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Last year my girls were all on the app Marco Polo, where you can videotape messages to each other but you don’t have to all be present at the same time as you would on a phone call. You can watch the videos whenever you want and record your own message back. I enjoyed it last year but it didn’t seem to last long before they all lost interest. I was kinda sad they quit doing it. 😦 One recent morning I woke up around 6 (early for me), tried to go back to sleep and suddenly around 6:30 my phone started going off over and over. I picked it up and all three of them were sending video after video. Marco Polo is back! So I laid in bed and went through the messages, considering trying to get back to sleep when Sarah sent a video that said, “Mom, we can tell you’re watching so you might as well say hi!” LOL I responded then and we all chatted a bit more. At that point, I decided I was not going back to sleep so I got up and did a few things around the house. I checked the temp and it wasn’t that hot yet so I thought I would walk to the lake and back. It was a pretty morning and there were not too many people out so that was nice for social distancing. I stepped into a field of flowers to take some pix and then later walked down to the water’s edge for some more. Little did I realize that I managed to pick up some chiggers and I am still dealing with the itchiness!

This is as good a day as any to do a little update on the virus and the state of the world. Texas, of course, opened up businesses before we had even seen a decrease in cases so now it’s going wild and spreading like crazy.  The governor, who has been opposed to many restrictions and has been fighting with our county officials who want to be stricter, has finally admitted that things are not as great as he would have liked and made some businesses close back up (bars in particular). Dallas Co. had 572 new cases today.  We’ve had 20,737 total cases in Dallas Co and 353 deaths. The county has us at the highest alert level “stay home, stay safe.”  Of course people are defying that and defying any notion that wearing a mask helps protect themselves and others. Mask wearing has become a political issue and a flashpoint with people threatening each other and getting into shouting matches and fights over whether to wear a mask or not. It’s all so ridiculous.  On the other front, Black Lives Matter marches continued daily and nightly in Dallas. My friend Margie has been going to most of them and keeping us posted via photos and statements on social media. I’m glad to see such a high level of engagement and hope change is coming.

It looks like the rest of the summer will consist of more quarantining and social distancing. If we thought we were going to be able to see family and friends from more than a distance, I think we were wrong. At this point we don’t even know what the new school year will look like.  My niece Brooke in WY has postponed her July wedding till next summer. Many of us have cancelled vacations. It’s a whole new and isolated world.

Meanwhile the Trump administration continues to be inept, unconcerned, inactive, focused on all the wrong things…I don’t like to be a hateful person but I have a lot of hate in my heart for Trump, Pence, McConnell, Graham, and all their minions. If you are reading this 20 years from now, look them all up because I don’t have the energy to spell it out. 🙂

Our days are pretty routine. Rich is making loaves of sourdough bread, which we are enjoying. He also used up the rest of the zucchini from our farm box in some zucchini bread. Yum. We have foregone most of the yard work now that it is so hot but I did plant some flowers in pots today. We actually got in our pool and got a little exercise since it’s too hot to walk very far any more. It’s a shame that we don’t use the pool more so maybe we will start making that a habit. I am knitting a couple of projects, though I keep tearing them out and starting over. LOL

Read:  The Book of Longings, All that You Leave Behind, and Daisy Jones & The Six.  All good but especially loved the last one.

Watched: “Contagion” (oddly prescient and it was kinda spooky to watch) and “Eurovision Song Contest,” Will Ferrell’s latest offering, which was goofy fun and made for a nice night of mindless entertainment. Started the “Perry Mason” series but not sure if I will stick with it. It’s a prequel and he’s a private eye before he became the Raymond Burr attorney character some of us grew up with. Kinda dark. Contemplating whether we want to pay for Disney Plus so we can see “Hamilton” in a few days.

Listened to: New Bob Dylan (not overly impressed even though one reviewer said it was his best in years…) and old Neil Young that he finally released after years of being in his vault (better than Dylan, but I always was a Neil girl), Black Pumas (excellent), Gary Clark Jr (extra excellent).

Growing: a very few tomatoes in pots…think we waited too late and now it’s too hot.

 

The Month of February

Almost gone!

We’ve had several weekends of the Tyler kids being here for soccer, greatly enjoyed them, as always! Hung out, watched soccer, played games at home, watched “Toy Story 4” twice (two times more than Gigi wanted haha), read books, chit-chatted, celebrated Elle’s 12th birthday a little late with her requested dinner of steak and mashed potatoes by Chef Grandpa (also including a wedge salad, rolls, and cheesecake and ice cream for dessert).  We’ve decided Jack is adjusting to country life because he told us out of the blue, “you don’t want to stand behind a horse because it might kick you!” Not that they have horses but I suppose someone told him that!

Happy 12th birthday to Elle! We sure do love this girl. We have lots of happy memories of times spent with her: watching her excel at 6th grade and soccer, seeing her having fun with her friends, stopping off at 7-11 for an after-school snack, shopping and going for pedicures, baking with Grandpa, swimming and playing board games at our house, talking about life and watching her mature. It’s been a little tough having to move to Tyler but she has taken it in stride and I’m sure she will blossom wherever she is. She has a sweet spirit that always shines through and I know she will do great, though I sorely miss having her nearby!

Meanwhile, I’ve been going to lots of meetings, educational events, and block walking to support our upcoming Democratic primary. Fingers crossed we can make some inroads in Texas! I’m really getting sick of politics and wishing we had a very short and limited campaign season before voting. Also wishing we didn’t allow big money in elections. Also wishing we had a different administration in office because these dudes are making me lose my hope.

Rich and I walked through a cool art park on our way to see the Indigo Girls with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. We couldn’t take pix during the concert but had a fabulous time; they sounded amazing and the symphony made the show even better. Loved it!

And to round out the month, Rich had cataract surgery this week–first eye on Monday, follow up on Tuesday, second eye on Wednesday and follow up this morning. Ms. Not-a- Morning-Person had to get up at 6-ish every day so she is looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow.  🙂  I got to watch both surgeries in a small family waiting room where it was parlayed on a TV screen; also video’d it on my phone in case he wants to watch it later.  Kinda freaky but super interesting! His natural lenses were removed and he now has “bionic” lenses in his eyes. He has done great and had no issues but has to take it easy for awhile so the lenses don’t get dislodged and he doesn’t injure his eyes.  He can’t read or do anything close up for a week, which is driving him a little batty. No rubbing of eyes or bending over or lifting things, etc.  No driving. Thankfully he can watch TV so that keeps him occupied, along with napping. My friends have teased me about cooking, since I NEVER cook, but he has been happy with soup and sandwich, leftovers, and frozen pizza. Okay, I would try to make him something better if he wanted it but those were his requests, just saying.  He’s probably trying to make it easy on me but I am not going to push it. LOL The girls did send us a gift card for Door Dash so we can order a meal or two that way as well.

Here’s to March and more adventures!

I can’t keep up!

Sarah, Elle and I served meals and cleaned bunks at Austin Street Center, a shelter and service center for people who are homeless. Rich and I attended a great performance of a play called “Babel” put on by high school students (and one little girl) about gun violence. The shoes represent individuals killed by guns. Very moving and extremely well done. The boys spent some time at our house and in the pool.  My mom sent me an article about Springsteen’s best summer songs. Love my mom!!  We had a “Beck Day” when everyone else was occupied–had a blast at the Perot Museum of Science and Nature, then out for lunch.

Summer is rocking along!