What’s new with me? Well, actually not too much. 😛

I’m still involved in an on-again, off-again relationship that defies definition. If you follow my posts regularly, you’ll know that I’ve tried unsuccessfully to call it quits several times since I got involved with this man early last spring, but something about him really intrigues me.

There can be long waits between the times I hear from him, but not always. The whole thing just keeps me guessing–maybe that is part of the allure? It’s a mystery to me….

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Image: http://www.mysteryskateboards.com

And I’m still looking forward to going to Iceland in the summer. I’ve now booked and paid for all of my day trips! They include a puffin-viewing boat ride, a trip to the Golden Circle with a stop afterwards to soak in the Secret Lagoon, a long day trip to Snaefellsnes peninsula, the Game of Thrones tour, a trip along the South Coast, and a ride on one of the cool, small Icelandic horses.

That’s a lot of action for six days! It’s possible that I might opt out of the Game of Thrones trip, especially if I see many of its sites while I’m doing the Golden Circle tour. Even if I don’t see them, I may just need a day off from day-tripping and decide to cool my heels in Reykjavik and have more time to walk around there to look at the colorful buildings and maybe go to another museum.

In Reykjavik. Image source: https://icelandfor60shippy.wordpress.com/2018/08/15/reykjavik/

Soon I’ll be registering for my university course that will start at the beginning of January. I’m planning on taking a course in the History Department called Medieval England.

In a somewhat related way, I just finished binge-watching the third season of “The Last Kingdom” on Netflix, which at this point is recounting the last days of King Alfred (Alfred the Great), who died in 899 C.E. after winning back much of the territory that the Danes had conquered and incorporated into the Danelaw:

Image: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1088946

Although Alfred did not achieve his goal of uniting all the English-speaking peoples of Britain into one country, to be called Englaland, or England, he certainly laid a firm foundation for that to be accomplished by later rulers.

The Netflix series is based upon the numerous novels by Bernard Cornwell that make up The Saxon Tales. In this third season of the TV show, the hero, Uhtred Uhtredson (or Ragnarson), is still apparently in his 30’s. I just finished the book The Flame Bearer, the tenth book in The Saxon Tales, in which Uhtred is now in his 60’s. But that’s the only spoiler I will reveal. 😉

The Saxon Tales is probably my favorite historical fiction series. So it would be an uphill battle for a TV series to be better than that, since I usually prefer the written word supplemented by my own imagination to any depiction on film. However, “The Last Kingdom” is definitely binge-worthy, if you are a Netflix viewer!

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It is Thanksgiving today in the USA. I won’t be celebrating it on this day, though. Instead, I’ll be gathering tomorrow evening with my brothers who live in other cities and states at a restaurant in our old hometown, where none of us lives anymore. The family diaspora!

North South Street, Business Section Wilmington Ohio
The main street of my old hometown from a postcard postmarked 1976, but featuring much older cars than that. Image: https://www.cardcow.com/436568/north-south-street-business-section-wilmington-ohio/