Welcome. Another weekend is upon us, and those of us lucky enough to have some down time are anticipating unscheduled hours, time for reading, napping, contemplation.
We’ve got a library of diversions awaiting you in At Home, of course, and readers of this newsletter have been sending in their own ideas for how to pass the days, their suggestions for lifting your mood and making your weekend a little more agreeable. Here are a few of their inspirations for this week.
“The happiest I’ve been in months was when I was watching ‘Covid Fan Tutte,’ a very layered but also very funny free opera. A Finnish initiative from the opera house.” —Monica De Coninck
“The monarch migration is in full swing here in Dallas. There’s nothing more joy-inducing than watching a monarch drink deeply from a flower and to consider how far and fearlessly they migrate for the winter.” —Nancy Footer
“I listen to YouTube documentaries on artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Paul Klee and Jan Van Eyck. I also go on tours of American and world museums online.” —Dorothy Walsh Fleming
“Our local library has started a book pickup program where your holds are packaged up and prepped in a pick up window. These have become my favorite days!” —Conria Wiebe
“What lifts my mood during the pandemic? Grilling! I own twenty Weber grills and I rotate them out since it’s just my wife and me and we can’t invite guests.” —Gary R. Hafer
“The life of our wonderful singer Teresa Cristina on Instagram.” —Cristina Barreto
“I’m watching ‘Long Way Up,’ perfect for motorcycle and adventure travel enthusiasts, and ‘Ted Lasso,’ a comedy about a B-rated American football coach who gets hired to coach a big-league UK soccer team. I’m reading ‘My Life in France’ by Julia Child and her nephew, Alex Prud’homme — perfect for foodies and those who need a vicarious trip to Paris.” —Lucy Garrick
“Bruce Springsteen becoming the most available music icon of his generation — whether it’s the Broadway show, documentaries, late night talk show appearances, election PSAs or New York Times interviews — brings me every kind of joy (as a very late convert).” —Brent Cox
“We’ve created a ‘phone tree’ of single people we know, seniors like ourselves, to call every week for a catch-up and check-in. Each one has shared what provides some wind beneath the wings, adding to our ‘bank’ of pick-me-ups for those days that need some lift. —Cheryl Gallan
“I’ve had a bunch of unused postcards from my travels sitting around for years. I’m having fun sending them to friends. It’s satisfying licking the stamp, enjoying the beauty of its design as well as the picture on the postcard, lightening my possessions and remembering my friends all at the same time.” —Jean Grant
Keep sending ideas for how to pass the time enjoyably and we’ll keep sharing them. What’s bringing you moments of delight? What have you discovered recently that you wish you could recommend to the world? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re At Home. We’ll read every letter sent. More ideas for leading a full life at home appear below. See you next week.
How to pass the time.
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What to watch.
If you haven’t watched “The Queen’s Gambit” on Netflix, this weekend is a perfect time to start. We had a chess expert break down what the series got right.
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How to deal.
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