MarthaJeanne - Thoughts on books etc. 2022 - first quarter

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MarthaJeanne - Thoughts on books etc. 2022 - first quarter

Jan 1, 2022, 7:43am

The man I didn't marry Good book, but would have been a nightmare to live through. BTW this is a good one to read as an eBook if you aren't into popular culture. I looked lots of references up. Did recognize Peppa Pig, though. She's the one Boris Johnson likes.

Edited: Jan 1, 2022, 6:04pm

One great pleasure right now is working through Revelation (Maxwell). Not so much the commentary itself, which is quite limited. However, I am using my interlinear for the text, and find that I can still read the Greek alphabet, and that a lot of the words make sense. (That any grammar I once learned is long gone is another matter.) Since the time I was trying to learn Greek was back in the last millennium, this seems like a major accomplishment.

In contrast, I have learned the Hebrew alphabet several times in this millennium, but most of it hasn't stuck. However, I am trying again with the help of youtube to learn Psalm 1 by heart in Hebrew. Don't you think I ought to be able to handle that much? It's only 6 verses, simple vocabulary, and lovely sound.

Simple vocabulary is a matter of pov I guess. when we moved to Geneva, we lived in an outer district with its own facilities. We received a welcome package with lots of information - in French of course. Jerry started to work through the history. His French is much better than mine, but he quickly got stuck on the word Évêque. What can that mean? I said, 'That's bishop.' He admitted that that would fit, but how did I know that? A friend had been tutoring me, and we had used short passages with religious content to keep me working at it. Sandra and I were both more interested in that than in the more usual texts for learners. For what it's worth, I much prefer reading Frances de Sales to John Calvin. This is not something you admit to readily in Geneva.

Edited: Jan 2, 2022, 12:42pm

The Country Girls must have been shocking in the 1960s which must be why people read it. I gave it 2 stars.

Jan 2, 2022, 12:59pm

I'm here!

Edited: Jan 2, 2022, 2:13pm

I did manage to move things along on both looms today. The weather is about to change, so no telling when I'll next get the chance to warp, but for now, both looms are working.

>5 fuzzi: As you see, I'm still weaving this year. I bet there is a store near you that offers a weaving class. Both cost and space have led me to stick to rigid heddle looms, but even with that restriction there are so many possibilities!

Jan 2, 2022, 2:31pm

>6 MarthaJeanne: when I retire I will probably dabble in weaving/knitting.

Jan 3, 2022, 5:14am

This is a new picture of the current small loom project, because the old one had the colours all wrong.

Edited: Mar 4, 2022, 11:01am

Raubkind Hundreds of eastern European children were taken from their families to be given to German families to raise during WWII. This is the story of how one such child discovered his real history when he was over 70 years old.

I found it useful that one chapter goes into how this was done at many times and in many cultures throughout history. I wish I could find a book that went into that further.

Jan 4, 2022, 10:33am

>9 MarthaJeanne: I think I'd appreciate a book like that. I've read about the children who were replanted in England from the continent at the beginning of WWII.

Jan 4, 2022, 10:59am

>10 fuzzi: I doubt that it's been translated. The real horror in this case, is that although he knew he was a foster child, he had no idea that he was actually Polish. The 'homes' had managed to delete his first five years from his memory.

Jan 4, 2022, 4:38pm

No Words Ugh. I did finish it, though.

Jan 5, 2022, 7:34am

A Civil Contract Just another example of how Georgette Heyer creates real characters.

Jan 5, 2022, 7:58am

I just opened the ebook of Blonde. No, I am not interested in reading something this long. Back it goes.

Jan 5, 2022, 3:58pm

Sashiko in Farbe I think I need a copy of my own.

Jan 5, 2022, 5:25pm

We didn't watch Fledermaus from the Staatsoper on New Year's Eve, but were able to get it from the web tonight. A very good performance. Actually, the production we know from DVD, but with different singers. I was really impressed by Adele. (Vera-Lotte Boecker). Not just a very good voice, but very good voice control. The other singers were also good, but the way you expect from the Staatsoper. I usually feel that Adele doesn't quite get the full range of her role.

Sorry. No I'm not all that musical, but this is Vienna. Here you are supposed to have opinions about the big musical events. And we know lots of musicians. Some of it rubs off.

Edited: Jan 6, 2022, 3:22am

I've been trying to read Hang the Moon. But it is so full of references that I don't get. Plus being set in Seattle, which is also not a city I know anything about. I don't feel much of anything about the characters. Time to pull the plug.

Just noticed that this is the second book in a series. I gave the first 2 1/2 stars. Long after time to pull that plug.

I have also discovered that another ebook I had on my list was by an author I had read two books by - and gave each **. No, not going there. The next two books on my list are by authors I like.

Edited: Jan 6, 2022, 11:02am

The 'three kings' came by this morning. These are children from the local RC parish collecting for children's charities around the world. At the same time they chalk a blessing above the door. This used to just be done. Now you have to make it clear that you want it.

20 + C + M + B + 22.

We missed them last year, so the one we took down was for 2020. I feel amazingly relieved that we have an up to date blessing. I really missed it when we lived in Geneva.

Edited: Jan 6, 2022, 11:50am

>18 MarthaJeanne: I’ve never heard of that custom. And I grew up in a largely Polish ancestry Catholic town.

Edited: Jan 6, 2022, 4:53pm

Shit Happens This is probably a useful cookbook for beginning cooks who want to cook the basic Austrian dishes. Most of his tips were not useful for me. Either I don't (and don't want to) cook the dish involved, or I have long since learned not to make those mistakes.

Several of his recipes make my hair stand on end. Baked potatoes wrapped in foil. Curry powder not properly toasted. He also does a lot of deep fat frying. In many cases I go at the problem from a different direction. Still it was interesting reading.

Note: This is an Austrian cookbook, not a German one.

Edited: Jan 7, 2022, 2:20pm

>8 MarthaJeanne: Both yarns are making trouble. The lighter yarn is in poor shape, so I can't really fill a shuttle. Since I'm breaking it off after each stripe anyway, it's not a big problem. Just an annoyance.

The suri alpaca has fibres around it that like to grab each other. Sometimes it's OK, but then suddenly I have trouble beating a leno weft because the crossed threads in the warp are grabbing each other. So I have to break them apart. Again more an annoyance than a big problem, just, well annoying.

This is coming along faster than the purple blanket because it is in the living room, so it is easy to work a few stripes when the television is on, or when I get tired of reading.

Jan 7, 2022, 4:06pm

Your project reminded me of an old favorite of mine:

I did not make it, but I’ve had it for 4 decades or so.

Edited: Jan 8, 2022, 12:07pm

>2 MarthaJeanne: Well, I finished. There are some rather gruesome bits, and I don't feel that I got much from the commentary. Revelation Maxwell However I really have enjoyed reading the various hymns in Greek. Revelation does have a lot of good worship between the gruesome bits.

I don't seem to have any other commentary. Guess I need to order Revelation for Everyone

I have about 1/2 dozen more books from this series sitting around. I'm not sure I want to read them.

Edited: Jan 9, 2022, 10:45am

Saying that I read Pugin's ecclesiatical ornament seems a bit exaggerated, as it is a reprint of 59 plates. However, I did look at them all. This is mostly of historical interest, as the designs all seem very overdone.

Edited: Jan 9, 2022, 12:08pm

I'm making a pear and cheese strudel tonight. Have I given you that recipe? You start with purchased puff pastry dough. You also need Camembert and blue cheese, the pears, and caraway seed.

For the Camembert, I always chose French, not the cheaper Austrian. I like it better. I also try to get a round, not divided into triangles. The blue cheese can be fairly generic in my opinion. The pears can be on the green side, as they soften in cooking. Even if you aren't fond of Caraway, I'm not really myself, don't leave it out. I makes a big difference.

Slice the cheeses and the pears fairly thin. Roll out your puff pastry (on baking paper) on your baking sheet and heat the oven to hot. 200-220°C. Now make a nice row of ingredients down the middle of the dough, leaving space to close all around. First camembert, then pear, then blue, then pear... until you have a pile as high as you think the dough will hold. I usually start and end with camembert.

It's best to cut out the corners of the dough, then gently pull the ends over the filling. Now the sides. The sides should meet. If they don't, piece with the corners you cut out. Brush the top with water, and sprinkle with caraway, pressing gently to make it stay.

Now stick it in the oven for probably 15-20 minutes. You want the dough to brown, and the filling to get hot, but not all the cheese to run out.

If you want a fancy presentation, you are going to have to use the paper to move it, then tear the paper away. I just cut pieces in the kitchen.

I got this from an AUA pilot, who got it from a stewardess. No idea where she got it from. It's been a family favourite since our oldest was a baby. Do you realize that his oldest is driving now?

With only two of us at home, we get to eat some cold the next morning, too. It's good that way, too.

Jan 9, 2022, 12:08pm

Jan 9, 2022, 12:40pm

Now that I've been in the kitchen: Pears first and last. I used 2 big pears for 4 layers. One camembert round for two layers, and enough blue cheese for one layer. Yes, I needed the corners to close the strudel. My dough pack was 280 gm. (24 x 30 cm)

The pears need coring and peeling, of course. These were really big ones.

Jan 10, 2022, 4:26am

I'm only about half way through Weil Gott es so will. The problem is that the body of this book is 150 Roman Catholic women's short essays on how they are living with their calling. I find it very moving, very emotional, at the same time I am both bored and overwhelmed with the way the stories are so similar. There are basically 3 or 4 standard patterns, with only a few outliers. I think I have come across one woman who became an Old Catholic priest, one who was priested uncanonically.

I was there when the first Anglican woman was priested in Austria, and shortly thereafter when the first Austrian Old Catholic woman was priested. I knew the Anglican fairly well, and had been in meetings with the Old Catholic woman, and have read several of her books.

Edited: Jan 10, 2022, 6:43am

Our song This one made me cry.

Jan 10, 2022, 3:34pm

The scarf is off the loom, and out of the wash machine. We'll see how it looks in the morning.

Jan 11, 2022, 10:00am

It looks and feels really good. I'm pleased.

Mom sent me a picture of her wearing the houndstooth scarf I sent her.

Edited: Jan 11, 2022, 10:18am

I went downtown this noon. Probably not the best idea. I wasn't really up to enjoying it.

However, I had an email that On Tyranny - Graphic Edition was ready to be picked up. Just Friday I had the email that it would take 6 weeks. I am going to separate the graphic edition out before I enter it. The sashiko book I wanted to pickup was out of stock. Guess I should have put in an online order. Oh, well, next week. Last time I looked they had it in stock. Somebody else beat me to it. Its on order now.

Among other purchases (not there, at the remainders bookstore) was The word for world is forest We have both reread our German copy many times. Yes, I'd rather read the original English. And he plans to do so first. Still, I love the German title. Not often that a translation is better than the original. Das Wort für Welt ist Wald

I'm still busy entering the other books. JM had scallops again today. I usually splurge once a month. The lebkuchen store had our normal purchases in stock. Certainly a worthwhile trip, if tiring.

Jan 11, 2022, 7:10pm

>33 MarthaJeanne: What sashiko book?

Edited: Jan 12, 2022, 6:12am

>34 lesmel: See >15 MarthaJeanne:

Very nice book. Also available in English. I borrowed it from the library, but I want to do some of the projects.

The first project I want to do involves sewing a check to a solid to make a double-sided cloth. The pattern is sewn from the check side, using that to set the pattern. On the other side the stitches form small crosses.

I have a piece of check cloth for embroidery. I know it is meant to make another toilet paper holder like the one upstairs, in chicken scratch. First, I'm sure there is enough cloth there to also make a napkin or two for our bread baskets. Second, several other patterns in the book would make good borders or swatches on the check for the new toilet paper holder.

ETA Got the email. I can pick up the book next time I'm downtown.

(I want it! I want it! But I will wait for next week when the trip will be more worth while.)

Jan 12, 2022, 2:13pm

Edited: Jan 12, 2022, 2:38pm

Also very useful, I assure you.

I checked the piece of checked cloth. I can easily cut a square napkin off the end, leaving me with plenty for another toilet paper roll holder.

Edited: Jan 13, 2022, 6:17am

The Black Moth

This is not her best, but then it was very early, her first book. My copy was printed in 1976. Not only is the glue threatening to give out, the paper has gone yellow and brittle and is starting to break apart.

Jan 13, 2022, 4:17pm

I have just finished spinning and plying the last two rolags I made on the blending board a few months ago. The second one needs to be wound off into a skein, then I have four skeins to wash before they can be used. Not sure yet what I will do with them, but I'll feel free to play with the blending board again. Fun!

Jan 15, 2022, 4:00am

The Butler One of Steel's better works. The two protagonists aren't part of the rich and the beautiful, maybe just the beautiful, but they are on the sidelines of that scene.

Jan 15, 2022, 10:51am

>29 MarthaJeanne: Now finished.

Edited: Jan 16, 2022, 6:47am

Miss Lattimore's letter
Three stars is ample.

Jan 16, 2022, 7:36am

Just started Probable Impossibilities. It starts with the statement that most people never travel more than 500 miles from home. I was born in Barre, Vermont, and before my international travels (before my 10th birthday), I had been to Washington, DC. I have lived on three continents since then, (North America, Asia, Europe) and even been in Africa, if you count a trip through the Suez Canal way back when. I guess I'm not typical.

Edited: Jan 17, 2022, 5:40am

>44 MarthaJeanne: This is a short book, and I am trying hard to finish it. But that first sentence is the most interesting thing I have read in it so far.

OK Finished. Blah. **

He even messes up one of the best explanations of infinity. At Hotel Infinity, all the rooms are full, when a new guest shows up. Each existing guest is moved into the room with the next higher number, leaving room 1 for the new guest. (That this involves an infinite amount of bother is beside the point.) This is where Lightman stops.

But things are just beginning to get interesting. Once that is done an infinite bus pulls up full of an infinite number of new guests. No problem, says the receptionist, and moves each existing guest from room 'n' to room '2n'. In this way, the existing guests are all in even numbered rooms, leaving the odd numbered rooms to the new guests.

Not sure I like the idea of staying in a hotel where you are constantly being moved around, but the maths is fun.

Edited: Jan 18, 2022, 4:53am

Sunrise by the Sea
Luckily I had read the other books in the series, and was able to relate to the rather peculiar set of characters on the island because of that.

Edited: Jan 19, 2022, 10:10am

I picked up the sashiko book this noon. It was a fairly short trip, as I only visited three shops. The bookstore also came up with a quilting magazine and a religion book.

The lebkuchen store is easy because I know just what I want. But there was a new person at the cash register - male! His English and German are as mixed up as mine, and we discussed linguistic matters until another customer came in.

I also replaced my seat cushion at the health store. It's apparently having shipping problems, but the store had one. It's a whole new experience from the old one. I guess after about 15 years it's allowed to have worn out. I was getting tired of feeling the hard chair through the cushion.

Before I went out I washed the check material. First I had to zigzag the edges. But I had to wind bobbins before I could do that. Now to search out my sashiko threads and start stitching.

I also threw a cloth bag in to see how it reacted to being washed. It's good, so I will start saving bags for a quilt project. These cotton bags cost 3 1/2 euros at the health food store. The designs are lovely, and change often. I have decided to sew a quilt with borders between the fronts of these bags. I figure I will need 35 bags, so there is no hurry, just pick up one or two each time I'm in the store, adding in a few from my bag collection. The current choices are a golden tree of life, very nice, and Buddha, who I do not need. In my collection are two copies of a lovely dragonfly, that I would like to colour in, and a great elephant. I will wait until I have at least 10 collected before I start cutting and sewing. I figure that I need a jelly roll for the borders. The darker bits cut to go between the squares, and the lighter ones for the intersections. But that can wait until I have enough to sew.

Jan 19, 2022, 11:10am

>47 MarthaJeanne: what a nice idea, using cloth bags to create a quilt!

Edited: Jan 19, 2022, 4:20pm

City of Girls I'm not crazy about this one.

Mikroorgasmen überall Or this one either.

Edited: Jan 20, 2022, 11:14am

Epic Continent

Such a male book! Not just the constant male heroes. (Even the heroic women are on their own in male company.) But he sleeps rough many nights, or spends time with other men who are also without a roof for the night. I can't identify with this. Not that I can't enjoy references to old literature while travelling.

This finishes all three books that weren't really bad enough to abandon, but which I wasn't really enjoying either. I should have a short period, anyway, of books I want to read the next chapter of. This includes Die Neuerfindung der Religion (Reinventing religion) which I picked up downtown yesterday not knowing if it was going to be great or absolute rubbish. I've got the only copy on LT, it seems, but I like it so far.

It snowed. I've decided to make shrimp and cream sauce over gnocci. It uses lots of things we have at home, so we don't need to go out in this. At least for now it has stopped snowing, so I refilled the feeders. I do not want to traipse out there if more falls. Now it is still just a minimal white blanket.

I found my old sashiko project, but not the threads. Grump.

Jan 21, 2022, 8:51am

I watched the movie made of Monsignor Quixote this afternoon. So many things I liked decades ago no longer satisfy, but this remain one of the best movies I have ever seen.

Jan 21, 2022, 9:47am

Could not get into Still life.

Edited: Jan 21, 2022, 1:15pm

When I got the Noel Streatfeild books out, I also grabbed a few other old favourites like The Lost Prince. I am a lot more aware now of the weaknesses in the story, but it's still fun.

Edited: Jan 22, 2022, 7:22am

I reread Galatea

Jan 22, 2022, 9:31am

These are a few of the bags I want to turn into a quilt.

Jan 22, 2022, 10:19am

>55 MarthaJeanne: Like! Those are great graphics.

Jan 22, 2022, 10:33am

Exactly, which is why I don't just want them on bags.

Jan 22, 2022, 10:50am

A Lot Like Adiós was actually a good story if you ignore the fanfic and the overlong sex scenes.

Jan 22, 2022, 4:10pm

>55 MarthaJeanne: I love the elephant!

Edited: Jan 24, 2022, 7:37am

I decided that with Jerry out for the day I needed a small project that can be finished today. Not a problem, I bought a quilt magazine with several small projects recently. Yes, with few changes this bread basket is just what I need. I do NOT need a handle. Obviously, the materials will be different. I know, I'll raid my collection of butterfly prints. Look, there is lots of this orange dragonfly material for the inside, and this black print will do for bottom and corners. I'll use that for the binding as well. So I got the iron and sewing machine fired up. Once I put my mind to it the outside was quick to make.

Ooops! Next step is batting. Batting. I have scraps of batting, but the bigger pieces all went into hot pads for the kitchen a few years ago. Hmmm. I could cut up one of these mattress covers I have set aside for Caritas. Maybe the wool felt stuff I had for the worms? Neither solution thrills me.

Could Jerry take me to a store after he gets home? It will be getting dark by then. My normal shop is closed on Mondays. But there are two stores in Deutsch Wagram that would/might have batting. Fouey, the better option is only doing online until further notice. The other one is open, but while the list of products includes patchwork materials, it does not specifically include batting.

Hang on! Sure enough I found not one, but two large pieces of batting in a corner. It must have been there for years. A bit on the soft, thin side for this project because it is the thin cotton I prefer for quilts. But I have batting.

I'll get back to work after a short break.

Jan 24, 2022, 8:49am

Sandwich is made and basted. I also started quilting. It's been a long time since I last did any machine quilting.

Edited: Jan 24, 2022, 11:42am

So far I have quilted 2 squares and three triangles.

For next time:
Use basting spray. The hand basting that works fairly well for hand quilting large quilts is not enough for small items like this, and gets caught in the machine.

Sewing around small images looks good, but requires a lot of concentration. I should have set up for free motion quilting. Fighting the feed is too much effort.

Quilt with only the batting in place, then add inside and stitch in place. I'll probably add another lining. This would not be an issue if I had just quilted random loops.

Jan 24, 2022, 3:34pm

Well, so much for finishing the basket today. I am getting tired, and I ran out of bobbin thread. Try again tomorrow.

Jan 25, 2022, 10:22am

Can't find my threads case. I'll buy more thread tomorrow. I did a sizable piece on the purple blanket, but stopped when the purple shuttle ran out.

Edited: Jan 25, 2022, 10:32am

If I got over half way through the book, and am both confused and bored by it, I guess it's time to give up. Hamnet. I gave thumbs up to two reviews that agreed with me.

Jan 25, 2022, 5:01pm

The medieval tailor's assistant

This was probably more detailed than I needed back when I bought it. Now, after two pandemic summers with no medieval markets to visit, I haven't even worn my purchased 'medieval dress' for a long time.

Edited: Jan 26, 2022, 4:14am

Also finished So We Meet Again yesterday. One of these books that makes me glad I only get current US culture second hand. If Korean spice packages to give flavour to high end grocery subscriptions is an idea that will go viral, then it's not anywhere that feels familiar to me. It was good reading this as an eBook as I could easily look up memes I wasn't familiar with.

(Bear in mind that LT is all the social media as I do.)

Jan 26, 2022, 9:23am

Die Neuerfindung der Religion (Reinventing Religion)


OK, I need to start by saying that I read this in German translation. This is what was available to me. Many times I wished to be able to refer to the English original. A lot of the book turns on the meanings of similar words, and it would have been nice to know which words the author was really talking about. Occasionally the translator had to rewrite a paragraph because the German just didn't do what the English did. I welcomed these sections for making the relationship between the original and translation more transparent.

In essence, this book is a defense of religion. Not any particular religion, but that humanity requires religion. Most of his examples are taken from Buddhism, and the examples from (Judeo-)Christianity make it clear that his Biblical knowledge is mostly second hand. The Epilogue makes a strong case for standing together to defend the witness of mystics throughout the world and the ages that there is more than just the material world, and that we need to attend to those other dimensions to be holy and whole.

Jan 26, 2022, 9:39am

>68 MarthaJeanne: There may be one or two scientists who consider the repeatedly similar experiences of mystics as a body of evidence for a real phenomenon. I’m amazed at how many dismiss it as delusional.

Edited: Jan 26, 2022, 10:00am

>69 2wonderY: So they consider us delusional. I bet our delusions last longer than current science.

The issue of New Scientist I bought this morning talks about a new particle that may undermine the standard model of physics.

Jan 26, 2022, 6:01pm

Jan 27, 2022, 8:22am

>71 MarthaJeanne: that's a Heyer I've not yet read, did you like it?

Jan 27, 2022, 10:56am

Yes, it's one of my favourites, but a lot darker than most of her regency books, not a simple love story. Oh, that's in there, too, of course. What's not in there are all the balls, and London social life. I see that you have given Jane Eyre 5 stars. You'll probably like this, too. Now I've probably set you up to be disappointed. It's a lot shorter than Jane, not as deep - no, not a classic - but it does deal with some of the same issues.

Jan 27, 2022, 12:26pm

>73 MarthaJeanne: yippee! The local public library has a copy. I will give it a try. :)

Jan 27, 2022, 12:43pm

I found it on audio. I may give it a try as well.

Jan 27, 2022, 1:36pm

Now I'll be nervous until I know what you both think.

Edited: Jan 28, 2022, 3:07pm

The grandmother's tale : three novellas

I very much enjoyed these stories. Enjoyed separating these editions out of a related work much less. However, I have done the best I could and added the work to work relationship and disambiguation notices to protect my work.

Jan 30, 2022, 10:26am

Jan 30, 2022, 2:56pm

Mending Matters Quite outside the fact that we don't wear out jeans the way she does... I don't really have a lot that can be mended with her techniques. Frayed collars are more the thing that convinces me to give up a shirt. There is also a lot of repetition. The first steps of all the projects look like they have been mostly copied and pasted.

Still, the basic idea, mending good quality clothing in stead of buying more poor quality clothing is good. I have a lot of much loved clothing from the past 20-30 years. To the extent that I can't justify buying anything new, even if I love it, even from my favourite 'sustainable and ethical' designers.

This seems to be rather in these days, and I have several similar books, both English and German.

Feb 1, 2022, 3:24pm

My Real Children 4 1/2 stars. This is amazing!

Edited: Feb 1, 2022, 5:37pm

Another of the children's books I grabbed recently was The Twenty-One Balloons. One of my all time favourites - you do know it, I hope. First published in 1947, it has won all sorts of awards.

Feb 2, 2022, 2:38am

Freier flug Rather strange book about falconry, and also about becoming a father.

Feb 3, 2022, 7:51am

>76 MarthaJeanne: here is my review:

Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer

A darker but very satisfying story about an orphan who is suddenly invited by distant family to come to their estate for "a visit". The sinister theme underlying this story is done in a subtle manner. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

Edited: Feb 6, 2022, 11:38am

Light the Stars & The Farmer Next Door The first book is fairly standard chicklit. The second is very good Amish chicklit with alpacas. It is however quite clear that Patricia Davids is not a spinner, and neglected to do her homework.

I received 3 Amazon packages today. The final book of the order should come on Monday. I'm counting these books as the first half of my Thingaversary books.

I'm a bit upset that I seem to have ordered the hardback of The Consequences of Fear? Oh well. Hmmm, the paperback doesn't seem to be out yet. This is the British edition which is much cheaper than the US one.

Revelation by N T Wright will be better than the other commentary I had.

Eating to Extinction I have had perry, but am not likely to ever eat any of the other foods in here, but it should be an interesting read.

Four Lost Cities

Sewing with African wax print fabric Yes, I have a piece downstairs.

Embroiderers' Guild Transfers Collection This one I have already read. It is a collection of hot iron transfers along with a short book describing how to use the transfers as a starting place for creative embroidery.


With Krokbragd: How to Design & Weave still to come.

Quite a selection!

Feb 6, 2022, 8:39am

Feb 6, 2022, 3:03pm

Arabella As this copy was printed in 1976, I suppose I should be pleased that all the pages are still here, and not upset that it is falling apart.

Feb 6, 2022, 3:16pm

>86 MarthaJeanne: I read that back in 2020.

Edited: Feb 6, 2022, 3:32pm

I have five dates recorded in LT, and used to read my Heyer even more frequently. According to the author page I have 42 entered, not all replaced when they last wore out.

Edited: Feb 7, 2022, 4:38am

>84 MarthaJeanne: Don't know what Amazon is up to. I ordered the books last Wednesday. They said all would come on Monday. They divided it into 4 packages. One was dispatched on Thursday, two on Friday. These came in one delivery on Saturday.

That left one book to be delivered on Monday, but as of last night, it had not been dispatched. Now it says it was dispatched today, arrived in Vienna this morning, and will come today. (Not yet out for delivery.) I'm guessing that they stuck it in the fast delivery rather than have to say they had gotten the delivery date wrong.

Anyway, today is better than tomorrow for me, but I would like to go to the supermarket this afternoon.

Edited: Feb 7, 2022, 8:10am

I was trying to read Flicken und Stopfen until I found myself back in pages I had already read. There seem to be more doubled than are missing, but I would really like the missing pages. I've contacted the publisher. This happens now and again. I've always had good service on these things.

ETA They are sending me a new copy.

Feb 7, 2022, 8:13am

Krokbragd arrived. It is a bit complicated - meant more for people with bigger looms than mine, with just a bit on using it with rigid heddle. I will put it away now until the summer when I can try it out.

Feb 7, 2022, 4:47pm

Finished reading The Complete Maus

Edited: Feb 8, 2022, 12:47pm

Jane Eyre The discussion above made me feel it was time to reread it again. Interesting. it was entered here in 2013 with no reading dates. It's obviously been a while. The book is as good as ever.

Feb 8, 2022, 2:46pm

>93 MarthaJeanne: I love Jane Eyre, have reread it in the last couple years...I think.

Edited: Feb 8, 2022, 3:38pm

I also have a very good video of Jane Eyre. It is interesting that I was NOT seeing the video scenes as I read the book. Now and again, perhaps, but in general the book was in charge.

I first read it in the 1960s. Certainly many times since then. I added a rating today. What rating? ***** of course.

Edited: Feb 8, 2022, 5:08pm

The weather report says sun, low wind, and 14° temps tomorrow, so I went down and finished the blanket panels on the loom. As I estimated, this took about an hour. The cloth measured 427 cm off the loom. It's now in the wet finishing stage. (aka on the wool cycle of the wash machine.) It will be shorter after that, but I need that number for warping the third panel.

Now I need to get out there at about noon tomorrow and warp the loom for the centre panel. Let's see: 215 + 10-20% + 2x20-30cm loom waste. I need a generous 3 metre warp.

Measured wet after finishing I get 415 x 51, Meaning that my final blanket should be about 2m x 1.5m which is about what I was aiming for. It will have fringe on one end, and binding on the other.

Just as a reminder:

Oh, I had a few problems with the purple yarn at one point, and discovered that the centre is chain stitch of the gold with a thin net of the purple around it. Rather weird. It's very elastic, but that hasn't really been a problem.

Feb 8, 2022, 6:42pm

>96 MarthaJeanne: I so enjoy seeing your weaving.

The expression "wet finish" reminded me of when my dh worked in a woolen mill, and I heard all types of weaving terms.

Feb 9, 2022, 1:08pm

I got the loom warped. It did not go smoothly. We had to drive to the wool store to replace a whole ball of the white that I destroyed. One purple warp thread is falling apart, and will have to be repaired eventually. But the outside parts are done. The warp still needs to be rearranged in the heddle and tied to the front bar, but I can do that sometime when I have recovered a bit.

Edited: Feb 9, 2022, 2:43pm

Sewing with African wax print fabric

If you want to make a living selling African wax prints, you have to give your customers ideas of how to use these bold textiles. That is what Aduku Parker has done here. She includes both clothing and accessories. The directions are very complete. She does not assume that the reader is experienced at sewing. These patterns will also work well with other bold, large scale fabrics. Because they use a minimum of pattern pieces they are well suited for beginners.

And you won't go into a party and see someone else in the same dress!

Feb 10, 2022, 10:15am

If the shoe fits

I don't think I can possibly give a book about shoes and reality television higher than 3 1/2 stars. It's at the upper end of 3 1/2, but I just can't go higher.

Feb 10, 2022, 11:33am

Apparently I didn't mention Knödelschatz when I finished reading the library's copy. They got their copy back yesterday, and a copy came home from the bookstore today. Still not sure how much I will actually use it.

Feb 10, 2022, 5:55pm

Crochet for every Day There are a lot of patterns in here that I would never wear. I'm from a generation that grew up back when your underwear was supposed to not be seen. However, the designs are fantastic, and once you get to jackets and vests, the problem no longer exists. I think I need the round vest.

Feb 11, 2022, 7:37am

>90 MarthaJeanne: Many thanks to Penguin Random House for dealing with this so quickly.

Edited: Feb 11, 2022, 8:25am

If you buy an iPad, and you don't intend replacing it as soon as a new model comes out, my advice is to buy at least two cases for it. The ones Apple sells are very good, but I have not been impressed with the ones from other venders. However, they change sizes just enough each time that the new cases don't fit, and the old ones aren't made any more. (Can I show you the new models? NO!) I have just used two strips of tape to fix the hinge. It no longer snaps off, of course, but it is no longer threatening to fall apart, either.

This is a lot cheaper than buying a new one when the old one does everything I want.

Feb 11, 2022, 9:42am

The trophy child

If a book is a murder mystery, they should say so on the cover.

Feb 11, 2022, 4:33pm

Geometrical quilts

I prefer working on less complicated quilt designs, and I am not a working mathematician, so while the beauty if these quilts rather amazes me, I do not feel called to copy them. But just imagine a set of them hanging up in a high school or college maths classroom.

4 1/2 stars just for the eye candy.

Edited: Feb 13, 2022, 5:21pm

Flicken und stopfen Finished.

Beauvallet This is not Heyer's period.

Battle Royal More Ebook chicklit. Reality TV and bakeries.

Feb 14, 2022, 4:13am

I started doing Wordle recently. I'm really glad there is only one a day. Today's was tricky, but I got it in four.

Feb 14, 2022, 8:06am

In Männerkleidern

This is the story of the last woman to be executed in Europe for having sex with another woman. Her wife got off with lesser punishment because she insisted that she didn't know she was married to a woman. It's an interesting story. The sources are also printed in the book, but I don't feel the need to go through pages and pages of 18th century German that just repeat what the main part of the book explains.

Edited: Feb 15, 2022, 11:14am

I've got that ball of white yarn I had to cut off the loom sorted out into nice little butterflies. They are big enough to work three directions on the zoom loom, with the fourth being one of my handspuns. They look nice, and should work up into a nice afghan or something.

So I'm back to blending and spinning.

Edited: Feb 15, 2022, 2:37pm

While I'm at it: This is the middle panel of the blanket.

Note: In both cases the white yarn is Preber 3fach by Ferner Wolle. I've used it on a couple of other projects, and am very happy with it.

Copied from info sent elsewhere:
This is the central panel of a blanket. The outer panels have more purple. The white (actually off-white) is 100% wool from a fairly small Austrian yarn company. I've used it in several projects so far, usually mixed with my self spun wool.

In this case, I was digging in my stash when I found the purple. I seem to have bought it in sell out some time ago. It is a gold chain stitch surrounded by a purple woolen net. Very elastic. The label says 70% wool, 18% viscose, 12% polyester. It's been better to work with than I expected.

I'm using a 30 ends per 10cm heddle on my 60cm Ashford loom. The finished blanket will be just over 150 x 200 cm with fringe on one end and binding on the other.

Edited: Feb 15, 2022, 3:12pm

>110 MarthaJeanne: those look like the loop potholders we used to make as children!

>111 MarthaJeanne: will the weaving tighten up or will it remain as open as it is now?

Feb 15, 2022, 3:30pm

These are made on a 10 cm loom, so they would be very small potholders, but yes, they are made on a pin loom much like a small version of those potholder looms. Only you use yarn and not those loops.

It tightens up somewhat. First, because it is under tension on the loom which pulls it apart, second, it fulls a bit - another way of saying that it begins to felt, but not to any great degree. Enough to notice some shrinkage, though.

Feb 16, 2022, 10:27am

It's probably me, but I am being so bored by Circe that I have to give up on it.

Feb 17, 2022, 8:10am

>99 MarthaJeanne: Related to that, I just saw this story about African print clothes for children in Oakland.

Edited: Feb 17, 2022, 4:53pm

Some of Sophie Kinsella's books are fun, or at leasr readable. I do not include the shopaholic books in that. Now I have decided to add Love Your Life to the 'not' list. As in, not finish. I found a review to thumbs up.

Edited: Feb 18, 2022, 5:15pm

The heart principle got 4 1/2 stars from me.

So when is her next book coming out?

Feb 18, 2022, 5:52pm

Feb 19, 2022, 9:41am

Reading Eating to Extinction I came across this reference:

" The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company (the Walmart of its day)"

We shopped a lot at A&P when I was growing up. This just feels so weird.

Feb 19, 2022, 10:18am

>119 MarthaJeanne: Sounds like a good title. Ordered the audio version.

Edited: Feb 19, 2022, 11:00am

It's a good book. Interesting material, and well written. And although it is a book about a major problem, there is still a good deal of hope written in.

Edited: Feb 19, 2022, 5:07pm

I quite understand why Landfall isn't in print any more. It's just another of Nevil Shute's WWII books. It was written in 1940. My copy is from 1971, and I really hope it will survive another reread or two. It is one of my favourites.

Feb 19, 2022, 6:05pm

Feb 19, 2022, 6:13pm

>122 MarthaJeanne: I should read more of his. I’ve loved the few I have found.

Feb 20, 2022, 2:10am

is really off topic here, but if anyone else likes goldwork they might find it interesting, actually even exciting.

Feb 20, 2022, 3:06am

>125 MarthaJeanne: Yes! That’s perfectly wonderful. Somehow, I feel as if I’ve touched those materials at some point in my life; but I can’t recall where or when.

Edited: Feb 20, 2022, 3:38am

Oh, I have! Working with gold is amazing! It's also very picky and time consuming. I organized a goldwork workshop once with the friend who introduced me to LT. We paid her very little, but she could claim her trip to Europe as business expenses. Linn Skinner died 10 years ago, but my first reaction to that video was to want to email her about it. I still miss her so much.

Edited: Feb 20, 2022, 6:58am

Another ebook I am enjoying is Fuzz.

"Whatever you do in this life, stay away from an inebriated bull elephant in musth."

Edited: Feb 20, 2022, 9:24am

I've more or less planned a zoom square blanket based on the squares in >110 MarthaJeanne:. Tomorrow I'll wet finish the squares I have so far, and then on Tuesday I can start doing some sewing together every time I finish a new square. Since if I make a full (single) size blanket it will need at least 300 squares, this will take most of the year if I average one square a day. I finished a few more squares today and prepared a few more rolags. (iPad does not like that word.) However, by next winter I should have two new woollen blankets.

What I'm planning is a centre of 5x10 white with homespun squares. Then a single row of homespun squares. ( I have most of these already.) Then two rows of the white again. Then a row of brown squares with the fourth pass homespun, and a final row of white. The rolags I made today are fairly light in shade to contrast well with the brown yarn.

Feb 20, 2022, 10:18am

Gave up on The Windfell Family Secrets as I haven't read the first book in the series.

Feb 20, 2022, 12:48pm

>125 MarthaJeanne: I don't sew, only mend, and I don't do needlework. But, wow, that video was fascinating!

Feb 23, 2022, 2:45am

Fuzz This was fun to read.

Edited: Feb 24, 2022, 3:38am

I'm making progress on the zoom blanket, at various levels.

The rainbow rolag should provide several different yarns for the fourth level of squares.

Feb 24, 2022, 4:39pm

Feb 26, 2022, 7:57am

Am falschen Ufer der Rhône I liked the first few books I read by this author, but more recent ones less so, and gave up on this one.

Edited: Feb 26, 2022, 10:02am

Med, Claudia Roden never disappoints.

Edited: Feb 26, 2022, 12:34pm

Heilige Pracht : die schönsten Bibeln des Mittelalters

This is probably as close as any of us are likely to get to the Biblical treasures in the British Library. Examining the illustrations has been a wonderful experience.

That the work showing the best Bibles in the British Library got translated and published in German is a good indication of how special this collection is.

Ruth, can you borrow this somewhere? You would love it. (Maybe tell your professor the college library needs it.)

Feb 26, 2022, 4:07pm

>138 MarthaJeanne: I may try that. It’s a $50 purchase here.

Edited: Feb 26, 2022, 4:29pm

Why do you think I read it in German? The library has it.

Just finished The vaccine. A very readable account of how BioNTech created their vaccine.

Feb 27, 2022, 6:30am

Auguste Viktoria I will not be reading this.

Feb 28, 2022, 8:09am

>138 MarthaJeanne: tempting...

Edited: Feb 28, 2022, 10:04am

I have wet finished about a dozen more zoom squares for the blanket. I really need a lot more variety in the white ones, but I'll be able to keep up some sewing. I also have three skeins of plied yarn to finish, so next week's squares should help.

The yarn I ordered two weeks ago hasn't arrived, so I emailed yesterday to ask if my friend and her family are well. Turns out they have taken turns being ill, finishing with the daughter's appendectomy. (There are also animals to care for.) The yarn should be here in a day or two. We sent several messages back and forth finalizing the shipment. I'm just so glad I wrote saying that I was concerned about her and not demanding my order. This is for the vest mentioned in >102 MarthaJeanne:. I've had my eye on her plant died yarns for some time, and this should work well.

Mar 1, 2022, 3:17am

Pollak's arm I have to say first that Laocoön has never really impressed me. I do remember walking past it in the Vatican Museums. This short novel is a second hand retelling of the memories of a Jewish art expert in Rome on the eve of being picked up by the SS. His greatest fame is having found Laocoön's real right arm, and thus reinterpreting the work. The book itself depicts the way anti-Semitism worked to destroy culture in twentieth century Europe. It's short, well-written, and if this one statue gets more attention than I care for, there is still a lot of interesting detail about the art market.

Edited: Mar 1, 2022, 5:35am

Jerry was just outside taking pictures, and caught his foot resulting in a lovely T rip in the knee of his jeans. He was of the opinion that the jeans are quite old, and don't even fit all that well.

"No! No! You don't understand! I can finally use one or more of my mending books!"

He has often been disappointed that I do not feel able to patch the holes he wears between his thighs on dress pants. I also don't sew new collars on shirts when they get threadbare. But here is a perfect example of a hole that can be repaired.

However, I have a funny feeling that a denim patch without fancy embroidery is more what he would prefer. I never could convince any of the boys that the solution to their getting taller was to add embroidered bands to the hems of their trousers.

Mar 1, 2022, 10:16am

>145 MarthaJeanne: You May be right. But isn’t he an original ‘flower child?’

Mar 1, 2022, 10:36am

>146 2wonderY: I might have more luck with a dragonfly.

Mar 2, 2022, 3:22pm

Die Frauen von Schönbrunn Maly writes good books. This one is about the Schönbrunn zoo during WWII.

Edited: Mar 4, 2022, 5:04am

Heimat is the German edition of Belonging. It tells of Nora Krug's attempt to come to terms with her German family and their history.

It was particularly moving so soon after reading The Complete Maus as the techniques used are similar, and they tell different sides of the same story. Spiegelman is a generation older, but both authors are caught in the need to find out what really happened.

I have made that recommendation.

Mar 4, 2022, 2:57pm

I did something stupid this afternoon. A recent magazine has a lovely Assisi bell pull. I ran across the pattern again this morning, and checked that a certain store had the linen band I would want to stitch it on, but with my current projects and the wool coming, I didn't really intend to start it. But when We had finished at the supermarket and Jerry asked where else I would like to go, somehow 'Carmelitermarkt' came out. It was actually not easy to get there, as by 14:00 on Friday afternoon half of Vienna seems to be leaving the city. We had to use a different bridge to cross the Danube. Anyway, I got the materials. I have washed and ironed the band, and have stitched 3 half rows (of a total of over 200). This is not a quick finish to be a change of pace. But it is a lovely pattern.

Mar 4, 2022, 3:36pm

You know the more projects you have going, the longer you’ll live. At least that’s how I see it.

Mar 4, 2022, 5:15pm

Delusions of Gender

This is a reread after picking up a discounted copy. I'm happy with the rating I gave 7 years ago (4 1/2).

BTW Back in the 80s my eldest son had a baby doll. I made sure it 'matched' the physical features of him and his baby brother. The boys also had a grocery store, and a toy kitchen where they made pretend pancakes. I did have to make the stovetop myself, as the ones in the shops were too small. I suspect that this kind of thing was easier back then. On the other hand, at about the turn of the millenium I made a pink princess skirt for the daughter of a friend. She really wanted one for Christmas, and we couldn't find one in all the shops we tried.

Mar 5, 2022, 8:29am

The personal librarian At the end of the first hundred pages I'd have given this at least 4 stars. But the rest of the book dragged on and on about society. 3 1/2 because it did pick up somewhat towards the end.

Edited: Mar 7, 2022, 8:34am

I'm beginning to think this needs dividing into a topic for books and one for other stuff, so I'll do that now.

The other topic is at