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A still life. PS I'm fine. Things are fine. We're all fine. Well, Edward has pneumonia but thanks to the discovery of antibiotics he, too, is mostly fine. We went to Canada. We went to Canada and stayed for quite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at Julia
They¹ll listen. They have to listen, they¹re trapped in the car bwah ha ha. Off the top of my head I would recommend Magyk (first book in Septimus Heap series - starts a little alarmingly but is not so fraught moving forward) or Artemis Fowl (boy genius criminal plus fairies) or Sisters Grimm (don¹t remember the first one - they¹re a leetle dark but not too bad I hope) or Wee Free Men (the late, very great Terry Pratchett doing what he did best.) If I think of more I¹ll post more.
Toggle Commented Jun 4, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Well ok then. Very good to know, thank you.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Bird noire.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Oooh, thank you. Will look for them.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
You should hear these birds. So. Screechy.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Eva Ibbotson wrote the absolute best, most charming, most perfect young adult historical romances ever produced and unless the genre makes you literally throw up you should read them. There are five (six?) of them but A Company of Swans and Countess Below Stairs are particularly swoony. I will absolutely check out the two you mentioned. She was a great talent.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
Patrick just read The Giver for his English class and then forced his copy upon me because he said I had to read it. I admit that I whined because I don't really *like* dystopia but I was touched that Patrick wanted to share, so I read it. I found it... troubling and I mean that in the best possible way. We disagree strongly over the what - exactly - is happening at the end by the way. Patrick says I need to read the sequels. Thanks for the Eragon heads up. I remembered vaguely that my bookish blog friends were not enthusiastic but I could not remember why. The fact that it is not good, apparently.
Toggle Commented Jun 3, 2016 on Comes With Chips at Julia
A couple of weeks ago Caroline rather breathlessly announced that she and her friend K were going to start a band. "I'm going to be the singer." "Fun." "And he's the drummer." (Of course he is. Aren't they always?) "Great,"... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Julia
Some time last week - or maybe it was the week before - I read an article on procrastination in the Washington Post which in turn lead me to this post from the Wait but Why site (whose subtitle by... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2016 at Julia
Peirce, a misspelling, I do beg his pardon. As for the rest of it: fiddle. He *was* a wealthy gadabout, his work *has* been largely forgotten and the man left three wives of his four wives. I don¹t find any of these statements disparaging (personally I aspire to gadabout) nor do I think that they are invalidated by your points. I grant that he was a devoted father. I have no doubt he served well in World War I. I am sure reasonable people may disagree about the quality of his work. And finally, no, since my passing mention of him - as best as I recall - revolved around the epic nature of his turtle prank and was not intended as a biography; I really don¹t think a whole lot of research was warranted. That said, I do understand and sympathize with your heated response. If I was tooling along the internet and came across some snide reference to Wodehouse (a quote from that jerk Milne, for example) I would probably be tempted to leave a nasty comment, too. I wouldn¹t, of course, but I would be tempted.
Toggle Commented May 3, 2016 on What I Don't Know Could Fill A Barn at Julia
[There is another new post below this one - I decided to separate them because... honestly because I didn't like the arc. What can I say.] "Mom!" Caroline said as she got into the car yesterday, "We're having a science... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Julia
During an especially tense game of Catan I recently begged Edward to trade me a grain card and - upon his cold refusal - wheedled, "Surely with all those cards in your hand you can spare a small quantity of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2016 at Julia
When I spoke to my mother this morning I informed her that I was in the process of driving home my new fish. There was a pause. Then she said, "Am I to take it that you've suffered a bereavement?"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Julia
Oh heavens how I have missed you! Do you want to see my new brace? In addition to being rather sporty, it is significantly smaller than the other one; so not only can I now move the top joint of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2016 at Julia
After taking January off to spend more time with my football I was ready to return to the internet today refreshed, revitalized, reinvigorated... when my doctor decided this morning that the best way to treat my swollen-like-a-cocktail-tomato thumb joint is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Julia
The Happy Caroline and Edward turned eight. Let us all take a moment to ponder this because... WHAT? Eight? The Sad Jamy died early on the 26th. It was a good death. Very peaceful. We had made her a bed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at Julia
"C'mon, Edward," I said. "Let's go. Time for school. Move it along. Last day before the winter break." With the exception of the vacation carrot at the end there, this is standard morning chivvying. Repeated so often as to become... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at Julia
I think with pets - elderly pets, you understand, who have lived long lives filled with sunny windows - it is not so much the death that hurts us as the dying. My vet friend once told me that everyone... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at Julia
Edward has been home sick for the past two days. Not so sick that he's miserable but sick enough that I'm pretty sure they would've shipped him back to me if I tried to unload him on the school; all... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2015 at Julia
In order: ^ I returned those cleats to the hot pink hell from whence they came (at least that was my intention; Frodo was looking a little peaky as he set off with the UPS box but I'm sure he'll... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2015 at Julia
After a return to soccer following my eighth grade retirement from the sport, many analysts thought that that would be the final curtain on my career. How wrong they were. Temporarily maddened by the triumph of knocking over children while... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at Julia
Wonton filling.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2015 on Miss Marple And Me at Julia