It has been a long two years. A LOOOOOOONG two years, sometimes out, but mostly in Quarantine. Shuttered away in our home for safety’s sake, sequestered as if enduring one continuous rainy day, or snow day if we still lived in the Midwest. Southern California experiences the occasional rainy day – in fact, we welcome them so as to deflect drought – but Quarantine tested our endurance and positive outlook.

How to thrive when deprived of being outside, unfettered by fear?

My husband and I had many tools and subtle tricks, one of which was to employ our vast knowledge of Beatles tunes…

Here are the categories. Ready, Set, Go!

#1 Something to wear: Old Brown Shoe

#2 Place: Across the Universe, Blue Jay Way, Fixing a Hole, Fool on the Hill, I Saw Her Standing There, Long and Winding Road, Octopus’s Garden, Penny Lane, She Came in Through the Bathroom Window, Strawberries Fields Forever, There’s a Place, When I Get Home, Why Don’t We Do It in the Road

#3 Animal: And Your Bird Can Sing, Blackbird, Dig a Pony, Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except for Me and My Monkey, Free as a Bird, Hey Bulldog, I Am The Walrus, Rocky Raccoon

#4 Number: One After 909, Number 9, The Two of Us, When I’m Sixty-Four

#5 Color: Baby’s in Black (and I’m Feeling Blue), Yer Blues

#6 Girl’s Name: Anna, Dear Prudence, Eleanor Rigby, Girl, Hello Little Girl, Her Majesty, Julia, Lady Madonna, Lovely Rita, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Martha My Dear, Michelle, Polythene Pam, Sexy Sadie, Woman

#7 Boy’s Name: Boys, Hey Jude, Nowhere Man, The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, The Ballad of John and Yoko, This Boy

# 8 Profession: Dr. Robert, Paperback Writer, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Taxman

#9 Day of the Week:  Eight Days a Week, Yesterday

#10 Car: Baby, You Can Drive My Car, Ticket to Ride, Yellow Submarine

#11 Dance: I’m Happy Just to Dance with You

#12 Musical Instrument: While My Guitar Gently Weeps

#13 Season: I’ll Follow the Sun

#14 Emotion: All You Need is Love, Can’t Buy Me Love, Getting Better, Happiness is a Warm Gun, I Feel Fine, I’ll Cry Instead, I’ve Got a Feeling, Love Me Do, PS I Love You, She Loves You

#15 Time: A Day in The Life, A Hard Day’s Night, Any Time At All, The Night Before, The Night Before, Tomorrow Never Knows

I am a forever Beatle Maniac, so I doubt if I missed one –