About books

I just finished reading a book, of course a mystery, about the library in the small town “Hitting the books” by Jenn Mckinlay.

It felt like they were writing about us: crafternoon group (although we craft in the morning), book club, some (favorite in the book) visitors were falling asleep reading newspapers. “The manager wouldn’t kick them awake until someone complained or the snoring got too loud”. 

When I finished this one, I promised myself to focus on the second book, which I checked out. Also a mystery. Not about the library, just written in the year of my birth. 

Maybe I will write about it later…when I finish reading it or if I finish reading. 

Yesterday at work, and I work in the library, I saw a book “The secret, book & scone society” by Ellery Adams… a mystery ( no surprises)  about a bookstore. Here ‘s what I read:

“Stories don’t change much across continents and centuries. Hearts are broken. Pride is wounded. Souls wander too far from home and become lost. The wrong roads are taken. The incorrect choice is made. Stories echo with loneliness. Grief. Longing. Redemption. Forgiveness. Hope. And love”*. 

All these different stories described in books can help people if they know what to read and when.

And it’s only page 4!

I literally force myself to put the book aside and do housework and hobbies.

I need to redo the sleeves of the sweater I’m knitting, sew together the rabbit’s head, ears, and body, and make a face. I want to finish the second rug for the bathroom set and put it under the mattress to straighten up. On Monday, I need to make several calls, and after all, no one canceled the work.

God help me! I gonna need it.

* quote from the book.


I would like to look into the eyes of the person who invented CarPlay.

If you think that progress is always good, then I strongly disagree with you.

If you know me, then you may remember that I started driving in America 7 years ago. I had different stages, with WOW! (Freedom of movement) to “OMG how scary!” and “Oh how scary always”, and  “I did it!” (driving in a snowstorm and to a neighboring state), and also “Thanks to my husband” (when driving in the rain)….

All this time I’ve been trying to make the car my cozy zone, not Hygge, but simple convenience.

I listened to discs I burned by myself (a CD player was installed in the car). The music was needed to drown out Crackle’s barking.

I have installed rainguard.

I always had a phone charger and 2-3 pairs of shoes with me (I’m a girl).

There was a special blanket for the Crackle so that he does not fall on the floor if I have to brake hard.

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Безвизовый выезд из России 

Муж поделился статьей на Yahoo про русских женщин, уезжающих рожать в Аргентину.

Я заглянула в интернет, а там.. Почти каждое СМИ имеет свою собственную версию по этой теме.

Если коротко,

Миграционные службы Аргентины утверждают, что с момента начала СВО и по середину февраля 2023 года в страну прибыли почти 11000 российских женщин и около 11400 мужчин. Статитстики о том, сколько женщин было беременно нет. Но, Министерство здравоохранения Буэнос-Айреса сообщило, что в его лучшей государственной больнице 85 из 985 родов в прошлом году, или 8,6%, были у русских женщин. В этом году по 14 февраля 38 из 168 родов, или 22,6%, были младенцами, родившимися у российских женщин.

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Февральские новости, 2023

В Америке сегодня государственный праздник День Президента. Про сам праздник я уже писала, ссылка здесь.

Праздник государственный, но не все организации дают своим сотрудникам оплачиваемый выходной. По счастью я работаю на City of New Bedford и все официальные организации, библиотеки в том числе, не работают.  Я дома, и есть время написать пост. 


-В субботу (18 Февраля) утром первое, что я увидела, была новость о состоянии здоровья Брюса Уиллиса. 

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February news-2, Tomsk, Russia

On Saturday I saw one of my long-time subscribers.

And I was just ashamed that I haven’t been writing for a long time.

The situation must be fixed, here we go..

I decided to see what’s going on in the world.

First I looked in Russian news: 

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February news, Tomsk, Russia

After listening to voice messages from my sister, I decided to watch the Russian news.

Tomsk, still decorated

I started with the Tomsk news… and  found a TV channel that I even didn’t know existed*.  I watched one episode.

The new Tomsk oblast Governor Vladimir Mazur surprises with his activities.

-On February 8, he held a meeting with volunteers who were collecting humanitarian aid for Tomsk soldiers. He spoke about the results of his trip to the “Donetsk and Luhansk National Republics” over the previous weekend. I think  on February 4-5.  And, yes, the “National republics” that are now being “liberated” by the Russian army.

The governor put together a short video, most likely not by himself, and as he says, not for advertising purposes. The video is here.

-On February 10, he visited a plant that produces mining equipment, control systems for miners, etc. which are relevant for the Donetsk National Republic. Interestingly, the plant is heated with coal (!), while gas heating equipment is installed. But because of the bureaucracy, it cannot be connected. Now probably the governor’s assistants will sort out the problem.

-On February 11, Vladimir Mazur went to the ski track, took part in the marathon “Ski Track of Russia”. He published this in his telegram channel.

Also I saw the gymnasium where my children studied. ..The director of the gymnasium (the same as 20 years ago) asked for modern security cameras and to improve the area around the school. I remember how difficult it was to get to the school grounds on rainy days.  Nothing seems to have changed over the years.

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How to find and lose a friend in 1 day? The mission is possible!

In short – accept a friend request and refuse the services from that “new friend”.

The story:

One recent morning, I got a friend request (on FB) from a lady named Tatjana. 

I like an expression that I learned here: “Sorry, I am not sorry”.

The expression from me is “I was surprised, but not surprised.”

Lately, I started getting friend requests often, almost daily. 

And I don’t do anything special: I don’t advertise myself, I don’t sell anything, I don’t write posts. However, sometimes I share photos/posts from Instagram / Telegram.

In general, FB and its younger brother IG are not my favorite platforms.

There is a joke: I like people who like me. They have good taste.

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Как найти и потерять друга  за 1 сутки? Миссия выполнима!

Если коротко: принять дружбу и отказаться от услуг “нового друга”.


Недавно ко мне в друзья на ФБ постучалась одна дама.

В английском есть выражение “Sorry, I am not sorry”. 

Выражение от меня –  “Я удивилась, но не удивилась”. 

В последнее время я иногда получаю по два приглашения (в друзья) в день. 

Причем ничего особенного я не делаю: себя не рекламирую, ничего не продаю, посты не пишу, так иногда делюсь фотками/постами из инстаграм/телеграм. 

Вообще, ФБ с его младшим братом ИГ мои не самые любимые платформы. 

Есть шутка:  Мне нравятся люди, которым я нравлюсь. У них хороший вкус.

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Christmas Eve Thoughts

conversation with the seller:

-Are you Russian?- the seller

-Yes, – I

-I have a Russian sister-in-law. She has the same accent. I don’t understand her sometimes. But her English is pretty good and so is yours.

-Thank you. Tell her … – I tried to tell something nice

-She has a happy life with my brother in Сalifornia…near the ocean..- she couldn’t stop talking

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30 декабря 2022, с наступающим!

Позавчера опубликовала пост на английском про Россию. Грустный пост получился, много пожаров по всей стране и смертей высокопоставленных чиновников.

В Америке все новости про застрявших в аэропорту туристах, о погибших во время снежного шторма, об иммигрантах на юге Америки и о политике, который придумал себе резюме, был избран в конгресс, а сейчас он говорит, что не сделал ничего противозаконного.

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