The stay at home order for Allegheny County was officially relaxed on 5/15/20, but all that effectively means it that a few more kinds of businesses can open. Today I went to a garden center and purchased flowers, potting soil, mulch, and a couple of vegetable plants. I then proceeded to deploy these things to the backyard with the help of my family. Yay (sort of)!
My daughter put together a “scavenger hunt” for Mother’s Day. A path of construction paper led me through the house to drawings she had hidden. All of the drawings were great, but my favorite one is this one of her cat, Peaches:
I am both impressed and touched by the amount of planning that she put into my Mother’s Day gift. She was really excited about it too, so it was definitely a quarantine win all around.
Just in time for pandemic meat shortages, I received a flexitarian cookbook written by the mother and sisters of Michael Pollan: Mostly Plants. Then I proceed to make the Tandoori Chicken and Vegetable Sheet pan supper, because I can still find chicken in the grocery store, and because it’s delicious. I’m planning to make a vegetarian recipe next.
Today I helped run the sound board for the First Unitarian Church of Piitsburgh Live Stream. A couple of other volunteers and I used a Sling Studio, a collection of smart phones and iPads, and an HD camera to create a multi-camera live stream of the service. We also all wore masks, practiced social distancing, and wiped down commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant. We still have some technical glitches to work out, but overall I think it went pretty well. If you look in the lower left hand corner of the wide shots, you’ll see an iPad stand that I MacGyvered out of plastic storage boxes, a hymnal, some painter’s tape, and a pencil.
The music video at 33:47, which I had nothing to do with, is very nice.
My daughter made “Hug Bots” to send to her grandparents. They are, appropriately, “robots that hug”. I folded them carefully and put them into manilla envelopes. Now I just have to summon the courage to venture to the post office.
For my second attempt at fermenting vegetables, I’m trying brined cucumber pickles. My first attempt was Kimchi, using the leftover cabbage from the Borscht I made earlier in the quarantine period. We don’t currently have all of the spices that were recommended in the Fermented Vegetables book I received for my birthday, so I’m not sure how they are going to turn out. We’ll see in a few days.