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lkernagh (Lori's) Book-ish Journey through 2020

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Edited: Jan 1, 6:43pm Top

lkernagh (Lori's) Book-ish Journey through 2020

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." - Stephen King

Hello everyone, I am back! For those who don't know me, I am Lori, a walking/kayaking/cycling enthusiast, bookworm, foodie 'gal' (age is a state of mind) who has happily called Vancouver Island home for the past 28 years. When I am not working or reading, my winter months are usually occupied with a craft project of some kind, while my spring and summer months are when I engage in my on-going attempts at container gardening.

2020 will be my eighth year as part of the 75 group. Given that I completely bailed on my reading plans half-way through 2019, I am not making any special reading plans or challenges. Going to take 2020 one (or two) books at a time and just see where my reading tastes take me. For those of you who followed my virtual walking challenge in 2019, I can report that I did NOT make it to Disneyland as planned, so expect to see the conclusions of that walking challenge to happen over here.

Given that I seem to be reading less, I will not be bringing back my "Luck 'O the Irish" Race - a fun way for me to track my books vs. pages reading - this year. Maybe next year.

As you can see, this is a pretty "bare-bones" for now, but I am hoping to be a little more active about posting and visiting threads in 2020.

Posters and lurkers welcome!

Edited: Jan 17, 9:15pm Top

Books Read:

1. Her Revolution by Gemma Jackson -
2. Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers -
3. The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell -



Jan 1, 6:02pm Top

Thanks for stopping by. This bare-bones thread is now open for business. Come on in!

Jan 1, 6:23pm Top

Happy reading in 2020, Lori!

Jan 1, 6:39pm Top

Hi Lori and happy new year!

I'm starring your lovely bare-bones thread -- and, even though I am "signing up" for a couple of challenges in 2020, I'm going to take a page from your book and try to keep it simple. We'll see how that goes!

Jan 1, 6:40pm Top

Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 7:31pm Top

Hiya Lori, happy to see you here for 2020's reindeer games.

Jan 1, 7:33pm Top

Hi, Lori! Happy first thread of the year! I'm back too after a year-long hiatus. Just stopping by to drop a ⭐ and wish you a fantastic 2020.

Jan 1, 8:06pm Top

Welcome back!

Jan 1, 11:16pm Top

Hi Lori! Marking a place here.

Jan 1, 11:20pm Top

Jan 2, 3:54am Top

Got you starred, Lori.

Jan 2, 6:15am Top

Best wishes for 2020!

Jan 2, 7:43am Top

Happy reading 2020, Lori.

Jan 2, 7:44am Top

All the best for 2020!

Jan 2, 8:48am Top

Hope 2020 is kind to you!

Jan 2, 10:55am Top

Happy reading and walking in 2020, Lori.

Jan 2, 10:57am Top

Happy New Year, Lori! Looking forward to the journey with you!

Jan 2, 11:55am Top

Happy New Year, Lori!

That's just my kind of illustration up top. I love it.

Jan 2, 5:25pm Top

Very happy to see you back again this year, Lori!

Jan 2, 9:25pm Top

>4 FAMeulstee:, >5 EBT1002:, >6 PaulCranswick:, >7 richardderus:, >8 Storeetllr:, >9 drneutron:, >10 thornton37814:, >11 Berly:, >12 CDVicarage:, >13 DianaNL:, >14 Ameise1:, >15 figsfromthistle:, >16 ChelleBearss:, >17 BLBera:, >18 Carmenere:, >19 jnwelch: and >20 MickyFine: - Thanks Anita, Ellen, Paul, Richard, Mary, Jim, Lori, Kim, Kerry, Diana, Barbara, figsfromthistle, Chelle, Beth, Lynda, Joe and Micky for the warm welcomes!

Absolutely nasty weather kicking up outside, so plans tonight are to stay indoors and... READ!
.... and possibly visit some threads before it becomes overwhelming to do so. ;-)

Jan 2, 9:26pm Top

Currently Reading:
Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers - Motivation to listen to this first book in the Lord Peter Wimsey series? The year-long Category Challenge group read of books in the series.
Her Revolution by Gemma Jackson - My last 2019 LTER read... yes, I did fall a bit behind with my ARC reading. ;-)
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray - Continuing to read this one via the Serial Reader app on my phone. Currently 38% in (#44 of #117 installments). Based on the daily delivery, I won't be finished this one until late February or early March 2020.
Physical books:
Nothing at the moment.

Jan 2, 9:42pm Top

Hi Lori and Happy New Year to you!

I re-read all of Sayers fiction last year. I hope you like Peter.

Jan 2, 10:09pm Top

Happy New Year of reading, Lori! I hope to do a better job of keeping up with you this year!

Jan 3, 4:27am Top

Hi Lori! I thought of you when the Sussexes' Canadian hideaway was shown on TV - they were on your island! Did you see them? :-)

Happy New Year!

Jan 3, 6:14pm Top

Happy New Year, Lori!

Jan 3, 8:38pm Top

Happy New Year Lori and happy reading in 2020.

>22 lkernagh: Serial reader app?? Now there's something for me to check out.

Jan 3, 9:08pm Top

Happy New Year! Wishing you lots of good books this year.

Jan 3, 11:12pm Top

>23 karenmarie: - Hi Karen, lovely to see you here! Happy New Years to you, too. I am too early into the Whose Body? (I have listened to chapter 1, but good to know that you did a re-read of the books just last year! I will try to remember to pop over to your 2018 threads and see how my thoughts compare with yours.

>24 Copperskye: - Happy New Year's, Joanne! I was absolutely terrible about keeping up with my own thread, let alone visiting threads, last year so just happy to see you stopping by.

>25 susanj67: - Hi Susan! Happy New Year. Yes, the Sussexes were discovered to be spending time in Saanich/ North Saanich (roughly 20KM away from Victoria) over the holidays. . I did not see them. I understand they were still here on New Years Day so uncertain if they are still here or have since left. I am sure that Horth Hill Regional Park has seen a serious uptake in visitors since news leaked out that the Sussexes were seen more than once hiking in the area. ;-) My personal favorite is the story that they tried to book a reservation at the Deep Cove Chalet for dinner and the chef/owner turned down their reservation because of the impacts of the security detail they would have to accommodate. Lesson learned: Don't expect all small restaurants to accommodate these types of requests during the busiest time of the holiday season (unless there were plans to compensate handsomely for the restriction).

>26 ronincats: - Happy New Year, Roni! Love the star you left!

>27 brenzi: - Hi Bonnie! I am rather new to the Serial Reader app (Vanity Fair is my first attempted book via the app) and so far, I am really liking it. I don't read every installment the same day that it arrives, but I am liking how it is motivating me to read more classics. Definitely check out the app!

>28 cbl_tn: - Happy New Year, Carrie!

First weekend of 2020. It feels kind of strange to be heading into the weekend after only 2 days in the office after holidays. Not complaining. I could really get used to a part-time work schedule, but only if I could continue to take in my full time pay. ;-) No big plans this weekend, so hoping to get caught up with LT threads and get in some reading time.

Jan 3, 11:13pm Top

Saw this over on Carrie's (cbl_tn's) thread and just had to give it a go:

Did you have guests during the holidays? Answer the questions with titles of books you read in 2019

What would you call the event? Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

How did they find their way? Dancing on a Moonbeam

How did they know they'd arrived? A Column of Fire

Any special activities? Beekeeping for Beginners

Did your guests stay over? The Paragon Hotel

Were there servants to help? Jane Eyre, Jane Steele and The Black Count

Was there turn down service? Beyond Farwin Wood

How were the guests greeted? The Song of the Lark

Was dinner held for late comers? Deprivation

And dinner was? A Great Beauty

Afterward? Coffee, Tea, or Murder? First Execution

Jan 4, 12:00am Top

>30 lkernagh: Those are fun answers! And, my, didn't you read some good books last year!

Jan 4, 9:10am Top

>30 lkernagh: Your answers made me laugh! It's almost like you chose books to read last year based on how well they would fit the meme!

Jan 4, 11:09am Top

Hi Lori! Hopefully you have fun catching up on people's threads, as well as whatever else you plan to do with your weekend.

Jan 4, 12:08pm Top

>30 lkernagh: Was dinner held for late comers? Deprivation

Jan 4, 2:46pm Top

Hi Lori. I like the simplicity of your new thread. I have been trying to keep mine simpler and focused on reading for the past few years, but I occasionally slip in a grandkid picture or two. Happy New Year of Reading to you!

Jan 4, 5:20pm Top

>31 Storeetllr: - Thanks Mary! I had less than usual books read in 2019 so I wasn't sure I would be able to fill all the answers in the meme! Had to get a little creative. ;-)

>32 cbl_tn: - LOL and thanks! I think it was a fluke but I do love seeing how my reading fits into the year-end memes that circulate on LT.

>33 The_Hibernator: - Hi Rachel! Like others, I find the January rush of threads daunting, but I hope to at least visit most if not all threads in the group this weekend. ;-)

>34 richardderus: - One should never be late for dinner or expect to go without, at least that was what my mom taught us kids. :-)

>35 Donna828: - Hi Donna! Thanks for the new year wishes. Fingers crossed simplicity will mean I get more books read.

After a morning spend running errands in a weird and ever-changing mix of sunshine and torrential rain, plans for this afternoon involve a cup of tea and LT. At some point I will get started on the pot roast for tonight's dinner. ;-)

Jan 4, 6:23pm Top

Happy new year, and happy reading!

Jan 5, 4:53am Top

Happy New Year, Lori!

Jan 5, 7:20am Top

>30 lkernagh: Oh, this is fun!

Happy new year.
Your intro comments reminded me I'm still rather tempted by an inflatable canoe, but haven't managed to actually translate that into action...

Edited: Jan 5, 11:52am Top

>30 lkernagh:. Ha! Great answers.

OK, I’ll know to never be late for dinner, and to be very careful after dinner - maybe I should wear running shoes?

Jan 5, 2:08pm Top

>37 banjo123: - Thanks Rhonda!

>38 kidzdoc: - Thanks Darryl!

>39 charl08: - Hi Charlotte, the meme was a lot of fun to do (and shorter than some of the other "end of year" memes floating around LT threads). So how do I entice you to get an inflatable canoe/kayak? I have to admit that it was price (I purchased mine used once off a local used online marketplace for less than $100) that was my motivation. Best purchase I made in 2019!

>40 jnwelch: - Yes, running shoes would probably be a good idea. ;-)

Well if I thought the weather yesterday was crazy, this morning we now have high winds to go with the ever-changing mix of sunshine and rain so I a day spent at home is in order.

Jan 5, 2:50pm Top

Hi, Lori, and Happy 2020!

Jan 5, 4:19pm Top

>42 mstrust: - Thanks Jennifer!

Jan 5, 4:19pm Top

Time for a walking update!

Lori's 2019/2020 Virtual Walking Challenge: Peace Arch to Disneyland via the I-5 S

The goal: To walk, in 2019 (and 2020), the distance it would take me to virtually walk the I-5 from the Peace Arch at the BC/WA border to Los Angeles/Disneyland Park (2,048 KM). Note: While I was trying to find a walk that would be 2,019 KM in length to celebrate the year, this is close enough!

Here is the link to my Google map where I am tracking my journey: https://tinyurl.com/yaa37ag9

WEEKS 51, 52 and 53 UPDATE:
Kilometers walked this session: 28.99 (Week 51=13.79 KM; Week 52-4.82 KM; Week 53=10.38 KM)
Kilometers walked in total: 1,820.71
Current province/state: (CA)
My current location on the map: At the West Side Freeway (I-5 South) and Stockdale Highway interchange, due west of Bakersfield.
Points of interest along the way: What can I say.... I had a very relaxing couple of weeks over the holidays and really didn't get in much walking time. ;-)

Nice to finally encounter another large city on this virtual walking journey! The county seat and largest city in Kern County, Bakersfield is the 52nd most populous city in the United States with a 2018 population estimate of 380,000. According to Wikipedia, Kern County is the most productive oil-producing county and the fourth-most productive agricultural county (by value) in the United States. Major crops for Kern County include: grapes, citrus, almonds, carrots, alfalfa, cotton, and roses. Products manufactured in the city include: ice cream (world's largest ice cream plant), central vacuums, highway paint, and stock racing cars. The city is home to a number of historic buildings, including the Fox Theatre, which opened on Christmas Day in 1930:

Bakerfield Fox Theatre - as posted to Wikipedia Commons by Bobak Ha'Eri (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Originally built in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, the theatre was remodeled, following the 1952 earthquake, in an Art Moderne motif. The theatre closed its doors in 1977. Re-opened briefly in 1983-84 but fell into decay until restoration began on July 1, 1994.

If you are into country music, you may have heard of Buck Owens, co-host of the variety show Hee Haw that ran on CBS from 1969 to 1986. Buck Owens is known as the creator of the Bakersfield sound - the first genre of country music to be significantly influenced by rock and roll - and as a result, the first to rely heavily on electric instrumentation and a defined backbeat. Buck created the Crystal Palace, a restaurant and music venue (and memorabilia museum) in Bakersfield that continues to operate today. Buck was know to regularly perform at the restaurant prior to his death in 2006.

Jan 5, 5:05pm Top

So. I have just discovered a "feature" of the Serial Reader app that I don't like: If you have a number of unread installments downloaded to your phone and the app asks you if you want to "rewind" to the installment you left off your reading at, Don't say "yes"!. I did, only to discover that the 18 installments that I had previously received (nut not read yet) were greyed out and I now have to wait again for each new daily delivery of those installments (or pay to receive the installments "early"). Lesson learned.

Jan 5, 5:10pm Top

>30 lkernagh: I like that meme better than some of the others I have seen. Clever answers.

I love your walking update, too. I'm trying to increase my physical activity in 2020, partly because we're talking about a walking tour in Peru in July. That would be a good way to celebrate my 60th and our 25th, eh?

Edited: Jan 5, 5:46pm Top

>46 EBT1002: - Hi Ellen, it was a fun meme! At least I had some easy answers for the questions. ;-) The walking updates are supposed to motivate me to exercise more, and for the most part, they do as I am more conscious of how much walking I do each day/week/month. I think your walking tour of Peru with P sounds wonderful!

Jan 5, 7:18pm Top

Happy New Year, Lori!

Jan 5, 8:50pm Top

>48 alcottacre: - Thanks Stasia!

Jan 6, 11:43am Top

Book #1 - Her Revolution by Gemma Jackson
Challenge(s): 75 Group, 2020 Category
Bingo DOG: N/A
Category: Author - "J" Jackson
Source: LTER
Format: eBook
Original publication date: November 12 2019
Acquisition date: November 5, 2019
Page count: 301 pages
Decimal/ Star rating: 2.50 out of 5 /
Book description/summary: adapted from the amazon.ca book listing webpage:
"Finn Brennan, the woman who has everything. Her handsome husband, a radio personality, is beloved of the women of Ireland. Her two gorgeous sons are making a name for themselves in films. She has a lavish house in Dublin. What does she have to complain about?

Finn eagerly anticipates her 40th birthday but spends the day alone and crying, forced to realise that she is literally a housewife. She has married a house! For over twenty years she has supported her husband in his career. She has raised two sons to manhood. She practically rebuilt the family home with her own sweat and labour. Her one escape is the garden workshop where she beats metal into fantasy figures.

The day after her birthday she resigns her position as wife and mother. Her husband and sons fight the change in their lives but she holds firm. She locks herself in her workshop. Her fantasy figures don’t care if she looks a mess and can’t stop crying.

Dare Lawrence, a wealthy Irishman living in America, discovers her secret world and wants some of it. He insists she puts a price on her figures, something Finn finds impossible to do. After years of her husband demanding that she hide her ‘little hobby’ suddenly the world comes calling. They want what she has created."
I am guessing that this is supposed to be a "feel good" story of a woman regaining her independence. While I love Finn's decision to finally stop being trod all over by her husband and sons and to start appreciating herself for who she is and what she loves to do, I found her to be a frustrating character when it comes to decision-making. Patrick, the philandering husband, is so oblivious and so obnoxious I am amazed it took Finn 20 years for realization to hit her! Thank goodness for Finn's support network of Angie, Maggie, and her parents - Emmett and Rory. The most interesting aspects of this story, for me, was the whole other family Finn "discovers", now that she no longer has her head buried in the sand.

Overall, a great premise but I felt that the execution was lacking, being more focused on food than dialogue, gaps in some information and repeated statements of the obvious.

Jan 6, 12:24pm Top

Happy New Year, Lori! Dropping my star.

Jan 6, 1:10pm Top

>50 lkernagh: Sorry to see, that you got a book which you didn't like.

Jan 6, 1:39pm Top

>50 lkernagh: Oh dear...that doesn't sound like an idea that was well used. Almost more frustrating to read than an out-and-out bad book.

Better luck next time.

Jan 6, 2:11pm Top

>51 AMQS: - Hi Anne, lovely to see you stopping by! I haven't found your thread yet. I will keep an eye out for it.

>52 Ameise1: and >53 richardderus: - Hi Barbara and RD. For a free book, I cannot complain. I like to use these ARCs as a way to discover (or decide to avoid) "new to me" authors. Apparently, Jackson does have a following for her books, but they are not for me.

Jan 6, 7:43pm Top

Hello, Lori! Happy New Year - may it be full of fabulous. I applaud your plan for keeping things simple.

Jan 6, 8:50pm Top

>55 Crazymamie: - Hi Mamie!

Jan 12, 1:35pm Top

Happy Sunday, everyone! It has been a crazy busy week. No reading and only limited walking as the news of the world has been occupying my non-work time and the weather is the stormy winter kind that had me opting to stay indoors during lunch-hour some days. Weekend project (that will most likely spill over into the week and even next weekend) is I am in the process of "modernizing" a vintage suit jacket. By modernizing, I am picking it apart to remove the shoulder pads, taper in the arms and removing the collar. bit fussy work but it has been a while since I have had a sewing project on the go.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead!

Jan 12, 1:35pm Top

Lori's 2019/2020 Virtual Walking Challenge: Peace Arch to Disneyland via the I-5 S

The goal: To walk, in 2019 (and 2020), the distance it would take me to virtually walk the I-5 from the Peace Arch at the BC/WA border to Los Angeles/Disneyland Park (2,048 KM). Note: While I was trying to find a walk that would be 2,019 KM in length to celebrate the year, this is close enough!

Here is the link to my Google map where I am tracking my journey: https://tinyurl.com/yaa37ag9

Kilometers walked this session: 27.72
Kilometers walked in total: 1,848.43
Current province/state: (CA)
My current location on the map: Due south of Millux Road, heading for Wheeler Ridge.
Points of interest along the way: Weather has been a bit of a hindrance for walking this past week but still happy to get in the KMs that I did. This week my virtual walking took me past Tule Elk State Natural Reserve, a California state park that came into effect in 1932 to provide permanent protection to, at the time, a small herd of tule elk in danger of extinction. Due to the success of the program, today an estimated 4,000 tule elk can be found in the foothills and grasslands of California.

Kern River - as posted to flickr by Brian (CC BY 2.0)

This week, I crossed the Kern River. According to Wikipedia, originally known as the Rio de San Felipe and later as La Porciuncula, the Kern River is the southernmost major river system in the Sierra Nevada and is the only major river in the Sierra that drains in a southerly direction. Apparently the river was named in 1845 by John C. Fremont in honour of Edward M. Kern who nearly drowned in its turbulent waters while conducting topography of the area. Given its dangerous waters, the Kern is sometimes referred to as the "Killer Kern" and a sign at the mouth of the Kern Canyon warns visitors: "Danger. Stay Out. Stay Alive." and tallies the deaths since 1968. As of May 25, 2018, death listed at 294.

Jan 12, 1:36pm Top

Book #2 - Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers - from The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries omnibus - audiobook narrated by Roe Kendall
Challenge(s): 75 Group, 2020 Category
Bingo DOG: N/A
Category: Title - "W" Whose
Source: GVPL/TBR
Format: audiobook/eBook
Original publication date: 1923
Acquisition date: eBook - November 5, 2019
Page count: 172 pages / 6 hours, 40 minutes listening time
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.40 out of 5 /
Book description/summary: adapted from the amazon.com book listing webpage:
"The stark naked body was lying in the tub. Not unusual for a proper bath, but highly irregular for murder-especially with a pair of gold pince-nez deliberately perched before the sightless eyes. What's more, the face appeared to have been shaved after death. The police assumed that the victim was a prominent financier, but Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbled in mystery detection as a hobby, knew better. In this, his first murder case, Lord Peter untangles the ghastly mystery of the corpse in the bath."
I did enjoy this first book in Sayer's mystery series featuring her aristocratic amateur detective. Yes, some elements of the story may be considered "inappropriate" by some readers today, like the anti-Semitism found in this story, but one needs to remember that the story is a product of the era (1920s) it was written in. Sayers has a knack for providing readers with sharp, witty dialogue, capturing the nuances of society and presenting an interesting mystery to unravel. It is obvious that Sayers was a reader, if not an outright fan, of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, as she imbues in Wimsey much of Holmes' systematic attention to detail. In Sayer story, the role of Dr. Watson is taken up by Wimsey's friend, Detective Inspector Parker. I should mention that Parker has his own investigations to manage, and is really more of a sounding board for Wimsey's theorizing. I found Wimsey's mother, the Dowager Duchess of Denver, an absolute delight and hope she continues to show up in the later installments of the series. As seems to be the standard with Golden Age mysteries I have read to date (for example, Margery Allingham's Albert Campion series), Wimsey's manservant Bunter is more than just a manservant and there is an interesting backstory that we get a glimpse into in this first story.

Overall, a smart Golden Age of Detective Fiction story and I am looking forward to reading more books in the series.

Jan 12, 1:36pm Top

Currently Reading:
Nothing at the moment.
The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell - a NetGalley ARC. What can I say, I am attracted to stories that involve crumbling abandoned mansions, a gruesome history and dark secrets to uncover.
Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray - Reading via the Serial Reader app on my phone. No progress since last post. Still hoping to be finished this one in February or early March 2020.
The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers - I enjoyed my read of Whose Body? enough to want to continue with the year long group read of the Lord Wimsey Mysteries, but access to the books through my local library was going to be rather "hit or miss" so I purchased this omnibus. ;-)
Physical books:
Nothing at the moment.

Jan 13, 3:31pm Top

Snow came to Victoria last night, with the occasional flurries today. Nothing compared with the deep freeze being experienced in other parts of Canada and the US, but colder than locals are used to experiencing at this time of year. Personally, I will take the snow over our usual rain any day (I hate arriving to work soaked from rain). That, and my hair doesn't frizz unruly in the colder, snow weather. ;-)

Jan 13, 11:55pm Top

Looks like it will be harder to get your steps in to get to Disneyland in the next little while, Lori. I'm hoping this snowy blast will be gone soon. I'm doing the Sayers group read too and just finished Whose Body. It has been a while since I last read it and I didn't remember the storyline at all.

Jan 14, 1:11pm Top

>61 lkernagh: I assume Victoria shut down with the snow?

Edited: Jan 14, 3:17pm Top

Hi Lori. I'm new to your thread.
I had to ask Jim where it was because it didn't pop up on the thread book page...

Re >21 lkernagh: visit some threads before it becomes overwhelming to do so
Last year, being my first in the 75-challenge group, I joined late so missed the incredible explosion of news posting in January. I'm still finding new people to star. I do a lot of lurking because it is so easy to be involved in posting instead of reading.

I grew up in the Victoria area (Towner Park Road, originally, which is North Saanich) and went to UVic (1960's). I think you are the only Victoria-based member I have starred, no?

Looking forward to seeing what all you read this year, especially if there's unknown (to me) Canadian authors I haven't discovered. I see you read Michael Skeet's book Poisoned Prayer. I read Tangled Weave first and then obtained PP. TW was the better tale, in MHO. I hope he's writing a third book. I would love to get it as an early reviewer, but I'm not requesting ER books much these days. The pickings for Canadians are really not to my taste.

Anyway, looking forward to visiting your thread.

Edited to remove mistaken image. I interpreted "lkernagh" to start with a capital "I" ~ my mistake.
And thank you >66 Jim!

Jan 14, 3:09pm Top

>61 lkernagh: Lori, that sounds chilly! (But better than rain, I agree :-) ) Keep an eye out for a tiny person rocking lots of expensive knitwear, bobble hats and boots, and then tell us all about it :-)

Jan 14, 3:10pm Top

>64 SandyAMcPherson: Ah, I think I see the confusion. I interpreted "lkernagh" to start with small "L", not capital "I". If that's wrong, I can easily move it in the Threadbook.

Edited: Jan 14, 3:19pm Top

>65 susanj67: Hey Susan, only Brits wear "bobble hats". We do wear toques, though. Sometimes there are pom-pom threads on top where the knitting ended...
Ain't linguistics fun?

Jan 14, 6:46pm Top

>62 Familyhistorian: - I am definitely walking slower than my usual pace, that is for sure! I am new to Sayers and Lord Peter so I was pleasantly surprised with my Whose Body? read!

>63 MickyFine: - Well, I would have said "No, everything is still ticking along" except that the snow flurries at 1:00 pm today and the forecast for 10-15cm of snowfall overnight tonight caused a bit of a panic at work, with some supervisors informing their staff that if they are concerned about their commute home, they can leave now (which was around 1:45pm). Well, "whooosh", I have never seen the floor vacate of co-workers so quickly. I walk, so I don't have to deal with the drivers who don't know (or cannot remember) how to drive on snow and ice, but by typical standards, the main roads are fine. It is just the secondary roads that are dodgy. I guess Victoria does deserve the reputation it has... especially as the snow stopped shortly after everyone left the building. ;-)

>64 SandyAMcPherson: - Hello, Sandy! How lovely that you found my thread! I tend to give up hope of finding threads during the craziness that is January here in the group. You are not the first to be a little confused by my username, which starts with a lower case "L", but glad you got that cleared up. I am like you. Sometimes I just have time for lurking, and only post when I have something to add to a conversation or because it has been a while and I want to say "Hello". I haven't stumbled across any other Victoria-based LTERs in the group. More are up island or Lower Mainland. I am an Alberta transplant so the snow doesn't bother me. I kind of miss it.

Will pop on over to check out your thread soonish!

>65 susanj67: - LOL Susan! I will try to remember to engage in "royal watch" duties when out and about. :-)

>66 drneutron: - No worries Jim, you have my link in the threadbook correctly listed under "L". ;-)

>67 SandyAMcPherson: - I do love linguistics. My other half is Scottish so we have a fair bit of fun debating Canadian versus British/Scottish terms.

Jan 14, 9:03pm Top

Hi Lori! A guy who went to my sisters' high school was killed in a flash flood on the Killer Kern in ~1965-66. I was a little kid but it was quite a hullaballoo.

Hope your Humpday reads are wondermous.

Edited: Jan 14, 9:57pm Top

>69 richardderus: - Hi Richard! That is so sad and yet not surprising given the Kern River death count since 1968. Makes one wonder who in their right mind would venture close by or out on the river, but likely a number of those deaths are unforeseen accidents. Meanwhile, here on the island we have "idiots" who do stupid things, like one this past Sunday who deliberately pitch themselves into stormy sea swells (with a GoPro camera, no less) and then have to be rescued by people passing by and local police, fire and paramedics because he couldn't safely return to shore:


A Darwin award deprived. I just roll my eyes at the dumb s**t that people do.

Jan 15, 9:08am Top

>70 lkernagh: People do such stupid things. In my home town every few years someone (pretty much always a male someone, to be honest) is swept off the pier and drowned because they thought it would be fun to go on it in a storm.

Which looks like this ...

The place where the people are standing isn't the pier by the way - that's a relatively secure standing area - the pier is what can't be seen in this photo because it's underneath the very large wave!

Jan 15, 10:04am Top

Good luck on your virtual walking challenge. Once I get to regularly walking (i.e. Mall walking during the winter), I will go back to my Walk to Mordor attempt.

Jan 15, 10:12am Top

In my area, the dummies have to be rescued from the local mountains, like Camelback Mountain, all summer long. Especially tourists, who are drawn to a life threatening 115F hike like moths to a flame. The city spends so much money for these rescues and hardly a week goes by that they aren't pulling down multiple dummies, sometimes by chopper, that now many are given the bill.

Jan 15, 12:29pm Top

>70 lkernagh: Impressed they managed to get him out again. Do wonder what goes through people's heads, sometimes!

Jan 15, 12:41pm Top

>71 SandDune: : O

>58 lkernagh: Hi Lori--I really want to get more walking in this year. Hopefully, after work calms down next week, I can start this new habit.

I've read a Sayers or two, but it has been years. ; )

Jan 15, 2:13pm Top

>70 lkernagh: "Back in the day", when it was still allowed, we (as in students in the Biology department) used to dive all winter at the breakwater (dive as in scuba). Never did any of us see such shenanigans as this dummy preformed. Clearly a prime candidate for the Darwin Awards!

>71 SandDune: Along Dallas Road (in Victoria, BC) the sea wall was deliberately constructed with a curve to redirect the storm surges.

Before then (if anyone is interested in 1950's history), every winter there were huge logs thrown up on the roadway, often breaking down the trees that faced the seawall. Fortunately, the frontage was not residential, being all along there, the Ross Bay Cemetery.

I don't recall, as a kid, anyone foolhardy enough to walk along that stretch of roadway. They would be certainly in jeopardy. The city always had detours set up to divert the traffic. Even now, those really severe storms from the southwest cause havoc. I'm amazed anyone would even *want* to stand on that pier! The photo is amazing.

Jan 15, 5:50pm Top

>71 SandDune: That is just below stupid. In the fight between Man and The Sea, smart money's always gonna take The Sea.

Jan 15, 6:14pm Top

>71 SandDune: - Hi Rhian. yes, some people are crazy. Love that photo! Personally, I think big waves like that are best experienced from a distance, where you can really see the whole wave. No stormy weather pier walking for this gal! ;-)

>72 The_Hibernator: - Thanks Rachel! When the weather is not the greatest (like the blast of winter we are currently experiencing), I find it challenging to motivate myself to get out and walk. Good luck with your walking!

>73 mstrust: - I totally support the idea that people who deliberately put their lives in danger and need to be rescued should be handed a bill for the emergency services they end up requiring. That is something that is hotly debated every winter with skiers who insist on skiing "out of bounds" areas (for that pristine powder) and the inexperienced snowmobiliers loose in the back country.

>74 charl08: - Exactly, Charlotte! I am not 100% certain, but most of that area is rocky, so I wonder if he knew that where he was jumping in was safe from rocks or was that also an added/unplanned risk he was just prepared to take, all for the glory of the video?

>75 Berly: - Hi Kim, I do love walking. I find I learn more about the area I live in by meandering down side streets, etc I would otherwise never travel down. Also, great exercise.

>76 SandyAMcPherson: - Hi Sandy, I am used to seeing divers along the breakwater, but as you said, none of them jump from the lookout area like he did! The city still sets up barricades along the cemetery during high storms.

>77 richardderus: - So true, RD, so true.

While we had some snow on Monday but it was last night when we received the big dumping of snow. Now, I love snow so I had a very enjoyable walk into work this morning. This was helped by the fact that most of the sidewalks had what I like to call "a goat path" (a narrow pathway cleared in the otherwise 1 foot deep snow). It was even better when I got into downtown. While none of the sidewalks had been cleared in the downtown part of my walking commute, the dedicated bike lane had been snowplowed, so I just walked there. There were no cyclists and I figured if one did come along, there was enough room for them to ride around me. Shot of the Inner Harbour blanketed in snow this morning:

Now prepping for high winds this evening. All ferries have already been cancelled so no leaving "the rock" this evening. ;-)

Jan 15, 6:17pm Top

>78 lkernagh: Ooh, LOVEly! I'm always glad about snow though never about ice.

Edited: Jan 15, 6:22pm Top

>79 richardderus: - Agreed. Snow is lovely (especially the dry, fluffy stuff), ice is evil.

Jan 15, 9:28pm Top

I guess you got some snow, Lori. The news said Victoria got 20 - 30 cm. I hope you didn't loose power as well.

Jan 15, 9:46pm Top

>81 Familyhistorian: - Hi Meg. No loss of power at work or home. We seem to be pretty lucky when it comes to power in our area. The last time we had a power outage was 4 years ago and even then, that was a planned outage as BC Hydro replaced a power pole on our street. The unplanned part of that outage was that the jackhammer crew messed up and did not prepare a large enough hole in the sidewalk. Luckily, it was in the summer so while it was annoying to be without power for 16 hours, they did stay on the job until it was finished (around midnight).

The weather forecast is for warmer temps starting tomorrow (with mixed rain/snow), so I am curious to see how long it takes for all the snow to melt.

Jan 15, 10:34pm Top

>78 lkernagh: That looks lovely. I am at the same time broiling in my fourth floor site office overlooking on one side a building soon to be the 2nd tallest in the world and on the other side looking into the Stadium where Malaysia's independence was formally declared on 31 August 1957. The old and the new.

Jan 16, 3:54am Top

>78 lkernagh: Those lamps in snow always remind me of Narnia. Beautiful photo, thank you for sharing it. Just cold rain and wind here. I've been very glad for the fashion for big headphones which it turns out also act as ear warmers.
Off to check my wardrobe :-)

Jan 16, 8:40am Top

>78 lkernagh: Ooops, a little blast of homesickness. I'll get over it, though...

Jan 16, 9:05am Top

Lori, I missed so much of your I-5 walk in 2019. Jeeze, I must have been sleepwalking through the entire year. Glad I'm back to see you enter the gates of Disney World.

Jan 16, 1:10pm Top

Gorgeous photo, Lori.

Jan 16, 9:14pm Top

>83 PaulCranswick: - Hi Paul, I think I will take the snow (and colder temps) than broiling from heat and I am presuming, humidity. It is always easier (and socially less embarrassing) to add layers of clothing than it is to "strip down" when seeking a comfortable heat level. ;-) Here is hoping the snow scene has helped with cool thoughts. Sounds like you have a very historic view out of your office window!

>84 charl08: - Hi Charlotte... Wow, you are right. The lamps do give a "Narnia effect". "Just cold rain and wind here. That would be our typical January weather. We are not exactly experiencing a typical start to the new decade. Smart idea big headphones helping to keep ears warm!

>85 SandyAMcPherson: - Hi Sandy, apologies for causing a feeling of homesickness for you. Pictures of Victoria, etc will crop up here occasionally. ;-)

>86 Carmenere: - Hi Lynda, yes, you have not missed much on my I-5 walking challenge. Fingers crossed, I am hoping to make it to Disneyland by the end of February. Just worried that weather like this past week could be a problem as it was very icy walking today.

>87 MickyFine: - Thanks, Micky!

The windstorm last night has now passed, to be replaced with warmer temps, sunshine and blue skies today. There has been a fair bit of snow melt off, but not enough and I am a little concerned that the temps are to drop into the negative overnight, which will make for really icy walking conditions tomorrow morning. Planning to give myself extra travel time to work tomorrow!

Jan 16, 9:36pm Top

>60 lkernagh: I will be curious to see your thoughts on The Caretakers, Lori.

>88 lkernagh: Be careful on the way to work! Icy walking conditions are not the best :)

Jan 16, 9:38pm Top

Your snow is pretty, Lori, does it snow there a lot? Good luck with the ice. My school bought us all ice spikes because we've had so much ice this year. Be careful!

Jan 16, 10:54pm Top

>89 alcottacre: - Hi Stasia, I just finished The Caretakers. Will work on a review (which may take a couple of days), but my quick two word response is "SO good!" I see it getting a solid 4.3 to 4.5/5 stars from me.

>89 alcottacre: and >90 AMQS: - Thank you both for the "walk carefully" messages. I will definitely be doing that! If things look really dodgy tomorrow morning, I can take transit, so that is a comfort.... just means I am not getting my walking in, which is a little frustrating since I haven't been getting my lunch hour walks in at all this week. ;-(.

>90 AMQS: - Hi Anne! I have been eyeballing ice spikes and this may be the year I purchase a pair. What I find annoying about the icy patches I encountered this morning is that they are thin layers over the concrete. Not sure how useful ice spikes are if we are talking about ice that is so wafer thin, and yet still so darn slippery.

Edited: Jan 17, 12:05am Top

>90 AMQS: - Just realized I did not answer you question re: "does it snow there a lot?". No. Victorians are known throughout Canada as "not doing well" when snow come to visit our region. In all fairness, when snow does come to the region, it is tricky for driving, etc as it usually takes the form of compact, slushy snow covering black ice - a bad mix for any skilled winter driver. We also don't have any long term snow removal plans for the streets as snow is a rather infrequent event. Early March is when Victorians engage in the annual "Flower Count" which is really arbitrary way of telling the rest of the country still buried in snow and subzero temps that flowers are blooming in Victoria.

Edited: Yesterday, 1:21am Top

Book #3 - The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell
Challenge(s): 75 Group, 2020 Category
Bingo DOG: N/A
Category: Author - "E" Eliza
Source: NetGalley
Format: eBook
Original publication date: anticpated publication date - April 14, 2020
Acquisition date: eBook - January 1, 2020
Page count: 339 pages
Decimal/ Star rating: 4.30 out of 5 /
Book description/summary: adapted from the amazon.ca book listing webpage:
"There is no escaping the past. Filmmaker Tessa Shepherd helped free a man she believed was wrongly imprisoned for murder. When he kills again, Tessa’s life is upended. She’s reeling with guilt, her reputation destroyed. Worse, Tessa’s mother has unexpectedly passed away, and her sister, Margot, turns on her after tensions from their past escalate. Hounded by a bullying press, Tessa needs an escape. When the sisters learn of a strange inheritance bequeathed by their mother - a derelict and isolated estate known as Fallbrook - Tessa sees this as the perfect refuge. A crumbling monument to a gruesome history, the mansion has been abandoned by all but two elderly sisters retained as caretakers. They are also guardians of all its mysteries. As the house starts revealing its dark secrets, Tessa must face her fears and right the wrongs of her past to save herself and her relationship with Margot. But nothing and no one at Fallbrook are what they seem."
Such a good story! It gets high marks from me for plot, atmosphere, character development… pretty much everything. A fast-paced, suspense-driven story filled with twists, turns and shocking reveals. There were times when I was on the edge of my seat, fearful of what would happen next and yet unable to put the book down. A crumbling, derelict mansion – especially when located in a remote area with no cell phone reception - is such a perfect location for a family secrets kind of story. Some readers may find the two alternating storylines and the multiple plots (Tessa’s estranged relationship with her sister, Fallbrook’s mysterious past and the police case/current crime angle) a lot to take in, but Eliza Maxwell expertly brings everything together, striking the right balance between suspenseful action and characterization. Fallbrook’s gruesome past, guarded by the two elderly caretakers, and the crumbling mansion lend a wonderfully Gothic atmosphere to the story. While parts of the story (some of the sections focused on Oliver) have some elements of predictability for me, the overall effect is a highly satisfying mystery suspense thriller. Eliza Maxwell has now been added to my favorite authors list!

This one may appeal to fans of Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series of books.

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Yesterday, 8:39pm Top

Victorian snow is so beautiful, Lori. Thank you for that lovely picture.

I am taking note of The Caretakers because you added the author to your favorites list and I am a Tana French fan. Thank you. It's right up my alley!

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