Lost Things
Posted by Lynn at 11:37 pm in Uncategorized

I swear there is a trapdoor somewhere in my life.  It’s been following me around since I was 7 and I keep losing things in it.  First it was a stuffed toy.  Then a ring when I was 14.  I have no idea where the waffle iron went because I swear I didn’t put it in storage with the rest of my stuff and now my binoculars have gone missing.  I remember looking at my neighbor’s Christmas tree.  It should be on the bookcase, I swear.

I am sure all of these items, along with an assortment of hats, gloves and scarves, are altogether–in some other plane of existence.  I would really like to find that trapdoor.

Not necessarily to retrieve the lost items but to escape.

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A couple of years ago I found myself out of work and I discovered a great way to save money, storage space and I’m sure the environment.  I’m talking about the public library.  I can search for books by topic, author or title, reserve them online and the only drawback is that they aren’t delivered to my doorstep.  I can return the books anytime of the day and night and if I need to I can renew online.  If I pick up an author I hate, it didn’t cost me anything.  If I pick up an author I like, I can reserve every book they’ve ever written and it won’t cost me a fortune.

With the onset of the internet people kept predicting the end of libraries but those smart librarians have learned to adapt.  My county library has become a major resource for job hunters.  They offer career seminar courses that cover target job search, local resources, company research and online applications.  They offer short courses on how to use word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software.  I can even email or fax questions to the reference librarian.

The only thing missing is the cafe.  I mentioned that to a friend and you’d think I was proposing that the devil should come to dinner.  I think it would be a nice little moneymaker.  Offer coffee and tea all the time and then there could be bake sale fund raisers on the weekend. With all the budget cutting going on  it might be a clever way to raise a little extra money.  The other weekend the librarians were wearing t-shirts to promote reading. Hey for $15-20 I would have purchased one.

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116 Rejection Letters?
Posted by Lynn at 11:23 pm in Novels, Uncategorized

Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford.  So Jane Austen is a vampire and she’s been submitting her unpublished manuscript for last 200 years and had collected 116 rejection letters before someone decided to publish it.  She complains about not getting royalties on her novels nor money from all the novelty items.  (Can you imagine seeing a collectible finger puppet version of yourself on the shelf?)

I liked how Ford created a world where the vampires could simply fit in almost completely unnoticed.  They can go out in the sunlight, they can eat food or drink wine, they can sleep in regular beds. And death wasn’t limited to a stake in the heart.

I liked Lucy in her role as substitute sister.  She took Jane’s news very well, (perhaps too well) but she was needed to lighten up Jane and give her some perspective.

Byron as a vampire.  Eternally handsome, writing poetry and romance novels?  I saw that coming along with that crazy Violet Grey.  Although the life sized mannequins in the kitchen did give me pause.

I wasn’t initially reading the excerpts from Constance at the beginning of each chapter. When I did, I realized they were a foreshadowing device that  I sometimes found clever and sometimes trite.

It was a quick fun summer read.  I liked how it poked fun at vampire stories, Byron and Jane.

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The Ghost of Christmas Past
Posted by Lynn at 7:31 pm in Uncategorized

Okay, cue the spooky music. Christmas morning I’m trying to finish the last gift and the delicate aroma of dusting powder drifted into the room.  To appreciate this odd event you have to understand that I was alone in the house, I don’t use dusting powder and the only person I know who did was mom and she’s been gone for 7 Christmases.

It had to be mom dropping in to wish me Merry Christmas.  I miss mom. I miss her warmth, her humor, her excellent advice, her love.  I told her about my year and how I was doing and that I still miss her.  I also told her I hope she was having a good time, telling jokes with Aunt Ellen and that grandmother had developed a sense of humour.  And that I hoped her cats where with her.  I think the hereafter would be really lacking if it didn’t have cats and dogs and joke telling siblings.

I doubt that I’ll ever stop missing her.

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It’s how warm?
Posted by Lynn at 9:41 pm in Uncategorized

I hate the cold. I always have. I hate cold feet, cold fingers, and especially a cold nose. Today it was warm out and the sun was shining. The grass even looked greener! Oh and the warm sun on my face! I should have looked for daffodils in the garden but it’s probably still just a little early for them.

Spring is on the way and I’m thrilled.

About 1/2 way thru December I start dreading the commute home in the dark and cold. I get home and wrap up in crocheted throws, I sleep under a fat down comforter and I wear warm fuzzy socks to bed. After Christmas, whenever the weatherman tells sunrise and sunset times, I calculate the additional minutes of sunshine and I feel so happy. Then when sunlight lasts after I get home from work I feel like I’m gaining back my free time. Time to spend outside. Time to warm up. Time to see that beautiful blue sky with puffy white clouds!

Today I chucked the down coat for a lightweight wool one and even that was too warm. I feel ALIVE, ready to tackle whatever comes my way or even tackle something NEW! Maybe I’ll even clean!

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