LOCATION: In our tiny house in Retama Village, in Mission, Texas
WEATHER: Hot and sunny. High 95
As I said yesterday, each day there must be one thing to look forward to. Yesterday, it was laundry, watching caterpillars, and reading funny things on our Facebook group page. Today, I was over the moon — looking anxiously forward all day to our virtual cocktail party…..Be still my beating heart!!!!!
First, we dressed up a bit for the occasion. I put on my Mexican blouse that I bought last year in Guadalajara.
George – well, he kept on his swim trunks and medical scrubs top. (He doesn’t get in to dressing up).
At precisely 4:30, the computer lit up with Skype, announcing our pre-arranged virtual cocktail hour with our friends Tony and Jenny from Nova Scotia. For them, it was 6:30, so they enjoyed their homemade pizza and drinks (he had a margarita using my famous recipe; she had a Bloody Maria) while we had martinis and fake crab for our appetizer.
George shook up the martinis…..
We had a nice, long chat. Even though we try to stay away from depressing topics like politics and the coronavirus, they seem to dominate the conversation.
We met Tony and Jenny the first year we were full-timers, in 2013. We met on a rainy day in a provincial park in Newfoundland. We spent a few hours together in the park’s cozy shelter with a wood-burning fireplace. We went our own ways, then accidentally met up with each other again a week later in another park in Newfoundland. After that, we kept in touch and found we are kindred souls. We have met several times on the road – the Badlands, Michigan, near Vancouver, a month together in southern Canadian provinces, and the Haida Gwaii Islands. One year we went to their house in the Annapolis Valley and one year they came here. We even got together in an AirB&B in Belgium!
Part of the cocktail party’s conversation was about our hopeful summer trip this year.. We plan to meet at their place in Nova Scotia, then travel together to PEI, Quebec, and Labrador. We will see….
That was certainly the high point of the day. George even took a day off from grout-cleaning for the occasion. I did my water aerobics classes earlier in the day. Since it was sunny today, there were more people (6), still below the maximum 10.
DINNER: Sauteed scallops in a garlicky white wine and onion sauce. Side was roasted asparagus and a loaf of pretzel baguette – very tasty.
BOOK: I finished “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. A very strange book that someone (cannot remember who) recommended to me. It is about a very dysfunctional young woman with a terribly sad past. I will give it 5 stars out of 5, just because of its weirdness and good writing. When it rains, it pours…..I now have 3 books waiting for me on online libraries. I don’t think I could survive this pandemic without books!!!