Monthly Archives: January 2009


Yikes!  I’ve never been tagged before, here goes….


Eight TV shows/movies I watch regularly

1.  Coronation Street

2.  Jeopardy


4.  Corner Gas

5.  Seinfeld

6.  Miss Marple Mysteries (with Joan Hickson)

7.  Rumpole of the Bailey

8.  Out to Sea  (Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon)

Eight Things I Did Yesterday (Tuesday)

1.  Went to Bible Study in the morning

2.  Surfed the Web – found instructions for building a light box

3.  Napped

4.  Read some of my new book by Alex. M. Smith  (The World According to Bertie)

5.  Went for supper with Adam

6.  Snapped some shots for SKYWATCH

7.  Played some Bejewelled

8.  Got tagged!

Eight Things on my Wish List

1.  West Coast road trip (from Vancouver, Can. to Baja, California)

2.  New house

3.  Unlimited book budget

4.  Diamond earrings

5.  Mazda RX8 in Velocity Red

6.  Learn Hebrew

7.  Astonish friends and family with my witty repartee

8.  Have a greener gardening Thumb

Eight Favorite Places to Eat

1.  The Creperie (French Country)

2.  Honshu  (Japanese)

3.  Bing’s  (Chinese)

4.  Mata Hari (Asian)

5.  Swiss Chalet ( chicken)

6.  Something Else (Greek)

7.  Moxie’s  (for their steak sandwich)

8.  Mom’s (whatever it is, it’s made with love!)

Eight Things to Look Forward to

1.  Spring

2.  Heaven

3.  Daughters-in-law

4.  Grandchildren

5.  Spring

6.  Summer

7.  2009 Lee Valley Gardening Catalog

8.  Spring


Agatha’s Jane

Miss Jane Marple is another of those wonderful fictional creations that seem to live in perpetuity.  Along with good ol’ Rumpole (whose creator, John Mortimer,  recently passed away),  Jane Marple is one of those characters that makes me wish that she was not only a real,  live person, but that she was my dear neighbor (or aunt, for that matter!).  I think my favorite line of hers is this, “I believe in good and evil and life everlasting.”  It comes from the story “Nemesis”,  and sums up very nicely what Miss Marple is all about; not just a nosy old lady with a talent for solving crime, but on a much larger scale, helping put to rights that bit of the world that she has influence over, helping bring about justice in this life, while waiting for the ultimate Justice of the next life.

And what better way to enjoy Miss Marple than by reading from these most elegant red and gold books (my paperback collection has taken a definite step towards the classy, thank you, Santa!).



50 Good Deeds

Yesterday, I was sorting out the  stack of magazines and books that have accumulated lately in my book basket.  I came across the December issue of Canadian Living and realized that,  in the bustle of Christmas,  I hadn’t finished reading the whole issue.  I found this article 50 Good Deeds by Lisa Bendall.  It was such an inspiration to me, I thought I would share it with you.  It’s a lovely, gentle reminder that one person can make a difference in her world!  Go to the Canadian Living website to read the article.


Warmer, practically balmy!

Welcome, skywatchers!  Our weather has loosened its icy grip and we’re looking forward to some days of “warm” weather (plus 5 is definitely warmer than -25!).  I took these photos (as usual,  from my back step) last Saturday morning.  Enjoy more sky  photos from  around the world – check out Skywatch here.




Fans of AMS

For all you  AMS fans (for the uninitiated, that’s Alexander McCall Smith), who may not be aware of the fact,  he’s writing an on-line novel for the London Telegraph.  The novel is called Corduroy Mansions.  He posts a  chapter each day, Monday to Friday.  You can go here to sign up and get the new chapter everyday in your e-mail inbox.  Previous chapters are available to listen to and read.  Enjoy!

P.S.  Here’s a video clip you can watch of Smith talking about the setting of the novel.


Gray, Grayer….

…..Grayest.  It’s 11:00 a.m. and there is absolutely no hint of any possibility of sun in my sky today.  It’s a day to curl up with a good book and a cup of good coffee, in front of a roaring fire. For skies with more color, check out SKYWATCH.


Begin reading….now!


Well, actually, I’ve already begun.  I started a couple of days after Christmas with The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday by Alexander McCall Smith.  It was a pleasant read, suitably light for a post-holiday recovery day.  This is the fifth  book in the series whose main character is philosopher Isabel Dalhousie.  As usual, Isabel encounters several dilemmas where she can put to good use her philosophical expertise, often to the chagrin of family and friends.  In some circles, she might be called nosy, rather than helpful!  The ending is delightfully vague, so as to leave room for more installments (and that’s a good thing!).


On a more intense note, The Rope Walk by Carrie Brown, captured my attention for a couple of days.  The story begins with the main character, Alice, celebrating her tenth birthday and progresses through a series of events that affect Alice most profoundly.  It’s a story of dawning self-realization and growing up.   It’s a wonderfully captivating and satisfying narrative, I would say my favorite from this author.


And last, but by no means least, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. In fact, I liked this one the best out of the three books, if only because of the intriguing title!  This is a novel, but written in the form of letters from and to the main character, Juliet.  It is set in England, very shortly after World War II.  Juliet is a writer and journalist, searching for a new project to undertake.  Serendipitiously, she receives a letter from a complete stranger, which ultimately leads to her new project.  The story is by turns, laugh-out-loud and heartbreakingly sad ( sort of like real life!).   The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that I shall be on the look-out for more of this author’s work.

New Year Skywatch

Happy New Year,  Skywatchers, and all the best for 2009!

Here’s a cold and frosty December morning.


Happy New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year, with 365 days of opportunity for finding great new books and great new authors!  Have fun!