Chaos in the streets

I was attempting to write another news round up about current events and recent occurrences as US deaths from COVID19 tops 100,000 and world wide cases tops 5 million. But every time I attempted to wrap it up another development made it hard to write a conclusion. Three recent deaths of black people caused by... Continue Reading →

Tropical batik hexagon quilt

The quilt for my best friends wedding gift is complete. It’s the biggest quilt I’ve made yet, and made much more quickly than usual, thanks in part to staying at home these last weeks. It’s in blue batiks with tropical colors, hexagon pattern with blue triangles between. 112” x 98”, a little bigger than king... Continue Reading →

Dandelion jam

Spring has arrived and our yard has exploded in dandelions and violets. And in these uncertain times, you need to maintain the skills of foraging food and enjoy the bounty that nature provides. In his recession punk style, Mark cooked up some dandelion jam. It has a light floral flavor, and it’s the golden color... Continue Reading →

Pick Your Poison

As we reached 3 million global confirmed cases today, we are also fast approaching 1 million confirmed cases just in the United States. Of course, confirmed cases is a crude measure since we don’t have the ability to test enough people for the coronavirus to get a true picture of the scale of the pandemic[i].... Continue Reading →

Two million and counting

We have reached 2 million confirmed cases today. By way of comparison, it took 73 days (since Jan 22) for us to reach 1 million cases, but it took only 11 days (since April 2) for us to reach 2 million cases.  I’ve been working at home, rarely leaving the house, for 30 days. Our... Continue Reading →

Masked menace

The number of confirmed cases topped 1 million over the weekend.  “Confirmed” cases is a bit of a joke though, because there are not enough tests to determine who has the virus and who doesn’t, and there are plenty of stories of people who have all the symptoms, but they don’t meet the criteria for... Continue Reading →

Quarantine blues

Today is Monday 3/30. I’ve been at home since Friday 3/13. This past week was much easier than the first, because Mark was at home so I could spend more time working and he could keep Alex occupied. Last Sunday my mom and stepdad agreed to help a family friend clean out the home of... Continue Reading →

Life in lock down

In the last two weeks society has completely shut down. After the schools and the businesses closed and they sent everyone home to spend time with their kids, shut up in their homes, I had a thought that perhaps in some cases this was a good thing. It stopped the ceaseless busyness, stopped commutes, after-school... Continue Reading →

The new normal

It occurs to me that these are historic days. The coronavirus has changed everything we do now. I’m working from home for the foreseeable future, with my son out of daycare. Mark continues to go to work because he's an essential worker. One month ago, on Feb 13 through the 18, I was in California... Continue Reading →

Hygieia, Goddess of health and hygiene

In Greek and Roman mythology, Hygieia was the goddess of health, cleanliness and hygiene. She was associated with the prevention of sickness and the continuation of good health. Her name is the source of the word “Hygiene”. And with a pandemic sweeping the world, it seems like an excellent time learn more about this Goddess... Continue Reading →

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