Operation Oysterhood: quarantine, take two, day two

OYSTERHOOD is reclusiveness or solitude, or an overwhelming desire to stay at home.

— @HaggardHawks

When we visited Stirlings at The Ibis in Nieu-Bethesda earlier this year, I bought their immune-digestive-boosting tea. I have had quite a lot of it in the last twenty-four hours. And vitamins, and pickled lemons which were made with love by a dear Friend, and some lovely wine, and I have been surrounding myself with beautiful scents – my late grandma’s favourite perfume among them. I know these things will not save me from Covid, but they boost my morale during the quarantine.

The best news: my love is doing better, much better. We are cautiously optimistic that all will be well soonest. Covid is a bastard that way, we know, thus the caution, but also: my deepest gratitude to all my lucky-vaccinated stars! No symptoms on my side, and this time I got exposed to someone who was contagious for several consecutive days. I might be asymptomatic, super lucky, or the devil’s own (in Polish we have this saying about the devil not taking his own …). Or the vaccine has reduced my love’s capacity to infect me and my own capacity to be infected. Whatever it is, I am just grateful.

Work continued throughout the day yesterday and more is planned for today. Knowing that my love is better brings calm into the quarantine. I ordered food and coffee online for contact-free delivery and am going about my business. I am delighted at the announcement of the Pfizer booster shots being approved – I will be in line on the first day after the six months have passed since my second shot: end of February 2022. Something to look forward to in the new year. Another lovely thing to look forward to will be Cathy Park Kelly’s postponed launch of her memoir, Boiling a Frog Slowly. It was supposed to happen last night, but we will wait until safer times are upon us again. Yesterday, she celebrated with her family and I raised a toast to her and her beautiful book with Salieri catssisting.

The Cats are loving the human quarantine, of course, and are the most loving company.

Be kind. Wear a mask. Support local. Get vaccinated, please.

“Physical distancing remains one of the key strategies to curb this pandemic.”


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