Operation Oysterhood: 19-20 October

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

— @HaggardHawks

Salieri – happy in the gutter.

The Cats are an inspiration: they are all getting old and their health is failing, but they know how to enjoy themselves – no matter what!

And I can’t find half an hour in my day to sit still in the sun. Sigh.

I did discover that CBD chocolate does NOTHING for me, nothing unusual. The chocolate was nice. That’s all.

The Monday frustration of working around the clock and not getting much done continues into the week. I don’t seem to be able to get on top of things. My love noticed my heavy sighing at dinner tonight. I put really lovely Angus beef Denver steaks on the fire and made a salad. The fire did soothe my soul, as it always does, yet I could not suppress the deep sighs. But then, I spent nearly an hour on the phone with the bank today. One of those situations where I had been aware that a problem might arise, went to the bank a while ago to inquire whether everything was in order, was assured that it was, and then when I wanted to actually do something related to the matter, nothing functioned. It happens over and over again, no matter how proactive I am, especially when it comes to banks and other institutions. I won’t mention SARS … Sigh. Sigh again.

Last night was unusual. James Leatt and his wife Jenny invited me to accompany them to the monthly Owl Club (established in 1894!) dinner at which the club members’ recent publications were showcased, James’s Conjectures proudly among them. I had never been to a gathering of such nature before (this was their 1332nd meeting!) and was intrigued. When I learned that the Owls welcomed the first women as members only earlier this year, I immediately thought of that Out of Africa scene … It was strange to see that this kind of thing still exists. I am glad that it is transforming, even if it is at a snail-pace.

What else? We have quite a few great live book events happening before the festive season. I look forward to making all the announcements.

The big personal news: my friend Sally got engaged!!!

A ladies’ lunch to celebrate the occasion will be organised! :)

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

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

— NICD

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