Day 12

Hi everyone,

On April 2 Sandy and I were exposed to someone who the following day began feeling bad, was tested for novel coronavirus, and on April 6 learned the test results were positive. The Greene County Health Department placed us under quarantine for two weeks from April 2 with instructions to take our temperatures and report them twice daily. We’d read that in most people the incubation period of Covid-19 is five days but can be up to 11.5 days and in some cases longer. Other than sitting in the back yard on pretty days and taking a walk around the lake once we’ve remained inside. Robin and Tim shopped for groceries for us so we’ve been well supplied with basics and we’ve kept in touch with Robin, Jeff, Jennifer, and friends frequently by phone, text, and e-mail.

If you can’t go out to play, being cooped up with your best friend isn’t that hard to do. Being together is what we promised each other when we started our life as a couple. Today is Day 12 since the exposure. Neither of us has developed any symptoms and our temperatures remain within the normal range. After the first few days our worry factor subsided considerably and although we continue to be concerned, we feel safer with each passing day. Our quarantine period ends at midnight on April 16, and it will be wonderful to be free to leave the house again for groceries or meds, but we’ll wear the nifty masks Su Hutchens made for us and continue to observe the stay-at-home order.

An evening with Stephen

Hi everyone,

Last night Sandy and I took Robin and Tim to the Springfield Contemporary Theatre for a performance of Stephen Sondheim music by five gifted vocalists and two outstanding pianists. Sondheim is 90 now and can look back on a long, distinguished career. I’m a fan of many of his songs and some of his music. Sometimes the cacophony of sounds he puts together astound my ear but his unique style has earned him countless awards from an industry that appreciates his one-of-a-kind approach and his genius for lyrics. Kudos to Springfield Contemporary Theatre for bringing such fare to Springfield.