Sheltering in Place – A Diary of Virusapocalypse: Day Sixteen

04/4/2020

It was another warm, breezy day here in the Coachella Valley. No more earthquakes but the wind gusts were rocking the coach in the late evening as I sat, struggling to write this blog post. It wasn’t that we didn’t do anything, yep, we did more of the same from the last fifteen days. Honestly, I just can’t seem to find any good news that Mayes we think this is ending any time soon. As I sat, listening to music, toggling across multiple news channels looking for something that would lift my spirits this song by Train came on. The first verse was hauntingly poetic:

I need a sign to let me know you’re here
All of these lines are being crossed over the atmosphere
I need to know that things are gonna look up
‘Cause I feel us drowning in a sea spilled from a cup
When there is no place safe
And no safe place to put my head
When you feel the world shake
From the words that are said

The second verse kinda just summed up exactly how I was feeling.

I need a sign to let me know you’re here
‘Cause my TV set just keeps it all from being clear
I want a reason for the way things have to be
I need a hand to help build up
Some kind of hope inside of me

And the chorus…well, I am up for the challenge if all of you are?

And I’m calling all angels
And I’m calling all you angels
I won’t give up if you don’t give up
I won’t give up if you don’t give up
I won’t give up if you don’t give up
I won’t give up if you don’t give up

The other thing shaking our valley was the latest health order from Riverside County. I just can’t understand with all the facts and data pouring in from all over the WORLD…why so many people aren’t taking this seriously.

“In response to the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases, Riverside County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser today ordered that no gatherings of any number of people may take place outside of family members residing in the same home.
Dr. Kaiser also ordered everyone to wear a face covering when leaving home, including essential workers.
“While more and more Riverside County residents are getting COVID-19, not everybody’s getting the message,” said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County public health officer. “It started with staying home, social distance and covering your face. But now we change from saying that you should to saying that you must.”

So here is how day sixteen of our sheltering in place went:

  • Wally and I walked the resort and golf courses looking for Turtles. Yes…we have discovered there are turtles living in the pond on the back nine golf course. We have seen three total and actually were able to sneak up on two of them today and get pictures…not good pictures but evidence they exist and its not my red, allergy hazed eyes playing tricks on me. It’s hard sneaking up on turtles especially when they have two huge geese for body guards. They are actually big turtles so I have two think they have been living in that pond for quite awhile. They make me smile!!
  • Made a big batch of chimmchurri with some of the parsley I have growing in my big herb pot on the patio. This simple condiment is an essential part of Argentinean cuisine where a bowl of chimichurri can be found on practically every dinner table. Super tasty, traditional and incredibly easy to make, chimmchurri features fresh parsley, garlic and tangy vinegar. It gets an extra kick from oregano and crushed red pepper. Chimichurri is typically served with steak but it’s also great on lamb, smoky grilled fish and chicken.  Part of this batch was going to marinate some lamb chops with the rest going into a salad dressing for later in the week.
  • Wally went to Petsmart to pick up an online order that I had placed for cat litter. Since Sucia has given Arm an Hammer Cloud her four paw stamp of approval we decided to stock up. It was easy peasy, I placed the order online, Wally called Petsmart from the parking lot, gave them the order number, opened the back hatch of the car and someone brought out the bag of loot, put in in the trunk and off he went. No human contact – same thing repeated at Rubio’s where he picked up lunch. Sadly, this may be how things roll for a long time.
  • People all over the world are getting creative with social media to stay connected. My friend Kristen was feeling blue because she wasn’t able to be with her mother on her birthday today. They have a long history of traveling together on her mothers birthday so today their trip was done with Kristen on a golf cart, her mother Marilyn riding along side her on FaceTime. As they toured around the resort, they stopped and met friends who sang happy birthday or chatted with the birthday girl. So Sweet…Happy Birthday Marilyn!!!
  • Made that new drink, a Bourbon Smash for our outdoor cocktail date with friends. It was very tasty!!
Basil Bourbon Orange Smash
  • Fixed Chimmichuri marinated lamb chops and grilled asparagus for dinner.
  • The fridge is full of possibilities but not sure what I am cooking tomorrow.
  • Worked on this blog post wayyy to late …it was actually Sunday when I finished and went to bed.

Day sixteen was another day of extreme roller coaster emotions. We saw the Riverside County Health Order after our cocktail date. The more I researched and read, the more depressed I felt. The statistical model below is scary and geez…I hope they are wrong …I was hoping we would see this thing fizzle out in early May…but numbers usually don’t lie and humans are by nature non-complaint. I don’t know about you …but I am stayin home!

I won’t give up if you don’t give up
I won’t give up if you don’t give up
I won’t give up if you don’t give up

5 thoughts on “Sheltering in Place – A Diary of Virusapocalypse: Day Sixteen

  1. I don’t think this is going to end any time soon, but I try to remember that right this minute, thousands of scientists all over the world are doing nothing but working on this problem. Bill Gates said the other day he is funding factories to produce 7 of the most promising vaccines – so 7 factories will be fully producing 7 different vaccines and whichever one works best, he’ll keep going and just close out the other ones. In other words, there will be no lag time between figuring out what works and manufacturing it on a large scale. That is the kind of news that gives me hope and makes me optimistic. Until then, we just have to take it day by day. We will get through this.

    And neither you nor I can give up on anything since we haven’t even met for drinks yet!! 🙂

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    • Damn right on all accounts… I love reading Wired … there are some fascinating articles on all the science that is being done. Of course scientists are all working together unlike our dysfunctional government.

      Here’s to drinkies in 2020!!!

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  2. I love reading what you’re doing, and I love that you’re posting every day. We aren’t giving up…even though we’re feeling battle fatigue, and even though this is the craziest, most surreal time that we’ve ever experienced. Honestly, I still keep hoping that I’m gonna wake up from this and discover it was a really bad nightmare. I wish people would just do what they’re supposed to do, so that we can get through this and get beyond it.

    And I’m not sure that I’ve ever told you this, but you inspire me with your cooking. Every single thing you make looks absolutely delicious! Hang in there, we’re with you!!

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    • Aww, thanks Laurel. I am glad you are enjoying my wandering musings and to hear you feel inspired by my cooking …Yikes, that is quite a compliment.

      I know what you mean about battle fatigue…that perfectly sums it up. It’s incredibly disappointing how the POTUS has handled this crisis. We would be far worst off if it weren’t for Dr. Anthony Fauci and forward looking governor’s like Newsom and Cuomo.

      So I guess I will just keep cooking and walking…

      Cheers!!!

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