My, my, I’ve been remiss in posting my monthly updates. My only excuse could be that I’ve been very busy (no surprise there) but also that I’ve really been trying to concentrate on using any spare time I have this year for reading, so these posts have gone by the wayside. Time to tidy up!
The big news is that I’ve started a major kitchen renovation. With my newly-learned construction skills, I’m able to do most of the work myself with a little guidance from my associate. One of the downsides has been finding a rat hotel in my attic (which luckily seemed vacated) but all the excrement had to be bagged and removed. Ugh! I need to have the roof replaced in spring/summer so I’m going to remove all the insulation then and blow in new. It will be a mental relief! As to-date, I have insulated the outer wall, replaced some drywall, altered some plumbing, changed the aluminum electrical wire to copper, added receptacles, replaced my pot lights, installed most of the floor and am ready to paint. I hope I can start installing the cabinets next week. It’s lots of work but it’s been fun.
After such a consistently cold winter, the weather has turned and yesterday it was 22ºC. These major temperature fluctuations are disturbing. I wish they would do a gradual increase (or decrease, depending on the season) but I suppose that’s a useless hope with climate change. I’d like to get at my garden and actually get some things planted this year but we’ll see what happens.
As for reading, after a good start to January, I’m struggling but still have been able to fit some reading in. I’ve finished three Agatha Christie books …. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary and Murder on the Links … for the Perpetual Agatha Christie challenge. I’ve also read a Newbery book, Along Came A Dog (just wonderful!), The True Saint Nicholas and Why He Matters to Christmas and Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women, which was perhaps my favourite.
My present reading includes another Christie which is a compilation of Poirot short stories called Poirot Investigates and The Divine Comedy which I’m reading with a friend on Goodreads. We just completed Inferno.
My future reads are certainly less clear. I’m mulling over reading The Vindication of the Rights of Woman for Ruth’s April Read-Along. I’ll continue with my next Christie mystery, The Man in the Brown Suit as well as visit Purgatorio in The Divine Comedy. I also should finish up New York by Edward Rutherford, as it belongs to my friend’s father and I’m sure he’d like it back. 🙂
So that’s it for now! I’m going to rush off as I need to do some painting and I’d like to arrange to do some skiing in the next few days before the season is done. That’s me, once again late to the party!
In any case, I hope all my readers are healthy and happy and reading up a storm!