Shelley's Take Two - Reading off my own shelves - 2023 - page 6

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Shelley's Take Two - Reading off my own shelves - 2023 - page 6

Out 2, 2023, 8:29 pm

Home from a week in Montreal and I figured I better start a new thread now because next week I will be back there again. Let's just say, not fun times...

Editado: Out 2, 2023, 9:08 pm

I call this first one *Bliss*. Theo was on my lap and we were having an under-the-chin-scritching session. Then I moved my hand, and he moved the angle of his head and suddenly, his *King of the Jungle* DNA just appeared! All that's missing is the big mane!

And equal time to Owen. Only 2 and a half years in the making.

Owen to Theo: I'm sitting here, buddy. You can't have this spot. Go away.

Complete with tail swishing and a low growl I could hear from my own spot on the couch.

Theo went away.

(used to be Theo would do this stare and Owen would jump down and run away. Not any more!)

Editado: Out 27, 2023, 7:28 am

As per usual, everyone reminds me to be good to myself when I am in Montreal, being stressed. The only thing I can really do *for myself* when I am there is to go for a walk. And all walks lead to Bonder Books. Here's the haul:

The author Gregor Craigie was (maybe still is, who knows) a radio journalist. I remember him from CBC radio. So this book intrigued me. The others just appealed for different reasons.

The Tiffany Girls
No Cure For Being Human
Radio Jet Lag
Remembrance Sunday

And when I got home, I went to the bookstore at the mall. Of course I did:

The Last Doctor
Terry & Me - Bill Vigars (no touchstone for this one)
Recipe for a Good Life

The bottom three books are by Canadian authors.

Now, all I have to do is read them. My reading has been dismal. I just can't turn off the brain enough to focus on reading. I did manage to finish 2 books and am currently reading, and really enjoying, Lessons in Chemistry.

I will do a short review of the 2 I completed later because I wanted to add a few quotes but the books are not next to me now at the computer.

Editado: Out 2, 2023, 8:57 pm

Scenes from a train window. Almost autumn, colours just beginning though this week, the temps are warmer than it's been all of August:

Editado: Out 2, 2023, 9:01 pm

This is actually a photo that was framed behind glass in one of the offices we were waiting in at the hospital last week. I have seen this building in person in downtown Montreal and it is impressive. Imagine living in that building! There is a slight glare of sun across the top right and across his hands, from the sun on the glass. This is a mural that was done a few years after Leonard Cohen died and he liked this photo because it was one his daughter had taken of him years ago.

Ok, I am done now...

Out 2, 2023, 8:47 pm

Happy new one!

Out 2, 2023, 9:02 pm

>5 jessibud2: - Thanks, Jim! You are first!

Out 2, 2023, 9:19 pm

>3 jessibud2: Very interesting acquisitions there, Shelley. I hope you can get some reading mojo back soon... when the mind is stressed, it hesitates to concentrate.

Out 3, 2023, 12:06 am

>5 jessibud2: Great images, Shelley. This is thread 6, yes??

I hope you will find some mind space for losing yourself in reading a blissful story.

Out 3, 2023, 12:29 am

I am so glad to see your photos. Properly sized, I think. You've got a good grasp of the coding, I'd say. Good for you.

>5 jessibud2: How on earth does the artist control all the shading and color blending working on a 20-or-so-story "canvas"?

Out 3, 2023, 12:46 am

Hi! Can anyone tell me where to review books from here? I got a books to review yet I dont know where to go. Can anyone help me? It is much appreciated.

Out 3, 2023, 2:10 am

Happy New Thread, Shelley! Great pictures of Owen and Theo! And a fabulous book haul too. Happy October.

Out 3, 2023, 5:56 am

Happy new thread!

>4 jessibud2: Lovely photos. Fall is quite magnificent.

>3 jessibud2: Glad you were able to indulge in a bit of retail book therapy. I went to the bookstore yesterday and discovered a few new releases that I did not realize were out yet.

Editado: Out 3, 2023, 4:07 pm

Thanks, Linda, Sandy, Bill, Deb, Anita.

>8 laytonwoman3rd: - It's true, Linda. I wish I could just *escape* into the books but when I read, especially at night, my eyes start to droop from fatigue and when I turn out the lights to sleep, the brain switches into high gear and I can't shut it off. A lot going on with my mum's rapid decline and I am simply juggling too many balls at the moment. Lessons in Chemistry is probably exactly the right book right now as it is engaging, funny (in parts) and keeping me reading. There are parts that are a tad far-fetched and one glaring *mistake* that jumped out at me One of the characters mentioned finding out from DNA testing that his daughter isn't biologically his. I had to google to find out when DNA testing began and learned it was in the 80s that it became commonplace. This story takes place in the early 1960s. I was shocked and disappointed that the author didn't catch that. It is, otherwise, a very good read. I hope to finish it by the end of the week.

>9 SandyAMcPherson: - Hmm, You are right, Sandy. I will try to fix that later. I am not firing on all cylinders these days...

>10 weird_O: - Thank you, Bill. But, in truth, you are quite wrong. Not only do I *NOT* have any grasp of coding, but I wouldn't know what to do with it if it fell into my lap. Here's all I know: I snap a pic on my phone. I email it to myself, then drag the photo from my email to my desktop. I *add a pic to my gallery* on LT. Period. That's it. The only code I know is the one I learned to get the photo from my gallery and into my thread. Meg (familyhistorian) taught me that one. I do know how to put something behind a spoiler alert. Yay me. As for sizing a photo, I know numbers are involved. It's all a foreign language to me. As the beloved robot from the old tv show Lost in Space used to say: it does not compute. At least, not to my brain.
And as for painting large murals on buildings, totally magical and mysterious. There must be a code for that...;-)

>11 bibliosaurus27: - Hello. If you start your own thread, you can add your reviews there. If you add your books to the LT system, you can add your reviews on that main book page. Apologies, but that's the best I can do. I am truly not the right person to ask about technical stuff.

>12 vancouverdeb: - Hi Deb, thanks. The boys are keeping me sane, that's all I can say. There were actually 2 other books I wanted but I will wait for them to come out in paper. The newest ones by Pip Williams (The Bookbinder) and AJ Pearce (Mrs. Porter Calling).

>13 figsfromthistle: - Hi Anita. Actually, I am only seeing the smallest glimmers of fall so far. Summer has returned in full force. It's going to be 28C today, with a humidex of 33C!! It's October, for crying out loud! I did hear that Mother Nature will get the memo by the end of the week, though, thank goodness.

Editado: Out 3, 2023, 8:03 am

Wordle 836 4/6 meaty, pious, glide, while


Puzzle #114

Out 3, 2023, 7:12 am

Happy New Thread, Shelley. Love the Theo topper. Enjoy your week at home. Get in lots of comfort reading.

Out 3, 2023, 7:23 am

>16 msf59: - Thanks, Mark. I'm trying....

Out 3, 2023, 9:30 am

Happy new one, Shelley!

>5 jessibud2: Dear old Leonard.

Love the regal kitty shots and the autumnal views. x

Out 3, 2023, 10:31 am

>18 PaulCranswick: - Hi, Paul. Thanks.

Out 3, 2023, 11:36 am

Happy New thread, Shelley.

>14 jessibud2: I’m so sorry you’re going through this. I’ve found I have a hard time reading when I’m stressed too. Keeping you in my thoughts.

Editado: Out 3, 2023, 1:02 pm

>14 jessibud2: Huh...I hate when a mistake like that throws me out of a story I was otherwise enjoying. An editor could have fixed that so easily, too. Blood type testing was available in the 1960s, and it could at least rule out someone as a father, so a quick substitution of a couple words, and BINGO! No more anachronism.)

Out 3, 2023, 1:20 pm

>2 jessibud2: Love the pictures of your boys!

>3 jessibud2: Nice haul, Shelley!

Happy new thread!

Out 3, 2023, 6:30 pm

>21 laytonwoman3rd: Sharp thinking, Linda. And Shelley, too... I would have glossed over the DNA fact.

Out 3, 2023, 7:02 pm

great photos of the cats! I'm sorry that you are going through much stress now.

Editado: Out 3, 2023, 10:00 pm

Deleted.....duh, already answered by Linda in her >21 laytonwoman3rd: spoiler.

I would just add that this type of testing was generally known as "paternity" testing, not DNA testing.

Out 4, 2023, 12:42 am

Wow, you have some warm weather , Shelley! It has been about 16 or17 C - which is actually fairly warm once I am out walking the dog for a couple of miles.

Out 4, 2023, 7:35 am

>2 jessibud2: Such great photos of your furry friends Shelley.

>3 jessibud2: I don't think I'm familiar with any of those, I shall look forward to your thoughts.

>4 jessibud2: Beautiful. I love the Cohen portrait too. Must get to the biography I have of him.

Out 4, 2023, 9:26 am

>20 Storeetllr:, >22 alcottacre:, >24 torontoc: - Hi Mary, Stasia, Cyrel. Thank you for your kind words.

>21 laytonwoman3rd:, >23 SandyAMcPherson:, >25 kac522: - Linda, Sandy, Kathy. Ok, it was bothering me sufficiently and your comments made me decide to go back and find the passage. And guess what? I was wrong. Linda, in fact, what you said is actually what happened. Here is what the passages actually said:
"...It wasn't like your situation. Mine didn't have anything to do with love. Amanda isn't even technically mine in the DNA sense of things," he blurted without meaning to. In fact, he'd only just found out three weeks ago. His ex-wife had long insinuated that he wasn't Amanda's biological father, but he'd figured she'd only said it to hurt him....But his ex-wife's cruel insistence ate at him, and when paternity testing finally became available, he produced a blood sample. Five days later, he knew the truth. He and Amanda were total strangers."

(of course, there is no mention of getting a blood sample from his daughter but I guess that's assumed). Still, in re-reading this now, I see that I completely misread it in my initial reading and in my mind, *DNA* and *paternity testing* just converged so my brain understood *DNA testing* in the sense we know it today.
. As quirky and sometimes far-fetched as the story sometimes is, it is too well-written to have made such a sloppy error and the mistake was in fact, mine.

Editado: Out 4, 2023, 2:46 pm

>26 vancouverdeb: - It's 9:30 now and already over 20C here, Deb, and 26C tomorrow, then things drop back to normal and rain for the entire weekend, which I'm sure will bum out people on a holiday weekend but we really need the rain. I don't think we have had any at all in a month!

>27 Caroline_McElwee: - Thank you, Caroline. I have to decide in the next few days which books will come with me next week. Which bio do you have? I haven't read it yet but I heard the one by Sylvie Simmons was the best of the ones written. I did hear her talk about the book, her access to him, etc, in an extended interview a few years ago.

Out 4, 2023, 9:36 am

Wordle 837 3/6 meaty, pious, spurt


Puzzle #115

Out 4, 2023, 9:49 am

>28 jessibud2: A perfect example of what makes this community such a swell place to hang out! I've had very similar things happen to me after reading a response to one of my own posts..."wait, what? Did I get that wrong? I have to look it up!" Just happened the other day.

Out 4, 2023, 10:15 am

>31 laytonwoman3rd: - Exactly. I am not a fast reader at the best of times and recently, there haven't been *best of times*. I guess I am just not paying close enough attention but since I am still reading the book (hope and expect to finish today or tomorrow), it was easy enough to go back and find that passage. I often google things while reading anything but my brain just isn't taking it all in, I guess. Also, I just read that this book, Lessons in Chemistry is about to become an 8-part series on Apple TV+, starting on Oct. 13. Of course, I don't get that or any streaming service so I will miss it. I wish it was on somewhere else that I could watch it. It would be so fun to see. Academy winner Brie Larson is going to play Elizabeth but in the interview, author Bonnie Garmus said the most difficult (and important!) role to cast, was the dog, whose name is Six-Thirty. :-)

Out 4, 2023, 10:20 am

Six-Thirty should meet my daughter's dog, Thursday!

Out 4, 2023, 10:39 am

Maybe Thursday should have gone to the casting call!

Out 4, 2023, 1:02 pm

Out 4, 2023, 2:23 pm

>29 jessibud2: Yes, that's the one I have Shelley.

Out 5, 2023, 7:50 am

Wordle 838 4/6 meaty, pious, churl, bunch


Connections imperial units, division, baseball team member, insect homophones
Puzzle #116

Out 5, 2023, 12:07 pm

>37 jessibud2: Excellent puzzling! I love the way you list the Connections categories! I might steal the idea from you and start doing that, too.

Karen O

Out 5, 2023, 3:09 pm

>38 klobrien2: - In truth, Karen, I only just thought of it this morning. I don't think I'll list all the words but the categories seemed like a good idea! Steal away!

Out 6, 2023, 12:34 am

You are doing well with Connections and Wordle, Shelley. I find Connections can be quite challenging.

Out 6, 2023, 6:43 am

Thanks, Deb.

I will definitely finish Lessons in Chemistry today. I thought I'd finish it yesterday but there was more drama at the mother house and it put me somewhat over the edge, stress-wise. I wrote a letter (third one so far) to the 2 heads of the place, and there were 2 phone calls, as well. I have turned into someone I hate, and being so aggressive (assertive? same thing, to me) is so far out of my comfort zone, I can scarcely recognize myself. I finally got a commitment last night, over the phone, that they will meet with me in person next Wed, when I am there. I pushed for that but to be honest, I dread it. I am much better with words when they are in writing and I can revise and edit what I say so it comes out just right. I know I will be visibly nervous and probably emotional right at the moment I shouldn't be. But I have also passed the point of no return and have run out of patience. I will become THEIR worst nightmare if they don't step up and do better. I have already told them in my last letter that this place is becoming MY worst nightmare. I can only hope that they recognize that this is not the PR they will want...

Wordle 839 3/6 meaty, prime, chime


Connections Peter Pan characters, art movements, Lady____, laughter, in a text. I never heard of *dead* as a text for laughter, by the way and would never have got this if it wasn't part of the final 4 left to me. Weird

Puzzle #117

Out 6, 2023, 6:54 am

Less easy (and probably wouldn't get it at all without google):

🐊 Animal #67 🐇
I figured it out in 9 guesses!
🔥 1 | Avg. Guesses: 7.7

Out 6, 2023, 11:35 am

At least we can do decent postage stamps here in the US of A:

Out 6, 2023, 11:51 am

>43 kac522: - I read about this! My friend said she'd send me one but I think she forgot. She did send me one Pete Seeger, awhile back but this one is a beauty!

Out 6, 2023, 3:33 pm

Read and finished awhile ago:

Sophie and the Rising Sun

From Library Journal:
It's 1941, and small-town spinster Sophie has fallen in love with a completely inappropriate fellow. Mr. Oto, a Japanese American gardener, years older, has captured her heart. The growth of their relationship is a gradual, tentative, even poetic event. However, the bombing of Pearl Harbor soon complicates this friendship. The townspeople of Sophie's Georgia burg are suspicious of outsiders and of any unconventional behavior. After the bombing, Mr. Oto must go into hiding while his landlady, Miss Anne, and Sophie both bravely conspire to hide and feed him. The end of the story brings the sudden disappearance of both Sophie and Mr. Oto, and it's up to readers to decide what this means for the protagonists.


I found this story to be rather quite sad. Its presentation, in various voices, was interesting and there was an edge of tension throughout; it probably says more about my own current state of mind than the book itself but I wish the ending had been different, more clear. But I suspect that feeling of being *left hanging* was intentional on the part of the author.

Out 6, 2023, 4:07 pm

I'm late...sorry!

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian friends.

Out 6, 2023, 6:22 pm

>42 jessibud2: Exactly nine guesses for me as well, Shelley. I’m using Wikipedia. Would be much too difficult without.

Happy Thanksgiving? 🦃 with or without turkey? Sorry, thanksgiving is not a thing here.

Out 6, 2023, 7:57 pm

>42 jessibud2: >47 EllaTim: Oh, my gosh! I got it in 9 today too! What’s that old saying about great minds…?

Out 6, 2023, 10:11 pm

Hi Shelley. I love the pictures of Theo and Owen!

Out 7, 2023, 10:13 am

>46 richardderus:, >47 EllaTim: - Thanks, Richard and Ella. I don't really celebrate Thanksgiving, we never did in my family. It certainly isn't as big a holiday here as it is in the States. More commercial here, I think. It would probably do me some good to try to find something to be thankful for. These days and especially, these last weeks and months, the mounting stress regarding my mother's care leaves me with, basically, a feeling very opposite to thankful. Sorry to be such a grump but that's what I am these days.

>48 Storeetllr: - Pure luck for me, Mary. There have been days recently when I have not even opened or attempted to play it. I just don't have the patience.

>49 EBT1002: - Thanks, Ellen. They are the only things keeping me sane. That's the truth.

Editado: Out 7, 2023, 10:21 am

Wordle 840 3/6 meaty, pizza, viola


Initially looked tricky but it came together fairly easily:

Puzzle #118

🟩🟩🟩🟩 green - natural feature
🟪🟪🟪🟪 purple - palindromes
🟨🟨🟨🟨 yellow - rhymes
🟦🟦🟦🟦 blue - irregular verbs

Out 8, 2023, 3:02 am

Happy new thread, Shelley!

Love the Theo and Owen pictures at the top.
And you always please me with Leonard Cohen! I wish I could live across the road there :-)

Editado: Out 8, 2023, 7:50 am

>52 FAMeulstee: - Hi Anita. Yes, living across the street and waking up to see that mural every day would be better than living inside it. But the building is on a major downtown street and I can't remember if there are even any apartment buildings facing that mural. You can see in the photo that there are some behind it but those narrow buildings in the foreground are all shops. Still, it's lovely.

I will revise my awful grumpiness in >50 jessibud2:. There are a few people I truly am grateful for: Tracy, the private caregiver I hired for my mum. She is with her 5 and a half hours a day Monday to Friday. She is my eyes and ears there and I truly don't know what I'd do without her. Also, Jacqueline, my petsitter. I hate leaving my boys so frequently but she is the one who not only knows them so well, but they know her and love her and my heart and mind are completely at rest leaving them in her care. She comes in twice a day to feed and play with them. And I have a few friends to whom I can vent and unload whenever the stress of Montreal gets too much for me. Which seems to be more and more in recent weeks. Sometimes I feel buried under the weight of it all. I don't want to unload here on my thread so it's good to have them. There! That feels better already, being thankful. I felt embarrassed and unworthy, being so angry all the time and unable to even see the good for the bad (like being unable to see the forest for the trees).

Out 8, 2023, 8:13 am

Happy Sunday, Shelley. Sorry that you are dealing with so much stress. Hoping you get a break at some point. Thankfully you have Tracy and Jacqueline helping out.

I think you mistakenly posted your Wordle on my thread. 😁

Out 8, 2023, 8:43 am

You are lucky to have such good helpers in Tracy and Jacqueline. I hope that issues in Montreal can be resolved to your satisfaction soon.

Out 8, 2023, 9:01 am

Wordle 841 4/6 meaty, price, belie, binge


Out 8, 2023, 9:02 am

>54 msf59:, >55 torontoc: - Thanks, Mark and Cyrel. Mark, I removed my wordle from your thread and put it where it belongs. Sheesh

Out 8, 2023, 11:04 am

>53 jessibud2: Good for you for taking the time to "count your blessings" (one of my mom's favorite phrases in her last difficult years)...sometimes it is so hard to rise out of the stress and obligations to breathe and see what's good about your life, but it does help.

Editado: Out 8, 2023, 11:08 am

For Connections today, I have 2 categories

yellow - celebratory occasions
purple - __opera (though I don't get *met* opera)

and though one other category of 4 words makes sense to me, it is not one of the correct guesses so I am abandoning the game because I can see absolutely no logical connection between the remaining 8 words and I really have other things to do today

Out 8, 2023, 11:22 am

>53 jessibud2: No matter how you got there, it's good for your mood and elevation to be there, Shelley. I'm sorry I don't live closer so I could offer practical support but emotional support and permission to vent away whenever you like, however you need to, is yours. *smooch*

Out 8, 2023, 11:37 am

Happy new thread, Shelley. I LOVE your photos.

Out 8, 2023, 12:03 pm

Thank you, Linda, Richard, Beth. I just feel so close to the edge these days. I might add, I am very grateful for this community.

And if I might have one more rant before I go clean my house and prepare for my travel tomorrow.


In my gut, I truly believe that the dictator, power-hungry Netanyahu is somehow responsible. I believe in my heart that he withheld information so he could justify a huge revenge attack. There is not a chance in hell that the Israeli army was so unaware and so unprepared for a so-called *surprise* attack on the exact date of the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war. Not a chance.

Did I ever mention that I was in Israel when the Yom Kippur war began, the first week of my 6 and a half years living there. I was 19 and it was the first Saturday of my 6-month language course and we were on the kibbutz that Saturday afternoon, sitting around the swimming pool when the first air raid sirens went off. We spent a good deal of time in bomb shelters in the following weeks. The Israeli army is a million times smarter than Netanyahu could ever hope to be in 10 lifetimes and there is no way they could not know this was not only a possibility but a probability unless they were somehow duped and who better than Netanyahu, who, like trump, thinks only of himself and his agenda and cares not a whit about others. Those 2 are cut out of the same cloth. I am not a politician but I am also not a complete idiot. And even if I had never lived there, I have eyes and I can read and see the writing on the wall. I should probably not be posting this here, in the mood I am in, but so be it. I'm done now.

I don't have a lot of hope in humanity these days, on any front.

And with that, I am off to dust, vacuum, clean the litter box and pack. I just started a book about Zelensky (see the second picture in >3 jessibud2:). Maybe I should pick something that gets me out of and away from reality. There is far too much reality these days. I guess I am a sucker for punishment.

Maybe I will also have a nap. That ought to do it.

Out 8, 2023, 1:56 pm

>62 jessibud2: I am so distraught about Israel that I can’t even begin to tell you. I appreciate your rant because I feel the same way in my heart. I see Israel being torn apart from all directions, and you know I love that country as much as you do and despise Netanyahu as much as you do. Hamas scored a direct hit on my cousin’s kibbutz. She is safe (for now). That’s all I’d like to say about this at this time.

Safe travels up north. Wish we could be together for a while. Barbara said she’d visit me next weekend so we can de-stress together. Is that even possible these days?

Hugs, my friend.

Out 8, 2023, 2:18 pm

"There is not a chance in hell that the Israeli army was so unaware and so unprepared for a so-called *surprise* attack on the exact date of the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war. Not a chance." I agree. My first thought upon hearing about the attack was "No way Israeli intelligence didn't see that coming". Sadly, there's plenty of historical precedent for leadership letting their own citizens take a hit for "reasons"...and not just in Israel.

Editado: Out 8, 2023, 3:25 pm

Good luck on Wednesday Shelley.

>62 jessibud2: Agreeing.

Out 8, 2023, 4:43 pm

Hi Shelley my dear, Happy New Thread dear friend. I am slowly catching up with all the threads i have starred, not coming on here for a few days seems to leave me so far behind. Sending love and hugs.

Editado: Out 8, 2023, 10:46 pm

I hope that you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend, thus far, Shelley. x

>62 jessibud2: & >64 SqueakyChu: It is indeed heartbreaking. The US should also be more careful in enabling Iran to re-arm and and also in the providing of funds to Hamas.
I think most of us feel as if we are a little bit Israeli today. I'm not sure about Netanyahu's prior knowledge or otherwise but I don't particularly think his leadership has been helpful - having said that those that hate and oppose the mere existence of Israel were always going to attack at the first opportunity they sensed the possibility.

Out 9, 2023, 8:55 am

>64 SqueakyChu: - So far, I have heard back from one friend, and one cousin. Still waiting to hear anything from another friend and another cousin. I am avoiding tv news.

>65 laytonwoman3rd: - So right, Linda.

>66 Caroline_McElwee:, >67 johnsimpson:, >68 PaulCranswick: - Thank you, Caroline, John, Paul

Out 9, 2023, 8:56 am

Wordle 842 4/6 meaty, pinto, worth, truth


I will be out of the house in half an hour, I may try connections from the train. Or not. I have books, and I hope to also sleep.

Out 10, 2023, 10:58 am

>70 jessibud2: Sleep is the best medicine. It is hard to stay heartened these days. And, I agree very much so with your sentiments at #62.

Out 10, 2023, 12:09 pm

Howdy do, Shelley..Hoping all's well chez vous.

Out 10, 2023, 12:40 pm

I hope you have a terrific Tuesday, Shelley, despite your recent stresses.

Editado: Out 14, 2023, 10:36 am

I am home. It was a hellish week and it will take me awhile to recover. You have no idea how out of my comfort zone it is for me to be aggressive (assertive? Feels the same). More confrontations in one week than in ages/ever. The medical system in that province is beyond ridiculous. I honestly don't have the energy to go into details but let's just say communication is not good, not at the hospital where the appointments were, not in my mother's residence, and while I never used any swear words in my *discussions*, I no longer have the filters and let them know I was not pleased. I also had a lot of questions and suggestions for improvement and I feel I have turned into someone I don't like: *that* person who makes trouble. I said I never wanted to be that person, never wanted to be their worst nightmare but that this whole experience was becoming MY worst nightmare. In advocating for my mother, though, I felt I had no choice. If no one says or does anything to improve bad situations, then nothing will ever change. I came close but never did say it out loud, to uttering a threat of legal action. In truth, I have no desire whatsoever to go that route. It would probably be a lot less expensive and possibly a lot more effective if I could just find a good investigative journalist who could make all this public. Not the PR they want but, if I don't see improvements soon, it will be the PR they get.

I did install a security camera in my mother's room so I can monitor when I am not there because this travelling back and forth is really starting to get to me.

Hardly read at all, all week, despite having several books with me. Also did not sleep much and had to deal with migraines for the first 3 days. I am VERY happy to be back in my own bed.

Out 14, 2023, 10:33 am

Wordle 847 2/6 meaty, agent


Out 14, 2023, 10:52 am

>74 jessibud2: (((((Hugs)))) I've had moments like that--becoming a person I didn't like at all--with one of my mother's doctors. It left me feeling very shaken, and yet like I had done something absolutely necessary. As it turned out, I was not the first person to raise serious concerns about that particular doctor, and he soon left the area, although under what exact circumstances I do not know. Still, upon reflection, I have no regrets about my actions. I hope you don't, either.

Out 14, 2023, 11:47 am

>76 laytonwoman3rd: - The current *new* doctor at my mother's residence is only ONE of the issues I was dealing with. When I met with the powers that be on Thursday morning, I told them flat out, 3 strikes and he's out. I have had 3 pretty unpleasant issues with this man since July, when he began there, and I asked them to please continue to look for someone else. I told them I have zero trust in him - and that is not good because my mother has complicated medical issues. More than once - including this week - I had to go to the pharmacy and have them check her files to clarify something I knew to be true but that the doctor couldn't be bothered to check. Like you, I am not sorry I am being so aggressive. But my mother was of that generation where doctors were revered as gods; you didn't question their *expertise*. That's the value system I was raised to believe but thankfully, I don't buy that baloney. I question EVERYTHING. I only wish I didn't have to. It feels wrong and disrespectful even though, intellectually, I know it is anything but. And yes, shaken is a good description of how it left me feeling. Shaken and angry.

Thanks for the hugs. I have errands to run now then I plan to veg for the rest of the weekend.

Out 14, 2023, 2:56 pm

Ugh, what an unpleasant (to say the least) experience. I’m so so SO glad your mom has you to advocate for her. As an older person, I can attest how difficult it is to advocate for oneself. {{{hugs to you and your mom}}}

Out 14, 2023, 3:36 pm

Sorry for you (and your mother!) with that horrific experience. Hopefully something good will come out of your advocacy. Hope you have a relaxing weekend---you deserve it.

Out 14, 2023, 3:38 pm

>78 Storeetllr: - Thanks, Mary. Since I don't have anyone at all to advocate for me, I plan to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can and the minute I feel that I am on the downslide to no return, well, I am getting things in order now, let's just leave it at that. I will NEVER allow myself to be in a care home because unless someone you trust is able to oversee and monitor, well... just no. This experience with my mum has changed everything for me. My mind, my thoughts, my plans.

Out 14, 2023, 3:40 pm

Puzzle #125
🟪🟪🟪🟪 plunder
🟦🟦🟦🟦 slang for home
🟩🟩🟩🟩 rotary phone parts
🟨🟨🟨🟨 butt

Editado: Out 14, 2023, 3:51 pm

>81 jessibud2: We mirror each other’s scores today. Today’s puzzle seems made for us older folks.

ETA When I said “us,” I meant the royal “we.” 😆

Editado: Out 14, 2023, 7:47 pm

>75 jessibud2: Nice jump, Shelley!

Out 14, 2023, 9:04 pm

I am so sorry you have to deal with this Shelley. When you have to be as assertive as that, you just need to do it. But it isn’t what anyone wants, of course. I worry about "later" as well. I have a friend who had a stroke and is now in a nursing home. It’s tough.

Out 14, 2023, 9:30 pm

I am very sorry you have had such a rough week, Shelley. I'm glad you were able to be assertive and also glad that you installed security cameras for your mom and for your peace of mind.((( Hugs)))) I hope you are having a relaxing weekend.

Editado: Out 15, 2023, 7:16 am

This should have been easier, given that I had 3 correct letters in the correct spots right from the get-go.

Wordle 848 4/6 meaty, ready, beany, leaky


Bombed in Connections. Too many overlap options and I chose all the wrong ones. Oh well.

Out 15, 2023, 7:18 am

>83 EBT1002: - Thanks, Ellen.

>84 EllaTim: - Thank you, Ella. I try to focus on just the next step. I just have to outlive my mother first and then, after that, I will refocus.

>85 vancouverdeb: - Thanks, Deb. I'm trying.

Out 15, 2023, 3:27 pm

Sorry about the state of affairs for your mother in Montreal. She is lucky that you are advocating for her!

Editado: Out 16, 2023, 8:13 am

>88 torontoc: - Thanks, Cyrel

Wordle 849 4/6 meaty, braid, prawn, graph


I got 2 of the 4 categories in Connections but see nothing in common in the remaining 8 words. 5 of them could be a category but that's not helpful. So, I bombed.

Edited to add, I just got lucky here, figuring to use up my last guess and it worked. Still, the last one was only correct because it was all that was left, not because I figured it out myself. Sheesh.

Puzzle #127
🟦🟦🟦🟦 Addams Family characters
🟩🟩🟩🟩 go bad
🟨🟨🟨🟨 days of the week
🟪🟪🟪🟪 fat____

Out 16, 2023, 10:22 pm

Shelley, I feel so sad for you and for your Mum, too.
These care facilities are so scary in Canada. Very few are reliable, as far as I can tell. Family living in Quebec have since relocated because the health system there is so broken.
And I just think it's a sinful way eldercare is managed in Canada. I wish you could have her closer to your home but I suppose that is not a possibility. Sending healing thoughts to you and maybe there are some ideas you can find about a health advocate to support you in this whole situation.

Editado: Out 17, 2023, 7:25 am

>90 SandyAMcPherson: - Thank you, Sandy. Since installing a security camera in my mum's room last week, I witnessed over the weekend behaviour that I consider not only *less than acceptable* but bordering on egregious. I wrote yet another very long letter to the powers that be yesterday and have yet to receive a reply. I asked about how the caregivers are trained, or even *if* they are trained, to deal with and interact with dementia residents. I then explained than rather than just complaining about what I see as a big problem, I wanted to be part of the solution. I literally gave them a script on how to talk to someone with dementia, and reminded them that kindness and patience are essential and if they are unable to display those qualities, they have no business working on that floor. I even suggested that perhaps if they were paid more, they might feel that their work is valuable and take more pride in doing it well. So far, not a word in response. After my frustrations of last week, and now, this past weekend, I finally put on paper what I had been thinking in my head: I asked them outright what they thought my next step should be: Better Business Bureau (as a private care home, they ARE a for-profit business), a lawyer, an investigative journalist to expose all this. I said my number one preference is that they address this internally but that if my back was against a wall and I was left left with no choice, I would act. Yep, it's a threat but what else could I do?

As for my other main source of stress this past week, it's the situation in Israel. It is heartbreaking and terrifying and it makes me angry and sad. I truly believe in my gut that there can never be peace in that region of the world, as long as there are barbarians and political psychos in charge - and I'm not just talking about the 2 sides currently engaged. Perhaps the one and only *good* thing that can be said at all is that it's Biden and not trump, speaking for the States. Can you just imagine if trump was president now? If he would be the one going to Israel tomorrow? He would make the trip all about himself. He would probably say that Hamas are *good people*...

So far, I have managed to hear from my close friends and my family there and at this point, all are still safe and accounted for. But, as everyone knows, this could all change at any moment. My best friend in Israel is an American married to an Israeli. Back in 1976, they were among the people on the airplane that was hijacked to Entebbe, Uganda and held hostage in the airport terminal for 8 days. There was a (mostly) successful rescue of them by the Israeli Defense Force. The big irony here is that the commander of that rescue (who died in the mission) was none other than Yonathan Netanyahu, the older brother of the current prime minister. He was, by all accounts that I have read, an amazing human being, and a real *mensch*. The total and complete opposite of what his brother turned out to be. I can only imagine the PTSD my friends are currently experiencing. I am in touch with her almost daily and she isn't voicing it; she is a very strong lady but I know her well enough to know it's lurking.

Out 17, 2023, 8:46 am

Wordle 850 4/6 meaty, plait, audit, adult


Out 17, 2023, 10:25 am

>91 jessibud2:. I think you are 100% correct in how you are handling your mum’s situation although I know it’s taking quite a toll on you.

As for Israel, I’m dealing with all those same issues with my Israeli family and friends. I wake up each day with a heavy feeling in the pit of my stomach before I check the Israeli news.

Editado: Out 17, 2023, 11:51 am

>91 jessibud2: What thoroughly angers me is the lack of Federal-Provincial funding for long-term care places and nursing homes. It so *shouldn't* be for profit. IMHO, that invites cutting corners and underpaying staff.

I saw on the CBC news yesterday that at least a billion dollars from Provincial and Federal funds (read taxpayer money) are being used to help fund a private EV battery plant east of Montreal.

I think this is an egregious use of public funds and used for an environmentally harmful product.

I found this info online,
China, which dominates the world's EV battery supply chain, gets almost 60 percent of its electricity from coal—a greenhouse gas-intensive fuel. According to the Wall Street Journal, lithium-ion battery mining and production are worse for the climate than the production of fossil fuel vehicle batteries.

What is so dreadful about public moneys supporting this is that so much more appropriate use is crying out for hellp:
Just think of the improvements that would accrue should the funds be applied to healthcare!

I wish the electorate was smart enough to be very proactive in pushing their candidates at nomination meetings to realize we're already in a trillion dollar public debt and it is so inappropriate to use it for vehicles few of us have an interest in buying.

Out 17, 2023, 12:18 pm

>91 jessibud2:, >93 SqueakyChu: My heart goes out to all the people at risk in this latest conflict in Israel, and to all friends here who have friends there...I have no individual connections in that part of the world, and therefore can take a news break once in a while when it gets too much. (I do it with matters here in the US that trouble me deeply at times as well---mental health requires it.) If you have dear ones in harm's way, that's never an option is it? I agree with Shelley that there is not much hope on the horizon, but as good times can turn bad without warning, sometimes bad situations take an unexpected good turn as well. Keep the thought.

Out 17, 2023, 1:53 pm

Thank you, Madeline, Sandy, Linda. I am doing my best - though it doesn't seem to be working - to try to stay positive. Maybe if the migraines would subside, that might help though I am convinced that they are all connected to stress. Anyhow, one day at a time....

Out 17, 2023, 5:12 pm

Just adding to the {{{{{hugs}}}}} Shelley. You ate certainly between a rock and a hard place.

Out 17, 2023, 5:52 pm

Thank you, Caroline. Appreciated.

I just realized I had forgotten to do Connections this morning:

Puzzle #128
🟨🟨🟨🟨 taunts
🟩🟩🟩🟩 failure
🟦🟦🟦🟦 rudely break off contact
🟪🟪🟪🟪 rock____

Editado: Out 18, 2023, 6:53 am

Wordle 851 3/6 meaty, meshy, mercy


Puzzle #129
🟩🟩🟩🟩 bit of wind
🟦🟦🟦🟦 piquancy
🟨🟨🟨🟨 something tiresome
🟪🟪🟪🟪 singular of things seen in pairs

Not a chance I would have guessed the last one if it hadn't been all that was left.

Out 18, 2023, 7:57 am

I'm hoping someone sees the issues confronting you soon, Shelley.

Out 18, 2023, 4:15 pm

Nice job on today's wordle. I needed five guesses to get it. On my fourth guess, I was pretty sure it was going to be mercy, but I just couldn't resist trying nerdy. I had _er_y to work from.

>91 jessibud2: Oh Shelley, I can feel your stress and sadness as I read this post. I am heartbroken and terrified by what is happening in Gaza but I don't have close friends or family who are there. I wholly agree with gratitude that it's Biden representing the U.S. rather than trump, but even with Joe's excellent diplomatic skills, I fear the situation is near hopeless. Between that and Ukraine, I feel like we're approaching the point of no return. And ultimately we're all in it together. Regarding your mum, I agree with others that you are handling it the best you can. My SIL has dementia and I try to support my sister, acknowledging how challenging it can be to work with and support and care for someone with dementia. But they deserve no less than kindness, patience, and compassion. The disease is what makes them difficult. Ugh. I hope you see some change in the oversight of the carers where your mum is.

Out 19, 2023, 9:00 am

Thanks, Richard and Ellen.

Wordle 852 3/6 meaty, stoma, splat


As for Connections this morning, other than every word starting with the same letter, I am seeing no connections between more than 2 words. I will either try again later or just skip it today. If I continue now, it will only make my headache worse.

Out 19, 2023, 11:32 am

>102 jessibud2: Hope your headache improves soon!
And, yes, the Connection words all starting with the same letter was an attempt to confuse, those so-and-sos…give it another try a little later, maybe?

Karen O

Out 19, 2023, 7:25 pm

I had a fail on this morning's Connections. I saw all four categories but lacked enough detailed information to put them all together. Oh well, like you I got Wordle in three.

Editado: Out 20, 2023, 10:16 am

Wordle 853 4/6 meaty, pious, forum, occur


Bombed again in connections. I got the first 2 and had 3 stabs at the third, correctly guessing the category but missing the right words (there were far too many that fit this category. I still don't get the last category. Makes zero sense to me.

Puzzle #131
🟦🟦🟦🟦 equitable
🟩🟩🟩🟩 virtual spaces

Out 21, 2023, 12:58 pm

Wordle 854 4/6 - Made one silly mistake in my 3rd guess, using a letter already eliminated, but still got it.
meaty, primp, smile, smirk


Editado: Out 21, 2023, 6:51 pm

I meant to post this weeks (months?) ago. It's been sitting in a draft folder since then. The book, What Are We For?, subtitled, The words and ideals of Eleanor Roosevelt, is a collection of quotes curated from a number of her writings, over a number of years. They are not chronological, but rather organized by topic. I have selected a few quotes and grouped them by the publication they were written in.

It is clear to me that she never knew trump. She's probably spinning in her grave, to see how much damage he has done to her ideals and beliefs. It's also a bit sad to see how far, all these decades later, we (as humans, not necessarily Americans, as I am not American), still have to go to get to where she surely thought we'd be by now.


from You Learn By Living

- A politician interested only in his own personal advancement is not only useless as a public servant but he will eventually fail.

- The President of the United States, or should be, the great educator of the people, bringing issues to them and explaining the situation.

- One thing no one can dispute: If you want a world ruled by law and not by force you must build up, from the very grassroots, a respect for law. It is the code we have created for our mutual safety and well-being. It is our bulwark against chaos. It is the fabric of our civilization.

- Mutual respect is the basis of all civilized human relationships.

from My Day:

- A democratic form of government is dependent for its success on an informed voter. It is only easy to overthrow democracy where the sources of information are not available to the average citizen. (Aug. 21, 1936)

- The harm that can be done by censorship seems to me greater than the harm that could be done by a few people who do not have that high sense of responsibility and integrity. (June 9, 1951)

- All creative people - scientists, artists or educators - do their best work when they can explore all avenues of knowledge without fear. (April 8, 1950)

from Fear is the Enemy, 1949:

- When the power becomes concentrated in the hands of a few, there is great danger that the majority will not be able to move at all.

from Tomorrow is Now:

- Nothing of what has happened to me, or to anyone, has value unless it is a preparation for what lies ahead. We face the future fortified only with the lessons we have learned from the past. (not dated)


- There is no question about the validity of the doctrine of equal pay for equal work. |It is surprising to me that we still have to fight for such an obvious right. A woman who does the same work as a man should without any question receive equal pay. This is justice and should not be overlooked in any country which claims to treat its people without discrimination. (undated draft statement circa 1951)

Out 21, 2023, 5:47 pm

I have read a few other books since I finished that one and will try to get some sort of lightning round review post up by the end of the weekend. I have been, shall we say, rather distracted lately...

Editado: Out 21, 2023, 7:00 pm

The Invisible Girls by Sarah Thebarge. This is an inspiring story told in dual timelines. The author grew up in a strictly religious, almost fundamentalist, family. At age 27, she was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer and came close to dying, twice, once from the cancer itself and later, from pneumonia. After relocating from the east coast to the west coast, in a moment of serendipity, she crossed paths with a Somali refugee woman and her 5 young daughters. What follows is how their lives merged and how this chance meeting changed the course of Sarah's life, as well. Told in alternating chapters (sometimes alternating a few chapters at a time), Sarah's story and the family's story, draws the reader right into their lives.

What didn't sit so well with me, personally, was the religious aspect. I am not religious at all and the focus on God felt a bit much for me. I realize that this was an integral part of Sarah's story but it still felt quite uncomfortable for me and I tried to skim over those parts as much as I could. Overall, though, this was an inspiring story. All proceeds from the sales of this book are earmarked for a college fund Sarah set up for the girls.

Remember Yesterday: A Century of Photographs by Pierre Berton. Such a walk back into history! Pierre Berton curated this volume of photos and wrote the text. In his typical conversational style, some of the text was almost as dated as the photos themselves (this book was published in 1965!), some made me chuckle, sometimes, cringe. But seriously, this is a treasure and those of us of a certain age will recognize the many, many names of people and events he drops in passing. For example, at one point, he mentions *Lucien Rivard* (with no other context). I was just a young teen (well, 12 years old, old enough to read newspapers and follow what was happening practically in our own backyard!) but I remember very well the scandal of Rivard throwing a hose over the walls of Bordeaux Jail, in Montreal, and escaping! It was at once hilarious and sensational and scandalous! (

Anyhow, this was a fun book and a quick read, spanning a century and coast to coast in Canada (more or less, ;-).

I did finish and enjoy Lessons in Chemistry and talked a bit about it up-thread. I wish I got the streaming channel the 6-part series will be on. I think it would be fun to watch. But I don't. Oh well. I am hoping that someone here who does will report on whether the series does justice to the book.

Out 22, 2023, 12:34 am

I'm glad you have had some good reads, Shelley, with everything else that is happening. I keep reading good things about Lessons In Chemistry, but I've yet to read it. (((hugs))) , Shelley.

Out 22, 2023, 1:03 am

I thought Lessons in Chemistry was a wonderful read, as well, Shelley. Too bad in these days of streaming that it is always the other streaming platform that has the latest stuff we want to watch. But that is a minor niggle when you have so many larger issues to deal with. I hope that at least something in the long litany of things causing angst and frustration eases up for you soon.

Out 22, 2023, 7:32 am

>110 vancouverdeb: - Hi Deb. I have also been on a culling-the-shelves binge. Next weekend I will bring 2 bags of books to BMV, a store that buys books (for a pittance, but better than nothing. They sell new and used books and music (BMV=books, music, videos).

>111 Familyhistorian: - I don't have any streaming services at all, Meg. I just don't watch enough tv to justify spending money on them. As for the real-life stuff going on, it's going to get worse before it gets better. I just have to learn how to cope better.

Out 22, 2023, 7:34 am

Wordle 855 4/6 meaty, prime, fined, given


Out 22, 2023, 11:31 am

>112 jessibud2: I just don't watch enough tv to justify spending money on them.

I just discovered and started using a free movie service offered by the Montgomery County Public Library here in my county in Maryland. Perhaps your city has such a service. I get to watch ten movies (or 10 credits a month). They are free and without ads. I can start and stop them whenever I want. They are not first run movies, but rather movies which have won awards in film festivals. I started by binging on Israeli movies with English subtitles. I watch them on my computer. There's nothing to download. I only had to create an account by giving my email address and creating a password. My system is called Kanopy. Check to see if your library system in Toronto has something like it!

To say I'm watching movies is really something. I stopped watching any television except for soccer games years ago. This is totally unlike me, but this was a wonderful discovery. Now when Jose goes to watch the news (which I can't bear), I watch Israeli movies (which sometimes can also be depressing, but I feel better knowing they are just movies). My system lets me watch documentaries and series, but I haven't tried those yet. I'm not interested, however, in getting hooked on a series of shows.

Out 22, 2023, 12:32 pm

>114 SqueakyChu: - We have that, too, through our library system. It's called Kanopy. And yes, I watch on my computer. But that means I have to sit here and watch. I have been far too restless lately to do much of that. It goes in waves, sometimes I can watch 2 or 3 but then there are spells of weeks or months when I don't watch anything.

Out 22, 2023, 3:37 pm

>115 jessibud2: I understand.

Editado: Out 23, 2023, 9:19 am

Wordle 856 3/6 meaty, tepid, tempo


I seem to have totally lost my touch in Connections lately. Today, I found the first two:

green - impel
blue - romantic beginnings

and I see nothing to link any of the remaining 8 words at all. Whatever...

Out 23, 2023, 11:24 am

>117 jessibud2: I've tried Connections a few times, but I find it frustrating rather than fun.

Out 23, 2023, 3:53 pm

I hear you about streaming services, Shelley. Sometimes I don't know why I pay for them. I have Netflicks, which I watch so rarely that I didn't realize the Telus TV box that I have couldn't access they'd changed something in the service since the last time I'd watched. Telus sent me a new TV box, now I just have to figure out how to connect it without messing up the whole system! At least if that doesn't work, I still have Acorn TV on my computer.

Out 24, 2023, 7:03 am

>118 SqueakyChu: - I find it fun, Madeline, until I don't, lol. My default would normally be to work on it and work it out. I love word puzzles and games. But I have just lost the patience in recent months and I tend to either give up quickly or not bother at all. Today's came easily, mind you... ;-)

>119 Familyhistorian: - I have nothing, Meg, not Netflix, not any of the others. And no desire or FOMO, either, except on the rare occasion when I hear about something I'd like to see that just isn't available to me anywhere else other than some streaming service. Like the new 6-part series made from Lessons in Chemistry. Oh well. Maybe it will become available on dvd through the library some day. I'm not holding my breath...

Editado: Out 24, 2023, 4:08 pm

Puzzle #135
🟩🟩🟩🟩 small openings
🟦🟦🟦🟦 paradigmatic
🟪🟪🟪🟪 rhyming compound words
🟨🟨🟨🟨 animal groups

Wordle 857 4/6 meaty, taper, farce, cause Another error in guess #3


Out 24, 2023, 7:41 am

Hi Shelley.

>2 jessibud2: Great pics of the boys. I like it that Owen seems to be holding his own with Theo these days.

>50 jessibud2: I am so sorry to read about the issues relating to your mother’s decline and poor care.

>62 jessibud2: I am avoiding the news and reading MM romances almost exclusively. I get HEAs in every book, something I desperately need. You may not want to read romances, but perhaps a HEA fiction book?

>74 jessibud2: Aggressive is different than assertive, of course. You may not be aggressive but closer to the passive side of the spectrum, which makes you think you’re aggressive.

I’m very glad that you installed a security camera. How have they handled that knowledge? I remember my MiL visited her mother every single day when she was in the nursing home, varying times of day, plus her sister visited less frequently but even more randomly. Sadly, it’s the only thing that protected their other from substandard care. Pre-cell phone/etc. days, of course.

>77 jessibud2: I started questioning doctors 26 years ago when Jenna’s doctor wanted to give me MORE antibiotics when what she needed was albuterol for cough-variant asthma. I stood up to him, and a year later when we needed to schedule her visit prior to kindergarten, it was strangely impossible to get that appointment even though I called 4 months before the last date I needed to have it done. Good riddance to bad rubbish for us. We're still with the doctor I choose closer to home. I’m sorry that you’re in a situation where you can’t NOT use him.

>80 jessibud2: I had a new will, power of attorneys, both medical and durable, and a Living Will made before I went in for my knee replacement surgery in March. I also wrote letters to my sister, brother, husband, and daughter, that are sealed and with my Will/etc., in the safe.


Out 24, 2023, 4:18 pm

>122 karenmarie: - Hi Karen. Thanks for your kind words. I've had better days/months/years, if I am honest. And I don't see any light at the end of any tunnel any time soon...

What is HEA?

Security cameras are allowed and there are at least 2 other residents on my mother's floor who have them. I believe a note on the door is legally required to inform staff. When I told the powers that be I was doing this, I also told them that they could put a note on her door. When I am there, I only have my cell phone; no access to a printer. No paper, in fact, other than sticky notes. Whether they did or not is not my problem.

I do have a will and power of attorney for myself but I should probably update them. I did them maybe 6 years ago or so and in fact, I have no one I am close to in this city. My one friend who is my POA for health issues moved to Stratford 2 years ago (that's around 2 hours from here) and my financial POA is my cousin in Montreal (6 hours away). Not the most helpful, if an emergency arises. Oh well. One crisis at a time, is about all I can deal with right now. I am thinking of doing what you did, writing letters, including one that deals with my wishes for myself. I just need to do it.... One thing I know for sure, I will NOT get to the point where my mother is now.

Out 24, 2023, 8:44 pm

>117 jessibud2: Dropping in to say hello. I stopped with connections after a week but I am going to try it again and see if I improve.

Out 25, 2023, 2:40 pm

Wordle 858 3/6 meaty, teary, retry


Puzzle #136
🟨🟨🟨🟨 grammar tense terms
🟩🟩🟩🟩 "gracious me!"
🟪🟪🟪🟪 ___syrup. I never heard of simple syrup
🟦🟦🟦🟦 12 Days of Christmas. I still would not have guessed this if it had not been the last remaining words

Editado: Out 26, 2023, 9:09 am

Wordle 859 3/6 meaty, pious, pique


Puzzle #137
🟩🟩🟩🟩 excellent, in old slang:aces, keen, neato, nifty
🟦🟦🟦🟦 fine bubbles:foam, froth, head, lather
🟪🟪🟪🟪 spherical things:bubble, globe, marble, pearl
🟨🟨🟨🟨 increase:build, grow, swell, mount

Out 27, 2023, 7:23 am

2 more not-paying-attention mistakes, but luckily, I still got it:

Wordle 860 5/6 meaty, quote, choke, borne, noble


And another Connections bomb. I got the first 2 easily and should have got the final one. No way I would have ever guessed the third category.

Puzzle #138
🟩🟩🟩🟩 metal elements: copper. gold. nickel. silver
🟨🟨🟨🟨 shameless boldness: brass, cheek, gall, nerve
Blue: WNBA teams: Mercury, Sky, Sparks, Liberty
Purple: Things with trunks: cars, elephants, swimmers, trees

Editado: Out 29, 2023, 8:03 am

Zelensky: The Unlikely Ukrainian Hero Who Defied Putin and United the World by Andrew Urban.

This book might have been better if it had passed through the hands of an editor. It was actually less about Zelensky and more about the history of Ukraine and the entire area from the beginning of time (or that's what it felt like!) Many historic timelines, practically every sentence, a new paragraph. I wanted to learn about all of this but I also wanted to read a bio of the man. And really, there was one chapter on his life, saying at one point, that he was born in 1978. Then, barely a page later, saying that when in college, he joined a theatre group. In 1977. I kid you not.

Oh well. I'm sure there are other books about him out there.

I did look at youtube, to try to watch an episode of *Servant of the People*, Zelensky's hit tv show that launched him into the stratosphere of fame. But apparently, even though the book says all the episodes are on youtube, I only found a short clip. If I had netflix, I could probably watch more. Never mind. That clip was a good glimpse and that's probably enough for me.

Editado: Out 28, 2023, 8:22 am

Wordle 861 4/6 meaty, march, mango, mason


Puzzle #139
🟨🟨🟨🟨 senses: sight, smell, taste, touch
🟦🟦🟦🟦 agree!: ditto, likewise, same, second
🟩🟩🟩🟩 appearance: dress, look, manner, style
🟪🟪🟪🟪 __moon: blue, harvest, new, sailor

Editado: Out 29, 2023, 7:55 am

Well, this doesn't happen very often!

Wordle 862 2/6 meaty, phony


Puzzle #140
🟩🟩🟩🟩 Go up against: challenge, confront, face, oppose
🟦🟦🟦🟦 Group of offspring: brood, clutch, hatch, litter
🟨🟨🟨🟨 Mishmash: hash, jumble, medley, stew
🟪🟪🟪🟪 Guitar parts: body, bridge, fret, neck

Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket....

Out 29, 2023, 8:01 am

The past week has been amazing for our autumn colours. We've had warm days and cool nights. Today is probably the end of it all but I did go walking on Friday and snapped a few pictures (and picked up a few leaves, now ensconced between the pages of a few books...). Here are a couple of pics, plus the best one from yesterday:

From Friday:

And, the best, from yesterday:

Out 29, 2023, 10:23 am


Out 29, 2023, 1:47 pm

>131 jessibud2: Wonderful pictures, Shelley. Warm colours and a nice sunny day.

Editado: Out 29, 2023, 1:50 pm

>130 jessibud2: Wow! Awesome puzzling! Congratulations!

>134 klobrien2: Wonderful pictures!

Karen O

Out 29, 2023, 6:00 pm

>131 jessibud2: Lovely pictures--those colors really pop, don't they? It's been overcast & raining here the last few days and everything looks drab, so I appreciate your pictures even more.

Out 29, 2023, 9:34 pm

Thanks, Jim, Ella, Karen and Kathy. What a difference a day makes, though. Today was overcast all day and much much chillier than yesterday. It was sunny and just warm enough yesterday that we sat outside on the pub patio terrace for our meetup. Today, I just drove to the supermarket and thought about gloves for the first time since last winter!

Out 29, 2023, 10:40 pm

>131 jessibud2: What incredible photos!!! The fall in my area of Pennsylvania is not colorful. The leaves are falling from the trees before they turn color. It rained all day today. I imagine there will be many wet leaves on the ground tomorrow.

Out 30, 2023, 9:19 am

>131 jessibud2: Gorgeous colour Shelley.

Out 30, 2023, 9:23 am

Love the fall colors, Shelley. It has been a colorful fall here too but leaves are also falling like crazy. It won't be long...

Editado: Out 30, 2023, 9:41 am

>137 Whisper1: - Thank you, Linda, Caroline, Mark. I was right about Saturday being the last good day for these photos. It was cold and overcast yesterday and cold and rainy today. I am so happy I was able to capture some of the splendour of this season while I could!

Wordle 863 4/6 meaty, graph, grain, grail


Puzzle #141
🟨🟨🟨🟨 bird features: beak, feather, talon, wing
🟩🟩🟩🟩 blink of an eye: flash, heartbeat, second, wink
🟪🟪🟪🟪 __button: belly, hot, panic, snooze
🟦🟦🟦🟦 mahjong tiles: bamboo, dragon, season, wind. I would not have got this one had it not been all that was left. I never played Mahjong and know nothing about it other than it is played with tiles

Out 30, 2023, 9:29 am

>131 jessibud2: Beautiful colors and I love the photos, Shelley!

You asked Karen upthread somewhere what "HEA"'s from the romance-fiction world, and means that most central of tropes defining the genre: Happily Ever After, the main characters ending the story in what's meant to be a permanent relationship with each other. There's a smaller fandom for a different take on the MC's relationship lasting called Happy For Now or "HFN".

Out 30, 2023, 9:43 am

>141 richardderus: - Thanks, Richard, and also for that explanation. I might have known it if I read that genre, but I don't. The entire world could sure use some HEA right about now, though. Or even HFN.

Editado: Out 31, 2023, 1:57 pm

Wordle 864 4/6 meaty, farce, wreak, bleak


For Connections, I got the first 2 categories easily:

Green: Seen on a farm: barn, chicken, farmer, tractor
Yellow: Flowers: daisy, rose, tulip, violet

I see no connections at all with the remaining 8 words so I am cutting my losses and calling it a half-bomb. Can anyone else put these 8 words into 2 separate categories?
craven, life, yellow, wan, carpenter, aster, dust, sports

Out 31, 2023, 2:29 pm

life, yellow, dust, sports - jackets
Craven, Carpenter, Wan, Aster - horror film directors (I only knew 2 of them but this was my last category)

Out 31, 2023, 3:02 pm

There's more colour in those photos than I saw when on a cruise to see the fall colours, beautiful!

Out 31, 2023, 3:25 pm

>144 calm: - Wow, thanks! I guess I could have got the *jackets* if I thought about it more but I would never in a million years have got the last category. I NEVER watch horror films and know zero about them or their directors.

>144 calm: - Hi Meg. It's luck of the draw. We've had rain on and off the last few days but I snapped a few more great pics today when I was out, in between periods of clouds. Won't last much longer.

Out 31, 2023, 4:52 pm

Happy Halloween, Shelley! Beautiful colours you get in your area. It's not as great in my area, as we have so many evergreen trees. Which keeps it nice and green all year, I suppose.

Out 31, 2023, 7:31 pm

Thanks, Deb.

The Toronto Public Library system has had a cyber security breach and pretty much everything is inaccessible, still. I think it happened on Friday. I heard about it but it didn't really register in my brain until I tried to access a movie through Kanopy over the weekend. It rejected my library card login, and I couldn't get onto the library site either. I went into the branch today and things are still a mess. The librarian is actually manually writing ON PAPER if you want to renew a book. Their computers are down, everything. So far, they are not sure how long this will go on. They say they were prepared and that no personal info of patrons was lost but still, it's a bit alarming. I currently have 3 library books out, one due this Friday but it isn't a book that would be in high demand and if I don't finish it by then, I was going to renew. Since there are no longer fines for overdue books, the librarian said not to worry, to just hang onto it. Which I would do anyhow. But, is nothing sacred any more? What do the people who cause these problems mean to accomplish by hijacking a library system, for crying out loud?

Nov 1, 2023, 7:45 am

>131 jessibud2: Stunning colours! The brightness contrast to the stones is wonderful.

Nov 1, 2023, 8:57 am

>149 figsfromthistle: - Thanks, Anita. I actually got a few more shots yesterday but I was having some computer issues last night. If I get a chance, I'll upload them later today.

Wordle 865 4/6 meaty, piece, shine, noise


Puzzle #143
🟨🟨🟨🟨 social media actions: follow, like, share, subscribe
🟩🟩🟩🟩 use a needle and thread: darn, hem, seam, sew
🟪🟪🟪🟪 expressions of hesitation: erm, uh, um, well
🟦🟦🟦🟦 shows set in hospitals: ER, House, Ratched, Scrubs

Nov 2, 2023, 7:21 am

Guessy, guessy:

Wordle 866 5/6 meaty, tough, brunt, units, until


Puzzle #144
🟦🟦🟦🟦 Small wooded area: dell, glen, hollow, valley
🟩🟩🟩🟩 Information: data, info, intel, news
🟨🟨🟨🟨 Ignite: burn, kindle, light, torch
🟪🟪🟪🟪 Things with cores: apple, computer, planet, reactor. Tricky, by design, I am sure

Nov 2, 2023, 7:30 am

I posted this yesterday. Supposedly. But it never posted. At first I thought maybe I posted it on another thread by accident. It wouldn't be the first time. But no, I checked and, just no, so I guess I just forgot to hit the *post message* button. So, here it is again.

Yesterday, on my way home from getting my hair cut, I made an unplanned (and unnecessary) stop at Costco. My car just took me there. I came out with 3 books (and some boxes of cereal, as well):

Counting Lost Stars
Mrs. Van Gogh
The Road Years A Memoir Continued

Now, here's the funny thing. I LOVE Rick Mercer, and I own and have read all his other books. I heard about this new book on the radio the other day when he was being interviewed about it. And I entered the contest (something I almost NEVER do) to win one of 2 giveaway copies of it. So when I saw the book at Costco, at almost half the cover price, I decided on the spot to just buy it. I never win anything anyhow. But watch, my luck, after putting down the money, I will probably win it! I think they announce the winners next week, and I will probably have forgotten by then anyhow, but we shall see...

Nov 2, 2023, 2:02 pm

Another bit of book serendipity. Over on bookcrossing, a gal in British Columbia posted a few weeks ago how Canada Post was doing something it almost never does: giving Canadians a break on postage. But - here's the kicker - all within very specific guidelines. In October only, Canada Post is offering free shipping on Tuesdays, up to 5 kg, but only for Canadian addresses. So, this bookcrosser very generously put the call out for 5 Canadian bookcrossers (there were 5 Tuesdays in Oct), to whom she could send books for free. She gets them from library discard sales, LFLs, etc. It's a great way to circulate old books and wow, free postage in Canada, for ANYTHING is insane! It usually costs more to mail within our own country than it does to the States, for example.

So, because I surely don't have enough to read, I pm'd her. And today, my box arrived. 10 books, most titles I hadn't heard of but some I had. A few familiar authors, but still, what fun! I will try to post up a pic later.

Editado: Nov 2, 2023, 2:11 pm

>153 jessibud2: Very cool what Canada did about the postage! Enjoy your box of BC books. What a rare treat! Books by mail again!!

Any idea why the Canadian postal service did this? Wouldn’t it make more sense to reduce rates so people could start mailing books again?

Editado: Nov 10, 2023, 5:47 pm

>154 SqueakyChu: - I asked her how this could be. She said the trick is to apply for and get a *small business* card. She said she just said her *business* was used books. In fact, I know people who do this but I am too paranoid about being caught cheating. So I never did it, and likely never will. But heck, it works for her and I am a happy recipient! But geez, can the criterion get any more narrow or specific, lol!

And *wouldn't it make sense*, you ask! LOL! Canada Post? Make sense? Surely you jest... ;-)

Nov 2, 2023, 3:47 pm

>155 jessibud2: It shouldn't be just tricks to get what we want. It should be that all people get a postage cost break if they need to mail packages frequently. How is sending books for a hobby different than sending books for a business, other than the businesses have an income while hobbyists do not?

Nov 2, 2023, 3:53 pm

>156 SqueakyChu: - LOL, you are too logical, my friend!

Editado: Nov 2, 2023, 4:19 pm

>156 SqueakyChu: It's the truth, though. During pandemic, I bought beautiful cotton quilting material online and had it shipped to me. Jose sewed masks for friends, many in different states. They were affordable to mail. Had the cost been prohibitive, that would not have taken place. Shipping things is income for the postal service. How is overpricing the cost of shipping supposed to be good for and promote the postal service? Here in the US we have media mail so shipping books (but only within the US) is reasonable.

Nov 2, 2023, 5:20 pm

Well, that's Canada Post for you. Every year, the cost goes up and service goes down. Stupid, really. I wish we had something like media post. Maybe that's what this small business deal is. Who knows.

Nov 2, 2023, 5:28 pm

>159 jessibud2: It might be wise to check if your “hobby” which involves mailing used books could be considered a “business”. It’s worth asking!

Nov 2, 2023, 10:28 pm

>131 jessibud2: Fabulous photos of those trees dressed in autumn foliage!

I'm zooming past a lot of posts to pick out the book chat but I must commend you on your success with 'Connections'. I find I can do only the Easy category and nothing more difficult. Mostly I try not to get sucked into computer games because it is so addictive (for me, I'm saying).

Nov 3, 2023, 8:10 am

>161 SandyAMcPherson: - Thanks, Sandy. The autumn colours never get old for me. As for the games, I only play wordle and connections, for the same reason you mention. I do play solitaire games but usually only when I am on the phone, especially on hold. I find those (solitaire) games don't require much in the way of brain cells. Heh.

Editado: Nov 3, 2023, 8:22 am

Wordle 867 4/6 meaty, aging, abhor, ardor


Puzzle #145
🟨🟨🟨🟨 nevertheless: however, still, though, yet
🟪🟪🟪🟪 royal__:family, flush, jelly, we
🟩🟩🟩🟩 repeated words in expressions: here, knock, there, tut
🟦🟦🟦🟦 words abbreviated with letters: are, see why, you.
I got the first 2 easily, the third after some consideration. Would not likely have gotten the final category if it hadn't been all that was left.

I also find that hitting that *shuffle* button helps a lot to change my perception of what I am seeing. Today's opening top row is a good example of why that is sometimes necessary. The four words across the top today were: are, we, there, yet. Hard to work around that once you see it that way

Nov 3, 2023, 12:51 pm

>152 jessibud2: Mrs Van Gogh went into my cart Shelley. I have a lovely biography in the tbr of Johanna Gesina van Gogh-Bonger too.

>153 jessibud2: Amazing. Looking forward to seeing your haul.

Editado: Nov 4, 2023, 8:51 pm

>164 Caroline_McElwee: - Too tired to get photos up tonight, Caroline. Went to a studio today of a favourite artist who does the most exquisite fabric art. I may have spent more money that intended but I came home with another piece of art. my third by her (others from previous years, going back probably 10 or more years. Not sorry. We spent far too much time in the car on the highway, though. Exhausting.

Another not-paying-attention error on guess 3:

Wordle 868 4/6 meaty, march, maned, mania


I am waving a white flag for Connections. Got the first 2 categories easily but am stuck on the remaining words. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

Wait, I just got the third one, which, of course, means that I got the last one too, by default!

Puzzle #146
🟨🟨🟨🟨 ways to prepare: drill, practice, study, train
🟩🟩🟩🟩 hollow cylinders: hose, pipe, straw, tube
🟦🟦🟦🟦 weapons in the game Clue: candlestick, knife, rope, wrench
🟪🟪🟪🟪 E-things: cigarette, bike, ticket, sports. Would not have got these at all if they were not all that was left!

Nov 4, 2023, 8:01 pm

>153 jessibud2: Oh wow! that is quite a break. Canada post shipping rates are quite high. Yay for getting some books!

Nov 4, 2023, 8:14 pm

I am not going to try and catch up, Shelley, as I am so far behind. I hope you are doing OK!

Nov 4, 2023, 8:52 pm

>166 figsfromthistle: - I know! Big surprise and loads of fun. I will try to post up a pic of the haul tomorrow.

>167 alcottacre: - Hi Stasia! Long day today but doing ok, thanks.

Editado: Nov 5, 2023, 6:04 am

Who knew there were so many options for this one?

Wordle 869 5/6 meaty, trace, blare, glare, flare


Lucky today!
Puzzle #147
🟨🟨🟨🟨 unchanging: even, level, stable, steady
🟩🟩🟩🟩 long sharp objects: lance, pin, skewer, spit
🟪🟪🟪🟪 words with numerical prefixes: uniform, bicycle, trilogy, quadrant
🟦🟦🟦🟦 music publications: billboard, pitchfork, rolling stone, spin

Nov 5, 2023, 9:00 am

I am still reading Travelers to Unimaginable Lands, which focuses on the caregivers of dementia patients. I recently heard an extended interview with the author and her focus spoke to me. She is/was a student of Dr. Oliver Sacks and references him a fair bit in the stories she tells of her work with dementia patients and their caregivers.

I also plan to start (soon, I hope) Midnight at the Dragon Cafe for this month's AAC. Reading is still a focus problem for me these days. I culled a lot of books over the past few weeks, but unfortunately, more seemed to find their way into the house almost as quickly, as well. I have booked a return to Mtl for Nov 20-24, which would give me good reading time on the train rides as well as while there but that may end up being postponed. My mother's whole floor is in isolation at the moment as most residents on her floor have covid (she doesn't - yet!), and if things don't improve quickly, I may cancel my trip because they won't let me take her out (dr. apptmt) and likely won't let me stay with her.

Nov 5, 2023, 11:49 pm

Reasonable mailing rates in Canada? It should happen more often! Sorry to see that your plans to visit your mother to take her to a doctor's appointment are in limbo.

Nov 6, 2023, 7:09 am

>171 Familyhistorian: - I know, Meg! Crazy isn't it?

And I learned something new the other day! I subscribe to a gardening newsletter and it's a good one. I have what I thought and assumed were 3 Christmas cactuses (cacti, I guess). I often wondered why they seemed to bloom at random times. But in this post, I learned that there are 3 variants of this plant, Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving! Who knew? (not I, that's for sure). And, as it turns out, I have 2 Easters, and one Thanksgiving, no Christmas! I never noticed or knew about the subtlety of the differences in the leaves. Check this out! (scroll down a bit to see the different leave):

Editado: Nov 6, 2023, 9:04 am

Wordle 870 3/6 meaty, trace. trade


Harder today. I did get the first 2 fairly easily but had to walk away and come back for the rest:

Puzzle #148
🟩🟩🟩🟩 terms for records
🟨🟨🟨🟨 investments: bonds, cd, option, stock
🟪🟪🟪🟪 words that go with *bone*: funny, herring, soup, wish
🟦🟦🟦🟦 cube-shaped: bouillon, die, ice, sugar

Nov 7, 2023, 8:30 am

Wordle 871 4/6 meaty, thump, storm, limit


As seems to be happening a lot, I cannot see or guess the connection of the final 4 words until I finish the first 3 categories and those are all that's left. Still, better that, than a bomb.

Puzzle #149
🟨🟨🟨🟨 digital notification sounds: chime, ding, ping, ring
🟦🟦🟦🟦 group within a group: camp, division, faction, wing
🟩🟩🟩🟩 tattle: rat, sing, snitch, squeal
🟪🟪🟪🟪 bing, edge, surface, word

Nov 7, 2023, 10:52 am

Morning, Shelley. Hoping that today's as free from irritation as any day can be in this terminally fallen world.


Nov 9, 2023, 7:21 am

Wordle 873 5/6 - Guessy, guessy. meaty, place, glade, glare, glaze


Puzzle #151
🟩🟩🟩🟩 email actions: compose, forward, reply all, send
🟪🟪🟪🟪 __comedy: black, divine, prop, sketch
🟨🟨🟨🟨 doctors' orders: diet, exercise, fresh air, sleep
🟦🟦🟦🟦 podcasts: radiolab, serial, up first, wtf

Nov 9, 2023, 7:35 am

>175 richardderus: - Hi Richard. Where did yesterday go? Thanks for your good wishes.

I am still reading Travelers to Unimaginable Lands. My inability to concentrate and read seems to be my default lately. Sigh... I am hoping to finish it by the weekend.

Nov 10, 2023, 9:56 am

Hi Shelley. I'm way behind on LT these days. As the day length shortens, I seem to be like an animal that just wants to hibernate.

>165 jessibud2: Very curious as to who the textile artist is.
I'm looking forward to the photos, when you have regained some energy.

I follow a few Ontario artists and often wish I had the energy to visit in the province to attend shows. They're so spread out however, and not always convenient for someone using public transit.

>172 jessibud2: I didn't know about these seasonal variants in succulent cactus either. Very interesting. I signed up for the gardening newsletter, too. The website seems very well done and the topics broad-ranging. Thanks for letting us know.

Editado: Nov 11, 2023, 9:58 am

>178 SandyAMcPherson: - Hi Sandy. Thanks for stopping by. That gardening newsletter/website is excellent, actually. I have a lady I call on about once a year for advice and help in the garden. She is a retired master gardener and she recommended this site to me.

The artist I purchased my piece from is Lorraine Roy. Here is her website: Have a look around. She has a background in science and it informs her art in a stunning way. The very first piece of hers I ever bought of hers was at an annual downtown art fair here in Toronto. It was a photo by her (professional) photographer husband which she embellished with threads. I bought a slightly larger piece several years ago, before covid. I will post my newest purchase photo here soon.

Editado: Nov 11, 2023, 9:54 am

Here it is. She was actually working on a similar piece when we arrived at her studio so we got to watch her process. She uses a variety of fabrics and for sections, like the leaves on the trees, she chops threads and fabric very fine, adds some sparkle to them and sews them on behind a fine, almost invisible (though you can see it if you look closely) mesh. Many of her pieces are large (and way out of my budget), but several, especially those in a series, are smaller. This is my third by her.

This one I photographed on my wall at home. All 3 of the pieces of her art that I own are variations of trees. I fell in love with the iceberg one but it was $1800 and there was no way, for me. But, it was on a bookmark so I got that! Here it is, with 2 small pieces next to it:

This one I photographed on the wall in her studio. I believe it's also shown on her website.

Nov 10, 2023, 4:35 pm

It was a beautiful autumn day last Saturday, when we went. Here are some scenes from a lookout point near her home, just outside the small town of Dundas:

And this beautiful old relic just happened to be at the entryway to the restaurant where we stopped for lunch!

And, does anyone recognize what these leaves are? They were by the side of the road, at the foot of Lorraine's driveway.

Nov 10, 2023, 4:53 pm

I played yesterday, just didn't post.

Wordle 874 4/6 meaty, peace, learn, leash


Puzzle #152
🟨🟨🟨🟨 spices: anise, dill, nutmeg, sage
🟩🟩🟩🟩 intelligent: bright, quick, sharp, smart
🟦🟦🟦🟦 deodorants: axe, degree, old spice, secret
🟪🟪🟪🟪 medieval weapons: club, mace, spear, sword

Nov 10, 2023, 5:19 pm

By the way, here is the book haul I mentioned in >153 jessibud2::

I haven't started any of them yet. I immediately set 2 aside for a friend as they are of the thriller/mystery genre, not one of my faves. Still leaves me plenty to look forward to.

Nov 11, 2023, 8:58 am

>179 jessibud2: Wow!! Love, love her work. So exquisitely original.
Thanks for the link.

Nov 11, 2023, 9:03 am

>181 jessibud2: Leaves are probably of plants in the cranesbill family, the true Geranium, a hardy perennial species. The leaves are fairly varied.

The first photo with the stone wall is stunning, Shelley. I can imagine it inspiring Lorraine Roy's art work!

Nov 11, 2023, 9:37 am

>180 jessibud2: What a lovely piece! I like the lines...she understands that eternal verity, boundaries are more interesting than middles.

>181 jessibud2: You definitely had a beautiful day, and that eastern sumac in all its scarlet intensity in the landscape is one of the great pleasures of the season's leaf-peeping.

Good-weekend *smooch*

Nov 11, 2023, 11:18 am

>185 SandyAMcPherson: - Thanks, Sandy. She is definitely inspired by nature and she lives in a beautiful place.

>186 richardderus: - Thanks, Richard. She is a real talent.

Another brain fart on guess #3. But at least the streak lives.
Wordle 875 4/6 meaty, pitas, other, actor


I got the first category in Connections but bombed the rest. Oh well.

Nov 11, 2023, 12:02 pm

Nice book haul, Shelley, and great photos of fall colors! I love the art as well.

Nov 11, 2023, 4:55 pm

Love the photos!

Nov 11, 2023, 5:06 pm

>180 jessibud2: Oh thats quite beautiful. I have to check her work out. Never heard of her before today.

>183 jessibud2: great book haul!

Nov 11, 2023, 5:40 pm

Thanks, Beth, Cyrel, Anita.

My budget has rarely allowed for extravagant art pieces. But I remember either hearing or reading once that in one's lifetime, one should try to own at least one piece of original art, so, in trying to support local artists, I have tried. I usually end up with something small, like earrings or a small bowl or some such, when I go to craft shows, but every once in awhile, a talent like Lorraine Roy crosses my path and it feels justified. And, every time I walk by the art on my wall, it makes me smile so I think I did well.

Before Theo and Owen, I also had my own stained glass piece hanging in my kitchen window. It will go back up there some day, when Theo is old and arthritic and no longer interested in jumping and batting at anything not nailed down. I hope I live that long! ;-)

Nov 11, 2023, 11:33 pm

>180 jessibud2: Those are amazing pieces, Shelley. I especially like the top one which makes it look like there are so many layers underground - as there are.

Nov 11, 2023, 11:38 pm

I love the fibre art, Shelley. Just gorgeous! Like Meg, I especially love the top one. Lovey autumn photos!

Nov 12, 2023, 5:25 am

>180 jessibud2: That’s just so beautiful Shelley! Lovely colours, and structure. And textile art really has something extra. I had a look at her site, and liked one similar to your iceberg, it’s called Hiraeth #4, but then I saw the price. Oops.

Nov 12, 2023, 11:00 am

Thanks, Meg, Deb, Ella. Just to be clear, Ella, I did not purchase the iceberg piece. Too expensive. Only the top one I posted is the one I now own. The others I posted are just to show you other works by her. If I ever win a lottery, I will purchase more.

Nov 12, 2023, 11:01 am

Well, that worked out well!
Wordle 876 2/6

🟩🟩🟩🟨⬜ meaty, meant

Nov 12, 2023, 11:07 am

Tricky and sneaky, today:

Puzzle #154
🟩🟩🟩🟩 sports professionals: coach, gm, player, scout
🟨🟨🟨🟨 presidents: Ford, Grant, Lincoln, Wilson
🟦🟦🟦🟦 car companies: bmw, honda, jaguar, subaru
🟪🟪🟪🟪 common prefixes: auto, post, semi, sub

Even with the final 4 words being all that was left, I needed to see what they made the heading of the category. I would not have guessed it.

Nov 12, 2023, 11:12 am

I finished reading 1964 - Eyes of the Storm by Paul McCartney. It is an absolute boulder of a coffee table book of photographs taken by him in the year 1964, only recently rediscovered. It chronicles the beginning of Beatlemania in North America as seen through the eyes (and camera lens) of Paul himself, mostly, and the text and commentary he writes about them now, looking back, is a lovely retrospective of that time. He was in his early 20s when it all began and he is now in his 80s, as vibrant and engaged as ever, yet his commentary is not sappy or too nostalgic at all. I quite enjoyed it. It will head back to the library tomorrow.

Nov 12, 2023, 11:21 am

Hi Shelley. >180 jessibud2: I love that art!

Nov 12, 2023, 12:35 pm

>196 jessibud2: I got that Shelley! When my ship of money comes in I will buy mine, in the sense of the one I liked and would choose.

Nov 12, 2023, 9:58 pm

>180 jessibud2: Love the tree art and thanks for the explanation on how she makes some of her fiber art, like the leaves. Fascinating. : )

Editado: Nov 13, 2023, 9:04 pm

>199 EBT1002: - Thanks, Ellen
>200 EllaTim: - Lol. you and me both, Ella!
>201 Berly: - Thanks, Kim. Great to see you out and about the threads!

Puzzle #155
🟩🟩🟩🟩 trademark: feature, hallmark, stamp, trait
🟦🟦🟦🟦 funny person: card, clown, cutup, joker
🟪🟪🟪🟪 things with leaves: book, table, tea, tree
🟨🟨🟨🟨 unit of language: letter, paragraph, sentence, word

Wordle 877 4/6 meaty, quire, prone, green


Nov 14, 2023, 12:51 am

I'm improving at Connections, Shelley , which is a good thing because I really struggled with it at the start. I managed Wordle in 2 today. The Littlest Library appeals to me, and in fact I saw it the window of a bookstore last summer, but the store had already closed. I think my mom would enjoy it. I might have to purchase that, because my library does not have it.

Nov 14, 2023, 4:28 am

>180 jessibud2: Very beautiful, Shelley, thanks for sharing. I could look at those for hours!

>181 jessibud2: The leaves in the last picture look like Geranium to me. There are many species of those, both wild and cultivated.

Nov 14, 2023, 6:40 pm

>203 vancouverdeb: - Wordle took me a lot longer than it took you, Deb! I might bring The Littlest Library with me to read on the train when I head back to Mtl next week. I think I am needing light reading now.

>204 FAMeulstee: - Hi Anita. Thanks, me too. Her work is really intricate and beautiful. I think you are right about the leaves, too. Sandy mentioned that she also though it was a geranium. I have ever only seen the ones that you buy in the store, in a pot, much smaller leaves. I don't think I ever saw wild ones. I like the look of this leave, very pretty. But in truth, I can't stand the smell of a geranium flower!

Nov 14, 2023, 6:43 pm

Puzzle #156
🟩🟩🟩🟩 bit of vocal fanfare: behold, presto, tada, voila
🟨🟨🟨🟨 basic emotions: anger, fear, happiness, surprise
🟦🟦🟦🟦 obtain: get, land, secure, win
🟪🟪🟪🟪 __ant: adam, carpenter, fire, red

Wordle 878 6/6 meaty, allay, candy, happy, savvy, sassy


Nov 14, 2023, 6:59 pm

Today, I put out my bird feeder for the first time since before the summer. I had to keep it in, because of the damn pigeons. I can't even begin to tell you how happy it made me to see - within half an hour! - a male cardinal, a nuthatch, and a bunch of juncos on the ground, plus a sparrow or two. How did they even know to come back?? I really missed them!

Also, from the wonderful Margaret Renkl, an opinion piece from last month about banned books, libraries and reading. I hope the link will open for non-subscribers. Her writing is so good:

Nov 15, 2023, 4:07 am

>205 jessibud2: I think the smell you don't like is Pelargonium, Shelley, that plant used to be called geranium.
This one (found a picture with Pelargonium and cat in Wikipedia)

And this is a Geranium in my garden, years ago:

The only Geranium with a bad smell is Roberts geranium, the whole plant smells bad

Nov 15, 2023, 9:01 am

Thanks, Anita. We seem to have many (cultivated) varieties of geranium here. I actually buy a few different ones for my garden in summer because of the variety of colour and shapes of the leaves. I admit I am very bad with knowing/remembering names of different ones.

Nov 15, 2023, 9:04 am

Wordle 879 4/6 meaty, thorn, blush, sight


I got the first category easily in Connections but am bombing on the rest. No patience to persevere

Nov 15, 2023, 10:27 am

Solid result on the Wordle. I think my stroke-induced dyslexia prevents me from cottoning on to Connections. Oh less time-sink. However shall I live? :-)

Nov 16, 2023, 4:39 pm

Wordle 880 4/6 meaty, pious, stunt, trust


Again, I bombed in Connections. Got the first 2 categories but couldn't make sense of the remainder. Oh well.

Nov 17, 2023, 11:51 am

>180 jessibud2: I love those pieces.

>181 jessibud2: Great photos Shelley.

>183 jessibud2: Nice haul. Most new to me.

Nov 17, 2023, 12:26 pm

Thanks, Caroline. In truth, most were new to me too! Not all but most.

Wordle 881 3/6 meaty, tarry, tardy


Easier today:
Puzzle #159
🟦🟦🟦🟦 MLB teams for short: Cards, Jays, Nats, Yanks
🟩🟩🟩🟩 email sign-offs: best, cheers, regards, thanks
🟨🟨🟨🟨 bodyweight exercises: dips, lunges, planks, squats
🟪🟪🟪🟪 Elizabeths (and one Elisabeth): Banks, Moss, Taylor, Warren

Nov 18, 2023, 4:38 pm

Wordle 882 3/6 meaty, thing, think


Bombed out totally in Connections. Oh well.

Nov 18, 2023, 11:02 pm

>180 jessibud2:. What a lovely piece!

Nov 19, 2023, 1:16 am

I find Connections is either hit or miss for me but Wordle usually goes well although often close to the wire. I didn't realize there are so many types of geraniums. I hope the other ones smell better because I'm not a fan of the scent of the traditional red ones either.

Nov 19, 2023, 8:19 am

>216 banjo123: - Hi Rhonda, and thanks. I continue to love it each time I walk by it, on my wall!

>217 Familyhistorian: - I'm the same, Meg. Yesterday's Connection I thought would be easy but there were too many possible overlaps and I used up my *mistakes* quickly.

Ha! I expect today's Wordle will be a tough one for Americans. Just saying... ;-)

Wordle 883 4/6 meaty, whore, slice, queue


Nov 19, 2023, 8:24 am

I faltered a bit near the end but I got it.

Puzzle #161
🟦🟦🟦🟦 walk: march, stride, step, tread
🟩🟩🟩🟩 venerable: august, grand, noble, regal
🟨🟨🟨🟨 onset: birth, creation, dawn, start
🟪🟪🟪🟪 __day holidays: earth, groundhog, labour, may

Nov 19, 2023, 8:39 am

Happy Sunday, Shelley. Nice book haul up there. I am not familiar with any of the authors, so I will watch closely for your thoughts. Our fall weather has been gorgeous the past few days. I hope you are enjoying the same.

Nov 19, 2023, 9:34 am

Morning, Shelley! Wordle likely will stump about half the country, for sure...not the readers here, of course, but the Great Unwashed will be befuddled. Enjoy the day today. *smooch*

Nov 19, 2023, 9:48 am

>220 msf59: - Hi Mark. Our weather has also been mostly stunning for this month of November. Quite chilly this morning but still, no rain or wind in sight so I'm not complaining. I will definitely get to those books, just don't hold your breath that it will be any time soon. I am taking one of them on the train with me as I head back to Mtl tomorrow for the week.

>221 richardderus: - Hehe, yep, I think those of us who are Canadian and/or British will have an easier time of today's wordle, for sure! And those of us who read Canadian or British books, of course, ;-)

A cleaning and packing day for me today, Richard, as I head back to Montreal tomorrow for the week. What I would really prefer is to sleep for about 5 years.....

Nov 19, 2023, 7:24 pm

I see that I should probably start a new thread but I can also see that it isn't going to happen until I return from Montreal. I leave in the morning and return home on Friday so, sometimes next weekend, is my best guess. I am taking 5 books with me, 2 of them rather short so hopefully, I will have some completed reads to report on by then!

Nov 19, 2023, 9:26 pm

Safe travels. Hope all is going well with your mum. Send her my regards (even if she won't remember me from when we met on Zoom).

Nov 20, 2023, 12:38 am

I got wordle in 3 yesterday, and in part I credit to the fact that I am Canadian, Shelley. The weather here has been quite good too. Of course we have had some rain too.

Editado: Nov 20, 2023, 7:04 am

Thanks, Madeline. I was not so lucky today, Meg. So near and yet so far. So, my 39 day streak is broken. C'est la vie.

Wordle 884 X/6 meaty, fairy, happy, wacky, cabby, canny. The word was candy


I don't have time for Connections right now. Maybe later, when I am on the train...

Nov 24, 2023, 9:28 am

Hi Shelley, Hope the trip to Montréal was smooth and your visit with your mum went okay. It was rather stressful (to say the least) last time. All the best.

Editado: Nov 25, 2023, 10:26 am

I'm home. Got home yesterday and slept well last night for the first time all week. Needless to say. I will have to do a proper catch-up later as I have errands to run and am invited to dinner for 6:30 with friends tonight. I lurked here when I could but didn't post much.

This is what I have done this morning (which is practically gone already! How did that happen?):

Wordle 889 4/6 meaty, chide, pride, guide


Puzzle #167
🟩🟩🟩🟩 aggregate size: amount, number, quantity, volume
🟨🟨🟨🟨 secluded: hidden, private, remote, secret
🟦🟦🟦🟦 bodies of water: canal, channel, sound, strait
🟪🟪🟪🟪 reads the same rotated 180 degrees: 96, mow, noon, sis

That last category was just tricky. Even after seeing that these 4 words were the only ones left, I was a bit surprised at the categorization. And I think they were especially tricky today. I could be forgiven for thinking initially that there was a category of buttons for tv when I tried to use remote, channel, sound, volume for a category but I caught myself on time and realized that sound and volume were the same so, no. I guess I am more awake than I thought I was!

Nov 25, 2023, 10:28 am

Saturday *smooch*

Hoping it's a good, solid rest today.

Nov 25, 2023, 10:28 am

Welcome home. I hope you’re able to rest over the next couple days.

Nov 25, 2023, 4:43 pm

>228 jessibud2:, >229 richardderus: - Look at you two, posting almost the same thing at the same time! Thanks!

I will try to set up a new thread some time tomorrow. No energy for it now as I will be heading out shortly to have dinner with 2 friends.

When I was in Mtl, I had a bit of an *adventure*, some might call it an accident. But I was extremely luck and no bones were broken, no real damage done. I was walking on a beautiful Tuesday morning/ early afternoon when, somehow, my toe caught either a piece of ice on the sidewalk or maybe just a broken piece of sidewalk. No idea, but next thing I knew, I was face down on the pavement. First thing I did was to check if the knee of my favourite pants had torn. It hadn't. Then I looked around to see if anyone noticed. Busy street but no one appeared to see a thing. I sat down on the bench at the bus stop and got my mirror out to see if my eyelid was bleeding because my glasses had been pushed right into the eyelid. No apparent blood though the lid was red and getting swollen fast. The damn glasses were scratched and I will likely have to get that right lens replaced but seriously, no damage done. My vision is fine and ugly as it turned over the next hours and days, it could have been soooo much worse! Kneecap is black and blue and pinky side of right hand up to the wrist is bruised but that's IT. Eye isn't even sore. Let's just say, it did not stop me from going to the bookstore, and when I got back to my mum's place, I iced it on and off for hours. Wed, the eye looked even worse but by yesterday and even today, I put some makeup on and much of the swelling is mostly down. I will take ugly over injured any day. People are telling me it looks like I was in a fight! I would post a pic but honestly, you don't want to see it. I'm just really grateful I got lucky.

I bought 2 books and I finished another. More on those later.

Nov 25, 2023, 5:30 pm

Phew glad your fall wasn't any worse. I had similar a few months ago, getting off a badly parked bus, and like you, could have been worse. I suffered jarring of my collarbone and shoulder for 10 days. Nothing that kept me awake though.

Editado: Nov 26, 2023, 1:04 pm

>231 jessibud2: Wow! Sorry about your fall, but glad you are okay. I had several unexpected falls this year so I'm trying to be more careful moving around. At my age, falls are not something I want to happen. Glad your fall did not interfere with book-buying! :D

Nov 25, 2023, 7:22 pm

Whoa, that fall sounds scary. I am glad it wasn't worse.

Nov 26, 2023, 12:43 pm

>232 Caroline_McElwee: - I remember when you posted about your fall, Caroline. I hope you are fully recovered by now.

>233 SqueakyChu: - You are so right, Madeline. It's hard to remember that I am not getting younger and I really need to start paying more attention when I walk. I never have earbuds in my ears so there really is no excuse not to! And no, of course it didn't interfere with my main mission that day! ;-). I'd have to have been knocked unconscious for that to happen!

>234 banjo123: - Thanks, Rhonda

Nov 26, 2023, 12:48 pm

Wordle 890 3/6 meaty, pious, solid


Puzzle #168
🟨🟨🟨🟨 municipalities: city, county, town, village
🟩🟩🟩🟩 blender buttons: chop, grind, pulse, puree
🟪🟪🟪🟪 __league: ivy, justice, little, premier
🟦🟦🟦🟦 financial terms: capital, equity, interest stock

Nov 26, 2023, 4:02 pm

>228 jessibud2: Welcome back! No doubt you are exhausted. Hope you were able to catch up on some rest today.

>231 jessibud2: That sounds like a nasty fall. Glad nothing was broken. Sending speedy healing vibes your way.

Nov 26, 2023, 4:56 pm

>237 figsfromthistle: - Thanks, Anita. I actually had a list I intended to get through today. Instead, I slept away most of the afternoon. Guess I needed it. The swelling around my eye continues to go down though it's not gone yet. But makeup did a better job of hiding the redness and I only hope there is no scar. Tomorrow I will head to my optometrist's place to see if she can clean away the scratches on the glasses lens or if it needs to be replaced. Good thing I have a spare pair.

I also had full intentions of starting a new thread today but I think that too, will wait for tomorrow. Sometimes, I'd love to just go to sleep and wake up in 5 years...

Nov 26, 2023, 6:08 pm

Oh, ow, sorry about that fall. And when away from home, too. I'm glad you weren't HURT, but still...falls can shake you up.

Editado: Nov 27, 2023, 8:30 am

Thanks, Linda. It's looking better each day but the yellowing that often happens after a bad bruise is starting and that's just weird! The makeup on the lid is helping me (mentally!), though, ;-)

Wordle 891 5/6 meaty, party, taffy, tabby, tawny


Puzzle #169
🟨🟨🟨🟨 carry a tune: hum, sing, scat, whistle
🟩🟩🟩🟩 whole amount: count, gross, sum, total
🟪🟪🟪🟪 things that are sticky: gum, glue, tape, stick
🟦🟦🟦🟦 mojito ingredients: lime, mint, rum, soda

Nov 27, 2023, 10:39 pm

Sorry to hear about your fall!

Nov 28, 2023, 6:24 pm

Sorry to hear about that fall. Glad nothing was broken, but it still sounds nasty. Sending healing energy (thinking of you now, and energy vibes traveling through the air to your place).

Editado: Nov 29, 2023, 7:50 am

Thanks, Cyrel and Ella. The eye is nearly back to normal now I think. Makeup pretty much covers what remains visible of the damage. And even if the scars remain, I don't care. I got lucky and am grateful for that. I brought my glasses in today to get the right lens replaced. My optometrist said they were too scratched to just clean, that the scratches couldn't be removed. Should have them by next week.