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ENTRY 4/2/2020
 Reminding myself of things other than “you know what” in this Silver Lining Series. Since some of us have a little more time on our hands... Long hot showers.  Forever long luxurious bubble baths - try Epsom Salts and 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide in a full tub of water with your favorite bubble bath. Draws out the toxins from your pores - an amazing massage therapist taught me so.
 And once rejuvenated do file your 2020 Census! Our civic duty.
 Have a great day!  Change it up!  Get outside so that you enjoy being home. Don’t feel trapped!
 Love you, Ris
 ENTRY  4/1/2020
 Well I did not hear “April Fools” once today. I guess we are not quite ready to joke around. I talked to so
 many people today and conversations are all tied up in coronavirus.  How can they not be?  But my mission tomorrow is to change the subject. Wish me luck!!
 More good remedies to fight the big fight - probiotics daily, saline nasal spray, lots of water!
 Seize the day!  No matter what...
 Love you, Ris


ENTRY 3/31/2020

 So much better today!!!  Thank you for asking!  I had a good long talk with myself last night.  I reminded myself of the so many lessons learned telling me that when you give a lot you MUST save some for yourself. So I confirmed to myself  that I must stay healthy. Mom came into clear focus with her great home remedies.  I am on a twice daily drill to keep my good health  intact and keep that nasty virus at bay.   Here they are:
 1.  Onion syrup:  slice lots of onions into rings and put them in a bowl. Cover the onions with a good amount of sugar. Cover the bowl with a plate or saran wrap and let steep out at room temperature until the sugar extracts the onion juices and a syrup develops. Take a couple of tablespoons twice daily to let the onion juice sweat the lungs and keep things clear. Really delicious. I know white sugar is bad but times are a little crazy right now.
 2.  Gargle with highly salted warm water at least twice daily. Hopefully kills whatever is lurking about.
 3.  Drink a big ol’ glass of hot water with vinegar 2-3 times daily. I have ginger vinegar right now.   Ginger is good for the lungs like onions are. Cider vinegar is good for the system as well.
 Lots of water. Lots of vitamin C. Lots of sunshine 🌞 and walk a bit! And thanks also Mom at times like this for that big family of ourswith our very strong immune systems. We had it all as kids!  Be good to yourself. Hope you laughed yesterday. Try it again today! 
 Love you, Ris
 ENTRY 3/30/2020
 Today was hard for some reason. I found that the silver lining was evading me. I kept on asking, “Where are you?”  What about you?  It was a sunny🌞 Beautiful afternoon. True. How did you change your day around today?  I had to buy laundry detergent and distilled water and everyone at the store was zombie like.  I was praying that a flash mob would appear breaking in to song!  Or someone simply yelling out, “lighten up!”  Stay strong everyone. We have a long row to hoe!  Comedy. A good belly laugh will do wonders right now. Call your funniest friend. We all have one or two...Love you, Ris  
 ENTRY 3/29/2020

The CDC Guidelines are extended. We will be together but apart for more weeks to

come. Wonderful news!  Isn’t it?  So, here we are. We will be cooking up new things for you while keeping some favorites on the menu and keeping our supplies and staff limited. Let us know what you would like. What would make your day?  Let me know when I deliver or tell us when you call or email.  Meanwhile, I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. Sing your favorite song at the top of your lungs. Tell a good joke. And do get some sunshine 🌞!  Love you!-Ris

ENTRY:  3/26/20
 Well, well, well!  How are we all doing?  Let’s count our blessings, shall we?  

  • Spring is here!
  • We can walk and run and bike with a lot less pollution in the air.
  • If you don’t jump right away when the light turns green there is no one behind you to yell at you with their horn!  Love that!  
  • We can catch up on some good reading. Recommendations anyone?  Here are some novels recently suggested to me:
    • Clockmakers Daughter
    • Crawdads
    • Silent Patient
    • Before We Were Yours
  • We can appreciate each other a little more. The great equalizer is at our door!  

 How is your garden growing?  Remember that Farmers’ Markets are open. Just keep your distance.  They will love to see you!  


ENTRY:  3/25/20
 I think today's great blessings once again are the smiles of the dear folks who so generously and gratefully receive our deliveries.  One of the lovely ladies even offered to cook for me when this has all washed away.  Isolation is an interesting thing, especially for people like us who are around people all day every day.  I am almost eager to go home and be alone.  On the other side of the coin, I am sure for so many, that glimpse of one other person, delivering spaghetti, as scary as the prospect is to them to be near another person, there is a bright light shining in their eyes when they see you. Thrills me to no end.   I wonder how long we can keep this up with smiles and sanity.  Certainly an experience to say the least.  One day at a time.  Conquer each new obstacle as it comes and don't dream up any more than we already have right in front of us.  AND the docs say drink warm liquids, preferably with vinegar/acid, often in the course of the day.  Harrumph!  That brings me to our soups - a warm liquid, many, like our borscht, with acid - borscht has lemon juice and red wine vinegar - soul satisfying and healing.  Chicken, Lime and Tortilla is coming up soon.  Bourbon Butternut Squash along with it. I am sure they mean teas and hot water and such but I personally think soups fit the bill quite you all!  Be safe.

ENTRY:  3/24/20
 What made your day today?  What is the best thing that happened?  For me it was NOT hearing Tom Brady being interviewed about his new team.  Tampa Bay!  Tom Brady!  TB!  NOT happy about that ONE BIT! No, I think it had to have been that drive down Reno Road as I was making deliveries and being blown away, as I am every year, with the majesty of DC in pink! Thanks, Tom, for 20 years!  Not sure why it couldn't be more.....
 And speaking ever so indirectly of Boston, Prince Spaghetti Day, the New England patriots and the like, don't forget to order your spaghetti and meatballs.  We only have 34 orders.  

ENTRY:  3/23/20
 Hello Everyone.  The cold rain certainly didn't help today but Mother Nature thereby did provide me a longer delivery schedule which did thereby create a few more smiles. It is an absolute pleasure to hand over those pot pies or that meat loaf to happy and appreciative recipients. My thanks to each and every one of you!
 And one more thing...thank you Trader Joe’s for guiding us through the discipline of social distancing. In line out side the door we were, 6 feet apart, allowing no more than 20 customers in the store at a time, one in and one out with a sanitized handled cart.  Slows us down a bit but maybe that is ok.  See you soon!  Keep in mind that Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day in Boston and at RIS!!!!

ENTRY:  3/22/20

 To all of our dear neighbors, friends, family and customers.  I am so honored and privileged to have such a great staff and such a wonderful clientele, many of whom have become our friends.  We are here for each other, that is for sure.  You have all proven it to me time and time and time again. Well, we are here for you !!  Stay safe,  keep your distance, walk in the sunshine and let us help you stay nourished.
 Look after your neighbors.  Send me good words, share good stories, funny stories, reflections, that we can post here.  Stay positive, smell those roses that are about to bloom.  
 With heartfelt thanks and love,

 ENTRY:  3/20/20

 These are tough times and silver linings can be hard to find, and so we  wanted to let you know that your efforts, in the form of your fabulous pot pies, brought great delight to many yesterday.
 We delivered two to the home of a dear friend who is recovering from surgery and she wrote to us later to say that it “Was the best pot pie I have ever had, even better than my Nana’s!”  Our next delivery was to Paula’s son who is continuing his college education “online” and was in the midst of a web-math class when we arrived. We delivered four for so he might share with his roommates. He quickly advised Paula that they looked delicious and he was keeping all of them for himself!
 Then finally we came home and enjoyed the last two ourselves by the fireplace with a glass of Sancerre.
 Your Team’s talent and your efforts brought comfort and some real pleasure to others.  All of us should try to do the same in these trying time.
 We thank you so much!
 Paula and Patrick
 Patrick J. S.