and her workplace reputation. 4.5 stars

Feb 16, 3:34pm Top

Hi Jennifer, what a great Valentine's Day you had! Mike did a fantastic job with all his presents. I finally watched the latest Walking Dead last night. It was good to see the crew back acting all brave and steadfast after cowering from the Saviors for most of the last season. I am anticipating a great meetup with Daryl and Carol. Looks like they have found another new group of people to bring into Alexandria and to help them against the Saviors, I am guessing Gabriel is involved in this. And, of course, it will come as no surprise when the Kingdom caves and joins in the resistance - I'm sure Negan will do something to piss Ezekiel off.

Great book haul - I notice you picked up Thrush Green which is the first book in my favorite 'comfort' series. A timeless English village full of quirky characters - perfect reading for all Anglophiles!

Feb 16, 4:57pm Top

Hi Judy!
It was great to see Rick and Darryl back to their fighting selves. "Downtrodden" doesn't work for them. I agree, something will push Ezekiel to join the battle, and I think it will involve either Ben or Richard, his citizens who are getting the most camera time. There's got to be something in the fact that The Saviors go into Alexandria and tear everything up but don't set foot inside The Kingdom.
And Gabriel might be Mr. Crazy Boots, who followed Rick and Aaron. Yea for TWD being back!

I've never read Miss Read before and had never heard of the series before seeing it mentioned on LT. I like quirky!

Feb 17, 9:39am Top

Aak! (Fingers in ears) Lalala. I haven't seen any of the new season yet!

I've been pretty good about purging books over the past few years, and just as good at buying new books the following weekend so it's net zero. Damn you McKay's in Manassas with your irresistible allure of .9¢ thrillers!

Feb 17, 10:15am Top

Nine cent books?! Those are Depression Era prices, man! Buy!
Although I understand because I'm now at the point where I'm shoving books this way and that on top of the properly shelved books. As I was working out how to put away this recent haul, I thought "O.k., no more buying for the rest of the year. There isn't room." That's me trying to be reasonable with myself. I will have to purge before I can try to squeeze more in.

And what are you waiting for with TWD? The Apocalypse can't wait all day.

Feb 17, 2:08pm Top

I know, it's lame. My inner cheapskate is having a tantrum with my inner child, and the victor gets to decide if I spend the $50 or so to buy the season online.

I did however buy TWD pop-up book which should get here today (hopefully before I leave the office tonight), so 'whew!' my cool cred is in place.

Feb 17, 3:38pm Top

Oh, I thought you were recording it from AMC. If you have Netflix streaming, the have it through Season 6. Or you can probably find it on Youtube.
A TWD pop-up sounds awesome!

I have good news for you. Hurray! You're the 100th message, so you get a special prize from The BBC. Let me stick my hand in and see what you get-

Burnt cookies from our own patisserie! They may be charred black, but you get a whole batch. Enjoy!

Edited: Feb 17, 3:52pm Top

13. The Third Man by Graham Greene. Rollo Martins has just arrived in post-war Vienna in time to learn that the friend who invited him, Harry Lime, has been killed in an accident and his funeral is that afternoon. Through his grief, Martins recognizes that there are an unusual number of strangers offering him money, a bed and help getting back home, but not a lot of believable information about the day Harry died. All these things make novelist Martins suspicious that Harry's death wasn't an accident.

A slim book, this noir story of espionage was written by Greene in order to give him a feel for his characters before writing the script for the movie of the same name. There are some changes between the two, but if you enjoyed the movie (which is why I bought this book), you'll enjoy reading what's going on inside Martins head as he slinks around looking for a killer. 4 stars

Feb 17, 6:57pm Top

Oh gosh, your thread needs a chocolate warning on it! That Valentine's Day cake (I tolerate you) is simply delightful. And glad you enjoyed The Third Man, I've only started dabbling in Greene in recent years, but did enjoy that one.

Feb 18, 10:52am Top

I happen to believe that a good chocolate sighting is more important than a celebrity sighting ; )
The Third Man was very enjoyable, and it's interesting to see that Greene, being British, wrote the characters of Martins and Lime as English. In my edition, there were also a few pages before the story, with Greene describing writing the movie screenplay with director Carol Reed.
Have a good weekend!

It's raining here in Phoenix, and expected to continue throughout the weekend. Yea!!!

Feb 18, 11:09am Top

I love The Third Man. My wife and I bought a movie poster for Son the Younger years ago because he was so taken with the film. Alas for him, he's a bonafide adult with a wife and two kids and a mortgage and less time for film-love. Happily for me, he left the poster here, and I am going to hang it in my personal reading room.

Edited: Feb 18, 11:27am Top

That's extremely cool. I need to re-watch it very soon. Such great camerawork and lighting.

Edited: Feb 19, 11:45am Top

14. My Crowd by Charles Addams. A big coffee table sized book of Addams cartoons, many featuring The Addams Family. Addams had a dark humor that I love. 4.5 stars

15. The James River Plantation Cookbook by Payne Tyler. Published in 1980 as a souvenir book for visitors to Colonial Williamsburg. Tyler's husband is a direct descendant of President Tyler, and it's, unusually, written in the first person, with the author discussing the parties and holidays she's spent with the friends who own all the grand homes pictured. I found that reading passages like the following in a "la di da" voice made them even more enjoyable.

Helle Carter is one of the most accomplished cooks on the River. Her dinners and luncheons, cocktail parties (and late breakfasts for me when I drop in unannounced) are absolute treats. At small dinners, she usually serves the meal herself, or with the help of her children and one servant. Her cold tomato soup, wine jelly and boiled custard, I recommend to everyone.

The recipes range from seafood, ham, venison, salads and desserts, all of them served through generations. I'm going to put some of the more unusual ones in The Kitchen thread, if you're interested. 4 stars

Feb 20, 10:00am Top

I've always wanted a house on the James. It can be such a striking, wide river, with steep banks so you don't have to worry about flooding, and I'd love to get in a canoe and paddle up and down the river. Maybe one day.

Feb 20, 12:18pm Top

>108 SomeGuyInVirginia: The photos are beautiful, both of the area, the homes and the tables laden with food. Get that canoe, even if just for a couple of hours!

Okay, here's a few comments about last night's TWD, so you may want to shut your eyes.

1. Why is Daryl coming down on Morgan? What does he expect Morgan to do?

2. Kingdom resident malcontent Richard has a talent for zeroing in on the other trouble-makers, Carol and Daryl. He just has the bad luck that they're friends, so the whole "she's gonna die" thing didn't fly.

3. Daryl loves Carol!

4. Okay, so Gabriel was doing something good? Or, at least, not as bad as grabbing all the food and running away. It's a little confusing, but it seems like these garbage boat people got into Alexandria on Gabriel's watch and then demanded all the food, which he delivered. Without telling anyone in his own group. And Rick is cool with all this.

5. The leader of the garbage people speaks like she's from Medieval Times. The group looks like Mad Max meets Lord of the Rings.

6. This was the first time that the use of greenscreen was so obvious. It looked cheesy.

7. Rick thrown down a garbage pile to fight a walker named Winslow. He was pretty scary though. Discuss.

8. Then Michonne is smiling and hugging Rick like, "My sweet garbage fighting man!"

9. Carol and Daryl are re-united! This is what we've been waiting for. Her face! His teary "Why'd you go?" I really thought there would be a declaration here. Instead, he lies to her, then leaves her to go sit with a tiger. I get why he lied, but it wasn't what I expected. Which is why TWD is still so intriguing.

10. Next week- Eugene being tortured by Negan.

Feb 20, 1:06pm Top

Holy Moly, Jennifer! What a fantastic book haul with some really nice additions to your collection! Hope you didn't strain any muscles pulling your cart. but all that for 57 buck? it'd be worth it.

Feb 20, 7:08pm Top

$57 for all those books is a great deal, though the prices have been bumping up over the past two years. Before that, all the paperbacks were 25 cents on Sundays, and all hardcovers were $1. Still, I'm not complaining, just happy to be there.
And I should mention that there were fewer re-salers this year than in the previous several years, and they were following the rule of scanning before removing the book from the table. I still pushed a couple of their carts out of the way, but didn't have to run over anyone's legs with my cart this year.

Edited: Feb 21, 11:58am Top

16. Spooksville: Aliens In The Sky by Christopher Pike. While hanging around the reservoir on a hot night, as you do, Watch, Adam, Sally and Cindy witness the landing of two spaceships and the strange creatures who come out. Of course they want to make contact! What follows is a trip to space and the surprise of finding alien kids. 3.5 stars

Feb 21, 12:48pm Top

The Walking Dead


I thought the whole group that lives in the garbage dump was so unbelievable. So how long has it been since the world changed - they've forgotten how to speak? Yeah, I can see this is going to end badly as I can't see these people keeping their side of the bargain. Perhaps TWD is setting up for next year's group of baddies.

Morgan does drive me crazy with his "no-violence" stance and Ezekiel with his "don't make waves" attitude is just as bad. There are times when one can't just stand by and do nothing. It's obvious the Saviors are going to keep pushing - it's time to push back!

Carol and Daryl - sigh. Daryl is trying to protect Carol by not telling her what is really going on. Will she thank him for that when she finally learns the truth? When is Carol going to realize that sitting around reading books isn't what she needs. With Daryl off to Hilltop, do you think Dave will execute his plan to use Carol. I can see something like this being the catalyst for both her and Ezekiel to pick up their weapons.

Feb 21, 2:52pm Top

I agree, the garbage people are too phony. Their speech patterns, the matching outfits... it's hard to take them seriously against Negan beating people to death. I thought the leader was trying to do a slight British accent, but then later saw her on "Talking Dead" and found that she's British trying to do an American accent.
I also don't take Ezekial seriously though. There are things that can work on the page but seem wrong in live action. To me, the Terminites were the scariest. They looked like normal people, they put up a good front of being normal, they even thought they were normal, but they did really hideous things.
Can you believe Morgan asking that guy for his stick back after whacking the guy with it? Because it's a "special" stick.
Re: Carol and Daryl. She'll forgive him after she finds that he lied to her. He's her pookey, so she'll have to. I'm not sure about Dave. Do you mean Richard, the guy who Daryl beat up? If that guy attempts anything that puts Carol at risk, Daryl will beat him to death, if Carol doesn't do it first. He's on thin ice.
I'm really looking forward to the next episode. I'm dying to see how Eugene does among The Saviors.

Feb 21, 3:55pm Top

>85 mstrust: I had myself a slice of chocolate decadence cake and a cup of Dark Magic coffee
I just had a coffee at home, so will save my "out" coffee for early afternoon, to combat the after-school chaos that will descend on this house at 3:05pm. I may just add some sweet treat to that, if I am good til then, that is ;)

>107 mstrust: is that cartoon on the right a #tinytrump one? ;) ;) ;)

Feb 21, 6:45pm Top

I love my Keurig that Mom gave me for Christmas. Usually just the thought of a cup of coffee has me going to make one. I just finished a box of Vanilla Creme pods, which have been my favorites, along with the pumpkin spice pods. Now I'm working on a box of Hazelnut and that's good. I like the Dark Magic, which is a very strong, almost bitter roast, for when I'm having something very sweet with it.

And I was given several very large grapefruits yesterday from a backyard tree, so I know they haven't been sprayed with pesticide. I wish I were a fan of grapefruit juice but since I'm not, they'll likely be used for cocktails.

Feb 22, 5:35pm Top

>114 mstrust: Sorry, yes, Richard. For some reason he just seems like a "Dave" to me. I think Eugene is about as brave as I would be so I am expecting lots of tears, shaking, screaming, maybe some projectile vomit! Although I think Negan knows how valuable Eugene can be since he knows how to make bullets so perhaps he will treat him well.

Edited: Feb 22, 7:40pm Top

17. My Name Escapes Me by Alec Guinness. The Oscar-winning actor's diary from January 1995 through June of 1996. This guy knew how to live. Guinness turned 82 years old while keeping this diary (he kept a diary for over 30 years), lost sight in one eye, experienced significant hearing loss, was mostly retired, and did more in a month than most people do in a year. The reader is treated to his views of society, food, his adherence to his Catholic faith, his hopes of winning the National Lottery, worry about his forgetfulness that made learning lines increasingly difficult, and his complaining about junk mail and illness. He is self-conscious about speaking to an audience and often beats himself up for what he perceives to be a poor speech or performance.
He is also the person art is made for, as his mood is elevated considerably by beautiful music, an enjoyable play or a though-provoking painting, and he attends the theater or new exhibits at an enviable rate, while also finding time to dine in famous restaurants with other famous actors and writers. He's funny, yet fears he's a bore:

...Shakespeare in Henry V, has a brief phrase, "Old men forget". It is horribly true, as every old person knows, but what would be even more disturbing would be "Old men remember!", for once they start remembering how the hell do you put a stop to them? And by 'them' I mean me.

I found so much in this little book. He'd discuss actors, artwork or a sonata by Beethoven with such admiration that I had to look them up immediately. He loved books, and shopped for them in London bookstores often (his favorites were Patrick O' Brian, Shakespeare, John Updike and Montaigne) while admitting shame at his slowness in reading, as he couldn't stop himself from acting out favorite scenes. 4.5 stars

Feb 22, 6:21pm Top

>118 mstrust: That was a great line! You're making me want to go to the library and borrow this again!

Feb 22, 7:42pm Top

I'll be looking for his previous diary, Blessings in Disguise. I really enjoy his life, though I believe the only films of his that I've seen are "Star Wars" and "The Lavender Hill Mob".

Feb 22, 8:36pm Top

>116 mstrust: One of the best things about my parents' house when they still lived in Scottsdale was the enormous grapefruit tree. I can drink an almost infinite amount of grapefruit juice when it's just been picked from a tree within ten minutes of juicing.

On the other hand, peach season here is pretty sweet and I still have a gallon-sized zip-loc of sliced peaches purchased off of the back of a guy's truck.

Feb 23, 11:27am Top

I really wish I had a lemon tree like the one I grew up with in California. It was a Eureka and produced lemons so big and round that they looked like grapefruit. We planted both a lemon and orange tree here once, but Ava and Greta went at them and within two days they were just stumps.
Peaches! How great that you get a peach season.
We're having Spring weather. Lots of rain, then breezy days around 74 degrees. Which makes me think that The BBC is past due for a road trip somewhere.

Edited: Feb 23, 4:27pm Top

Our little weekend getaway is set. The weather is cool and breezy.
Have your ticket handy, 'cause The BBC is going to the botanical garden!

Transportation is on the way:

Well start with the bright chrysanthemum, so bright and fluffy.

A rose covered trellis is always gorgeous, and surrounds you in scent as you walk through:

Cabbage roses are possibly the most beautiful variety

Feb 23, 4:11pm Top

Looking forward to the photos.

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The sweet hydrangea. I understand the color of the blooms can be changed by sticking a rusty nail in the ground nearby.

Just look at these stunning gladiolus!

But I can't help thinking that something is missing...

That's it!

Dahlias in a variety of brilliant colors:

Daffodils are a sure sign of Spring. I wonder why you never hear about their scent? It's wonderfully sweet.

Edited: Feb 23, 5:30pm Top

The Botanical Garden has a field of Texas Bluebonnets

The employees hard at work:

Our garden has more than pretty flowers- it has food! Spring is the season for many fruits, and yes, you can take as much as you want.

Apricots. Just think of all the fried pies and jam.

Limes for Key Lime Pie and Mojitos:

Oranges. For juice and orange cake and about a million other things.

And it's strawberry season. They sell themselves.

I hope you've enjoyed your golden afternoon with The BBC. You know, you can learn a lot of things from the flowers.

You'll have to find your own way home. The Transportation Chief has paddled away.

Feb 23, 5:06pm Top

Beautiful photos, Jennifer.

The colour of hydrangea turns to white with the years. There are people they put some special extract into the water that they keep the colour. I never have done it therefore ours are white now.

Feb 23, 5:42pm Top

>124 Ameise1: >128 Ameise1: I'm glad you enjoyed the visit!
I knew someone would come up with info about that. I figured there was some compound you could buy for the hydrangea color, but I believe there's something in a rusty nail for turning the blue ones purple, or vice versa? That's what my mom has always said ( she says it every time she sees a hydrangea plant). Blue seems to be the most common color here, and I don't know if I've ever seen the white variety growing in a garden. I know I've seen blue fading to cream.

>125 PawsforThought: There's nothing better on a breezy Spring day!

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Feb 24, 8:07am Top

Yes, rusty nails work, if they are iron, as it is the iron that turns some hydrangea blue.

Love the colorful pictures, as I love big bright colored flowers :-)

Feb 24, 8:55am Top

I've got several hydrangeas in our yard and they change color depending on the soil - the ones near the oak tree are blue, while those over next to the driveway are pink.

Feb 24, 11:48am Top

What a refreshing getaway! And a great place to bury a body. I'm guessing.

Feb 24, 12:09pm Top

Great road-trip, Jennifer! So lovely to see all that color at this time of the year. I was over the moon the other day when I found some crocus in bloom in a sunny corner of our garden, a sure sign that winter is leaving us.

Edited: Feb 24, 12:52pm Top

>117 DeltaQueen50: I just now saw your message! I agree, Eugene will definitely embarrass himself, and projectile vomiting would be so great. ; ) Of course Negan has seen men cower before him, but Eugene will go two ways: he'll either be the most pathetic coward Negan has ever seen, which will buy him some consideration because Negan will enjoy it, or he'll eventually go for a surprise attack. Like with Dwight, when Eugene suddenly decided to bite. I'm so looking forward to seeing what happens!

>130 PawsforThought: All the fruit looks delicious. I believe I'll be making cocktails tonight of lime and grapefruit juices with whipped cream vodka.

>131 FAMeulstee: O.k., so it's true. I love big beautiful flowers too! For most of the year, I can only look at pictures of them, though right now I have four varieties of little wildflowers in my yard.

>132 RidgewayGirl: Hydrangeas are a plant that can have blue flowers on one side and purple on the other, so I guess it's especially sensitive to the minerals in its soil. Reactive. My mom always says that the nail will affect the flowers just on that side of the plant. It seems like there's some kind of medicinal or cosmetic benefit to be had by that, but I don't know what.

>133 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ssshhhh! Man, you're gonna blow it for me!

>134 DeltaQueen50: Glad you made it, Judy! And isn't it nice to have your own little botanical garden? Every flower I've attempted to grow in Arizona has died quickly, so the ones I have now were clearly dropped here by birds. I'm happy to have them.

Edited: Feb 24, 12:56pm Top

Thank you for waking up my eyes, Jennifer!! What a treat the botanical garden has been!! After suffering through months and months of grayness it's nice to be reminded that flowers do exist!!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Feb 24, 1:01pm Top

You're welcome, and I'm glad you enjoyed the trip! It really does seem like Spring already here, even though it's still several weeks away. Have a great weekend too, and be sure to take some of the fruit with you. : D

Feb 24, 5:02pm Top

Isn't it weird how oranges and spaghetti are nature's perfect foods? And strawberries sell themselves. Trollops.

Feb 24, 5:24pm Top

Mmmmm key lime pie! So refreshing :D

Feb 25, 8:20am Top

Happy weekend, Jennifer.

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>138 SomeGuyInVirginia: Ha! The orange zest in the marinara sauce must surprise your guests.
And yes, strawberries are the floozies of the fruit world.

>139 rabbitprincess: Yes! Unfortunately, Mike won't touch it, or lemon meringue, so I never get them. I have to make do with Yoplait's Key Lime yogurt.

>140 Ameise1: Have a happy weekend, Barbara!

Today is Mom's birthday! Everybody gets cake!

I wish I was there with her, but I couldn't go because I'm taking care of an eighteen year old cat. We'll go see her in March. I called her and sang "Happy Birthday" and sent her a package with a Visa card, a book on hummingbirds ( she's an avid watcher) and a bottle of Texas Bluebonnet room spray, which was her special request. She bought a bottle when we were at the Alamo a few years ago and has made it last.

Feb 25, 2:08pm Top

>141 mstrust: That cake looks almost too pretty to eat! Happy birthday to your Mom.

Feb 25, 2:11pm Top

Happy Birthday to your Mom, Jennifer!

Feb 25, 2:31pm Top

Happy Birthday Jennifer's mom!! and many many more!

Feb 25, 4:14pm Top

>142 Familyhistorian: Thanks! Almost too pretty to eat is right, but buttercream roses...

>143 DeltaQueen50: >144 Carmenere: Thank you! I've passed on the birthday wishes to Mom.

Feb 26, 10:08am Top

>126 mstrust: & >127 mstrust: Blooming marvellous!

Happy birthday to your Mom and Happy Sunday to all at the BBC.

Feb 26, 12:08pm Top

Hi Paul! Thanks for the birthday wishes for Mom, and I hope you're having a good Sunday.
All of us at The BBC are having a great day!

Feb 26, 5:18pm Top

Love all the beautiful flower pictures, but I am just going to sneak away before I meet up with ^^!! Happy birthday to your Mom.

Feb 26, 7:39pm Top

Glad you enjoyed the flowers, and thanks for the birthday wishes!
Yes, what constitutes a "good" day varies wildly among The BBC employees.

Feb 27, 9:37am Top

Happy belated Birf Dee, Mom!

Of course >147 mstrust: is lashing out. That oval face is crying out for bangs.

I'm so excited, they should finish working on my apartment this week and I'll be able to put my new tiki mugs out! Woot!

Edited: Feb 27, 2:00pm Top

Ha! I'll let you be the one to suggest it to Candace.
Hurray for re-modeling being done! And displaying tiki mugs! I have my mugs and carvings displayed on a barrister bookcase in the front hallway.
How long have you been having work done?

It's a dark, cold and windy day here. We're expecting rain later on. Mike and I went out to a quarry earlier and spent some time shivering and picking out rocks to by laid in the front yard. Then we bought a new, very large mailbox that will accommodate a whole stack of book deliveries.

And I'm sorry to hear that David Cassidy is in the early stages of dementia. I discovered The Partridge Family and their records as a teenager and I've always loved them.
BBC Special!: 30% off all Partridge Family music & merchandise this week.
A taste of happiness- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTvUT_Hx4Dc

Feb 27, 2:07pm Top

Oh, and I've abandoned Every Man For Himself. I was 45 pages in and wasn't feeling it, despite it being a Whitbread prizewinner.

Feb 27, 3:45pm Top

I could tell you, but that would blow your image of me being a DC mover and shaker.

It's been a month. To replace the windows. Everyone else in the county can do it in a damn day, but the property managers must have hired based on kickbacks. For a month Parker has been with my Dad, and all my furniture's been crammed into half of the living room. The last time I called the props mgrs, I started screaming in that register that only bats can hear and I'm pretty sure my head exploded in confetti. But this Friday! Barring rain, and by rain they mean a cold wind or a bad hangover.

Feb 27, 5:08pm Top

That sounds about right. Dealing with contractors/home repair people can be such a nightmare. They seem to get a kick out of holding your home hostage.
We've had problems with a roofing company more recently, but what sticks in my mind most is when we decided to turn a spare bedroom into a library. It's a small bedroom, and we just wanted two of the walls to have shelving built out from them. Mike hired a guy who he thought was a friend, and (here's where he really screwed up), paid him everything up front. I didn't find that part out until what came later. The "friend", having already been paid, proceeded to work on the job for a total of 45 minutes a week. I'm not kidding. He'd show up for one day, drop his gear off in the room, then leave "to get supplies" for an hour. He'd come back with a bag of Taco Bell and sit up in the room eating and making the whole house smell like armpits. He'd bang a hammer a few times then leave for the next six days. I tried putting snacks in the room to keep him there, but he'd eat them and still go out. He complained about the house temperature, I put it to whatever he wanted, just anything to get him to work. Four months later, he only had the steel brackets, the bones of the shelves, in place, and a mutual friend came over. I took him upstairs to see how little was done and bitched about the guy, which was passed on, and the contractor stopped coming or answering our calls. We had to spend a couple of hundred more to get another guy in to finish the shelves, so altogether, about five months to complete two small walls of shelving.

That's why The BBC doesn't deal with repairs. We just move.

Feb 27, 5:23pm Top

O.k., I'm being remarkably chatty today, but I have more to say.


This was the Eugene episode I'd been waiting for. I didn't expect it to be all Eugene, but it was. So.

1. We expected cowardice and he delivered. He cried, begged, and was left for a woman who went up to his nose to drag him around. He also offered to rat out Daryl if he had the information. Then three minutes later- Sweet! Eugene is back to his "I'm a scientist with the Genome project..." and Negan believes it all just as quickly as Abraham and Rick did.
It seems as though Eugene's loyalty goes whichever the way the wind blows. He even stuns Negan into silence with how quickly he falls in line. But it may be that Eugene is lulling The Saviors into thinking he's too frightened to even worry about him being a threat. I think Negan's wives thought they had him pegged as a pushover and then found he wasn't that easy.
2. He likes "Easy Street". It drove Daryl insane but Eugene likes it.
3. So Daryl's escape puts Dwight in the cell. And then we find out how vicious Dwight is, when he plants the note on the doctor and watches him being killed.

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In the mood for Sherlock. I don't count these individual stories, but I think I'm getting close to finishing out one or two volumes of these stories.

A Case of Identity- a young woman goes to Holmes because her fiancee went missing on their wedding day on the drive to the church. She explains that while she isn't wealthy, she receives an income of one hundred pounds a year, which she gives over to her mother and stepfather, a man just five years older than his stepdaughter and dead set against her marrying.
This one is pretty easy to figure out. Holmes does it from the comfort of his chair.

Mar 1, 3:14pm Top

TWD talk! +Fingers in ears+la la la la

Mar 1, 5:24pm Top

Don't worry, I'm just strolling past you-

It doesn't mean anything!

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I may have to break down and buy the season on iTunes.

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If you want it right now. Or just wait til the next holiday, as AMC usually plays at least the entire current season for the whole day. For holiday weekends they play the show from the beginning. I can't count how many times I've come across the episode where Tyrese dies.

Today is "Read Across America" Day. Maybe it's meant to get people who don't normally read to pick up a book. For LTers, it's a Thursday.
I'm taking part in two group reads this month: The Interpreter of Maladies for the "One LibraryThing, One Book" group, and The Swinging Sixties, which is a choose-your-book group created by PaulC. I'll be reading The Spy Who Came In From The Cold for that one, and probably fit in A Taste of Honey too.

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Thanks! It has sat on my shelf neglected for a few years now. I also tried to watch the movie once (Richard Burton!) and had to leave before finishing it. I haven't been fair to le Carre in any way.

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Mar 2, 1:02pm Top

I'm not familiar with the Karla name. Is that the "Tailor, Tinker..." series?

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Mar 2, 1:27pm Top

Oh, and I just read a book by Alec Guinness, who played George Smiley. When the movie of "Tinker, Tailor..." came out a few years ago, I heard that it was difficult to follow if you hadn't read the book first.
I believe I've read exactly one spy novel in my life: From Russia With Love. I really liked it.

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Mar 2, 2:42pm Top

I've read The Spy Who came In From The Cold recently. I hope you'll like it.

Mar 2, 5:19pm Top

I read my first two John le Carré's last december The Spy Who came In From The Cold and The Looking Glass War, they were together in one book. I was surprised they didn't feel very outdated.

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>167 PawsforThought: >168 Ameise1: >169 FAMeulstee: Lots of le Carre fans here. I don't know why I've always been intimidated by him. Maybe I expect that spy/espionage novels will have a bunch of political history stuff that goes over my head? Or maybe it's just his fancy-pants name?

Some of you may have been around on my previous thread for the tiki mug discussion. These are my newest acquisition, a cool set of tiki glasses:

Mar 2, 6:49pm Top

Seconding >167 PawsforThought:. I'd read Tinker Tailor before the movie came out, but it wasn't until after I'd watched the movie that the book really came to life for me. I'm rereading it now, in fact! :)

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>171 rabbitprincess: Well now I have to see the movie. I know I'll be picturing Gary Oldham as Sirius.

>172 PawsforThought: Ha! Yes, I guess le Carre is the more intimidating of the two. Now that's interesting information about the Krays' connection. Just that fact would tell you a lot about le Carre's childhood.

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Mar 3, 4:25am Top

Happy Friday, Jenny. I like the glasses.

Mar 3, 9:12am Top

Cool glasses!

Le Carre' is good, sort of the Steinbeck of espionage.

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>174 PawsforThought: I can't imagine Oldham as overweight! I remember him as Sid Vicious.

>175 Ameise1: Thanks, Barbara! Now I want the tumbler sized ones that have a different face. I hope you're having a good Friday too.

>176 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'm happy with them!
Any news of the windows being finished?

I have to mention this, even if it's only to refresh my memory later. A few years ago I did a lot of craft soda reviews on my thread, and I went through them again when we were heading back to the Pop Shoppe a few nights ago to get another case.
This is Lemon Meringue Soda by Boots Beverages. No, not the Boots skin care company. This Boots is in Bryan, Texas and uses pure cane sugar and natural flavors, and it's awesome. A sweet lemon and vanilla flavor that makes me wish I'd bought two.

Sorry, this is the smallest pic on the internet.

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No that's fine. He looks so old, but I guess Smiley is suppose to be, as Guinness was on in years when he played the role.
I think I'll start the le Carre today. I'm also juggling The Interpreter of Maladies, Neon Angel, In A Glass Grimmly and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.

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>177 mstrust:

Yes. The new date is Tuesday, March 7. But for real this time, promise! Seems it was too windy yesterday to install the windows, and no windows no blinds guy. They were worried about a worker being blown from the roof. I came back with 'GAWDDAMMIT! If you promise to just get him up there today I'll blow him! This shit ends!' So now I'm the bad guy.

Mar 3, 12:58pm Top

Oh no! They are really evil people. I doubt if you're "the bad guy" as they likely get screamed at all day long for not turning up. Their MO is to tear a room or house apart, then go start another job so that they have money constantly flowing in. Because what are you going to do about your ripped up house?
When my contractor stopped coming, I called him and told him I was keeping whatever he'd left behind. Unfortunately it wasn't much, as he'd covertly taken out his most expensive tools, probably to start another job. I kept his boombox, and old buzz saw and some other small tools.

Mar 3, 1:44pm Top

>170 mstrust: Great glasses, Jennifer! They remind me of summertime and swimming pools and shorts! *sigh*

>160 mstrust: "Today is "Read Across America" Day. Maybe it's meant to get people who don't normally read to pick up a book. For LTers, it's a Thursday." Love that line!

Very sad about David Cassidy although I was a Bobby Sherman girl.

Mar 3, 3:05pm Top

If you're lazy, being a contractor or web developer are perfect jobs because people give you money and you do nothing.

Mar 3, 3:07pm Top

Or jobs as a shrink or psychic. But you do have to work at being a psychic.

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Mar 3, 4:20pm Top

>183 SomeGuyInVirginia: >184 SomeGuyInVirginia: I know for sure that contractors are demons. My sister has two ex-husbands who were contractors.

It's good advice, but I'm sure you'll put your own spin to it.

>185 PawsforThought: It's a really interesting book and I like it. I just keep having to put it aside for other books, like challenges or group reads.

Mar 3, 7:16pm Top

Hi Jennifer, I'm late for TWD update, but I didn't watch the show until last night. I have my fingers crossed that Eugene is acting and hasn't switched his loyalty to Negan, I think he caved to quickly for it to be real. Dwight may get a nasty surprise if his (& Negan's) wife, Sheri ever shows up since he told everyone that he killed her.

Mar 3, 7:47pm Top

>182 Carmenere: Sorry, Lynda, I didn't mean to skip your message! Yes, they are great for Summer, but I just love seeing them in my cabinet. The rumor that's gone 'round here for several years is that we're going to enclose our back patio and have a tiki bar and lounge area.
I was too young for the first go round of "The Partridge Family", but both it and "The Monkees" played in reruns for years when I was a kid so it was just a matter of time for me to become a fan. And Bobby Sherman guested on TPF once! My older sister had one of his records, with the song "Julie", which is her name.

>187 DeltaQueen50: Yes, Sheri turning up! I was thinking about that while watching the show, because didn't we all learn our lesson about how dangerous not killing is with Tyrese letting that Terminite live? I'm hoping that Eugene is acting too. He convinced Rick's group for a long time, he can string Negan along too.

Mar 4, 11:46am Top

>188 mstrust: Oh! I vote for the Tiki bar! I'll bring lots of the little umbrellas. Love the glasses.

>180 SomeGuyInVirginia: Hope the new date actually works! Good luck.

Mar 4, 12:55pm Top

Hi, Kim! I know, I'd love to have my own tiki bar, I just don't have faith that it will happen.

Our current project is the yard. We have a couple of guys in the back yard today and had one in the front on Thursday. They're killing the grass in preparation for having a couple tons of rock laid down, with cactus in the front and a large patch of contained grass in back. Coral is very unhappy about all the changes.

I've invented a new tiki cocktail. You guys are the first to try it. I'm calling it-

The Twist and Whip

juice of one large grapefruit
juice of one medium orange
juice of one lime
1 tsp sugar
1 shot glass blackberry liqueur
1-2 shot glasses whipped cream flavored vodka

Pour all fruit juices in an old-fashion glass, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Add alcohols and stir until mixed. Fill glass with crushed ice and garnish with a twist of lime.

So you can make this very mild with one shot of vodka, or a bit stronger by adding the second. I'm using my homemade blackberry liqueur, but you could use blackberry brandy just as well.

Mar 4, 1:02pm Top

Hello, Jennifer!

Mar 4, 1:08pm Top

Well, hello there! It's been a very long time!

Mar 4, 1:26pm Top

Yes, it has been! Far too long, lol

Mar 4, 3:21pm Top

The Twist and Whip sounds interesting. I'm wary of the whipped cream-flavored vodka, though. Still, once you have your tiki bar up and running, I will come to Phoenix and have you make me one.

Mar 4, 6:18pm Top

>193 alcottacre: Glad to see you back!

>194 RidgewayGirl: I'd be happy to! I think the tiki bar is somewhere so far in the distance that I can't even see it. Fortunately, I still have the one at The BBC.
I really like the whipped cream flavored vodka from Pinnacle. They make a good marshmallow flavored one too, but they're kind of interchangeable to me because the both have strong vanilla flavors. That softens a tart ingredient, like grapefruit juice, and makes orange juice taste a bit like Orange Julius. I have a chocolate cake flavored one that is really good in milk. My sister likes the jalapeno flavored vodka in her Bloody Marys. There are so many interesting flavors out that it brings out the mad scientist in me.

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18. In A Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz. The second of the Grimm trilogy, this one follows the adventures of cousins Jack and Jill and their three-legged frog friend. Running away from home, the three meet an old woman who extracts the promise that they will bring her a magic looking glass or die. This sends the three off to join a band of giants, be lured into the sea by a mermaid and to meet the goblins. 4.2 stars

Wow, it's been a long time since I finished a book. Too many going at once, so I finally had to pick one and stick with it for a day or so.
Today was again spent furniture shopping while the guys were finishing the back yard. We also spent at least an hour wandering through a huge plant nursery, getting an idea of what we like and, mostly, what will survive a summer on the desert. We still have a few weeks of spraying grass killer. I wanted to take about 40 different plants home with us, including the most beautiful white/pink/fuschia bougainvillea I've ever seen. And I spotted a "Limequat" tree, which I didn't know existed. It was covered in fruit too.

Mar 6, 7:17am Top

>190 mstrust: Busy day at work - I could do with the Twist and Whip in its strongest version.

Mar 6, 9:38am Top

Have you read any of the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley? I've only listened to the audiobook versions, and that may account for something, but they are kind of wonderful. Bradley uses all the tropes in his books (secret passages, crypts, cursed treasure, people driven mad by grief, decaying manse, etc.) but he does it in a way that doesn't read like his saying 'watch now as I trot this out and put it here.'

The window replacement guys were waiting at my door when I left this morning. I could cry for happy.

Mar 6, 10:28am Top

>197 PaulCranswick: You've got a lot going on right now. I suggest filling an iced coffee cup with the Twist and Whip, slapping a lid and straw on, and passing it off as pink lemonade. Stupor and deep thinking look a lot alike. ; )

>198 SomeGuyInVirginia: I haven't read any Bradley yet and I've seen so many great reviews for them. I have The Sweetness At the Bottom of the Pie on the shelf, probably right next to the Denise Mina I haven't gotten to yet. So can I start with The Sweetness or do I need the first book first?
Hooray for the windows being done! Your screeching worked!

Mar 6, 2:23pm Top


1. So Rosita is still snarling at everyone, including Tara. Who lost someone to The Saviors too.
2. Is that Judith with long hair? Suddenly she's a toddler, though one who is completely silent and a good listener. The perfect child for the Apocalypse.
3. Ewww, Rick pulls that guy in half!
4. Okay, that sword flying through the air and into Michonne's hand was way too Excalibur-ish. It made me giggle. The CGI is becoming too blatant lately.
5. Did Rick propose to Michonne? Is that what the "lead with me" meant?
6. Ugh, that Jadice with her baby gibberish is back...
7. So, Rosita and Sasha are in agreement.

Mar 7, 9:57am Top


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