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Familyhistorian’s Keeping Positive Thoughts for a Year of Change – Part 5

1Familyhistorian
Redigeret: maj 17, 12:52am

2Familyhistorian
Redigeret: maj 17, 12:54am

Hi my name is Meg. I’ve been a member of the mighty 75ers since 2013. In that time, I’ve been hit by many a Book Bullet (BB) so I can attest to the fact that this is a dangerous place. In 2020 I had trouble keeping up with the threads as we all moved more online. My hope to do better keeping up this year hasn’t been going that well. But as we know hope is a renewable resource as is the wish for positive change.

3Familyhistorian
Redigeret: maj 17, 1:02am

BLOG



In my blog, I’m currently doing a look back at WWII which had a lasting effect on my family. You can see my latest blog posts at: A Genealogist’s Path to History

4Familyhistorian
Redigeret: jun 3, 3:33pm



Little Free Library

Books culled in 2021

January - 0

February - 6

March - 6

April - 5

May - 7

June - 4

5Familyhistorian
Redigeret: jun 3, 3:36pm

Challenges

Reading Through Time

Quarterly

January-March 2021 - Renaissance/16th Century - The Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn - DONE
April-June 2021 - 17th Century
July-September 2021 - 18th Century
October-December 2021 - Napoleonic Era

Monthly

January: Shakespeare's Children - The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey - DONE
February: Fashion - The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott - DONE
March: Arggh, Matey - Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton - DONE
April: The Sun Never Sets - The Palace Tiger by Barbara Clevery - DONE
May: Meet the Press - The Ventriloquists by E. R. Ramzipoor - DONE
June: Rewriting the Past
July: Now We Are Free
August: Food
September: Time Travel/Prehistoric
October: Supernatural
November: Reader's Choice
December:

2021 Nonfiction Challenge

January: Prizewinners - Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson - DONE
February: Minority Lives Matter
March: Comfort Reading - The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards - DONE
April: The Ancient World - Blood of the Celts by Jean Manco - DONE
May: Animal, Vegetable, Mineral - The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World by Larry Zuckerman - DONE
June: Discoveries
July: Cities
August: Transportation
September: Creativity
October: Heroes & Villains
November: Business, the Economy and Big Policy Questions
December: Go Anywhere

6Familyhistorian
Redigeret: maj 17, 1:07am

Books read in April 2021

Death Comes to the Fair by Catherine Lloyd
In the Name of the Truth by Viveca Sten
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
Golden in Death by J.D. Robb
Outlawed by Anna North
Follow Me In by Katriona Chapman
Striding Folly by Dorothy L. Sayers
Darker Domain by Val McDermid
Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak
Trapped by Scandal by Jane Feather
The Cracked Spine by Paige Shelton
The Palace Tiger by Barbara Cleverly
Blood of the Celts: The New Ancestral Story by Jean Manco
The Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn

7Familyhistorian
Redigeret: maj 17, 1:08am

Books read in 2021

8Familyhistorian
Redigeret: maj 17, 1:09am

Books Acquired in 2021

9Familyhistorian
Redigeret: maj 17, 1:12am

Acquisitions for April 2021

Your DNA Guide: the book by Diahan Southard
The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin
Save the Cat! Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
Truth and Lies by Caroline Mitchell
The Hanging of Angelique by Afua Cooper
Hi Five by Joe Ide
Your Career in Animation: How to Survive and Thrive by David B. Levy

10Familyhistorian
Redigeret: maj 17, 1:12am

Welcome!

11mdoris
maj 17, 1:10am

Hi Meg, happy new thread. The picture in >1 Familyhistorian: is GORGEOUS! And that sure is a lot of books you read in April. Wow!

12Familyhistorian
maj 17, 1:17am

>11 mdoris: Hi Mary, you're quick on the draw! That's just one of the many pictures I have of the Coquitlam River from the trail which was super busy the day i took it just like it was today. It didn't seem like that many books read in April but maybe that's because my books read ticker needs to be updated!

13quondame
maj 17, 1:20am

Happy new thread!

I hope you had an enjoyable weekend and lot to look forward to the next few days.

14Familyhistorian
maj 17, 1:23am

>13 quondame: Thanks Susan for both good wishes.

15jessibud2
Redigeret: maj 17, 7:04am

Happy new thread, Meg. Your topper reminds me of the trail where I went walking the other day. I am hoping to post pics of my own soon. We are having such amazing weather these days.

16thornton37814
maj 17, 8:00am

Love the new thread-topper! Happy new thread!

17FAMeulstee
maj 17, 8:22am

Happy new thread, Meg!

18BLBera
maj 17, 8:33am

Happy new thread, Meg.

19drneutron
maj 17, 9:16am

Happy new one!

20katiekrug
maj 17, 9:24am

Happy new one, Meg.

21RebaRelishesReading
maj 17, 12:07pm

Happy new thread, Meg.

22Familyhistorian
maj 17, 12:37pm

>15 jessibud2: Amazing weather sounds good, Shelley. Ours is off and on. As we still have strict restrictions the outdoor trails are very busy these days. On sunny days it almost seems like Mother Nature is being nice for our benefit. Your restrictions are much stricter than ours. Do you feel that way too?

23Familyhistorian
maj 17, 12:39pm

>16 thornton37814: Thanks Lori re the topper and for the thread wishes.

>17 FAMeulstee: Thanks Anita!

>18 BLBera: Hi Beth, and thanks!

24Familyhistorian
maj 17, 12:41pm

>19 drneutron: Thanks Jim re the thread and for all you do!

>20 katiekrug: Hi Katie and thanks!

>21 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks Reba!

25PaulCranswick
maj 17, 12:43pm

Happy new thread, Meg.

26Familyhistorian
maj 17, 12:56pm

66. The Last Detective by Peter Lovesey



The first of the DS Peter Diamond series, The Last Detective was a slow starter for me but once I got into it the mystery kept me turning the pages. There were many people who had a motive for getting rid of the woman whose body was found floating in the water near Bath. But how she got there and which of the possibilities murdered her was difficult to unravel.

I’ll probably read more in the series. It was good once it got going. I also like the irascible Peter Diamond and want to know how it is the Detective Superintendent Peter Diamond series if he leaves the police in the first book.

27Familyhistorian
maj 17, 12:56pm

>25 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul!

28jessibud2
Redigeret: maj 17, 12:57pm

>22 Familyhistorian: - Quite honestly, Meg, no. I think it helps that I am such a hermit and introvert. I truly don't feel nearly as bothered as many others do by the restrictions. The garden centres are open and I am sure I'd have felt differently if that were not the case. They are outdoor only and are monitoring and controlling the numbers of people allowed in at a time but I have been doing a lot of gardening so not really going anywhere else (except for groceries). A friend and her dog came over the other day (she is one of 3 others in my *bubble* though we don't get together often), and she is the one who came walking on the trail with me. I have also just been enjoying the great weather to sit outside in the afternoon and read, when I am not puttering in the garden.

The only thing that really makes me feel the restrictions is the inability to travel to Montreal to visit my mum. Ontario's borders with both Manitoba and Quebec remain closed, I believe. Not that I am all that eager to get on a train for 6 hours, but so be it.

29Familyhistorian
maj 17, 1:09pm

>28 jessibud2: You're fortunate to have gardening to keep you outside and busy, Shelley. You have a very nice garden. I don't have that to keep me busy and find, even though I am an introvert, I miss seeing people. It was a treat to run into someone I knew in the grocery store the other day! (I go there more often than I used to. At least its an outing of sorts.)

I hope that this is soon behind us so that you are able to go and see your mum again.

30thornton37814
maj 17, 1:48pm

>26 Familyhistorian: That one has been in my TBR pile for a long time. I think I'd read others who said it was slow to start so I never tried to get to it at the time of acquisition. I hope to begin putting a dent in some of those older unread books so I see the fiction piles grow smaller.

31Familyhistorian
maj 17, 3:08pm

>30 thornton37814: Good luck with getting those fiction piles down, Lori. I put my holds on pause at the library to try to get at mine as well. The piles keep growing and I'm running out of places to put them. I really should do something about whittling down the piles if I have to move soon.

32thornton37814
maj 17, 4:21pm

>31 Familyhistorian: I'm just thinking they need to be greatly reduced before I retire. I still have a few years, but if I don't start tackling them now, they won't be smaller then.

33Familyhistorian
maj 18, 12:35pm

>32 thornton37814: But when you retire, theoretically you should have more time to read through the piles. Why the need to get them down before that?

34karenmarie
maj 19, 7:49am

Hi Meg, and happy new thread!

>3 Familyhistorian: Fascinating about both sets of grandparents being bombed in WWII. Do you have any written documents or oral histories handed down?

>29 Familyhistorian: Even though I’m an introvert, I really enjoyed meeting with two members of the Friends book sort team yesterday at the Library and sorting the not-supposed-to-be-there donations. We then grabbed a bite and sat outside chatting for a bit. Once a week is enough for this introvert, but still.

>31 Familyhistorian: Any more news on when you might have to move?

35msf59
maj 19, 8:05am

Happy Wednesday, Meg! Happy New Thread. Love the woodsy topper.

36richardderus
maj 19, 7:25pm

>26 Familyhistorian: Oh, I enjoyed that series when I read it long ago. It's on my Kindle awaiting a re-read...thirty years later...

Happy new thread! Beautiful topper.

37quondame
maj 19, 7:26pm

>34 karenmarie: Hey, being an introvert doesn't mean not wanting to meet with people, it just means also wanting not to meet with them all the time!

38Familyhistorian
maj 20, 1:13am

>34 karenmarie: Hi Karen, my grandparents weren't bombed but both sets lived through the blitz with bombs falling in their neighbourhoods. There will be more about what they went through and how I found it out in later blog posts.

The date for the conditions on the offer for our townhouses to be removed was extended until June 1. I hope they don't extend it again.

I'm and introvert and I miss seeing people in person too. So much better than the one at a time conversations on Zoom!

39Familyhistorian
maj 20, 1:15am

>35 msf59: Thanks Mark. There are lots of woods around these parts.

40Familyhistorian
maj 20, 1:17am

>36 richardderus: The detective protagonist is a different one, Richard. You must have enjoyed the whole series if you're considering a re-read.

41Familyhistorian
maj 20, 1:18am

>37 quondame: And maybe not crowds of them all at once.

42quondame
maj 20, 1:43am

>41 Familyhistorian: Yes, that too.

43Familyhistorian
maj 20, 2:14pm

67. Journey to a Star by Barbara Cartland



The blurb on the back of the book boasts of 680 books written by Barbara Cartland. If the book I read, Journey to a Star, was typical, I have an idea of how she did it. This was short, more a novella, and the romance about a rake brought to matrimony at last by a young woman at once pure and unworldly, a well worn one. At least it is one more book off my shelves.

45johnsimpson
maj 21, 5:12pm

Hi Meg my dear, happy new thread dear friend.

46bell7
maj 21, 6:14pm

Happy new thread, Meg! The Last Detective sounds like a good one.

Fellow introvert here, too, but I'm very much looking forward to resuming in-person book group in the fall!

47Familyhistorian
maj 21, 6:20pm

>45 johnsimpson: Hi John, thanks for the new thread wishes. I've been remiss at visiting your thread and will fix that shortly.

48Familyhistorian
Redigeret: maj 21, 6:25pm

>46 bell7: It sounds like The Last Detective is the start of a good series, if Richard is to be believed.

I find I am less of an introvert the more restrictions are placed on seeing people in person. We're still restricted in who we can see here.

ETA I'll fix the touchstone to the right book once it is not excruciatingly slow bringing up the alternatives.

49SandyAMcPherson
maj 21, 11:48pm

Am flipping through to catch up after not that long an absence, but wow, lots of new threads or long threads!
BC looks to be improving in number of cases. And good Vax progress. Hope your condo closing is resolved soon. It can't be at all easy with this so long unresolved.

50Familyhistorian
maj 23, 1:57am

>49 SandyAMcPherson: Hi Sandy, the threads keep getting away from me too. BC's cases are improving but that's because we're basically not able to do anything except go to the store, no socializing.

I'd like the wind up of the strata resolved soon too. Fingers crossed that it will be soon.

51richardderus
maj 23, 5:12pm

>48 Familyhistorian: "IF"?!

*sniff*

52Familyhistorian
maj 23, 7:33pm

>51 richardderus: Ha, knew that would get a rise out of you, Richard.

53Familyhistorian
maj 23, 7:53pm

68. Murder Once Removed by S.C. Perkins



I’m always on the hunt for good genealogical mysteries, a recent subgenre added to the mystery trope. As with most genealogical mysteries, Murder Once Removed had a genealogist as the protagonist. In this case it was a young woman, Lucy, with a more party lifestyle than usually found in these books.

That would have been okay, I read contemporary fiction but I found the genealogical mystery rather convoluted, or maybe just not clearly explained or maybe it was because I kept putting the book down and picking it up again later. I don’t think I’ll be reading any more of this series.

54Familyhistorian
maj 23, 8:03pm

Well, the face on the window worked for over a month but the robin was back with a vengeance today. It could be that the cloudy weather makes better reflections. He was pounding away at the glass this morning even with the curtains closed.

I've put paper on the window. As he was still attacking with the paper on the inside, I've stuck it on the outside. There's an overhang so I hope it will be safe in the rain. The paper impedes my view and makes my living room gloomy.

55thornton37814
maj 23, 8:36pm

>33 Familyhistorian: Because I will probably move and downsize at that point. I may even choose RV life.

>53 Familyhistorian: Not to mention she got her big clue from a non-existant census record.

56mdoris
maj 24, 2:37pm

What worked for us last year was hanging netting on the outside of the window. Also he had a perch on the railing opposite so we ran a wire (temporarily) that prohibited his perching. This is just a guess but the combo seemed to work. Good luck with the BAD robin!

57bell7
maj 24, 9:10pm

>53 Familyhistorian: Welp, that's too bad... I'd bought that for our library and thought it looked interesting, but I think I'll give it a pass. Hope your next read is better, Meg!

58Familyhistorian
maj 24, 11:25pm

>55 thornton37814: RV life with cats would be quite an adventure, Lori.

I didn't pick up on the non-existent census record but I'm not that familiar with the censuses in the US.

59Familyhistorian
maj 24, 11:29pm

>56 mdoris: Mine has a perch on the railing too. It must be a good viewing location. I thought of hanging netting but that could be tricky as its a sliding door. Papering over the window seems to have worked for now. He's come close to the screen over the other window but it obviously doesn't reflect his "enemy" back at him. Did your robin come back this year?

60Familyhistorian
maj 24, 11:32pm

>57 bell7: It did look promising. I really enjoy genealogical mysteries but this one just didn't do it for me. I've already read something I liked better so your wish came true.

61mdoris
maj 25, 1:18am

>99 No he did not return, thank heavens!

62thornton37814
maj 25, 7:43am

>58 Familyhistorian: When my parents were still RVing, we took Brumley (my cat) with us. When I lived in Ohio, I'd often meet them for a weekend. Sometimes they'd come up to stay at a campground near me, so I'd just go over and spend evenings with them even though I was working. I'd just have to get up earlier due to a longer commute and a little more traffic the next day. Brumley got to enjoy camping. The last 6 to 8 years they RVed, I did most of the driving. We'd just plan to go somewhere when I had a break. He loved it. He never tried to get out of the RV. He just enjoyed it when the RV screen door was where he could sniff outside it. The bed over the cab area gave him a perch that he loved to go to. My parents always preferred to use the campsite's showers because there was more room so we put the litter box in the shower but lined it pretty well before doing so.

63DeltaQueen50
maj 26, 3:25am

Hi Meg. I recently started the Peter Diamond series and so far have read the first two, of which I thought the second book was even better than the first. As much as I don't need another series, I really like them and plan to continue. The author, Peter Lovesey also has written some historical mysteries as well. I read Wobble to Death a year or so ago and really enjoyed that as well.

64Familyhistorian
maj 26, 8:33pm

>61 mdoris: There's hope for me yet, then. I'll be glad when the siege is over.

65Familyhistorian
maj 26, 8:35pm

>62 thornton37814: Sounds like you've tried RV life out before, then Lori. It's good that you enjoyed it and have an idea of what it would be like.

66Familyhistorian
maj 26, 8:37pm

>63 DeltaQueen50: I have Wobble to Death on my library wish list, Judy. It must have been a BB from you. Good to hear that the second Peter Diamond mystery is better than the first. I'll have to have a look for it.

67Familyhistorian
maj 26, 8:55pm



Climbed a few stairs today.

68richardderus
maj 26, 9:03pm

>67 Familyhistorian: Exhausting even to look at. Brava.

69Familyhistorian
maj 26, 11:38pm

>68 richardderus: It was an easy walk. I was with someone who needed to stop more than I did.

70karenmarie
maj 27, 7:52am

Hi Meg!

>37 quondame: You’re right, Susan.

>38 Familyhistorian: I must be one of the few people who hasn’t ever participated in a Zoom conversation. I have conducted FoL Board Meetings over GoToMeeting.

>44 Familyhistorian: I went through a Barbara Cartland phase in my late teens/early twenties. My high school friend Lori and I used to look for the place in each book where the hero drew the heroine’s soul from between her lips in a romantic kiss. Her website says she wrote 723 books.

>54 Familyhistorian: I’m sorry the robin’s back.

71Familyhistorian
maj 27, 3:08pm

>70 karenmarie: I spend a lot of my life these days on Zoom and haven't tried many other platforms.

I remember reading some Cartlands when I was younger but even then they were a bit repetitive so you could overdose on them quickly. They could never compete with the Heyers that I discovered around that time or shortly thereafter.

72Familyhistorian
maj 27, 3:33pm

69. The Merry Devils by Edward Marston



I was off to Elizabethan England through the pages of The Merry Devils, a mystery/romance centred on a company of players and their travails. In this case it was the appearance of a third devil on stage when there should have been two. The protagonist and bookholder (he held the only copy of the script/book), Nicholas Bracewell, needed to investigate why this had happened. Was a rival theatre company attempting sabotage or had the extra devil truly been summoned through supernatural means?

The mystery needed to be cleared up quickly for the sake of the theatre company. Many strands of the story had to be explored before this could come to pass showing the reader more of Elizabethan society.

73richardderus
maj 27, 6:11pm

>72 Familyhistorian: Good heavens, it's #30 in a series?! Who is he, Simenon's secret son? Wow.

74Familyhistorian
maj 28, 1:28pm

>73 richardderus: And he has more series too. I know I've read some others by Marston. Goodreads says they have 105 books by him.

75Familyhistorian
maj 28, 1:33pm

70. Holy Terror in the Hebrides by Jeanne M. Dams



I must admit I picked up Holy Terror in the Hebrides because of my interest in things Hebridean due to my family history. I’ve read about the area so was familiar with Staffa where the death took place. The sleuth was Dorothy Martin, a woman of a certain age. It was a good mystery with a believable protagonist. I wouldn’t say no to reading another of this series and it looks like I have another on the shelves. I wonder if I can find it.

76Familyhistorian
maj 28, 3:07pm

I had a problem loading the picture for my blog post yesterday on Blogger. My laptop is old and cranky so I didn't know if something else had gone wrong with this computer or if it was something to do with the website. This morning it worked so maybe this laptop will keep me going for a while yet. The new blog post is scheduled for tomorrow.

77Familyhistorian
maj 28, 3:08pm

71. Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs



Another cozy to add to the reads was Sweet Tea Revenge. There are a lot of these Tea Shop Mysteries but I’ve only read some of them here or there. It’s fun catching up with Theodosia and the gang. In this one she had a new to me beau but he didn’t make an appearance. She spent more time with a friend, a woman whose wedding ended at the last minute when the groom was killed. The why of that event was the mystery.

78richardderus
maj 28, 5:01pm

>75 Familyhistorian: Being of a certain age myownself, I'm likely to cotton on to this one.

>74 Familyhistorian: Surely, surely that includes multiple editions and translations!

79Familyhistorian
maj 28, 8:27pm

>78 richardderus: I only counted 94 titles on his Wikipedia page, or rather the Wikipedia page for Keith Miles, which is his real name. His also written as Martin Inigo, Conrad Allen and David Garland. I think he's what we'd term a prolific writer, Richard.

80Familyhistorian
maj 28, 8:42pm

72. The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World by Larry Zuckerman



I have some different nonfiction books on my shelves one of which is The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World. I finally read it for this month’s nonfiction challenge. It was a surprising and, I believe, comprehensive history. I didn’t realize how many civilizations came to rely on this humble vegetable, if wasn’t just the Irish even though the failure of the crop leading to the years of the potato famine looms large in the history of the western world.

81thornton37814
maj 29, 6:30pm

>75 Familyhistorian: I like the older books in the Dorothy Martin series more than the latter ones.

>77 Familyhistorian: I stay fairly current with that series. I'll admit they don't appeal as much as they once did, but I really want to visit that tea shop and taste Haley's food and Drayton's tea.

82Familyhistorian
maj 31, 12:44am

>81 thornton37814: Are the Dorothy Martin books still being written, Lori?

I haven't read that many of the Tea Shop mysteries. It's an okay series to dip in and out of, I find.

83Familyhistorian
maj 31, 12:50am

73. The Blitz by Peter Doyle



My current blog posts are about my family in WWII. As part of my research on the subject, I’ve started to read some of my WWII collection. They’ve been accumulating unread for a while now. It’s time to start reading them. I started small with the Shire Library book, The Blitz which told me that the bombing was spread across the UK not localized on London, as current history might make one believe.

84charl08
maj 31, 3:35am

>80 Familyhistorian: I went to a talk at Hay many years ago now by an author of a book about the history of the potato. He was so enthusiastic about his subject he ran out of time before he got half way through the presentation, with no time for the Q&A! Unexpectedly fascinating topic though.

85Familyhistorian
maj 31, 2:18pm

74. Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize by Emily Brightwell



I’ve read quite a few of the books in the Victorian Mystery series over the years. Probably fewer more recently as the charm of Mrs. Jeffries and the rest of Inspector Witherspoon’s staff and well wishers sleuthing in the background of his cases has begun to wear off a bit. Mrs. Jeffries Wins the Prize was a fun fast read, just as expected.

86Familyhistorian
maj 31, 2:23pm

>84 charl08: Unexpectedly fascinating was the way I felt about the history of the potato as presented in the book, Charlotte. Makes me wonder how many other things we take for granted have long and interesting histories too.

87Familyhistorian
maj 31, 2:43pm

75. Crimson Lake by Candice Fox



There was nothing cozy about this mystery. Crimson Lake paired Ted Conkaffey, a former cop placed in limbo by an incomplete trial that painted him as a violent pedophile, as an investigator along with Amanda Pharrell, a misfit off the wall convicted killer who has done her time. Trawling through the croc infested lands of Crimson Lake they are on the track of clues as to what happened to a well-known author. Did he disappear or was he killed?

Everything was complicated by the vigilantes out for Ted’s blood as he tried to keep his head down in an effort to fit into society. But two Crimson Lake cops were out to make his life a misery. There was more than one mystery to investigate in this fast-moving tale.

88drneutron
maj 31, 4:06pm

Congrats on hitting 75!

90ffortsa
maj 31, 5:18pm

75! Wow. Congratulations.

91quondame
maj 31, 5:28pm

Yay! Congratulations! And time for many more!

92FAMeulstee
maj 31, 6:02pm

>87 Familyhistorian: Congratulations on reaching 75, Meg!

93jessibud2
maj 31, 6:50pm

Congrats, Meg. And you don't look a day over...... ;-)

94Familyhistorian
jun 1, 1:30am

Thanks Jim, Richard, Judy, Susan, Anita and Shelley!

95katiekrug
jun 1, 10:56am

Way to go, Meg!

96mdoris
jun 1, 11:14am

Wow, 75...amazing!

97Familyhistorian
jun 1, 12:42pm

>95 katiekrug: Thanks Katie!

>96 mdoris: I'm lagging behind lots of other LTers, Mary.

98johnsimpson
jun 1, 4:17pm

Hi Meg my dear, congratulations on reaching 75 books read for the year so far.

99Familyhistorian
jun 2, 1:16am

>98 johnsimpson: Hi John, thanks for the congratulations.

100Familyhistorian
jun 2, 1:19am

76. The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor



Propaganda was rife in WWII, most particularly in countries held by Germany. One of those countries was Belgium. There a group of people came together to spread their own propaganda to counter the Nazi regime. It many ways it was a quixotic suicide mission. The novel, The Ventriloquists, followed the people involved during the days that the plan came to fruition. It was well told embellishing somewhat on the true story that it was based on.

101Familyhistorian
jun 2, 2:57pm

So I'm sitting here waiting for the registration for SIWC (Surrey International Writers Conference) to open up. At least that hasn't changed. I'm feeling a bit better than yesterday when I think I was having a physical reaction to a change in life circumstances.

For the last year and a half the townhouse complex that I live in has been in the process of winding up. The latest potential buyers found some problems and we were waiting to see what would happen by June 1 when the latest extension of their conditions were up. Because of the water table on site they wouldn't be able to build as densely due to not being able to put two stories of parking in some of the area. They came back with an offer about $4 million less. We had a strata meeting Monday night where we were told what had happened and asked if we wanted to accept the offer or walk. No advanced warning about this at all. The vote? 50/50 so this means the offer was rejected.

That's pretty hard on owners who have been letting things slide in their units as they consider where they could buy. But it's also a blessing in a way in our super hot real estate market (part of the reason the offer looked less attractive.) I'm still not sure how I feel about this.

102thornton37814
jun 2, 9:25pm

>82 Familyhistorian: #24 The Bath Conspiracy just came out this past month. I think Severn House is publishing them now.

103thornton37814
jun 2, 9:26pm

PS - Congrats on 75!

104BLBera
jun 2, 10:36pm

Congrats on reaching and passing 75, Meg.

105Familyhistorian
jun 3, 1:12am

>102 thornton37814: I had no idea there were so many of them, Lori. >103 thornton37814: Thanks re the 75.

106Familyhistorian
jun 3, 1:13am

>104 BLBera: Thanks Beth!

107richardderus
jun 3, 10:23pm

>101 Familyhistorian: All change is stressful, and when that stress is released without the change being made it feel double-weird.

However you end up feeling, I hope it settles in soon and becomes background again.

108RebaRelishesReading
jun 3, 10:40pm

>101 Familyhistorian: Sorry you're having such a stressful time. It must be especially difficult in this real estate market. Wishing you a good out come and as little stress as possible.

109Familyhistorian
jun 5, 10:00am

>107 richardderus: Thanks Richard. It has been a long haul and an abrupt end. It's also difficult to know how long it will take until we go through the process again something that is quite likely as our land has been rezoned.

110Familyhistorian
jun 5, 10:02am

>108 RebaRelishesReading: The craziness of the real estate market and the length of the process we were going through added to the stress. Thanks for your kind wishes, Reba.

111Familyhistorian
jun 5, 10:15am

This is the weekend of the Ontario Genealogical Conference. Virtual again this year. It started yesterday which was a full day and today is another full day. To make things more interesting I'm triple booked today with a class, a seminar through the BGCS and the Ontario conference all converging around 10:00 am my time. Should be a busy day!

112jessibud2
jun 5, 10:34am

Wow, Meg. Lots of stress there! Don't forget to breathe!

Hope things get sorted out soon. I think venturing into the real estate market VOLUNTARILY these days is nuts. In a word.

113ffortsa
jun 5, 4:07pm

Ouch for the real estate mess. I know you were looking for another place already. Maybe another, better offer will come along, considering the real estate climate.

114mdoris
Redigeret: jun 5, 4:19pm

>101 Familyhistorian: Sounds like a roller coaster ride Meg (real estate) and not as much fun. Something will happen soon I bet. Take care!

115Familyhistorian
jun 5, 6:40pm

>112 jessibud2: The whole process started before the pandemic and before the current crazy real estate market. I can remember the predictions that said market would tank because of the pandemic. Just shows how much those doing the predicting knew!

116Familyhistorian
jun 5, 6:44pm

>113 ffortsa: I wish another better offer would come along but it doesn't seem likely. It's not the same as selling individual units although you would think that the developers would be hiking their sales prices to fit the market by the time the units are ready. As far as I know they were still working with the same per square foot price when they worked out their formulas to give us the new offer.

117Familyhistorian
jun 5, 6:46pm

>114 mdoris: Thanks Mary, I still feel like I am in limbo not sure whether to put any money into this place or not. It's probably a good thing that I have plenty to keep me busy.

118DeltaQueen50
jun 7, 5:20pm

Hi Meg and congratulations on passing the magic 75 number! So what happens with your condo now? Has the whole thing been shelved or are different deveopers going to be approached? Have you been able to book your second vaccine yet? I made an appointment for my husband and I for June 20th. We couldn't get an appointment for any of the places in Delta so we are going to the South Surrey Rec Centre.

119Familyhistorian
jun 9, 1:52am

Hi Judy, this was the second set of developers and what they told us about the property and the underground water would have to be disclosed to any potential buyers. I am not sure that anything further will happen but then again I'm not rushing out to get any updates done to my townhouse.

I have an appointment for my second shot next week on Wednesday in the same place as last time. A friend has an appointment before me so we'll meet up afterwards.

120jessibud2
jun 9, 7:03am

Meg, is your complex condo or freehold? Could you sell on your own and move out without having to wait for the whole complex is sold? It has to be nerve-wracking to have to wait. And it must make it awkward trying to find somewhere else to move to.

121msf59
jun 9, 5:16pm



^I knew you could do it, Meg! We are proud.

122Familyhistorian
jun 9, 5:18pm

>120 jessibud2: I can always sell my own place, Shelley. Selling wasn't on my agenda but the extra money offered by a developer was enticing and the fact that the strata would be wound up made it compelling. I don't really have the time or inclination to move elsewhere especially with the crazy real estate market. I like my place but I used to like it a lot more before we went through this process.

123Familyhistorian
jun 9, 5:19pm

>121 msf59: Thanks Mark!

124Familyhistorian
I går, 1:23am

I'm glad I too my umbrella when I went for a walk this morning. The weather app on my phone said it would be cloudy, didn't mention the cloudburst.

Not a very productive day. It took hours to write my blog post but maybe the time I spend on Amazon was partially to blame.



If you look close you can see the ducklings, there's even a pile of the towards the middle.

125richardderus
I går, 1:26pm

>124 Familyhistorian: How good is their camouflage...all I saw was tree stump-y things!

I totally understand your point about blog posts. It can take for-bloomin'-ever to be sure you're typo-free.

Until you hit "post" when, through Satan's malign influence, six of the most egregious unmissable typos **MANIFEST** in the middle of the carefully vetted, rigorously combed text.

...I need to lie down...