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10 April: Friday

Taipei, Taiwan: Our blonde daughter, Angela (and Leo’s godmother), reminded me this morning she would have been eating Greek omlettes and drinking Veuve Clicquot in our casita this morning - on her way to the first day of the Coachella Music Festival. (Just as well - it is barely over 50° and raining. Not a good day for a music festival.) This made me very sad, as this has been a tradition for many years. The festival has been rescheduled for October, so hopefully this tradition has also only been postponed. How I miss that girl.

Our goddaughter, Natalie, reminded me this morning she would have been eating Greek omelettes and drinking Veuve Clicquot in our casita this morning - on her way to the first day of the Coachella Music Festival. (Just as well - it is barely over 50° and raining. Not a good day for a music festival.) How I miss that girl.

12 April 2019: Natalie, Terry & Angela

#nochella

Honestly, this was a very bad day. So sad to not see Our Girls today. So sad that Coachella has been postponed. So sad that Leo and Lucy are not here for Spring Break. Everything is so different. We are sooooo social distanced.

It was cold and rained all day. The weather people are telling us “it’s the worst it has ever been” and I am telling you this is just the oddest weather we can remember. Usually, about the end of April, the weather is so dang hot we are itching to leave. (Heat is hotter in a 45-foot-long fiberglass box.) The only positive thing I can report is our water pressure is now basically set to pressure wash. Is it because so few campers are remaining in the resort? We are not sure, and we don’t care.

I have no idea where the day went. Usually it drags by, but as I busied myself with my usual activities, I was surprised to look at the clock and find it was 4p, when I thought it must have been around two o’clock. Win-Win.

I still have a bit of the smoked salmon spread, but saved My Driver from a Three-peat, and made a simple plate for our appetizer:

Cheddar & Jalapeño Jack cheese, cashews, radish, black olives, Parmesan frico

Our meal tonight was yet another lasagna, using grilled zucchini slices instead of pasta (it’s Passover) and lamb ragu from the freezer. I did have to grill the zucchini slices (outside - it was a smoke-fest), but everything else came together in just a few moments in our RV kitchen.

I love this casserole. Mary gave it to us years ago. It is about 8-inches by 4-inches - the perfect amount for two people.

I made a ‘veggie drawer” salad: cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, Kalamata olives, red onion, celery, peperoncini - with arugula and radicchio in a creamy vinaigrette.

It was so good!

A Taiwanese movie was just released on Netflix. Dave and I watched Tigertail tonight. I loved it; DT was unsure of the ending. The movie takes place in Taiwan and New York, in English and Chinese (Mandarin & Taiwanese), but with subtitles. Writer/Director Alan Yang definitely took us both back to Taiwan tonight. I recommend.

Since tomorrow begins the weekend, wouldn’t you think we had big plans? Well, we do not. We plan to clean up our property from the rain storms, as it is supposed to clear up a bit tomorrow... just in time for 25-30mph winds on Sunday. (Can you imagine if it actually would have been Coachella weekend?)

Citizens of Los Angeles were told today they would now be locked-down until May 15. The kids will not return to school until the fall. I feel so bad for Lisa and her family!!! We assume Riverside County will follow the same time-line any day. That is more than another month. I am fairly sure I will not be able to document our appetizers and dinner for another 35-ish days on this blog. I will be too fat to reach my keyboard, and we will - for sure - be out of wine.

Until my next update, I remain, your Meigwo ren* correspondent.

*.  美国人  =  American

2 replies on “10 April: Friday”

  1. They said a mask and gloves were enough to go to the grocery store. They lied. Everyone else had clothes on.

  2. My co-worker has brought up your nightly appetizer plates multiple times. I told him DT is spoiled; Steve will not be getting an appetizer plate. He’s lucky I’m cooking dinner, and cleaning it up, etc. My DW is running daily! Ugh.

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