Life in Colour: FALL HAPPENINGS

Self went to the Mountain View Farmers Market this morning, the first time in probably three years. She’s so happy she went. She got a whole bag of potstickers (frozen) for $20. @ bag has 30 potstickers. Good deal!

She also took pictures of a Giant Pumpkin (not quite as big as the one that just won the Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Contest. Nevertheless.)

Life in Colour’s October color is — what else? — orange. She’s posting her farmers market pictures below, as well as a poster for Peninsula Ballet Company’s upcoming event, HipHop Halloween.

Past Squares 2: Prague, May 2019

This is only self’s third round of participation in Life of B’s Squares Challenge, so instead of choosing favorites from her previous rounds, in April and July 2021, she’ll focus on past trips. She used to be quite the traveler! Everything came to a screeching halt in 2020.

May 2019: Self’s niece was going to Prague and asked if she wanted to come along. Self had never been to Prague. Of course she wanted to come along!

Dinner the first night was in the hotel’s rooftop restaurant. All the surrounding buildings were lit. The view was stunning! The next day, at Prague Castle, we stumbled on a wedding photo shoot. Self was able to squeeze off a quick candid photo.

The Virus, London

Catherine’s husband and son are still alive, as of p. 46.

  • I stopped taking Theodore to nursery weeks ago. The idea of it made me shiver; putting him in a big room with thirty other children and adults who could have been anywhere, touched anything, be carrying it but not know. Anyone could have it.The End of Men, p. 46

The pandemic survival rate is 3.4%. Catherine and her husband “spend as much time as possible together . . . We sleep entwined like otters.”

Photographing Public Art Challenge (#8): Halloween Swag

Self still playing catch-up!

Halloween’s just around the corner. There was a time when self’s house was mobbed by roving bands of children, but now the neighborhood’s aged (so has she) and she mourns those times.

Still, the neighbors do have a very good Halloween game!

Thanks to hosts of the PPAC Challenge, Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao.

How Iceland Changed the World: Introduction

Self has finished reading the Amanda Lindhout memoir (written with Sara Corbett), A House in the Sky. She decided she would just have to get it over with. She wasn’t even sure she’d have the stomach to read it all the way through, but the writing is amazing. That’s what amazing writing can do: it holds you hostage. Self spent the whole of this beautiful day (sun was shining, and it was NOT HOT) just racing to finish A House in the Sky.

There are some parts that, okay, made self laugh, like the part where Amanda and Nigel are being taken to yet another “safe” house. They were being held in separate rooms and when she sees Nigel, she notices Nigel is shirtless and wonders if . . . okay, never mind. Nigel was unmolested. Lucky for him, he was a man. They sort of respected him. There is a lot about her feelings for Nigel in this book, which adds to the sadness because . . . Amanda was clinging to him so hard, just to make it through, and Nigel was essentially helpless, and made a lot of promises he didn’t mean, because — hey, there were hostages!

Anyhoo, she’s alive, he’s alive, it’s all good.

Onward!

Self’s next book might seem like a strange choice, except that her son has gone there. To Iceland. All by himself. She found out recently.

And also, once, self spent Christmas in Paris, and the only other guests at her tiny hotel in the 17th arrondissement were a Filipino family who were on their way to Iceland for a family vacation, and came with tons of luggage.

Imagine the odds of two different Filipino entities meeting in a Paris hotel on Christmas day! And we didn’t even know each other from Adam! The three kids of the family ranged in age from — if self were to guess — five to 10. WHO GOES TO ICELAND FOR FAMILY VACATION. For that matter, who spends Christmas alone in Paris! But self wasn’t alone! She was with Francine and Francoise, who were so circumspect they never greeted her a Merry Christmas and acted like it was just an ordinary day! All they said to her that day was: “Madame, you must go to the Louvre. NO LINES TODAY.” Which turned out to be very good advice.

This is a very digressive post! Finally, the Iceland book:

Introduction:

The town of Selfoss is a rare find. Nearly all of the sixty-three towns and cities in Iceland were first established out of nautical convenience, in sight of approaching ships, but Selfoss sits inland, away from the stony coast. I grew up there, landlocked.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Horizontal Lines

Self didn’t realize how long it’s been since she joined Nancy Merrill’s Photo a Week Challenge! She’s glad she can correct the situation today. The theme: HORIZONTAL LINES.

Living Room

San Luis Obispo

Fourth of July 2021

July #TreeSquare Challenge #4: Sunday in Golden Gate Park, Part II

For this July #TreeSquare challenge, self is sharing more pictures she took in Golden Gate Park last Sunday, the Fourth of July. It was a beautiful day: cool! What a nice respite from the heat down on the Peninsula.

The statue is a memorial to Marie Bonner. The log cabin was something self stumbled open while wandering around the picnic area:

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman: p. 11

You will thank self later, dear blog readers, for spending only two days on Savage Continent: Europe in the Aftermath of World War II. Keith Lowe is one of her favorite new history writers, but the pile-up of atrocities in Savage Continent were too much after a while. Inferno was a fantastic book.

The Thursday Murder Club is a mystery, and so far it is very delicious and entertaining. It’s set in Coopers Chase Retirement Village, an upscale senior citizens home in the “heart of the Kentish Weald”, the kind of retirement home where people still dress for meals. If you don’t think that sounds very exciting, well neither did self. But she found herself being unexpectedly charmed, from page one.

On p. 11, a (very) junior police officer named Donna De Freitas is giving a talk on cybersecurity. An octogenarian named Elizabeth says:

  • “That really was wonderful, Donna,” says Elizabeth. “We enjoyed it tremendously.” Elizabeth looks to Donna like the sort of teacher who terrifies you all year but then gives you a grade A and cries when you leave.

After, another octogenarian (Probably all the MCs are octogenarian!) named Ibrahim asks Donna to guess his age, and when she gets it right on the first try (“Eighty?”), looks quite deflated. But continues to flirt.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

HAPPY FOURTH

The Fourth was always self’s favorite holiday. Nothing’s changed.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Link of the Day: Frederick Douglass

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass stood before the 600-odd members of the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society in Central New York and delivered what would become one of his most famous speeches, best known today as “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Lithub.com, July 4 – July 10

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