Another quiet day here at Mist Cottage. The sun is shining brightly, and the temperature is above freezing, extra nice day!

Attila has already finished off one of the five jars of Cowboy Candy, I think he would eat a half a jar a day, every day, if left to his own devices. It would take a lot of canning to keep him supplied at that rate. As it is, he will have to ration his consumption to a more reasonable level, perhaps a jar a week. I hope we will be able to get more Jalapeno peppers next month, so we can can another double batch!

I have been enjoying my re-fried beans, eating the last of them for lunch today. Attila prefers his own recipe, which includes salt, which he has cut down on, but still eats more than the recommended amount.

The snow is gone! Wally Ball is enjoying his new found freedom, and is dashing about the yard, inspecting for new shoots of green growth. Wally Ball is no longer round, having spent so much time out of doors, he is quite weathered. But still he manages to move around the yard, sometimes with great speed.

We have been visited by robins frequently over the last few days, i can hear them chirping even though the windows are closed. Soon it will be warm enough to open the windows, I am looking forward to that.

Attila and I are making a list of things we will need if we need to stay in the house for several weeks. I think vegetables might be what I would miss most, so I have frozen vegetables on my list. Attila’s list includes hot sauce, which he adds to a lot of different dishes. Our list isn’t very long, there are only the two of us. Our goal over the coming months is stay healthy enough to stay at home, and keep out of the hospital system.

Love and Good Health,



Date: 1:00 PM EDT Thursday 12 March 2020
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Tendency: Falling
Temperature: 4.8°C
Dew point: -2.0°C
Humidity: 62%
Wind: ESE 13 km/h
Visibility: 24 km


“It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”
Sir Winston Churchill
1874 – 1965

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Lol! Had to laugh about Wally Ball. And It’s great that Attila has been loving his Cowboy Candy that much.

We are finally seeing some robins around here, too. Even had a day warm enough that we cracked the windows open for a day – but I wish we had your sunshine.

Companies around us are starting to have people work from home for the next 2 weeks. DH is hoping his company will do the same. Last week they out-fitted him with headphones and a new program so he could take calls on his computer.

Our freezer is pretty full already, so there’s not much we need. We’ve been lucky and haven’t seen any empty shelves in our stores, but with so many places doing temporary shut downs that might spur people into some panic- buying. We’ll see.

Joan Lansberry

Is “Wally Ball” a pet? It sounds like you have a good plan. Our nearby Walmart’s long shelves were completed stripped of toilet paper. If worse comes to worse, we have so much canned fish and canned beans. We’ll not starve.

Wise quote…. (As they say, hope for the best, but plan for the worst….)


Wally Ball is still with us! Yay! I’ve been experimenting with online grocery ordering and have been mostly pleased. I have an order coming Tuesday that has frozen veggies, chicken, some beef stew meat etc. I can usually last a month with one of these orders. Longer if I make a soup or stew in my Instant Pot. I have canned food too. The other thing on my list is to get another bag of litter and a bag of dry food for Sam the cat. Then I’ll be set.

I must admit to increasing moments of anxiety. The virus will take lives and a high percentage will be the elderly. I’m in that group and want us all to survive this. Then there’s the pathetic mismanagement in the US. It’s still hard to get a simple screening test! It makes me so angry. They’ve know about this virus since the end of 2019. There’s also the plummeting stock market which is going to hurt a lot of people as well. Large companies will be laying employees off. Part-time and gig workers will be hard hit. It just goes on and on. I know that things will eventually get better. But it’s hard to not feel like the world is going through an epic catastrophe that might change lives forever. I wish I still had a therapist. I’d beg for some xanax. [Rant Over]

Bex Crowell

Wally Ball, indeed! You should make Wally a Wally-Hat!


A Wally Hat is a great idea! Yes, ordering groceries online is just one more survival tool. I heard a doctor yesterday talk about the issue of younger people not being as badly impacted by COVID-19. He said that’s one thing that researchers are going to look into because it might have some clues that can be used in a vaccination.
Yes, the big problem is that an infected person can be asymptomatic but walking around as a risk to others. What we need is a free and quick test that you can take before you have symptoms. Then, ideally, if you test positive, you would self-quarantine. The problem is that some would not go into quarantine. So the real solution is social distancing, good diets, and hand-washing.
I did see that about your Prime Minister’s wife testing positive. I can only hope she didn’t infect others while she was in England.


Oh my I wonder how many people she might have infected as she socialized!
One leader who’s emerging in the US is Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York. Among other things he has 28 state labs now processing corona tests, is trying to waive the 7 day waiting period before applying for unemployment, and communicating on t.v. almost every day.
My cousin went to the store yesterday. She said there were more empty shelves than she’s ever seen. Not many paper products left except for napkins which people were snatching up. My store (Jewel) has just limited how many units you can buy for things like hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, toilet paper etc. It’s eye opening. A doctor on CNN said that going outdoors for fresh air and exercise is good. Don’t feel you’re imprisoned in your home. But do stay away from large groups of people.


We hadn’t had any problems in grocery stores, but DH’s co-worker says that last night there were tons of people at the grocery store. I attribute some of that to March Break being this week, and more will happen today because the schools have just announced they’ll be closed for 3 weeks.

It doesn’t worry me, stores re-stock and we’ll just go shopping on our usual Saturday to give them a chance – but we’ll go earlier in the morning to miss the people.

DH’s work has decided to go to optional work at home until April 1st. He’s going to work at “home”. Since he can actually work anywhere there’s an internet connection, we’re going to go to the cottage for part of the time. That also puts us 20 minutes away from DH’s dad, so we can check on him and maybe get him some groceries and keep him out of the stores.

DH’s dad is 85.


Sorry, I mean March Break is beginning this weekend.


Maggie that’s a good point about people realizing that the shelves will be restocked, so there’s no need to panic.

Teri, I forgot about Spring break. I’d imagine a lot of college students will be going home. Also, in some areas grade school and high school students will be out of school too. So buying a lot of food makes sense.


That was a really nice thing to say. Thanks!