As this pandemic rages on, it’s come to my attention that while Amazon will be fine, independent booksellers are suffering. That’s why I decided to become a Bookshop.org affiliate. Starting today, my book reviews may contain affiliate links to Bookshop.org, an online bookstore that provides financial support to independent bookstores nationwide. I’ve also added a new Caterpickles Bookstore Learn more about Bookshop.org, affiliate links on Caterpickles, and the new Caterpickles Bookstore.
Last week our local public health office released official guidance for how to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 during Halloween and Día de Los Muertos celebrations. I wanted to share it with you here, in case your family is also trying to figure out what those celebrations will look like this year.
One of the side effects of having wildfires reach within a dozen miles of your home is that it tends to focus your mind on completing…
I promise not to make political posts a regular event on this blog, but voting is a civic duty, not simply a political one. In this post, I’ll tell you about some resources that can help you make voting as easy as possible for you and the other voters in your family.
School is underway here at Caterpickles Central. On the first day back to school, Canelo joined The Thirteen-Year-Old for lunch to hear all about it.
My birthday looked pretty different this year due to shelter-in-place, but I still loved every minute of it.
There are a ton of handmade mask patterns out there. Luckily my habit of starting and abandoning various crafting projects has left me with a generous supply of quilting fabric, bias tape, elastic, thread, bandanas, old t-shirts, and flannel lying around the house. So I decided to put those raw materials to work by making and reviewing 6 so-called “easy” cloth face mask patterns.
It’s been 33 days since we began sheltering in place. I suppose I should be using this time to write the next great American novel or taking my daughter’s education to the next level. Instead, I’m leaning into the idea that now is a great time to teach The 13-Year-Old some life skills, like how to manager her own schoolwork, clean her own bathroom, wash her own clothes, and regularly vacuum the chair(s) she likes to snack in.
We’ve been home for a while, and I’m starting to think about how Caterpickles can be helpful in this time.
We are on Day 14 of The Howells All Being Home At Once. I hope you and your family are still doing as well as can be expected. Here, we’ve been reading stories about tech companies donating thousands and in some cases millions of N95 masks, and found ourselves wondering … Why do Silicon Valley companies have such large stockpiles of N95 masks anyway?