Friday, April 12, 2019

Friday-The Monthly Book Club, Pie, and New Projects.

Actually, calling it a book club is a misnomer. While we do discuss books ( in a mainly friendly fashion ninety percent of the time) we also have been known to discuss the problems of the world, or at least our little corner of the world.  Today's discussion ran the gamut and included a long and rousing discussion as to  who was most likely to be the last man-or last woman-standing on Games of Thrones. I'm going with the Night King  on principle.  I also figure Dani dies at the hand or her own dragon, and that Jamie kills Cersei, but that's a topic for another day. 


This month's book was The Paris Architect.  Some of us liked it, some of us didn't. My  opinion was that it was a decent book, but I feel like in the last year or so I've read an excessive number of book about the Nazis, especially the Nazis in France. Be it the Nightingale, All the Light We Cannot See, The Lilac Girls, all were fantastic books-I'm just ready for something a leeetle bit more uplifting, you know? Or at least a different genre. 



Meanwhile, this evening we have three, count em three pies in our house. Scary, no?  My sister eats sweets for breakfast and bought herself a bakery pumpkin pie. Then she used one of her two days off to play with her new toys: Cast iron baking pans and a books on cast iron pies and cast iron baking. A day and half later I have a lemon creme brulee pie baked in a large cast iron skillet, a strawberry pie. And that poor partial pumpkin pie that's hiding in the fridge. Thankfully, the strawberry pie is going to someone else's home, and she'll finish the pumpkin pie. I'm left with the lemon, and making every attempt just to have a small sliver every night. We'll see how that one goes. 



I finally started on my new knitting project, and after playing with a variety of colors, ended up using the purple. I rarely make stuff for me, and I was really looking for a tank, but this one has the off shoulder thing, so it'll be cool-and it will be fast to work on. It's too dark now to get a any good lighting but tomorrow I'll share my project.

Happy Weekend, allQ

13 comments:

  1. Am I the only person on the planet who hasn't seen Games of Thrones?

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    1. I'm sure you're not, but I always suggest people give one full season a try.

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  2. I haven't seen the Games of Thrones TV series but I've read all the published books and have been waiting for years for the next book in the series to be published. People watching the series will know before book readers on how it ends. I've always wanted to try strawberry pie but never have had it.

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    1. And the TV series has strayed radically from the books this last season so I am sure the series ending will be different. And possibly be better than the books. I figure it's his own fault for bring the slowest writer on the planet. For what it's worth, everyone i know whose read the books loved the series.

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  3. Tom, above: No, I haven't seen it either.

    Barbara: My book club went through that same thing with Nazi and WWII books last year. Our library's 'Book Club in a Bag' program doesn't have many light an uplifting choices.

    Cast iron cooking? I didn't know that was a thing again. We used to do a lot of it back when I was growing up and we had a cottage. I wish I had a sister or neighbor to give me samples.

    I just finished up the cutest toddler sweater with a lady bug theme and now I'm working on a John Deere tractor vest for a toddler. Then I'll have to put my knitting away for the summer.

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    1. Cast iron baking especially is a thing. Do you get to hot? I just knit with cotton and such in the warm weather.

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  4. Books, pies and a new knitting project -- life is good!

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    1. It I, now if it would just get a tad warmer.

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  5. Another person who hasn't seen (or had any interest in seeing) Game of Thrones. I love the knitting project and look forward to seeing it completed in the beautiful purple color. BTW, as I recall, you are an Unforgotten fan. Have you seen this season? We just completed the last episode and Nicola Walker is superb. I'm not sure I like how it turned out, but enjoyed the twists and turns as usual. Given the ending, I think this may be the last one, but I hope not.

    Sheila

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    1. Sheila I am so very behind on my TV watching. I left Unforgotten to go to season 2 of Secret city and a couple other things. I'm trying to commit to an hour of daytime knitting while watching and will hopefully catch up.

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  6. Haven't seen Game of Thrones. I've avoided all the WWII books. It's like, can't we just get over it already? However, I finally caved and read The Nightingale. Loved it, but you are right, so sad. I cried like a baby at the end. The other thing that annoys me are all the titles with the girl who did this or the girl who did that. While I'm at it, I may as well complain about the Gone Girl effect. The unreliable narrator. Everyone wants to write like that now. I enjoy well-crafted detective fiction with a lot of character development, very little violence and a lot of sleuthing. Almost a thing of the past.

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    1. Oh, I embrace the remembrance and think the current generation doesnt do enough of it I just prefer mainly non fiction WWII books of which I have dozens. More importantly, I like variety in my book club selections. We have alot of that upcoming. I fully admit I have no issue with the violence thing. I belong to a book club because if I did not my reading would consist of John Sandfotd, Robert Crais and the like exclusively. Not a fan of Gone Girl at all, or the Girl on the Train as such.

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    2. I agree. The new remembrance books are really important. History in school rarely makes it to World Wars---surprisingly. Never forget books may be old hat for some of us, but important as our generation dies, leaving no one to remember the survivors. Just read Forty Autumns by Wilner. This author's first book is good , but needed a better editor.It is a good look at East and West Germany. My kids' friends (30s) don't seem to understand the "Cold War" at all.
      I wish someone would write about being a woman going into factory work during the war and having PTSD husbands coming home from years away. I think that would really help people understand the 50's.

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