Writer’s Workshop: My July


Well, the prompt said “Share a photo that best represents your July.” All right, it’s a GIF, but you get the idea.

As the fourth full month of our two-week shutdown draws to a close, I find myself questioning whether all of this “shelter in place, wear a mask, practice social distancing” is really working. Due to mobility issues, I don’t get out of the house too often, which means I’ve spent a lot of time at home. Too much, maybe.

Probably just as well. The dog days of summer are upon us here, and we’ve been experiencing temperatures in the 90’s (that’s over 32 for you centigraders) with humidity in the 40-50% range, making for some very uncomfortable days, days where Mary also stays home and doesn’t go out. The National Weather Service has predicted rain every day this week so far, and you know how it goes: if the NWS says it’ll rain, it’s not going to rain. Maybe we should have a picnic or wash the car. Nothing brings torrential rain like that.

We did manage to get a few things accomplished: we bought a refrigerator for the garage and had an extra electrical line put in for it. I get all the information on what was done second hand, but from what I understand it required adding a breaker to the breaker box and running a line from there. But we have that down there now, and Mary’s happy because it means she doesn’t have to lug bottles of lemonade up from the garage to make sure it’s cold enough for mealtime. I’m happy because we have a freezer large enough to hold some extra Home Run Inn pizzas. I know some of you are saying “frozen pizza? Icky poo!” but these are really good.

Blogwise, I welcomed my 500th follower today. Keep in mind, those are just the followers that use the WordPress reader to read The Sound of One Hand Typing and doesn’t include people who have subscribed by mail, who use a feed reader like Inoreader or Feedly, or who are prompted to read by the blog’s Facebook page or my Twitter feed, or just drop by every day because they know I’m here, but still, I’m happy for all my followers and appreciate your reading, liking, and commenting. Thanks!

20 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: My July

  1. Congratulations on the 500 readers! We’ve been getting bored here too, but thankfully it’s not that hot! Nothing worse than sweating through a bored day. I mean there ARE things worse than that, but it makes for a pretty horribly boring day.


  2. Armed with a cup of coffee (or a glass of lemonade) I drop by and read your words of wisdom regularly. You always share an interesting perspective on everything, even the ridiculous. And we are definitely living in some fairly ridiculous times.

    Congratulations on 500 followers…well deserved, John!

    Stay safe!


  3. I agree it’s been a long 4 months of not much–not that our routine has changed so much, since we’re retired, but there’s so few places to go besides home. I’ve read Regal & AMC theaters are planning to reopen in August sometime, so that’s something to look forward to. (we only go to matinee showings anyway that aren’t that well attended.)


    1. We’re retired, too. Many of the restaurants that we frequent are open, either for dine-in or takeout, but the Starbucks we usually hang around for several hours at a time hasn’t really opened yet. (We don’t want to sit somewhere for 3-4 hours wearing masks…) So we’ll go out for lunch then hit the drive-thru at Starbucks before we head home. Sucks, but what can you do?


  4. Loved to see that you eat Home Run Pizza! I was introduced to the original Home Run Inn pizza when I worked in Cicero in the ’70s. The story goes that the original store ( where we got the pizza ) was across the street from a softball field and one day a kid hit a ball over the outfielder’s head and broke the window of the local pizza joint. The owner supposedly renamed the place Home Run Inn. Don’t know if the story was true but that’s what we were told by workers in the shop. We buy the frozen sausage pizzas to this day.


    1. We usually get the sausage & pepperoni, occasionally the 4-meat (sausage, pepperoni, ham and bacon) or even the cheese or cheese and mushroom. Sausage-only must be a Chicago thing, because everywhere else, when I’ve ordered just sausage, they give me a funny look.

      I always thought that, with a name like Home Run Inn, it was closer to Comiskey Park. Then I went to a Sox game with people from work that stopped at HRI before the game. Needless to say, we ended up walking in in the middle of the second inning… Anyway, that’s the story I’ve heard as well.


  5. Mazel tov on your followers.
    We are expecting another heat wave. It sure makes existing more challenging.
    I am not a fan of frozen pizza. If you found one you like that is great.


        1. The Home Run Inn pizzas have the cheese such that it’s already melted, rather than having the raw cheese on top. That way, when we cook it, there’s already enough cheese on it.

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