Day 137 of Safer-at-Home here in Panama City Beach, Florida. Today’s statistics for COVID-19 from Florida’s Community Coronavirus Dashboard for Bay County are 3,510 cases and 25 deaths, and for Florida are 492,037 cases and 6,966 deaths. Locally 79 patients are in the hospital with COVID-19. A couple of days the local health department stopped publishing the daily positive testing rate, I assume because it was so high. They do report the overall rate which is 15%. David Uhlfelder has asked the appeals court to force DeSantis to close the beaches and issue stay-at-home orders to prevent the spread of the virus. I am keeping an eye on this case. Today Governor DeSantis said “We definitely believe that we’ve seen a peak.” I will believe it when I see it.
I started writing in this blog 137 days ago because as a family historian I knew nothing about how my grandparents experienced the Flu Epidemic of 1918. My paternal grandparents were 35 and 30-years old and my maternal ones were 24 and 17-years old in that year. While my grandfathers died when I was young, both of my grandmothers were alive well into my adulthood, but I never heard one word about the flu epidemic. So I decided to start writing about life during these extraordinary times, as Nichole Wallace describes these days. When this ends, I plan to print each blog post, and add them to my genealogical papers, so future generations will know how I lived through this.
Today was another cooking day. Believe it or not but I have never made coleslaw. As I am not a big fan of cabbage I never buy it, though I do not mind coleslaw for some reason. And if I want coleslaw I buy it ready made. But I added a red cabbage to my last Misfit Market box and I am making pulled pork this weekend and I thought slaw would be a good accompaniment to the pork. I found a recipe for Red Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw at Food Wine and Love.
I also made Chipotle in Adobe Sauce. I started making this from scratch when I was on the Whole30 way of eating back in October. In turns out that every can I found of chipotle in adobe sauce had sugar in it, which is a no-no while during your 30 days of Whole30. So I started ordering organic dried chipotles packaged by Los Chileros from Amazon. I use the recipe on the package and then put the sauce in a big jar and store in the refrigerator. I also made some mayonaise from scratch, and then made a small batch of chipotle mayo.
In the afternoon I spent time in my workshop. Things did not go as planned. I wanted to saw out a mandala to enamel. I had found some simple drawings of ones on the internet and had shrunk them down to about 2″ in diameter. I usually like to use rubber cement to attach the image to my copper, but I am out of that. The only glue stick I could find did not work too well. So I left it clamped to the metal and hope it adheres better by tomorrow or I will have to go buy some rubber cement. I was going to tab set the enameled mandala on a copper disk. I had cut out the shape I wanted, but when I started sawing the first tab, I realized I had goofed and had sawed it off. Tomorrow is another day.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Wear a Mask.