LOCATION: In(side) our very tiny house in Retama Village, in Mission, Texas
WEATHER: Beautiful early mornings and evenings with a delightful breeze. Hot mid-day. 90
When I logged onto Facebook in the morning, up popped greetings from Facebook wishing us a happy anniversary, and showing me lots of photos of George and me together. I said, “What is this? Their computer systems must be confused”. Then, I looked at the calendar and realized that it is indeed our anniversary! Wow! Then, I had to do the math to figure out how many years…..44!!
After being cooped up for about 4 hours, I walked down to the clubhouse and decided to do a water aerobics class on my own. It is a half-hour one, using a noodle. Good core work. Then, others joined me (with social distancing) and we did our regular noon class.
The afternoon actually flew by with my continued efforts to clean up my computer tablet – lots of old photos, notes, and emails to organize. And, I enjoyed reading Happy Anniversary wishes on Facebook. So nice!
One of our friends in Retama has been spending her isolation days making wine. She makes some very good ones. She brought us over one that she just bottled – a Muller Thurgau – which I had never heard of.
We are so lucky to be in a climate where we can be outside during this isolation. We watched on TV scenes from Italy where people sing and play musical instruments from their balconies. In our village this evening, we had something similar…..One resident sat on a chair in the middle of his street, and played songs on his saxophone like “Amazing Grace’ and “When the Saints Go Marching In”. The whole village enjoyed the serenade!
DINNER: When we shopped the other day, staples like meat and chicken were not available. So, I bought more unusual items like frozen scallops. So, for tonight’s celebratory dinner, we had seared scallops in a butter garlic sauce, cream of celery soup (needed to use up some celery) and sauteed, zucchini matchsticks. All washed down nicely with the Muller Thurgau from our friend. Scallops seem like an extravagance, but they aren’t really, when you do the math. A $10 package will provide 8 servings. And, there is no waste.
Later, we sat on the patio (actually our driveway), and enjoyed the beautiful breeze. Some other friends dropped off some anniversary flowers, freshly cut from their yard.