Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

I'm having a hard time coming up with a clever T13 today.  Sooo.....
Can you guess in which room I am in at my house?
Here are 13 things in this room:
7-label maker
8-washi tape
9-tape runner
10-sewing machine

If you guessed "craft room," you are correct!  Sorry, no prize today!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Photo Wednesday

I snapped this picture at the lake last week.  He was putting on a show! (That's a duck behind him)
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Random Tuesday

Well, here we are again.  The weeks just fly by!  Does it seem like you've been staying home forever?  Since I retired in December, and I quit my other job (they weren't doing enough to protect their employees from the virus IMHO), I don't think it's a whole lot different for me because I'm mostly a homebody.  I need this shirt!

We haven't finished our baseball puzzle yet, but we are thisclose!  And the other night, we actually played Monopoly. 
We hadn't done that in years.  So fun!

Except I feel like I can't travel to see my daughters.  Soon, though.  Maybe.  One of them actually came to see us!  They had been at home since February when our granddaughter was born.  The only place they go is Starbucks, and it's a drive through, so we felt safe having them come visit.  It's not terribly far-3 1/2 hours- so they didn't need stops on the way. 
We got to hold our precious  granddaughter!  That was an absolute joy!

My other daughter and I are still making wedding plans for November.  We need to nail down our caterer soon.  It's down to two choices.  We are just waiting for a total cost from one of them.  If they beat the other company, and I think they will, we'll go with them.  Hopefully her dress will come in next month.  So glad we did that before this pandemic!

What have you been up to?
And now this...
I agree!

Before I read the caption I was trying to figure out what was going on with this dude's hair!  LOL!

Luckily, this is not going on at my house!

And last, but not least, you gotta watch to the end, especially if you like the TV show Friends. It takes less than 4 minutes.

Have a great week!
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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday Synopsis

Camino IslandCamino Island by John Grisham
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is not so much a legal thriller like most of Grisham's other books, although he does occasionally write in different genres. It was mostly a mystery, and it took a while to catch on at the beginning. So many characters were introduced without knowing which ones would be important in the remainder of the book or if and when these characters would intersect. Some did. Some didn't.

The premise is that The Princeton Library has been burglarized. Five manuscripts by F. Scott Fitzgerald were stolen. Not only do they need to locate the men who stole them, they need to locate the people to whom they were sold. One possibility is the eccentric Bruce Cable, a bookstore owner in Santa Rosa on Camino Island who deals in rare books.

Then, there is the insurance company who is going to have to pay Princeton in the event the priceless manuscripts are not found and returned. They turn to a woman, Mercer Mann, whose teaching position has been let go, who has loads of student debt, who is a published author, and who happens to be half owner of a beach house on Camino Island.

While the plot is rather far-fetched, as most of them are, it was entertaining. Grisham includes a zany cast of characters, although none of them are truly likable. The dialogue was less than stellar. One character must have said, "Now, Myra" two dozen times. And the abrupt ending was a set-up for the next novel. However, taking these two characters into the next novel doesn't make sense based on things that happened in this book. I could explain better, but I don't want to spoil it for anyone.

I liked it, maybe not as much as his legal thrillers like A Time to Kill (which I consider a modern To Kill a Mockingbird) and The Firm. But it was good.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Thursday Thirteen

Staying at home, especially now that I'm retired, makes it difficult to remember what day it is.  Do you find yourself unable to remember if it's Tuesday or Wednesday?  If it's trash day or recycle day or payday?  Is it April or May?  Or June?

Here's how I've been keeping track of time.

1.  By how many times I have changed the sheets.
2.  By how many times I have washed the towels.
3.  By how many times I have clipped my nails.
4.  By how many inches my hair has grown. (No, I haven't cut it... yet.)

5.  By how many times I have changed the cat litter.
6.  By how many pension checks I've received since the stay-at-home order started.
7.  By how many bottles of soap we have used.
8.  By how many rolls of toilet paper we have used.

9.  By the number of pages I've colored.
10. By how many times I've applied flea medicine on the cat.
11. By how many recipes I've used.
12. By how many times we've skyped with family.
And the saddest of all things...
13. By the age of my new granddaughter.
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