Monthly Archives: December 2016

Saturday Snapshot – Boxing Day (Dec 31)

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by West Metro Mommy. Go there to see how you can participate.

I went for a walk with our son in downtown St Marys on Boxing Day. There was very little open, but it was nice to get outside in the fresh air. I took a few pictures and the following two were probably the best of the bunch.


Maybe in 2017 I’ll take my camera out with me more often, as it seems that I really haven’t taken many pictures in 2016.

Top Ten Tuesday – 2016 Favourites (Dec 27)

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a different topic is posted inviting the participants to come up with a list of ten things to do with the topic.

This week’s topic is ‘Top Ten Best Books Of 2016 (you choose — best books overall of what you read regardless of pub date, of a particular genre, 2016 debuts, 2016 releases, etc)’ I didn’t read as many books as I’d hoped to this year, but the following 10 were the ones I enjoyed the most:

  1. Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship – Trevor Hudson. I have almost finished this one, so it qualifies as one of the best I read this year. I read it as part of the 2016/17 Renovaré Book Club.
  2. Undermajordomo Minor – Patrick deWitt. Very funny and different. It’s just a shame that deWitt doesn’t bring out books more often, but I guess it makes it worth the wait for his next one.
  3. Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All – Jonas Jonasson. Another hilarious read from Jonasson. I love his characters and the way he weaves their stories together.
  4. Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair – Anne Lamott. I always enjoy reading her books and this one was no exception.
  5. Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived
    – Rob Bell. This was a re-read, but it was worth it once more. It is probably my favourite book of his.
  6. A Study in Charlotte – Brittany Cavallaro. Being a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, I have to admit I had my doubts about reading this one, being that the main character, Charlotte Holmes, was purported to be the great-great-great granddaughter of the famous fictional detective. However, my doubts were dispelled and it turned out to be a fairly enjoyable read after all.
  7. The Buried Giant – Kazuo Ishiguro. It took me a while to get into this one, but I persevered and the effort was worth it.
  8. The Underwater Welder – Jeff Lemire. This was probably the best of the graphic novels that I read this year.
  9. Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life – Henri J.M. Nouwen. This was the best meditative book I read this year and I found it very helpful at the time I read it.
  10. My Very Best Friend – Cathy Lamb. I read this one out of curiosity, as it was from a genre I don’t normally read. I was pleasantly surprised by it and it was a very funny and, at times, moving read. Sometimes it is good to try something different.

I’m hoping to get through more books in 2017 than I did in 2016 and am contemplating a reading challenge that might help me achieve this. Whatever happens, I know I’ll have fun trying.

Musing Mondays (Dec 26)

mondayMusing Mondays is a weekly meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker, that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: Did you get any good books for the holidays?

I’m just going to answer the random question this week.


I got 6 new books pictured above for Christmas this year. They are as follows:

I have already started reading the Tolkien one and am looking forward to getting to the rest of them soon.


Teaser Tuesday – Silence (Dec 6)

TuesdayTeaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here are my teasers for this week:

silenceIn the pitch darkness we held our breath in silence. What sort of crazy official was laying a trap like this?

From page 39 of Silence by Shusaku Endo.

I’ve had this book sitting unread on my shelf for 4 or 5 years or more. With the movie of it coming out in a couple of weeks time I thought it would be a good time to get it read, as I don’t want to watch the movie first.

Bookmark Monday – Origami Reindeer (Dec 5)

bookmark-mondayBookmark Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Aloi from guiltless reading. Take a picture of one of your favourite bookmarks, post it on your blog, and head over to guiltless reading to share a to your post.

I found this neat idea – an origami reindeer bookmark – at Easy Peasy and Fun. With Christmas getting ever closer it might be one worth trying. The page has links to other origami animal bookmarks as well.


One For The Ages!

What a game! What a night! It truly was one for the ages and a real nail biter to boot! After years of having to put up with all the jokes and scorn about how we’ll never be anything, TFC have finally arrived.

Last night it took extra time, but it also took a lot of resilience and never give up attitude. After losing in Montreal 3-2 last week all we had to do was to win 1-0 in front of a sold-out BMO Field crowd. Twice Montreal almost spoiled the party, but when it ended 3-2 for TFC we were left with another 30 minutes, plus the possibility of penalties, to decide who would be the Eastern champions. We took over in extra-time and with two goals in two minutes the tie was all but over. Even losing Giovinco in extra time to injury didn’t stop us.

Now on to the MLS Cup Final at BMO on Saturday 10 December against Seattle. It’s going to be another great night!

If you missed the game, or want to relive it again, here are the highlights:

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