Yesterday was an absolutely wonderful day that seemed normal, except for the occasional face mask. It was a sunny day with no wind, not too hot and not too cold. The majority of the day was spend tin Marin County. Personal Driver picked me up and off we went. He left his home hurriedly as he slept in – he forgot the food his wife had prepared for me – he did get in trouble with her. It was lamb and I love lamb – so he got in trouble with me too. I shall get in on Thursday – going to Marin again for an appointment.
So I had coveted hair appointment.: Coveted means greatly desired or envied: Synonyms of the verb covet are: be consumed with desire for, crave, have one’s heart set on;, wish for, long for, yearn for, dream of, aspire to, hanker for, hanker after, hunger after/for, thirst for, ache for, fancy, burn for, pant for, want. I have the most incredible hair stylist Kim, she is excellent at what she does and we like each other a great deal. She used to work for my Primary Care Physician, so we have him in common. My hair looks fabulous! – I have a face mask exception so I could breathe during the procedure – which is of corse, pleasant. We decided that it was four months since the last styling because of the shut down. We had the following conversation:
Me: You are so good to me, actually practically everyone is good to me.
She: It is because you are good to them
Me: You are so right! If you treat people well, then they treat you well. It is rather amazing that more people do not get it
After much laughter with Kim it was off to the bank and then Personal Driver and I went to Andy’s Market, sat outside talked and talked and laughed. He had coffee and a croissant, I had wine and pizza. Smiled and talked to all kinds of people and got compliments on my fantastic hair cut. Bought some needed groceries so it will be back into self isolation until Thursday when I have o there appointments in Marin and will stock up on more groceries.
Back to apartment – met new neighbour in the hall whose name is Alex – what a coincidence. Ate supper and watched more of Madam Secretary on Netflix – riveting program, one of the most compelling aspects is the marriage between Madam Secretary and her husband. Something never achieved by me.
Then two wonderful surprise telephone calls. One from Charlene who lives in Baltimore, met her in Las Vegas about a year ago, we have reconnected and I shall be on her radio show. She is caring for her eighty-one year old mother who recently began to fail. Charlene is such a good person!!
Then the icing on the cake – a Squid video from my fourteen year old Qatar princess. I met her in London this last December, she was staying with members of her family in the same hotel as I was. It is a complicated story but I thought she was someone else because her brother told a lie. We were both so happy to talk with one another. She does try to boss me around.
She: You need to learn to speak Arabic
Me: I am too old to be learning new languages particularly when I will not have any use for it.
By the way: Qutar is a sheikhdom occupying a peninsula on the west coast of the Persian Gulf; population 2,200,000 (estimated 2015); official language, Arabic; capital, Doha. The country was a British protectorate from 1916 until 1971, when it became a sovereign independent state. Oil is the chief source of revenue.
Icing on the cake is a phrase that means:something that makes a good situation even better: Used in a sentence: I was just content to see my daughter in such a stable relationship but a grandchild, that really was the icing on the cake.
Today is going to be a study in contrasts from yesterday – self isolating, boring chores It does make me appreciate yesterday more – if everyday was like yesterday it would be tiring. Personal Driver and I were discussing the effect of the pandemic on our lives and the live of others.
Me: For me it has served at least two or three good functions. I was forced to slow down in every way. I do not need left knee replacement surgery. My doctor says that I look better than I have ever looked. I also think I appreciate proper more, well pleasant people not panicked ones.
He: I have had time to spend with my family. Look around you see husbands and wives walking together and families walking and playing together.
Me: That is so true. Unfortunately these days both parents work and they scarcely ever see their children. They have now had weeks of being with one another. Hopefully some of the materialism will vanish and other values will be restored.
I also had questions about the Islamic faith.
Me: What is the role of a Mullah
He: a Muslim learned in Islamic theology and sacred law.”A true Mullah studies for years and years and years and answers questions about the faith. Fortunately we have a Mullah who speaks English. He originally came from India. I will arrange for you to speak to him soon.
Me: I would be most grateful for that.
The photograph is of the back of my head – hair styled by Kim. I sill have a rash all over my face so you are not getting a front shot.