Uncorking – Social Distancing Day 14

Stared at the wine a while before deciding to open this one even if had no one to share. Had a successful quick run to a grocery store after a senior neighbor reported toilet paper, ground beef and microwave popcorn were in stock so it worked for a nicer than normal lunch.

Randomly looking through my TBR books, I decided to read some anthologies. I’m not a big short story reader — there are authors, in my opinion, who are very good at short stories and others who are not where winds up like a teaser or excerpt of one of many modern authors’ other books. Don’t even get me started on retelling same stories from different character points of view — that’s a big hit or miss with me, definitely should add something to either the story or the characters.

This time, found some good ones and some leads on other book series I will be trying. So glad my difficulty concentrating or getting motivated to do much of anything made me try some shorter works.

Finally missed something about Kentucky other than loved ones — actually started to go out to grab some cuttings of lettuce, spinach, mint and herbs because that what I used to do in April leading up to when I would start the tomato seeds and examine the orchard buds and bark. Then remembered, nope, left the herb garden, cold frames, cutting gardens, orchard, vegetable garden, the quinces, the bulb gardens, the flowering moonlight …

I haven’t regretted it. I loved my gardens when was younger and stronger, but I know I would not have been able to keep caring for them. Out here in the desert with just the front yard plants builder placed and HOA requires me to keep until one dies and I can replace it is about all I can handle of yard work.

And, at that, the builder was in a hurry to be done with subdivision and get bond back from city where as one of the last houses I think they randomly dumped plants in my yard. The other homes have somewhat of a grid of plants regularly spaced, mine look dumped except that the sprinkler heads were placed mostly close. The other homes have a tree and at most an ornamental grass, nothing close to sidewalk. Mine, lots of ornamental grasses I am about to accidentally kill because sick to death of trimming back to sidewalk and invading my tiny porch — and I admit nothing about the third and forth trees that were already tearing up the sidewalk and my driveway which were mysteriously replaced with a bay and a rosemary.

Unlike neighbors, until I planted the one rosemary I have nothing with a color variation or flowering. Nor, except for two trees, something I would have expected to do well in the Las Vegas climate — I was actually looking forward to having a few native plants and had been researching. Maybe next year; I finally got my electric timmer unpacked and ready to go as soon as I have hand strength which should help with the grass issues.

Cheese Side Up – Social Distancing Day 11

Amused me to see directions on some frozen potato skins saying to place on baking sheet cheese size up. With the ventilated pizza pan I was using, boy would the other way have made a mess. On the other hand, who would place them cheese side down?

At any rate, I went out today because needed to mail a tax item certified mail (post office full of literal red tape to denote how far to stand back and limiting to only 10 persons at a time and encouraging everyone to use self-service kiosk — but seemed well staffed).

Heard rumor of toilet paper in at Super Walmart near me so braved it. Yes, they had a few 4-packs of generic — but only behind the customer service desk and limited to one item per person. I got mine and texted the neighbors exactly that and one of them told me to pick them up a pack. Hello? Limit 1 so how would I pick one up for myself and one for them without being accused of hoarding or having something saying I was a caregiver buying for others?

I’m in pretty good shape supply wise and all utilities are working. Plus I have decent neighbors. Not a hoarder but I tend to stock up over the months as items go on sale or shop warehouse packs because don’t like shopping for the necessities (or forget I had something on subscribe and save).

I had some birthday amazon gift cards and some credits loaded in my account and spent some time looking at local charity donation wishlists. I was able to send almost nothing, everything pretty wiped out, out of stock, not sure when will be available again. Of course the shelters and Ronald McDonald House and basically everyone in the world other than hoarders is in need of disinfectant wipes, tp, food items, etc. I was able to send some pet food items to a couple of shelters but not exactly what was on wishlist (I just looked up their address and had amazon ship there, didn’t even try to navigate how to drop things curbside).

Hearing from relatives and neighbors back in Kentucky, I am glad I am here. Lots of mine work for Ford Plant, Amazon distribution centers and even the welcome center / rest area on I-65 between Louisville and Bernheim Forest. All three places have employees testing positive for COVID19. No one I know has the symptoms or been tested positive yet, but some are self-isolating and others are employed by places not letting them self-isolate.