Tuesday, 26 January 2021

A Postcard A Day - Tuesday 26 January 2021 - T for Tuesday


Good morning lovely ladies, 
How are you all? Coping with the restrictions and the lockdowns? We have to make the best of it and be very careful who we hang out with. Covid has reduced our life to seeing but  a few intimate friends and that is it. No new experiences, never meeting new and interesting people. So we 'hang out' virtually and I have made new friends this way. 

Today we are going to the T-Party, hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth. I will show you my drink-related images later. First my postcard of the day:
It is a card I received from Switzerland. It advertises a ski course on the slopes of the Rigi, a mountain near Luzern.
This is what it looks like today:
It is still a popular ski slope.
The names of the teachers sound Scandinavian to me and the name Christiania underneath brought back memories of Christiania when we were there a few years ago. (Christiania is a long established hippie colony in the middle of Kopenhagen). 
Then I looked at the date of the poster: 1906! Christiania was started in the nineteen seventies. So Where was this Christiania? I found out that Oslo, the capital of Norway, was called Christiania until 1925.
The stamps are stunning! Take a look at those!

Stamp with view of Geneva (on the left), is commemorating the 75th anniversary International Red Cross Society. I have not been able to find any information about the other stamps unfortunately.

I'd like to show you what I have been reading lately. I might have mentioned that I 'discovered' Tess Gerritsen. 

This suspense-filled tale finds detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles working together to figure why two nuns in a cloistered convent were brutally beaten and killed. Added into this stress is the murder of a Jane Doe, and individual issues for each of the two main characters.
I really enjoyed this book. It drew the two main characters very clearly with some of their private lives interwoven into the story. The plot was exciting and nail biting. I couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to read another book by the same author. 
The next one was this:

Detective Thomas Moore recognizes a pattern when a young woman is found gruesomely murdered in her home. The details of the crime are identical to that of another young woman he investigated a year ago. Even more troubling is the link to another assault over two years ago. However, the victim, Dr. Catherine Cordell, not only survived the attack but killed the man responsible. Are they dealing with a copycat or something else. Detective Thomas Moore asks detective Jane Rizzoli to help him as she is a woman, and the medical examiner Maura Isles does not feature  at all in this book.
This was a graphic story so be prepared for that, not only the murders but the ER trauma procedures. Despite that, it’s a well written police procedural and mystery along with the medical. The characters are well defined, flaws and all. Moral and ethical issues abound and are dealt with honestly, not always delivering clear cut resolutions. Again, I could not put this down and has cost me a sleepless night so to speak.
My choice of books was determined by their price. I always look on the Kindle store for books for no more than 99 cents. This was another one:
Had she survived because of fate, coincidence or just luck? If Nina Cormier's wedding had taken place, she would be dead. But after the bride was left at the altar, the church stood empty when the bomb went off. It wasn't until a stranger tried to run her car off the road, however, that she realized someone wanted her I dead. But who?

That's what Detective Sam Navarro needs to find out...fast. As a cop, he knows better than to become attached to the woman he's trying to protect. But as a man...

With a nightmare unfolding around them, Sam and Nina decipher the stunning truth. Now they're at the mercy of a brilliant madman who plays for keeps...

I didn't enjoy this one so much as the first two, as this felt more like a love story. I don't like romances. I don't mind a romantic element, but this romance almost took over the whole story.

After that I found this on my Kindle and couldn't remember why I had bought it, so I started reading:

It’s the summer of 1880, and once again the lovely and inquisitive businesswoman, Annie Fuller, is helping San Francisco lawyer and beau, Nate Dawson, with a troublesome case. Nate’s client, a female typesetter accused of murdering her boss, refuses to help in her own defense. Complicating matters, Nate’s sister Laura insists on getting involved in the potentially dangerous investigation, while Laura’s friend Seth Timmons, troubled Civil War veteran, finds himself a witness for the prosecution. Will Nate be able to win his first big case? Will Laura and Seth find some way of becoming friends? And finally, will Annie and Nate’s upcoming nuptials be derailed by their attempts to track down a killer?

Old friends and new readers alike will enjoy Deadly Proof, this fourth installment of the cozy Victorian San Francisco Mystery series that blends light romance, suspense, and a glimpse into the lives of late 19th century women who worked.
I did enjoy this as I learnt a lot about the printing business and life in the 19th century.

Then I started this:

Rabi'i Al-Madhoun tries to discuss the issue of coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis. Through a Palestinian youth returning to Gaza after 38 years of forced alienation, and an Israeli girl sitting next to him on the plane on the way to Tel Aviv. Except for memories, this lady did not have any influence on the events, except for two emails. The author recounts all what he went through during his visit to Gaza from the treatment at the airport to the Beit Hanoun or Erez crossing, to show the suffering that the Palestinians endure at the crossings. He describes the conditions in the Gaza Strip and his memories, as a young man and a teenager, before leaving to study, and the stories of his relatives about the conditions of life in the Strip.
He tried to show neutrality among the Palestinian factions, but could not help but show his prejudice against Hamas as describing suicide attacks instead of martyrdom.

I didn't like this book so much.  Although beautifully written, it didn't seem to go anywhere,. I found all the names and the family relationships difficult to remember and get to grips with.

Other than reading, I have also been knitting socks. I have finally found a method/pattern that is so easy and doesn't need much counting or constant attention so I can knit while watching a film or documentary. It cost one dollar.
It is based on a cardboard foot pattern, once you've made that the sock fits perfectly. Here is the link, should you be interested. I made a pair of socks for dear hubby. Now I am ready to find some light coloured yarn to make a pair for myself.

That is pretty much it from me today. I will leave you with an image I found on the internet. I features strawberries (yes, strawberries) decorated with icing to look like tea cups! Aren't they pretty!

Wishing all of you a happy T-Day and 
Keep smiling!


  1. Love seeing the cards and postage. Interesting reads for sure but just not for me- I'd be having nightmares galore!!! I need light hearted and happy. Great job with the socks and knitting. And the teacup strawberries- so cute! happy T day!

  2. I've been reading a lot too, and I have read a few Tess Gerritsen's book. I enjoy them. Funny, I've been into mysteries this month too. Thanks for these suggestions. And very nice socks. You've done a wonderful job. I need someone to tell me what I do wrong with heels. I get them made and they look good, but I seem to always get a few openings where the row directions change. Hmm. Who would have guessed those teacups were strawberries? They look beautiful but pretty delicious too. Hope you have a fantastic T day Lisca. Hugs-Erika

  3. Very interesting post-love those stamps especially the wood stove one, I like seeing what others are reading-I do allot of reading too. Those socks are too awesome. I have a friend that loves to make socks she knits allot of them. and wow those strawberry teacups are amazing-love it hugs Kathy

  4. Oh, memories of skiing...
    Not to be "smart-ass", but with those ski you don´t go down a hill that steep (I was forced to use both, cross-country and Alpine skiing (brrrr!).

    Beautiful stamps!! Now I really wanna see if my Swiss Auntie is still around! But I don´t dare to...

    Ohhhh, I just bought a (real paper) book for my Niece I read to see if it´s too advanced for her (you need an excuse, right? "Charlotte´s Web" it is).
    Stop!!!! I have way too many books already and these sound tempting!

    Wow and yay to the sock(s)! I wear the ones Ingo´s Grandma made for me :-)
    Thank you for the link... "Fish Lips Kiss Heel" - no idea if I´ll try but I´ll have a smile on every time I see the heel! Added to my favs.
    Ingo´s Grandma used rests of wool to make really unique socks, I looove them (started as an accident- she wanted to welcome me to the family and had not enough wool and had to mix. Then EVERYONE wanted socks like that and a new hobby was born).

    Hmmm, hope my strawberries on the balcony make it again.
    Happy T-day and hugs!

  5. You've been reading some good books, Corona gives us lots of time! The socks look great! And I love the strawberry teapots! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  6. A fabulous postcard and those ski slopes look so beautiful! So many great books and I'm loving those chocolate teacup designed covered strawberries - amazing 😀. Happy T Tuesday! Hugs, Jo x

  7. My reading has been rather slow -- one or two books a week -- so I'm impressed at the large number of books you have read. You do get wonderful postcards which I love seeing. I'm sure I've mentioned that I used to send dozens of them, but now have reverted to emailing my friends and relatives, and posting my own photos when traveling. The internet means no patience for the time lapse!

    be safe... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  8. The strawberry tea pots are precious! Your knitted socks look warm and toasty ~ great project. Lot's of good mysteries to enjoy too. Great postcard and stamps to see as well. Enjoy your week!

  9. I have two cable tv stations that show several episodes of Rizzoli and Isles daily. I love that series, but didn't know that there was one where Maura wasn't in it at all. I'm a huge mystery fan and would have enjoyed mysteries, but like you, not the romance that took over the book. I'm old school and don't own a kindle. I love feeling the pages beneath my fingers as I turn the pages. It's a sensory thing for me.

    I enjoyed reading about the postcard and the discrepancy in dates. Lovely stamps, too.

    Those strawberry teapots were adorable. Thanks for sharing them, your postcard, and your readings with us for T this Tuesday.

  10. Nice book variety, and I love those socks! The little strawberry teapots look almost too pretty to eat... almost ;)

    Happy T Tuesday!

  11. Nice card and postage. Yes, read a book and be nice. The T cup strawberries are amazing. Have a wonderful day.

  12. What interesting books. It makes me think that you like mysteries? I enjoy a good mystery but I love a bit of romance scattered in. But I am with you, I don't like it when the whole book is nothing but a love story. I need a good plot as well. I will have to check out this author. I have seen some of the X Files (Tv series) that was based off of this book series.
    Your post cards are lovely and I especially enjoy the colorful stamps.
    The socks look like a great way to spend your time while watching TV. I am going to check this pattern out. I haven't made socks yet. Is this pattern easy?
    Happy Tea Day,

  13. Love the vintage look of that postcard! Fabulous stamps too! I am still sticking with my historical novels - a whole pile to get through and bought long enough ago to make me want to read and move on! I love the idea of knitting socks but not in a complicated way so will go and follow your link! Happy T Day, Chrisx

  14. wrote down your books, and love those strawberries!

  15. You do terrific research, Lisca. I was very interested to learn that Oslo was named Christiania until a little less than 100 years ago. It made me think of the "Anthem" from the musical "Chess," which is about borders changing, not actually just names. "Let men's petty nations tear themselves apart. My land's only borders lie around my heart."

    Neither did I know that Rizzoli and Isles came from a novelist.

    You're a veritable fount of knowledge!

    The tea cup strawberries are the "icing on the cake." Very fun read today.

    Happy T-day! Stay safe and well. Hugs, Eileen