Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!
If we were having coffee, I’d urge you to watch Kurosawa’s Ikiru (To Live). I’m rewatching this classic about a older bureaucrat who’s diagnosed with stomach cancer. This news prompts him to review his life and how he devoted himself solely to his work, neglecting his son and his own soul It’s beautiful and powerful.
I’d mention that today I’m attending a livestream funeral in an hour for a man whom I babysat when he was a boy. I’ve kept in touch with the family, but not with Nick, who sadly took his life last week. It’s the second livestream funeral for me in three days. On top of that my sister-in-law’s father’s funeral was on Saturday. With the new restrictions here only 10 people can attend a funeral service in Illinois even in towns with low CCP Virus rates. Mind you 50 – 300 (25% capacity) may attend a regular religious figure. It makes no sense. The funerals and weddings should have the same number as a normal service. This limit meant the grandchildren couldn’t attend their grandfather’s funeral.
Though I’m a hot house flower, I’ve pushed myself to go out and walk while the temperature’s still above 40°F/4°C. Twice I went to my favorite lake path and other days I stuck to my neighborhood. I’ve got to keep moving in case the fitness room here gets shut down.
It looks like I’m just having Thanksgiving with my parents, no guests. My sisters aren’t brining their families from out of town and my one brother is taking his family to Florida where they’ll celebrate with relatives. My other brother will celebrate with his kids and mother-in-law. He’s afraid of getting in trouble with his siblings should my parents get WuFlu. I suppose his in-laws don’t pose the same threat.
I’ve been enjoying the various Food Network baking competitions: Christmas Cooking Challenge, Holiday Baking Challenge and Candyland. Candyland is new and I haven’t decided if it’s a winner as I prefer when the contestants make smaller cakes and pies rather than a gigantic sculpture out of cake or Rice Crispy treats. I’m inspired to do some baking once Thanksgiving’s passed, yet I don’t want to do so much eating.