We in Ontario are bewildered — it’s hot and sunny day after day, one stunning week after another, more like July than end of September, except that the mornings and evenings are chillier. A blessing. Apparent shops are frantic, filled with winter clothing no one is buying.
But with all that, despite the sun, I’ve had this bug all week. My friend Jane wrote to urge me to test again, that it may take several tests to detect the dreaded virus. But whether it was or wasn’t, it’s fading, and energy is returning. I will not test again.
The big news: a date for my book launch — Monday November 6, from 6 to 8, at Ben McNally’s beautiful bookstore on Queen St. east at Jarvis. Excitement. More details to come.
Nettie’s show Go Fish closed tonight, unfortunately, as audiences were building. Several friends who read my raves here and on social media went and emailed to say how much they loved it. It’s hard to make a living as an artist in this country. We have to do everything we can to support each other.
Speaking of support, it was the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, and my daughter, who was at the Native Child and Family Powwow, wrote hoping I’d spend time honouring this day. I listened to CBC, which dealt with these events continuously, but although I care deeply about this powerful and very important day, I was working on promoting my book so I can continue to support myself and even buy my beloved, impoverished children the extras they need.
My young tech helper Patrick filmed me sitting in the garden reading a very short excerpt from Midlife Solo. If you click on the link below, it’ll download the little film. I think. When I look at it, all I see is my chunky middle in unflattering stripes and strange fluttery right hand. But in 4 hours it has garnered 61 views, a record for me. An old bird reading — what’s to like? But we do what we can; promoting and marketing is my job right now.
My job, besides shutting down the garden, eating apples, seeing what winter clothes have been destroyed by moths, and putting away summer clothes too soon. Because —