As of this week, we have had 412 people test positive for the virus in our county and 25 deaths. At least the deaths are slowing way down. There have only been about one a week for a few weeks. Now, they have tested 7,613 people, which still seems inadequate. I just looked and our county population is just a bit less than 500,000, so they have tested just over 10% of us! I don’t know how they are going to know what’s going on that way. Our map information is still confusing, showing 0-40 people with the virus in our zip code but then in the chart version of the map, showing N/A for our zip code. I think someone just accidentally colored our zip code on the map and hasn’t noticed the mistake, although usually these maps are generated from the data, not manually.
On Wednesday afternoon, the truck came with our dirt in it, and we spent the next couple of hours shoveling. We managed to fill one of the three planters with dirt. On Thursday, we took a break from it, because it rained all day long. In any case, I had a regular six-month appointment that day with my doctor. On the way back, I stopped by Christine’s to give her a present. I saw a program about a Portland company that offers a unique product. You can put together a seven-picture slide of your own photos for a ViewMaster slide, and then buy the ViewMaster and slide from them. Since I discovered this, a couple of years ago, I have been sending them to friends and family if I have enough pictures that apply to them. I could just barely get one together for Christine. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a picture together, probably because I hate having my picture taken. I had already had slides made for the rest of my family, who have their own ViewMasters.
On Friday, Wayne and I resumed our dirt moving and managed to fill both of our last two planters by the end of the day. Wayne did a lot more work than I did, because my arm muscles aren’t used to that kind of activity, but I did plenty of shoveling. I just had to fall out every once in a while and he continued by himself.
On Tuesday, I made plans with my sister to go to the nursery. She brought Ares’s car and trailer so that we could buy large plants and trees if we found any, and I drove behind in my car. As it turned out, I couldn’t afford really large trees. I ended up with quite a haul, maybe not the best choices in the long run, but I don’t know what I’m doing. It turned out that because I paid more attention to how tall the plants would become, I ended up buying quite a few things that are going to get wide. I included a photo of my haul. I also intend to plant bulbs, perennials, and annuals. I was going to buy the bulbs locally, but I looked online and decided it was quite possible everyone would be out of bulbs, so I found a spot that still had some ranunculus, peonies, poppies, and some other flowers. I am a little alarmed, though, because I made the order yesterday and have not yet received an acknowledgment of it, which is usually automatic. Since hardly anyone had any bulbs left, I am worried that something happened to my order. It may just be, since I placed my order after their closing time, that they don’t acknowledge it until they are sure they have the plants. However, that was yesterday, and they haven’t even answered my follow-up email, asking if they got my order. I didn’t see anything on their website about being closed because of the virus. I guess I will wait another day and then place another order.
Placing my tomatoes on the back deck seems to be working out wonderfully well. I already have an inch-big tomato coming in, something that has never happened before at this time of year. I have usually had to wait until the end of the summer before I got anything resembling a tomato.
There has been a big breakthrough with Luke. It has long been our practice, except occasionally or for special events, to eat dinner in front of the TV. (I know, what a bad habit.) Since he was small, we have been telling Luke to go on his place during dinner, and if he does so without too much fuss, he gets a little bit of what we’ve been eating. It’s almost always a struggle, though. Sometimes he’s had to retire to his crate, and most times, I have to walk him right up to his place and turn back around to make sure he has all his paws up on it. (At Enzo’s, he was known for having at least one paw hanging off place at all times.) Just the last two nights, though, as I started serving up the food in the kitchen, he went to his place all by himself, without even being told, and got on it. What a sweet dog!
This week I have finished another story for my novel and started working on the last one. I am not sure whether I will have to write more stories or not. My book will not be a very long one, I don’t think, but then short stories often aren’t long volumes. I don’t have any more ideas for stories, but my latest idea was a pretty good one, I think. I also worked again on the story I was least happy with, but I decided it wasn’t as bad as I thought.
On Monday, Wayne did my grocery run with me so that he could stop in Vancouver clinic and get a lab test done. I think I’m not going to continue trying to place a weekly grocery order, because it is now a lot easier to make a reservation. My last order was very light. I will keep a running shopping cart and place my order when it becomes more substantial or we need something right away.
I found a disturbing thing on the house this week. I noticed that the glass of one window for the upstairs guest room has a smashed circle, as if something round hit it. It is not broken through, but it is pushed in. I know it was not like that when we bought the house or when we were doing all the work on it. I was trying to think if I hit the windows when I was first learning how to throw the ball for Luke with the chucker. I did hit the house once, but I don’t remember hitting the window. If I did, I suppose I might have made that spot, which is about the right size. Of course, Wayne thinks those kids did it. It is not a bullet hole. I had a couple of those in my windows in Austin.
Pretty much all week it has been rainy and dreary. Friday was the exception, and we spent almost all of it outside working on the garden. This morning it is very wet out, but it looks like it could turn nice.