Our isolation is looking to be longer than we expected. I can’t complain. Like most of our retired friends we are adapting well. We are reading more, watching more NETFIX and making sure we walk each day.

What I miss most is actually having a face-to-face visit. FaceTime and Zoom just aren’t the same. Better than nothing, just not the same. I want some hugs!

Many of my friends are quilters and sewers and they have completed some terrific projects. From quilts that Marg has completed you see here to another friend completing skirts for her granddaughter and another friend who is creating a variety of quilts and wall hangings.

Other friends are bakers. Sourdough is rising most days and no-knead bread is popular, not to mention cookies and squares. One friend passed along a recipe for quick pickles that she says her grandkids are wild about.

Here is the recipe:

Pat’s 48 Hour Pickles

4 tsp. sugar

4 cups white vinegar

1/4 cup coarse salt

1 tsp. mustard seed

1 tsp. tumeric

1 tsp. celery seed

Bring brine to a boil. Cool. Slice cucumbers thin. Quarter a large onion, then slice again. Alternate layers in sterilized jars.Pour brine over and marinate 48 hours.

Like many other friends I’m still trying out different recipes for meals. My husband is a good sport about the variety. One of our favourites right now is a pizza made with puff pastry. I buy the pastry so it’s quick and easy. I mostly followed a recipe created by The Pioneer Woman. I forgot to brush the pastry with olive oil and it was still good.

One project that has been keeping me busy these past months is that I am attempting to write a memoir. Another friend is also writing one, so we try to keep each other on track.

If you would like to hear more about what I’m doing I am hosting a virtual reading on March 15 at 5 pm MST. I thought it could be like a happy hour so bring your glass of wine to the ZOOM call.

I’m not quite sure how it will work. If you would like to participate please email me (joancraven@shaw.ca) with ZOOM MARCH 15 as the subject and then I will invite you once I set up the ZOOM call. It will be an experiment. I hope it works.

If you know of others who might be interested please let them know!

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  1. As usual Joan’s writing gives me food for thought and gentle persuasion for thinking beyond ‘the bubble’.


  2. Thanks Joan…more good ideas! I have mustard seeds on my list so I can try those pickles!
    Mike and I both want to join the memoir Zoom!!


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