Sunday Stealing: plans for June, et al

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The current Sunday Stealing is again from Stolen from League of Extraordinary penpals. It addresses plans for June and other things.


1. What are your plans for June

It started busy. On June 2, I went to TWO art shows taking place simultaneously for First Friday. Art at APL is at the Pine Hills branch of the library, while my church had art, plus music by the Albany Gay Men’s Chorus. Fortunately, they were the #10 Western Avenue bus away from each other.

On June 3, I attended Pinkster at the Schuyler mansion. It is “a distinctly African celebration through which enslaved and free Africans maintained familial & community ties, traditions, and connections to African culture.

In the future: Help find book reviewers for the FFAPL Tuesday noon talks, working on the Underground Railroad Center’s July 4  event. Give blood this week. Visit another church congregation for a shared picnic. And probably participate in another choir funeral. I’m never bereft of tasks.


2. Your mid-year resolutions or goals

To get through the DVR before September. It’s currently 72% full. I record more than I watch and sometimes give up on programs. Still, I want to see those episodes of Finding Your Roots.


3. Are you good at taking care of plants

No. More than that, Stormy the cat eats plants and then gets sick, so that’s a non-starter.


4. What makes you feel nourished

Physically? Emotionally? I eat oatmeal with blueberries, strawberries, and bananas most days.  I listen to music., currently the San Francisco Days CD by Chris Isaak. Listen to Solitary Man. BTW, I was listening to the Brazilian drummers at Pinkster, and I recognized a particular rhythm played on The Obvious Child by Paul Simon, about 3/4 of the way through.


5. Which animals do you see most in your area

Sometimes it’s ravens. The neighborhood cats like our backyard.


6. Books on your summer reading list
The same as are on last summer’s reading list. It’s longer because I keep buying books. The one I grabbed off the shelf was True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee by Abraham Riesman.  There are a bunch of baseball books I’ve inherited.
Having nothing to do with football
7. Projects you want to tackle this summer
Get reimbursements for my health expenditures. Get a replacement for a lost savings bond. Clean my office.

Work on genealogy. BTW, I just discovered another ancestor this week. I was looking for my mother’s father’s mother, which was a dead end. BUT I found my mother’s father’s father’s parents. Daniel Williams and Sarah Benson had six kids, the eldest three born in Canada.


8. Do you have weddings, graduations, summer celebrations

The UREC 4th of July. Olin family reunion.


9. Which summer snacks are you excited to enjoy again

Corn on the cob, which I’ve already had.


10. How much time do you like to take for vacations

Optimally two weeks, but it doesn’t always work out that way, especially since my wife is still working.


11. How much has changed since last summer?

It’s less COVIDy. For most of last year, Albany County had moderate COVID transmission. Since April 2023, it’s been low transmission. This is huge, especially for congregational singing.


12. Something that would be out of character for you

Brandishing a weapon


13. What do you miss about winter?

My hay fever doesn’t bother me, then.


14. Your favorite free/cost-effective ways to have fun

Listen to music and read.


15. Who do you trust most to house & pet sit
My daughter’s oldest friend, K. we have a demented cat, Midnight, so it’s tricky.
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