2020 Life Logs, Day 361: Catching Up
Date: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 39, Low 28 Degrees
Location: At Home in The Cottage, Falmouth, MA

Today was a day of catching up . . . catching up with friends and catching up on watching things suggested by friends. As I write this, I am watching Handel’s ‘Messiah’ for Our Time. It was performed by Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society. They haven’t missed a performance of Handel’s Messiah since 1854, so they weren’t going to let a pandemic stop them. The musicians and singers were masked, except for the brass section, socially distanced, and there were photographs of Boston during the pandemic interspersed. It was aired a week ago, but I recorded it and just now had the time to watch. Interesting, Shadow sat right up on the sofa and watched quietly. I think he must like classical musical.

I spent a great deal of my morning and early afternoon catching up with friends on the phone. First, I talked with Linda and Mike Stuart in Colorado. I got to hear about their quiet Christmas with just the two of them and I got an update on their month-old grandson, Grant. He was born prematurely, but he is doing fine now. Linda and Mike will not get to meet Grant until Covid is under control, but they are certainly looking forward to that time. Then I talked to Kevin and Claire who are currently living in Long Beach, California, in their motor home. They are both working remotely and moved to California to be close to family. They split their Christmas between being with Kevin’s mother and sister and her family and Claire’s sister and her family who all live in the greater Los Angeles area. The one thing that was most interesting was finding out that both Linda and Mike and Kevin and Claire have all started eating a mostly vegan diet. I have moved away from a vegan diet to a modified Mediterranean diet, but I was most interested in listening to their reasons for doing this. Kevin and Claire and I agreed to share some of our favorite vegan recipes and I am going to invite Mike and Linda to do the same. Focus on diet seems like a great way to start the new year.

I got a call from the Goldstones tonight. Sam called to tell me that they were sitting in a hot tub in the condo they are renting at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. He was joking, but I fell for it which gave all the boys a good laugh. There is no snow other than machine-made, but they are not going to let that stop them from having a good time.

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