A year ago, my wife Lynne and I made a run to Vienna Beef’s Factory Outlet to get Corned Beef sandwiches for lunch and a good size piece to cook for family dinners. Little did we know then that a day off work was going to become a year of “sheltering in place.”
When it started to become apparent that this was going to be more than a month, I started listing things to do, like totally clearing through the “archeological” archives of our “study” to make it a functional home office. But then Lynne constructed a “green screen” from green plastic table cloths and PVC piping for all of the past 12 months of Zoom meetings. It also shields half of the “study;” so the archives purging project still awaits retirement time in the coming months.
I’m surprised I haven’t written more blogs about this 12 month COVID lockdown. Then there have been other topics to cover. I have read more books in a year than ever before; we have an active list on the Chicago Public Library’s hold. We’re still binging; currently Bosch on Amazon Prime since we’re big Michael Connelly fans.
In May, my Blog #102 STAYING SAFE@HOME marked Day #62 of sheltering. I shared journal highlights from our February cruise of South America before flying home from Santiago Chile on March 2, 2020. I offered my condolences on the COVID passing of John Prine; still listening to him and related artists that YouTube picks for me. Last November, Blog #107 STAYING MIGHTY! recommended seeking comfort by checking out Songs from Home by Mary Chapin Carpenter every Sunday morning.
We did eat out with our son and daughter-in-law for Lynne’s February birthday at a local Italian restaurant complying with City restrictions. Now we‘re looking forward to dining at the new Greek restaurant we can walk to in April.
Lynne and I received our first Pfizer shots in late February with second ones scheduled for next week. Lynne starts virtual COVID training to return to working Guest Services at Wrigley Field. I’m waiting to see what games in the April home stand we’ll be invited to join 8,200 fans as season ticket holders.
While we’re still getting Viking Cruise brochures for 2022, we’re just hoping to visit Michigan in late May. There are still more sheltering days ahead. Stay Mighty!
So I’m up here in the North Woods
Just staring at a lake
Wondering just exactly how much
They think a man can take
I eat fish to pass the time away
‘Neath this blue Canadian moon
This old world has made me crazy
Crazy as a loon
Lord, this world will make you crazy
Crazy as a loon
Crazy as a Loon
by John Prine & Pat McLaughlin