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Mamie's 2020 Madness, page 5

This is a continuation of the topic Mamie's 2020 Madness, page 4.

75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Mar 25, 10:52am Top

Edited: Yesterday, 5:57pm Top



April Reads:
39. Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen - audio narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Royal Spyness, book 4)

March Reads:
28. Joe Country by Mick Herron - audio narrated by Gerard Doyle (Slough House, book 6)
29. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle - trade paperback
30. A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie by Kathryn Harkup - Kindle
31. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo - audio narrated by Anna-Maria Nabirye
32. The Ruin by Derlva McTiernan - Kindle
33. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath - audio narrated by Maggie Gyllenhaal
34. The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths, audio narrated by Jane McDowell (Ruth Galloway, book 1) - reread
35. The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths, audio narrated by Jane McDowell (Ruth Galloway, book 2) - reread
36. Virgin River by Robyn Carr (Virgin River, book 1) - Kindle - reread
37. Shelter Mountain by Robyn Carr (Virgin River, book 2) - Kindle - reread
38. The House at Sea's End by Ella Griffiths, narrated by Jane McDowell (Ruth Galloway, book 3)- reread

Edited: Mar 25, 11:00am Top


1. Cold Days by Jim Butcher - audio narrated by James Marsters (The Dresden Files, book 14)
2. Hell House by Richard Matheson - audio narrated by Ray Porter
3. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons - trade paperback
4. Smoke and Ashes by Abir Mukherjee - audio narrated by Simon Bubb (Wyndham and Banerjee, book 3)
5. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin - Kindle (Inspector Rebus, book 1)
6. The Shadow of the Sun by Ryszard Kapuściński, translated by Klara Glowczewska - Kindle
7. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov - audio narrated by Scott Brick
8. Real Tigers by Mick Herron - audio narrated by Gerard Doyle (Slough House, book 3)
9. A Taste For Vengeance by Martin Walker - trade paperback (Bruno Courrèges, book 11)
10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley - audio narrated by Michael York
11. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert - audio narrated by Juliet Stevenson, translation by ?
12. Spook Street by Mick Herron - audio narrated by Gerard Doyle (Slough House, book 4)
13. The Sisters by Dervla McTiernan - audio narrated by Aoife McMahon (Cormac Reilly, book 0.5)
14. The Master by Colm Tóibín - Kindle

15. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier - audio narrated by Anna Massey
16. The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark - Kindle
17. A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djèlí Clark - Kindle
18. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, translated by Clarence Brown? - Kindle
19. Dune by Frank Herbert - hardback
20. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs - Kindle (Mercy Thompson, book 9)
21. London Rules by Mick Herron - audio narrated by Gerard Doyle (Slough House, book 5)
22. And the Wind Sees All by Guðmundur Andri Thorsson, translation by Andrew Cauthery and Björg Árnadóttir - Kindle
23. Out Stealing Horses by Per Peterson, translated by Anne Borne - trade paperback
24. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - audio narrated by Martin Jarvis
25. Jane Austen at Home: A Biography by Lucy Worsley - audio narrated by Ruth Redman
26. Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers - trade paperback
27. Police at the Station and They Don't Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty - audio narrated by Gerard Doyle (Sean Duffy, book 6)

Edited: Mar 25, 11:01am Top

Katie’s Dirty Dozen - That’s right, folks, KAK’s reserved spot is back for a sixth year, let’s see what she hits me with this time.

1. A Commonplace Killing by Sian Busby
2. Love Lettering by Kate Clayborn
3. Miss Buncle's Book by D. E. Stevenson
4. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields - "It's in my top 10 of all time." (Mark's thread)
5. The Indignities of Being a Woman by Merrill Markoe and Megan Koester - audio

Edited: Mar 25, 11:07am Top

My January/FebruaryData:

Total Books: 27

Female: 6
Male: 22
Living: 17
Dead: 11

Author Origin:
US: 8
England: 9
France: 1
Iceland: 1
Ireland: 3
Norway: 1
Poland: 1
Russia: 1
Scotland: 2

Hardback: 1
Trade Paperback: 4
Kindle: 8
Audiobook: 14

Fiction: 25
Nonfiction: 2

Library: 0
Mine (acquired before 2020): 25
Mine (acquired in 2020): 2

Translation: 5
Re-Read: 0
Series: 13

*just making a note that the author numbers won't add up because Good Omens was written by two authors

Mar 25, 10:53am Top

Okay. GO!

Mar 25, 10:57am Top

Happy new one, Mamie my friend!

Mar 25, 10:59am Top

>7 katiekrug: Thank you, Katie! You are first, so:

Mar 25, 11:06am Top

Oooooooooh. Yum! Thanks!

Mar 25, 11:07am Top

You are most welcome!

Mar 25, 11:18am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

Mar 25, 11:24am Top

Morning, mam. Sorry about that last post. Shoulda worked off that steam cleaning up the kitchen.

Yesterday was much better. Got up at 6 a.m. and got our groceries at 7 a.m. when the store opened. I figured the place wouldn't be cleaner than when the doors first opened. Traffic was nil, and the shoppers few and well distanced.

Mostly better. Hope you all are weathering the situation.

Mar 25, 11:33am Top

>11 DeltaQueen50: Thank you, Judy!

>12 weird_O: Morning, Bill! Nope - no worries. I am happy you felt free to share.

Glad that yesterday was better. Most excellent work on the grocery getting - so right about the store never being cleaner than when it first opens its doors.

Mostly better is good - going in the desired direction is a win. Sending you positive mojo and keeping you and yours in my thoughts. Hang in there. I need to come catch up with your thread - LT has been getting away from me lately. Must. Do. Better.

Mar 25, 11:37am Top

Happy new one, Mamie!

Mar 25, 11:43am Top

>14 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley!

Mar 25, 12:05pm Top

We must keep our eyes vigilantly on our nutrition!

I'm gobsmacked at the numbers from Phoebe Putney Memorial! As a percentage of population, that's scary high. I'm very grateful to know that Daniel's fiancée is improving.

Mar 25, 12:06pm Top

Happy new thread!

Mar 25, 12:11pm Top

>16 richardderus: YES, Richard! We must!

The Phoebe numbers are shocking, aren't they?! Just mind boggling. And thank you - we are so thankful she did not need to be hospitalized.

>17 drneutron: Thanks, Jim!

Mar 25, 12:15pm Top

Happy new thread! Stay well and hold on to your sense of humor!

Mar 25, 12:17pm Top

>19 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba! I will!

Mar 25, 1:05pm Top

Happy new thread. I love the thread topper image. Looks lovely, can't seem to settle to it at the moment.

Mar 25, 1:24pm Top

Happy new one, Mamie.

Mar 25, 2:14pm Top

>21 Helenliz: Thank you, Helen! The thread topper is from Disney's movie of The 101 Dalmatians by Dodie Smith. One of my favorite books from childhood.

>22 BLBera: Thanks, Beth!

Mar 25, 3:00pm Top

>23 Crazymamie: I recognised the film. My aunt was taken to see it when it came out, she was only little. At the end she bawled her little eye out "Why does she have to go, Mum, why can't she stay" etc.
This, of course, came out at family events ever after. >:-)

Mar 25, 4:11pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie. Wishing you and the family healthy.

Mar 25, 4:57pm Top

>24 Helenliz: Helen, you made me snort my wine. I think you might be thinking of the wrong movie - the ending to this one is very happy. The puppies are all rescued and the humans keep all 101 of them. Are you perhaps thinking of Mary Poppins?

Mary Poppins

Anita Radcliff

And of course, now I can't stop singing "We had a Dalmatian Plantation...".

>25 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte! Sending healthy wishes your way, too.

Mar 25, 5:05pm Top

>26 Crazymamie: Yup. Complete attack of brain fade there. Wrong film entirely. Ho hum.

Mar 25, 5:08pm Top

>27 Helenliz: *giggle* It actually took me a minute to figure out which film you were talking about, but Mary Poppins is also a childhood favorite of mine. The books are so much better than the movie (which is completely charming), and if your aunt had only known, she could have read all of them and gotten to see Mary come back again.

Mar 25, 5:19pm Top

Happy new one!!

Mar 25, 5:32pm Top

>29 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Anita!

Mar 25, 5:46pm Top

Crazy--Happy new one! Glad your future DIL is recovering and that she didn't have to go in. Wishing you health and happy reading.

>16 richardderus: I like your idea of nutritional upkeep.

>26 Crazymamie: Both movies make me incredibly happy. : )

Mar 25, 5:53pm Top

Checking in on the new thread, Mamie!

Mar 25, 6:11pm Top

Happy new thread!

Mar 25, 6:49pm Top

Happy New Thread! Hooray for more Mamie Madness!!

Mar 25, 7:06pm Top

>18 Crazymamie:, >31 Berly: Vitamin C is essential to proper immune function. *blink* I didn't expect it to be greeted with such enthusiasm.

Mar 25, 7:44pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

Mar 25, 8:33pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! That's great news about your future daughter-in-law's recovery. Scary hospital stats in your area so it's a good thing she didn't add to the in hospital numbers.

Edited: Mar 25, 9:25pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie!

I love the Disney version of 101 Dalmations, and I love that still from it. I also love the Twilight Bark!

>26 Crazymamie: ...you made me snort my wine. Drat. I should have had a glass of wine tonight.

Mar 25, 10:50pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie.

Mightily relieved that your future DIL is on the mend and won't need to be hospitalised. xx

Edited: Mar 26, 6:11am Top

Mario and Tuppence frequently take part in our neighborhood Twilight Barking, it seems. 101 Dalmatians is one of my favorite Disney movies, as is Mary Poppins! I loved the books, too, and though I wouldn't say that the books are *better* than the movie (I love that movie too much to betray it suchly), I will say that Poppins herself is darker and feels more dangerous in the books and I *super* love that. Have you seen the recent movie with Blunt and Miranda? I feel like in some ways it's closer to the books in that it's a bit darker feeling.

Mar 26, 9:00am Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! I see you're signed up for the readathon too - I have never done one before so I'm quite excited.

Mar 26, 6:15pm Top

Happy new thread, Mamie! I recently picked up a copy of One Hundred and One Dalmatians on DVD. I've seen it several times over the years and quite like it, but I've not read the book.

Mar 27, 9:04am Top

Happy New Thread, Mamie!

I liked the newer Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Mary Poppins. The music was okay, but I didn't think it reached the level of the first one.

Mar 27, 9:47am Top

Happy Friday, Mamie!

Mar 27, 10:13am Top

Hey Mamie, Happy new thread! I rec'd an email from NPR that Cinderella with Lesley Ann Warren was available free on You Tube. So, I watched it and relived my childhood. It used to be broadcast annually as was The Wizard of Oz. I'd be glued to the television for both.
Have a great weekend!

Mar 29, 10:20am Top

Happy new thread! Hope everyone is well in your world now

Mar 29, 10:27am Top

Quick Sunday hello, Mamie! Thinking about you all.

Mar 30, 6:58am Top

Morning, Mamie. I hope you had a healthy and safe weekend at the Pecan Paradiso. We are still continuing to work, but with our virus cases beginning to really spike here in Illinois, who knows what might happen. Scary times.

Mar 30, 9:05am Top

Sorry to be so absent from my own thread - life is very distracting with a full house. SO weird for all of us to be home all weekend for multiple weekends in a row. Life is good if slightly chaotic. The future daughter is feeling so much better and went back to work last week. Meanwhile, Craig's office had a staff member who was feeling ill test positive for the virus. And remember how I said that this part of Georgia is a hotspot for the virus for some reason? Well, it's being studied by a group of epidemiologists, and part of that study includes testing for medical personnel, so Craig's entire office was tested this weekend - now we wait. I think testing for the antibody would be more helpful, and I am hoping that eventually that will be included. We also received three medical teams from the Georgia National Guard to help out our local hospital - very much appreciated.

This weekend we played Settlers of Catan - so fun, even though I lost. Missed it by THAT much. We also watched Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary - awesomesauce (and also free if you have Amazon Prime), and then of course, we had to watch Galaxy Quest again.

On the reading front, I finished The House at Sea's End on audio - this is the third book in the Ruth Galloway series, and it was a reread for me. I am feeling kind of distracted with my reading - like I can't quite settle into anything, so I have turned to a bit of rereading. Maybe this week I will be able to fall back into my reading.

Mar 30, 9:08am Top

>31 Berly: Thank you, Kim! She actually returned to work last week - they need every body they can get, so... And thank you for those good wishes.

Me, too with the movie love for both of those.

>32 alcottacre: Hello, Stasia! I thought of you as we recently purchased two new board games - Scythe and Terraforming Mars.

>33 quondame: Thanks, Susan!

Mar 30, 9:10am Top

>34 msf59: Thanks, Mark! I love your enthusiasm!!

>35 richardderus: Indeed. *belly laugh* We are all health nuts here.

>36 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita!

Mar 30, 9:19am Top

>37 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg! We were so happy that she was able to avoid hospitalization. The stats here are indeed very scary.

>38 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen! Hooray for The 101 Dalmatians love!!

Yes! A glass of wine is always a good idea.

>39 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! We are also relieved that the future daughter is feeling so much better.

Mar 30, 9:30am Top

>49 Crazymamie: I was feeling the same way with my reading so I stuck to urban fantasy for a while which usually is fluffy enough to keep my interest. The Mercedes Thompson books were great for my distracted mind! But now I've run out and need to find something similar.

Hope Craig and the rest of his coworkers don't come down with the virus 🤞🏻

Mar 30, 11:22am Top

I've been way behind on the threads again, and finally got here, only to go back one to read about your future d-i-l. So glad she's doing better. NYC is considered a hotspot, of course, but your town is a surprise. I hope the epidemiologists get a handle on where the contagion is so it flattens out in your area fast!

Mar 30, 11:59am Top

>40 scaifea: I love both the movies, too, Amber, but I read the books first and fell in love with them, so they will always just edge out the movies for me. I agree with you that the Mary Poppins from the books is darker and the books have a more dangerous edge to them - exactly. I did see the new movie with Blunt and Miranda, and it was good but not great. It does have a darker edge to it, but it does not follow the books at all. It's kind of its own entity made in the same world, which I don't have a problem with.

>41 susanj67: Thank you, Susan! I am not great with readathons, but I love seeing what everyone else is reading and doing, and it is a perfect fit for these strange times. I am happy that there will be another one this coming weekend. Maybe I will be able to finish more than one book. Heh.

>42 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry! The book is just as charming as the movie - I love both. I also love another book by that same author - I Capture the Castle.

Mar 30, 12:03pm Top

>43 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe! Definitely not on par with the original movie, but then how could you ever beat that cast and that music? Truly magical. One of Dick Van Dyke's memoirs talks about how much fun he had making that movie, and it shows, I think in the final product.

>44 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie! Friday was a good one. They almost always are. *grin*

>45 Carmenere: Hello, Lynda, and thank you! Oh, I remember watching that version of Cinderella every year, too. Now I am wondering if Birdy has seen it - she loves Cinderella in all its interpretations. It has always been her favorite fairy tale.

Mar 30, 12:07pm Top

>46 ChelleBearss: Thanks, Chelle! SO far so good with the healthy.

>47 karenmarie: Hello, Karen! Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts. It's all good here currently - I cannot complain.

>48 msf59: Morning, Mark! (Yes, I know it's afternoon, but I love the sound of morning so much more with Mark) The weekend was good - I got a nice mix of family time and me time, so I am ready to go for another week. I have been thinking about you out and about delivering the mail while the rest of us stay home - Rae and Craig have to continue to work, too. Stay safe, my friend.

Mar 30, 12:14pm Top

Oooh, we played Catan this weekend, too, and despite being made fun of by both Scaife men for only half paying attention, I still won the game! Ha!

Mar 30, 12:15pm Top

I ran across a tweet about Albany, GA being a virus hotspot. It linked to an Atlanta Journal article that recounted the virus cases that stemmed from a funeral. I noted that several folks have mentioned your area hospital's travails. Is this why everyone in Craig's office was tested?

I guess I've spent too much time surfing all the coronavirus news and not enough time keeping up here. But I got some reading mojo working, simply by cuing up crime novels.

Stay sane, Mamie.

Mar 30, 12:21pm Top

>53 ChelleBearss: Hello, Chelle! I have always been a mood reader, but lately my mood is more transient. Have you tried the Royal Spyness books on audio? The narrator makes those so lively and fun. I don't think they would work in print form for me, but I love the audio. Another series I would recommend, and I think Chloe would love them, too, is How to Train Your Dragon - David Tennant narrates them and they are full of fabulous. Very different than the movies, although those are also charming. If you are looking for urban fantasy in particular, another fun series is the Chicagoland Vampires series - Some Girls Bite is the first book in the series. I read them in print format. The first book is not quite as good as the rest, but they pick up from there and take off - I have read the first six books in that series. And thank you for getting me to think of these - getting back to them would be excellent for me as well. Ha!

>54 ffortsa: Hello, Judy! Thank you for those kind words and good wishes. Right, so surprising to see our small town as a hotspot - weird. Thinking of all of you there in New York as the stats are staggering. And heart-breaking. Please take care of you.

Mar 30, 12:25pm Top

Hi Mamie, I also saw your town of Albany, Georgia mentioned on the news as a virus hotspot. Hope you and yours stay safe and healthy. Reading is a little hit and miss for me right now as well, it's hard to drag myself away from the news but taking a break is necessary for my mental health!

Mar 30, 12:34pm Top

Glad almost d-i-l is well enough to go back to work (even if barely).

My son is CA National Guard. He's not medical (intelligence) so they spend their time shifting pallets of good around at food bank distribution sites. That's part of why they're there :)

I agree about anti-body testing. It seems to me that, for the general population, it's much more important to know who can't spread the disease than who has it since you're contagious for days before you get sick (as I understand it) and/or could "catch" it two hours after you're tested. For research purposes it could be quite useful to randomly test the general population or test a specific segment like medical workers...that I get.

Mar 30, 1:03pm Top

>58 scaifea: WHOOT! Way to go, girl! Daniel won our latest round, but we hope to mop the floor with him next time.

>59 weird_O: Bill, right - they are thinking it stemmed from two huge church funerals here. Our local hospital is overwhelmed, but is finally getting some much needed help from the National Guard. Because Albany is a hotspot, they (I'm not sure if this is federal or state commissioned) sent out a team of epidemiologists to study the transmission of the virus in this area. I don't know the parameters of the study, but Craig's office was offered testing, and they accepted - his office does have one staff member who tested positive before the study, so maybe that is why they are included. Or maybe they are testing all medical offices within a certain vicinity of the hospital - I just don't know. Here are the latest stats from the hospital:

Sunday, March 29, 2020 @ 11:52 p.m. -
Phoebe Reports Sunday COVID-19 Numbers
Albany, Ga. – Over the last 24 hours, Phoebe received its largest number of daily COVID-19 test results so far. The 364 total results included 125 positives and 239 negatives, with no additional deaths. As of noon Sunday, these are the results of all COVID-19 test performed by Phoebe:

Total Positive Results – 482
Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 16
Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 2
Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 60
Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center - 10
Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 0
Total Positive External Patients – 394
Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 65
Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 13
Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 6
Total Other Patients Awaiting Test Results – 1,208
Total Negative Results - 772
Out of abundance of caution, Phoebe is implementing a masking policy tomorrow morning that requires everyone who enters a Phoebe hospital facility to wear a mask. “Thanks to the amazing work of our teams producing reusable fabric masks, we now have a sufficient supply to institute this new policy.” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System Chief Executive Officer.

The state of Georgia now has 2,809 positive tests, 707 hospitalized, and 87 dead.

I am also very behind on LT - we just do the best we can, my friend. Crime novels - sounds excellent! That is my go to comfort reading, too. I need to come see what you are working on. I kind of pride myself on my own kind of crazy, but I will try to retain some sanity just for you. Wishing you good health and a calm heart and mind - I am keeping you in my thoughts.

Mar 30, 1:07pm Top

Wow, those numbers really give one pause don't they? Take care of yourselves.

Mar 30, 1:16pm Top

>61 DeltaQueen50: Hello, Judy! So far so good with the healthy and safety - the future daughter is over her bout of it, so she should be on the clear from here on out, I hope. I was noticing in the readathons from the past two weekends that a lot of us are distracted right now, and I think it is a comfort just to share our journeys. I have been making myself shut off the news - I watch some in the morning and some in the evening, but try to avoid it in between and take a big break on the weekends.

>62 RebaRelishesReading: Reba, they really need all hands on deck.

I am thankful for your son's service - food bank distribution is also vital. We just need everyone working together to make a difference.

And YES - that is exactly it with the testing. We need to gather as much data as we can, but the antibody testing should be a priority.

Mar 30, 1:18pm Top

>64 RebaRelishesReading: Yes, they do, Reba. We are being very careful. Craig and Rae have to continue to go to work, but the rest of us are hanging here.

Mar 30, 1:35pm Top

>53 ChelleBearss: I noticed your library doesn't include Ilona Andrews. They are what I call potato chip books, some with a similar were-critter, urban fantasy setting as the Patricia Briggs books.

Mar 30, 1:42pm Top

>67 quondame: *waves at Susan*

Mar 30, 1:42pm Top

They just updated the Phoebe Hospital report:

Monday, March 30, 2020 @ 1:01 p.m. -
Phoebe Reports Sunday COVID-19 Numbers
Albany, Ga. – Sadly, Phoebe reported nine additional COVID-19 deaths Monday as a substantial number of test results were returned.

As of noon Monday, these were all Phoebe-related COVID-19 test results:

Total Positive Results – 586
Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Main – 25
Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 2
Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 55
Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center - 14
Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 0
Total Positive External Patients – 490
Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 73
Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 7
Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 6
Total Other Patients Awaiting Test Results – 1,060
Total Negative Results - 932
“We had one COVID-19 positive patient at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital pass away overnight. The other eight deaths were patients under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 who passed away over the last week. We just received their positive test results over the last 24 hours. Unfortunately, we know these will not be the final deaths from this virus in our community, as we continue to see a growing number of critically ill patients. We can’t stress enough the need for everyone in southwest Georgia to follow restrictions put in place by local governments to avoid close contact with others,” said Steven Kitchen, MD, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer.

Mar 30, 3:13pm Top

Oh sweetiedarling...I am so sad that the bloody virus is smackin' y'all in the teeth. It is very very worrying, despite your FD-I-L's recovery.

Escape reading: No one is talking about this book and I can not figure out why. I think it's superb. A Justified State is really dark, involving, and quite exciting. Think Enemy of the State only written by Philip K. Dick in an unusually grim mood. It's near-future, like the In Death series, and can't fairly be classed with them because the stakes are SO. VERY. HIGH.

The reason the opening murder is committed will, I promise you, set your preconceived notions on their ear. It's all of $2.99 on Kindle. (Free to read if you have Unlimited.)

Mar 30, 4:14pm Top

Crazy--I am continuing the Patricia Briggs series. On book #11! Definitely going with the fun, easy reads right now. Hope you guys manage to thwart Daniel on the next round of games. Stay safe. : )

Mar 30, 4:16pm Top

>68 Crazymamie: Wave, wave, jump, jump, wave, wave!

Mar 30, 6:38pm Top

>60 Crazymamie: Thanks for those! I will check them out!

Mar 30, 6:51pm Top

>50 Crazymamie: Oh, Scythe and Terraforming Mars are great games! I own all but one of the expansions for TM.

Have a great time with them, Mamie!

Mar 30, 7:02pm Top

Is Phoebe where your husband and daughter work?

Mar 30, 11:38pm Top

Take care, Mamie.

Mar 31, 10:28am Top

The NYT has a story about the outbreak in Albany, Mamie. So sad.

Stay safe and well.

Mar 31, 1:46pm Top

>77 katiekrug: I heard about it on one of the NPR (or maybe WNYC) shows this morning. I hope all of you stay safe.

Mar 31, 3:33pm Top

Well, Craig is sick. I'm pretty sure that his test result is going to come back positive. I am also not feeling great - tired, achy, beast of a headache, and my eyes are SO dry. My insomnia has been in high gear, so mine could just be lack of sleep. Please keep us in your thoughts as I would dearly love for Craig to make a full recovery AT HOME. There were two more deaths in the local hospital overnight - scary times.

>70 richardderus: Thank you, dear one.

"Think Enemy of the State only written by Philip K. Dick in an unusually grim mood." Now how could I possibly pass that up?! I snagged it immediately just on your say so, so thanks for the tip.

>71 Berly: I need to get back to Mercy, Kim - I am ready for book 10, so right behind you. Me, too, with the fun easy reads. I thank you for those gaming wishes - I need all the luck I can get as Daniel is a mastermind at games. We are now quarantined, so our only danger is ourselves - why is that not comforting?! Heh.

Mar 31, 3:35pm Top

>72 quondame: You made me laugh, Susan!

>73 ChelleBearss: Hoping at least one of them works for you, Chelle. And you are welcome.

>74 alcottacre: Thanks, Stasia - I am slightly intimidated by Scythe, TBH.

Mar 31, 3:35pm Top

So sorry to hear that Craig is sick and you're under the weather as well. Get well *whammies* for your whole family, and lots of good thoughts floating your way.

Mar 31, 3:36pm Top

{{Mamie}}. So worrisome. Stay healthy!

Mar 31, 3:40pm Top

>79 Crazymamie: {{{Mamie}}}
and of course {{{Craig}}}

Mar 31, 3:43pm Top

>75 RebaRelishesReading: No, Reba - they work at a privately owned practice.

>76 BLBera: Thanks, Beth.

>77 katiekrug: Wow - we made the NYT? I will have to look that up. On the color coded Covid-19 Georgia map by county, we turned the darkest color overnight - we are now the same color as Atlanta. Crazy.

Thanks for those good wishes - I promise to do my best.

>78 ffortsa: Thank you, Judy.

Mar 31, 3:44pm Top

Sending all good energy southward! Take care, friend.

Mar 31, 3:45pm Top

>81 bell7: Mary, thank you so much for that - we could use the LT bump about now.

>82 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley.

>83 richardderus: Much appreciated, Richard. *bear hug back - germ free, of course*

Mar 31, 3:46pm Top

>85 katiekrug: Katie, we need it! Thank you.

Mar 31, 4:08pm Top

Oh Mamie, I'm so sorry. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

Mar 31, 4:26pm Top

I'm sending lots of virtual positive thoughts and vibes arrowing down to you and Craig from Iowa, Mamie!

Mar 31, 5:05pm Top

My best wishes for Craig and you!

Mar 31, 5:23pm Top

Thinking of you all, Mamie. GWS vibes winging their way from the UK.

Mar 31, 5:30pm Top

Lordy lordy, Mamie. All the best to you and Craig and your entire family. Best wishes to the entire Albany community too.

Mar 31, 5:47pm Top

I am sorry to hear that Craig is sick and you are not feeling well, Mamie. Please keep us posted. You are, in all our thoughts & prayers.

Mar 31, 6:03pm Top

>79 Crazymamie:. Mamie, I’m sorry to hear Craig is sick. Wishing him a speedy and full recovery...and wellness for the rest of you...❤️❤️❤️❣️

Mar 31, 7:52pm Top

Sending healing thoughts your way, Mamie. Wishing Craig a fast recovery at home.

Mar 31, 9:55pm Top

Mamie, I’m so sorry to hear that Craig is sick and that you’re under the weather as well.

Sending you and all your loved ones much love ❤️ and healing energy.

Mar 31, 10:26pm Top

Mamie, a nurse from a critical care hopsital in your area was interviewed on CNN tonight and I recognized the name, Phoebe Putney Hospital, from here on your thread. Continued good vibes for you and Craig and everyone.

Apr 1, 4:34am Top

Sending positive vibes to you and your family ((((Mamie))))

Apr 1, 4:43am Top

Sending healing thoughts in your direction.

Apr 1, 4:51am Top

Mamie, I'm so sorry to hear the news from the Paradisio. I hope everyone recovers quickly.

Apr 1, 6:59am Top

Add ing my thoughts and hugs to the pile, Mamie.

Apr 1, 9:30am Top

Mine too!

Apr 1, 9:44am Top

Hugs, best wishes and prayers to you, Craig and all at the Paradisio.

Apr 1, 9:49am Top

Good morning, y'all! Day One of Quarantine at the Pecan Paradisio included a tornado watch, so it's going to be hard to beat that, but we'll give it a go. Last night was a rough one for Craig, but he is hanging in there. After sleeping a good chunk of Tuesday, it seems less likely that my head is going to explode, so I'm counting that as a win. And the universe has gifted us with a day full of GORGEOUS - bright and sunny and only going to 70F today (and currently it's only 58F!) so Yippy Skippy for that. I'm hoping to spend some time reading on the screened-in porch.

Yesterday I watched the first two episodes of Mary Berry's Country House Secrets - I think this is on Brit Box. It was completely charming, and a wonderful diversion from the news. In the first episode she visits Highclere Castle, which is where they filmed parts of Downton Abbey. Anyway, it's fabulous, so if you subscribe to Brit Box, check it out.

On the reading front, I am slightly disappointed with my March reading - only managed 11 books. Almost half of my books read were rereads - I'm hoping to put together my stats later today. Here's what I'm currently working on:



Apr 1, 9:54am Top

>88 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen. Thoughts and prayers much appreciated.

>89 rosalita: Thank you, Julia.

>90 quondame: Thanks, Susan.

>91 charl08: Thank you, Charlotte.

>92 weird_O: Thanks for that, Bill.

>93 msf59: Thank you, Mark. I will be sure to keep everyone here in the loop.

>94 mckait: Sis, thank you so much for that.

Apr 1, 9:57am Top

>95 BLBera: Thank you, Beth.

>96 bohemima: Thank you for that, Gail. So good to see you here.

>97 jessibud2: Thanks, Shelley. So weird that our little town is making the national news.

>98 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita.

>99 Helenliz: Thanks, Helen.

>100 susanj67: Thank you, Susan. Me, too, with the quickly.

>101 scaifea: Thanks, Amber.

Apr 1, 9:59am Top

>102 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.

>103 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul.

Everyone, seriously, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers and good wishes. This group has lifted us up more than once, and I firmly believe in the powers of the positive mojo that originates here. We are so very lucky to have our LT family.

Edited: Apr 1, 10:16am Top

So sorry to see that you both have caught the crud. I hope the tests come back negative and you've caught a normal old virus instead!
Are your kids all doing ok?

Apr 1, 10:13am Top

>108 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle - not sure I have it, but pretty sure that Craig does. Luckily, all the kids are feeling fine.

Apr 1, 10:30am Top

Morning, Mamie. Glad to hear that the Pecan Paradiso clan is hanging in there. We could definitely use some of your warmth though. Still cool here, in the 40s. Also, sunshine would be nice.

Apr 1, 10:39am Top

>110 msf59: Morning, Mark! I would take your 40s in a heartbeat. I was thrilled with not high 80s and tons of humidity. Wish I could send you some sunshine because it is mighty cheerful making.

Apr 1, 10:43am Top

Hey there, you with the stars in your eyes! I started today off right with my monthly SFFBC newsletter: "We've further decided to end 2020 this month and take some time so that we start 2021 right. Please tell us how your challenges fared."

Heh. I am, in fact, all about this. Let's just fast-forward to 2021, inaugurate Anyone Else, and get on with this crap century.

Apr 1, 11:33am Top

Continued healing vibes to all of you!

Apr 1, 11:48am Top

>112 richardderus: Morning, BigDaddy! I could go with that - in fact, it sounds perfect.

>113 jessibud2: Thank you, Shelley - much appreciated.

Apr 1, 1:34pm Top

>79 Crazymamie: Oh, Mamie -- so sorry to hear that Craig is unwell but glad you seem to feel better this morning. I hope Craig makes a full recovery at home and maybe that the rest of you get one of those cases you never knew you had until you're tested -- just so you'll all be immune. Thoughts and prayers with you all.

Apr 1, 2:32pm Top

Mamie, I feel like such an idiot. I've been sporadically on LT (until a few days ago I was still working, believe it or not) and, being in GA myself, have been following the numbers particularly down your way. But for whatever reason, my mind was blanking on the the fact that you and your family are in Albany. I was thinking about how I only know one family in Dougherty County when it suddenly clicked - I know two.

I'm delighted to hear that you future DIL is recovering and wish you, Craig, and the rest of your family only the best. Please know I'm thinking of you all and sending good vibrations your way.

Apr 1, 2:49pm Top

April is National Poetry Month on my blog! I will Celebrate The Art all April long!

Apr 1, 3:53pm Top

I loved Happiness, Mamie, and isn't the cover lovely?

I hope you all feel better soon.

Take care.

Apr 1, 5:08pm Top

I'm glad you're feeling a little bit better, Mamie, and I hope Craig will be, too, very soon.

You probably saw on Katie's thread that I gulped down the first four Adrian McKinty books but am now at a standstill because the library doesn't have any more. Infinite sadness! I know I said on your last thread that you would have a lot to answer for if this happened, but I'm going to let you off the hook because the books were so good. This time, at least ... ;-)

Apr 1, 9:51pm Top

Sending healing vibes your way.

Apr 2, 7:12am Top

(((((Mamie & Craig & family))))) - get all better soon!

Apr 2, 7:59am Top

>121 Deern: Yes! Get well soon!

Apr 2, 11:16am Top

Sending lots of positive thoughts to you, Mamie. I hope everyone in the Pecan Paradisio starts feeling better and better.

Apr 2, 12:06pm Top

Oh gosh, Mamie! I'm so sorry to read Covid-19 has hit your area so hard. Especially, within your own family! My prayers to Craig for a speedy recovery and continued health for you and the kiddos.

Apr 2, 2:18pm Top

Saw on the news this morning that your governor has finally discovered that non-symptomatic people can transmit Covid-19. Really!?! Just found that out??? Glad measures are finally being taken.

Also, thinking about your family and sending virtual hugs.

Apr 2, 3:23pm Top

>125 RebaRelishesReading: As another resident of the state of Georgia, yes, it is incredibly embarrassing. Thank goodness many local governments went ahead and took measures before our idiot governor finally took notice.

I'm thinking of you and yours, Mamie.

Apr 2, 3:30pm Top

So sorry to hear that you’ve all been stricken by the virus. Sending hugs.

Yesterday, 7:13am Top

Sorry to read about the illness in your family. Prayers for recovery.

Yesterday, 11:18am Top

Hey Mamie! Hope Craig is feeling better today and everybody else at Pecan Paradiso is ok!

Yesterday, 11:33am Top

Day 4 of The Pecan Paradisio Quarantine is not off to good start - I have already managed to thoroughly shampoo my left eyeball, which I will just mention is not refreshing even with lavender shampoo. This seems like something that should happen on a Monday and yet has somehow stealthily snuck into Friday's schedule. Monday has no shame, I tell you. On the bright side, I did not get stabbed to death while I was showering, so there is that. Yesterday was, I am crossing my fingers, Craig's worse day - really pitiful and the cough is relentless, and he lost his senses of taste and smell. And the Lysol we have been spraying him with seems to irritate his airways (I am kidding). Today he seems the tiniest bit better, so I am hopeful that progress is being made. Really scary how quickly it went from a few days of feeling tired and achy to being very sick. Everyone else here is doing fine.

On the reading front, I still haven't compiled my March stats - hoping to get to that today. On audio, I am listening to two murder mysteries because I am just that crazy - Royal Blood (book 4 of the Royal Spyness series) and A Room Full of Bones (book 4 of the Ruth Galloway series - a reread for me). Still working on the same print and ebooks as last time, so no news there. I am participating in this weekend's readathon, so perhaps I will actually finish something. Um...no promises, though.

Fasten your seatbelts, folks, it's going to be a bumpy ride. Dibs on shotgun, and I'm going to get Katie to drive.

Yesterday, 11:38am Top

I'm ready!

Yesterday, 11:41am Top

>130 Crazymamie: Amazing how you can keep your keen sense of humor, Mamie! Besides shampooing your eyeball (I guess the days of the week don't even know what day it should be) - all seems relatively on the upswing. Have a calm - no stress kinda day :0)

Yesterday, 11:52am Top

>130 Crazymamie: And the Lysol we have been spraying him with seems to irritate his airways (I am kidding).

What part are you kidding about, Mamie? That Lysol irritates Craig's airways. Or that you are spraying Craig with Lysol.

Now I'm kidding.

Yesterday, 11:57am Top

>131 katiekrug: I knew you would be up for it, Katie!!

>132 Carmenere: We all need our humor now more than ever - if I lose mine, it'll be because I'm dead. And right - the shampoo in the eye was a major bummer. Our other bummer is that the "neighbors" burned all last weekend, all yesterday and they are back at it today, so even though the weather is perfect for getting in some screened-in porch time, it just ain't happening.

Thanks so much for those good wishes. Wishing the same for you and yours.

Yesterday, 12:00pm Top

>133 weird_O: *belly laugh* Okay. I knew someone was gonna ask that, Bill. I almost amended it to "(I'm just kidding - we are using wipes.)" Heh. Just for clarity, we ARE NOT spraying Craig with Lysol. Yet. *blinks*

Yesterday, 12:13pm Top

Catching up with the thread:

>115 RebaRelishesReading: Thank you, Reba. Me, too, with the immunity. We are still waiting on Craig and Rae's test results. What an efficient system. Thoughts and prayers are much appreciated - keeping you in ours, too.

>116 Dejah_Thoris: Dejah, you are not an idiot - no one can be expected to remember exactly where everyone lives. We are technically in Lee County, but the county line is less than 5 minutes from our house, so...we do all of our shopping and errands and social stuff in Albany, and Craig and Rae both work there. Future daughter is all better and back to work now. Thank you so much for keeping us in your thoughts and sending the good vibrations our way - I am convinced that positive mojo makes a very big difference.

>117 richardderus: Richard, I am not falling for that.

Yesterday, 12:17pm Top

And also...

I hope Craig is indeed getting better and that the rest of you continue to avoid the nasty little bugger!

Yesterday, 12:19pm Top

>118 BLBera: Beth, I picked it up on your recommendation. And yes, the cover is full of beauty.

Thank you so much for those good wishes.

>119 rosalita: Julia, thank you for that. I am so thrilled that the Sean Duffy love is spreading - such a great character. I do not understand why libraries purchase bits and pieces of series like that. I am crossing my fingers that they will purchase the next two books very soon - is your library system closed? Ours is, and I don't use the digital anymore because it is RB Digital, which I loathe. I want my Overdrive back! *sob* And thank you for sparing me your wrath this one time - a gift beyond measure!

>120 figsfromthistle: Thank you so much, Anita!

Yesterday, 12:20pm Top

>137 katiekrug: TRUTH! And thank you, my friend.

Yesterday, 12:24pm Top

>121 Deern: Thank you, Nathalie - means so much to us.

>122 drneutron: Thanks, Jim.

>123 jnwelch: Thank you, Joe.

>124 Carmenere: Lynda, thank you so much.

Yesterday, 12:28pm Top

Oh, yay for Craig turning the corner with this thing! But boo to the shampoo in the eyes. Yoicks. Must hurt nearly as badly as Lysol Throat...

Yesterday, 12:31pm Top

>125 RebaRelishesReading: Reba, our governor is a complete idiot. I do not understand how one can put politics before humanity. It's mind boggling.

And thank you for the positive mojo - it's working!

>126 Dejah_Thoris: Exactly right, Dejah. Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts.

>127 SandDune: Thank you, Rhian.

>128 thornton37814: Thanks, Lori.

>129 Carmenere: He does seem to be feeling ever so slightly better today, Lynda. I'll take it! The rest of us are hanging in there - so far, so good.

Yesterday, 12:35pm Top

>141 scaifea: Yes, I hope it is a corner turned and not a trick, Amber. He looks a little better and says he feels better than yesterday, so...

Ha! The shampoo in the eye was most unfortunate - I have not done that in decades. I'm not trying out the Lysol throat although I did give myself a giggle picturing us spraying Craig down.

Yesterday, 12:38pm Top

Hope he's feeling better, with or without the regular dousing with disinfectant.
Honestly, a sense of humour is the only way to go at times like these. And those without one will be second against the wall when Katie rules the world. (First are those who read out of order, apparently).

Yesterday, 12:41pm Top

>144 Helenliz: Thank you, Helen. Yep - we need our sense of humor right now more than ever.

Katie's coup cannot come soon enough for me - I am ready.

Yesterday, 1:03pm Top

Happy that Craig's feeling even a bit better, and to show that your wicked, wicked mojo is slipping in general, I am pleased too report that my achy ick-ptui is seasonal allergies not this plague. The nurse made me sniff some *awful* stinky stuff after taking my temp (97°) and listening to my lungs.

Yep. Allergies. Me for the benadryl!

Yesterday, 1:14pm Top

>146 richardderus: Thank you, BigDaddy. My wicked, wicked mojo is not slipping. I wish for you only health and happiness (and also loads of comfort food), so look at me turning the tide one dearest one at a time. Hooray for allergies. And for benadryl. Especially benadryl. What was the *awful* stinky stuff?

Yesterday, 1:17pm Top

>134 Crazymamie: My neighbors burned yesterday, too. All I could think was that with such a beautiful day, that was the best they could come up with?

It's glorious today up my way - I figure we're about 100 miles apart - so I hope that even if you can't get outside, you have lots of glorious sunshine coming in the windows.

My allergies are giving me fits, too.

Yesterday, 1:21pm Top

I was alarmed to hear about Craig, so it is good to know he is moving in the right direction, Mamie. Are the rest of you isolating from him or taking your chances?

Yesterday, 1:24pm Top

>148 Dejah_Thoris: I know, right, Dejah? The days are so limited down here where one can have the windows open and enjoy mild temps, that it is such a shame to spoil it by burning. I can't believe Georgia doesn't limit days on which one can burn. It makes no sense to me.

Glad that you are getting to embrace the fresh air. Maybe we will get lucky and they will knock off early. And the sunshine is mighty purty all on its own. The pecan trees blooming look like what I think hope must look like.

Me, too, with the allergies - all that pollen.

Yesterday, 1:27pm Top

>147 Crazymamie: mmm hmmmmm ::side-eye::

I don't know what it was, TBH, but it had ammonia in it. My eyes were streaming! Apparently the plague-ridden can't whiff deeply enough to have that reaction...? My therapist and I were discussing the spike in deaths here. She offered the perspective that many people who need assisted living have so many long-term issues that it's more likely they'll die of those complications than the virus.

Cheered me right up! Not smoking was a darn good decision.

Yesterday, 1:36pm Top

So glad to hear Craig is feeling a bit better -- even if only a bit. Here's another load of Mojo to help you all along ((Mamie & Co)

Yesterday, 1:43pm Top

>149 ronincats: Me, too, Roni - I really was worried that he might get sick enough to have to go to the hospital, and that feels like a death sentence at the local hospital with their current numbers. Good question - the kids are isolating, and I am taking my chances but also not being stupid.

Yesterday, 1:43pm Top

>138 Crazymamie: Yes, our library has closed but Overdrive is still available. That's where I can only access Books 1-4. I've put in recommendations to buy the next two, so we'll see. Because our town is so tiny, they are part of a statewide Overdrive consortium, so I'm not sure how much influence one user can have on purchasing decisions. But hope springs eternal!

Also, sorry about the shampoo in the eye and everything else. Monday has a lot to answer for these days ...

Yesterday, 1:44pm Top

Fingers crossed that Craig is better. Take care.

Yesterday, 1:50pm Top

>151 richardderus: *belly laugh*

Interesting about the sniffing stuff. And yes, not smoking makes a huge difference to life in general. When I had my gallbladder surgery, the anesthesiologist was telling me how refreshing it was to have someone who had never smoked and was in good health (other than the gallbladder thing, obviously).

>152 RebaRelishesReading: Right, Reba - every little bit helps. And thank you so much!

Yesterday, 1:50pm Top

Glad that Craig is feeling a touch better! Crossing my crossables that he improves rapidly!

Yesterday, 1:54pm Top

>154 rosalita: Julia, I believe in you and in your power. And I'm doing this:

And thank you for the sympathy - greatly appreciated.

>155 BLBera: Thank you, Beth.

Yesterday, 1:55pm Top

>157 ChelleBearss: Thank you, Chelle!

Yesterday, 1:57pm Top

>130 Crazymamie: Glad you survived the shower. ; )

I am feeling your pain because my hubby is also battling this thing. He is a presumed case, not verified by blood test. I think he is over the worst and managed to stay at home, but now we are all waiting to see if the rest of us get this thing! Argh!

Yesterday, 2:01pm Top

>160 Berly: Ha! Thanks, Kim!

SO sorry to hear about Walt. Craig is still awaiting his test results - he and Rae were both tested last Saturday. I am relieved to hear that your husband is over the worst of it and that he did not have to be hospitalized. Crossing my fingers and sending positive mojo that the rest of you avoid being symptomatic but pick up the immunity. Please take care of you.

Yesterday, 2:23pm Top

>130 Crazymamie: Check out Riding Shotgun before choosing who drives. It is my favorite ghost story, if that's a clue, but Charles de Lint's ghosts stories aren't like others, not at all.

Yesterday, 2:26pm Top

>162 quondame: Oh! That sounds fun, Susan! Thanks for that - I will check it out.

Yesterday, 8:28pm Top

Pleased to see that Craig is a little better. You are lucky that he didn't get the lavender shampoo and you the lysol!

Today, 8:42am Top

Paul, he says he feels better, but last night was truly terrible - coughing all night. I cannot imagine how exhausted he must be feeling after all of that. It seems to really start up when he lies down all the way - I told him he is not allowed to do that anymore until further notice. Very scary. Craig would never spray me with lysol, but I could totally see him spraying himself. Heh.

Today, 8:58am Top

Very scary, Mamie. I hope he gets some good not-lying-all-the-way-down rest today.

Today, 9:05am Top

>166 karenmarie: Me, too, Karen.

Today, 9:10am Top

O, I'm sorry that Craig didn't get better rest last night. Hugs all around, friend.

Today, 9:12am Top

Oh, gosh, poor Craig! And poor you - it can be worse being the witness rather than the victim because things can sound or seem so much worse.

We have a "wedge" pillow (which The Wayne very maturely refers to as The Wedgie because of course) for use with bad coughs - it angles the upper body gently so you're not upright but raised enough to help prevent the terrible coughing fits in the night. I think we got it at Bed, Beth & Beyond and as I type this I realize running out to the shops isn't all that realistic right now, so never mind :-/

Today, 9:14am Top

Ditto what Amber said. I'm thinking if Craig didn't get any rest, neither did you! Take care of yourself too. Take your vitamin C and a little nap when you can.

Today, 9:21am Top

>168 scaifea: Thanks for that, Amber. I feel so badly for him and wish there was more I could do.

>169 katiekrug: It is just awful, Katie. Agonizing. Your post cracked me up - he did prop up a bunch of pillows and try that, but he was already just completely gone with the coughing and nothing seemed to help. I think the key is to not lie all the way down to begin with - he ended up finishing the night in the living room recliner, but he coughed the entire time. And I love that The Wayne calls it The Wedgie!! Of course he does.

>170 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda - exactly right about no rest for me. I don't think any of us slept except for Rae, who can sleep through almost anything. I will definitely try to squeeze in a nap later today.

Today, 9:52am Top

An idea for raising the back (head) end of the bed for Craig. Can you prop some books under the mattress so it is angled up a bit? No need to run out to buy anything and I bet you could find a few spare books somewhere.....;-) or if not under that end of the mattress, what about under the back legs of the bed itself? Just to create an angle so he isn't lying flat. Books can be so helpful, and such a comfort, in so may ways, right?

Today, 10:37am Top

Morning, Mamie. Happy Saturday. I am sorry to hear about the continuing health issues, at the Pecan Paradiso. I sure hope Craig begins to feel better and you remain healthy, yourself. I also hope those books are giving you comfort.

Today, 10:37am Top

>172 jessibud2: I think not, Shelley - we have a king sized sleigh bed. We have plenty of pillows, so he can do that or he can sleep in the recliner sofa in the living room. I just don't want him completely reclining again until he is MUCH better.

Today, 10:38am Top

>173 msf59: Morning, Mark! Happy Saturday to you. Thank you for those good wishes - much appreciated. As far as the books go, I seem to be mostly rereading these days.

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