Today is the end of my Covid-19 blog.
I will blog daily for a while as we wrap up the pandemic, but I plan to switch to a weekly blog in the future. Today is the 444th-day blog (of 443 blogs–missing one when Susie had a stroke). It is a good number to stop counting.
Thus this is now my daily blog. This first trying-to-live-without-fear day of my blog started with me waking a few times and refusing to start my day early. I finally got started on 9:30ish and microwaving last night’s coffee. I then read emails and news articles. Next, I did the dishes and made scones and fresh coffee.
I had not made scones in months. I decided that today, the first new day of my wrap for the pandemic life, should start with making King Arthur Almond Cherry scones. I cut in the cold butter with a pastry knife. It was obvious I had not this for a while as it was hard work. I added the milk and egg, got the mix well mixed, and made little lumps on a baking sheet on parchment. I buy parchment paper that fits my baking sheet also from King Arthur.
They are good.
My suggestion: Give up the fear, be careful and wear your mask when you should and when you need to to feel comfortable, and bake something!
I then went on a trip to practice giving up my fear; I drove Air Volvo for lunch. On the way, I stopped by Rainy Day Games to get a bottle of paint; I am nearly out of gunmetal paint for miniatures. It is a fav of mine as I like the dark shine. Silver is just too bright for weapons and armors and machines.
Lunch: I then went to Pastini for Italian. I wanted a glass of wine and some food without much hassle. The manager sat me at a table for one, and Michael, my waiter, and I found a nice wine, and I had the carbonara pasta with caesar salad. I finished with some ice cream and got a to-go tiramisu for Susie.
While Pastini is a chain, this one at Cedar Mills always seems one step above, and I like their food. They have some extra zing that makes things better. Or it is just the wine.
I was reading the Jupiter Disco drink book while waiting. They are closed for the pandemic and also far away in NYC. I saw they were trying to raise money to keep going on Kickstarter at the start of the pandemic and made a pledge. I got a cool t-shirt, took them a year, and an edgy book that is mostly about bar life and drink recipes. Susie will be confused someday when I say, let’s go to an NYC disco, “I have a t-shirt and drinks I want to try out.”
Returning to lunch, my food and service were good. I saw folks without masks at their tables and folks like me who only remove the mask when drinks or food show. I put it back on when I am done. I felt safe, and the fear is receding.
I returned home, a hero, with tiramisu for Sue (it should be a song lyric).
I ordered pizzas a few hours later, taking wine and a food-induced nap, to have dinner with Dr.Rev. Wayne Weldmartin and his wife, Rev. Anne Weldmwartin. We had the New York pizza from Papa Murphy’s Take-and-Bake pizza. Susie’s fav with pepperoni and sausage. This was with beer.
We had a nice dinner and chatted. We finished dinner with watermelon.
I then taught and played a two-person board game of Wingspan. Susie and I one team and the Weldmartins on the other. The bird cards and the resources were enjoyed. Anne likes birdwatching. I had not managed to teach the mechanics, but that is the hard part of this game. It is a worthy game to learn, but it takes more than one game to get all the working parts. We will play again; Anne seemed to like it.
I am home now writing.
Today’s music is A Folk Song.