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COVID Diaries: Day 333

Day 333.  Well that has a nice symmetrical look…

It’s the Valentine’s Day edition here, but really that means it is just another Sunday… 

I was supposed to have Friday off (my regular Friday off), but my employee wanted a vacation and I can’t blame her!  So I worked instead – I can take another day sometime soonish…  I did get a new employee hired, just pending the background check, so that was a nice start to the weekend!  Hopefully work will be back to its more normal frenetic pace soon.

It snowed Friday night, after much pondering by weathermen about whether or not we would get snow here.  We got up to about seven or eight inches!  Since then, some has melted, while at the same time it is still snowing.  It is pretty and peaceful and reminds me of my dad, who always loved the snow.

Yesterday afternoon I went out for a walk to enjoy treading through the fluffy whiteness.  I might do the same again today.  There is something so soothing about seeing the white fluff fall from the sky.  It’s supposed to warm up and turn to rain tomorrow, I think, but I will love it as long as it sticks around.

Things are starting to look up COVID-wise.  Our Governor is finally allowing our County to begin to open back up, with restaurants and entertainment allowed to open at 25% capacity.  It has literally been 11 months since anyone could go to a movie or museum around here – it will be pandemonium!  But wait, nevermind, because our only mainstream theater is Regal Cinemas, and they announced several months ago that they were temporarily closing all their theaters, so who knows how temporary that will be, or if they will be just another casualty of the lockdown…

I’m making progress on a 2000 piece puzzle that I got for Christmas!  Hard to believe it is twice as many pieces as the largest puzzle I have done before.  It doesn’t seem too tough – but I’m still probably only 30-40% finished.  It keeps me busy.  Cora remains ever helpful… 

How are things in your world?

COVID Diaries: Day 278

Today is the winter solstice in North America; the darkest day of the year.  On top of that, today’s weather is a relentless, depressing, non-stop rain…

For the darkness reason, it’s not my favorite day of the year, but at least it will start to get lighter starting tomorrow, even if the cold and rain will continue for several more months.  There is something about the light that is good for my soul.

What strange times we continue to find ourselves in.  People are continuing to suffer from COVID and its associated chaos, and I’m sure the mental health crisis so many are experiencing will continue to get worse in these long, dark, isolated winter months.

I’m tempted to just buy myself a whole bunch of presents…  I’m not usually one for much retail therapy, but as there is very little in social diversion due to the latest lock down, what more is there?  Luckily I did receive some puzzles for Christmas (early presents) so I’ll have some new challenging ones to work on!

And of course, I have plenty of writing to do here.  I still have my huge backlog of travel posts too!

End note: After I started this post before work, it started snowing!  So far it’s still coming down!  Since I don’t have to drive to work anyway, bring it on – let it snow!

Snow Days

Last week it snowed.  Quite a bit.  For several days.  It started on Sunday afternoon and continued off and on through Tuesday night.  There were between five and six inches at my house by the time it let up.  As usual, our coastal city built on a hill, mostly shut down as roads got icy and treacherous, schools closed, and even the grocery stores and big box stores were closing early.

I live on a hill – Friday afternoon was the first time my street saw a plow, after tracks of bare, wet pavement had been created.  Figures.

I took a few walks in the snow to avoid the cabin fever.  My dad always loved the snow; he would have thoroughly enjoyed it.



Oliver’s Terror

I am hiding under the bed right now – that’s the safest place.  I’ve been under here since late last night – when the apocalypse began.  My mom tried to get me to come out for breakfast – she shook the bag of food and I finally came downstairs.  But then I saw the windows…  I am too smart for them.  I hid under a chair until I could make a break for safety – back under the bed.

A couple hours later my mom came upstairs and dragged me out from under the bed.  She said she wanted to make sure I wasn’t sick.  I’m not.  I’m the only sane one around here apparently.  She saw my fear whenever I looked towards the windows.  I buried my head in her elbow until I could get away.  I don’t want to see such death and mayhem.  My dad went outside right before that.  I heard the door open and close.  He’s going to die.  I know it.  He’s not coming back.  EVER.

Oscar and Coraline are idiots.  Oblivious.  Just sitting there in their beds, lounging and sleeping, waiting for the end to come.  They don’t even know that it is near.  They will certainly die too.

I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but I hear the sounds of something rolling off the roof and hitting the deck.  It is terrifying.  It is probably hand grenades.  Or bodies.  Yes, it is probably bodies.  I don’t know how they got up there, but I am certainly not going to leave my hiding place to find out.  Best to wait it out and see who is still alive at the end.

I am in more danger now that mom removed the box in front of me. I don’t know why she is taking my photo during such a dangerous time…

I am in more danger now that mom removed the box in front of me. I don’t know why she is taking my photo during such a dangerous time…

My name is Oliver, and I am afraid of…


Snow Day February 2014

Snow Day February 2014


Snow… or not… and Pinot!

It’s the three day weekend, and I was told there would be snow.  Apparently that promise meant everybody in the county would get snow, and even other parts of the city would get snow, but there would be 1/8 of an inch at my house. Not even enough to make a snowball!  If I’m going to hang around home on a three day weekend at least make it worth my while!

Jon was sweet enough to rent The Help from the Redbox.  It seems fitting to watch a movie with a civil rights theme on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.  I’m sure he wasn’t that into seeing it, because it is advertised as a chick flick, but I had commented about it before, and he remembered.  He even watched the whole thing!  We decided to open a nice bottle of Pinot, because we have been missing the Willamette Valley so much.  I picked a 2008 Winemaker’s Cuvee Pinot Noir from Panther Creek.  This is one that we picked up on sale at Safeway when we were down visiting my brother.  Safeway has a pretty good 30% off wine sale a couple times a year and if you buy 6 bottles, you get an extra 10% off. 


2008 Panther Creek Winemaker's Cuvee Pinot Noir

We had no idea whether it would be any good – but wow are we ever impressed.  This is a robust Pinot, with a darker black cherry color than many Pinots (a lot of them are more raspberry colored).  It has great structure and is a bold, earthy flavor mixed in with ripe berry and coffee.  It is solid enough to hold it’s own with a meal, or drink it alone.  You won’t be disappointed! 

We were close to Panther Creek before on a trip to the Willamette Valley, but ran out of time and weren’t able to visit.  I know that they make several single vineyard Pinots too, plus it is housed in a cool, historic brick building, so I’ll make sure we visit on our next trip down!  Especially since that was our only bottle…. Until next time!