Books,  Knitting

Unraveled Wednesday | Slow Progress.

Things are moving slow around here, slower than I can remember (maybe ever – the last time I was laid up without being able to drive was in 2002 … and I had two teenagers and my mom and dad in the house to help … it wasn’t “slow”). So checking off two more Bingo squares and finishing the current week’s mystery shawl clue seems like blog-worthy progress. Good thing it’s Wednesday and I can join in with Kat and friends to talk about it!

Since last week, I finished Calypso (lower right), David Sedaris’ latest. This is maybe my favorite collection of his ever, and for sure in the last ten years or so. He’s mellowed a bit, but he’s still sharp, funny and at times poignant. As with all his books, I recommend the audio; he narrates and his sense of timing is spot on. I also finished Ann Cleeves’ The Crow Trap (middle second row), the first in the Vera Stanhope series, surprisingly published in 1999. I had pegged this book for the Made into a TV series square, but was happy to have that square open for the second in the series (which I plan to start just as soon as I finish next month’s bookclub selection – sadly it doesn’t fit anywhere on my card!).

Meanwhile, I finished Lilli Pilli, so Weight of Ink no longer works for the top left square. I was delighted, therefore, to see that the cover of Homegoing (Kindle version through Overdrive) matches my Mystery Shawl.

truly not much of a spoiler!

Katie’s bookclub chose this book for their next meeting and she highly recommended I read it, too. It’s not often we have a book to talk about, so I jumped on the chance. Many of y’all have given it 4 or 5 stars and only 15% in, I’m sure I will too.

In response to last week’s request for help with Set in a different season, I have Our Souls at Night queue’d up next (thank you!)

I also have another knitting project (or two) in the wings and hope to be able to share more about that … soon.

Slow progress is still moving me forward … Happy Wednesday!


  • Vera

    You are close to a bingo (or three!). I like how all the books you’ve read so far you’ve given 4 or 5 stars. Nice! I loved Our Souls at Night, and I’m guessing you will enjoy it too. It’s funny that when we are on the go we often long for a day (or days) at home with nowhere we have to be, etc. When we are literally stuck at home, all we want to do is get out! Hoping you can relax and heal and just enjoy the quiet and slower pace. You have a lot to keep you occupied for sure – enjoy!

  • Honore

    Your knitting and clue are too much of a match…lucky! Progress is indeed slow but each step we take, inch we make, gets us closer to to the goal…I added Homegoing to my want to read list…interested in the title because that’s the title often used at funerals…
    Carry on,

  • Kat

    I am on the wait list for Calypso… I dearly love David Sedaris, and agree completely to listen is superior to reading!

  • Debbie

    I plan to read Our Souls at Night for a different bingo square, but it will wait until I finish two longer books. I enjoyed reading Homegoing and hope you are enjoying it too. It’s good that you have a lot to keep you busy while you heal!

  • Bonny

    Calypso is a beautiful match, and I’m also glad to hear about David Sedaris’ book. He’s always been hit or miss for me, but I might have to give this one a try on your recommendation. Our Souls at Night is one of my all-time favorites and I hope you love it also. I came upon the movie on Netflix one day, but really wish I hadn’t watched it. Jane Fonda would not have been my choice for Addie Moore!

  • Margene Smith

    I loved Homegoing and Our Souls at Night. I have The Crow Trap up next. Books have fallen into Bingo squares without much effort and I will end up with at least three or four Bingos! More than I through, that’s certain. Self entertainment when confined in one place can become a challenge, but one I know you’ll be able to handle. Healing thoughts coming your way! xo

  • Penny

    For slow progress, you have accomplished a lot. : ) And with all of the positive response to Homegoing, I’m looking forward to reading it. Loving the little peeks at your Mystery Shawl – it does go beautifully with the book!

  • Kym

    Slow progress is still progress. It’s not a bad thing to slow down once in a while . . . although it’s never fun when it wasn’t a “slowing down” of your own choosing. Your MKAL yarn is such a lovely color — and a perfect match with your book. Rest well, Mary. 🙂

  • Vicki

    Calypso was in my Audible wish list and is now in my queue! I am sure that you’ll be zooming along soon enough, enjoy your rest!