Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve had a big week all the way around. I took the train up to Portland for another short visit. I really enjoy Portland as its such a vibrant and beautiful place to be. Their Spring season is about a month behind ours in northern California so its lovely to see those blooming trees and early flowers all over again. And, of course, I love being with my charming and fun granddaughters and their parents too.
Reading-Wise: I finished that giant trilogy of Greg Iles. Mississippi Blood and reported on it Tuesday. And then I read two more books while riding the rails.
I read But For the Grace by Peter Grainger. Its the second book in the D.C. Smith series — a character I have a “crush” on and am learning to love. He has the kind of sense of humor that I love, a lot of it under his breath. The first novel only hinted at problems that D.C. has had in the past. This second novel gradually reveals just a little bit more. This, of course, makes me want to go find book #3. Before I do, let me tell you about this one:
An elderly woman has died in a nursing home. Everyone knows this is normal, but a new doctor and a couple of other people raise their eyebrows. Its just enough to ask the police, D.C. Smith among them, to check further. An autopsy shows a large amount of heroin in her stomach. This is not normal so a full investigation follows. When D.C. learns of similar deaths, it gives him pause. Was this a murder pact or could it have been suicide? It’s a beautifully told story.
After a long week of murder and violence, I felt the need for something light. I downloaded an audiobook of an Amish Romance, The Scent of Cherry Blossoms. This is actually the story of an Old Order Mennonite woman, Annie, and an Old Order Amish man, Aden. They enjoy being together and, as they fall in love, Aden begins to lose his embarrassing stutter.
The conflict comes via the two families and the two religious groups. They cannot marry unless one gives up they church and joins the other. It’s a rough road filled with pressure from both families. However, as in all good Romances, there is a happy-ever-after ending. It’s why I read a good Romance.
What I’m Watching:
Our local PBS station has been working on their fund-raising drive. I always love the special guests and special shows they run during this time.
Here’s one that surprised me: Agatha Raisin. Agatha is a British amateur detective and this show is based on the novels by M.C. Beaton. Agatha Raisin is played by a clever and stilletto-wearing Ashley Jensen. She portrays Agatha a bit different than when I read the novels. A nice bonus is all the scenery and buildings in the Cotswolds.
I’m hoping and planning to visit Europe next year. But, even if I weren’t going, I always enjoy the hours Rick Steves visits the PBS studios and shares all the amazing things a visitor can see and do in that wonderful continent. The film that really captured my heart was the one about the Netherlands. He showed us how the surrounding sea is way above the land, but they have very little flooding. They’ve done a superb job of designing and building dikes and other innovative devices. I’d like to see that.
That’s it for me this week. I’ll be heading back home on Monday. I hope to share some pictures of Portland with you next week. Until then, have a great weekend.