Evening from our front porch. I am SO grateful that we live where we do.
Just thought I’d give you an update on our status. We’re fine and are continuing to “shelter in place.” We’re both still healthy, and 🤞with any luck will stay that way. Le Monsieur is now working from home.
Jeune Homme is staying at his group home. We’re not able to visit him there or bring him to our house, but he is well and all things considered, better off where he is. There’s a nurse on staff, and they have strict protocols in place. He’s happy to hang out and watch videos on his tablet.
Coco is still chugging along. Her appetite is good, and though she’s still a little stiff, is able to get out for a (short) daily walk.
And I’ve been taking a longer walk in the neighborhood most afternoons for fresh air and exercise. (Other neighbors doing the same have all been very conscientious about maintaining distance.) And I’m trying to keep up with yoga and Pilates with a few simple moves/poses daily. My Pilates instructor sent me a link to a video with a mat routine, will try that one over the weekend and report back.
Last Thursday (March 19) was our 25th wedding anniversary. We’d planned a trip to Las Vegas to celebrate, but of course those plans were nixed. So instead we opened a nice bottle of bubbly, picked up some takeout from a local French restaurant, and had a lovely, low-key celebration at home.
We did a couple of grocery runs when we returned home two weeks ago, and le Monsieur did another one on Wednesday. Markets here are now enforcing 6′ distancing, and he said they were handing out sanitizing wipes to each customer as they entered the store. Dry goods are still scarce, but there’s plenty of fresh produce. Some stores have “senior hours,” some don’t.
I’m not keen on us shopping in person though. We’ve been trying to switch to ordering groceries online, but the local supermarkets haven’t been able to keep up with demand. When we place an order, earliest delivery window is a few days out. Then the market cancels the order the day before it’s supposed to be delivered. 😬That’s happened twice now, and one local supermarket has even suspended online orders altogether. A neighbor recommended Instacart, so we’re giving that one a try.
But salad greens have been plentiful, so I’ve been eating a lot of salads! I usually add some steamed lentils or canned beans for protein, but haven’t been able to restock yet. So I’ve been adding quinoa, which I’ve found is surprisingly satisfying. I make it in the Instant pot:
- 1 cup quinoa (rinsed)
- 1 cup water
- 1 minute on high pressure, then allow pressure to release for 20 minutes.
I add 1/4 to 1/2 cup to a large salad. It will stay good in the fridge for a week.
A Little Bit of France
While we are staying home, “armchair travel” can be a fun diversion. Have you checked out “My French Country Home” magazine yet? It’s full of beautiful images and informative articles about the best of French living. And my friend Tish Jett is a contributor!
We’ve begun watching the 4-part mini-series “Self Made” on Netflix. It’s the story of Madam C.J. Walker, the businesswoman and first female self-made millionaire, who created and manufactured hair products for black women. Octavia Spencer plays Walker (born Sarah Breedlove). I don’t know yet if the mini-series will touch on this, but Madam C.J. Walker was more than just an entrepreneur…she was also a philanthropist, feminist, and politically active (campaigning in favor of anti-lynching laws, for example). What the series lacks in subtlety so far, it makes up for in enthusiasm and some fabulous costuming. I’m glad this story is being told.
Here’s an interesting review from Helena Andrews-Dyer at the Washington Post.
My Brilliant Friend is back with another season on HBO. While this isn’t a light or particularly happy story, it’s, well…brilliant. It’s a story of a complicated friendship, and navigating expectations within a culture that’s often limiting for women. (I’ve just ordered the set of four Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante that the series is based on…)
Fashion for Good
Christian Siriano and Eileen Fisher are just two of the fashion brands who are stepping up to help make masks and other protective gear for healthcare workers!
How are things going with you?