America After George Floyd

As self told one young man on Twitter: This is your moment. Better not waste it.

I won’t, he said.

(In his very next tweet he called Joe Biden an “Andrew Jackson Democrat” and she was so confused but didn’t have time to figure out what he meant so she blocked him)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 105: SPRING

It’s summer, but the Lens-Artists Challenge this week is Spring.

So, nostalgia?

In spring, it’s all about the flowers. Her roses were blooming! Everything was blooming!

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New Planter Basket, from Whole Foods

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Front Yard: mid-May

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Backyard: mid-May

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

 

Sadie Jones: The Snakes

This novel has a very engaging beginning. It was one of the last things self checked out of Redwood City Public Library, way back February (and she needs to return it soon, obv). Since Redwood City Library opened to curbside pick-up of books on hold, she got the notice that one of the books she requested, Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King, is ready for pick-up. YAY!

The Snakes is self’s first Sadie Jones.

One-sentence summary: Young husband and wife throw caution to the winds, quit their respective jobs (The wife loved her job, but the husband didn’t love his) and embark on a road trip.

Ch. 2 (p. 19)

The service station on the A26 from Calais was sunny and civilised. The day was mild. They sat outside and had a coffee, watching people playing on the manufactured grassy slopes. They’d bought a left-hand drive Peugeot in London, the week before they left. It had seventy thousand miles on the clock and a manual gearbox. Most of the car was blue but the bonnet, for no reason the seller would commit to, was matt black.

“It looks like shit,” Bea had whispered to Dan, out of earshot.

“It is shit, it’s nine-hundred quid.”

They’d left London the morning before their tenant, a PhD student from Korea, was due to move in.

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The author Sadie Jones

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Elmore Leonard’s “Fire In the Hole”

Self checked out a collection of Elmore Leonard short stories from the Redwood City Public Library early this year. She hasn’t managed to get to it yet. COVID happened, and then self’s mind flew out the window.

This afternoon, while browsing through her stack of “To Read” books, she encountered the Elmore Leonard collection, and immediately turned to the title story.

Opening line:

  • They had dug coal together as young men and then lost touch over the years.

omg!

Justified!

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Timothy Olyphand and Walton Goggins! Those two actors were born to play Raylan Givens and Boyd Crowder. Did either of the two ever win an Emmy? Did the show itself ever win an Emmy? For the six years of its run, self doesn’t think she ever skipped an episode.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day: The Economist, 20 June 2020

When stimulus checks arrived in mid-April, Americans let rip on a broad range of goods. — Leader, p. 7

LOL  LOL  LOL

America is not dead — as long as Americans can shop, there is hope.

During the first week of lockdown, self was very anxious. She worried about stuff like — writing instruments.

Self still writes in longhand, and she needs a special kind of pen. After days of fruitless searching in groceries and supermarkets, frustrated at not being able to find the exact pen she was in the habit of using, she finally found them on Amazon. Sold in packs of 10. They took a bit longer than she expected to arrive, but they did arrive. So that got rid of one of her primal anxieties.

And she makes herself use Door Dash to support local mom-and-pop restaurants (one of self’s favorites, a small Thai restaurant on Woodside Road, closed two weeks after the lockdown, and she was so bereft).

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Challenge # 95: ALL WET

  • Maybe you’ve just given your pet a bath, or perhaps the dewdrops on your garden have given you a smile.Tina R. Schell

Here are a couple of images from self’s archives:

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Cistus (Rock Rose) on front porch after rain

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Also After Rain: Clematis Montana Rubens

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Backyard Watering

Stay safe. Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: TOUCH

  • This week you can post anything that stimulates or delights your sense of touch. It can be thorns on a rose, a soft baby’s face or tree bark.Cee Neuner

Self decided to take pictures for this post:

Her neighbor Claudio collects old pieces of wood and turns them into bird feeders. This is all about texture:

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These furry slippers were a gift from Dearest Mum. Even though it’s not cold in self’s house, she wears these slippers every day:

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For dusting her computer screen:

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Thanks for a really fun prompt, Cee Neuner!

Stay tuned.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: SEEING

Self loves joining these foto challenges. Since Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is SEEING, self took her camera to the backyard to check on how her flowers are doing:

Exciting: Her Winsome Rose is finally blooming!

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More blooms are opening on her Fourth of July Rose:

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Stay tuned.

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge — ANIMALS

The Tuesday Photo Challenge is ANIMALS!

Self doesn’t have a pet, her beloved beagles died long ago and she forgot to re-fill the bird feeder, so all the animals for this post are gardening “ornaments” — mostly whimsical little things she picked up in garage sales.

 

What a fun prompt!

Stay tuned.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Pick a Topic Week 5 (ROUND)

Cee Neuner came up with a fascinating series of challenges: She’d post a picture, and it was up to us to riff on it.

Here’s the link to the picture for this week.

Self’s topic: ROUND.

Self is sheltering in place in California, so everything in this post are pictures she took of  her backyard and her house.

Stay tuned.

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