Category Archives: At Home in Portland

Currently…

We’ve had a lot of rain in the past week, with more expected every day for at least another. That’s good, we need it, and the snowpack that’s being dropped in the mountains, which provides the water in the Summer … Continue reading

Posted in Anthology, At Home in Portland, Books & Reading, Mystery | 11 Comments

Birthday Goodness

It was too much, frankly. I had been putting things on my Amazon wishlist for a while, and I thought I’d get a couple of them and instead I got almost all of them. When Barbara brought out the packages, … Continue reading

Posted in Anthology, At Home in Portland, Books & Reading, Mystery | 12 Comments

We voted

We took our ballots to the library yesterday and put them in the ballot slot, so we’ve now voted. Since Oregon is a mail-in ballot state, it’s always easy and safe, and since Barbara went to the library to pick … Continue reading

Posted in At Home in Portland | 17 Comments

Short Story Wednesday – “Bug Eater” by Nathan M. Beauchamp

Story from: Oceans, The Anthology edited Jessica West, Holt Smith 2017 trade paperback, SFF anthology This is a new idea, proposed by Patti Abbott (here) that people can do a post each Wednesday about a single short story, a collection or … Continue reading

Posted in Anthology, At Home in Portland, Books & Reading, Mystery | 10 Comments

Short Story Wednesday – “Diplomat-At-Arms” by Keith Laumer

“Diplomat-At-Arms” by Keith Laumer, from Fantastic, January 1960. Source: Keith Laumer’s Retief (Giants of Sci-Fi Collection Book 4), 2020 Kindle ebook This ebook collection of Retief stories collects the earliest 16 of Laumer’s stories featuring what will become his most enduring character. … Continue reading

Posted in Anthology, At Home in Portland, Books & Reading, Mystery | 9 Comments

Currently… October 12

The weather turned, and it’s been very windy and we’ve had rain, which is welcome. In addition to helping put out the still-burning wildfires, it’s refreshing, Autumnal, and helps with drought. Reading: I had been reading Grant by Ron Chernow, the 1,100 + page … Continue reading

Posted in Anthology, At Home in Portland, Books & Reading, Mystery | 12 Comments

Currently… Holmes pastiches

The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories Part XII: Some Untold Cases (1894-1902 edited by David Marcum, MX Publishing, 2018 trade paper, mystery, Holmes pastiche anthology. This, and the volume preceding it, collect 33 of the many “untold tales” from … Continue reading

Posted in Anthology, At Home in Portland, Books & Reading, Mystery | 12 Comments

Ahh. Almost there.

Air quality is just about back to normal. As you can see, it’s cloudy, but we can see all the way to the Cascades again, and the air smells fresh. Whew. A little more rain, expected next week, and the … Continue reading

Posted in At Home in Portland | 11 Comments

A little Better, but still…

Air quality yesterday improved from Hazardous to Very Unhealthy. Here’s how that works: This morning it’s back to Hazardous. Still, you can see in the picture below the marginal improvement over the picture I posted a couple days ago. This … Continue reading

Posted in At Home in Portland | 16 Comments

Smokeageddon

The latest: due to the air quality: no trash pickup rain forecasted for tomorrow delayed until Friday, now with thunderstorms (so, lightning, which we really do not need) many drive-thru windows closed, including at the pharmacy library pick-up halted until … Continue reading

Posted in At Home in Portland | 9 Comments