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Ten Things of Thankful: Mixing up the Routine

 

John, my nephew, and my brother, all wearing masks, presumably smile for the camera before my nephew goes off to college

The past few days, I've been masked up in my own home, as my brother and nephew stayed here prior to my brother taking my nephew to college. Though it was strange to have visitors, and strange to wear masks inside the house, it was also refreshing to be able to spend time with family. My nephew has moved into his dorm, and I took my brother to the airport Thursday morning, so now I've taken off the mask and am getting back to the routine. I'm thankful:

  1. to have spent time with my brother and nephew. 
  2. that Moon's Rare Books is still open for business and I could share that amazing store with my brother and nephew. 
  3. for game nights. My nephew introduced us to Richard: The Lionheart, and we taught him (and my brother) Splendor. Together, we tried to save the world from Pandemic.
  4. for Rockwell Ice Cream. The honeycomb flavor is great, but I especially enjoyed their G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time) flavor, which they describe as: "This flavor won best ice cream in America in 2019. It has a rich goat cheese base with blackberry, lemon jam swirls and honey rosemary roasted almonds." YUM!
  5. to be able to laugh together while watching Troll 2. It has it all: terrible premise, awful dialogue, and over-the-top acting. It inspired a documentary, Best Worst Movie. If you haven't seen Troll 2, pop some popcorn, sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," and get set to laugh!
  6. for texting. As I'm typing this up, my phone is busy buzzing next to me with a couple of different group text conversations going. Family reunion on my phone!
  7. for texting and phone calls. When the fire broke out in Vacaville, California, family members near there were able to reassure us that they are OK. 
  8. for firefighters, who work so hard to battle blazes.
  9. for the Division of Wildlife Resources, who this week were able to capture a sick cougar--not in my neighborhood, but not too far away. I know that I frequently chased coyotes out of my yard in California, but somehow I don't think I'd be so brave around a cougar. 
  10. for John. 

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  1. I am happy you had family time in this time of pandemic. I am starting to see more of that. Sometimes I see people getting together in small groups without masks and that makes me nervous. I would definitely want masked guests. That GOAT sounds yummy. I love goat cheese, and it's terribly addictive to me. With little use of my taste buds, it's one thing that seems to get past that. Yay! Must be magical! Hope you have a great week!!

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    1. I'm more comfortable with everyone masked up, too. We only took the masks off for meals, and then they went right back on. The GOAT ice cream was really good!

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  2. Quite a week and cudos on making adaptation less than a burden. In a way, (some of) the effects of the pandemic offer a new opportunity to appreciate what we have...
    Have a good week.

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    1. Fortunately my brother's family is on the same page as John and I are regarding masks, and though I was admittedly a bit nervous hosting visitors during this pandemic, it all worked out great and we all had a great time.

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  3. I like the photo at the top. :-)

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  4. Congratulations to your nephew on starting a new phase of life at college. It's great to get to spend time with family, no matter what accommodations we have to make.

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    1. I agree! It was so nice to see them both.

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  5. I hope the ice cream place is still there by the time I am able to make another trip. :-)
    A cougar killed a deer just over and down the hill from us last week, and there have been a lot of sightings of a cougar mentioned recently. I don't know if it is one cougar or more than one since a cougar has a territory of 100-300 square miles.

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    1. I don't think the ice cream place is in any danger. I'll be sure to take you there when you come again. :-)
      Yikes on the cougar!

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