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For those of you who don't know me, I am a mom of 3, married to a great guy (he introduced me to LT) and besides books, I love TKD (Just got my 3rd Degree Black Belt), working in glass, and chocolate. I have had an eclectic "career" in nerve regeneration research, advertising, the NBA, and editing. Now I work with my husband cleaning industrial processed water and stormwater, getting it up to EPA standards. I do the marketing and the financial stuff. I am on the Patron Advisory Committee on Literary Arts--love it!!
There are more books coming in than going out and I am making but a small dent in the TBR piles; I haven't given up hope yet though! I can't because books are everywhere. Some are under the window in my bedroom, some are stacked by my night table, in the study, downstairs in the bookcases, and then there is the Kindle....I know you all understand. Of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. ; )
Last year I re-homed 115 books, but I bought more than that. Oops!!
Wind / Pinball (B 236 pages) by Haruki Muraki
Rules of Civility (B 324 pages) by Amor Towles
Closed Circles ( 465 pages) by Viveca Sten, #2 Sandhamn Mystery Group Read
Gulp (🎧 8.5 hours) by Mary Roach
Storm Cursed (L/ 368 pages) by Patricia Briggs
Empire of Wild (B 300 pages) by Cherie Dimaline
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (B 504 pages)
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
Read in March ??? pages / ??? 🎧 hours
2020 Totals ??? / ??? hrs 🎧
26. Every Dead Thing (/L 480 pages)by John Connolly (with luvamystery)
25. Phantom Limb: A Gripping Psychological Thriller ( 260 pages) by Lucinda Berry
24. Forever is the Worst Long Time ( 286 pages) by Camille Pagan
23. Tracks (B 226pages) by Louise Erdrich
22. Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World (🎧 2 hours) by Michael Pollan
21. Malcolm and Me (🎧 1.5 hours by Ishmael Reed
20. Nothing to See Here (B 258 pages) by Kevin Wilson 4.5
19. Break Shot: My First 21 years ( 🎧 1.5 hours) by James Taylor 4.5
Read in February 2,701 pages / 11.5 🎧 hours
2020 Totals 4,239 pages / 36.25 hrs 🎧
18. Such A Fun Age (🎧 10 hours) by Kiley Reid 4.0
17. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (B 332 pages) by Nina Hill 4.0
⭐️ There, There (B 304 pages) by Tommy Orange, RL Bookclub 4.5
15. The Vine Witch ( 263 pages)by Luanne G. Smith 3.5
14. In an Instant ( 326 pages) by Suzanne Redfearn 4.0
13. The Yellow House (B 376 pages) by Sarah Broom, RL Bookclub, ✗
12. The Dark Horse: A Longmire Mystery ( ?? pages) 3.5
11.The Child Next Door ( 284 pages) by Shalini Oland 2.75
10. Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders, Book 1 ( 448 pages) by Viveca Sten (group read) 3.0
9. The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson (🎧 1.5 hours) 3.75
⭐️ Favorite(s) of the month
Loved it! 5.0
Really Good 4.0
Don't Bother 1.0
B = Printed Book
🎧 = Audio
= Graphic Novel
IR = Indiespensable Readers
LT = LibraryThing Early Reviewer
✔ = Off the shelf
L = Library
↩ = Reread
$ = bought this year
✗ = DNF
Read in January / 1,538 pages / 24.75 🎧 hours / Total
8. The Beautiful Brain Audible Original (🎧 1 of 3.75 hrs) ✗
7. Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef by Aaron Sanchez (🎧 9 hours) 3.5
6. The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs (400 pages) 4.0
5. A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (/L 492 pages) 4.0
4. When I Was You by Kent Minka ( 282 pages) 3.0
⭐️ Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik (🎧 7.25 hrs) ✔ 4.5
2. Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (B, 624 pages) with Triplets Beth and Ellen ✔ 3.75
1. Victorian Secrets by Nick Baker and John Wolf, read by Stephen Fry (🎧 7.5 hrs) ✔ 3.5
Books Freed = 0
Catalogued 37/52 shelves -- I really hope I finish this soon!
RL Book Club #1
February - The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah Broom
April - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
June - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
August - Rabbits For Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum
October - The Water Dancer by Ta-nehisi Coates
December - Choose books!!
RL Book Club #2
✅ January - Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
✅ February - There, There by Tommy Orange
✅ March - Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
Literary Arts 2019-2020
October 24, 2019 -- Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer
November 14, 2019 -- Rules of Civility and ✅ A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
January 15, 2020 -- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
February 20, 2020 -- ✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean
rescheduled due to COVID-19
May 5, 2021 -- ✅The Nickel Boys and ✅ The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Powell's Indiespensable Readers Challenge
Hubby signed me up for this. Over the years I have received over 80 installments, but I haven't read all the books yet. Not even close! In an effort to catch up -- I want to read 12 this year. The complete list (such as it is) can be found here:
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra with Morphy -- Month TBD
Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
1. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
2. There, There by Tommy Orange
And another effort to read off my shelves...
b -- The Beautiful Brain An Audible Original by Hana Walker-Brown
l -- Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik
m -- Wind / Pinball by Haruki Murakami
v -- Victorian Secrets by Nick Baker and John Wolf, read by Stephen Fry
w --Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef by Aaron Sanchez
Category Challenge #6: Alphabetical Order – The author’s first initial preceeds the author’s last initial in the alphabet. (eg: Arthur Beckman (a,b), Lisa Mitchell (l,m)
And maybe one more challenge...Taken from the Advanced Pop Sugar Challenge
IN HONOR OF
Written by an author in their 20s
With "20"or "twenty" in the title
With a character with vision impairment or enhancement (20/20 vision--get it?)
Set in Japan, the host of the 2020 Winter Olympics
Set in the 1920s
By an author who has written more than 20 books
With more than 20 letters in its title
Published in the 20th century
From a series with more than 20 books
With a main character in their 20s
I can't resist buying new books!!
I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies, except last year where I (ahem) added a few more books to my collection than normal.
Let's see how I do this year!!
2020 12/25 Read
1. The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock by Jane Riley -- AP *
✅ When I Was You by Minka Kent -- AP *
✅ Still Waters by Viveca Sten #1
4-9. Viveca Sten Sandhamn Murders #2-8 (Katie and Laura's fault)
10. Instructions for a Funeral by David Means (gift from Mark) *
11. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Avaristo (gift from Mark) *
✅ The Yellow House by Sarah Broom
13. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
✅ Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson
✅ The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs (400 pages) 4.0
✅ A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (/L 492 pages) 4.5
17. I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir by Reema Zaman *
✅ In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn AP *
19. Killing Comendatore by Haruki Murakami
✅ The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
21. Olive Again by Elizabeth Street
✅ The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
✅ In an Instant by Suzanne Redfearn
✅ The Child Next Door by Shalini Oland
✅ The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson
* = Free (which means I didn't buy it so I don't have to feel guilty!)
I=INDIESpensable (Gifts from my Hubby)
AC=Audible monthly credit
AP=Amazon Prime Kindle Read
Favorites from 2019
An Act of God (A) by David Javerbaum
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Charlie Davidson series Darynda Jones
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
These Truths: A History of the United States by Jilll Lepore
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story (A) by Jacob Tobia
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
There There by Tommy Orange 4.5
I loved this book so much! I had so many quotes earmarked and my RL bookclub had such an amazing discussion. It spurred talks about belonging, assimilation, adoption, alcoholism, racism, family, and on and on.
The book is divided into four sections. As the reader progresses through each section, time passes and the characters stories start to overlap more and more. The characters are quite different, and each explores issues that many Native citizens experience. Tommy Orange has explained that it is a work of fiction and not his personal story, although he knows people who have gone through some of these same issues.
Happy new thread, Kimmers!
Great to see you posting again at full throttle.
Have a lovely weekend.
Happy Saturday, Kim! Happy New Thread! Love the Portland topper. I miss that town. Hooray for There, There. A great new voice.
Happy new thread, Kim!
You're smart to lay low. We've just had a presumptive case here in my little county in central NC, which has shaken me a bit.
>15 Berly: And on to the wish list it goes...
Hi Kim, I pretty missed your first 3 threads, so I thought I'd pop in and say Hi for #4
>16 paulstalder: Thanks, Paul. Nice to see you here.
>17 PaulCranswick: And another Paul!! I am not sure I would say full throttle, but it is a new thread. ; )
>18 figsfromthistle: I certainly hope it is a happy one!!
>19 msf59: Well, you can always come visit you know. : )
I can't wait to see what Tommy Orange writes next!
>24 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba. I am feeling about 80%, which is better than I have been so I'll take it!
>25 weird_O: You must be a practiced singer--I could hear that Huzzah all the way out here!
>26 mahsdad: One is better than none, so well done! I rhymed, how fun!
>27 FAMeulstee: Thank you and welcome. : )
Happy New Thread, Kim!
I hope you are at 100% soon again and wish you a wonderful sunday.
Happy new thread Kim my dear and hope this post finds you well dear friend.
Happy new thread, Kim. And sorry you're not at 100% yet with the vertigo.
So far we are being very cavalier about the pandemic warnings, aside from hand-washing and such. Friends are coming in from out of town this week (not flying, however), and we have our usual complement of theater, appointments, etc. I'm worried more about my friend in San Francisco who is 88 and lives in a senior building, or as someone put it, a senior petrie dish. Once a virus gets into a facility like that, it will be hard to protect people.
Your extra preparations and equipment for your business sounds like good sense. I hope the bug stays away from all of you.
>15 Berly: Hi Kim. I placed There, There on hold at the library. Hopefully, it will be at the desk when I go tomorrow.
The weekend is ending. I read. I am adjusting to the new type of medical marijuana, so I stayed home yesterday to seed if the effects were too strong...Good News, I was nearly pain free for an afternoon...
Today, my neighbor/friend and I went to Barnes and Noble. I controlled my impulse and only came away with a great cook book that was on sale. Tonight was dinner with neighbors.
And, how about you? Did you have a good weekend?
I'm sorry about your vertigo. I imagine that is very frustrating.
Your opening image is incredible.
Take care, and hopefully the vertigo will go away.
Wishing you all the best in getting back to fuller throttle at least, Kimmers!
Happy new thread, Kim. You're smart to be laying low right now. I hope your vertigo is gone or on its way out.
>35 SirThomas: Hello, Sir. I think reaching 100% is gonna take a while, but the books are good and the sun is out. : )
>36 johnsimpson: John--I really have to visit your thread. It's been a bit. ; )
>37 banjo123: There There is so good! Let me know if you want me to email you the study guide. (PM me your address)
>38 ffortsa: My parents are in a retirement community and they have taken some steps to protect their people: 1) everyone who comes to visit is tested for fever and asked a bunch of questions and 2) they have stopped the shuttle bus to the grocery store, etc, and now they ask the residents for their grocery list and go get it for them and deliver it. My sister is going to check up on them soon in person.
They are shutting down a lot of schools and I am wondering if my daughter's college might go virtual after the end of this quarter in two weeks. We'll see!
>39 vikzen: Thanks for visiting! Sending you the same wishes. : )
>40 Whisper1: Linda--glad to hear the medical marijuana is working for you and that you had a mostly pain-free afternoon. Bet that's been a while! I hope you enjoy There There as much as I did. It took a while to keep the characters straight, but it all made sense by the end.
I have a copy of a study guide if you want it...PM me your email.
>41 PaulCranswick: Fuller throttle!! I like the sound of that, Paul. ; )
>42 weird_O: YUP. I HEARD YOU LOUD AND CLEAR! HAVE A GREAT DAY!! (Man, that yelling is hard on the throat.)
>43 Familyhistorian: Laying low is not my favorite thing, but with my extra time I have done a ton of work in my front garden. I am pulling everything out because it is all overgrown bushes and vines and since I have a wooded park behind my house, I was feeling a little closed in by the forest. I hope to get more sun and then I want to plant some flowering things. Very excited.
Break Shot: My First 21 Years, (🎧 1.5 hours) by James Taylor, 4.5 stars
I loved this short audio piece by James Taylor, a window into his early career. He shares lots of the background stories for his songs, often followed by a few bars of the actual music so you can really feel the meaning behind the lyrics. I had no idea he knew and worked with the Beatles or that one of his famous songs was about his brother, but he changed it to a female name because it worked better with the rhyming scheme. Fascinating!
*COVID-19 safe smooch*
I hope you're staying safe. I've been given Tamiflu by the State since I live with a bunch of older unhealthy people, and getting the flu shot (back in October) isn't enough in the current climate.
I heard a rumor that Vanderbilt University cancelled in person classes for the rest of the month at least. They will, of course, hold them online.
I think all of us in academia wonder what will happen over the next couple of months and how it will affect us.
>51 thornton37814: Most important thing is to get that vaccine commercial and then the panic will be over. Whilst the pandemic is of course extremely serious the mortality rate for those infected is not, at less than 3% anything on the scale of possible diseases such as ebola.
We should be taking reasonable and sensible precautions but the overkill with people everywhere in those paper masks and others being shunned because of their ethnic origin is extremely concerning.
Chaste hugs to you Kimmers - I'm not wearing a mask but do regularly wash my hands - so I'm sure that I'll transmit nothing to you but affection down the ether.
>50 richardderus: I hope they are taking precautions at your facility. Glad you have had the flu shot, but there ain't much to do for the Corona virus but wash your hands a lot and stay away from sick people. Sending healthy vibes your way. *COVID-19 safe smooch* right back atcha.
>51 thornton37814: My alma mater (Amherst College) just sent out an email that following Spring Break they will be doing virtual education. They know that people will be traveling during the break and who knows what stuff might come back to campus. Still waiting to hear about my daughter's campus....
>52 PaulCranswick: I wish we could have a vaccine, but I think that is at least a year away. The paper masks are actually pretty ineffective; only masks that have a seal and filter ALL air coming in are effective.
I think the 3% mortality rate is for all people infected, but if you are older or have an underlying condition, the rate is much higher, so I understand the caution for this groups.
I am not wearing a mask either, and I washed my hands, too. Virtual hugs!!
>53 Berly: Yes, Kimmers that rate is for those dying once infected. It is bad but MERS was 34% and SARS almost 10%.
>54 PaulCranswick: True. But...
CNN: A study has "found that the novel coronavirus is more contagious than the related viruses which cause SARS and MERS. While the resulting disease, Covid-19, is not as fatal on a case-by-case basis, its greater spread has already led to more deaths than its related coronaviruses."
Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the World (🎧 2 hours) by Michael Pollan 4 stars
Let's just admit it...most of us like caffeine!! This book is short, sweet and fascinating, covering the science and history of our morning drug. For example....
--Did you know that bees prefer pollen with caffeine in it 4x more than without?
--That England drank more coffee than tea originally, but it was too expensive and hard to grow?
--That the insurance company Lloyds of London came into existence because of coffee?
--Paid, mandatory "coffee" breaks became official in the US in the 1950s?
--That coffee/caffeine takes up the spot on a neurotransmitter receptor normally filled by adenosine?
Well, I don't want to spoil all your fun--to find out how adenosine works, you are going to have to get this one for yourself. And read it after your morning coffee.
BTW--My preference is a vanilla latte. ; )
>56 Berly: I am a long black kinda guy. I have a Nespresso machine and will take a double capsule portion four times a day.
So then you probably don't want to know that 1/4 of the caffeine is still circulating in your brain 12 hours later and can ruin your body's deep sleep? Which makes you more tired so then you drink more coffee? Catch-22. Sigh.
Nice colors on the cups though. ; )
>58 Berly: And surprisingly Kimmers I drink more tea than coffee (though not quite as much as John Simpson)!
>60 alcottacre: Me too!!! I love my teas and mostly not the black caffeinated ones. My current favorites are a chamomile, vanilla, & manuka honey blend by Pukka (first time I have enjoyed chamomile!) and a strawberry pomegranate by Stash.
And no one can drink as much tea as John!! LOL
>61 msf59: I only like my vanilla latte. Yuk to all the rest. :P And I don't get the caffeine rush, which is why I think a lot of people drink coffee. Although the book says that it may still be disturbing my deep sleep even if I don't have trouble getting to sleep. Luckily I only drink it early in the day.
>62 Berly: I think you will really enjoy the James Taylor audio, Mark. I loved how they mixed in the music every now and then.
ugh, tea *blech* Yay for caffeine!! And someday y'all need to tasty yaupon infusion (I refuse to call it tea, even though it's technically a tisane). All the caffeine, right off the bush outside your door! (Well, Stasia's door, yaupon drowns in Portland.)
I am a tea person too, but I pretty much stick only to green tea or lemon tea. Not a big fan of floral teas because while they smell nice, they don't really taste that great to me.
I'll drink espresso once in a while, and so far caffeine doesn't affect my sleep, even if I drink this late at night. If anything, it tends to me a little sleepy.... which causes raised eyebrows every time someone sees me nodding off within the hour of my having indulged in a wee cup.
But you've certainly hit me with a book bullet ... with the first bullet point about bees preferring pollen with caffeine in it. How can I not add this to my bulging wish list?
I've had to go to Rooibos tea since I can't do caffeine in the afternoon, and herb drinks don't appeal to me. I can milk or spice it up as I like. I do miss Ceylon tea with heavy cream in the afternoons, with a biscotti or two. But I have my small pot of coffee to wake up every morning.
Hey Twinkie! Happy new thread. I am happy you loved There There. Yes, it is interesting to see what is going to happen with this virus. I'm in SF right now and many events are being canceled.
>63 richardderus: Yaupon infusion? Fancy! Too bad it doesn't like my wet weather.
>64 cameling: I also love lemon and orange teas. Happy to hear my book bullet aim is still good. : )
>65 quondame: Oh, and I like my Roobios as well. Biscottis wouldn't hurt either.
>66 BLBera: Thinking of you in San Fran. Big hugs.
>46 Berly: Schools are shutting down in your area? That's not good news at all
Not sure what we will do with our kids if schools shut down here
I'm a tea girl too. I drink mostly Mighty Leaf Vanilla Bean, which is a black tea with vanilla in it (I use loose-leaf and just opening the package to scoop some out is a major treat), but I'm fine with most real tea and will also drink some herbals occasionally.
Happy New Thread, Kim.
Schools have closed in our area, but not the one our daughter teaches in. As a virally-induced asthmatic who's had a lot of trouble over the years, she's worried, and we're hoping hers closes asap.
>15 Berly: There's the enthusiasm I haven't seen in other reviews for There, There! Adding it to the WL.
>68 ChelleBearss: Chelle--My daughter's college (Oregon State) just switched to virtual learning and she came home today. And two districts have closed all public schools from now until the end of March. : (
>69 RebaRelishesReading: Hi Reba--If it has vanilla in it I will like it!!
>70 jnwelch: Sorry your daughter has asthma and I hope she stays safe through all this.
I am a bit nervous because tomorrow my FIL is having some surgery which isn't really optional. I am point person and will be spending the day at the hospital. I am thinking the surgical wing should be pretty clean and we hopefully will beat the Covid-19 inundation. No one is currently being treated there, but 1 person is in the VA hospital further down the campus. Crossing fingers!
Enjoy There There!!
Keeping my fingers crossed for your FIL and you, too! The coronovirus stuff has me quite worried. But I do think OHSU is good with infection control.
>71 Berly: - Kim, they are saying that regular citizens don't need to and probably shouldn't be wearing face masks if they don't have to but given the situation, and given your own health issues, maybe it would be a good idea to wear one while sitting in the hospital. It certainly wouldn't hurt! Good luck to your FIL.
>46 Berly: Smart of the retirement community. My daughter’s college is extending spring break by a week then going virtual, as you put it, after that.
>56 Berly: Sigh. I love my morning coffee. Fresh ground medium roast beans, our good well water, black, no sugar. I’m sure this book would fascinate me. My library doesn’t have it.
>71 Berly: Two big pieces of news. I hope your daughter's at home college experience goes well and I hope the surgery goes well for your FiL tomorrow. Fingers crossed for you.
Adding my good wishes for you and your f-i-l. Keep washing' those hands :)
As usual, I love Erdrich and her books. Tracks follows the demise of a tribal land in North Dakota. Over the course of 10 years, the people display their love and greed, the magic of their spells and wishes, their kinship and loathing. This was both so sad and yet graced with humor. I loved several of the characters and grew to despise several others. For those of you who have read the book, here are some of my favorite quotes. 4.0
Chapter 3, p. 46 my version. Nanapush.
Chapter 3, p. 48 my version. Nanapush and Margaret Kapshaw. This made me laugh so hard!! What a great put-down. LOL
"Old man," she scorned, "two wrinkled berries and a twig."
"A twig can grow," I offered.
"But only in the spring."
Chapter 5, p. 104. Nanapush. What an amazing image.
"He (Eli) glowed, for the meat strapped to them had frozen marble blue...I severed the rest from Eli's body and stashed it outside, in the lean-to. The meat stood on its own in pieces, a moose transformed into the mold of Eli, an armor that would fit no other."
Chapter 5, p. 110. Nanapush and Father Damien. Regarding hard church benches.
"A god who enters through the rear door, " I countered, "is no better than a thief."
2nd to last page. Nanapush.
I have been at the hospital since 5:15am and it is currently 12:40pm. Still probably have another 1-2 hours of surgery and then probably an hour or so in recovery. LOOOOOONG day. So far updates have been good though, so yay!
Sending thoughts and prayers for your FIL's speedy and safe recovery. Will he be discharged after he comes out from surgery?
I hope the waiting area isn't too crowded and there's a good distance between you and other folks.
I have an annual physical scheduled for next week and I'm seriously considering rescheduling it for later in the year.
FIL made it through surgery and is in the ICU. It went really well. Hopefully he'll be out in 5 days or so.
The doctor told us it was probably the last elective surgery he will do because he thinks the corona virus will overwhelm the hospitals next week. Yikes.
Exhausted. Going to bed.
And our libraries closed.
All public schools are closed until later in April.
My son works at the mall and he says they are getting ready to close if necessary.
Art Museum is closed. Many Theaters. Symphony.
No events over 250 people allowed. Fundraisers cancelled. Concerts.
The list keeps growing.
>80 Berly:, >81 Berly: - Good news about your FIL. The list is growing here, too. It's going to be hard here too, especially for parents of young kids as Monday begins March Break here (with another 2 weeks of schools closed after) and so many kid-related programs geared for March Break are cancelled (museums, camps, etc). Yikes
Whew! Your FiL got in just under the wire, so to speak. Glad the surgery went well.
Sorry about all the closings. Stay safe!
>81 Berly: :(
I'm glad your FIL made it out of surgery OK.
I love Erdrich's humor.
Hi Kim my dear, really good news about your FIL's surgery and it seems like all you can do in your neck of the woods is read with everything closing down. We are wondering if we are doing things all wrong over here and to that end both Karen and I are going to be keeping ourselves to ourselves.
We were out yesterday in York and you could tell a noticeable lack of tourists but given that Karen works in retail we will be staying in as much as possible even though Karen is off until Friday.
Sending love and hugs to you and all your family from both of us dear friend.
>82 jessibud2: I have a friends who is a child psychologist and her clients have pretty much all cancelled so now she is thinking of switching to child care since all our public schools have closed for 2-6 weeks. I am very glad that some of them are at least offering drive-thru free lunches at the schools for those who need it.
>83 karenmarie: He totally got in just in time. They have officially stopped doing all but emergency procedures now. I just hope he heals quickly now and we can get him out of the hospital and home again with no corona exposure. Crossing fingers.
>84 BLBera: TwinB--My MIL has dementia and the in-home care we had set up for her during my FIL's surgery is not going as planned because now some of the caregivers are calling in sick. So I have been running back and forth between the hospital and her apartment. Thank goodness my SIL is here, too, from Seattle and so we are tag teaming. My daughter has also pitched in. My husband is busy covering several customers who have asked that we take over their water purification systems (that we installed and provide services for) because they are losing their maintenance people to self quarantine.
Tuesday we are installing additional Comcast lines so we can access the company servers from our house in case we need to work from home more. Crazy.
I like sophomoric humor! In fact, right now, I like any humor!! : )
Stay well. xoxo
>85 RebaRelishesReading: Yesterday was up and down. He needed lots of meds tweaked and some more blood and platelets. Today seems to be going much better and he is up and sitting in a chair, eating some food. Progress. : )
>86 johnsimpson: Hi John. Yes, more and more things are shutting down. I actually think that's scary but good. If we can keep people from getting this thing all at once, then we should be better equipped to handle hospitalizations without running out of medical equipment. #FlatteningTheCurve
>90 BLBera: Thanks, Twin. I am trying. It is a lot all at once. Knock on wood, so far no one I know has caught this dang thing. We did cancel bookclub this month. : (
Be safe, too!!
We just canceled our book club at work for the month. Definitely one of the signs of the Apocalypse.
We've had similar concerns with caregivers self quarantining, so we're pretty much taking over care for my mother-in-law. She's 90, so we really don't want her exposed, but in a senior apartment building instead of a nursing home or assisted living facility, so it's easier to prevent exposure. But going back and forth - whew!
Hi Kim! You're very busy taking care of others. Please take good care of yourself, too.
>92 drneutron: Sigh. I'm wondering if we shouldn't cancel our April book club meeting. Nobody's suggested it yet, I'll wait to see how it plays out. 6 of 12 are over-65 seniors, one just coming off chemo.
>92 drneutron: We made the decision last week that if the university moved to online courses, we'd cancel our book club and pick back up next fall. We actually read a couple short stories weekly and discuss them so it's not such a big deal if we miss a week. We can easily pick back up. It just means our current book will take much longer than anticipated to finish.
My in-laws live in an apartment building downtown, so they have low exposure if they just stay in. So far we are covering the care both at the hospital and at the apartment. It is a little tiring and will get much easier when my FIL comes home and they are both in the same place. Good news: today he is moving from ICU down to cardiac floor. Yay!
>92 drneutron: Sorry about bookclub, but probably a good move to cancel for now.
Sorry you are doing the back and forth thing, too. It's a lot!
>93 karenmarie: Trying to take care of myself...really! : )
You could do a conference call to discuss the book...
>94 thornton37814: I think we might end up doing the same, canceling book club until the fall. WE typically skip summer anyhow. For now, we just cancelled the next meeting and agreed to discuss Nothing to See Here next time.
>95 Berly: Hope they are both in one place very soon!
Schools are closed here too now. Chloe is unhappy about that but excited to set up a work station at our table to still do work
Hi Kim my dear, it seems that Covid-19 is causing lots of things to be cancelled. We have decided to try and stay in as much as possible to try and stay safe and so that Karen can go to work. We are getting some decent reading done and my numbers should improve because of this, lol.
Hope you are all well and that the week has got off to a good start, sending love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.
Lehigh University -- the place where I gave 36 years of my life -- has cancelled on campus classes. All classes are online. The major question is, Will they refund meal plan and housing funds paid up front before the semester started?
My library is closed for two weeks...drat. I really hate staying inside as there is no one here but me...and Lilly. Lilly is a good non-verbal communicator, and she is very fond of receiving a pet on her ears. I cancelled cable because it was $250 a month..too high on one income. I will be watching HuLu and Netflix...and reading the books I've received from Thriftbooks.com.
I found this incredible site recently. I've been able to locate books I couldn't locate previously! I'm trying to to go too crazy, but the prices are really wonderful!
Happy Monday to you dear friend.
Sorry to hear you are so busy with caring for others, Kim. I hope that eases up soon.
New York City is hunkering down. I have a private training session tomorrow that as yet has not been cancelled; aside from that, I relish a walk outside and otherwise have no outside actions on the calendar for the month. We have a reading group meeting scheduled for the first week of April, but I suspect that will be cancelled as well - I don't see things clearing up by then.
I'm going to try to set up Zoom to work with my violin teacher, who says she uses it quite a lot. I'd skip it, but with all her other gigs closed down. I hate to skip out on her too. It's for Friday, so we will see how the technology works. And of course, I could use it to keep in touch with others. I bet the website is really busy now!
Good to hear your FIL is recovering, TwinK. Take care.
Our library is closing on Wednesday, for at least a couple of weeks. I was going to check out more books, but I already have a pile, and it's not as though I don't have plenty of books on my shelves. This might be a good year for moving some of those along! Silver lining, right?
A new library option!!! "When a hold becomes available for you, you'll now have the option to borrow it or have it delivered later. The "deliver later" option keeps you at the front of the wait list but passes that copy of the title to the next person in line. This feature gives you more control over your holds, so you can borrow and read titles when it's most convenient for you."
Oh, and even though we aren't allowed to congregate in groups greater than 10 people,
>102 Berly: That's brilliant. My library's system doesn't even allow you to suspend holds. Although right now the library is closed and the entire hold process is ... er ... on hold.
>97 ChelleBearss: Cardiac floor is going pretty well. He had a small setback yesterday so not coming home today as we thought. Hopefully in the next few days still.
Hope Chloe is having fun with her work station. Fully equipped with paper and marker? : )
>98 johnsimpson: Hugs to you and Karen! In this trying time of uncertainly and isolation, being a book lover is just the best remedy there is! Have fun making a dent in your piles.
>99 Whisper1: Hope Hulu and Netflix (and Lily) are helping pass the time. And books, of course!
Sorry about the library closing. Its the new norm. After reading The Library Book I am especially sad that all the other services they provide, often useful to people in need, are also not available: a warm place to read, computers, a friendly place, help finding critical services, etc.
Have you tried to rent electronic or audio books? You should still be able to access them.
Happy Wednesday. : )
>100 ffortsa: Did you wind up going to your training session? My yoga class/teacher (I am not enrolled this session, but go the email) is offering a live video class for each of his groups. Pretty cool!
Hope the Zoom app works with your violin teacher. I will have to look into that. Right now I just use FaceTime.
>101 BLBera: TwinBee--way to look on the bright side of things! Yes, this is a perfect opportunity to read some of those piles I have around here. There are several. In several rooms. LOL
Already added it to my FB to help get the word out. : )
(See the note at the top of the LT page if you haven't noticed it yet.)
Just checking in to make sure the fam is OK. My library also gives me the option of downloading later. I'm listening to Norse Mythology now, read by Neil Gaiman, and it's really good. I've heard he does a great job of reading his work, and I've been wanting to try one.
Then I guess I'll listen to the one you sent me. :) I'll be getting outdoor walks in, I guess, since the gym is closed and I don't want to be inside with a bunch of people.
>110 richardderus: Thumbs up!! *smooch*
>111 BLBera: So far so good. Still hoping my FIL comes homes from surgery soon. Rumor has it it might be today.
I really liked Norse Mythology although I read it and didn't listen. I am doing a lot of walking too. And so far I have been lucky with nice weather. Stay well!
Checking in on you Kim. Things have been crazy busy in my neck of the woods. I've quarantined my 75 year old aunt. I continue to work. I don't do direct patient care, but I do interact with patients and families. We have limited visitors so that helps. My school is online so I am still working on that. :/
Glad to hear that your FIL got his needed surgery taken care of and hope he continues on the road to recovery, Kim.
Hang in there!
>100 ffortsa: I cancelled the training session when it occurred to me that I might be the vector. A friend of mine on an upper floor here has tested positive after ending up in the ICU with a ventilator a couple of days ago. Not that we live in each other's pockets or anything like that, but I do see him on the elevator, and stop to chat in the lobby, and sometimes we are guests in the same spaces. So no, didn't go.
The new training place is offering video kinds of training, but I don't think that's appropriate for first-timers. I'll try to do the exercises he sent out as texts, and get my walking in.
As for Zoom, the experiment is tomorrow! I suggested to Jim that we might try Zoom for our book group the first week of April, if others are interested in downloading the free software.
Are you mostly staying home? Or is work in the office continuing? Having your own business, I suspect it's not easy to stay put.
>113 luvamystery65: Ha! I just left you a message on your thread. Life is busy/crazy. Due to some of my medical issues, my Hubby doesn't want me to go in to work and we are setting up a tunnel to the office servers so I can work from home during all this craziness. Should be completed tomorrow. In the meantime, I have only had access to my emails, but haven't been able to do any of the financials. Trying not to panic! LOL
I have used the time at home to clean all the windows in the garage (which I have never done since we moved in!), got the garage door fixed (it wouldn't go up or down on one side), had an electrician over to fix a faulty line that took out all the lights in a downstairs room, and have cut down almost all the bushes in my front yard (which is way overgrown and I want a fresh start).
That's in between going to the hospital with my FIL for his surgery and then helping take care of my MIL who has dementia at their apartment.
The good news is he finally came home today!! Hurray!!
Stay well -- it sounds like you have a lot on your plate.
OBTW--If you have time, do you want to start Every Dead Thing? : )
>114 alcottacre: Hi Stasia--My FIL came home today!! We have 24-hour help set up for a while, but I will be back and forth to check on him and Mom. Also, I am in charge of groceries.
On another happy note, I managed to get some paper towels and TP today -- the shelves were not completely empty!!
>115 ffortsa: Good call not to go. I hope the paper exercises and walking do the trick, at least for the time being. And I hope your friend recovers quickly.
Let me know how ZOOM goes--I am hoping it is a hit!
We only have one person working at the office at a time, mostly my Hubby, to avoid contact. The rest are in the field or working from home. I hope to be connected to the office remotely by tomorrow.
Not sure what will happen if the government issues a lockdown in Portland--I think they would want us to ensure the water purification systems are working correctly, especially since some of them are on government properties and they affect discharge to public waterways, so maybe we will get an exception. We'll see...
Fingers crossed that all goes well with your FIL's recovery. Good news that he is at home. If you are finished cleaning, I could use some help. :)
Phantom Limb: A Gripping Psychological Thriller ( 260 pages) by Lucinda Berry 4.0 stars
I tore through this one! Twin sisters had a horrible, abusive childhood, and then a trauma lands one fo the sisters in a psych ward and things get weirder from there.
"Emily and Elizabeth spend their childhood locked in a bedroom and terrorized by a mother who drinks too much and disappears for days. The identical twins are rescued by a family determined to be their saviors. But there's some horrors love can't erase...Elizabeth wakes in a hospital, strapped to her bed and unable to move or speak. The last thing she remembers is finding Emily...Days before, she was falling in love and starting college. Now, she's surrounded by men who talk to themselves and women who pull out their eyebrows. As she delves deeper into the mystery surrounding Emily, she discovers shocking secrets and holes in her memory that force her to remember what she's worked so hard to forget...Her life spins out of control at a terrifying speed as she desperately tries to unravel the psychological puzzle of her past before it's too late. Phantom Limb is a character-driven mystery that begs to be read in a single setting. The shocking and shattering conclusion will make you go back and read it again. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, Behind Closed Doors, and The Girl With No Past."Dark suspense at its finest"...Thriller Beats"
Forever is the Worst Long Time ( 286 pages) by Camille Pagan 3.5 (LT rating of 4.2)
This isn't your typical romance, so it messed up how I read the book. About 2/3 of the way in, I finally let go of my preconceived notions and I liked it much better after that.
"When struggling novelist James Hernandez meets poet Louisa "Lou" Bell, he's sure he's just found the love of his life. There's just one problem: she's engaged to his oldest friend, Rob. So James toasts their union and swallows his desire. As the years pass, James's dreams always seem just out of reach--he can't finish that novel, can't mend his relationship with his father, can't fully commit to a romantic relationship. He just can't move on. But after betrayal fractures Lou's once-solid marriage, she turns to James for comfort. When Lou and James act on their long-standing mutual attraction, the consequences are more heartbreaking--and miraculous--than either of them could have ever anticipated. Then life throws James one more curveball, and he, Rob, and Lou are forced to come to terms with the unexpected ways in which love and loss are intertwined."
I can certainly see a case for y'all being exempted from any lockdown. Though TBH it makes me a little worried for you since the creeping crud has several access points in a person w your different conditions. Blessedly you don't smoke so no COPD.
>122 richardderus: Oh, not me!! LOL. I am going to work from home (and I am lucky that I can do that) almost exclusively until this whole thing is over. But our company could still be out in the field doing maintenance and installs. Maybe.
Thanks for your concern -- it means so much to me. Smooches.
I'm so glad you can work from home, TwinK. I might start some cleaning on my own.
Kim, a little music to uplift:
It's terrific. Pass it on
>124 BLBera: Today I put the study back together. We had to take the files out of the cabinet to make it light enough to move in order to reach the wall inlet for the cables, etc. So today I dusted, purged and refiled. Done.
>125 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley! That was beautiful. Hit me just right and made my cry. : )
I saw just today a spreadsheet from the Pennsylvania government with a categorized list of businesses, industries, and institutions that must close, circumstances that would allow them to continue to operate (take-out food, for example) and so forth. While I imagine most states that are closing things down have similar breakdowns, this is the first I've seen. I noticed that construction is closed down, home repair trades can remain operating. I'd guess that cover's your business.
Good luck to you out there.
>109 Berly: Love it too, Kimmers. Don't expect that they'll refund our payment do you?!
Glad to see you'll be working from home. Stay safe. xx
You've been busy setting up your home work situation, taking care of all and sundry, and also getting a lot of reading in, Kim.
Continue the good work! *smile* I hope you and yours stay safe.
What Mark said, Kim. Weird times. I hope you have a good stay-at-home weekend.
>117 Berly: Guess everyone got stocked up on TP and paper towels. Now it's potatoes and eggs that are all gone
Hi Kim! It's good you are staying at home; sounds like you are getting a ton done, as well.
It's good that there is good news, too, in these times.
Have a fine Sunday, stay well.
>128 alcottacre: LOL on the TP. The intro was fascinating. Murakami describes how he was suddenly hit by the idea that he should be a writer. It came out of the blue and, quite frankly, seems very similar to the way his books unfold. Wind was his very first effort and he wrote it first in English and then "translated" it back to Japanese. He said it allowed him to come up with his own writing style. He submitted it in a contest, sent his only copy, and if he hadn't won, his writing career would have probably been over.
>129 richardderus: Thanks for the link to the readathon. We have sunny weather this weekend and then rain all next week, so I am busy in the garden (6 hours yesterday!) and reading will have to wait for Monday. Hope you are having fun!!
I am pulling out EVERYTHING in the front garden. It is old and overgrown and very forests looking and I have enough of that in my backyard (Which is a city forest!). I want some color and flowers. So we are starting over. Very excited. : )
>130 weird_O: I will have to see if I can find such a list for Oregon. We are not really a home water business, more industrialized and stormwater. But we do have our CCB license, so we'll see. I think it is going to be shelter at home starting Monday. At least that's the rumor.
>131 PaulCranswick: Ha! No. And I wouldn't expect it. I have gotten more than my money's worth belonging to this group! : )
>132 karenmarie: Wishing you the very same wellness. I just hope I get some more LT time soon. I have been somewhat pitiful in making the rounds.
>133 msf59: Hugs back atcha!!!
>134 jnwelch: Excellent weekend so far. I have to chop up two more bushes from the front garden today and get them in the compost bags. Then a friend and I are going for a walk later. I am going to take the inside lane at the school track and she is taking the outside--social distancing!! LOL We thought about a forest park, but then the lead person has to keep looking back over her shoulder to talk, prettier but not easy. So the track.
>135 RebaRelishesReading: Yes, we had bare shelves for all those, but actually there was a little of each of these at the grocery store last time I went. But still no sanitizer. Hopefully people have stocked up and now the supply will catch up again.
Just dropping by to wish you lots of health and safety, Kim and, I have picked up a BB for Phantom Limb as I trolled through.
>143 DeltaQueen50: Happy to add to your reading list. : ) Thanks for the good wishes and I wish the very same for you and yours. Happy Sunday.
Your garden plans sound ambitious. We woke up to more snow, but it is mostly melted now. Still, not really a lot of signs of spring yet. I am also cleaning today.
Hi! Hope you're all well and making the most of the opportunity to slow things down a bit. :) I probably missed it in my skim through, but are your college kids all home?
>56 Berly: I'm listening to Caffeine right now. I only get mine through chocolate, but am becoming curious whether that also affects my sleep...
>115 ffortsa: Just used Zoom for a meeting, and my daughter's bible study class is using it for virtual class. It works pretty well. I had to disconnect and reconnect once due to wifi issues, but it worked fine. FWIW.
Hope you are doing well Kimmers.
>139 Berly: With a condo I don't have gardening to do - sometimes I miss it. Only sometimes. x
>141 Berly: Your track walk sounds like a great idea. Have fun and stay well!
>145 BLBera: Here are some pictures of my front yard project.
I am using this cute photo of my girls to show what my front yard used to look like. I have woods all around the house and I want some color and sunshine in the front, so I am busy chopping!
Plus the 8 bags from the week before....!
>150 Berly: The girls are adorable! Good luck with the yard work. Looks like a big job.
Love the woods! Do you have problems with ticks? It looks like this will be a project.
Cute girls. :)
>151 msf59: I'll tell my girls you said so! : )
And let's just say I'm sore today. Especially my right hand and bicep from cutting all those branches!! LOL. It was kinda wet here today, so I took a break. ; )
>152 BLBera: Twin--I love the woods, too. I just don't want it on all four sides of my house! No ticks and no real bugs to speak of. Just ants. I think my girls are cute, too. I am a tad biased.
Games to play on your phone!! Played these online with my daughters and a boyfriend.
Quiplash. Each person gives their answer to silly questions and then everyone votes for the best answer. Very funny.
Also played Drawful 2 where each person attempts to illustrate a given prompt and points are given for best drawing and funniest interpretation.
After seeing our pathetic drawings I truly get the "awful" in Drawful!! LOL
Also starting to read
with Roberta/Luvamystery. It is the first in the Charlie Parker mystery series.
>154 Berly: "Magic janitor"? Looks like fun.
Congrats on your newly clear front yard. That looks like quite a workout. What are you planning to put in place of the hedge?
>156 charl08: The red bushes front right I want to relocate--I like them. The green stuff in the background is a) blackberry bushes and weeds that still need to be cut and b) a bush I like that needs to be trimmed. I have a ways to go before I have a "clear" front yard. : )
So, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified the Water Filtration, Agriculture, and Medical Sectors as part of the 16 Critical Infrastructure Sectors in which contractors and their employees are expected to continue working during stay-at-home orders.
I guess we are still in business! Just not in the office at the same time if we can help it. I gave out magnetic signs for all our employees' cars so they don't get pulled over while going to work and job sites.
Are the red bushes barberrys? They remind me of those.
Have fun getting your Charlie Parker on!
I'm glad you're able to keep the business going, Kim. I need to show your garden cleanup photo to my husband. He's been moping about not having a garden because what he remembers are all the pretty things and he's forgotten about all the work it takes to maintain them!
I think clearing is the worst. I have a large area in my backyard that I cleared last fall and now I'm waiting for the soil to warm up and dry a bit before I can plant. But if the "Stay at Home' directive lasts awhile, I may have to look at dirt for a lot longer!
Dropping by to say hello! Looks like you are making great progress with your yard cleanup. Looking good :)
>160 Berly: That is terrific news, Kim!
Good luck with the ongoing cleanup project :)
>160 Berly: Glad to hear that your business can keep going and that you have signs for all your employee cars.
>163 richardderus: The red bushes were here when I moved in so I have no idea what they are. I will have to research....
>164 lauralkeet: Oh, I can send more pictures if you like, to get your hubby out of his garden funk! LOL Yesterday I cleaned the outside of my garden pots because they tend to get all green and moldy here in the NW with all our rain. Water and vinegar and a lot of scrubbing!! Now I just have to do the deck furniture....
>165 Oregonreader: I know. I am bummed because I am going to get done clearing and have no plants to plant because of the stay home directive!! Maybe if I go to the big Fred Meyers grocery store they will have some.
>166 figsfromthistle: Trying! Thanks for the encouragement.
>167 alcottacre: A little less rain and warmer temps might help me finish the project. I am a fair weather gardener. ; )
>168 ffortsa: Anytime! Did you inhale any of the helium and speak in that funny high-pitched voice?
>169 karenmarie: Hi Karen!! So far, so good with the business. We are going to have to set up virtual interviews for our summer interns and we may start them at the beginning of July, hoping that this mess will have subsided by then.
I was supposed to go down with my daughter to get the rest of her stuff from her dorm today (she will be doing virtual classes from home next semester), but I had a severe allergic reaction last night, so hubby went instead. I am down to 1 epipen and I certainly don't want to have to go to the ER if at all possible doing this Corona mess, so I just ordered more. I hope they are in stock...
Copied from KarenMarie's thread who copied Vincent W. Wright: Take a break from the Coronavirus and learn about each other...
1. Who(m) are you named after? No one, but there were 5 Kims in my 4th grade class.
2. Last time you cried? Last night when I was pissed about having another allergic reaction and didn't want to chance the ER.
3. Do you like your handwriting? Yes, print not cursive
4. What is your favorite lunch meat? Honey Ham
5. Longest relationship? With my Mom and Dad, duh! And after that Hubby (29 years in April)
6. Do you still have your tonsils? Yes
7. Would you bungee jump? Absolutely!!!
8. What is your favorite kind of cereal? Life Cereal
9. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? No. Even though they're lace-ups.
10. Do you think you're strong willed? Think? I know I am! : )
11. Favorite ice cream? Chocolate Chip
12. What is the first thing you notice about a person? Their Emotion
13. Football or baseball? Football
14. What color pants are you wearing? Red Shorts
15. Last thing you ate? Leftover Spaghetti
16. What are you listening to? Quiet
17. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Purple
18. What is your favorite smell? Vanilla
19. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone? My Dad
20. Married? Once and still
21. Hair color? Brown with red and blonde highlights
22. Eye color? Dark Green
23. Favorite food? Anything I am not allergic to!!
24. Scary movies or happy endings? Happy endings
25. Last movie you watched In a theater? Knives Out and Jojo Rabbit
26. What color shirt are you wearing? Grey
27. Favorite holiday? Christmas
28. Beer or Wine? Wine, preferrably red
29. Night owl or morning person? Night Owl
30. Favorite day of the week? Friday--the start of the weekend!
31. Favorite animal? Panther
32. Do you have a pet? Not right now
33. Where would you like travel to? Someday, when we can travel again, Spain, Australia, China
Hope you are feeling better, Kim. All your garden work is very impressive. I have managed to put my back out again, so weeding mine will have to wait a bit!
>175 Berly: Thus far, you are the only person whose answered Yes to bungee jumping - at least the ones I have seen :)
Skulking through. Too much energy here, you bustling, busy, gettin'-things-done person you.
>176 charl08: Ouch! So sorry about your back. Yeah, gardening is out. In fact, I think you should just relax and let everyone else around you do all the chores!!
>177 alcottacre: I haven't seen anyone else say Yes to bungee jumping either. But it fits me since I have already done parachuting and cliff jumping. And I do TKD. What can I say? : )
>178 weird_O: Sorry. Does it make you feel better to know that today I am still in bed and have done nothing? I am wiped after my allergic reaction last night. : P Hugs to poor Eeyore.
Hi Kim my dear, we are both well and now i have company again for a couple of weeks. The weather has been really good with lots of sunshine and quite warm for the time of year. I have one or two small jobs to do in the garden and Karen says she will give me a hand as the weather is supposed to turn by the weekend with the possibility of wintry showers next week.
Hope you and all the family are well despite the current situation and send Yorkshire love and hugs from both of us dear friend.
Oh, sorry to hear that you are bedridden with your allergic reaction, Kim. I hope you bounce back tomorrow.
Good work in the garden, Kim.
I try to remove the last weeds from my frnt garden, but that part is close to the sidewalk. So I have to keep an eye on people passing and step back to keep the 6ft distance. So it is going to take a while.
Sorry about the allergic reaction, I hope your epi-pens arrive soon!
>175 Berly: The same answers on 17 and 19 :-)
Hi Kim! I’m glad to hear your woes from last month cleared up but sorry to hear you’re suffering another allergic reaction. I see you’re spring cleaning with a vengeance! Stay safe.
>175 Berly: #23 Heh...so, boiled carrots, then...
These are some detail photos of barberrys. It seemed likely to me that your shrubs were of this type.
>175 Berly: And I copied it from Peggy’s thread… it’s quite well-traveled now. *smile*
I still want to see Knives Out but lost the window of opportunity. I’ll have to hope it comes out on Prime or Netflix.
I’m sorry you had another serious allergic reaction. I hope today’s a better one for you.
Oh Jeez, another reaction? Words cannot express.
Do you have to pay for your epipens or does your insurance cover them? My sister's allergist insists on giving her an epipen when she goes for testing, or maybe shots, I can't recall, and she has sent some to me. They are the full dose, which makes me shake like crazy. I usually use the Jr. dose when necessary, which hasn't been for a while now. If you have to pay the ridiculous prices they charge these days, I can send you a couple.
>162 Berly: -- are those balloons for me? Thank you!
>173 Berly: OMG, that's never good but right now especially. Hope the Epipens come quickly and that you don't need to get anywhere near an ER ... ever, actually...but at least not for the duration of this.
>175 Berly:, >179 Berly: Bungee jumping, parachuting, cliff jumping -- isn't dealing with severe allergies enough stimulation for you?!? Or, maybe dealing with that is what gives you the courage for risky sports.
>180 johnsimpson: Thanks for the Yorkshire love and hugs! Da best! Wishing you lots of tea and books.
>181 BLBera: I know it doesn't look like it, but I actually am trying to take care of myself. Imagine if I wasn't!!
>182 msf59: Feeling good today. Trying not to be overly ambitious. I see a home pedicure and books in my future.
>183 FAMeulstee: Good luck with the gardening while social distancing!! Stay safe! I just got the authorizations from my Dr for the epipens, so they should arrive by mail within a week. Phew.
>184 humouress: I am only spring cleaning with a vengeance because it needs it so much!! LOL Next on the list is the outdoor furniture, but I think I am going to make the kids help out with that. ; )
>185 richardderus: Ha, ha! You are psychic! Had boiled carrots last night in fact. I used the organic multi-colored ones with some ginger and honey. Yum.
>186 karenmarie: I think I have found the culprit. I have had random reactions to BBQ sauce, ketchup and baked beans. Common denominator? Turmeric!! I will have to be careful which brands I use now and then when this madness is over, I will go see my acupuncturist and treat this allergy. *thumbs up*
>187 ffortsa: More epipens are on the way I think. I only have to pay a copay, which is very reasonable. If I had to pay out of pocket for the whole thing? Ouch! The cost has gone up insanely. I need the full adult version and sometimes two. Yes, I get the shakes, but not too badly. And thank you for the generous offer to send some. If I can't get any, I'll hit you up.
>188 RebaRelishesReading: Yes, I am sure part of my bravery is a f*ck this response. I mean, I had a congenital cyst in my upper left humorous as a kid and I broke it 7 (official) times before I could have surgery (a bone graft). I had to wait because 1) they wanted to see if it would fill in as I grew and 2) it was right next to the growth plate so they didn't want to nick it so I had to wait until after puberty to fix it. I even broke it once raising my hand to answer a question in school! (Did it stop me from being a nerd? No!!) So might as well break it doing something fun, right? I played rugby in college. After I got it fixed. And, yes, parachuting, cliff jumping, white water rafting, black diamond skier, etc. It's a trend. ; )
I have had medical stuff my whole life and my parents (bless them) were really good about encouraging me to do things when I felt well. And they got me lots of books for when I didn't.
>175 Berly: It's Meee! Nice back veranda, here... and I washed my hands too.
So on the topic of those 30+ questions,
My fave of your answers is:
12. What is the first thing you notice about a person? Their Emotion.
I'm not very good at all in recognising non-verbal clues around the emotions but I sure react to tone of voice and face muscle quirks.
And >193 Berly: ^^^ What Beth said.
I really feel for you.
It took me two years to figure out what I was allergic to (mainly sulphite preservatives, sulphur-rich seeds, fruit and vegetables, especially ones that have over-ripened or oxidised).
>194 BLBera: Thanks, but you are family, so you are biased. ; )
>195 SandyAMcPherson: Hey there!! So nice to see you here. Yeah, I don't really notice one physical feature on a regular basis. I probably take note of the best feature on each person, but consistently I notice people's vibe, their energy, and emotions when they speak. And I do better recognizing people by face than I do by name.
So you totally know about the allergy thing. Ugh. What a drag. At least once it is identified it makes it somewhat easier. Now if I just didn't have so many of them....!
Back to books...Every Dead Thing by John Connolly. This is two murder mysteries in one. I am halfway and now we are getting back to the other murder. Enjoyable might not be the right word, because, well, murder, but I am whizzing through it.
I might be biased, but that doesn't mean it's not true. If you can understand that. :)
>192 Berly: Wow. And of course turmeric is now one of the anti-inflammatory go-to spices that people throw into things willy-nilly…
Bookclub using Zoom last night was a hit!! We spent a fair amount of time discussing how we are all handling the crisis, but we talked for about 2 hours and everyone agreed we need to have a weekly happy hour. Books only once a month. Everyone had their own drink and hors d'ouvres. So much fun. So needed!!
My other bookclub was going to cancel, but after I suggested Zoom last night we are also going to go virtual and stay on schedule. Now I just have to get my hands on Rules of Civility!!
LOL .. love the earrings, Kim.
Zoom is a great video communication app, and so easy to use. I'm glad it allowed you to hold a successful bookclub meeting and is encouraging you to hold weekly happy hour meetings in the safety of your homes.
My "regular" groups are also using Zoom now. I have a weekly knitting group that used FaceTime last week but we decided to switch to Zoom going forward; it's a little more robust. Both of my monthly book groups plan to use Zoom for our next meetings. Oh, and my gym is doing live workouts over Zoom too! It really helps combat the isolation.
>133 msf59: Hey you didn't put Malaysia on your #33rd answer :
Stay safe Kimmers.
>214 PaulCranswick: And Malaysia!! How did I forget that? : )
I just made it back from the grocery store. I was good about spacing between people. And I got some Toilet Paper! Not because I am hoarding , but because I truly am running out!
And then when I got home I spent forever wiping everything down before I put it away. Apparently that's the thing to do since the germs live on cardboard for 24 hours and like 3 days on plastic. OR something like that. What a pain, but I am trying to be safe.
Sending best wishes to your and yours on whatever continent is necessary. Hugs.
And I want my independent bookstores to stay open!!
I picked up Rules of Civility by Amor Towles from my neighborhood bookstore, Annie Bloom's. It was a curbside visit. I had called ahead to purchase and then waved to them from outside the store wen I arrived. I had to stand behind a taped line and then the guy came out to ask me name. He disappeared back in side and then re-emerged to put the book on a stool. When he went back in again I stepped forward to get the book. Social distancing is so strange! But happy to do what it takes.
Now I need to order from Powell's...
>215 Berly: The candid nature of your description almost had me choking on my fried rice! You went straight from buying toilet paper to spending ages wiping everything down! I was blushing until I read it a second time and understood. x
>216 Berly: Powell's is on my bucket list. The social distancing at the independent store is a little bit of overkill, no? At least they are open. The bookstore (I only really count Kinokuniya) here has been closed for two weeks with another two weeks to come.
>217 PaulCranswick: I am fine with the extreme social distancing at the bookstore. If it makes them feel safe and they can stay open, I have no problems with it.
The grocery store I went to had marks on the floor to stand on when waiting in line to get to the cashiers. 6 feet apart. My daughter went to another one yesterday, and they only allowed a certain number of people in at a time and everyone else had to wait in line outside. It's a strange time right now.
>219 Berly: I experienced the latter yesterday, Kimmers. Couldn't help thinking about us all catching the virus in the condensed queue whilst we waited for entry to the socially distanced store. Patently a ridiculous idea.
>220 PaulCranswick: Right!? How is the line outside the store a safe idea? Ridiculous.
>221 Berly: Domino theory. The one in the front has the virus and they'll all get it.
A book club friend works at an indie in Raleigh NC and they're shipping all books for free during the pandemic. I don't know how much longer they'll be able to continue.
I'd love to Zoom a book club meeting but perhaps up to half our group of 12 live in very remote parts of our half-rural/half-urban county and I don't think streaming would work or them.
>221 Berly: Totally ridiculous, but, as people become more conscious that anybody within your 6-foot-personal-bubble is a risk, that kind of thing may go away.
I do hope you like Rules of Civility.
I read this Washington Post opinion piece recently, about wiping down your groceries -- it was helpful, good perspective.
Don’t panic about shopping, getting delivery or accepting packages
And have you seen Trevor Noah's interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci (Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the country's leading expert on the virus)? He poses some very basic questions in order to dispel myths and convey facts:
Both of these helped quell my panicky feelings, so thought I'd share.
We have where you can order online and pick it up curbside. There's about a 3 day wait for orders right now. I did look and see fewer cars than usual at the grocery store the other day on the way home from work. I had a small list and decided it was probably safe to enter and pick up the things I needed. I was able to stay 6 feet apart throughout the store. I only had to turn around to exit an aisle once because of someone ahead of me. (I would have advanced to the half aisle to get something that was "just around the corner" on the next, but I played it safe. I've mostly been ordering and picking things up.
I need to place an order for cat litter to pick up after work one day next week at PetsMart (unless it's back in stock at Chewy). With 3 cats, I go through a lot, and I don't want to get too low. I could shred newspapers, but I'm not sure how much they'd like that as a substitute.
I hope you are well. Spending too much time in online meetings to browse threads. Looks like some gardening is happening and that is my plan for the day.
My local indie is also doing curbside pick-up. I've ordered a few books from them, just to try to offer support. So far, according to their social media posts, I am not the only one and the community has been great about supporting them.
One of our local groceries now has one-way aisles to try to improve flow and efficiency AND to keep people from getting too close. I thought that was a good idea.
And finally, I saw the now-famous video on Facebook of the doctor showing what to do with groceries and take-out food and it made me super panicky. The next day I came across a Twitter thread from a microbioligist basically dispelling a lot of it, and then Laura kindly sent me that article she posted in >224 lauralkeet:. I am still careful, but trying to not be obsessive. I mean, that doctor guy int he video was having people soak whole fruit in soap and water which is insane, IMO...
Anyway, stay safe and healthy, Kim! Glad you had a good virtual book club. I did a virtual happy hour with friends on Thursday and it was a lot of fun.
Howdy Kim. I'm still early in on our shared read but I'm loving it. First impression is that it has some of the awesome elements of early Spenser without the misogyny and Susan. I'll check in with you later in the week.
Sorry about your allergic reaction. Be safe.
>224 lauralkeet: I read that Washington Post article too but just before then there had been a report that there was virus still alive on surfaces aboard the Princess ship that had been quarantined for 19 days. That's real-life and not laboratory so I'm going to keep wiping things down.
As to lines for getting into grocery stores -- that's the norm here now and I've been in four such lines in the past few weeks. Everyone stays 6' (generally more like 10') apart and keeps to themselves except for the occasional pleasantry. It allows the store to limit the number of people inside at the same time which makes it possible to keep a safe distance while shopping. At check-out there are now stickers on the floor to let you know what 6' looks like. I'm grateful for these measures.
Ordering and pick-up are "available" here except it's overloaded and not working well. I have a pick-up order scheduled for coming Thursday (placed last Thursday and this was the first time slot available) -- will see how it goes. When I tried delivery it never showed up.
>222 PaulCranswick: : (
>223 karenmarie: Yay for Indie bookstores!! And I do hope people get a clue and start using the 6 foot rule. Sooner than later.
>224 lauralkeet: Thanks for the links. Very reassuring. It's a whole lot easier to just wash your hands before you start cooking, before you sit down to eat and then after the dishes are done.
And I LOVE Trevor Noah. And Dr. Fauci.
>225 thornton37814: So far, actual grocery shopping has worked well for me and I feel pretty well stocked. We have our menu for the week mapped out and everyone is taking turns making dinner. Good luck keeping up with the cat supplies.
>226 ChelleBearss: Yay for a group read of Closed Circles!! I have to finish up a few, but I will start sometime next week.
>227 SirThomas: Are you in? : )
>228 witchyrichy: Hey there! Good luck with the gardening. This week has been very rainy, so I've been concentrating on indoor stuff. Hope to get back to it next week.
>229 katiekrug: I like the one-way aisles idea at the grocery store. I had a momentary panic about cleaning the groceries, but now I will try to be reasonable about and not anal.
We are going to continue the happy hour part of bookclub every Friday and just discuss the book once a month. I am looking forward to both a schedule and the people! Okay, and the hors d'ouevres.
>230 SandyAMcPherson: Yup. Lines. I saw another one for people waiting to pick up takeout at a local restaurant. I am happy for the restaurant, but people need to spread the line out!!!
>231 richardderus: Good afternoon, Ricardo!! : )
>232 luvamystery65: Glad you are enjoying Every Dead Thing. I love that there are two mysteries in one book, although the murders are pretty gruesome. I'll check back in with you later on this one. Stay well!
>233 msf59: There are several people I'd like to see run for President--I'd take Fauci.
It's a bookclub read, so hopefully Rules of Civility is at least good for discussion.
>234 RebaRelishesReading: Yes, we had the signs on the floor for where to stand at checkout. I thought it was a great idea. Hope you have better luck with the groceries in the future.
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