This is my first time participating in Coffee Share, hosted by parttimemonster.com but I’ve enjoyed reading the posts by others who are part of this popular meme.
I don’t actually drink coffee but I’ll gladly make a cup for you, or a tea of your favourite flavour, or, a special favourite of mine — hot chocolate with tiny marshmallows in it, particularly enjoyable today since we are beyond knee-deep in snow still. Although, there is some hope for us here in Ottawa, Canada, as March came in roaring like a lion but we have now enjoyed 3 beautiful, sunshiny days.
As we’re enjoying our drinks, I’d have to admit to you that I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like lately as I’ve been renovating my ensuite bathroom. However, the end is in sight, and while I have a few more items on my fix-up or paint list, this bathroom project was probably the most difficult of the lot so I’m excited that it’s almost finished. A bit of caulking, a bit of touch-up painting, and I can put the shelf rack back in and give a sigh of relief.
I am reading a book about Abraham based on his story in Genesis, as well as a book for BookLookBloggers by Debra Clopton called Kissed by a Cowboy. This is the third in the Four of Hearts Ranch Romance series. I suspect it will be the last because there are only three brothers and the first two books saw them married off; now it’s Jarrod’s turn. Not much suspense, but a lot of fun and surprises. Clopton writes Christian books so they’re about people getting their lives together and you won’t find anything too steamy going on.
As you’re sipping your drink and browsing my bookshelves, I’d tell you about a really great movie I saw last week called Risen. It’s the crucifixion/resurrection story as seen through the eyes of a Roman centurion. It was quite violent at the start, and there were one or two things I didn’t feel were quite accurate, but overall, it was a compelling and believable story, well acted, and with some breath-taking scenery. There is another movie coming out next week called The Young Messiah. I’ve seen the trailer and the movie looks really interesting. It begins the story when Jesus is twelve and is leaving Egypt with His parents to return to Nazareth. I can’t remember when I’ve seen so many apt movies and books coming out front and centre with the Easter theme. Yesterday I picked up another Time Inc. Specials magazine by National Geographic called The Story of Jesus. I think I’m going to really enjoy it because it includes a lot of information discovered through archaeological findings. I’ll write about it on my blog, probably next week.
I’d probably tell you about the movie Suffragette that I watched the other night. I found it a very powerful portrayal of women who faced ridicule, prison, and even death challenging the patriarchal system in Britain where women were nothing more than chattels of their husbands and had no rights to home or children, let alone the right to vote. It finally took a death before world attention focused on what was going on in England, and things slowly began to change, first in Britain, then in North America, and eventually to many countries around the world. Sadly, there are still countries where women are trapped in a culture where they are not valued and have no rights or freedoms. These women suffragettes were truly heroes.
If we were having coffee (or tea), I’d probably ask you what you’ve been doing, and reading, and watching because I get a lot of good ideas from you about books I’d like to read, and movies that I’ve never seen (or sometimes never even heard of) that really appeal to me.
Finally I would wish you a great week, and good reading as you put on your winter trappings and prepare to leave. I’d show you the piles of snow on my deck in my backyard. I’m so glad you stopped by. I hope I’ll see you again next week!