Writer’s Workshop: Patience Is A Virtue

Typed “patience” into Pixabay and got this. A Crow. Why? CAWS! Image by rottonara from Pixabay

In these times, I keep reminding myself "be patient; patience is a virtue." I’m generally a patient person, but the more I sit inside and wait for the world to get back to what I consider normal, it seems the less patient I become. It’s not as though I feel like getting into an argument with Mary, but I just feel like telling Mary "let’s go," bursting out of the house, and just getting the hell out. Fortunately, I have to have some blood drawn on Friday (a follow-up from my checkup back in May), and I have a dentist appointment next Wednesday (one of my three-times-a-year cleanings). Seems that’s the only reason I get out these days…

So, how do I keep myself occupied? I spend the better part of my days reading blogs and writing posts, and watching videos. And when I get really bored, I play solitaire, which is known in England as "patience." You lay the cards out and try to gather them in. Of course, these days I’m able to play on the computer, a good thing because I have this bad hand.

I remember one evening almost 30 years ago, when I was in Louisville, Kentucky, staying in the Brown Hotel. I remember putting on The Weather Channel and playing solitaire on the bed all night. There’s something wonderfully strange about an evening like that: it’s as though you reach a sort of Nirvana, and your mind can go scrambling off in all kinds of different directions. Back then, I didn’t have a computer, and didn’t feel as though I needed one. Another of my hobbies back then as doing crossword puzzles.

The Brown Hotel, by the way, is the place where the Hot Brown sandwich, an open-face turkey sandwich with bacon and Mornay sauce (Bechamel sauce with Gruyere cheese) on it, was invented. No, I didn’t try the house special because, frankly, it sounded gross.

I’ve been rambling here. Thanks for being patient with me…

(Thanks to Hilary for her help with the sauce name.)

19 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Patience Is A Virtue

  1. Who would have thought someday you would be looking forward to doctor appointments because it was the only time you could leave? I thought doing some ordinary activities would make me feel better, but all it does is make me second guess whether or not I should be doing normal activities. I’m ready for life to return!


  2. No rambling detected on my end of the map, John.

    Funny thing is, I’ve been playing a word game with friends while watching “Going RV”. Oddly relaxing, watching people go through various styles of RV’s and sharing their travel plans while keeping my brain exercised.

    It certainly beats screaming, yelling and punching the imaginary walls that this virus has placed around us all.


    1. I’ve seen a couple of articles about how the experts are now more concerned about people being cooped up in the house and the kids not going back to school than they are about people catching the virus.

      There used to be a show on the History Channel called “How It’s Made” that would take you through the process of how something was made, like a surfboard or a refrigerator. I really enjoyed that show. They also had stories about different types of food or food-related items (like charcoal grills) and their history. Those kinds of shows are great: you learn a lot and they’re fun to watch. There’s so much more to history than dates and monarchs…

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  3. I know it just feels like places to go is limited. We have Lowes and several nice local dine-in restaurants we can enjoy without the pressure of masks. Really, we only ate before about once a week anyway, so that hasn’t changed.
    Movie theaters have opened back up in our area just recently. In the auditorium you don’t have to wear a mask while eating or drinking. If there should be something worth seeing, though I don’t know when that might be, we’ll just hold a big tub of popcorn for the whole movie just so we don’t have to wear masks. Husband eats it, I don’t, but hey, I might eat a piece or 2. (we’ve already had the thing and it was nothing.)


    1. So you’ve had Covid-19 and it’s no big deal? That’s kind of what I figured: maybe we should have told the most at-risk people to self-quarantine and let the rest of the world get on with life.


  4. I’ve been fairly patient during this Covid mess, however, fall is my favorite time of the year and I am antsy to get out and around. At least where we live, there is a lovely view to look forward to when the leaves turn. And I can always decorate my blog site with fall colors. Sigh!


  5. I’ve always been fairly patient. The “lock down” bothered my wife quite a bit at first and we’d have to get out now and then because she would get a bit stir crazy. I was less bothered because it’s mostly how I’d been living over the past few years. It was bad not to take our yearly vacation back east, but now we seem pretty settled in. And, yes, we’ve both been playing solitaire on the computer as well. I’ll pop in for a few games a couple times a day though my total play for the day probably doesn’t amount to much more than 20 or 30 minutes.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  6. Hi John – don’t we all on occasion get hooked by ‘these games’ … I’m going to get myself a book on crosswords to try to get to grips with them – don’t want to order .. just want to see what I’m buying. The general knowledge ones I can manage – it’s the cryptic ones I find difficult … but probably patience runs out!

    I’ve set my mind to next Easter before we’re back to some degree of normality – not a happy thought … being on my own is slightly more challenging – but I bump into people here and there, have chats with friends, and of course blog – which is a great boon.

    I think your Momay sauce is Mornay sauce … just the Brit in me … sorry! But it’s a useful sauce … I use it quite often … usually with a different cheese … but adds to various dishes. Looking in Wiki – I see it’s a variation of Welsh Rarebit … a childhood favourite, but simpler … I don’t eat much bread now … so make do with other dishes using cheesey sauce.

    Stay sane that’s the main thing … and enjoy those going outside visits … I do get out for walks everyday – even to just buy a few groceries … all the best – Hilary


    1. You’re right, it is Mornay. Hard to tell sometimes with the sans-serif font. I should fix that…

      We were hoping in this country that it’d be over by this past Easter, but then this is an election year.


      1. Thanks John re the Mornay Sauce – I can understand the sans-serif font. I think we all hoped it’d be over earlier … but the more we’ve learnt the more serious this little virus is – the more challenging it is to get over to the human being. Take care – and have a good weekend – Hilary

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