Operation Oysterhood: 12 October

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

— @HaggardHawks

With Monique and Cathy

A busy and rewarding day with an amazing surprise in the middle of it. In the morning, I met with Monique and Cathy to finalise the cover of Cathy’s memoir, Boling a Frog Slowly (coming soon from Karavan Press). In the afternoon, I completed the transfer from the hardcopy to the electronic file of the first round of edits of a manuscript I have been working on for a while. It is a stunning book, although it still needs quite a lot of work, but one day …

The surprise was news of one of my plans resulting in an unexpectedly positive outcome. It will make the rest of this year so much easier in all kinds of ways.

My cheeks have been sore for the past two days again, but I hope this will not continue, especially now that everything is gradually under control.

When it was time for afternoon loadshedding today, I just read and then went over to cook dinner at my love’s house. Our healthy diet is delicious, but I feel like I am eating tons of veggies, because I am more hungry than usual. It might also just be the refugee child in me feeling deprived and anxious and wanting to make up for it. My weight is stable, so all good one way or another.

Tomorrow’s loadshedding starts at six a.m., so I am making sure to get up earlier to have a pot of coffee ready for the morning.

Austria has a new Chancellor and there is talk of Plexit in the EU – my former homes in turmoil.

At home, there is also chaos and horror, but there are also spooky stories to look forward to at one of my favourite bookshops:

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local. Get vaccinated, please.

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


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