Hi friends! Today marks four (or is it five?) weeks that we’ve been under quarantine. I hope you are all okay, I hope your family and friends are safe and well, and I hope you’re finding ways to muddle through this maddening time.
I’m grateful for the medical, grocery, sanitation, transit and delivery workers who risk their lives each day to keep our country running. These front-line workers are saints.
Here at Clover Hill, we’re doing exactly what you are doing: adapting to change. One big shift has been the way we manage grocery shopping. We’re using InstaCart to order food and sundries from local markets. Because the delivery service isn’t available each day, we plan our shopping a week in advance. And even then, we rarely receive all that we order. I’ve learned to make substitutions. I’ve learned to “make do.” I refuse to complain.
Avery is adjusting to a new routine as well. Since our town’s dog park is now closed (it’s part of larger park which includes an also-closed playground and soccer field), Avery and I drive some 25 minutes to a dog park in a different town. (Avery is an excellent driver.) This particular park is open only because it is not part of a larger public space. There, a sign on the gate reads “Covid-19 Rule: Only Six People At A Time.” So far we’ve not encountered more than one or two other people (and their dogs) at the park. And we, the pet parents, maintain terrific space from each other.
I’ll admit that my work schedule hasn’t changed in any dramatic way. I’m still spending most of my waking hours working on this here website. As you may have noticed, I’ve been filming — rather than merely photographing — most of the site’s cooking content. For some reason that I can’t explain, sharing on “live” video seems the right thing to do at this time.
Last Sunday, Fox and I celebrated Easter at home. I cooked a small roast and some vegetables. Then I lit a fire, and set the table for two. ‘Twas the smallest Easter crowd I’ve ever hosted, but I was not sad. Clean up was a breeze!
I do feel sad for the state of our nation just now. I grieve for the lives that have been needlessly lost. I ache for the doctors, nurses, janitors, and other hospital staff who must report to work each day without the protective gear they need. I hope a vaccine is developed in record time.
Thanks for listening! In the comments field below, let me know what adjustments you’ve had to make during these difficult times. Meanwhile, I look forward to sharing more recipes, gardening, and lifestyle bits here on the blog. Heck, maybe I’ll even play the piano for you. So please stay home, stay safe, and stay tuned! xKevin