Well today was a quiet day, many years ago Boxing Day was the day you rushed the department stores to return gifts you did not want, receipt in hand. I think that tradition has died with online shopping. I cannot imagine going to a store with hundred of other shoppers frantic to exchange gifts, it was chaos.
Will surprised me this morning by making Croissants filled with mincemeat, they were very good. I must have been very tired from yesterday got up at 10:30am and the puppies slept until 09:30am unheard for them.
The rest of the day was spent tidying up the house, nothing too strenuous. We are having two friends tonight for dinner, so a different menu, no turkey this time. A simpler menu from yesterday but the starter with Crémant is Lobster paté. Will is at the kitchen and I set the table with a different table setting from last night, the placemat are the PEI Tartan.
Listened on the BBC on YouTube to the Christmas message of HM the Queen from Windsor Castle. So well done and to the point, very nicely expressed, as they say not one word too many.
This post now extend into Tuesday since I did not finish it, on 28 December 2012, I retired from the Foreign Service after 34 years. It all seems so long ago now. I really do not have any contact with former colleagues, yesterday I heard from one, out of the blue, we were together in Beijing many years ago. She is now in Wash DC and it would appear that work has changed quite a bit from what it was then.
Will has been cooking up a storm, made some fantastic Italian meat balls with parmesan and parsley, I tasted a few they are soooo good. Turkey was made into a very good soup, Plum Pudding is gone. Tonight we finish the left over Tourtière.
There is no New Year’s Eve celebration at the Club, cancelled for safety reasons. I do not disagree with that approach, it will be just as nice at home with the puppies.
It seems that a lot of people have taken the entire week off between Christmas and New Year’s, it is again very quiet everywhere, few people about. Despite the fact that people have been told that now is not the time to travel, I have heard that many are travelling either in Canada or in the Maritime region, in one case to Paris, in all cases tests and isolation is required upon return, it can get a bit complicated. Myself like many people are very tired of this pandemic, it has been 2 years and looks like it may be with us for some time to come. We are getting our Booster in 3 weeks, earliest we could get them, that is fine. Life has changed in many little subtle ways, not just with masks everywhere, but how you go about daily chores or general activities. I do miss not seeing our friends in person and sharing a laugh or a good conversation. At the same time I am reminded that in the last 100 years we had two World Wars an epidemic of Spanish Flu, the great depression, etc. so if in this case all I have to do is wash my hands, wear a mask and observe other sanitary rules it’s not that bad really.
Today the Health Dept of PEI announced 118 new cases, which is terrible for our little Island, statistically with a population of 150,000 this is a huge number, never seen before in the last 2 years.