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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.

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Keep relaxing Julie. You will feel a bit wiped out for a little while so don’t feel you have to do anything….although those presents wouldn’t take too much energy to open!
Weather keeps being bizarre the world over. Texas is freezing and due snow I believe!
Hang in there everyone!

Anna – I have now finished the book I was reading about Anne Perry as Juliet Hulme and watched Heavenly Creatures. I think I have a very good idea of what most people thought happened, given that the girls never really gave much of an accounting that made any sense to anyone. I have both felt horror at what they did, and some sympathy toward them in their sense of helplessness to just be able to remain with the person they loved the most. Given that it was a very destructive relationship, it is, of course, probably best that they weren’t allowed to be together, but I can imagine after a childhood spent in long bouts of illness in hospitals, removed from their families, and in Juliet’s case, never having been on the receiving end of any kind of parental love, that it would be difficult to the extreme to be told you can’t stay with the one other person in the world who understands you. I wonder what might have happened if the girls had never found an obstacle in their way. Maybe their infatuation with each other would have run its course and dissipated as they matured… After all, most people don’t move anywhere near as often as Juliet’s parents did, and they sent her away or left her places way more than anyone else I can imagine. If she’d just always been in the same place and allowed to have a very close friend, even to the extent that it was probably unhealthy, but leaving it be and letting it run out it’s fascination for her, maybe all would have turned out well…

It certainly brings a perspective to Anne Perry’s work – she seems to be constantly battling between forces of good and evil in her work, but she’s also thrown herself into research to get the Victorian setting so right. She was right in one thing – she is a brilliant writer. I think she’s in complete denial now that any such thing happened, or that she had much to do with it, but I’m sure that’s a kind of self-preservation reflex. I can’t imagine living with myself if I’d done something so horrible, and I think she is just hanging on to whatever semblance of peace she can.

A fascinating story – thank you for telling me about it.

Thank you to all who worried about me – I’m doing really well. I had planned to go to the theatre this afternoon with my Jane Austen group – but just didn’t feel up to it. I’m having a nice calm day at home, after a long lie-in this morning. Presents are still under the tree, but not for long now, hahaha. I had finished my baking, so cookies and mince tarts are at hand.

Anna – some terrible things have been happening all over from weather here, but I think Texas has had the worst of it lately. For my laundry room, I’d want the soft cushions, my Kindle, so I could at least read (as I assume the internet would be down under tornado conditions), and lots of hot cocoa and cookies…

Cathryne – I think of you, too, as San Diego is one of my favorite cities. I think the weather there is as perfect as weather ever gets… have lots of fond memories of my times there, even though they were with my first husband…

Barbara, I hope all is well with you and Petey is back home and living in the lap of luxury… I felt a kinship with him this week!

Have a wonderful “after Christmas week” everyone.

Thanks Cathryne. My sister definitely wanted soft cushions but she requested a glass of wine instead of the pipes! I would think glass would be dangerous so maybe a thermos instead. Personally I would want Earl Grey tea, fine chocolates and licorice pipes. Definitely cushions and the latest Louise Penny.

I just lost a post, but glad to hear that your sister is ok, Anna. I’ve been thinking about you both. I wonder what we each would want to put into the laundry room to outfit it for a possible tornado watch? Soft cushions and licorice pipes, for sure.
Deep breaths, everyone, and back to comfort and joy.

The tornados were huge in Texas and narrowly missed my sister’s suburb. Much destruction and unfortunately deaths. Very scary. My thoughts got to those affected. It happens so quickly.

I hope everyone is safe. Julie, I hope you are recovering well.
Barbara, I hope all are safe where you are and that Petey is better.
Millie, sending cool breezes and relaxing money’s to you.
Cathryn, loads of hugs and soothing thoughts.
Nancy, hope all is well with you.

Take care everyone.

Oh dear Julie….you could have done without that but hopefully all is settled now and with a sigh of relief you can have Christmas a little late. I believe in Birthday weeks and Christmas weeks anyway. Too important for just one day. Sending you healthy thoughts and hope you have a better New Year.

I am texting back and forth with my sister under tornado watch in Dallas. Apparently hanging put in the laundry just isn’t a fun way to pass the time!

Julie, Julie, Julie, that’s quite a kerfuffle! I’m so very glad that you are happy and contented back home. I wish you a peaceful day and evening and lots of rest in the next days. And, fun presents to enjoy now! You and I are in the same time zone as I am in San Diego and I often think of you north of me, cooler and rainier, but the same time. Hope you have sugar cookies left and lots of hot tea and cocoa. Sending best thoughts!

Sounds like Christmas has been a success! I am happy and contented, though I had a BIT of a kerfuffle. Went by ambulance to the emergency room and spent the night in the hospital. I started a brand new prescription and it didn’t agree with me – chest pains and racing heart beat – at 5 a.m. on Christmas morning, we were off to the emergency room, and have just now come home on Boxing Day. Given that they have all had to work on Christmas – the doctors and nurses are amazingly cheerful and friendly, and I was in very good hands. Now we still have presents under the tree to open – bonus! 😀

They have figured out what went wrong, and sent me home with a new prescription and instructions (and have had a trial run in the hospital with no ill effects), so all is good…

Rest ye merry….

Wishing you a gentle breeze Millie. Cool and cloudy here.
Cathryne, hugs and hand holding whenever you need them. My dad had a good day yesterday and has cricket to watch and a new scrabble set to cheer him. I hope you have gummy bears and real arms to hold you but we are here when you need us keeping a seat warm by the fire. Xxxxx

Merry Christmas to all and thank you for the warmth, comfort and joy, more than I can say.
Barbara, hope you have been able to feel some pleasure in memories and very glad you have been safe from the storms. Is Petey reveling in being home?
Julie, the video Christmas card is brilliant, I love it.
Anna, thinking about your dad and wishing him cheer and pleasure in the moment.
Friends, you have provided some needed handholding lately, thanks! And Louise and Michael. I often remember Michael reaching out to try to button Louise’s sweater, as she buttoned his. It makes me smile and reminds me to be open to being surprised by joy.

Saw the video, Julie. Lovely.
Not even a cool breeze in Florida, Anna. Happy Boxing Day, Anna and to all who celebrate it. Happy whatever you celebrate. It’s all love and kindness… Cheers 🙂

Merry Christmas to all. I see a lot of you finished up and had feet up much earlier on the Eve than I did. But I made it. My hubby commented that all the decorating and gift getting and wrapping and big day prep seemed a lot easier 30+ years ago. No kidding! But he was a trouper and hung in there with me till done.

So happy to hear from you Cathryne. I was thinking of you today and hoping you had a good supply of gummy bears. I loved your note what seems ages ago telling us how you ate them one evening looking out your window, finding peace and comfort in that simple joy. (I believe our thoughts can travel just like Santa!) Wishing you comfort and joy.

Barbara, sending special happy thoughts of Christmas Present your way. I love a musical version of Scrooge ( big surprise. LOL… There’s a great song that ghost sings called “I like life!” Mike and I make a point of watching it every year. Also sending peace and comfort for your sister. She is so lucky to have you, as are we.

Anna, hi there. You always get books before us in the USA and even celebrate holidays before us – lucky girl. Glad to hear Christmas Day, which some of us are awaiting, was lovely for you, complete with sunshine. It hadn’t clicked till you mentioned it that Whistler is only two and a half weeks away for you. I can’t believe this year has whizzed by so quickly. Enjoy your snow and skiing. I’m in heaven with temps in the low 80’s in Central Florida. Warmest ‘winter’ on record. And tho cloudy, no more than a few sprinkles now and then. The funny thing is that we can’t tell the tourists from the residents.

Julie, I always laugh when I read your posts. Your idea of a shallow fridge sounds great. I’m getting better about not growing lab experiments. But I have… 😉 I’d add a small deeper section for ‘party platters’. Men would be amazed when we pulled them out. Lol…

To all, may you be “happy and merry and bright”.
Merry Christmas!

Dear Barbara. Keep the feet up. If you are roaming the past try to stay with the good stuff. My dad has been a bit overwhelmed by more maudlin thoughts. Not so good but easy to do. Especially with the storms and tornados. We are having severe bushfires in Victoria. Not good as there are evacuations in place.
Stay safe everyone. Think about how blesse we are to have places of comfort wherever we are. If you are alone then remember we are here for you!

Another Christmas Eve. Gifts wrapped, prep for tomorrow done. I’m sitting with my feet up too.
Our weather is stormy and too warm, but our area been spared tornados. Poor people in the tornado hit areas.
I seem to be stuck in Christmas Past tonight. I wish a wonderful Christmas to all of the Three Piners but words just aren’t flowing tonight.

Merry Christmas to you Julie. The card works and it’s gorgeous. It’s Christmas Day. Lunch is cooking and we just did presents. I scored many wonderful gifts but the best is a peaceful and happy day. Sun has just come out!
Love to all.

Merry Christmas to all Three Piners!
I hope this link works – but if it doesn’t, I just wanted to wish you all merry. It’s Christmas Eve in Seattle, and I, like Anna, am sitting with my feet up – everything done that can be done, and now it’s time to relax and enjoy. We went out to see the Christmas ships last night, and, like every year, they were the best yet! A beautiful night and so many ships and small boats (right down to kayaks) so beautifully decorated! We also went round to our local Candy Cane Lane, and saw other wonderful lighting displays on people’s homes – I do think the economy must be recovering, as so many more people are lighting up their houses than in recent years. Beautiful to see!

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