Yard Work

Day 52 of Sheltering-in-Place here in Panama City Beach, FL. Today’s statistics for COVID-19 for Bay County are 75 confirmed cases and 3 deaths and for Florida, 36,078 cases and 1379 deaths. One of the new confirmed cases is a two year old.

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The beaches have opened here with no restriction except for locals only. There was an article in the local paper that did a survey of the cars in the parking lot of the beach near one of the piers. The reporter estimated that 25% of the cars had out of state tags. And I am sure no one is enforcing the locals only.

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I am trying to treat yesterday and today like an actual weekend and not engaging in my usual week day activities, though I did spend a little time in my studio yesterday. I decoupage the second side of the shelf I had started on Friday. And I beaded another eyeglass holder. I didn’t finish that one because I misplaced the component that attaches it to the glasses. It’s there somewhere and I am sure I will find it. Plus I cleaned up my workspace so I can start sawing and soldering on Monday.

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Today I trimmed the grass on the west side of the house with the weed eater. It is the hardest place to maintain as the crab grass grows tall against the fence and the house, plus it tries to overtake the stone steps. I worked for over an hour, getting all sweaty.

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My daughter, Mary, baked a spiral ham yesterday and brought me some slices, yummy. So after the yard work I set out to make some polenta. It’s been a while since I have made it, as it is a labor intensive. The best article and recipe for it I found is by Daniel Gritzer. I think it took about an hour from start to finish but well worth the effort and now I have some left overs I can fry up tomorrow for breakfast.

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I am going to have to go grocery shopping this week, as I am almost out of frozen vegetables, except for corn and peas, which I think more as carbs. I have a few canned goods, but those are for emergencies, as I am not a fan of canned vegetables. The fresh vegetables were used up earlier last week. Though I have been getting my groceries delivered, this week I will don my mask and do it myself.

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On Sundays I always try to get myself organized for the week. First I balance my checkbook and pay bills, then in the days where I had somewhere to go, I would make sure that my calendar was up-to-date, as I like to have a digital and paper calendar. There is something about the physical act of writing something down that really helps me remember. Nowadays I just need to see when I have Zoom meetings scheduled.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

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