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Lori (lkernagh) Reboots her ABCs Challenge for 2020 - Second Thread

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1lkernagh
Edited: Jun 30, 2:17pm Top

Lori Reboots her ABCs Challenge for 2020 - Second Thread



Hi everyone! Here we are.... half way through 2020 and what a crazy year it has been so far. Half tempting to just throw all plans made in 2019 out the window, but my choice for category challenge is giving me the flexibility to read what I want, when I want, which means I am doing a terrible job participating in the various Cats, Kits and Group Reads (except for the year long Lord Peter Wimsey group read, which I am rather enjoying).

New side challenge: Watch a production of each of Shakespeare's plays this year. This side challenge has been inspired by all the wonderful productions that have been made available for online watching during the pandemic. Fingers crossed I can continue the pace of 2-3 plays a week (mixing in musicals, etc so it is not all Shakespeare). ;-)

Ending this opening post with a picture of the audience enjoying one of my favorite local summer events - the Victoria Symphony Splash - which will not be happening this year due to Covid-19 (if it was, I would be floating in the harbour in a kayak with the other attendees enjoying the music):


Province of British Columbia - as posted to Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

With no further adieu..... Welcome one and all to my second thread for 2020.

2lkernagh
Edited: Jul 11, 9:43am Top

Author Alphabet Category:



Rule: Letter must be the first letter in the author's first, middle or last name, as displayed on the book cover.

"A" Author - Fathers of Edenville by Corrine Ardoin - (review)
"B" Author - The Companion by Kim Taylor Blakemore - (review)
"C" Author - The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick - (review)
"D" Author - Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers - (review)
"E" Author - The Caretakers by Eliza Maxwell - (review)
"F" Author -
"G" Author - Bad Axe County by John Galligan - (review)
"H" Author - Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel - (review)
"I" Author -
"J" Author - Her Revolution by Gemma Jackson - (review)
"K" Author -
"L" Author -
"M" Author - A Letter from Munich by Meg Lelvis - (review)
"N" Author -
"O" Author - The Ghost in the House by Sara O'Leary - (review)
"P" Author - Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson - (review)
"Q" Author -
"R" Author - Still Life With Murder by P.B. Ryan - (review)
"S" Author - Clouds of Witness by Dorothy L. Sayers - (review)
"T" Author -
"U" Author -
"V" Author -
"W" Author - Threads: A Depression Era Tale by Charlotte Whitney - (review)
"X" Author -
"Y" Author - Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen - (review)
"Z" Author - Miss Cecily's Recipes for Exceptional Ladies by Vicky Zimmerman - (review)

3lkernagh
Edited: Jul 4, 8:42pm Top

Book Title Alphabet Category:



Rule: Letter must be the first letter in one of the words that make up the book's title.

"A" Book Title - What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris - (review)
"B" Book Title - Father Briar and the Angel by Rita Saladano - (review)
"C" Book Title - The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers - (review)
"D" Book Title - When Gods Die by C. S. Harris - (review)
"E" Book Title -
"F" Book Title - When Falcons Fall by C.S. Harris - (review)
"G" Book Title - The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan - (review)
"H" Book Title - A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi - (review)
"I" Book Title - Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris - (review)
"J" Book Title -
"K" Book Title - Why Kings Confess by C.S. Harris - (review)
"L" Book Title - Lord Peter Views the Body by Dorothy L. Sayers - (review)
"M" Book Title - Where is My Mind? by Shirley Benton - (review)
"N" Book Title -
"O" Book Title -
"P" Book Title - Strong Poison by Dorothy L. Sayers - (review)
"Q" Book Title -
"R" Book Title - Rainwater by Sandra Brown - (review)
"S" Book Title - Why Mermaids Sing by C.S. Harris - (review)
"T" Book Title - Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers - (review)
"U" Book Title - The Unseen Bridegroom by May Agnes Fleming - (review)
"V" Book Title - Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray - (review)
"W" Book Title - Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers - (review)
"X" Book Title -
"Y" Book Title -
"Z" Book Title -

4lkernagh
Edited: Jul 11, 9:44am Top

Monthly CATs/KITs:



January:
AlphaKIT: (A & U) - The Unseen Bridegroom by May Agnes Fleming -
MysteryKIT: (Historical) - Still Life With Murder by P.B. Ryan -
GeoCAT - Asia I (Afghanistan) - A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi -

February:
AlphaKIT: (F & B) - Father Briar and the Angel by Rita Saladano -
RandomCAT: (Published in Leap Year) - Father Briar and the Angel by Rita Saladano -
RandomCAT: (Published in Leap Year) - The Gauguin Connection by Estelle Ryan -

March:

April:
AlphaKIT: (T) - Threads: A Depression Era Tale by Charlotte Whitney -
AlphaKIT: (S) - Why Mermaids Sing by C.S. Harris -
AlphaKIT: (S) - Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers -
RandomCAT: (Showers and Flowers) - Rainwater by Sandra Brown -
SFFKIT: (Time Travel) and AlphaKIT: (T) - The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick -
GeoCAT: (New Zealand) and AlphaKIT: (S) - Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson -

May:

June:
AlphaKIT: (Y) - Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen - (review)

July:
SFFKIT (Space Opera) - Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers -
KITastrophe (Weather events) - Bad Axe County by John Galligan -

August:

September:

October:

November:

December:

5lkernagh
Edited: Jun 30, 2:10pm Top

Overflow - for reads that don't fit elsewhere:



1. Where Serpents Sleep by C.S. Harris - (review)
2. What Remains of Heaven by C.S. Harris - (review)
3. Where Shadows Dance by C.S. Harris - (review)
4. When Maidens Mourn by C.S. Harris - (review)
5. What Darkness Brings by C.S. Harris - (review)
6. Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris - (review)
7. Where the Dead Lie by C.S. Harris - (review)

6lkernagh
Jun 30, 2:05pm Top



Shakespearean Play - 2020 Side Challenge: Inspired by all the plays being made available online for viewing (due to the pandemic) I have given myself a mini challenge to try and watch this year a production of every one Shakespeare's plays. if I am unable to track down a production of a play, I reserve the option to read the play. Fingers crossed, at the end of 2020 I will be able to say I have experienced every one of Shakespeare's plays!

COMEDIES
All's Well That Ends Well
As You Like It
Comedy of Errors
Love's Labour's Lost
Measure for Measure
Merchant of Venice
Merry Wives of Windsor
Midsummer Night's Dream
Much Ado about Nothing
Taming of the Shrew
Tempest
Twelfth Night
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Winter's Tale

HISTORIES
Henry IV, Part I
Henry IV, Part II
Henry V
Henry VI, Part I
Henry VI, Part II
Henry VI, Part III
Henry VIII
King John
Pericles
Richard II
Richard III

TRAGEDIES
Antony and Cleopatra
Coriolanus
Cymbeline
Hamlet
Julius Caesar
King Lear
Macbeth
Othello
Romeo and Juliet
Timon of Athens
Titus Andronicus
Troilus and Cressida

7lkernagh
Jun 30, 2:06pm Top

This thread is now open for business!

8lkernagh
Edited: Jun 30, 2:19pm Top

Currently Reading:
..
Audiobook:
Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris - narrated by Davina Porter - 13th installment in this series... and the last installment in audiobook format that is available through my local library so it looks like I will be checking out the ebooks for books 14 and 15.
ebook:
Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers - Found this first book in the The Indranan Wars series lurking unread on my ereader. Reading it for the July Space Opera SSFKIT.
The Complete Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries by Dorothy L. Sayers - This will be a year-long read. July read is Five Red Herrings.
Physical books:
Nothing at the moment.

9Tess_W
Jun 30, 2:09pm Top

Happy new thread!

10christina_reads
Jun 30, 2:10pm Top

Happy new thread! I'm also finding that a flexible challenge has been a godsend in the craziness that is 2020!

11Jackie_K
Jun 30, 2:12pm Top

Happy new thread! That Symphony Splash looks amazing - I hope next year it returns.

12DeltaQueen50
Jun 30, 2:12pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori. So much has happened already in 2020 - I don't know whether to look forward to the rest of the year or to dread it!

13lkernagh
Edited: Jun 30, 3:08pm Top

>9 Tess_W:, >10 christina_reads:, >11 Jackie_K: and >12 DeltaQueen50: - So exciting to discover visitors have dropped by while I was busy tidying up the place! ;-0 Thank you Tess, Christina, Jackie and Judy for the happy new thread well wishes!

>10 christina_reads: - I am definitely not up for any focused or challenging reading!

>11 Jackie_K: - It is a fabulous event, Jackie! the symphony floats on a barge on the water in the Inner Harbour so front row seats go to the boaters! Even better, there never is a crush of traffic on the water (like there is on land) when the event is over. I hope 2021 brings back our favorite events, even if it means doing them a bit differently.

>12 DeltaQueen50: - I hear you, Judy! I keep seeing the memes on Facebook asking for to return or reboot 2020 as it is not the product we were expecting.

14lkernagh
Jun 30, 3:08pm Top

This is one of those weird weeks. I know, every week since the start of this pandemic has been anything but normal. I am referring to the fact that the Canada Day holiday falls on a Wednesday this year, so today feels like a Friday with a lot of co-workers booked off for the week or half of the week. This has given me the opportunity to get completely caught up with work, which is a really good feeling.

15rabbitprincess
Jun 30, 6:15pm Top

Happy new thread!

Yeah, having Canada Day in the middle of the week is weird. And I work in Quebec, so we had St. Jean Baptiste last Wednesday. That's always a weird double whammy, and a lot of people who work in our Quebec offices like to take the period between SJB and Canada Day as vacation. This year we've had a lot of five-day weekends ;)

16dudes22
Jun 30, 6:39pm Top

Happy New Thread, Lori! I think all of us have mentioned at one time or another how weird this year is turning out.

17lkernagh
Edited: Jun 30, 6:56pm Top

>15 rabbitprincess: - Thanks RP! Five-day weekends are amazing when they happen. Back-to-back five day weekends is something to truly celebrate! Wishing you a lovely Canada Day tomorrow!

>16 dudes22: - Thanks Betty! Exactly. I have yet to encounter someone who is thinks life is same-old, same-old in 2020.

18MissWatson
Jul 1, 5:01am Top

Happy new thread, Lori! Love the Symphony Splash. What an amazing idea for a concert!

19Kristelh
Jul 1, 11:46am Top

Happy new thread!

20lkernagh
Jul 1, 11:49am Top

>18 MissWatson: - Hi Birgit! This would have been the 31st year for the Symphony Splash. Whoever first came up with the idea (and figured out the logistics) to float the symphony on a barge was brilliant as the event attracts over 40,000 attendees each year (no mean feat for a regional district with a population of just under 400,000).

21RidgewayGirl
Jul 1, 11:58am Top

Happy new thread and may the Symphony Splash be back next year!

22VivienneR
Jul 1, 1:12pm Top

Happy new thread, Lori! It's been many years since I attended the Symphony Splash but I'm pretty sure the audience in the water was smaller back then - although the streets were jam-packed.

Happy Canada Day! 🍁

23lkernagh
Jul 1, 7:00pm Top

>21 RidgewayGirl: - Thank you! That is my hope as well. ;-)

>22 VivienneR: - Double thanks Vivienne for both new thread and Canada Day wishes! The water audience continues to grow, year by year, but still not as packed as it is on the causeway or the Legislature lawn.

24lkernagh
Jul 2, 8:43pm Top



This Week's Play Line-up:

Michael Flatley - Celtic Tiger dance show - The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel July 3 (available for 48 hours worldwide)
Les Blancs by Lorraine Hansberry - National Theatre YouTube channel July 2 - July 9
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare and George Wilkins, produced by Scott Wentworth - Stratford Festival YouTube channel July 2 - July 23

I admit, Celtic Tiger is not a play, but I am still looking forward to taking in the performance of one of the original Riverdance principal dancers!

25Tess_W
Jul 2, 11:27pm Top

>24 lkernagh: for sure will watch Antony and Cleopatra. Been a long time since I visited with those two!

26lkernagh
Jul 4, 8:38pm Top

>25 Tess_W: - I hope you enjoy it! I watch a different production of Antony and Cleopatra last month so will pass on this production. ;-)

27lkernagh
Jul 4, 8:40pm Top


Book #39 - Why Kill the Innocent by C.S. Harris - narrated by Davina Porter
Challenge(s): 75 Group, 2020 Category
CAT/KIT: N/A
Bingo DOG: N/A
Category: Title - "I" Innocent
Source: GVPL
Format: audiobook
Original publication date: April 2, 2018
Acquisition date: N/A
Page count: 345 pages / 10 hours, 15 minutes listening time
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.70 out of 5 /
Book description/summary: from the amazon.ca book listing webpage:
"London, 1814. As a cruel winter holds the city in its icy grip, the bloody body of a beautiful young musician is found half-buried in a snowdrift. Jane Ambrose's ties to Princess Charlotte, the only child of the Prince Regent and heir presumptive to the throne, panics the palace, which moves quickly to shut down any investigation into the death of the talented pianist. But Sebastian St. Cyr, Viscount Devlin, and Hero refuse to allow Jane's murderer to escape justice. Untangling the secrets of Jane's world leads Sebastian into a maze of dangerous treachery where each player has his or her own unsavory agenda and no one can be trusted. As the Thames freezes over and the people of London pour onto the ice for a Frost Fair, Sebastian and Hero find their investigation circling back to the palace and building to a chilling crescendo of deceit and death . . ."
Review:
I keep wondering if I am going to tire of this series. Happily, not yet, although I was thankful that the story was back on more familiar ground of political intrigue. Everything from a paranoid, controlling and jealous Prince Regent, a willful princess, palace machinations, a scheming foreign courtesan, and a growing body count as Sebastian investigates... good stuff to keep me happily enthralled. All of the characters (even the cat, Mr. Darcy) have settled comfortably into their respective roles. Maybe a little too comfortably, as Sebastian does not seem to be getting into as many scraps as in previous installments. While there are still moments of suspense (most notably in the Berkeley Square Gardens and on the river during the Frost Fair this time) the outcomes are not a huge surprise. That is always the downside with a long-running series: Unless the author is prepared to occasionally kill off some re-occurring characters suddenly, the suspense scenes start to loose their edge. I know, I can be ruthless sometimes. For me, this series has three strengths: The author's ability to craft wonderful murder mysteries, the atmospheric setting and the strength of the lead characters to be both a team and strong, independent characters.

Overall, another intriguing Regency period whodunnit.

28lkernagh
Jul 4, 8:41pm Top


Book #40 - Behind the Throne by K.B. Wagers
Challenge(s): 75 Group, 2020 Category
CAT/KIT: SFFKIT - Space Opera
Bingo DOG: N/A
Category: Title - "T" Throne
Source: TBR
Format: ebook
Original publication date: August 2, 2016
Acquisition date: May 13, 2018
Page count: 358 pages
Decimal/ Star rating: 3.15 out of 5 /
Book description/summary: from the amazon.ca book listing webpage:
"Hail Bristol has made a name for herself as one of the most fearsome gunrunners in the galaxy. But she can't escape her past forever: twenty years ago, she was a runaway princess of the Indranan Empire. Now, her mother's people have finally come to bring her home. But when Hail is dragged back to her Indrana to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.."
Review:
As far as Space Operas go, this one is not too bad. I should point out that this is the author's debut novel - something I learned after I finished the story - so I am prepared to cut her some slack. The world build is a nice blending of unique with familiar as the Indranans are a race that originated on Earth and have built their traditions, religion, etc around some familiar Earth foundations. Hailimi Mercedes Jaya Bristol ("Hail") fits the bill as a strong female protagonist: a kick-ass gunrunner/privateer with a royal upbringing that she must now return to to save the empire, albeit putting up a fuss and rackling against the prospects of an unwelcome homecoming in the process. Sound kind of familiar? Probably more so in the fantasy genre than Sci-Fi (except Star Wars does come to mind), but that doesn't mean it still can't make for an enjoyable, quick-paced read filled with political/court intrigue. For me, I prefer action/intrigue over world build. I also tend to like my villeins to be the evil individuals they are supposed to be and I like the lead character's "support team" to be composed of equally interesting characters. Behind the Throne ticks all the boxes for a fun bit of fast-paced action escapism reading. the matriarch rule within the empire is captured well. On the downside, there is some repetition (like Hail's speaking/acting before thinking, "I can survive this" attitude and repeated moments of memory angst) that gets redundant really fast. Also, for a woman in her late 30s who has spent the past 20 years living by intuition and gut instincts in the cut-throat gunrunner world, there is way too much of the younger coming-of-age emotional (crying or on the verge of crying) Hail happening here.

Overall, a decent enough first book in what appears to be a series/trilogy. While I enjoyed this one, I will be considering borrowing the other two books in the trilogy from my local library, instead of purchasing them for reading.

29lkernagh
Jul 6, 11:29am Top

I hope everyone has had a happy and safe weekend! Not much to report on my end. Took things easy, did some chores, did some reading, did lots of sleeping. You know.... weekend stuff. :-)

I did finish a book last night: Bad Axe County by John Galligan. A dark, Noir-styled police procedural (and first in a series) set in the small towns and coulees of southwest Wisconsin. I am still pulling my thoughts together but can report out that I am giving this one two thumbs up.

30lkernagh
Jul 9, 7:40pm Top

Not much to report this week. Just being kept busy with work and balancing that with relaxing evenings. I still need to get around to writing that review but that might not happen until sometime this weekend. In the meantime, here is the latest Plays lineup.

31lkernagh
Jul 9, 7:40pm Top



This Week's Play Line-up:

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Donny Osmond - The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel July 10 (available for 48 hours worldwide)
The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan, starring Helen McCrory - National Theatre YouTube channel July 9 - July 16
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare and George Wilkins, produced by Scott Wentworth - Stratford Festival YouTube channel July 9 - July 30

I am looking forward to all three productions! While Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat is a re-broadcast from March, I never say the March showing so looking forward to taking it in this weekend.

32lkernagh
Edited: Jul 11, 9:51am Top

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Book #41 - Bad Axe County by John Galligan
Challenge(s): 75 Group, 2020 Category
CAT/KIT: KITastrophe - Weather Events
Bingo DOG: N/A
Category: Author - "G" Galligan
Source: NetGalley
Format: ebook
Original publication date: July 9, 2019
Acquisition date: N/A
Page count: 325 pages
Decimal/ Star rating: 4.20 out of 5 /
Book description/summary: from the amazon.ca book listing webpage:
"Fifteen years ago, Heidi White’s parents were shot to death on their Bad Axe County farm. The police declared it a murder-suicide and closed the case. But that night, Heidi found the one clue she knew could lead to the truth — if only the investigators would listen. Now Heidi White is Heidi Kick, wife of local baseball legend Harley Kick and mother of three small children. She’s also the interim sheriff in Bad Axe. Half the county wants Heidi elected but the other half will do anything to keep her out of law enforcement. And as a deadly ice storm makes it way to Bad Axe, tensions rise and long-buried secrets climb to the surface. As freezing rain washes out roads and rivers flood their banks, Heidi finds herself on the trail of a missing teenaged girl. Clues lead her down twisted paths to backwoods stag parties, derelict dairy farms, and the local salvage yard — where the body of a different teenage girl has been carefully hidden for a decade. As the storm rages on, Heidi realizes that someone is planting clues for her to find, leading her to some unpleasant truths that point to the local baseball team and a legendary game her husband pitched years ago. With a murder to solve, a missing girl to save, and a monster to bring to justice, Heidi is on the cusp of shaking her community to its core — and finding out what really happened the night her parents died."
Review:
Richly textured and cinematic in scope, this intense Noir-styled police procedural (and first in a series) is set in the rural coulees of southwest Wisconsin where the Mississippi and Bad Axe rivers meet. Visions of a bucolic dairyland countryside are shattered as readers encounter a gritty, seedier world of derelict farms, dangerous back country roads, ingrained attitudes of bigotry and misogyny, police corruption, human trafficking, meth addiction, drug-fueled thefts and acts of senseless violence. Oh yes, and murder. Can't forget that. Told from the alternating points of views of interim sheriff Heidi Kick, recently returned home local baseball player Angus Beavers and runaway teenager Pepper Greengrass, this is more than just a crime/murder mystery. At its heart, this is your classic good versus evil story. In true Noir fashion, the motives of our three strong-will protagonists are fueled by revenge, determination and a 'go it on your own' approach, giving us flawed complex characters to understand and cheer on from the sidelines, even though some of the decisions they make are questionable ones. The author give the reader a lot to think about and really exposes human nature for the complex, dynamic aspect that it is. This is also what I like to describe as a train wreck kind of story... you watch the bad unfolding, helpless to intervene. A lot of this comes from having the three points of view: we know what is happening that the other characters are not aware of, which adds to the gut-wrenching suspense.

The overall effect is a well written, fast-paced, atmospheric crime story filled with long-kept secrets, well developed characters and adrenaline-pumping moments of suspense. Word of caution: If you are uncomfortable reading a story with some really unpleasant (okay, nasty) characters, blatant misogyny, cruelty and violence, this is not a story I would recommend for you.

I received an unedited proof copy from the publisher via NetGalley as lead up to the September 2020 release of the second book in the series, Dead Man Dancing, in exchange for an honest review.

33Tess_W
Jul 11, 10:55pm Top

>32 lkernagh: Definitely a BB for me!

34dudes22
Jul 12, 7:19am Top

>31 lkernagh: - I've been meaning to mention that our local newspaper has a posting each Sunday for various things to stream. This week it's live theater at home. One week it was museum visits. I'm hoping they keep doing this.

35lkernagh
Jul 12, 12:43pm Top

>33 Tess_W: - It is really good, Tess! I have put in a request with NetGalley for the second book. Fingers crossed I get it, but if not, I will most likely be buying the second book when it comes out.

>34 dudes22: - What a great idea, Betty! I admit, I tend to just skim over our "Whats happening" section of the local newspaper. I think I will check and see if they list any streaming suggestions/ideas.

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So, the uneven weather from spring continues into summer. Yesterday was cool, with overcast skies and drizzling rain for most of the day. When I went to sit on our balcony to read in the afternoon, I had to put on my fall down puffer jacket to keep warm! So far this morning it is blue skies and warmer temps (a tad too warm for the pants and 3/4 sleeve shirt I put on expecting more cooler weather). Sighs

36DeltaQueen50
Jul 12, 1:03pm Top

>32 lkernagh: You hit me with that BB as well, Lori. :) This weather is crazy, isn't it. It seems that summer is hesitant about actually arriving. Yesterday it pretty much rained all day here and today it is lovely (so far) - this is the pattern that we've been having for most of June and July.

37lkernagh
Yesterday, 6:05pm Top

>36 DeltaQueen50: - YAY! I did think about you as I was reading the Galligan book, Judy. ;-) This as just been such an odd year. At least it is half over and I do remain hopeful that we will get some decent summer weather.

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I had a surprisingly (unplanned) productive Sunday. Managed to get out and re-pot a number of plants, so the plants are happy. In the process, I discussed the idea of getting some new side tables for the deck area. We currently have resin tables that can be left out in all weather conditions but over the years, they have gone from white to shades of grey with splotchy bits from various outdoor projects undertaken near the tables. While we were debating replacement tables, I remembered the can of white paint I had bought last year to repaint my wooden plant stands. The paint stood up to last winter's weather really well so I thought, "why not paint the tables?" A scrub and two coats of paint later and the side tables look as good as new. No need to go shopping. ;-)

38dudes22
Yesterday, 9:17pm Top

>32 lkernagh: - A BB for me. Just what I need - another series. ;)

39pammab
Today, 12:04am Top

Good on the repotting of plants! This year I went back to a bit of container gardening for vegetables and my plants are not so happy. They won't keep growing past the season, of course, but it does bring home the importance of right-sizing pots and feeding the soil. I'm glad your plants at least are happy in their new homes!

I'm also loving the theater and especially Shakespeare links. The plays are so timeless, and so much better to watch than to read. I just today came across Patrick Stewart commenting on his portrayal of Macbeth's soliloquy on his wife's death beginning "Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow"* -- he said Ian McKellen gave him a note before beginning that role that the most important word is "and". That carries the performance. It's not the sort of detail that I'd be conscious of watching it, much less able to read into it -- but it's so very clearly the right interpretation, and it's the sort of thing that theater brings.

* This speech:

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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