Sunday, April 12, 2015
I'm removing pictures from the walls. Framed covers of all the romance novels I wrote, pictures of my children, a picture of me at age 2. Did you know you can cover holes where the pictures were hung with toothpaste? Works amazingly well.
No prospective buyer wants to be distracted by your keepsakes. Get them off the shelves. Full bookcases? Clean them out, leaving so few books that anyone viewing your home will wonder if you know how to read.
What do I do with my shelves of speech therapy materials? Too bad, prospective buyer. They will have to stay.
Lately my whole life has revolved around the task of clearing out my house...and I'm barely half done.
More to come, probably...if I survive.
Posted by thelmaz at 4:22 PM
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Voted one of the best books of the past decade, this mystery revolves around an academic conflict concerning birds' relation to dinosaurs. Are they living dinosaurs or simply related? A specialist in bird evolution is found murdered; his body has been overrun by parasites. A graduate in the department is also murdered. Are the two murders related? Do they involve another specialist whose theory is in opposition to the murder victim's? Will our heroine Anna's dissertation defense be postponed because of the murders? Will "the world's most irritating detective" (Anna's nickname for him) solve the case? Do we care? I didn't, mainly because Anna, the main character, was so unappealing. Everything makes her angry. She stamps her foot a lot. Everyone sweats a lot. Everyone has a traumatic backstory. I finished the book so I can discuss it next week at my book club meeting. Sometimes everyone else likes a book better than I do. We'll see.
Guilty Pleasure Books
I am exhausted from cleaning, trashing, shredding, donating stuff from every room in my house in preparation for putting the house on the market, so naturally I need some escapist reading, And who wouldn't love an art restorer, assassin, spy for the Israeli secret service? Like James Bond, Gabriel Allon always gets his man. (I am secretly in love with him though I fear I'm too old for him. Oh well.)
Posted by thelmaz at 4:19 PM
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Yes, Virgil's Aeneid. I'm taking a continuing ed. course at Rice University. The lecturer, Dr. Markos, is so engaging, I would take his course if he talks about anything, even dirt. As it is, I love the Aeneid. I read it in high school Latin and again several times as an adult (in English). I also love taking courses at Rice on spring evenings. It's a lovely setting.
If anyone has any suggestions for good books, leave them in the Comments section.
Posted by thelmaz at 3:22 PM
Sunday, March 22, 2015
I saved my children till last. Born 2 1/2 years apart, they are totally different. When she was small, Lori tried very hard to make her brother disappear. No luck. She hid his comfort toy in the bushes--we found it years later--and once she egged him on to lipstick my bedroom. (They both got in deeep trouble.)
Now that they are middle-aged adults, they are very close. They confide in each other, support each other, advise one another. They offer me advice, too; sometimes unwanted, sometimes appreciated. They still have very different attitudes and interests but they put those aside for each other.
I'm lucky that they both live in Houston, and if I have to move in with one of them if I sell my house too early to move to my new apartment, I'm glad they both like cats.
Looking at the sky on a clear night
Walking on the beach (seriously!)
Eating coffee ice cream, my comfort food
Curling up with a book (or a Kindle) on a rainy day
Watching sports on TV
Listening to CD's of The Great Courses in my car
Exchanging our Chicken Crossing the Road picture every 6 months with my best friend from high school (Yes, we're still crazy after all these years.)
Posted by thelmaz at 5:53 PM