Indoor Nation-Week Three. The Corona Chronicles

First of all, a Happy Easter and Chag Sameach to all celebrating Passover.

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It’s different this year, but we can still be happy!

It’s weird having a non-Easter this year. No Mass. No Chocolate Bunnies. No Easter Baskets. No eggs to color.  No outdoor Easter egg hunts. No Easter Parade.

Oh, what I would not give for a chocolate bunny right now!!

And no big Easter dinner of Roast Lamb.

Ahhh. Roast Leg of Lamb. It was a tradition growing up and I still love lamb!  

Instead, our Easter dinner won’t be an early afternoon Roast.  Instead, we’ll enjoy lamb kabobs and couscous.

Spiced these babies up with rosemary, ras el hanout, cumin, salt, pepper and garlic!

And tomorrow it’ll be back to work.

But, lets talk about how this week went.

In all honesty, I’m becoming very spoiled by being the only one at the office.  I relish in my alone time because although the amount of work is astronomical compared to “normal” times, I’m incredibly productive without interruption.

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Actually–my boss is a very cool woman and if she wants it done, she’s got it done–from me!

It isn’t lonely either. I’m not longing for human contact. There’s too much work.

Evenings are spent going upstairs to bed after dinner.  We’ve finished Ozark. And cannot wait for the next season. I will not give any spoilers except to say that this is one twisted drama!

This is one crazy-ass series.  I’ve never seen Jason Bateman so….so…evil!

We started watching “Bonfire of Destiny” aka “Le Bazar de la Charité”, a French import on Netflix. It’s loosely based on true events from the Charity Bazar fire in Paris in 1897. This fire killed over 125 people-mostly aristocratic women and their maids.  The story centers on three women who’s lives were impacted by the event.

The story centers around three women, Alice, Adrienne and my favorite, Rose!  This poster is awful because it doesn’t showcase the true period of the events.  But the show has gorgeous costumes!

The costumes are absolutely gorgeous and it is a beautiful period piece.

The most interesting storyline is Rose, who was burned but believed to be dead. This is good TV!

The “Global” dinner search continues and last night we traveled to Morocco with a Chicken Tagine and couscous. And it was absolutely delicious!

The table was set for a sumptous dinner.  I think either Oona or Roman made that little blue dish when they were in grade school!

And speaking of yesterday…….at nine in the morning, I decided to switch out my winter clothing for summer.  A bit soon, I know. I know!  But it had to be done. eventually. Besides—this winter was so incredibly mild that all those heavy sweaters went unworn.  Many of the heavier pants went unworn.  And for four hours, I cleaned out dressers and my closet.  It was a chore but well-worth it.

Dresses and skirts all in order..

So are tops!

All summer shoes are organized too!  There’s a story to the Crucifix. Jesus fell off and I’m afraid to mess with repairing it because I don’t want to ruin Jesus. Hey. I’m Catholic. I’m not gonna mess with Jesus so I keep him comfortable on my shoes.  I feel like my shoes have been blessed!

And not to break productivity, immediately upon finishing that chore, Bonaparte reminded me that his supply of Gougères was down to two.  I made two batches.

Oh wait!  These are the ingredients for the souffle that I screwed up last week.  But wait! They’re basically the same ingredients in the gougeres! So I’ll keep the photo!

It was after finishing up the Gougères that I started on dinner.

Yes. This weekend has been busy.

There was a moment yesterday when I took a plate from the cabinet that I use often.  Oona made it. In Kindergarten. In 1995. In April.

Amazing how a 25-year old plate can make me so emotional!

And it brought to mind that back in 1995 in April on Easter weekend I was busy carting the kids from baseball to soccer to softball and coloring eggs and filling baskets and chatting with neighbors.

Who would ever think a pandemic would change things?

Regardless, I dressed for Easter today in a cute shift from Lilly Pulitzer because I wanted to feel like it was Easter.  I wore a cheery pair of flats, plopped on a wig and went to work….

I even took a shower, washed my hair and shaved my legs!

…making masks.

I’ve been creative while being lazy at the same time!

I took a cleaned, old white tee and cut it into thick strips.  Then I twisted hair ties at each end, folded the fabric over and ironed a makeshift hem with Stitch Witchery.

Tee shirt. Twirly Do’s for the hair. Stitch Witchery and a scissor of course!

I made five. At the end of the day, we can wash them, let them dry and have a clean one for the next day.  They are by no means perfect but they work!

Twirly do’s on each end, fabric folded over, held together with Stitch Witchery..

…and ironed!

Makeshift masks!

How long will our Indoornation last?  Hopefully, not too long but it doesn’t seem like it’ll end within the next few weeks.

Let us hope the end of this pandemic is near! 

Remember to keep safe and stay well!

About Catherine

Far from perfect, but enjoying life as a non-perfect and flawed individual at 60 years young. I'm still wondering what I'll be when I grow up! The characters in my life's screenplay include my better half. He is a refined Frenchman who grew up in Paris and summered in St. Tropez. I grew up in Long Island and summered in Long Island. I am not refined. My three grown children are also a big part of my life. For their sake, they happily live where their careers have taken them! But I can still mother them from a distance! I write about the mundane. I write about deeply shallow issues. But whatever I write or muse about--it'll always be a bit on the humorous and positive side! It's all good!
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7 Responses to Indoor Nation-Week Three. The Corona Chronicles

  1. Julie F. says:

    Jesus fell off ours, too. Does yours slide open to reveal an Extreme Unction set inside? Happy Easter from hot & dry Florida. Stay safe.

  2. Arabella says:

    I know exactly how you feel about being more productive left to your own devices. When I was working I did receptionist work and quite often I was alone at the front desk with the exception of someone coming in with an appointment or a random straggler. As I worked at the front I had a radio tuned to classical music and I happily read a book, perused online or did projects for various departments. It was the bane of my existence when co-workers would come hang around my area to complain or want to keep me company. My zen and productivity would fly right out of the window.

  3. Anne M Bray says:

    Lamb on Easter! My family tradition too! With roasted potatoes and homemade mint jelly. Mmmmmm. Wish I had some now! (I guess I could roast potatoes and make some jelly. I’ve got everything for those two items).
    But I’ve been thinking on this. Isn’t Jesus the Lamb of God? And then we eat lamb on Easter? It’s kinda warped. Heh.

  4. vavashagwell says:

    Glad you had a nice holiday weekend! I spent mine making masks for my husband’s coworkers. I ran out of elastic and I don’t have any hair ties to use so I just put some ribbon on them. I did find some elastic this morning on Etsy, so in a week or so I can make more masks.
    It was beautiful sunny weather here in Eugene Oregon over the weekend so that was nice. Our neighbor two doors down had the door of their refrigerator fall off and so now they are using the fridge we have up in our guesthouse that currently doesn’t have any guests, so that worked out. Their new fridge comes on Thursday.
    Today I am going to sew a summer dress, it will be nice to take a break from mask making. Have a great day!!!

  5. Juliet says:

    Roast lamb – lovely and yes an Easter thing for us growing up, but then being a Kiwi, we ate a lot of lamb compared to other meat. Nowadays a roast is too big and too expensive, but lamb shanks are a delight now and then, lamb stabbed and then prodded with garlic and rosemary and served with loads of new potatoes, mint sauce and fresh leafy greens. Heaven…

    Is that Audrey Fleurot in the poster? She is in Engrenages a totally riveting French drama (about 7 series or so- so far) along with the equally superb Caroline Proust – honestly French actresses seem to learn their craft and just work the screen with barely a facial twitch – I would watch of either of those phenomenal women scroll through their phones – they are THAT good at what they do.

    Finally on a completely random note what are you reading at the moment – have you read any Sybille Bedford, especially her book Jigsaw based around a peripatetic life rattling around Europe including the French Riviera in her youth during the early part of last century – I think you might really enjoy it.

  6. Tiffany says:

    Wow! You are so inspiring. 🙂

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