Wednesday, 28 January 2015

One of twelve

I could of course continue in the vein of yesterday and feel very sorry for myself (which I do actually, I got a cold to top off the disappointment), but that would be very draining on you lot that come back every time to read about my life. No need to put you all on anti-depressants! 

Seeing as it nearly is the end of January, I thought I would have a little look at this past month. Prompted by Ginny Marie of course! And then it turned out that the buckets I set at the beginning of this year were not met at all. 

The more blogging went out of the window because of two weeks of feeling rotten. None of the other buckets were filled either. It being the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, there were a lot of documentaries on television about the Holocaust. I have seen quite a few of those. Not the most uplifting I can tell you. Especially not last thing at night when you need to get some sleep. 

The book I am reading at the moment (to fulfill my Goodreads goal of 50 books this year) got off to a slow start as well. Not because I am not reading, but because of the book I am! It's the Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Not the easiest to get through and certainly not a beach read! Death, destruction and forced labour all are part of this book. And I only read the 500 page abridged version... 

The weather this month has included a full out storm, one of the worst to hit the West Country of Norway in two decades, a bit of snow, rain, rain and more rain. Some of my rooftiles ended up on the ground which were replaced a few days ago. My surroundings (although still beautiful) are grey and brown due to the weather. Puddles and icy roads are also included in this lovely mix.

On the plus side though: new heater, lovely companion (ie Oswin), great friends, good job and soon I will be operated on, get a visit from my sister and hopefully fill my buckets. Oh, and sorry for having written such a depressing blog post. I promise to do better next time!

This post is prompted by Spin Cycle. Thank you Ginny Marie at Lemon Drop Pie.


  1. Sorry about the Bother! below. Funny in a way that one gets disappointed about not being cut up, but we all understand. As for books, I have not been in a book mood recently.

  2. Hari OM
    You are simply telling it as it is - and some times are darker than others - and much like the climate, subject to change! Here's to spring... YAM xx

    1. I saw a few snow drops the other day, so spring is on it's way!

  3. I'm so sorry that your surgery plans are not going smoothly! Ugh! I read a book by Solzhenitsyn in college, and I cannot imagine that would be an easy read. I don't remember the name of it, but it was much shorter than the one you read. I'm glad your sister is coming and that you have Oswin. Good things!

  4. I watched on documentary last night on Auschwitz . I've seen pictures and of course movies about it but they showed actually footage that was taken. Watching them move the bodies was surreal. It was so sad and so horrific.

  5. I just spent a week in Florida in the sun, but before that I was really losing it. And sometimes life gets very overwhelming. I studied The Holocaust in depth in college and I still have a lot of nightmares. My grandmother survived it and is still here today!

  6. I hope warmer weather and less snow comes your way. I also watched a documentary on PBS about Aushwitz and was disturbed for many nights. Scary to think the evil one person can have for another.

  7. I am feeling rather depressed too ! Rain, storm, cold, only catastrophes on TV and I have no real reason to feel like that ! Bloogging helps me to distract me and I watch funny movies on YouTube !


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