THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
Throughout the week, I typically type a few notes here to remind myself what all happened. When I sit down to actually write the Sunday Lowdown, it’s easier thanks to those notes. This time, I wrote things like “saved toad (mentioned in previous post) from certain death twice” and “opened new cabinet door, which fell off in my hand” and “random scary holes in yard (not moles) and I twisted my ankle in one and fell” and “that’s not rust on the stove, it’s baked on blackish/brownish food!” Okay, so that stuff isn’t really important. But I’m hoping you picked up on a theme: Nick and I are living in our new house!
Last weekend, Biscuit and my dad came down from central Michigan with their motorcycle/snowmobile trailer to help us move big items out of the apartment. Nick and Dad also installed a garage door opener (for some reason, only one stall had an opener). Eventually, I was painting Biscuit’s nails and arguing about whether my dad had peed inside or outside after he and Nick drank beers all afternoon while garage door-ing (I still don’t know the answer).
It’s been surprisingly easy getting used to the house, despite having lived in our apartment for nine years, and despite our stuff being all over the place in the house. Easy, because it’s home. The only thing we were worried about was moving Kitty because she’s so territorial. But, she’s in the “Kitty apartment” and almost seems happier to have a much smaller environment. Perhaps less territory to keep track of? Now she’s on the ground floor? The three windows she looks out? I’m not sure.
Even though house stuff is time consuming right now, Nick still has to go to work during the week. While he’s gone, I’ve been getting into my groove with volunteering. For three Fridays in a row I’ve helped at the Friends of the Library book sale, and this week I even taught some folks how to use the Libby and Hoopla apps while they were there.
I just now started volunteering at the hospice place after all the background checks, tests, fingerprinting, etc., which is less than a mile from my house. I walk there, but I also just found a practically-new bicycle for $7 at a garage sale on Saturday. (BTW, lady who sold me the bike, you ripped yourself off. New bicycles are about $200 these days). In the hospice office, I’ve done inventory on PPE and filed a bunch of paperwork (and completely forgot to hole punch it because I was so focused on not misfiling medical papers). Then, on Thursday, I made my first visit to a patient. I can’t talk about any aspect of that due to privacy/ethical issues, but I felt glad to be part of a family’s life.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POST
I want to say my review of A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold was timely, but in the U.S. it’s always mass shooting time. That’s not a flippant comment; that’s a fact. Thank you for all the heartfelt comments about your own experiences with gun scares and your feelings about your children in the context of school shootings.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POST
One of my favorite parts about blogging is watching other bloggers grow. Next week, you’re going to meet IgnitedMoth, a blogger I follow who shares her art, opinions on horror movies and books, and has been writing a novel. Please make her feel welcome and feel free to ask her questions in the comments section of her Meet the Writer post.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 178
Owned Books on TBR Today: 179