Time to add another ring to my circles. Originally I said I’d want to do something big for my 55th since I didn’t do anything major on my 50th (although it was celebrated at a Syrian chicken place in the Middle East, so not necessarily a normal birthday for an American — and I bet it’s archived somewhere in here), but well Corona took care of that. We had 4 friends come over on Saturday and had a wonderful time with them (you cannot have more than 4 people over, and it has to be the same 4 people who allow you into their homes — basically pick a circle of 4 to hang with), and three of my friends will sit out back with us tonight — with our lawn chairs safely spread apart. (since this a day later: they did come over and we enjoyed a lovely bottle of champagne with lots of sunshine and a lovely Spring breeze).
So, while not a big celebration year (and yet still perfect), this is my first year on the planet celebrating a birthday during a pandemic, so there’s that. And I’m pretty damned happy that neither I nor any of my loved ones have gotten it. Although my sister, a nurse in Virginia, did get really ill; she tested negative twice, and she’s on the mend.
I haven’t been writing much because, well, there’s not a whole lot to report. We’ve taken a lot of walks, and I’m now on a routine of taking an hour walk during my lunch breaks. We’ve shared a lot of treats with friends within walking distance — lol mainly my friends baking and sharing with us, but I’ve cooked a few meals or side dishes.
And, we’re currently car shopping since the mechanic went back to work last week and, sadly, told us our car was finished. We’ve watched a lot of t.v. — a LOT — lol and will continue watching more. I’ve finished up two courses and am close to finishing up another, so finally I’ll be able to read books for fun — woo hoo. School will be out in a few weeks, and it feels surreal. There’s no end-of-year excitement for me. I think the kids and I just want it to end, so that, hopefully, we can look forward to brick-and-mortar learning again (one day!).
Since we’re hopeful that Belgium will allow residents to travel more within its borders, we booked a cabin in the Ardennes for mid-June (after school officially finishes). Fingers crossed we can actually go to it. LOL cars are currently cruising our street blasting techno music — guess the kids gotta get their summer music festival feel however they can. And, Mons is doing what it can to keep people’s spirits up — including providing homes with free face masks.
Spring is flourishing, so our balcony is a lovely place to sit, sip and stare and rumor has it borders will open June 15, so perhaps there’s hope that Joe, Badger and I can go camping or rent a cabin in the Alps or something like that — using our new vehicle.
I officially signed the loan papers for a brand new pretty blue Toyota Rav 4. I’m a little nervous about its size since our streets and garage are small, but it’ll fit. LOL a compact SUV is gigantic over here, so pray I don’t scrape up its sides like I did on our ‘normal’ sized VW Golf. I have no idea when we’ll actually get the car — sometime in June perhaps. It’s not like in the states where you get your new car the day you buy it. But, I’ll be sure to post a pic when she arrives.
Overall life is going along well despite the nastiness around us. I have my grumpy days where I’m just super annoyed at everything, but then again I also get to work every day braless and in my jammies —- shhh don’t tell the kids. When/if things ever go back to normal I’m going to be grumpy that I have to groom and drive that pretty vehicle in traffic. I do treasure my walks, time on balcony and video chats with family and friends. And, I never forget how lucky I am to have all of this. Well it’s time for me to get back to work and by 4 p.m. I’ll be back on my balcony sipping nature’s nectar. Cheers and Happy We’re Still Healthy and Alive Day to you all!
p.s. I forgot to post Belgium virus numbers — gotta keep the tally posting until this thing ends: 55, 559 confirmed cases; 9080 dead BUT only 147 new cases and 28 deaths reported for May 17th. Yeah I know it still sucks that people are dying, but as of today in Belgium it’s at a much lower rate. Fingers crossed with relaxing measures it stays that way. While I’ll always say yes to a second wave of wine, it’s hell no to any more virus waves.