I needed someone to remind me to stop sniveling and see what isn’t so bad. Forty is an awful lot, but I don’t have that much to do, so I’ll throw my towel in the ring. Most of these are going to sound silly considering death tolls and being locked in the house for months at a time, but this is life in a strange time. Snicker away. This is life in the Valley, April 11, 2020.
P.S. I may never go anywhere ever again. I might eventually change my mind, but right now, that’s how I feel about it.
- The dogs almost never bark all night although Bonnie almost succeeded by doing a continuous 4-hour Barkathon. Human madness nearly overwhelmed us, but she was just fine. I doubt she knows what she is barking at. If she is barking at anything in particular and not just hoping we’ll get up and give her company.
At least she barks inside the house and she is happy. Dementia is working well for her. Who knows? It might work well for me.
- I think we might (I hope) have almost enough toilet paper to get through the siege.
- Our only grocery store will deliver medications to the curb. But not groceries. I guess we should be grateful for anything and to be fair, I think they are working as hard as they can. It’s the Valley. Low population. It’s mostly high schoolers and they aren’t always entirely focused. And, there aren’t a lot of bodies to enlist. Small towns can’t easily find hundreds of spare people. Still, pick-up OR delivery of groceries would really improve the quality of life. It would be nice if they had some food to buy. Basics. Eggs. Chicken. Tomatoes. I hear they are throwing a lot of food away because there aren’t enough delivery trucks to get it where it needs to go. Not enough immigrants means crops are rotting in the field. Americans aren’t pickers.
- My house is gradually getting cleaner. Curtains in the dining room and living room have been washed, dried, and rehung. The French doors in the dining room have the same type of curtains as the living room but were bought as curtains.
The living room consists of three long silk saris, in three different colors, all together on the rack. They need to be washed gently, in cold water and dried at room temperature or hung to dry. They came out beautiful and I remember how clever I felt using saris draped over the prongs from the previous drapes. It’s the picture window, the only place where nice curtains matter. The French doors have a long piece of floral silk around them, but it isn’t a sari.
- My house is interesting.
- Garry collects old photographs and paintings and photographs. We also have several excellent oil paintings (once upon a time, we had incomes), watercolors, prints, ancient Chinese porcelains, some old Japanese porcelain, and hand-painted Native American pottery. Also, Hindu religious art.
- Owen collects chiming clocks. We have probably 20 in the house — it might be more.
Since these are weight-driven or windups, they are never entirely accurate and around eleven and noon, the start ringing all over the house, but never at the same time. And anyway, they don’t ring at the same rate or even play the same chimes. During those hours, our house sounds like a cathedral.
- Owen also collects old Victrolas. You know, you wind them up and play an old, fragile 78 RPM recordings. We have a big mahogany tabletop Victrola. It’s lovely. He has a few spare ones which I think he’s going to sell.
- Garry and I have a lot of cameras but aren’t using them much.
- Owen is growing (legal) pot. We had four good starters, but we lost one. Now there are three. But more are coming tomorrow. We only have room for a total of five until it’s warm enough to put them outside.
- We bought a “Magical Butter” machine. All the fun of making edibles with half the work and it comes out perfect every time.
Try homemade gingerbread with three or four 1/8 (something like that) the amount you get from mini muffin tin instead of the butter or other oil you were planning to use. Have a good time.
- I bought a 12-inch glowing globe of the Earth. I use it as a soft light for when we’re watching TV.When I have nothing else to do, I rotate it and see all the strange and wonderful places in the world.
- I’m spending too much money. It’s the tedium of doing nothing. I apologize. But everything was on sale
- If you buy a Magical Butter machine, use the coupon. We get a refund.
- You can take the drudgery out of the preparation. You can also have other butter mixes using garlic, rosemary, or whatever suits you.
- About every three or four days, I get 1020 photographs from the wall camera on the deck. They keep me very busy. Just deleting the pictures takes hours.
- We are supposed to get richer via the U.S. Treasury. Has anyone received anything from the government? The $1200 check, or unemployment, or a small business loan … or for that matter managed to make an arrangement for rents or mortgage? If you have, tell me your secret. Scads of people want to know.
- We have many brightly colored and entertaining birds.
- We’ve got plenty of squirrels, flying and leaping varieties.
- Raccoons. Three at a time sometimes seems to be too many.
- Two dogs. See #1.
- Our wi-fi works most of the time.
- Today is a sunny day, It’s about time.
- Garry and I ate the last of the gingerbread. Garry decided he didn’t need to shave. What a smartie!
- The dogs never put their toys away even though we discuss the matter daily.
- I hardly have to cook. Owen cooks. I am deeply grateful.
- I can see the fat red buds of the Maple tree outside the picture window. They are early.
- The birds are fully dressed for the mating ritual. The Goldfinches are bright yellow. The House Finches are deep red. We have an enormous red-bellied woodpecker who scares the squirrel.
- I keep my news watching down to a few minutes on television. The rest of the stuff I get on comedy shows or from other blogs. Limiting the amount of input has improved my ability to cope.
- The new buds on the Orchids are getting nice and plump.
- We are not going to run out of coffee anytime soon. I just got 3 new bags and 3 new cans of it.
- We still remember how to laugh. Gingerbread helps.
- The Forsythias are blooming.
- We have more doves this year than last.
- I couldn’t afford the fancy expensive birdfeed. It was $12 for 20 lbs. in March. It’s $37 for 10 pounds now and delivery isn’t until late May or June. The creatures are not pleased.
- I’m going to go wash my hair. It’s not a point of light. My hair needs washing. I don’t know if I’m going to make it to 40. I’m wearing out.
- My hair is clean.
- The price of fuel oil went down. Also gasoline, but we aren’t driving so it doesn’t matter much.
- Easter Sunday and Passover Weekend: The western religious world is going berserk. I’m enjoying the fuss. Half the people ranting about not going to church didn’t go to church before, but now that they can’t, they are enraged. It would be funny if it weren’t ridiculous.
- I bought an Intelligent hat from ShopGarrisonKeillor. Click the link if you want one. It says something to which I can relate.
And that’s it for a while. My thinking is worn out. I need a long nap before I need to think again.