Reader survived COVID-19 quarantine thanks to his wife's 'world-famous' cinnamon rolls

In today's "Neighbors" column, Bob Lind shares notes from readers about how they were dealing with the COVID-19 lockdown last spring.

Bob Lind
Bob Lind, Neighbors columnist. The Forum

Today, let’s think back to last year when many of you were in quarantine because of COVID-19.

“Neighbors” received a couple of emails concerning how people were dealing with it.

Ron Fredrickson, formerly of Fargo and now of Kenosha, Wis., wrote in April last year that he was in self-quarantine.

“My number 3 son gets groceries for me when he gets his own,” Ron wrote. “But it’s tempting to violate the terms right now (in April 2020) when we’re getting our first 79-degree temperature of the year.”

And in March 2020, Paul Kelly, formerly of Pengilly, Minn., but now of Vero Beach, Fla., wrote that “Somehow Linda (Paul’s wife) found the energy and the ingredients to mix up a double batch of her world-famous cinnamon rolls.


“Well, today I did my best and cut into this Gold Mine.

“Yes, it is only natural that I thought of all of you (in ‘Neighbors’ land) because these rolls are a hidden and secret weapon against the C-virus. I plan to keep my furnace stoked daily with these fantastic goodies.

“Also, her blueberry muffins are the best on the planet, and you can place your order today. But because of the C-virus, you will need to pick them up at the door, or we can sit in our backyard on our chain swing.”

“Neighbors” would have loved to take Paul up on this, but just wasn’t able to swing by his Florida home. Maybe post virus . . .

Scooter is gone

Now, switching to pets, “Neighbors” once told about Scooter, the pet dog of Don Homuth, formerly of Fargo and now of Salem, Ore.

Don had written lovingly of his 15-year-old pet.

Well, Don has written since that column ran that Scooter had to be put down.

“He was so old and frail that living wasn’t much fun for him any more,” Don wrote.


“I held him as he breathed his last.

“When I come home, I sometimes still expect him to be there at the door.

“I miss the kid!”

Anyone whose pet is gone can sympathize with Don, right?

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