I am going in a different direction with this week’s post, mainly because I went in a different direction personally this week – I took a few days off work. I had a few thing things that I had aimed to accomplish in my few days away from the ‘home office’, but even the ‘best laid plans’…you know how the saying goes.
For this short staycation, we planned to spend a day or two with the grandkids, J & J, as Mom was working, and Dad was away on a fishing trip in Northern Ontario. I wanted to get the podcast in good shape for a September launch and I has books I wanted to read. It all seemed very doable. All this would take place after one day of working to clear up some issues, this because the idea of taking some time off was late coming to me. This would be the first vacation since our time in BC for a wedding which appeared in the post Y2KXX in April (and which I have chronicled for the book Not Cancelled: Canadian kindness in the face of COVID-19 from Wintertickle Press).
Our two day stay lasted four. We cooked, cleaned, continued the build of a LEGO research boat at a pace and attention span that a 7-year-old can give you. We play ‘Lava’, this involves putting cushions on the floor and on the count from three you have to get off the floor (of lava) and get on a cushion before the lava gets you. This game can go one for quite a while. Days were filled with games, an excursion to a water pad and many walks where we were chasing scooters and bikes. We even squeezed in a shopping trip to Costco. We just couldn’t leave but had to as I have a hair appointment late Friday afternoon.
The last 20 weeks has had me do so much, I’ve taken up a few things outside of working hours. Here is a break down.
Since the end of March, I’ve read 6 book, 20 weeks for 6 books. The bulk of that time, about 7 weeks was dedicated to reading Margaret Mitchell’s two volumes on WW1 and the Treaty that followed the war. I read the books in the reverse order they were written, starting with “The war the ended peace” and then on to “1919’. My reasoning was that “Peace” really outlined the issues that brought war on that would play a role in the treaty negotiations. This order of reading the books gave more ink to the Leaders of the UK, France, Germany and other nations. It was insightful to read about these leaders and how things would play out in 1919.
I’ve started reading the Stephanie Patrick series of books written by Mark Burnell; I’ve read ‘The Rhythm Section’ and ‘Chameleon’ with “Genesis’ and ‘The Third Woman’ waiting to be opened. Liz has also been reading a lot, we don’t normally share books, but she insisted that I read ‘Where the Crawdad Sings’ by Delia Owen. I loved it! Maybe I loved it too much as there were a few passages that just might have had a few teardrops dampen the pages. I have also started reading the ‘Bones’ books written by Kathy Reich – this started due to the fact that Liz and I have been watching episodes of the TV show recorded from the CTV Drama channel. The shows are aired chronologically. While we started late, we watched the end of the 12-year series and then immediately moved to episode one season one. As of today, we’ve watched the first 5 seasons and the last 2. We’re working through the series, but that’s how I turned to reading the books that the TV show has been based on. I’ve finished the first book “Deja Dead” and have another ready to go. I’ve selected Adam Shoalts’ “A History of Canada in Ten Maps” is next on my reading list.
Hopefully you’ve read my post on my upcoming podcast, the good news is the test episode is complete I’m comfortable with the editing and now I’m writing new episodes. I’ve been calling the podcast ‘Red Heart Blue Sign – The Podcast’, well now I have finally come up with the moniker for it, it is based on my years in Stratford. I would spend hours talking with a friend about music and more in his record shop ‘Laughing Gnome Records’. I am looking forward to sharing with you this new and exciting project.
Musically, I’ve complied a new playlist called “60 years on” (a nod to Elton John) as a celebration of my 60thbirthday in September. I have selected 59 songs representing the years 1960 to 2019. There will be a 2020 song, I haven’t discovered or ‘felt’ which song from this year that should make the list. I’ll be writing about this in the next few posts.
Finally, this is post is number 297 of #RedHeartBlueSign, I’ll be posting the milestone 300th post written since I started the blog in October 2011 in a few weeks. I don’t know what that will look like as a finished product, but I have a few ideas swirling around, I am just waiting for them to land.
Thank you for taking time to read #RedHeartBlueSign, stay safe, wash your hands and protect your social circles. If you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19 get tested.