Something to Help Cure the Pandemic

As the corona virus has so rudely interrupted our lives, we find that we need to not only come to terms with it, but how to deal with it as well. The Crankee Yankee and I often ask each other: “what did we do before the pandemic?”

Well, we drove places, we visited our granddaughters in Maine, we went grocery shopping, never worrying about toilet paper or bottled water, we went to the occasional movie, and so on. These days we are pretty much just working in the garden, caring for our five indoor cats, and feeding the outdoor cats (not ours, but friends just the same). We stay in touch with family and friends via email and Zoom. It seems like forever that we hugged anyone (besides each other).

So then—what to do? As corny as it sounds, we counted our blessings. 1) We did not get the corona virus, nor did our family and friends. 2) We are able to find what we need at the grocery store, we have masks and are careful. 3) We find things to do; these days mostly we are picking cucumbers by the dozens from our garden, and the tomatoes are nearly ready to pick. 4) The Crankee Yankee is working on fixing up the garage, starting with replacing new concrete blocks around the perimeter.

My wonderful and incredibly talented illustrator has sent me the proofs for the pictures for my newest book, “Jelly Bean Jones.” (I’ll keep you posted when it’s out.) I am slowly but surely rooting through the odds and ends on our back porch; some we will give away, but mostly it’s deciding what to keep and what to toss.

Ah well, things could be worse: Godzilla might decide to come into America, stomping down all the big buildings on his way. Or the grocery stores might stop carrying ice cream. Or our teeth may fall out from eating too much ice cream. You get the picture; it could be worse. One of the nicest habits we enjoy these days is sitting out on the front porch in the early morning with a cup of coffee. We admire the gardens, watch the birds and squirrels enjoy the seeds in the bird feeder and wave to the passersby. Some even wave back!

This all reminds me of an old saying: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!” Hey, it couldn’t hurt.

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