The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen


source: purchased
title: The Snow Leopard
author: Peter Matthiessen
published: 1978
genre: memoir/non-fiction/classic
pages: 336
first line: In late September of 1973, I set out with GS on a journey to the Crystal Mountain, walking west under Annapurna and north along the Kali Gandaki River, then west and north again, around the Dhaulagiri peaks and across the Kanjiroba, two hundred and fifty miles or more to the Land of Dolpo, on the Tibetan Plateau.
rated: 4 out of 5 stars

blurb:
When Matthiessen went to Nepal to study the Himalayan blue sheep and, possibly, to glimpse the rare and beautiful snow leopard, he undertook his five-week trek as winter snows were sweeping into the high passes. This is a radiant and deeply moving account of a “true pilgrimage, a journey of the heart.”


my thoughts:
I co-read The Snow Leopard with Velvet over the past few weeks. This is Peter Matthiessen’s memoir documenting a trip he took through Tibet in the 1970’s with a zoologist named George Schaller.
Matthiessen’s writing is very descriptive and several beautiful passages stood out at me and as I read I was easily whisked away.

“Where the valley narrows to a canyon, there is a tea house and some huts, and here a pack train of shaggy Mongol ponies descends from the mountain in a melody of bells ad splashes across the swift green water at the ford. From the tea house, a trail climbs steeply toward the southwest sky.” -p. 18, The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen



I feel like sometimes a good book just finds it way to you and the timing is great. I found this to be a relaxing and interesting read during such stressful times now with the pandemic and quarantine.

I think Matthiessen was brave to go off and travel mainly on foot like that through all kinds of trails and terrains, climbing steep hillsides and seeing so many distant places and people. That takes guts. He pretty much did all of this with just the clothes on his back. It’s amazing to think of doing something like that. While he is out on his trek he finds zen moments of introspect and clarity. I try to meditate daily myself and although for the most part I liked when he spoke of Yogis and meditation, I did find some of what he referenced about enlightenment to be odd and just plain gross at times. I wasn’t expecting to read some of the things he was saying would constitute enlightenment but I’ll leave it at that.

The trip is full of inspiration but also of moments of sadness as Matthiessen misses his family and thinks about his late ex-wife. There is also the aspect of danger just on the periphery daily. These people are in remote locations with no nearby doctors, they are climbing steep hillsides and mountains, they need to make sure they have enough food and supplies as well. On top of that the elevation gives headaches and the snow blinds their eyes as they travel. This is a mentally and physically exhausting venture. Not to mention that being for months on end with the same people on such a difficult journey without creature comforts can drive you batty as well.
And I wondered how Matthiessen could up and leave his young son behind. I believe his son was 8 years old at the time of the trip. He promised him he would be home for Thanksgiving and he broke that promise.

Overall this is a beautifully written memoir about a man who goes on a trek to find himself and get a glimpse of the elusive snow leopard. I kept wondering, where is the snow leopard? Will they find it? Is it watching them? There’s a little twist at the end. Highly recommended.




I’ll close with some of my favorite passages:

“I have the universe to myself. The universe has me all to itself.”- p. 278, The Snow Leopard


“The secret of the mountains is that the mountains simply exist, as I do myself: the mountains exist simply, which I do not. The mountains have no “meaning,” they are meaning; the mountains are. The sun is round. I ring with life and the mountains ring, and when I hear it, there is a ringing that we share. I understand all this, not in my mind but in my heart…” p. 208, The Snow Leopard

“This stillness to which all returns, this is reality, and soul and sanity have no more meaning here than a gust of snow; such transience and insignificance are exalting, terrifying, all at once, like the sudden discovery, in meditation, of one’s own transparence.” p.169, The Snow Leopard

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Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my copy of The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen. Some of the links in the post are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. The book photo in this post is mine and not to be removed from here.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/21/2020: Updates, Crochet Etc.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….


Hi all. Hope you had a nice weekend. We’re having nice weather here with it cooler in the mornings and evenings but still warm during the day. September is flying right on by and I’m definitely in the Autumn/Halloween mood. It’s been another crazy kind of week but I’m just going with the flow. We’re still quarantining but I did notice an uptick in the numbers of positive cases reported these past 2 weeks in New Jersey. They’ve opened movie theaters, gyms and indoor dining with limited capacity here. We are still passing on anything indoors and sedentary like that for now. The anxiety I’ve had from my doctor’s appointments these past few months is bad enough. How are things in your area?

“Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.”- Ruth Bader Ginsburg

onto my updates….
in my mailbox:
I grabbed a copy of The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper through Amazon Prime. I’ve watched several Jack the Ripper documentaries and this book caught my eye because it focuses on the victims instead of the killer.
“Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London—the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper”

recently on the blog:

I shared my thoughts on My Little Crocheted Christmas by Doerthe Eisterlehner which is a nice pattern book. I made a snowman candle cozy that somehow looks like a penguin but that’s ok.

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watching:
All things scary including the last Halloween film, which I thought was really good and The Exorcism of Emily Rose which was terrifying but also very sad. Have you seen these?

Also of note, I am good and hooked on Real Life Ghost Stories the podcast. I can’t get enough of these scary stories lately and I’ve been listening while crocheting.

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crochet:
I whipped up a few pumpkins not too long ago and have been making more. These are addictive to make.




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Last but not least, Happy Birthday today to a favorite Stephen King.


That wraps it up for now. What are you up to lately? Can you recommend a scary film? Happy week ahead and stay well.


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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. The photos are my own. some of these links are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission.

My Little Crocheted Christmas by Doerthe Eisterlehner

source: review copy via NetGalley / Dover
title: My Little Crocheted Christmas: Festive Projects to Make the Season Bright
genre: crochet patterns
published: Dover Publications; Translation Edition (September 18, 2019)
rated: 4 out of 5

blurb:
Add a little handmade warmth to Christmas with these charming crocheted decorations, toys, and charms. The projects include tree ornaments, a cuddly fox and animal Santas, a mouse quartet, a tabletop nativity set, finger puppets, gingerbread “hearts,” and many other delightful ornaments. These projects are suitable for crocheters at every level of experience — a How-To section explains the basic techniques, so even beginners can whip up many of these items. Each features detailed instructions and full-color photos of the completed piece. The handmade items will be lovely gifts with a personal touch for friends and family as well as keepsake additions to your own holiday decorations.

my thoughts:
Yay for Christmas crochet! This review is literally one year overdue so shame on me but I like to crochet something from the pattern books I receive for review so I didn’t want to share this one until I made something from the book.
My Little Crocheted Christmas: Festive Projects to Make the Season Bright is a lovely pattern book to add to any crocheter’s collection. The festive patterns inside are whimsical and fun.

“At the coldest time of year, it’s especially fun to cozy up on the sofa, light a fire, and grab your crocheting. This book is full of patterns for a colorful and vibrant Christmas season and a festive,sparkling Christmas celebration.- “My Little Crocheted Christmas by Doerthe Eisterlehner

The crochet patterns within these pages include cookies and sweets, an Advent Calendar, a cuddly fox, festive pencil toppers, small Nativity set, thermos cozy and several other gift ideas that would make for cute stocking stuffers and presents.
The well written patterns all come with clear photos. I love the presentation throughout the book it’s very festive. I’d say this is for the beginner crocheter through the advanced one as well because these are fun projects and most are not too time consuming so you can spend an afternoon whipping something up for yourself or a loved one without too much time commitment. This is a nice pattern book to bring out for crocheting while watching Christmas movies.


These wrist warmers look very cozy.

I whipped up the snowman jar cozy. The pattern was very simple and I tweaked mine a little to fit the smaller candle.






I think my snowman looks more like a penguin though lol.


Overall, this is a terrific crochet pattern book to add to your shelves. I recommend it! Special thanks to NetGalley / Dover for my copy.

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Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I received my free review copy of My Little Crocheted Christmas: Festive Projects to Make the Season Bright via NetGalley / Dover in exchange for my honest thoughts. Some of the links in the post are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. The photos in this post are mine and not to be removed from here.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/13/2020: Books, Crochet Etc.

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….


Happy Sunday evening everyone. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It has been another very busy work-week and just a long week in general. Today is my only day off so I have been spending it lounging around the house in my pajamas pretty much all day. I made a pot of rice and beans and my husband grilled my favorite steak for dinner and I stuffed my face and then I took an hour nap. All in that order. Now here I am. I figured I’d pop into blog land for a little bit. Thank you for your input on my updates post from last week regarding the WordPress upgrade. I’m getting the hang of it. Moving forward there will be no more “page 2” on my posts in order to make for easier page viewing.

Onto more updates…..

recently on the blog:
I spotlighted Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea by Jane Linfoot. How cute is this cover?


finished reading:
I finished my co-read of The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen with Velvet. Thoughts to come soon on this one.


reading now: The Mist by Stephen King for RIP.


in my mailbox:
Not that I need more books but I couldn’t resist An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow from Prime Reads.


watching: Anything scary and also 90 Day Fiancee The Other Way and these people are really out of their minds but it makes for great reality tv.


crochet:
I finished up a light cardigan in August and here’s a few shots of that. The pattern is my own. This is a cotton blend yarn I purchased in March when quarantine started and I wanted to make myself something light and summery.






Modeling it in one of my a favorite parks.

That wraps it up for now, I hope you are doing well and happy reading this week. What are you up to lately?


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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. The photos are my own. some of these links are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission.

Book Spotlight: Love at the Little Wedding Shop by the Sea by Jane Linfoot

Good morning everyone. Today I am spotlighting Love at The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea by Jane Linfoot. How cute is this cover? This is book 5 in the series. I have not read it myself but it sounds like a sweet romance with a nice setting.
Please read on for more….

Blurb:
St Aidan: a cosy Cornish village where friendships are made for life and it’s always cocktail hour somewhere…
Return to your favourite little wedding shop by the sea for love, laughter and a romance to sweep you off your feet!
It’s the most romantic day of the year but the girls aren’t just gearing up for Valentine’s Day and a busy wedding season ahead, it’s also the 10 year anniversary of their beloved shop!
Jess is planning the party of the decade and with the champagne and cocktails flowing, sparks are going to fly…and not just from the fireworks display!


purchase links:
UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Little-Wedding-Shop-Sea-ebook/dp/B084L7SJJV
US https://www.amazon.com/Love-Little-Wedding-Shop-Sea-ebook/dp/B084L7SJJV

About Jane Linfoot
I write fun, flirty fiction, with feisty heroines and plenty of heat. Writing romance is cool, because I get to wear pretty shoes instead of wellies. I live in a mountain kingdom in Derbyshire, UK, where my family and pets are kind enough to ignore the domestic chaos. Happily, we’re in walking distance of a supermarket. I love hearts, flowers, happy endings, all things vintage, most things french. When I’m not on facebook, and can’t find an excuse for shopping, I’ll be walking, or gardening. On days when I want to be really scared, I ride a tandem.

Love at The Little Wedding Shop by the Sea by Jane Linfoot is currently on virtual tour with Rachel’s Random Resources.