Good morning. We had big old thunderstorms last night, with lots of lightning and cracks of thunder. I awoke to no internet this morning, which had me a wee bit worried. It was soon back on, however, so all is well. It’s a little worrisome that my first reaction upon failing to connect to the internet is “What will I do?”
Uh….Claudia? The same thing you did for all those years pre-laptop and internet. Read a book. Slowly sip your coffee. Thumb through a magazine. Meditate. Do a crossword puzzle. Somehow I managed to fill my time for, ahem, decades without automatically checking my email or surfing the web.
The other day I saw a commercial for Angie’s List where a woman was talking about the rescue dog she adopted and how she found all sorts of references for reliable Vets, groomers, etc., through that site. The rescue dog’s name was Riley. I was immediately in tears. I cried again yesterday, just thinking about the commercial. I miss my boy.
I thought I’d share a few interesting links for you today. I routinely bookmark all sorts of things that strike my fancy, then I promptly forget about them. Yesterday, I was cleaning out and deleting some of those bookmarks and I found a few that might be of interest to you.
• This piece, written by Tom Hanks for the New York Times: an ode to the typewriter. He loves them, collects them and I found myself smiling as I read it. I bought Don a vintage typewriter a couple of Christmases ago and, though it’s not the same vintage that Mr. Hanks raves about, I dream of owning an IBM Selectric. I typed on many of those in my temping days and there is nothing like the sharp rat-a-tat-tat sound that happens upon touching the keys. It’s on my wish list.
• These sheds, called Studio Sheds, that I think are so nifty. I’d love to have one. It could be a retreat or a studio or an addition. I love the modern design and they seem relatively affordable if you have some extra cash. Which I don’t.
• This great tutorial on the Simple Details blog for creating a concrete garden sphere. I want to do this next year.
• This armchair. I want it. It would be a beautiful replacement for my blogging chair, which, under it’s ratty slipcover, is not only quite old, but is slowly falling apart. Maybe this will go on sale some day? I keep clicking on the site and hoping.
• And finally, this interview with one of my favorites: Joni Mitchell. Oh Joni, you are amazing. (I saw her in concert in an outdoor venue on the night that Richard Nixon resigned. She announced it from the stage. I’ll never forget it.)
There you go. Enjoy.