I set out three small, tidy goals for myself at the beginning of the year. I am happy to inform you that my January portions were fulfilled.
There were 3 themes: books, connection, and socks.
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Connection: One set of grandparents phoned. One letter written to the other side.
One precious letter received in reply. A story of learning to knit nearly 60 years ago. Glimpses into a life lived today. Precious.
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Socks: Waffle Rib from Sensational Knitted Socks by Schurch. His third pair in this pattern. What can I say, he likes them. And the little prompting of having something interesting to do every 4 rounds, that little spur to do ‘just one more repetition’ before setting them down makes them go along at a good speed.
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Books: I had two books unfinished at the beginning of the year and I allowed myself to count finishing both as one book. This is part of my new philosophy of being as compassionate to myself as I am to others.
Acacia is more political and mythological than the fantasy genre would lead you to expect. A dark book in many ways, stuffed with interesting, complex characters, and always the plot was doing unexpected things – recommended.
Eleanor of Aquitaine: By the Wrath of God, Queen of England checks off the first of 6 biographies I plan to read as part of this goal. A good bio, though like many from this time period a paucity of sources makes this more of a textbook on larger events than a riotous look at a personal journey. Still – recommended, especially for those of you who like medieval history.
I had started reading a bio of Wellington, but it’s dry and 98 pages in I think I’m putting it aside. Our small library doesn’t have the best selection of modern biographies with that indefinably more interesting approach to the genre which I prefer. I just started Wicked this afternoon, something everyone else has read. So far, intriguing.