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- May 21, 2020 at 10:40 am #886341Dear WendyKeymaster
Congratulations, Miel! That sounds like a very sweet, special day. And now you get to look forward to a celebration with friends and family eventually, to boot.
I am feeling the same as others about not being able to see parents. Visiting mine would require a cross-country trip either by plane or by car (staying in motels along the way), neither of which I will feel comfortable doing for a while. Then, bc my parents are in a high-risk category (even beyond their age), we would have to I guess quarantine in their basement or something for two weeks before interacting with them? And that seems so impractical and unpleasant. I was really hoping we’d have antibodies and that we’d soon learn that antibodies offer immunity, but Drew and I took antibody tests last week and they were both negative. I was really thought we had covid in April, but whatever we did have – which causes chest pains for drew still, to this day, something he’s never experienced before – did not register a positive antibody test so that’s that. Who knows when we’ll be able to see long distance family.May 21, 2020 at 10:59 am #886342FyodorGuest
I think that there are a lot of things on the horizon that potentially will make life a lot safer (e.g repurposed drugs, monoclonal antibody treatments, faster and more accessible testing, more knowledge about transmission, etc)
And most of the stuff I’ve read and knowledgeable people I’ve spoken to have been pretty optimistic that we’ll have some kind of vaccine at some point that provides some sort of protection. But I don’t know that we’re really going to get the kind of solution that makes this go away completely such that we don’t have to worry about it.May 21, 2020 at 11:04 am #886343FyodorGuest
Yeah, I hear you. We did my Mom’s funeral over zoom from our couch. I haven’t been able to be with my siblings or father, all of whom are in different cities. I think that we just have to focus on making it through the short to medium term and have faith that this isn’t going to be forever.May 21, 2020 at 11:50 am #886345KateKeymaster
This is frivolous and jump down my throat about it please, I love that, but it’s so weird to have literally nothing you can do for Memorial Day weekend. I suppose you could… take a cup of alcohol and walk on a beach? Maybe? MA beaches aren’t open. No outdoor restaurants. I’m definitely not going to a party even if someone was having one. If I want to see my parents we can drive to the cape and back in a day but we can’t stay with them, and hotels aren’t open.
On another topic, we need to get my FIL’s remains in the ground, he needs to be in his family plot and have a catholic priest say the right things. It’s not right for him to be on a bookshelf in the TV room. He passed in December, probably not of covid, though he would have been candidate #1 for that. We were supposed to have a memorial service in the spring.May 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm #886346
It IS weird to have a three-day weekend coming up with nothing to do. I mean we’ll probably grill and sit in the backyard with drinks, but we do that any time we have a nice enough weekend.May 21, 2020 at 12:03 pm #886347KateKeymaster
I don’t even have a yard or a grill.May 21, 2020 at 12:05 pm #886348ktfranParticipant
Oh, a three day weekend feels completely weird. Like, great. But we’re not doing anything. Or going anywhere. Woohoo!
We have herbs being delivered on Saturday, so I guess we’ll plant those. Exciting times.May 21, 2020 at 12:07 pm #886349FyodorGuest
I am really feeling the lack of a backyard in the city. I think that if we had a yard it would probably be feasible to have some people over for some sort of distanced outdoor thing for memorial day (like everyone brings their own food).May 21, 2020 at 12:13 pm #886350
I’m so glad my boyfriend has a backyard. It’s small, but it’s been a nice way to get outside. I bought some lounge chairs on Amazon in March but it hasn’t been nice enough to use them yet. On a recent Zoom call, a friend in another big city was saying she was glad to have a balcony then remarked that “everyone has a balcony” and I was like… eh? In her city, maybe, I dunno. Here, though? No, I don’t feel that way at all and consider those of us with yards or rooftops or whatever kind of private or semi-private outdoor access very lucky.May 21, 2020 at 12:19 pm #886351
Oh and we also discovered that there’s mint growing in my boyfriend’s backyard. Nobody knows who originally planted it, but I’ve been wanting to grow my own herbs back there and was pretty excited to discover we already have a ton of mint. We’ve been making cocktails from a book I own, How to Cocktail, and I’ve been really liking this one cocktail with gin, lemon, mint, and simple syrup.May 21, 2020 at 12:28 pm #886352ktfranParticipant
Funny you mention that about mint, Copa. That stuff is insane. We had an herb garden last year. The winter killed everything but our mint. We replanted it in its own pot because it tried to take over our entire big-box garden last summer. I had to keep pulling out new plants it was creating.
The herbs coming Saturday are basil, dill, parsley and oregano. I’d love to have thyme and sage too, but we’d need another large planter box.
I cook with a lot of fresh herbs when I have them.May 21, 2020 at 2:28 pm #886354CanadaGooseGuest
@Fyodor So, that curling bonspiel in Canada was for DOCTORS. Yep, with a pandemic in full swing, a bunch of medical experts who should have known better travelled to a weekend-long, indoor group sporting event. Crazy! A couple of weeks earlier, there was a huge dental conference, which infected a lot of people and resulted in what I think was our region’s first death not related to a care home.