The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimberly, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures—I mean books!
It’s been a week of uncertainty, worry, and change for most of us here in the US and around the world. In the US, more and more state and local governments, businesses, and institutions are cancelling events, banning large gatherings, closing their doors, and encouraging people to stay home. Here in Virginia, schools have been closed. Our church has cancelled services for this week and next week (and probably beyond.) The church that sponsors my children’s and youth community choruses has done the same, so I’m not holding rehearsals for the time being. The stores are out of everything from peanut butter to toilet paper, and you can’t buy hand sanitizer or antiseptic wipes for love nor money.
Mr. Bookwyrm and I are fine. We are healthy. We stocked several weeks of food and necessary supplies almost two weeks ago, and have kept refilling as needed since. And heaven knows I’ve got more than enough books, fiber, and yarn to keep me occupied!
We are listening to the experts. We’re washing our hands frequently, and will practice social distancing by avoiding public spaces as much as possible and mostly staying at home. Mr. Bookwyrm may soon be teleworking, and I already work from home. I plan to get back to taking walks, as I know I need the exercise to stay healthy. I’m postponing the physical therapy I just started for my shoulder (the other one this time!) and will do my PT exercises at home, too. And Robin will be teleworking as of this week, which is a relief since they live with my over-80-year-old parents.
Even amidst the anxiety, I see people pulling together to help and reassure each other, and that gives me hope. I visited my neighbors yesterday to offer help if they need anything in the coming weeks; they offered us the same. Alumni of my college rallied to support students who now have to leave campus for the rest of the semester and may not be able to return home (particularly international students.) People are sharing lists of online educational resources for parents, suggesting ways to help arts organizations and individual artists weather the cancellations, and using social media to share music, art, and prayers to calm the spirit and lift the heart.
Please keep the most vulnerable in your minds and hearts going forward. They are really the reason we all need to do this; most healthy young people will survive, but older people and those with chronic illnesses or fragile immune systems (like chemo patients) may not. Please do your part! And above all, let’s just be kind to each other — even from a distance.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 3/08/2020
- How To Support Your Local Bookstore in a Pandemic
- News & Notes – Coronavirus Closures Edition (3/14/2020)
- Sunday Post – 3/15/2020 – this post
This Week on the Blog
- News & Notes – 3/21/2020 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 3/22/2020 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I read two ARCs this week: Close Up by Amanda Quick (due out on May 5) and First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn (April 21.) I finished rereading Pegasus in Flight and went on to reread Pegasus in Space, then The Rowan and Damia, all by Anne McCaffrey. Now I’m rereading Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster. Decluttering at the Speed of Life (Dana K. White) is on pause for now. (Click titles for Goodreads or my review.)
Listening: Really, not much this week.
Watching: Picard (season 1), Warehouse 13 (season 3), and “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode from the original series of Star Trek. And a lot of Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah.
Added to the Hoard
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
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Print: Isn’t this a lovely set of the Anne of Green Gables series? The print’s a little on the small side, but it’s still readable. And a friend who owns a used bookstore sent me A Darker Shade of Magic, which I’ve wanted to read for some time now. Kindle: Murder at the Mansion; Taste of Marrow; Beginnings (Click title to see on Goodreads.)
Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
Most things are closed here too as well and I’m more then happy to stay home. My husband will still be heading to work for the next few days but I’m betting he will be working from home soon. It sounds like we are taking very similar precautions! I’m glad we switched to home schooling this year as for the most part our lives will go on pretty much as normal for awhile. Like you I’m definitely not hurting for books! Have a great week!
I hope you continue to stay well. Good for you on stocking up with plenty of books and yarn to stay occupied at home. Thank goodness for being able to escape between the covers of a book and get lost in a story during times like these! Have a peaceful, healthy week.
Anne - Books of My Heart
Wise words about the situation. We normally have stuff in the freezer and a bit of stock in supplies. I’m happy to just stay home as much as possible. I’m worried about all the people running it around infecting more people. I think it will get much worse before things get better. I’m worried. I have at least 10 years of sewing and knitting projects and probably 20 years worth of books to read so I’m in great shape. Food is the eventual issue.
Stay safe and healthy! Enjoy your time to read, relax, and reflect.
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Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Glad you’ve seen some good in all this craziness. It’s nice to see that side of people!!
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Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
Kindness is key right now.
That is a lovely Anne of Green Gables box set.
Wishing you a great reading week and good health
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I agree — on both points! 🙂
Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits
Stay safe! I’ve fortunately seen a lot of regular people being kind. I wish more of them would be smart, though. Lots of people are still going out and putting themselves and others at risk.
I know. The daughter of a friend of mine works at a hotel — in our small county — and it’s full. SMH. We are staying home, and wondering what will happen to our mid-June extended-family vacation.
Aj @ Read All The Things!
A lot of stuff is closed around here, but it doesn’t seem to be keeping people inside. When I walked the dog today, there were kids everywhere. The virus doesn’t seem to be hurting their spring break. I hope you have a great week!
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We live across the street from a teeny tiny beach and pavilion on the small lake in our development. Yesterday, it was swarming with kids and their parents — probably 30 to 40 people, far more than the 10 people our governor has limited gatherings to. SMH. Love your post, by the way!
Hey Lark! How are you? My church has been cancelled for the foreseeable future, too. And our libraries and schools are closed as well. It’s such a crazy world right now. I’m trying to keep my 80+ year old mom safe, but it’s a worry. I’m glad you’re well-stocked with food, books and yarn. Hang in there and stay safe and well. 🙂
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Hi, Lark! I’m hanging in there. I hope your mom will be OK. My parents are all over 80 as well. My mom and stepdad are being pretty cautious and staying away from people, and our Robin is there with them. My sister and her family live nearby, too. I worry about my dad and stepmom, though. They aren’t taking this quite as seriously as I wish they would, and both are 90.
Take care, stay well, and “keep calm and carry on” as the British posters used to say.