Carolyn’s Canadian Reading

I am an ongoing member of the Canadian reading challenge run by my friend, Shonna, in Ontario.  I love reading, acquainting, and supporting the Canadian arts and frequently find names I had never heard of, at book charity sales.  Some are local to me, self-published, and old.  Canadian work is wonderfully unique and well worth hearing about.  My blog review menu is the place to seek a variety of rare, oddball, and famous authors in a great mix.

Shonna, your portrait of your husband in the north is beautiful and exotically inspiring!  Oh, to stand in such a wondrous place!

In my quartet of reading themes, I always am host a Canadian category:  birth, residence, and location.  This year 2020, I am taking a break from my groups for the first time since I built them.  My dear Mom has ascended to Heaven.  I need to heal and reflect, when I miss her the most and adjust to the biggest change of a family’s life.  Here is to you, my precious Mom!

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The books I finished.

The Halifax Public Gardens”  Arthur Carter / The Friends Of The Public Gardens  2008
The Dangerous Dollhouse”  Sarah Gordon  1988
The Sandhills Of Carberry”  John E. Dubois  1976
Anne Of Avonlea”  L.M. Montgomery  1909
Pockets”  Amal El-Mohtar  2015
The Truth About Owls”  Amal El-Mohtar  2014
Regretfully Invited”  Jan L. Mayes  2018
The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag”  Alan Bradley  2010
Wing”  Amal El-Mohtar  2012
(10) “Madeleine”  Amal El-Mohtar  2015

The Green Book”  Amal El-Mohtar  2010
The Egyptian Mirror”  Michael Bedard  2020
Murder At Malenfer”  Iain McChesney  2013
A Trick Of The Light”  Louise Penny  2011
Extra-Ordinary:  Stories Of Manitobans With Down Syndrome”  Jordan Power & Darnell Collins (photography)  2015
Sleight Of Paw”  Sofie Kelly  2011
Threshing:  The Early Years Of Harvesting”  Faye Reineberg Holt  1999
(18)  “While The Clock Ticked”  Leslie McFarlane  1932

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Winnipeg and Manitoba authors.

“Fifty Stories And A Piece Of Advice”  David Arnason  1982
“The Dragon & The Dry Goods Princess”  David Arnason  1991
“If Pigs Could Fly”  David Arnason  1995
“Paddle To The Amazon”  Don Starkell  1990
“The Cashier”  Gabrielle Roy  1954
“The Hidden Mountain”  Gabrielle Roy  1961
“The Road Past Altamont”  Gabrielle Roy  1966
“Wildflower”  Gabrielle Roy  1970
“Garden In The Wind”  Gabrielle Roy  1975
“Children Of My Heart”  Gabrielle Roy  1977
“A Dry Spell”  Susie Moloney  1997
“The Darkest Road”  Guy Gavriel Kay  1986

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Previous participation

I used to use my Canadian review menu for this reading challenge.  Here, I will make an ideal place to browse Canadian books I read previously, by year:  beginning with 2019.  I hit upon all of our provinces and territories, except the new geographic division of Nunavut!

Night Travellers”  Sandra Birdsell  1982
Cirak’s Daughter”  Charlotte MacLeod  1982
The Hangman”  Louise Penny  2010
A Fine Italian Hand”  Eric Wright  1992
The Night Gardener”  Jonathan Auxier  2014
The Promise Of The Unicorn”  Vicki Blum  2002
The Gargoyle”  Andrew Davidson  2008
There Was An Old Woman”  Howard Engel  1993
Tunnels Of Time”  Mary Harelkin Bishop  2000
(10)  “Verdict In Blood”  Gail Bowen  1988

The Shadowy Horses”  Susanna Kearsley  1997
Haunted Canada 3:  More True Ghost Stories”  Pat Hancock  2007
Ghost Stories Of Hollywood”  Barbara Smith & Arlana Anderson-Hale  2000
Hallowe’en Trivia:  Ghosts, Ghouls, Skeletons, Vampires, Witches, Graveyards, Spiders, Zombies, Haunted Houses”  Tonya Lambert  2010
Darling, Pass The Darjeeling”  Pauline Lawson  2004
Haunted Canada 2:  True Tales Of Terror”  Pat Hancock  2005
Caramba”  Marie-Louise Gay  2005
The Tree That Grew To The Moon”  Eugenie Fernandes  1994
Safe At Home With Pooh”  Kathleen W. Zoehfeld & Robbin Cuddy  1998
(20)  “From Warsaw To Winnipeg:  A Tale Of Two Cities”  Stefan A. Carter  2011

Dancing Soul:  The Voice Of Spirit Evolving”  Gwen Randall-Young  1995
Ghost Towns And Drowned Towns Of West Kootenay”  Elsie G. Turnbull  1988
Georgie”  Robert Bright & Christiane Duchesne (translator)  1944
The Wildlife ABC: A Nature Alphabet”  Jan Thornhill  1988
Whitehorse, The Wilderness City”  Ione J. Christensen  1989
My Cat:  A Scrapbook Of Drawings, Photos, And Facts”  Marilyn Baillie & Brenda Clark  1993
Birthstones”  Laurie Steding & James Watling  1995
Canada’s Peaceful Places”  Canadian Heritage  1985
Firefly Time:  The Art And Poetry Of Emilee N. Horn (Carter)”  Emilee Carter  2015
Anne Of Green Gables”  L.M. Montgomery  1908
(31)  “Ghosts Of The Titanic”  Julie Lawson  2011

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I will be all right each Mother’s Day.

My article about the June 18, 2019 Corey Hart concert, a long-awaited sensation to grace Winnipeg, Manitoba exactly a year ago, revealed that my dear Mom had serious pneumonia that night.  I trusted that the rare concert would soothe my terrified soul and that my Mom would survive.  I lived in gratitude thereafter.  Every time I saw my Mom in and out of the hospital:  I told her she was an answered prayer and she loved it.

She worked through temporarily low immobility and energy, which doctors took a perplexing long while to identify as mini-strokes.  Hospital stays from unit to unit, as she got better and went home, had the positive result of visits every week, privately.  A Daughter and her Mom need time alone to talk about whatever they like.  My Mom was formidably strong but mini-strokes persisted.  She ascended to Heaven on January 3, 2020.

I wondered how to announce this.  We had Christmas together, December 30 too, and I greeted New Year’s Day 2020 with my dear Mom as well.  I live out of town and cherished each occasion to be bolstered by all her love and preparedness that I needed.  I would return on January 3 if there was time.  Waiting for Ron to get home from work, something made me say aloud that afternoon, what I planned to tell my Mom.  I spoke to her soul to soul:  that I understood that despite the change in energy, she would still be completely HERSELF.  If her body had had enough, it was okay to go without me being there.  She did:  that hour.

Father’s Day gave me an idea of the writing approach to take.  Ron & I hosted it for my Dad, Uncle, and cousin.  The elder brothers are recent widowers and my cousin, brothers, and I are missing our Moms.  I have no reason to be sad on Father’s Day.  However, I am finally sharing the major news about my Mom, by saying that on Mother’s Day too, I was okay.

The family came over to spend that day with me as well, which made it easy.  But we have a very good Mom, who taught us that bodies are like outgrown clothes we shed.  We exist as much as ever and are still available to each other;  even if we can’t see them.  I have such a sense of my Mom being here, that I have cried little and constantly feel like I am about to phone her, or like she is about to phone me.  I am comforted by the very strong awareness that my Mom is only slightly out of sound and sight:  like a baby secure in her crib, knowing her parents are on-hand.

I am sorry she only lived to age 75 and wish the answered prayer had granted more than 7 months of grace but I used them in gratitude entirely.  I notice a lot of people ascend to the next chapter in January.  It allows healing and time to get used to a big change, before Christmas and our birthdays arrive again.  I think loved-ones in Heaven are relieved we take their transition as well as possible, so they enjoy the reunions and wonders there, with pets and other loved-ones.  If sad, it helps to think:  “I wouldn’t want to ruin her good time, worrying about me”.  Calmness returns.

I did dream that my Mom phoned me recently, after I had needed her.  Thank you for that:  I heard you and appreciate the reassurance!

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Birth Year Reading Of 2020

I love planning my reading around Jane’s themes, especially “Reading Naturally“;  which I miss.  I am here despite unreliable access to WordPress.  My spouse &  I lovingly and excitedly collected abundant books since our childhoods.  The incentive of Jane’s generous, fun rewards, succeeds at getting me to dive into them.

Most difficult:  my precious Mom ascended to Heaven.  I feel fortunate she saw this new year and welcomed it with me, with her sacred Mother’s hugs and kisses.  She knows I love reading, having given me the gift of this love from her, however different our preference in genres.  It will be a balm to the hardest absence in a Daughter’s life.  We pray our son-cat, Conan, is returned to us safely.  My Mom is watching over him and guiding him home to us.  Our open spiritual conversations are powerful and meaningful to me and are the reason we will be all right!

I honoured good old 1972 many times, the year my dear Mom brought me to our world.  Last year, I read four books of 1973, the full year I saw after I was born.  I am bookmarking my inclusion in the fun with this post.  I will choose a year a after I have had a good browse of our well-stocked shelves.

Update September 3, 2020:  I have decided on the year 2011!  This hailed the birth of my dear niece and my parents’ sole human Granddaughter.  The qualifying books I have found at home are these.  When I have read and reviewed them, please follow my links.  Sincerely, Carolyn.

From Warsaw To Winnipeg:  A Tale Of Two Cities”  Stefan A. Carter
Ghosts Of The Titanic”  Julie Lawson
Stories I Only Tell My Friends”  Rob Lowe
The Night Circus”  Erin Morgenstern
A Trick Of The Light”  Louise Penny
Thank You Notes” Jimmy Fallon
Sleight Of Paw” Sofie Kelly
The Cat, The Lady, And The Liar” Leann Sweeney
(9)  “The Haunting” Alan Titchmarsh

Update December 3, 2020:  I finished 5 books!  I draw from literature we have at home, among those I am keen to read now.  Let’s see how many other 2011 novels I indulge in.

December 9, 2020:  I have finished 6 books of 2011!  A fun fact is that 4/9 are Canadian!  Rob Lowe, Jimmy Fallon, Erin Morgenstern, and Leann Sweeney are American.  Alan Titchmarsh is English.

It is Christmas Eve.  I am working on my 9th book from 2011!  I also had a fun realization that a Linda Gillard novel I chose, on-line shopping on Ron’s behalf, is from 2011.  It should arrive this week.  If I receive it later or don’t have time to add it, these 9 books are my firm total.  Merry Christmas, everyone, from Carolyn!

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Dread & Read Selections Of 2020

I love planning my reading around Jane’s themes, especially “Reading Naturally“;  which I will miss this year.  I am here despite unreliable access to WordPress.

Most important and difficult:  my precious Mom ascended to Heaven.  I feel fortunate that she saw this new year and welcomed it with me, with her sacred Mother’s hugs and kisses.  She knows I love reading, having given me the gift of this love, regardless of different preferences in genres.   It will be a balm to the hardest absence in a Daughter’s life.

 

 

There are a number of books I hesitate to read, my spouse’s and my abundant home stock, lovingly and excitedly collected since my childhood and his.  The incentive of Jane’s generous, fun rewards, succeeds at getting me to dive into a few of them.

Neither my Mom nor I are keen on general fiction.  She prefers non-fiction.  I love fiction but need cats, the spiritual, paranormal, or mystery as the chief genre to supplement it.  I am wary of historical fiction and classics.  I have proven to love Canadian classics.  Could I relate to these stories or societies, especially way off in England?

Another dread are authors I tried and disliked.  I am a believer in skill and style that improve and series that grow more interesting.  Approaching modernity helps, as well as falling in love with characters and feeling at home with settings.  Disliking one novel does not deter me and owning many series in entirety are encouragements.

Here is my hit list.  Finishing three will be a boon:  to our space at home, my education, and satisfaction with the achievement!  It is the most gratifying, to find that I love them and I endeavour to stretch the momentum.  Thank you for your idea and wonderful gifts, Jane.

 

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Monk’s HoodEllis Peters  1980

I couldn’t bear the slow writing style of the first novel with superfluous, irritating adjectives and adverbs.  I was glad I read the second novel because it was not only a major improvement.  I was surprised to find it action-packed:  even though, ironically, the first novel was a travelling story and the next, stayed around their monastery.  Let’s see if the sequel removes trepidation about reading the rest of Ellis Peters’s series and Edith Pargeter’s other writing!

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The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s BagAlan Bradley  2010

To say I loathed the writing style and attitude of the child protagonist in the début novel puts it mildly.  I grit my teeth if I hear “precocious” as a description and found this girl mean and as hated, as other readers.  However, owning the sequel is a large incentive, along with sequels being better in my experience.  I want to like a Canadian author that many of my countrymen and countrywomen favour, so I will give it a fair go.

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Sleight Of Paw”  Sofie Kelly  2011

I have dreaded the sequels by this authoress in a series I ought to love:  secret origins of cats.  Unfortunately, the stories are less about this secret and fall into the usual formula of crimes as mysteries, done poorly.  While some scenic and humorous descriptions are lovely, her focus and story-building is wasteful.  On and on she goes about what people are doing with their bodies and routines.  Mysteries should leap to essential plot-building.  Sketching settings and characters should be a heck of a lot more seamless, not pages that drag on.

Delayed since 2014, I will read this entirely because I need 2011 books from home for “Birth Year Reading 2020” and because I already own this as a new paperback, bought years ago.   It dawned on me that it is a perfect item for “Dread & Read Selections Of 2020” as well.

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INCENTIVE SWEETENERS ~

Jane:  please e-mail (RiedelFascination(at)Gmail(dot)com) whenever you obtain items.  Rather than be unknown until mail appears, I would like to cross successful finds off.  Thank you, with earnest pleasure.  :)  Please include a date or year on cards.  Record-keepers and gift-savers like my Mom & I know well, the importance of provenance.

Second hand in at least “very good” condition is swell.  Three gifts I would love are:

the Canadian paranormal novel “Wild Fell” Michael Rowe
the spooky novel “The Floating Staircase” Ronald Malfi
DVD / blu-ray “One Last Dance” Lisa Niemi & Patrick Swayze (region 1 “NSTN”)

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The Weed That Strings The Hangman’s Bag” Alan Bradley  2010

I liked this Canadian youth mystery sequel far better than the first!  I have yet to pen my feedback but my grade rose to a surprisingly enjoyed four stars, from the two stars of this series’ debut!  I could not stand the child protagonist, who was mean and disdainful, thinking herself more intelligent and worthy of anyone’s time.  Flavia made no attempt to be friendly, let alone make friends.  Even though there is such a thing as loners and the studious, she had not come off as a child.

In this story, she was very much a child;  enjoying a puppet show and getting heck from her Dad for tardiness and forgetfulness, rather than seeming like an untouchable person.  Flavia was far more compassionate towards people in need and far more helpful like eager children generally, even with a mystery motive for making the offer.  It probably helped that the mystery was more interesting vehicle too.  I no longer hate the girl and I would pick-up the third mystery second-hand, if a look around the house verifies that I do not have it.

Reading this novel was a successful mission and giving Alan Bradley a second chance was worthwhile and rewarded the effort to conquer former dread.

 

Monk’s Hood”  Ellis Peters  1980

I would call this selection a success.  I will only give it three stars as well because its beginning and ending are slow, not drawing readers into the crux of the storylines.  Ellis Peters spent too long sketching terciary characters and unrelated routinse and events.  The use of needless diminutive words that I loathe like “mildly”, “gently”, “softly” still occur but far less often than the first novel, which I could scarcely read.  I believe I liked the second mystery much better, read in 2018, as much as I loathe stories connected to war or politics.  It is likely because getting to the core of this third one and closing numerous unrelated aspests of it was slow.  However, I find myself able to continue the series; which had been in doubt when I read the début. in 2016

Something my upcoming review will praise was Brother Cadfael’s very believable involvement in solving the case, over personal connections, as well as very plausibly winding up in Wales where the action came to fruition.  I loved the description of the friendly sheep he helped other brothers take care of and how these are not an animal who is killed, allowing shepherds to befriend the beautiful charges and their ewes in their care.

 

Sleight Of Paw”  Sofie Kelly  2011

This novel was an improvement on the first but most notably because the characters, setting, and premise were established and you could get right to the mystery story.  Unfortunately, Darlene “Sofie Kelly”, still does not know how to craft one.  It was a slog to finish, with descriptions of physical movements passing for what I dub “false action” and every scene having characters order, consume, and put away coffee or hot chocolate.

I am glad two of your groups and gift offerings, our dear Jane, made has this slog worthwhile to me.  I had already bought a few sequels new and do not regret giving this Canadian authoress another try.

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Christmas Clues!

Merry Christmas, my dear blog subscribers, group members, visitors, and friends!

Because I love mysteries and run four reading group themes, I looked for games or riddles to play.  In the internet age, I am excited to have found one that does not reduce the resourcefulness of effort and brainteasing fun, to an instantaneous internet search.

Last year, at Ron’s work Christmas party, I was pleasantly surprised to find a stack of written and pictoral games at our table.  Even though our late arrival resulted in occupying a table to ourselves and thus not having team input;  I was excited to see that I have a good mind for clue-solving in real life!  It was a mystery lover’s delight, for this girl!  We came in third place, without the advantage of working through the large stack as early as others, nor of having teammates.  I love using my brain and not looking anything up on the internet.  I was stumped by a few that evening but worked them all out in the next day or two.

I knew right away that I wanted to share this game with family, friends, and peers alike and took a copy home!  My parents, who know Christmas songs as well as I do, did very well at this clue-solving.  It is nice to know that keen minds run in the family, as well as in the nature of mystery buffs.  Now, the season is here for me to share one with you, dear readers!

This is open to all!  You need not be in any of my reading groups and I am always inclusive internationally.  What’s a little postage between friends?

I offer:  a list of second-hand books and a list of other treats, should the books not be to your taste.  I mainly have mysteries, go figure but other types as well.  The alternatives are cute and useful things like:  greeting cards, Canadian postcards, plant seeds, photo prints, or perhaps a second-hand CD or DVD.

If this sounds like fun and if you know Christmas carols well:
I hereby present 12 fun visual Christmas clues!
Identify these Christmas song titles and e-mail them to me.

 

E-mail (RIEDELFascination(at)Gmail(dot)com) as many as you solve by December 27.  We live out-of-town and will mail the prize by December 30, ahead of Canada Post’s increase.

Don’t be shy to try!  If entries are gratifyingly high:  I will draw among those who solve them all.  If entrants were few, I would draw from among everyone who ventured to try, or whomever solved the most.  A for effort.  :)  Sincerely, Carolyn.

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Participants Reveal, 2019

Dear Participants:  I am your hostess, Carolyn, from Manitoba!

Thank you for joining my four themes!  I work hard to make them clear, a pleasure, and pretty.  An unresolved problem prevented me from posting updates and activities regularly.  I watched for comments every time I could load my blog, looked at reviews in the linky buttons, and commented;  if you use WordPress or Goodreads.  I am always available to you by e-mail (RIEDELFascination(at)Gmail(dot)com).

My largest concern was my Mom’s health issues.  Praise God that we have honed in on the right problem:  mini-strokes, from one small blood vessel blockage, thankfully.  Instead of going back & forth from independence, to loss of mobility;  a great hospital staff is treating the right thing.  Our Mom is on her way to mending.  :)

There were no comments and some of you missed the review pages.  However, it is up to me to generate interest.  It is not too late.  I am showing the answer to our “My Kind Of Mystery” logo in this post!  I guess I did not parcel out enough clues to solve it.  However, two participants sent a “like button” on this bookcover at Goodreads, when I read this mystery last month.  Perhaps they forgot to e-mail me the title, author, and year.

No one e-mailed by December 1 that they wanted to be in our year-end prize draw.  I will offer another chance in this post.

Next year, I will ask for e-mail addresses, to alert participants of posts.  There are hosts that do it on a monthly basis and I like it.  Games and information need to be seen, to be of use.  It is too much work to search for places to leave messages at Goodreads and I cannot get comments through Blogspot blogs, if you use a captcha.  Please leave a comment to let me know you have read this end-of-year summary.  I love hearing from you anyway!

****  How Is Your Reading?  ****

I am thrilled by the larger number of return guests and new folks who found me this year:  thank you!  Here are my four progress lists.  My “Gentle Spectrums” categories are filled with at least 4 books, most of them double or treble that sum.  I aim to finish with 18 “Celtic Coasts” books.  There are 48 “Ethereal” and 73 “My Kind Of Mystery” books.

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/carolyns-celtic-coasts/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/21/carolyns-ethereal-2019/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/carolyn-gentlespectrums-2019/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/24/carolyn-mykindmystery/

Most of us follow the January to December calendar but our groups run February 1 to January 31.  We are freer in January, aren’t we?  If you want to add reviews to our databases, visit other reviews, and add wrap-up links from your blog or Goodreads shelves;  I leave them open well past January.  Toggle the challenge menus at the top of this blog.  For your convenience, here they are.

CELTIC COASTS review and wrap-up links
GENTLE SPECTRUMS review and wrap-up links
ETHEREAL reviews review and wrap-up links
MY KIND OF MYSTERY review and wrap-up links

 

****  The “My Kind Of Mystery” 2019 logo reveal!  ****

Are you ready for the 2019 logo answer?  You had a good chance of seeing me read it at Goodreads and it is also in my A to L review menu, at the top of this blog.  Here is the clue I provided, upon which I intended to build.

This novel is by an American authoress of gothic mysteries, largely in the 1970s and 1980s.  She died in 1997.  They are set internationally in unique places:  sometimes modernly, sometimes as historic fiction.  I have read three.  Last year’s was published in my birth year and this one was published the year after.

Here are the book’s name, cover, and authoress:  which was published in 1973!

 

****  Year-End Prize Draw  ****

In the sign-up posts, I said I would draw a prize, among everyone who e-mailed by December 1 to confirm interest.  No one did.  I believe this was an oversight and most of you would enjoy choosing a second-hand book or other treat, from a list of goodies I will send to the winner.

I will give interested parties a second chance to win a prize!  However I want to avoid next year’s postage increase, so this turnaround is short.  PLEASE E-MAIL BY CHRISTMAS EVE.  This will work fine if you choose and reply quickly.  I live out-of-town and will send the winner her mail by December 28.

 

****  May We All Have A Blessed, Happy New Year!  ****

I will renew my group themes next year.  I’ll be darned if technical issues stop something we enjoy.  I constantly read mysteries, a colourful spectrum of subjects, and things that are ethereal and Celtic.  I love furnishing a place to share them.  Please look for new posts in January, after most hosts roll groups out.  I do not have time before then but am not to be missed.  I think e-mails are the key to keeping each other informed and motivated.

Merry Christmas, happy new year, and God bless you!
Please stay tuned for a Christmas riddle that is a lot of fun, in my next post!
Yours truly:  Carolyn and my family, including our Kitties.

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Connect Five – List J

Kathryn offers a generous bimonthly draw and the chance to win a book is motivating.  I love thinking-up themes.  I have succeeded at finishing eleven connections!  I have been reading up a storm!  :)

Here is “List J”.  Accessing WordPress has had a technical difficulty.  I live for comments but contact me by e-mail, to ensure I receive delightful, important messages.  :)

I hope you host this wonderful activity next year, Kathryn!  I am dreaming up many more themes than I read in a year.  Wonderfully, next time, I can restart those I have finished!

 

Introduction To Authors.

City Of The Dead”  Toby Abbott  2009
The Turn Of The Screw”  Henry James  1898
Hallowe’en Trivia”  Tonya Lambert  2010
The Secret Of Devil’s Cave”  Jennifer Hale (Frank E. Smith)  1973
A Child’s Garden Of Verses”  Robert Louis Stevenson & Erik Blegvad  1885

“Caramba” Marie-Louise Gay 2005
“The Tree That Grew To The Moon” Eugenie Fernandes 1994

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My creative entries continue here!  Follow my date headings.  My alphabetized blog menus, separated into Canadian authors and overall reading, are great resources, too.

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/connect-five-books/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-a/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-b/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/connect-five-list-c/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/connect-five-list-d/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/connect-five-list-e/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/connect-five-list-f/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/01/connect-five-list-g/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-h/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-i/

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Connect Five – List I

Kathryn offers a generous bimonthly draw and the chance to win a book is motivating.  I love thinking-up themes.  I have succeeded at finishing eleven connections!  I have been reading up a storm!  :)

Here is “List I”.  Accessing WordPress has had a technical difficulty.  I live for comments but contact me by e-mail, to ensure I receive delightful, important messages.  :)

I hope you host this wonderful activity next year, Kathryn!  I am dreaming up many more themes than I read in a year.  Wonderfully, next time, I can restart those I have finished!

 

Art!

“Darling, Pass The Darjeeling”  Pauline Lawson  2004
“The Kiss:  Lovers’ Quotations And Romantic Paintings”  Helen Exley (editor)  1995
“Norman Rockwell, A Sixty Year Retrospective”  Thomas S. Buechner  1972
“The Art Of The Muppets”  Henson Associates  1980
“Flowers:  A Celebration In Words And Paintings”  Helen Exley (editor)  1992

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My creative entries continue here!  My alphabetized blog menus, separated into Canadian authors and overall reading, are great resources for my reviews, too.

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/connect-five-books/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-a/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-b/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/connect-five-list-c/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/connect-five-list-d/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/connect-five-list-e/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/connect-five-list-f/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/01/connect-five-list-g/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-h/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-j/

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Connect Five – List H

Kathryn offers a generous bimonthly draw and the chance to win a book is motivating.  I love thinking-up themes.  I have succeeded at finishing eleven connections!  I have been reading up a storm!

Here is “List H”.  Accessing WordPress has had a technical difficulty.  I live for comments but contact me by e-mail, to ensure I receive delightful, important messages.  :)

I hope you host this wonderful activity next year, Kathryn!  I am dreaming up many more themes than I read in a year.  Wonderfully, next time, I can restart those I have finished!

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Witches.

Enchanted:  The Wedding Story”  Barbara Bretton  2018
Cloaked In Malice”  Annette Blair  2012
Shattered Silk”  Juliet Blackwell  2016
The Witch’s House”  Charlotte Armstrong  1963
“The Letter, The Witch, And The Ring”  John Bellairs  1976

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My creative entries continue here!  Follow my date headings.  My alphabetized blog menus, separated into Canadian authors and overall reading, are great resources, too.

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/connect-five-books/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-a/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-b/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/connect-five-list-c/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/connect-five-list-d/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/connect-five-list-e/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/connect-five-list-f/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/01/connect-five-list-g/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-h/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-i/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-j/

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Connect Five – List G!

I love thinking-up themes and will succeed at finishing eleven connections!  I have been reading up a storm in November:  my birthday month!  :)

Accessing WordPress has hit a technical difficulty.  I live for comments but contact me by e-mail, to ensure I receive delightful, important messages.  :)

I hope you host this wonderful activity next year, Kathryn!  I am dreaming up many more themes than I read in a year.  Wonderfully, next time, I can restart those I have already finshed!

 

 

 

About Books.

The Bookshop Of Yesterdays”  Amy Meyerson  2018
The Shadow Of The Wind” (La Sombra Del Viento”)  Carlos Luiz Zafón  2001
The Library Of Lost And Found”  Phaedra Patrick  2019
Peril In Paperback”  Kate Carlisle  2012
“Ajax Penumbra 1969”  Robin Sloan  2013

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My creative entries continue here!  Follow my date headings.  My alphabetized blog menus, separated into Canadian authors and overall reading, are great resources, too.

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/connect-five-books/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-a/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-b/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/connect-five-list-c/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/connect-five-list-d/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/connect-five-list-e/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/connect-five-list-f/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-h/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-i/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-j/

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Connect Five – List F!

I love thinking-up themes and will succeed at finishing eleven connections!  I have been reading up a storm in November:  my birthday month!  :)

Accessing WordPress has hit a technical difficulty.  I live for comments but contact me by e-mail, to ensure I receive delightful, important messages.  :)

I hope you host this wonderful activity next year, Kathryn!  I am dreaming up many more themes than I read in a year!  Wonderfully, next time, I can restart those I have already finshed!

 

Carolyn’s October, November, December Connections!

( 7 )  The South – USA

City Of The Dead”  Toby Abbott  2009
The Whispering Room”  Amanda Stevens  2009
Return To Tradd Street”  Karen White  2014
Southern Discomfort”  Margaret Maron  1993
Unnatural Exposure”  Patricia Cornwell  1997

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My creative entries continue here!  Follow my date headings.  My alphabetized blog menus, separated into Canadian authors and overall reading, are great resources, too.

https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/connect-five-books/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-a/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/09/connect-five-list-b/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/connect-five-list-c/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/connect-five-list-d/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/09/05/connect-five-list-e/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/01/connect-five-list-g/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-h/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-i/
https://cmriedel.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/connect-five-list-j/

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Funny Cornwall Arrival!

We all enjoy humour and it is the note striven for in television interviews.  Have you ever imagined which funny anecdote you would tell?  For my birthday today:  I am going to tell a light-hearted instance of ridiculous timing, that makes me grin at the memory!

I have been blessed by worldwide friends via social networks of the 1990s and mail penpals before that.  I travel rarely, so meeting such friends are lifetime thrills as much as the trips.  Coming from Manitoba, you are prepared for all weather but I travel light, because one’s suitcase is carried to each place we go.  Rotate a few shirts with a shorts, jeans, a skirt, and a dress.  I wanted nightwear and a robe as well.

I usually shower and dress before greeting anyone but I can’t bear to dress without bathing first.  I feel sickly uncomfortable and get chilled, therefore my robes are staples.  If I don’t want to wait to attend to a birdfeeder or anything else in the morning, sturdy housecoats take me all around my property, in any season.  However, my usual ones wouldn’t do in a suitcase, so I brought the nightwear that matched my lightweight housecoat.

When we were invited to a friend’s wedding in Essex, it was a must to meet an animal rights friend of mine in Cornwall as well and very welcoming, she and her husband were.  Cornwall is west of the country and Essex is east but there was a clear road there, at a reasonably short distance for a Canadian.  The problem is learning to use roundabouts at the same time as a right-side steering wheel, in countryside not abounding in signage.  We had three essential stops on the way:  the Chiltern Hills, Bath, and Stonehenge.  I wish I could tell you we saw a lot in a day or two.  Alas, it sometimes took miles, before confirming on our wisely brought paper maps, that a roundabout had sent us the wrong way.

More than one motoring delay compounded with the realization that England doesn’t keep Canada’s 9:00 PM retail hours.  We struggled on our way to a desired attraction, enjoyed it and dashed to the next;  to find it closed in bright, 5:00 PM, summertime daylight.  At last in Salisbury, where we would stay overnight to visit Stonehenge;  they made e-mail available to me and I told my friend that tomorrow Ron & I would get there.  I don’t believe we made any more mistakes with roundabouts and we made two memorable, brief stops.  But it took longer than we guessed, to negotiate roads so narrow, that there was only room for one car and through which treetops met at the top!

Naturally, night fell over the unfamiliar distance to go and we were lucky to find someone at that hour.  Fortunately, she could indeed direct us to my friend’s cottage, which we could hardly see.  I regretted knocking at her door at midnight but we couldn’t lose another day and we thought it preferable to keeping her waiting as well. She welcomed us in a sturdy housecoat of her own and told Ron where to park.  We were shown our upstairs room, introduced to her gorgeous black kitty in it, and we would visit in the morning.

I needed the washroom before Ron and the kitty were up.  It was not upstairs;  I traversed the whole beautiful cottage to use it.  First the stairs, then the living room, and after a left turn at the kitchen, I would pop into it.  Not through the living room yet, my friend’s husband comes out, smiling kindly.  There was nothing for it:  I couldn’t nod and promise “be right back”.  This was the first time I was meeting him and naturally, it required all of the warmth and enthusiasm a first impression deserves and a lovely hug.  He is wonderful and Ron & I treasured him as much as his wife.  We also fell in love with all of their kitties, dogs, and a host of dear animals housed nearby.

I am a comfortable housecoat-wearer who strides around my land in it, even in winter.  Nonetheless, you would guess rightly that it was awkward for this, with no one else as focal points, to be the way I met a new male friend.  We got on famously and I am relieved that however I may have looked;  he was warm and gracious.  You see, there was one detail that made me rueful about the timing.  My usual robes were large, so I brought my lightweight one, comprising a set.  The problem was, the housecoat was nothing at all to pack, because it was a slinky little number!  It was so identical to the nightgown of the same material;  that they looked like one garment, rather than the housecoat covering it.

This set, meant for sleeping and packing, was sexier than I would have chosen for greeting a friend’s husband;  on a bright, Cornwall summer morning!

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