I thought it would be fun to read this series, since there is a British TV show based on it that looks interesting. But after reading the following, I'm done: Hildegard Staunton was paler than he remembered from her husband's funeral. Her short hair was blonde and curly; her eyes were large and green. Her eyebrows were pencil-thin and she wore no lipstick; as a result, her face looked as if her feelings had been washed away. So, it's only possible to read feelings on a woman's face if she's wearing lipstick? I had no idea! If the book had been written in the '50s or something, I probably could have overlooked this, but no, it was published in 2012. I may be overreacting, but there's a lot of good stuff to read and this time, I choose not to spend my time on something that implies that women absolutely must wear makeup or they can't get along in society.
Louise Rafkin likes to clean, so after getting her degree in Comparative Literature, she decided to become a professional house cleaner. In this book , she tells of her own experiences cleaning and interviews others who clean. It’s entertaining and short, which in this case is a good thing, because while it’s a fun read, there’s just enough material for a slightly shorter book.
Today it is a little cold and rainy and very windy, but a couple of days ago, it was absolutely glorious and I enjoyed hanging laundry outside. The kids even did their math outside in our little back yard. It's wonderful to be able to send them out there when they're getting bored and cranky. Since we arrived in Europe, we have been after the kids almost constantly to walk quietly and think of the neighbors and keep their voices down, but mostly to walk quietly! Mira, though the smallest of us, is the worst culprit. She runs everywhere and lands heavily on her heels, which I'm sure has been audible to every downstairs neighbor we've had so far. Now that we're in our own free-standing house, she seems to be taking full advantage and is running everywhere, as loudly as possible. We are also enjoying the piano so much! It is out of tune -- Zed says D Major sounds particularly awful -- but I'm glad the kids are playing it a lot anyway. They've