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Day 13

Lucky 13.  Woohoo. We have reached the 2nd weekend of the stay at home/isolation/social distancing/no one is coming to save us coronavirus thingy. Today in our neck of the woods – pun intended – we are under severe weather threats. That seems about right. Nothing says Happy Birthday to You like a world-wide pandemic AND an impending natural disaster. I mean, we already are under a flood warning because the Mississippi is supposed to crest at 17 feet this week.  So why not add tornadoes and golf ball sized hail?? What more could a girl POSSIBLY wish for to celebrate her birth!?!?!

I’m not bitter.  Really I’m not.

I drove over to Burlington this morning to pick up our grocery order at Wal-Mart and run into a couple other stores to get things to make this week a little more bearable (Wal-Mart was sold out of a few things that we needed). It was a strange feeling in the 3 places I went.  People were doing their best to stay away from each other. There was little eye contact. When I picked up my groceries, the associate loading my car said it had been crazy every day for two weeks and she was feeling a little frazzled. She, Tori, is the associate who I have nearly every time I get my groceries.  She does a great job. She said that she (and all the others working) are afraid, but that they are doing their best to keep safe. She said I was the first to ask her how she was doing and that she really appreciated my concern. That made me sad. It is so easy to lighten someone’s load by just asking them how they are. I have tucked that lesson away in my brain.  I don’t ever want to forget it!

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I went into Hy-Vee to get a couple things and found these flowers by the front door.  Obviously flowers are not the top of the needs list during a pandemic, so they look a little worse for wear, but I bought them anyway. I need a little life in my house right now.  Also, I had just bought these little bird bud vases and was dying to try them out. These are my birthday presents to me. I love them. They are making me smile! Yeah for fresh flowers and little fat birds!

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Yesterday was a lot of laying around and reading and doing a bunch of nothing.  I did, however, make a batch of cookies. They are delicious. I do not predict them lasting very long.  Yum!

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Oh, one more thing!  Wally and Eve are back!!! They are the groundhogs that live in our backyard.  I looked out the window today and there they were – their little fat selves – sitting just where they sat last year.  I am not exaggerating when I say I got tears in my eyes to see them there. Welcome back, old friends!  I’m so glad you survived the winter!  This seems like a sign of good things to come!

 

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News of the Day:  

According to tracking from Johns Hopkins, coronavirus cases surpassed 620,000 worldwide, with more than 28,000 deaths.

The United States now leads the world with over 100,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, overtaking China and Italy, and over 1,700 deaths.

On Friday, Italy reported 969 new deaths — the largest number in a single day — bringing the country’s death toll to 9,134.

Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on Saturday.

Plan for the day: Sneak outside before the severe weather starts this afternoon.  I think we are ordering take out so I don’t have to cook. Find things to keep me distracted from how sad I am feeling today.

See you tomorrow!

Cheers!

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