Pasta, piecing, and puzzling

Rabe, red onion, and peppers sautéed in bacon fat and garlic-infused olive oil served on gluten-free pasta with Asagio cheese. Not shown: a few crumbles of bacon to finish. Soooo delicious!

Meanwhile, piecing and puzzling. Both a little mindless. Reviewed a short story to submit around. It would be ideal to have SOMETHING published before manuscript is looked at. I took yesterday off from it completely and today: avoid, avoid, avoid. This happens. It’s one reason why I’m pretty convinced it’s better to work every day, even if only a little.

When I couldn’t sleep last night, I came downstairs and read. This is Mark Helprin’s newest book and given that he is one of my favorite novelists of all time, I’ve been surprised at how slow my engagement’s been. But now I’m in! It’s set in modern day Paris, no surprise, given the title.

15 thoughts on “Pasta, piecing, and puzzling

    1. deemallon Post author

      I adore that book, too, though I’ve only read it twice. K’s favorite is “A Soldier of the Great War.” The more recent, “In Sunlight and in Shadow” was terrific, too.

  1. Michelle Slater

    Thanks for Mark Helprin. While in Massachusetts I got hooked on Victoria Thompsons Gaslight series: Sarah Brandt, a midwife in turn-of-the-20th-century New York City, in the Gaslight Mysteries. Well researched details of our city. Currently reading “Murder on St. Marks Place” and there are many more to go Complete list at her website:

    1. deemallon Post author

      They look like fun! Are you reading them in order? I’ll mention to my neighbor writer, too, who has set her novel in NYC during the years before and after the Spanish flu.

      Sounds like it’d make a great TV series.

  2. Saskia

    work everyday, yes that sounds like good advice….lovely puzzle, haven’t done one in ages…..thanks for book recommendation, hadn’t heard of him
    oh and love the new cloth piece

    1. deemallon Post author

      Puzzles uses to be for holidays and vacations. Now a more regular thing. I find them engaging and satisfying

      1. Nancy

        I have an aunt, in her early 90’s who still puzzles daily! I like time spent doing a puzzle. There’s a satisfaction to making those pieces fit. I once bought an all white puzzle, but I don’t think I ever worked it 🙂

        1. deemallon Post author

          I find a puzzle has to be the right degree of hard. I don’t want to be super frustrated.

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