The things I Did during COVID

It certainly is true that the Covid Epidemic caused problems: people died, work was lost, and (in mine and many others' opinion) was yet another ridiculous stepping off point for conspiracy theorists. 

But while many complained and moaned about their routines being turned upside down - I found great delight in the new opportunities it presented. At the time, I was quite tired of attending social obligations and the shutdown offered me the perfect excuse to stay home. 

Fortunately, as self-employed craftsmen - Rick and I had plenty of work we could do in isolation. We didn't slow down at all.

But I never expected that having all that extra time would enable me to get so much done around the house. Our back fence fell down at one point, and as we built the new one, neighbors would walk (safely) by and, eager for connection, would have the most wonderful conversations; with people we lived next to, but never stopped to chat. That's what disasters do - they bring people together.

And I read. And read…

Here's a list of the books I ready during Covid, and a list of some of the things I got done.



Hombre - Elmore Leonard

Perry Mason "The Case of the Singing Skirt" - Erle Stanley Gardner

Perry Mason "The Case of the Crooked Candle" - Erle Stanley Gardner

Shaman - Kim Stanley Robinson

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Russian Revolution - Robert Goldston

Great Son - Edna Ferber

The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Book 2 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Book 1 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Wall and other Stories - Sartre

The Bobbsey Twins on the Pony Trail - Laura Lee Hope

Sybil - Flora Rheta Schrelber

Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Sherlock Holmes - A. Conan DFoyle

The Idiot - Dostoyevsky

On the Shores of Night - Adrienne Mans

The Thirty Nine Steps - John Buchan

Illusions (The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah) - Richard Bach

The Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum

In Search of Noah's Ark - Dave Balsiger and Carles Sellier, Jr.

In Dubious Battle - John Steinbeck

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and other Stories (Happy Ever After, The Cossacks) - Leo Tolstoy 

Fire - George R. Stewart

The Vintage Turgenev: Smoke, Fathers and songs, First Love

The Gambler/Bobok/A Nasty Story - Dostoyevsky

Oblomov - Gancharov

Netochka Nezvanova - Dostoyevsky

The House of The Dead - Dostoyevsky

Hell Yeah, or NO! - Derek Sivers

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

Mountains and Molehills by Frank Marryat 1855

Short Story Classics (Foreign) Volume 1 - Russian

Kipling's Works  Volume 1 - Plain Tales from The Hills

A Raw Youth - Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment - Dostoevsky (note the variation in spelling of last name)

Jesus, The Son of Man - Kahlil Gibran

Russian Stories (A dual language book)

The Forged Coupon - Tolstoy

The Unknown Chekhov - Stories and other writings - Chekhov

Don Quixote - Cervantes

The Centaur - John Updike

Cup of Gold - John Steinbeck

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - Jules Verne

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

The Mysterious Island - Jules Verne

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Best Known Works of Anton Checkov - 1929

Jungle Ways - William B. Seabrook - 1931

Saints and Strangers - George Willison - 1945




Recorded "Kaw-Liga"

Recorded "Jambalaya"

Recorded "Birds" with student Cooper

Recorded "Helplessly Hoping" with Ann Whittingon

Recorded "Sand In My Crackie"

Recorded "Hannah"

Recorded "You Better Get Ready (To Kiss My Ass)"

Arranged and recorded strings, percussion and bass for  Christie McCarthy songs

Produced several songs with June Coha:

      Psycho Killer

      Cry Me A River

      It's Impossible/Somos Novios

Finished recording several songs of my own:

     Fire and Rain

     Have You Ever Seen the Rain


Created videos with Rick Zeek

Started Lovers Theme song

Recorded "Something Stupid" with Rick Zeek



Fence along back of property

Fence along back side of property

Fence behind mom's house

Fence along side of yard at mom's house

Had electrician finish downstairs bathroom work

Insulated and closed in bathroom

Created outdoor workspace for table saw and tools

Built cabinet in laundry room

Built recessed cabinet in bathroom

Build archway for shower in lower bathroom

Painted Laundry room

Built shelving unit in upstairs bathroom

Installed shelf in music room

reframed and rehung upper bathroom door

Designed and built copper towel rod for lower utility sink

Demo'ed and rebuilt full bathroom, tiled and painted. 

Repainted entire interior of Bethel Hill rental, re-framed front door, fixed numerous problems


Thank you Covid - for shaking things up and letting them resettle into a new pattern.

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