October 2020: Still Not Willing to Join the Party

my new kitchen cabinet
October Is a Pivotal Month During this Cruel Year

I feel like we’ve almost turned a corner in October during this era of COVID and masks.  I’ve simply become so used to donning a mask when I go to the liquor store, or get my mail, or visit a tag sale, it’s just no biggie.

I feel proud when I read about the number of hospitalizations in other states like South Dakota that I’m living in Massachusetts, where despite a few recent small spikes, we are still at the top of the states for safety.

These are the stones I'm placing underneath my fence so I can mow all of the grass.
These are the stones I’m placing underneath my fence so I can mow all of the grass.

One thing that I have really noticed is how noticeable it is when someone doesn’t wear a mask.  When John and I went up to New Hampshire for the concert last Sunday, we stopped off at Chipoltle for burritos.

We got in the line snaking around to order the food and this yahoo came in with no mask, loudly talking over the plastic barriers, and both of us recoiled, turning away and wishing he wasn’t there.  We were not going to say anything because who knows, what will happen, but it marked a time that wasn’t familiar–we just don’t have this happen that often in our state.

As we enter October, one of my favorite months, we are easing up, and things are getting better.  Even though the governor has updated the rules and now allows large venues to open, a story in the paper about the music scene in Northampton indicated that the owners are still not ready.  And few people would be willing to spend hours inside any venue, so I think they’re probably right to hold off.

I even got an invite to a party last night in South Deerfield. It was from a neighbor who I don’t know well, an acquaintance in town who had hosted a party for her 50th birthday ten years ago.  I remember going to that party and they had a band and lots of Berkshire Beer, and it was a blast.  But that was ten years ago, in 2010, when nobody had ever heard of COVID or wearing masks.

So while I appreciated her interest in inviting me, I just couldn’t attend. I had just spent a few hours at Berkshire Brewing Company in their beer garden and Mary had not come, as she was worried because she had spent four workdays at her schools, so she stayed home.   I had fun with my friends Jen and Charlie and Bill and Sue Ellen, but that was enough ‘being out in the world’ for one day.  So no party with 50 strangers, sorry.

I’ve been excited about some home improvements I’ve made. I hired my grandson to help me paint my fence, then I had a new cabinet made and removed a very old cabinet to improve my kitchen. I am putting these little stones underneath the fence so I can mow all of the way in. I love these kinds of projects, and I love having a house to work on.

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