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jessibud2 WILL read off her own shelves in 2020! - Chapter 2

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Because I am in a very cocooning mood these days...

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Some book quotes that speak to me:

Reading is breathing in, writing is breathing out - Pam Allyn

There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin are more interesting that the text. The world is one of these books - George Santayana

Books are such private experiences to read but then create such bonds afterwards through sharing and discussion.

Reading is the bread of life: it feeds my brain and nourishes my soul.

When I have a little money, I buy books. And if any is left, I buy food and clothing - Desiderius Erasmus

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life
- W. Somerset Maugham

Feb 21, 10:54am Top


Feb 21, 11:00am Top

Hi Shelley! Happy new thread :)

Feb 21, 11:21am Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 21, 11:32am Top

Hi Shelley. A new thread, a gold star for social skills. Me? Not so exemplary on that. But I do reading from time to time. Remind me again what you are reading; my memory isn't particularly exemplary either.


Feb 21, 11:43am Top

>6 katiekrug:, >7 figsfromthistle: - Thanks, Katie and Anita.

>8 weird_O: - Well, there you go. That's my problem, I am not reading much of anything these days. I am in a reading slump and just can't concentrate much. I'd rather pull a blanket over my head, if I am honest. My current book is Harriet and Isabella the fictionalized account of 2 of Henry Ward Beecher's sisters, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Isabella Beecher Hooker, around the time of his scandal and death. Of which I knew nothing at all. It's ok, I like historical fiction well enough. It's just not grabbing me in the way I like to be pulled into a book. I will try to finish it before Sunday, though, so I can return it to the friend who lent it to me.

Real life is getting in the way, big time, lately. I also have 2 more Ken Burns docs to pick up at the library so I expect those to cut into my reading time. C'est la vie.

Feb 21, 11:53am Top

Love the new thread toppers Shelley. Happy new thread. Reading slumps are awful but don't last for long (hopefully!).

Feb 21, 1:20pm Top

Happy new thread!

Feb 21, 3:55pm Top

I love the cocooning images. I hope you're going to experience the delight of cocooning in a wonderful book's world soon.

Happy new thread!

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>12 richardderus: - Me too, thanks, Richard. I had that first one, of the bear in his book igloo, as a large poster on the door to my classroom, when I was still teaching. I love it.

I went to pick up 3 more Ken Burns docs at the library and came away with 2 more kids' books on display for Black History month, as well. They both look very cool: A Voice Named Aretha and Muddy The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters. Because, why not! Aretha's been a favourite of mine forever and I don't know much about Muddy Waters so why not find out? If this is what it will take to get me back to reading good stuff, who am I to argue? I also did not return the Obama dvd (discussed in my last thread) because I think I want to watch it again.

You can find me on the couch this weekend.....

Feb 21, 5:06pm Top

Happy new thread, Shelley.

>13 jessibud2: I do like Muddy Waters. RD had a feature on his thread about 1960 and I looked up the music of the year and got lost in Muddy Waters and John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald.
Muddy Waters' "Live at Newport 1960" is a rough-edged great listen.

Feb 21, 5:56pm Top

Happy new thread, Shelley. You got me with a BB for Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters. I love his music and remember seeing him back in the day. I hope the books you picked up take care of your book funk.

Feb 21, 6:12pm Top

Happy New Thread, Shelley. Love the toppers! I read and loved Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters, way back in 2002. It was another excellent bio of one of my very favorite bluesmen. I was very lucky to see him in concert, a couple of times, in the 80s, in Chicago. He last resided in Westmont, a western suburb, where I also lived for nearly 11 years.

Feb 21, 6:29pm Top

I love the topper photos too.
I'm totally into cozy reads right now. With a duvet and on the sofa or in bed a lot of the evenings.
Since I have finished all the currently available Elly Griffiths and too-recently re-read all my Georgette Heyer books, I'm pigging out on the Kate Ellis series with Wesley Peterson.

Hope the train blockades are over soon enough to allow you to resume using the train in future trips.

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>14 PaulCranswick:, >15 Familyhistorian:, >16 msf59: - Thanks, Paul, Meg and Mark. I know some of Muddy's music but know nothing about the man or his life. I can only imagine he must have been amazing to see, live. I wish I could have seen Aretha perform live but never managed it. It was a lovely little read, with great end notes by the author and the illustrator, too. I will read the Muddy Waters book this evening.

>17 SandyAMcPherson: - Well, Sandy, this afternoon as I sat waiting in line at the car wash, I listened live to our Prime Minister as he held his news conference. I was not impressed. I was shouting at the car radio to cut the dramatics and get to the point. Of course, I don't envy his position; it can't be easy to negotiate with parties who don't particularly want to negotiate. But it doesn't sound good and I do fear it may degenerate into violence. This crisis, more than any other, I suspect, will be his undoing. I booked another train for when I have to go back to Mtl mid-March. Even the guy I spoke to on the phone said, let's cross our fingers and hope the trains are back by then.

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Did you see the Aretha Franklin doc, "Amazing Grace", which came out, in the last year or so? If not, it is FANTASTIC!!

Here is the trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypHZbtqSU48

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>1 jessibud2: - Yep, it was shown at my doc cinema. I loved it! Did you notice Mick Jagger hidden in one of the audience scenes, completed unannounced, and not mentioned anywhere in the trailers or reviews or credits, I believe? I loved that!

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I did remember seeing Jagger. He was a big fan of her. Of course, he also adored Muddy Waters.

Feb 22, 7:18pm Top

Happy New thread, Shelley.

>1 jessibud2: Love that polar bear image. Cocooning with a book that draws you in. My kind of thing at this moment as well.

I love Muddy Waters as well. Hope you like the book.

Feb 23, 1:31am Top

Happy New Thread, Shelley. I hope your reading slump finishes soon. I found reading outside my usual genres helped. Best wishes to you and your mom. Thinking of you both.

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>22 EllaTim: - The book was lovely. The illustrations were fantastic, too. And yes, the topper of the polar bear is a favourite of mine.

>23 vancouverdeb: - Thanks, Deb. Friday was a tense day. Another potential disaster averted. She suddenly received a letter from the Quebec medicare that they had been informed that she had moved out of province and we had 30 days to notify them if this was incorrect or her medicare card would be revoked. I nearly had a cow. Have you ever tried to contact anyone in government by phone? I actually found out about this letter on Thursday but it took me to Friday to get it settled. Pure insanity. I have no idea how such a thing could even happen and will likely never find out but the main thing is, I got the file rectified and they now know that nothing of the sort took place. I explained that she simply CAN NOT be cut off her medical coverage. There is more to the story than this but that's the gist of it. I feel as if I am constantly putting out little fires everywhere. I sometimes feel that I am on Survivor and I will outlast, outwit them all. But at what cost. It's driving me nuts.

Feb 23, 8:31am Top

There is a new documentary film coming to my doc cinema, Hot Docs, and I can't wait!

The Booksellers

Scroll twice to the right for the (excellent!) trailer, and down to read the blurb. It doesn't open till mid-March which is fine and it's going to be playing for a good long run (in Hot Docs terms) so I will have lots of options as to when I see it. It looks great!

Feb 23, 12:33pm Top

Shelley hang in there. Sounds like you are newly employed as a fire fighter.

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>13 jessibud2: >14 PaulCranswick: >15 Familyhistorian: >16 msf59:

Friends and I, living on the south side of Chicago in the 1960s, would often go to small clubs on 63rd Street
to hear both Muddy Waters and Howling' Wolf. Incredible music!

Feb 23, 4:26pm Top

Happy new thread, Shelley!

>24 jessibud2: Sorry to read you had to step in again, of course your mother needs her medical care covered!

Feb 23, 8:37pm Top

>27 m.belljackson: Wow I would have loved to have seen them perform in the flesh.

>24 jessibud2: That is dreadful and thank heavens you were able to resolve it, Shelley.

Feb 23, 9:12pm Top

>24 jessibud2: Shelley, how is it possible that Quebec medicare somehow decided she was not eligible , I cannot imagine. And getting through to a government official - I'd be going crazy fast. I'm so sorry for all that is happening right now. I really hope that things calm down for you a bit in the next while. Planes, trains, the government - eat cookies, have a cuppa, do whatever your need to do keep your self sane. ((( hugs)))

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>1 jessibud2: Here's a cute story to make you laugh, Shelley. Well, Jose and I finished our first puzzle and are now on our second. Thanks, again, for getting us back to puzzling. The 500 piece puzzle took all of three days so it was too easy. I have another 500 piece puzzle I just bought, and then it's back to the 1,000 piece puzzles. I just need to get a poster board big enough to put it on so we can move it off the table for large dinners or when the grandkids are here....as we did this past Friday night. Before dinner, I successfully carried the partially-done puzzle into our bedroom and slipped it under the bed where I hoped no one would discover it. When Jose came home from getting his coffee in the morning, he discovered puzzle pieces all over the floor! Our robot vacuum cleaner had discovered the puzzle, pushed puzzle pieces all over the place and even ate some of the pieces! After retrieving all of the pieces from the floor and our robot's tummy, we proceeded to complete the puzzle, hoping none of the pieces were missing. They were all there. Phew! :D

WE're doing this one now:

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>31 SqueakyChu: Lovely puzzle , Madeline! I have this one still waiting - https://www.ravensburger.us/products/jigsaw-puzzles/adult-puzzles/when-pigs-fly-... For me, the more colourful, the more the fun. Do you have a thread, Madeline? I hope I spelled your name correctly. I have a niece named Madeline. Such a lovely name!( But she goes by Maddie, more's the pity.) But she is a lovely young lady of 15.

Feb 24, 7:54am Top

Well, Shelley, I'm sorry to hear about your continuing reading slump and anxiety about flying to make sure you don't have to cancel your mother's CT scan. You're a good daughter for sure.

I hope The Cow in the Parking Lot gives you some tools to help with your anger. Maybe it will also be the book to help nudge you through the reading slump.

Hang in there.

Feb 24, 12:03pm Top

Here you go Shelley!

Feb 24, 6:13pm Top

>26 mdoris:, >28 FAMeulstee:, >29 PaulCranswick: - Thanks, Mary, Anita, Paul. I expect this is just the *new normal* for me but it's wearing on me, if I am honest.

>30 vancouverdeb: - Yes, Deb. It's a known fact that governments are completely capable of doing the most stupid things all by themselves but still, until it happens to you, it's just something to laugh about. *rolls eyes*

Feb 24, 6:17pm Top

>31 SqueakyChu: - Now that's a vision, Madeline, lol! And that new one looks great!

>32 vancouverdeb: - Here's Madeline's thread Deb: https://www.librarything.com/topic/314395

>33 karenmarie: - Thanks, Karen. All I have to do now is actually crack open the book. Right? ;-)

>34 mdoris: - Thanks, Mary. A bunch of friends and I were discussing this yesterday at our local meetup and I knew there was a visual I had seen on your thread at some point.

Feb 24, 7:28pm Top

Happy new thread, Shelley!

Feb 25, 12:02am Top

Thank, Deborah. I think our next puzzle will be a 1,000 piece by Ravensburger. It doesn't have a name. This is it, though:

Here's my thread.

That's how I spell my name. I always hated the nickname Maddie, but now I don't mind it because some of my favorite freinds started calling me that when I was in my twenties so I'm cool with it now. I spell it Maddy, though! :D I still prefer Madeline.

Feb 25, 1:15am Top

>38 SqueakyChu: Thanks for the link to your thread, Madeline and Shelley. I have starred it. I think the name Madeline is so pretty! My brother and SIL have 4 kids with lovely names, but they shortened all of the names. The eldest is Katherine, but she goes by Katie, even now in First Year University. Then there is Maddie, then Alexandra - again so pretty, but she goes by Allie. Last is young Ben. That is an abbreviation that I don't mind at all. My brother and SIL really wanted a large family and that was they got. My SIL is a pediatrician and the the two of them are very keen on kids.

I love the puzzle.

Feb 25, 7:36am Top

Oh my. It's snowing again. They said the big snow will come tomorrow but it's coming down rather hard right now. Oh well. Back to wearing boots.

Yesterday, I went downtown to do a dry run of sorts to find out exactly where the express train to the airport leaves from, how often it leaves and how long a trip it is so I won't be scrambling around next Tuesday when I have to get there. It was such a gorgeous day yesterday that I walked outside afterwards for several blocks before getting back on the subway to go home. On the way, I passed by the beautiful Ben McNally bookstore. And - no surprise - I didn't leave empty-handed. I bought a small book that seemed to call to me: Notes On a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig. It seemed timely. And - I admit it - I loved the quote that follows the dedication, and precedes the beginning of the book: "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." - Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. No kidding.

This might be my next book. I should finish my current one in the next day or so. It's Harriet and Isabella, not high literature but interesting.

My reading has been slow this week because a bunch of dvds all came in to the library at once and I am trying to get through them before I leave for Montreal next Tuesday. They are all Ken Burns' documentaries. I really enjoyed Empire of the Air: The Men who Made Radio. I remember reading Erik Larson's Thunderstruck and loving that one. This film gives another perspective of that time and era and, as always with Burns, was excellent. Another one I finished last night was Thomas Jefferson. It was interesting to learn about him. I knew who he was, of course, but, not being American, I didn't know much about the man himself.

The next one is longer and I know I will have to renew it. It's the (hopefully) undamaged copy of The National Parks that I had originally borrowed a few weeks ago but that one had the first disc (of 6) was damaged.

So far, I have watched 13 docs by Ken Burns. The man is a genius. I am happy that I have decided to do this.

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>25 jessibud2: I loved that trailer. I'm scheming how to get to see the movie.

If anyone knows how I could stream it to my computer, please advise!!

Feb 25, 11:53am Top

>25 jessibud2: That looks like a very interesting doc, Shelley. I smiled when they showed a photo of the Strand and thought, hey, I know that place.

Sounds like events are pretty crazy making for you now, Shelley. I found that when I was a care giver/advocate I needed to take time for myself so that I could remain calm and just get through the insanity one thing at a time.

Feb 25, 12:41pm Top

>42 Familyhistorian: - That's what I am trying to do, Meg. I do feel a bit like a rat in a maze sometimes, though. But thus, the puzzles, the retail therapy, etc. And yesterday, I also stopped at Purdy's ;-)

>41 SandyAMcPherson:, >42 Familyhistorian: - I can't wait for that film to open. I will be able to see it when I get back from Montreal. It looks like the perfect thing to look forward to. And if it's as good as it looks, I may see it twice! (my membership gives me $6 tickets plus 5 freebies per year). I have been known to see a film more than once.... Sandy, I am the wrong person to ask about streaming but if you find out do let us know!

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I'm planning to see 'The Booksellers' in NYC when it opens. Or shortly thereafter :)

>41 SandyAMcPherson: - Sandy, since it's opening in theaters, it probably won't be available to (legally) stream for a little while at least.

ETA: It opens in NYC on March 6, so I probably won't get to see it until I'm back from my trip on the 19th.

Feb 25, 12:50pm Top

>44 katiekrug: - Oh, I hadn't realized it was opening in regular theatres. Great!

Feb 25, 12:55pm Top

>45 jessibud2: - Oh, I doubt it'll get much play in local megaplexes, but the artsy ones and those specializing in docs will certainly have it. If I were still in Dallas, I'd probably have a hard time seeing it, but it should be no problem here.

Feb 25, 1:18pm Top

That's good. Our theatre is a dedicated Doc Cinema. A real treasure, for sure. I probably see only one or two regular films in a regular theatre in a year whereas there are months that I am at Hot Docs several times, often even within a week. One of the advantages of a big city. Plenty here I don't love (traffic, expense, to name a few) but for culture and such, it's great.

Feb 25, 3:10pm Top

Here's hoping the trips all go swimmingly. Have fun with your Ken Burns-athon.

Feb 25, 4:13pm Top

Hi Shelley my dear, a belated happy new thread.

Feb 26, 4:08pm Top

>43 jessibud2: Purdy's is always good to perk up a day!

Feb 26, 7:24pm Top

I ❤️ Purdy's!

Feb 26, 7:39pm Top

>40 jessibud2: I agree with you about Ken Burns, Shelley. I am a huge fan of his Baseball series.

Feb 26, 8:31pm Top

>48 richardderus: - Thanks Richard. I think the trains may be moving again though perhaps not. It's a very dicey situation and frankly, I already have my plane ticket for Tuesday so as long as they get themselves sorted out before I have to go back on March16, I will stop bellyachin' (as my dad used to say). I have a train ticket booked for then and I really don't want to have to change it.

>49 johnsimpson: - Hi, John. Thanks!

>50 Familyhistorian:, >51 mdoris: - Me too! There is one very close to my house which I try hard not to go to but the one I went to on Monday was downtown so it felt like a surprise and more of a treat. The games we play with ourselves! :-D

>52 alcottacre: - Me, too, Stasia. Did you know there is an update, another 2-disc set called The Tenth Inning with more recent years chronicled? I own the entire Baseball series now. The next one I will be picking up from the library tomorrow is The Mayo Clinic. I hope it's short so I can get through it before I leave next week. Then I will only have to renew The National Parks.

Feb 27, 12:20am Top

Ohh, I heart Purdy's too! What's your favourite, Shelley? I'm torn between chocolate covered peanut butter with himalayan salt and chocolate mini hedgehogs. Everyone has a favourite, as Purdy"s says :-) I try hard to avoid Purdy's but I got myself a box of my own mixed favourites in February.

Feb 27, 12:33am Top

You're lucky to have such a great doc theatre near you! Oh, and happy new thread. : )

Feb 27, 3:00pm Top

>54 vancouverdeb: - We would clean them out, Deb, if we ever went to Purdy's together! I also love the chocolate peanut butter with Himalayan salt, and hedgehogs are a staple, too. I also love the maple cream ones (shaped like a maple leaf) and a few others I am forgetting at the moment. :-)

>55 Berly: - Thanks, Kim. Hope you are feeling better these days!

Feb 27, 3:07pm Top

Yesterday, there were weather watches and alerts all over the news about the impending snowstorm but though it snowed (lightly up my way), it didn't amount to enough, in my opinion, to warrant the alarmism. However, by the time I woke up this morning, we were up to something like 25 cm and the wind was fierce and the snow was still coming down (or it sure looked that way; it could have been the wind, though, blowing it around). I put my feeder out early and the entire population of goldfinches had obviously been tapping their wrist watches, waiting for me. They descended in a swoop. I later went to yoga, and by the time I got home, around noon, the feeder had been blown to the ground and the wind was worse, so sadly, I didn't put it back up. That's how the last feeder got broken, by being slammed to the ground (though that time, it was by raccoons, not wind). Those feeders are too expensive to be replaced all the time. I left the seeds that spilled right where they were, scattered on the snow and hope the birds find them before they get covered up with more snow.

I have 3 more holds at the library to pick up but that can wait till tomorrow.

Feb 27, 6:37pm Top

From Birdwatching magazine's photo contest. These are stunning! I can't decide on a favourite.

finalists: https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/photography/featured-galleries/2019-bird-portr...

honourable mentions: https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/photography/featured-galleries/2019-bird-portr...

Feb 27, 7:08pm Top

>58 jessibud2: Wow! You know I love these bird photos, Shelley. It is hard to pick a favorite but I might go with the King Penguin, but the White-tailed Ptarmigan and the screech owl are pretty great too.

I am so sorry to hear about the snow and wind! Ugh!

Feb 27, 7:11pm Top

>59 msf59: - Well, our temps are said to rise to well above zero by Sunday or Monday so I fully expect much if not most of the snow to be melted well before I have to fly to Montreal on Tuesday. Thank goodness.

Feb 27, 7:13pm Top

>52 alcottacre: Yes, I was aware of the update. I own the Baseball series too.

Feb 29, 5:55pm Top

Here by Richard McGuire. An almost wordless graphic novel about the history of one house; even, one corner of one room in that house, back through the ages of (and before) its existence. I found the concept very intriguing but it sometimes felt like a flip-book back and forth because of so many vignettes going on simultaneously. Too many, sometimes. And some of them, at least to me, felt extraneous, and irrelevant. Still, points for creativity.

Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O'Brien. The Washington Post says that the Beecher family were "much like the Kennedys of fifty years ago - American semi-royalty, a great family both dedicated to public service and reveling in its own celebrity...". And not without its scandals, I might add.

Published in 2008, this novel, based real people and events, tells the story of the adultery trial of Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and the rift it caused within his family, most notably between his 2 famous sisters, Harriet Beecher Stowe (author of Uncle Tom's Cabin) and Isabella Beecher Hooker, prominent in the suffragist movement of the time. In her author's notes at the end, O'Brien relates how she knew little of this story until she began her exhaustive research. As a non-American, I knew nothing at all other than the names of Henry and Harriet so I was eager to learn more. I did find the back and forth of the story a bit confusing at times and felt as if the author presumed the reader knew more than I, for one, did. At least the chapters and sections had dates so that was a useful guideline.

This is not high literature but it was an insightful look at a page of history, and it was especially interesting reading it now, through the lens of our own times of so many other high profile and scandalous trials.

A Stowaway on Noah's Ark by Charles Santore. A BB from Linda (Whisper1), this is a beautifully illustrated children's book, the retelling of a classic story from a slightly different perspective. There was almost a *Where's Waldo* quality to the pictures as the reader had to search for the little mouse hidden in the rich details of the lush illustrations.

Feb 29, 8:50pm Top

Ken Burns documentary #14 for me: The Mayo Clinic. Made in 2018, this excellent film has the hallmark Burns style of archival footage, photos, voice-over readings of journals, letters, and other documents coupled with modern interview clips with such well-known people as Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, the Dalai Lama, Tom Brokaw and John McCain. The voice-overs were read by Tom Hanks, Sam Waterston, among others, and the film was narrated, over all by Peter Coyote, who narrates a lot of Burns' docs, I've noticed.

I have, of course, heard of The Mayo Clinic - who hasn't - but I had no idea of its history. Amazing to think that its founding principal, patients first, and the collaborative model of medicine, is still such a seemingly difficult standard to achieve everywhere except in specialized settings. Nothing is perfect, of course, but this is a model that has worked so well at the Mayo from its inception, one might think that this would be a goal of everyone entering the profession. The original principal of Mayo doctors being salaried, and therefore not putting money ahead of their patients' needs, is something that seems to have gotten lost over the years. I don't know if that principal is still the rule at Mayo; I wonder if it is, anywhere.

In any case, this was one of Burns' better and more interesting docs that I have seen so far, in my opinion.

Mar 1, 1:55pm Top

Has your weather calmed down now, Shelley? I had my own taste of snow on Friday when I went night snowshoeing on Cypress Mountain. The drive up was foggy as we got higher up but the roads were just wet and we were wondering why there where snowplows out and about. We were up there for about three hours and mid way through it started to snow, not light fluffy but white stuff that was on the cusp of rain. I could hear it hissing as it fell. The snow shoeing was fun, the chocolate fondue a treat but when we got back to the car it was covered in snow. The drive down the mountain was a lot slower than the drive up as we joined a long trail of tail lights heading for the lights of the city.

Mar 1, 3:10pm Top

We had a fair bit of snow leading up to the weekend (maybe 25 cm or so) but today is above zero and it's going to stay that way for the rest of the week so the melt has begun. It's also sunny and bright and really a beautiful day here. We've had such a mild winter, for the most part but I am ready for spring!

I have never been snowshoeing, believe it or not! Is it more of a workout than cross-country skiing? I'm not much of a fan of downhill but I used to like X-country.

Mar 4, 8:48am Top

Well, this probably won't make me feel any better about flying but I flew from Toronto to Montreal yesterday. Not one question from anyone in the airline about if I have a fever or sore throat, no virus screening at all, not even a cursory one. A woman 2 rows ahead and one aisle over was sneezing her head off for about 10 minutes then coughing up a lung for longer than that. I was not impressed. Why is someone like that even travelling at all?? I do intend to call the airline and ask. I hate flying at the best of times but this was ridiculous. And since I am complaining, yikes, what a small, cramped space. I am 5 feet tall. Legroom, knee space is NEVER a problem for me. But the space on that plane was tiny. Thankfully I had 2 empty seats next to me but getting up and walking around was really not much of an option. I am grateful it was only a one hour flight (though all the waiting times at both ends of the trip made my day longer than if I had taken a 5-hour train. Don't ask). If I hadn't already paid for the return flight, I would simply cancel and take the train home (I do believe that they are back to running now, though I could be wrong). And having to pay extra for one small checked luggage is just wrong. I haven't flown since 2009 and I am not impressed. I am so glad I got the travel bug out of my system when I was younger. I have zero desire to set foot in an airport or airplane again, though I will have to, next week, to get home.

And the real kicker in all this was that I brought 3 books with me. Two were in the checked luggage, because really, I wasn't going to finish a whole book before getting to Montreal. So, the luggage got checked and I sat down to wait (and wait and wait) and began to read. This was a DNF and I never even made it to page 30. Damn. I did go into one of the shops that had books, hoping that I'd find something on my wishlist or even something, anything, else. Nothing called to me. So I kept forcing myself to try to read but in the end, not worth the effort. I am sure that contributed greatly to my *frame of mind*, shall we say.

I should have just left the book on the plane but out of habit, it was put back in my bag. It's not coming home with me, that's for sure.

Mar 4, 4:01pm Top

Shelley, it sounds like not much fun to be flying these days, along with the worries of sneezes and coughing exposure too. Hope you get all things sorted out in Montreal. I'm sure your Mom greatly appreciates your visits.

Mar 4, 7:40pm Top

The plane trip sounds dreadful. I haven't flown since 2001, and I am not sure if I will again or not. I had planned to fly to New Mexico this past summer, but that trip got cancelled due to a friend's illness (and, sadly, later death). Our next trip is planned for June by car....two hours to Staunton, Virginia, and back! We'll be staying for five days to visit a friend who made that town her retirement location.

Mar 5, 12:19am Top

>66 jessibud2: Totally sympathize as I hate flying too, especially take off and landing. I try to bring 1) a crossword puzzle book 2) splurge on a really beautiful magazine (gardens or art or design) and 3) a book that I've already started reading and am enjoying OR the next book in a series I love. I have a very hard time concentrating on an unfaniliar book. Just some ideas for the trip back. Good thoughts to you on this visit; hope all goes as planned.

Mar 5, 7:33am Top

Oh man! Sorry to hear about your travel frustrations!
I do believe the trains are running again with random blockages. Heres hoping that your return flight is more pleasant.

Mar 5, 8:36am Top

>67 mdoris: - Hi, Mary. I am not a paranoid person, but with all the hype about Covid19, it's hard not to be a tad freaked out when people in such close quarters are coughing so deeply these days. And I am probably more concerned that the airline didn't do any questioning at all. Oh well, it is what it is and I have to be content to do what I can on my own part and just avoid the rest. At least that person wasn't seated next to or behind me.

>68 SqueakyChu: - Well, Madeline, my basement guest room is back to its former glory so any time you guys need a vacation north, your car knows the way! :-)

>69 kac522: - Hi, Kathy. In truth, this was the first time I ever found myself in such a situation, of starting a book while travelling, without a backup at hand. When I take the train, I have easy access to my luggage which is always stored in the racks at the front of whatever car I am in, so, if that were to happen, I could easily get to my backup books. And I never expected this book to turn me off. It's called The Book Borrower and is a kind of story within a story. The whole premise sounded enticing but I just didn't like the structure and never engaged with any of the characters. It happens. I just wish it hadn't happened in this exact situation. C'est la vie. I have now started another book I brought, one I know will be better (and so far, it is), News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

>70 figsfromthistle: - Thanks, Anita. I sure hope so! I haven't listened to the news in a couple of days so I don't really know. Don't miss it at all (the news) ;-)

Mar 5, 8:50am Top

Hi Shelley!

>58 jessibud2: Ooh. I particularly like the Cardinal, Bald Eagle, and the Lilac-breasted Roller (gorgeous colors!). And from the honorable mentions I like all three Anhingas, the Black Vulture, and the Northern Flicker.

Sorry about the bad flying experience, Shelley. And to not have a good book to read – horrors. I always carry 2-3 with me AND my Kindle and so far haven’t been without something decent to read.

I had planned on visiting my sister in CA this summer and even my friend Karen in Montana this fall, but will have to see how Covid-19 plays out in the coming months. It may be a no-fly year.

Mar 5, 8:59am Top

Hi Shelley.
I fly often and have learned to take at least 2 paperbacks and some loans from Overdrive on my e-reader. Airport lounges are such dreary places and the delays so frequent, especially with my winter flights.

I wish the train was an actual alternative, but the only time I've ever used it was in the Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa triangle. Everywhere else (in Canada), it is more expensive than the airlines and the timetable is the biggest piece of fiction in North America.

Mar 5, 9:08am Top

>72 karenmarie: - Hi Karen. The book thing probably bothered me more than anything else, if I am honest. I'll have to relearn the download book thing from the library. I tried it once a few years ago and chose 2 less than stellar reads so never bothered to keep at it. I like a real book in my hand.

>73 SandyAMcPherson: - I love the train, Sandy. VIA Rail just began a train pass program a few months ago. I purchased a 6-trip pass (6 one ways or 3 round trips, same thing). It brings the cost down to $89 one way for me, which is a considerable saving from the more than $100 to $120 it used to cost me before the pass. And the schedule between Toronto and Mtl is great, lots of choices. I always choose the 11:30 am train which allows me plenty of time to get downtown without the crush of rushing or dealing with rush-hour traffic on the subway. It also gets me home on the return around 4:30pm so especially now that spring is coming, I am not travelling home in the dark. I love the train. Comfy, efficient and sometimes I am even lucky to have no one sitting next to me. ;-)

Mar 5, 10:38am Top

>68 SqueakyChu: SqueakyChu: - Well, Madeline, my basement guest room is back to its former glory so any time you guys need a vacation north, your car knows the way! :-)

Jose loved the trip up north and said he would not mind driving up to Canada again. I'm sure Barbara would agree. After everything is settled with your mom and we are all feeling okay (each of us is dealing with minor health matters), we'll be sure to visit you in Canada again...as long as we can do BOTH LT and BookCrossing meeetups. It was SO much fun to visit your group in Harbord House. That was a really special treat for me. I especially loved meeting Bookgirrl and her mom.

By the way, you have a standing invitation to come and stay with us, Just let us know when you're coming and for how long. We'll give you BookCrossing and/or LT meetups as well. :D

Mar 5, 11:58am Top

Hi, Shelley.

Sorry to hear about the lousy plane trip. I just took a 4 hour train trip to get to a funeral, and it was lovely. I'd like to travel that way more often. I've used this train route from Chicago to Ann Arbor a lot over the years.

Mar 5, 4:40pm Top

Hi Joe. I have been lurking on your thread. Hope you both are feeling better very soon. I do love taking the train. Period. You can read, you can sleep, walk around, go to the bathroom, all without having to stop or stress about traffic or anything. What could be better. :-)

Mar 5, 4:43pm Top

I just posted this over on Mark's thread, where there has been some great discussion about jazz, something I never particularly liked until I saw the Ken Burns series. I am still not a *convert* but there are some artists who it is just impossible NOT to like. Here is one. I just got notice that Hot Docs, the documentary cinema I'm a member of, will begin screening a new doc about Ella Fitzgerald next month.
It looks terrific. Here is the link. Scroll twice to the right for the trailer and down for the blurb:

Just One of Those Things

Mar 5, 5:39pm Top

re >58 jessibud2:. The winner was just announced, and it is the Northern Gannet: https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/photography/featured-galleries/2019-bird-portr...

Runners up can be found when you scroll down a bit in that link. It is indeed a stunning photo.

Mar 5, 6:23pm Top

Sorry about the terrible flight, Shelley. I'm so glad that you can soon travel by train again. I'm far too phobic to get on a plane at all. I sure wish we had VIA rail around the Vancouver area. We do, but just the cross country VIA Rail. I've only had the pleasure of taking VIA Rail twice. Once, my brave mom decided to travel VIA Rail from Winnipeg to Vancouver to visit my dad, who was finding work here in Vancouver. My sister and I were about 3 and 4 years old, so I have just the vaguest memory of it. I think we were well behaved, but my mom opted to fly back to Winnipeg. The other time I was in mid - 30's . We drove with our two young kids to Winnipeg to visit family . Then my husband and the kids returned by air. I took VIA Rail home to Vancouver. What a treat! I had a roomette, all to myself. It was great scenery and a great break from my then young kids.

I hope things go fairly well in Montreal. Hugs to you and your mom.

Mar 6, 12:46am Top

>58 jessibud2: Stunning photos. I especially love the Brown Pelican, Florida girl that I am. But they are all lovely.

Hi Shelley! I hope the trip goes well. Like you, I love riding on trains. I actually don't mind flying but it sounds like so many things were wrong about your flight. I read something somewhere (how's that for specific?) that said airlines are going to reduce the legroom even more. Like you, I'm short (5'1") but I still get restless in those seats. When I get upgraded (not often) I'm a very happy camper! And of course, the lack of good reading material is the worst.

They're saying we might get snow this weekend.... I'm ready for spring!

Mar 6, 3:34pm Top

The Decorah bald eagle cam shows her sitting on at least one egg, as far as I know. When the camera zooms in, the clarity is spectacular: https://explore.org/livecams/bald-eagles/decorah-eagles

Just saying.....

Mar 6, 3:48pm Top

>80 vancouverdeb: - Once many many moons ago, when I was 18 or so, I had spent the summer visiting my gradparents in California. Some friends from home flew to Vancouver and I met them there and we took the VIA train all the way home to Montreal. I do not remember any *roomettes*; we slept on the floor of a spacious train car and I don't remember anything bad about it! We had a blast! We also stopped for a few days in Banff and Jasper and had a few hours to kill in Calgary, too. We saw a movie there, that's all I remember.

>81 EBT1002: - Hi Ellen! I have never been upgraded in any form of transportation that I can think of! That must be fun. At least, after today, I know I won't make the mistake of not having decent reading material with me. I just started News of the World, an LT favourite, I know. I also treated myself today and did something I rarely do: I dropped quite a bit of cash at a lovely local indie bookshop here in Montreal. I bought 6 books, all new but thankfully, none hardcover. I got some great titles and am quite excited about them. I will leave most of them here though, and get them when I come back next week by train. They don't weight and charge for luggage on the train the way they do on the airplanes.

If I can figure out how to add pics from this laptop, I will show the covers of my new books. One of them, in particular, has a stunning cover. But last time I tried to download pics to this new laptop, it didn't work so I have to try again. My computer guy did fix something but I haven't tried it since so we shall see.

Edited: Mar 6, 4:54pm Top

The haul:

I don't know why the second one is sideways. It isn't, on my computer. Sorry about that.

Mar 6, 6:00pm Top

How fun Shelley. So glad that you are having book adventures while you are in Montreal.

Mar 6, 8:09pm Top

Nice haul!

Mar 7, 1:08pm Top

>84 jessibud2: Tasty choices! I'm glad you're able to enjoy yourself while doing the necessary carer duties.

Happy weekend reads!

Mar 7, 7:28pm Top

>82 jessibud2: Yay! they are nesting. I love watching them. On our trip to Seattle earlier this week, we took a day into the Skagit Valley. Didn't see the hundreds of bald eagles we sometimes see, but saw at least a dozen, including a few juveniles.

I'm bookmarking that site. Thanks for the link.

>84 jessibud2: Great haul. I'm interested in which cover you think is stunning. I like the cover of The Year of Less.

Edited: Mar 7, 9:21pm Top

>88 EBT1002: - Those nest cams can be addictive. And you'll need a strong heart once the chicks arrive and grow and begin *branching*, before they learn how to fly. They grow quickly and hop up and down in the nest (which is huge), then they hop onto those 2 branches jutting out behind the nest. Sometimes, though, the cam operators pan the camera so you can see the parents on branches a few feet above, watching them carefully. This technology is wondrous in the way it allows us to observe so closely behaviour previously unknown to human eyes, all without their being aware of us, and therefore behaving perfectly naturally. And of course, nature is sometimes cruel and we have to be prepared for that, too, and know we can't intervene. Most of the cam operators won't either, unless in dire circumstances. Still, I love watching.

The book is called Hutchison Street and is translated from the French. I love this cover, a very typical architectural style of houses in an old section of Montreal. In reality, the stairs are probably treacherous in winter but the style, especially in autumn and summer, with those trees, is gorgeous.

Damn. Can anyone explain to me why the picture uploads sideways when my camera was vertical when I snapped the picture and on my computer it uploaded correctly?

I also like the cover of The Year of Less, Ellen.

Mar 7, 9:21pm Top

>85 mdoris:, >86 figsfromthistle:, >87 richardderus: - Thanks, Mary, Anita and Richard. Being here for the whole week has given me some free time, something I don't often have on other visits. I have gone out with my cousin a couple of times, met a friend for dinner tonight and tomorrow, I am very excited to be going to a matinee performance of a musical stage production of The Times They Are A Changin', the music of the 60s. My friend saw it when it first opened and said it was great. I'll report back after I see it.

Mar 8, 12:48am Top

>84 jessibud2: Nice Haul, Shelley. Here is what a roomette is like - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7KKwhlucr4

I hope you enjoyed the matinee. Just one more flight to get over and done with .

Mar 8, 9:53am Top

Happy Sunday, Shelley! I saw and heard my first red-winged blackbirds on my route yesterday. As usual, very vocal. Must be marking their territory. Another sure sign of spring. Thanks again for the eagle cam link. I will try to save that one, so I can check on it periodically.

Mar 8, 10:14am Top

>1 jessibud2: Catching up with you, Shelley. How I wish I had a hidey-place like that to read in. Lots of comfy spots in my house, but still I miss those days when I'd make a "fort"out of sofa cushions and bury myself in there with a book.

Mar 9, 9:02pm Top

>91 vancouverdeb: - Tomorrow is the day and it will be raining. Yuck. Thanks for that video. Cool!

>92 msf59: - I look forward to seeing/hearing the red-winged blackbird soon, I hope, Mark. I doubt they have made it back to Toronto yet!

>93 laytonwoman3rd: - Hi, Linda! That book igloo up in >1 jessibud2: was on the door to my classroom when I was still teaching. I loved how my students always stopped to look closely at it or say hi to the bear! :-)

Mar 9, 9:03pm Top

Dances with Books, by Grant Snider. Gotta love it!

Mar 9, 10:39pm Top

Hi Shelly. I'm simply stopping by to see what you are reading.

>83 jessibud2: What a great book haul!!!!

Mar 9, 10:44pm Top

>95 jessibud2: I love it!

Hi Shelley, if you are flying home tomorrow I hope it's a better flight.

Mar 10, 9:06am Top

>96 Whisper1: - Hi, Linda. Thanks, re the books. I am currently reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles, and I also started one of the new ones, too, Dinner With Edward. As well, I am in the middle of Late Migrations at home (it's a library book so I didn't bring it with me).

>97 EllaTim: - Thanks, Ella. Hope you are feeling better today.

Mar 10, 11:56pm Top

>66 jessibud2: Wouldn't it be nice if there was just a sliver of precaution instituted?

I don't like flying either, Shelley. x

Mar 11, 5:11pm Top

>99 PaulCranswick: - Well, yesterday's flight back was better (except for the bumps on takeoff and landing). It was an otherwise smooth flight, which was good because I was somewhat alarmed by the rather small size of the aircraft. 40 seats but only 25 passengers on board. I know the pilot meant this as a joke but you might understand why I for one, did not laugh. When he came on the intercom to welcome us on board, he warned us that it would be bumpy on takeoff and landing and asked if there were any first time fliers on board. When no one answered, he said, "Oh, just me, then? … just joking!" Sheesh.

The flight took one hour and 10 minutes. Getting home from the airport took more than twice that long. Ridiculous.

Mar 11, 5:15pm Top

I heard on the news today that the WHO has, today, declared covid19 a pandemic. I am not panicked, myself, but other than to return to Montreal to take my mother to her appointments, I have no plans to travel anywhere and I am also not panic-shopping. I will call the vet and make sure I get enough of my cat's special canned cat food to last for at least a few weeks, but other than that, I think I am well-organized and aware of the measures necessary to be ok.

It sure felt good to sleep in my own bed last night. I also napped for most of the flight so, while in theory, I could have finished reading my current book yesterday. I will likely finish it tonight. It's Dinner With Edward and is lovely. After that, I will return to my other 2 books and hope to get at least one of them done by the weekend.

Mar 11, 5:49pm Top

Welcome back. Glad the flight went well despite the pilots odd sense of humour!

Mar 11, 7:06pm Top

HI Shelley. Great that you are home safe and sound. I guess you will be picking up your library books that you left behind.

Mar 11, 7:29pm Top

>84 jessibud2: Nice haul, Shelley!

>95 jessibud2: Love it!

Mar 11, 8:18pm Top

Safe home and not panicking is all good.

I thought the pilot's joke was cute, myownself, but I'm not a nervous flyer. Grumpy, but not anxious.

Mar 11, 9:32pm Top

Glad you are safely home, Shelley!

Mar 11, 9:33pm Top

>102 figsfromthistle: - Thanks, Anita.

>103 mdoris: - Yep. I will definitely finish Dinner With Edward tonight and will slip right back into Late Migrations as I want to not have to renew it when it's due back at the library on Monday. Shouldn't be a problem.

>104 alcottacre: - Thanks, Stasia. I loved that cartoon, too!

>105 richardderus: - Yea, it *was* a cute, if a bit lame, joke but when one is a nervous flyer, well, I just couldn't muster the appreciation for it. You know how it is. And if truth be told, I don't remember being on such a small airplane. Well, once, and I don't really remember how small it was. I was spending the summer in California with my grandparents when I was 14. My grandmother took me to Arizona to meet that branch of the family (her brother lived there with his children and grandchildren and I had not met them before). So away we went. The plane was small, the flight was incredibly turbulent and I kept saying we were going to die even when she promised we weren't. Not a great memory. But after that, when I flew, it was always on big jets (back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, I doubt they do 40-seaters).

Anyhow, I had an email from VIA Rail today announcing that all the rail disruptions appear to be over and that they were extending the rail pass I always purchase by an extra 30 days, to compensate. I thought that was a nice touch. I truly look forward to hitting the rails again. Literally. Toronto's Pearson International Airport has seen the last of me, if I have any say in the matter! :-D

Mar 11, 9:36pm Top

>101 jessibud2: Not panicking, but being informed and prepared is a good idea. I have a freezer full of food, and I plan to avoid large groups of people for the coming weeks. Glad for the internet:-)

Mar 11, 9:41pm Top

>108 EllaTim: - Yes, Ella, the internet has its advantages, doesn't it? ;-)

Mar 11, 9:46pm Top

I'm glad you are safely home and tucked up reading, with supplies on hand. Lots of cookies, I hope? I'm not anxious about the Covid 19, but perhaps one day I'll stock up on some groceries, just in case .

Mar 11, 10:04pm Top

>107 jessibud2: The smaller the plane, the scarier the turbulence for certain.

I flew first on a Lockheed Constellation when I was 9 weeks old, then several times a year cross-country (SFO–JFK) in big ol' 707s, then all over Texas on TTA ("treetop airlines", the predecessor of Southwest) on their DC-6s. By the time I was a teenager I was reciting the safety lecture with the stewardesses. (They were called that then! What?!) (It hasn't changed a whole lot.) So it was just like a really big station wagon to me.

Trains, now! What a revelation they were. I was 8 the first time I even saw a passenger train.

Edited: Mar 12, 8:13pm Top

Things are changing so quickly. Today, our Prime Minister Trudeau is self isolating, not because he is sick but his wife, Sophie, has just returned from a speaking engagement in the UK and she is feverish and sick. She is being tested at this point.

So many events are being cancelled, from major league sports, to Broadway, to our schools being informed today that March Break is being extended. I'm sure kids are thrilled by a 3-week March Break though many of the activities that would normally be open and available to them during that time might be cancelled. If I am honest, I am happy not to be a parent or teacher right now.

I am supposed to return to Montreal on Monday for a meeting with the judge on Tuesday to settle the guardianship of my mother. I already have the *interim* and this meeting is supposed to just finalize it and give me the permanent document. I wonder now if that will go ahead. I wonder if we can video-conference the meeting. That would make much more sense except maybe not, if I have to sign anything.

Personally, I am quite happy to stay home and not do more travelling right now.

Mar 12, 7:12pm Top

>112 jessibud2: Personally, I am quite happy to stay home and not do more travelling right now.

A perfectly valid reason to get tons of reading done!

Mar 12, 8:05pm Top

>112 jessibud2: I find it interesting that Ontario chose to close schools as the risk to Ontarians remains low. Ontario has few cases to cause such an alarm. Interestingly though, all Universities and Colleges are remaining open.

Edited: Mar 12, 8:24pm Top

>113 alcottacre: - As I intend to do! :-)

>114 figsfromthistle: - True, but in listening to several different infectious disease experts today on radio and tv, it does seem better to be doing this now, before our numbers get higher. I mean, why wait for that? I have a feeling that the universities and colleges won't be far behind, though. The mantra seems to be *an abundance of caution*, now, rather than sorry later.

I was interested to hear some very proper newscasters saying, point-blank, that t-Rump made his crazy announcement yesterday without any consultation or logic, and managed as he always does, to blame *others* for everything (and how, later on twitter, he had to retract some of what he had said because he contradicted himself; typical) and how Trudeau's self-isolation of today is an example of leading by example. Well, whatever it is, whatever it takes, I still am a believer of caution and better safe than sorry. I am not a big risk-taker and see no reason to change that now.

And can anyone explain why the UK was exempt from t-Rump's travel ban

A lot of events have been cancelled and in some ways, I am happy that I didn't buy any tickets for the Canada Blooms event that is supposed to begin this weekend at the Convention Centre, as that is sure to be cancelled, if the rest of large gatherings are any indication. I did want to see one of the speakers, a gal from British Columbia who writes the garden blog I subscribe to. But I guess it will have to wait for another year.

Mar 12, 9:06pm Top

>112 jessibud2:

If you meet in a lawyer's office for video conferencing, you can sign and it will be validated.
That worked for me a few years back when it was just a phone conference.

Edited: Mar 12, 10:55pm Top

>115 jessibud2:And can anyone explain why the UK was exempt from t-Rump's travel ban

The UK was exempt from tRump's Europe ban because he has golf courses (his own businesses) there. By now, you should know that everything he does is self-serving.

Everything is going crazy here. The schools will be closed for two weeks. The libraries and rec centers have closed. People are buying and hoarding toilet paper, bottled water (why?), and disinfectant wipes. My daughter-in-law opted not to bring their family to Shabbat dinners for now (a wise decision), but my older son will still join is. Professional sports are being cancelled (soccer, basketball). Our state has declared an emergency and recommends that people avoid being in a crowd great than 250 people. People over 60 or with compromised immunity should stay at home.

The idea is to prevent the spread of the virus before it takes great hold. I think this is a wise idea even though it will adversely affect so many people. The other option is illness and death.

My daughter and son-in-law had to cancel a vacation trip to Spain. They were to leave tomorrow. This has hit them hard for many reasons. I am sad for them but relieved to know they will not be in Spain during this pandemic without any way to return home.

I am particularly happy that I'm no longer working as a nurse! That job has to be especially rough now.

If there is any way you can avoid that travel, try to do so. Documents can be faxed or mailed to you. You can then sign and email them back, later following up with the hard copy.

Mar 13, 6:46am Top

>116 m.belljackson: - I am going to investigate that option, Marianne.

>117 SqueakyChu: - I am sorry for your daughter and son-in-law, Madeline. Yes, this is affecting so many people in so many ways.

It has been confirmed this morning that our Prime Minister's wife has tested positive and does have covid-19, so Justin will also remain in isolation for 2 weeks, though he doesn't have the plague (yet). And she had just returned from the UK. I hope someone tells t-Rump.

The opening of baseball season, too (my fave) will be postponed, at least 2 weeks as well, at this point. Oh well.

One thing I will never run out of, is books.

Mar 13, 8:02am Top

Apparently, Obama tweeted:

If you’re wondering whether it’s an overreaction to cancel large gatherings and public events (and I love basketball), here’s a useful primer as to why these measures can slow the spread of the virus and save lives. We have to look out for each other.

How canceled events and self-quarantines save lives, in one chart:



Sounds like a *leader*, basing tweets on facts and science, unlike some *other leaders*...

Mar 13, 12:02pm Top

Hi Shelley!

>82 jessibud2: I’ve been watching the Decorah Bald Eagle Cam, too. Is it only the female who sits on the egg(s)?

>89 jessibud2: I loved watching the branching last year. Stupid me, it honestly didn’t occur to me that they have to practice flying.

>95 jessibud2: Very cute.

>112 jessibud2: My daughter called me late yesterday to tell me that her college (in Wilmington, North Carolina) is extending spring break another week and then converting as much as possible to online learning. It means getting her a laptop if she can’t borrow one from a friend, as she’s been using the school computer center/learning lab computers. This is her last semester and I can easily envision delaying graduation or not holding a ceremony at all, but haven't brought that up at all. She's stressed enough. Not angry, understands why, but is still stressed.

Mar 13, 12:12pm Top

Hi Shelley! Glad you are back home safe and sound. Sorry the book on the trip out was so bad. Good luck with the final legal wrangle--hope you can do it by video. Love the bird pictures!

>119 jessibud2: Oh, a THOUGHTFUL President. Miss him.

Mar 13, 1:50pm Top

>120 karenmarie: - Hi Karen. I think the male will sit once the chicks hatch, to give the female some breaks. I have seen both parents feeding the chicks. And yes, branching! :-). They hop up and down in the nest itself but huge as the nest is (I think I've read it could be 5 or 6 feet in diameter!), 3 full grown hoppers gets crowded and so, branching. You need a strong heart to watch, lol!

Good luck to your daughter. I am sure it will be fine. She may still be able to use the school's computers; maybe she can contact someone now, and ask about borrowing one.

>121 Berly: - Hi Kim. I am waiting on a call back from my mum's residence. I placed a call to the manager of that place to ask if they are implementing any restrictions to visitors or anything else. I don't particularly relish travelling for 6 hours to arrive and be told I can't stay there with her (I always sleep on her sofa when I am there). I also emailed our lawyer asking if the meeting can go ahead remotely. My brother doesn't want to postpone any more than I do but he also doesn't want to drive from Vermont and get stuck in Montreal, unable to go home, in case t-Rump decides to close the border, which of course makes no sense but t-Rump being who he is, anything is possible and it doesn't have to make sense.

So, the rest of my Friday will be spent waiting.....

Mar 13, 3:59pm Top

>122 jessibud2: I know that waiting feeling. In post-surgery waiting room. (I am a visitor not the patient, for once.) Been here since 5:15AM.
Wishing you the best.

Mar 13, 4:43pm Top

Well, I have placed 2 phone calls to my mum's residence but have had no response yet. I contacted my cousin to see if I could stay with her again and in any other circumstance, she said of course but since she works in a doctor's office, she needs to be extra careful and because of this current situation, she can't have me there. I certainly understand.

I talked it over with my brother and we have decided to ask for a postponement. The lawyer called us back to say that if we want, we can do the meeting remotely, via video conference and I am so relieved, I can't tell you. I really do not want to be travelling for 6 hours and possibly have nowhere to stay.

The news is saying that Health Canada is strongly advising to cancel all unnecessary travel so this solution works for my brother too, as he now doesn't have to risk not being able to get back across the border.

What a mess.

Edited: Mar 13, 6:06pm Top

More restrictions announced about an hour ago.


Libraries will be closed, too. Ouch.

But I still say better this than nothing and better safe than sorry. There would be plenty of be grousing if nothing were being done so let's just go with the flow, and be safe.

Edited: Mar 13, 8:42pm Top

Talk about crazy. Today seems to be the day when it all hit the fan, and spun out of orbit. All day I have been receiving emails from a number of places updating their efforts to remain on top of things. From Indigo Books (big box bookstore), from the Ontario Art Gallery and even this one, from Second Cup (Canada's version of Starbucks):

To our valued guests,

Today, we announced the following:
We will now exclusively offer a made-for-you model, with baristas adding modifiers such as milk, cream, non-dairy options or sugar to beverages. Self-serve stations will no longer be in use.
All Second Cup cafés will no longer be accepting cash. Only debit, credit, gift cards and mobile payments will be accepted.
All of our franchise partners have now been empowered to make individual decisions on any additional precautionary measures - up to, and including, closing their dining rooms and offering counter service only, or the temporary closure of their cafés. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on social media - or call your local café directly - for more information on the status of any Second Cup location.
Further to our discontinuing the use of personal mugs or travel mugs, we will now extend this policy to include all ceramic mugs, dishware and cutlery.

I also want to continue to encourage our guests to consider using either our drive-thrus (for cafés with this option) or mobile order and pay ahead. We will also be offering a 20% discount on all mobile orders.


Personally, I feel healthy and comfy in my own house. I have enough food (and will make sure tomorrow or Monday to get more cat food so Lexi will have enough, too). I have my books, my music, my computer and phone, a dvd to finish and most of all, I feel grateful to have all this. I worry terribly about those who do not. The homeless, the precarious workers, those living in remote areas who don't have easy access to decent health services and supplies, those without friends or family nearby (or anywhere). Those without the means to take care of themselves, or the sick who are in hospital, the last place I'd want to be these days, truth be known. Those essential services workers, front line police, fire, and health care workers.

What a test this is for humanity. And still, will we learn anything from this? Will we come out the other end, better for having survived? Who knows. I am not an optimist, by nature - I am a realist and I think those two may be mutually exclusive views - so I somehow doubt it. But maybe. I don't read much sci fi. How will this end?

Mar 13, 8:55pm Top

A!l important questions!

Mar 14, 9:26am Top

Antidotes, much needed right now:

The Joy of Birds, from Audubon

Mar 14, 11:06am Top

I went to the grocery store yesterday for three items ( milk,bread and lettuce) and had to stay in line for an hour. Good thing I have a lot of things at home already. The shelves were completely bare. At work we are being screened everyday for temperature. My other workplace I teach at a university and all classes are online including exams. I hope all the precautions will help. Anyhow have a great weekend!

Mar 14, 1:38pm Top

Excellent interview with an infectious disease physician and professor of epidemiology, and overview of the current covid 19 situation, today on my favourite science program on CBC radio:


Dr. Fisman's best quote, in my opinion, when asked what you say to people who say we are over-reacting, because nothing is happening:

"We're fundamentally a discipline that's about prevention and having our actions result in non-occurrence of events. And I'm entirely comfortable with folks criticizing this and saying, look you cancelled our concerts, you cancelled the NHL season, you terrible person, you made restaurants empty out for a month and then nothing happened. That's the point. By doing that we make nothing happen for a little while until this starts to heat up again.
If we allow this to get bad, it gets bad fast, and it gets horrible fast. And that's why we have to be proactive."

His take on trump's response, when asked, was also spot-on. It's a very good interview and is precisely the reason we need to heed the experts and not those who pretend to know everything, when they don't.

Edited: Mar 14, 3:54pm Top

Hi, Shelley. Good comment from Dr. Fisman. Yeah, south of the border, if we manage to have a lot of people saying we overreacted, that'll be a good thing.

Thanks for the link to the lovely bird photos. I particularly liked this one of the Limpets.

Mar 14, 3:58pm Top

Delurking to spread a cheery (virus-free) wave from over on my thread. I just felt like letting people on LT know we are okay. I'm interpreting silence as "oh my gosh, are they ill?"

Edited: Mar 15, 8:27pm Top

>127 ronincats: - Thanks, Roni.

>129 figsfromthistle: - I went out this morning to pick up some milk, fruit and cereal. The lines weren't too bad but the shelves in the supermarket were quite bare. The panic buying and hoarding freak me out a bit more than the actual virus, if truth be told. I have spent the last 2 days listening to the CBC, the most reliable source of factual info I think is available here. Rather than being totally stressed, I find myself rather calm, because I feel informed. I just wish the media would calm down a bit. I think a lot of the panic is because of the constant media coverage and hype is what media thrives on but that's what a 24-hour news cycle is all about and has been, for a long time now. Even the sports guy on the radio joked and said, "no sports. That's my report. And now, back to the virus coverage." Sheesh.

>131 jnwelch:- Hi, Joe. Yeah, I think it's important to build in some diversions, whether they be humour, nature or, say, books. ;-)

I do still think about the issues and concerns I raised back up there in >126 jessibud2:, especially about the homeless and those in shelters. Really worrisome. But I do believe that all the closures in the city are the proactive way to deal with this, in order to get ahead of it. Not a lot of alternatives at the moment and personally, I am ok with that. I feel cocooned and protected, which is a privilege, I know. I started a new jigsaw puzzle today and I have surrounded myself with things that give me comfort. I went for a walk this afternoon as it was a gorgeous day here - blue sky, not a trace of a cloud, a tad chillier than I'd have liked but perfect walking weather. I will soon go read and finish my current book so I can do a few review write-ups tomorrow. I want to copy some quotes, too, from one of my reads.

>132 SandyAMcPherson: - Hi, Sandy. Glad to hear you are doing alright. Pretty chilly out your way, I heard! Wow. We are at least above zero (at least, during the day).

Mar 15, 8:52pm Top

Tom Gauld, of course. Hero Dog:

Mar 15, 11:30pm Top

great! some good humour needed now!

Mar 16, 12:04am Top

Mar 16, 12:41am Top

I popped into a grocery store today to pick on some sore throat drops. No big deal, I'm sure I don't have the covid virus. But wow, the shelves were quite bare. People had bought up the flour, a lot of soup, and pasta , toilet paper etc. Crazy times!. It's still really windy here and for us, cold. 5C with winds up to 40 km . Poppy the dog and I have had some very windy walks the past few days. I hope the wind will let up by tomorrow. We are supposed to be heading into the double digits next week.

Mar 16, 11:54am Top

News conference with our premier. I am not a fan of his, at the best of times but to his credit, he sounds almost sane right now. He is praising the efforts of everyone, and is deferring to the experts in handling the current crisis. He said he is open to closing the borders if the federal government declares it but is cautioning about the importance of maintaining the supply chain for the economy and for the people. He actually said he was a big fan of the deputy Prime Minister and praised her endless efforts to stay on top of the situation, and her constant communication. That praise alone is amazing, coming from him.

News also conveyed that jobs will be protected and that no one will be forced to present a doctors note if they are self-isolating or in quarantine and they will not lose their jobs in those cases.

Many stores and shopping malls are already either closing altogether or reducing hours of operation. I was also pleased to receive an email this morning from one of our major supermarket chains announcing that they will limit purchases to 2 products per customer to prevent hoarding and panic buying, in order to ensure there is enough for everyone.

News conference from the federal govt coming in about an hour or so.

We are in uncharted territory, people, and the quote someone here posted the other day (Sandy?) is more true than ever:

Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate --- M. Leavitt

So let's just do what needs to be done and laugh later, if it proves to be for nothing.

Meantime, stay healthy and Wash Your Hands!

Mar 16, 11:55am Top

I will do my nasty deed now (clean the litter box) then reward myself after by posting some books reviews, and starting my next book. Or listening to the radio or an audiobook while working on my current puzzle (a picture of a bookshelf!).

Stay tuned….

Mar 16, 11:59am Top

>135 torontoc:, >136 Berly: - Hi Cyrel and Kim

>137 vancouverdeb: - Hi Deb. Our store shelves were partially bare, too. But I don't really need much as I am fine with what I have in the house. My vet is out of stock of Lexi's prescription food but she hopes to have a delivery tomorrow. I have enough in the house for the week and worst case scenario, I will just put her back on the old regular food, which I still have a fair bit of. It's all canned food and she will be fine. She's the cat that will eat anything so I am not too concerned.

Mar 16, 1:30pm Top

I have a question. Maybe I missed the answer but I haven't heard this discussed at all: When someone is diagnosed with or tests positive with covd19, what is the next step? How is it dealt with? Obviously, there is no vaccine yet but what medicines would work to help people get better? Clearly, this isn't the flu but if people are sick, what is to be done about it?

Mar 16, 2:02pm Top

>141 jessibud2: - Unless the patient has severe symptoms such as shortness of breath or 100+ fever for more than 3 days, it's recommended that they stay hydrated and take OTC fever-reducing meds.

Mar 16, 2:32pm Top

>142 katiekrug: - Thanks, Katie. Sounds reasonable, I guess. Our Prime Minister just finished speaking. Lots of changes and there will now be daily updates. The operative words seem to be "for the moment"...

Mar 16, 4:24pm Top

>141 jessibud2: I think it's one of those things that you just ride it out unless you get complications. No meds for it, just things to make you comfortable until it passes with fever meds etc

Mar 16, 6:35pm Top

I went to a meeting today just as the city of Port Coquitlam decided they were going to close their public buildings. They were putting up the closed signs as I walked in. No prior warning. That includes the library where I just put a hold on a book for book club because the Vancouver library has extended all due dates to April 25 and all of the copies of the book that I want are out. Chapters had it so I gave up and bought it.

I also went to a grocery store. No milk. The cashier said that they get milk shipments every night but it didn't come in for today. She said that is what happens when demand exceeds supply. Makes sense. I found milk in a larger grocery store, the one that was close to Chapters. In that same mall there is a Starbucks which is going grab and go only. So strange to see all the empty parking spots in that part of the lot.

Having never cross country skied I can't tell you if snowshoeing is more of a work out, Shelley. It's fun though. Sorry to see that your flights were so bad but it is good that you can go back to the train. Train travel from here is cost prohibitive but I like it in England where it is a good option and quick (well, they don't have to cover as much ground to get to different places as they would here.)

Edited: Mar 18, 1:22pm Top

>145 Familyhistorian: - Well, the court has cancelled the meeting anyhow so I am not going back to Montreal. I was supposed to go today but over the weekend my brother and I decided to ask for a postponement. Instead, the lawyer said he'd set us up to participate via video conference, which was fine. And today, the judge informed him (the lawyer) that everything was off, until further notice.

The mall near my house (where you and I walked to catch the subway when you were here; the subway station is adjacent to the mall) is now, along with other big malls in the city, on reduced hours and I'm sure it is only a matter of time until they close altogether. Today, an announcement was made that most restaurants are being advised to close or do take out or delivery only. Starbucks has even removed seating to discourage gatherings.

Everything is tightening up or shutting down and I think it is probably a good idea. Just do it, get this thing under control and hopefully, we can get our lives back to (somewhat) normal sooner. This is, of course, the new normal, for now.

I don't use bottled water as Toronto's tap water is fine but I am wondering now if I should maybe try to pick up a bottle or two, just in case. I will have to go out tomorrow to get some cat food so maybe...

Mar 16, 11:09pm Top

I was once told that to prepare for a water loss emergency- put a pitcher of Toronto water in the fridge. I am self-isolating for 14 days as I was in the US for 24 hours last week. I watched one of the press conferences and the advice was " stay home". I did some online shopping from one of the grocery stores and they will deliver ( my niece uses the same store service although she does her own pickup) I'll let you know how good the service is- they also ask for substitute choices if one of their products is in short supply.
Using the time to spring clean and read.

Mar 17, 7:10am Top

>147 torontoc: - Thanks, Cyrel. Was it Grocery Gateway? I see them around but have never used them. I think I am ok as far as that goes but stupidly, just last night, I realized I needed to refill a prescription. I just called it in and I hope I can pick it up later today.

As for closures in our city, this morning's news brings the list up to include bars, restaurants and theatres to mostly or totally close. The list seems to grow by the hour. But, as I have said, I think it's vital to say ahead of this thing. As long as the government is promising to help people financially, I can't understand why this is a problem for folks. I mean, I *do* understand but it needs to be done, we need to do this, and now.

There also seems to be a real backlash against the government re their announcement yesterday that the border will be closed to all non-Canadians EXCEPT Americans. What is being said is that Trudeau is afraid of t-Rump, afraid to antagonize him in case he (t-Rump) decides to stop or restrict trade of essential goods that we need. That president is crazy, and it's awful that everyone in the world seems to fear him. I hate that we are so dependent on the States for so much. There is something very wrong with this picture.

Mar 17, 7:35am Top

Hi Shelley!

>134 jessibud2: *smile*

>139 jessibud2: Ah, yes, the litter box. I have 3 kitties and 2 boxes and check for deposits twice a day. So much fun, but the kitties are worth it.

I don’t know how it is in Canada, but here in the US there are many people who live paycheck to paycheck and have no financial reserves. So far there is no federal help in the coronavirus pandemic, although there are noises about giving every US adult a $1000 check. Some people can’t keep enough food in the house during a normal week, much less to self-quarantine, and some people have to go to work but what do they do with the children that aren’t able to go to school? And here’s the kicker – if I didn’t have a double risk spouse (senior and underlying health conditions) and I wasn’t a senior, I’d probably try to help someone somehow to get through this by going somewhere and doing something. But I can’t and that frustrates me.

Edited: Mar 17, 7:57am Top

Our premier is set to make an announcement in about 30 minutes: he is said to be declaring a state of emergency. Stay tuned.

Mar 17, 8:10am Top

>149 karenmarie: - Hi Karen. Yes, many here are in the same precarious situation. So far, though, our governments have promised to help them financially. I hope it's enough.

Mar 17, 10:06am Top

Hi- I used Loblaws for my online order- I'll let you know how it is. My doctor's office emailed me that they would be moving to telephone or online appointments mainly. My optometrist's office is closing temporarily

Mar 17, 2:38pm Top

2 mini reviews. Or, that was the intention, anyhow:

Dinner With Edward by Isabel Vincent

This was a lovely read, a slow, steady evolution of wisdom, of life, of a life. I have seen it compared to Tuesdays With Morrie and I can see why, but it's different. The reader gets to know Edward a bit at a time, each chapter, each dinner, revealing the layers of his life and personality, through his stories, and memories.

Isabel Vincent is an investigative reporter who lives in New York, and whose marriage is unravelling. She is introduced to Edward, the father of a friend of hers, who is in his 90s and has been depressed since his wife recently died. Isabel agrees to have dinner with him, and goes, with little in the way of expectations. What she discovers is that, not only is Edward a magnificent cook, but that he is also a man of great depth and character.

"But from the beginning of our relationship, I knew instinctively that his culinary tips went far beyond the preparation of food. He was teaching me the art of patience, the luxury of slowing down and taking the time to think through everything I did."

"...he spoke about recognizing "the stranger in all of us" and achieving what he liked to call "a resting place of the soul", by which I now realize he meant self-assurance and being happy in your own skin. Or as he put it, "a place in your head where you are at peace with your life, with your decisions".

"The secret is treating family like guests and guests like family," he once told me.


I read somewhere online after googling when I finished the book, that the movie version of this book is planned to star David Suchet, best known for his role as Hercule Poirot. I hope he does it justice.

Mar 17, 2:49pm Top

Late Migrations isn't a story, per se, rather, a collection of memories and thoughts; sensory and incidental, from her distant and recent past. Renkl's language is lyrical, visual, and her brother's illustrations are simply lovely.

Some quotes that resonated:

- ...our long family history and frequent visits might explain why I imprinted on that landscape so wholly. Or perhaps it was the open windows, a time when what happened outside the house was felt indoors or the innocence that sent children outside to play after breakfast, not to return till hunger drove them home again. I am a creature of piney wood and folded terrain, of birdsong and running creeks and a thousand shades of green, of forgiving soil that yields with each footfall. That hot land is a part of me, as fundamental to my shaping as a family member, and I would have remembered its precise features with an ache of homesickness even if I had never seen it again.

- (about watching an eclipse): I wanted to see this exceedingly rare phenomenon too, but I didn't want to see it in some distant, unfamiliar part of the world. I wanted to see it in my own country, in the company of blue jays. I wanted to see splintered light glinting on all the intricate webs that our own micrathena spiders had strung across narrow footpaths in the night. I wanted to see sun parings wink through the wild Rose of Sharon flowers - an effect of the partial eclipse that turns a forest into a great pinhole camera, projecting images of the waning sun onto the ground and leaving moon-shaped holes in all the shadows.

- I also knew where to look for a piebald fawn who was born in these woods late one spring, but knowing where to look is not the same as seeing what you're looking for.

- I peek between the branches of the holly bush, and the redbird nestling looks straight at me, motionless, unblinking. Everyday the world is teaching me what I need to know to be in the world. In the stir of too much motion: Hold still. Be quiet. Listen.

- Teetering between despair and terror, alarmed by the perils that threaten the planet, defeated in imagining any real way to help, I'm tempted to turn away, to focus on what is lovely in a broken world: moonlight on still water, the full-body embrace of bumblebees in the milkweed, the first dance of the newlyweds, whose eyes never leave each other in all their turnings on the gleaming floor.

- When I think of the first time my heart broke, the summer I was fourteen, I don't think at all of the boy who broke it. I think of walking around and around our block, desolate among the ubiquitous dogwoods, weeping as though I had invented heartbreak all by myself.


As I often do after reading a book I loved, especially if it's an author new to me, I google the author. I was delighted that on the opening page of her website, the quote that she chose for that spot is one of the ones I loved best (above).

Late Migrations https://margaretrenkl.com/

Under the head tab called Writing Samples, are articles and essays she has written under the headings of Family, Nature, Culture, Politics. I haven't read through them all yet but I will.

I find myself wanting and needing lovely reads now, especially in these days of the current mess this world is in. It's a form of cocooning, maybe even social distancing, ;-). Something introvert types like me have been doing for eons. In fact, it's my default lifestyle. Still....I'm not looking for books to keep me up at night, if you know what I mean. If I want that kind of tension, I could watch the evening news.

Edited: Mar 17, 3:33pm Top

>154 jessibud2: VEry good review of Late Migrations Shelley. I just finished it myself and could see why Mark was warbling about it. I thought her piece on Insomnia was a perfect description of it. I loved too which words were forbidden when she was growing up.

Mar 17, 7:08pm Top

Our Prime Minister has closed all national parks and heritage sites. He is also emphasizing the importance of just staying home. He said, basically, if it has a door, it will be closed. The Hudson Bay company department store is closed ow too!

Quite a few of the tv personalities are working from home, broadcasting from home, some from self isolation, some because they have small kids. In some way, if anything positive can be said of this whole disaster, it's that the technology and connectivity we have in 2020 still allows most of us to not be totally isolated. One doctor speaking on the radio today said he was quarantined in 2003, during SARS and back then, we had email but not much else, in the way we do today. So that's a good thing.

>152 torontoc: - My doctor is doing a telephone appointment with me tomorrow, too, Cyrel and both my eye doctor and even the vet appointments have been postponed for another time. My Lexi, if she had the ability to understand, would be jumping for joy to know she won't have to go get her blood taken on Monday. She doesn't do well with vet visits. One of the vets is returning from a family vacation in BC tomorrow and will have to self-isolate for 14 days and they are really short-staffed, taking only emergencies. At least I was able to get a case of cat food today.

Mar 17, 8:06pm Top

>154 jessibud2: Thanks for that lovely review Shelley!

Edited: Mar 17, 9:25pm Top

As of this evening, Chapters bookstores are closed. Their online store is still working, obviously, but the physical stores are closed. For non-Canadians, Chapters is our big box chain bookstore. Another one bites the dust, at least *for now*.

Any other Jeopardy watchers in LT land? I wonder how many shows have been taped for Jeopardy ahead of this recent covid 19 fiasco. As of today's show, he is still shaking hands with the contestants. I wonder what will happen to the show when this current batch of taped shows run out. Alex, not only with his age but with his health, is definitely in a vulnerable group. How can they continue the show? Maybe without an audience, but still. This is going to get interesting. I was/am unable to imagine the program without Alex but was still hopeful that would be a long time in the future. If they need to pull it or replace him in order not to expose him, yikes, it could be sooner rather than later. Waaaah! :-(

Mar 17, 9:11pm Top

>155 mdoris: - Mary, check out her other writing on her website, link at the end of my review. She has a gift, that's for sure.

>157 EllaTim: - Thank you, Ella.

Edited: Mar 19, 7:01pm Top

Another day, another restriction (or ten). News is saying that shortly (sometime today), an official announcement will be made to close the Canada/US border to all but trucks moving goods back and forth. It probably should have been done already since a few recently diagnosed cases can be traced to travellers (Cdn or American) coming from or being exposed to someone coming from the States.

In better news, my friend who lives near Boston sent me an article from the Boston Globe yesterday that one indie bookstore is offering curbside service. I couldn't read it on my phone (print too small) and this morning, on my computer, I can't see the article unless I subscribe and I don't intend to do that. But here in Toronto, our lovely indie bookstore, Ben McNally's, is also offering similar service. The note here on their website was sent out yesterday in their newsletter: https://benmcnallybooks.com/

Also, several musicians are offering concerts online. A wonderful local group, Choir Choir Choir often hosts get-togethers for group singalongs. They moved that to the internet yesterday, too (I think so far it's only on facebook but many people are able to access that, just not me ;-)

Mar 18, 9:59am Top

We are very lucky to have the technology that we do
My parents are in isolation due to age and medical issues, but they are missing seeing my germy kids. I am hoping to have a facetime visit Friday morning with them

Mar 18, 1:17pm Top

Hi, Shelley.

>134 jessibud2: We're peeved at some of the young crowd in the States. Here in Chicago they turned out in throngs near Wrigley Field near us for St. Patrick's Day; that had a big influence on our governor closing down bars and restaurants. As you may have seen, in Florida kids are crowding the beaches. They're lower risk than oldsters, but it's still a stupid thing to do - how many more carriers are going to result from that?

Mar 18, 2:40pm Top

>161 ChelleBearss: - We sure are lucky. Hang in there, Chelle.

>162 jnwelch: - Yes, I had heard a bit about the issues in Chicago, Joe, though not the Florida ones. At the risk of sounding like my grandmother, what's with kids today!? lol

I snagged another great source of reading today. I had to go to Costco pharmacy to pick up a prescription. While there, I grabbed a copy of TIME magazine, the 100 Women of the Year issue (1920 - 2019). RBG is on the cover (her year was 1996). Then I thumbed through it and 5 more covers follow, with stories inside on all 100, through the decades.

I have to say, I was surprised and impressed at Costco, to see the measures they are taking. It was something of a free-for-all last time I was there but today, there is a huge sign at the entrance listing all the items they are OUT OF. Inside, it felt empty (of people) but I am guessing they are limiting numbers who can enter at a time. Good on them. The floors are taped off in front of each cash register to accommodate the required 6 feet of distance and staff are directing customers to the cash registers according to availability. Even the parking lot was not full, as it often is. I did stop afterwards to get gas as Costco gas is always 10 cents a litre less than anywhere else in the city. In truth, I was already at 3/4 full and didn't *need* to fill up but the cost at the pump today was 67 cents a litre! How could I not? My grand total came to $7.00.

I do believe I am as fully stocked as I need to be and shouldn't have to go out for anything else unless my neighbour across the street needs something and I can get it for her. Tomorrow is supposed to be a rather warm day (today isn't, and after tomorrow it won't be) so I may venture out for a walk if it isn't raining. But if that doesn't happen, my cave is just fine. I guess my thread toppers were timely. Who knew?

Edited: Mar 18, 7:52pm Top

>153 jessibud2: >154 jessibud2:

With all the spare change I've saved from not going anywhere,
not buying anything except acres of T.P.,
not polluting the world with gas...I've ordered both Dinner With Edward (used - Very Good) and Late Migrations (new) from abe.

Nice treats for the next 2-18 months - thank you for the reviews!

Mar 18, 8:45pm Top

>164 m.belljackson: - Oh, good, Marianne. Both were lovely but Late Migrations, in particular, is beautiful. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Edited: Mar 19, 11:05am Top

It occurred to me that maybe I ought to be trying to get a bit more of my vitamins and supplements. Not that I take a lot, I don't, but I have just over a month's supply and I am thinking maybe I should get at least one more bottle of each. Easier said than done. The 2 health stores I usually go to aren't answering phones so maybe they are closed. I am just going to drive over and see and maybe try the pharmacy, too. If I am out of luck, I may ration by taking them only every other day. That would double my time, anyhow. I really don't like the stocking up mentality but the reality is, this is going to be a long-haul thing we are in now.

I will call my neighbour and ask if there is anything I can pick up for her. Maybe it's time to start focussing on the good deeds we are seeing around us, or doing, ourselves. One of our radio programs (well, several of them), are turning to call-in mode and asking listeners to report on the good out there right now. We truly need to shift gears a bit away from the fear and anxiety. Some restauranteurs here, finding themselves in the position of having to shut down, also find themselves with fridges full of fresh food. Some have been donating the food to food banks and others in need. I find that to be such an act of generosity, and kindness.

Mar 19, 1:30pm Top

So, I got what I needed. The health food store was open, just later, due to reduced hours. I never expected to find hand sanitizer (which I personally don't like and never use) or disinfectant wipes of any sort in the stores but I tried to get creative and think a bit outside the box. I looked in the first aid aisle, thinking maybe plain old rubbing alcohol might be a reasonable alternative but apparently, I was not the first with that idea. Nada. I asked one of the ladies I know at the pharmacy if face astringent contained enough alcohol to be of any value but she wasn't sure. She did suggest something that I hadn't thought of, though. Plain old vinegar and water. Vinegar I have, at home. So, that's what it will have to be.

Mar 19, 1:49pm Top

Shelley, I"m not sure how much alcohol is in face astringent, but I believe the number to look for is at least 60%. For future reference :)

Mar 19, 1:53pm Top

If you are staying home, washing with soap and water beats sanitizer every time.

Mar 19, 2:15pm Top

>168 katiekrug:, >169 ronincats: - That's what the pharmacy gal said, that she wasn't sure it was a high enough content to make any difference. A friend just sent me an article, too, about why NOT to use rubbing alcohol as a disinfectant around the house. Something about how it can be dangerous when in the presence of other household chemicals, etc. And apparently, vinegar won't disinfect. It will clean and sparkle but not disinfect. So, soap and water will be my go-to. Plus just the regular precautions. I am not so concerned about the inside of my own house. I will more likely drown in dustballs in my house than other germs here... ;-)

Mar 19, 2:25pm Top

>163 jessibud2: Gas at 67 cents a litre! I have been watching our gas prices fall but we are only at $1.12 at my local station and $1.059 at Costco, but then, we have the highest gas prices in North America. I didn't know that Chapters had closed until I read it on your thread, Shelley. Glad I picked up the book club book that I needed on Monday.

We are very lucky that our weather has been sunny all week and lots of people have been out on the walking trails as, really, where else can they go? Next week looks to be a very rainy one. Then we will really feel like shut ins! Hope your books and jigsaws are keeping you entertained through these strange times.

Mar 19, 2:53pm Top

>171 Familyhistorian: - Meg, as a friend of mine pointed out, there is a weird irony of having such low gas prices and nowhere to go! lol

Yes, lots of places shutting down now still. The latest, here: IKEA, Hudson's Bay, Ten Thousand Villages (Canadian franchises were set to close for good by May anyhow but this early closure will mean this is it for them), one of our largest garden centres, too, Sheridan, and others I am probably forgetting.


As per my shout-out in >166 jessibud2: to find and mention acts of good will and kindness, I want to post here a lovely note I received in my email today from Sobey's, one of our supermarket chains. It's a good reminder:

To our Valued Sobeys Customer,

Since the terrible escalation of Coronavirus, we have been blown away by the dedication and thoughtfulness of our hardworking teammates. We'd like to salute our team of 123,000 people across our great country who are working so hard every day to support Canadians throughout this difficult time.

Yesterday I was reminded yet again that we have such a great team. One of our teammates, Taeler, put a poster together for her store team filled with wonderful comments from customers and co-workers to lift their spirits and cheer them on. At the centre of the poster she wrote, "Tough Times Don't Last, Tough Teams Do." That really says it all.

We've asked so much of our front-line grocery and pharmacy heroes in recent days. With everything that's going on, they're showing up every day determined to serve Canadians. They understand how vital it is in this extraordinary time to get us the food we need, safely and securely. In moments of crisis, they understand that grocery stores are an essential service with a critical role to play in communities across Canada. They're working around the clock to make that happen. To that end, we've received incredible feedback from people applauding our team's great morale and extraordinary service. I have personally witnessed how much it means to our people when people thank them for serving customers in these tough times.

We have excellent standards in place to keep our stores clean and sanitized and our customers and teammates healthy. We are looking at every opportunity to improve on these standards. The safety and health of all of you is imperative to us.

Thank you to our customers for your patience with us in moments when our shelves are not fully stocked. It's a busy, unpredictable time, and our team members are doing everything within their power. Thank you to all of our governments for their collaboration in helping us and our grocery customers.

We have trust in Canada's strong and secure food supply chain. If you see an empty shelf, know that it will be full again shortly. Our warehouse and distribution teams are working the hardest in our history to get you the goods you need.

It's more apparent than ever right now that the journey to get food onto Canadians' tables is a team effort.


Michael Medline
President & CEO

Edited: Mar 19, 4:19pm Top

Well, I did something I can't remember ever doing: I bailed on a puzzle. I love the picture of this one, a bookshelf from Jane Mount's Bibliophile An Illustrated Miscellany. But the problem is, the pieces are so flimsy, that they don't stay together. I don't mind that it's a challenging puzzle, 1000 pieces; I love a challenge. But because it's so colourful, I have been working on different sections at different times but when I try to move (slide) pieces around to connect them together, even without lifting them, the pieces come apart. I find that too frustrating and so I have decided to bail. Damn.

So, instead, I have plucked this puzzle out of the stash. I love it and already, the pieces feel sturdier:

I don't really have a *stash* of puzzle. I think I have 4 or 5.

Edited: Mar 19, 7:09pm Top

Wow, on the evening news, I just heard that one woman here who works in a senior's home (I think) put out a call on twitter for any venues who had weddings or other such events cancelled, and who had floral arrangements left over and nowhere to unload them. She said that they would brighten up the residences. She said that within 13 minutes, she had dozen of responses and tons of offers of flowers. The staff will remove the arrangements from their pots, disinfect the pots and redistribute the flowers. What a lovely and generous idea!

Mar 19, 9:11pm Top

I recently did a puzzle that was also rather flimsy. I finished it, but made note of the company so I wouldn't buy another one from them.

Lovely story about the flowers... Our town Facebook community page has somewhat restored my faith in humanity as people are offering to help others, pick up groceries, giving helpful tips, etc.

Mar 19, 9:23pm Top

>173 jessibud2: Sorry you had to bail on your puzzle, but I can understand why. For more puzzles, just order them online. They come by mail

Mar 19, 11:20pm Top

Sending pandemic-safe hugs.

Mar 20, 9:20am Top

>175 katiekrug:, >176 SqueakyChu:, >177 richardderus: - Hi Katie, Madeline, Richard.

Sigh. Last night, around 9:30, I got a phone call from my mother's senior residence. She is fine but a woman who lives there (not on her floor and not from her table in the dining room) has tested positive and I think is in hospital. She had been at a wedding about a week or two ago and probably contracted it there. So, all residents are now confined to their rooms and meals are being brought to them. I suspected as much since she told me earlier in the day that she had eaten her lunch in her room. I thought it would upset her to be isolated (she has always been such a social butterfly, completely opposite to her introverted and anti-social daughter). But she told me she doesn't care. Frankly, she is too busy glued to her tv. I told her to just make sure to be watching Canadian tv and not CNN (or worse). Also, now that the border is closed, my brother is not going to drive up to visit for a few hours on the weekend, which he had been talking about trying to do. Anyhow, it is what it is, and as long as she stays put and washes her hands, I guess we have to just ride it out.

I am also having trouble concentrating - the puzzle, even reading. I wanted to get back to the book I had chosen for the NF Challenge, Salt by Mark Kurlansky but for the life of me, I can't find it. I have to think I must have left it in Montreal when I was there a couple of weeks ago. I do have another that I will start today, First Bite by Bee Wilson. I hope I can concentrate. If not, I may just work on clearing a closet or putting some music on and just disconnecting from news and radio for while.

Mar 20, 11:50am Top

I'm sorry that your mother's residence has a case of COVID-19 and your mother is confined to her room. Glad she's not stressed out about it so far.

Concentrating is getting to be difficult for me, too, but I'm going to try to sit out in the hammock and read a bit. If that doesn't work I do have a closet that needs cleaning...

Edited: Mar 20, 1:12pm Top

>178 jessibud2: What a scare about your mother's residence! At least she is in isolation and in good hands. Hoping for the best in this situation.

I can't concentrate on reading either. I bailed on a book I just started because I don't want to put the effort into reading it although it is rated highly here on LT. I have decided to severely cut down on the news I listen to because it always terrifies me. Today I'm working on throwing out and shredding some old papers. That's a job worth doing. I'll only feel better after doing that.

Mar 20, 12:52pm Top

Thanks, Madeline. Thanks to your friend Barbara, I am now about to go drop this link into many threads. It's fantastic and couldn't come at a better time. It's wonderful.

A little music to uplift:


Mar 20, 1:11pm Top

Mar 20, 1:55pm Top

Hi Shelley. I hope your mother doesn't have to stay in her room for too long, but glad she doesn't mind too much.

That's a nice idea, donating flowers!

Here in Amsterdam the city is organising a service, and a phone number, for volunteers and people who need help. There are lots of volunteers offering help for elderly people, and this way people can find them. It is so reassuring that lots of people want to do something positive!

I can't concentrate on reading either, I am a bit addicted to the news right now. But I think I am going to play some music, good idea.

Mar 20, 3:33pm Top

I'm VERY glad that Mom's room-bound while there's any risk at all of her contracting COVID-19. Still wish it wasn't a concern, of course, but not being exposed is the best prevention there is.

Mar 20, 3:57pm Top

I was so sorry to hear the news about your mom's place and have fingers crossed that all will be well.

THanks for dropping the link on my thread. What a gorgeous song and so wonderfully sung by the big group. I loved it!

Edited: Mar 21, 4:32pm Top

186 >180 SqueakyChu: >178 jessibud2:

I finally gave up trying to concentrate on my NF and AAC Challenges - kept going and turning on THE WASHINGTON POST, Yahoo, Daily Kos,
and the New York Times - and got daughter to subscribe to STARZ. We're back with OUTLANDER and fear for Murtaugh.

ps. We skip the gruesome parts! Love the historical fiction and time travel plot twists, a couple of the characters, and the glorious settings.

Edited: Mar 21, 4:28am Top

Shelley, I'm very sorry to hear the news about your mom and her care home. Big hugs and the advice that you gave me, to drink some tea an honey -well - I had tea and a piece of chocolate instead. I have happy news on my granddaughter's covid test. She tested negative! Instead she has RSV, a virus that is very common , but sometimes hits some young kids hard, and also has asthma. She is still in hospital, but we hope she will be able to be discharged sometime over the weekend. Take care, Shelley.

Mar 21, 9:08am Top

>183 EllaTim: - Sounds like a good plan, Ella. And yes, music is a good pause, essential, I think.

>184 richardderus: - Thanks, Richard, Very true.

>185 mdoris: - Thanks, Mary. And you're welcome. I am now actively seeking out music, as an antidote because it is so necessary. I didn't know all of the people in that video but many I did. If you look in the comments under the youtube video, there is a list of who is who, in the order they appear.

>186 m.belljackson: - My concentration is never good at the best of times, Marianne, but I am trying.

>187 vancouverdeb: - So good to hear this, Deb! Having such a young child be so sick, under normal circumstances, has to be the scariest thing for parents (and grandparents!), but these days - I can't even imagine the fear. So, while asthma and any virus is not fun or desired, the best news is that she tested negative and will be able to go home soon.

Edited: Mar 25, 3:55pm Top

Well, ok, maybe not a cure, but.... ;-)

Mar 21, 1:17pm Top

Mar 21, 7:02pm Top

Oh, I hope your mom is OK; such a worry and hard when you can't be there.

>189 jessibud2: LOL.

Mar 21, 7:38pm Top

>190 richardderus: - :-)

>191 banjo123: - Thanks, Rhonda. So far, she seems to be understanding and accepting it well. After a week or more, we'll see... I do call her daily, sometimes more than once a day.

Mar 22, 11:56am Top

Tom Gauld, offering some literary positivity: https://myjetpack.tumblr.com/post/613285753874792448/for-yesterdays-guardian-rev...

(I am too lazy to convert the link to the actual pic on my thread. Apologies)

Edited: Mar 22, 9:10pm Top

Some random thoughts for strange times:

We are having a Darwinian moment. The past few weeks, especially the last one, have been difficult and jarring for many, to say the least. The 24/7 media focus has been both a very good and very bad thing, when it comes right down to it. It allows important information to reach the maximum numbers of people quickly, and that is vital. And it allows for connectivity to one another, the likes of which is also unprecedented. That is good. But it also makes room for a lot of fear-mongering and paranoia to flourish.

As a person who is an introvert almost to the point of being anti-social much of the time, I live on my own and love it that way. I have been feeling quite calm, compared to many, I think, and in some ways, I guess my chosen solitary lifestyle has prepared me well for these days. I have been keeping up with the news, I have been checking in with friends, neighbours, and far-flung family on a daily basis because just because they are related to me doesn't mean they are at ease or comfortable with the isolation, as I am. But in the larger picture, in the grand scheme of things, a few thoughts have occurred to me.

People are behaving as if we are the first humans in history to have a crisis thrust upon them, the first to experience catastrophe. We aren't (and we won't be the last). We, especially those of us in North America, have relatively comfortable lives, compared to many other parts of the planet and I think we sometimes take that for granted. I guess it's hard to have perspective when you are in the middle of something, but it might help to remember that. Yes, what is happening now is unprecedented (for us, at this time in our lives). But it WILL pass, sooner or later. I referred at the beginning of this to a Darwinian moment. He was the one to elaborate on the concept of *survival of the fittest* and, health-wise, that may be very true right now (especially if some of the less intelligent ones begin to take seriously their social responsibilities of following the safety guidelines we are being asked to). But the real crux here, as I see it, is our so-called intelligence. We are humans, supposedly at the top of the species totem pole. We, as humans, are evolved, we have the capacity to think, to reason, to adapt. TO ADAPT. How did the human species make it to the 21st century if not by learning and adapting to life as it changed over time? At the risk of sounding too cliché, it's not rocket science. We make some sacrifices, we care for one another (and ourselves), we use our brains and our emotional strengths, and we adapt. For however long it takes. Those who are able to adapt, will survive. Those who can't, or worse, won't, well, they won't.

I guess we won't really know the outcome until this passes into history. I'd like to be positive and say I have confidence in the human species, but there sure seem to be a lot of people out there trying hard to prove me wrong. We shall see. I know I am preaching to the choir here on LT, so you will know I am not referring to anyone here. I had an encounter yesterday with some of those I am referring to, when I was out and really, all you can do is shake your head and wonder...

Ok, end of rant. :-)

Mar 22, 7:28pm Top

>153 jessibud2: I thought I had that one in the BlackHole already, but it did not appear to be there. Fixed now!

>154 jessibud2: Late Migrations sounds just lovely. Thanks for the review, Shelley!

>174 jessibud2: I love that! What a terrific idea!

>178 jessibud2: I hope your mother dodges the virus-bullet, Shelley! I know how scary it can be right now to have older parents. Mine are both in their 80s.

>189 jessibud2: LOL

Mar 22, 7:37pm Top

>194 jessibud2: Great insights Shelly! I also live alone. I was a supreme introvert for much of my life..I still am, but I forced myself to be extraverted because my job required that often, I had to speak in front of large groups of people. After Will died (last April) I now have one salary. $250 a month was too much for cable. Now, I don't know if it is a good thing that I don't listen to the news a lot, or a bad thing because I don't focus on current events.

I read a lot, and watch very little tv, other than Netflix.

Mar 22, 9:21pm Top

>195 alcottacre: - Thanks, Stasia. My mum is 86, her sister will be 88 in a couple of weeks (they both live on the same floor or the assisted living place, which is nice for both of them), and my other 2 aunts are also in their 80s, all in Montreal, a 6-hour trip from where I am, in Toronto. I try to call them daily, just to break up the monotony of their day, if nothing else.

>196 Whisper1: - Hi, Linda. If you are not a big tv watcher, a radio or even just the computer should be enough. In truth, I am not a big tv person, myself, and have never paid for anything more than basic cable because it would be wasted on me. I do think too much computer (especially if you are not careful to filter what you view) can be toxic. As for current events, believe me, when something important happens, you will hear about it, one way or another. Right?

$250 a month for just cable sounds outrageous, to me. I don't blame you! I pay around $140 a month and that is for the package: tv, internet and phone (landline).

Mar 22, 11:31pm Top

A friend sent me this- Toronto Symphony Orchestra on youtube- it is beautuful- Appalachian Spring

Mar 23, 2:43am Top

Shelley--Sending best wishes to your Mom and I hope you feel better after your rant. I think we are entitled to a few of those in these times!

>189 jessibud2: LOL. Thanks I needed that. : )

Mar 23, 9:08am Top

A lovely piece today by Margaret Renkl author of my recent read, Late Migrations. This one is in the New York Times. If you also click on her picture, it will take you to other writings of hers. A nice treat, and a good reminder in these troubled times, that there are alternative to *the news*:


Mar 23, 9:09am Top

>198 torontoc: Thanks, Cyrel! I also heard about this on the radio this morning!

>199 Berly: - Hi, Kim. thanks.

Mar 23, 9:25am Top

>194 jessibud2: I have confidence in the human species, but there sure seem to be a lot of people out there trying hard to prove me wrong

Yes, I think that accurately sums up a lot of my recent thinking too, Shelley!

Mar 23, 11:13am Top

Hi Shelley. I liked your post at #194.

I just this morning wrote a synopsis of what I learned recently from a good friend, along with some supporting literature. The take home message is strongly "wash your hands (frequently) in any ordinary soap", something we all have heard since this disease started.

Mar 23, 11:30am Top

>202 PaulCranswick: - Thanks, Paul.

>203 SandyAMcPherson: - Listening to Justin right now, at his daily 11:15 address to the nation. I have to say, he has certainly stepped up to the plate, to the best he can, I think. I think this will look good on him, in the end, something he needed but in truth, I think he is also giving the nation much-needed confidence, such as it is, given the circumstances. Can you imagine Harper being as forth-coming or transparent and supportive? I can't. Or *Mr. Dimple*, who would look like he is grinning through the whole thing? Ha!

Mar 23, 11:51am Top

>194 jessibud2:

Thank you for not treating this lightly. We on LT are all fortunate to so far just be dealing with the mild challenge of staying home.

Mar 23, 12:22pm Top

>204 jessibud2: I just listened to a press report from my governor Larry Hogan of Maryland. It was amazing how much I was comforted by listening to a leader, politics aside, who is truthful, transparent, and competent. In the US, the fifty states are really floating along alone. It was also nice to listen to a leader with a few brain cells!

Mar 23, 12:27pm Top

>206 SqueakyChu: - Hang in there, my friend. As long as they are out there, (leaders with brain cells), you won't be alone. The trick, of course, is getting them back where they belong and getting the *deadwood* out! Hugs

Mar 23, 2:08pm Top

>207 jessibud2: That’s certainly my hope.

Mar 23, 2:14pm Top

Just found this and thought there may be people here who could use some literary distraction. Canadian children's book authors and illustrators read their books online:


Mar 23, 7:05pm Top

>200 jessibud2:

"I can scroll and worry indoors, or I can step outside and remember how it feels to be part of something larger, something timeless, a world that reaches beyond me and includes me too. The spring ephemerals have only the smallest window for blooming, and so they bloom when the sunlight reaches them. Once the forest becomes enveloped in green and the sunlight closes off again, they will wait for another year. Sunlight always returns the next year."

^As you probably know, I loved Late Migrations and this is a perfect response to the current crisis. I NEED to read more of her work.

I hope you are doing well, Shelley, in these crazy times.

Edited: Mar 23, 7:27pm Top

>210 msf59: - Right on, Mark. I find that nature books always calm me and discovering her (your BB, I believe) has been a gift. She writes beautifully. If you go to her website (I posted it in >154 jessibud2:), there is a tab that leads to more of her essays.

Doing as well as can be expected. Yesterday, I cleaned up my front garden (what will be a garden once we stop getting snow!) and have been taking walks. Alone. No problem!

Mar 23, 7:44pm Top

>211 jessibud2: As a fellow introvert, I am with you in enjoying your 'aloneness,' Shelley :)

Mar 24, 7:54am Top

Wow. A little perspective to share. I may have mentioned at times that I belong to postcrossing.com, a global postcard exchange site. I love it for so many reasons, and yesterday, that was driven home yet again. I had drawn a name of someone in Russia to send a card to not long ago. She received it yesterday, registered the card (each card we send and receive have unique identification numbers so they can be tracked), and sent me a thank you message. She also asked for my address so she could send me a thank you postcard in return. When I replied, with my address, I asked her how she was doing, in the current pandemic situation, how she was coping, etc, and expressed my wish that she and her family were safe. Here is the email she sent me in reply. If we ever needed a reminder of how blessed we are, living in a democracy (even those in t-Rump's version of that), here it is. She wrote:

"I think hard times await our country. It hurts me to talk about it, but Russia is an empire of lies. Here, the government never cares about people. Now all officials and wealthy people are buying personal ventilation devices and hiding in their villas. Hospitals lack medicines and protective equipment (always! Even when there is no epidemic). Nothing is being done to isolate people (but the police have a plan for what to do with us!).
Today my daughter (she is a last year student and works part of the week) said that they would not be allowed to stay at home because "this is not scary, there’s no reason to panic."
We feel hostage to this criminal power. We are not even allowed to express dissatisfaction, bad reviews about the work of officials or the president are not allowed and are punished.
I am very upset when I read on the received postcards - I like your president Putin ... This is terrible.
Every spring I leave for a small village. There are only three inhabitants :-) and we live there only in the summer. There I do not hear the news, I work in the garden beds and in the garden, admire the flowers and listen to the birds. This year I look forward with particular impatience to the opportunity to go there.
Thank you!
Stay safe! Take care!”


I had actually talked to a friend the other day and wondered why, when the news mentions the daily numbers from other countries, Russia is never mentioned. Now I know why. My heart just breaks for people over there.

Mar 24, 8:04am Top

So sad to hear how awful things are in Russia. Thank you for sharing something we wouldn't otherwise hear about.

Edited: Mar 24, 1:24pm Top

>214 karenmarie: - True, Karen, about our not otherwise hearing about *inside* Russia.

Edited: Mar 24, 9:18am Top

Grant Snider is finding delight in these days of anything but (keep scrolling):


Mar 24, 11:26am Top

>213 jessibud2: What an eye-opener and how sad. That is why I feel Americans must do everything in their power to dump tRump or all hope will be lost. Be safe.

Mar 24, 12:22pm Top

>213 jessibud2: What a story Shelley!

Mar 24, 1:21pm Top

>213 jessibud2: that person was very brave to even tell you ~ I hope she is safe from retribution. And I thought we'd moved beyond the the times of Stalin.

Mar 24, 1:36pm Top

>213 jessibud2: How deeply sad that is. I'm glad you shared it, Shelley.

Mar 24, 1:49pm Top

>217 SqueakyChu: - Maybe not so surprising when you see t-Rump so chummy with putin. Very scary. Maybe Andrew Cuomo shold be running. He may have a better chance at dumping t-Rump

>218 mdoris:, >219 SandyAMcPherson:, >220 richardderus: - Well, she shared this in a pm via email. I think putin is extremely dangerous, not unlike his American counterpart but with perhaps more brains. I didn't ask her if I could share it but I would never use her name or where in that huge country she lives. I just had to bring it here, though, because it is a tragedy and that truth needs to be out there. Part of me wants to even take it further, to the radio station or something but I won't because I don't have her permission and not sure she would give it. But I think sometimes, perspective is what we need, especially in times of deep panic. So if it helps us at all, then I don't feel guilty for doing this.

Mar 24, 1:56pm Top

Oh Shelley! I wasn't criticizing your posting that message (#213). I was just observing realities for the citizens in these repressive regimes.

The honchos in China have shown similar tendencies. My heart cries for those doctors who were speaking professionally about the disturbing illnesses they were observing last November-December. Their regime made such a disastrous mistake in punishing these medics. What is in it for the dictators to not address public health concerns immediately and openly? (Rhetorical, yes).

Edited: Mar 25, 7:48am Top

>222 SandyAMcPherson: - Sandy, I never took it as criticism, honest! I agree with what you said. I too was just so bummed at her note and needed to share it and I knew I wouldn't be compromising her, especially not here on LT. As for dictators or others (like t-Rump), it's all about power and control. They can't stand not to have control. They can't stand for anyone to know more than they do and to stand up and sound like they know more. Just look at the dynamic between t-Rump and Dr. Fauci right now. Fauci is losing patience with the garbage t-Rump is spewing and will probably be fired because he (Fauci) won't put up with it much longer, I think. And how does that make any sense? Same in other countries. The so-called leaders have this inborn need to be *supreme* and they don't care about anyone if they feel that is being threatened. They don't care about their citizens. They care only about themselves. It's tragic. And the almost bigger tragedy is that so many people actually fall for and believe that crap.

What is wrong with people anyway?

Look, Canada's politicans are far from perfect. Ask any Canadian anywhere in the country and you will hear plenty of complaints, from the left to the right, across the country. But I have to say, I think this will all look good on them after all is said and done because they are working together (or trying to) with astonishing sincerity and good will for the common good. I saw an article today from a reporter in Ottawa that put it all very well. Of course, we will see, after this afternoon's meeting on Parliament Hill, if that still holds up but up to now, I have been surprisingly impressed. Here is the article:


Mar 24, 3:12pm Top

<213 How very scary to hear that, but thank you for sharing. I forget to appreciate how truly lucky I am sometimes. I am tying to send out positive energy today, so with utmost sincerity, I wish you and everyone who sees this a very

Mar 24, 6:30pm Top

>213 jessibud2: >216 jessibud2: Thanks for sharing both. The importance of remembering how lucky we are is very much needed.

Edited: Mar 25, 6:48pm Top

Going to give this a whirl:

1. Who are you named after? My mother's grandmother
2. Last time you cried? Yesterday, after watching the *What the World Needs Now* Broadway video on youtube. See >181 jessibud2:
3. Do you like your handwriting? sometimes
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? I don't like processed meat at all but nothing beats real Montreal smoked meat on rye bread with mustard!
5. Longest relationship? of the boyfriend variety: 4 years; but I have childhood friends that go back to when we were 7 years old
6. Do you still have your tonsils? No
7. Would you bungee jump? Not a chance in hell
8. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Cheerios with fresh fruit and almond vanilla milk
9. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? yes
10. Do you think you're strong willed? I can be, when necessary
11. Favorite ice cream? peanut butter chocolate (but anything with chocolate would also qualify)
12. What is the first thing you notice about a person? if they smile easily
13. Football or baseball? definitely baseball!
14. What color pants are you wearing? gray sweatpants
15. Last thing you ate? salad, yogurt
16. What are you listening to? nothing at the moment
17. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? sky blue
18. What is your favorite smell? lilacs, or fresh bread
19. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? my mum, earlier this afternoon
20. Married? no
21. Hair color? dark brown though that might change rather soon if covid goes on too long....;-)
22. Eye color? dark brown
23. Favorite food? chocolate
24. Scary movies or happy endings? happy endings (I don't do scary; if I wanted that, I'd watch the news)
25. Last movie you watched in a theater? Golda's Balcony, at our Hot Docs theatre, back in January
26. What color shirt are you wearing? blue t-shirt
27. Favorite holiday? no preference
28. Beer or Wine? neither
29. Night owl or morning person? neither but more morning than night
30. Favorite day of the week? doesn't matter any more since I retired
31. Favorite animal? cats and birds but not together
32. Do you have a pet? one 20-year-old cat, Lexi
33. Where would you like travel to? Iceland, but I don't travel much any more

Mar 25, 6:55am Top

Happy Wednesday!

It is true that we often forget how fortunate we are. >223 jessibud2: Thanks for sharing the article.

Mar 25, 7:41am Top

>213 jessibud2: Wow! This is tragic, Shelley. We hear nothing about how Russia is dealing with this crisis and now we know why. This is Trump's hero, right?

Mar 25, 8:51am Top

Thanks, Kim, Stasia, Anita and Mark.

I will have to start a new thread pretty soon....

Mar 25, 6:44pm Top

>226 jessibud2: I enjoyed doing that meme too! I am loving the variety of answers.

Mar 25, 9:22pm Top

>226 jessibud2: #17 I like sky blue best of the blues.
#18 ooo lilacs yes indeed!

Sleep well!

Mar 26, 7:38am Top

Hi Shelley!

>226 jessibud2: The last time I cried was after watching the video you posted too.

Mar 26, 1:57pm Top

I was starting to set up a new thread. Had it all saved in a draft and suddenly, it went poof! Gone. >:( Back to square one. Stay tuned, it might be awhile.

And when I ran out to the post office earlier, I saw 9 Canada geese lounging and pecking around on the lawn outside the hospital (they hang out there a lot). I thought it was too early for them to be back! At least they don't have my address!

Mar 27, 10:05pm Top

>223 jessibud2: Well how about that! very glad you linked the article.
I think it was respectful of other nations without sacrificing an accurate overview. It feels good to know our country pulled together in this situation and that the western 'Wexit' and the PQ sovereignty issue have subsided in the face of a common disaster.

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