Social Distancing, Doggy Style

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Adventures in Social Seclusion

I am at the kitchen table typing a blog post waiting for my cloud bread to finish baking, which we will enjoy with our pasketti tonight.

This Sunny Saturday morning started with a bang.

Our fence is slowly falling apart. We noticed 3 slats had fallen down (or were pulled off) over night. I went around to the alley this morning to get the slats and discovered our neighbors have been using the area behind our fence (and only OUR fence) for a dumping ground of garbage. (Guess we know what our “neighbors” think of us.)

We needed a quick fix until we could get a more permanent repair, but we’re trying to honor the social distancing request, even when it’s inconvenient, so going to a Lowe’s or Home Depot was not an option. Instead, we headed to the basement and partially  dismantled some of the wooden shelving in our basement storage area (which is getting ripped out soon, anyway)  to get some wood to screw together to use as a brace to hold the fence slats back together. While we hate how it looked, (not that it looks great now,) our primary concern was that it provided an easy escape for our diminutive dogs. Speaking of which, Rita wants to come up and say hello:

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She also typed this profound message to you all while at the keyboard:

“m,≤m,cp;/cv “

(Thanks for the waddle by, Rita!)

After repairing the fence, we cleaned up all the garbage strewn behind it. (Two bags worth.) Jeffrey then headed to a car maintenance appointment (at which they took amazing precautions to avoid contact, including sending him a video stream of the car “once over”, and signing for him after he gave his approval and witnessed the signature from several feet away.) While he was gone, I moved my temporary home office (since it appears I will need it for awhile) from the downstairs dining room table to the upstairs guest-room (aka giraffe room) closet, where it feels much more like a work space  and less like an intrusion in our home:


Jeffrey got home just in time to help me finish up the new office space, then I whipped us up some biscuits for lunch with this gluten free mix Jeffrey found at one of the local grocers, recently:


They came out ok and tasted good, but no better than any other biscuit mix I’ve used.


After lunch, I headed upstairs to the newly officed guest (giraffe) room to relax and watch some animated superhero cartoons on Disney+ and knit. My body had other plans, however, and I drifted off to sleep surrounded by stuffed giraffes.

Tonight, we are enjoying a pasketti dinner with cheesy garlic cloud bread and red wine while we watch Season 3 of “Runaways” on Netflix.

All in all, a pretty great ending to a day that did not start out so swell.

How was your day?



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I’m not hating this social distancing and isolation one bit, yet. I’m sure it’ll start to bother me at some point…a year or two down the road, maybe.

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Like (insert number) of other Americans, I am working from home for at least the next two weeks, under the order of the New York Governor. As I have always dreamed of working from home (and loved it when I did so a couple years back while recovering from surgery) I am ecstatic to have this opportunity, although I’d have preferred it be for other reasons. I’m not even bothered that all the other staff in my office just get the 2 weeks off without working. (Heavy is the head that wears the crown.)

Being home is one of my favorite things, and with all the entertainment at our fingertips, our dogs, and our well stocked bar and cupboards, this doesn’t feel as ominous for us as it might for others.

Still, there is a sense of dread about it all that permeates the joy of not driving to and from the office every day and dealing with the asshats I am forced to work with. Since my remicade infusions keep my immune system suppressed, I am at higher risk, as is my elderly mother with COPD.  Consequently, we are taking the social isolation quite seriously, cancelling all outside of the house plans and trips until further notice.

No nude knitting nights with Dave.

No visits with the BF Jim.

No dinners out or shopping jaunts.

No nothing no how.

As the social distancing persists, I imagine it will grow more daunting than it feels now.  Nevertheless, I will try to take advantage of the time at home to knit, draw, read, organize, clean, bake, and spoil the puppies and try to remember to be grateful that we have a comfortable and safe home, plenty of supplies, plenty of ways to keep in touch with friends and family, and most important of all…each other.

Stay safe, everyone.

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This week….

…is F****ing me up the a**.

I’m just saying.

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Today was an unusual day for us. We had invited some family (1 Aunt, 1 Mother, and 4 Cousins) over for a wine and cheese social. We haven’t hosted a proper social gathering in a long time, and rarely spend time with my family, so this was a pretty big deal.

After a quick breakfast, we headed to the liquor store, then hit the grocery store, then headed home to clean our asses off (and by asses, I mean house) before our guests arrived.

It was an unusually warm day for March, so Harvey spent some time on the porch, basking in the sunlight on his puppy chez while we flitted about trying to remove the filthy film of daily living from our home.

There was dusting, sweeping, mopping, and wiping for several hours, which tends to freak out the dogs so, after sunning himself, Harvey joined Rita on the couch to stay out of the way of loud vacuums and dusting daddies.

Once the house cleaning was done, we hopped in the shower to scrub our fannies, dressed and prepped for the party.

First we set the table with cheeses, crackers, fruits, vegetables, and chocolates

Then we set up the wine bar

It was a very successful night, and we all had a good time chatting, sipping, and snacking. I look forward to hosting another family gathering in the future (something I never thought I’d say.) I also realized that I miss hosting social events. It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun. Too bad we’ve become estranged from most of our friends. Maybe we should host a blogger gathering. Unfortunately, we live in a lame town, so there’d be no incentive for people to travel here, aside from fabulous puppies and some hard-working hosts.

*Cuz Satyrs drank wine.

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I’m struggling at work.

I’m struggling with my health.

I’m struggling with my weight.

I’m struggling with blog posts.

I’m struggling with life.

So, where should we go on vacation?

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Walk the Walk

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Talkin’ ’bout my girl

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May


Well I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?


My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl)


I’ve got so much honey the bees envy me
I’ve got a sweeter song than the birds in the trees


Well I guess you’d say
What can make me feel this way?


My girl (my girl, my girl)
Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl ooh)


I don’t need no money, fortune, or fame (ooh hey hey hey)


I’ve got all the riches baby one man can claim (oh yes I do)


I guess you’d say


What can make me feel this way?


My girl (my girl, my girl)


Talkin’ ’bout my girl…

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Frigid Friday Thoughts

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I am at my bi-monthly Remicade infusion. It takes about 2.5 hours. I get an IV placed and zone out with my music and laptop for the duration. Unfortunately,  I’m a “tough stick”, and it usually takes at least 2 attempts to find a good vein; but this morning they got me in one stick. It’s a ♥♥ Valentine’s Day Miracle ♥♥.  While I usually drive myself to these appointments, Jeffrey took me this morning so he can pick me up when I’m done and we can head right to Provincetown, MA where we’ll spend the long weekend. As civil servants, we have Monday off, and our favorite piano player, Jonathan Richardson, is performing a special Valentine’s Day show tonight, so we decided to go see it. We’re meeting the BF Jim and his hubby there and will enjoy a weekend hanging out. We don’t usually do anything special for Valentine’s Day (other than swap cards) but this seemed alike a fun idea so off we’ll go. Despite the bitter temps, (it’s currently 14 degrees here and 27 degrees on the Cape) I think we’ll have a good time, with one exception: I am still struggling with an (alleged) bout of Bronchitis. I’ve been hacking for weeks and the PA I saw two weeks ago confidently declared it was Bronchitis and put me on 7 days of antibiotics, which seemed to settle the cough a little, but now its back in full force. My Remicade Nurses aren’t so confident its Bronchitis and have expressed concern, so have instructed me to get my arse back to see my doctor. I will try to do that next week. (I’m very self-conscious about coughing in the Remicade lab. I can’t help feeling the other infusion lab patients eyes on me, as if I’ve brought the plague upon them.)

In other news, we have hired someone to finish our (Semi-finished) basement. He came to do measurements on Wednesday and hopefully will start work in a week or two. This is very exciting for me (as you can tell by the italics and underline), as it will become my first ever (proper) Comic Geek Den and I can’t wait to have it done and put it all together. It will also function as a second guestroom and my “home office.”  Although we’ve been able to use this space as a rec room/knitting lounge/exercise room since moving in almost 8 years ago, it will be nice to have it properly finished and warm and comfy. The best part – I will finally be able to move all my comic book  boxes out of the various closest they’re in upstairs and have them all downstairs in one place and accessible. Woohoo! Here’s hoping it all goes smoothly.

Hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.





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