Hello again from an even more chilly Scotland than last week! We’ve had some very low temperatures now, I thought last week that the -3C we had was bad, but today was
-6C actually worse, -7C. Here’s the sunrise from Monday morning with a nice full moon in the centre, view from the back of the house.
There was actually ice formed on the inside of some of the windows this morning! The windows are double glazed, never seen ice form on the inside before so it must be really cold, like I don’t already know that lol. [Tuesday morning edit: this morning ALL the windows upstairs are iced up in the inside from the top to the bottom due to even lower temps last night!]
I had to go out today (Monday) and so I went out to scrape the ice off my car and I was so surprised when a complete stranger offered to help me! It’s so rare that anyone ever offers to help anyone I was quite taken aback. There are some workmen working on a house across the road and they were on a break, and one of them came over complete with his own ice scraper and helped me defrost the car. I don’t think anyone has ever helped me scrape ice off the car before! So perhaps he was feeling the Christmas spirit, it took half the time with two of us doing it, so it was a great help to me. I also managed to post all of my xmas cards today, so you might just be getting a card from me.
I’m sharing my decaf coffee in my Cat Mum mug again for the Tea party. Baked oats/porridge is still the breakfast of choice at the moment, very warm and comforting on a cold day. More good news is that Miss Lily is feeling much better. They are all feeling the cold though even with their fur coats on. Miss P doesn’t like the other two, so when we go up to bed, I let her into the living room for the night so that she is not in her usual cold(er) room. Here is Miss P enjoying the cushions on the sofa and the whole sofa to herself. She’s not going out as much as she usually does because it’s so cold and everything is frozen. She still does go out every day but just for shorter periods of time.
Today’s Art . . .
I am running about two+ weeks behind with all the things I wanted to join in with – Art Journal Advent, Care December, Dephemerember etc, but I managed to get the journals made and now I will be able to make a start on the insides! So now finally I can enjoy some journalling time now that I have the journals ready. They are all made mostly from packing paper, gel print scraps, and all have a paper napkin on the cover. If you haven’t heard of these events, Care December is held by the Wanderlust people, Everything Art UK, it’s a free event that anyone can join on their website. Art Journal Advent is an Instagram challenge with daily prompts, and Dephemerember is also daily prompts but for making ephemera for junk journals and there are daily videos on Youtube from both hosts. It’s a lot of fun and although I am behind with everything I have been watching the daily videos. I am also linking my covers up to Art Journal Journey for Jo’s Snowy Winter theme since they are all winter-inspired napkins on the covers. These napkins all came from the supermarket and frustratingly they have now added printed text to all four squares on each napkin that says “I’m home compostable” which I’m sure is a great thing but it means I have to cut it off or cover it up, so not so good for art purposes. They are really pretty napkins though.
This one is more or less the same size as the one above.
Currently Reading . . .
I am currently reading this book which is the second book I’ve read recently by this author. We did her first book with our book group last month and then I spotted this one and thought I would try it, very Christmassy lol.
Eighteen passengers. Seven stops. One killer.
In the early hours of Christmas Eve, the sleeper train to the Highlands is derailed, along with the festive plans of its travellers. With the train stuck in snow in the middle of nowhere, a killer stalks its carriages, picking off passengers one by one. Those who sleep on the sleeper train may never wake again.
Can former Met detective Roz Parker find the killer before they kill again?
All aboard for . . . Murder on the Christmas Express
2022 BOOKS SO FAR – 83
Let me know what you think in the comments. As always, thanks for reading!
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