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1connie53
Bearbeitet: Nov. 8, 2014, 10:53am



My husband Peter, daughter Eveline, her boyfriend Cyrille, me, son Jeroen and his girlfriend Rianne

2connie53
Bearbeitet: Jan. 1, 2015, 9:12am



Illustration by Marit Törnqvist from Ik blijf altijd bij je by Sjoerd Kuyper, a Dutch children's book.

3connie53
Bearbeitet: Jan. 1, 2015, 9:14am

Read books in 2014







01. Lucretia Grindle - Villa Triste - 470 pages - 3 points for ROOT -
02. Ruth Newman - Schaduwkant - 302 pages -
03. Raymond E. Feist - Reis door de nacht - 349 pages - 5 points for ROOT -
04. Ransom Riggs - De bijzondere kinderen van mevrouw Peregrine - 378 pages - 3 points for ROOT -
05. Ruth Newman - Oogcontact - 304 pages -
06. Naomi Novik - Tong van de draak - 300 pages - 3 points for ROOT -
07. Peter James - Schijndood - 396 pages -
08. Raymond E. Feist - De toorn van een waanzinnige god - 477 pages - 5 points for ROOT -
09. Jan Siegel - De kinderen van Prospero - 314 pages - 6 points for ROOT -
10. Emma Donoghue - Een kus voor de heks - 192 pages -
11. Jan Siegel - Drakendwinger - 320p. - 6 points for ROOT -
12. Guy Gavriel Kay - Tigana - 594p. - 5 points for ROOT -
13. Anthony Ryan - In de schaduw van de raaf - 671 pages -
14. Robin Sloan - Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore - 288p. -
15. Guy Gavriel Kay - Een lofzang voor Arbonne - 490p. - 5 points for ROOT
16. Susan Hill - De vrouw in het zwart - 99p. -
17. Jan Siegel - Heksenkoningin - 288p. - 6 points for ROOT -
18. Kate Morton - De vertrouweling - 431p. - 2 points for ROOT -
19. Kate Atkinson - Oude zaken - 289p. -
20. Michael J. Sullivan - Wintertij (Riyria 5) - 339p. -
21. Fiona Higgins - Het zwarte geheimenboek - 235p. -
22. Lucretia Grindle - De verloren dochter - 420p. - 2 points for ROOT -
Roger Zelazny - First Omnibus containing - 6 points for ROOT
23. De negen prinsen - 176p.
24. Het vuur van Avalon - 199p. -
25. Het woud van de eenhoorn - 170p. -
Roger Zelazny - Second omnibus containing - 6 points for ROOT
26. De hand van Oberon - 170p. -
27. Hoven van Chaos - 143p. -
28. Het spel van Merlijn - 167p. -
Roger Zelazny - Third omnibus containing - 6 points for ROOT
29. Bloed van Amber - 199p. -
30. Een teken uit Chaos - 187p. -
Roger Zelazny - Fourth omnibus containing - 6 points for ROOT
31. Ridder van Schaduw - 194p. -
32. Prins van Chaos - 182p. -
33. Neil Gaiman - De oceaan aan het einde van het pad - 256p. -
34. Juliet Marillier - Ravenvlucht - 318p. -
Ursula LeGuin - First omnibus containing - 6 points for ROOT
35. Machten van Aardzee - 161p. -
36. De tomben van Atuan - 127p. -
Ursula LeGuin - Second omnibus containing - 6 points for ROOT
37. Koning van Aardzee - 184p. -
38. Tehanu - 186p. -
39. Ransom Riggs - Omhulde stad - 435p. -
40. Kate Atkinson - Een goede daad - 404p. -
41. Harlan Coben - Ik mis je - 363p. -
42. Stella Gemmell - De Stad - 606p. -
43. Isa Hoes - Toen ik je zag - 278p. -
44. Kate Atkinson - Wachten op goed nieuws - 340p. -
45. Kate Atkinson - Vanochtend vroeg vertrokken - 337p. -
46. Megan Lindholm - De windzangers - 303p. - 3 points for ROOT -
47. Megan Lindholm - Het domein van de Limbreth - 288p. - 3 points for ROOT -
48. Simon Beckett - Klem - 334p. -
49. Megan Lindholm - Gelukszoekers - 303p. - 3 points for ROOT -
50. Veronica Roth - Inwijding - 348p. - 3 points for ROOT -
51. Veronica Roth - Opstand - 365p. - 2 points for ROOT -
52. Veronica Roth - Samensmelting - 380p. -
53. Linwood Barclay - Een tik op het raam - 383p. -
54. Patrick Ness - De kraanvogelvrouw - 313p. -
55. Robert Louis Stevenson - Schateiland - 193p. -
56. Nicci French - Wachten op woensdag - 492p. - 2 points for ROOT -
57. Nicci French - Donderdagskinderen - 379p. -
58. Carlos Ruiz Zafón - Marina - 206p. -
59. Susan Hill - De kleine hand - 109p. -
60. J. K. Rowling - De vertelsels van Baker de Bard - 119p. - 5 points for ROOT -
61. Simone van der Vlugt - In mijn dromen - 268p. - 4 points for ROOT -
62. Robin Hobb - De Moordenaar van de Nar - 624p. -
63. Erik Vlaminck - Suikerspin - 286p. -
64. Robert Galbraith - Koekoeksjong - 519p. -
65. Jason Mott - De teruggekeerden - 377p. -
66. Robert Galbraith - Zijderups - 541p. -
67. Erik Vlaminck - Miranda van Frituur Miranda - 88p. -
68. Michael J. Sullivan - Percepliqius - 518p. -

* Currently reading

4connie53
Bearbeitet: Jan. 1, 2015, 9:16am

Books bought in 2014




01. Joanne Harris - Vijf kwarten van de sinaasappel
02. Benny Lindelauf - De hemel van Heivisj
03. Anthony Ryan - In de schaduw van de raaf
04. Benny Lindelauf - Negen open armen
05. Brandon Sanderson - De held van weleer
06. Peter James - Schijndood
07. Rachel Hore - De droomtuin
08. Bronja Hoffschlag - De dode kamer
09. Eleanor Catton - Al wat schittert
10. Emma Donoghue - Een kus voor de heks
11. Lauren Beukes - Stralende meisjes
12. Isa Hoes - Toen ik je zag
13. Tommy Wieringa - Een mooie jonge vrouw
14. Elizabeth George - Verloren onschuld
15. Ransom Riggs - Omhulde stad
16. Robin Sloan - Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore
17. Veronica Roth - Samensmelting
18. Nicci French - Donderdagskinderen

19. Michael J. Sullivan - Wintertij
20. Connie Willis - Experiment
21. Fiona Higgins - Het zwarte geheimenboek
22. Kate Mosse - De bruidskist en andere verhalen
23. Henriette Lazaridis Power - De erfenis
24. Tess Gerritsen - Incendio
25. Joanne Harris - De lessen van Loki
26. Harlan Coben - Ik mis je
27. Simon Beckett - Klem

28. Patrick Ness - De kraanvogelvrouw
29. R.J. Ellory - Een inktzwart hart
30. Nele Neuhaus - Wie wind zaait
31. Linwood Barclay - Een tik op het raam
32. Karin Slaughter - Veroordeeld
33. James Dashner - De labyrintrenner
34. Lucretia Grindle - De duivel van Florence
35. Claire North - De eerste vijftien levens van Harry August
36. Unni Lindell - Suikerdood
37. Deborah Harkness - Het boek des levens
38. Kelly Armstrong - De Darkest Powers trilogie
39. Kate Atkinson - Leven na leven
40. Tatiana de Rosnay - Overspel
41. Jilliane Hoffman - De snijkamer
42. Michael J. Sullivan - Percepliquis
43. Diana Gabaldon - Met het bloed van mijn hart deel 1
44. Diana Gabaldon - Met het bloed van mijn hart deel 2
45. Brandon Sanderson - De wet van staal
46. Anthony Ryan - De torenheer In de schaduw van de raaf deel 2
47. Robert Ludlum - De hades factor
48. Robert Ludlum - Het cassandra verbond
49. Ted Dekker - Adam
50. Verhalen voor na het donker -various authors
51. Michel Faber - Onderhuids
52. Tess Gerritsen - Sterf twee keer

Italic means Read

5connie53
Bearbeitet: Nov. 8, 2014, 10:55am

This is my ROOT challenge 2014.

ROOTs that will count are books that have been on my shelves for more then 12 months. Books bought in december 2012 will count if I read them in januari 2014 or later in 2014. Re-reads will count too.










This is my points ticker. I will give points to books I've read and the longer my book has been on the shelves, the more points it gets.

2013 - 2 points
2012 - 3 points
2011 - 4 points
2010 - 5 points
2009 and older - 6 points

ROOT books:

01. Lucretia Grindle - Villa Triste - 470 pages - 3 points -
02. Raymond E. Feist - Reis door de nacht - 349 pages - 5 points -
03. Ransom Riggs - De bijzondere kinderen van mevrouw Peregrine - 378 pages - 3 points -
04. Naomi Novik - Tong van de draak - 300 pages - 3 points -
05. Raymond E. Feist - De toorn van een waanzinnige god - 477 pages - 5 points
06. Jan Siegel - De kinderen van Prospero - 314 pages - 6 points -
07. Jan Siegel - Drakendwinger - 320 pages - 6 points -
08. Guy Gavriel Kay - Tigana - 594 pages - 5 points -
09. Guy Gavriel Kay - Een lofzang voor Arbonne - 490 pages - 5 points -
10. Jan Siegel - Heksenkoningin - 288 pages - 6 points -
11. Kate Morton - De vertrouweling - 431 pages - 2 points -
12. Lucretia Grindle - De verloren dochter - 420 pages - 2 points -
13. Roger Zelazny - First Omnibus containing - 6 points
a) De negen prinsen - 176p.
b) Het vuur van Avalon - 199p. -
c) Het woud van de eenhoorn - 170p. -
14 Roger Zelazny - Second Omnibus containing - 6 points
a) De hand van Oberon - 170p. -
b) Hoven van chaos - 143p. -
c) Het spel van Merlijn - 167p. -
15) Roger Zelazny - Third Omnibus containing - 6 points
a) Bloed van Amber - 199 pages -
b) Een teken uit Chaos - 187 pages -
16). Roger Zelazny - Fourth Omnibus containing - 6 points
a) Ridder van Schaduw - 194 pages -
b) Prins van Chaos - 182 pages -
17). Ursula LeGuin - First omnibus containing - 6 points
a) Machten van Aardzee - 161 pages -
b) De tomben van Atuan - 127 pages -
18). Ursula LeGuin - Second omnibus containing - 6 points
a) Koning van Aardzee - 184 pages -
b) Tehanu - 186 pages -
19). Megan Lindholm - De windzangers - 303 pages - 3 points -
20). Megan Lindholm - Het domein van de Limbreth - 288 pages - 3 points -
21). Megan Lindholm - Gelukszoekers - 303 pages - 3 points -
22). Veronica Roth - Inwijding - 348 pages - 3 points -
23). Veronica Roth - Opstand - 365 pages - 2 points -
24). Nicci French - Wachten op woensdag - 492 pages - 2 points -
25). J. K. Rowling - De vertelsels van Baker de Bard - 119 pages - 5 points -
26). Simone van der Vlugt - In mijn dromen - 268 pages - 4 points -

27). George R.R. Martin - Een feestmaal voor kraaien - 748 pages - 3 points - *

* Currently reading

6connie53
Bearbeitet: Nov. 8, 2014, 10:57am

Welcome friends! Glad you found me again.

HUH, somehow post number 2 is missing!

7Ameise1
Nov. 8, 2014, 10:57am

Happy New Thread, Connie. What a lovely family phpto.

8connie53
Bearbeitet: Nov. 8, 2014, 11:00am

Thanks Barb. That is made in the same place like the one in thread number 6 but five years later.

And now we have two mumber 6 and lost post number 7???? Mysterious things are happening here.

9luvamystery65
Nov. 8, 2014, 11:06am

Howdy Connie! What a beautiful family you have.

10connie53
Nov. 8, 2014, 11:08am

Thanks Roberta! I like them too ;-))

11Ameise1
Nov. 8, 2014, 11:13am

Connie, post number 7 is my one. It seams perfectly fine. You did a number 1 in post two just as you reserved it for you.

12connie53
Nov. 8, 2014, 11:17am

Now everything is al right again! And I'm going to put some bookish picture in post number two. Just to fill it up!

13streamsong
Nov. 8, 2014, 2:44pm

That's an absolutely wonderful bookish picture!

14johnsimpson
Nov. 8, 2014, 4:44pm

Hi Connie, lovely new thread my dear and what a gorgeous photo of the family, hope you have a lovely weekend my dear.

15scaifea
Nov. 8, 2014, 5:34pm

Oh, what a gorgeous family you have, Connie! I just love that photo!
And Happy New Thread!

16ronincats
Nov. 9, 2014, 12:53am

Wonderful picture, Connie!

17saraslibrary
Nov. 9, 2014, 2:40am

>1 connie53: Nice family photo! Thanks for sharing it with us. :)

>2 connie53: I love the illustration. If only I had bookshelves that tall I could climb on! :)

>3 connie53: Good job on your books so far. You'll make it to 75 without a doubt.

18johnsimpson
Nov. 9, 2014, 9:06am

Hi Connie, have a lovely Sunday my dear.

19Ameise1
Nov. 9, 2014, 10:53am

Happy Thingaversary, Connie.

20msf59
Nov. 9, 2014, 11:53am

Happy New Thread, Connie! I love the family topper, although you look a bit to serious. LOL. Hope you are having a great weekend.

21Trifolia
Nov. 9, 2014, 2:50pm

Congrats on the new thread. I wish you a lovely week!

22connie53
Bearbeitet: Nov. 9, 2014, 2:55pm

Thanks Sara, John, Barb, Mark and Monica.

Do I have a Thingamedingdong? Really?

Yes I do, I checked. 5 years of LT means 6 books to buy. Maybe I will get to that in this month. I have 2 books pre ordered and I spotted some books I might buy too. So maybe I will get to six this month. I'm not promising anything though.

23Trifolia
Nov. 9, 2014, 2:57pm

Do I have a Thingamedingdong? Really?
Well, yes, you do. You joined LT on Nov 9, 2009, so today, it's your 5th anniversary on LT. And according to the "rules", you can buy yourself 5 books + 1 extra now :-).
Congratulations!

24connie53
Nov. 9, 2014, 3:00pm

Cross-posting again, Monica!

25connie53
Nov. 9, 2014, 3:39pm

So I have finally read all posts in my starred threads! No new messages at all.

26souloftherose
Nov. 9, 2014, 4:12pm

Happy new thread and happy thingaversary Connie!

27connie53
Nov. 9, 2014, 5:05pm

Thanks Heather!

28saraslibrary
Nov. 9, 2014, 5:29pm

I'm a little behind, but Happy Thingaversary! :) I had no idea you could have an excuse to buy books. Great idea! And enjoy you buys, Connie. :)

29NicolePatrick
Nov. 10, 2014, 3:54am

Hi Connie, happy new thread and Thingaversary! Lovely family photo!

30scaifea
Nov. 10, 2014, 6:51am

Aw, Happy Thingadingy, Connie!!

31jnwelch
Nov. 10, 2014, 11:35am

Happy Thingaversary, Connie! And congrats on the new thread. Good-looking family you have there, and I like the illustration in >2 connie53:.

32michigantrumpet
Nov. 10, 2014, 2:12pm

Woot! Happy New Thread and Happy Thingaversary!

Can't wait to hear what you decided to buy for your Thingaversary present.

33jolerie
Nov. 11, 2014, 1:07pm

Happy new thread and Thingaversary Connie! Treat yourself to something extra special to celebrate! :)

34connie53
Nov. 11, 2014, 3:53pm

I must add some books I've been reading or are reading right now.

Read:

In mijn dromen by Simone van der Vlugt



A Dutch writer. The title would translate into In my Dreams

It's was enjoyable but not very good. About a girl who has dreams that predict some event in the future, in this particular case a plane crash. She stays home but her boyfriend dies in the crash. In her dreams it was not a regular plane crash but an attack. She gets a lot of support from a Moslim man she has befriended and you might guess the end


De moordenaar van de nar by Robin Hobb



I loved, loved, loved this book! Robin Hobb can surely write! This is the 13th book in the series, so don't go and read this one if you have not read the other 12.



Suikerspin by Erik Vlaminck a Belgium author.



Erik has been a guest at our school and I'm attending a couple of workshops he is giving and we had to read this book for those workshops.
It was a nice read about the fairs in the 1890 to 1920. About 4 generation of men: great grandfather, grandfather, father and son who all were connected to fairs. The GGF had a fairground attraction in which he showed bearded ladies and midgets. The story is mainly about how he mistreated the Siamese twins he was showing. And how the past of someone's ancestors comes back to haunt you.



Reading right now:

Koekoeksjong by Robert Galbraith aka J.K. Rowling



Not a review but the text on the back cover

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.


This is surely going to be one of this years favourites.

De teruggekeerden by Jason Mott



Not a review but the text on the back cover.

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time.... Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep-flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.

All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end.


35connie53
Nov. 12, 2014, 11:28am

I did buy a few books for my Thingaversary today.

I have four books pre ordered. They will arrive at the end of the month.

The book I bought today are:

Deborah Harkness - Het boek des levens
The translation of The book of live, part 3 in the All souls series.



This is the blurb not a review!!
After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches--with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

Kelly Armstrong - De Darkest Powers trilogie



The books in this omnibus: Bezwering , Ontwaken en Afrekening

36Ameise1
Nov. 12, 2014, 4:27pm

Nice book haul, Connie.

37-Cee-
Nov. 12, 2014, 7:55pm

YAY! Congrats on your 5th Thingaversary! Glad you are doing the absolutely mandatory thing and buying the proper amount of books (6) to celebrate :-) Enjoy.

>1 connie53: Great kids! Great photo.

38connie53
Nov. 13, 2014, 12:00pm

I've just finished Koekoeksjong by Robert Galbraith and thought it was a very good book. for sure and maybe a bit more. The story was not bloody or gruesome at all. It was more of a story about family dysfunctions (for more than one of the personages) and the difference between rich and poor families. And there was one suspicious death off course, but that happened before the story starts.

I loved it and picked up part 2 about Cormoran Strike immediately.

Zijderups by Robert Galbraith, DUH.



This is the blurb not my review!!!

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days-as he has done before-and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives-meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.
When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before...


39johnsimpson
Nov. 14, 2014, 3:55pm

Hi Connie, just popping by to say hello and Karen would like to say a big thank you for the card you sent her, it came today and Karen loved it. She thought it was so lovely that you took time to send her this lovely card and it cheered her up. You are a lovely lady Connie and I am so glad that I am a friend of yours my dear.

40RebaRelishesReading
Nov. 14, 2014, 4:24pm

Catching up on threads. Happy Thingaversary (a bit late), congrats on the new(isn) thread and I love your topper photo.

41NicolePatrick
Nov. 14, 2014, 7:14pm

Hi Connie. I have the Robert Galbraith books on my shelves, maybe I need to bump them up my TBR a bit as you enjoyed them so much. Hope you are well :)

42connie53
Bearbeitet: Nov. 15, 2014, 7:44am

Thanks everyone!!

>39 johnsimpson: I'm glad Karen liked the card. It was meant to cheer her up a little, so my plan worked. ;-))

>40 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks for all the compliments, Reba

>41 NicolePatrick: It would be worth your while, Nicole. Let me know what you think when you get to reading them. I know how high those TBR piles can get.

Three books came in today! I will add them tonight or tomorrow.

I spend the whole morning cleaning, ironing and such. And now I'm going to shower and we are of to celebrate the birthday of my brother in law, Hay.

43Ameise1
Nov. 15, 2014, 9:16am

Connie, I wish you a lovely weekend.

44connie53
Nov. 15, 2014, 11:28am

Ohh, that's a beautiful place to relax, thanks Barbara!!

45connie53
Nov. 15, 2014, 2:00pm

I'm a member of a online-bookshop for almost 40 years. The deal is: You buy books in every quarter of the year for a set amount of money. Yesterday afternoon the catalogue arrived and I ordered my 3 books. This morning the postman ringed the doorbell and handed over 2 parcels with the books. I was surprised how fast this was going. But you won't hear me complain.

My three books;

Kate Atkinson - Leven na leven



This is the blurb, not a review!!!

What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she?

Jilliane Hoffman - De snijkamer



This is the blurb, not a review!!!

The body of a student who went missing from a Florida nightclub is found in a dumpster. A horrifying scene, but nothing compared to what she had to endure before her murder. She was drugged and tortured - all broadcast live for the twisted pleasure of a snuff club. THEY WAIT. Detective Manny Alvarez works the homicide alongside young hotshot Assistant State Attorney Daria DeBianchi. The media spotlight shines on the accused, a privileged playboy seen leaving the club with the victim. But without cast-iron evidence, Daria and Manny must dig deeper to crack the case. THEY TAKE WHAT THEY WANT. The investigation exposes a terrifying connection between numerous unsolved murders and abductions stretching across the country. Their only lead is through notorious serial killer William Bantling, who knows the sinister society's secrets first-hand. But Bantling won't show his hand for free - he wants off Death Row. For Manny and Daria, the nightmare is just beginning. And the only thing more devastating than this case's past is what lies ahead...

Tatiana de Rosnay - Overspel



No description available in English.

It's about a woman who has a one night stand and the man she has it with drops dead in the bedroom. And then everything goes wrong.

46saraslibrary
Nov. 15, 2014, 3:12pm

Awesome buys & reads! :) I especially love the cover of De snijkamer; that's beautiful. I hope you have a fun time at your brother-in-law's birthday party! :)

47connie53
Nov. 15, 2014, 4:17pm

Thanks, Sara. The birthday party was nice, but rather small people-wise. But we had a good time.

48saraslibrary
Nov. 15, 2014, 4:35pm

Oh, it doesn't matter the size, just the quality of friends and good energy! :) I'm glad you had fun.

49Trifolia
Nov. 16, 2014, 3:22am

Lucky you, Connie, to have Kate Atkinson's Leven na leven on your reading-pile. I read it earlier this year and thought it was an excellent book.
Have a lovely Sunday!

50connie53
Nov. 16, 2014, 7:21am

Thanks Monica. I will put it high on the TBR!

51msf59
Nov. 16, 2014, 8:37am

Happy Sunday, Connie! I love all the book activity over here. I hope you like Life After Life. It was a good one. I heard she was writing a follow-up.

52connie53
Nov. 16, 2014, 8:39am

That sounds good, Mark! I will keep an eye open for it!

53Trifolia
Nov. 16, 2014, 1:49pm

With a plot-line like Life after Life, I guess it's possible to write follow-ups forever :-) I'm already looking forward to it!

54luvamystery65
Nov. 16, 2014, 4:16pm

Connie looks like you have been reading some good books lately and I definitely want to read the Comoran Strike books.

Giving ourselves books is the nicest gift!

55michigantrumpet
Nov. 17, 2014, 6:09am

Happy Monday, Connie. Hope it was a good weekend. Loving all the wonderful reading you've been doing!

56connie53
Nov. 17, 2014, 10:58am

Thanks Roberta and Marianne!

Today we got some good news. Peet has had some painful tests in the hospital and today we heard that everything was okay. No cancer, just some minor problems. He has got a prescription for medication that should mend all complaints he has. So it's party time!

57ronincats
Nov. 17, 2014, 11:11am

That's definitely a great reason to party, Connie! So glad the news was good.

58Trifolia
Nov. 17, 2014, 11:12am

What a relief! Indeed, that calls for a celebration!

59jolerie
Nov. 17, 2014, 11:40am

That's wonderful news and I'm sure you must be relieved!
Double yay for getting books in the mail. One of my favourite things in the world ;)

I have Life after Life on my TBR mountain as well and can't wait to read it since it's getting such good reviews. :)

60Ameise1
Nov. 17, 2014, 12:31pm

>56 connie53: Oh Connie, great to hear the good news. Wishing you both a wonderful evening.

61jnwelch
Nov. 17, 2014, 12:41pm

I thought Life After Life was topnotch, Connie. I hope you enjoy it.

62connie53
Nov. 17, 2014, 1:45pm

Thanks guys and girls.

And good news about Leven na leven too. Up the pile it moves.

63johnsimpson
Nov. 17, 2014, 4:29pm

Hi Connie, that is good news for Peet and hopefully that is the last of the illnesses for quite a while my dear, hope you had a good weekend and a good Monday.

64saraslibrary
Nov. 17, 2014, 8:39pm

>56 connie53: I'm sorry the tests were painful, but WOOHOO! I'm glad he's free and clear of cancer. My best to you guys! :)

65NicolePatrick
Nov. 18, 2014, 6:50am

Connie, glad to hear that there is good news for Peet. I am sure that is a huge weight off your shoulders. I hope you have the most fantastic week ahead :)

66scaifea
Nov. 18, 2014, 6:58am

Oh, congrats on the good news for Peet - that's wonderful!

67connie53
Nov. 18, 2014, 2:41pm

We are so relieved! And yes, John. We have had our share of illness this year. It can only get better, I hope!

68johnsimpson
Nov. 18, 2014, 3:52pm

>67 connie53:, Connie, things will definitely be better over the next year or so, I can just feel it in my bones. Hope you have had a good day, love and hugs to you and the family my dear.

69connie53
Nov. 18, 2014, 5:00pm

Thanks John,

And I hope everything goes well with Karen next Thursday! (in case I forget to tell you tomorrow!)

70RebaRelishesReading
Nov. 19, 2014, 3:12pm

Hooray for Peet's news!!

71connie53
Nov. 20, 2014, 2:02pm

Thanks Reba!

Last night, or rather early this morning I finished De teruggekeerden by Jason Mott. And I'm not really sure what to think about this book. Lots of loose threads in the end and I'm not really sure what the purpose of those returned people can be.
I think I would be happy to dream about my parents who died when I was much, much younger, but it would be very weird if they should return the age they were when they died (42 and 57) as I am now 61. I would be older then my parents!!


And I bought a new one! My third Thingavesary book!

Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan. This is part 6 in the series about 2 men, scoundrels with golden hearts, and I loved the earlier 5 books.

72johnsimpson
Nov. 20, 2014, 5:31pm

Hi Connie, Karen's op went well and the surgeon is very pleased with it and hopefully she will be home on Sunday, love and hugs to you my dear.

73scaifea
Nov. 21, 2014, 6:42am

>71 connie53: Oooooh, I like the looks of that cover and your pithy description of the series... I may have to add this one to my series withlist...

74connie53
Nov. 21, 2014, 11:07am

>72 johnsimpson: That's good to hear John!

>73 scaifea: I could not find an English description anywhere, so this is all I could do, Amber.
I don't know about the UK or US covers.

75AuntieClio
Nov. 21, 2014, 8:35pm

hi :=)

76connie53
Nov. 22, 2014, 4:28am

Hi right back at you, Steph!

77Ameise1
Nov. 22, 2014, 8:16am

Connie, I wish you a lovely weekend.

78johnsimpson
Nov. 23, 2014, 7:32am

Hi Connie, hope you are having a good weekend my dear, Karen is ok but it looks like it could be Monday or Tuesday before she comes home. She text me this morning to say one of the drains had come out and so that may set her back a bit. The drains are filling up too quickly so they want to see what happens over the next few hours before they make a decision on when she can come home. Love and hugs to you and the family my dear.

79connie53
Nov. 23, 2014, 3:29pm

>78 johnsimpson: O John, one more day for her in the hospital. So sorry to hear that. But better safe then sorry, I would say. Drains are such funny things. Tell her I am thinking about her often. And I hope tomorrow will be the day she may come home.

80msf59
Nov. 23, 2014, 4:28pm

Happy Sunday, Connie! I hope you had a nice weekend. Did you get some reading in?

81johnsimpson
Nov. 23, 2014, 4:42pm

>79 connie53:, Thanks Connie for these lovely words, hopefully tomorrow she will be home. Love and hugs to you my dear.

82connie53
Nov. 24, 2014, 2:38pm

>80 msf59: No as much as I would have liked, Mark. I had a lovely weekend with my friend Vera, going there by train (reading) lots of talking (and I mean lots!!!!), a nice lunch outside in a restaurant, a walk through the fields nearby (my walking ability is zero, due to my knee), dinner out (delicious) some more talking, wine, going to bed at 03.30 in the morning, breakfast, some more talking (we really don't stop talking once we see each other) and then on the train back home some reading again.
I'm now halfway Zijderups by Robert Galbraith and really enjoying the book.

>81 johnsimpson: I hope Karen is home by now. I will go and visit your thread now!

83Ameise1
Bearbeitet: Nov. 24, 2014, 3:01pm

Wow, what a gorgeous weekend you had.

84connie53
Nov. 24, 2014, 3:03pm

I loved it too. It's always fun being with Vera. We have been friends for 35 years or so. And always have a good time!

85Ameise1
Nov. 29, 2014, 5:36am

Connie, I wish you a fabulous weekend.

86connie53
Dez. 1, 2014, 1:27pm

Thanks Barb.

It was a weekend but I would not call it fabulous. The weekend before that I went and spend a night at my best girl friends house. She had some serious trouble with her boyfriend and beside doing fun things we talked a lot about the relationship. And on Sunday after I left she ended the relationship. So she was a real down and Peet and I asked her to come over to us for some pampering and some more talking. It was really busy in my head when she left and I was really tired. But I'm glad I could do this for her.

87connie53
Dez. 1, 2014, 2:10pm

I added some more books to my Thingaversary pile

Met het bloed van mijn hart part 1 by Diana Gabaldon
and
Met het bloed van mijn hart part 2 by the same writer

The translation of Written In My Own Heart's Blood



A total of 1175 pages!

I give the blurb in a spoiler because it might give away things people don't want to know because they did not read the first 7 books

1778: France declares war on Great Britain, the British army leaves Philadelphia, and George Washington's troops leave Valley Forge in pursuit. At this moment, Jamie Fraser returns from a presumed watery grave to discover that his best friend has married his wife, his illegitimate son has discovered (to his horror) who his father really is, and his beloved nephew, Ian, wants to marry a Quaker. Meanwhile, Jamie's wife, Claire, and his sister, Jenny, are busy picking up the pieces. The Frasers can only be thankful that their daughter Brianna and her family are safe in twentieth-century Scotland, or not. In fact, Brianna is searching for her own son, who was kidnapped by a man determined to learn her family's secrets. Her husband, Roger, has ventured into the past in search of the missing boy never suspecting that the object of his quest has not left the present. Now, with Roger out of the way, the kidnapper can focus on his true target: Brianna herself

De wet van staal by Brandon Sanderson

Part 4 of the Mistborn series and part 1 in the Cosmere series.



This is the translation of The Alloy of Law

Three hundred years after the events of the Mistborn trilogy, Scadrial is on the verge of modernity, with railroads to supplement the canals, electric lighting in the streets and the homes of the wealthy, and the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds. Kelsier, Vin, Elend, Sazed, Spook, and the rest are now part of history--or religion.Yet even as science and technology are reaching new heights, the old magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in thefrontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for the brave men and women attempting to establish order and justice. One such is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with hisAllomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax has been forced by family tragedy to return to the metropolis of Elendel. Now he must reluctantly put away his guns and assume the duties and dignity incumbent upon the head of a noble house. Or so he thinks, until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

And

De torenheer by Anthony Ryan
part 2 in De schaduw van de raaf series



The translation of Tower Lord

Vaelin Al Sorna is tired of war. He's fought countless battles in service to the Realm and Faith. His reward was the loss of his love, the death of his friends and a betrayal by his king. After five years in an Alpiran dungeon, he just wants to go home.
Reva intends to welcome Vaelin back with a knife between the ribs. He destroyed her family and ruined her life. Nothing will stop her from exacting bloody vengeance - not even the threat of invasion from the greatest enemy the Realm has ever faced.
Yet as the fires of war spread, foes become friends and truths turn to lies. To save the Realm, Reva must embrace a future she does not want - and Vaelin must revisit a past he'd rather leave buried.


I'm done now buying books! At least for this week.

88jolerie
Dez. 1, 2014, 5:40pm

I have The Alloy of Law on my TBR mountain. I am waiting for the cheaper paperback version of Written in My Own Heart's Blood before I purchase it. Can't wait! :)

You are a sweet friend, Connie and I'm sure your friend appreciated your kind and thoughtful gesture when she is going through a tough time!

89saraslibrary
Dez. 1, 2014, 6:12pm

>85 Ameise1: Beautiful picture! :)

>87 connie53: I'm done now buying books! At least for this week. -- So next week maybe some more? ;)

90RebaRelishesReading
Dez. 3, 2014, 6:11pm

Hi Connie. How nice you're there for your friend. Ending a relationship is hard and it's great she has you to talk to.

My hubby and I are busy planning a trip for next summer and are thinking we'll be in Maastrict for a couple of days in August. We'll be traveling by train so would like to have a hotel near the station. We like a comfortable room but don't need a lot of luxury or "services". Is there any place you would recommend?

91connie53
Dez. 4, 2014, 2:58pm

Hi Reba, What a fun idea! We could meet up for lunch or something. Maastricht is only half an hour by train from Roermond, so you will pass through my little town or I could meet you in Maastricht. August sounds real good to me. summer break and so on...
I will ask my SIL about a good hotel near the train station. He is born and lived in Maastricht his whole live and he will know for sure. I'll make a note of it to ask him.

92Ameise1
Dez. 6, 2014, 10:39am

Hi Connie, I'm sorry to hear about your friends broken relationship. I wish you a fabulous weekend.

93connie53
Dez. 6, 2014, 1:31pm

Thanks Barb! Such a beautiful path! lovely.

I finished another book today Zijderups by Robert Galbraith. I really liked this one very much. Defenitly worth and a bit more.

Now I'm reading Percepliquis by Michael J. Sullivan for the December challenge on my book club. The theme is: read a book published in the Netherlands in 2014. So I did not have to look very far for a new book. I just took one from my thingaversary pile.

94RebaRelishesReading
Dez. 7, 2014, 11:14am

>91 connie53: Thank you, I'll look forward to the hotel info. Also, I would love to meet-up. It's looking like the weekend of Aug 15-16. (I just love planning trips :))

95connie53
Dez. 7, 2014, 12:33pm

I will write the date down, Reba!

96AuntieClio
Dez. 7, 2014, 10:18pm

Hi Connie,

I would like to ask your help in spreading the word. I hove no health insurance and surgery for my broken wrist.

My surgery support fund raiser is here: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/help-stephanie-pay-for-wrist-surgery.... if you can't help financially, thoughts, prayers and messages of encouragement are also welcome.

97connie53
Bearbeitet: Dez. 8, 2014, 1:03pm

Hi Stephanie! I sure would like to help. You are in my thoughts and I will be cheering for you all the way. Of course I can help. I'm going to donate now. It will be a small amount but every little bit will help.

Edit: My Paypal account seems to be not working any more. So I have to figure out how to donate now. something with my telephone number which does no longer exists.

98johnsimpson
Dez. 11, 2014, 4:48pm

Hi Connie, hope everything is well with you and the family my dear, we are fine and Karen is progressing well, love and hugs to you my dear.

99connie53
Dez. 12, 2014, 1:03pm

Thanks John. I'm doing fine, all things considered. My hips are playing up all the time (arthrosis) and my knee is not getting any better. But I'm busy at work and at home. There is a tree standing in the living-room waiting to be decorated (tomorrow after groceries and a trip down town for Christmas cards (Thank you for yours) and some underwear for Peet).

100PaulCranswick
Dez. 12, 2014, 11:34pm

Trust that you have a pain-free (as much as possible) and relaxing weekend Connie. Hani has asked me to get a tree also this weekend and celebrates the Christmas festivities with more ardour than I do. xx

101connie53
Dez. 13, 2014, 3:31am

Thanks Paul. We are toning down the Christmas decorating a bit each year. I now totally understand my MIL and FIL when they, when they were still living, decided not to have a tree and just placed some pine branches with silver balls in the room. A tree is one of the things I like the best and there should be a Christmas crib, but all the other things are optional.

Have a great Christmas with Hani!

102msf59
Dez. 13, 2014, 7:28am

Happy Saturday! Everyone seems to like the Robert Galbraith series. I will have to check these out at some point. Enjoy the weekend.

103connie53
Dez. 13, 2014, 7:42am

You do that, Mark. They are certainly worth your while!

104Ameise1
Dez. 13, 2014, 8:42am

Connie, I wish you a fabulous weekend.

105connie53
Dez. 13, 2014, 10:19am

Thank you, Barb. Today I decorated the tree and made a beginning with the decoration of the room. Tomorrow we are going to The Hobbit part 3. We are: My brother Martin and his girlfriend Karin, Jeroen and Rianne, Eveline and Cyrille. Peet doesn't like going to the movies so he will stay home and do some correcting work on exams.

I wish you the same. Have a lovely weekend full of fabulous.

106Carmenere
Dez. 13, 2014, 10:28am

I haven't visited you since November! Reminds me how quickly the days go by.

>101 connie53: Connie, I could not agree with you more. Seems as my little guy becomes not so little anymore we just do the minimal, ok, maybe a little bit more than that, but simple is my way to do it. The putting up is fun and everyone joins in, the dismantling is sad, depressing and everyone deserts me to do it on my own, boo woo.

107Ameise1
Dez. 13, 2014, 12:14pm

I've seen only part 1, so I'm not sure if I would like to see more. Nevertheless I wish you much fun.

108connie53
Bearbeitet: Dez. 15, 2014, 11:37am

Part three was nice but a few to many battles. But I liked the scenes that were kept little. A few tears were shed. There were some moving moments too. And we had a lovely outing that ended in a restaurant for coffee and some chatting.

109RebaRelishesReading
Dez. 15, 2014, 6:54pm

Hi Connie. Thanks for the info in your message. I've responded more there but we've changed our plans -- trying to be sensible. Hope you have your decorating all done and that aches and pains are better.

110connie53
Dez. 17, 2014, 2:01pm

Thanks, Reba! I slowly a getting the decorations done. Just a few more final touches and we are good.

Today was a bit of a strange day. Yesterday there was a big fire at the other side of the town. Two big sheds, where yachts were put for the winter time, caught fire. Not very remarkable, just very bothersome for the owners. This morning we heard that asbestos had come free in the fire and a big part of down town was closed for everybody except for the people who live there. The asbestos had settled down there and it was unsafe for people to go and shop for Christmas presents or other shopping. My son and his girlfriend are living there and he stayed home. His work allows him to do so. Rianne went to work in the town hall on foot. I would have stayed home, but they told her it was save to come in and just bring an extra pair of shoes, so she could change them when she came in the building.

At school a few pupils did not show up, but most of them did. Cars, bicycles and everything rolling were hosed down by the fire brigade going out of the restricted area. It will take days to clean the city totally. All the shops and the train station are closed until Saturday.

111Ameise1
Dez. 17, 2014, 2:25pm

Oh Connie, so sorry to hear about this awful incident. It has to be taken care about this material. It's so dangerous.
I hope your family is safe so far. xx

112scaifea
Dez. 18, 2014, 6:13am

Oh my, what a crazy day for your town! Here's hoping it all gets cleaned up quickly!

113jolerie
Dez. 18, 2014, 12:45pm

Oh that can be quite the scary situation. Glad to hear you and yours and are safe though!

114johnsimpson
Dez. 19, 2014, 4:28pm

Hi Connie, hope you are well my dear and thank you for the Christmas card, it arrived today and is on the mantelpiece with all special Christmas cards. Have you finished at work for the Christmas holiday period? Are you ready for the festive season my dear?

115ronincats
Dez. 19, 2014, 7:47pm

I agree with you about down-sizing the Christmas decorations. I hate to do it, but just don't have the energy any more.

116Ameise1
Dez. 20, 2014, 7:51am

Connie, I wish you a lovely weekend and Merry Christmas.

117Ameise1
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118connie53
Dez. 20, 2014, 4:38pm

Hi all,

Today we went down town. It was cleaned of all/most asbestos particles. (they did not clean the balcony of Jeroens apartment yet, so...)
We did get all the presents but one. I still need to get something small for Eveline, like a scented candle or something, but there are four more days to go and find something. The room is almost finished.

The three, the crib and some of the table pieces









We still have to decide on what to eat. The children will be here on December 26. That's our real Christmas.

119johnsimpson
Dez. 20, 2014, 4:43pm

Hi Connie, love the photo's my dear, all the decorations are absolutely lovely. The fire sounded awful and the fact that asbestos particles were about is scary, glad most of it has been cleaned up and I hope Jeroen's balcony gets done quickly. You have got the kids on the 26th and we have them on the 25th, we will both have special days my dear. Love and hugs to you.

120connie53
Dez. 21, 2014, 6:09am

You are such a dear friend, John. Thanks for all your kind words.

121johnsimpson
Dez. 21, 2014, 7:41am

Hi Connie, you are a dear friend to me as well and I always try to be good with my comments and I am so glad we met up on here and a friendship has blossomed. Your lovely messages over the last eighteen months during bad times have been a blessing to the both of us. One day we will get over to see you and that will be lovely, have a wonderful Sunday my dear. Love and hugs to you and the family.

122Carmenere
Dez. 21, 2014, 7:59am

Yeah, isn't it so true, when the kids are there, that's the real Christmas! Enjoy the 26th to the fullest!!! Your decorations and tree look so warm and welcoming.

123streamsong
Dez. 21, 2014, 9:08am

Such beautiful decorations! I know you'll have a wonderful time with your kids.

124scaifea
Dez. 21, 2014, 9:48am

Oh, your decorations are lovely, Connie!

125jnwelch
Dez. 21, 2014, 11:34am

Beautiful decorations, Connie. Hope you've been having a relaxing Sunday.

126connie53
Dez. 21, 2014, 3:38pm

Thanks john, Joe, Amber, Janet and Lynda

I try to use branches from the garden and I have some boxes with Christmas balls and garlands and such. I don't want to overdue it. That's not the Dutch way. Just lots of candles and the decorated plates for the dining room table and the living room. Today I made something for the garden table, that table is placed against the sliding doors in the dining room.

I'll make some more pictures tomorrow when it's light outside.

@ John. Meeting you would be lovely!

127tungsten_peerts
Dez. 21, 2014, 4:16pm

Hi Connie (waves from gloomy Boston)!

128connie53
Dez. 22, 2014, 11:02am

Hi Glenn!! (waves from an even gloomier Roermond)

Today I finished book 68 for the year. So I'm sure I will never reach 75 books. I have chosen a big book again



Met het bloed van mijn hart by Diana Gabaldon. This book is a very large one so in the Netherlands they split it up in two parts.
Part 1 is 549 pages on its own. That is a lot and it will take me a long time to read that one in between Christmas celebrations (and preparations) and New Years Eve and the birthday of my daughter in January.

I don't want to spoil the story for others who want to read this book, this is part 8 in the series.

129Shutzie27
Dez. 23, 2014, 4:43pm

Merry Christmas, Connie!

130connie53
Dez. 23, 2014, 5:39pm

Thanks, Christina!

131msf59
Dez. 23, 2014, 8:55pm

Merry Christmas, Connie! I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday. Hugs!!

132saraslibrary
Dez. 23, 2014, 9:48pm



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Connie, to you and your family! :)

133ronincats
Dez. 23, 2014, 9:49pm

Connie, you are such a positive influence on our group. Thank you.
It's Chrismas Eve's eve, and so I am starting the rounds of wishing my 75er friends the merriest of Christmases or whatever the solstice celebration of their choice is.

134connie53
Dez. 24, 2014, 2:45am

Thanks Mark, Sara and Roni!

135johnsimpson
Dez. 24, 2014, 7:56am

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

136Carmenere
Dez. 24, 2014, 8:27am


Merry Christmas Connie!

137connie53
Dez. 24, 2014, 9:00am

Thanks John and Lynda!

138HanGerg
Dez. 24, 2014, 10:11am

Hi Connie! I just wanted to pop by and wish you a Merry Christmas! Thanks for stopping by my thread this year and keeping it moving when I was being a slowcoach. I wish you and your family a lovely end to 2014 and a great start to 2015!

139connie53
Dez. 24, 2014, 11:09am

Thanks, Hannah!

140scaifea
Dez. 24, 2014, 11:42am

Wishing for the happiest of holidays for you and yours, Connie!

141jolerie
Bearbeitet: Dez. 25, 2014, 1:08pm

From our family to yours!

142connie53
Dez. 24, 2014, 1:42pm

Thanks Amber and Valerie!

That snowman is just adorable!

143DeltaQueen50
Dez. 24, 2014, 2:37pm

Merry Christmas to you and your family, Connie.

144connie53
Dez. 24, 2014, 5:24pm

Thanks, Judy

145AuntieClio
Dez. 24, 2014, 6:47pm



Connie, I'm so happy to have made your acquaintance this year. You bring so much cheer. Your encouraging words to me mean a lot. I'm so grateful to have you in my life.

146Ameise1
Dez. 25, 2014, 6:56am

Merry Christmas, Connie. Wishing you a gorgeous feast tomorrow with your family.

147kidzdoc
Dez. 25, 2014, 9:53am



Merry Christmas to you and your family, Connie!

148streamsong
Dez. 25, 2014, 10:00am

149calm
Dez. 25, 2014, 10:45am

Merry Christmas Connie, I hope you and yours have a wonderful time.

150PaulCranswick
Dez. 27, 2014, 1:10am



It has been lovely making your acquaintance this year, Connie.

151connie53
Dez. 27, 2014, 2:59pm

Thanks guys!
I had a lovely day yesterday. The children were here and we had coffee and 'Kerststol' (a very big image)



Then there were the presents. We don't overdo it. Just some small presents. We all bought something for the other five.
I got a very nice festive black top (a very small image)



Some glass candle holders and smelling tea lights to fit them

And, and, and........tadadada

The puzzle of the game of thrones in 3d/4d !!!!





This last image is rather big! Sorry for that, but that will make it clear what the puzzle is about. I was so glad with this present. That was all that I had on my wish-list

So NO books at all, but I have books enough and I did not ask for any.

Then we ALL made diner. At least the other five. Rianne and Jeroen made filled French pastries (delicious) as the entree. Peet and Jeroen made Pork fillet with herbs and pancetta ( kind of bacon) with carrots and pea pods, a dandelion salad with fried bacon, string beans and spring onions and red potatoes. For dessert we had tarts with whipped cream and scoops of ice cream (Eveline and Cyrille). I did all kind of things: laying the table, cleaning up after dinner, filling and clean out the dishwasher. And we had wine and snacks. But the most important thing is that we were together and we had fun.

152Ameise1
Dez. 27, 2014, 4:51pm

Connie, I wish you a lovely weekend.

153Ameise1
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154kidzdoc
Dez. 27, 2014, 10:17pm

That was a lovely description of your Christmas with family, Connie. I'm glad that all of you had such a nice time together!

155msf59
Dez. 28, 2014, 8:02am

Happy Sunday, Connie! I hope you are having a fantastic weekend and getting in plenty of reading.

156connie53
Dez. 28, 2014, 3:04pm

I'm completely into the Game of Thrones puzzle right now, Mark. I did not read a letter today.

157souloftherose
Dez. 29, 2014, 8:29am

Belated Christmas wishes and a Happy New Year, Connie.

158Carmenere
Dez. 29, 2014, 12:02pm

Oooooo, I'm drooling over your Game of Thrones puzzle! Will you be working on it yourself or will others pick up a piece or two?

Your Christmas sounds lovely! Best wishes for a happy, healthy New Year, Connie!

159jnwelch
Dez. 29, 2014, 2:12pm

Happy Holidays, Connie! Glad you're having such a good time with the Game of Thrones puzzle.

160connie53
Dez. 29, 2014, 3:00pm

>158 Carmenere: I do it all on my own until now. Peet is not much of a puzzle maker.

Here are some pictures I made while unpacking:

The box with the lid off



What is inside the box



One day of work



161Ameise1
Dez. 29, 2014, 3:06pm

Ha Connie, winter has started. You are back on your puzzles. I'm looking forward to all those fantastic photos.

162drneutron
Dez. 29, 2014, 9:03pm

Oh, that's cool!

163clue
Bearbeitet: Dez. 31, 2014, 5:00pm

I'm jealous Connie! I love puzzling!

164johnsimpson
Dez. 31, 2014, 11:22am

Hi Connie, just a quick post to wish you, Peet and the family a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year my dear and have an enjoyable reading year in 2015. xx

165Ameise1
Dez. 31, 2014, 3:58pm



May all your wishes come true.

166PaulCranswick
Dez. 31, 2014, 11:38pm

Dear Connie



Happy New Year from your friend in Kuala Lumpur

167connie53
Jan. 1, 2015, 9:10am

And a very good 2015 to all of you too, John, Barb and Paul! And for all friends on LT.
May this new year bring you and your families all things you wish for and then some!

168Ameise1
Jan. 3, 2015, 7:12am

Hi Connie, I hope to see you soon posting in the 75th group 2015. I wish you a fabulous weekend full of reading.

169scaifea
Jan. 3, 2015, 7:55am

Oh, yay for puzzle season! I so enjoyed following your puzzle progress last year!

170Storeetllr
Jan. 3, 2015, 7:15pm

Happy New Year, Connie! Glad to see you're having fun with your puzzling again. Sidenote: My local library branch has a jigsaw puzzle table; anyone can take a box ~ no checking out, just on the honor system ~ and bring it back when they finish the puzzle. I have been tempted, but so far have had to pass, as I really have no surface on which to set one up. I do think of you, though, when I see the puzzles.

171scaifea
Jan. 4, 2015, 6:38am

>170 Storeetllr: Oh, what a cool idea!

172connie53
Jan. 4, 2015, 8:35am

More puzzle pictures:

Layer 1







Layer 2







Together





Finished





173msf59
Jan. 4, 2015, 8:40am

Wow! Love the puzzle!

Hope you are having a Happy New Year, Connie! And I hope the year is filled with wonderful books.

174connie53
Jan. 4, 2015, 8:42am

>168 Ameise1: I don't know if I will join the 2015 group with a thread, Barb.
Keeping track of threads takes so much of my time. I hardly have time to read.
Now I'm thinking I only do a ROOT thread this year and star some threads in the 75 group of the people that are not in the ROOT group and who I still want to follow. But I'm still thinking about that idea.

175Ameise1
Jan. 4, 2015, 9:33am

>174 connie53: Fair enough and I can understand you fully.
I love your puzzle. Will you post them on your ROOT thread in the future?

176connie53
Jan. 4, 2015, 9:39am

I will post everything I read and puzzle and other pictures in my ROOT thread, Barb.
and use it just like a diary ;-))

177Ameise1
Jan. 4, 2015, 9:42am

Sounds great :-)))

178Carmenere
Jan. 4, 2015, 9:54am

Wow! That's a totally awesome puzzle, Connie!
You are so right about time consuming threads. I'm beyond impressed with those who can manage visits while also reading tons of books. I rarely have time to visit many threads and my threads scant amount of visitors backs that up. I'll see you in ROOTS where I also will keep track of the off the shelfers

179connie53
Jan. 4, 2015, 10:11am

I'm looking forward to see you there, Lynda!!!

180scaifea
Jan. 4, 2015, 12:36pm

WOW!! Coolest puzzle ever!!

181connie53
Jan. 4, 2015, 1:01pm

That's so true, Amber! It was a challenge to make too. But very rewarding.

182msf59
Jan. 4, 2015, 1:13pm

^^You don't like me anymore??

183connie53
Jan. 4, 2015, 3:48pm

>182 msf59: Of course I like you Mark! Sorry to neglect you like that.

184johnsimpson
Jan. 4, 2015, 4:13pm

Hi Connie, I just love the Game of Thrones puzzle my dear, hope you have had a good weekend my dear.

185connie53
Jan. 5, 2015, 12:00pm

Yes, very good, John. One day of partying at Eveline's for her birthday and the Sunday was a nice quiet one, with reading and LT-ing and in general doing nothing.