What will J.K. Rowling's Next Book Be About?
|A political faerie story, like she once said. Tiny little faeries running for office.||
|The Scottish Book. All about Scotland.||
|Albus Severus and the Book They Said Would Never Happen||
|I'm J.K. Rowling, and I'll tell you in comments.||
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Ironsos, nukes are great. Once you get the hang of what they can & cannot do they become indispensable.
Lady Hawke It may be an interpretation of an imaginary weapon, but it is still a sticklike object. In light of Little Hawkes comment (last year?) about the damage that can be done with a pencil, I really can’t blame them. ;)
Graymayne I have been reading the Discworld series, in order of publication. I have just finished #15 Men at Arms and I find I quite like the librarian and Carrot. I am glad to see that Death is not the only character to cross into stories that are mainly about divergent aspects of the society and world of this series.
I do find the footnotes a bit disconcerting, but only because it is harder to flip back to them as they occur on the Kindle. I have found a solution, though. It is not elegant or immediate. I pull the book up on my computer app and print all of the footnotes in my word processor. Then I carry the footnotes around with the Kindle while I am reading that particular book. ;)
Looks like about a foot(.30m) of snow so far. Storm is winding down but still snowing quite hard at the moment.
All but a couple inches is due to lake effect.
I just made some soup a friend posted on Facebook. Of course, I didn’t make it as written. I can never make anything as written, except for baked goods. I did leave the one ingredient that made it different from any other soup recipe I have ever seen intact. The recipe called for half a package of cream cheese to be melted in with the vegetables after they cooked when you started the recipe.
It was supposed to be a turkey and cream corn soup. I had leftover chicken, not turkey, and not enough chicken. So, I added some sliced mushrooms to make up for the lack of chicken. The recipe called for red bell pepper but I don’t like those so I used a poblano pepper. I started the veggies in olive oil instead of butter and added some minced garlic not called for in the recipe.
I am a very bad example for a cook who follows recipes.
DEANIE, someone actually did try to attack someone else with a pencil on Friday. There is a boy in my daughter’s class who is “mainstreamed” in with the other students. However, he has an adult “keeper” because he has anger management issues. The keeper must be ready to peel him off classmates and teachers.He hit my daughter over the head earlier this year with his notebook. When he is challenged or when things don’t go his way he will explode and use whatever is in hand to attack. I really don’t understand why this child is still in a regular classroom. The only explanation I can imagine is that he is intellectually normal to bright and is also not fit for a mentally challenged classroom. So, the compromise has been to put him in a regular classroom with a guard.
It has been a beautiful day here, cold and crisp and not a cloud in the sky or a breath of wind. We took advantage and went to look at some beautiful autumn colours in the countryside. And we actually got to spend ALL DAY together, as there was NO GOLF!! So that was a bit of a treat.
Lady Hawke, I do admire your ability to “throw” food together. I need a recipe….. I think it’s a confidence thing. Once I have followed a recipe EXACTLY, I am more than happy to play with it, adapt it and make it my own, but I cook on initiative very infrequently.
Deanie, how is your dog?
ASTI, I fear this could be our last mild day for a bit. It is 73F (22.7C) and quite breezy. It is blowing up a storm for tonight after which we expect a high of 51F (10.5C) for the rest of the week. I wish we could get out and enjoy it. My daughter needs to do some weeding for her father. If she doesn’t get the task done before it rains and the weather turns cold she will lose the opportunity of the money she will gain from the effort. So, if she is slow about her work she is going to use up our window of opportunity.
The soup was quite good. My DS was very complimentary of it. The melted cream cheese made it feel decadent. I had it ready to eat in about 30 minutes. So, it was a good quick meal if you have some leftover poultry or even pork. If you are inclined to try it I can write out a recipe for you as close to how I did it as I can manage. You can see the original which I shared on Facebook.
Lady Hawke, thankyou, yes I often have chicken left over from a roast and have a variety of recipes in which to use it up. My latest discovery is a thin broth with orzo and pesto, finished with a squeeze of lemon, which is lovely. I’ll check out your fb page.
I use cream cheese in mashed potato sometimes. It makes it very creamy and different. I also use it to stuff chicken breasts, along with sundried tomatoes and garlic, and any odd herbs I have to hand. It’s good stuff!
Deanie Great! A Terry Pratchett fan! My absolute favourite characters are Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat, three witches. There is a lot of wisdom in their care of the members of their community but some of the comedy dialogue has me laughing out loud. Death is an interesting character along with some of his household members. I certainly haven’t read all of the books, and one or two left me cold.
I must get to bed, I had a very restless night last night and gave up in disgust at 6.30am.
ASTI, sorry my daughter pulled me away to adventure as I was half way through with your recipe. I am home cooking dinner and working on it again.
Yes, I would like your orzo recipe.
We went out and explored an antique shop where many dealers with many different types of goods were all under one roof and one management. Then, we stopped by the new arts and crafts shop on the way home. My daughter purchased two books of sketching paper. They were having a buy one get one free sale. So, she used up the money she earned this afternoon on 200 sheets of sketching paper.
Now, I am back to the recipe.
Here is a website for online grocery shopping at a very large US chain store. The frightening part of the search feature is it gives you all products as if your were purchasing a case instead of purchasing one item at a time.
I found it quite interesting to see the difference in products and packaging and the unexpected identical items we may have on both our shelves.
Still, it will give you some idea of the products available here. I went onto your store’s online shopping website in order to see the products and sizes available to you there.
ASTI, I played with the two store websites a bit. We were having barbecue ribs tonight so I thought I would look up barbecue sauce on both websites. Yours produced five choices. I was relieved to see you had any at all. Then, I checked my website. Remember I live in a country that has warfare over what kind of barbecue sauce is the proper barbecue sauce. There were 240 different barbecue sauces available. I was even surprised. my grocery stores will have two wide shelves from above my head down to the floor displaying barbecue sauces but 240 is unimaginable.
I was also happy to see you have a Betty Crocker Shake To Make American Pancake Mix in a jug that you just add the wet ingredients and shake. Also, there is a Hale and Hearty Organic 4 Grain pancake mix that appears to be American style pancakes. I noticed your Bisquick featured European style pancakes in a photo on the front. Over here American pancakes are shown on the front of the box.
The National Weather Service at the airport measured the three day snow total at 17.3"(.44m).
Measured 15" in front of hotel. At least that’s what the front desk said.
I was going to take a picture of the snow but my camera has stopped working for some reason. I hope
it is just the batteries. Do not have the correct size at home so will have to wait till later to see if that
is the problem.
IRONSOS, I hope you have enough food in that little refrigerator to last until the snow clears. Are they good about getting the sidewalks clear there?
It rained all night. Now it is 43F (6.1C). Considering yesterday morning was bright and sunny and the temperature rose to 77F (25C) that is quite a depressing change. Snow is a mess but it is also has an excitement value for those of us who don’t see much of it. We are meant to go below freezing almost every night this week.
MM you cant be feeling too ill if you can find the energy to sneak into ironsos house and steal baked goods . . .and not shre them with Elmo and I. Come on hand over the grub we’re starving over here.
I made it to 27,000 words on Nano last night. I’m really happy as I only managed 30,000 in total last month. I’m travelling a lot this week so probably wont be able to get much done, but at least I have a nice comfortable little buffer.
and can everyone please stop talking about food . . .the only things i have in my fridge are a corn, 2 plums and a yoghurt. I desperately need to get to the shops but havent had time so I’m starving. I want baked goods and pie and soup and truffles. I’m maybe even hungry enough to eat ribs right at this very moment.
Ironsos take care in the snow.
LadyHawke its a sad sad day when a wand is classified as a weapon rather than an instrument of magic;-) The worlds gone blooming crazy
Wolfie, have you read this? http://news.yahoo.com/elmo-puppeteer-accused-underage-relationship-150143910.html
LadyHawke: Living downtown means that the sidewalks are quickly taken care of. The city has a crew
of ATV’s that are put into quick use. I do not have to cross an intersection to get to the grocery store
so should be no problem.
Food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food food.
Sorry Wolfie. I just had to. As to the snow it is going to warm up a bit so the snow should be melting soon.
We had a meeting at the school tonight, all about the Sixth Form, and what my son can expect if he applies. He definitely wants to do A Levels…. The qualification means the same as when I was at school, but so much else has changed! The meeting was really interesting.
Wolfie, GO SHOPPING! You can’t work properly if you’re hungry, and you don’t want Elmo gnawing on your new sofa, do you.
Ironsos, that’s a LOT of snow! I’m glad it won’t cause you any problems.
Lady Hawke, there is an antiques place like that in a town near me, and I love going there. There is a fabulous area with lots of ancient Roman and Greek pottery, and the dealer makes jewellery out of some of the smaller shards. It makes me drool a lot.
There is also a vintage clothing dealer, and my sister, who is a bit of a hat fan, had bought quite a few there. It has everything, from furniture to silverware and antique maps, and I could seriously spend a fortune there!
240 different barbeque sauces is a LOT, lol! I didn’t really appreciate the difference between a US barbeque and what we call a barbeque until a few years ago.
ironsos, a little bird left something at the front desk. Zap in the microwave about 10-20 sec to get the gooey dark chocolate effect. :)
Thank you Josephine!!! I may have been shopping when you arrived.
Much less snow than I thought Maybe 8"?
The three sets of batteries I had at home were all dead. New ones worked fine and camera is ok.
I thought I had a problem still but I just had the polarity incorrect.
ASTI, yes, the antique shop is just that sort of place. We have a couple of those sorts of shops within 15 minutes of our house. My daughter loves to wander around in them, seeing all sorts of interesting things which are not commonly seen anymore. There is furniture, hats, vintage clothing, Greek and Roman coins, books, jewelry, silver, china, porcelain, antique toys, etc. We were lucky to find one open on Sunday afternoon.
ASTI, do you mean your son could just leave school now if he chose? What are the differences between now and when you went through this process? Our students are only legally required to attend school until 16 years old but if they drop out of school without fulfiling the requirements to finish high school, usually at about 18 years old, they leave with no qualifications at all. If your son did not go on after this year would he have some sort of certificate?
That’s it!!! I’m moving to Ironsos’ hotel!! Josephine is delivering baked goods all the time. Waaaaa! :( so jealous.
Wolfie -I tink I can do 40,000 NoNo too.
I am not sharing the baked goods I stole, no matter how hungry you are. You and Elmo need to go by,Ironsos and steal your own.
The DS wants to go to see his Mom for Thanksgiving in Texas. It will mean having thanksgiving for my kids this Sunday. I’ll see because I have to get a Catscan this week to see how my kidney stones are doing. I’m still in pain sometimes.
Leaving stuff out that Elmo can take for him(it’s)self and Wolfie.
sleepy time. Near 2:00am here.
Josephine Sorry, I didn’t get on computer at all this weekend. Except to pay bills and that leaves me in no mood to be fit company for anyone, including myself. ;)
Yard man came by yesterday and we worked up a plan to get the yard and flower beds in shape for 2014 wwhen we plan to sell the house. We may have to rent it, until the economy picks up a bit, so I want perennials and super easy to maintain stuff. With the total clean up of the back yard and all the “wild” stuff, it’s going to run close to $4,000.00. Not a fun amount. ;)
Phones will be horrid today. That is always the case following a holiday. Yuck!! ;)
Would you believe it! My son has had to travel to Hungary today on business despite having booked tomorrow off for the funeral. He is still intending to turn up as planned but Worcester is not on a main railway line so that will lengthen his journey time quite a bit.
Ironsos I’m so pleased that your new apartment is proving to be warmer and perfectly practicable.
Wolfie That is a lot of words! I feel heroic if I manage to make a post here once a day, lol.