Saturday, 4 April 2020

In what business is this store?

It's on Orange Ave,just north of Fruitville Rd; on the fringes of the Rosemary District.



The sign amuses me.

Do they retail

Convents

Conventicles

Convex mirrors

Convicts

Convoluted arguments

Convairs

Convoys

Conversations

Convulsions

Conventions

Conventional 

Convocations

Converse sports shoes

Convictions

Conviviality

You can tell that I have too much time on my hands!

My list is made without the aid of a dictionary.  Add to it if you will; but without a  dictionary 












Friday, 3 April 2020

My Dad and Mum (way back when).

My brother David recently posted this photo' of our Dad and Mum, taken in 1972.  (Thanks Dave),

I'd seen the photo' before, but had forgotten all about it.  It must have been at some family event/celebration.

I brought back so many memories; sweet and bitter.

Within two years Dad had died, at aged 63.   My siblings and I would love to chat with him again.

Mum married again; to a  wonderful man named Len.  The Povey kids liked him so much.  Sadly, he too pre-deceased our Mum.

Mum passed into eternal glory in 2001.

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More lovely work by my niece Leah











and a dog

DON'T BE LIKE RON

This is Florida

This is Ron, our Governor

Ron is stupid.

He says that it's o.k. to go to Church  (Mosque, Synagogue)  this weekend.

Don't be like Ron,

Don't be stupid.

Don't go to Church (Mosque, Synagogue) this weekend.

 




Thursday, 2 April 2020

My Talented Neice Leah

Under severe lock down regulations in the United Kingdom Leah is using her considerable talents to occupy and amuse her three daughters.

"Way to go Leah!"












Leah herself with oldest daughter Bree

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

aujourd'hui ( filling in the hours)

To the car wash





"Eager Beaver" car wash on S. Beneva.

Staff reduced by 75%.  In and out in record time.

Tipped them more generously than usual.

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Finished staining my outdoor bench.

I'll add the cushions when the stain has dried.

Sorry but you can't sit with me.  The bench is not wide enough.



This is so tough (tongue in cheek)




Our Trumpite Governor Ron DeSantis has just made a safer at home proclamation.

You can read the details in the Sarasota Herald Tribune link  

https://www.heraldtribune.com/news/20200401/coronavirus-florida-gov-desantis-issues-safer-at-home-order-what-it-means


Oh my goodness gracious.  Looks like "life as normal' to me

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

My first Doctor's appointment via TELE MED

It's the wave of the future, and I like it.

I had a follow up appointment with Dr. Roni Marino (First Physicians, Sarasota) today.  I saw her in person four weeks ago.

Today my appointment was my Tele Med.  I liked it.

The procedure was simple.  

Five minutes before the appointment time I had a regular audio call with the reception staff, checking that my insurance, phone # etc had not changed.

Then another audio chat with a staff member who checked on my weight, blood pressure etc.  (equivalent to the staff member who  checks on these matters before seeing the Doctor).  I had checked my weight (185 pounds) and taken my own blood pressure (138 over 70) at home.

Then I clicked on to a video link (on a Cisco platform) which had been provided to me by the Doctor's Office.

Within minutes I was talking with, and seeing,  a Physician's Assistant for a face to face video link.

I loved it.  The P.A. and I saw each other on screen, face to face.  It was as adequate and probably even more personal than a person to person visit in the Doctor's Office.

Here I am on screen, waiting for the P.A. to chat with me. I did not take a photo' of her on screen in order to respect her anonymity.

It was an altogether better than expected Tele Med visit.

This will be the wave of the future for non-urgent follow up Doctor's visits.

It makes a lot of sense to me.  I was more relaxed and "at home" than if I'd had to take the twenty five minute drive to the Doctor's office and then struggled to find a parking place.

And all the while Zion was sitting at my feet.


 


Monday, 30 March 2020

Creative activities to fill the hours during social distancing.

Am I bored?   Not a chance.  Here is how I fill my days.


I have an old fashioned egg timer, timed for four minutes. I turn it over and watch it fifteen times.  There goes an hour.

My finger nails need clipping.  I do one a day. Ten days of creative activity.

I save my pots, pans,  and dishes from a couple of meals. I wash them by hand.  Makes for a scintillating eighteen minutes each afternoon.

This is for real!  I am re-staining a wooden outdoor bench which was given to me by a neighbour.  Given the many slats and angles, upside down and right side up, this truly is a three day endeavour.
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Or as the old song from the film "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"  puts it.

"Busy doing nothing,
working the whole day through.
Trying to find
Lots of things not to do.
Busy going nowhere,
Isn't it just a crime.
We'd like to be unhappy,
But we never could find the time" 

!!!!

YUM! 30th March 2020



Green Beans steamed al dente, and then chilled.

Served with chopped walnuts.

Balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Darn good!

Sunday, 29 March 2020

On Being Tickled during the Crisis.

There is nothing like a good tickle to lift one's spirits in crisis days.

In my case it was my palate which was tickled thanks to Ashley (Chrisman) Lloyd.

She made Scotch eggs and gave me some.


Before cooking (frying)

After cooking


Cut in half, and eaten with British/Irish  style Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce, "Bachelors", (an Irish company), or "Heinz" available, at least in Sarasota, in the International Foods section at Publix Supermarkets  and with grilled mushrooms.

All done now!


Ashley used Quail eggs, so the ones she made are smaller than the U.K. and Irish versions which are usually made with hen's eggs.

Nonetheless they were delicious.

Scotch Eggs eaten cold  are part and parcel of Irish/U.K. summer picnics; pub food; and buffet lunches (when will we see these again?)

Thanks Ashley  for my Scotch Eggs Covid 19 tickle!

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