I stopped waiting for my ship to come in – with my luck, if it did come, the crew would all be COVID-19 positive.

Yes, that’s politically incorrect humor – but these days, any humor may be welcome.

In New York State, the lockdown has  been extended to May 15.  I’m ok with that, actually.  Better to be safe at home for someone with like me, who’s in an immunocompromised condition.  The good-vs-evil scenario between our country’s President and the various state governors has provided much needed entertainment; in New York State, most of us are grateful we have a strong, smart governor who takes no sh*t from anyone, but does so while maintaining his composure and while keeping politics on the sidelines where they belong during a crisis.  Sure, our economy has temporarily tanked, but the continued lockdown will keep some of us alive who may not have survived otherwise; living people will eventually bring the economy back, and only living people can vote.  I don’t think New York’s Gov.  Cuomo  cares much about future voters (as he stated, 600 people died just yesterday; this is not a political conspiracy).  Personally, I don’t want to go back to work until it is totally safe to do so.


Life here with Puppy Cody goes on.  Poor pup’s learning to keep still, more or less patiently, during a photo shoot:


Until, of course, she’s had enough.   Today’s shoot was short-lived.  She was in the process of jumping up as I took that last photo.  Once up, she made sure I couldn’t catch her again.

Didn’t want to go out much today – believe it or not, despite it being the middle of April, we had enough snow to cover the ground.  It’s gone now, but it’s still cold – and muddy.  Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Meanwhile, I take whatever photos I can inside.  Hence, the dog pictures and the top photo (which I call “Juxtaposition“).  And the good news is, I can sometimes devour my props (not the dog, people! never the dog!).

Speaking of eating, we’re doing lots more home cooking:

Pork Chops with Onions and Gravy

And I’ve learned to use yeast for baking:

Feather Rolls (recipe in “The Fannie Farmer Cookbook”, page 526)

Gotta go.  Hubby wants some more of those feather rolls.  Who would’ve thought lazy old me would become a bread baker?  But to be honest: those rolls are the easiest thing ever – no kneading or rolling required!

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.  This all will pass eventually.


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30 Responses to FURLOUGHED: Week Five

  1. Take care. I’ve been baking today too. Don’t know what to do tomorrow yet!


  2. Nabeela says:

    Stay safe…. You are doing great….


  3. simplywendi says:

    love seeing a peek into how others are keeping busy…….i continue to work on small projects every day that otherwise would not get done if things were “normal.” 🙂


  4. Barry says:

    I’d be baking more bread if it wasn’t for the shortage of flour and bread-mixes I’ve got enough mixed grain flour for around 3, maybe for loaves. There’s still plenty of bread available at the supermarkets, although by late afternoon/evening which is the time I choose to shop (no queues) the choice of bread is somewhat limited.


    • Ha! I admit we did a little panic shopping when the virus first hit. We have enough flour (both white and whole wheat), baking powder, shortening, etc. to last for the next year. We’re a little low on yeast, though, because I’d never used it before and didn’t want to stock up on something I was not familiar with. Now, yeast is no longer available in our stores. So when ours runs out, I’ll have to make baking powder biscuits instead.

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      • Barry says:

        I’ve been making bread on and off for more than a decade. We have a breadmaker, but only use it to knead the dough now as the paddle is badly scratched (whole grain flour tends to do this) and baked loaves refuse to seperate from it.


  5. Ahh…that reminds me to stock-up on vitamin M & M’s. Love the shots of Puppy Cody. And yummy pics of pork chops & feather rolls. I’m feeling hungry now. Stay safe & healthy, CM! (.=^・ェ・^=)


    • Well, the good news (at least here) is: vitamins and M&Ms are still easy to find. As is wine (I forgot to mention in the post that my favorite wine store does online ordering and home delivery). I’m glad my photos made you hungry; it means I did a good job on them. Hugs, NBC.

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  6. markbialczak says:

    Yes, another entire month of working my job from home, CM. It is better safe than sorry, but nationwide so many seem to be getting restless and protesting the restrictions regardless of plain facts and statistics about the virus.


  7. Jane says:

    I have to laugh because so many people are baking or attempting to bake and bought up all the yeast. So when I needed, it was not to be found. I finally got a shipment from Amazon of enough yeast to take me until 2023. It does freeze. The thing about making bread, the more you do it, the better you get. Just remember to be patient. It takes me four hours to make a loaf. Most of it is proofing. 1.5 or so hours the first rise, and the another hour before baking. It is what makes the bread fluffy. I have found my bread does not raise my glucose and has no junk in it so it is better for you. It doesn’t keep but that never seems to be a problem. I make mine with my kitchen aid mixer so the kneading time is done for the most part by the machine. But I put another few minutes by hand. We experimented with home made pasta. Now that was fun and real treat. Completely different then boxed pasta. It too takes time and energy as we do not have a pasta machine. But oh, so good.


    • My second batch of Feather Rolls turned out so much better because I used a mixer instead of mixing by hand. They came out with perfect bread-like texture. But hubby tells me he likes the first batch better because they were crumbly (more like baking powder biscuits) and he could eat them without his teeth. Guess there’s no winning on this one.


  8. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Hasn’t the weather here been terrible, CM? Oh my gosh! Snow? And the winds and rain have put a complete stop on my EARLY start on my gardens. I am staying home but am still taking my walks and going to the parks. Just heard now we must wear masks outside. CM, no one and I mean no one is going to take the one place I have open to me for me to escape this nightmare all of us are stuck in. I’ll bring a mask but wearing it is another matter! A virus is not about to fall from the sky to get me. And I do NOT like to be forced to do something that I don’t want to do. Don’t mind me. I need the forest and haven’t been able to get there in a while. *sigh*


    • Amy. if you’re not within 6 feet of other people, you don’t need to wear a mask, but you should have one with you in case someone is about to come closer than 6 feet. I’ve started walking the perimeter of my back yard (all the way around once is just under 1/10 of a mile), so at least when the weather warms I can start walking normally again.

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      • AmyRose🌹 says:

        THANK YOU for the straight scoop, CM. You have no idea how much this means to me. I avoid people as best I can when I’m with my cameras. But I will have a mask on me in case ….. And good for you for walking! This weather has been so discouraging! Hang in there! xo

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  9. Dan Antion says:

    I noticed the photos on Flickr. It’s good to know the story behind/around them. Hang in there CM, we will get through and come out the other side.


    • Thanks, Dan. I can always count on your support. I usually post my photos on all 3 sites simultaneously (Flickr, YouPic, and WP), but this week I posted the food photos separately and then decided to use them in a post. Sometimes the WP posts are necessary to make the photos meaningful (like “Juxtaposition” – no one on Flickr or YouPic liked that photo; guess it was just too offbeat for those sites).

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  10. nickc324 says:

    Great post, and now I’m hungry! I hope you also stay safe and healthy today, and keep writing!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. joey says:

    Governor Cuomo is the news highlight of my day.

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