|Bonnie a few years ago in an art class at the Crown Center|
The Crown Center sent out an email last week asking, "How Are You Coping?" It featured four residents, and I was one of them:
"Bonnie Jacobs uses her blog to reflect on what’s happening in the world at large, and in her world at Crown Center and beyond. Her daily posts that often include the antics of her cat Clawdia, provide continuity of community between friends and neighbors during this crisis. And if you’re looking for the name of a good book, Bonnie’s the one to ask. Keep blogging, Bonnie."
I got a call Friday morning from Pamela, and we chatted for about an hour and a half. She's one of the Café volunteers, who has now become a Facebook friend. Later, I got a call from Emily, one of two university students living in the Crown Center with us. It's nice to have the young people residing here. Emily, who is finishing up her Master's degree, exercised with a group of us on Friday afternoons before Crown's public places needed to be closed for our health. I had called her yesterday to let her know there's a package for her on the delivery table downstairs. I took Faye her prescription that had been dropped off at that table and called when I got back home to let her know I'd hung it on her door knob.
|Linguine with chicken livers|
With all that time I spent talking on the phone, it started beeping at me that the battery was down to nothing, so I had to (once again) recharge my phone in the middle of the day. Then I had to recharge ME — in other words, sleep — before I finally finished composing this post that I mostly wrote yesterday.
Recipe for Date Torte
1 cup dates — dicedI chose the illustration above from an online search because it seems to have similar ingredients, but I have not yet made Ruby's date torte. I'm putting the recipe here, so I can find it later and try making it. It seems simple enough. Want a taste of it?
1 cup English walnuts — chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
Bake 275° — 50 minutes
Stay mentally active
A fun way to maintain strong mental health during this lockdown is to play mind-stimulating games and solve riddles. How many of these can you solve? (I'll give you the answers at the end of this post.)
1. Where is the ocean the deepest?Take a virtual tour
2. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place are you in now?
3. If you have me, you might want to share me. But if you share me, you will no longer have me. What am I?
4. What gets wetter as it dries?
5. There are three apples on the table, and you take two away. How many apples do you have now?
If there is ever a time we need a dose of beauty and inspiration, it’s now. You can tour the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park (the Kraus House) from home. Just click on the blue link.
Answers to the riddles:
1. On the bottom.
2. Second place, since you didn’t pass the first place runner.
3. It’s a secret.
4. A towel.
5. You have the two you took away.