Tuesday, July 5, 2022
Barely Leaving the House
This is a type of sedum I found growing at the cemetery when Olga and I visited on Sunday. It's really beautiful at this time of year. We haven't had much luck growing sedum in our garden -- I think our soil is too heavy and clayey. I have to take a walk to enjoy it elsewhere!
I took no photos yesterday, which is pretty unheard of for me. I didn't even leave the house except to take out the trash. I've been completely focused on a non-fiction book I'm reading called "Hidden Valley Road," the engrossing story of a Colorado family's experience with mental illness. The parents had twelve children during the baby boom years after World War II, and of those, six had serious mental health issues, mainly schizophrenia. The book traces not only the family's experiences but also the medical profession's understanding and treatment of schizophrenia over the decades. I literally don't want to put this book down, it's so good.
Which is why you're getting two-day-old pictures of Olga.
In the evenings, we've been watching "Web of Make Believe," a Netflix documentary that examines various Internet scams and conspiracies -- the ways fraudsters have been able to exploit the anonymity of the Web. We've enjoyed it a lot. We're also watching "Severance" on Apple TV and liking that.
Am I the only one, though, who is becoming fatigued with all these online subscription services for television? Amazon, Netflix, NOW, Apple TV, Disney -- how many subscriptions can we reasonably be expected to maintain? We haven't watched broadcast TV in months. In fact a few days ago I was training our passionflower vine along the wire leading to the satellite dish on the side of the house, and I told Dave, "Well, at least this dish is good for something."