Cabin fever? Bushed?

Little things seem to matter more when you are isolated, remote, cold and ‘in the dark’. And it is usually raining to boot. But which of the little things matter most vary from person to person. For me, it is not being able to or even wanting to do all my little projects. Without projects, I am bored. When bored, I tend to hibernate (read: nap). So, to compensate for the lethargy, I kinda ‘make indoor projects’ but I am not allowed to ‘make a mess’ except in the kitchen. So, I have been exploring recipes lately. Thanks to JA, I am now thinking of curried cauliflower…….

………clearly, I am getting whacked. It might even be (gasp) cabin fever. I might be bushed. When cauliflower becomes my focus, I am obviously spiraling into madness. Maybe with cheese sauce?

Sal has healthier and better outlets for her season-stifled energies. The biggest one, of course, is that a ‘woman’s work is never done’ and so housekeeping is part of the therapy for her. And then there is quilting, book-club, community work and the incredible burden of living with me. That woman carries a load!

And, from all of that, manifested her recent whackedness. Today, she went to town. Going to town almost felt like an adventure, a foray into the Covid wilderness for her. Felt a smidge like abandonment to me. I was not invited. But really, tho? Sal just needed to bust out. Mostly, it was because she was out of scotch. A woman can only suffer cabin fever quietly for so long!

She ran out of scotch last night. She was in the boat heading to town early this morning.

I am mostly just teasing. She had other reasons to go to town…….she was getting low on chocolate, too. But the biggest reason she admitted to was “I need a haircut!”

“No, you don’t, sweetie. Your hair looks great!”

“You don’t understand. I NEED a haircut!”

“Is that some kind of euphemism? You flirting?”

“No, you idiot! It means my hair is too long and I need to cut it!”

“No problem. I’ll cut it. Tell me what you want and I’ll get the trimmer and whack away until you tell me to stop.”

“There is no way in hell you are cutting my hair. That is just plain weird. Creepy, actually. Ooooh, my skin is crawling just thinking about it, you perv.”

“Sal, it is just a haircut! Mind you, I WAS going to dress up like a stylist and mince about….”

She was headed for town within minutes of that conversation. Seems one of us is getting a bit bushed.

25 thoughts on “Cabin fever? Bushed?

  1. Very entertaining, as usual David. It has been a considerable worry of mine, since we arrived Home, that we might get, as My Dad would say, ‘Bush Happy’, but I believe We have been just too busy to allow such a thing, and I’m SURE I would know if I was slipping over the side, no?We have truly been relatively always on the go, doing this and doing that, cutting fire wood, going for mail, walking the dogs and pulling brambles, up on the roof clearing the chimney, and I was just saying to the Far Better Half the other night, while she shaved all of my head hair off, which I’d never attempted before, “Hon, We are doing ok, right?”, to which she replied, “BUZZzzz… ” So sure, we are eh ok!πŸ€™πŸ˜‰πŸ™‚πŸ˜πŸ˜ŽπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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    • Therein (your comment) lie some clues, D. “It has been a considerable worry…..” and “I am SURE….” and “….while she shaved all of my head hair off…”
      I dunno, man, but cutting hair is bad sign for sure. Sal freaks! And your wife NOT talking but just buzzing? Long term, that’s not good. Maybe a week of it…but you may wish to get her some help.
      I say, ‘Hang in there, drink scotch and do NOT read anything by M. Night Shyamalan’…..I think I can sense some cracks in the foundation, ya know?

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      • No, I don’t know! Because it just feels sooo damn good to be here. And the wife, she just keeps on smiling so it is quite surreal! And we quite dislike going to town, despite all the goodies we return with, so it’s kinda crazy. And every day, every single day, is an absolute delight. There is always at least One thing Special each day, be it a Sunrise or set, the myriad wee creatures seen right at the shore at night or after the day’s work is done, sitting on the rocks in front, coatless in mid January, sipping a drink as the Sun sets, while watching the dogs chase crabs in the rocks. So, not bush happy, just… HAPPY. πŸ˜‰πŸ™‚πŸ˜πŸ˜Žβ€
        Tho Yes! We will be sipping more scotch. I prefer the Ardbegs, Lagavulins and the Laphroaigs btw. SlaintΓ©!

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      • Sounds like honeymoon to me :-)! Enjoy it, every minute of it…wish I was in your shoes!
        I personally like the milder whisky’s….too much peat in the Ardbeg’s,Lagavulins,…. But hey, fortunately there are hundreds of fine whisky’s πŸ˜‰
        Try the Bruichladdich (my favourite)!

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    • Covid is NOT good. No vaccinations yet. Probable resistance when they come – people lacking faith. And the provincial case numbers climb every day, averaging around 500 or 1500 – 2000 every three days. Deaths seem restricted to the infirm, unhealthy and elderly with most of those in ‘care homes’; but every now and then some poor ‘otherwise healthy’ younger person succumbs. We aren’t like some suicidal states in the US but we are not good. And Ontario and Quebec and Alberta are being hit harder and harder. My guts ‘feel’ as if we will get it under control but not before September….for what that is worth.

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  2. Sal is a scotch drinker?
    I like her even more.
    If things get desperate( no Scotch + Force 10 gale+ zombie apocalypse), …crack “The Bottle”.

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    • I have ‘liked’ her for over 50 years. It’s easy. She’s great. But, for the record, she drinks more scotch than I do. Mind you, it is close…..and it is NOT a competition. And here is the crazy part – she could drink the Russian mafia under the table. Her consumption NEVER shows. She is a lady and graceful and kind and considerate regardless of how many she has. She even makes the same sense of sane. I swear – after fifty years – I could not tell if she had nothing or 8 oz. Literally. No change. Like a rock! Me? I am fine after two….a little silly after three and I should be arrested after that! Sal could drink twice as much and STILL walk into the police station and bail me out.

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    • Are you mad? That bottle is considered sacred right now. Once I reached kind of blindly in the dark closet for a bottle and started to open it when it hit me…OMG!!!! This better not be the ‘sacred’ one!!! Turns out it was not and the ‘holy water’ is still waiting on the first coming.

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      • VERY fortunately for Us, I have a scotch collection, brought all the way across the country to here, Home, of about 110 bottles, most at various stages of fullness, all ready to be cracked and enjoyed, with a few ‘Special’ unopened ones. And I sooo like the Bruichladdichs as much as I enjoyed the distillery… just LOVEly!!!

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      • OK, you scotch snobs, ever been to the Edradour distillery? The smallest and most original of the scotch brands? It, too, was lovely. Truth is, Edradour is much like Glenmorangie, maybe a smidge more insipid. I am a Bowmore fan and Laphroig is next. I especially like Laphroig because, if you mix it with table-scotch swill (i.e. Ballantines), it ‘kicks it up’ and makes it palatable. Now let us NOT get off on a scotch tangent. Next thing you know, we’ll be sharing still designs…….

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      • Hey! What’s wrong with a wee bit of scotch talk??? And I pray I’m not a snob about it. It’s just an old habit/obsession! I’ve not bought a single malt in years, but I bet it’s more like 120+ bottles…πŸ˜‰ I went by Edradour btw but it was closed then, tho I did hit all of the Islays, at the time. What a gorgeous island. If you ever go, you get off the ferry right at the closed Port Ellen Distillery. They still do maltings for some other distilleries tho so it smells awesome, so head directly to the red phone box across the street, get in, close the door and breath in DEEP. It is outrageously delicious!!! I found out as I had to call to confirm our Laphroaig tour. True story!πŸ˜‰πŸ™‚πŸ˜πŸ˜Žβ˜Ί And tho I understand the need to fix lesser whisky with the remarkable Laphroaig, to do so might be a hanging offense… OK, so I may be a snob.πŸ˜‰πŸ™‚πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ SlaintΓ© Mhath.

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      • Hmm maybe..we simply have to get Wim, RB, Noncon, you and me together some day with an entry fee of two bottles of your favorites for a prolonged taste test. I’ll grill, the steaks up. Hmmm…I may have to throw in bacon and eggs, too? Maybe with a defibrillator standing by….?

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      • Ha ha Hah! That WOULD be Grand! I did that once before with two pals from Glasga who were visiting… tho it was 6 fave whiskies of mine, still we had a truly great time. And Sal would need to attend as well, no?πŸ™‚ Breakfast would defo be a necessity but I can bring the defib!!!

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      • OK, we have a deal….I promise you guys that when my wife and I will visit Read Island, we will bring 2 bottles of single malt, to be shared by us. I will happily do the dishes (next day preferably)…AND I will chop wood (better leave 2 days between the tasting and the chopping or I might need a Medevac)….Edradour is also high on my list btw….but I agree with David, I would NEVER mix a single malt with anything (especially NOT ice…1 or 2 drops of water open up the aroma’s)

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      • Sounds like JD needs to get to work on that guest wing so the 1st Invitational Read Island Scotch Tasting, Appreciation and Fall Down Society Annual Meeting can get underway, mind, it will have one heck of a taxi bill!, never mind the liqujd costs…
        And I’ll get to work on that C19 mask with the Safe N Secure Straw to maintain suitable standards as we sample and converse.
        Have a fine day all. D.

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      • When I told Sal that you had the 110 bottles of single malt, she said, “Tell him I am visiting!” WARNING: don’t say yes. She might hint. Be vague or just say, “We have Ebola right now. We’ll get back to you on that!” Seriously, you do NOT want to give access to that treasure to the Russian Mafia, do you? Well, Sal can drink them under the table and then walk out, stepping over their prone bodies, carrying all the scotch she can carry (and today she just lifted a 60 pound roll of heavy cable up and onto the funicular cart – NOT easy).

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      • Crikey man, you just sent a fraidy cat shiver up my spine! And we both have similarly scary wives! I would say you guys are always ‘Welcome!’, but I say that to everyone (deemed lovely and good), but its a long walk, and swim, to go for a dram, tho I’m sure the powerhouse that is Sal could manage it, carrying Her true love on Her back. Still, if you’re up this way, I’m SURE you’ll fit in nicely, because, as the neighbourhood saying goes,
        “We’re Here because We’re not all There”.πŸ˜‰
        So, I dare you. Mostly because I don’t believe you ‘Southerners’ like it here, up North. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚πŸ€£
        On a side note, and NOT to drag out this scotch stuff any longer, I had a delightful time in CR liquor store just before Christmas as there was a fellow standing stupified in front of the single malts, so I asked him if he knew what type he might like, smoky/peaty or smooth and light, and how much did he wish to spend? It was fun running through the best fitting bottles on the wall, and he went off with a very nice dram.πŸ˜ŠπŸ™‚β˜Ί Scotch truly is ‘Good’.

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      • David, where exactly “up north” are you?
        Not that I will “bust “in or so, just curious because we have been looking at quite some islands in the area

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      • Wim, we are an hour north of Campbell River and an hour south of Port McN, on the mainland side of Johnstone Strait. Goldilocks would consider it, “Just right!”. πŸ˜‰πŸ™‚πŸ˜Ž

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  3. hahaha….hilarious!
    My wife cuts my hair, even if we are not OTG
    I always found it relaxing and “easy”…saves me time at the barber shop (and money)
    She is also quite good at it actually!
    But I can understand Sal, sometimes you just got to get OUT and getting a haircut for women is just like the best therapy it seems
    Meanwhile, you can perfect your cooking skills on the cauliflower, JA will be thrilled!

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  4. I totally get it. Sal’s need to bust out. Your sense of boredom I also NEED to get a haircut. And so does C. Big time. This could be code for NEED a change of scenery. Coming soon, i hope! Might have to get the scissors out first though, so we can actually see where we are going.

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