Little Whale Cove
Depoe Bay, Oregon
I probably say this every year about this time, but I can't believe we are already halfway through the year. How is it possible that the days continue to fly by when we're not really doing much of anything?
My routine continues to be the same as it's been since we began sheltering-in-place a little over a hundred days ago. I try to get outside and walk 3-4 miles a day (the above photo shows one of the paths in our neighborhood) and I get together once a week with my girlfriends for a socially distanced visit. Other than that, I continue to go grocery shopping only twice a month (I used to go at least once a week), drive into Salem (90 minutes away) for my mom and husband's monthly eye appointments, help host my monthly book group Zoom meeting, work on puzzles and watch movies in the evening. I'm sure if I look back on the past three monthly summaries, not much has changed. I'm still trying out new recipes, but thankfully, my jeans still fit. ;) My hair has always been slow to grow, but my husband's is getting quite bushy. I think it looks great and he's not complaining about it, so he may hold off on a haircut for another month or two.
We did make reservations with a small campground in Washington and hope to get away in September for a couple of weeks. We'll wait and see how things go with the pandemic, but it should be relatively safe and maybe by Labor Day, folks will start heading home and the parks won't be quite so crowded.
I'm not sure how I wound up only reading three books in June, but my current audio is super long (almost 23 hours!), so that's slowing me down just a bit. It's probably no surprise that Glass Houses was my favorite this month. I do love that series!
Books Read (click on the title for my review):
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (4/5)
Glass Houses by Louise Penny (5/5)
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (3/5)
"Hello there," she said.
I looked at the pale, freckled hand on the back of the empty bar seat next to me in the business class lounge at Heathrow Airport, then up into the stranger's face. (The Kind Worth Killing)
"State your name, please."
"Armand Gamache." (Glass Houses)
Even in death the boys were trouble. (The Nickel Boys)
Movies and TV Series:
The Next Three Days - Russell Crowe is very good in this suspenseful film. We enjoyed it.
No Offence - We watched one episode of this series and didn't care enough to continue.
The Laundromat - This was a odd movie. Based on a true story, I thought it was pretty good, but quirky!
The Bankers - Another movie based on a true story, which we enjoyed quite a bit.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Cate Blanchett is great, but I didn't love the movie and I'm surprised my husband sat through the entire thing.
1917 - This was quite good, but very intense.
Knives Out - This is probably our favorite of the month. We loved all the twists and the cast was fantastic.
New Tricks - We are just about finished with Season Two and have enjoyed this series, but not enough to continue with the remaining seasons.
Gathering together with friends on a weekly basis makes this global pandemic just a little more tolerable. We just need to figure out a way to get back to our Mah Jong games. Outdoors with gloves and masks??
Friday Afternoon Club (formerly the Mah Jong Club)
Be sure to check out the sidebar links for Rod's music videos (posted each Monday) and the new recipes I sampled this past month.
Have a safe and Happy Fourth and please, please, please wear your mask!