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Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of Winter

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Red Breasted Nuthatch at peanut feeder in Alberta by professional photographer Diane Schuller
Red Breasted Nuthatch at our peanut feeder here in frigid Alberta

I hope you all had a Christmas season that was filled with joy and glad tidings. Ours was of that ilk and a bit on the lazy side to boot. The birds, of course, continue to flit about seeking out sustenance but our dogs are, as they should be, inside and warm with us and being taken for multiple short walks through the day.

After starting that awful novel just before heading to Edmonton (and dumping it while in Edmonton), I picked up a dynamite novel that I just finished last night. I’m now in novel withdrawal not only because I don’t have anything to read but because I’m missing the delightful cast of characters in this last book. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Societyparticularly if you enjoy great story telling and engaging characters.

So what have you read lately that you loved and would recommend? And what did you enjoy about it?

PS: Don’t forget to check in during the first week of January for my upcoming announcement regarding my business (or subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t miss any posts!)

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The Garden Ms. S - December 29, 2010 - 12:19 am

I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society! As soon as I finished it I promptly went out and bought copies as gifts for family members.

We are being terribly lazy this Christmas as well. It is such a treat to have big blocks of time to dedicate to reading. I am currently reading a surprise present from hubby, “The Way of the Gardener” by Des Kennedy. It is his autobiography and I love it. He is, by far, one of my favourite Canadian garden writers and speakers.

We had a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers in the backyard today and my little son was mesmerized. Holidays are just so good for the spirit. 🙂 Enjoy!

don - December 29, 2010 - 9:47 am

I like your fine shot of that little acrobat on the feeder. My three bird books show three kinds of Nuthatches, but I’m wondering if there are more in eastern locales. I like your potato peel shot too. I’m behind the times, but I just finished Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I enjoy historical fiction when it’s well written. Have a great day.

Cicerosings - December 29, 2010 - 2:21 pm

Hi Diane,

On your recommend I’ve ordered that book as I received 2 Chapters Gift cards for Christmas, that and another book called “A Secret Gift” by T. Gup which I heard good things about. They should be here in a few days, well probably next week sometime as we are nearing another long weekend. Thanks for the recommend. I need a good book. I ordered “A Secret Gift for D’s Mom’s birthday coming up Jan 6.


sherri - December 29, 2010 - 6:16 pm

The colors in that top image are delicious.

Marcie - December 31, 2010 - 11:55 am

Read this book…and loved it. Best wishes to you and yours in this up and coming new year!!!