Saturday, April 10, 2021

2021 Project 365 – Week Fifteen

I’ve been tired most of the week – mostly because I WILL NOT GO TO BED IN A TIMELY MANNER. And although it was after midnight before I got to bed last night, I slept until 10:30 this morning. I felt positively perky all day. Will I learn anything from this? No I will not.
 
Sunday, April 4th  
Easter! We had church in person (outside). I thought it was going to be cold so I wore a blazer & packed a blanket, but by the time the service started it was actually really warm. It was a gorgeous day and a lovely service.
 

Meanwhile, Dr. M had an angelic visitation of another sort.
 

Monday, April 5th   
I was texting with my brother and he asked if I’d read the latest book in one of the series that we like (Craig Johnson’s Walt Longmire series) & I said that I didn’t know there was a new one! So I went to Goodreads to get it added to my “to read” list & saw this. In my defense, I added it a week before the book was released, so I knew it would be a while before I could get it from the library. But really, to forget it even existed? Very sad. But I’m reading it now, so all’s well that ends well.
 

Tuesday, April 6th  
Dr. M got the Bugly inspected today. The service station had a very cool mural. 
 

Wednesday, April 7th      
You’ve already seen these flowers, but it’s the only picture from today. I finally packaged them up to send to the recipient.
 

Thursday, April 8th   
My usual spatula was dirty, so I had to pull ole Egghead out of retirement for my breakfast. She was not amused.
 

Our yard sure is pretty right now.
 


Friday, April 9th   
Dr. M got his first jab today! Very grateful that both of us are mostly vaccinated now.
 

Saturday, April 10th   
Temperature blanket update.
 

I made another of my flower teas today. It was pretty tasty, but I mostly enjoy the show. Fun!    
 

Dr. M & I are switching back & forth between the hockey game and the baseball game. We are living the good life. How are things going for you?

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Book Reviews – the March Edition




I only read three and a half books in March (I’m counting the novella as one half of a book).   
 
1. The Switch, by Beth O’Leary. ★★★★★ Eileen is sick of being 79. Leena's tired of life in her twenties. Maybe it's time they swapped places...
 
The Bug Says: Eileen lives in a small village in Yorkshire and Leena lives in London. When they switch places shenanigans ensue. I enjoyed this book quite a lot – it was a nice light foil to all the murder books I read.
 
2. The Once and Future Witches, by Alix Harrow. ★★★★ In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.

But when the Eastwood sisters--James Juniper, Agnes Amaranth, and Beatrice Belladonna--join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote-and perhaps not even to live-the sisters will need to delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.

There's no such thing as witches. But there will be.
 

 
The Bug Says: Oh my goodness – what a good book! You can see in my picture above that I had a nice satisfying cry when it was over. I really like how this author builds worlds and the characters she creates (she also wrote The Ten Thousand Doors of January). I highly recommend this one!
 
3. Fractured (Will Trent #2), by Karin Slaughter. ★★★★ Ansley Park is one of Atlanta’s most upscale neighborhoods—but in one gleaming mansion, in a teenager’s lavish bedroom, a girl has been savagely murdered. And in the hallway, her mother stands amid shattered glass, having killed her daughter’s attacker with her bare hands. Detective Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is one of the first on the scene. Trent soon sees something that the Atlanta cops are missing, something in the trail of blood, in a matrix of forensic evidence, and in the eyes of the stunned mother. When another teenage girl goes missing, Trent knows that this case, which started in the best of homes, is about to cut quick and deep through the ruins of perfect lives broken wide-open: where human demons emerge with a vengeance.
 
The Bug Says: You might recall that I read the first book in this series last month (Triptych). This one was also really good. I usually enjoy a good police detective book & this one did not disappoint.
 
4. Normal, by Warren Ellis. ★★★ Some people call it "abyss gaze." Gaze into the abyss all day and the abyss will gaze into you. There are two types of people who think professionally about the future: foresight strategists are civil futurists who think about geo-engineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom; strategic forecasters are spook futurists, who think about geopolitical upheaval and drone warfare and ways to prepare clients for Our Coming Doom. The former are paid by nonprofits and charities, the latter by global security groups and corporate think tanks.

For both types, if you're good at it, and you spend your days and nights doing it, then it's something you can't do for long. Depression sets in. Mental illness festers. And if the "abyss gaze" takes hold there's only one place to recover: Normal Head, in the wilds of Oregon, within the secure perimeter of an experimental forest.

 
The Bug Says: Someone gave this book to Dr. M to read and I decided that I might enjoy it. It sort of  has a spy novel flavor to it. The main character has a nervous breakdown and goes to Normal Head to recover, but then someone goes missing and he rouses all the patients to solve the mystery. It’s really more of a novella, but even at that there is a LOT of theoretical language from all the characters about their particular brand of strategy & their particular mental illness. I started skimming it because I frankly didn’t understand about half of what they were saying. I will say that the mystery was actually pretty interesting – I was surprised by whodunit.
 
I’m already almost finished with the 3rd Will Trent book – it’s pretty good too. After that, who knows? I might have to reread some old favorites until my next library book is available. Are you reading anything good these days?

Saturday, April 3, 2021

2021 Project 365 – Week Fourteen

I got nothing. Talk amongst yourselves while I sort out these pictures…
 
Sunday, March 28th  
No picture. Which is crazypants because I went to church & everything. What the heck.
 
Monday, March 29th   
The ancestral phlox is just going to take over that circle one of these days.
 

The moon!
 

Tuesday, March 30th  
I had the second part of my root canal today (they took out the “medicine” that was helping with the infection & then put a filling in the crown). After I got to work I was checking to see if I looked weird (since my face was still numb). Nope – I looked the same as usual. 
 


Wednesday, March 31st      
Dr. M made me get out of my recliner to look at the sunset, and I’m glad he did. It reminded me of the color scheme for the International Transgender Day of Awareness. Lovely!
 

Thursday, April 1st  
Baseball Opening Day! I had to work, but Dr. M got to watch the game.
 

Friday, April 2nd  
I made a chicken!
 

Saturday, April 3rd   
Lots of pictures today. First up, this gorgeous Eastern Tiger Swallowtail.
 

Next, our Blue Phlox is blooming (yes, it’s purple. I don’t know.). And every year I think that the peonies will never come back & every year they just do. Is it just me, or does the peony look a little obscene?
 

I made some more flowers – these are bigger than the other ones I’ve been making.
 

Temperature blanket update. It was a lot cooler this week. I have about another month & then I’ll quit increasing. Then it will look very weird for a few months until it’s time to start decreasing. I know, it sounds confusing. You’ll see!
 

Finally, I had put my phone down on the futon while I arranged the blanket & somehow turned it onto selfie mode. When I turned around to pick the phone up it was very alarming! Then I had to take a “normal” picture to cleanse my palette.           
 

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday! It’s going to be a nice celebration – we might even get to sing since we’ll be outside and not close to each other. Will you do anything to celebrate?

Sunday, March 28, 2021

2021 Project 365 – Week Thirteen

I had just gotten into the groove of not wearing a coat to work and was thinking about painting my toenails this weekend, but look at this nonsense:
 

Ah well, I guess it’s a good thing I washed all my socks this weekend.
 
Sunday, March 21st   
Heard in my house. By me. I was the only one there. Regarding cleaning my makeup table. “I don’t feel like doing this. I’ll do a half ass job. No I won’t. I’ll do my regular ass job.” And so I did. (Note ANCIENT makeup mirror. Like I’m pretty sure it’s over 32 years old. You can see where I tried to plug a space heater into the socket & melted it.)
 

Monday, March 22nd   
Made some more flowers. I’m experimenting with how to add the stems. Still not totally happy with this method.
 

Tuesday, March 23rd  
No picture (we had no picture last Tuesday either – I guess this is now a thing?)
 
Wednesday, March 24th     
Sent a work email that made me nervous.
 

Thursday, March 25th
Got my second Pfizer vaccine! Very grateful to have had the opportunity!
 

Friday, March 26th
I took the day off from work in case I had a bad reaction to the vaccine. I didn’t have any flu-like symptoms, but I felt very lethargic. In fact, I still do, somewhat. Anyway, I had a nice lazy day crocheting and watching Dr. M mow.
 

Saturday, March 27th  
It’s been a while since I had this delicacy – grits, runny eggs, and raisins. It was great!
 

Weekly temperature blanket update. New color alert – I got to add fuchsia! The blanket is already getting about too big for me to photograph this way. I might have to start standing on a chair (that noise you heard was Dr. M saying hell no!). We’ll see.           
 

Today is Palm Sunday. We had a really nice service at church this morning, and made plans for our Easter service next week. We’re planning to start having in person services again with all the folks who want to attend. I’m simultaneously happy about this & annoyed that I can’t sleep in on Sundays anymore. Being an adult is complicated! What adulting thing do you feel ambivalent about?

Sunday, March 21, 2021

2021 Project 365 – Week Twelve

I’ve been feeling a lot of grief over the fact that the prayer shawl I mailed to my friend in January never made it to her. It was delivered, but apparently not to her apartment. And there’s not much I can do about it. If I knew that the person who got it opened it & is using the shawl I would be ok. But the idea that it’s still in the package, or got thrown away, or is in some sort of post office limbo is kind of hard. Then last night I dreamed about my mom for the first time in a while (she was helping me take care of the baby I unexpectedly had – analyze that!). And today I was reminded that this is the 16th anniversary of her death. I think maybe the prayer shawl grief = mom grief. Life is so complicated.
 
Sunday, March 14th  
Here are the promised pictures of our ramble with the aunts. It was a lovely day!
 

Monday, March 15th  
Forsythia!
 

Tuesday, March 16th
No picture
 
Wednesday, March 17th     
We had something green for St. Patrick’s Day. Well, it was green until we dumped the sauce in it…
 

Thursday, March 18th
New FB profile pic.
 

Some crazy person sent us Goat Mail. We love it! We’ve named the goat MJ (for Michael Jordan who is the GOAT*). You can tell we’ve been married a long time – we both independently came up with that idea. Ha! (*GOAT = Greatest of all Time – I would assume you all know that, but since I didn’t know it until a few months ago I decided to tell you what it means)
 

Friday, March 19th
I stopped by Dad & Sue’s house & he had me go through a box that was FULL of letters sent to me my freshman year at college. I had no memory of getting so many letters from random people! One of the letters was actually this ransom note from my roommates. I blocked out the name of the innocent kidnaper who would be very surprised that he had been accused of stealing an elephant. The real mystery is, what elephant? I don’t remember having an elephant. I was into rainbows & had a stuffed dog in college. Very interesting!
 

Saturday, March 20th  
Phlox! And those little blue flowers that are ALL OVER our yard making it look lovely. Let me go see if I can figure what they are (which I have to do every year…)… OK, from Google University I see that it’s called Speedwell Veronica. I don’t remember that at ALL. Do you call them something different?
 

Weekly temperature blanket update. I’ve decided that it looks like saltwater taffy.           
 


You will all be ecstatic to hear that I had my root canal on Monday (easy peasy – the worry was MUCH worse than the actual procedure). There are still a couple of things to do to that tooth, but the pain is gone hallelujah. Did you do anything this past week that you had been dreading?
 
 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

2021 Project 365 – Week Eleven

The first thing I want to talk about is my tooth. I called my dentist on Wednesday after I had finished my antibiotics & my tooth still hurt. They ended up getting me an appointment with an endodontist for tomorrow. And gave me more antibiotics. Those antibiotics kicked in & now my tooth is pretty tolerable (doesn’t hurt so much that I can’t think, but also isn’t totally pain free so I’ll actually keep my appointment for the root canal). I am, in general, a person who whines about pain, so I know that we will ALL be happy once this is behind me!
 
Sunday, March 7th  
Dr. M took an overnight break to ponder the serpentine belt, but got up on Sunday & just fixed the thing. Woo hoo! He’s the best (you all already knew that).
 

Monday, March 8th  
No picture, but I did take a screen shot of this new guidance for gathering with another household. Am I really ready to be mask free around other people? I’m not sure (although I did it today with some fully vaccinated folks)! (Note: The word "sent" is covering up "all parties.")
 

Tuesday, March 9th
Felt cute. 
 

Wednesday, March 10th     
Daffies!
 

Thursday, March 11th
Made a posy.
 

Friday, March 12th
New color alert! This is watermelon, which is for average temps between 61 & 65.
 

Saturday, March 13th  
Weekly blanket update – love seeing those pinks. We’ll be back to those tealy bluey greeny colors this coming week.  
 

One of my aunts asked Dr. M & me to go walking on a trail with her today. And she came with two bonus aunts! We had a nice outing – the trail is on an old rail bed, so it’s nice & flat. You’ll see some photos from that ramble next week. It felt good to move my body. And now I shall go to bed early. Ha!
 
P.S. I LOVE DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME! So I’m pretty happy, but my body doesn’t love the change. You know if there’s anything to whine about you will hear about it here. How do you feel about DST? (This question isn’t applicable to Bruce who lives in Arizona…)
 
P.P.S. This is the 8th P365 post in a row where I have used the label "Drama Queen" and I think that's all you need to know about how this year is going. 

2021 Project 365 – Week Fifteen

I’ve been tired most of the week – mostly because I WILL NOT GO TO BED IN A TIMELY MANNER. And although it was after midnight before I got t...