Friday, May 29, 2020

The Summer Of Not-So-Many Things

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

Just about everyone around the world has had their lives impacted by Covid-19. Here's my list of things that we won't be doing or having done.


  • No flowers: we usually go to the local nursery and buy flowers for our urns.
  • Nobody to clean the house every two weeks.
  • No one to help me in the garden
  • Not so much meat for supper
  • No interacting with friends and family
  • No trips to the ice cream place
  • No yard sales (oh, boy--for a thrifter, that's a BIGGIE)
But then there have been some good things, too.


  • Our pansies from last year self-seeded, so we do have some flowers after all
  • I  baked bread for the first time
  • I've been baking quick breads (to use for Mr. L's breakfasts)
  • We've been doing more jigsaw puzzles (well, mostly ones we've done before)
  • We're still able to patronize our favorite restaurant via takeout
  • I've been able to stay on my diet despite bread and quick breads (15 lbs down) 
  • I've finished two books and a short story and started another two books
  • I've got everything I need to repaint my kitchen cabinets 
  • Curbside pick-ups & home deliveries
  • The mail still comes 6 days a week

So while this won't be the summer we all wanted, maybe it can still be a good summer.  How will you make your summer special?





2 comments:

SandyG265 said...

I had plenty of seeds left over from last year so I’ve been able to plant my vegetable garden.

Diane said...

I have been to the nursery 3 times so far with a lot of other people. All of us wearing masks and staying at least 6 feet from one another. I bought 3 of the most beautiful hanging plants. I think they are the nicest I have ever seen.

I have also been out for ice cream and a few take out meals.

Just wear a mask and stay away from others. I pay with my card so I don't have to touch money. If I get money, I wash it when I get home and sanitize my bills. The wash my hands and sanitize anything I have touched. I also sanitize my hands and the car handles and steering wheel when I get back to my car.

Just be careful and use your common sense. I'm 83 and do not know anyone with the virus so far.