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COVID Diaries: Day 247

It’s the weekend!  But really, that has limited meaning in the new lock down.  Days are really divided into, did I work today, or did I not work today?  Today I did not work, so that’s how I know it is the weekend.

The Governor’s new cliche phrase is, “It’s ok to not be ok…”  I wonder how many other people find this annoying, given that he experiences none of the hardships that others are facing.  Realistically I’m doing fine, as I have a job that I can do from home, but that makes it all the more lonely.  I feel just a little bit lost, as if there’s nothing filling the space of this big house.  I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I joined a virtual race that lasts throughout the winter – The Bend to Whistler Challenge.  You have six months to walk, run or bike 700 miles.  Since October 1, I’ve made it over 250 miles, all the way from Bend to Portland, Oregon, so that feels like an accomplishment!  I am lucky in the fact that the Pacific Northwest has weather you can be outside in all year long, as long as you don’t mind getting wet.

I started a new puzzle, and have made some progress, but it is a hard one! Rosie the Riveter!

I also put up the Christmas tree and decorated it with the usual eclectic mix of lights and ornaments.  No one will ever accuse me of having the Martha Stewart home.  There’s a little Mexican folk nativity in one of the boxes somewhere that I couldn’t locate, and it’s making me kind of sad.  I might just leave Christmas up until the pandemic is over, or at least until it is still light out at 8 pm.  That seems like a fair compromise.

I was lucky to find toilet paper at the grocery store before the new round of panic buying started.  And canned tomatoes, because those were sold out for months last time!  And my Cheetos addiction continues…

I treated myself to a wine advent calendar. I blogged about seeing it a couple weeks ago, and yes indeed I went back to get it.  I’ll diligently try to blog about each wine when I have them in December.  The good news is a girlfriend of mine also got one and we committed to nightly video chats to sample our wines.

I also splurged and purchased a subscription box.  At least if I have to stay home all the time again, I should have goodies to look forward to in the mail…  Supposedly it should ship within 7-10 days.  It’s my reward for all the fall leaf raking I’ve been doing…

How is it in your area?  Are you locked down again?

 

Happy Thanksgiving

I’m ready for a quiet Thanksgiving, reflecting on what I’m thankful for.  I made the long drive yesterday, so my keys are resting in my pocket, and my blue Honda, Viaje, is parked outside, having done his duty once again to transport me safely.

I’m thankful for family and friends who love me and whom I love with all my heart.

I’m thankful for a healthy work environment.

I’m thankful that I’m generally healthy and have no risk factors for my upcoming surgery.

I’m thankful for all the delicious food and wine I have to eat and drink.

I’m thankful for the snow storm that was over by the time I had to drive through where it had been!

I hope all of you enjoy your Thanksgiving, if you celebrate.  Hold your loved ones close and appreciate the blessings of the season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Merry Christmas!

I hope that everybody had a Merry Christmas and stuffed their faces silly with lots of high calorie foods and fantastic wine.  I know I did!  Over two days, we had prime rib, ham, mashed potatoes, au gratin potatoes, kale salad, squash salad, roasted beets, rolls, trifle, and red velvet cake (I know I’m leaving some things out…).  I also enjoyed sparkling Riesling, Picpoul Blanc, Merlot, apple cider, more apple cider and a taste of Zinfandel.  Not to mention fun with family, the glow of Christmas trees all lit up with sparkling ornaments, warm babies and warm cats snuggled on my lap (even at the same time!), and some lovely thoughtful gifts received and shared.  To top it all off, it wasn’t raining on the Pacific Northwest, and Jon and I enjoyed a nice hike at one of Washington’s National Historic Sites with his dad, brother and sister.  The views of the ocean and the farmlands of Island County at Ebey’s Landing National Historic Site were amazing, and unobscured by the clouds that are all too typical this time of year.

My thoughts go out to everybody who is struggling with illness or loss, or is experiencing the full force of mother nature, like my family in Michigan who are without power during an ice storm.  I am thinking of you all.  Even though I’m a day late, I want to wish a heartfelt Merry Christmas to all.  I am truly blessed.