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Mr Paul Cranswick wrote me a villanelle that I'd like to share with you. Isn't it beautiful?


If we were characters in books
Who would write the words
That fact in fiction truth forsook.

Earthen axis trembled, shook
Facing a storyline absurd
In which we were characters in books

Writer's cramp those words get stuck
Leaving only platitudes to be averred
When fact in fiction truth forsook.

A crestfallen page askance to look
Upon lines unspoken and so unheard
As if we were mere characters in books.

Volumes we spied upon shelves we took
And its chapters the sensibilities stirred
Though fact in fiction truth forsook

Truth will die and have no luck
When falsehood once recurred;
If we were characters in books
And fact in fiction truth forsook.

For the esteemed Ms. Diana 14/5/14

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Son B has his final exams. There are five done, three to go!

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My reading in 2014:


1. The Path Between the Seas - David McCullough 8/10, 702 p.
2. Liever rechtop sterven dan op je knieën leven - Abraham Moszkowicz 6/10, 272 p.
3. Don't Look Back - Karin Fossum 8/10, 432 p.
4. Dust and Shadow - Lyndsay Faye 6/10, 352 p.
5. Opperlans! - Hugo Brandt Corstius a.k.a. Battus 7/10, 676 p.
6. The Redeemer - Jo Nesbo 8/10, 592 p.
7. Er ist wieder da - Timur Vermes 4/10, 400 p.
8. Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel 6/10, 674 p.
9. Toen ik je zag - Isa Hoes 8/10, 284 p.
10. The Snowman - Jo Nesbo 8/10, 586 p.
11. The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides 6/10, 288 p.
12. De Verenigde Staten in de Twintigste Eeuw - Maarten van Rossem 7/10, 514 p.

Pages read in January: 5672


13. Jack Sheppard - William Ainsworth 8/10, 584 p.
14. The Art of Fielding - Chad Harbach 7/10, 724 p.
15. Imperium - Robert Harris 9/10, 496 p.
16. Maisie Dobbs - Jacqueline Winspear 8/10, 320 p.
17. The Rehearsal - Eleanor Catton 5/10, 336 p.
18. MS van binnenuit - Ad Bakx 2/10, 144 p.
19. The Brutal Telling - Louise Penny 6/10, 512 p.
20. Het Marco-effect - Jussi Adler-Olsen 7/10, 512 p.
21. Overleverigheid - Leo Vroman 8/10, 142 p.
22. Het andere heelal - Leo Vroman 8/10, 238 p.
23. The Secret Speech - Tom Rob Smith 8/10, 690 p.

Pages read in February: 4698


24. Bush is dom en 37 andere clichés over Amerika - Frans Verhagen, 6/10, 208 p.
25. Big Brother - Lionel Shriver, 9/10, 488 p.
26. Macbeth heeft echt geleefd - Pieter Steinz, 7/10, 240 p.
27. Bury your Dead - Louise Penny, 7/10, 652 p.
28. Trackers - Deon Meyer, 6/10, 736 p.
29. Whatever you Love - Louise Doughty, 8/10, 384 p.
30. Beijing Coma - Ma Jian, 6/10, 670 p.
31. The Sleepwalkers - Christopher Clark, 9/10, 736 p.
32. A Left-Handed History of the World - Ed Wright, 6/10, 256 p.
33. Agent Zigzag - Ben Macintyre, 8/10, 384 p.
34. Eating Animals - Jonathan Safran Foer, 4/10, 352 p.

Pages read in March: 5106

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35. The Guns of August - Barbara Tuchman, 8/10, 658 p.
36. Australians: Origins to Eureka - Thomas Keneally, 10/10, 760 p.
37. Voodoo Histories - David Aaronovitch, 5/10, 372 p.
38. Misschien wisten zij alles - Toon Tellegen, 8/10, 634 p.
39. The Light Years - Elizabeth Jane Howard, 10/10, 594 p.
40. De Amerikaanse geschiedenis in een notendop - Jan van Opheusden, 7/10, 174 p.
41. Verzamelde gedichten - Lucebert, 8/10, 912 p.
42. Restoration - Rose Tremain, 6/10, 432 p.
43. Merivel: A Man of his Time - Rose Tremain, 7/10, 384 p.
44. A Trick of the Light - Louise Penny, 8/10, 616 p.
45. Poetin - Wierd Duk, 8/10, 98 p.
46. Brain on Fire - Susannah Cahalan, 9/10, 288 p.

Pages read in April: 5922

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47. De gedichten - P.C. Hooft, 8/10, 820 p.
48. Peter the Great - Robert K. Massie, 9/10, 1110 p.
49. Six Years - Harlan Coben, 7/10, 450 p.
50. Killing Floor - Lee Child, 7/10, 702 p.
51. Gulag: A History - Anne Applebaum, 10/10, 736 p.

Pages read in May: 3818

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52. The Leopard - Jo Nesbo, 7/10, 752 p.
53. I am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes, 1/10, 938 p.
54. What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty, 7/10, 548 p.
55. In memoriam mijzelf - J. Slauerhoff, 7/10, 194 p.
56. Complications - Atul Gawande, 9/10, 288 p.

Pages read in June: 2720

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57. Vingers van marsepein - Rascha Peper, 7/10, 318 p.
58. Wie scheep gaat - Rascha Peper, 7/10, 580 p.
59. Past Caring - Robert Goddard, 8/10, 624 p.

Pages read in July: 1522

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Pages read in August:

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Favourite reads 2014:


- The Light Years - Elizabeth Jane Howard
- Big Brother - Lionel Shriver
- Whatever you Love - Louise Doughty
- Imperium - Robert Harris
- Jack Sheppard - William Ainsworth


- Gulag: A History - Anne Applebaum
- Australians: Origins to Eureka - Thomas Keneally
- Complications - Atul Gawande
- Brain on Fire - Susannah Cahalan
- Peter the Great - Robert K. Massie
- Poetin - Wierd Duk
- The Sleepwalkers - Christopher Clark
- The Guns of August - Barbara Tuchman

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Currently reading:

Mai 18, 2014, 8:36am

Welcome everyone!

Mai 18, 2014, 8:42am

Happy New Thread, Diana! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Mai 18, 2014, 8:46am

Great new thread Diana, wishing you a lovely Sunday my dear.

Mai 18, 2014, 8:58am

>12 msf59: Mark, you're first! Thank you and I hope your weekend (and holiday!) is wonderful too.

Mai 18, 2014, 8:59am

>13 johnsimpson: Thanks John, wishing you and Karen a lovely Sunday, too.

Mai 18, 2014, 9:03am

My optic nerve problems didn't change and the MS seems to be very active. Now there's also a major infection in my left upper leg, so I guess I have to visit the doctor tomorrow.

Fortunately, the weather is great and there's cycling on TV, another race with mountains in the Giro. Yeah!

Mai 18, 2014, 9:23am

Diana, I'm so sorry to hear about your eyes and leg problems. I keep my fingers crossed that it will be getting better soon.
Happy new thread and happy Sunday.

Mai 18, 2014, 9:38am

I've never had to deal with a long term illness, so I can't say I understand. But I really admire how you live with and through this illness. We'll keep praying for you!

Mai 18, 2014, 10:09am

Migrating over to your new thread, Diana. Here is hoping your visit to the doctor will help. The leg infection sounds painful!

Mai 18, 2014, 10:38am

Hi, Diana ~ Happy New Thread and warm wishes for a quick recovery from both your eye and leg infections. Somehow, though being able to walk and be pain free is a good thing, being able to see (and thus read) seems more important. Anyway, hope you are infection and pain-free soon!

Mai 18, 2014, 11:19am

>17 Ameise1: Barbara, thank you for your support. Despite the burglary in your school, I hope your Sunday is good.

Mai 18, 2014, 11:22am

>18 drneutron: Thanks Jim, I'm glad you don't deal with long term illness. I have no idea how I could do it differently, this is just who I am.

Mai 18, 2014, 11:24am

>23 wilkiec: Lori, I have to admit the leg infection is very painful. My guess is the doctor can help me relatively easy though. At least I hope so :-)

Mai 18, 2014, 11:28am

>20 Storeetllr: Hi Mary, thank you! I think I generally agree about my sight being more important. It's one of my weak points, because I also have diabetes.
Pain-free would be awesome, but not realistic. Less pain would be nice though ;-)

Mai 18, 2014, 11:29am

Meanwhile, Dutch Pieter Weening won the stage today! Cadel Evans still leads the GC.

Mai 18, 2014, 12:23pm

Gah Diana! So sorry to hear about your ailments. I hope the doctor can help you get it sorted out.

Mai 18, 2014, 2:56pm

Wishing you a quick resolution to your eye and leg complaints. Hoping the weekend went well despite all that.

Mai 18, 2014, 6:54pm

Happy new thread Diana, hope you have great week ahead.

Mai 19, 2014, 5:48am

Diana, I hope that you will soon feel better and your vision will improve.

Happy New Thread!!

Mai 19, 2014, 6:53am

Hi Diana, hope the vision is improving and that you start to feel better, I hope you have a lovely Monday, love and hugs from Karen and I.

Mai 20, 2014, 3:39am

Good morning Diana, I wish you a wonderful summer day.

Mai 20, 2014, 9:54am

Stephanie, Marianne, Rae, Connie, John, Barbara thank you. xx

Very ill and miserable, high fevers. No computer-time, sorry guys.

Mai 20, 2014, 10:40am

Not good. Take care of yourself, Diana.

Mai 20, 2014, 11:14am

Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well Diana. Take care and rest up as much as you can!

Mai 20, 2014, 11:57am

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Hope you feel better soon, sorry to hear you don't feel well. Sending get well wishes Diana.

Mai 20, 2014, 2:23pm

Thinking of you ...

Mai 20, 2014, 2:28pm

>16 wilkiec:, Oh, my dear one, I am so sorry to hear of MS complications. My partner is a retired opthalmologist who specialized in severe eye problems. He dealt a lot with optic nerve swelling which impacted on eye sight.

My heart goes out to you. Know that I'm thinking of you.

Mai 20, 2014, 2:35pm

I finally found you! I think I was three threads behind. Yikes.

Sorry to hear about the acting up of the optic nerve issue as well as the MS. Neither would fun alone, but together I imagine it takes some steely deep-digging. Wishing you a speedy recovery with the former and an easing of symptoms with the latter.

Take good care.

Mai 20, 2014, 2:46pm

Hi Diana, sending you best wishes for a speedy recovery my dear, dealing with MS and now this optic nerve issue must be taking it out of you. Hopefully we will see you on here soon but in the meantime love and hugs from Karen and I will hopefully help to keep your spirits up.

Mai 20, 2014, 7:27pm

Hope you are feeling better soon, Diana. Rest up and take care of yourself.

Mai 21, 2014, 7:07pm

Sorry to hear of your health problems, Diana. Wishing you improved health!

Mai 22, 2014, 9:17am

Still no changes, extra meds don't do anything yet.

Mai 22, 2014, 12:01pm

Poor dear, I keep my fingers crossed that it's getting better soon.

Mai 22, 2014, 3:48pm

Diana, I am very sorry you are sick and dealing with both eye and leg infections. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Mai 23, 2014, 2:59pm

Diana, I hope you will feel better soon. I'm thinking about you!

Mai 23, 2014, 8:25pm


Mai 24, 2014, 11:04am

Diana, I hope you feel a bit better. Wishing you a weekend full of recovery

Mai 25, 2014, 12:59pm

Sending you healing vibes Diana! I hope you feel better soon.

Mai 25, 2014, 6:36pm

Diana I have been gone from your threads for far too long. I am very sorry to hear about your optic nerve and now an infection. I am sending you all positive healing thoughts on your body and even to relieve some of your pain.

Mai 26, 2014, 2:39am

Also sorry to hear you're feeling so ill at the moment.

Mai 26, 2014, 7:59am

Sending healing & positive vibes from the the U.S...I hope you receive them in full force.

Mai 26, 2014, 1:34pm

So sorry you've been feeling poorly. No pressure, but come back and let us know how you are doing.

Mai 30, 2014, 3:42pm

Diana, I hope you feel better. Get well soon, dear friend.

Mai 30, 2014, 3:51pm

Diana, so sorry you're still feeling bad. Sending you my thoughts and prayers that you feel much better sooner than soon!

Mai 30, 2014, 8:06pm


Mai 31, 2014, 11:16am

>11 wilkiec:: I love those welcoming faces/hands, Diana. I see a fun project ahead involving a certain 3-year-old granddaughter on our next day together!

I'm so sorry about your long-term health problems. I have macular degeneration and am reading as fast as I can as long as I can. Thankfully, it is the slow onset type and is only in one eye so far. I'm also thankful for audiobooks! I hope your week end finds you with less pain in your life.

Mai 31, 2014, 1:42pm

I hope that you're doing better today, Diana. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jun. 7, 2014, 9:26am

Diana, I hope this little ladybird will bring you some luck. Get well soon my friend and happy weekend.

Jun. 7, 2014, 11:48am

Hope this weekend is lovely for you Diana, and that you feel better soon.

Jun. 7, 2014, 9:50pm

So sorry to see you in pain and struggling dear Diana. I do hope the medication gets things under control for you soon. Thinking about you from this tropical vantage point and wishing you as always all the very best.

Oh and by the way thank you so much for the lovely thought in putting my poem to you at the top of your thread. I am honoured my dear but would swap the honour to have you back free from pain and whizzing through the threads as always.

Jun. 8, 2014, 3:19pm

Hi Diana, I hope you have had a good weekend my dear and hopefully somewhat pain free, you are missed my dear.

Jun. 8, 2014, 9:15pm

Stopping by to see how things are with you, Diana.

Jun. 10, 2014, 10:26am

Just a drive-by hello, wishing you diminished pain.

Jun. 11, 2014, 4:33pm

Just stopping through to check in on you. Wishing you pain free days.

Jun. 12, 2014, 6:09pm

Hi Diana, just wanted to drop by and let you know that I am thinking of you and hoping for news of improvement.

Jun. 12, 2014, 7:03pm

Another well-wisher stopping in to wish you lots better and able to be back in the group that misses you. You'll find a way!

Jun. 13, 2014, 12:11am

Keeping your thread warm and cozy while you are away dear.

Jun. 13, 2014, 2:34pm

Get well soon, Diana!

Jun. 14, 2014, 4:59am

Hi all, thank you for thinking of me.

Jun. 14, 2014, 5:08am

51. Gulag: A History - Anne Applebaum, 10/10, 736 p.
52. The Leopard - Jo Nesbo, 7/10, 752 p.
53. I am Pilgrim - Terry Hayes, 1/10, 938 p.

Jun. 14, 2014, 5:13am

World Cup Football, Spain-The Netherlands:

The Dutch won with 5-1. I still don't believe it...

Jun. 14, 2014, 5:16am

For a month, I could barely read. However, I hope to start a BOOK today!

It's What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty.

Jun. 14, 2014, 5:29am

>72 wilkiec: Ha! I don't watch football but I am aware of the World Cup and since Sweden didn't qualify for it this time (either) The Netherlands are one of the countries I'm cheering for so I was very happy to hear how well they did in the game. Woot!

Jun. 14, 2014, 5:35am

Yupeeee, Diana is back. I'm so happy to hear from you. I hope you feel better. Congrats on team Netherlands it was a fantastic game. I loved it.

Jun. 14, 2014, 6:31am

Hi Diana, nice to see you back on here my dear, you have been greatly missed. I would imagine you are one happy bunny this morning after your boys destroyed the World champions. It was an awesome result and I can't wait for "King " Louis to come to Old Trafford after the World cup. Hope you have a lovely weekend my dear.

Jun. 14, 2014, 6:53am

How lovely to have you back, Diana, and how pleased you must be at the Netherlands' continued sporting success!

Jun. 14, 2014, 8:43am

>74 PawsforThought: Paws, our football team is very young, with the exception of the Golden Three (Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Snijder) and I had low expectations, but they proved me wrong. Thanks for cheering. Woot!

Jun. 14, 2014, 8:46am

>75 Ameise1: Barbara, I'm back again :-)

Tomorrow your team will play Ecuador. I'll cheer for the Swiss of course!

Jun. 14, 2014, 8:49am

>76 johnsimpson: Hi John, the boys did great, didn't they? It's a pity the English will play their first match in our night, I'm afraid that will be a bit too late for me.

Are you able to follow the Dauphiné and the Tour de Switzerland? Christopher Froome is acting very strong.

Jun. 14, 2014, 8:52am

>77 CDVicarage: Hi Kerry! I am, and it could even get better. The WC Hockey has its finals this weekend. They're playing in The Hague, over here in The Netherlands.

The Dutch women will play the Australians in a moment; the Dutch men will play the Australians tomorrow :-)

Jun. 14, 2014, 9:14am

>79 wilkiec: Thanks Diana, it will help.

Jun. 14, 2014, 9:45am

Glad to see you back Diana!

Jun. 14, 2014, 10:25am

Diana, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jun. 14, 2014, 11:04am

>83 souloftherose: Thank you, Heather!

Jun. 14, 2014, 11:05am

>84 Ameise1: Thanks Barbara.

The sports are going well this weekend; The Dutch women are world champion hockey, yeah!

Jun. 14, 2014, 11:47am

>86 wilkiec: Congrats on the very successful Netherlands.

Jun. 15, 2014, 5:00pm

hi Diana, So glad you are back reading and posting! Is every thing all right with your sight now?

Jun. 17, 2014, 3:45pm

Lovely to see you back, Diana! I love soccer and have been grabbing snatches of the FIFA 2014 play, even though I don't have a particular team to cheer for. Loved the Dutch win over Spain! WHOOT, WHOOT!

Jun. 19, 2014, 5:51am

Hi Diana, I hope you have a lovely week so far and enjoy the world cup 2014. The Dutchs are playing wonderful.

Jun. 19, 2014, 7:21am

Hi Diana- Just checking in. Hope the week has been a good one and you are sneaking some reading time in.

Jun. 19, 2014, 8:33am

>88 connie53: Hi Connie. Reading is not easy yet, but I can manage ;-)

Jun. 19, 2014, 8:35am

>89 lkernagh: Lori, I wouldn't cheer for Spain if I were you, because they're out. It's rather shocking, isn't it?

Jun. 19, 2014, 8:38am

>90 Ameise1: Barbara, I'm glad that Switzerland won his first match too. The Dutch didn't play well yesterday against Australia, but who cares: we're through to the next round! Monday we'll play Chili, maybe we should eat chili before the match :-)

Jun. 19, 2014, 8:40am

>91 msf59: Hi Mark! I'm trying to sneak some reading time in, still working on Liane Moriarty's book What Alice Forgot and I enjoy it.

Jun. 19, 2014, 8:40am

I'm so happy to know that you're recovering the ability to read comfortably, Diana, and wishing a happy read for you!

Jun. 19, 2014, 8:47am

>96 richardderus: Thank you, Richard, I've discovered that reading is even more important for me than I already knew, and I'm very happy too. xx

Jun. 20, 2014, 8:59am

54. What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty
548 p.


Alice wakes up on the floor of the gym with a nasty bump to her head, thinking she's still a fun-loving twenty-nine-year-old starting life with her gorgeous husband and pregnant with their first baby.

To her disbelief, it soon transpires the fall has knocked ten years from her memory and she is actually an uptight thirty-nine-year-old whose idea of a good time is a three-hour workout followed by committee meetings with the kind of women she used to despise. How on earth did her life come to this? And more disturbingly, how can she not remember giving birth to three children? Why does her husband suddenly hate her? And what can Alice possibly have done that means her beloved sister will barely speak to her?

This book by an Australian author was a fairly easy read, not very original or surprising, but I enjoyed it and had a good time reading it.


Jun. 21, 2014, 10:26am

>93 wilkiec: - Spain is out... England is out.... crazy FIFA times.

Jun. 22, 2014, 4:24am

>99 lkernagh: Amen, Lori. Germany against Ghana was a very entertaining match yesterday.

Jun. 22, 2014, 5:07am

Happy Sunday, Diana.

Jun. 22, 2014, 7:35am

>101 Ameise1: Thank you for another beautiful wish and picture, Barbara!

Jun. 22, 2014, 7:40am

55. In memoriam mijzelf - J. Slauerhoff
194 p.

An anthology of Dutch poetry by J. Slauerhoff.


Jun. 24, 2014, 5:17am

Oscar Wilde

Jun. 24, 2014, 7:49am

Jun. 24, 2014, 2:54pm

>104 wilkiec: Oh Diana, another one. I always love them. I hope you feel much better. Hugs xx

Jun. 26, 2014, 5:43am

>105 kidzdoc: I like it too, Darryl.

Jun. 26, 2014, 5:48am

>106 Ameise1: I'm afraid this was the last one I could find, Barbara.

Actually, I don't feel better at all, but I can read sometimes. Big hugs to you xx

Jun. 26, 2014, 4:23pm

Big hugs to you, too. I'm thinking of you a lot. xx

Jun. 28, 2014, 10:13am

Diana, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jun. 28, 2014, 5:35pm

Hope you feel better Diana! Good weekend to you.

Jun. 28, 2014, 5:40pm

>104 wilkiec: Really enjoyed that! Thanks!

Happy weekend and lots of good wishes for improved health.

Jun. 28, 2014, 6:25pm

I hope you feel better Diana.

Jun. 29, 2014, 5:00am

Feel better soon, Diana.

Jun. 29, 2014, 9:13am

I hope that you're having a good day today, Diana!

Jul. 1, 2014, 9:48am

>109 Ameise1: >110 Ameise1: Happy week, Barbara. Still 1,5 week to go for you before the holiday starts?

Jul. 1, 2014, 9:49am

>111 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel, you're not hibernating anymore! Happy week to you.

Jul. 1, 2014, 9:51am

>112 michigantrumpet: You're welcome Marianne :-)

Jul. 1, 2014, 9:56am

>116 wilkiec: Yep, Diana, another 8 work days and then HAPPY SUMMER HOLIDAY!!!

Jul. 1, 2014, 9:57am

>113 luvamystery65: Frankly, I'm beginning to lose confidence in my health, Roberta and that makes me feel lonely and depressed. Thanks for your wishes.

>114 connie53: Thank you, Connie.

Jul. 1, 2014, 9:58am

>115 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl. I hope your work will treat you nice once you start again.

Jul. 1, 2014, 9:59am

>119 Ameise1: Barbara, it's about time, isn't it? ;-)

Jul. 1, 2014, 10:11am

>120 wilkiec: Hang in there Diana! Just relax, soak up all that sun and luxuriate in the love of your LT friends!

Jul. 4, 2014, 4:00pm

Diana, I'm sad to hear that you're feeling so poorly. Sending warm thoughts and wishing you better days!

Jul. 4, 2014, 4:09pm

Hi Diana, just passing by to send best wishes to you my dear.

Jul. 4, 2014, 5:54pm

Happy 4th of July Diana hope you feel better soon.

Jul. 4, 2014, 7:17pm

>120 wilkiec: I'm sorry to hear that Diana. I cannot imagine what you must be going through. I am sending you all my positive thoughts and best wishes.

Jul. 5, 2014, 6:11am

Diana, I wish you a wonderful weekend full of TdF.

Jul. 5, 2014, 2:30pm

Hi Diana, I am sending you many thoughts of wellness and strength.

Jul. 8, 2014, 12:18pm

Driving by and honking the horn and waving at Diana

Jul. 10, 2014, 9:56pm

Hi Diana! I hope you are feeling better!

Jul. 11, 2014, 5:16pm

Happy weekend, Diana! Pop in and let us know how you are sometime.

Jul. 12, 2014, 6:05am

I had difficulties with my hands and typing, that's why I was away for some moments.

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Hi Marianne, Terri, John, Rae, Roberta, Barbara, Judy, Jim and Tina and thank you for visiting. xx

Jul. 12, 2014, 6:09am

While I couldn't use my computer well, I've read books, two Dutch books by Rascha Peper.

And I watched sports, sports and more sports! Football, of course and my favourite, the Tour de France :-)

Jul. 12, 2014, 6:14am

Diana, I wish you a wonderful weekend with lots of sport.

Jul. 12, 2014, 6:16am

So thrilled to see you back! Books and sports? Just what the doctor ordered to be sure! Sending recuperative weekend wishes.

Jul. 12, 2014, 6:19am

>136 Ameise1: Barbara, what a great view in the photo! I'm glad you're holiday has finally started.

Jul. 12, 2014, 6:20am

>137 michigantrumpet: Hi Marianne! Books and sports, I couldn't do better, could I? :-) Have a wonderful weekend.

Jul. 12, 2014, 6:28am

>138 wilkiec: Diana, this is Annecy (France) where my grandmother maternal was coming from. It is a beautiful little town in the Haute-Savoie with a fabulous market and wonderful people. I like being there when ever possible.

Jul. 12, 2014, 6:32am

>140 Ameise1: I can understand that, it looks so beautiful.

Jul. 13, 2014, 12:51am

Diana, I am glad to see you are recuperating a bit.

Jul. 13, 2014, 6:09am

Good afternoon Diana, nice to see you back on here my dear, it is a lovely time for the pair of us at the moment, reading and the Tour to watch. I hope the weather picks up a little bit for today's stage, with all the falls and abandons it is interesting to see who might emerge to make a challenge. Love and hugs to you my dear.

Jul. 13, 2014, 1:00pm

Good to see you back here, Diana!

Jul. 13, 2014, 2:05pm

Books and sports--sounds great! Nice to see you on LT, and hope you continue to feel better.

Jul. 14, 2014, 8:00am

>142 AuntieClio: Hi Stephanie, glad to see you here.

Jul. 14, 2014, 8:03am

>143 johnsimpson: Hello John, there's an interesting Tour de France stage today, with 7 mountains to La Plance des Belles Filles. I'm curious to see Contador and Nibali battling. Hugs to you and Karen.

Jul. 14, 2014, 8:04am

>144 kidzdoc: Darryl, I already miss your travel stories, your London and Barcelona trip sounded great and I love all the photos.

Jul. 14, 2014, 8:05am

>149 wilkiec: Rhonda, books and sports is a beautiful combination :-)

Jul. 14, 2014, 8:06am

Back to watching Tour de France television ;-)

Jul. 14, 2014, 11:12am

Hi Diana, haven't hot time to watch TdF

Jul. 14, 2014, 3:37pm

Hi Diana, what a stage. First the escape and then Tony Martin chugging along with his diesel engine, whilst that is happening Contador goes down and shortly after has to abandon then Rodrigues goes for it and then to cap it all Nibali finds a second wind and takes time out of nearest rivals. I bet they are glad it is a rest day tomorrow especially Tony Martin. Glad you are feeling better my dear.

Jul. 17, 2014, 7:02am

>151 Ameise1: Barbara, you were having your anniversary, of course :-)

Jul. 17, 2014, 7:06am

>152 johnsimpson: Hi John, what a Tour! Froome and Contador both out of the race with broken bones and Nibali in very good shape. Maybe this year will finally see the break-through of some young French cyclists, they are still high in the GC.

Tomorrow and Saturday the Alps.

Jul. 17, 2014, 8:13am

>153 wilkiec: Diana, I hope to see some TdF today. It's too hot to do anything else - reading is something that will work fine with those temperatures, too. I wish you a lovely day. xx

Jul. 17, 2014, 2:56pm

The crash of the Malysian Airlines aircraft from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur seems to have many Dutch deaths.

We're unsure about some loved people and wait for more news.

Jul. 17, 2014, 3:42pm

Diana, I keep my fingers crossed that they haven't been on that flight. xx

Jul. 18, 2014, 10:52am

Oh my, me too.

Jul. 18, 2014, 4:31pm

Oh Diana. What absolutely shocking news. Praying for the safety of your friends and for those less fortunate.

Jul. 19, 2014, 5:53am

Yes, we know people of the 193 Dutch deaths. We're mourning and everyone is following the news non-stop. So many people are killed by a war that was not ours...

Jul. 19, 2014, 7:58am

I'm very sorry to hear that people you knew were among the victims of Thursday's tragedy. I'm sure you've heard that roughly 100 leading HIV/AIDS researchers were on that plane, and their deaths, along with the other Dutch victims, are a huge loss to mankind.

Jul. 19, 2014, 8:24am

I'm so sorry too.

Jul. 19, 2014, 11:29am

I'm so sorry about your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts.

Jul. 19, 2014, 4:39pm

Diana so sorry about your loss, you and the rest of the Netherlands are in our thoughts at this sad time.

Jul. 20, 2014, 3:15pm

Such a tremendous loss of innocents. I join in the world-wide mourning and hope we can learn from this horrific act.

Jul. 21, 2014, 8:24pm

Diana, I'm so very sorry for your loss.

Jul. 22, 2014, 4:29am

Diana, I'm so sorry for your loss and those others in various countries who have lost loved ones but especially the Dutch.

Jul. 22, 2014, 7:28am

I am so sorry to hear the news, Diana! Our hearts go out to you, my friend.

Jul. 22, 2014, 4:11pm

Diana we are all Dutch today. So sorry for your loss.

Jul. 22, 2014, 9:25pm

Oh, Diana. As Darryl said, what a loss to the world. It's a far greater loss to those personally affected. So very sad and sorry.

Jul. 23, 2014, 5:25pm

So sorry about the deaths of your friends in that horrible crash. What a senseless tragedy!

Jul. 23, 2014, 5:56pm

I'm so very sorry for the loss of your friends in the crash. My thoughts and prayers are with you and their families.

Aug. 1, 2014, 10:29am

>160 wilkiec: Very poignant photo with the footprints in the sand, Diana.

Had enough of war, disasters, ill-health and tragedy this year to last a couple of lifetimes. My spirits have been very low recently but I am slowly climbing that slope to be in a better place.

I trust that you are coping with your condition with your customary good cheer - the group loves and needs you, my dear and I look forward to your return eagerly. Have a lovely weekend. xx

Aug. 10, 2014, 8:30am

Hi Diana, I'm back from my holiday. I wish you a lovely Sunday.

Aug. 17, 2014, 2:28pm

Hi Diana, how are you doing?

Aug. 17, 2014, 3:42pm

Hi Diana, hope you are ok my dear.

Aug. 17, 2014, 4:41pm

Waves to Diana. I hope you feel better.

Aug. 18, 2014, 4:58pm

Thinking about you, Diana and hoping things are going better for you.

Aug. 18, 2014, 5:31pm

Missing you, Diana.

Aug. 23, 2014, 5:12am

Diana, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Aug. 23, 2014, 4:55pm

Hi Diana, hope you have a lovely weekend my dear and I hope you are able to watch some of the Vuelta, I have to make do with a one hour highlights programme.

Aug. 26, 2014, 1:28pm

Diana, thinking of you and wishing you well!

Aug. 30, 2014, 4:43am

Waves, Diana! I hope everything is going smooth. I wish you a lovely weekend.

Sept. 13, 2014, 5:53am

Hi Diana, I hope you are able to read and to follow sports on TV, Librarything and FB. hugs xx and a wonderful weekend

Sept. 23, 2014, 12:02pm

Dear LT friends

I've got from Diana the following PM which she allow me to post here.

In August, I was involved in a car accident. I was waiting at the traffic light, when a van came crashing into my car with 80 km/h.
Since then, I can't do computer screens, reading, music or anything 'wild' anymore, because of my neck, head and back. I hope to be able to return some day.

Sept. 23, 2014, 12:20pm

Oh my, Diana, so sorry you're having to go through this! I hope you make it back soon, but know that we'll be here when you're able!

Sept. 23, 2014, 12:23pm

Oh my gosh, Diana! I am so sorry to hear about your accident - how awful! You'll be in my prayers, and will send all of my positive, healing energy your way. I hope you and your family are doing as well as possible too. Take care of yourself!!! OXO

Sept. 23, 2014, 1:08pm

Hi Diana, I just head about your accident, and wanted to say how sorry I am about your ordeal. I wish you a speedy recovery so you can get back to doing all the things you love soon. Take good care!

Sept. 23, 2014, 1:21pm

Diana, I'm sorry. I hope that you can somehow feel the support of your friends from all over beaming your way. We all wish there were something we could do besides pray and think of you. By now you have become an expert at finding some good thing or some improvement every day. I wish that you may keep that ability and quadruple it as you heal. Please keep Barbara posted on your progress. We care about you.

Sept. 23, 2014, 2:06pm

Oh Diana I'm so sorry to hear this news. We'll be here when you can rejoin us. Be well.

Sept. 23, 2014, 2:59pm

Oh dear goodness, Diana, I am so so sad to learn of the further troubles you're having! Please know there's yet another LT well-wisher focusing healing energy on you, hoping you'll be able to come back and play here soon.

Sept. 23, 2014, 3:18pm

Hi Diana. Just dropping by to hope that you get better soon.

Sept. 23, 2014, 3:32pm

Hi Diana, I am so sorry to hear about your accident in August, Karen and I wish you a speedy recovery my dear and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this tough time for you. I will pop by periodically to leave a post so that you know we are thinking of you. I hope you are in a position to be able to watch some of the Cycling world championships from Spain as I know that you love cycling as well as many other sports. Love and hugs my dear from over the channel.

Sept. 23, 2014, 3:43pm

My best wishes for a healthy and speedy recovery, Diana.

Sept. 23, 2014, 7:14pm

Dear Diana, I think you can see from the above posts that you are a much loved member of this group. I know you were already in plenty of pain much of the time prior to the accident and that your positivity and efforts always overcome all the obstacles placed in your path. This time will be no different my dear I'm sure and I, for one, will await your welcome return to the group with no little expectation. Take good care in the meanwhile and love to all your family. xx

Sept. 23, 2014, 7:31pm

Sorry, to hear about the terrible accident, Diana! Sending you all the healing vibes, I can, from the Midwest. Very Gentle Hugs!!

Sept. 23, 2014, 7:48pm

I am so sorry to hear about the accident, Diana. You are certainly in my thoughts and I am sending lots of healing energy your way.

Sept. 23, 2014, 9:02pm

I am so sorry to learn about your accident, Diana. Joining the others sending you healing vibes and get well soon thoughts to you.

Sept. 23, 2014, 11:37pm

Oh Diana, I'm so sorry for what you're going through. I hope your healing goes smoothly and you are soon feeling better.

Sept. 24, 2014, 12:07am

Adding my wishes for a quick and complete recovery from your injuries. I'm so sorry you are going through this.

Sept. 24, 2014, 2:18am

I am so sorry, Diana! Along with all the others here, I am thinking of you and trying to send healing vibes and the gentlest of hugs your way. Take good care of you.

Sept. 24, 2014, 2:37am

I am so sorry to hear about your accident, Diana. I hope things improve for you soon.

Sept. 24, 2014, 4:59am

I'm so sorry to hear this, Diana. I hope your health is improving, and that you will soon be back with us.

Sept. 24, 2014, 5:36am

Diana, I am sorry to hear about your accident and wish you also a complete recovery. God bless you

Sept. 24, 2014, 5:54am

Diana, I am very sorry to hear about your accident, what a horrible thing to have happen to you! Sending you all best wishes and good thoughts for a speedy recovery.

Sept. 24, 2014, 3:44pm

Diana, with your back and neck problems making it hard to get on the computer, I hope you have someone who is reading all our notes to you! You're in my thoughts & prayers, and many wishes for a fast recovery.

Bearbeitet: Sept. 25, 2014, 5:14am

Yay, Sir Wiggins!

I don't usually follow cycling, but I heard he's doing well, on the BBC World Service. It's nice to see someone flying the flag for the UK - especially since we still are united ;0)

ETA sorry - thought I'd post here, since I know you're a fan of cycling :0)

Sept. 25, 2014, 7:54am

>185 Ameise1: Thanks so much for your post, Ameise1! I haven't visited anyone much lately but when I saw Diana's new thread @ 206 I made a point to check in. After a period of time I saw that Diana was not posting and I pondered to myself "mmm, hope all's ok" and then I saw your post and discovered all is not ok!

Sooooo, Diana if you're having someone read your posts to you, know that I am hoping and praying that you will soon be back to computing, reading, music and all things "wild" sooner than you think. Very gentle hug!

Sept. 25, 2014, 8:39am

Diana, I'm very sorry to hear about your accident. I pray that you'll make a full recovery, and be back with us soon.

Sept. 25, 2014, 5:28pm

Thinking of you, Diana, and hoping for a speedy recovery!

Sept. 27, 2014, 6:46am

Diana - first time on your thread and it turns out that we read so many of the same authors (well, at least the ones in English!)

I am keeping you in my prayers and thoughts and hoping you have a full recovery.

Gentle hugs from a new LT friend.....

Sept. 27, 2014, 6:08pm

Diana I'm so very sorry to hear about your accident. I am sending you my most positive thoughts and prayers. I hope you will find some healing moments every day.

Sept. 27, 2014, 8:24pm

Oh Diana, what a terrible year you've been having!! Thinking of you and wishing you beterschaap!!

Sept. 28, 2014, 5:12am

Diana, I wish you a lovely sunny Sunday.

Sept. 28, 2014, 3:45pm

Hi Diana.

Ik hoorde net van Barbara/Ameise over je autoongeluk! Vreslijk! Ik hoop dat je je snel beter gaat voelen en heel veel sterkte en beterschap

Sept. 29, 2014, 9:01am

OH, Diana, I'm so sorry to hear about your accident. Sending my best wishes for recovery!

Okt. 4, 2014, 7:02am

Diana, I wish you a relaxed weekend. Gentle hugs xx.

Okt. 4, 2014, 7:10am

Hi Diana, thinking about you and sending healing karma your way.

Okt. 4, 2014, 9:13am

Continued thoughts and prayers for a speedy, full recovery.

Okt. 11, 2014, 7:27am

Diana I wish you a lovely autumn weekend.

Okt. 11, 2014, 7:19pm

Diana hugs to you.

Okt. 11, 2014, 8:34pm

We're keeping the place warm for you, Diana. I do hope that you're beginning to feel some improvement!

Okt. 12, 2014, 3:06pm

Hope your recovery is going well, Diana. We're thinking of you, and sending positive thoughts.

Okt. 16, 2014, 9:25pm

Hoping things are improving steadily for you.

Okt. 18, 2014, 6:20am

Diana, I wish you a lovely weekend.

Bearbeitet: Okt. 19, 2014, 6:00am

Barbara, I hope you're not leading her up the garden path ;0)

Okt. 19, 2014, 6:52am

>226 humouress: Nina, I never would :-)

Okt. 23, 2014, 7:57pm

Popping in to check on you -- Hope you are making sure and steady progress.

Okt. 25, 2014, 6:41am

Diana, I wish you a fantastic weekend.

Okt. 25, 2014, 6:45am

*waving* at Diana

Sorry to hear about your accident. I do hope you recover completely soon!

Okt. 26, 2014, 12:34pm

Hope things are improving for you.

Okt. 26, 2014, 12:40pm

Hello Diana,

I am so sorry to read about your accident and I also hope that things are improving for you. Wish you a lovely Sunday.

Okt. 26, 2014, 1:19pm

Just a note to say I'm thinking of you.

Nov. 1, 2014, 6:18am

Hi Diana, how are you? I hope it's getting a bit better. I wish you a lovely weekend.

Nov. 1, 2014, 5:17pm

Just a quick pass through to let you know I am thinking of you Diana and hope that things are improving.

Nov. 1, 2014, 7:01pm

Hi Diana, I'm joining in with everyone else hoping that you're feeling better.

Nov. 1, 2014, 8:55pm

Thought I would drop by too and add my good wishes to the pile again. You are missed around here, Diana, so I hope you can get well enough to make it back to us soon.

Nov. 2, 2014, 5:27am

Hi Diana, just popping by to say hello and hope you get well soon to come back on here with your lovely comments my dear.

Nov. 2, 2014, 12:42pm

Miss you Diana and sending you warm, healing thoughts.

Nov. 4, 2014, 8:05pm

I hope your recovery is going well. There are so many people here who are concerned about you. You're in my prayers and thoughts.

Bearbeitet: Nov. 5, 2014, 9:46am

Diana you are in our thoughts

Read any good books lately?

Nov. 6, 2014, 8:52pm


Nov. 8, 2014, 7:14am

Diana, I wish you a sunny weekend.

Nov. 12, 2014, 11:46pm

Nov. 13, 2014, 4:32am

Thinking of you, so I just came over to say hello

Nov. 13, 2014, 6:23pm

Diana, I haven't been here in several weeks, but that doesn't mean that I don't think of you and hope you are making good progress. I do!

Nov. 15, 2014, 8:11am

Diana, sending you good vibes and wishing you a lovely weekend.

Nov. 21, 2014, 2:18pm

Still thinking of you, Diana. Hope you are feeling better.

Nov. 22, 2014, 7:39am

Diana, I hope you feel better my friend, I wish you a lovely weekend.

Nov. 22, 2014, 10:19am

You remain in my thoughts and prayers, Diana.

Nov. 24, 2014, 11:23pm

Sending you my thoughts and prayers too, Diana.

Nov. 25, 2014, 11:15am

me, too, Diana!

Nov. 28, 2014, 11:19am

Me too too, Diana! (((hugs)))

Nov. 29, 2014, 5:56am

Diana, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Dez. 8, 2014, 11:46pm

Delurking to wave. Hope things are looking up for you.

Dez. 13, 2014, 7:20am

Diana, I wish you a lovely weekend.

Dez. 14, 2014, 4:28pm

Also delurking to wish you all the best, Diana.

Dez. 21, 2014, 3:46pm

A very happy Christmas and a good New Year, Diana.

I really hope next year will bring you good things!

Dez. 22, 2014, 8:21am

Piggybacking on the backs of others in wishing you a much improved 2015 and a happy Christmas!

Dez. 24, 2014, 3:22am

Piggybacking too - a happey Christmas to you and all the best for 2015!!

Dez. 24, 2014, 7:57am

Hi Diana, just posting to wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a fabulous day my dear from John and Karen. Sending love and hugs to you.

Bearbeitet: Dez. 25, 2014, 1:11pm

From our family to yours!

Dez. 24, 2014, 1:52pm

Merry Christmas, Diana, and a joyful Happy New Year in which you are much, much, much healthier!

Dez. 24, 2014, 6:49pm

Connie, I'm so happy to have made your acquaintance this year. I'm wishing us both better health in 2015.

Dez. 24, 2014, 9:42pm

Thinking of and missing you this holiday season. Stopping by to wish you and your loved ones all the best in 2015!

Dez. 25, 2014, 8:52am

Merry Christmas and God's Blessings to you and your family, Diana! I pray that you are recovering from your accident, and I hope that you're able to rejoin us in 2015.

Dez. 25, 2014, 1:05pm

Frohe Weihnachten, Diana!

Dez. 25, 2014, 5:32pm

Wishing you a happy Christmas, and a better 2015!

Dez. 27, 2014, 1:05am

Dez. 27, 2014, 12:55pm

A belated Merry Christmas, Diana! Here's to a wonderful 2015!!!

Dez. 27, 2014, 4:32pm

Hi Diana, I wish you a belated Merry Christmas and I truly hope to see you on the 2015 group, too. Gentle hugs xx

Dez. 29, 2014, 5:07am

Diana, thinking of you this Christmas season and wishing you a better new year. I hope you'll be joining us again in 2015.

Dez. 29, 2014, 4:28pm

Happy Holidays, Diana. Hope you can join us again in 2015.

Bearbeitet: Dez. 31, 2014, 1:57pm

Standing outside Diana's window singing songs and wishing her well for the New Year

Dez. 31, 2014, 11:23am

Hi Diana, just a quick post to wish you a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year my dear and hope to see you back on here soon. xx

Dez. 31, 2014, 3:57pm

May all your wishes come true and hopefully I'll see you posting again in 2015.

Dez. 31, 2014, 11:39pm

Happy New Year from your friend in Kuala Lumpur

Jan. 4, 2015, 8:58am

Thinking about you and wishing you all good things for 2015.

Jan. 4, 2015, 1:19pm

Sending you all my best for the new year Diana.

Jan. 5, 2015, 3:42pm

fingers crossed we will see a new thread from Diana in 2015

Jan. 5, 2015, 10:52pm

Hi Diana. I'm just dropping by to wish you a very Happy New Year, and all the best for 2015!

Hoping things improve vastly, and we see you over in the 2015 group soon.

Jan. 17, 2015, 6:42am

Hi Diana, how are you my dear. I wish you a relaxed weekend.