The past week is a bit of a blur. I was feeling overwhelmed and anxious last weekend, so I stepped back somewhat from reading news reports and being on social media, and gave myself more time to read and knit and get my equilibrium back. But yesterday, my stepdad was admitted to the hospital (not for COVID-19, thank goodness.) I’m not going to share details to protect his privacy, but would appreciate prayers if you are the praying sort, and supportive, positive thoughts if you’re not.
Tour de Fleece started yesterday. It is a spinning event — the fiber kind — that normally takes place at the same time as the Tour de France. Although the latter was postponed this year, the Tour de Fleece group on Ravelry decided to go ahead with the original dates. Over 10,000 spinners will be participating this year, including me. I will be trying to spin for at least 20 minutes a day for the next three weeks.
This afternoon, we are looking forward to a family reunion with my husband’s siblings and all our kids (our own Robin and our nieces and nephews) over Zoom. We couldn’t get together in person as we usually do each summer, so we’re trying this as a way to stay in touch, instead. So I may not be online much today. I’ll try to catch up with you all later in the week.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – Father’s Day, 6/21/2020
- Fantasy Books I Wish I Had Read as a Child
- News & Notes – 6/27/2020
- Sunday Post – 6/28/2020 – this post
This Week on the Blog
- My Most Anticipated Releases for July–December 2020 – Top Ten Tuesday, tentative
- The Corpse with the Crystal Skull (Lynn Cahoon) – review and blog tour
- WIP Wednesday – 7/01/2020 – tentative
- News & Notes – 7/04/2020 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 7/05/2020 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I went on a huge Lisa Kleypas binge-reread, plowing through most of the Ravenels series for the second time (or third or fourth, for the first three titles): Cold-Hearted Rake, Marrying Winterborne, Devil in Spring, Hello Stranger, and Devil’s Daughter. Then I started rereading a childhood favorite, Swallowdale. I bought the Kindle edition so I could read it in bed, since I haven’t been sleeping well. And on Saturday, I started Once Ghosted, Twice Shy for the COYER readathon in support of Black authors. I still need to finish Riviera Gold (ARC) by Laurie R. King. It’s good, but not soothing enough for bedtime and middle-of-the-night reading, which is really when I’ve been doing most of my reading this week. (Click titles for my review or to see the title on Goodreads.)
Listening: I finished up Lingo, a nonfiction book about European languages. I’m trying to decide on my next audiobook.
Watching: We watched The Body in the Library, a three-episode entry in the Miss Marple series starring Joan Hickson. For some reason, that series is one of my go-to series when I’m feeling anxious or sad. There’s something very comforting about Hickson’s Miss Marple that extends to the series as a whole. We also finished up Black Panther, watched another episode of Cadfael, and watched Thor: Ragnarok.
Added to the Hoard
From the Library
One of my ebook holds came in. I’ve heard good things about Get a Life, Chloe Brown, so I’m looking forward to reading it.