January through March,
Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men
we lost our little dog Pumpkin this quarter.
We got her at the Cut Bank animal shelter,
where she had been turned in from the Blackfoot reservation.
She was only 6 weeks old,
and lived to just over 15 years old.
Her legs finally gave out and we had to put her to sleep.
She was the smartest and most gentle dog we have ever had.
This quarter brings to mind several more trite phrases,
“Life is what happens while you are making other plans,”
“May you live in interesting times.”
origin of the latter phrase
is interesting in itself and is reminiscient of British ironic humor.
The events of this quarter have affected everyone and will be the object
of many future studies and analyses.
In our case,
we find ourselves
in our Pacific Beach home wondering if our planned drive back to Montana
at the end of April is possible or even wise.
The per capita Covid-19 cases in Bozeman is higher than here in San
Diego county and our access to delivery services is better here.
The return to Bozeman was planned to resume our activities preparing
the property to be put on the market in spring.
Now we doubt there will be any buyers.
In related news,
it appears our realtor is sick from the virus
(doing alright so far).
our plans for friends and family to visit us in Montana this summer are
on hold and one wonders if Arthur and Alixandra's wedding in October
will go as planned.
We had planned to take an extended trip to Australia and New Zealand in
late January through much of February but decided mid-summer to put it
That turned out to be a fortunate choice because terrible fires in
Australia would have ruined the trip.
it is possible we would have been exposed to Covid-19 late in the trip.
We did manage to make a quick trip to Oklahoma at the end of January to
see Gary's aging aunt Faye
(now 90 years old).
She has adapted well to living in a care facility.
Cousin Pam had been checking on Faye regularly and seeing to any details
not otherwise covered,
but now access to the facility is limited to essential personnel.
Our drive down to Pacific Beach at the end of February was uneventful.
The plan was to host cousin Theresa and her daughter Grace for a week in
Concerns about Covid-19 were beginning to raise alarms,
but they decided to come anyhow.
Within two days of their arrival it became obvious they should have
schools were closing along with many of the attractions they had planned
They rebooked for an early flight home rather than take a chance on being
Arthur is the only one of the kids to be out of a job –
food service jobs in Bozeman are on hiatus and one suspects many
restaurants will not survive.
He will probably apply for unemployment.
All the other kids and kids-in-law are still working,
some from home and some mostly from home.
Samantha's health and safety job keeps her very busy.
The last day of the quarter was Jade's first birthday.
We were able to have a
(though Pauline is getting too close in this picture)
in our backyard,
with video calls to many of the rest of the families.
Jade loves the stand-up push toy we got her.
Another Birthday Picture
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