Sunday, June 28, 2020

A Breather

The sun is out, the birds are chirping and I am OK.

I am not going to listen to any news today or even read any on the Internet. I have designated this day as an Arleen’s Escape From All the Crap Day.

It is summer and some might say it is hot (88 F) but it is not too humid. I am more than blessed to have a small screen room that keeps the sun off me and a lovely fan three feet away (socially distanced) from my face. On a day like this last year, I might have been visiting a local winery with family and/or friends to enjoy the ambience, the music and a lovely glass of Sangria.  Since I am too damn old and vulnerable  to be out and about during Covid time,  I made my own little retreat and followed the winery’s recipe using their peach wine,  a splash of Chardonnay, ice tea ( yes, ice tea) and then added some strawberries I found in the freezer.  I used a pretty stemless glass as they do.  I asked Alexa to play me some sweet music and she has picked out just the right songs for me to enjoy.  She knows me too well, but that is another story.  I can’t have what was, I have to deal with what is, but gees, I need a break and I am grateful for today. Maybe I should extend  it to Arleen’s Escape All The Crap Week.

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  1. Hi, Arleen!

    You are wise, dear friend. The more news headlines I read, the more I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders. No one can blame you for needing to tune out and do some self nurturing. Although you can't be out and about like you were in previous years, it's good to know you made lemonade out of the lemons. Better yet, you made a delicious batch of Sangria. I'm happy to know that DJ Alexa picked some spot-on songs for your enjoyment.

    Thank you for letting us know how you are doing, Arleen. I think about you often and hope you remain in good health and good spirits. Have a nice week, dear friend!

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    1. Thank you Shady for your kindness and concern. Today was a lovely day of relaxation. I also had a good book to read and that took me into a different place.

      The weight of the world is hard to bear, so I am designating tomorrow to be Shady Escape From All The Crap Day. If you want, you can take a week. Have a good one.

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    2. Sounds like a plan, dear Arleen! :)

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  2. Escape all the Crap Week/Month/Year sounds pretty good to me.
    As does that delicious drink.
    I severely ration my exposure to the news (and all things negative that I cannot alter). It mostly works well for me.

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    1. It is so hard to avoid the many things that are happening here in these days like no others. We just have to hold on tight and make good decisions and pray that others will do the same.

      I hope all is well with you, Sue.

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  3. Virtual hugs, I can't agree more with Escape the crap day/week. Personal beverage would be iced tea sans wine, but whatever fills your glass, right?

    I keep worrying about family that is in the danger zone for Covid-19, I am finding that watching news and making my blood pressure hit tilt doesn't help... Sigh.

    Enjoy your music, your fan, and your wine cocktail!

    Cat

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    1. I live on ice tea; it is my drink of choice. It was nice to doctor it up today with the peach wine. It was yummy.

      I am very anxious about my family also during these dangerous. They are very adamant about me staying safe, yet they are much more lax in their behavior and following recommendations.

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  4. It sounds like a great idea -- a whole week off. I usually end up watching the most TV on Sundays, but today I haven't watched any. I like the CBS morning show with Jane Pauley, but I have recorded it so I can watch it later. It also sounds like you are enjoying a lovely summer's day.

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    1. Sunday Morning, now with Jane Pauley, is my favorite program to watch as it has stories about interesting people and places and always has a great piece on the kindness of people. It has been on TV for decades with a few wonderful hosts and is such a gem. I have been enjoying the segments with Jim Gaffigan and his life in quarantine in a NYC apartment with his wife and five kids.

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  5. I know what you mean. Somehow I missed all the news today. Now it's nine at night, and I'm the happier for it.

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  6. I think an Escape the crap week or month sounds great. The news we hear from there is shocking. I just hope you keep well and safe.

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    1. It has gotten beyond shocking, Susan. Somehow, though, we will get through this, and hopefully there will be positive changes.

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  7. I think I need that retreat drink too - I have just about had it.

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    1. We all have, Sandie. We all crave some normalcy, whatever that is.

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  8. Hi Arleen, your retreat sounds perfect. I look at the news headlines (in my area) maybe once a week, just to be aware, but honestly I stopped reading/watching the news years ago because I find it's all too upsetting.

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    1. We need to know what is going on but the constant hourly hits are taking its toll. I have some plans for the day, so my escape will last a little longer.

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  9. Hi Arleen. Your instinct for self-preservation seems to be working well! Yes, stretch it to a week - go for it!
    Two weeks ago we should have been in Antwerp, Belgium with a big crowd of friends and this weekend just gone we were due to be in Bournemouth on England's lovely south coast. Ah well, roll on next year.
    CLICK HERE for Bazza’s abnormally antic Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

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  10. Oh, absolutely, Arleen. Today I realised that I am sick and tired of Covid and must, yes MUST start enjoying life again.

    Cheers, here’s to us and a lovely drop of nectar!

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    1. Here’s to us, Friko. Except for occasional hot flashes, we’re still cool and kicking.

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  11. Great solution to shutting out the insanity of this part of ou lives! I think I have some Pinot Grigio in the cabinet.

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    1. Pinot Grigio is a lovely wine,Susan. Enjoy. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all get together and have a virtual toast.

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  12. Dear Arleen, I hope your're doing ok on the 2nd day of "Arleen Escape All The Crap Week" and hope it's not too late to join up. I have a back porch and some Cabernet Sauvignon and it's only a zillion degrees F. So far so good. We don't have the "Karma Chameleon" Boy George scale of "red, gold and green" counties like Gov. Wolf, but I like it --gets the job done. Pretty much the same here. All best wishes for health calm and serenity. You're important to me.

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    1. The Cab sounds wonderful, Geo, and I am getting used to zillion degree summer weather. I just came in from the yard where I was readjusting my solar lights because bushes and weeds were blocking the sun to charge them. It was a very sweaty job.

      Our Governor is a good man and along with mayors, has made carefully thought-out decisions about opening up. It looks like he is pulling back in one county, though, because in the rise of cases. He acted quickly and that is what is needed.

      You are important to me, also, Geo. I have learned so many new words reading your posts and your romance with Norma is such a beautiful thing to read about. You are a good man.

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  13. You have an excellent approach to the stress, Arleen. I hope your "Escape all the crap week" is going swimmingly. We all need to treat ourselves gently under the circumstances.

    I love your header - what a lovely selection of plants!

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    1. One’s gotta do, what one’s gotta do, Jenny. Coping is a daily chore.

      Thank you Jenny. My gardens are keeping me busy and so far, everything is growing well.

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  14. Hi Arleen. Your retreat sounds like a little piece of heaven with peach wine cocktail on the top. I live not too far away from Friko so I can echo her comments. Today we've had 100 days of lock down but hasn't all been bad. take care. Love Molly xxx

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    1. Dear Molly, it is so good to hear from you. I self quarantined on March 10th and quickly found things to do and planned for a few months till summer came. Little did I imagine that summer could be worse than spring in the US. I have mostly good days and am so happy in my gardens and the days of social distancing with my family are joyful. Like everybody, I want this over, but in the meantime I do my best to remain hopeful.

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  15. I must say your retreat sounds wonderful …

    All the best Jan

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    1. We all have to stay safe and make the best of it. My peach sangria was a lovely treat. I have 3/4 of a bottle left so next weekend I will make another.

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  16. Sounds great! I wish I could join you. Had a great walk in the park this afternoon with a friend. If this was the 2020 I envisioned I'd probably be getting ready for a few days out of New York City. But I got a haircut and I will be leaving the neighborhood on Monday for an eye appointment. Definitely looking forward to a change of location.

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    1. A good haircut and a walk in the park with a friend can really lift one’s spirits. I am glad you had a good day, Carol.

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  17. You should extend it to an Escape all the Crap Week, we all need a breather and respite from the doom and gloom spiraling out of control. I don't even drink Wine but that drink you made sounds refreshing and probably would take the Edge Off? *winks* I wish I could join someone for just a lengthy chat about solving the problems of the Universe over refreshments... just a couple of Old Crones with all the alleged Answers that evade the rest of Society. *Ha ha ha*

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    1. Dear Dawn, I am an old crone and have no answers, but I have plenty of questions.

      My Sangria was luscious. I may not have made it exactly as they did at the winery, but I am thinking that I might have even improved it. At least, after 100+ days of constant anxiety, that lovely glass of spirits lifted mind.

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