Friday, April 24 (Day 44): Woke up with an aching jaw and a headache.
Rainy day. Cold and gloomy.
I never remember my dreams anymore, since my second brain aneurysm rupture in 2017 (I used to have vivid dreams before that!). So I have no idea if I'm having nightmares about the virus or what. Usually, only a vague feeling of uneasiness lingers after I wake up. Do you remember your dreams during this pandemic? Are they often nightmarish?
Because of the headache, which lasted most of the day, I couldn't read the new book that arrived on the 22nd. Rats! I was really looking forward to starting This is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio (my friend, Ilene Wong). Tomorrow, definitely.
Leftovers for dinner and watched another episode of Monty Python's Personal Best.
Saturday, April 25 (Day 45): Read a few chapters of This is My Brain in Love and it's delightful! Such a lovely escape. And wow, would it make a great movie. So visual. I can just picture these two teens and the Chinese restaurant and even though I've never been to Utica, I can picture it too. That's the sign of a great writer!
I made a sign for my mother for Mother's Day. Since we can't go visit her on Mother's Day, her lifecare facility is doing an in-house TV show, putting together photos from relatives of the residents. So my husband took a photo of me holding up the "Happy Mother's Day, Mom/Grandmom, We love you and miss you" sign. Then I emailed it to our sons, who will add their own photos into it, and make a kind of collage.
Today was a gorgeous day! This is the day we've been waiting for. Took a lovely long walk around our entire neighborhood. And because it was Saturday, lots of kids were out on bikes, and plenty of parents out walking too.
|I love this neighbor's Eastern Redbud tree! Wish we had one.
Saw something I'd never seen before during a walk: a neighbor, walking a few feet behind his little kids, was carrying a glass of red wine! My husband and I laughed and I said, "Now, that's a walk!"
Burgers for dinner. Watched the last episode of Monty Python's Personal Best.
Sunday, April 26 (Day 46): Another rainy day and I accomplished very little. No headache this time, at least. I did a little writing upstairs, while my husband attended church online downstairs. This is how we live now.
Did a load of laundry, which I decided would be my main accomplishment for the day. Ha! But I also read several chapters of This is My Brain in Love. And I'm totally in love with it and with the characters! Buy this book, people! It's entertaining and thought-provoking and a delightful escape from the pandemic. Plus the two main characters are so real. Here's a link to bookshop if you'd like to buy it.
Baked a casserole for dinner, along with roasted sweet potatoes, my new favorite vegetable.
Decided to watch the Downton Abbey movie again, on demand. Mainly to see Queen Mary (because she also played Marilla in Anne With an E!)
The first time we watched this film was in the theater last year -- in fact, that was the last movie we saw in a movie theater. Can't imagine doing that ever again! Social distancing has become so ingrained in our lives now.
What I really can't imagine doing is going on a cruise ever again. We love travel but it's definitely off the radar for the foreseeable future.
Monday, April 27 (Day 47): My husband had to have Mohs surgery to remove a large basal cell carcinoma on the top of his bald head. He'd already put it off a month. He was worried about going in to the dermatologist's office, but they assured him they only allow a few patients in at a time, the chairs are spaced far apart in the waiting room, and everyone has to wear a mask (patients, as well as doctors and nurses) They also had plenty of hand sanitizer. They wouldn't have let him in the door if he wasn't wearing a mask. Luckily, we have some!
The horrible part? It took four hours! I was home waiting for him (I had my own telemedicine appointment with our family doctor) and was going crazy because he wasn't home and didn't text or call. I couldn't imagine why it took so long. He was exhausted when he got home and I advised him to simply rest for the remainder of the day. Whew! We're both glad that's over.
Pasta for dinner.
Tuesday, April 28: I read several more chapters of This is My Brain in Love. Ilene, you really have a winner here! I want to keep reading because I'm so absorbed in the story and the characters, but at the same time, I need this book to last! I'm so in love with it.
With my husband resting after his surgery, I took a walk alone.
|Not sure what these tiny wildflowers are, but they certainly say "Spring" to me!
|A bit of leftover tar from when the road was patched.
What creature do you see here?
|Our back yard, getting greener every day.
Leftovers for dinner. Watched the first episode of "Godless" on Netflix.
COVID-19 World stats as of April 28 (from The Guardian):
Confirmed cases: 3,113,447
Confirmed deaths: 216,929
In the US, as of April 28 (from the CDC):
Confirmed cases: 981,246
Confirmed deaths: 55,258
News sources have made much of the fact that the US now has about a third of the cases in the world. Trying to open up the economy again, and let people go out and mingle, doesn't seem like a smart move to me.
Stay safe, everyone! Stay home.
Tell me, do you have nightmares about this pandemic? Do you remember your dreams at all?