Day 148 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 4,581 cases and 57 deaths, and for Florida are 574,324 cases and 8,685 deaths. There was one death reported in Bay County and 81 people hospitalized for virus related illnesses.
Today was book club day. Normally we meet at a local restaurant and have breakfast and then discuss the book. And then during the height of the lockdown we did Zoom meetings. Today we met at the Panama City Publishing Museum in St. Andrews. I am familiar with this location because the book arts group I belong to meets there. The museum has a huge wooden table with chairs, so social distancing was possible, though most of us wore masks. Our book selection for discussion this month was Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel.
On the way to book club I swung by Lowe’s to pick up some Mapp gas. Some of the techniques I am working on in enameling require a hotter flame than propane and I have been out of Mapp gas for a few weeks now. It is still too hot to fire up the kiln, plus when I teach at GCSC I don’t have access to one, so I want to make sure what I teach works with a torch.
After book club I stopped by Sam’s Club to fill up my car and get the few things I like to buy there. Unfortunately, the gas station was all torn up as they are remodeling, so I am going to have to get gas at a station near my house and pay 20 cents or more a gallon for it.
Next was a stop at Publix to get cat food and the staples I buy there, plus I picked up a prescription. At check out, they use to ask if you wanted paper or plastic; now they just start putting your groceries in plastic bags. So as I am still putting groceries on the belt, I have to shout out I want paper bags. I haven’t been using my cloth bags because I read the stores would prefer that we don’t during the pandemic. I need to re-research that.
I was pleased to see that everywhere I went today, everyone was wearing a mask. That is a major improvement from a month ago.
Luckily when I got home, as I was starving, lunch was easy to prepare. I had picked up some chicken wings at Publix and I had already made potato salad and coleslaw in my refrigerator. So all I had to do was put everything on a plate and eat.
In the afternoon I worked on my handouts for my Education Encore class on liquid enamels. I got week one almost completely written, though it will need some editing. But I learned form Dr. Manos, who was my mentor when I was editor of the business newsletter at Cal State Northridge many years ago, just to write out your thoughts and then go back and edit them, instead of trying for perfection to start with.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Wear a Mask.