Winter is a good time for settling in, with or without popcorn, and enjoying a good series on television, a movie or a book. I've been doing all of the above! Phil the Groundhog says spring is coming early. He's rarely accurate but with such an upbeat forecast, I will not complain!
(I have no idea if this is a groundhog but when I posted the pic on FB, someone said it was and even if it's not, it's the best I can do!)
Lately I've been captured by two PBS drama series, "Howards End" and "Vienna Blood." The first, of course, is from the book and movie of years back, which I didn't see (though I think it's still on Netflix and maybe I'll take a look!) "Vienna Blood" is a series of six two-part mysteries set in early 1900s Vienna where a police detective is paired with a young psychologist who has studied with Freud.
My favorite show on PBS these days is "Finding Your Roots," which is into a new season. Fascinating stories about those I know and don't (which is interesting in itself). Because of my own genealogy journey, I find this program especially intriguing.
When I was digging in my basement I saw this photo just laying there. I must have moved it but I swear I never saw it before. I looked up the name written on the back and did some family tree digging. It appears to be my fourth great grandmother! She doesn't look very cheery, does she? But then I suppose her time period wasn't that jolly (1765-1865). Now to find out more about her! It's a never ending journey, isn't it?
January was a good reading month -- I finished seven books and just a couple of days ago wrapped up the eighth, "The Silent Patient," by Alex Michelides. I didn't realize when I started it was placing on the NYTimes best seller list. I rarely read new books! But a friend passed it on and I was looking for a diversion before starting a non-fiction.
Next up is "Paris When It Sizzled," about the years in Paris when Hemingway, Chanel, Fitzgerald and others were key figures.
And then (or maybe even simultaneously) "Hidden Villages of Great Britain." Isn't the cover splendid? I hope to discover some of these in person this year!
So far, I've especially loved the first two of Susan Hill's Simon Serrailler mysteries. She's a wonderful writer and weaves the story well. They're a little gritty but not too much so. I took the first (a plump 550+ pages) to Dallas with me, taking the biggest book I had -- and whipped through it so quickly that I was in a panic about not having something to read on the flight home! It's that good.
And what else have I been doing? Well, tomorrow my new stove will be installed and I can finally cook again! And once things are in place again -- or maybe even before -- get back to painting. It will be a good month!
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