If it is Thursday, I should be ranting.

Exhausted snow shoveler.

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Unraveled Wednesday, 1/26/22.

Joining Kat and friends. Go see what the others are up to.

Knitting.

Perfect thing to knit when it is cold and dreary outside. My inspiration was the socks was Kristen Nicholas, who made socks with numerous colors — cuff, leg, heel, foot. and toe were each a different, bright color.
This would have been done by now, but when I got seven inches past the ribbing, I decided I didn’t like the way I was doing it. So into the frog pond we went, all the way back to the ribbing — no way I was going to knit that mire of despair again — and I was a bit more mindful with the color choices.

Reading.

Hide by Lisa Gardner. This is the second book in the D.D.Warren series; Warren is a Boston Police detective. Second main character is Bobby Dodge; the two met in book 1, when Dodge was a sniper for BPD. He killed a man in that role (book 1), wrecking his head. Now he is with the MA state police. The writing in this one is better than #1 in the serie, Alone, that was in the two-weeks-ago blog post.

Plot here involves the two protagonists and their team of forensic pathologists, street cops, and other detectives working to identify who dug a room-sized hole on the grounds of a former mental institution and furnished it with six (six!) female (of course they are female) corpses encased in plastic. I found the ending quite unbelievable — srsly, HE was the murderer? — but it was a fun ride to get there. 3.5✭

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Desolation Canyon by P.J. Tracy. The author was a mother and daughter team; together, they wrote the Monkeewrench series, ten books which were set in Twin Cities. (I ❤️ books set in MN or WI.) The mother, P.J, died in 2016, and the daughter, Tracy Lambrecht, continued writing the series. This book is #2 in a new series set in LA. Not as good as the books set in MN, IMNSHO, but that’s just me. 3.5✭

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Her Last Breath by Hilary Davoidson. A Kindle freebie that I started when the TBR pile dwindled. Not bad, not great, good enough to stick with it. Protagonist gets a delayed email from her sister at said sister’s funeral. Email claims that if sister dies, it will be because her husband murdered her. Never mind that she died from an undiagnosed heart anomaly, it was the husband. Living sister sets out to prove BIL did the crime, peril ensues. 3✭ right now, may go up or down by the time I finish the book.

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Listening.

Life’s too Short by Abby Jimenez. I was listening to this when I was on a long drive this week… when suddenly there was no sound. I fast forwarded, hoping that it was just a short blank spot. No joy.

Then yesterday I decided to try again, and this time it worked. No blank spot. But I have a beef with Kindle that perhaps someone here can solve for me. Occasionally I may want to go back and reread some passage; does Kindle offer a way to set a bookmark at my current spot so I can come back to it accurately? It seems that the device should offer such a thing, but I haven’t found it.

Anyway, the audiobook. Late 20s single woman with potential ALS who makes her living through her travel vlog meets Handsome Attorney in the next door apartment. She avoids any kind of long-term anything — dating, marriage, having a child; she doesn’t even buy green bananas ::rimshot:: ::thank you, George Burns:: — but Attorney is so good with the baby — did I mention the baby? ALS woman’s drug-addled sister drops off her newborn at ALS’s apartment and disappears — and such good company and so organized and competent and steady… well, you can guess what happens. 3.5✭, mainly because the narration is so good.

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Diu Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers. I started this when the audiobook directly above had its hiccup, but I think I should return it: I just looked it up on Audible and found that it is 29 hours long. What was I thinking? I should read this, not listen.

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Fiber Monday, 1/24/22.

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Furry Friday, 1/21/21.

Burley, Smith, and Boomer.

Why cats sit in boxes.

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Unraveled Wednesday, 1/19/22.

Joining Kat and friends. Go see what the others are up to.

Knitting.

When this grows up it will be a Sockhead hat.

As I was knitting on the colorful socks, I was planning what to knit next. Boxy? No, too demanding. Another sock? No, I am already running out of room in my sock basket. A hat? Yes! I need a red hat, and I already have all the red and reddish fingering weight yarns sorted out and sitting by my knitting chair.

Reading.

Becoming Duchess Goldblatt by Anonymous. The Duchess is a fictional, 81-year-old woman from the 17th century who dispenses love, wisdom, and pithy one-liners on social media. But she doesn’t want anyone to know who she is, so she makes up a name — Duchess Goldblatt. Her own Tweets are humorous and entertaining; her responses to others’ Tweets are compassionate and wise. I listened to the audiobook last year and loved it; I read it this year because I picked it for our book club to read. 4★

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The Black Echo by Michael Connelly (#1 in the Harry Bosch series) This one was way too long – nearly 500 pages. But it was a good read. I figured since I was neck-deep in the tv series on Amazon Prime, I might as well read the books. 3.5★

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Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe. This book is an exhaustive biography of the Sackler family, owner of Purdue Pharma, the company that made and marketed Oxycodone. They were single-handedly responsible for the opioid epidemic that has killed thousands of people. Sadly, it was so exhaustive that I only made it halfway through. The author had just introduced Oxy, but I was tired of the book and quit. 3★

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Alone by Lisa Gardner. This is book 1 in a series; it dates from 1995. Gardner’s writing improved over the years. This one was okay, but I look forward to reading the rest of the series. 3★

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Blood Country by Mary Logue. I read one of the books in this series, mainly because it was set in Wisconsin. This book is the first in the series. It was barely okay, had nothing to raise it above other procedurals. I won’t be reading any more by this author. 2★

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Listening.

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Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez. This book is essentially a romance novel, but the writing elevates it enough that even I am enjoying it. A young single woman becomes a YouTube star by posting videos of her life as she travels the world. Then her half-sister drops her newborn baby girl off with her and takes off. YSW meets handsome lawyer in next-door apartment; sparks fly, but both of them are attracted to the other. I am expecting a saccharine ending and hoping it will not incite a diabetic coma. 3★

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Watching.

Nothing new here. Cold Case and Bosch.

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Saturday stuff.

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Furry Friday, 1/14/22.

Way to go, Tinsley!!! (Read the story in the right-hand column.)

Washington Post story about 3 cats and a Vitamix blender. Same story not behind a paywall on Bored Panda.

A strangely familiar story. Why is it familiar? Click here.

Smokey brushed M’lady today. We could build several kittens with this.
Substitute “Percy” for “cat” and you have arrived at our house. I saw a post somewhere about things a person must give up when they adopt a pibble: personal space (they love to snuggle tightly), dry skin (they have a tongue the size of Manitoba and know how to use it), and loneliness (wherever you go, the pibble will be right beside you.
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Any unemployed or retired nurses out there?

Smokey got this in his email. “If it weren’t for the fact that I do not have a California nursing license or the necessary skills I would consider this.”

The above are screenshots. Here is the link if you are interested.

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Ranting, 1/13/22.

French president Macron is kicking ass and taking names.

“At the same time, the world grew for the vaccinated in France. Self-isolation times for those with full vaccine doses who test positive, Macron’s government said, would drop from 10 days to seven on Monday, and five days with a negative test result.

“Macron’s explosive remarks — made ahead of an expected reelection bid in April — assumed a certain calculus: That the perceived selfishness of the unvaccinated had pushed a share of the population to the breaking point.

“After critics derided the crude language he deployed as unpresidential, Macron remained unbowed: ‘When some make from their freedom … a motto, not only do they put others’ lives at risk, but they are also curtailing others’ freedom. That I cannot accept,’ he told reporters in Paris on Friday. ‘When you are a citizen, you must agree to do your civic duty.’

“BBC Paris correspondent Hugh Schofield reasoned that Macron was issuing a challenge to political rivals. ‘Are they with him, doing everything possible to boost the number of vaccinated?’ Schofield wrote. ‘Or are they siding with the minority, the five million instead of the 50 million, and the anti-vaxxers?’”

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Unraveled Wednesday, 1/12/22.

No knitting or books today. Too buried under spreadsheets. Year-end financial reports. But go see what the rest of the Unravelers are doing.

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