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I had to go to doctor today. I am a little irritated because of having to go every 4 months now. If they had not changed my meds, I would not have to go so often. Then they stuck me in both arms to get the blood test done. Since I had fasted for the blood test, I was getting hungry. Stopped at two stores to buy groceries so I was starved by the time I got home.
It seems I have gained 8 pounds since May. I knew I had been eating more since I have been cooking. I think the extra pounds are all in my middle. My doctor said I still did not have to worry about my weight but I will have to start watching what time I am eating,.
I did see my grandson so it was worth the trip down town.
Cool G: The Doc mentioned the watch what time you eat caution to me also. I do like my late night snacks.
Finally getting chilly. Frost and freeze advisories in the area but we will only get
around 45F(7.2C) here.
We have had a grey morning with some rain showers I can see some blue sky now and the forecast is for drier, warmer weather for the next four days, thank goodness. We have booked lunch on Sunday to celebrate the Autumn Equinox, we’re going to our friend’s place, The Crown Country Inn.
Korey Enjoy Wolfie’s book:)
I usually wake up early and now it is taking a long time for it to get light.
I have turned the A/C off. It does tend to get a little stuffy in the afternoon but not enough to turn it back on. Of course if it gets back in the 90’s, I will turn it back on. The dogs have spent a lot of time outside since it is not so hot. They have gone outside now even though it had rained earlier. It doesn’t look muddy so I guess the ground obsorved the water. It is raining a lot where MM is. At least they said so on the weather.
Doesn’t it seem like there is a lot of destruction because of weather lately or this summer? At least more than normal.
We’ve had another bad phone call from Alabama this morning. You know I lost my mother’s last sibling in November and his wife, my last remaining aunt, in June, along with three other family members earlier in the spring and summer. My aunt and uncle’s grandson (actually raised as their son) found his 42 year old wife dead in a recliner in their family room this morning. She had hurt her shoulder in the last week or two and had been sleeping in the recliner instead of the bed. When he got up this morning she was dead. She had MS but was still functional, had not become incapacitated with it.
In addition to the expected shock this has caused in the family there is a large amount of guilt as well. Almost no one in the family was speaking to them. There was some bad behavior on their part during the illness and deaths of my aunt and uncle which was viewed as unforgiveable. They had “opted out” of any responsiblity toward my aunt and uncle and had walked out, leaving other people to shoulder the load and responsibity. At the time the family was more than ready to honor their decision to vote themselves out of the family. They were too much trouble. Now she is dead with no warning. So, everyone who has resolutely honored their decision and not spoken to them in three months are pretty guilt ridden and remorseful.
I am probably going to need to head to Alabama in support of all these cousins who were knee deep in this family conflict.
I was out all day yesterday with my parents as usual on Wednesday. Daddy had therapy. Mother had shopping and banking to attend to. I left home before 9:30 AM and did not get home until after 6:30 PM, a long day.
I obviously need to do some laundry because I probably won’t be home to do it this weekend. I need to pull some funeral appropriate clothes together.
Hmmm…. We have curbs not kerbs, but they seem to perform the same function. ;)
Quick partial work lurk. ;)
I feel in need of a good hot shower and massage. I don’t know what possessed me but, today of all days, with plenty else to do I attacked my cupboard under the stairs. My cupboard under the stairs is quite awkward. Instead of entering from the side the door is on the uphill end of the staircase. Deep into the closet are some shelves but in front of those shelves is an area of about 32 inches (81.3 cm) by 32 inches which just piles high with anything we stuff in, mostly rolls of gift wrap, gift bags, sacks of ribbon and bows, sacks of extra Christmas light strands and replacement bulbs. The shelves hold boxes of Christmas candles, candles, exceptionally fragile Christmas decorations, and my wedding and baby memorabilia as well as a case full of photo albums from when my daughter was small. Under all the bags of gift wrap materials I found a carpet cleaning machine which I have not used in years. I haven’t even thought of it. The capacity of the water pick up bucket is impractical for the amount of carpet I have.
Today I pulled everything out of that cupboard under the stairs. I threw away any gift bags, ribbons, bows, tissue paper, etc. that had become tattered. I organized all of it into gift bags that were functional but no longer useful to their original purpose. I dragged in two bookshelves brought over from my parent’s house and placed them along the sides of the walls with an alley leading to the built in shelves in the short end of the closet. The carpet cleaning machine will be donated to charity.
I preferred the cupboard under the stairs at my previous home. It was much larger. The floor could have accommodated a twin size mattress. It was large enough for seriously functional shelving with enough floor space to store items like vacuum cleaners and ironing boards.
Late in the summer I applied to the school system to be a substitute teacher. We could use some additional income but I need the flexibility of saying, “No” if I have a conflict when I receive a call to work. With my need to take care of my parent’s doctor’s appointments, etc. I have not been able to return to work full time. Recently it has come to my attention I do not have to have a current teacher’s license to substitute. I held one for ten years in another state but let it lapse as I never used it. To substitute you just have to have a degree in something. I have two degrees in something, both of them degrees which can be hired by a school system in a non-teaching capacity. So, I would think that is in my favor.
A few minutes ago I received a call to report to new substitute teacher orientation in a couple of weeks. It will be a four hour process which will involve a lot of filing out of forms and a crash course in teaching (baby sitting).
I’m a bit excited and a bit frightened at the thought of reporting for any kind of job after almost fourteen years.
Congrats on the job opportunity Lady Hawke also so sorry for your loss.
Your cupboard under the stairs sounds like mine. I also have a corresponding cupboard above the stairs. I live in a split level.
I have been feeling most unsociable. I am in the midst of an attack of cystitis and am very uncomfortable. If the antibiotics don’t kick in soon, I am going to start throwing things.
My cupboard under the stairs is my bathroom!
My parents house has a fab one. The stairs curve, and so does the cupboard, to make maximum use of the space. I always imagined living in it……. Years before HP!
Lady Hawke, that job opportunity sounds ideal, and pretty exciting. I really hope it suits. I know you have your parents, but I have found, as the children grow and need me less, there is more opportunity to me to explore and develop. Not that I am making the most of it, with my amoeba job. But this could be great for you.
And I am so sorry to read of yet another loss for you.
Korey, squeeeeeee about the book!
Asti Here’s a tip from a former sufferer, drink cranberry juice daily, it prevents infectious agents sticking to the walls of the bladder.
Lady Hawke I suspect that your bout of tidyness was displacement activity as you tried to assimilate the latest family tragedy. I’ve done the same myself in the past. I’m sorry that you have to go through this all over again, I’m afraid that 2013 is going to be recalled as a tough year in your family history. Best of luck with your new venture.
Have I mentioned I am so afraid of spiders especially large ones? Think Ron only worse. I was finishing up the dishes a few ninutes ago. When I went to pour my dishwater in the sink ( I use a dish pan to wash the dishes) there was a large spider in the sink. I poured the dish water in the sink where the spider was. I do not use that side because my ……oh the thing you grind up food scrapes in….. garbage disposal ……is attached to that side and it does not work. I think it froze up when I was not living here. Anyway I will have to empty the water out by hand. I can not face to do it right now. I will wait to make sure the spider is drowned.
Lady Hawke So sorry for another loss in your family. I hope you enjoy being a sub teacher. I was once asked to be a sub for an accounting class in college. I did not have time to do it but alway kept it in mind in case I ever decided to teach. I do not have a teachers degree but I do have two other degree too.
I am still very not comfortable, and am faced with a hectic weekend. I work tomorrow, and it is also Carnival Day, which means once I finish work I have to dash home, eat, and get daughter back into town for the evening procession. DS and son have a golf match, the last of the club matches. Both of them are in the running for Player of the Year, so it is a big day for them. I could really do with my DS being around to take daughter to the Carnival. It’s the last thing I feel like doing.
Sunday is. HUGE golf match for my son. He and team are representing the County in the Regional Finals of a knockout competition. We have to be at a VERY posh golf club by 10am, and it is unlikely we will be home before 8 that evening.
Self pitying wailing………….
Graymayne, I know of that tip, but really dislike cranberry juice!
Have you come across a programme called Ade in Britain? Adrian Edmondson travels around the country visiting people involved in local trades and traditions. I am not sure when it aired…..my DS is downloading the episodes, but I can recommend it. It’s interesting, relaxing, respectful and just really nice tv!
CoolG, I too am very much a Ron when it comes to thingswitheightlegs. I cannot kill them. I employ the large glass and piece of card method to transport them to the far end of the garden, and only if there is no one else in the house who will deal with it for me!
Asti I know what you mean about the taste of cranberry juice but I get so ill with cystitis, and one of my kidneys is already scarred from previous kidney infections. I can imagine how you feel about your weekend schedule, I just wish other people knew how awful cystitis makes you feel. Please take care! I’m with you and CoolG on the topic of spiders and need my bearded white knight to come to my rescue.
I looked up Adrian Edmondson and realised I recognised his face. I didn’t know that his wife is Jennifer Saunders who is undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Apparently the treatment is grindingly slow and makes you feel dreadful.
Asti here in the States we can get Cranberry juice mixed with other juices, Grape, Apple and Pomergranic, which makes it go down easier. I personally like it mixed with Grape, my mother like it with Apple.
I had another long day. My father had to be taken to therapy. My mother had to visit the optometrist. My daughter developed a rash on her face and had to see the doctor. He gave her a high level steroid cream. I took her to have her hair cut as well, not just a cheap little girl trim, but a real look through the book of hairstyles with a stylist telling her what would suit her and be appropriate for her hair type. She came out with a curly short bob, a bit shorter in the back than the front. At any rate I ended up at home much, much later than I had anticipated and still had dinner to prepare and put in the oven. I had intended to put a roast and veggies in the slow cooker this morning but with all my other activities it never happened. So, since I had nothing else ready to cook, we still are a very long way from having our dinner. It is all in the oven cooking but it will take a very long time I fear.
We won’t be attending the funeral of my cousin’s wife. As it turns out there daughter was already committed to move house this weekend. She must relinquish her current home by tomorrow evening. The new owners will take possession and she must be in a new house by tomorrow night. So, the visitation is being pushed off to Sunday and the funeral to Monday. I can’t imagine much worse than to have to move house between your mother’s death and her funeral. A move is incredibly stressful and wearing anyway. Pairing it with the funeral of a close relative is not to be imagined.
Lady Hawke The daughter won’t be very old herself if her mother was only 42. Let’s hope her youth will give her the necessary resilience. Will you still be going to the visitation?
GRAYMAYNE, no, we won’t be going at all. Visitation is 4 PM to 8 PM on Sunday. It is 214 miles away, an almost 4 hour drive, counting rest stops. We couldn’t even step inside the door and give everyone a quick hug without having to turn around immediately and start driving home. It would still have gone dark before we could get back here.
The daughter is 24 years old with two small children of her own. The daughter was born when the mother was very young and came to the marriage with her mother. The 17 year old brother does belong to my cousin. They were married 19 years and 2 days when he found her dead. Her funeral is on his birthday.
My daughter and I will go over in a few weeks when we can drive over socialize, spend the night and socialize a bit more before driving home before dark.
I brought home the makings of chili (chili con carne). This is my DS’s project. So, I will go in an get the kitchen pulled together and make sure he has what he needs and he can get in there and cook. I hope my daughter will go in and help him. I would normally do his onion, tomato and pepper chopping for him but I hope she might do it. I might still chop the pepper. I don’t want to turn her off to the process.
I looked and it is the distance from London to Liverpool that I would have to drive late Sunday afternoon and evening trying to get home.
GRAYMAYNE, the distance I normally travel to see my mother’s family is about ten miles further than you must drive to go to London. This couple lives a bit further down in Alabama in another town and that is where they are having this service. The extra distance is what makes it absolutely impossible to attend even the visitation.
Well, thankfully today wasn’t quite as fraught has I feared. My Manager took pity on the state of me, and told me to go home almost two hours early! My DS also made the effort to get back in time to get daughter to the Carnival. By which point I was having such a guilt trip that I still ended up going!
Unfortunately, he’s just lost all the Brownie Points he earned…… I turned to grill on to make toast, feeling a bit peckish after half a pizza with daughter at 5pm. “Ooooh,” he says brightly, “can I have some?” I told him rather pointedly that he knew where the grill was and he knew where the bread was. Hummmppppphhhhhh.
Ironsos, mine too!
ASTI, I feel your pain. It is vexing to have been the person working all day, then taking part in an entertainment activity of other people’s choice out of guilt, and then be expected to take care of them. It puts you in mind of being slave labor while no one gives a thought to your preferences or what you have been doing. My daughter gets out school in the afternoon, brimming with the energy of the newly emancipated and wants to “go do something”. Many times I have been struggling through the day ever since I left her at school and am ready to collapse but know I still have to go home and put dinner together and keep on with the laundry. Sometimes it is very difficult to make her understand I am at the end of my rope and need some sitting instead of more doing.
Why did you have a guilt trip that made you go with them when he had expressly come home so you didn’t have to go?
I have done some cleaning today, not a very inspirational way to spend Saturday. I’m baking some fish for tonight but we are having the veggies I cooked with the roast yesterday and some scalloped potatoes I have cooking right now. My DS didn’t like the ingredients I brought home for the chili so he is going to go reshop. He was going to reshop as of late this morning and now it is 6 PM and he has still not left the house. So, I realized I had to come up with something for dinner.
Just wondering, is Wolfie’s book ok for a young teen to read? The girl I have in mind is quite “sheltered”… No foul language or sex etc… I am hoping I can recommend. Have not received my copy yet.
Happy Autumn Equinox everyone! We’re going out for lunch today and I’m up late after a night of intense dreaming. I must have been trying to entertain myself after an evening with nothing of interest on the TV, lol.
Won-Two it’s fine – it’s a YA novel. In gave it to my son, who is 12, to read when I got finished.
Happy Autumn Equinox Graymayne!