When I retired I intended to revive a college habit of baking a braided loaf on Fridays. I used to make it entirely by hand and I once broke a wooden spoon beating the sponge. This loaf is only three strands and I always braided four, but it’s a tasty loaf.

We have all our mail through this past Thursday. I baked bread the next day. We’re still getting our early walks, but there are unfamiliar people and dogs on the beach today. Yesterday the gale force wind was desperately chilling in the morning. Today is mild. So. Walking, baking, writing, and staying safe.

This morning I drank a glass of milk with my toast, but yesterday, 445 Americans died of covid19. On the Saturday before there were 63 dead. The Saturday before that there were 7, and the week before on Saturday, just 3. We better listen when Fauci warns there could be 100 to 200 thousand dead is a few months.

I am thawing chilis for soup later. We are managing our isolation and keeping busy. We both miss salad.

My fable fizzled—too depressing—but I am writing.

Anyone do better than I did? Please comment below.

Tomorrow I will post a nonfiction writing assignment and then a revision strategy later in the week.

4 thoughts on “BREAD

  1. I can’t say I did better than you, but I’m just trying to do better in general. I started working from home last Monday, and it was, by turns, awkward, frustrating, fun, exhausting. I do not have an office in my house and I was very resistant to blurring that boundary between work and home … in part because I know once I get used to it, I’ll be told to return to the office. Still, on Friday things seemed to come together and then Saturday I implemented some long overdue house cleaning and reorganizing. Part of that was my yoga studio has been holding online classes since the studio itself is closed and I needed to clear some space in my bedroom so I can still practice with my community. But before I get too excited about all the wonderful things I can do now that I’m working from home, I have to remind myself that I still do have to work. The extra time I’m saving by not having to commute is not enough to warrant a deep dive into housecleaning. And since I work for the dept of health in my state, I’m tethered to the twice daily updates, the occasional emergency alert that (surprise!) people 65 and over should stay in, and the underlying fear that covid-19 is much more widely spread in FL than we can know because testing is still very limited. Unfortunately, the governor seems more interested in staying on the president’s good side than ensuring that he is doing all he can to keep people (especially those on the front lines) safe.

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    • Thank you, Marie. Your work is important and necessary. I honor you for it and wish you well.

      I have four virus statistics tabs open on my computer. The most sobering statistic is that New York state has tested over 150 thousand people and found a third of them are positive. My state has tested—wait, I’ll go check—10,878 people but our county has tested only 87 people as of today.

      We call and email distant friends who are older than we are. A family member is in regular contact by phone. My neighbor just had triple bypass surgery and several people check on him daily. My husband and I are fortunate to have one another, but there is no one to physically check on us. I worry about a grandchild who needs surgery but may not get it soon, and I cannot write, knit, stitch, or weave my way out of this.

      Much as I wish to say: “Stay strong, dear friend,” I fail to heed my own advice sometimes. It must be time to go back to reading about dragons in the Napoleonic wars. Ha!

      So to us both: Be strong!

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      • There is indeed a pall (is that the right word?) that hangs over everything now. I don’t like being a Debbie Downer … actually I tend to be a Debbie Downer, cynical, always assuming the worst, and yet when I know it will just get worse, that it’s not just my miserable attitude, it’s so much heartache. Now Florida’s governor is telling the residents of four counties in South Florida to “stay at home” as if they and they alone can contain the spread. More than half of the positive cases are clustered down there, but someone needs to explain to him that viruses don’t recognize stay-at-home orders unless everyone stays at home. He doesn’t want to issue a statewide order and, in truth, we’re past the time when we could have perhaps contained the spread. Now it’s mitigation. Yes, we both need to be strong since our “leaders” will not. I will say, “Stay safe and healthy, dear friend.” 🙂

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  2. Yum

    On Sun, Mar 29, 2020 at 1:02 PM IMPERFECT PATIENCE wrote:

    > janpriddyoregon posted: ” We have all our mail through this past Thursday. > I baked bread the next day. We’re still getting our early walks, but there > are unfamiliar people and dogs on the beach today. Yesterday the gale force > wind was desperately chilling in the morning. Today i” >

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