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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 30): 03/23/20

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Hosted by Kathryn of Book Date.


The shelter in place has been extended until May 1st. The shopping situation is stabilizing. Things are easier to purchase but the stock isn't close to being what it had been in February.

So far everyone in my immediate family is still well but we've reached the point where each of us knows someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Through extended contacts, we also, sadly, know of people who have died.

Drawings I made:

To keep things simpler to post, I'm sharing one image of all the week's drawings. They're all done with copic markers.

Paintings worked on:

I have opened an Etsy store. Right now there are eight paintings available. I haven't updated the store to add newly completed ones. If you've seen something posted and want to buy it, email me. I am also open for commissions. Prices are by size of canvas.

Pasta is now finished. It's an acrylic painting on a 6x6 canvas. It's available for purchase.

Casa del Capitan
La Casa del Capitan is also complete. This one was a commission for my aunt.

Sandhill crane landscape
I'm now 5 hours into painting this 16x20 sandhill crane landscape.

Quesadilla painting, wip
I'm 2 hours into this painting of a quesadilla.

Quesadilla painting, wip
I'm 2 hours into this painting of four chickens which I'm calling "The Choir."

What I read:

  • Mañanaland by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • Home and Away by Candice Montgomery
  • Claws for Concern by Miranda James
  • The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part Three by Michael Dante DiMartino
  • The Mystery of the Haunted Cottage by Derek Landy

What I'm reading:

  • Mimi Lee Gets a Clue by Jennifer J. Chow
  • Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner
  • The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee
  • The Haunting of Vancouver Island by Shanon Sinn

Up Soon:

  • Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim
  • Grand Theft Horse by G. Neri and Corban Wilkin (Illustrations)
  • We Are the Wildcats by Siobhan Vivian
  • Delicious in Dungeon Volume 5 by Ryoko Kui

Comments  (14)

Lab puppy

Comment #1: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 08:57:13

Cheryl Malandrinos

I am glad to hear all is well with your family. Like you, we all know someone who has tested positive and have heard of people's friends who have passed away. Right now, my father-in-law is in a home that has been impacted and they have had to consolidate patients because staff has been sidelined with it, too.

Your paintings and blogging provide a temporary distraction. I hope you enjoy your books.

Praying you all continue to stay safe and healthy.

Comment #2: Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 20:49:00


Thank you for stopping by. This will be my last week participating for now. Maybe after the shelter in place is finally lifted I'll get back to participating. I will still be drawing and painting. You can follow along on Instagram or Twitter. I'm Pussreboots on both platforms.

Comment #3: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 10:18:42

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

Your art is lovely. I hope that making it is keeping you calm during this time.

I will be looking for Mananaland. I am curious about your thoughts on it.

I feel sad that you know people who have gotten sick and have died.

Comment #4: Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 20:53:00


I reviewed it on Saturday. You can read my thoughts here.

Comment #5: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12:05:24

Kathy Martin

We still have very few confirmed cases in my county. My brother is going to take advantage of the 30 days paid leave Target is offering qualified employees though he'd like to finish out this week before he begins. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Comment #6: Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 20:57:00


Our shelter in place has been pushed to May 3. My daughter's DC trip has been cancelled. There's talk of making the entire rest of the school year stay-at-home. Meaning both children would miss their graduations. Of course their health is more important but it's still frustrating and depressing.

Comment #7: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12:20:01

Laurel-Rain Snow

Your books look tempting, and I love the art, as always.

So sad that people you know have been sick, or even died.

Stay safe. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

Comment #8: Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 21:00:00


So far I don't know any one in my immediate circles who has died. I hope it stays that way.

Comment #9: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 15:27:11

Kathryn Trask

When you know of people with it or have died it brings it home. We are almost at the end of our first week of "stay home" we are doing four weeks initially but of course I can see it going on longer. Shopping is so the same here. Plus no flour!!

Comment #10: Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 21:01:00


We've been officially pushed back to May 3rd. But there is also talk of the entire school year being finished at home. We are OK with flour only because we tend to keep a bunch on hand. We are rationing our baking, though.

Comment #11: Monday, March, 30 2020 at 21:17:51

Aj @ Read All The Things!

Quesadillas are one of my favorite foods! So, I love that painting. I hope you have a good week!

Comment #12: Wednesday, April 01, 2020 at 21:04:00


It will be available for sale when it's done. Let me know if you're interested.

Comment #13: Sunday, April 05, 2020 at 07:37:40 Girl Who Reads

No one close to me has tested positive but I've known some people in the recent weeks (I just don't know if it is from COVID-19 or something else)

Comment #14: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 18:27:00


No one close to me has either yet, although my oldest knows someone who has from high school.

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