Label the room. Why not?

Labeling a room is one way to start the week. And lists are a way of life. It’s sunny. Birds are singing. And tomorrow, it will snow. They’re predicting 10″ to 12″ — but lighter this time. Still, the forecast is enough to kibosh a Salem visit for tomorrow. More time to write!

Even though my cold came roaring back this weekend, I managed to: fill four bins with twigs out back, make a necklace, cook six meals (counting Friday), clean up several rooms and vacuum the basement studio (while in pursuit of my Pfaff sewing machine cord and pedal — found!), buy and wrap a bday gift, make a tricky ask for photo attribution on FB, watch Betsy deBoob on 60 Minutes, and continue along with the creepy and satisfying Netflix series, “The Frankenstein Chronicles”.

How was your weekend? Are you watching anything good?

I’ll leave you with three selections from Krista Tippet’s interview with social scientist and YouTube sensation, Brené Brown.

“It’s really a struggle to straddle the tension of YES/AND.”

“Your level of true belonging can never be greater than your willingness to stand alone.”

Brown also cited a useful definition of civility as promulgated by the Houston organization, Institute for Civility in Government: “Civility is claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs, and beliefs without degrading someone else’s in the process.”

(Should I take back the “deBoob” insult? Maybe. But not now).

Interview here: “Strong back, soft front, wild heart.”

15 thoughts on “Label the room. Why not?

  1. Tina Zaffiro

    ” deBoob” is perfect … no need to take that back. I have not seen Frankenstein on Netflix but have been thinking about watching a series .. what is your altime favorite Netflix series? I’m always overwhelmed by all the choices that I end up confused as to what to watch. The only one I ever did was Breaking Bad …. OMG I could not stop watching it.
    Hope your newest storm has come and gone …

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    1. deemallon Post author

      We’re getting another one tomorrow. I’ve seen so many good Netflix shows. Longmire is one (Wyoming detective story with great characters). Ozark. Movie: Queen of Katwe (chess prodigy found and mentored from slum in Uganda). Hinterland. Shetland. Happy valley. Chefs table (nonfiction fascinating bios of world famous chefs). The crown (but not Victoria). The Code. Friday Night Lights (football. I know. But I couldn’t stop watching it!) true detective. There’s more.

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      1. Tina Zaffiro

        My goodness … that IS a long list. Thank you for so many suggestions … I will start The crown this evening l totally forgot that I wanted to watch that. Have kept up with Victoria … sooooo good. Good luck with tomorrow’s storm … Jude was getting ready for another one as well. Soup on the menu sounds perfect.

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  2. Ginny Mallon

    I don’t watch much but when I find something I like I am hooked. HBO’s Divorce really is good, Sex and the City grown up – same kind of silly but fun. Movies – I saw CoCo (very cute) and Wonderwheel (okay, Woody Allen is a dirtbag pedophile pig, but he does make good movies and I love Kate Winslet – the Dressmaker was another great one).

    Are you looking for ideas on how to weather the storm? Another movie I liked was the Light Between Oceans. I’m hoping the storm passes Crab Meadow by, but I am sure NYC will get a dusting and I will get a blizzard. Last big snow it took 5 hours to get home. This weather is killing me!!!

    I love the last photo – it is just gorgeous. Didn’t know you have that up your sleeve too! It’s a beauty.

    If I get snowed in I am going to clear out the garage, toss that crap and make a studio. Ha! If only, but I am running out of space and need a studio desperately.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      I loved the Dressmaker and enjoyed Divorce too. That makes me think of the American/Irish couple in England that’s funny, too — Catastrophe. We also loved Justified even though it’s a marshall show that you might not think interesting — has the best villian, Boyd Crowder.

      Haven’t seen Light Between the Oceans so thanks for that and we plan to see Coco — maybe this weekend. As for Woodie Allen, just can’t go there right now.

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  3. Sue Batterham

    I watched “The Frankenstein Chronicles” over a week and now waiting for series two. I wonder how long before we get it here; I don’t think I will forget the first series though; so good! Have you seen Outlander? Loved it; such a great escape from today’s realities. I’m having trouble creatively though; jumping from style to style and not finishing anything. Any suggestions that might help… from anyone…. Please!!!!!

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    1. deemallon Post author

      I read 1,000 pages of the Outlander series (The Voyager?) and get why the show is thrilling but it’s on a station we don’t pay for, unfortunately — along with Black Sails, which I think I would also enjoy.

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  4. Nancy

    We are totally hooked on the Public TV murder mysteries! They are fun to try and guess, have crazy characters, fun themes/eras/locations/language and not tons of visible violence! We just finished watching Murder in Paradise. Some others are: Father Brown, Doc Martin, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery, The Coroner, Midsomer Murders, Doctor Blake’s Mysteries (I think that is the title) and Murdoch’s Mysteries. I’m not 100 percent sure on all those titles…or they all have “mysteries” in the title more than I realized!! We’ve also watched 800 Words, though not a murder show, but I love the premise that the man male is a writer who writes a column with 800 words, exactly! The writer in my loves that!
    We used to watch Longmire when it first started and loved it, but then it went to Netflix and we don’t do that 🙂 But I do watch Frankie and Grace on Netflix when at my sisters 🙂
    Also, many you get a lot done! Isn’t Brene the best?! I just gave a video of hers to a co-worker today.

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    1. deemallon Post author

      We watch the PBS mysteries, too. Love them (except maybe the Miss Fischer ones. Never got into those). And haven’t heard of Murdoch’s Mysteries. Will have to search. Love: Dr. Blake, Vera, and Endeavor.

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      1. Nancy

        Oh yes, forgot about Vera! Haven’t heard of Endeavor. I like Miss Fisher for the time period and costuming…she makes a great gal from that era. We laugh at how naughty she is 😉

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        1. deemallon Post author

          Endeavour is an imaged young Inspector Morse. I love it. My sister adores Miss Fisher but I find it a little too frenetic or something.

  5. Michelle in NYC

    Out of the running for Netflix. Rabbit ear reception on an old set no cable. Love Doc Martin, and most of Channel 13s Masterpiece offerings but I don’t think you need any suggestions really. You seem well provided for and that on top of all the house work, people and animal care + writing and your art. If you could find the way to bottle your energy and offer it for sale, you might be a billionaire overnight!

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    1. deemallon Post author

      Ha! You remind me of a friend who said “if we lived in a barter economy, you’d be a queen.”

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