I was complimented recently on my writing, it came via someone with a tenuous Facebook connection. It’s the first time anyone who wasn’t a friend or blood relative (and therefore obligated to like my writing or at least lie to me and say they do) told me they found my writing funny. (But funny in a good way.)
It made me feel, just for a nano-second, what it must be like when famous people get recognized. It was awesome and I thanked him…and then felt like a total fraud because I haven’t given two thoughts to my blog in months!
You can thank/blame him for this post.
ME LOST IN COVID LAND:
I’ve been trying with haphazard success to read a variety of unusual materials.
Books I’m Bad At:
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
My biggest success so far was in locating a book that took me approximately a hundred hours to listen to on tape–the aforementioned Woman in White. If it weren’t for Covid-19 I would have never finished the thing. Lack of options was the number one reason I kept plugging away at the 20-disk, run-on-sentence of a book.
I was very grateful to return it to the library drop box this week. I took a picture as proof in case the book tries to haunt me in exile.
Apparently my ability to pick a good book to listen to while driving is suspect. Currently, I’m slogging my way through an audio version of Cosmos by Carl Sagan read by everyone’s favorite black Star Trek character actor: Levar Burton. (No offense intended toward Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura but I am more inclined toward the Geordi LaForge experience.)
Levar has a beautiful, bedroom voice, which is great to listen to, unless you are trying to stay awake at the wheel. I’ve nearly been lulled to sleep by the goings on in space and I can’t tell you much about Cosmos except that it could honestly work as a prescription for insomnia.
Various Failures/Successes of the Covid-19 months include:
I have finished my exhausting cross-stitching project. It took me three months and countless hours of painstaking work.
And this is what it looks like:
I expect to get a summons to the higher thread-count courts for offenses against the arts and humanities.
At the very least, I will likely be required to burn it and promise never to cross stitch again.
Tools of Mass Failure:
I gave my vacuum cleaner a blow job.
Now it won’t return my calls.
Sawed Off by a Son-of-a-Gun
I left my handsaw unattended where my son could find it.
Now it looks like this:
Grass Clipping Catastrophe
And just for fun, one day, I mowed my keys.
The upside, after a fruitless day wasted searching for them, an obliging cousin offered her son as child labor.
Using his brand new metal detector, he hunted the tall grasses alongside my house. Stalking like a lion in the Serengeti, he beeped and dinged his way through a yard full of metallic rocks!
It took him less than an hour to find them.
There was much rejoicing!
Most were unusable, but he did find the brand new set that went to the door installed this summer. The only set I had for said door. Whew.
Thank you Captain America!
Things I’m Grateful For…
I listened every Friday night for weeks as a favorite Michigan author read chapters from his soon-to-be published work: Tamora Carter: Goblin Queen.
Jim C. Hines is a Michigan science fiction author (mostly, he does other stuff though so check him out on Facebook or that Twitter place) and he’s writing a middle grade book about a heroine who uses mad roller derby skills against a U.P. Sewer Dragon.
It’s the first time I’ve taken part in a Go-Fund-Me for a book. But I’m more excited about the fact that there is an autistic character who uses an AAC device to communicate. So, head’s up to the Autism Community, keep an eye out for Tamora Carter–she should be hitting the shelves this September, 2020.
I NEED ME A VACATION
The house was getting pretty claustrophobic so we dashed out into the mad-mad world risking death and censure.
I took my son up north to utilize a lovely, family-run house on Blue Lake in Holton, MI. You can check out the rental on VRBO. I happen to know the owners and–more to point–they know my son and they still let me rent it for a weekend. I did my utmost to get all the marker and crayon out of the carpets before we left. Sadly, I did leave the carton of eggs in the hallway and I have no idea what my son did with the bag of garbage he was supposed to put in the car! It’s a good thing they are exceptionally forgiving people…I hope.
(The Feature Image to this article is a photo of my child admiring the waters on Blue Lake at sunset. It does not include the sight of my son freeing all the tires along the dock into the wild a few minutes later.)
AND…we went RV camping in Ludington, MI.
Kibby Creek Campground is a family-oriented organization with a nice swimming pool, shower/bathroom facilities and an all-around, child-friendly setting.
We had already signed up to go before COVID-19 happened, and even though the camp offered to move or cancel reservations without penalties, we decided to risk it and go. We wore masks whenever possible and we are self-quarantining now that we are back home.
Because Covid-19 statistics are rising in Michigan right now–perhaps you’ll want to book mark Kibby Creek for the future. I highly recommend it for an easy weekend get-away. It has spoiled me for tent camping. (Having your own toilet ROCKS!)
I am unlikely to get out of my promise to take the kid camping in Munising later this summer. So stay tuned for highlights of that adventure…if the bears and black flies don’t get us first.