Person Of Interest

Person Of Interest

 

 

CRIME: MURDER MOST FOUL

MOTIVE: READING KEEPS ME SANE 

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I thought I'd share a taste of Seanan McGuire's singing and songwriting talents since I'm immersed in the world of October Daye and the Faerie right now.

 

Michelle "Vixy" Dockrey is lead singer with Seanan joining in. My Celtic roots are showing 'cause I love the sound!  Great lyrics, too.

 

 

Wicked Girls

 

Wendy played fair, and she played by the rules that they gave her;
They say she grew up and grew old -- Peter Pan couldn't save her.
They say she went home, and she never looked back,
Got her feet on the ground, got her life on its track.
She's the patron saint priestess of all the lost girls who got found.
And she once had her head in the clouds, but she died on the ground.

Dorothy just wanted something that she could believe in,
A gray dustbowl girl in a life she was better off leavin'.
She made her escape, went from gray into green,
And she could have got clear, and she could have got clean,
But she chose to be good and go back to the gray Kansas sky
Where color's a fable and freedom's a fairy tale lie.

 Dorothy, Alice and Wendy and Jane,
 Susan and Lucy, we're calling your names,
 All the Lost Girls who came out of the rain
 And chose to go back on the shelf.
 Tinker Bell says, and I find I agree
 You have to break rules if you want to break free.
 So do as you like -- we're determined to be
 Wicked girls saving ourselves.

Alice got lost, and I guess that we really can't blame her;
They say she got tangled and tied in the lies that became her.
They say she went mad, and she never complained,
For there's peace of a kind in a life unconstrained.
She gives Cheshire kisses, she's easy with white rabbit smiles,
And she'll never be free, but she's won herself safe for a while.

Susan and Lucy were queens, and they ruled well and proudly.
They honored their land and their lord, rang the bells long and loudly.
They never once asked to return to their lives
To be children and chattel and mothers and wives,
But the land cast them out in a lesson that only one learned;
And one queen said 'I am not a toy', and she never returned.

 Dorothy, Alice and Wendy and Jane,
 Susan and Lucy, we're calling your names,
 All the Lost Girls who came out of the rain
 And chose to go back on the shelf.
 Tinker Bell says, and I find I agree
 You have to break rules if you want to break free.
 So do as you like -- we're determined to be
 Wicked girls saving ourselves.

 Mandy's a pirate, and Mia weaves silk shrouds for faeries,
 And Deborah will pour you red wine pressed from sweet poisoned berries.
 Kate poses riddles and Mary plays tricks,
 While Kaia builds towers from brambles and sticks,
 And the rules that we live by are simple and clear:
 Be wicked and lovely and don't live in fear --

 Dorothy, Alice and Wendy and Jane,
 Susan and Lucy, we're calling your names,
 All the Lost Girls who came out of the rain
 And chose to go back on the shelf.
 Tinker Bell says, and I find I agree
 You have to break rules if you want to break free.
 So do as you like -- we're determined to be
 Wicked girls saving ourselves.

For we will be wicked and we will be fair
And they'll call us such names, and we really won't care,
So go, tell your Wendys, your Susans, your Janes,
There's a place they can go if they're tired of chains,
And our roads may be golden, or broken, or lost,
But we'll walk on them willingly, knowing the cost --
We won't take our place on the shelves.
It's better to fly and it's better to die
Say the wicked girls saving ourselves.

Written on: 2008-05-09. Seanan McGuire
Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #7
A Local Habitation (October Daye #2) - Seanan McGuire, Mary Robinette Kowal

I'm continuing to make steady, if slow, progress up the S&L board.  The ladders have been elusive, but luckily I haven't tangled with a snake, either. My seventh roll using two dice gave me a nine and took me to space #55. I'm going to pass on the prompt for this square which says to read a book that is more than 500 pages long. Instead I decided to dip back into the urban fantasy genre and listen to the second entry in Seanan McGuire's October Day series, "A Local Habitation".  I found a lot to like in book one, including the SF Bay Area setting, so I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for Toby and the Fae this time round.

 

 

 

Progress to Date:

 

 

 1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

 

     Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

     Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC (working on the screen shot thing) 

 

 7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair

     At Styles by Agatha Christie 

 

     Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

     Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC

 

17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)

 

       Roll #3

    

 

21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

       Roll #4

   

 

32. Genre: thriller: The Dry by Jane Harper

 

      Roll #5

  

 

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry: Queen of Hearts by Rhys 

      Bowen.

 

      Roll #6 

     

 

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years: The Devil's Novice

      by Ellis Peters

 

      Roll #7

   

  

55. Is more than 500 pages long: A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (skipping

      500 pg. book)

 

 

Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #6
The Devil's Novice - Ellis Peters, Patrick Tull

Phew! My lovely snake charmer helped me narrowly miss landing on a snake this roll. I ended up on square #46 after tossing two dice and getting a six. Filling this prompt was a breeze since I have way too many audiobooks that have been languishing on the ole Mount TBR for more than two years. I wanted something that wouldn't disappoint, so I chose "The Devil's Novice" which is my next installment in the Brother Cadfael Mysteries. Ellis Peters' characters and writing are wonderful in this series, and I've been slowly adding all the Patrick Tull unabridged narrations to my Audible library the past several years. I'm looking forward to this one and will try to post an update and quote at some point.   

 

  

Progress to Date:

 

 

 1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

 

     Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

     Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC (working on the screen shot thing) 

 

 7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair

     At Styles by Agatha Christie 

 

     Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

     Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC

 

17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)

 

       Roll #3

    

 

21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

       Roll #4

   

 

32. Genre: thriller: The Dry by Jane Harper

 

      Roll #5

  

 

40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry: Queen of Hearts by Rhys 

      Bowen.

 

      Roll #6 

     

 

46. A book that has been on your tbr for more than two years: The Devil's Novice

     by Ellis Peters

 

 

Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #5
Queen of Hearts - Rhys Bowen, Katherine Kellgren

Well, my S&L updates are sadly lagging behind my actually dice rolls and book reads; hopefully I'll pick up the pace on posts.

 

So my fifth roll using two dice gave me an eight which took me to square #40 and the prompt: "Characters involved in the entertainment industry". The eighth book in Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series has been sitting on my TBR pile for a while, and it fits the prompt perfectly. "Queen of Hearts" finds our protag, Lady Georgiana Rannoch, accompanying her actress mother to the US for a quickie Reno divorce and a film shoot in Hollywood. 

 

TBH, this series started getting old for me around book four, and I'm a little upset with myself for continuing to buy the audiobooks.  Initially the premise was fun, and while the characters were somewhat stereotypical and short on depth, it was still a frothy humorous cozy read. Unfortunately, the continuing lack of character development in later books has led to a cast of mostly annoying caricatures, and the writing can be repetitive and simplistic at times, so my expectations for "Queen of Hearts" aren't high.

 

ETA: Weakest entry so far. If I didn't already have book nine, I'd bail on the series at this point. :(

 

  

Progress to Date:

 

 

 1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

 

     Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

     Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC (working on the screen shot thing) 

 

 7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair

     At Styles by Agatha Christie 

 

     Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

     Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC

 

17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)

 

       Roll #3

    

 

21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

       Roll #4

   

 

32. Genre: thriller: The Dry by Jane Harper

 

      Roll #5

  

 

 40. Characters involved in the entertainment industry: Queen of Hearts by Rhys 

      Bowen.

 

 

 

 

Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #4
The Dry (Aaron Falk #1) - Jane Harper, Stephen Shanahan

So this time around I landed on square #32 after rolling two dice and getting an eleven.  My TBR pile had four strong contenders for the "Genre: Thriller" prompt, including a James Bond novel.  I decided to go with "The Dry" by Jane Harper which is more of a mystery-thriller.  I bought it over a year ago and couldn't remember why it appealed to me, so I checked the book details and was pleasantly surprised to see a screen adaptation is in the works.  Set in rural Australia in the midst of a severe drought, it's off to a strong start with a great Aussie narrator.  I think I'm going to enjoy this one!  

 

 

  

Progress to Date:

 

 

 1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

 

     Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

     Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC (working on the screen shot thing) 

 

 7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair

     At Styles by Agatha Christie 

 

     Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

     Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC

 

17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)

 

       Roll #3

    

 

21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

       Roll #4

   

 

32. Genre: thriller: The Dry by Jane Harper

 

 

 

 

 

Snakes and Ladders Progress Update: Roll #3
My Family and Other Animals - Gerald Durrell, Nigel Davenport

My last book pick didn't fit the square prompt, so I only rolled a single die this time and got a four which takes me to square #21. I'll be listening to Gerald Durrell's "My Family and Other Animals" which is set in Greece and fulfills the "Set in Europe" prompt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Progress to Date:

 

 

1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

 

      Roll #1 - Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

      Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC (working on the screen shot thing) 

 

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair At

    Styles by Agatha Christie 

 

      Roll #2 - Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

      Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC

 

17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)

 

      Roll #3

   

 

 21. Set in Europe: My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

 

 

  

Reading progress update: I've listened 395 out of 733 minutes.
The Mummy Case (Amelia Peabody #3) - Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Rosenblat

    “And I,” said Ramses, feeding the last of the sandwiches to the cat, “wish to dig up dead people. Human remains are de indicators of de racial affiliations of de ancient Egyptians. Furdermore, I feel a useful study might be made of techniques of mummification down the ages.”

     Emerson bent a tender look upon his son and heir. “Very well, Ramses; Papa will find you all the dead bodies you want.”

 

 

Oh how I love spending time with Amelia and family! This is a much needed re-read of one of my favorites in the series. The Emerson's precocious son, Ramses, joins his parents for the first time during their annual Egyptian excavation season with "de cat, Bastet," in tow. Their arch enemy, the Master Criminal, also makes his debut, setting up the on-going story arc of his antiquities thefts and special interest in Amelia and her family. Sethos, as the Emersons later learn he's called, and "de" young Ramses are special favorites among a large cast of beloved characters. Barbara Rosenblat's narration is superb, too.

 

 

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I'm reading this for square #17 on the Snakes & Ladders game board: Genre - horror. 

 

 

Snakes and Ladders: Charmed and Delighted to Join In!

I've been "unofficially" playing Snakes and Ladders until I had a chance to organize my markers, etc., and now I'm ready to officially join the game.  A big THANKS to Moonlight and Obsidian for creating yet another fun way to knock a few books off my ever growing TBR pile.  You guys are the best!  And who better to deal with those pesky snakes than this vintage charmer.  :)

A cameo of this lovely lady will mark the square I currently land on after my dice

roll, while book covers will show the books I've finished for previous rolls.

 

 

 

 

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Progress to Date:

 

 

1. Author is a woman / start: Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis

 

Two Dice Roll:  3 + 3 = 6

Timestamp: 2019-02-24 21:59:09 UTC (working on the screen shot thing) 

 

7. Author's last name begins with the letters A, B, C, or D: The Mysterious Affair At

    Styles by Agatha Christie 

 

Two Dice Roll:  5 + 5 = 10

Timestamp: 2019-02-26 07:26:51 UTC

 

17. Genre - horror: The Mummy Case by Elizabeth Peters (skipping horror)

 

 

    

24 Festive Tasks: Books Read
Reflex  - Dick Francis, Simon Prebble Persons of Interest - Gildart Jackson, Peter Grainger A Grave Matter - Anna Lee Huber Lane: A Case For Willows And Lane, Book 1 - Peter Grainger, Henrietta Meire A Christmas Carol - Simon Prebble, Charles Dickens The Man with the Sack - Margery Allingham, David Thorpe, Soundings Trojan Gold: The Fourth Vicky Bliss Mystery - Elizabeth Peters, Barbara Rosenblat Cherringham - A Cosy Crime Series Compilation: Cherringham 4-6 - Neil Richards, Matthew Costello, Neil Dudgeon The Hanging Tree - Ben Aaronovitch

 

One of my New Year's resolutions is to get my shelves updated. I'm going to make an effort to do a better job than I have been doing the past 6-8 months.

 

So... I did listen to about 4-5 audiobooks in both November and December, and all but one of those titles will fit the book tasks for this year's 24 Tasks of the Festive Season. I'll try to put up brief reviews this coming week - I was out of commission with the flu and then back issues for over two weeks in December - but for now I'm just going to match up my books/reads with the various holidays.

 

 

Melbourne Cup Day: Book About Horses - Reflex by Dick Francis

 

Advent: Fourth Book in a Series - Persons of Interest by Peter Grainger

 

St Andrew's Day: Book Set In Scotland - A Grave Matter by Anna Lee Huber

 

Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Book with a Strong Woman Character

     Lane by Peter Grainger

 

Christmas: Book About Christmas - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

 

Yule and Solstice: Book Set In December - The Man With the Sack by Margery

     Allingham

 

Dia De Los Muertos: Reread an Old Favorite by a Deceased Author - Trojan Gold by

     Elizabeth Peters

 

 Russian Mother's Day: Book Where a Key Character is a Mother - Charringham 4-6

    by Neil Richards and Matthew Costello

 

Guy Fawkes Night: Book Set in the UK: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

 

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE HERE ON BL!

 

24 Festive Tasks: Sinterklaas/St. Nicholas - Task #1

Task 3: If your holiday family traditions should include bowls or plates filled with gingerbread, cookies, oranges / tangerines, chocolate, nuts and the like, share a photo with us!

 

 

I haven't baked holiday cookies for quite a few years, but our family that lives in Hawaii sent us this beautifully packaged and incredibly yummy assortment of chocolate covered shortbread and biscotti cookies for Christmas. Heaven!

 

 

 

 Served up with one of my favorite herbal teas in my new kitty mug. :)

 

 

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Advent - Task #1

Task 1: Post a picture of your advent calendar - store bought or homemade.

 

My family didn't follow this tradition when I was growing up, and I didn't consider doing an advent calendar until recently. I found this inexpensive Victorian style one on Amazon and got it for this holiday season. The doors have tiny little Christmas pictures behind them that are reminiscent of Victorian times. If I get really ambitious next year, I might try making a Victorian themed one myself.

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Dia De Los Muertos - Task #3

Task 3: Create an altar (either digital or physical) for your favorite book, series, or book character, and post a picture of it. Inclusion of book cover encouraged.

 

 

I really wanted to do this one since I'm a fan of the Amelia Peabody series and have always loved Egyptology. Barbara Mertz/Elizabeth Peters passed away in 2013, so this is my little tribute to her, as well. Thanks MPM for creating such fun characters and giving me so many hours of reading pleasure. :D

 

 

 

 

Books on the left that are partially hidden:

 

Belzoni's Travels by Giovanni Belzoni - British Museum Press

Ancient Egypt: The Great Discoveries - A Year by Year Chronicle by Nicholas Reeves

Ancient Egyptian Jewelry by Carol Andrews

The CD is the sound track for the IMAX movie,The Mystery of the Nile (Spanish)

 

 

Elizabeth Peters signed bookplate: Ms. Mertz drew this design herself with Isis holding a Hershey bar and martini. :)

 

 

 

Many moons ago I created my own take on the same theme for this letterhead. Here the God Thoth and the Goddess Maat are offering a Hershey bar and martini to the Aten. :P

 

 

 

I also designed the card on the right using Phillip Singer's fabulous cover art from "The Mummy Case" and "The Snake, The Crocodile and The Dog".

 

 

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24 Festive Tasks: Dia De Los Muertos - Task #4

Task 4: If you like Mexican food, treat yourself to your favorite dish and share a photo of it.

 

So here's my quick and easy version of nachos; we prefer our chips on the side.

For this batch we tried a light garnish of the dried chiltepin chiles our niece and

her BF gifted us when they visited from Tucson this past September. We felt the burn! :) The Saguaro chili grinder is made of ironwood.

 
 

 

 

Chiltepin chiles and info:  

 

 

As the only wild native chili to the US, the Chiltepin is sometimes called the "mother of all peppers.” Common names include Indian pepper, chiltepe, and chile tepin, as well as turkey, bird’s eye, or simply bird peppers, due to their consumption and spread by wild birds. This chili grows naturally in canyons from West Texas through southern Arizona. The perennial bush can reach up to four feet tall and grows under vegetation such as mesquite, ironwood and hackberry which proves shade, moisture and nutrients for the germinating seeds and mature plant.

  

The Chiltepin has a long history in the US/Mexico borderlands, and has been traditionally used as a food, medicine, and vermifuge and mythic icon. There is considerable folklore associated with these plants. Historically, no kitchen table of Sonorans, Opatas, O'odham or Yaqui rural homes would be without a bottle of dried chiltepines. The wild harvest is a seasonal ritual in many rural communities to this day, where families make chili-harvesting camps in the mountains during the heat of September and early October in order to harvest the wild chiles.

 

The Chiltepin is a very small chili in size with an extremely pungent flavor. It is rated very hot—8-9 on pungency scales—and has a quite distinctive smoky bite. The Chiltepin is eaten sun-dried, added to cheese and ice creams, fermented into sauces, and pickled with wild oregano, garlic, and salt as a tabletop condiment. The green or dried red fruit are often mixed with range fed carne machaca from cattle or deer to preserve the meat, or wild greens and onions as a typical Sonoran dish.

 

Thanks to the efforts of agricultural ecologist and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan and botanist Jack Kaiser, the U. S. Forest Service has designated a 2,500-acre stretch of rugged Tumacacori Highlands in the Sonoran Desert where Chiltepin is found as the Wild Chile Botanical Area. According to Nabhan, it was the first botanical reserve for a wild ancestor of a cultivated crop.

Sources:

https://www.slowfoodusa.org/ark-item/chiltepin-pepper

https://www.outsideonline.com/2168411/chile-chaser

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Cup Day, Task #3: It's Time for JELL-O! (part 1)

Task 3: The coloring of the “horse of a different color” in the movie version of The Wizard of Oz was created by rubbing the horse’s fur with jello. What’s the weirdest use of jello you’ve ever come across?

 

Jello doesn't seem to get much love here at BL, so I'm going to share a little gem I have among my recipe books that may, or may not, confirm that opinion. ;) Personally, I don't mind the occasional jello salad or dessert. Now days I tend to reserve them for the holidays, though, in a half hearted effort to curb sugar/carb consumption; if I'm going to indulge in sugar, I'd rather have chocolate, cookies and cake. :D

 

 

  The New Joys of Jell-O

 

  

Forward: Gotta love the marketing spiel!

 

 

The perfect chapter for this task.

 

 

  

Great pictorial spread of the joys or horrors of jello.

 

 

 And my personal fav of jello's split personality: recipe on the right is a keeper

I've often used while the one on the left is a no-go.

 

 

 

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Video

Melbourne Cup Day, Task #3: It's Time For JELL-O! (part 2)

 

Task 3: The coloring of the “horse of a different color” in the movie version of The Wizard of Oz was created by rubbing the horse’s fur with jello. What’s the weirdest use of jello you’ve ever come across?

 

Alvin adds a couple of things to jello that are weirdly cute. :)

 

 

 

24 Festive Tasks: Christmas - Task #1

I'd planned to participate in this year's 24 Festive Tasks of the Season, but real life got in the way - again - so I'm just going to toss up a few posts this coming week to earn at least a couple of points for the book charities. :)  

 

 

Task 1:  Post a picture of your Christmas decorations.

 

 

As much as I love doing Christmas decorations, my health issues make that difficult. These days we keep it really simple, so here's our bit of holiday cheer.

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We plan to move the pine tree to an outdoor container after the holidays. I also got creative with the tree topper since this little pine had a duel top. The cross stitch pillow was a kit I never got around to making and had my BFF give to a fellow church member who does needlework all the time. BFF then gifted it back to me finished which was a lovely surprise!

 

This is Val kitty helping out with the gift opening. Hey Dad, this box is way better than your new slippers!

 

And these are our outdoor Christmas Decorations this year.

 

 

Our Chinese Pistache tree produces these beautiful red berries this time of year which the birds love. I was hoping to get some pictures of the crows at their annual holiday feast, but they were camera shy. :) And it wouldn't be Christmas without a few cyclamen for a pop of color. 

 

Merry Christmas everyone and all the best in 2019!

 

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