I totally cannot believe it’s December. Talk about a year passing by without leaving even a a sense of passage. What a bizarre year, managing to be both terrifying and boring — simultaneously. It’s not over yet. I was reading in the NY Times this morning that Moderna has asked for speeded up passage to distributing its new vaccine. If it gets a yes — and I’m sure it will — there MIGHT be vaccine as early as December. Now that would give us hope for next year!
There’s nothing more to say about 2020 that hasn’t been said a million times already. I won’t be sorry to see this year pass along into the past. I’m just determinedly trying to outlast the year.
What would you enjoy if you could do so without someone getting annoyed with you for enjoying it? It MUST be something you aren’t supposed to enjoy because it is “bad for you.”
At my age and all things considered, everyone is thrilled when it turns out there IS something I can do and enjoy. There’s one that that probably everyone (maybe even me) would think is insane. Roller coasters. I love them. They don’t love me or more to the point, my spine doesn’t appreciate getting knocked around. Sanity says “NO, DON’T DO IT!” but somewhere in me, a tiny voice is crying “DO IT, DO IT, DO IT!” Lucky there aren’t big coasters in this area, eh?
Is it okay for men to wear the color pink?
The last time I washed something new that was red, ALL the men in the house wore pink underwear until it was eventually replaced. Gotta be careful with that red dye, by golly. But otherwise? Garry used to wear a lot of pink shirts. They went well with his (usually) navy blazer. It isn’t his favorite color because that would be gray, but he is unprejudiced towards pink. And for men’s shirts, it is a very popular color, especially when paired with a white collar.
Can you curl your tongue?
What, in your opinion, is the best room to put a fireplace?
We have two, in the den and the living room. We don’t use either of them anymore because it turns out — weird though this might sound — that the heating bills are much lower when we don’t use the fireplaces. It has to do with thermostat placement. Our upstairs thermostat is in the living room where there is also a fireplace that has morphed into a wood-burning stove.
As a fireplace, is wasn’t too bad, but as a woodstove, it turns the living room into a sauna. And, it confuses the thermostat which then turns off the boiler because the thermostat reads 90 degrees. Getting the house reheated afterward costs a lot more than a steady, even temperature AND with all the heat in the living room, the bedroom (with the boiler off), turns into a meat locker. We’re thinking of getting an “electric fire” we can put in the wood stove for decoration. But not heat.
I love fireplaces and would put them in every room — except we are too old to haul wood and at this point, the mess, ashes, and soot are too much. So unless we inherit a mansion or a palace and a troop of servants to manage it, we shall remain fireless.
How do you show your gratitude?
I say thank you. Sometimes I say it 20 times in a row. If it’s Garry, it also gets hugged.