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I thought it was time we checked in again.

Here? We finished our quarantine time. Despite all the airports and crowds, we seem to have not gotten sick. Not that much has changed since the end of quarantine. We did one huge grocery trip (since we got to the bottom of the freezer and the fridge was down to ketchup and other condiments).

I’ve been a slug. I have been trying to use the treadmill, but other than that, or a walk/run outside I’ve been sitting. And eating. Snacking. Constantly. I wish spring would reach this part of the world (I think spring is living in quarantine too). I really would like to ride my bike.

Watched all of Schitt’s Creek. I didn’t like the first season, I thought the characters were stereotypes. But it got better. Surprisingly good by the 3rd season. Now I have the latest season of Better Call Saul PVRed so I’m watching that.

And I’ve been watching ‘I So Lounging’. Amanda Shire and Jason Isbell and a couple of friends so a YouTube video each afternoon from their house. Their tour ended suddenly and then have been isolating in their house, so they play music and talk for 45 minutes a day. Over the last couple of days, they have been talking about John Prine (Shire was in his band for a few years and they both toured with Prine). They told a story that they sang one of Prine’s songs as a bedtime song for their daughter and then, one time, they were at his place for an afternoon and they got her singing the song and Prine was around a corner and heard and started singing along and her eyes got big and she said ‘It’s you’, recognizing the voice on the recording.

We also have fallen into the habit of watching Jeopardy each night.

And playing a lot of OOTP.

And I’m missing baseball. And all the other sports. If we had sports this being at home all the time would be a breeze. I’ve watched bits of the replay games they are showing, but it isn’t the same. I like being reminded of how much I liked those players. And if Sportsnet would show the one-hitters that Dave Stieb threw and his no-hitter, I’d be there.

I’ve had the odd moment of sadness that it is going to be a long time before I can see my parents. And I can’t phone them. My dad is deaf and my mom is in a different world, so she wouldn’t understand a phone call. But at least the virus isn’t running through their care home. I’ll be able to see them when this is all over.

And it is Easter weekend and my oldest boy can’t come down from Edmonton to join us. It will likely be a long time before we see him. But at least we can call.

We are going to go over to the butcher shop and pick out some nice steaks for a tradition steak Easter dinner.


Anyway, let us know how you are doing with the new world we are living in.