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Book and Film Recommendation October 12, 2014

Filed under: Book Reviews,Films,Riddles — Janet @ 5:21 am

It is rare for me to read a particular book and also see the film.  This was particularly special because one of my granddaughters has reached an age where we can  enjoy sharing our reading and viewing choices.  She and her mom recommended both the book and the film – so I read the book and then five of us watched the film  together (husbands and grandfather were included). *

200px-The_Fault_in_Our_Stars  This is the book and Wikipedia has the following to say about it.

The Fault in Our Stars is the sixth novel by author John Green, published in January 2012. The story is narrated by a sixteen-year-old cancer patient named Hazel Grace Lancaster, who is forced by her parents to attend a support group where she subsequently meets and falls in love with the seventeen-year-old Augustus Waters, an ex-basketball player and amputee. The title is inspired from Act 1, Scene 2 of Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, in which the nobleman Cassius says to Brutus: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” A feature film adaptation of the novel directed by Josh Boone and starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort and Nat Wolff was released on June 6, 2014.[

Fault_in_our_stars filmHere is a photo from the film.


I enjoyed both the book and the film and they both received critical acclaim. Five stars to both from me.


“This makes me think of a riddle which my father used to pose – “This man’s father is my father’s son but brothers and sisters I have none.  Who is speaking?  I must ask my sisters for the answer to see if I am remembering this correctly.


Finished (almost) Scarf

Filed under: Family,Knitting revival — Janet @ 4:01 am

IMG_3862 Here is the scarf.  I have one loyal fan showing his approval.


And his 2 sons played happily with their Lego dragon and frog , while Grandad looked on.




Knitting Impaired October 9, 2014

Filed under: Injuries,Knitting revival — Janet @ 8:01 pm

IMG_3797   Here it is – my gorgeous blue splint which I am supposed to wear 24/7 for 6 weeks.  The goal is to correct the little finger on my right hand.  That finger insists on pointing down and I don’t have  the strength in my knuckle to straighten it.  Rather annoying but not painful.  By attaching the little finger to the ring finger and keeping it there for 6 weeks I hope the tendon in the knuckle will shift into the right place.   Now I have to figure out what I can and cannot do with this arrangement.  I’m pretty certain I won’t be able to knit, and typing is rather slow.


Around in Circles September 30, 2014

Filed under: First World War — Janet @ 6:05 am

I’m trying to get ready and my heads going round in circles as I contemplate the things I have to do and/or want to do before I leave..  It doesn’t help that the entire air system in the U.S. has been disrupted by a criminal act in Aurora Illinois.  Flights in and out of Chicago have been particularly affected.  I’m scheduled to change planes in  Chicago.  Will I have a lot of airport waiting time??  Never mind, I’ll take plenty of reading material – and my knitting.

I recently read a very good book – Wake by Anna Hope.  The thread of the story is set in post World War I England and there are flashbacks to action in the War itself.  The author has recreated the overall gloomy atmosphere of England at that time extremely well.        index   I recommend it if you like to read books about the First World War and its aftermath in England.


Out With the Old – In With the New September 26, 2014

Filed under: Ageing,Ballard Seattle,Environment,Urban Change — Janet @ 12:30 am

IMG_3603  here is what I saw this morning on my way from a trip to the bank and the drug store in downtown Ballard.  I was in a quiet residential neighbourhood within a stone’s throw of 2 substantial church buildings.  I had passed this site just an hour before – the second story of what was once a fine old house was still somewhat intact.  An hour later it was completely torn down.  What will take its place?  Guess – an apartment block.  This is an example of what is happening in Ballard – more and more holes in the ground – more and more apartment blocks.  Sad.  I’ve been told though that there is an ordinance to prevent it happening close to us – we wait and see.



For more on the situation in Ballard see the Seattle Weekly, Sept. 9    (thank you to Jay Moor for sending me this article)


Gardening Boots September 25, 2014

Filed under: Gardening — Janet @ 2:01 am

????????????????????????????? It rained buckets last night so today I went shopping for good old fashioned gardening boots – this was after my sneakers got quite muddy when I worked in the garden this morning.  I went to Fred Meyer.  Not a gardening boot in sight.  All kinds of other boots but none suitable for working in a muddy garden – snow yes, high fashion yes, casual wear yes etc.  Have a peek   www.gardenista.com/files/styles/733_0s/..  Maybe I should go to Home Depot.   But despite the mud I managed to extract one of the plants that I had been working on cutting down – hooray, only 3 or 4more to go.  This thing weighed a ton and had numerous very long and strong roots.

IMG_3596   the bush was near this rock

IMG_3597  several of the roots are now in this bucket

IMG_3600  here is the main remain – must have weighed 10 pounds at least – the beast of Bodwin Moor?

IMG_3598  and now for an assault on the next victim









The Sampler Scarf September 23, 2014

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 10:06 pm

I’m knitting what I call a sampler scarf.  This “sampler” scarf is a project to get myself back into knitting after my holiday of 2 or 3 years.  It is also for lack of imagination to knit anything else and to use up some of this humungous stash of yarn which I can’t bear to give away.   The scarf now measures 28 inches, maybe 10 inches to go.

Sampler Scarf, Sept. 23, 2014

Sampler Scarf, Sept. 23, 2014

Last night was a good night for knitting – all 3 episodes of Breathless were showing on PBS, Masterpiece Theatre..  So I recommend settling down in a comfortable spot, ready to knit, and watching some good BBC television drama.



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