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19 COVID-19 Fluffernothings April 20, 2020

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Food & Drink, Humor, Mindfulness.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been busy doing nothing.

What kind of nothing?

Fluffernothing ~> stuff that’s pleasant, amusing, entertaining, time-consuming without changing the trajectory of life in any significant respect.

Here’s a few (okay, 19) examples of what I mean:

1. Ken Burns documentary on Genes: An Intimate History.  Fascinating to learn that viruses (like COVID-19, but much better behaved) are useful for something, like fixing gene mutations and curing illnesses.

2. Watching Trump trumpet his displeasure at Dr. Fauci (and reporters) when they venture too close to “the truth” (while Dr. Deborah Birx rocks her scarf-of-the-day) during press briefings.

3. Jigsaw Puzzles.  We’ve done 3 (so far) ~ 24 vintage VW buses (including a Westfalia); an attic stuffed with stuff (including a vintage wedding dress); an undersea landscape featuring tropical fish and sea turtles.

4. Walking.  About an hour or so each morning.  Mostly in the hood.  Twice at the beach.  Our beaches are “closed” but walking is allowed.

5. Reading the NY Times Daily COVID-19 Briefing . . . then rewarding myself by doing the Puzzles.  My faves:  Sudoku (Easy, Medium, Hard).   Spelling Bee (like Boggle, sort of).  Set (a series of logic puzzles).

6. Blood Sugar Rising ~ a documentary on the increasing prevalence of diabetes.  Fascinating stuff.  And scary enough that I popped into my “office” to check the results of my last fasting glucose reading, breathing a sigh of relief when I saw that it was 77 (nowhere near the danger zone for diabetes).

7. ZOOM!  Two Zoom “meetings” with my siblings, siblings-in-law, nieces & nephews.  When we are all on there together, we total . . . 19!  (I seem to be seeing that number a lot.)

8. Island Papers.  We pick up 4 (or more) local papers each week to see all the things we can no longer do due to COVID-19.  Bars that are closed.  Shows that are cancelled.  Restaurants that are boarded up, subsisting (if they are lucky) on take-out and delivery.

9. Cooking and eating.  We’ve enjoyed some delicious dishes while hunkered down  at home ~ Curried Colcannon Soup, Beer Bread, Lentil Rice casserole, Banana Bread, Pesto Pasta, Roasted Veggies, Spanakopita Lasagna, Cornbread, Scalloped Potatoes, Curry with homemade Pineapple Chutney, Sweet Potato Fries, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and . . . CHOCOLATE!

10. Netflix movies.  In the last 6 weeks, we’ve seen:  The Good Liar, Dark Waters, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Red Joan, The Farewell, Breakthrough, Short Circuit (from 1986), What They Had, The White Crow, The Addams Family, Ad Astra, The Breadwinner.  We are waiting for Knives Out.  It’s been at the top of my queue for weeks.

11. Following my favorite blogs and chatting in the comments.  And writing the occasional blog post.  I see that my last post was 2 weeks ago today.  Time flies when you’re “safer at home.”

12. Reading about the differences between the Spanish flu (which killed 675,000 Americans and 50 million worldwide in 1918) and the COVID-19 coronavirus. “According to National Geographic, Spanish flu killed with deadly speed, with many reports of people who woke up sick, then died on their way to work.”  At least with COVID-19, we stand a fighting chance.

13. Biking around the hood in the afternoon to clear my head of all things COVID.

14. Grocery runs when our produce stores are depleted.  Last trip, BFF brought home Asparagus, Broccoli, Carrots, Celery, Green Beans, Potatoes, Romaine, Apples, Grapes, Strawberries, Bananas.  Seeing all that glorious color on the counter made me overlook the fact that the packages might be “contaminated with COVID.”

15. Swimming in the pool.  Most of the pools in the neighborhood closed, but our association of 100 homes kept ours open for “essential” exercise and therapy, NOT for sunbathing.  Only 3 in the pool area at a time so keeping an adequate distance from others is easy.

And refreshing!

16. Following the local headlines to find out how the “Safer At Home” landscape has changed from the previous week.  Are the boat ramps open or closed?  Are the parks and dog parks open or closed?  Is the curfew (11 pm to 5 am) still in effect?  Are the schools still closed?

17. Listening to Classic Rock.  Spectrum Cable offers up 40 or 50 music stations.  Classic Rock is our favorite for Happy Hour (any hour of the day).

18. Watching the yo-yo effect of the stock market.  Up!  Down!  Up!  Down!  (I filed our 2019 taxes ~ NOT fluffernothing, but similar).

19. Accepting the “what is.”  Being adaptable to the changing landscape.  Remaining curious.

20. Staying in the moment.  Not driving past my headlights.  Maintaining optimism.

21. Meditating.  Breathing in calm.  Breathing out anxiety.  Accessing my inner peace.

Aah . . . that’s better!

So . . . how are you being?


1. Kate Crimmins - April 20, 2020

My brother and his wife are polishing off puzzles too!

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

We haven’t completed a jigsaw puzzle in years . . . until the last month. Instead of playing Bridge, I do puzzles.

Good luck to you and Mollie tomorrow.

Kate Crimmins - April 20, 2020


2. Tippy Gnu - April 20, 2020

There’s still plenty to do, just different stuff, and most of it involving staying indoors. I prefer staying in, anyways, but I feel sorry for those who like to get out and about.

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

We live in a great place for getting out and about . . . as long as we want to get out to exercise. We can bike, walk, swim, roller blade, skateboard, etc.

But not at the moment since we are under a severe thunderstorm warning with wind gusts of 60 mph!

Tippy Gnu - April 20, 2020

Whoa! Maybe you better find a storm shelter, and to hell with social distancing.

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

It seems to be settling down . . . but there are some trees and power lines down in a county north of us. Glad I went for a walk this morning. It’s a bit soggy outside now.

3. Jill Weatherholt - April 20, 2020

I’m writing and puzzling!

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

I’m toying with the idea of pulling out one of my half-completed novels to work on. But puzzles give more immediate feedback!

Jill Weatherholt - April 20, 2020

Go for it, Nancy! Puzzling is a great time for brainstorming on your novel. 😉

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

Puzzling . . . and painting!

4. ekurie - April 20, 2020

I love that word! Based on what you are eating (produce) you sound like the healthiest people on the planet.

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

Yup! Produce + Chocolate = healthy and happy campers!

5. Rivergirl - April 20, 2020

You sound much more productive than I’ve been. Can’t seem to find the motivation lately….

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

I read a very “reassuring” article that said in the midst of a pandemic it’s OK to be non-productive.

Not that I needed “them” to sign my permission slip. 😛

6. Ally Bean - April 20, 2020

We are well, but doing far less than you are. I’m enjoying being sloth-y. And avoiding people as I do so. Kind of a win-win for an introvert.

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

I feel I am mastering the art of doing nothing while appearing to be doing something.

And I agree ~> it is a bit of a win-win for me too! :mrgreen:

7. joyroses13 - April 20, 2020

I haven’t seen Short Circuit in years!!! Really want to see A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
Chicken Curry, Yum!
You need some Fluffer Nutter sandwiches too. 😉

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

Tom Hanks did a wonderful job playing Mr. Rogers. It’s a good movie. It’s been ages since I’ve had a fluffernutter, but they are so YUM! Maybe I’ll get some Fluff on our next grocery run.

8. Behind the Story - April 20, 2020

That’s a long list, more than the promised 19. I haven’t kept track of what I’ve been doing–quite of few of the same things, although I don’t do jigsaw puzzles, and I don’t get Netflix. I just looked up Colcannon. Your curried Colcannon soup sounds interesting.

nrhatch - April 20, 2020

To make Colcannon Soup, I sauté onions and cabbage, then add curry powder, vegetable broth, and potatoes. Once the potatoes are tender, I puree the soup, while still leaving some texture. It’s similar to Scottish Tattie Soup.

Since I have nothing to do, it’s easy to keep track of all the nothingness. 😛

9. L. Marie - April 21, 2020

I’m writing, editing, and videogaming!

nrhatch - April 21, 2020

Sounds like you’re in the right zone!

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