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Cooler and Partly Cloudy-What Day Is It Anyway? Sunday March 29

It’s in the low 60s (Fahrenheit) today. Cloudy but the sun peeks in and out. Sunshine does make things seem brighter. Trying to maintain good hygiene and wash my hands and keep my hands away from my face. Periodically wipe off faucets and other handles like doorknobs with my handy disinfecting wipes. I don’t have a huge stock of them and right now pretty impossible to find more at stores or online. But I do have some disinfectant spray cleaners I could use as well.

I am not a big fan of housework and cooking but now am doing more of both. Not that I was going out to restaurants that much anymore before the ‘Corona times.’ What will we call this when it is over? I do a lot of dishes lately. We do have a dishwasher. So it’s a lot of loading and unloading.

Keeping in touch with family with calls and Skype. It is a good idea to use Skype especially for your family that may be more isolated. My younger brother is in a Nursing home and I am able to visit him with Skype.

How are you all doing?

What Day Is It Anyway? #WDIIA, is a blogging community hosted by Linda G Hill.

Ageism In The Time Of Coronavirus

Love my featured image posted on Facebook by The Radical Age Movement. An appropriate response to the suggestion that older people should be the first to willingly die for the economy and not expect any life saving interventions. It seems that these times of crisis can truly bring out the worst in some people who would suggest such things.

What Day Is It Anyway? blog community hosted by Linda G Hill.

Small Positives

My morning routine is to open my computer and review the news with toast and coffee on the side.  I spend more time with the news in the past week because of what we are enduring here. There is still a sense of unreality, what day is this, how long has thing been going on?  Recent sunshine encouraged me to get out and do some work in the back yard. something I can do while maintaining social distancing. I pulled up several dandelions and other assorted weeds, pulled out patches of dead woolly thyme, and trimmed back the low hanging branches of the Pyracantha. We discovered some unexpected residents near one of our front gates, a nest of bumblebees. I was a little wary until I read that they are not especially aggressive and will move out after a few months. I was excited to see bumblebees because I haven’t seen them in the yard for a long time and read that they are endangered. Some news this morning reminiscent of a dystopian movie, Coyotes are walking the streets in San Francisco 

I can hear a chickadee calling outside. The other day, my daughter and I had noticed some chickadees taking a bath in one of our planter pot saucers. She put some fresh water in it and left a few sunflower seeds too. One of the squirrels discovered the sunflower seeds and made quick work of them.

We had a Zoom virtual visit with our 3 year old grandson yesterday evening. That’s always a positive.

The hospital ship Mercy, with 1,000 beds, arrived in Los Angeles Friday and is ready to go.

Below some photos from the yard. You can’t see the bumblebees flying out from their nest because if I try to get close enough they chase me away.

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “beside you.” Write about whatever is beside you when you read this prompt.

Featured image of bumblebee by dennisflarsen on

Distancing From My Grandchild

Grandparents have new challenges, distancing.

It is not always as easy as we would like to have time with our grandchildren. My little grandson, who was born premature, spent his early months in NICU where visits were limited to protect him and other children from infection during the flu season and just because he was fragile. After he went home, there were many professionals coming in and out and Nurses in the home. So a little Premie has a full social schedule already. Grandparents have to be patient and wait for the best times to visit. It has been easier as he has gotten older. He has been growing and getting stronger. He is walking and recently started preschool. Now something completely out of our control has happened, the Caronavirus epidemic.

My husband and I realize we need to stay away from our grandson because we do not want to inadvertently bring infection to him…

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Is Anyone Disposable?


The author of this essay is a rabbi who discusses what it is like to be in those vulnerable groups identified in this pandemic.

“Countless messages from my dentist, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and from my child’s playgroups tell me not to worry because it’s “only” chronically ill people and elders that are at risk of severe illness or death. More than one chronically ill friend has quipped: “Don’t they know sick and old people can read?”

I highly recommend reading the entire essay. I too am in this group and have felt the same that it is not great to hear how I am the most vulnerable and the odds are not good for me or my husband or my brother who has MS and resides in a Nursing Home. None of us is disposable.


The New Normal

My husband and I have made some trips to the market this week. I thought I had a good system in place with grocery delivery but our local stores have been overwhelmed with orders and sent an email notice they were unable to fill my order. So we decided to head out to a local market earlier this week. I was a bit anxious of possible exposure to coronavirus but it turned out the store was almost empty of people and  stock. The bagger told me there had been a long line when the store opened that morning. It was disorienting to see empty shelves. We picked up what we could. No meat or chicken available but I found a few packages of fish. We had a couple of markets offer new ‘senior hours’ this week (7-8 AM) so we headed out for a second time. The first market had a long line filing in so we decided to try another that was not crowded. I was able to find a few more items I needed. I like the accommodation by markets for seniors and those with special needs. I am working on making do with what is available like non-fat milk.

I wrote this post prior to the news of the order from Governor Gavin Newsom that all the citizens in my beautiful state of California are ordered to shelter in place. From the LA Times:

“Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered all Californians to stay at home….He also asked Congress for $1 billion to support the state’s medical response to the coronavirus, saying he expects more than half of all Californians — roughly 25.5 million — will be infected over an eight-week period [without mitigation efforts].”

God, what is happening to us?

The U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy is anchored off the coast of Manila, the Philippines. (U.S. Navy photo/Photographers Mate 2nd Class Troy Latham)

“Gov. Gavin Newsom has asked President Trump to immediately deploy a United States Navy hospital ship Mercy to the Port of Los Angeles to help beef up the health care delivery system in the region amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic.” (Los Angeles Daily News)

We can still go out to buy food. Our kids are nearby for which we are grateful. The prompt word today is ‘welcome’ but hard to write about that. The latest here is ‘unwelcome’ news.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt for this Saturday is ‘welcome.’


Like a bird perched precariously on a telephone wire I have been on edge about the pandemic circling our world. I have been lulled into a sense of security with my yearly flu vaccine and now see that I am still vulnerable to these rogue bugs. I do feel a bit better that our government and some business leaders are stepping up with better access to testing, preparedness, and help for people who may lack access to healthcare and need support with paid sick leave and unemployment insurance. It does help to hear our leaders say ‘We are all in this together.’

Stream of Consciousness Saturday, #SOCS, is hosted by Linda G Hill. The prompt word for today is ‘wire.’ Featured image ‘Like a bird on the wire,’ by Liam Moloney on