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August 25, 2021

thus begins a new pattern
posted by soe 1:58 am

Thursday morning early, Rudi flies out west. He’s going to spend the next two weeks working on starting the process of emptying his mom’s house in preparation for selling it. (She moved into assisted living earlier this year.) He’ll come home for a couple weeks and then head back again. I’ll probably join him for a week on his next go-round, and then do another week later on, too, since he’s an only child and tackling this largely by himself.

It’s the start of a necessary pattern, but one that’s going to require a lot of energy from both of us this fall. Keep us in your thoughts.

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August 24, 2021

books i wish i could read qgain for the first time
posted by soe 1:05 am

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic from That Artsy Reader Girl asks us to share the top ten books we wish we could read again for the very first time:

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 
  2. The Night Circus
  3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  4. A Wrinkle in Time
  5. The Polar Express
  6. The Color Purple
  7. The Eyre Affair
  8. A Man Called Ove
  9. Landline
  10. A Study in Scarlet Women

For some titles on the list, it’s to recapture the pure joy I had reading it for the first time. For others, it’s because I adore the characters and would love to have another quarter century back to get to know them again. And for still others, not knowing the ending brings some magic.

But at least I can reunite with them any time I choose.

What books do you wish you could rediscover for the first time?

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August 23, 2021

bout of books 32 wrap-up
posted by soe 1:24 am

Bout of Books

Bout of Books has wrapped up for 2021. I missed both Twitter chats, but I did finish the 500-page book I was reading, which was my main goal for the readathon.

I also listened to some of the Queen Elizabeth cozy I have out on audiobook and tackled a chapter of a graphic novel (The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïanowski) that’s due back to the library this week.

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August 22, 2021

music for the weekend: ‘demolición’
posted by soe 1:30 am

This is César “Papi” Castrillón, aka “Papi” Saicos, bassist and vocalist for Los Saicos, a Peruvian proto-punk band performing “Demolición,” one of the band’s biggest hits.

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August 21, 2021

nothing on the calendar
posted by soe 1:18 am


I’ve got no real plans this weekend, and I’m okay with that.

I wish you a relaxing weekend. I hope you get to enjoy it however you want.

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August 20, 2021

fort reno, dogs in parks, and in season bounty
posted by soe 1:34 am

Fort Reno

Three beautiful things from my past week:

1. I decide not to let a little rain keep me from going to the Fort Reno punk show. While I missed the first band, I arrived in time to catch a string sextet playing Brahms and a tribute band (for a Peruvian proto-punk group) featuring the septuagenarian bassist and singer of the original group performing the songs he made famous back in the mid-’60s.

2. I’m sitting in a lawn chair, when a short, fluffy puppy starts tearing around the park, eventually barreling straight toward me, putting the breaks on at the last minute, and then standing on its rear legs to tag my knees with its front paws. Later in the week, I am at a different park, sitting at a picnic table, when a small, elderly dog hops up on the bench and then climbs into my lap.

3. I buy a paper box full of tomatoes from a farmer at the market. Rudi has made (and frozen) sauce and soup so far and we still have about a third of the tomatoes left to finish.

How about you? What’s been beautiful in your world lately?

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