Wednesday, November 18, 2020


I had a grand time at Waitrose. I have undoubtedly lost ground since I was last there – only once, I think, since all this nonsense started – but I managed to stay on my feet. I now probably have more food than I can comfortably eat – with more arriving tomorrow.


I am within half-a-circuit of finishing the final broad stripe on the body of the Evandoon. I ran out of yarn at just that crucial moment, and spent a peaceful few moments winding the next skein while watching Queer Joe’s new video, in which we are shown a typical Wednesday morning. Not without interest. (Is it really that light in New Jersey between 5 and 6 a.m.? I get up in full darkness, these days, at 7:15.) 

I hope to add the final narrow white stripe this evening, while watching the episode of Nigella you mention, Shandy. I agree with you about the silliness of deep-frying a chicken thigh for oneself alone. I never deep fry, in fact – not for health reasons, but because I don’t know what to do with the fat afterwards. I know I can’t pour it down the drain.


When I’ve done that final narrow white stripe, I will measure the Evandoon carefully to see how near I am to Kate Davies’ schematic. And if it more or less matches, I think I’ll press on to the ribbing without the agony of trying it on. It’ll fit somebody, as I’ve already said. Then come the sleeves – and despite all my fine talk, and all your very helpful comments and suggestions, I have done nothing about seeking out dp’s.




I read every morning a newsletter from an Oberlin friend, a sort of private blog, circulated to thirty or so friends and family. She’s a year older than I am, and a good deal spry-er. I think I’ve mentioned her before. She raised the question, a couple of days ago, of whether reading something on a Kindle makes it more forgettable. She has had the experience – which I have shared – of finding that she has read something of which she has no memory, and blames it on her Kindle. I am doubtful but it’s an interesting thought.


  1. The Kindle question is interesting. What I find is that I can't ever remember the name of the book, because I don't see the cover every time I set it down. Sunrise in NJ this time of year is closer to 6:30 or 7, as I recall. Maybe he is further south.

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  3. I’m like Mary Lou in that I can’t remember titles if I don’t actually have a book to handle. I worked in a bookstore and retired from the county library. When I think of a book a picture of the cover pops into my head, but nothing pops into it if I haven’t seen the cover enough times.

  4. I thrive on Kindle, mainly because I seem drawn to really heavy books. It is a heavenly indulgence to be able to hold a light tablet with my e-library, and then read it in as large a print as I want - each and every book!

  5. I love my Kindle except for the difficulty of going back to an earlier page, if I have forgotten to bookmark it, which I rarely do.
    I sometimes need to confirm some detail that I have already read, or a date, or a person's name. I also like the light weight and the ability to change the type size. Great for travel.
    The question of remembering a book is interesting. I think there may be some truth to the idea that books are less memorable if read on a Kindle, but primarily for books that are quick reads and not too intense. Sometimes I get about a chapter into a book when I realize I have read it.
    As always, I love these conversations.

    1. I have the same issue with Kindle, of wanting to flip back to a list of characters, or a drawing or map. Whenever I read one of my mother's paperbacks (she died about 5 years ago) I usually find a slip of paper inside with a list of characters written out, to use as a bookmark!

  6. On the Kindle, I usually get "light" reading for a trip, so more forgettable.

    Really enjoy all of the comments!

  7. =Tamar11:49 AM

    A study published in 2017 reported that students who read e-books got the main idea quickly but didn't retain details as well - but they _believed_ they remembered more than they really did. The faster reading speed was thought to be related.

  8. Sunrise in Maryland, just south of NJ, is about 7 AM.
    Another question about different ways to consume books: are audiobooks more or less memorable than print?

  9. Sunrise in Philadelphia right now is 6:40 AM - but sunset is at 4:40 PM.