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About Laurel-in-CA

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  1. Taking my oldest's house and art plunder and moving it to her "she shed" -- she moved in with us @ end of April due to job and housing loss from covid. BUT she has a new job (in her field instead of in retail) up here and loves it, so will be with us for awhile. Last weekend they assembled the shed; this weekend we are going through stuff and deciding what to store, what to pass on, and what to trash.
  2. I wanted to add a sci fi recommendation that I just finished -- from the library. It's a bit of rite of passage meets alien type of story set on Coney Island, the first of a trilogy. I enjoyed it and am checking out the next one in the series.
  3. Sort of lost track of posting for the past 3 mo. while adapting to new online work and husband at home job hunting and oldest dd moving back in while trying to fix my back issues. I've been reading and taking recommendations, though! I think the most fun read I had was from a library recommendation, and I would give it a 5. It's as much about healing from trauma as about burros or running or country living by city you can see, it takes some rabbit trails.
  4. Speaking of nautical novels, here's a series that *sounds* like it's about seafaring (The Steerswoman) but really is more about exploring and drawing logical conclusions. And here's another series of post-apocalyptic nautical novels with *lots* of sailing, reflecting a civilization recovering on islands that were barely settled pre-apocalypse. Really good! Not much reading getting done here due to sudden change of situation -- dh is OUT of work and I am doing editting from home, hoping to work more hours soon. He's taking up the kid transport duties and we're struggling over computer access, but I sure hope it won't be this way for very long. Shall we say, financial storms on the horizon, or just in the forecast?
  5. Involuntary major change here....dh was let go from his job of over 9 years. He and I are switching back and forth between computers as he job hunts and I try to keep up with other things. But a blessing to go with the challenge. Unexpectedly got in touch with an old work friend....just to check in because this was *before* dh go his news....and he has hired me to do freelance writing for him on his projects -- at a very generous rate. This helps alleviate the anxiety I feel when talking to health care insurance people and looking at the huge deductibles (I'm insulin-dependent diabetic, so lots of costs out of pocket) and figuring out what to do about our 20-somethings who were on our insurance. We're hoping to stick it out here until May and maybe dh can find a job locally. Once my youngest finishes her DE class at the community college we're going to consider selling the house, but hopefully by then dh's possibilities will be clearer. Oh, and our area just logged its first coronavirus case, so there's that. Another reason to stay safely at home, LOL. Prayers appreciated.
  6. Found a new favorite sword and sorcery series this week. It seems to be labeled YA, but I thought it was a great read, collision of four different cultures, a couple of different religious systems and kingdoms built very loosely around Greece/Asia Minor. This is the first book (6 in the series, so I'm still working on it). For SF lovers, has anyone read MCA Hogarth? This is the first book I read by her and I thoroughly enjoyed the series. She has another series that is darker and more adult, too -- the covers are pretty clear so you can tell the more pastoral from the more adult titles. Lots of aliens and humanoids of various derivations. Meanwhile just babysitting the newly spayed, newly adopted dog after we had to put down our old guy last week. We're all missing his introverted presence, but the new extrovert is a lot more cuddly so that helps bridge the gap.
  7. On The Hobbit, maybe some folks would love a visit? Sure looks like home. Wish we were closer/close enough to try it.
  8. Thanks for your bookish post. I found some new reading material!!
  9. I just read all three books in the Linesman series. I agree with your recommendation!! In terms of SciFi/Fantasy, I really like P.C. Hodgell's Godstalker Chronicles, tales of a mysterious young woman named Jame and her explorations with native and imported dieties. The author was stuck at book 3 for a long time while, I suppose, she lived her life, but now is retired and has added up to book 8. The first ones are the best, though, IMHO.
  10. Someone mentioned looking for time travel reads for next year. I wanted to recommend Jodi Taylor and her Chronicles of St. Mary's. They are quite a romp. The first one is:'s+1&qid=1577336356&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
  11. Our house was a mile from the fire lines in Sonoma County in 2017. *This month* friends are moving back into their rebuilt homes.
  12. Negin -- I'm loving your pictures of Sevilla. My brother has lived in a small village near Malaga (also Andalucia) for some years and your pictures take me right back to our 25th anniversary visit to Spain!
  13. I enjoyed the whole series of books that follow Quarter Share and take the hero through captaincy of a trading empire. Good stuff. I read Polaris Rising this week....I'd read a sequel...I guess. But not sure this feisty heroine is that unique. Love SciFi recommendations!!
  14. Another mom and I from our co-op started a teen game night to help our girls feel more comfortable with the new group. It's been pretty effective.
  15. Y'all need a park day. If you can't find one, make one by showing up at a centrally located park with clean bathrooms and good visibility every week or every other week at the same time. Bring snacks, drinks and camping chairs and a game or two to keep in the car. Also a basic medical kit for scrapes. Stay at least 2 hours, maybe more. Moms can talk or crochet or whatever, kids can play very open-endedly. We always had a group building forts, some moms walking circuits, some moms breastfeeding, and everything in between. Even if other homeschoolers don't come, by hanging out regularly in the same time frame you may find them or find other friends. I hope you can find that. My family has also done 4-H. It led to adult mentors for a couple of my kids, but not too many same-age friends. And it was GREAT preparation for public speaking (we went to statewide competitions several years) and learning the rules of order for conducting a meeting.
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