Well, after long thought (OK, 17 seconds) I've decided the Hinkelgruber family menu should be brought to the web. A couple of things for you to remember: no substitutions (Charlie's not a short-order cook, after all), and change is inevitable - Charlie may not feel like cooking kim chee on a Tuesday! Oh, and there is one request: if you're joining us for dinner, please either call or text the Scary Lady (you know the number - if you don't, you're really not invited).

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

It's a new world? (Is it, really?)

So, it's official (as of yesterday)...the governor declared a "Stay home, stay safe," order. Sort of a mealy-mouthed quarantine. The good news: Duane and I don't really go anywhere - so, other than the grocery or other provisional locations, we're good. The bad news: you know when they say you can't go anywhere and suddenly you really, really, really need to go somewhere - anywhere?- you can't! That's OK - here's how I'm dealing:

  • Clean the office. OK, so it's not quite to the "OMG! There's a hoarder living here," point. But, almost. Today, I spent about 2-hours and I'll spend another 2-hours tomorrow and probably 2-hours Thursday, also. 
  • Did you know you can actually become tired of watching television? Well, you can! 
  • Books - I can read with my eyes (not so many books available in the house) but I do have an almost unlimited number of books I can listen to - thank goodness. 
  • Baking - I'm going to bake something later this week - Duane and I can only eat so much so I have to wait until I can foist it onto someone who is willing to visit us. 
Our illustrious president Trump (notice I did not capitalize president?) has announced he wants that in order that the economy be saved that businesses should just consider opening up again by Easter. OMG! Please, Moses, come back and dictate that the pandemic be over, "Covid-19 - depart! Begone! Make sure the economy is restored!" The man believes that to restore the economy insures that there will be a workforce to man it! At the same time, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York states, "Pay attention, we are your future!", as New York crumbles under more and more victims of this horrible disease. 

Not to only spread bad news - Duane might be getting a contracting job! CDK may be hiring him to do some contracting work for about six months! The beauty is, as the stock market crashes (oh, yes, there was a 2000 point surge today, but let's not get too excited, yet) we may actually have a supplement to our income so we don't have to tap IRA monies to live on. This is good news! Our advantages: we own our home, we have no debt, we're healthy 64-year-olds. Americans - our own relatives - have endured worse - and we'll be fine! 

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