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2016 NYR Check-in Two: Avoiding metaphysical fiddle

January 16, 2016


The project is launched. Not fully fledged and on its own yet, but The PM’s Companion and I managed to deftly get things started and kept smiles on our faces through seven days and many, many hours of work.

I managed to sneak in a little bit of homemaking, hanging two items that have been languishing in the mud room coat closet since we arrived in mid-October. Don Quixote is in the living room. Just across from him, near the front door is one of the mirrored coat racks.  These things make me smile.


There are still a dozen or so pictures to place on the walls of the Blue Castle. One of my resolutions is to continue to become a better steward of my home. A benchmark of this goal is emptying that front closet. I am enjoying finding the right spot for each picture.

Despite the long working hours, I did make progress on The 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge . I finished a horror novel (way outside my usual preference) recommend by the New York Public Library, Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn.  I didn’t enjoy it. The characters were flat and predictable and the ending was only a tiny bit interesting.


Next I’m making my way into Frederick Buechner’s Godric. I think this will fall into the challenge of reading a book about religion fiction or non-fiction, but I may have to read it first to decide. A reviewer blurb on the back cover says that “[Buechner] avoids metaphysical fiddle.” I have no idea what the reviewer is trying to say, but metaphysical fiddle certainly sounds like something to be avoided at all costs so I may add that to my resolution list too.


Next week I’m hoping for more walking and more making. And plenty of time to sit by the fire.


One Comment leave one →
  1. brixton permalink
    January 17, 2016 7:41 am

    I like your resolution to be a better steward of your home. After spending a week in a lovely space but with minimal stuff of our own, I’m feeling a little claustrophobic in our small apartment with piles of things about. We have a large cluster of frames that have been waiting for wall space since we moved in almost two years ago. Maybe I will make that my project for the rest of the long weekend.

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