We had company. It has been a long time since we had company, but it was the granddaughter and the daughter in law and my son’s friend and us. Yes, I know, I know, but we’ve been so isolated for so long, I needed the companionship badly. Really really badly. We had lamb for dinner last night and they came back tonight for lamb curry.

Not only did Owen bake four loaves of French bread, but I backed na’an to go with the curry. The bread was great, the na’an was delicious, the curry was excellent and they brought cheesecake with strawberries on top as well as they incredibly huge dog who I swear is as close to the size of a Shetland pony as any dog I’ve ever met. Duke, who can be a terrible bully to smaller male dog got run a bit ragged by a super friendly Titan (that’s his name and no kidding, he really IS titanic). Titan is really friends, but he’s just a year and a half old and he still has bubbles in his brain.

I didn’t get anything done that didn’t involve the kitchen. Because while baking isn’t difficult, cleaning up the mess is a constant stress and Owen and I were totally covered with flower most of the day. How many times did we clean the stove, the kneading board, and all of the dishes repeatedly. I have dishpan hands!

The “first found in Great Britain” variant has moved into Worcester County. This is also the county without any major vaccination site and where I can’t get one anyway because I’m too young and apparently not nearly sick enough. A friend wrote me from Pennsylvania and said they got lucky and were vaccinated. On the other hand, he’s a doctor who has a bad case of cancer in progress, so she got her vaccine because she’s his caretaker. The vaccine made her quite sick, but everyone else was fine. She said it was weird since she’s healthy and never has a problem with medication. Go figure. Garry didn’t have any serious issues either. A slightly sore arm, but nothing alarming.

Me? I hope they get me vaccinated before some weird new strain of the virus hits.

Meanwhile, I blessed my granddaughter with one my middle level Olympus camera and a surprisingly large number of lenses. I actually didn’t know I had that many lenses because I really only use three or four lenses and so many of these were duplicates. I have to remember that I’ve gotten most of these lenses over a period of about 15 years. Two of them were supposed to be identical, but they weren’t. Which means I got them in two different years. I had a wide-angle lens I’ve used exactly once in three years — the day after I bought it, just to see if it worked. I also let her have my portrait lens which I used to use a lot, but I never go anywhere anymore and mostly, I shoot birds using a long lens through a window that urgently needs cleaning, I realize that I use my 25mm normal, my 100-300 long lens (birds), my 12-200mm which is my best lens for using when I don’t know where I’ll be or what I’ll be shooting. I gave Kaity the 12-150mm which is, as you can see, duplicated by other lenses and I let her have my 60mm lens because she’s my granddaughter and needed one really fast lens. And finally, my 75-300 Olympus lens because it is another version of my long lens which is a Panasonic — but I like the Panasonic better.

She got the OMD E-M5 Mark II and I kept the older one as a backup. I kept the macro lens on it for shooting flowers and anyway, she doesn’t have the patience to deal with it’s temperamental issues on whether it will or won’t focus close or far. I have learned to deal with it, but I think Kaity would find it overwhelmingly frustrating.

I was a little shocked to realize how many cameras and lenses I had. It’s nice that she is such a good photographer and she has gotten even better over the past few years. Much much better.

So that was our weekend. But you know, every day is kind of like an endless weekend, but rarely do we get company. In fact, it has been months. No one seemed sick and at some point in time, you have to grab a piece of life and run with it. I needed to feel like I was still alive!

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  1. Sounds like a great time for all. Good company and good eating. Who could ask for more? BTW, I recently found a no-knead whole wheat bread recipe which is awesome. I’m not normally a bread baker, and no patience, so this recipe was perfect for me. The bread was wonderful – not too dry, slightly sweet taste, good texture, and sliced well for sandwiches – and it stayed relatively fresh for more than a week. Admittedly by the end of that time, I was using it for toast, but it was exceptional toast. Also BTW, after 50 or more years of never being able to make a decent meatloaf (mine always fell apart, no matter whose recipe I used), I finally found a recipe that made a perfect meatloaf. Great taste and sliced well for those who want sandwiches. It was a win-win week for me. Much like your win-win, but without the extra people.


    • Send recipe! I taught my son to bake because he definitely needed a good indoor hobby and he has good “kitchen sense.” It also meant that he now does all of the baking I was doing (YES!), but I still do most of the cleaning up because you just have to clean before the kitchen becomes a mass of drying dough, flour everywhere (and on everything) and besides, if you don’t clean off implements, you can’t use them again. We don’t have room for two of anything, much less everything. I’m teaching him to bake in batches and freeze the bread.

      It’s amazing how vastly better ones own bread is than commercial bread. I think it also digests better without all those chemicals in it! So send recipes!! My son has a brilliant recipe for meatloaf too, in case you want it. It would be helpful for him to write it down. ‘

      Baking would be fun except for the cleaning up part! Have you noticed that adding honey to any white bread recipe makes it last almost as long as commercial bread? Apparently honey has a preservative property. Go figure.


  2. Sounds like you had a really good day. The bread looks good. It is so long since we had visitors here. I have not seen No.2 son for at least three momths. The grandchildren are growing and developing, but rather stay healthy and wait. We see each other often on the messenger on the computer, but not really the same. It seems that our country has not forgotten us, but the deliveries of the vaccine are delayed. I was talking to one of the experts this morning on the phone. So I will just have to be patient and keep as isolated as possible.

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    • None of our hospitals have vaccine, so you — assuming you are eligible (which I’m not) — have to go to one of the outdoor “mass vaccine” places. It’s also very, VERY cold outside with snow frozen on the ground and more on the way. I’m in no condition to stand outside for hours in a long line even if I WERE eligible. Technically, OWEN is eligible as a required worker, but there’s nowhere for him to get a shot anyway. You’d think since at least half the stuff in manufactured here that we’d have more of it, but it’s not true. We have order in, but nothing in hand. I think there’s news about it and I’ll have to find it, but with no vaccines, it doesn’t even matter what they do about the eligibility lists. If there are not vaccines, you aren’t getting any.

      Our rates are falling too. Unfortunately, the Great Britain variant has arrived here, locally, and they are going to go back up again. Plus there are rumors that they’ve uncovered more variants here but haven’t told us about them yet. Every time we think we are past it, it pops back up.

      I hope no one was carrying anything. O’s friend has already had it, but they are finding people getting the new variants AGAIN, even if they had it before, so be very careful. This thing isn’t over yet. I wonder if it will EVER be over.

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      • Dinner was WONDERFUL and dessert was a terrific surprise. The bread — out of this world!

        As for the dawgs: I think Titan has given Duke a run for his treats.


  3. The bread looks delicious and the curry sounds good too. Kaity is a lucky girl to have such a generous gran. I am glad she’s rewarding you by turning into a good photographer. It must be some time since you have seen her.

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    • I could have sold it, but on the other hand, I haven’t had money for gifts and I know — if she likes the way they handle (she’s a died-in-the-wool DSLR user and has a full-size Canon which was her BD present a couple of years ago as well as some lenses which were also BD presents) — she has a lot of talent and she has only gotten better with the years. She needs to learn more about how cameras work, but her efforts at education got stopped by COVID. I think she might make a career of it and she also LOVES it, which is important. She keeps trying to do practical things that she doesn’t much like and she never gets through them because she has no passion for them. It’s probably not the officially best advice to suggest an artistic career, but I really believe you should follow your talent. You need that passion. Life is long and to work at something for which you have no love makes life a whole lot harder.

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  4. How delightful it al sounds…, home-baked bread, delicious dinner…and a huge guest dog to round it all up. We need to see and touch people. It is a rare occurence for some of us these days., and these moments are to be treasured.

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    • It worried me, but I so badly needed to have some people in our world that weren’t the people I live with. It has been so very long!

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      • I know we need to be careful, and we stay at home. However, there are three friends who come to help us with groceries and other errands, and we do briefly visit with them. So far, so good We do need to see others besides the people we live with. I’m having a virtual visit with three good friends in different parts of the USA today . They set it up for my 94th birthday that is actually on Wednesday, but it was the only time today that everyone could meet. . These are three ladies that I was with in the Peace Corps 27 years ago, and I have watched them grow from young women in their very early 20s to ladies in their 40s with with partners and children. The bond between Peace Corps people is a special one because only people who have been in the Corps understand the underlying training and principles. Those years of service were among my happiest.


        • This is such a tricky disease. My doctor’s MOTHER got it and he says she never goes anywhere. Ever. For all that, we all need human companionship at least once in a while. I don’t need a giant party, but I need to see people sometimes.


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