Little coffee out front yielded only five neighbors but was so nice—we all sat and chatted for nearly two hours—and everyone was happy to have the chance to do that. My cinnamon rolls were a big hit—yesterday I ate way too many sweets—today I only had protein items or lettuce greens until at dinner I had half a small sweet potato with bison pattie. Have to shock this body out of the sugar blitz of yesterday. All my kids called to talk leisurely so that was nice. Today I hosted a zoom meeting with my dance class and surprised everyone with our teacher in our back yard so that she could participate—none of them knew and were so happy as everyone loves her.
Tomorrow I go to TJ’s for sr hour shopping at last and then I go to get my fired items from my clay BF’s kiln—am so excited. Going to bed super early like right now, as I slept terribly last night—I think it was the eating. My housekeeper brought over a large tray of the biggest and sweetest and best chocolate covered berries ever—the chocolate was dark and actually good quality, not waxy—ate about 4–i think I was over sugared for sure! Yuk. Tasty when it happens and disastrous results later!
My friend's parents are doing well, her mother had no symptoms and her father did not get worse.
Holly I'm so, so sorry about Iver, he was a connection to your brother. And also sorry about your sister's cat. Really sad.
I absolutely do not understand people who think this virus is a hoax. I guess I'm glad I don't know anyone personally who think that way.
I find that I'm also making multiple uses of paper and plastic products, and less cavalier about throwing things away after single use.
Joan, I love eggs I'm going through a dozen eggs per week. My latest was steaming them so that it's like a soft custard. My mom used to make that and I recently came across a recipe for it. I cant believe I hadn't even thought about making it last 30 years!
Jojo, hope you're doing well.
I've gained weight, ugh. I was eating too many carbs, so now am cutting down some.
Oh, there's a watchathon week on comcast so now I'm finally getting to watch Handmaid's Tale!
I guess there’s always going to be that group of people who refuse to face reality. It is weird though, since I don’t know anyone who has had the virus. I can’t believe that people are so quick to pack beaches and other public spaces.
The garden is doing pretty good so far. It has been an unusually cool spring, but it is supposed to warm up big time starting tomorrow.
Sue, is the soup kitchen that you volunteer at still serving meals? My church is doing a “drive thru” style lunch on Saturdays.
Joan, have you considered selling pieces of pottery to raise money for charity? I don’t want to sell my stuff either, but if the money goes towards a worthy cause, it takes the pressure off. I’m working my way through my stash still.
Just finished our Zoom book club meeting—we read Little Fires Everywhere—really liked it. Next month we are doing Water Dancer.
Holly, my salad bed (what I call one of my raised beds since I just threw seeds out for arugula, mesculan , romaine, and kale) is growing so fast now I’m having to cut greens about every four days. I’m eating a huge green salad each lunch with tuna or salmon on it or a boiled egg. I had gained 4 pounds so now I have two eggs and some Canadian bacon chunks for breakfast, my salad for lunch with an apple for dessert. Then a few pistachios and about four dried persimmon slices for a snack and then a good protein for dinner with some veggie and a carb—like today it was Lima beans and green beans with a salmon patty. In just the last four days I am down two of those stupid four pounds. I have to break my sweets cycle—-first day I had withdrawal!
I’d love to know how you do the eggs, Sue.
I am very pleased with about 12 of the pieces I fired—my girl is my best thing I’ve done. Also got some really nice glaze effects on a few pieces that I like—so that was fun. I’m trying a new process now with black wax resist—did the wax part today and will do the glaze tomorrow. And I plan to throw some mugs tomorrow.
We are having a little cool spell so the mornings and evenings have been so nice—love it. I have walked my 3 + miles every day recently so I feel good about that.
DD here tested negative for the Covid thankfully. DD in CA got word today that her salary will be cut by 10%==will really hurt them with the NYC rental still ..but at least they are both working.
we still have not eaten anything but homemade—this is the longest I’ve gone without eating out or bringing in food probably since I am an adult! I hope we all remember to conserve on things like this (paper products, etc) permanently. It’s a shame how we as Americans are so spoiled and careless!
We did our housecleaning routine today.
Sue I’m going to text you a couple pictures of my clay work—
Vegas restaurants are already folding—three so far. Vegas is going to be very hurt economically!
The more they learn about the things this virus is causing the more it is frightening—hearing what it’s done to kids—the blood clots it causes, geez, it’s so awful!
Hi everyone! I have gained 10 lbs during this terrible time. Too much eating and not enough exercise. Two weeks ago I started walking again 2 1/2 mi per day I have lost 2-3 lbs over these 2 weeks. Yesterday and today I walked 3 mi each day . I have downloaded some audible books to listen to as I walk. I have a abdominal/ back brace and a knee brace that I wear that help when I walk too. What a sight I must be with all of these and my ear plugs for the book!!
I cannot get DH to walk with me, he just does not have the stamina. But he does walk around our circle which is about 1/2 mi
Holly so very sorry to hear about the loss of your animals- so sad!
My son is fine ( in California). He stayed home completely after being exposed for 2 1/2 weeks and never had any symptoms. It was very scary knowing he had been exposed. He works now part at home and part goes in each week.
My violin string is still broken but I haven’t gotten to that place of learning yet. I have been teaching myself from the book and have learned a lot on my own . But I would like to get back to lessons- maybe in July. July is when our church services will start again. We have been having virtual services and a Bible study on Zoom .
We had an eightieth birthday scheduled the end of May for my cousin’s wife but have decided to do it maybe Labor Day.
My youngest sister has gotten into essential oils and has me interested. She sent me a conconction she made up for pain, skin , and digestion. You rub it on the bottom of your feet and the base of your spine before bed. I’m trying it out. May not help or it may- we will see- won’t hurt and it sure does smell good! I put some on a dry patch I have had on my foot for months and it cleared up in two days!
I have tried to cut back on eating some . I was eating so much between meals-not good!! I could not button some of my pants. Today though I could! Hooray!
BYW. My hair is driving me crazy. Cannot wait you get it cut. The place I use is not opened yet. They have strict regulations they will have to follow when they do so many have not been able to set them up yet I guess. I don’t know many people in my age group that have ventured out yet.
Really,really miss my grandchildren . The boys came over on Mother’s Day and played ball out in the front yard- DH and I sat on the front porch and watched them. Was so fun to see them . We FaceTimed with California DGD in the afternoon and enjoyed that too- miss the real hugs though!
JoAnne, I have been eating such good, healthful meals but I swear I want to snack all afternoon—it’s like I am driven! Scary!
Glad your son is okay so far. My DD in CA just got notified of a 10% salary cut by the state. It will hurt them a lot! DGD is still with them since NYC is mostly closed.
DD here is seeing her clients again—most are kids for therapy so I remodeled her face masks by putting in a clear vinyl panel over the mouth—she said the little kids need to see expression to feel safe. Will be so hot.
I made two soups the other day—one was tomato basil which I so love. I also made the NYT no knead bread cause I love having chunks of bread to dunk or float in the soup. Had that for dinner last night with a green salad—so yummy. Then had it for lunch today as well.
DH upgraded to a new Odicon hearing aid that he loves so I inherited his—they are much better than mine. I could actually tell the difference right away. So we went in to get them programmed and I made an appt. to buy a bag of clay when studio was empty other than owners. Tomorrow will buy a few apples and bananas at TJ’s early in the morning before the line forms. Other than that I have been and will be in.
Today I hand built a pretty cool bowl for practice—am going to try making a large one for myself for fruit that sits on the counter. I built the smaller one today over the outside of half a soccer ball! Yesterday I applied some decorations to four mugs I threw and carved. They are now ready for bisque fire. If I didn’t have clay to work with I’d be going mad!
JoAnne is the dogwood in bloom or is it past that time? I remember seeing so much when we were there one time in the spring—I love it. Here we are having a fun little cool spell—it snowed in central NV where DS park ranger lives. I walked this morning and it was only 57º and stayed in the high 60’s today. Was so nice. I think I’ll have to pick two of my beets tomorrow—I’m letting them get pretty big as they are ahead of all the others so needed to have enough to get a good serving for both of us. Can’t wait to taste them as they are usually so sweet compared to store bought. All my salads are right out of the garden now—have a lot of greens, kale and lettuce but for some reason the spinach just isn’t doing well.
Joan, have you read the book Before We Were Yours about a fraud adoption agency in TN? It is tough reading, but good.
It’s been raining and chilly all week, but is supposed to be nice starting Friday. My garden is struggling and yellow due to I think, too much nitrogen in the soil. Hopefully the rain will help balance that out.
NC is opening restaurants and salons at reduced capacity starting Friday evening. It is so hard to tell what is really happening with the numbers because the increase in testing makes it look so much larger.
Hope everyone is doing well. Philly is finally going into phase 1 of opening up on Jun 5. Our numbers have been going down in all categories, but with occasional spikes up. In my zipcode there are 56 positive cases, and the loweset % per population in all zipcodes in city. It is really sad the worst numbers come from lower income neighborhoods, African American/Hispanics.
The killing of George Floyd is terrifying. Such a tragedy. That officer had a history of being investigated.
My friends parents are fully recovered!
Joan, to make the steamed eggs takes a little trial and error. I take 2 large eggs and add maybe 1-2 teaspoons of water and whisk with fork until no white streaks and air bubbles. Add salt and any other seasonings, herbs, etc. you like. Line another small bowl with plastic wrap, then pour the egg mixture in. I discovered the plastic wrap helps to keep the steamed eggs from sticking and cleanup is much easier. I use a pot with a steamer insert, fill the pot with 2 inches water bring to boil. Put the bowl with eggs in, cover and turn to halfway between medium high to medium heat. Cook 10 minutes. I played with the cook time and how high heat to cook it for weeks, haha. So it really depends on how you like the consistency. I love it soft and creamy. Then unmold into whatever you are using it with. I do a Chinese style with congee (rice porridge), soy sauce, other vegs, etc. I guess you can use oatmeal, or even on toast, anything or by itself. I bet you can make it sweet if you want, like a creme brulee.
I made the NY Times no knead bread when the article first came out! Love it. Great that you're down 2 lbs!
Holly, the place volunteer is still preparing and deliverning food. In fact, because of the virus they have increased the amount of meals they provide. They are doing social distancing in the kitchen, everyone wears masks. Many of the older volunteers have stopped going but they are getting new people helping who are younger and have time because of shut down. I miss it, I will go back when things get better.
Jojo, glad your son is ok! At least your DH is doing some walking, better than nothing at all.
SO's birthday was on Mon and for the first time I during this quarantine, I ordered from a restaurant. We got spicy fried chicken and waffles, it came with cole slaw and pickles and a creamy, like creme fraiche herbed sauce. It was so good! With delivery/service/tax/fees the 2 orders of $19 dish came to more than $70 when I added tip...geesh. I am tipping more during these times though.
Holly I read Before We Were Yours a couple years ago I think—research the Tennessee children’s homes on YouTube—there are many articles with actual pictures and footage—amazingly the women who ran it got away with it basically. It was horrible. I think Joan Crawford and June Allyson bought their children there. It is amazing what we have allowed to be done to poor children and their families. It was a good book. We are reading Water Dancer next—-I need to get going on it.
Sue, the eggs then become creamy like a pudding? Thanks for the good explanation of how to make—might try it just for fun. Have copied your directions in case.
The Minnesota killing after the one in Georgia—when are we going to get a stop to this violence against Blacks in America—aI cannot imagine the fear a black mother and father feel when they have children who begin to go out on their own much less what they feel themselves just driving or walking somewhere!It’s incredible when you think about it. Our nation needs so much revamping of attitudes—our ideals simply don’t match what really happens!
Talked with DD in CA today for a while as she had to drive to her office to pick up some materials so we chatted when she drove to and from—no one else around. DGD19 has grown up so much—DD is going to miss her so badly when she goes back to NYC which she will June 10 for a month to see how it is==she is going to summer school so will mostly be studying—her work place may open soon. Of course the arts like dance and drama and just shut down—thank goodness she had begun to explore other avenues through school—she is still dancing on her own as much as possible but I think she is finding such a love for school that I think she realizes that dance is not her only option. Honestly I think she feels so much better about herself—-she is running for exercise and told me she has just managed to manage her food intake differently and she looks great. DGD15 on the other hand has become the teenage girl who is moody, stormy at times, and loving the next minute—At least now her mom knows that with age and maturity they become your nice kids again as young adults!
DH and I are trying something different with eating—we are trying that 8/16 thing where you eat your meals within an 8 hour window and eat nothing the other 16 hrs of the day—so we are eating between 12 and 8 pm. This is our first day. You still eat three meals but my friend said that she dropped three pounds right away and started eating less because she was full from having the meals relatively close together. We will see. I have to say that I did not feel at all hungry this morning — it seems that food triggers my hunger response so having nothing is easier than having something.
I am getting so much kale out of my garden—have to cut every two days. Also now there are a lot of tomatoes set—hope this little spike of a hot spell doesn’t mess up their blooms—supposed to cool down a bit by Sunday—the high the past two days has been about 104 where we live but higher down town. Really feels hot after our unusually cool spring and early summer here.
I made scallion/leek quiche yesterday and two kinds of soup—tomato basil and leek, mushroom, barley. Gave some to my new neighbor who is a friend from gym.
DH got new better hearing aids again so I have his and I must admit they are better than mine. I passed mine onto my gym neighbor who I gave my last pair to—now she will have a pair that sends the sound to her phone and does that with TV as well. I feel good about giving her them as she is older than me and really doesn’t have money—recently moved to save money—renting a senior apt—but moving cost her so much she is starting a part time job tomorrow—geez. Hope she stays safe. She’s the one who had jaw replacement surgery about a year and a half ago—she’s been through that, breast cancer and losing her husband all in the last four years and she is such a positive person!
Got a lot of clay pieces out of kiln today—love my new coffee cups and my Matisse tea pot—-got more Christmas trees done—am getting quite a collection but I’ll need a lot for my gym friends to be able to choose one each. Our gym is considered a community center so is not opening—gyms in town can open with super restriction starting next week I think. I wouldn’t dare go anyway unless they had class outside.
Wow, have any of you seen The Apology? It is a documentary about the “grandmothers”—women who when young were kidnapped by the Japanese and put in “comfort stations” to “service” Japanese soldiers—the doc introduces you to three women—one from China, one from SK and one from Philippines and all are in their 80’s today or nearly 90–worth watching . I rented it on Apple TV but my friend said she got it on Hoopla through the library and watched it. Sue I wondered if you knew about this and if your grandmothers ever spoke of it. I talked to Jordan and his friend Erica said that her grandmother when alive yo==used to tell her about it a lot—she was from SK. Amazing how we “bury” history—
Find myself breaking down in tears off and on during the days—the sad realities that exist in our nation are just overwhelming. To think we are being threatened with our own military—I am at my wits end! And I’m so worried for the huge number of Covid that could happen soon!
Did not walk today as we are having a few more days of hot weather after the past 5 that were just wonderful.
Did have Jordan over last night for SD dinner on the patio—so miss him. He’s still struggling with anxiety—has not started counseling—so DD and I are going to literally make an appt for him—I think he has to get into it so he can get certified to go back to school. This virus and employment on top of where he already was emotionally is not good!
Hope you are staying safe. I look forward to the day when we don’t have to be so self conscious about things when out in public—wearing masks, etc.
Joan, anxiety seems to be more rampant in college-age kids. I don’t know if it’s from information overload and constant connectivity. I’m not sure what the answer is. I hate it for seniors especially with their loss of graduation.
My DD and family all marched today—over 15,000 people in downtown Sacramento—no riot gear policemen—no violence—DGD’s made signs. Hoping no one gets sick! I am so worried about Covid rises—AZ and UT are in serious rise mode! So scary! Holly, I am 3/4 done with The Water Dancer-excellent book! The writing is fabulous!
It's been very emotional, painful and eye opening. Of course, I've experienced racism in my life, but nowhere near the extent that the black population has. I've been busy reading online, in addition to coronavirus and political articles, now also what's going on with BLM. Watching a lot of protests on tv. It's scary when I see all these people close together most wearing masks but some are not and all the yelling with in my mind millions of droplets falling everywhere. Some states with relaxed stay at home orders from weeks ago are seeing increase in positive cases. So I guess in about 2 weeks we'll see about increases in my area.
I'm also corresponding with quite a few of the cruise friends we've made through the last several years. I think we are just sad that we won't be cruising for awhile and by the time we do, many of the wonderful crew will have found other jobs. SO and I had reserved a cruise to go to the Antarctic in Nov which I'm sure will be canceled. There's a private Seabourn group on FB, many passengers, crew and staff are members, SO is a member as well and I see some of the goings on - passengers posting photos of previous trips, and lately a lot of the crew themselves posting. Our last ship has a skeleton crew on board right now, with our favorite captain and his wife - on our last trip we were invited to dinner with them along with 2 other couples we already knew. This captain and ship was the first one we were on more than 9 yrs ago. The captain's wife has been posting updates, photos of the crew - even now they are spending time/effort composing elaborate group photos for us celebrating certain milestones of the ship.
Joan, I'm very glad your DGD19 is in a good head space now! Have you made the egg dish yet? It's not as creamy as pudding, it has more body than that. I had heard about the "comfort" women in Japan, but not through my relatives since they were from mainland China. It seemed that the anxiety came on quickly from out of nowhere for Jordan. Did he try to hide it for a long time? Hope he has started counseling.
Jojo, how are the essential oils working out for you. Have you been using it consistently last couple of weeks? Good job on being able to button up pants. I'm scared to put my on.
Holly, are there any protest marches in your town?
There's been violence and looting. It is very peaceful during the day then all of a sudden it erupts. That was in the first weekend, during most of last week it has been much better.