Books and Anniversaries

It’s probably weird to do a wrap-up of the week on a Thursday night, but I am.

#1 Yesterday was the anniversary of my paternal grandfather’s death, and today was the anniversary of my maternal grandfather’s death.

The cemetery in Queanbeyan

Today – in honour of my mother’s father – we went to the pub he used to drink at in Queanbeyan, and had a bottle of sparkling wine (hey, it was a good excuse!). The Royal has been completely refurbished just recently, so it’s nothing like it was when he used to drink there.

He was from Ukraine, and after fighting the Russians, fighting the Nazis, being captured by the Nazis, escaping the Nazis… he somehow ended up in Australia.

We also took some flowers to his grave. The cemetery is in a pretty spectacular setting near the New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory border, but with the weird weather today (windy, cloudy, sunny, hot, still, cooler) it didn’t look so great. It is also filled with kangaroos!

The cloudy NSW/ACT border, through our dirty windscreen!

#2 I’ve been working my way through a range of review books, including these two:

Last Call by Jennifer Schmidt

While on vacation, a night out turns into a drunken haze, and Novalee Jensen wakes up hung over, confused, and… married? Fleeing Nevada,  Novalee returns home to Montana to hide out, dreading the moment when  her husband will show up to take her hard-earned business. But two years later just when Novalee thinks her secret is safe, guess who walks  through her door? Now, face-to-face with the man she left in a hotel  room two years ago, Novalee discovers the difficult part isn’t having to explain her actions that night, or the questions that arise about the  sexy stranger’s arrival, it’s keeping her hands off her husband. And  what’s Novalee to do when the hardest part turns out not to be  confronting her past, but facing a possible future without her  soon-to-be ex-husband?

Multi-millionaire Dean Philips wakes up in a Las Vegas hotel room to  find the pretty blonde he married the night before gone. The piece of  paper he possesses proves she served her purpose, and guilt ridden over  his actions, Dean begins a battle with his father for a fight for his  grandfather’s fortune. When Dean is ordered to have his wife appear in  court, he finds himself in a small town in Montana, looking for the  woman who ran off two years ago. Caught up in secrets and lies of his  own, he has to find a way to persuade her to come back to Vegas with him without having her find out that she’s the missing puzzle piece to  everything he’s been fighting for. But when Dean decides to mix a little pleasure with business, he suddenly finds himself in unfamiliar  territory that could cost him everything.

Embracing You, Embracing Me by Michelle Bellon

It’s the 1990s. 16-year-old Roshell McRady dances her way through High  School, never quite admitting that she’s ashamed of her trailer park  family home.

She listens to Madonna while wondering why girls her age swap BFFs about as often as some boys change their dirty socks; she empties enough hairspray until her bangs are feathered and vertical  like a lethal weapon; and she agonises over how to convince Gabriel  Harrison, the new Mystery Guy in town, to invite her to the prom – a  night which threatens to turn into a disaster.

But then life takes a dramatic turn for Roshell, and her life changes forever.

A love story emerges from the anguish of Roshell’s life, and when she  leaves school and finds work at a casino, things don’t get any less  complicated for her – until one night a powerful dream marks out the  exact path that she must take.

#3 Yesterday I randomly bought a 1960s sewing book from the days of the USSR. I have no plans to make Soviet fashions, but I saw it online, and decided I needed to buy it!

I have heaps of things from the former-USSR, as not only is half my family from there, but I have also made a number of trips to Russia, Ukraine and the Baltics in recent years. I guess my collection just wouldn’t be complete without a sewing book!

 

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