So… what’s new?
Not much has changed here at Casa Bettinelli. Our homeschool routine clicks on apace. I’d love to add a lot of the cool new things to do when your kids are home activities that I see shared all over social media… but who has time?
Monday was a very Mondayish sort of day, but we managed to get school work done and I went for a walk and started a new project, writing and drawing.
Tuesday was Lucia’s baptism day as well as being St Patrick’s day. Some of us watched the cardinal’s noon Mass at the Cathedral. We lit Lucy’s baptism candle after dinner and renewed our baptismal promises. We had corned beef, roasted not boiled; cabbage, sauteed and served with balsamic reduction, and mashed potatoes as well as roasted potatoes.
Wednesay was Bella’s usual online ornithology class and then she spent the afternoon on a long video chat with a homeschooled friend who lives in NY state. I made chicken fricasee for dinner, it was amazing.
Thursday, St Joseph’s day, Ben’s feast day since his middle name is Joseph. I made cream puffs and was thrilled that my påte a choux and my pastry cream came out properly. They were perfectly light and fluffy and the cream was rich and sweet and good. We had tacos for dinner, made by Bella with some help from me. She even deep fired taco shells. We prayed the rosary along with Pope Francis and countless other Catholics worldwide at 4pm.
Friday: the kids jumped into schoolwork with little prompting this morning. And thank goodness because I had to do the weekly grocery shopping which was stressing me out not a little. Yes, I’ve stocked up on pantry goods and we could probably survive a couple of weeks in extreme quarantine, but I don’t want to eat through our supplies and really we don’t have so much room for food that we don’t have to shop every week. We have a smallish freezer and an adequate fridge, but no room for a second fridge or freezer. So for now I’m committed to weekly shopping. (Plus I’m curious about what is and what isn’t in the store.)
For the record: the parking lot was quite full but somehow the store didn’t seem overcrowded. But neither was it empty. At first glance there was plenty. Plenty of produce, at least. And the shelves didn’t look quite as locust picked as last Friday. But there were whole sections that hadn’t been restocked: oatmeal was gone, mac-n-cheese, baked beans, tuna, frozen vegetables, butter, pasta. The meat department was very thin: there were bone in pork chops, a whole bunch of corned beef briskets, a few steaks, some pot roasts, and that was it. No chicken, no ground beef, no hot dogs or sausages. But I did my normal weekly trip without too much missing. It was mostly just odd. Other than signs announcing early closing and a special senior shopping time in the morning, everything else seemed business as usual. Some people wearing masks, some people wearing gloves. But most people just doing their thing…