ON THE BACK BURNER

It's still cold and the wind is wicked , but the sun makes such a difference.  My son took me on an outing today and it was almost like what use to be normal. I can say this, I remembered how to behave. Back before Covid, we use to go to Saturday yard sales. Today , we went to the one general store and the junk yard. To give you an idea of the merchandise at the general store, he bought underwear. I bought a pastry blender. We met some where  around the sweat shirts. At the junk yard, which is named" Waste not, want not",he found a beautiful window. I bought a small plastic tool box for my one hammer and one screw driver.We were both happy.

I am still eating Matzohs. It's two weeks after Passover, but I have a half box of Matzoh to eat. I was planning to make that wonderful ,matzoh brickle with the too much butter, nuts and chocolate chips. The recipe may have been around for awhile, but,just like the memory of where you were when a monumental event occurred, I can still visualize  where I was when I pulled the first batch out of my oven. We had moved from a registered landmark building, The Paddington , to another landmark building, The Aquatania. The Aquatania ,supposedly was temporary quarters for Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson,( so we were told) ,when Chicago had a thriving movie industry. Our apartment  had a huge closet with another closet within it.This one had a lock , which we assumed was to lock up fur  coats. This apartment is where I  made my first brickle. For some reason, which I don't even understand, I am not a fan of chocolate chip cookies. Love the dough, but not the finished product. But melted chocolate chips on matzoh, now that is a treat.

I plan to eat everything that I want for the next few days. It's not as if I have denied myself anything, but I will  not hold back. On  Monday, I plan to weigh myself. I bought a scale when I first got here, 10 months ago. I like to be reminded of how long I have been sheltered . I never got on it. I read some place that scientist have determined that the average person, sheltered during the Covid pandemic has gained 2 lbs a month. Since I have been either in quarantine  or what I call sheltered ,for 16 months,that could be 32 lbs. I'll give my self 10 lbs and be happy with that. I am almost 4000 miles from home in Venice, if you hear a scream, Monday morning, you will know where it originated. Don't forget the time zone, 3 hours behind you.

The high's and the low's of a day in the life of me.Had to return a Amazon purchase to the local UPS store. Car didn't start. Bummer. Not to fret. My Grandson and my son were both around. Crises averted. Needed  a new battery. the battery in the car was purchased in 2013. It lived a good life. The high of the day is that my  Grandson  and I had" tea time" today. He stays around later on this day every week and I just noticed that. . I invited him to have lemonade and a snack with me. It was too cold and rainy for lemonade, so it was hot tea and home made English muffins. We settled in under the tent and it was very adult. We'll have to do it again.

it's getting embarrassing . Every day, my son asks me what I did that day. Tidying up a 27 foot trailer, taking Dixie for several walks, doing some laundry, hosing down the side of the trailer that faces the woods,sweeping up his studio, researching my newest addiction of vlogging, just doesn't seem all that fulfilling or newsworthy.I am going to have to work harder. I think he would like me to be more adventurous and drive off to a park or walk in different sections of town. The reality is that I am just very comfortable where I am and I don't feel the need to go exploring on my own. Today, I practiced what it would be like to vlog. I had the camera on video, the screen was focused on me. I started talking ,once I realized that the audio was also on. I introduced myself to the camera. I even put on makeup so that I would look less splotchy . I was, by my own evaluation, hysterical. I didn't know that I did "things " with my eye brows or mouth.  I never looked at the camera. It was so bad that I zapped it before anyone could see it. Everyone should do this exercise, even once, to see what the world sees. Ugh.

Latest comments

29.08 | 13:45

Don't quite know how this got to me but it was on the top line of my computer (not in email) But I really enjoyed it. I truly admire you.

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31.07 | 07:02

Leona, do you have a date or a booked flight that you come back ?

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20.07 | 13:55

Everything sounds so wonderful Leona. Venice will seem boring . I would want to move to Portownsend where the kids are living. All sounds great . Is there?

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19.07 | 12:33

That lavender sounds very nice!

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