Greetings, Salutations and Felicitations on this auspicious occasion!
(Try saying that 3 times fast!!)
Today is a good day! Not only have I got a brand new bag of wool to work with (thanks mother!) but it is the second day in a row which I have been out of the house.
Yesterday I went for a scone with mother and today we looked around the local shops. It’s still heavy going on crutches and I feel like I have done a marathon but it’s so much easier without that bloody cast and it feels like I’m getting back to some semblance of normality. I am even wearing my jeans (how could anyone FORGET they have jeans in their drawers?) and that’s a big thing because I couldn’t fit them over my cast before. Also, I have got rid of the extra helping table in my room. Next to go are the toilet handles…it’s nearly time for a normal looking bathroom!!!
So, a positive weekend, and it’s warm so that’s nice!
I have been occupied the last few days with a book, or three in fact.
1Q84 by Murakami.
I couldn’t put it down, all 925 pages of it that I started in Wednesday and finished Saturday afternoon. It was originally published in Japanese in 2009 I think (2011 for the English versions but I could be wrong) so it’s quite modern.
It was really well written and I enjoyed it a lot. It’s essentially a love story between Aomame (she is a fitness instructor who murders male wife beaters on the sly) and Tengo (he is a maths teacher who also writes fiction books). At some point near the beginning of the story Aomame enters a new world, one symbolised with 2 moons that she calls 1Q84 (the novel is set in 1984).
Tengo helps ghost write a bestseller about the Little People and how they build Air Chrysalises (made with a part of a person’s soul) and make replicants of people. We don’t know if the Little People are good or bad and we don’t find out why they are making copies of people. In fact, there is a lot that is left unexplained which I don’t like. But we know the Little People are real. And somehow control this new world with two moons.
It’s frustrating to get to the end and not understand!! The novel finishes with Tengo and Aomame finding each other after 20 years and entering a third new world with only one moon.
I like books that make you think and this one certainly does. But so much is left unexplained that is leaves you just slightly unfulfilled at the end.
Have you read it? I definitely recommend it, but I was expecting a rework of George Orwell’s 1984 and it really isn’t.
If you’ve read it…please explain it to me!
So, that means not much time for crafting etc. But back to that tomorrow I think.
Mother went to the allotment today and brought back a lot of stuff, beans, peas, onions, and beetroot. And she gave me a pumpkin update. I asked Dad to grow me one last year but it went slightly mouldy and we ended up not using it. 😦 So the fact there is more than one this year and they are as big as footballs already, is a good sign. Pumpkin soup here we come…in a few months!
I’ve just shelled a colander full if broad beans…I love doing that! And she is making some chocolate cookies downstairs…hopefully it will soon be time for a cuppa and a cookie!!
Just need to blanch them next…so much outer covering for so little a bean!!
Well, that was my weekend. The light at the end of the tunnel is quite bright now. Jeans are being worn again. The foot is looking really good and dare I say quite normal. Motivation has set in with a vengeance. Another thing ticked off my list. And the slump is lifting.
Happy weekend everyone! Monday tomorrow…yay!