March in Bloom

No, I’m not calling it March in Doom. You’ve had enough of that everywhere else. Instead, I’m giving you sunshine, flowers, and food. I’m happy to stay home for everyone’s sake. I haven’t been inside a store in over 3 weeks! I’ve never been so thankful for my garden. I just tucked a few more arugula seeds in the ground to keep it going for a little longer despite the already almost 90 temps. I’ve been cooking up a storm. Toby’s working right now, bringing in ships so we can all have supplies. We’re doing everything possible to sanitize and stay healthy around here. I’m running out of things to clean and organize (just kidding, that’ll never happen). We’ve been taking long walks and soaking up the vitamin D. It’s easy to stay away from people, but it’s hard not to pet all my neighborhood dog and cat friends out there. Here’s what else:

I’ve read:

Where the Crawdads Sing  Delia Owens

The Dutch House Ann Patchett

In the Unlikely Event Judy Blume

The Library Book Susan Orlean

Fleishman is in Trouble Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Just started Edison Edmund Morris

Latest Favorite Podcast:

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History


My favorite show of the past year was Derry Girls. Unless you’re Irish, turn on the subtitles or you’ll miss half the fun.

The Swamp on Amazon Prime tells the history of the Everglades with a spotlight on Marjory Stoneman Douglas.

Also on Amazon, the most recent season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, basking by the pool at the Fontainebleu in 1960 Miami.My nieces at Big Cat Rescue a few years ago (these girls are committed to staying home right now, they absolutely understand, and I’m loving their texts and cat pics). I just started the documentary series Tiger King about a lunatic tiger breeder who tried to have the owner of Big Cat Rescue murdered. You know how much I love this local sanctuary. I cringed through the first episode, but I’ll get through it since I know how this story ends.

Staying hydrated:

I’m all stocked up on tea from my local tea shop TeBella, which is like my Cheers. They’re giving out free drinks to medical professionals (Tampa General is within walking distance). There’s curbside pickup for the rest of us. You can also shop online, because these small local businesses sure need us.

I just made a big batch of kombucha with tons of ginger, lemon, and hibiscus.

I’m also making quarantinis, which I’ve posted on my Instagram stories for virtual happy hour. It’s whatever I happen to mix up, usually gin, tonic, citrus, & bitters. 

LaCroix came out with a hibiscus-flavored seltzer, but the hyphen and the exclamation point are ruining-it!

From my quarantine kitchen to yours:

Lindsey’s Bean Dip

Fried Rice and Southern Greens

Tuna and White Bean Salad

Coley’s Sun Gold Pasta (with the last of my tomato harvest)

Pineapple and Kaffir Lime Fish Curry (canned pineapple?)

Lemon Rosemary Artichoke Dip

Mango Mania Forbidden Rice (with last season frozen mango)

Fish and Red Rice

Pasta Puttanesca with Greens

Oatmeal Dutch Baby Pancake

Brazilian Fisherman’s Stew

Hawaiian Rice Salad

Grilled Radicchio with Cannellini Beans (good with marinated artichoke hearts)

Fish and Lentils

3 Sisters Harvest Bowls

How are you passing the time? Please share all your recommendations. Stay well and hang in there!


13 Comments March in Bloom

  1. LB March 21, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you for a nice optimistic and cheery letter. Among all this information on coronavirus your let ter-is a sunshine.!

    1. suwanneerose March 21, 2020 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you! I’ll try to keep bringing the sunshine. πŸ™‚

  2. Misti March 23, 2020 at 10:11 am

    I’m trying to work from home this week and kept the kiddo home now. It will be a lot of tv for him. Stay healthy over there and thank Toby for his hard work!

    1. suwanneerose March 26, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Thank you, Misti! So far so good here. Hope you all are hanging in there. I love seeing your feline and kiddo co-workers on Instagram. πŸ™‚

  3. Melissa March 23, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    oh my gosh!!! Derry Girls is THE BEST!!!!!!

    1. suwanneerose March 26, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      It makes me laugh so hard I have tears rolling down my face. So happy I figured out how to turn on the subtitles. The music takes me back to that time.

  4. Mary Ann Shambach March 23, 2020 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks for the food ideas, the reading list and we will be sure to watch The Swamp for movie night. We were lucky enough to get one last nice hike in before the state parks closed. Thinking of you and Toby. Love your writing and before you know it will be mango season again!

    1. suwanneerose March 26, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you, Aunt Mary Ann! So glad you and Fred managed to get in another hike. You’re going to love The Swamp. I should have added Best.State.Ever by Dave Barry to that reading list! I have that and a couple other books coming your way as soon as all these germs subside. Also thank you for reminding me of mango season! It’s looking good so far.

  5. Mary March 25, 2020 at 10:26 am

    This cousin really enjoys your posts! Thanks so much…LOVE to you and yours!

    1. suwanneerose March 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you so much! Hope you’re staying safe and well. πŸ™‚

  6. Coley March 26, 2020 at 9:21 am

    I have still not picked my jaw up off of the floor since watching Tiger King. It was truly the most batshit dumpster fire I’ve ever seen I was wondering if you were familiar with the Big Cat Rescue! Hope you guys are staying safe and sane through all of this madness. <3

    1. suwanneerose March 26, 2020 at 1:59 pm

      I can only take it in small doses, so we’ve got 2 more left. I *thought* I knew this story, but I’d never heard of that perv Doc Antle or Joe’s lovers or his campaign. wtf. But watching that train wreck is a brief respite from pandemic, so there’s that. Hope you, Chaser, & your brother are all hanging in there. I know Phoebe’s all good. πŸ˜‰

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