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Q Diaries 26: COVID-19 Fatigue

So tired!

The toilet paper square challenge!
Puzzles, seeds, graphic novels, Crow-Magnum, fatigue . . .

Show notes

  • Quarantine fatigue and mental health tips
  • Planting seeds (14 varieties!)
  • Puzzle mania
  • Artist Becky Jewell‘s live Instagram episode, creating the graphic novel for “Crow-Magnum”!
  • I’ve started my next book!!!
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Q Diaries 25: My 100th Episode!

The day Bernie drops from the presidential race (4/8/2020)

My 100th epidode!
Can’t wait till these beauties bloom!
I repaired the fallen grave (death?) marker.

Show Notes

  • Hard to believe this is my 100th episode (not including my short story episodes).
  • I share a few quarantine mental health tips provided by my Michigan bestie Nadine Collier, who sent a list of 25 from Dr. Donlon.
  • Election news…please don’t write in Bernie Sanders…respect his decision to stop his quest for the White House.
  • Denver Pop Culture Con 2020 update
  • Started my new book!!!
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Q Diaries 21-24, Weekend Edition

Me and my new neighhhhhhbor, Louie L’amar!
My Weekend “Plus” edition, including another Q Tip
Worlds Fair 1893 handkerchief!

Show Notes:

  • I followed my own “Q Tip” and stayed off of my computer all weekend!
  • Also, I’m just saying “NO” (thank you) to “chain” requests
  • Worked on my puzzle, started book 10 of Bernard Cornwell’s Warrior/Saxon Chronicles, dug in the garden, met Susan’s horse–Louie L’amar, caught up with friends and family
  • Found and washed a Worlds Fair 1893 handkerchief
  • Uprighted a fallen grave marker cross
  • Encouraged Willie to eat weeks in my garden (didn’t take much encouragement!)
  • Registered for NYCMidnight microfiction contest
  • Transfered DPCC 2020 registration to May 2021
Susan and Willie (Nelson!) in my garden!
I’ll do a little more work on this next time around.
Quite ‘fragrant’ compost!
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Q Diaries 15-19 and a Q Tip

I’ll miss your warn-out keyboard, my faithful friend.
5 days and a Q Tip

Show Notes:

  • This is a fivefer (five Q Diary days in one)
  • In which I discuss many things, including the launch of my new book: DARK EBB: GRIM TALES, because who doesn’t want to read dark short stories during a global pandemic?
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Q Diaries 14 and Willy the Donkey

a very short, no politics episode!

Mike and I meet 19-year-old Willy and his person, Susan. New neighbors!
An uber-short, no political gab episode!
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Q Diaries 12 & 13

(because March 26th was my man’s birthday)

Mike’s train creation (pieces cut from wood and painted) and handmade frame
In which I discuss Mike’s birthday, trespassing, transitions, and Mung Bean Noodles
Mike’s pen and ink drawing of a village in Alaska (ignore the glare!)

Show Notes with Links

  • My honey spent his 60th birthday yesterday coordinating COVID-19 efforts, as he’s done since this started. But I made him special meals with a little creativity, and cut his “Fabio” hair
  • I marveled at his artwork from his high school days.
  • Posted my Freida Rothman interview on my SM sites
  • Facetime visit with LV Ditchkus about her latest Sasquatch novel and recorded Chapters 13-14 of Waterwight on YouTube.
  • Slow morning today (March 27). Sent out invitations to my DARK EBB: GRIM TALES live Facebook book launch party on April 1st.
  • Settling into new routine.
  • Morning walk and trespassed to visit some bones.
  • Facetime with California sister.
Hmmmm….deer, or trespasser?!
Mike’s pen and ink of Native Americans
Mike’s pen and ink composite of turn-of-the-century cabin in rural northern California
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Q Diaries 11: A Visit with Freida Rothman

…acclaimed Brooklyn-based jewelry designer and granddaughter of Holocaust survivors

Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Freida Rothman [photo provided by Susan Rutenberg]
Our visit audio

Show Notes with Links

  • Freida Rothman is an acclaimed Brooklyn-based jewelry designer.
  • We discuss life under COVID-19 quarantine restrictions
  • Freida delivers meals to Holocaust survivors in Brooklyn and we discuss what they fear. Read the article here: Vital Meals Help Holocaust Survivors Amid Coronavirus Crisis
  • “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the belieers and thinker, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you.” Freida’s grandparent instilled in her a belief in herself.
Freida’s grandparents Gita and Arthur Fisher [photo provided by Susan Rutenberg]
Freida’s grandparents Baila and Aron Nussen [photo provided by Susan Rutenberg]
  • As a second-generation jeweler, she doubted herself until Nordstrom enthusiastically carried her line!
  • Fond and poignant memories of her grandmothers.
  • Inspired by Brooklyn “grit”
  • Freida is a mentor on the Accessories Innovation Committee and a member of the Female Founder Collective.
  • Freida’s goal: To “empower every woman to channel the strength, grit, and beauty in the world around us to stay strong in the face of life’s many challenges.”
  • Freida gives back to her community, including to Nachas Health and Family Network.
  • Sara Potecha, author of West Point Woman (and my West Point classmate) introduced me to Freida after meeting her at an event at Davis Jewelers.
  • Freida discusses the power women have over their environment and their homes.
Freida (and daughter) delivering food to a Holocaust survivor [photo provided by Susan Rutenberg]
Our visit on YouTube this morning.
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Q Diaries 10

in which I talk about spiky fences!

Barbed wire fence “before”
Barbed wire fence “after” I turned down the spike!

Show Notes

  • So, so tired today
  • Number! So many numbers!
  • Shooting star!
  • Johnsonville brats have MSG (UGH!)
  • Come back tomorrow when I’ll be less rambling!
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Q Diaries 9

My first prepper video! OvaEasy Eggs!

Watch my video for my assessment!
Another day in quarantine

Show Notes with Links

  • Another day, another day in quarantine during “Extreme Social Distancing”
  • Another clever toilet paper alternative suggestion
  • Article about long-term isolation from a retired astronaut Scott Kelly. His advice: On Isolation
  • My Heirloom seeds arrived!
  • Link to my prepper video: Product Review of OvaEasy
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Prepper Product Review!

“OvaEasy Whole Egg Crystals”!

Yup! I broke into the egg crystals today!

Show Notes:

  • I finally did it! I broke into the OvaEasy Whole Egg Crystals!
  • and I made a video of my experience
  • That is all! Watch the video to see my product review!
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