Friday, April 24, 2020

Life in Strange Times

Well, it looks like I've been MIA for about 4 months.  Sorry about that.

Christmas lasted for almost a week, which is to be expected, given that everyone has their own schedules.  The good news is that the fun lasts longer, and the post holiday letdown is gradual, more like a sigh of exhaustion.  The bad news is that it's exhausting cooking many Christmas dinners.  Oh, well, I hope for many more.

For my Christmas present, my girls took me to Washington, DC for a ballet the first weekend of February.  It was wonderful; the ballet was beautiful, the weather was nice, we walked around plenty, and I got to spend 2 days with my girls.  They couldn't have done anything better for me.

And then the Corona virus hit.  Oh, Thatcher is delirious with joy; Patrick never leaves for school!  He stays home and plays!  It's a great time to be a dog!  Me?  Well, I don't like being ordered to stay home.  I didn't really have any place I wanted to go, but I don't like being told I must stay home.  So, while I've heard that everyone else is cooking like it's their obsession, I'm not motivated to do so.  Well, I was motivated on Pi Day.  I'm not sure why.  But I made a quiche for brunch, served with radish soup (which was great, BTW), then fish pot pies for dinner, and dessert was Apple Pie and French Market Pie.  The Best Pie Crust Ever was the star of everything.  Like I said, I got up early and just started cooking; it was weird.  Of course, the quarantine was only about a week old then, so I wasn't mad yet.

I've been walking Thatcher the mile down and back up our driveway every day, except when it's raining; Jeff gave me a long puffy coat for Christmas so I would be warm enough.  My first tree, a crabapple, is finally in bloom.

And I have these daffodils.  I managed to cut 2 batches of them from my yard.  A rare bit of sunshine in my breakfast room.

And I think I'm going to jump start my car and go to the gas station this weekend.  I'm pretty sure I have 1/4 tank.  But I'm going to fill it anyway.  And probably drive at least 5 miles up the interstate, just to be sure the battery's charged.

So, stay safe, everyone, stay well, and stay sane.  Go outside and get some sunshine; it lifts the spirits!  And remember, it's Friday!  I mean, Day!  Because they all pretty much blend together now....


Big Dude said...

It's good to hear from you Marjie and I can understand not being motivated to do certain things.

Maryissewfast said...

Hi Marjie! I was just thinking of you and wondering how you were doing, and voila! A post this morning! 🙂 Thank you for sharing your feelings! It really gave validation to what I have been experiencing. Even though I am beyond blessed with a nice home, plenty of food and retired from a fulfilling nursing career (totally dodged Covid-19), I sometimes find myself totally pissed off about the situation! Like when I have to go out. The post office is stressful, and the items I find in short supply? Totally baffles me! I needed saltine crackers (okay, reality check, I wanted them, but they are essential when I am coming off a migraine headache) No crackers! Then there was something else I wanted and couldn't find...the end result was I was so disgusted that I ended up in the wine aisle and decided a nice bottle of Moscato was essential! How has your sew-jo been? I'm highly motivated to sew, which may come in handy if we continue to eat like it's our last supper! Anywho, this is becoming a blog post wrapped in a comment (hey, maybe I should post something to my blog?) Take care Marjie and stay safe!

Rhodesia said...

Great to hear from you, delighted that you are well and yes I am sure Thatcher is a very happy dog. We are in day 38 of lockdown and it is due to be reviewed 11 May, I suspect that the remainder of this year is going to be an odd one. Our June holiday has been cancelled, a month touring Italy :-( We are only allowed to walk out for 1 hour per day and we have to remain in a 1 km radius. We also have to carry a permit with the date and time of leaving home and be able to produce ID!!
Take care and stay safe, Diane

Pam said...

I'm so glad you are doing well even though you're a bit frustrated with the situation. It's nice to see you back to blogging!!! Sending lots of love your way.

grace said...

i'm right there with ya, marjie!
what is french market pie?