Week 870 bajillion of sheltering-in-place recently ended. Things are beginning to open up, and although this time of physical isolation from friends has been tough for many of us, in the end, I believe it was the right course to take. Until everything is back to “normal-ish,” I’m learning to find joy nearly everywhere, especially at home.
Revisiting old movies has been a favorite activity. My latest movie mini-marathon included three Doris Day films – “Pillow Talk” with Rock Hudson and Tony Randall, “Move Over Darling” with James Garner and Chuck Connors vying for her attention, and finally, “That Touch of Mink” with Day paired with Cary Grant (swoon!). Day’s co-stars were the epitome of handsome, but her wardrobes, were breathtaking. Day is the ultimate in cool, classic perfection and saucy innocence. And let’s face it, for the single people amongst us, a romantic comedy is as good as it gets right now.
Other activities have included overseeing some home repairs, including a much-needed and appreciated gate for my patio (you know who you are), and cooking. Good grief, the cooking! I’ve moved well past the basics and old standbys, and have been working at perfecting challenging dishes, like risotto, and classics, such as salmon croquettes. This week, I’m going to try my hand at paella, and perhaps find some other entrees that pique my interest. If you’re friends with me on social media, there will be pictures.
Wandering through thrift stores brings me joy. This past weekend, I was rewarded by two great finds. The first was a set of four pressed glass corncob holders. No more tacky, bright yellow, plastic corn-on-the-cob dishes for me. The pièce de résistance, however, was a circa 1970s mint green Tupperware gelatin mold. With summer coming on, I see a cornucopia of congealed salads in my future. Tomato aspic, anyone?
Speaking of good food and things beginning to return to normal, Cheri Leavy, in our Coastal Illustrated feature, talks to Wilmot Greene and Tori Stevens, creators of Sammies in Redfern Village. They share tips for the perfect day at the beach, including recommendations for music, books, food and beverages. Wilmot is the former owner of the Georgia Theatre, in Athens, which hosted many prominent acts from all musical genres during his 10-year tenure there. In Shore Things, Cheri continues her recommendations of the perfect ingredients for “beach play all day.”
In the Coastal Home feature, we recognize the recent winners of the Golden Isles Association of Realtors Awards for 2019. Although things looked different this year, with the awards ceremony hosted online, the recognition of this hard workers is no less important. Look for some familiar names and faces among the winners. And real estate reporter Gordon Jackson provides information on how real estate closings are being handled currently.
Brett Flanagan is the focus of our Designer Q&A. When this Golden Isles native isn’t working as a real estate agent or property developer, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Our Local Q&A is retired Glynn County health and physical education teacher and coach, Burnett Rooks. Rooks enjoys reading, spending time with his family, eating at his favorite restaurants, and of course, hitting the court for a few sets of tennis.
Our columnists are, as always, spot on. Literary columnist Cary Knapp reviews Julia Alvarez’s new book, “Afterlife,” which is a coming-of-age story from an unexpected point of view – the perspective of a protagonist who is approaching her twilight years, and all that entails. Horticulture columnist Anne Ditmer provides a list of plants that thrive in tough summer climates. Finally, our beverage columnist Jim Henderson heralds the arrival of margarita season.
Enjoy the issue, and don’t forget to pack your patience when heading out to the beach or anywhere else. People have been cooped up for a while, and are ready to mix and mingle, even with some social distancing. And don’t forget to wash your hands.