05 September 2013


My latest read is a book by Lee Childs called A Wanted Man which was published last year. I’ve only just started it but already I feel the excitement that precedes a good read. Lee Childs is a local man, coming from Coventry in the UK. Coventry is roughly about 20 miles from my home so I think of Lee as local man made good.  The fact that he now lives in the US is irrelevant. New York Times described the book as “Smart, breathless... more ingenious than other Reacher books” ... hence my excitement.

Another thing that excites me is the release of new traffic clampdowns when police are expected to focus on:
  • Driving too close to the vehicle in front
  •  Failure to give way at junctions
  • Overtaking and pushing into a queue of traffic (oh the times I see that!) 
  •  Being in the wrong lane and pushing into a queue at a roundabout (that happens ALL the time)
  • Needles hogging in middle or outside lanes
  • Inappropriate speed
  •  Wheel spins, handbrake turns and other careless manoeuvres
It would make my day to see those culprits picked up and dealt with. Perhaps if they were all arrested there would be more room in the car parks. Although, having said that, I was lucky enough to have an entire floor in the local car park all to myself. As Joe would say, they must have seen me coming and kept out of the way!

The other day I received an unusual email from a gentleman trying to trace my WI institute. Apparently his mother recently died and amongst her possessions he found a nicely bound recipe book with recipes from members of, yes, MY WI. He asked if we would like it. I didn’t even wait to ask the President... I just said yes. Well, you never know, it might be valuable.

The guy got my name from a blog I once edited for the WI. The blog is no longer in existence but apparently Google still had it ‘on file’. Strange, because when I Google’d it out of curiosity I was ‘told’ it no longer existed. I wasn’t even given details of a post prior to the discontinuation yet the guy said he saw the last one dated April 2013. Isn’t that amazing? But I’m getting away from the point.

The man used to live in my area so whilst writing he tossed in a few names that we might know. The plan now is to have a slot at the next committee meeting so that I can throw the names at the members and see if they remember anything. There was only one name I knew but I’m not sure if she was one of our members or one of the other WIs.

Isn’t it strange what we get in our inbox?

Finally, a bit about bites...

This year I’ve had my fair share of insect bites. Strangely enough they all seemed to come in awkward places like the crook of the arm or leg, thereby reducing the healing time. Whenever I moved the bite disappeared inside the fold of flesh which had the effect of continual scratching. And that, as we all know, is not recommended. I’m thinking of putting arrows on my skin to indicate where the insect should bite. Someone told me that only those with an excess amount of sugar in their blood get bitten; if that's true and considering I don't take sugar or eat many sugary foods, does it mean I'm depriving insects of their daily ration, or is it because they're so desperate for the sweet stuff they'll eat anything? 


  1. Sounds like a good book. I can't see the police being bothered with all those motoring offences they can't even stop people using their mobile phones when driving, which is really dangerous! How strange that man found the blog and you couldn't, and great that he managed to find you to pass on the recipe book!

  2. haha i like your idea to put signs up to show the insects where to bite love lee childs jack reacher books....

  3. The driving habits of people "over here" isn't much better, Val. I'm always on the look-out when I'm driving. Love your para on the insect bites!

  4. Valerie, that book sounds like a VERY interesting read!

    "Driving too close to the vehicle in front"

    Amen! That is one thing that REALLY bothers (and frightens) me when people do that. Because it's very dangerous. They say you should drive at least two car lengths away from the car in front of you in case they break quickly.

    I am so happy for you that the gentleman found your blog post and is sending you the recipe book. How cool is that!

    " or is it because they're so desperate for the sweet stuff they'll eat anything?"

    HA! Well, I must be very sour, because bugs don't seem to bite me.

    Great This And That, dear lady! Enjoyed!

  5. Pearl, yes the mobile phones are a problem, everyone seems determined to ignore the rules. Forget common sense and obeying the law!!

    Brian, I'll let you know if the bugs follow the arrows.... grins.

  6. Good afternoon, Ron. There are so many drivers here who think they're beyond the law. Did you hear about the 100 cars who crashed into each other on a bridge... in the news today. Most were driving too fast in fog, regardless of instructions.

  7. It's funny how having a web presence that bring out unusual contacts. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I've always used a pseudonym, which has protected me from not only creepy people online, but also from unwanted searches from employers. Now, friends that I've lost contact with I've been able to track down with some web searches, which was nice. It's always great to hear from people you haven't spoken to in decades! :-)

  8. Herman, I did consider using a nom-de-plume but rejected the idea. Perhaps I shouldn't have.

  9. I am going to have to check out that author. I am always on the lookout for new reading material. You mentioned the dreaded roundabout. Oh how I despise those things. I can never figure them out. Hope your weekend is a good one.

  10. Mrs. Shife loves the Jack Reacher books, and we watched the movie based on one of his novels. It starred Tom Cruise and a lot of folks weren't happy with it because they thought someone taller should've played him. Anyway, I didn't mind and I hope they make a few more Reacher movies. Have a good weekend, Val. Take care.


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