Dear Freddie Fans,
My human is a pro at self-quarantine. She’s been using paper towels to open doors, pushing elevator buttons with her knuckles and washing her hands obsessively for years. I encourage her to do all this because when she gets sick all her fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue symptoms flare up for weeks and she won’t go on walks.
I cheer her up by reminding her all the benefits of isolating herself:
- I stay home with her so she’s never lonely.
- She can wear the same clothes every day.
- She can take a shower once a week or not at all.
- She saves money on laundry detergent, soap, shampoo
- Her excuse for doing the cleaning, cooking TOMORROW is plausible.
- Naps are a good thing.
- She saves money on gasoline and car washes.
- Alarm clocks never need to be used
- She has an excuse for whatever she needs an excuse for . . .
I’ve been posting a daily series on coping with self-isolation, social distancing on all my blogs. In case you’ve missed any of my sage observation and advice click on these links.
And tell your friends to read FRANKLY FREDDIE!
and here are my blogs:
Art, prose, poetry, personal reflection, inspiration, animals, FREEBIES and . . . .FREDDIE the dog.
Neuroscience and research – tips & techniques for mind-body health and wellness, shared with a wink and a smile and . . .FREDDIE
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22
For the Foodie
If you don’t know what a “foodie” is you are probably around the same age as Peggy & Judy. For all you “oldies” . . . “gastronome” and “epicure” define the same thing. If you don’t know what gastronome and epicure mean it’s a person who enjoys food for pleasure.
- Have a picnic on the floor (benefit-no ants, just dust).
- Get takeout. Support independent restaurants which are hurting right now by eating their food. It’s reported that takeout service Grubhub will stop collecting commission of up to $100 million to support independent restaurants that use their service. (Just make sure you limit your contact with the delivery driver and wash your hands after unpacking the food.)
- Have your own wine tasting of whatever bottles you have. No wine? Have a tea-tasting.
- Make a new recipe, like dog biscuits.
- Perfect grandma’s special recipe.
- Make coffee, and study how many beans you use, which types, how hot the water is, how long it brews and whether any of that even makes a difference.
- Read your cookbooks and find new culinary sites on the internet.
- Make doggie biscuits – peanut butter should be the #1 ingredient
- Watch “The Great British Baking Show,” and bake something with the ingredients you have on hand
- Organize your spice rack alphabetically.
- Make a cocktail or mocktail (if you don’t know what a mocktail is you’re over the age of 21) Don’t forget the garnish.
- Cook something special – make a double recipe and give half to an elderly neighbor and the other half to your dog.
Dear Freddie Fans,
Because I’m not allowed to go anywhere without a leash I KNOW how to cope. This week I will share what you humans can do. Since I’m Editor-in-Canine-Chief for several blogs I have a trove of posts to share with you.
CULTURED: characterized by refined taste and manners and good education.
cultivated, artistic, enlightened, civilized, educated, well read, well informed, discerning, discriminating
sophisticated, urbane, intellectual, scholarly, erudite
If you are lacking in any of these here’s what you can do:
- Download e-books and audiobooks and READ.
- Create a virtual book club and video call each other to discuss.
- Take a virtual museum tour. Many museums offer audio tours on your smart phone. The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and the Guggenheim Museum are two that host online tours.
- Explore overseas? Google Arts & Culture has a collection of virtual walk-throughs for dozens of international museums, from Paris to New Delhi.
- Become a film critic. Write a review of the latest. Catch up recent Oscar winners and snubbed gems and share your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter. To exchange recommendations with your fellow cinephiles, join a site like Letterboxd, a social networking service for film geeks.
- Learn a language — or just the basics. Learning a few phrases in another tongue will make you feel smart.
- Bolster your vocabulary. Remember when reading the dictionary was a form of punishment? No longer. Flip through a thesaurus or take online quizzes to test your vocabulary.
What “cultured” will look like after you do what I’ve told you.