Unraveled blathering.


Cabin fever is setting in with me. Yesterday I got an email from a place on the North Shore where in the past we have rented a cabin; they are opening next Monday and all rates are 25% off until the end of June. I suggested to Smokey that we take advantage of it. While he initially was in favor, after further thought he was less than enthusiastic. Once we diagnosed my cabin fever we reached a compromise: when the weather is warmer (it is 44˚ and raining today) we will go visit someone and sit in their yard to chat.

Livin’ on a prayer.

Guarding a baby ruminant.

I’ll take cat.

I need to give some credit. Many of the humorous (and not-so-humorous) screenshots I post here come from the IG feed of prisrob1. Here are more of her contributions, plus some from other feeds. Thank you, oh humorists of Instagram; you are helping the rest of us cope.


Some non-corona humor.

Since I titled this post Unraveled, perhaps I should tell you what i have been reading.

book divergDivergent by Veronica Roth. I opened the Kindle app on my iPad to see if there was anything there that I hadn’t read and discovered this. It seems like random books just show up there. Actually, not completely random, because the ones that have appeared are not so far off of things that I do read. Perhaps I did download it myself and don’t remember. Anyway. I read this YA speculative fiction novel. Okay, a bit juvenile for an adult, but hey, the libraries are not open so what am I gonna read? If I get desperate enough — not likely — I may read the next book in the series.


book enemyEnemy at the Gates by William Craig. Speaking of books that just show up, this one was on my iPad, too. As much as I would like to know more about the siege of Stalingrad and its historical import, this one was too dry and too focused on military moves and generals.




book stalingradStalingrad by Anthony Beevor. This book has been on my bookshelf haunting me for several years. When the book above failed to capture me, I turned to this one. It seemed like it might be what I was looking for since in the introduction the author talked about how most books on the subject talk about the military aspects of the siege of Stalingrad, but he wanted to focus on the people, both civilian and military. Smokey teased me that, after I had become an expert on the Battle of Britain after listening to The Splendid and the Vile, now I would become an expert on the siege. Sadly, it did not happen. I got 50 or 75 pages into it and lost interest. It was me, not the book.

book roseThe Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Once again, on my iPad. I know I had wanted to read this for a long time so I must have downloaded it. Currently about 30 pages into it. Unfortunately my pandemic brain is finding reading to be difficult in the same way that I can only knit garter stitch right now. Perhaps I will go back to it, perhaps not.



The happy news is that our library will open on Monday for curbside pick-up. The less good news is that we can only request books on our own library shelves instead of from anywhere in the 54-library consortium. Good news is that the online catalog allows narrowing search by genre and by library. Pandemic brain (see above) craves mysteries right now, something predictable and a bit formulaic… like genre fiction. I shall pick up three mysteries on Monday, two of them by author I am not familiar with. Who knows, maybe I will discover a new series to binge on.

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8 Responses to Unraveled blathering.

  1. Kat says:

    That is good library news! (well that is if your library has a the books you want!)

  2. =Tamar says:

    It’s not pandemic brain. The Name of the Rose is like that anyway. Furthermore, it’s deliberate.

  3. Ellen D. says:

    Got a good laugh from the screenshots! I wish my library would open for curbside pick up – I am not loving reading from the iPad but it is better than nothing. I love mysteries – I’ll be happy if you discover a new series to share. OMG, I went back through your old posts to find out more about your Jeopardy appearance! Wow! That really was something!

  4. Kym says:

    I am hoping my library will open for curbside pick-up soon . . . They sent me a survey. I think I said “please-oh-please curbside pickup” at least 4 times. I’ve been craving mysteries and police procedurals. Not my typical genres AT ALL. But whatever. Hang in there. I hope warmer weather heads your way so you can GET OUT a little and (as my mom used to say) “blow that stink off you!” XO

  5. gayle says:

    Echoing Tamar – The Name of the Rose is a slog for the first 100 pages or so, then it picks up and is unputdownable by the time you hit the last third of the book. (Well, that’s how I remember it anyway – it’s been 30 years since I read it…)
    Crossing my fingers that your library brings you something wonderful!

  6. I coudn’t be bothered with The Name of the Rose even in normal times. I got 41% of the way into it before deciding it wasn’t worth my time. Also, I would recommend stopping with Divergent. The second book felt even more juvenile to me than the first, and with the third book the author makes some odd (and very predictable, at least to me) surprise! twist! choices.

    I greatly appreciate that Goodnight Moon tweet. And yes. I’ll take cat, too.

  7. readknit says:

    I love your screenshots and am glad to see them all gathered in one place so I can laugh long and loud. Hope the library curbside pickup and warmer weather visiting cure your cabin fever!

  8. k says:

    Two words: Internet Archive. I just spent an entire four days on Dorothy Sayers, until I realized . . . that I just don’t like them any more. I’ve got “Waiting for Godot” up next. Theater of the absurd? Yes please!
    Oh, and Project Gutenberg – Gutenberg.org. I’ve downloaded a lot of things. Epictetus’s “Enchirion,” “Moby Dick” (- yes, Moby Dick. You want to argue? I will win). H.P. Lovecraft, till I remembered about nightmares. I think I got “Tess of the D’Ubervilles” from there. A beautiful description of walking home slightly drunk.
    I love my iPad. I love my Nook.

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