Thursday, January 15, 2015

No Theme Thursday

I'm finding it hard to believe it's Thursday already. The past week has involved a certain amount of drama. I hate drama. But here's the strange thing. I only hate drama when it's in real life. Give me a good fictional crime or period drama and I can't get enough of it. I've blogged about this once before.

I've been on a bit of a binge lately and have just finished watching Line of Duty,  Scott and Bailey and the latest season of Vera. Now I'm onto season 2 of Broadchurch. I hope I can hold up to the emotional roller coaster this show is. Broadchurch makes me feel a bit like someone passing by a horrific car accident who knows it's going to be awful to look, but just can't quite stop themselves from sneaking a peek. I really do need to cut back on my crime show consumption though. Jay was away one night this week visiting his sister and I had a very hard time falling asleep. I just couldn't stop looking at the bedroom door. Waiting. Watching. Listening. Imagining bad things.

Thank you for all the great comments you left on my last post. Quite a few of you commented on the fact we have things growing already. I have to admit, having spent most of my life in places where no green thing would dare pop its head up this early, it seems a bit strange to me as well. But the corner of British Columbia we live in has quite a mild climate. Yes, we do get snow, but it doesn't stay around for too long. And while we do get cold snaps (the coldest it has been so far in the two winters we have been here was -17 C), the temperatures usually hover a few degrees above freezing.

A few of you wondered about the need for a hat when things look so lovely and green. Well, there's a downside to the weather here, and a reason things are so green. It's a nasty four letter word called RAIN. We get tons of it. So even though our temperatures are moderate during the winter, there's a damp, pervasive cold that permeates the bones. It would be a rare winter day that I wouldn't have a hat or headband on, along with a pair of mitts, when I went out walking. We do get the occasional dry day wedged in between the wet ones though. Here's the sun burning off the fog along the Vedder River.


I was also asked about how the couch cushion covers came out after being washed. I'm happy to report they look just like new. Maybe even better, given the reason for washing them in the first place, they also smell like new. Of course, right after they were dry and I put them back on I forgot to wipe Fergus's paws when he came inside, and the first thing he did was run and jump up on the couch. Sigh...

Yesterday morning I read The Hostess of the Humble Bungalow's post on some of the blue things in her life. Then in the afternoon when I was hiking up Teapot Hill I spotted this teacup someone had left beside the trail. After reading her post earlier in the day I just had to stop and take this picture. (It normally wouldn't be a big deal to take a picture, but my phone battery is on its last legs, and as soon as I pull it out of my pocket and expose it to the cold air it dies.)


Finally, in a post that has no theme whatsoever, I had to pop into the library today and pick up a book that I had put on hold. It suddenly occurred to me that one of the books I have written might be there, so I decided to have a look.


I have to admit I was tempted to check it out.


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  1. I had a bit of drama myself this week and don't like it one bit either! I hope everything has worked out for the best. Thank you for the link to the Blog about Blue. I love blue and this has inspired me to collect all my pictures with blue. It must be thrilling to see your book in the library! You mustn't check it out, though, or else it won't be there for someone else to check it out!

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    1. I'm sorry you've experienced drama this week, Cathy. Things are slowly working themselves out here. Hopefully they are for you as well. Wasn't that a lovely post about the blue objects? I might try to do one myself in the future too.

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  2. Ooooh, thank you for reminding me about "Ting Ting." And how about that blue cup just there in the woods waiting for you? Pretty cool. Hope things are drama-free, at least in real life, very soon.

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    1. It's usually teapots waiting among the trail. The teacup was a nice addition! Things are slowly calming down here. Hopefully any remaining drama this month, or better yet this year, will be on TV. :-)

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  3. Kristie, what a thrill to see your book in the library!! I'm going to check out my library now!
    And I agree, the damp and out here the frequent wind mean ear covering is required on most walks. I tend to prefer ear warmers as I get overheated with hats, but the ears must be covered!

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    1. I'll be curious to know if either of the books is in your library. Please let me know once you check!

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  4. Hey Kristie,
    It's the music on Broadchurch that really makes the hair on my neck stand on end. It reminds of the noise I always used to hear in a very specific bad dream when I was very young.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Yes Leanne! That music definitely adds to the tension of the show. Did you know they had made a North American version of Broadchurch? It was called Gracepoint, and it wasn't nearly as good as the original. One of the ways they missed the mark was the music they played. It must be especially creep for you if it's music you had in a nightmare from your childhood. You are very brave to keep watching! :-)

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  5. How fantastic that you found your book on the shelf! I would have been tempted to take it down and autograph it!! I hope that it has been read lots. I have yet to start watching the new Broadchurch, it is creepy isn't it! Hope you don't get too scared! xx

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    1. I was tempted to autograph it! I did take it off the shelf and look at it to see if it looked worn at all and it did. That's a good sign that it has been read by at least a few people. :-)

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  6. I am not surprised your plants are growing, Kristie, having been through Vancouver four times, and I think it was raining every time! What a pretty cup you found on Teapot Hill. It must be fun always discovering new things on your walks, but even better to discover your book at the library! Fantastic! Been a bit of drama here too - commiserations, and I hope it has all worked itself out for you. xx

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    1. I'm sorry Vancouver hasn't seen fit to show you her nice side, Patricia. I always think that tourists who come when it is grey and rainy must wonder what all the fuss is about. I'm sorry you've had drama at your home too. January must be the month for it. I hope things have calmed down for you!

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  7. !!!!!!! WHAT a thrill, seeing your book in the library! Gosh, It gave *me* a thrill, seeing your book on the shelf there.

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    1. It was a lot of fun seeing it sitting there. I liked the way the librarians put the Canadian maple leaf on books by Canadian authors. I hadn't ever paid any attention to that before I saw it on my book.

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  8. I'm going to my local library tomorrow so I'll have a look to see if your book is there too. Hope your drama gets sorted soon. As for Broadchurch, this has me sitting on the edge of my seat, I love it and get cross that I have to wait another whole week before it comes on again. Have a great weekend.

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    1. I will be very surprised if it is in your library, Patricia! I'm not sure it has made its way over to the UK, but appreciate your checking to see. As for Broadchurch, yes, one of the worst parts is waiting another week for the next instalment.

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  9. Kristie, next time you are at the library...leave a little note in the book, like "Thank you for reading my book, Kristie!" I would be so surprised and thrilled to find a note from the author in a book I was reading. Wouldn't it be fun to hear from people who read your book?

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    1. That's a great idea, Anne! Thanks for that!

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  10. How exciting to see your book in the library! I'm glad the cushion covers came out well. We have our sofa in the conservatory and it is a bit too cold out there to use it full time. At least up to now it has stayed relatively clean! (There is sure to be an accident about to happen after that remark!) I love blue and white china, the link and the cup were good to see. Sarah x

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    1. I'm sure before too long Tavi is going to test your couch, Sarah. At least when it happens you'll know it should wash up just fine. :-)

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  11. -17C. is a cold snap? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! That's just nice and brisk by our standards. (Okay, maybe a little more than brisk.) Seriously, what a rush it must have been to see your book on a library shelf, and I'm glad it shows evidence of having been checked out a few times. Public libraries often have limited budgets for new acquisitions, at least in my experience, so you should be very proud that your book was selected for purchase! -- Ruth

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    1. It's all relative. :-)

      That's sadly true about libraries having shrinking budgets. And the money they do have available has to now cover things like DVDs and audio books. It was very nice to see my book there!

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  12. LOTS of drama in my household this week too. Hope we have daughter moved into her own place SOON so we can return to normal.
    I've HAD it with trying to keep couch cushions clean with five cats and two dogs. I spied an old couch that I REALLY like in a second hand shop this week. Hopefully it will still be there on payday.

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    1. I'm sorry you've had drama too, Karen. There seem to be a numb rod us that have been hit by the drama plague this week. Let's hope next week is drama free.

      I hope you are able to get the couch you have your eye on. It's not easy finding something that is both pet proof and comfortable for humans.

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  13. How wonderful seeing your book on the library shelves. Sorry it's been a week of drama. It hasn't been the best week here either, it's all a bit of a struggle at the moment, but no doubt it will all pass. It's usually a few degrees above freezing here too (SW England) but it's edging downwards a little and we're all a bit chilly. Nothing by North North American standards though. Wishing you a good weekend. CJ xx

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    1. So many of us have had a less than brilliant week. I hope next week proves to be a better one for you. You're right - it will eventually pass. :-)

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  14. Your post about nothing sure had a lot in it. We even need hats here in Florida some days, well maybe not for the whole day but for an hour or two in the morning. Our cold is damp cold too. Love hat your library has a copy of your book. How cool is that!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. I have a gift for being wordy even when i don't really have anything to say. :-)

      I would have thought the only kind of hat you would need in Florida is one to keep the sun off your head. I'm surprised to hear you need them for the cold!

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  15. Wow, it must have felt great to see your book on the shelf! Good for you, Kristie. I think your climate sounds so interesting. I've lived in the northeast and the southwest, mostly, which are two very different climates, and I think I like the dry one more. But I do miss the rain and would enjoy experiencing a warmish, rainy climate for awhile.

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    1. I think we should do a house exchange for a week. My hair would really appreciate a break from the dampness here. And you could have some of that rain you long for. :-)

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  16. Wow how exciting to see your own book on the library shelf. -17 crikey, sounds extremely cold to me!!

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    1. It was cold, and thankfully we haven't gone that low this year. It was very hard to keep the cottage warm last year when it got that cold!

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  17. Ting Ting is in the TNRD library system :) (Clearwater library) Dave and I just finished watching Season 1 of Broadchurch and wondered if there even WAS a Season 2, because I don't think it's on Netflix. Where are you watching it? Glad to hear the drama is working itself out. :)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know it's in the TNRD system!

      I've been watching Broadchurch on my Slingplayer app on my iPad. It's connected to my English friends' TV, so I can watch all those great British shows without having to wait for them to make their way across the Atlantic. But you're in luck with the second season of Broadchurch. Karsten and Diana have been watching it on the Showcase channel, so if you get that on your cable you can watch it now. If you don't get that channel I think it's going to be on PBS sometime in March.

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    2. We don't have cable, so I guess we'll be waiting a bit longer for it to show up on Netflix.. or maybe I'll check out the internet and see if it's hiding there somewhere!

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    3. The first season was on Netflix, so they'll most likely get the second season. You could also check out the library to see if they have it on order.

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  18. I can't begin to think why, but the picture of the teacup evoked a rather emotional response from me. It is so lovely. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. I'm glad you liked the picture, Lisa. There was something very unique about that blue teacup amidst all the surrounding green moss.

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  19. My grand daughter has a copy of Ting Ting on her book shelf too, thanks to good old Amazon. Can't wait for her to read it!
    Broadchurch is just riveting, at every turn there's something new and intriguing. The acting is superb, I'm looking forward to the next episode!

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    1. Thank you for buying the book for your granddaughter - I hope she enjoys it! Broadchurch has a way of gripping me like few other shows have, and I can't quite put my finger on the reason why. It almost feels painful to have to wait until the next episode. :-)

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  20. There is nothing more colder than that damp chill you get at the Coast. Even your clothes can feel damp just hanging in the closet, brrrrrr. I love that pretty tea cup! And how exciting to see your book in the library, I think I'd have the vapours if I were you :). Hope life settles down for you soon. Have you watched The Killing on Netflix , it's fantastic ( did I ask you this before?!?!?)

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    1. Yes Chris, the damp weather we have here is an awful kind of cold. But looking on the bright side we have green all winter long, which is a treat. I haven't watched The Killing. I'm not sure I would like it. How scary is it?

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  21. What a thrill to see your book on the library shelf and know it has been borrowed and read. I've never watched Broadchurch, mainly because we're away so much without TV, that I didn't get into it. I've heard and read so much about it that perhaps I ought to try it.

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    1. I think you might like Broadchurch, Perpetua. It keeps you guessing right up until the last episode. And you have the advantage of being able to watch all of season one at once so you don't have to wait weeks to find out who the killer is.

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  22. Oh, so exciting to see your book on the shelf, isn't it? (Here I was excited to see the words I translated, the expressions, titles I figured out, in print... Watching Broadchurch is in the plans (we are big DT fans, ever since he was in DrW)...

    And you know that teapot trail fascinates the hell out of me... I love that idea so much, I want to go and visit, (aside ffrom seeing you) just to see it... how crazy is that?

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    1. It was very exciting to see my book, Peony! David Tennant does a great job in it. I would love to take you for a hike up Teapot Hill! I would worry you might be a bit disappointed though. Most of the trail is through the forest, which is dark with moss covered trees. There's only a bit of a view at the top. But the teapots make it worthwhile, plus it's quite a steep climb in parts, so it's also a good workout. :-)

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    2. Why would I be dissapointed? I love a walk through a forest, even with dark, moss covered trees (aybe especially with those) Its a great work out, what more you could as??? ahh teh teapots there! ... and as much as I love tea and all that goes with it, I would probably enjoy it tremendously

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  23. Oh, I bet seeing your book on the library shelf was such a thrill! I'm sorry you are experiencing drama in your life...but maybe some of those shows can draw your attention away from it? I just ran into Line of Duty and marked it to the queue but haven't heard of the others. Will need to check them out. I started The Bletchly Circle this week and it totally drew me in. But like you, though I'm fascinated by crime drama, I think I need to cut back. Not that I'm fearful, but I think it depressed me if I don't counter that with some good comedy! Oh, and that teacup in the woods...how odd. It seems like that would make a good story...

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    1. Line of Duty is terrific. If you haven't watched Broadchurch that would be a good one to put in your queue as well. Bletchley Circle was so good, and it had the added bonus of having some great knits worn in it. I wish someone would come out with a pattern book based on that show! If you want some comedy to lighten things up my recommendation would be Doc Martin. And the teacup isn't too odd. The trail I was on when I spotted it is called Teapot Hill. For many years hikers have been leaving teapots on it, and they are fun to spot as you walk along. This person decided to leave a cup instead of a teapot.

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  24. Yay for your book being in the library! You can't check it out, then someone else can't read it!
    I'm watching series 2 of Broadchurch at the moment too - LOVE! I also love crime series, but I don't tend to watch them if DH is on a late shift!

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    1. I'm happy to hear there's someone else out there who gets a bit scared if they watch too many crime shows! Good point about leaving my book on the shelf for someone else to check out. :-)

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  25. I was thinking about your couch this weekend. I'd just gotten a good look at what Maggie has done to our family room couch. We really need to replace it, but I'm going to wait a few more months in the hope that her chewing (on the couch) days will end. It is rare now, but not rare enough.

    That's exciting about the book. Too bad you can't tell who has checked it out so far.

    I hope the drama ended positively.

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    1. I highly recommend this couch, Rick! Every dog owner should have one. The cushion covers looked just like new after I washed them, and even if they do get to the point they can't be redeemed all it means is another trip to IKEA to buy some replacement covers.

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