Patisserie is STILL OPEN!

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Tuesday 7:40 am at Sindy's Patisserie

Sindy: I can't believe we have been open for almost two weeks. Thanks for coming in and helping with the orders, Barbie.

Barbie: No problem, glad to get out of the house and help somewhere. Besides, Chelsea and the guys were driving me crazy. 

Sindy: I never thought we would have to turn off the phone, but that has helped, too. All of today's orders are ready. Stacking up the last one. If anyone wants to order, it has to be for tomorrow, or we won't have anything left for the walk-in customers. And, no whipcream cakes, because of supply issues.

Barbie: I totally agree, you are pretty sparse already. Did you give up on cakes?

Sindy: Yes, now it's cupcakes and sheet cake pieces. We can serve the most people, and it's easiest right now and the wisest use of the ovens. We can't keep up with the breads. Poor Jamie, he was still here when I came in this morning! 

Barbie: Jamie's so quiet. It's good thing Rory is coming home. She's been staying with her aunt outside of Oklahoma City since her tour got cancelled. It will be great to have a full time kitchen authority in charge again. Thank goodness, a few left and we can keep a safe distance at home.

Sindy: I'm sorry I wasn't able to pitch in more...but this last two weeks have been crazy, here. Everyone was right, this neighborhood needed a bakery.

Barbie: Sit down for a break, we open the doors in fifteen, and you can start baking then.

Barbie: The system Lara set up for online ordering is great, she even has limits on what you can make according to your supplies. That's impressive.

Sindy: Yes, she's a whiz with computers. All I have to do is enter, what we have delivered for supplies, put in the orders and recipes for the day, and it takes care of the rest. We are all set---and so far we have been making all our commitments. I just wish customers weren't so grumpy.

Sindy: Phew, this feels good. I know I need to get some yeast doughs mixed up. I hope the next supply truck shows up with more bags and supplies. I never know what they are going to deliver for sure. I'll give you the invoices if they do. Maybe you can enter them, if we have a slow time. But, I see customers are lining up outside already.

Barbie: Well, the rack is full of cupcakes, I hope they last...and you still have donuts left after filling the orders.

Sindy: Oh, make sure the Chicago Police Department and the Fire Department, don't pay for their orders. They are working hard enough, already! 

Now, I better start more donuts and cupcakes right away. Break is over! 

Doors are OPEN!

Barbie: Hi! Welcome to the Patisserie, how can we help you? 
Sorry, we don't have drinks available right now, but we have lots of fresh bakery.

Thank-you and please come again, or order online, for pickup the next day. Stay Safe!


Back at the HFIM house, it's now 1 pm....Jamie and Patrick are up in the empty bunk room. 

Patrick:(right) Hey, Jamie....time to make the donuts....HEY JAMIE___up and at Em!

Jamie:....errrr, what day is it?

Patrick: Tuesday---all need a shower! You smell like--strawberries. And, don't get too close! I kinda like having this floor to myself, when you are gone. Can you bring home something from the bakery, though? Whatever is still laying around.

Jamie: Sure, but we have been sold out of everything, everyday. I don't think we will have anything. Call in an order, and I will bring it home, tonight, tomorrow, whenever I get back.

Patrick: Thanks, Jam.... If you need help down there, let me know, I'm going crazy with the bar closed. I'm just glad, I haven't signed the lease yet for the Hotel basement. 

Jamie: I really smell like strawberries?
Sindy: Everything smells like strawberries in here!

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who work long hours to make sure we safely 
have everything we need. 

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Chelsea Finds a Coach

With Chicago Schools shut down, Chelsea and Nemo from the HFIM house are out of luck. Nemo's teaching is on hold as his school and the extra sports he coaches and referees are cancelled. Chelsea's school's soccer team has been cancelled. With Chelsea stuck in the house with all adults, they ALL try to find something to keep her busy.


Nemo: Okay kid, let's see if you can get all four in the net! First one is a SCORE! 

Chelsea winds up and takes a run at the soccer ball! 


Her foot glances off the ball, and her shoe goes flying!


And the shoe doesn't score, but sure is close!

Nemo: OOOOoffff! Right in the breadbasket! A little more to the right, kid!
Chelsea: Sorry, Coach. I lost my shoe!


Chelsea: Can I try again! 
Nemo: Sure, but move the net by the grill, please!

Nemo: (Now standing behind her) The Kid sure has power for a little girl! I can't even eat my lunch!


After many balls in and not in the's time to take a break!

Chelsea: Nemo is a great coach, I'll for sure make the A squad, when school starts again.


After straightening the yard, they go inside for a lunch, drink and a break!

Nemo: So, what's your stats for the day, kid?


Chelsea: Thirty-two IN the net. Two off the top, one off the side, and I wounded you, Coach. Sorry about that, and sixteen missed. Thanks for giving me the tips, Coach!

Nemo: Great, now it's your turn to feed the cats, and then let's eat! (he holds his stomach).


Grumpy and gang, could care less about balls, goals, nets, or coaches. 

All the gang is carefully maintaining social distancing due to the Covid19 virus. But, still trying to carry on! The usually crowded HFIM house has thinned out...we will see in the next posts, 
how it is going?

The usually very busy near northside Chicago....isn't right now!

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Grand View (Grand Hotel) Condos: Moving IN!

Wednesday Night March 18, 2020.                              Ad-Free Blog

With all the drama going on downstairs...the 8 condos are slowly being moved into.

Lara, from BMR, manages the Grand View, and has moved into the last available condo, 2A. It's the smallest studio and right across from the Diva, Colette and her companion, Emilie!

Lara: I really love the upstairs hall, I'm so glad this floor had the last apartment.

Lara: These are the only two apartments with the stained glass window and the atrium.  I love the plants, the window, the light pouring in.

I wish I had time to really move in...most of my things are stuffed into my car, or at Aunt Barbara's. 

...I'm definitely going to need some shelves,

...and some space for hanging clothes...

The bathroom is tiny, but has a great shower. I'll need some hooks and shelves in there, too.

And I love my little chair nook. Perfect for working on my laptop or reading. Trish left me this great plant as a customer thank you! 

She planted some lemon grass and mint in here, it gives off delicious scents. 

I wonder how the ladies in the next apartment are doing.

(Inside 2 B)

Emilie:(left) Phew, I'm so glad I finished unpacking those boxes before the next delivery. The moving company said late today.... Colette, are you listening?

Colette: (humming to herself) Yes, I'm just trying to arrange this song, at least in my head, before my studio time.

Emilie: I know you are busy...I just thought you might notice I finished the dressing table.  We have to decide if this stays here, or moves into the bedroom, when the bed arrives. I don't know if there will be enough room.

(No answer, more humming...then Colette paces and hums some more....)

Colette: Emilie, I must finish this. I do like the choices you have made, you don't need my approval. 

Emilie: Flowers arrived for you an hour ago---I sadly do not have a vase to put them in? 

Emilie: We have stayed in Hotels so long, we don't have hangers...or vases...or many things. I can't wait for the boxes from Paris to arrive. I have forgotten what we shipped months ago.

Emilie: Lara said there is a lovely vintage boutique in the next block, Vickie's Vintage. I do miss the Paris flea market. 

(Bzzzzzz- the moving company is finally here.) 

a few hours later....

Oh my, we did pack a lot of things. many boxes....

Emilie: Ah, my-lady's toilette box. Hmmm, smell the soap! Oh, Chez Joyeaux...creme....and bubble bath.

Colette: ....hmmmm--hhhmmm----hmmmmmm, (scribble scribble)

Another knock at the door!

Lara: The quarantine isn't scheduled to begin until tomorrow....I will check and see if they need anything.

Colette: (mumbling as she makes her way through the boxes to the door)

Lara: Hi, neighbors! I just wanted to check to see if you have everything you need?

Colette: Zank you, Madesmoiselle. We are fine, but a bit...disheveled with zee unpacking. Ah, do you have a vase? I received some 'fleur' and I have nozing to put them in.

Lara: I think I have a pitcher, I'm not unpacked yet either. Most of my belongings are in my car. I'll be right back.

Lara: Will this pitcher work? 

Colette: Oui, and zank kind. What is that the hall?

Lara: Oh, the bakery downstairs, they were hoping to open tomorrow. But, the Grand Opening may just be an open door. They will not be able to serve as a restaurant, but sell food bakery. 

Good-bye for now, I'm sure Sindy will have something available. I know the delicious smells, will be hard to resist!

Colette: Mees, Lara, seems so friendly. 
Emilie: Oh, the scent is making me so hungry!  
Colette: Emilie, pleez call the Patisserie and see if we may purchase!

Emile: This is very nice, Sindy invited us down to have coffee---very Parisian. Perhaps we will not miss Paris so much. This croissant is quite good.

Colette: It is a lovely building, sigh. But, I miss everything in Par-eee. And, now we move here into the middle of a disaster...a pandemic...they say, we will be locked up for months, maybe?

Emilie: Jacques messaged me, it is far worse in Monte Carlo...! 

Colette: Never again-speak his name to me. To me--Jacques ees morte! 

Emilie: OKAY! But, we must go upstairs and need to take your mind off him. And we have to find the sheets for the bed.
I hope some hangers show up, for our clothes.

(to be continued)