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Aug. 20th, 2017 12:48 pm
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Netflix movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them )

I made some white bread that was nearly a meal in itself. It had eggs, butter, milk in it. When I put it in the oven I set the temp for 350F, or thought I did. But the numbers on the knob are almost rubbed off and my eyesight is bad. It was actually at 250F. When I went to check it 15 minutes later, the bread had risen to half its size again and was as pale as Casper. Oh dear, oh dear. I upped the temp and hoped for the best. Actually the bread turned out good, a big, springly loaf but good.

When I was reading about C.S.Lewis lately, his brother, W.H.Lewis, was mentioned as an author of books about 18th century France and that his writing was quite good. So I requested the only one available from the library, The Splendid Century and I'm finding very enjoyable.

I’m glad August is almost over. The sun is now set before 8pm. And although we get our warmest weather traditionally in September, we know the rains will be coming.

September will be busy for me; I have a list:
Pay the rest of the car insurance
Take the car in for yearly check-up
Take cat back to vet for thyroid check
Take other cat in for shots
Get six month blood test
See doctor for six month check-up
Make dentist appt. Go to dentist
Anticipate favorite returning tv shows
Watch the skies for rain

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Aug. 13th, 2017 12:11 pm
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Netflix movies Cinema Verite, The Iron Lady )

I just finished the biggest book in the world. “The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings, J.R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams” by Philip Zaleski & Carol Zaleski

A group of Oxford based literary men (no girls allowed! Sorry Dorothy Sayers), pre and post WWII, met once or twice a week to discuss philology, literature, their own wips, etc. And drink and laugh and be amused.

The book talks a lot about their work and Old Norse philology has limited interest for me. I read it more for info about their lives. I didn’t not know for example that Tolkien was a devout Roman Catholic. All the Inklings were Christian and that was something that bound them together.

Everything written about C.S. Lewis’ work disinclines me to read any of it. A convert to Christianity, he became a warrior against its “enemies”, atheists and such like. I was more interested in problematic relationship with his father and the long association Lewis had with a sharp-tongued woman old enough to be his mother.

I learned some things so I guess it was worth reading.

Not a movie but I watched one dvd of an old British spy series Callan (1967). Netflix says it’s the first dvd but from reading around it seems to be the third. When we meet the impossibly young Edward Woodward he’s already had some sort of trauma that had him conditioned by the enemy to kill his handler. But now he’s back and he’s bad.

It’s more like LeCarre than James Bond with a you-never-know-who-to-trust motif. And not much budget for sets. The rest of the dvds will come up eventually on the queue. I’m guessing Callan doesn’t walk away happy at the end.

I had some very old plant seeds for flowers and veggies I decided to plant, just to see. I have some basil reluctantly coming up but the lettuce has given up the ghost, It is ex-lettuce. The onion seeds and radishes are next in.

There was some interest in the recipe for the cake that got me a prize the county fair. It’s not online so I had to type it out.

Book is Tea Breads and Coffeecakes by Elizabeth Alston. I bought it probably for the cute cover.

The judge at the fair suggested there was a bit too much flour and I, too, thought the bread was a bit dry on its own, but perfect with coffee. Read more... )

Books and comics read in July 2017

Aug. 10th, 2017 07:45 pm
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Honourable Friends? Parliament and the fight for change - Caroline Lucas
The Thing Around Your Neck - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Orangeboy - Patrice Lawrence
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet vol 2
Sister Mine - Nalo Hopkinson
The Dark Lord of Derkholm - Diana Wynne Jones
Giant Days vol 1
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl
The Glass Universe: The Hidden History of the Women Who Took the Measure of the Stars - Dava Sobel
Fool's Quest - Robin Hobb
The Magpie Lord - KJ Charles

Giant Days vol 1 (four stars), The Magpie Lord (five stars) )

Short stories I enjoyed this month:
Beauty, Glory, Thrift - Alison Tam: contained SPACE and WOMEN, so off to a good start, but also an interesting plot and a world I wanted to see more of. Plus quietly optimistic when it could easily have gone a different way.

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Aug. 8th, 2017 12:40 pm
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Barbara Cook has passed away. My favorite soprano in my favorite musical.

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