I'm just going to trim those dead branches off the hawthorn, I said. But naturally while I was in there, I noticed all the dead branches on the row of spruce trees flanking the hawthorn. And that's when my OCD kicked into overdrive. Some of those suckers were a good two inches in diameter and well above my head. Factor into that standing wedged between the branches of the ajoining tree (somebody planted those babies far too close together), with your hair caught on another branch and a hawthorn threatening to take your eye out, you don't really take the time to practice good muscular health.
But two hours of that takes its toll. Do you know that exercise you do where you stand in a doorway and press your arms against the frame and then when you step out, your arms rise into the air of their own volition? That's what my forearms and wrists are still doing this morning.
But now I've got a good excuse to start in on my summer reading list today. I'll be joining Karen, Beth, Krista, and Wandering Coyote in posting a list of books this summer. Some of these fine folks are planning on 20 or 30 books, but I'm sticking to five because, much as I have fantasies of spending the summer lounging in a chair with a pile of books, deep down I know that's not going to happen. I keep forgetting that I have to go to work.
Here are the books I aim to complete by midnight Labour Day:
Twelve Sharp - Janet Evanovich
Unless - Carole Shields
Blindness - Jose Saramago
Trainspotting - Irvine Welsh
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - JK Rowling
bonus book: I will buy myself a new pair of shoes if I complete a sixth book in the alloted time
See? Everybody wins! Do you want to join in? Place your list on your sidebar and keep us posted.
Other bookish activity has John Mutford continuing his valiant efforts to put a regular joe (himself) on the CBC Canada Reads book panel. If you would like to support this and have a Facebook account, you can join the "Put John Mutford on the Air" community. He's looking for 1000 supporters and had over 400 by yesterday evening. It's what all the cool kids are doing.
Karl Brännström has some new "book art" uploaded. These are very imaginative and evocative pieces made from the pages of an old book, called Snäckhuset by Edit Unnerstad. Do take a look.
"Don't be martyred slaves of Time,
On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!"
*If you have read P.D. James' fascinating and powerful novel The Children of Men, and you are determined to see the film on which this was based, bear in mind that these are completely different stories. Really only the germ of the idea is maintained from book to screen. Characters are combined, plotlines are changed, it is virtually unrecognizable.
The film is unrelentingly grim, and works well enough as an apocalyptic thriller, but has none of the nuances of the novel.
Watch it if, like me, you feel you must, but ultimately I would recommend that you read the book.