Friday, February 22, 2013

Reading three books at once

Hi Friends,
Do you ever get into a quandary of reading a book, then starting a second book and then starting reading a third book, all in the same time frame?
I innocently started reading "Saving Ceecee Honeycutt" by Beth Hoffman and enjoying it.

Then I began the fabulous second book in the Marcel Proust epic "Within a Budding Grove."

I admire the story in Proust's works, the narrator, the beautiful language, the words I note down.
The book is part of his "Remembrance of Things Past" or the new translated version of the title which is "In Search of Lost Time." I much prefer the older translation of the title "Remembrance of Things Past". I know French and see why they are now calling it "In Search of Lost Time", a more literal translation. But the other is more poetic and evocative of the themes Proust explores.
The translation I love is by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin. I like that since the books were written in 1900 or so, the words used in the translation are compatible with that period.
So far so good. Reading two books at once is my usual style.
But no!

I was captivated by "It's All Greek to Me" by John Mole which my husband recommended and now I am juggling the reading of three books.
Danger if I tackle a fourth. I will be strong. I will not go there.
This third book is quite funny and is written by a man from England who bought a ruined house in a remote area of Greece, and fixed it up with the plan of moving there with his wife and four young children.
Stop me before I pick up a fourth book, please.
I do love to read mysteries and biography, and the Mitford family intrigues me.
Stop the madness.
I pledge to finish reading one of these three before starting another.
Anyone else have this problem? Best wishes to you, dear friends.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine Cookies

Valentine Cookies
Originally uploaded by Bisayan lady

I think of Valentines Day and I think of hearts and flowers, and especially roses and carnations.
These cookies have both hearts and flowers.
Poets write of gardens as places for lovers to meet, as when Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote “Come into the garden, Maud, I am here at the gate alone.”

Romeo and Juliet, Pyramus and Thisbe, Adam and Eve, all spent time in gardens.

Claude Monet wrote of his flowers “More than anything, I must have flowers, always, always.”

Happy Valentines Day to you.

If perchance you are alone or heart broken at this time, remember “Jesus calls me His friend” John 15:15 and “I am part of Jesus’ flock and He is my Shepherd / Leader.” Psalm 23:1

Friday, February 1, 2013

My new thistle feeder for birds

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I bought a new type of bird feeder for us, that is a net bag filled with thistle seeds.
This photo is from Flickr, not taken by me, so you don't need to compliment my photography. Go ahead if you like, though. LOL
We have 2 of the tube type feeders that I fill with black sunflower seeds and with a seed and nut mix.
I know many of you, my bloggy buddies, also feed birds. It's so fun to watch them and their antics, and to help them.
We also plant bushes and flowers and trees that birds like. Our mulberry tree is a favorite with a flock of Cedar Waxwings.
The aim of the new thistle feeder is to attract a wider variety of birds including Goldfinches.
Happy birding to all.