I got three in the mail! Whisky Galore by Sir Compton MacKenzie and Death at the Cut and Death Below Deck by Douglas Kiker. I so enjoyed the first of his three Mac MacFarland books that I got the other two!
I found a new Scottish author via Julie on the Goodreads-Read Scotland group too! Similiar to D.E. Stevenson. Actually a good friend of Ms. Stevenson. Molly Clavering. She's best known for Mrs. Lorimer's Quiet Summer - 1953 (published in the US as Mrs. Lorimer's Family). It's said she based this book on Ms. Stevenson herself. Not thought as good as Ms. Stevenson's writing but a nice comfort read. Not much is known about her and her books are difficult to find, especially in the US. I did find a copy of it through Amazon though and I had credits! So I ordered it and the only other book available by her, From the Border Hills also published in 1953. Border Hills is a non-fiction about her walks among the hills and valleys near Moffat, where she is from. I'm really looking forward to that one! A cousin of hers gave lots of info to a blogger and you can go HERE to find out about Molly as you probably won't be able to find anything on her anywhere else! If you love vintage british women authors you will love this site!
Henning Mankell author of the Wallander books has cancer. Read this article written by him on how it feels to be diagnosised with cancer.
I have found several versions of Zuppa Toscana on Pinterest. It's a copy cat recipe for a soup The Olive Garden is known for. I've tried 2 of them and this one is by far the best! We had it last week and leftovers again on Saturday. The bossman asked me to make a pot for him to take to work for the guys! If you like hot and spicy you will love this creamy hot soup with hot sausage and kale!
Love book sales? This is a great resource! Book Sale Finder Sorry, it only covers the North America:(
I've been reading The Scot's Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon. Set in the early 1900's. It was slow starting as it was a little difficult to read, it's written in the Doric. But I am really enjoying it now. It's a trilogy so it will count as 3 for the Read Scotland challenge and 3 for the Mount TBR challenge @ My Reader's Block. It's been on my shelf for several years now. I think I will switch up and read a short vintage mystery in-between each of the books in it. What is a quair you ask? It is a book! There is a really good glossary in the back of the book but this one word is used all the time and it's not in there. I couldn't decide what it meant as it could have been a couple different things in the contexts it was used so I looked it up...
syne (sīn) Scots
1. Before now; ago.
2. Afterward; since then; since.
3. Thereupon; next.
I highly recommend this book!
If you love the state of Maine and Crime novels you will like this blog!
Started another jigsaw puzzle today. I will be glad when winter is over. It's been a very cold, snowy, icy one here. I like the snow but not when it's over top of ice and the temps are too cold to go out in it and enjoy it! My son in Maryland has gotten more snow then us. They just got 15 inches on top of all the other snow still on the ground. He said the piles of snow along his driveway from him shoveling it out are taller than him now and he is 6ft.! The kids built an igloo complete with a tunnel to crawl through to get inside. Wish I could be there to see it! There was a 100+ car pile up on our Pennsylvania Turnpike the other day, near Philadelphia. They've had it bad there too! Patty and Joan, I hope your staying warm!
I did laundry Saturday and I used my new homemade laundry detergent! I love it! The clothes seem brighter and smell wonderful. It's a lot cheaper too! Only use one tablespoon of it per load!
Well that's it for this week. Not much. I've been good about staying offline as much as possible. Make a great week!