It's impossible to know how to "pick up" the blog after such an embarrassing hiatus.
Better not to go into the mournful details, but:
I enjoyed reading The Obamas by Jodi Kantor (2012) and The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley (inexpensive on the Nook) while continuing to make progress with Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier.
The Rose Garden has been so much fun because it's set in Cornwall, one of my beloved foreign places. I've visited twice, but never long enough to come close to satisfying my appetite. A couple of days once, a few days twice just didn't do it! I long to walk the coastal route. I also want to hop over to one or two of the Channel Islands.
I think I should just do it--in late May to early June--just take a "card" and run it up. Problem is, I have other places in Europe I'm DYING to visit. Prague is at the top of my cities list.
Problem is, I keep wanting to return to England, so beautiful a land! I've loved every bit of it I've visited: Yorkshire, Northumberland, London, Kent, Devon, Pembrokeshire, Cotswolds, on and on, and yes, I love London, too, though primarily for the theatre first and the museums second.
I live in a beautiful mountainous wilderness region of northern New York. This environment perfectly suits all my outdoor interests: bushwhacking, hiking, alpine and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and the study of nature.
Since moving to the Adirondacks in 2005 from the Boston area, I still find plenty of time for reading, but far less time for writing and painting, though I still enjoy these activities.
Although I am a former educator, I am now a professional genealogist, specializing in New York and New England ancestries, from the 1600s through the twentieth century.