66F is amazingly uncomfortable when the humidity is 96%.

In other news we’re trying to decide whether to get an area rug in our den or have the first floor of the house re-carpeted. Not keen on having carpet installers in the house nor dealing with all the disruption πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Family movie night: Onward (2020) - IMDb🍿

Coffee + treat on the back patio + a cool morning + some chillpop music = refreshing start and a clearer mind

I needed a refreshing start because there were some very loud thunderstorms spread throughout the night. I started off pretty laggy.

Doing our part: yesterday my wife took our daughter shopping for some new clothes for summer. They were thrilled at Macy's because they each got a bundle of clothes all priced at $5. Quite a deal. They were so happy they went again today. πŸ˜ƒπŸ’΅

Neapolitan of sports these days: Korean baseball ⚾️, US NASCAR πŸš—, German soccer ⚽️.

I got my latest Field Notes purchases today. I really love the unique Deader Prints special edition notebooks. The Bellroy pencil case is sweet too. It was time to treat myself a little.

My second book is another old mystery, this time by Edmund Crispin, and is considered by some writers to be one of the top 5 mysteries of all time. I certainly enjoyed it! I had fun tracking a copy down. 😊 πŸ“–

The Moving Toyshop - IndieBound.org

For this week I think I’ll recommend some “out of the way” books. Most people know A.A. Milne as the author of Winnie the Pooh but he also wrote an excellent mystery, his one and only. I really enjoyed it.

The Red House Mystery - IndieBound.org

This morning’s sky: big sun, ribbon of cloud, tiny balloon. πŸ“· β˜€οΈβ˜οΈ 🎈

Scoob! πŸŽ₯🍿

I played Dragon Quest XI on the Switch a lot but put it aside in October to pursue some other games that caught my attention. I put off returning to it for fear of being rusty but that was baseless. It is a very easy game to pick up again even after months. πŸ•Ή

The food bank I volunteer at also takes donations of goods for resale/recycling. They closed for awhile and when they reopened last weekend got more donations in a couple hours than they normally get in a week and have closed again. So clearly people cleaned house to kill time.

I've modified Swift code for some personal projects but I've never written Swift from scratch so I'm studying via 100 days of SwiftUI. Everything seems straightforward to me so far except Closures. The syntax variations are making my brain hurt. Seems too "clever" to me.

Today's retail sales report was more dismal than expected with areas like clothing down more than 50%. Over the past couple of weeks I've checked prices on some items I'd like to buy and not a single one is offered at a discount. Seems stupid to me. No incentive to buy.πŸ’΅

Counting on a vaccine to help re-open the economy is a false hope

I see a lot of people counting on a vaccine to dramatically reduce the threat of COVID-19 and helping re-open "life" within a year. I think that is a false hope. It is going to take several years to get an effective vaccine deployed worldwide. It could take even longer if the virus mutates regularly. Look how long we've spent working on flu vaccines and they still haven't been perfected yielding widely varying effectiveness from year to year. It is scientifically possible there will never be a highly effective vaccine.

I hang my hat more on developing effective treatment and better isolation for those with major underlying health conditions that place them at high risk. I don't think COVID-19 is ever going away and the idea we can defeat it before re-opening is fatally flawed. We're going to have to rely on being able to cope with it effectively instead.

I just watched the Unreal Engine 5 demo running on a PS5. Mighty impressive!

But I’m more driven by smooth controls and fast scene loading than realistic graphics. I think I have about 6 months to wait to get an idea how the PS5 actually performs.

I wear this hat when I go out to exercise hoping it sends a “stay 6’ away or I’ll be triggered” message.

Probably people just think I must be a grumpy person. 😊

The kids asked about signing up for Disney+ to add some entertainment diversity. I signed up today but haven't told them yet. I'll let them know on Friday when they'll have finished this semester's school work.

The kids have been away from their schools for more than 2 months now. Even though they've had school work to do it has felt more like summer break. No idea how to avoid going stir crazy until school starts again late August.

It just dawned me that the kids’ won’t get a chance to sign each other’s yearbooks. Yet another ritual killed by the pandemic.

A mint chocolate chip ice cream cone sounds really good right now 🍦

Our main Mother’s Day activity: taking a 1 hour family walk on a forest path. Weather was perfect!

One good thing about the distancing thing: I’ve visited a lot of places I would never have seen in real life. Granted via YouTube 4K videos but it doesn’t suck. My most recent kick is scenic railways of Norway. 🚊 πŸ”

Sunshine on a cloudy day πŸ“·

Peace. πŸ“·