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Joined July 2016

Writer of Historical Fiction. Lover of Scotland, Tea, Language, & Travel. She/ her
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The Cruise of the "Nona" | Hilaire Belloc
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Mehso-so

‘Had about as much to do with the issue as the great love-song of Mozart‘ 😂
Ok, I suppose this ends well, with diatribes against concentrated capital and a biased press, but this was definitely a fascinating wild ride!
We can substitute ‘dr suess‘ for Mozart today...

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The Cruise of the "Nona" | Hilaire Belloc
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Kind of a slog with interesting political and cultural diatribes at intervals...not sure what to think of the fellow. 🧐🤔

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The first chapter didn‘t hold my interest, but then the author goes into her childhood experience of being Ida B Wells‘ great grand-daughter (!! Talk about burying the lede!), and her early life is totally spellbinding. She‘s 25yo currently... 🤩

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Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Reading...deceptively simple? Will have to do some research to prepare for live bookchat on wed with a real live early 20th century historian!! #booktube 😉

Photo: today‘s #springwalk

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The Enchanted April | Elizabeth Von Arnim
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And my enchanted cat, who likes the blanket in the empty Tupperware.
3.75? It was very delightful in both its luscious prose parts and its cutting humorous observations but it ties up too neatly and not deeply enough for me to feel it to be really Excellent. What do y‘all think?
#beancat #beanreader

Ruthiella I really liked it. I see it as a fairy tale for grownups. It‘s also a good book to read when it‘s cold so the reader can enjoy the sun of Italy in the spring. 😀 10mo
MargaretPinardAuthor @Ruthiella it would appear that I am fairy tale-resistant in the present moment then 😭 ah well, I‘m sure the ease will return! 🥳🥰 10mo
MargaretPinardAuthor Oh and fairy tale for women, I‘d say, not for men! 10mo
CarolynM It's lovely. So is the film🙂 10mo
MargaretPinardAuthor @CarolynM so I hear! Thanks to #marchofthemoderns, I‘ve got this and A Passage To India on my to-watch list! 😊 10mo
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A Passage to India | E. M. Forster
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This was a Great book, I just didn‘t feel that wowed by it. The writing style is dreamy and evocative yet piercing between actions, and it gave me a lot to think about but I don‘t find it staying...buddy read discussion on YouTube much more interesting!
How I did my hair for #EdwardianHairAttempt #marchofthemoderns 👒

SamAnne Yeah, didn‘t do it for me either. I don‘t think I‘m a big Forster fan. 10mo
MargaretPinardAuthor @SamAnne have you read any of his others? I think Maurice would be closest, and the earlier ones would be Very Different🥰 10mo
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Storm Wrack and Spindrift | Margaret Pinard
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What I used to imagine #historicalpeople ate based on fantasy books, before I did real #historicalresearch for my books...
Lololol 😂
#authorlife #fantasyfood #itsnotalwaysstewOK

julesG 🤣🤣 Definitely not always stew. 10mo
MargaretPinardAuthor Have you read that blog post too @julesG ?? 😂 10mo
julesG Point me to that blog post, please. I've read a lot about food during my history studies. And I've come across a lot of pretty naive people thinking it was all gruel and stew and coarse bread. 🙄🙄🙄 10mo
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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Quite a marvelously satisfying stack so far for #MarchOfTheModerns!
Will be whipping through more #whipple soon 😍

#persephonebooks #modernwriters

Ruthiella I love Dorothy Whipple. I‘ve not read that title yet, however. 10mo
MargaretPinardAuthor So delightful, @Ruthiella 🤩!! 🙌🏽 10mo
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High Wages | Dorothy Whipple, Jane Brocket
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I am just ADORING this novel by Dorothy Whipple from Persephone Books (UK)!!
A good bet for #MarchOfTheModerns, happening on #booktube 😊🍀🥳

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First Emma | Camille Di Maio
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I‘ll be chatting with author Camille Di Maio about her #dualtineline #histfic THE FIRST EMMA, which was a very good read.
Anyone else like strong women? Texas beer? Women standing up for themselves? Happy homecomings?Sweet love stories? 🤗
https://www.youtu.be/W-V4AZ6T2c8

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The Hanover Square Affair | Jennifer Ashley, Ashley Gardner
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Bailedbailed

This is the look I am giving this book. Too many historical slips, too much purple prose, 24% DNF. I need to find a better series of #regencyromance for comfort!
Suggestions?

Laughterhp I love anything written by Sarah MacLean and Courtney Milan. My favorite series is The Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean. 10mo
MargaretPinardAuthor I‘ve been wanting to try Courtney Milan! I keep thinking I‘ll chance upon my first book of here, but it‘s impossible during quarantine. Good reminder—thank you @Laughterhp ! 10mo
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The Marrow of Tradition | Charles Waddell Chesnutt
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Choosing to slay
Today
With Earl Grey
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And this book is going better than my feb BHM reads!
#tea #slay #blackhistory #blackclassics #marchofthemoderns #booktube

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The Marrow of Tradition | Charles W. Chesnutt
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Blanket upon blanket for comfort, that is what I‘m betting I may need (and the cat) for my reading of this book. Although it‘s starting out pretty mild-mannered, nothing like Invisible Man...

#blackhistorymonthcontinues #marchofthemoderns #booktube #readathon #bookishcat #beancat

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Lots to contemplate on my first good walk in a week.
Getting out feels GOOD, and like I‘m wasting away at home mentally, socially...anyone else?
#pdx #skyline #cloudy #feelincrisp

Trashcanman I know what you mean. I'm waiting for the sun to shine. 11mo
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Survival Math | Mitchell S. Jackson
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After a significant amount of DNF time, I picked this book up again as 1st pick for my Patreon Book Club: BOOM! Accountability.
There were glimpses of intention, reform, passion but the packaging (voice, format, word choice, range of content) made it pretty inaccessible/off-putting.
I‘ve never hate-read before, but I feel like this was necessary for part of this book.
Necessary for learning, perhaps.
Photo from yesterday‘s walk in SE #PDX

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Someone to Love | Mary Balogh
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Magic mountain.

A wonderful, entertaining, dignified regency romance.

#wintersunrise #mthood #pdx #technicolor

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A job worth doing, a job well done. No black ice on my watch!
Back into Survival Math for the #PatreonBookClub coming up this Sunday, 2/21! Check it out! https://bit.ly/2FFnZmt​
Our first book, for #blackhistorymonth and for #pdxhistory! #bookclub #litcommunity

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Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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‘Winter conditions‘ indeed, here in Portland!
Good time for reading, although I didn‘t know I was settling into a horror ... 🥺😳😓
#blackhistorymonth #booktuber #snowyreadingday

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Dreaming Spies | Laurie R. King
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We have no dreaming spires to be taken for Oxford, but Portland can put together a divine sunset!!
Reread this book last night and this morning. A dashing plot and fun setting in Japan and Oxford.

#nofilter #pdx #mystery #comfortreads

valeriegeary 😍😍😍 that sky! 11mo
MargaretPinardAuthor Yes @valeriegeary I don‘t often get amazing sunsets because of the hill so this was making me go ‘ooh! Ooh! Again! Look now!‘ To the audience of one vaguely nonplussed cat. 😾 11mo
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The Souls of Black Folk | W.E.B. Dubois
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I was here when I heard, “how do you measure the soul of a city?”
Such a great, honest, timely, curious, big-hearted book.
Listened via #librofm #moderncities #pdx #viewfromawalk #pnwonderland #mentalheath

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That was a quick snowstorm. Are we done for the winter, Portland?
Back to cold and cloudy. Still good reading weather.
Excited for this stack of Persephone books I just received, more info to come for #MarchOfTheModerns on #booktube!
Lean Out is really good, too!

valeriegeary Oh yes! Helllllloooooo! 👋🏻 12mo
MargaretPinardAuthor 👋🏽 good to see you here @valeriegeary ! It‘s funny, but the downside of an app that doesn‘t creep on your privacy is that it‘s harder to find people you already know! Ah well, Litsy is only place where that‘s true, so... 🤷🏽‍♀️ 🤪 12mo
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The cat and the current read.
Look at that eye.
I should rename him Smaug.

#catsandbooks

Texreader 🤣🤣❤️🐈 12mo
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Just starting this book but buoyed by a return to reality in our nation...now for unity and progress...looking to hope with the new dawn.
❤️

Ruthiella Beautiful picture! 😀 12mo
Bookwormjillk This sounds fascinating 12mo
MargaretPinardAuthor It‘s really for me thinking already @Bookwormjillk and I‘m only in the introduction! 😬 12mo
MargaretPinardAuthor Thank you @Ruthiella ! 🙌🏽 12mo
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Austenland: A Novel | Shannon Hale
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Omg—such a quick read, but leaves me with life-altering questions. I‘ve loved the movie for ages, put off reading the book for silly reasons, but now excited for a livestream chat on Booktube about both!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHWGdqzEFdA
On Saturday, 9 am pst if you also LOVE AUSTENLAND! 🥰🤗🤩

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Rearranging my natural found objects vase... seemed like it fit in with the theme of Trace, which I‘m finding more musing and memoirish than illuminating so far..
#moss #lichen #foundobjects

Texreader How cool!! 12mo
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Priory of the Orange Tree | Samantha Shannon
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Yes there is magic in the world.
Still reading Priory... each scene is so tight as to be surgically taut but I find it leaves little room for heartwarming moments...
What is the general consensus in this one? I‘m angling toward 4 stars, 75% through...

Laughterhp This was one of my favorite reads of 2019. I keep asking for readalikes to it and haven‘t found one yet. 12mo
MargaretPinardAuthor @Laughterhp ooh that‘s a hard one...have you tried other @say_shannon books? 12mo
Laughterhp I haven‘t but the Bone Season is on my list. 12mo
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And the book we‘re reading is really good too!!
Hear hear for Priory! A breath of fresh air from actual strife and strain...
#SFF #dragons #wyverns #magic #catsaremagictoo

Texreader Awwww! 🐈❤️ 12mo
TheSpineView Adorable! 12mo
MargaretPinardAuthor Thanks @TheSpineView and @Texreader ! He usually looks away when I take a picture so I was lucky he only ‘rolled his eyes‘ equivalent this time LOL 12mo
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 12mo
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Homeworld | Harry Harrison
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Haul time!
What, you don‘t use your books as wall-to-wall carpeting?
😁
Recognize any from YOUR favorites pile??
All from the eminent #backstorybooks in #pdx

LeafingThroughLife Nice haul! Rules of Civility is one of my favorites! 12mo
MargaretPinardAuthor I‘ve heard great things, @LeafingThroughLife and gentlemen of Moscow was so wonderful!! 12mo
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Help me decide?
>>also help me, my cat won‘t get off my lap...
Should I listen to
1)))How to Fail at Flirting
2)))Starless Sea
3)))Yes No Maybe So
4)))Square Haunting
????

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Orange sky in the morning, readers take warning??
Starting a new book, back in my own bed:
Ahhhh....
#thatview #pdx #sunrise #dawnoftheday #worldbuilding #skyline

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Survival Math | Mitchell S. Jackson
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The optimistic physical stack for January.
Any feedback? Survival Math will be Patreon book club pick for Feb 10, if anyone is interested in a discussion!
#pdx #race #caste #bookclub #variety #buddyreads #icontainmultitudes #diversereads

Inkblotsandcoffeestains I absolutely loved the Priory of the Orange Tree! But it starts very slow! 12mo
MargaretPinardAuthor @Inkblotsandcoffeestains I started Priory first and the feeling to me is very carefully laid dominos...not boring, but very precise with the names and places to break me in... 🤗 12mo
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The Pit | Frank Norris
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New year, new paper organization.
Notebook, anyone?
I‘m an author; I‘m allowed 😅😇

#paperhoarder #cleanpages #newyear #cleansweep

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And a happy new year!
Probably won‘t get to finish it for 2020, but started this audiobook yesterday...very hyped but two chapters are not giving me joy...yet!
My fabulous book-listening-walking ensemble for Sacramento, USA winter.

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Clutter: A Tidy History | Jennifer Howard
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Walking and listening...and seeing evidence of the World‘s and especially America‘s consumption problem on my walks...it‘s an interesting amalgam of personal experience with her mother‘s hoarding, societal analysis, and historical storytelling so far. Guess which part is my favorite...

#victorianlover #clutterbegone #konmari (she does seem to be down on Marie, though 😢)

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The memoir parts were fascinating and heartfelt, and the tree—ogham part was more like a meandering through a forest of interesting details—will want to go back to listen to that one, as my phone was having tech issues...
Loved listening to Diana!

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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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Yep. This is about my speed at the moment.
Big book fest coming up with #Jolabokaflodpdx and I‘m really hoping we do our authors proud.
Uploading to YouTube in bed, totally past my bedtime.
Packing up house again tmw, ready for the #finalcountdown... help me, readers, you‘re my only hope! 😂🙏

Amor4Libros What‘s the name of your channel? 13mo
MargaretPinardAuthor It‘s Margaret Pinard, my name, to keep it simple! 🤗😬🎉 13mo
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I‘m no good at cropping but this. Book. Is. Beautiful!
So far it‘s got Brehon law, Anglo-Irish feuding, aristocratic child neglect, mental health discussion, and plant lore. And the author reading it is delightful.
SIGN. ME. UP! 😁🌿

#plantlore #brehonlaw #ancientireland

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Worthy Brown's Daughter | Phillip Margolin
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I didn‘t like the book but that doesn‘t mean I wanted to turn it into a towering inferno!!
😂😂😂

Trashcanman That's the only cure for Dickens books! 13mo
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Anger Is a Gift | Mark Oshiro
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Buddy ol‘ pal is here for a cuddle while I start my next buddy read for #Booktube!
#beancat #cuddlyvibes #homefortheholidays #havecatwilltravel

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Worthy Brown's Daughter | Phillip Margolin
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I‘m just starting Worthy Brown‘s Daughter and so far it‘s got tight pacing and a no-frills, very direct description style, like I imagine most Westerns have. Happy that I get to learn about #Oregon‘s history!

And this is a screen cap from a #tiktok I did for #Jolabokaflod PDX, the litfest I run: you guys want to hear from authors on Dec 19-20?? Check out our schedule! Www.jolabokaflodpdx.com 🎉🥰🤩

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So I got this book during the summer, and it‘s my first Audre Lorde. She‘s pretty striking, going by the moniker: Black Lesbian Feminist Warrior Poet.
She‘s talking deeply, philosophically, about the pains of intersectionality, but also positive ways to relate across specific differences, in a way that is understandable and touching.
#pullsnopunches
& the pic is the full moon through our frosted bathroom window (right blob) —so weird right??

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Thanksgiving baking makes me think of the bubbly pies Piemur was so fond of in this nostalgic series...
Excited for this Sweet Potato Delight today: no marshmallows!!
#dragons #comfortfood #southernrecipe

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A little disappointed in this book after so much anticipatory hype. It a fascinating story of injustice nonetheless...I hope there‘s some comeuppance in the end...
A neighborhood decoration to go with the title.
#scaryneighbors #orangevale #nativereads #indigathon

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My mom worked on this for four hours. It was DELICIOUS but please, bakers, CONSERVE YOUR ENERGY! It‘s a long week!!
#pavlova #meringue #magazinerecipes #idratherbereading

Sleepswithbooks This looks AMAZING!!!! 14mo
Texreader Wow! Tell your mom it‘s impressive!! 14mo
Susanita 😋 14mo
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Sungirl79 That looks yummy!!!! 14mo
MargaretPinardAuthor I‘m sure the recipe‘s online, pretty unique 🤗🤩 and yes, she got lots of compliments from us! ⚡️👑🔥 14mo
bcncookbookclub One of my favourite dessert! And yeah, we spend a lot of time to prepare 🤦‍♀️ 14mo
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Huntress | Kate Quinn
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And I‘m back to The Huntress as I‘m on a long trip tmw and this one has 10 hours left, just about right!!

Let‘s hope whatever this weather is doesn‘t happen to me in my way to California ...

But srsly: 😳😳😳 #apocalypse #cloudporn #sky

#beammeup #alienabduction #roadtrip #pdx #pnw

Trashcanman What the hells happening in this picture? 14mo
Tanisha_A 😳 14mo
MargaretPinardAuthor @Trashcanman I have no idea!! It was one of those moments where you look up and go OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE so I thought I‘d share 😜⚡️ 14mo
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Oh, loves. These stories are so raw and affecting.
I did not expect to be brought to tears by this early morning reading but here we are.
Such brilliant portrayal of snatches of Native life.
#yourecrying #bethpiatote #nezperce #pacificnorthwest #turtleisland #indigathon

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Barchester Towers | Anthony Trollope
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Why, THANK YOU, Mr. Trollope for introducing me to a truly delicious word I‘d never known existed!

#victorian #learn #vocab #inadvisable

Fantasy_bookworm This word... I feel like this a lot 1y
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And so, after waking absurdly early, I am reading about Black Goth culture, the difference between terror and horror, and why Black people in America have a ‘spooky‘ relationship with the gothic—with a hey-ho and the wind and the rain...

Such a good discourse. #library #goth #spooky #earlymorning

MargaretPinardAuthor (But dear lord I wish it was edited better) 1y
PurpleTulipGirl Power went out over here on the coast around 3, but only briefly. Lots of wind = lots of rearranged deck furniture. 1y
MargaretPinardAuthor @PurpleTulipGirl whoa! More wind and rain than we had this time around! 1y
PurpleTulipGirl We‘re supposed to head south to Depoe Bay next week for a couple days of a much needed change of scenery, but between the weather forecast and the virus, I‘m hesitant. 1y
MargaretPinardAuthor @PurpleTulipGirl 😥 I hope it‘s not mega/raining on Thursday when I have a big drive. Ugh. Keep your chin up! 1y
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