Yesterday morning our friends Jim and Bonny provided curbside drop off of two pieces of scrumptious apple pie.
Then Bonny and Jim were off to do similar drop-offs at the homes of three other couples who are all part of a small group of friends that formed because of a church connection nearly two decades ago.
Many changes have happened in the meantime, but we are still gathering regularly.
We had a Zoom meeting set up for last night and Jim decided to bake a pie and deliver pieces to the other four households so we could all be eating apple pie as we visited. All ten of us managed to get on Zoom for a nice long conversation.
Jim’s pie was fabulous as was the chance to be together with long time friends even though it was done virtually.
As my regular blog readers know one of my isolation projects is working my way through the lessons in the Lynda Barry book Making Comics. My assignment last week was to take a character I had created the week before and have them star in a four-section comic. So I took Opal the Opera singer and did a little story of her swallowing a fly. I also used my character Henry the Hairdresser to tell a story about getting a COVID haircut.
A friend, former colleague and fellow book club member living in Lima, Peru posted on Facebook yesterday that even though it hasn’t been officially sanctioned yet parents are starting to take their children outside on playgrounds for short periods of time. She said after spending forty-one days cooped up in their apartment her daughter ran around in the fresh air of a small park as if her life depended on it. According to the Washington Post Peru is experiencing a devastating outbreak of coronavirus despite early aggressive measures to stop the spread.
In Saudi Arabia, other friends have been on a 24 hour a day lockdown. They report the only time they managed to get some fresh air was when the fire alarm went off in their home, forcing them outside for a bit. The round the clock curfew has now been eased in some places in the country according to Reuters news service.