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    violinist, former homeschool mom who graduated 2
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  1. Yes, Presbyterian (PCUSA). For just over a year now, there are choices of virtual service on YouTube or Zoom, and weekly services in the courtyard where everyone is masked and seating well distanced. There have been drive-in services, too. It is Southern California, so the weather is rarely an issue. The singer and pastor take their masks off as needed to sing or talk, but otherwise are masked. Our congregation is older, and most of them are now fully vaccinated and impatient about getting back into the sanctuary. There was an email just last week begging everyone to stay patient, r
  2. @Matryoshka You inspired me to check out the Chinese duolingo and had fun just now testing to see my level. It gave me a "ta-da" and said I've tested out of 12 skills. It was actually a great way to review!
  3. Disneyland in Anaheim will be enforcing mask wearing by guests and cast members. Furloughed employees (including my ds) are waiting for word on when (and if) they will be returning to work. Employees all have to go through COVID training before returning to work, which I assume will NOT be sessions held in tiny meeting rooms with cast members stuffed in like sardines, lol! There is a petition here in So Cal to delay the reopening, but the opening is scheduled for July 17, the 65th anniversary of the park.
  4. I listened to a nice bit of fluff last week, The Jane Austen Society. The only thing to rave about is the narration by Richard Armitage who has a fine voice and the acting chops to bring a wide cast of characters to life. But the book itself is just a solid ok. For me, for this fraught time, it was a nice gentle escape, with decent enough writing, and not too predictable a plot. I also started listening to another book by the late drummer for the band Rush, Neil Peart. This time it is Traveling Music, his musings on the musical inspirations of his life as he takes a road trip from LA to
  5. Stumbling in, late as usual. I had actual things to do last week which felt stressfully busy after 3 months of not doing much of anything. I even put make up on my face as I was recording music and thought I should make an attempt at looking decent, lol! It was odd, too, to have to play "for reals" after hardly touching my violin since March. Books were read last week, though! I really enjoyed the romance Love Lettering, which Kareni read some months back. The novel, and the romance, is centered around signs and fonts, and on the art of hand lettering. I'm wondering if the print edition
  6. I'm going to do this in backwards order and post first then read the thread. Some weeks I start reading the thread with the intention of posting afterwards, but get pulled away and never come back. Last week was one of those weeks. It wasn't like I was doing anything with my time. Just felt the need for naps almost everyday, lol! My armchair travel is taking me to Ireland this week, thanks to some good finds on Kindle. Last summer I visited County Sligo, Ireland, a part of Ireland near and dear to the heart of WB Yeats. In honor of that visit, I'm reading a collection of his, Fairy and Fo
  7. And every single professional musician is out of work at the moment, unless they are teaching via Zoom. I was purposefully down to only 3 students this year, none of whom want to do video lessons, and of course all my spring gigs were cancelled. Fortunately for us, we are not dependent on my meager income as a musician!
  8. Yes Robin -- that is really wonderful news that the financial pressure is off for your business. But, aren't you (couldn't you be considered) essential? I took my laptop to a computer repair place last week, and it was really nicely set up with a line out side marked with tape, and the way they disinfected everything when it was your turn at the door. It was safe, they were friendly and happily my fix was super easy.
  9. Comfort reads with armchair travel might describe my recent reads. I stumbled upon what looks to be a gem of a gentle, cozy-ish mystery series. Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano features a German woman of Italian descent, a widow with a decided crush on policemen in uniform, who decides to retire in Sicily when she turns 60. It is filled with descriptions of food and of Sicily, and is filled with quirky characters. Most importantly it is making me smile and laugh. The 2 and 3 star reviews on Goodreads are no doubt by the young and boringly ironic or cynical who can't a
  10. @mumto2 Have you ever read the historical mysteries written by Sharon Kay Penman? The series of 4 books, all set in the time of Eleanor of Aquitaine, has all the great period detail as her other books, plus great characters and a mystery, and starts with The Queen's Man. It's been 20 years or more since I read the first 2, but I really loved them. Just discovered on Goodreads just now that there are 2 more, but I'm almost afraid to revisit the series as my reading tastes have changed so much. @Kareni I read the first Chalion book last year, but never got to the rest of the series. The
  11. Oldest books on my shelf? I have 2 books from my dad's childhood (he was born in 1920), one of which is a paperback One Hundred and One Favorite Poems, printed in 1928 and apparently re-gifted to my dad as it has two handwritten inscriptions. The other has no copyright but I assume is also from the 1920s. It is Rudyard Kipling's Wee Willie Winkie, and it has the softest suede-like cover. I've got 2 of my mom's high school texts from the 1930s, one a Handbook of Composition by Woolley, Scott & Tressler, and the other is Hamlet. The oldest book on my shelves is Longfellow's Evangeline
  12. I finished a really good mystery today, the first in a series about a Scottish detective working on cold cases. It was The Distant Echo by Val McDermid. Have any of my fellow mystery readers read any of these? (Looks at Goodreads....sees that Mumto2 has read them!!) I really enjoyed this one and will certainly read the others in the series.
  13. The seeds I'd sewn in pots set on the kitchen window have just sprouted. Grow little herbs! Grow little beans! Now if I can get my hands on some tomato seeds or seedlings...or spinach. Renee's Garden catalog seed company is overwhelmed with orders and out of some basics. I am doing lots of mindless reading. I've got 2 hours to go in the audio of the sci-fi Vorkosigan saga, Cetaganda. Great mindless listen for sewing or puzzling. Not surprised Robin has the weeks wrong starting these threads, but I'm so impressed with you remembering it is Sunday!! Time is so weirdly meaningless these
  14. I started with Shards of Honor, which, along with the novel Barrayar are background before Miles appears.... or is conceived! But, they are fun, entertaining books, and great to quilt to!! Here's a Book Riot article on the best reading order. After my brush with the terror of no library card, I downloaded and started Cetaganda (soft "c", long "e"). I think my ds is hooked too, now with my Artemis Fowl reference. He's read Shards of Honor, but kind of hated, as only a college male can, the whole love story it sets up. I have been making masks for friends, neighbors and family, but h
  15. Almost had a major panic attack just now. I couldn't check out the next audiobook in my space opera series because my library card expires today!! But bless them, the library system website is set up with live-chat, and a real human librarian, no doubt on her computer at home, was able to renew my card. Whew!! I seem incapable of handling anything more than lite sci-fi or good ol' murder mysteries, preferably British. Which is a shame as I have so many good books here at home, but so it goes. The sci-fi/space opera series I'm enjoying is the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold.
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