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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Good Night, Humidity


  1. Had healthy foods--tomatoes, cherries, Ezekiel bread, raw spinach.
  2. Walked near Cove Islsnd Beach w Sis and Butter.
  3. Reading.



Drifted to Sleep, Forgot to Blog Last Night

Things I've loved about being here at Sis's in Stamford, CT:
  • Buttercup at my side physically. Sis at my side figuratively. Both auburn-haired, kind and supportive.
  • I was able to do the Zoom family meeting call [with experts, for better Punchy plan] from Sis's dining room table. In some cases, the pandemic works for us--in this case, Punch was  2 1/2 hours south in Jersey, at Mimi's; Dan was in Montclair; I was here; and three team members were in different places. I was happy to see my Dan and Punchy on screen. She was at the office with Mimi. Her screen went off briefly and when she came back on, she was wearing a paper mask. She makes me laugh.
  • Our walk to the beach [Long Island Sound] yesterday.
  • Rest.
  • Watching "Father Brown" episode on PBS, about crime-solving Catholic priest. I had never seen it before.
I am going home today. Punch is coming home Tuesday. I do feel bad for Sis. She is an avid traveler, and Covid has cramped her style. She had hoped to travel to Portugal and Costa Rica this year, plus San Diego and other places....instead she has armchair travel with a visitor like me.

I hope to declutter and organize back home.

Enjoy your day.


Monday, July 6, 2020

Monday in Greenwich

It was a hot and sunny 90 degrees by 10:30 this morning. Sis had a doctor's appt in Greenwich, and I roamed a little on the Avenue. But then I got two calls regarding Punchy and her program, so I had to address those until my phone died. Before that, I noticed beautiful stone flower urns at a restaurant with outdoor seating and passed Saint Mary Church, with a white Virgin Mary statue outside. Would like to go to Mass there one day.

I went in to Lilly Pulitzer--fresh and uplifting, as usual. Nice necklace, wrap dress, swimsuit. Also popped into: Vineyard Vines; a granola and smoothie shop; and Aux Délices, with its cabana-yellow and white striped bags [including the one around the loaf of French bread I bought] and high-end takeout foods.

  1. Ate healthy foods--organic strawberries; fresh kale and Swiss chard Sis grew in pots on her terrace; tomato; capers; olives; artichokes.
  2. We walked Buttercup by the marina.
  3. Took a nap when it rained this afternoon.
  • Aux Délices, fresh loaf of French bread and an iced coffee. The former was great but I'm picky about coffee and did not love the latter. $8.74.
  • Vineyard Vines, turquoise sea turtles iPhone case [Punch broke my case], marked down from $45 to under $8, and really nice pair of socks for Dan, total $21.03. 
Total spent out of pocket: $29.77.
Ongoing monthly spend as of July 6: $608.76.
Avg daily spend: $101.46.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Finally Catch Up

What I love about taking a breather at my Sis's peaceful sanctuary in Connecticut is that I reset not just my battery but my TCOY meter. As in, I wielded my black Lancôme mascara wand today, and even applied a little sunscreen for the face before we went out to meet friends for brunch outdoors at a pretty golf course.

When Punch left w Mimi Thursday afternoon, Dan and I took deep sighs of relief. We love her so much but she makes it hard, pulling out all the stops and even doing things like removing her sweet school photo from Dan’s wallet and cutting it with scissors...I have to tell him to put in a new one.

I looked at us Thursday and could see Dan and me aging right before my eyes.

He made dinner and we watched a movie for a date night Friday. :)  We will have more time this week.

  1. Rereading one of Ruth Reichl's wonderful memoirs with recipes, plucked from Sis's cookbook shelves. [I gave it to her for a gift. We each have a copy.]
  2. We walked Buttercup by the marina.
  3. Good discussion over brunch, and good shrimp cocktail in honor of Sis's husband, Don. We raised a shrimp to the sky. He loved that appetizer.
  4. We went to Whole Foods and bought healthy foods--chicken, grilled artichokes, good fresh cherries, organic strawberries, milk, dark chocolate, flatbread crackers, etc.
  5. Iced my foot and propped it up--it had swelled up with an infection.

Ongoing monthly spend as of June 30: $3,259.22.
Avg daily spend: $112.39.

  • Uber plus tip, ride to uptown Montclair to meet wonderful Sasha to write about her upcycled fashion business for a magazine assignment, $10.80.
  • I was Ubering back home after CVS Minute Clinic last week, so I got a lot of groceries since I was getting a ride, including a large, good frozen Flatbread pizza; graham crackers; snacks, including veggie chips and Cheddar popcorn; pistachios; hummus; icy/hot cream for swelled foot; Reader's Digest; face cleanser; 2 half gallons of milk; 2 canisters organic raisins; and more, $113.
  • Ubers to doctor and nutritionist appts and town and back, with tips, $9.80 + $13.29 + $12.63 + $10.33 + $16.27 + $11.48, so $73.80. [We don't have a car now.] Adds up.
  • Pink Bungalow, gifts, Lilly Pulitzer cup, pads, clipboard, bday card, $109.72. [Nutritionist told me to get special notebook to track progress, and this store has Lilly! I went right after appt.]
  • Cedar Beans Coffee in Cedar Grove, iced latte, two vegan biscotti, $2 tip, about $11.
  • CVS, tube of sunscreen for face, snack for Figgy, mouthwash, two deodorants, with $3 coupon, $29.50.
  • Williams-Sonoma, sale, $34.48.
  • Treated Sis for brunch in CT with tip, $57.55.
  • Chipped in for groceries w Sis at Whole Foods, $60.
  • Vesta Chocolate, road-trip treats for Punch and Mimi [2-hour drive to Atlantic City], $14.92.
  • Dark chocolate, low sugar, $22.23.
  • Amazon, new Lilly Pulitzer notebooks and used copy of Shirley Jackson's book Life Among the Savages, about raising her four kids, $37.
  • Hulu trial month subscription, $4.99, to watch "Shirley."
Total spend for 5 days: $578.99.
Ongoing monthly spend as of July 5: $578.99.
Avg daily spend: $115.80.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

SOS--Save Our Ship

SOS is a Morse code distress signal, used internationally, that was originally established for maritime use.
Although SOS officially is just a distinctive Morse code sequence that is not an abbreviation for anything, in popular usage it is associated with phrases such as "Save Our Souls" and "Save Our Ship". Moreover, due to its high profile use in emergencies, the phrase "SOS" has entered general usage to informally indicate a crisis or the need for action.

You would not believe how rough the waters have been.
Today, God bless her, Mimi drove up 2 hours and took Punch for the holiday week.
We are so very grateful.

  1. Kept important doctor's appt; Ubered there and back since we have no car and need a new one.
  2. Private Benjamin appt. today. Helpful.
  3. Keeping in touch with Sis, Moey, prayer and my inner strength whenever possible.
  4. We will rest.
  5. Ate some fresh cherries.
Catch up on money soon. I won't lie, I bought a couple books.

Good night, world.