Thursday | 10 September 2020 |
Rome, Italy La Quinta, California: Obviously, not in Italy. Sitting here in smoky California, worrying about our family and friends in Oregon living east of Salem. So much destruction. So many homes and businesses lost (my uncles old house, the company owned by my dad's best man).
Dave and I have been extraordinarily busy the past week, preparing for a big change in our lives. You all know we moved from Oregon to SoCal to be closer to our family? Well, we are really going to be closer to them because they have come to stay with us for several weeks... or maybe longer? No departure plan.
Since Leo and Lucy can't go to school (LA schools are not open), Lisa and Lenny figured home schooling might be more fun in a home with a swimming pool. Smart! We have two guest rooms - each en-suite - and a family/media room between the two guest rooms, so it will hopefully be a perfect classroom situation until early afternoon. After school, there is a swimming pool, golf, tennis, bicycling, and all sorts of other social-isolating physical activities to tire-out the grandkids.
Lenny and Lisa will help with the studies. Bubba will be in charge of PE, and I will be the short-heavy-set woman running the cafeteria. (I will probably not wear a hair net.)
Since Leo takes piano lessons (via FaceTime, of course), Lisa had a keyboard delivered to our house. Dave set it up, and placed it in the family room by Leo and Lucy's room. Then Dave moved my needlepoint "station" to the master bedroom - thus giving the entire "west wing" to our visiting kids.
I knew this was a great floor plan!
I made a big pot of vegetable soup for our first meal. Every week, I save vegetable clippings into a freezer container. Every week, of course, the veggies are different, so every week the stock has a different flavor. Last week, there were a lot of onions/skins, and a lot of soggy tomatoes and a lot of basil... so today I made a pot of soup with the stock, cannellini beans, chopped tomatoes, chopped zucchini, carrots, garlic, and celery. I called it "Tuscan White Bean Soup" and everyone loved the melange. This huge baguette is history.
Leo and Lucy have yet to unpack, but they rolled into their beds - posing for me - before night-night:
All is well in My World tonight. We are all together. All healthy. All sleeping under the same roof.
Until my next update, I remain, your happy correspondent.