Even if my book doesn't sell a single copy, it was worth all the work that went into it just to be able read all of your kind and encouraging comments you left on my last post. Thank you so much! If you want to be entered into the give-away for a copy of The Moment all you need to do is leave a comment on that post, or email me and ask to have your name thrown in the hat.
A few of you wondered about it being available on the UK Amazon site. I wish it was possible to have it there, but the logistics of doing so make it prohibitively expensive for the publisher. Even getting it into the US Amazon site is a bit tricky. They will only accept one copy of the book when it is first listed. Once they see orders coming in then the publisher can send them multiple copies. There is now a link to purchase the book at Amazon. If you click on that link it will say the book is temporarily out of stock, which is frustrating because what it really means is they are waiting for orders before they will keep more than one book on hand. So if you order from Amazon it might take a week or two to get your copy of The Moment, but it would really help me out if a few people order from there. And for my overseas readers, the US Amazon site will ship outside the country. Here's the Amazon link for anyone who is interested. (The Kindle edition should be ready in a week or two.)
I have managed to put a link (click on the picture of the book in the side bar) to the publisher's site for anyone interested in ordering directly from Sono Nis. I cannot for the life of me figure out how to get the Amazon link into my side bar, which means I need to have a chat with my computer expert son-in-law. Hopefully he will be able to have it fixed for me in a few days. He was the one who put the link for Ting Ting in my side bar, and in order for him to be able to do so he had to sign in on my Google account. I seem to remember having trouble after that because it made it look like suspicious activity on my account since I was operating out of Cultus Lake and San Francisco at the same time. So if my blog disappears completely at least you'll know what happened to me.
I was one of the lucky winners of a give-away at Chrissie's Knit Times blog a couple weeks ago. She was very mysterious about what the prizes were going to be, so it felt a bit like Christmas when I opened the package, having no idea what would be inside. It turns out it was better than Christmas, since nobody in my family would ever think to buy me such gorgeous yarn! (I'm not saying my family wouldn't want to get me nice yarn. It's more a matter of most of them not being able to tell the difference between Red Heart and Rowan.)
Inside the package was a beautiful skein of Rowan's Fine Art sock yarn, along with a knitting themed card and a shawl pin. I have it all sitting on my dresser, and it makes me smile every time I look at it.
This past weekend I drove up to Kamloops. I had several things that I needed to take care of, and wanted to do them before winter weather arrives. I was able to visit with David and Alexandra, which was nice. I actually stayed at Alexandra's, and it was kind of funny because she was really nervous about having me. I have no idea why. I'm an easy guest. All I want is access to hot water so I can make a cup of tea.
The business I had to attend to was closing out our safety deposit box, and our meat order was ready to be picked up. (We buy our beef and pork from a local producer about an hour north of Kamloops, and once you have had meat from their ranch nothing else will do.) I spent Saturday afternoon at Starbucks with a couple of my Kamloops friends, knitting and talking and drinking tea. It was so nice to catch up with each other. Then Sunday I drove east of Kamloops an hour to the Shuswap to visit Cindy, one of my oldest and dearest friends. And by oldest I should clarify that means number of years I've known her, not how many years old she is.
The crazy thing is in the midst of all that visiting with family and friends I didn't take a single picture of any of them. However, I did mange to take a few pictures when I was at my friend's farm on Sunday. It was a stunning day - the fall colours were still going strong, and the sun was shining.
The weather yesterday for the drive home wasn't nearly as nice. Here is a picture of the sky just after I got off the mountain pass. Quite the difference from the day before!
I've temporarily set aside all my other knitting and am focussing on a pair of socks. I'm making them for someone in our extended family who is unwell, and want to get them in the mail this week. You can catch a glimpse of them in the picture of this mug, which Cindy gave to me on Sunday.
This is a Three Pines mug, and I think it is awesome. Not only is it neat looking, it's huge. It holds almost as much tea as my teapot! For those of you not familiar with Louise Penny's books, Three Pines is the fictional village in her stories. It's loosely based on several of the villages in Quebec near where Louise Penny lives, and Cindy was there as part of a road trip this fall. The funny thing is that at the same time she was near Louise Penny's home buying me this mug, I was at the event in Vancouver listening to Louise Penny speak, and had a copy of her latest book signed to give to her.
That's it for today. Kellen will be out in a few minutes to get his part of the meat order, and I have laundry to catch up on. Why is it that being away for just a few days seems to result in being as behind as when one is gone for a few weeks?