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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Quarantine With Mrs. C

 Quarantine With Mrs. C

A re-run from this time last year...things have not changed much.

This social distancing thing is weird.  Walking to my mailbox, maybe a quarter mile, I saw no one, not one dog walker, not one car. It was a ghost complex.  I did see one “For Sale” sign.  It seems that is against HOA rules.  OMG, what a nightmare.

Except for last Friday the only person I have had any contact with is Mrs. C.  This is a test of our marriage.  My routine has been upset.  Mrs. C has not gone to work, and worse yet she has been cleaning out her office which is in the basement…my sanctuary!  Is nothing sacred?

My time has been compromised, and our togetherness has been shaky.

Apparently, I talk a lot.  Apparently, I have lots of opinions.  Apparently, I comment on TV shows a lot.  Apparently, I ask questions on TV shows because they whisper and I don’t always pay attention…a lot.

The result is I am told to “Shut up!” a lot.  When she is really annoyed, I even am told in Italian, “Stut a jeet!”  At least I am learning a new language.

I have noticed that Mrs. C gets a lot of phone calls, often from people who are not especially great friends, often very chatty not great friends. 

All I hear during these calls is Mrs. C with constant interjections of “um hum,” “really?”  “I know,” “I hate that” and “Oh WOW!”  There are a lot of “Oh WOW’s!”

After she finally hangs up I have to ask,

“What the hell, I know you weren’t interested in that call, why all the um hums and Oh WOWs’? I never get an um hum or an Oh WOW! I get shut up! or stut a jeet!

“I don’t want to be rude.”

“Well why can’t you be polite to me?”

“I don’t have to be polite to you, you’re my husband…now stut a jeet!”

I’m not sure if that is a good thing or not.


  1. It was been interesting imagining how you two were handling this locked up with eachother. Seems pretty normal and I am glad you are learning a new language.

  2. It's a good thing, Joe. You're doing fine. You did make me laugh out loud though. I had a visual.

    Have a fabulous day and week. My best to Mrs. C. ☺

  3. Wow - learning a new language at your age is pretty impressive. And having Mrs. C as your teacher is a bigger Wow. However at our house I'm the one who can't hear the whisperers on TV. And I'm not learning a new language.

  4. Ugh on the fact that it hasn't really changed that much.

  5. Sounds like all is well. You only take for granted the ones you know you love and who love you back.

    You two are funny.