Hello, Friends. How are you? How was your week? Ours was good. We cleared out two structures in the backyard at the new house — a potting shed, and an old building that was once a carriage house and is now a dirt-floored shed. It was really satisfying to empty them both out and clear the cobwebs — though now we have big piles we need to take to the “decheterie” for recycling and dumping. (Here’s a garden highlight if you’d like to see what we’ve been working on.)

We also had someone come take a look at the broken glass in the yard that needs to be replaced. That work is supposed to start next week and I’m quite happy about it. The garden is a pretty little spot — and then you see the broken glass and all of sudden it feels depressing — so it will be wonderful to have the glass replaced.

While one crew was tackling the garden, some of us were working on the last room of wallpaper. It’s one of the smaller rooms but it’s taken longer than any other — the glue is particularly sticky. I think it will take another 2 or 3 sessions with a full steamer.

Up next? I think we’ll be knocking out some old plaster in the attic. But before I head over there, here are a few things I’ve wanted to share:

-A really moving piece about how lockdown is affecting India.

-Something pretty. A Soviet cookie catalogue from 1922.

-This is perhaps the first global crisis in more than a century where no one is even looking for Washington to lead.

-Say it isn’t so! According to this article earthworms aren’t the soil heroes they’ve been painted to be.

This made me really sad.

-I enjoyed this discussion about the deficit way more than I expected to.

Are you a generous tipper?

-Amazing deep data dive into the racial disparities of COVID.

-The Entire Weekend Box Office Report Is From a Single Drive-In in Florida.

-“One in three jobs held by women has been designated as essential” and women are nearly 75% of the US health care workers who’ve been infected with Covid-19.

-I’m going to listen to Glennon Doyle’s audiobook Untamed this weekend.

Here are a some tweets I saved for you:

This tweet is brilliant, and her follow-ups are good too.

Hahahaha.

This thread is so good. The best thing I’ve read about the challenges of working at home while your kids are also at home. And such a smart response to a really crappy comment.

-It’s time to ask: Why doesn’t he stop?

Really great thread — and numbers are improving! (Though there’s still a long way to go.)

-Have there been any protests in your town? This is an excellent thread (with article links too!) if you want to learn more about them.

I don’t know enough to have an opinion.

-Hah! She doesn’t hold back.

-It never had anything to do with jobs.

Click through for creative responses to the question.

I hope you have a good weekend. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.

kisses,
Gabrielle