Story Time

May 4, 2020

One of the cleverer memes around — children’s books re-titled in coronavirus themes.

There are many, many more, but I chose these because each and every one of these is a book we have in our collection and one we spent so much time reading to Peter when he was a wee one.


frog and toad








Photos and memes that tell a small part of the story… as we’re experiencing it here on A Street.

This is a dishtowel that is actually hanging on the oven door. And yeah… it IS our first rodeo. Seems to say a lot about how prepared we are and how we are moving through this weird and unique time in all of our lives: quite uncertainly.



We do a lot of this in our house… mostly because it’s interesting, but also, were a virus to invade our bodies, it might show up as a drop in blood oxygen levels. So at least we’ll know that. 



This isn’t my check list, but it has some worthy goals on it…

well being


Yes… cooking a lot, baking a lot, eating a lot. Fortunately, exercising a lot.. though perhaps not enough.




Related….   the quarantine wardrobe…

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Today is Day #51. How ’bout that. Here are more calendar facts:


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To be quite honest, I’m prepared to go the distance. I can take another month, or six… whatever it takes. I have a feeling there will be increasing movement toward relaxation of the guidelines. At this moment, that sounds like a terrible, terrible idea. But we’ll see, I guess. Given the lag time between exposure and illness, we won’t know what all this current easing will yield for a couple of weeks.

Of course, I have the luxury of an easy decision; not everybody does. I am very aware of that and feel for those who are stressed and suffering. The path forward for the collective whole is not clear and not easy.

But until there’s a vaccine, I don’t expect I’ll be changing very much of my day-to-day practices.  I’m satisfied with the notion of holing up until we get a true all clear.  I don’t mind just staying out of the way, not pushing any boundaries. I’m getting better at making the most of my time and learning a lot. So there’s that.







He Makes Things

May 2, 2020

It’s what he does.

I see this sheet of paper on the counter in the kitchen and I know…. something’s coming.


A small hunk of aluminum and lots of noise later, he walks into the house (kinda proudly, I might add) with this:


Evidently, a lathe can make things like this. This little item is threaded, it fits into something, it does something sort of clever (like things might tighten in opposite directions depending on which way you turn it?). (He DID explain it somewhat better than that.)

Whatever it does, I’m impressed.


Couldn’t figure out what to write about. Still can’t. There is plenty that’s just plain awful — heartbreaking, frustrating, confusing, frightening, maddening — but I don’t feel like souring a nice summer-like Friday evening.  There is also a lot that feels pretty damn good, like how I feel like my getting-more-regular-every-day daily rhythms are actually healthy, or how grateful I am to be spending a lot of my days working on some truly worthwhile volunteer efforts (political, of course), or how I’ve actually learned some crazy new things (running Zoom meetings and managing social media political campaigns) and/or rediscovered (and am enjoying!) some old things (cooking), or how I’m doing things I’ve wanted to for a very long time (podcasting, watching tv shows from this century), or doing things I never wanted to do, but don’t actually hate (domestic chores). But I don’t want to write about any of that.

Lots of awful, lots of good. Nothing to say about any of it.

I looked through my photos to see if anything jumped out.. and this did! Took it yesterday or my #walkswithvicki. Not a single pixel of editing. It’s mostly of the turtles on that square, wee island, next to the bushier island.  Hard to see the turtles, but the shot is stunning (says point and click me). I’ve worked harder for shots that were nowhere near as lovely!



67 on Quarantine Day#48

April 30, 2020

Jim turned 67 today!


The cake was our all time favorite — good ol’ Martha’s Killer Chocolate Cake. Highlight of the evening was talking to Peter and having him sing happy birthday with me on Facetime. Excellent dinner, too. Maybe I’ll share details another time on that, but suffice to say the potato leek gruyere cream au gratin dish was beyond beyond.

Love my guy.

Dueling Pandemic Projects

April 29, 2020

We’re heading for a clash.

Yolo County extended its stay-at-home orders until the end of May. That’s a whole nuther month, folks. While frustrating, it gives me time to really fine tune the groove. I’m not complaining. More importantly, I’m supportive. Governor Newsom expects the entire state will be observing public-health-motivated guidelines for quite a while yet. He released, yesterday, what sounded like a well-thought out phased plan for balancing public health and economic concerns and getting the state to a safe and sane place.. as facts & science warrant.

So, that’s what the smart people are doing. Science, facts, public health priorities.

Then, there’s the other. This side is tired of this shit. This side wants its freedoms. This side says only scaredy cats wear masks and hole up indoors. This side says the other side is a buncha fascists. The powers that be on this side don’t wanna pay unemployment or incur any costs/liabilities associated with people not working, or people working and then getting sick.  This side is planning to stop publishing stats on the number of people dying. This side is going to start focusing only on the economy, now that they’ve taken care of the virus [pat selves on back]. This side is done with public health whiners (especially since their voters aren’t the ones dying). This side is ready to take its victory lap and proclaim mission accomplished. 

So…. as of two days from now, the federal guidelines will be all but lifted. The high population blue states will continue their sensible guidelines (though the freedom-loving residents in those blue states will flout them, screwing the rest of us), while the less dense (population-ly-speaking) states will move on with their lives, also screwing the rest of us.

Or not. I guess we’ll see.


Well…   this is not the duel I started out writing about. The “Pandemic Duels” of the title refer to life in our household today … me with my projects, Jim with his.

Mine were of the domestic variety. Classically domestic. Housewife-ily classic. First up, bread baking. Quarantine has brought a third loaf of homemade bread to our kitchen. This one — as one would hope — is the best so far.

Whole wheat (half ww, half white, actually) and millet:


Tastes as good as it looks.

Following bread baking, I decided to clean the oven. I can’t take a lot of credit, since it’s a self-cleaning oven, but I did have the idea, I did stress for the 3 1/2 hours it took to do the job at some ungodly high temp, and I did wipe down the whole inside when it was all done and cooled off.  Lots of ashy remains. It’s pretty impressive. A bit scary, too, given that high heat.

Will ya look at that!


Every 14 years, whether it needs it or not.

I also baked a cake, made dinner, sat through two meetings and yadda yadda, none of it counts, because..

Jim’s project takes the prize!

While I swung in the hammock yesterday, Jim took a measurement: how high must a table be such that a person swinging in adjacent hammock can reach out to her side and move a wine glass from table top to mouth and back with nary a strained muscle.  He built the table to that spec, and crafted a good looking one, besides.


Jim wins this round. But the quarantine orders continue.. so there’s time for a comeback.

Nice to Be Six Again

April 28, 2020

I spent all my blog time tonight editing last night’s post about the hammock stand. I decided to add detail to the construction process, since one day this blog will be bound into a book and Peter will have it on a shelf, and since he’ll also inherit that hammock stand, he may as well know how much work went into it. (Haha.)

Check out the added text and photos, here: https://lifeofwry.com/2020/04/27/life-of-wry/


So, tonight’s blog is a shorty.  It’s my nearly daily snack during quarantine… the ol’ celery with peanut butter. Oh so fresh, crispy, salty and oily.  Snack perfection.