My, the weeks sure are piling up! The lockdown in New York State has been extended to May 15.
Days are spent sleeping late, eating too much, hanging around doing not much of anything – finally, I’m living the dog’s life! I always knew her life was better than mine.
Someday maybe I’ll be bored enough to take up basket weaving (isn’t that an awesome photo?), but not yet. I have lots of cookbooks to work through, hundreds of video games to play, and lots of cleaning and household stuff to do.
Of course, eating well sometimes means eating simply:
After such a hearty brunch, it’s time to check the old bank account. Yep, still doing ok, thanks to New York State Unemployment, with the added U.S. Government funds (an extra $600 a week! I’m making more staying home than I ever did working), and the monthly Social Security. Fortunately, hubby and I also had enough sense pre-pandemic to put some money into savings. We’ll get by without too much hardship. My heart goes out to those who were living paycheck to paycheck and are currently having trouble getting their unemployment funds in place – and to those essential workers who are risking their own health on a daily basis while still receiving the same pay they got before (and in at least one case I know, an essential worker whose pay was cut by 5% – WTF!).
The weather is still crappy, and weird. All week it’s been cold and either raining or snowing. Some days it was snowing while the sun was out. One day there was a hail storm:
Five minutes after that storm, the sun came out and melted the ice.
Bear in mind that this is the third week in April, when we could reasonably expect mild weather and new blossoms. The grass has grown a bit and a few tough dandelions are struggling through the mud, but mostly it’s just yucky out there.
So, still not much incentive (for me at least) to go on a nature walk outside my own backyard.
Puppy Cody seems to be ok with that. The few times we’ve taken her over to the local school for a longer walk, she didn’t really seem to enjoy it all that much. I’m not sure if that’s because she doesn’t like getting her feet wet, or if she’s just become so accustomed to our own property that she feels uncomfortable elsewhere. We’ll occasionally take her anyway, but she does get plenty of exercise chasing bunnies and squirrels on our own property.
BTW, I pulled out our property survey and measured the property lines. A walk all the way around the perimeter of the backyard is about 500 feet – just under 1/10 mile. I figure if I walk that perimeter every time I take Cody out, I’ll be getting a fair amount of exercise even though I’m at home. With mud and snow acting as friction, the walk is a bit more strenuous. With luck, by the time the weather does warm up, I’ll be able to trot around that yard (won’t that be fun for the neighbors to watch?), and certainly I’ll be ready to resume my walks in the park.
The good news is: Hubby just returned from the grocery store and tells me most items have been at least partially restocked. Hopefully, that’s an indication that the crisis is at the beginning of the end.
How’s it by you?
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