Quarantine Sunday 2


How’s everyone doing?

We’re fine here. Slow day. For a change, I wanted to talk about what some of my friends and family are doing during this crisis. But first, what’s new in the world.

Outside our house, our government is giving more money to kids and seniors, the latter via the United Way, which kind of makes sense since this is what they do. Some churches are offering drive-thru services. Can I get a double-double and a hail Mary to go, please? And, the Olympics have been canceled.

At home, The-Youngest and I installed a shelf in his room. He’s pretty damn good at carpentry, measuring twice and cutting once, making sure everything was level and didn’t once hit me with a hammer ‘by mistake.’

Meanwhile, The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World and The-Oldest watched Tiger King. It sounds like a really odd series. Like twisted. Monty-Python-on-acid-twisted.

But today, I’d also like to look at the ways my friends and family are getting through this crisis. One of my long-time online gaming friends DJ’d for a few hours, playing great music with a rocking light show. His wife even dressed up as a fox, and though I’m not sure why, it added another whole level to awesome.

I have a family member building a climbing wall. An actual climbing wall. Now, sure, he’s one of those talented guys who can build anything, (and likely would have built our shelf in 20 min, while we took 2 hours), but it’s still impressive. Can’t get to the climbing gym, heck make one!

We had some friends drop by to wish their aging grandma a happy birthday, but since they weren’t allowed in, they made signs saying happy birthday and sang for her. How cool is that?

Someone, not me, dropped off a bottle of wine for a friend who not only has been stuck at home but had his house flooded. I want to say that person was me (who dropped off the wine), but I may not be that good a friend as I didn’t even think about it!

For the past few nights, a lot of us in the neighbourhood have gone outside at 7pm and made some noise to support all the overworked and stressed healthcare workers. A few days ago, we banged hockey sticks. Tonight, hey, we got drums, so we did us some drummin’, loud and proud.

And we got our daily dose of super adorable from The-Cutest-Baby-in-the-World who smiled as soon as she saw me (boy does that melt your heart) and blew kisses at The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World. It’s so uplifting that we get to see this tiny, beautiful girl even when we can’t actually physically be with her.

Amazing right?

So, you know what? There is a ton of good being done out there. A ton. A lot of people are getting through this crisis with style, and this makes me think we’ll be fine at the end of this. Thanks to everyone who’s still working, but especially thanks to the healthcare workers who have it way worse than the news is letting on.

I hope that when they write the history of this pandemic, it will include the same words used to describe the soldiers who stormed the D-Day beaches or risked everything to save a Jewish family.

My favourite meme of the day!

For us, tomorrow should be a bit of a challenge – It’s time to have that operation on The-Youngest’s toe. He’s a brave little guy, but I won’t lie. He’s a bit scared of the pain, too.

Until tomorrow, be safe, be healthy, and respect this new world.






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Quarantine Saturday 2

An actual picture of me.

Today we were learnding stuff.

Outside the house, a referral-only drive-thru testing site was set up in Burnaby. (It’s not a Timmies). Boris Johnson announced he had tested positive for the virus, which goes to show you that anyone with bad hair can get this, too. And Italy hit 10,000 deaths, which, if nothing else, should convince anyone this is indeed a problem.

At home, I made my first journey to the grocery store. Like General Patton, I planned my attack, new my objectives, and researched the best options. I hit the grocery store at 8:10am like I was storming the Normandy Beaches.

There were about 10 people in the entire store. Distancing markers had been set up by the tills, and quantity limits had been placed on items. All good.

I had gone early to avoid the crowds and had a list of essentials. You know, chocolate, feminine hygiene products, and milk. If I could find some fruit, bread, and fresh veggies, that would be awesome. I went in, though, with no hope of finding disinfectants, TP, or singing angels.

With virtually no one in the store, I raced through it as fast as I could. They didn’t have wipes to use on the cart, but that didn’t matter, I’d brought my own and wiped the cart handles, (and the milk door handles) down about 300 times. When I used the silly credit card machine, I wiped that down, too, and did the same with my credit card (even though it was only be inserted.)

Paranoid? Maybe. Safe? For freaking sure!

The only trouble I ran into was the feminine hygiene products. I do not have a good track record with these things. One time I couldn’t figure out what to get, so I texted The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World. “Did you want heavy flow or extra strength super duper heavy flow with rainbows?” The response. “What?????” I repeated the request.

Then I realized I had texted her mom by mistake.

Oh, God!

But looking at the choices, I couldn’t find what was needed, though I read every package. Who knew there were so many choices? Who knew brand would be so important? Sadly, I made my best guess, then ran away before more female shoppers pushed by me shaking their heads.

When I got home, I wiped everything down, including myself, and packed it all away. However, with quantity restrictions, I could only get one milk, which is about what the boys go through in 2 hours. Ha. But, like Patton, I counted my adventure as a success despite some failures.

I will learn from these failures – like I learned that I cannot ‘dab’ to save my life. To ensure I don’t fail, again, I have pictures of the fem-hy products and will avoid asking people who walk by, which one of these would YOU use?

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World did far more learnding, though. She literally spent the whole day (over 10 hours!!!) learning the keys to effective communication (and doing a typing class because she said she was good at it and wanted to feel good about something).

However, not long after finishing her communication course, she went on to scar her oldest child for life by saying something that hurt him.

She didn’t mean to hurt him, but you know us artists, we are a temperamental lot. Like me, after hearing, “You know, Joe, I love this blog except for the … ah …words,” I spent a week in the fetal position.

Then, while discussing the best way to fix The-Oldest, I realized I’d left the mic on my computer turned on and The-Youngest heard it all, including my cunning plan to fake a phone call.

Oh, God!

Epic parenting fail on my part. Always be aware of the hot mic. (A lesson I should have learned from TV!)

We sorted that blunder out as best we could, but worse case, he gets in idea how parents solve things. A plan. Some humor. And a lot of ‘we’ll see if that works.’

Then, tomorrow, I have to give MY opinion to the-Oldest.  So what do I do if I don’t like his latest piece? Do I fake a heart attack? Pretend my phone rings and, oh no, it’s the prime minister needing my advice on blogging? I dunno.

It’s tough.

The greatest thing about a dog is that they don’t care if you wore the wrong shoes, smell bad or wrote a bad blog. They love you

Anyway, that was the day. We broke The-Oldest, I did my first shopping trip in over 14 days, and The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World graduated to The-Smartest-Girl-in-the-World.

I wanna claim the day was a success, but…

Only tomorrow will tell.

In the meantime, be safe, be healthy, and respect this new world.

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Quarantine Friday 2

I do wonder

What do you do with freedom in a time where you can’t really do much? Well, we needed to get The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World’s car fixed (it needed a new battery). I mean, hey, if we didn’t have a car, we’d be in big trouble if something bad happened so this needed to be done.

In the outside world, it looks like school IS going online. This should be fun. As well, BC introduced a safe drug supply for drug addicts. It seems like we’re in the drug business now.

And a Mexican governor claimed that poor people are immune. Jeez, you can’t make this sh*t up.

Back home, I went on an epic quest to get a car battery. We booked an appointment yesterday, and I drove the car down at 8am. It almost didn’t start, but I found that by bouncing up and down in the front seat while swearing did the trick. (I think that’s in the manual.)

The mechanics had a good set-up for their customers. I could leave the keys in a bucket, and they’d get them, but they were also practicing proper social distancing, so I went in, kept my social distance, explained the problem, then wiped down my keys with my sanitary wipe and then gave them over.

For a moment, I asked myself, am I insane here? But then no, I need to be not just safe, but super safe.

I had planned to go for a walk as I could no longer simply sit in a Timmies and wait, but as I walked out of the garage, I realized I’d forgotten my wallet.

And my phone.

What an idiot!

So, I didn’t really have a choice. I stomped home in the pouring rain, calling myself names. At 8:15am, there were few people out walking, even fewer on the road, and no line-ups anywhere.

That changed when I had to stomp back. The walk takes about an hour, and at about 11, there were a lot more people out. Being faster than a lot of people walking around, I had to shout out, “On your left!” as I came up behind him.

I need one to cover my whole body

Most were super nice and stepped aside, smiling or waving. One person, though, had the best umbrella for this event. A very deep, see-through umbrella. I don’t know if she didn’t hear me or didn’t speak English, but she was the only one who didn’t respect ‘the distance’ (however, she WAS under something that looked like a cone of silence.)

I felt like the walk was something I’d talk about for a long time. “Well, back in the pandemic of 2020, I had to walk an hour to get my car. In the rain.” Later tellings would likely include “with no shoes,” and something about a tiger.

On my walk, I saw there were now, line-ups at the banks, at the meat market, and at the grocery store. However, everyone was practicing proper social distancing.

I was proud of our neighbourhood.

I got the car without any troubles, continuing to practice proper social distancing, like I’d eaten 4 raw onions, some garlic cloves, and decided not to bathe for a week. I wiped down my credit card and the credit card machine, while the mechanic explained everything they’d done to make sure the car was good, again. After that, he explained they’d wiped down the car after fixing it, though when I got it, I wiped it down again.

No offense.

Then, I went to Timmies!


I got 2 coffees and donuts (wiping the cups down before I put them into the cupholders.) When I got home, The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World burst into tears. No, not at seeing me or the car, but at her Timmies coffee. Just to be safe, we decanted the coffee into a clean mug.

I declared the great quest a success.

The rest of the day was full of the usual stuff. The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World declared that she hasn’t gone without make-up for this long since she was 6 (she’s still The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World, though.) However, last night came out looking like all the skin had been peeled from her face, and we were half-way to the hospital before she could say, it’s a facial mask, silly.

Ok, small exaggeration there, but man, for a moment there she became The-Scariest-Girl-in-the-World. Like Leatherface scary.

The-Oldest worked on his final piece, and I have to say, it sounded so beautiful. Sometimes he loves to experiment with sound, which is like me experimenting with nails on a chalkboard, but today, oh, man, just incredibly beautiful stuff.

The-Youngest mostly hid in his room, emerging only to work on his layered jello project. He’s at 4 layers now and vows to eat it all in one sitting. Yikes.

So, just another day in paradise.

please let any seniors know they can use this number

Thanks to everyone who has liked, shared, or commented on the blog. It means a lot to me (and to The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World who was moved to tears.)

Be safe, be healthy, and respect this new world.

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Quarantine Thursday 2

A pro tip here!


Today, wasn’t as good a day as yesterday. It started off well enough, though, but ended with some bad news.

At 8:30am, we talked to our doctor. We’d taken our temperatures for 2 weeks, isolated and self-observed 24/7, all with no signs of infection. So, when we talked to our doctor, he said we could get out, now, that official quarantine was over.

However, we should still quarantine as much as possible and only go out for necessities.

That we can do.

Outside our house, it looks like there are now hefty fines for being a moron. Great news. Even better, there’s more relief coming for people laid off. Here. It’s worth looking into if you’ve been laid off. There could be $2000 for you.

Also, BC released a list of essential services (here.) I was surprised that bloggers were not listed as an essential service, but whatever. Poo on you.

Lastly, there is a senior hotline now – 211. This is huge, though being close to that age, I’ll likely forget that number and dial Dominos pizza by mistake.

211  Tell everyone.

The-Youngest, however, was less than thrilled about a rumor that school was coming back soon. The-Oldest yipped with glee. I sat in fear thinking I’m going to have to help a grade 8 with math. Or science. Or French. About the only thing I’m good at is History and fibbing.

I also worried a little too much today. Maybe for good reason.

This thing has hit us like a tidal wave, and I read (here) what we’re experiencing is very akin to grief. Suddenly, we’re uncertain about the future, we’re shaken by the change around us, and we’re dealing with feelings like panic, disappointment, rage, blame, and powerlessness. That sounds a lot like grief to me.

Then, we got the news we’d sort of been expecting. The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World will be laid off. I guess working in the library and being super cute and spunky didn’t convince anyone she’s part of an essential service. She’s to finish off her training (in a few days), then be officially laid off, hopefully, to be hired back at some point.


That stressed her out a lot, so we tried to be good today. The-Youngest and I cleaned the garage, The-Oldest only played or composed happy music, and Vegas the dog kept her farting down to a minimum. Later, I made supper, The-Youngest made popcorn, and The-Oldest did his 3rd load of dishes.

They’re good boys.

As the day closed, I thought about how Covid19 has changed our lives.  Here’s my top 10.

  • I can’t watch end-of-the-world, apocalypse or zombie movies. Too close to home now.
  • We don’t waste food anymore. Leftovers are king. I think we even found a use for that can of 1999 soup. It’s a weight for the blanket fort.
  • Supper is more likely to be hot dogs and wine (and wine with a screw-on cap), than a sit-down meal at Earl’s.
  • Everything gets wiped down and we wash our hands like we are surgeons in a 3rd world country. I’ve scrubbed my skin so hard that I think I see bone now.
  • The boys get to find out what it’s like when I (or the Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World) started out in life. Hello, hot dogs with bread. Hello, Raman noodles. Hello, Kraft dinner and Tuna casserole.
  • We do our own stuff now. Coming up soon, oil change, fix that leaky tap and maybe, dare I say it, haircuts. However, we’re less likely to do foot surgery, even though there’s a pretty good Youtube video out there (gotta leave something to the pros).
  • I’ve reached out to more people over the last week, than most of last year. It’s been good to reconnect with some, or simply let others know I’m thinking about them and hope that they’re safe.
  • I’ve watched more dog videos than ever before in my life, including Pluto the Dog. Here.
  • I’ve given up planning vacations, which used to be such an important part of my Joe-future.
  • I look at The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World and the boys every day and wonder how I got so lucky? But I also wonder if these are the last moments we’ll spend together.

Sometimes you need a little Disney magic.

To that end, each night we’ve played games together or watched a show as a family. Last night, we played Kahoot. Tonight we watched Frozen 2. AT 7pm, we banged hockey sticks in honor of the health care workers giving so much at this time.

We’re trying to treasure those moments because, hey, there’s no downside. If we get through this, it would be great to tell The-Oldest’s firstborn child how his dad survived the pandemic of 2020 by making music, or how The-Youngest ended up making jello the color of death, or how their mom, Baba-cutie, kept everyone positive despite all the crap that happened.

Or it could be The-Youngest’s child we tell.

Who knows? I just want all of them to have that moment.

Be safe, be healthy and respect this new world.


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Quarantine Wednesday 2

It’s really what we make of the time.

Today was perhaps the best day we’ve had in quarantine.

Outside the house, the US congress FINALLY approved their aid package, and the markets stopped plunging for the moment, but too many people in the US are just not getting the social distancing thing. Not even close. It could be bad down there in a bit.

In BC, ICBC is offering deferred payments (see here), canceling driving tests, and now they’re offering remote license renewal. Not sure what happens with new drivers. To my way of thinking, they should be on the road now. Almost zero chance of running into another car.

As well, the BC Govt announced a moratorium on evictions (here). Great for renters. Bad for landlords since there’s no moratorium on mortgage payments to the bank.

Here, though, we felt like the cavalry arrived in the nick of time. The groceries came! Our first order in a week (due to deliveries having to be scheduled that far in advance.)

And, for the first time, we got nearly 100% of what we ordered!

Ok, sure, we didn’t get any bleach, so whites ain’t gonna stay white. Some feminine hygiene products were out, so that’s gonna be an issue next month. Maybe a really, really big one. We didn’t even try to get TP, (we still have 14 rolls in reserve), nor did we try to get wipes, though we’ll be needing them at some point soon.  But we got about 6 bags of stuff!

I don’t know who was more excited about the grocery delivery today.  Our old dog, Vegas, leaped up from her comfy, zen bed, and raced over to the bags like she was a puppy again. The reason. Kobasa sausage. We made the mistake of giving her a piece out of guilt, and now she loves that more than… well… us.

The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World ran around with the scrubbing bubbles bottle showing everyone. Including the dog. She was dancing and giggling the whole time.

We may be losing it.

Me? I nearly cried when I got fresh hamburger. No buns, but that’s ok, we can do a lot with fresh hamburger. The-Oldest, having been deprived of milk for 12 hours, immediately tanked up. And The-Youngest looked on the bag of chips like a hungry chipmunk looks at a pile of nuts in the middle of winter.

Food, glorious food! For music look here!

I gloved up to be safe, wiped down every box, container, and jug, then put it all away. An empty fridge is an ugly thing, but a full fridge (or fuller) is a thing of beauty. We still have some weird healthy things in the back of the fridge that we’ll only eat if we have to.

In other news, no sign of the cats. In more, ‘other news,’ the mysterious box from yesterday was full of Corinne’s dad’s slides.

But more good news was on the way. The-Youngest gets to have surgery for his bad toe! He won’t need a ventilator, it’s just a local, then a snip here and there, and he’s done. It’s even performed in the office, so no hospital resources will be used.

The-Youngest’s poor toe has been a real issue for him. He can’t even put on shoes right now. It’s so bad that he doesn’t even want to go for a bike ride. So it will be great to get that thing operated on. It looks nasty. Real nasty.

As well, The-Oldest had his first online piano session with his teacher and he was in heaven. Not only had he just completed his own song, learned the Mephisto waltz (the one that nearly drove me insane), but now he could talk about chord progressions and diggeriedoos or whatever with his teacher.

He was as happy as I’ve seen him in this crisis.

The-Youngest, after his epic meltdown yesterday was back to his usual self. We’d planned to do some jobs together, but I ran out of energy about 4pm. We’ll do those jobs tomorrow.

knows, Yoda does.

Tomorrow, however, is the day we’ll find out for sure if we can go out, again. Not that it’ll change much, to be honest, but now I can do quick grocery shops if we need milk and not have to ration for a week, or if The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World needs come chocolate or fem-hy products or both.

I doubt we’ll do too much differently, but just knowing that I can, makes a huge mental difference.

Be safe, be healthy, and respect this new world.

(and here is The-Oldest’s latest composition…

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Quarantine Tuesday 2

Today, our little quarantine drama had one meltdown, one sloth-like drive to organize things, and a challenging day for The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World

Outside the house, London Drugs dedicates an hour of shopping to health care workers. That’s very cool. Distilleries all across Canada are now making hand sanitizer,  Also, very cool, I can now stop bathing in gin. But (sadly) the number of cases of Covid19 continues to rise as does the death toll. I greatly fear we are going to fail in our ability to control this thing.

Inside the house, The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World had her first day of onlining – which is to say working at home. It was more of a challenge than it should have been. The moment she put on her headphones, plugged into her computer, it began. “Whatcha doing?” “Hey, Cutie, did you…?” “Mom, I just finished…” “Mother, did you know…”

So she had to shoo us all away. Not easy for her. She loves everyone being around, even loves being bugged like a clerk at an airport information kiosk (or an 811 operator during this crisis.) So for her to ask everyone to do their thing was huge for her. Plus, it seems the moment she tries to do something for herself, all of a sudden, with no coordination on anyone’s part, everyone wants to talk to her.

Same thing happens to me the moment I try to write. For a whole day The-Youngest will play on his computer, The-Oldest will compose, and the dog will snooze, but it’s like they sense something important’s being done and want to… what, interrupt it, be a part of it? I don’t know.

We were able to give The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World some space and she got some of her work done, (which was mostly doing training workshops that no one ever had the time to do when the world was normal.)

But for the rest of the day, she made sure we were all doing ok. How’s the writing going? How’s the rollercoaster build going? What composition are you working on? She made supper (sneakily because I’d gone to have a shower), and washed all the towels, which we are now throwing into the laundry daily. As well, she helped me organize meals, listened to me rant about stupid, m*therf*cking banks, and made sure Vegas got love every time she walked by.

She gives so much, even when The-Youngest had finally had enough with, well, actually, I have no idea, but I suspect not being allowed to do stuff he wants to do. It’s a build-up of frustration at the restrictions on his life. We can’t afford to order in (and eating out is a thing of the past), he can’t go play in the park, or play hockey or anything.  Anything!!!!!!!!!

This brutal readjusting of life is hard on us all, and while it makes me more thankful than ever for the life we had, that adjustment isn’t a slow turning of a gigantic freighter, it’s the Titanic hitting an iceberg.

But during the meltdown, she took on this latest challenge with her usual chill, sitting outside his door waiting for him to be ready to talk to her about what was really going on.

It’s impressive.

What I did was far less impressive. Like a snail stuck in molasses, I worked on organizing and tidying. But in doing so, I found some strange stuff.

  • I have about 75 packets of salt taken from the cinema. See, every time I get a popcorn, I grab a few salt packets to saltify my popcorn (no wonder my blood pressure is through the roof), but I don’t use them all and end up emptying my pockets and putting them somewhere in the pantry. I have about 5 year’s worth there.
  • I found novels from my friends, including one from someone who worked with me. Charles was his name, a great kid who really grew up in Toys R Us, and he’d written a couple of novels in his spare time. By hand. In pen. I’m glad I still have them
  • I found a soup can from the Y2K scare. Anyone need some chicken noodle soup? It’s probably still good.
  • There in the back of our lazy susan was a cake mix! I plan to use this.
  • The-Oldest, assisting me in my epic quest, found 3 copies of Dances with Wolves in my DVD/Bluray collection. Ha. I know I got one donated to me, but at some point, I decided to buy another. Good lord.
  • I forgot we have about 5,000 bottles of hotel shampoo, conditioner and body lotion (which usually gives me hives). Ok, it’s more like 30, but still, I won’t be shopping for body lotion anytime soon. If ever.
  • I still have my previous dog’s dog tags and collar. I didn’t throw them out, but put it lovingly back.
  • For some reason or other, I put some doggie treats in the downstairs filing cabinet. I want to say I put them there deliberately so I could have treats for Vegas when she came downstairs, but if not, then I wonder what I filed them under?
  • I have actually kept all my old D&D stuff. All of it. I kinda knew I had, but there are boxes and boxes of it, so I hauled a few out and saw all my old maps, all my handwritten notes, my binders of worlds I created and my folders full of parchment notes to the players. Gosh I was way more productive when I was young.
  • I found a mysterious box of slides. They’re not mine, but I’ll check them out tomorrow. Maybe we stored them for someone? Maybe The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World’s? Stay tuned.

Be safe, be healthy and respect this new world.

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Quarantine 2nd Monday

This is a joke, please tell me you know this is a joke.

Today was a great day for The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World. Two amazing things happened to her. No, she didn’t find more hair dye, but I’ll deal with both of the amazing things in a bit.

First, all of us remain in more or less good health. Certainly no signs of the Covid-19 virus. Only allergies and migraines. Mentally, we even had a better day, today, with no teenagers acting all teenagerly.

Instead, they were incredible. The-Youngest watched a live-stream about physics! Not a live-stream about ski-jumping fails, or what animal makes the loudest farts, PHYSICS!

The-Oldest spent nearly the entire day working on his album. It was his capstone assignment as part of grade 12, and very likely he won’t have to do it, but he needs to create, needs to make music, so he sits, alone, and composes.

Outside our house, our Prime Minister had to act like a dad scolding toddlers. Enough is enough, he said to people not social distancing.

Enough is enough, indeed.

On our streets in Langley, the RCMP were out ticketing people for gathering in large groups. On the plus side, restaurants can now deliver booze. This may be vital.

However, the best news for The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World is that she’s going back to work. She works in the library so it may not sound like good news (since it would be like swimming in a pool of infected spit), but it is good news, since she’ll be working from home.

And here’s the thing, this onlining is becoming the norm. How amazing is it that we can so quickly adjust to the changing world. Oh, sure, perhaps we could change faster but we are in a historic time, something not seen by the Gen Z, Millenials, GenX, or the Boomers, and we are learning as fast as we can.

Already, gyms, places of worship, and universities have gone online. Hell, you can sign up for Yale right now. It’s free.

How cool is that?

For The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World, she’ll be doing some training for a few weeks, then it’s unclear what she’ll do or how the libraries will operate, but it’s cool they’re trying to work that all out. Already they are doing online story-book time. Maybe they’ll do something online where you can practice yelling at them for charging for overdue books. Or they can show you how they deal with drunks peeing on the books.

Either way, she’s excited. She loves the library and the people who work there. She may not have the human contact, yet, but she’ll have her job back and that means so much to her.

The 2nd thing was a video call from The-Cutest-Baby-in-the-World.

Since the boys, age 13 and 17, haven’t sired any grandchildren yet, at least that we know of, we get great joy from our niece and today she called. She called to show Auntie her feet. And to say she likes puppies. And simply to laugh and smile. She’s 17 months old.

Gosh, Facetime is cool.

After the call, The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World danced around the house like an electrocuted pixie, about as happy as she’s been in two weeks.

With luck, on Thursday, we’ll get the go-ahead to be able to head out. More on that on Wednesday, but for now, I’m loving the idea of having a small measure of freedom back. Who knows that the world will look like in 3 days, but I know we’ll manage.

Be safe, be healthy and respect this new world.

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