Simply Sunday

Just some miscellaneous musings on a partly sunny Sunday. 21 degrees C (69 degrees F).

There has been a lot happening here in springtime Tasmania but all rather disjointed.

Last week I read a blog post by Lisa on https://anzlitlovers.com blog.

She reviewed the non fiction book The Application of Pressure. You can see her review here. I was interested in this book after reading her review. As I had a credit on my Audible.com subscription I thought I’d see if they had it. Sure enough they did so I downloaded it and have listened to it the past few days. I finished it last night. The book is written by Rachel Mead and the audible version is narrated by Caz Prescott who did a pretty good job. However there were times she sounded a lot like Kitty Flannagan with her intonations. (Australians will understand Kitty Flannagan). I found that distracting at times but if you aren’t familiar with her it shouldn’t be a problem.

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The Blurb From Affirm Press

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I didn’t enjoy the book as much as Lisa did but overall it turned out to be pretty interesting and I’m glad I read it. It’s just that it gets uncomfortable at times.

First off this book is not for the squeamish. There is a lot of every type of body excrement, horrible smells (yes I think you can smell stuff coming out of this book) and some scary experiences. There is also a variety of quite funny experiences and compassionate experiences. I think the author tried hard to balance things out.

Tash and Joel are two paramedics. The chapters take it turn to feature one of them. I had a harder time with Tash than I did with Joel. I felt Tash was quite jaded and came very close to inappropriate comments about a few clients, especially one with disabilities and older people. A couple of her comments grated on me but in her defence it is a job that not many people could do and I understand some of the black humour. It probably wasn’t the type of audible book to read at night before falling asleep. However as the author’s first book, I thought the topic was interesting and the writing was good. There are parts you can’t put down until you come to the chapter’s end. If you like the subject matter I would recommend it.

Other things happening this week. Well, we are getting a new kitchen. We had a consultant come from a very large hardware store here and design our 1970s kitchen into something that goes into the 2020s. It is very exciting but quite daunting. The components should be here in about 6 weeks, the builder has been hired and it will be all systems go. Other than having to clean out cupboards that haven’t seen the light of day since the late 80s, having 3 cats, a 15 and a half year old terrier and a one year old Jack Russell puppy in the house, it should be a real challenge. The cats are all house cats but if the weather is nice they will be living in their outdoor enclosure for a few days while the kitchen gets gutted.

On top of that I’ve joined a 12 week gym challenge that has me completing two pilates classes and a one hour session with a personal trainer in the gym in the city. A 5 block walk from bus to gym and then gym to bus on a time schedule keeps me pretty focused. But having seen what is going on in nursing homes during this Covid episode I don’t want to end up in one in 15 or 20 years. So staying strong and mobile is my older age priority these days. I couldn’t bear to be separated from my pets if things went downhill. Heartbreaking thoughts like that make me get up and self torture myself! No, it’s not that bad and feel wonderful after each session. End of winter blues have disappeared too.

What else is new? Well I’m dipping into some other books here and there, watching a couple of Netflix series and our photography club and senior’s group is now meeting monthly face to face. Tasmania continues to be in lockdown from Australian mainland and the rest of the world and there is not a single case of Covid in our small island state which is lovely. At least for now.

Last but not least: Today our photography club is having a day out in the Royal Botanical Gardens. I’m hoping the tulips are in bloom. I might share some of my photos in Wayfaring Wednesday if they turn out to my satisfaction.

Books I’m dipping into to and an interesting library book:

The Bedside Baccalaureate edited by David Ruben is one I bought several years ago on a trip to Sydney. It has parts in it of various topics in each section. For example Part I is: American History- General Grant’s Civil War; Economics- Globalization; Art History- The Hudson River School; Physical Sciences- The Astronomical Universe and Classics- Mythis of Ancient Greece and Rome. Each subject is rotated. So day I is General Grant, dat 2 is Economics, etc. There approximately 18 to 20 pages on each topic. If one topic’s overview is interesting enough there is a more extensive bibliography at the back. I’m not rotating the reading. Instead I flip through all the pages of the same topic. I have just finished the chapter on General Grant and enjoyed it very much. Limited to his personality, how he achieved his roles in the Civil War and his important battles.

Another book I’ve started too is one of Penguin’s Little Black Classics. No. 40, The Steel Flea which is written by Russian author Nikolay Leskov. It is short and very funny. Very similar to the Emperor’s New Clothes.

The library book that came in is: The Most Beautiful Walk in the World by John Baxter. It is a literary walk through out Paris. It looks like fun and has some illustrations.

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: 0%

The Steel Flea: 18%

The Bedside Baccalaureate: 4%

That pretty much finishes up the past week. Hope everyone has an enjoyable Sunday.

Off to the Gardens today.

Author: TravellinPenguin

I live a retired life in Tasmania, Australia. I love books, travel, animals, photography, motor biking and good friends. I indulge in all these activities with the little Travellin' Penguin who has now shared five continents with me. We love book shops, photography walks and time with friends as all our family is in USA and Canada. I enjoy visitors to my blog so hope you'll stop by.

18 thoughts on “Simply Sunday”

  1. we had our kitchen done last year; the varnish or whatever they put on the cabinets was so bad we had to rip it all out again an do it over: expensive and a pain and trial! exercise and walking (and bike riding) are great! goodonya, as they say over there!

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  2. Glad to hear things are going well, Pam. So exciting about the new kitchen! We finished our FL renovations in the main living floor and will be moving in when we return in early October. Then we’ll start on the lower level, lol. Good luck with the gym challenge. Can’t wait until our rec center reopens for classes. Have a good week!

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  3. I don’t envy you the kitchen make over . I managed to be out of the country when ours got underway so my poor husband was left to empty the cupboards and endure the mess. He’s not recovered!

    I’ve just downloaded Application of Pressure from Audible – thanks for the tip off. I am bad at using up my credits and they mount up so it was good to have a nudge to go and look what is on offer.

    Love the sound of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World. If I can’t get to Paris, then I could at least walk it through a book

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  4. You are so lucky in Tasmania! Our county, population 250 thousand, had 29 new cases of COVID Friday. We will never get back to normal…….😷

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  5. The Application of Pressure book has a very cute cover.

    I’ve heard that kitchen remodels are an ordeal. I hope yours goes smoothly. After it’s done, please do a test to make sure the counter tops are level!!!!! My mother’s are NOT and I have to be very careful with water. Water on the counter doesn’t run towards the sink it runs towards the floor, and, on one of the counters, towards the wall where appliances are. I have to be careful even if I’m just setting the lid from the crockpot down because the steam can pool and next thing I know it’s headed for the toaster!!! You can do a simple test by placing and egg or a ball on the counter. It should stay still, not roll.

    The dripping water has ruined the face of the cabinet doors. Sometimes you don’t even realize water was on the counter until you walk on a wet floor and see where it dripped down. Sigh.

    Have a great week!

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  6. Ah yes, totally agree, there are some parts of The Application of Pressure which would be much more unpleasant via an audio book, I just let my eyes scamper over those bits…
    I think I want that walks book about Paris. Does it have maps? I have a marvellous book about literary walks in London, and we’ve done two of them, absolute highlights of my trips.

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        1. I started reading it this morning and remembered I have already read it so back to the library it goes. The author John Baxter has written a few biographies and the book A Pound of Paper which I have. Memoir like and quite personal to him. I remember enjoying it. He is Australian married to a French woman. He walks a lot.

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