The Sunday Post #71 - 23rd August 2020



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Hello, hope you are all safe and well.

Another quiet week with not much to report, I have been slowly decluttering my house and have the painful job of sending books to a new home.  To be honest I have a lot that I’ve never read and have no intention of reading so someone else should get the joy of them.

COVID continues to be a pain in the arse, two schools in the same districts as my daughters school have had cases.  My eldest is jubilant over this news as she’d be happy to be at home, my youngest is not happy as she’d miss her friends if school closes.  I don’t think it will but they have went from the pupils not socially distancing to getting them to try their best.  I think the expression is closing the gate after the horse has bolted.

My job search continues, as news of more and more job losses across the country, my heart has sunk slightly but onwards and upwards, no point be negative, that is my mantra for the moment.

Have a lovely week everyone and stay safe!

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  1. Eeek om covid,but that is life now :(

    Giving away books are painful,but yes why hoard those you will never read

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    1. Exactly, they can give someone else joy instead of cluttering up my bookshelf!

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  2. I'm just watching all the school drama and wondering if we'll ever get back to normal😥 I wish you the best with your girls! My kids will both start college online in a few weeks so we'll see how that goes.

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    1. Normal seems a long time ago doesn’t it! I think they are going to make masks mandatory at our school so we shall she what happens.

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  3. I am looking forward to the new Alix E Harrow book. I loved The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

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    1. It has such a beautiful cover, I’m looking forward to reading it.

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  4. I'm terribly worried about how things will go at schools. I hope your daughters both stay safe.

    Good luck with the job search. I don't understand it, but the US stock market seems to be doing better than ever before. I certainly hope all that money trickles down to us peons at the bottom, and doesn't stay in the hands of the richest of the rich, but I have my doubts.

    Lots of great books you acquired last week. I think I'm most interested in The Once and Future Witches.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Our First Minister is now considering making it mandatory for the High School kids to wear masks as there has been a spate of outbreaks relating to schools, my daughters have started wearing their masks regardless.

      It does seem to be doing well, you’d think with everything the way it is it wouldn’t be.

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  5. I love having a home library, but I still get rid of books all the time - like you said, it's nice that someone else will get enjoyment out of them.

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    1. I’m trying just to keep my favourites, in an ideal world I’d have more book cases but the other half isn’t having it!

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  6. COVID is hitting a bit too close to home for you right now. We had some coworkers test positive back in June, so we are all working from home probably through the end of the year.

    I feel the pain in parting with books. When we moved in February, I re-homed close to 100 of mine and it was so tough. Isn't it crazy how connected we can get to our book collections?

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    1. It think home working is definitely going to be a thing going forward.

      I become really attached but we are considering moving in the future so it’s probably best I start downsizing it now.

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  7. --sigh-- I hate that the kids are distance learning, but I feel like without a vaccine or ample space to house the classes, it is the best choice. My home district was originally letting parent choose and doing a hybrid of distance/in-person, but with cases rising again, they went to full at home learning and will re-evaluate in a few months. I hope your schools are able to figure something out, which is best for the kids. Good luck with the job search!

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    1. The Scottish government announced today that masks will be worn in school from Monday, we have had cases in our region within schools which has escalated it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I gave away a lot of my books earlier this year to a free little library in our grocery store, mostly ones I already read and didn't plan to re-read or ones I had no intention of reading. i still have plenty of books left, but now at least all my books fit on my shelves again. It's nice to declutter, but also difficult. Good luck with that.

    Covid continues to be a pain here too with cases rising. I hope you all stay safe and good luck with the job search.

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    1. It is incredibly hard to declutter, I must watch Marie all do she is good with getting rid of clutter.

      Thanks for stopping by Lola!

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  9. That's a great haul! I need to get started on The Left-Handed Booksellers of London myself! Enjoy. :D

    My STS/weekly roundup post.

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  10. I am very worried about schools and COVID and us never getting a handle on this disease and our economy. Oh dear. Debbie Downer, huh? Stay safe. My Sunday Post

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    1. I don’t blame you, I’d love to wake up one day and get some good news for a change!

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  11. "I think the expression is closing the gate after the horse has bolted." Ha I think the same here! We've barely opened up school and some districts are already shutting down due to cases.

    Good luck with the job search. that's always fun haha. O.o

    I LOVE that cover of Plague!

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    1. I’m already hating job searching! Must power through it!

      I’m not sure about plague, it’s very seventies and not rocking my world,yet!

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  12. Ooo I just added The Once and Future Witches to my list this morning to be read!! You have some great looking reads.

    Good luck with your job search! And staying positive is hard at times but you are right, onward and upwards!

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  13. We're having virtual meetings with the special ed dept here. should be an interesting year!

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  14. Sadly, the pandemic has taken over our lifes. Good luck with your job search -- I'm sure you will find something you love. Don't give up!

    Happy readings! ;)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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  15. The Left handed booksellers of London seems so good! And that's just by its title and cover... I'm left handed!

    Will keep an eye out for your progress.

    Hope you will have a wonderful week!

    Elza Reads

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  16. It is a good thing that you are giving off the books a new home, that is so generous of you. I hope your kids are staying safe at home too!

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    1. I couldn’t stand the though of them going to waste, someone will get good use of them.

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  17. I really hope that you'll find your next dream job! Yes it's hard right now be we have to still hope! Wishing you a great Sunday!

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  18. I'm not sure if my previous typed in comment went though. I think schooling will have to go to some sort of hybrid where it's part at home and in person that way there are less students in at one time. Our schools in California are still at home. Hope everything works out for your daughters. Good luck on job hunting!

    I want to check out the Louise Penny book.

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    1. They seem to be dealing fine with school considering all the new rules, they are doing me proud!

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  19. best of luck with the job hunt! I know how disheartening it can be. And I hope your childrens' school doesn't have to close. That would be awful.

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    1. Thank you, I’m crossing all my fingers and toes!

      They have to start wearing masks next week so hopefully that’ll keep the schools open for now.

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  20. I'm so glad my daughter is in college and made the choice to do all online. Things are worse here in the US though (because some people are stupid). Good luck with the job hunt! Enjoy those books in the meantime.

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. Thanks Anne. Online does sound the better option but my daughters are coping well, fingers crossed it lasts!

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  21. Our Dept of Ed now requires that kids with cold/flu symptoms get tested before returning to school so my son had to have a Covid test on Friday, it was negative thankfully (we haven’t had any cases in our region for months) but better to be safe than sorry I guess.
    A few of your new books are on my wishlist, enjoy!

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    1. That’s so good it was negative, what a worry though, I hope he is feeling better.

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  22. I should be doing some decluttering too. It's not like I don't have the time, but it doesn't seem like I have the motivation :) Before we moved I had to get rid of alot of books...quite a large amount that I never read but as you said I knew I wouldn't and someone else would enjoy them. So, that's a good thing.

    Your books all look good. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week.

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    1. You’ve definitely got to be motivated to declutter, I haven’t the last couple of days!

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  23. I wish you luck on your job search! So tough right now. And schools and Covid. I don't even want to think about what next month will look like. Hugs from my side of the world.

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  24. Good luck on the job search ....its tough out there.

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  25. My school still currently plans on opening full time, but students don't start for another week so we'll see. Good luck on the job search! I'm sure something good will pop up. Happy reading!

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  26. Oh, I really enjoyed The Lefthanded Booksellers of London! I hope you do, too. And I hope things work out for your daughters' schools. I don't think schools in most of the US should be opening given how quickly the virus is spreading here, but in your country I gather the pandemic is more under control. Hopefully it will stay that way!

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    1. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in to it!

      Masks are going to be mandatory in high school from next week as we have had spikes of cases.

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  27. The Once and Future Witches sounds good! I hope your local covid numbers stay low. Small upticks seem inevitable as schools reopen but hopefully it will truly be only a few cases for your area. Good luck with your job search! Enjoy your week!

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  28. We've been decluttering and redecorating trying to get things done before school starts. Hope all goes well for your kids, I'm worried about what happens when our school opens back up. Hope you have a good week and enjoy your reads.

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    1. Our schools have mostly been ok but due a few cases popping up masks now have to be worn in the high schools from next week.

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  29. The whole question of schooling is dominating here too. We aren't scheduled to start until early September though. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. It’s the same here, things change from day to day, it’s difficult to keep up!

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  30. The school issue is a tough one. My youngest grandson is a senior in high school, and they are doing online classes.

    I am very happy not to have this decision to deal with!

    Stay safe and enjoy your books. The Louise Penny book looks good.

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. It is so difficult to know what to do, things change here from day to day but the kids are happy to be back, long may it last!

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  31. Schools are going back in England in a coupleof weeks, and I am worried about how it will affect things. It's one of those situations where there's no winning, unfortnately. :(

    I'm really looking forward to Once and Future Witches. :)

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    1. There isn’t, we have to live with it, hopefully one day things will get back to normal.

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  32. I'll certainly want to read this next Alix Harrow book. Ah yes heard some Scotland news of the schools on our news station. It's so devious that virus and so hard for people to make decisions around. No use getting on the blame game is it like so many do. Govts are feeling their way on this and we as well make our own decisions. Fingers crossed.

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    1. We were doing so well and then it popped up again probably due to those not adhering to the rules!

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  33. Good luck with the job search. Plague has got my eye.

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  34. Weeding books is a pain to start but once I get in the groove, I just start tossing books in the donate pile. I think last time I did it (late October) I donated over 100 books.

    Have a good week! I also got Once and Future Witches so I'm excited!

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    1. I think I’ll be round about that total too, I need to be a little bit ruthless.

      I’m really looking forward to reading it, I’ve heard good things!

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  35. I have two large piles of books to get rid of. I keep thinking I'll take them to Half Price Books next time we're in Washington, but that may be months from now, so I may just offer them up to my neighbors. It's hardly worth the little bit of money I would make to hang on to them indefinitely.

    My granddaughter and niece have returned to college where masks are mandatory. I hope they stay safe! We are able to hunker down in our small community on the Oregon coast and feel fairly safe, but we've been able to get outside every day for walks in the woods. Once the rainy season arrives, it will be less enticing to go outside and I'm sure cabin fever will set in.

    Good luck with your job search. This is such a stressful time for so many. Sending you positive thoughts and wishes.

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  36. Thank you for your positive thought, any help I can get is gratefully received!

    Our local charity bookshop has opened up but they are only taking two bags at a time so I’ll slowly move them to there!

    I think our education ministers should have made the decision to wear masks from the start, everyone is panicking now because the universities are about to return.

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