The amount of people promoting their expertise online is staggering. From writing books, creating paintings, selling on social media, doing better business, to cooking shows now that everyone is home and needing to eat. I’m tempted to say yes to everything. But then I’d be up most nights watching their videos. I’d be making bagels at 2 am, pizza at 3, and marmalade at 4 am. So I decided to chuck it, and go to bed. I’ve lived with less than stellar meals for years. Beans and rice is a favorite dish of mine. Half the world lives on it, why not me? I’m a tea drinker and I discovered several boxes of English tea in my pantry I forgot I had. I’m good for a few months. Fresh veggies and fruit are quarantined in my fridge. I’m well stocked.
I did try making lemon marmalade and it turned out better than my orange marmalade. It’s tart and sweet, a combination hard to beat. Of course I need lots of buttered toast for that, and my cup of English tea, and then I’ll eat and sip in my rose garden, dreaming of Scotland.
“Watch out for the hornets,” Alf said.
“They don’t like lemon marmalade,” I said.
“Yes, and much more. They’ll take a bite out of you if you’re sweet enough.”
“Should I put on my bee outfit?”
“Might be smart.”
“But then I can’t eat my toast or drink my tea,” I said.
“I can cut a window straight to your mouth,” Alf said.
“Don’t bother. I’ll just sit here admiring my roses and watch the ravens nose dive the squirrels.”
Calvin says, “No hornet will come near me, I smell, I haven’t had a bath in months.”