Mid-August! Warm Days, Books and Transitions

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It's already the third week of August! If this were an ordinary year, the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) would be starting next weekend. The fair, which started in 1910, was a highlight of my childhood summers. Cotton candy, rollercoaster and lots of exhibits! Our final report card in June always included a free entrance ticket. The fair ended on Labour Day Monday and so it also heralded the return to school.

and more reading

When I first retired, I made travel plans for September. It's often sunny and warm and with fewer travellers
about, September is an ideal time to enjoy cities. I've visited Paris, London, New York and Dublin in September. In the time of Covid-19, memories and books are excellent substitutes.

Magazines can transport me.

Last September, I worked in a school library. I really enjoy working but I doubt whether school libraries will be open. I wonder if there will be any substitute teachers. The plans in our province are still unclear. Our infection numbers are on the rise so I'm not sure what our schools will look like in September. My mother is now frail so I would hesitate to work at this time.

The Vancouver Writers' Festival, where I usually volunteer in October has been cancelled. Rosemarie, a blog reader, suggested checking out libraries for author readings on Zoom. My book club meetings and church services will continue online. 

My eggplants, tomatoes, peppers and onions are ripening now. I am planning to make a vegetarian polenta when the days are cooler. Yesterday was the hottest day of the summer.  Tilde is curled up on the couch and I have not taken a walk today. Perhaps after supper...

I hope that wherever you are, you are safe and not too hot during these dog days of August.

It's the dog days!



 

Comments

  1. Tilde is darling! I love seeing a picture of her. Your Autumn Cottage magazine reminds me of how I used to look for it each August and was inspired by the pictures. I know you must miss your September travel and hopefully next year you'll feel safe to resume it.

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    1. I'm thinking of all the golden and earth toned objects that I have around the apartment to decorate with. I always like leaves and gourds for fall. Autumn is my favourite season.

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  2. You had me a vegetarian polenta. Watching old Rick Steves' programs are getting me through.
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    1. We have a second rainy day in a row. This might be polenta day.

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  3. Enjoyed your post! September is a lovely time to travel. I never thought of choosing particular cities in which to visit (I tend to think countries), but visiting a city and getting to know it in a holiday is much more realistic and undoubtedly more enjoyable.

    Your doggie looks quite comfortable in her spot.

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    1. I have found that I prefer to enjoy the day to day life (markets, parks, small museums)
      more that to visit tourist attractions. September is definitely a sunny and more quiet month to visit.

      We have rain for the second day. I'm reading The Midnight Train to Prague. I didn't know that the author is a Canadian from Vancouver Island and has won an Ethel Wilson Award.

      So nice to hear that I won your birthday giveaway. I'll send you my e-mail. Thank you.

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  4. You always have the most artistic photos. That chair with the magazine makes such a pretty picture. I want to curl up in it and let the magazine sweep me away.
    My sister is a school librarian and they are telling her that she will probably cover classes - 2nd grade - more than doing anything in the library for now. I renewed my application to substitute teach but really feel concerned about doing it. Of course, for the time being, no one is attending school face to face in our district. So maybe by the time the schools open up, I will feel better about subbing.

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    1. Thank you. Our government wants in class instruction but the teacher's union feels that it is unsafe with standard class sizes. I don't think there will be much subbing because if someone gets sick, the class will have to quarantine.

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  5. The Midnight Train to Prague looks like an interesting book and I'm adding it to my list. I'll be teaching come September and I confess to some qualms about what it will all look like. My daughter is having a baby in December and I wonder if I'll even be able to hold my grandchild or hug my daughter. It's all so topsy turvy. Your vegetables with polenta will be delicious.

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    1. Will you be teaching Foods and Spanish? My nieces are going back to teach in Chilliwack (Middle School and AP Biology). They have no idea what they will be doing.
      Lovely that you're having a new grand baby. There are still joyful events in challenging times.

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