May 16, 2020 at 9:12 am
Beautiful. The colors are all my faves. You live in a gorgeous area. Everyone would live in California if it weren’t for the sheer numbers of people who beat us to it, which creates the reasons we don’t all live there! Traffic and prices. And all the gold in a bank in the middle of Beverly Hills in somebody else’s name.
The leaves on the trees here look more like fruit about to burst with juice. That’s what plenty of rain does. Definitely belies what’s happening here below, though all our bad numbers are down and dropping, even though we’ve opened up a lot. I went to a drive-thru yesterday, and you’d think it was 4th of July or Christmas or something everywhere, all the banners and decorations and celebration and grand re-openings.
Dallas Baptist U held a drive-thru parade graduation ceremony that was televised here yesterday, each name announced with degree. It was amazing. If that’s what we’d had when I got my degree, I’d have gone to my own graduation, which I didn’t because of sheer numbers and droning repetitive speeches by the self-aggrandizing.
Hopefully c-19 is like flu – drops way down during warmer weather. But….they don’t even know.
Have a great weekend.
May 16, 2020 at 11:39 am
I was wondering how Texas was doing and glad to see the numbers aren’t going crazy with the reopening. I just got a new desk today (well it got put together today) as I was working on the kitchen table. So now I have a desk for the foreseeable future to work on. I don’t live in LA but work there so no one really knows when/if we will be back in the office soon. There was talk by our company that some parts of us in the country might not be back in the office until November. Ugh. Anyway, we did get a lot of rain this year so it looks great but besides the prices I think a lot of people are afraid of our earthquake too. We’ve done some take out and drive-thrus here. And you can even pick up alcohol. LOL. We have our priorities after all.
May 16, 2020 at 11:45 am
Yeah, the liquor stores were considered essential here and never closed. I bet the pot stores in states where it’s legal were also. And yet we’re taking the licenses away from hairdressers and putting them in jail.
What a screwed up world.
May 17, 2020 at 4:05 pm
We’re way up on cases now. But it’s because there’s a meat packing plant in Amarillo that just suddenly announced 700 cases. Obviously they didn’t have zero Friday and 700 Saturday. We’d been 300 lower just the day before.
In other words, it’s all baloney. They don’t know. Someone’s not being honest. So, we’ll see what happens.
But logic dictates if people have been holed up at home and suddenly they can go be around other humans, there have to be more cases.
Logic also dictates if there was a 6 week shutdown, the virus should have died on surfaces and not be so prevalent either, in addition to all the sanitizing that has been going on.
May 17, 2020 at 5:01 pm
I am sure this is not the popular opinion but in my opinion at some point we have to take our chances and try tor return to as normal as possible, with allowing those who are particularly vulnerable to stay at home,but the rest of us going back to normal, without the restriction. Yes there will be an uptick, I think that’s unavoidable, but the consequences of maintaining this, for the next two years as some suggest, is far more dire and tragic in my opinion.
May 17, 2020 at 6:51 pm
I couldn’t agree more. Over a million on the planet have had it. That means almost 7 billion on the planet HAVEN’T had it. There were 19 million flu cases last year, even with flu shots every year. Almost 60,000 ever year. And it’s so deceptive on TV. They say “covid related deaths” all the while showing a graphic behind them saying “covid deaths.” Over 100,000 people die on Earth every.single.day. Long before covid ever became a thing. People die. Covid may make them die sooner if they have underlying illnesses.
EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN A NURSING HOME HAS AN UNDERLYING CONDITION. That’s why they’re there, not living in their home or an apartment, as I am.
The actual count of people dying from strictly Covid is very low.
Good grief, both Racheal with the heart condition and her mother, with many physical issues, have now had it, her mother recovered, and Racheal almost recovered – neither ever going to the doctor. I never thought that would happen.
But the country can’t survive without people employed, because PEOPLE can’t survive without being employed. The government could give us all 2 million dollars but if there weren’t people creating products and services, people will be living as squatters and people will starve to death and get sick from living conditions. Civilization only survives when we all work together. I think of my DIL angry that our governor is opening up stuff. She who sits on her acreage with her many animals (some raised for food) and a husband that works an essential job all through this and keeps her in the lifestyle she enjoys. Then she mocks others. I don’t get that. I think of the single mother with children whose dad doesn’t pay child support, she can’t work, and wow she got a few thousand dollars from the government, which paid her rent and maybe utilities. She sitting 4 hours in a long line trying to get enough food from some agency to keep her kids from crying, hungry – and they’re with her 24/7 because there’s no daycare or school.
There are MANY more millions of them than those like my DIL.
This has to end. There will still be over 100,000 people die every day, and some will die of Cancer, Heart failure. I mean, we’ve worked on a cure for HIV/Aids for 4 decades and literally a billion dollars have been given for that search. Same for cancer and all the other ails we’ve always died from.
And yet we can’t get out of our homes because there’s no cure yet for covid that we’ve known existed for all of 4+ months now?
And the common cold? And allergies and bronchitis and strep throat and all the diseases we’ve always had – BILLIONS of people on earth have these. Many have a cold every single year.
The way this thing has been treated defies anything the world has ever seen. For all our lives, only sick people were quarantined. Now almost 7 billion well people have been practically quarantined, treated no differently from the sick.
It defies ….all intelligence.
Farmers and ranchers just plowing under crops and animals because they can’t get them processed, can’t get them packaged! So they waste. And they can’t afford to feed the animals if they can’t be sold/processed.
Multiply that by weeks of people stuck at home. America is a pipeline. And our government has stopped it up and many more people will die from the results of that (hunger, no jobs, no money, no place to live, utilities shutting down) than ever were imagined could die from covid.
Yep – unpopular. But it’s the truth.
May 17, 2020 at 6:52 pm
(sorry – you write hundreds of thousands of words in fics – I write them in opinions! ha)
May 16, 2020 at 2:51 pm
Gah I love the walks with you! You have such amazing sights! around here, things are just starting to really take bloom. Considering we had snow a week ago, it’s not surprising. But it’s so lovely to see what you see. I really appreciate it!
May 16, 2020 at 7:16 pm
They are amazing sights I agree. We are truly blessed with the sights and the sky and all that. As long as aren’t on fire of course. Sigh.
When I was a youngster there was just not this much drama in the world. *smh*
May 16, 2020 at 7:23 pm
Boy, that’s the truth. And no school shootings. In fact, all the guys had pocketknives at school – nobody thought anything of it. And being in the panhandle, a lot of guys drove pickups and in those days you kept your rifles and shotguns on a gunrack in the pickup window – and nobody thought anything of it. And nobody ever did anything with them, except go hunting. Well, and ranchers hired people to go out on their property at night and shoot gophers and animals that would attack the cattle or dig holes the cattle might break a leg falling into.
The only living thing I’ve ever shot was a ground squirrel once when I accompanied my husband when he was hired to do that.
I cried. That did it for me. And I LOVE to shoot. I’m good at it. But I shot skeet and target practice.
But I guess even if someone broke in now, I couldn’t shoot in self defense.
I could easily shoot to protect a child though.
May 16, 2020 at 6:41 pm
Beautiful flowers! Looks like you are walking through a Botanical garden. We’ve had a bunch of cold days recently, even a touch of snow earlier this month, which is unheard of around here in May. But today was beautiful, it went up to 73° this afternoon.
Our part of N.Y. state (the Hudson Valley) is still not opened.
We’ve gotten take-out ourselves a few times, including on Mother’s Day/ my Birthday. 👍👍
Going grocery shopping is an adventure. Must grocery stores are limiting how many people are in them, but the lines aren’t bad. Starbucks stores opened recently, but you can’t go inside at all and you have to order it on your phone. Liquor stores are open as well. Stopping liquor sales during prohibition didn’t work out, I doubt it would now.
Hair salons and barber shops remain closed. Obviously, if you’re getting your hair cut or styled you are in close contact with each other for a fairly long period. More than the momentary contact in grocery stores, so that increases your chances of infecting someone if you have Covid.
Hoping a solution comes soon! It’s truly getting to me.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay well.
May 16, 2020 at 7:15 pm
We can pick up alcohol with take out food too if the food place normally sells it. Last Tuesday we got take out from the local movie theater chain that also serves you food in the theater. If you ordered their food for take out they give you two free tickets for when they open and a free popcorn. They sell beer and wine normally so you could have gotten that too. We didn’t. There’s a local restaurant here called the Junkyard and they have mimosas and bloody marys on Sundays as part of their brunch so you can even order those to go now. That part is actually cool because none of that was possible before. I don’t know about the pot places and I don’t do weed, so I can’t recall if they were allowed to stay open or not. But all retailers can do online sales and now we are allowing curbside pick up for stores. Hair salons and stuff not yet. But in our sue happy state even they are suing the governor,
I have a dear cousin who visits us every year and she was supposed to come in April, but of course that was canceled, but she lives in Maine and they too have been getting the late snow. It’s nuts back where you and her and Kris are.
May 17, 2020 at 7:20 am
Love your walk pictures. They always make me smile.
Your neighborhood is so beautiful. 🙂
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