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The "New Normal" for Thanksgiving 2020

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  No huge family gatherings for those of us who are wise in these COVID 19 days. But there is always the phone, and face time. Glory hallelujah, I had two long and wonderful 'phone calls with three dear older friends today.  One lives alone  in Lenox  MA.  Two, a couple, live in Nashua N.H. Wonderful!  Better than Turkey!  (Most meats are better than Turkey). Thanksgiving will be    unusual this year. 'Phone conversations with dearest friends this COVID year will top every ounce of turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean  casseroles etc; and even pumpkin or pecan pie. Trust me.  

In Testing Times

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  Inspired by the example of my friends Gordon and John I decided that it was time for a second COVID 19 test.  (The first was at least ten weeks ago - and the Virus is now rampant in Florida, thanks to Governor Ron DeathSantis). Yesterday morning I took myself to a testing site at the Robert Taylor Community Complex in north Sarasota.  The parking lot was almost full.  There were at least 75 people in line.  It was obviously unwise to leave Zion in the car for what might have been an hour or so. Off we went to the University Town Centre ( a ghastly place with a huge mall, and satellite plazas). Uh oh!  My computer search via Bing hadn't told me that the testing site was now at a new location. Fortified by lunch Z and I set off to the new (drive up) site. Entrance is via a long drive way, then a left hand loop through a maze of traffic cones. I was second in line - great!)   until I figured out the system;  revealing that I was in one of at least six parallel lanes, each with about

Of Bibs and Aprons - and a Little Known Universal Law.

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  This is a stock picture.  It's not me, but my fanciful imagination says that it's not far off from how I looked as a baby. Charming photo' eh? It calls to mind a little known universal law. Put on a clean shirt, (or blouse or dress etc), and within minutes you'll drop a bit of messy food on it -  some gravy, a bit of egg, or ice cream, or butter from hot buttered toast.  It never fails.  The food gods giggle and smirk. For me at least there is help at hand.  It's come to this when I eat at home. It's an apron, not a bib,  (a gift from my pal Ashley). And "you know?"  Just as soon as you choose to wear an apron you'll never drop so much as a bread crumb on it. Oh those wily food gods.

A Festival of Tintinnabulation

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n I once owned four chiming clocks.   That made for a festival of  tintinnabulation. It also made for some tedious work in the spring and fall.   Springing forward is easy.  Falling back takes more time  -  one cannot simply retard chiming clocks by one hour; they must be advanced eleven hours or else the chiming mechanism is likely to go wack-a-doodle. I had four; which is too much of a good thing .  I gave two away,  another  (a wall clock) went crashing to the ground and was severely damaged.'Twas not a valuable antique, so I never had it repaired. The survivor is pictured above, I think that I bought it  some forty or so years back  at J.C. Penney of all places. It was silent for many years. A Sarasota friend asked me why, and I told him that the chiming mechanism was broken. The friend recommended a Clock Shop on Siesta Drive, Sarasota.  There I went to get an estimate for the cost of repairs. The woman in charge took a look at the clock.  She grinned with a sweet but not pity

Nov 20th 2020 - Canine Therapy again at Riverview High School, Sarasota, FL

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  We had a blast!

Three Cheers for Meatloaf.

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  It is said that "the devil makes work for idle hands". I doubt that that is true . Nonetheless, today  I set my hands to making meat loaf. Diced peppers (orange); diced sweet onion;  ground pork and ground beef;  with my secret ingredient:  locally made chorizo - freed from its casing. Plus breadcrumbs, eggs, worcestershire sauce, and tomato ketchup etc. I do not have a mixer, so part of the joy of cooking was to use my hands to squish everything together. Imagine that.   Using one's hands to dice the peppers and onions; and to use those same hands to blend and squish the meats and everything else!  WHAT FUN.  "Hands to food and hearts to G-d" B etter than using an electrical  mixer n'est pas!  And better than creating a meal from a supermarket package. Note to self.  Get a kitchen brush to apply a brown sugar and ketchup glaze to the top of the meatloaf before cooking it; thus making it look less anemic than is seen above, 

"'Ow's yer conk?". (British slang). =================== "How is your nose?" (British slang translated).

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  From a pack of "Puffs Ultra Soft" facial tissues. A close up of my conk/nose.  I suspect that it is beyond hope, Puffs notwithstanding. I am an old fashioned handkerchief user, so I rarely use tissues. When I buy them PUFFS brand  is not my first choice -  they have little value for money.  They were the only brand available in my local store today.  It seems that there is yet another COVID19 inspired panic buying of paper goods. Go figure!