Firstly, I must thank several folk for their Christmas cards - I have thanked some of you already, I know, but my mind is in such a fog at the moment I seem to be losing track (more on that later!).
Heartfelt thanks to:
alpeew for the wonderful Christmas & birthday cards and gifts:)
bellewood for the lovely card with the beautiful pic of snowy, Christmassy Lij:)
annwyn55 for the stunning Frodo & Sam card and the gorgeous bookmark:)
poplij for the beautifully-designed card with pics of The Gorgeous One & the sweet message:)
julchen for the card with the lovely poem and message and beautiful Frodo pic:)
melyanna for your wonderful letter and gorgeous Frodo & Sam card:)
I am full of admiration for the amazing artistry that has gone into every one of your cards, it is really appreciated. I'm afraid that, yet again, my cards are boring with a capital B!! This was going to be the year that I would actually adorn them with some Lij or Froness but my ailing printer obviously decided that, if it was going to die, now was the time to do it!! I've known for ages that something was amiss but kept putting off taking it in for repair. I just hope it is repairable 'cos it's a combined printer/copier/scanner!
Some of you may remember that, almost two months ago, I was laid low with shingles. Well I am still afflicted! Presumably what I now have is post-herpetic neuralgia (a complication following shingles) although the doctor never used those actual words. When there was no improvement after four weeks I went back to him and he's put me on some tablets which also happen to be anti-depressants - not to treat depression but they found that they work for shingles pain. I noticed an improvement after about 3 days and after 3 weeks the pain had gone completely. The trouble is, at first they completely knocked me out - for the first 3 or 4 days on them I just slept - and they are still making me very tired and not quite with it. I asked how I would know when I no longer needed them and he explained that it is tricky - at first I'd have to try a lower dose. I really hope I'm not on them for much longer but the reality is that this could go on for months, and in some cases years - but I don't want to think about that:(
On to happier things - I bought 'The Ice Storm' Criterion version recently and watched the extras today. I was struck again by how eloquently Elijah talks about this film. There was an online download some time ago of most of his interview so I had already seen a lot of it but when I went back to the downloaded clip later it no longer worked. That was when I decided I must have this version because I love that interview. Apparently it took place at The Beverly Wiltshire Hotel. But I think Kevin Kline came up with the perfect word to describe this film - a word that had eluded me whenever I tried to sum it up: bleak - that is exactly what it is. That is so much more descriptive than 'depressing' which is the word I've always applied to it. Nevertheless, I have an urge to watch it again all the way through:)
And I've been re-reading LOTR again - have just finished TTT. I had forgotten how incredibly sad the last chapter is - 'The Choices of Master Samwise'. Even knowing what happens, I was so moved by certain passages in this chapter that I felt just as I did when I was reading them for the first time.
Re 'Journey' - Chapter 21 'Reunion in Cannes' should be up quite soon - I was hoping I'd have posted it by now but the befuddled brain has let me down:)
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