Busy, busy, busy

What an extraordinarily gorgeous day. Mother Nature’s little gift before, and after, her little weather jokes. This past week was super hot and humid, then 2 days of thunderstorms, the tail end of a hurricane, and starting tomorrow more super hot and humid, with triple digit ‘feels like’ weather for the whole week.  Ah, well, I’ll take this gift of a day and say Thank You.

It’s no wonder I never have time to watch ‘tv’ – right now I am juggling 4 books.

~ Season 2 (why they are calling them ‘seasons’ I have no idea) of Dean Koontz’ ‘Nameless’ series.. These are long short stories, or perhaps novellas, no more than 100 pages, some less. I just started the third book in Season 2. Free from Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. I like Dean Koontz for the most part and these keep me in engaged.

~ “The First Ladies of Fear (1830-1870)” by Nicole Jones-Dion. A compilation of horror stories from our old friends Mary Shelley, Charlotte Bronte Elizabeth Gaskell et al. This was a free download from prolificworks. com.  It’s a genre which has long interested me and I have several volumes of collections of such stories, including Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Blood and thunder’ stories.

~  “The Celts, A very short Introduction” by Barry Cunliffe. This is from a series of books by the Oxford University Press called Very Short Introductions. I got this from my local library, stumbled over it quite by accident scrolling the ‘recently added’ list. Turns out there are over 200 such books in the series covering such a wide range of subjects that I fear I may get lost going through them. The book is approximately 250 pages, so a quick read.

It’s not that I don’t already have books on the subject in my personal collection but hey, I’m always super interested in reading more. All things Celtic have a passion of mine since I was about 6 years old when I fell in love with Scotland. When I was in high school I tried to teach myself Gaelic.

~ “The Nightwatch” by Sarah Waters. I started to watch the movie on one of the streaming services and it is very darkly shot. I was squinting at my computer screen and it just became so annoying that I looked up the book. I had to put a hold on it at my local library and after 2 weeks I got a notice today that it was now available. I downloaded it, glanced at the first few pages and now I want to get to that book quickly.

I’ll read the library books first since they are time limited, and then back to my free downloads. Or I’ll dip in and out of all 4 books as my interest waxes and wanes. These aren’t the only books I have on my TBR list of course.

🛁 Since this is Saturday, I will be scrubbing the shower with my scrubber-on-a-stick and my handy dandy grout brush. I also have to take the seat off the hall bathroom commode and tighten it  because it is getting wobbly again. And if you think that will be an easy task, you are sadly mistaken. I have a skirted trapway commode and a soft-close toilet seat – do not ask about the complications of dealing with this.

So – a busy afternoon, I’d better get on with it. What’s first? Reading? Cleaning? Going down a research rabbit hole?  Can you guess?

12 thoughts on “Busy, busy, busy

  1. You’re quite the busy reading bee! Good luck with the toilet adventures. There’s always a small fear living in the back of my head that my toilet will just completely explode.

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    1. I harbor a lot of crazy fears but an exploding toilet has never been one of them. Of course some odd bit of animal life coming up through the plumbing and biting my ass – THAT has crossed my mind LOL

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        1. I don’t know anything about the movie “It” (or the book for that matter) but after seeing the movie “20 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” when I was about 10, I wa so afraid of a giant squid tentacle coming out of the drain that I kinda glued myself to a far corner when taking a shower.

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  2. I sat on a toilet once that exploded. I was 11 and the year was 1974 and l was at a scout camp that some twit decided to experiment with methane gas on the trench beneath the toilets and then light it. Literally scared the crap out of me!

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      1. Haha, indeed, l was just reading through that chain properly – a dreadful fear. I know what Ashley is referring to with IT, equally as much as yours of 20,000 Leagues 🙂


    1. The Nameless series is free with Kindle Unlimited. I’m finding most of my reading material there lately, worth the $9.99 per month.


    1. I think I just noodled around a bit on the computer, then cleaned, then I was free and clear to fritter away the rest of the day. (and sloths are so adorable 🦥)

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