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Notes from a Small Island

Sue put me on to Bill Bryson’s work and I’m glad she did. He cracks me up. This book chronicles seven weeks touring England by rail and by foot. It is not a reverent tour, though when he does enjoy something he will gush. Mostly he’s poking fun, often at himeself, in a cheeky manner. The set up for his stories does have a predictable rhythm, two steps to the left, one to the right, a delicate pause...

My bags are packed

Except for the pants in the laundry, the shorts that need sewing and the socks needing to be purchased, I think I’m packed and ready for Florida

Jane Austen’s Family Jewels

I watched again a particularly dismal film version of Jane Austen’s Persuasion. So dreadful I shudder to recall its failings. The writers took such liberties with the dialogue they gave lines to the wrong characters, moved conversations from one part of the book to another and the very worst crime of all – made stuff up. One complete out-of-time puzzler, they made the climax of the story a chase scene. A...

Bad sun! Bad!

Ski trail is crap after thawing days and freezing nights. Last Sunday was marvelous, but today completely unenjoyable. We need fresh snow!

Post Frolic

Film by Randy Fiedler – Frolic the 13th is over and the house is empty again. Even I think it’s too quiet now, by comparison. The last of the guests rolled out by 4 p.m., but Levi didn’t come out from under the house until 10. Just being thorough, I guess. This year’s new sport – Frisbee Golf proved to be a lot of fun, and tons more exercise than curling. There was plenty of snow to be...

Better than a groundhog

Coach has started shedding. That’s a promising sign

Not the smartest…

I’m working away in my office, and as usual the animals are with me. I’m not sure if they figure they’re babysitting me or vice versa. It’s a small room so Mulder seldom does more than stop by and snooze for a few minutes before padding down the hallway to his mat. That’s where he can conveniently be in everyone’s way, all at once. Most efficient. I heard a strange noise, not a...

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