Wednesday, June 3, 2020

One Thought at a Time --- Day 9/52

Walk:  Post Office
Distance: 2.5 miles, Yoga

Maybe Ciwt mentioned that she's slowly getting the knack of reading more than one book at a time.
That is, reading a few chapters/pages/whatever of one book, then going on to another.

Here's an unexpected something she has realized by adopting this system:  the author's thoughts sink in more deeply.  It seems to her many authors tend to group concepts and at the end of a paragraph, section or chapter, they have often laid out a point they are trying to make. It could be an aspect of a character, portrait of an historical personage, a philosophical idea, an important plot development.  Whatever it is, the author is organized around it for a certain passage of paragraphs, pages, chapters.

In 'regular,' start to finish reading Ciwt would go from one of these passages to the other. One after the other taking in the concepts but also eagerly moving ahead to what was next.  In the new, more focused, multi-book type of read, Ciwt notices that she spends more mental time with what the author has been saying for the pages she's read.

Subtle, but interesting she thinks.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Got Books? --- Day 9/51

Walk: No, Too hot
Distance: 0, Yoga

Ciwt is trying to recall what media person or program would have been talking books in the late 1970's.  That's when she and her partner owned a bookstore in a mountain ski resort.  Books were so unusual in that state and place at the time that some people would panic when they came through the door.  Ciwt wasn't sure what to do about that, and it was her partner who suggested greeting cards.  Sure enough.  As soon as a spinning rack of cards was installed, the 'book scared' happily darted right over to them - and added to the profits of the store.

For the 'book lovers,' it was harder to solve the problem that would ensue when there was a sudden run on a particular book.  People we were trying to entice actually called ahead or came in droves to secure the title.  It was great in some ways - clientele! - but difficult in others because a small bookstore can only afford to stock 'x' number of copies of one book - shelf space-wise and monetarily. Every book brought in is ordered sight unseen months ahead of time and a gamble.

What was going on on those book rush days?  Ciwt actually came up with the answer to this:  the now forgotten media person or program had featured that book that morning.  The fix wasn't easy.  Some people could be persuaded to special order the book, wait for its arrival and support their local (and only!) bookstore.  Others would lecture us owners having to 'serve locals' like their home - meaning big city/copious shelf space - store did.  One man actually sent his private pilot through the skies to his home store whenever these rushes happened and brought them immediately upon their personal arrival to show (humiliate) Ciwt and her partner.

From title to entitlement.  Oh well. 

Now what was the name of that program or star?

Monday, June 1, 2020

Shared Gardener? --- Days 9/49 & 9/50

Walk: 1. No 2. Hood and Joe's
Distance: 1. Yoga  2. 3.5 Miles, Yoga

These three street gardens are right next to each other, and each one is an artistic jewel.  Ciwt suspects the owners share a gardener, a very talented gardener.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Got $tuff --- Day 9/48

Walk: Hood
Distance: Short mile just to get out

So like many of her neighbors near and far, Ciwt has been deeper into her closets and drawers than she thought she ever would be short of moving.  And as her storeroom fills with 'donations,' she wonders if Goodwill or any of the 'usual suspects' will once again be allowed to take them. From there, it isn't much of a leap to "Whatever will Ciwt do with these things?"

The other day, she saw a Yellow Sack on the sidewalk.  Maybe that is the answer; you buy one, put it on the sidewalk, fill it and they pick it up on 24 hour notice.  But ...looks like every pick up is at least $130 and there are tons of work arounds for where you are allowed to place the sacks.  So she'll be holding off and hoping Goodwill will be back in action.  (Also that her near neighbors don't decide to go the sack route because they are quite an eyesore.

Friday, May 29, 2020

But Can She Cook? --- Days 9/46 & 47

Walk: 1. Hood  2. Hood
Distance: 1. 4.5 Miles  2. 3.5 Miles

Ciwt's new user friendly helpers: Steamer, Blender, Grill

Returned: Too scary for Ciwt
Returned: Too scary for Ciwt.  Maybe later.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

What's Your Type (Today)? --- Days 9/44 & 45

Walk: 1. Hood 2.No
Distance: 1. 4 miles, Up and Down Stairs x 5, Pedal, Yoga  2. 0 and no exercise.  Taking it easy, see                    how that goes.

Ciwt's Type changes from day to day.  Today she was Type One/No Energy maybe from being Type Three/Cleaning a lot & opening Amazon boxes yesterday.  The good news it she had major lab work recently, and apparently she is totally healthy. Guess she's just spent from constantly figuring out things to do.  

Monday, May 25, 2020

Memorial Day 2020 --- Day 9/43

Walk: Mountain Lake
Distance: 4 miles, yoga

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Air Time --- Days 9/41 & 42

Walk:  1. No, Fiddling with/and readying for return new Kitchen gadgets  2. Sloat Garden
Distance: 1. 0, Pedal, small yoga  2. 3.5 miles

Ciwt is feeling a bit up in the air this Memorial Day weekend.  (Maybe too much time in unknown territory: her kitchen).