Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mma Ramotswe and Her No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series

Books are an important part of my life and I thought to change things up a bit on my blog I will tell you about my favorite book series. The first one in the series is "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency", by Alexander McCall Smith. I think he is a genius to create such a deep and wonderful main character who is a woman and who lives in Africa.
Here are my thoughts on "The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon".

Each time I read a book in this series, I smile with pleasure and a feeling of peace when reading the last page. Mma Ramotswe and her world in a small town in her beloved Botswana will lift your spirits even as she solves a crime or two. Mma always happily thinks of herself as a "woman of traditional build", and has never once thought of the word "diet", bless her heart. In this installment Mma Ramotswe and her assistant, Mma Makutsi (a quirky and prickly and loyal lady) are separated when Mma Makutsi has a baby. Oh, they miss each other so much! In Botswana the old ways means less is said, rather than more, even between friends. Their painful separation causes the two friends to say more, and one of them gives the other a generous gift from her heart. The first in the series is “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency”, and each one I read leaves me feeling more happy. I hope they have the same effect on you. Read one and I think your dreams will be sweet.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Photos I took on walk on wharf in California

I took a walk on our local wharf on January 12 and took some photos to share with you here.
Above are kayaks for rent and a favorite seafood restaurant.
Above is a photo of about 50 sea lions napping while floating in a sunny spot.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Puppets from Bali

We have a collection of art from Indonesia, and I have not shared any of it with you on my blog before.

These are four rod puppets we have. I took the first photo because light coming through stained glass created a glorious circle pattern on the wall around the puppets. The light circle doesn't show on the photo but the puppets turned out ok.
As you can see they are two couples and I am sure they are in love. On the left in the first photo and in the photo above is the first pair we bought from a local gal who travels to Indonesia and brings back art to sell in her store.
My husband surprised me with the lady puppet of the couple. I said I loved her and my husband said "they seemed to be a pair, maybe we should go to the store and unite them." We went to the store and there the missing loved one was, lying down on a shelf and looking woebegone. We made the purchase and hurried home to reunite the couple and they have been together ever since.

Hey, this sounds like a Valentines Post.
The third photo is a closer view of the second pair of puppets we bought. These are all rod puppets or Wayang Golek from Indonesia.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Sparkly New Year Is Here

2014 was a good year for my husband and I and our adult sons, and I hope 2015 will bring joy to share for all of you blog friends and for my family, and healing and good health for all too.
Here is Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem
"Ring Out Wild Bells."

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light:
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring happy bells across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

... Ring out old shapes of foul disease;
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas to One and to All

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14

Friday, December 19, 2014

Little Free Libraries in my neighborhood

Do you love libraries and books and free, like I do? Well, the Little Free Libraries trend embraces all three of these delightful things.
There are three that I know of in my neighborhood. All you need to do to have one is to build a container with glass doors to protect the books and put up words on it that say "take one, give one".
The photo above is a very cute Little Free Library, don't you agree?
Here is the second one in my neighborhood, just a short walk from my home.
I wonder if every country has these little free libraries. My blog friends can tell me, do people in Indonesia, Germany, Kuwait, Australia and more have them? I hope so, they are fun and encourage folks to read.
This photo was taken on a dark wet morning as you can tell, and the books are safe from the rain in their snug library with glass doors that close securely.
To the left is a second Free Library for children. Isn't that thoughtful? They built it a lower height so children can reach it.
These libraries are all about giving and seem like a Christmas themed post to me.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Gigantic Hedge Near Our House and Book Winner

The winner from the 21 people who commented for a chance to win a hardcover copy of "Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts" is Pat at Mille Fiori Favoriti
I used to choose the winner.
Cathy will announce the winner of the second copy on our other blog at Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts.

Here is a gigantic and monumental hedge growing on a street near our house. You can not see what is behind it, but once in a while they leave the gate tantalizingly open. I think the hedge is 3 stories tall, and across the street are 6 houses, so it is about 600 feet long. Maybe 20 feet thick.
It is so mysterious to imagine living there in privacy.
The owners must make a huge effort to keep it so nicely trimmed. I imagine it is very quiet and country like sheltered behind the handsome hedge.