I was considering all of the following for today’s post. I decided to be brief. Yes, this is Dan. Really, it’s me!
Door-to-Door – No, not Thursday Doors, actual doors-that-have-to-be-replaced doors. For Christmas, The Editor gave me a new entry door for our family room. I gave her a matching storm door. Who says there’s no romance after 37 years? These doors open onto a fully enclosed porch, but it’s still the kind of door that needs to keep the cold out and get locked at night. You might wonder why we need a storm door. Well, sometimes, when there’s a fire in the wood stove, the entry door is open a bit, and we might not want the cats on the porch. You have to be able to cover all the options. This project requires a reliable forecast of three days at or near 70°f (21°c) – everything else is in the garage waiting.
D-I-Y Prep – These projects can go faster because I’m here 24/7 (that was The Editor you heard groaning) but slower because of “The Virus That Ate the World.” I can’t stroll around Home Depot looking for material I might use. I can’t pick up a few things that are cheaper at one store and a few things from another. I am making my list, and I’m checking it thrice, maybe four times. I want to be able to place one order, for one delivery, from one lumberyard, for one project. When that project is finished, I’ll reassess the situation. The first project will be siding, roofing and the slight expansion of our shed. I have the siding. I have about half the shingles. I took measurements and I will be working on a plan later today.
Maddie – I used to walk Maddie on Saturday and maybe on Sunday. We didn’t walk during the week because of kids waiting for school buses. Now we are walking almost every nice day. Sometimes, that goes well, we get out early and we avoid the crowd. Some days, the crowd has the same idea we have. Saturday, I took her for a walk before 7:00 am. It was cool and overcast. All was going well, until we saw her – HER – The Walker Lady!
“Intruder alert! Sound the alarm. Bogey at twelve o’clock! She’s back! Don’t you see her? She’s right there! Do something! She’s coming toward us. Bearing zero degrees. Range 100 yards. Why aren’t you doing something?”
Prior to this encounter, I didn’t know that Maddie can snort – like a bull. In between barks, she snorted at the approaching evil. As she was barking and snorting, she twisted her harness and leash into a tourniquet around my left arm. There was no consoling her. Fortunately, walker lady broke off her attack and returned to the apartment complex where she lives.
Apparently, Maddie’s exaggerated reaction was due to the fact that we hadn’t seen this woman for several months. We saw her again yesterday and Maddie barked, but no snorting and no tangling.
MuMu – and I have reached an agreement. She gets to use the shelf above my desk whenever she wants. I will remove all of my belongings before she gets there. Once on the shelf, I will brush and/or scratch MuMu until she decides she has been brushed and/or scratched enough. While she sleeps, I will not scratch her belly, rub her feet or pull her tail. In exchange for all my concessions, MuMu will purr softly and look pretty.
I am a tough negotiator.
Shopping – I avoid the crowds, make as few trips as possible and I will now be wearing a no-sew mask as recommended. Nothing fancy, a folded bandana, of which I have many. I want something that’s easy to prepare, easy to wash and won’t be hanging around for years to remind me of this mess.
Checking In – I have been texting, sending emails and calling a few folks each day. When you post on your blog, or visit here, I take that as a sign that you’re OK. Or, if you’re like Joey, that your dealing with something but making progress. Please take care. Stay safe but find a way to let some aspects of life go on.