Operation Oysterhood: 8 September

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks

A visit to the hardware store. I had to replace my stolen saw and get new mould buster (Salieri is still high and hilarious to watch) and all the stuff needed to fix up my shower which is leaking water into the wall. When I was a child/teenager, we moved around a lot and some of the places we lived in were not exactly in the best condition, so I know much too much about renovating. And I must admit that even though I have the skills, I really do not like doing any of it, but “a woman’s got to do what a woman’s got to do”.

The rest of the day was spent in front of the computer. But I did see a Karavan Press author to discuss unconventional book sales opportunities. After the latest sales – or rather returns – statements, we need to explore all possibilities. Times are tough, but books bring so much peace and joy into readers’ lives, we simply cannot give up. It would be nice to earn money in the book business, but when all else fails, we will continue for the love of literature. No matter what.

Although I saw a friend today for a glass of wine on my stoep who reported being completely incapable of reading during the lockdown. The stress of forging ahead despite loss of income and increased responsibilities are responsible for her lack of energy to open a book (and she is a passionate reader and writer under less challenging circumstances). So, if you can still read, count yourself lucky.

I must say that if it hadn’t been for Bosch, I would be struggling to read, too. Mozart and I indulged in Bosch, potato chips and wine while waiting for the friend to arrive in the late afternoon. Being able to lose myself in the story that is pure entertainment allows me to face the work I have to do – rewarding in much deeper and more meaningful ways, but not always easy to execute.

Books as life boats … such an ancient tale …

Where would we be without stories?

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”


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