Fire Touched – Patricia Briggs

a85f4b93f60ad6959714a6e6c51434f414f4141When a troll attacks one of the local bridges, the police department calls the local werewolf pack, and with Adam, the alpha being away, Mercy (his mate) gets to go to see how they can help. The pack does manage to kill the troll, which Mercy is pretty sure was sent by the Fae Gray Lords, and she manages to mention on national television that the Tri-Cities area is under the pack’s protection. The Fae don’t take this well.

This is very much an in between book- there is Mercy’s declaration at the beginning, and her friends Zee and Tad do manage to escape the Fae reservation with a rather mysterious human boy who is clearly more than he seems, but the consequences of that are clearly still building. The book was therefore over in a flash – it’s a good thing I already have the next one.



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It was hard to capture in good light (it being February, and me having a job in daylight hours, and all), but our backyard looks like a pond.    It’s been a weird winter – instead of melting that has a chance to go away, we’re getting these really warm days followed by a near instant freeze.    There’s way more ice then there normally is.   I hate ice.   It’s hard enough moving around outside this time of year anyway, but this is not helping.

Knitting Notes


Pattern: Wrap Me Up Puppy by Susan B. Anderson
Yarn: I Knit or Dye Killing Me Softly Aran light brown and MadelineTosh Vintage in Cardinal
Needles: Size 4 DPNs and Size 6 circs and DPNs

Here’s a little more stash busting.   I’m not super in love with the end result – it’s more my finishing abilities then anything else.   I think this’ll go into the home play bin, rather than the gift stash.


Knitting Notes


My Telja sweater is coming along quite nicely – both sleeves are done, and I’ve started on the body.

Here’s all of January and just a little bit of February in the temperature scarves.   I’ve added one more color – Silver, for below 0.   (Had one line in January.)   You can see the last line I did in the high scarf is actually for the 50 degree range, and I get to introduce the 60s right next to it.   (The first few days of February were interesting.)    Other that that, it’s followed as I would expect January to run –  mostly teens to 30s, with some colder days worked in.

Garden Notes


My 2019 seeds are in.    One of the big things I decided for this year is that I’m skipping tomatoes entirely.    They’re just so variable, and actually fairly easy to get at the farmer’s market.    So that’ll leave me room to play around with.    I have two peppers to try – a Korean drying pepper, and a cooking pepper that’s supposed to do well in this region.   I’m going to try one of each here and at the community garden plot, just to see which area does better.

I’m going to do khuri squash again, but here at the house, where it’ll be less in the eye of squash smashing hooligans.    Hopefully it’ll be happy in the tomato bags.

Other that that, I’m trying some broccoli greens, and a type of broccoli that was bred in Brazil, but also apparently does really well in this region.   My last new things are flowers – black cumin Nigella, which is harvestable, and an ornamental sage, which is not, but looked so pretty, I went with it anyway.    I’ll fill in the rest with things I already own.    Planting will commence on 3/2.

Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

c8d9d5f0224999659675a727141434f414f4141Alina and Mal have tried to run from the Darkling, but he finds them, and brings them back to Ravka. But the Darkling isn’t aware that his allies are not all that they seem, and the privateer he has hired to bring them back to Ravka instead saves Alina and Mal for his own ends.

And so it is that Alina finds herself back in Os Alta, now in charge of all the Grisha, needing to plan how to defend them and the King from the inevitable day that the Darkling will return. She’s more sure of her power, and now has heard of a way she might be able to increase it, but that power is putting her at odds with Mal, and leading her down a path she isn’t sure she really wants to follow.

This is a good middle book – you can’t say it’s really that full of action, but it definitely sets up what should be a good ending to this trilogy.

Periodic Tales – Hugh Aldersey-Williams

02b0c3ea9d9b0345979736f6141434f414f4141This book came out of the author’s attempt to collect examples of all of the elements – not easy to do, by the way. What he writes about isn’t so the chemical or physical properties of those elements, though that is covered, where it’s important to their discovery. What he does cover is the stories of who discovered them or why, or other interesting tidbits, like why a whole bunch of elements have names based on one Swedish mine. This is a cultural history of these elements, which it make it way more readable than you might expect from a quick synopsis.