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Builders, Singers, and Gardeners, all are welcome!

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  2. Glad to hear about our food crop of tomatoes Jaim. They are always a favourite food of mine. But the air sounds shocking. Hope it improves soon.
  3. Tomatoes went nuts with all of this hot weather we've been having in SoCal. We made a batch of salsa with a basket full last week. Turned out pretty tasty. Other plants not doing so well, but hopefully will recover after I repaired a major leak in the irrigation system. The weather has cooled down quite a bit this week with all of the smoke in the air (a bit of a "nuclear winter" going on), but I could do too much as the air quality was so poor. Maybe things will settle down this coming week and I can get back out there.
  4. We have a great garden. I’ll need to post some pics.
  5. Hi Jaim. How is your summer planting growing? Everthing should have grown quite a bit by now. We tried a few herb pots, but only the thyme has survived. The corriander wilted and died almost straight away. The basil, rosemary all got some kind of milldew which I couldn't get rid of. (One of the stalks of the basil recovered and we harvested that one.)
  6. Hope you are all still well? How has everyone been affected? I am still well. But Corona virus turned things upside down at my parents house with my step sister getting it and her "Mom" also getting it and passing away. My parents didn't get it fortunately, but I haven't seen them for months because the're scared of catching it. I'm still working from home most days as well. Almost Everyone else is back full time, but they still let me work from home most days becaus I'm at higher risk.
  7. Well, my winter greenhouses didn't turn out all that great. Ended with only one zucchini and a handful of tomatoes. I'll have to rethink things for next winter, but for now it is time for summertime planting. Putting in tomatoes, zucchini, peppers and what ever catches my eye. I'll post some pics when I'm done. How is everyone else doing?
  8. Sometimes I wish we could spread the peace of the stedding around the world. Hopefully, things will change and things will get better. Hopefully! Stay safe everyone!
  9. Another trip to Target this week. Still a lot of empty shelves, but I was able to get a bottle of isopropyl alcohol for the first time in what seems like months, also some paper towels, both of which I use quite a bit at work. I got pretty sick last week, but although I had a lot of the symptoms , I had no respiratory problems, so I'm chalking it up to food poisoning. My sister-in-law is a elementary teacher in San Diego. They have been video teaching for a while now. I guess it is going smoothly now, but at first she needed her kid's help in even getting the connection to work. My son's girlfriend has been taking her finals at his place while he's at work as it is much quieter than her house. And I just got a notice from my kid's old college stating the tuition fees are not refundable! My kids all graduated years ago, but still good to know, I guess 🤔
  10. I'm a teacher and in my country elementary school is still open. So I'm still working as usual. I had to stay at home for three weeks since I was coughing. You are not allowed to go to work when you have any sign of sickness. I was feeling well for the most time. The last days I was in contact with my class in a video chat and that was fun to try out. Did I have corona? Who knows? They are only testing medical staff so far. What I know is that corona has been widely spread in the part of the country were I live. Hopefully I and my family is immune now but we don't know. It was almost impossible to find toilet paper the first weeks but now it's back to normal. The hardest thing so far is not seeing my grandparents. People over 70 and people that are in high risk groups are not supposed to meet people. I know that my grandmother is feeling alone. I call her more than I usually do. My boyfriend works at concerts and he had a lot of work coming up this spring. But then it was decided that there should be no gatherings of more than 50 people so all concerts were cancelled. We will survive but the income we had looked forward to disappeared. 😞
  11. Not too affected by the stay home directives myself as my business is classified as "essential" and "critical". In fact, I have to report to the state if I can't come in to work. I did have to go to Target for supplies yesterday. What a mess there. Besides remodeling, they are not allowed to sell most things "in store" so they have the aisles taped off. Half of the items on my list were available though limited quantities, except no limit on water, while the other half were empty shelves or in the forbidden zone. Most people were wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, which was good. Target also had extra helpers on hand to help people like me find stuff which was helpful (plus they gave me a $5 off coupon!), so overall, I was OK with my journey to the store yesterday. Other than that, it has been just home and work. My local area is starting to ease off some of the restrictions like opening the parks and beaches, so maybe things are getting better - though I feel this is far from over.
  12. Hi. Well we've been under a lockdown for just over 3 weeks now. (I go downstairs every couple of days to throw out the rubbish. Otherwise only once been out of our apartment for some groceries). At least I can work from home. (Lots of people I know can't. Some are still getting paid and some not) Still healthy though.
  13. Why not? Andy Serkis is pretty good actor. He voiced Caesar perfectly in War for the Planet of the Apes. I do not really like this film, but Caesar had a good voice. I watched this film with my friend from papersowl.com. We went to the cinema for this movie instead of doing homework that evening. All evening we discussed how bad he is.
  14. 15 minutes at the DMV and I was able to renew my driver's license and get a Real ID - it was basically deserted - kind of scary actually, but the people there were upbeat and friendly. Had to go to the local Kaiser for blood work - also deserted, but prepping for an onslaught. Work is slowing down, but still open. I was asked by the state how long I was keeping the doors open and I replied as long as I can, (I have a small environmental testing lab that conducts regulatory required testing). We'll see. Anyone else affected yet? Hope everyone is OK.
  15. Looks like the filming on the TV show has stopped (wheel-of-time-production-delayed) 😞 Anyone affected by the outbreak directly or indirectly yet? We had a little surprise at the supermarket on Friday. Never seen empty shelves like that before! And my son just told me about an online friend who is being confined with his family. Plays computer games full-time now, but no fun for us older people. How is everyone doing?
  16. It's been a couple months - harvested one nice zucchini and have some tomatoes, but they are not ripening 😞 Maybe I'll bring some inside.
  17. I just finished “I Love the Bones of You” by Christopher Eccleston. I started “SteelHeart” by Brandon Sanderson.
  18. I’ll check that out! My next books are “Becoming” by Michelle Obama and “Born a Crime“ by Trevor Noah. I just finished “Angela’s Ashes” and “‘Tis” by Frank McCourt.
  19. 2Hi all. I'mNot reading right now -too busy. But I read several interesting books over the December-January holidays: The most recent book was "21 lessons for the 21st century" by Yuval Harari. It's not really lessons, but rather some interesting thoughts on what the rest of this century is likely to hold in store for society. Each chapter covers a specific issue or field. For example, the 1st 5 are headed Disillusionment, Work, Liberty, Equality and Community. Certainly an interesting view of the future, although some readers might be offended by his dismissive comments on religion. Actually, my most recent reading was not a book at all, but the daily (almost) blog of the crew of one of the boats taking part in the Cape to Rio yacht race. This gave a really good insight into what life is like on board a racing yacht, and has all the excitement of a thriller - you'll see why. https://www.jmbusha54sailing.com
  20. Sounds interesting. I'm in the middle of the "Undying Mercenaries" series myself. What is everyone else reading these days?
  21. Welcome Fantomboo! It certainly has been a while! How have you been? As you can see, I've tried to keep the place much the same, but you are right, it sure has been slow around here. Spend most of my time watching the tomatoes grow.
  22. *Sitting down after a long journey, takes a look around...* "This place was much busier the last time I stepped through the doors. Have any thing to drink? Perhaps a nice warm tea"
  23. Been a while since I have walked in the library here (original poster of the library) How is everyone? I am currently reading and should finish up today "Seventy eight degrees of Tarot" I plan to start up "The Luminous Dead" tonight.
  24. OK, here's a big clue: Last Christmas, I gave you my heartBut the very next day you gave it awayThis year, to save me from tearsI'll give it to someone special
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