The Corona Diaries: What I Did on Day One of My Sequestering

Please click on first photo and arrows to enlarge photos and to read the story of my day.

Nearly 2 a.m. now and Forgottenman says it’s time to go to bed. I’ll use this as an excuse to free you from a longer recital of my day’s labors. What did you do during your first day of voluntary isolation??? Stay safe. See you tomorrow. (Uh, later today, I guess.)

33 thoughts on “The Corona Diaries: What I Did on Day One of My Sequestering

  1. okcForgottenMan

    AHEM! My comment was “Must you tend it further tonight? It’s gittin’ late.” Yer inference that “Forgottenman says it’s time to go to bed.” may be misplaced! (wink) (kiss)

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, O.B. When I finished I decided it looked like one of those Facebook posts where people tell you every mundane detail, but now as I read your response I am both rewarded and reminded that I have a sink and counter full of dirty dishes to tend to–after only 4 1/2 hours of sleep. Perhaps a few more hours of sleep are warranted? And perhaps the cats will jump up on formerly forbidden territory to lick the worst of the dishes clean? Do cats eat Jell-O?

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  2. Marion Couvillion

    Sounds almost like the same normal mundane day that I have…. Except that I put my pressure cooker to work on a big pot of red beans, and I learned long ago not to fool with fixing rice on top of the stove those rice cookers work great, are cheap, and perfect rice every time, believe me a coonass knows good rice. However I have a problem with my pressure cooker, I must get on my knees to read the settings as I can not see them standing up.

    As to my cats, Eppie brought me a mouse (dead of course) and left it under my feet where I would be sure to notice, I almost didn’t~! Tami ran out the door to tell me that the Amazon man was there with a new book, she scares the devil out of him, as he thinks a nine pound dog is on attack.

    Now she is back with a ball in her mouth, she wants me to throw it; but will not bring it back, because she wants me to chase her, dumb dog~! And now Coco decided that she was hungry. (she is a terrible YELLER).

    I Called to cancel two normal appointments, which are not really needed. This took over an hour~! See posted poem~!

    Only question of the day: can a cat wonder half a mile to visit a quarantine then bring the virus back to you~? I found that they go a lot farther than I give them credit for.

    Positive comment of the day: Judy takes great photos and even writes great post but may not know how to fix red beans and rice.

    Brag of the day: My pressure makes the best damn red beans, stew, etoiffee, gumbo, or fricassee, in Texas and this, with a good pot of rice keeps me fed and happy while in my isolation. Evan Tami thinks that I am a good cook~!

    Confused comment of the day: I like summer, I like winter, I like spring, I like fall, but I don’t like them all on the same day.

    Song of the day: Written to sing to the tune of phone “musac”

    https://mcouvillion.wordpress.com/2020/03/21/that-phone/

    MVC

    On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 2:52 AM lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown wrote:

    > lifelessons posted: “Please click on first photo and arrows to enlarge > photos and to read the story of my day. Nearly 2 a.m. now and Forgottenman > says it’s time to go to bed. I’ll use this as an excuse to free you from a > longer recital of my day’s labors. What did you do” >

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I loved your response, Marion. I admit, you are more like me than I am!!! “Written to sing to the tune of musac?”. Ha!!!! (I cooked rice on the top of the stove because my pressure cooker/crock pot was busy—all day long.) As it was, I didn’t go to bed until nearly 3:30 a.m. Marathon Day. And admittedly, as talented as I am in all walks of life, I do not know how to make red beans and rice. Perhaps in my next life…..

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  3. slmret

    I’m so far away from cooking every day that I’m having to spend time figuring out WHAT to cook, and the HOW to cook it! Sounds like the cats don’t quite know how to deal with social isolation either!

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      1. slmret

        Hah! It’s really a mind game at this point! I just need to rearrange my thought patterns, and do a little shopping. Lucky thing — my grocery store reserves 7-9 am for “high risk” shoppers, and I think I can manage to be there around 7 am. I expect the rush will lessen next week, and I’ll go armed with a better list than I’ve done for a long time — I have some chicken and a few things I can put with that, and some salmon and can make a meal of that, and Idahoan (instant) potatoes that will go with anything. Last night I had some angel hair pasta with pizza sauce on it! And I may do a takeout supper today or tomorrow, too. Believe it or not, I used to be a pretty good cook — just haven’t done it for a long time!

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          1. slmret

            Restaurants here are allowed to operate, but for take-out or delivery only. I picked up 3 meals worth this evening from my favorite Greek restaurant — that will keep me going for a few days, and I’ll then head for the grocery store early one morning..

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  4. Ms D.

    My freezer is also full of things I’ve made in my Instant Pot. But, jello and ice cream? Hmmmm. I haven’t ever tried that but it looked tasty!

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  5. koolkosherkitchen

    I’ve been reworking my lesson plans to start remote teaching next week. Other than that, I’ve been writing, calling, and texting friends and family all over the world making sure everybody is ok.
    How did you manage to have that chicken stock taste horrible? What did you do or not do?

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I don’t know.. perhaps didn’t cook it long enough. Got impatient. Added boullion and now it is incredibly salty. Added a quartered potato because I’d hear they draw the salt out but later ate it and it didn’t taste that salty. Now I’ve added more water and will add pasta or rice just to give the salt more to flavor. I’m getting to be less patient with cooking.. and have been doing a lot of it. I froze the rest of my meat and will wait to cook it later. I have enough options for now.

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      1. koolkosherkitchen

        To make a good basic stock, you need to start with onion, etched crosswise, a carrot or two, depending on how sweet you want it, a celery stick, parsnips, and any combination on herbs you like. I usually combine parsley with dill, a bunch of each. All that in addition to chicken or beef bones, of course. Add just a little salt, fill with water, put on Manual high for 30 minutes and forget about it until it beeps at you.

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