View from my chair and deck.
We’ve been taking one day at a time since early March. On March 9 I had an appointment in Philadelphia with Kovell. “Could he open the fistula?” I didn’t want an abscess, fever, ER. But he said he couldn’t feel anything. Call if abscess developed. Later that week we went to the State Store since they were scheduled to close. And Diane made a trip to McCaffrey’s one day at six — seniors only. That was our last trips into stores.
Diane walks Nala every day, going to Washington Crossing or some other area. For weeks we’ve been warned to keep six foot distance and more recently to wear a face mask. NJ Parks have recently closed due to the number of people. I was Canal walking until rain, clouds, damp chilly weather and upset stomach keep me in for a week. Yesterday I took a short walk to the Mary Yardley footbridge. A week off is not good. Also enjoyed sitting on the deck in the sun several days. Otherwise we’ve been inside.
We bagan to place some orders online. Olive oil from Amazon, wine from Washington Crossing Vinyards, cheese from Wisconsin Cheese Company, chocolates from Sweet Ashley. Our neighbor Kurt brought us milk and later seafood from Trader Joe’s where he works. Diane tried a Whole Foods/Amazon Prime food delivery but could never get a shipping date. Then we discovered Shady Brook Farm was doing curbside pick up. We ordered some meat, fruits and vegetables. The main things we didn’t get were Greggstown pot pies and sausage. Could do a curbside with them. Organnons on 413 and NonSuch Farms also have curbside when needed. Also waiting for flour from King Arthur and toilet paper from Amazon. There are a few other things we could order online. And I’ve stocked up on pills and supplement. We let boxes sit for a day or so and wash up after opening. That’s shopping.
I’ve made cornbread, biscuits, yogurt but haven’t baked bread yet. I should. Diane made a pan cake with chocolate drops. Very tasty. And we’ve stretched our meals, cauliflower sauce on pasta for several days, Cod in rice and vegetables several days. We probably have food for two weeks.
Several days ago the sun came out in the late afternoon and I planted seed in two of the eight raised beds — peas, kale, lettuce, radish, fennel, arugula. Unfortunately I forget to buy spinach. Four of the beds got a fresh filling of leaf mulch. I don’t know if I’ll be getting it for the others. Neighbor Chris will have some plants for sale and I think nurseries will be open or have curbside. Paul Ahearn is expected today to cut grass.
Early on in our quarantine we accepted delivery of a new couch and chair. Some concern about strangers in the house but we disinfected after they left. Unfortunately for me the chair is not as comfortable as the old one and I spend hours every day sitting in it. Our other surprise visitors were from Bristol Fuel. Our water died on a Saturday. Sunday I called and Dave Burton stopped to check on his way to Bristol. Repair or new heater? We opted for new and Dave returned later with a helper and installed a new heater. More disinfection.
People contact is important. I call my sisters every other day, Pagliones, and have made called to Franny Profy, Eleanor Osborne, Jerry Alonzo, Mike Honan, Taylor’s and emails to others. We talk daily to Jenny and yesterday called the kids on Face Time. Good to see them if only on an I Pad. Might do that with others. Unfortunately my phone took a soaking in the washing machine; still drying out. Diane used Zoom for her book club.
Afternoons I read and usually nap. Until last week I was building a daily fire, then just on chilly days. They provide light as well as warmth and I still might fire up if it rains or is just dismal. Finished a biography of Edison and “Cooked” by Michael Pollen. Finishing up “ East Hill Farm,” 1960s NY retreat of Alan Ginsberg and friends and “Circling the Sun,” a novel about Beryl Markham growing up and living in Kenya. Brought down other books from my reread library.
Ive listened to a few records, but not enough and watched several movies — “Marianne and Leonard” and “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” during the day. “Life with Father” and “Charade” at night on the I-Pad.
We’ve watched the numbers climb. Over 10,000 deaths in the US; 160 in PA; 17 in Bucks. The epicenter has moved from Washington State, California to New York, particularly NYC. Governor Andrew Cuomo has emerged as a strong Democratic voice to counter President Trump. Stay-at-home orders exist in most states until the end of April. Trump’s response has turned a daily press conference into a political ad. I’ve tried to stopped watching them but read too many articles and reports. More about that later.
On Friday April 3 I could feel the fistula developing into a abscess. A fever wouldn’t be far behind. I squeezed and squeezed until it broke open and began to drain. I called Koganski who said no antibiotic needed if there was no fever and it was draining. The thought of visiting the ER was frightening.
Now time for a late breakfast. Waffles and homemade apple butter and yogurt.