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Join us here in The Bistro for a discussion on the entire Gamache series. Feel free to ask or answer any questions about any of the books or the series as a whole.

Discussion on “The Bistro”

Everyone is so busy. Very glad there is progress in the kitchen Barbara. I too love Mac and Cheese! Got a good recipe?
So nice to hear you have been busy with nice things Millie. I hope to have an opportunity to visit the theme parks. Keen to see Harry Potter experience.
I too am keen for an end to the election process. It is a deluge even over here.

Ah yes, Millie – the sense of humor. Probably the only thing that’s indispensable! Glad you are figuring it out, though I’m sorry for the tired feeling. Vern takes some BP pills that do that, and I keep resisting the same ones every time my doctor wonders if I should be on a “statin”. I don’t think it would be wise for me to be any more “relaxed”, hahaha.

I am sooooo looking forward to Wednesday, and the end of the politics for a while at least. It probably won’t take long for people to start whining, though, so maybe Facebook won’t be safe then, either…

Hello all. Still alive and kicking. Just been going to doctors I didn’t even know their specialty existed till recently and going out in evenings to meet family visiting the Theme Park areas of Orlando. It’s a drive, but not over an hour. One night we didn’t get home till midnight and Mike and I dragged ourselves to bed lamenting how, in our mid twenties, we’d dance till two AM, then go eat a hearty breakfast before heading home for a catnap before getting up, shower and heading off to work. How did we do that then?

Speaking of showers, I’m with you Julie. Much prefer them to a bath. Funny, because I have no problem enjoying hot tubs! Your story reminded me of house hunting when our sons were toddlers. Mike and I passed up a house we both liked but it had a clothes shoot and Mike imagined our sons either breaking bones upon landing or getting stuck in the shoot.

He too tends to imagine the worse and makes things harder than need be. When we did eventually buy a house he started building a tree house for the boys. I remember asking him if he planned to adopt an elephant. That thing was so over-built!
Barbara, I laughed at your sentence saying you thought of me often right after your story of your dad having a word for people who over complicated things… I laughed because, for some things at least, I do that! How did you know? 😉 Maybe if I didn’t, things still in boxes would have a home. Not the ‘perfect’ home perhaps but at least a home. I find myself wondering, “Can the granddaughters reach this?” So back in a box it goes because I can’t part with it. That and our son having moved back in my options are limited. I’m going to have to do something soon, though. The garage is so full it’s hard to walk around in there. And of course the Christmas decorations are not reachable because Nick has two motorcycles in front of those shelves. Does anyone think my family would notice if I skipped the ‘dec the halls’ this year? I’m not at the point of Bah Humbug yet, but who knows as the season approaches. I’ve needed to start taking two different BP pills to keep the pressure down for my eyes. No more head splitting headaches, but gosh they make me feel tired. For all I know, this is what ‘relaxed’ feels like. It’s been so many years since I felt naturally relaxed, I don’t remember! lololol. On a recent visit with a cousin who lives in Virginia, he commented how nice it was to spend a few hours catching up without the reason being a funeral. Yep, been a rough four years for the family.

Thanks for keeping the Bistro alive, for the links, Peg. The laughs, Julie and Barbara, the updates on your move and Erin’s schooling, Anna… Thanks all for keeping my spirits up. Even when I haven’t responded, I have tried to read all the posts and I smile.

Best wishes to all and best of luck to all with “what’s next”. May the future bring good things, and if not, a strong sense of humor to deal with it. Sending love…

New refrigerator in place. Men had to remove carport door and frig doors. Will be cool in 4-5 hours. Set an ice tray in freezer to see when it freezes. Then I’ll get frozen food from Carol.
I’m only taking the antibiotic until I see the Dr. the 30th. That means I’ll still be on no dairy on Thanksgiving. Ha ! As if I won’t eat Mac and Cheese then. One day can’t hurt. Dairy reduces the effectiveness of the Med. but I don’t see that as a problem.
To even think of packing to move to another country makes me tired. Yesterday, Sam asked me how we came to have so much junk. I think we are both pack rats.

Love hearing your stories Julie and Barbara but very grateful not to be living through your renovations. Still waiting to hear from contractor regarding the ensuit in the flat to get it repaired. He was supposed to be here this week to test the shower for the leak. Not so far and it’s Friday afternoon so maybe next week.
The removalist has just been to assess our load for the US. He looked at Erin’s room and said so stuffed toys are going? Not all of them said me. Good luck with that said he and included enough boxes to pack them. He has raised girls! Ten days and it will be packed and on its way! That makes everything very real.
Glorious day here today. Warm with a lovely breeze. Just beautiful.
Do you have to have steroids Barbara or is that a discussion for the next doctor’s appointment? Good luck getting the freezer sorted!

Julie, what a laugh. That tops the list of “making do”. I can just envision such. You have so many funny stories.
I can’t believe Sam has changed his mind about the cabinets and lights.
The refrigerator is being delivered between 8 and 10 in the morning. Then I have to get the frozen food I stored in Carol’s freezer. I have to check to see how long it will take for the freezer to reach temp.

A kangaroo must be very good luck, indeed! So happy for Erin, and now, of course, reality sets in as she figures “what next?” But enjoy the time now to bask in the glow of a job well done!

Probably just your diplomacy kicking in, Barbara, that you can’t remember what your Dad called people who make things unnecessarily difficult! Hahaha! I can relate to the “having things on hand for several years” as that’s Vern’s MO, too. We buy things when we find them and they’re a good price (sometimes on sale, sometimes just a “find”), but he has NEVER (and never would, I’m sure) decided he didn’t like something later. He always admits that he has no taste, and defers to mine, which is nice, because I did my heels in, hahaha. Good luck getting two bathrooms done soon! I still remember my main bathroom remodel (and our only full bathroom). If I tell you we went about a year (had to be 10 months) of only being able to take baths, and at that, one of us would go to the basement, pass a hose up through the clothes chute, turn the water on, while the other one filled the tub with it, and shouted down instructions on when to turn it off, and when to add just cold water to make it okay to use without scalding ourselves, would you feel sorry for me? hahaha – I’m sure you wouldn’t be surprised. The worst thing of it all was that I HATE baths – I feel like I’m trying to get clean in a big tub of dirty water. Vern didn’t feel that way, and to save on all the hassle, he used my water after I was finished – I’d NEVER have done that, hahaha. Of course, with so much to-do surrounding the whole thing, as you’d imagine, there was never more than about 3 inches of water in the tub, too. I get the shivers just thinking about it now!

A kangaroo ! Would have to be a good sign. Seeing a rabbit is considered a good sign by my sister and me. You and Erin have earned some fun time.
The Dr’s nurse called yesterday. The biopsy verified the diagnosis and I have to continue antibiotics until Nov 30th., the date of my next appointment
Turmoil here this week as Sam drives
plumber and me mad. Installing new vanities in both baths. We have had most of the items on hand waiting for years. Now he doesn’t like the medicine cabinets and the light fixtures are iffy. Petey and I just hope to survive. Daddy had an expression for people who make everything as difficult as possible but I can’t recall it.
I often think of Millie.

Well done everyone. Stand down from finger crossing. We have survived. Last exam not too bad. There was a kangaroo standing guard on the oval when she arrived at school this morning…we took that as a positive omen.
Wow. It’s exciting for me. She is a bit too tired to cheer but we have dragged her out for lunch and delighting in telling everyone she is now no longer a school girl.
It’s a lovely day here. Sending you all a bucket of my good cheer and relief…until the results are due!

Yay, Erin! Yay, Mum! Kangaroo too!

Patricia Skalka is on my long list of authors to try. I think her books are set in Door County, the bit of Wisconsin that sticks out into Lake Michigan. The early French explorers called it Death’s Door (English translation of course) because of the terrible storms. It is quite the tourist area now.

Best of luck to Erin. How exciting ! Embarking on what will surely be an amazing future. I can’t remember how I felt. Too many years ago.
Anna, I can not even imagine how such an event must feel to a mother. You would feel weird as you said.
Hugs and blessings to you both.

Thanks for all the links Peg. I had a listen. So funny…a friend walked in while I had the interview playing and asked what I was doing….just listening to Wisconsin Public Radio, like dah! I am a ‘pantser’ rather than a plotter according to the descriptions of writing styles listed by Patricia Skalka. She has a lot in common with Louise in terms of wanting to write for the sake of the characters but a much longer jump in time between stories. Have you read her novels Peg?
Erin just getting ready for her last exam and last trip to school apart from the final evening assembly in December. I feel so weird!

Anna, we must go in spurts in the Bistro. I feel the same as you do, check several times and nothing and then there’s a nice reward.

And I have more news. Goodreads has nominated A Great Reckoning for Best Mystery and Thriller of 2016. Vote at https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-mystery-thriller-books-2016?ref_=pe_2701710_213329640

For my Larry Meiller Show mention above, he has a 90-minute time slot and usually has two separate guests, 45 minutes each minus news breaks. That’s how a bit would be near the end and yet 30 minutes in. Seemed weird to see that in print so I figured it best to explain.

It’s funny but I check for comments and there is nothing new and yet Peg and Julie’s messages are ahead of mine so were posted earlier. Guess there is long distance delay! Heading over to read the newsletter but nice to see you both!

Last exam in the morning. The chemistry tutor has just been and says she is prepared. Physio worked on untangling the muscle spasms in her hand and arm and we are doing heat and massage. It really is like being in a marathon! Looking forward to life opening up after lunch for tomorrow.
A friend of mums visited her today. He was her neighbour when she was a child. While, unfortunately, there was no recognition or interaction from her, she was quiet and settled and coped with the visit. That is so much better than it could have been. I am so grateful it was a pleasant visit for both and the staff had gone to great lengths to make mum look beautiful and gave her a necklace and bracelet to wear. Such things mean so much.
I do hope everyone is alright. I am thinking of you all and hoping your worlds are stable. If they are not, hugs and strength from me to you. Thank you all for supporting Erin and I through her exams.

Just read the newsletter – so poignant! Louise is being so very brave. I loved the idea of the park bench in Central Park! What a nice spot that will be for Louise when she’s in NYC. New York is probably my favorite city in the whole world (like I’ve been to so many, hahaha). I hope she gets to enjoy all that NY can offer.

Peg, thanks for the heads-up on the program – I’ll be on the lookout for it.

Louise just got a nice shout-out on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Larry Meiller program. He interviewed Wisconsin mystery writer Patricia Skalka and she was mentioning her own favorite writers. Download of the program will be available a little later if anyone is interested.

I do love winter and getting cosy by the fire. I hope Peter has worked out how to turn the heating on in our DC flat…he hadn’t last week but I have asked him to make it a priority please.
I too am thinking of you Millie. Hoping all is well and the eyes have stabilized.
Erin did two exams today. Physics wasn’t too bad and everyone finished early but that doesn’t tell us much. At least she had time to check her work. English was tricky but she did her best and that’s all you can do. One to go! Chemistry on Thursday morning our time. She has walked in the door and immediately sat down to study. I think having a good physics exam has given her a bit of a boost. Thank you all for sending positive thoughts and energy.
Windy but sunny here. Summer is a month away and we are still using the heater. Not to worry…it usually changes in a day and we will have the air con blaring.
Love to all!

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