Chapter 62: COVID Chronicles

By Karen

Day 79

Another Tree Gone & Chihuahuas ROCK! (Shh… don’t tell the cats!)

Woke up to chainsaws and a wood chipper roaring suspiciously close by. Roc and Tony were dying for me to get up and open the blinds so they could see what was going on. The house across the street was losing a large tree in front.

I saw them grind up a big dead section, so maybe it needed to come down, but I hate it when any tree goes. Without that shade, they’re going to love their air conditioning bills this summer.

The house next door to them had EVERY tree removed by its latest owner. She’s the only one on the block with an actual lawn. But I wonder why anybody who prefers the prairie would buy a house in a neighborhood with a mature forest. Her house isn’t any safer; lots of neighbors’ trees could still fall on it.

Anyway, my not-chives are five days in the pot and coming along. They have a new leader, and the new runt has a microscopic shoot…

I’ve tried to determine the difference between chives vs. scallions vs. green onions vs. spring onions and, as far as I’m concerned, they’re interchangeable. Chives apparently aren’t as oniony. The others have thicker green stalks.

According to the link above and thekitchn.com, green onions and scallions are different names for the same thing. Spring onions are mature scallions/green onions.

I guess if what I’m growing ever gets pink flowers, I’ve got chives. Since I only use the greens as I’d use chives, that’s what I’m calling them. The differences between the others are all about the bulbs’ size and taste. Some people who cook with scallions throw away the greens altogether. Since my bulbs are staying underground, what kind they are is moot to me.

If I’ve never mentioned it before, I have a thing for talking animals. I love them all. For a COVID escape last night, I watched Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva la Fiesta! (now on HBO Family)…

It stars Chloe, the original pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua. She’s married to Papi Cortez, a scrappy Chihuahua who grew up on the mean streets of Mexico. They have five puppies, four boys and a girl, and belong to a young couple looking for a new place to live. In exchange for free room and board, the humans are hired for menial jobs at a posh hotel that caters to guests with dogs because the hotel manager wants to use glamorpuss Chloe for marketing.

The story is all about the dogs, with the humans as subplots. It’s filled with music, romance, mystery, drama, adventure and lots of laughs. The highlight is a colorful and joyous canine quinceañera that Papi hosts for his little girl, Rosa.

The amazingly talented cast is real dogs and they talk. What’s not to love?

I’m a cat person, but I enjoyed this sweet movie so much, it’s one I could watch again and again.

 

2 Responses to Chapter 62: COVID Chronicles

  1. Randi says:

    Karen, you really have “green fingers!” – so have I. 🙂 When they have grown to adults, you will SO enjoy them. 🙂

    Did you ever see ” The Adventures of Milo and Otis”? It is such a cute film! I firs saw it on TV on a German channel. Even though my German is not very good, I HAD to see it!

    “This Japanese film stars best friend cat and dog duo Milo and Otis. When the two are separated, they travel through the wilderness, meeting other animals along the way.

    The movie won awards in Japan and was a crowd favorite, eventually making it to Hollywood where 15 minutes of the original 1986 production was cut.”

  2. catsworking says:

    Randi, I have NOT seen Milo and Otis. One reason is I know it’s an adventure film and I can’t stand seeing animals in danger (even cartoon animals). If something bad happens to them, I’m a basket case for a week. I’ve also never seen Old Yeller, because I think somebody shoots him. Or Bambi. Or Lion King.

    Was talking to my sister last night and I know she loves Les Miz. She’s seen it on stage in London and New York. She agreed the movie was horrible and said she could barely sit through it! So it wasn’t just me.

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