The Pace Is Picking Up!

Miriam teams up with Mr. Ottershaw, an old family friend, and a widower. From all the intensity Mr. Ottershaw brings to their conversations, self thinks the fact that he is a widower has got to figure for something in the plot. (Though if he does propose, that would be too bad, because then “young Pitt” would no longer be hanging around Miriam as much, and self likes the hint of a May-December romance — with role reversal — between Miriam and Pitt)

Mr. Ottershaw’s laboratory is a “huge, complex room filled with instruments. Some were as large as a furnace and others as small as tweezers that could lift a single hair less than half an inch long.” (One Fatal Flaw, p. 139)

It is 1911. Forensic science is in its infancy.

April 17 BRIGHT SQUARES

Self hasn’t missed a day yet! Yesterday, she had this BRIGHT IDEA.

Here’s her entry for The Life of B’s April BrightSquare challenge.

Airbnb, Restored 1920s Chinese Laundry, Sacramento:

Drove here to see the Crocker Museum, which just re-opened.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 10 BRIGHT SQUARES

For today’s BRIGHT SQUARES (See more about this photo challenge, hosted by Becky on her blog, The Life of B), self went to her local library and took pictures of the murals painted on the kiosk next to the main entrance (where there are/were vending machines). They’re giving out lettuce and basil seeds — you pick!. There’s a reflection of me on the glass, taking pictures, LOL!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Life in Colour: Pink

Another photo challenge!

Life in Colour: a different color for every month of the year. Hosted by Travel Words.

April’s color is PINK.

Here’s a night light self has had since she was a little girl. Inside the cottage (you can’t really see, sorry), a wolf in a bonnet lies under the bedcovers, waiting for little Red Riding Hood to approach. The roof is a bright, cheerful pink.

She brought this lamp with her to the States. The light broke and for many years it stayed broken. Then, a few years ago, in Mendocino, self met a wonderful woman named Jewel — an artist AND an electrician! — who fixed it for her.

Now it shines every night on what used to be son’s old desk.

“Oh, Grandmother, what big ears you have!”
“The better to hear you with.”
“Oh, Grandmother, what big eyes you have!”
“The better to see you with.”
“Oh, Grandmother, what big hands you have!”
“The better to grab you with!”

“Little Red Riding Hood,” from the Brothers Grimm

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Just for Fun! Six-Word Saturday

Today, self is participating in Travel with Intent‘s Six-Word Saturday Photo Challenge.

The only requirement is that your post must have a six-word title.

This morning, self decided to use Google Translate to figure out what’s on this T-shirt, which she bought in Prague, 2019:

Ever since she bought it, she’s been wondering if it says something . . . lewd? Why’d she wait this long to find out? Stoo-pid.

Here’s the translation:

what’s up here, stick one!
I don’t roll,
I’m an exhibit!

LOL

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Day 4: BRIGHT SQUARES

More about the theme for April: Bright Squares

Self will attempt to post squares every day through April.

This installment (#4) is all about BRIGHT BOOK COVERS.

  • Caroline Kim’s collection won the Drue Heinze Literature Prize.
  • Horacio de la Costa was a great historian. Self thinks his books are classics.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

How To Look Like You Belong, in Hotel George V, Room 815, Paris

First, don’t ask for directions, just head on up to the room in question. And don’t fuss too much at the door to the suite. Just go right in.

A hotel maid will pass you in the hallway, she will glance at you but keep on walking. Expect the hotel manager in 10 minutes.

When the hotel manager lets himself into the suite (accompanied by “muscle” of course, this is a five-star Parisian hotel! Rooms cost upwards of $1000/night!), you will say, “Bonjour!” You will introduce yourself, you will say you’re a friend of whoever, and you will demand, DEMAND, the name of the manager, and then you will ask to see his ID.

Bearing, bearing is absolutely important.

Also, a silk scarf.

If it is autumn, then a beautiful autumn coat.

Just think “classic.” Be “cordial, but aloof.”

After all that, I’m sorry to say the manager will probably say something rude like “I would like to see what you’ve taken from the suite” and also mention the “small issue of” the bill.

You should say, “Of course!” And hand over your credit card.

And then you must keep smiling, even when they charge “three-thousand five-hundred euros. A night.”

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day: The Trouble with Peace

The new Governor of Angland, Leo dan Brock, has a gaping leg wound that oozes yellow tears.

His mother has just arranged a marriage for him. She and his prospective mother-in-law provide him with an engagement ring and tell him the bride is waiting for him on the terrace.

Leo’s only options were a courageous advance or to run screaming from the room, and with the state of his leg he doubted he could outrun his mother.

TTWP, p. 84

Book Two is moving a lot more slowly than Book One. Who the hell is Bayaz? There are zombies? Why does Clover get a whole chapter? Why are the only fight scenes the ones that involve Vick, and isn’t she a tad old to be an assassin etc

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios

Self is discovering so many new challenges!

Her latest find: Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios: people, animals, or things grouped in threes.

From self’s porch this afternoon:

And from last year, April:

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