Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tea Time

Tea Time for the Traditionally Built (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 10) Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

'We are born to talk to other people, ....we are born to be sociable and to sit together with others in the shade of an acacia tree and talk about things that happened the day before. We were not born to sit in kitchens by ourselves, with nobbody to chat to.' --Precious Ramotswe

I love this series!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009


This is a picture of our front yard, taken towards the house from the street. The whole neighborhood is awash in blossoms.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Current Read

Murder on a Midsummer Night (Phryne Fisher Mystery) Murder on a Midsummer Night by Kerry Greenwood

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Another good read from Kerry Greenwood. Dealing with archeaological artifacts, amongst other things. Phryne has moved into 1929.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009


The Dogwood trees have blossomed! It's the most beautiful time in the neighborhood. However, it is overcast and lightly raining, so not as good as brilliant sunshine. I'll take it though, because we need the rain.
My hopeful Hostas are peeking through the ground. They usually get fully grown before the deer chew them down to the nubs.
We had a deer wander actoss the front yard early this morning, looking curiously (longingly ?) at my potted Pansies. They were too close to the house for her, I guess. The pansies are probably going to get get chewed up eventually too.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Don Giovanni - revisited

From the Opera on the James web site:
Opera on the James presents a season of grand opera blazing with passion and conflict. Two highly controversial masterworks from the annals of operatic history—Verdi’s La Traviata and Mozarts’ Don Giovanni—come to life as Opera on the James explores the intensely emotional, tragic cost of human exploitation.
Don Giovani was spectacular. But LONG. 3 1/2 hours! I was going to leave at intermission but I'm glad I didn't. The final scenes where he goes to Hell were magnificent. They had a good size pit orchestra too. Only a couple of Lynchburg musicians, the rest out-of towners.
Bass player from Washington, DC - I didn't know. I'm sure getting out of the loop, as they say.
I got home so late from the performance on Sunday that we got Chinese take-out from Kings Island for supper. I just wanted to remember our fortunes out of the fortune cookies:
Mine was: 'You will always get what you want throught your charm and personality' (Ha!)
Dad's was : 'You are the master of every situation' (pretty much).

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Christmas Cactus

Our Christmas Cactus started blooming again around St. Patrick's Day. Here are the blooms for April Fool's Day. LOL