Many on a Thursday.

bills rules

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Unraveled Wednesday, 7/8/20.

Linking up with Kat and friends for Unraveled Wednesday.

Knitting.

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The second BSJ is slowly coming along. Just like the first one, if I didn’t have to keep unraveling, it would be done by now. This one is DK yarn on US#6 needles, so it will be more like an 18-24 month size. The first one, of fingering weight yarn and knit on US#3s, was a 0-6 month size.

While I was taking the photo above, the hummingbirds were busy on our feeders. Even the loons got into the act. Turn up the sound and enjoy!

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Reading.

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Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me  by Adrienne Brodeur. I started this, then had to put it down to read the book for my book group so I can pass it on. Stay tuned...

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Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself  by Julie Barton. The author suffered from depression since childhood, but it was not diagnosed until she had a breakdown in the year after college. Getting a puppy, therapy, and antidepressants saved her. I could identify with her, having had a depressive personality myself that eventually responded well to antidepressants. Modern psychopharmacology is literally a life-saver. 4✭

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A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang. This is the book club book. Two people have said it was really good; I am withholding judgement. The writing is not top-drawer, but perhaps the plot will save it. Once again, stay tuned...

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book giver

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Still listening to this. Maybe when I finish all the financial reports due by next Wednesday, I will take my knitting and this audiobook out onto the deck to enjoy the summer.

 

 

 

Watching.

Ima gonna add a category here because we are binge-watching stuff.

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We watched the first three seasons of Outlander on Netflix, got season four from the library, and bought season five on eBay. The series kept us entertained in the evenings since sometime in early May, which I find to be an amazing blessing during these times. Highly recommend, just know that there are some rather graphic sex scenes. 5✭

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Daredevil series on Netflix. I had added this sometime in the past to my want-to-watch list. In the days after we finished Outlander I cued it up and started watching. Aside from the spectacularly unrealistic and brutal fight scenes, it is another enjoyable, many-nights entertainment. Smokey watches it sometimes with me, but he is not hooked. 3✭

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And now some more outdoor enjoyment.

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Amazeballs.

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And the coronavirus pandemic and associated quarantine go on…

 

 

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More rants.

against my rights

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Political ads have taken over my Instagram.

Funnily enough, they are all for Democrats…

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It’s Saturday. Time for another data dump.

Stop calling it white privilege.

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Furry Friday.

Raccoon story.

Betty's bear

A friend’s bird feeder was raided last week.

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She also has llamas. This one was playing dead; then it winked at her, got up, and trotted away.

The perks of being a UPS driver.

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Anthem for these days.

I woke up this morning singing this song.

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It’s Thursday. Time for a data dump.

It’s slightly worrisome that, in order for us to survive as a species, spouses and daughters or sons must scour Etsy for Venom-themed masks so that their 52-year-old packaging-engineer husbands and fathers can feel gender-secure when they pop out to Safeway for some milk.

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Unraveled Wednesday, 7/1/2020.

Joining Kat and friends to talk about knitting and books.

Knitting.

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The beginnings of another BSJ to cement the pattern in my head. Once again I am unraveling as much as I am knitting. But please enjoy my computer wallpaper!

Reading.

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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James. This one has been on my want-to-read list for quite some time. Sadly, it was not my cup of tea — very dense, image- and metaphor-rich prose, not to mention l-o-n-g. I have no doubt that it is a rewarding book to read, but I gave up reading for graduate credit a long time ago. My loss, but there it is. 

 

 

 

book prey.jpg Masked Prey by John Sandford. This is the latest in the Prey series of police procedurals. As much as I adore this series — Sandford writes such intelligent characters — any police procedural is problematic reading now. That aside, it was better than his last one but not as good as many of the earlier books in the series. I think what I have enjoyed most about the series is the interactions among Davenport’s police team and between he and his family. Well-drawn characters are the thing that make a book for me, and those characters were appealing. In these later books Davenport is a U.S. Marshall working cases in various locations around the country, so there is very little of that enticing interaction. 3✭

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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I was not completely brainless this past week, however. A Black man is convicted in Louisiana of a rape he did not commit and is sentenced to twelve years. The story tells of the effects on him and his wife and their families. Well-written, in-depth characters, intriguing plot. 4✭

 

 

 

 

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The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes. I am listening to this one and am about one-third of the way through. The story follows five women who deliver books on horseback to people living in the hills and hollows of Kentucky Appalachia in the 1930s. I am enjoying it. 3✭

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