Bubble? Trap? or Cage?

Ron observed this morning that we live in a bubble: we have a good governor who has kept Covid-19 at bay.

We can visit New Hampshire, Rhode Island or any of the other New England states. We couldn’t easily visit Em in Washington or Ron’s friends and relatives in Arizona, not that we had plans.

We are hesitant to spend money on nice-to-haves but non-essentials, like a smart thermostat.

More pertinently, I would like to go thrifting, but the prospect of any retail shopping is even less appealing than usual: since the tourons arrived, there has been an increase in Covid-19 cases.

It’s unsettling that some biotech companies with promising treatments for disease-resistant bacteria have shut down.

A bubble can definitely feel like a trap in which a bacterial infection could get out of control, we could find ourselves marooned because our cars needed servicing that we couldn’t afford, we are hesitant to go out because of risk of exposure to people who are from Covid-19 “hot spots”.

If those limits weren’t enough, it’s been hot, crazily hot. It hit 100 the other day.

Historically, the end of July/beginning of August is the hottest time of the year, but the intensity of the heat this year is unusual, and it looks like we won’t have decent walking weather until mid-August at the earliest.

Too Hot

It’s 5 PM and 88 degrees. This has put a major crimp in our walk schedule.

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking in the last week or so. Today I made zucchini bread with gluten free flour, which was the only type on hand. Turned out pretty well. I gave one to Robert, frosted half and left half alone, and used less than half the amount of sugar called for. Made a big salad for supper. Ron brought home corn, and we have stuffed zucchini left over from yesterday.

It’s been great to drive Robert home from work.

I’m amazed at how fast the days go by with no real schedule. Get up, make coffee. Cooked a whole box of Silver Spoon oatmeal this morning, then made the zucchini breads. Had lunch. Watched a little of the hearings with the CEOs of Google/YouTube, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. We’ll watch BBC News/America and PBS NewsHour in about 15 minutes, have supper, then watch the next episode of “Hannah” on Prime. As the king of Wry wrote, so it goes.

Ron did a light shop today, we split the cost.

Robert’s 25th

Ron and I took Robert out for a quick lunch today at Le Bon Jour, just across the street from his branch.

Since he only has half an hour for lunch, some places are still takeout only and it was far too hot to eat outside (it’s now 100 degrees here), I wasn’t sure how this would work; fortunately, they were open for dining in. We ordered different bowls and all of us enjoyed our choices.

Dolly Domestic

I was shocked (shocked) to realize that yesterday, I sewed, ironed, cooked, vacuumed, washed dishes and did laundry.

Ron mowed the front lawn.

This morning, I did the transfer station run early. The guys at the transfer station said tomorrow will be a scorcher. Glad there’s nothing on the calendar that requires being outside. We are getting too old.

Speaking of which, Ron suggested a walk last night when it was humid and probably around 85. I say probably because we didn’t look at the temp until a half hour or so after we got back to the house. I made it to the start of Fairneny then felt I had to stop.

The day before, Geri invited me to lunch at Captain Scott’s, then a walk on the Sandwich end of the Canal afterwards. She and Free know a trail that took us from the canal through the woods to Town Neck Beach. Great walk and delicious Greek salad for lunch.

Betsy sent a nice email telling us how much she likes the Wampanoag calendar.

We did the usual Sunday chores, laundry and changed sheets, and I made a big salad for lunch. We had burritos for supper with stuff from the frig. I did some minor gone-by cleanup in front of the fence.

My main accomplishment today was finding out how to delete unread messages that Mail has lost track of: mark for forwarding, cancel, then delete.

Another 10,000; Blood

Yesterday I walked over 3 miles. We did the falutin’ walk in the late evening; it was almost dark by the time we got back. I was dripping from the heat and humidity.

This morning I moved the four pieces of leftover ceiling tile to the attic and weighted them down with a trunk in the hope of straightening them out. Also increased the temperature setting to 90 on the attic window fan. Found some insulation to fill in the area near the drain pipe in the basement.

I got to drive Robert home from work three times this week.

Had a 40 percent off coupon at CVS and splurged yesterday on an oximeter. The refund for the one I’d ordered from China back in May more than covered the cost.

Prepared and mailed Betsy’s package at UPS. Their service is far superior to that at the Mashpee post office.

We donated blood this past Tuesday. It was a busy day with CSA in the afternoon and chauffering. Took it easy yesterday, watched TV for part of it, did a small shop after dropping Robert off.

Been hot this week, hand watering has been essential for anything not planted in the ground.

Lunch, Standout, Mow

We invited Geri and Free over for lunch yesterday, and on the way back to their house, Geri did a grocery shop. Her usual helper wasn’t available.

Lunch was good- veg burgers, fresh green beans, grilled zuke, lime pie – but the visit wasn’t. I got annoyed with Ron’s dominating the conversation and after hints didn’t work, I became unpleasant with him, making it awkward for our guest.

I did the Move to Remove standout this morning and mowed the front and side yard.

A Lot

After 18+ years of living with it, I raked out the flotsam and jetsam under the bulkhead stairs while Ron supervised. Although I’d warned him to back off, he was standing behind me at such close quarters that I clunked him between the eyes by mistake.

Did two loads of laundry, hung the whites out to dry.

Using a graham cracker crust that Ron bought a while back, made a lime pie. Picked up a 10 pound bag of sugar for the hummers at Stop & Shop; Shaw’s was out the other day.

Ron cut out the gigantic sassafras root that I unearthed yesterday. It does smell like root beer.

Dropped off the Q1 property tax payment at Town Hall.

Trimmed the bushes by the front steps. Picked up more cedar mulch at Mahoney’s. Watered the flower boxes in the nick of time.

Added veg broth, rice and provolone to leftover Sabzi for lunch. Made a big salad for supper.

Ron moved and cleaned the bird bath and leveled it with sand.

Misfits box arrived, somewhat of a disappointment. Cancelled next week’s, boring stuff.

Cement

Yesterday, I moved the bird bath and replaced it with the gazing ball and cement stand. Ron blasted the bird bath.

We did a fine walk to falutin’ land.

I dug out a gigantic sassafras root, covered the hole with boards and surrounded it with wire to keep out animals. Ron will remove it, or at least as much as he can, tomorrow.

Made a terrible Sabzi with carrot greens from Pariah Dog. The greens were fine, the recipe was awful. I don’t have a good “feel” for Middle Eastern, much as I like the spices. Maybe not as easy to adapt to a veg diet as other cuisines.

Visit with Cathy; CSA

Cathy was here for lunch yesterday and hydrangea-gathering. We had a fine time, as always.

CSA today. Some of us are wondering why certain people take so long to pick up their shares, since they are pre-boxed. Hmm.

I baked vegetarian “pepperoni” from tofu and used up some old greens from the garden in soup – good! Harvested kale. Did some watering. Mulched the “newies” that I’d transplanted yesterday from the divided giant daylily.

Figured out we are going to owe a fortune to the water department. Not good.

Turns out, there are Dr. Fauci socks, prayer candles and donuts. Only in America.