Joining Kat and friends. Go see what the others are up to.
I shipped off the blue hats to my Canadian relatives. Three hats: one too big, one too small, and one that’s just right. Sometimes knitting to a size is a crapshoot.
I finished the third hat one evening while we were watching TV, and I didn’t have my next project figured out yet. So I started another blue hat.
The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield. Now that I have finished this 400+ page book, I can say that it was worth the time. My only complaint was that, given the suspense that builds throughout the book, the ending was kinda flat, not to mention a bit contrived. But on the whole I would recommend this one. 3.5✭
Frozen Stiff by Mary Logue. I got this at the Christmas party cum white elephant gift exchange with my book group. There were several items besides this in the bag I got, the funniest being a hardcover book on napkin folding. But when I saw that this one was a murder mystery, I hid it in the couch cushions and told everyone I was keeping it.
But was the book any good, Kat©?
Why, yes, it was. For one thing, it was set in a village in southwest Wisconsin in January; the poisonous cold is practically its own character in the book. (Confession: I began to yearn for that kind of cold as I read. So far our winter has been incredibly wimpy. Cold so severe that it hurts to breathe? So cold that the snow squeaks when you walk on it? Yes, please! Bring it on!) (I suspect many of you have just decided that The Kat© is clinically nutso. Different strokes, guys.) (Be careful what you wish for, Kat©. It is 0 F˚ outside right now.)
The main character named on the cover is the female sheriff of Pepin County WI, but all the other characters were so well-written that it took me awhile to figure out that Claire was the main character. 3.5✭
Immune by Philipp Dettmer. A couple people in the Unraveled Group mentioned this book. They both said it was readable, but I think both of them had some background in medicine so I discounted their opinions a bit. But I like medical novels, so I sought this one out. Plus, one of the women at my book group party had read it recently and confirmed that it was quite readable and actually funny in places, particularly in the footnotes. It is not a quick read; its 368 pages are rather dense with information, so I am reading it 40-50 pages at time. I put it down when my brain starts to hurt. 4✭
I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump’s Catastrophic Final Year by Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker, The authors won a Pulitzer for their first book, A Very Stable Genius. This book concentrates on the dumpster fire that was 2020 and January 6, 2021. Readable, fascinating, and authoritative, this book is the best one I have read about the Trump presidency. 5✭
Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton. A Kindle Unlimited freebie. It is okay, not great, but okay. It is the story of two sisters who are no longer as close as they were as children. One is married to a dairy farmer in southern Alabama and childless, much to her dismay. The other is a single mother of two little girls who is trying to revive her passion for photography in the midst of work and child rearing and laundry and grocery shopping and meal prep. 3✭
Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes. Still listening to this. I almost wish I had a daily commute so I could listen more. But I don’t so I can’t.
Still watching Cold Case on DVD. We are in season 3 of 7.
I’ve enjoyed the knitting of random hats, because they always end up fitting **somebody**… And they’re generally well received even if they don’t fit, precisely because they always end up fitting **somebody**!
Thanks for the book reco’s, as usual!
Thank you in advance for your gifts in the mail. My head is smaller than Phil’s so maybe the smallest hat will fit me. This is very kind and generous of you to do for us. We went for an hour and a half walk this morning in Jackson Creek Park on the Trans-Canada Trail. It was minus 4 Celsius, but we stayed warm enough. Those hats will be worn with appreciation.
I hear you about the cold, or lack of. Ooh, it got actually cold! for 24 hours and now it’s drifting back up towards freezing. My perennials are saying Yay the ground didn’t freeze – and so are the bugs. There was enough sunshine for the cat today, and prossibly/possably? (probably-possibly) snow on Friday.
Amen. Sometimes knitting to size is a crapshoot!
Oh my yes, the cold when the snow squeaks, and you better breath in through your nose and even then the nose hairs will freeze. 🙂
Knitting for size… oy, there’s the rub, huh? 🙂