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US Infected: 2,390,268 Dallas Infected: 19,549 Texas Deaths: 2,218

It’s been awhile since my last post. Unfortunately, the numbers continue to climb at exponential rates. Dallas county has once again set another new record for new cases. Dallas county reported a record 454 new cases yesterday, up 10% from its single-day high of 413, set five days ago. People are getting more and more heedless of caution and it’s definitely reflecting in the numbers.

On Saturday, June 20, Donald Trump held a political rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They expected over a million attendees, they had just over 6,000. And while that seems like good news, it was still awful. Yes, there were not as many people involved, but those who did attend were mostly sans masks and there was NO social distancing happening. Even more alarming was the fact that 6 of Trump’s own aides who were helping set up the rally tested positive for Covid-19 right before the rally began! In two weeks, we will see another spike just because of that.

I read an article about all the things we don’t know about surviving Covid-19. Things like blistering skin and super thick blood. People needing lung transplants, and having to wear a vest heart monitor constantly. It is downright scary to me.

https://www.sfgate.com/news/editorspicks/article/What-they-don-t-tell-you-about-surviving-15347792.php

Yesterday we had someone enter our house for the first time since quarantine began. Our air conditioner kept freezing up and we had to call the repair man out to fix it. I’m a little bit crazy over the sanctity of our house being a safe space from Covid. I ran around and everywhere I thought the man might walk in the house and cleared it of all the things I could, moving them more than 6 feet away from his possible presence. Things like throw pillows, fake plants, real plants, chairs, rugs….I tell you, I must be insane. The man wore a mask while he was in the house and the kids and I hid out in the media room while he was here. He only came in twice to go up in the attic to the ac unit blowers, and the rest of the time he worked on the outside units. Following his visit, Dear sprayed down the entire area where he walked and wiped down the staircase handrail. Hopefully we covered ourselves well. The anxiety though, is real.

Around our home, we’ve been staying quite busy. The temperatures have peaked and now we’re in a summer monsoon pattern, which is a welcome relief from those 100+F days! Dear and I have been waking up early to work in the yard and get things accomplished. All the trees are now planted and we cleaned out the unruly verbena around the pool and put in some roses in that bed. Hopefully, the purple verbena will come back out and cover the area near the pool, with the pink and yellow roses at mid-level and our neighbor’s white crepe myrtle at the upper level. We also have planted potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions, as well as the red romaine lettuce and watermelons.

Inside, in my AeroGarden, I have sprouting watermelon, two types of squash, rainbow lights chard and cilantro. We have a full on farmer’s market going in our yard! The most amazing though, is the cantaloupe plant. We bought a cantaloupe from Walmart. It sat in the fridge untouched until it started to wrinkle up. We pulled it out, trimmed it up and we ate what was left. I grabbed a few seeds and popped them into the AeroGarden, and in two days, it sprouted and started growing like crazy. Then, I transplanted them into my planters outside, and that plant has just gone berserk! I cannot wait to get some of the melons off of this plant! This is the first time I’ve been successful at growing melons.

Sunshine has finally finished her final exams. It was a brutal process, with her having to retake four of them, but she managed to pull herself through and now we can breathe a little. I say a little, because now she starts her summer courses and it looks like health class is going to require us memorizing all of the human anatomy! ?

(s)Tinker and I got into a bit of a tiff the other night when he told me that making him do chores was child abuse. After asking him to unload the dishwasher, he threw a temper tantrum with the final blow being this accusation. I responded with making him unload the dishwasher anyway, and then watching a video about children in poverty in the US. Dear and I had seen this video a few years ago, and we thought it was really a great thing that the kids should see. It has stuck in my mind all this time, and it was coincidence that when I typed in “impoverished children in the US” that this was the first video that popped up.

The video traces three families who are struggling financially and it interviews the kids. One family is living in a homeless shelter where the kids are required to do chores. If they fail to do their chores, they get a write-up. After 8 write-ups, the family is evicted from the shelter. It was the perfect response to my son’s ugly tantrum. I highly recommend this video for all kids. It really points out how blessed we all are, no matter what our financial status.

I’ve mentioned before how much I dislike cooking. Last night I outdid myself. For dinner, I made a decent spaghetti carbonara (a new recipe I’d never made before) with (s)Tinker helping me with the sauce, and Sunshine helped me make an awesome banana cake. (The cake was such a hit, we all had a second piece!) Overall, I think it was a success!

https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/best-banana-cake/

This past week was my father’s birthday, as well as Father’s day. While we had a nice phone chat both days, I really wish that I could have been there to give him a big ol’ hug. I really think that’s what I miss the most…being able to see my parents and give them hugs. I know it is just for now, but I sure do hope and pray that we will get to embrace again soon!

Hugs to you all, virtually!

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