Friday, April 23, 2021


A day of peerless beauty. We even had a sunbather in Drummond Place Gardens – it would still have been a bit too nippy for me. 2716 steps – I had better give some serious thought to pushing it up to 3000, at least occasionally. I walked alone, while Helen toiled on with her mosaic. She left abruptly this afternoon, saying that her dr had phoned and wanted to see her, presumably about the odd reaction she had to her first vaccination but those of us who remember the Coen Bros’ brilliant “A Serious Man” don’t take such phone calls lightly.


Here’s the current state of play with wee Hamish’s Calcutta Cup vest. Progress is slow, as I said. It’s too soon to say whether I like the way it’s working out. But it’s not hopeless.


Our cruise: I’m pressing ahead on the assumption that this – our fourth attempt – that this time it's going to happen. I’m terrified about leaving the house, as I’ve said, but I’ve ordered a shirt from Toast and have let Helen make a hair appt for me. That leaves my feet, and the cats, to attend to.


I continue to press forward with “I Vicere”, but, goodness! it’s long. I’ve done this week’s canto, Inferno-wise.


  1. I think the vest and colors look wonderful, Jean. Inspiration seems to have come from the rug below, whether intentional or not.
    I must rewatch “A Serious Man” as I don’t remember it well enough to catch the reference. It’s one of my favorite films - I probably heard of it first here.
    Enjoy your haircut. You will be fit and in good form for your upcoming cruise. I had my first haircut in 15 months yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it, especially the shampoo and head massage. After hacking at it several times myself over the past year, the cut is a big improvement!

  2. Anonymous11:26 PM

    I too am loving wee Hamish's vest!

    I hope Helen is right about her mysterious call & it is just a routine follow up.

    My sister and I are making plans for Rhinebeck in October.

    Beverly in NJ

  3. Anonymous2:38 AM

    Hamish's sweater looks great so far.
    I do envy you your haircut! I think I will have to wait for 12 months, late August, if not later until I can get one. It will be quite an unruly (and hot) summer.
    Lisa RR

  4. I love the vest so far! Great colors and design!

  5. My hair is the longest it has been in over 30 years. I can put it in a ponytail, which I am surprised I remember how to to do! I think I may keep growing it for a while. A friend asked if I were going the full Georgia O’Keefe!

    1. Anonymous3:52 PM

      O'Keefe is a good style icon, actually. A (female) friend and I joke that we now look like Willie Nelson.
      -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)

    2. This made me laugh!

  6. =Tamar4:19 PM

    Oh, that's pretty!

    I went to a thrift shop with a friend the other day, for the first time in over a year. I find social distancing has made shopping a much more enjoyable experience.