Sun. Mar. 29, 2020 – almost done with March

Cooler and wet.

Never really got rain yesterday but it stayed wet all afternoon and evening. Kids and wife ‘camped’ in a tent in the back yard. I hurt too much to do that if I don’t sleep in my bed.

I got some work done in the garden despite the heavy mist. Cleaned up an area next to a raised bed, transplanted 3 tomato plants, planted one trash bag potato tower.

My cabbage is currently thriving, but my broccoli has ‘bolted’. I cut it back and am hoping for a second growth.

Meyer Lemon tree has flowers already. We just picked the lemons a week or so ago.

Blueberry bushes flowered and look to be setting berries. I worked on the bamboo to support the bird netting. The bushes aren’t exactly thriving, but it’s neat to have some berries in season. The bird net means I’ll get them and not the thieving wildlife.

Old pepper plants continue to fruit. New peppers need transplanting. Maybe today.

No sign of sprouting for my radishes or turnips yet, nor the mixed herbs.

I need to get my onion sets in the ground and get some other veg in too. Maybe today.

If the weather clears I’ll be working in the driveway moving stuff around too.

Breakfast today is hillbilly donuts. Tube biscuits, cut with a shot glass to donuts and holes, fried up in peanut oil in my cast iron. Then shake in a bag of powdered sugar, cinnamon, or chocolate powder. Or do all three. Special treat for the family. Makes a mess with the oil, but I filter and save the oil just for donuts. It lasts a long time.

Dinner last night was spiral slice ham, baked potatoes, cabbage saute’d with onion, and mango cobbler for dessert. All but the cabbage and cobbler mix was from Costco.

I better get to it.

Stay in, stay safe. Get your garden started!

nick

Author: Nick Flandrey

Mid 50s, stay at home dad, with two elementary school age girls. Love my family and my life.

45 thoughts on “Sun. Mar. 29, 2020 – almost done with March”


  1. “Season Two of “Discovery” has a finale which rocks. Anson Mount probably saved that program.

    Watch Mount’s face when he sees his character’s eventual fate in canon.”

    I was wrong, it was the season two ender of Star Trek: Discovery. Ok, nothing great when one had Star Trek: Picard to compare to.

    We watch “Discovery” primarily to see Michelle Yeoh. We weren’t disappointed. The woman seems ageless, like Tom Cruise in the “MI” movies.

    Now that you’ve seen Season Two of “Discovery”, go back and watch the “Picard” Mars shipyard scene again, and pay attention to the android’s eyes.

  2. Anson Mount is awesome in ST:D (lol). Not so great in “Inhumans”, but probably shitty writing.

  3. I saw that a few days ago, MrAtoz, and I’m still puzzled. Why would methanol hurt Iranians? They should have been fine, as it’s not made from the juice of the grape.

  4. We need to up our fish tank cleaner eating.

    My wife got a text from her former office manager in Tampa on Friday. We hadn’t heard from the woman in eight years, and there are good reasons we don’t want to hear from her.

    I’m guessing that the contact is about Chloroquine or one of the other potential therapeutic drugs currently being tested . The office manager is married to an individual with questionable business interests around Tampa and in the Phillipines, where he’s from — Ok, I think he’s a gangster — I wouldn’t be surprised if he wants to import some fish tank cleaner and tweak it or has a source for the actual malaria drug.

    Florida is starting to buy the drugs in quantity. I’m sure “Mr. Paul” (I’m guessing his gangster name) wants a piece of that action. Beats being a slum lord. The more things change…

    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/coronavirus/os-ne-coronavirus-sunday-march-29-20200329-pxz2jqup3zg3hpbbtotexkwxrm-story.html

  5. This timeline the Orlando Sentinel put together shows the speed of developments.

    It’s shockingly fast if you weren’t already immersed in the developments.

    n

  6. @Steve,
    Methanol is toxic to humans, and hence Iranians, unless you maintain that Iranians are non-human. It doesn’t need much – per Wikipedia, 10ml is likely to cause blindness. Even methanol fumes are toxic. It’s why you need to be cautious with moonshine – inadequate control of distillation temperatures will cause production of methanol rather than ethanol.

    This is not to say that ethanol is harmless – it isn’t – but the dangerous dose is a lot higher.

    I’m not saying I disapprove of alcohol (ethanol) consumption – I do partake, in moderation – but , as in all things, moderation is good.

    G

  7. People in the first world are eating bleach, fish tank cleaner, and arugula, so anything is possible.

    There are people ‘vaginal steaming’ and sticking rocks in there for some nebulous benefit during ordinary times.

    I’m surprised we don’t see MORE crackpot cures.

    n

  8. Also, Islam disapproves of wine and beer (fermented products) There is a school of Islamic thought that holds distillates to be acceptable, since the process had not been invented in the Prophet’s time.

    G

  9. This timeline the Orlando Sentinel put together shows the speed of developments.

    It’s shockingly fast if you weren’t already immersed in the developments.

    The newspapers and TV stations want DeSantis to commit to a state-wide lockdown which wouldn’t make any difference beyond what is already in place.

    A lockdown wouldn’t make a lick of sense north and west of Gainesville, a part of the state still mostly owned by paper companies providing raw materials for, among other items …. toilet paper and paper towels!

    Spring Break was a problem created by city governments in Miami Beach and Clearwater. The Progs and Xenu believers in Clearwater got their a**es handed to them on a plate as a result during the election a few weeks ago.

    The Dems were already facing Bernie not being able to win FL. The Sentinel and other media are covering for Biden’s stupidity the other day which will play non-stop in October.

    https://floridapolitics.com/archives/325123-joe-biden-slams-ron-desantis-response-to-coronavirus-outbreak

    The politics haven’t stopped. Abbott is getting the same BS in Texas.

  10. @Lynn – If you didn’t watch “Enterprise”, go find the “In A Mirror Darkly” two-part episode on CBS All Access. It is a pretty cool piece of writing which ties together all the “Mirror, Mirror” unvierse “Star Trek” episodes produced in 50 years as well as “The Tholian Web”, and serves as prequel material to “Discovery”, offering a possible family history/ancestor for both of Michelle Yeoh’s characters.

    Sadly, the old school minidress doesn’t fit Jolene Blalock as well as it did Terry Ferrell in the DS9 episode “Trials and Tribbleations”, which served as a kind of 30th anniversary tribute.

    I always give Ronald D. Moore the benefit of the doubt with any new series he creates. “Trials and Tribbleations” was his handiwork. Sadly, “For All Mankind” was awful.

  11. Beautiful sunny day. Highs in the 70s and light wind. Great day for riding my harley. But wife has other plans (sigh) pictures that must be hung and the furniture rearranged. At least I got to sleep till almost 10am. No errands to run or ATMs to fill. We thought we would have to take the MIL to the ER this morning as last night she was complaining of back pains. We think it’s a kidney stone but she swears she has covid-19. Never mind she hasn’t any of the symptoms or that she spends 99.9% of her week alone in her trailer on 80 acres 20 miles from nowhere. She called about 6 and said she was feeling better so don’t bother with the hospital.
    When she had spoken to her doctor last week his advice was STAY AWAY from hospitals unless you have a life threatening emergency.
    I see that our covid-19 count in Oklahoma has jumped about 20% overnight and that’s with a huge increase in testing. I know it’s got to get much higher before it’s over.

  12. I see that our covid-19 count in Oklahoma has jumped about 20% overnight and that’s with a huge increase in testing. I know it’s got to get much higher before it’s over.

    Weren’t the casinos open until recently?

    My wife got the monthly paper mailer from the big casino in Lawton this week, but the weekly emails indicate that they just closed on 3/19.

    The Dallas-area counties are among the worst hit in Texas, and people couldn’t go to SXSW, New Orleans, or Disney for Spring Break. The casinos should have closed at the same time as Disney.

  13. I ordered facial tissues from Sam’s. Two weeks to arrive. I have enough to last much longer, but decided to start ordering from places rather than waiting in line. Free delivery since I’m a Plus member.

  14. ” decided to start ordering from places rather than waiting in line.”

    –yes, and spray them down or leave in the sun to disinfect.

    n

  15. Went to the grocery store this morning. Found everything including TP. Shelves were not full but there was bread and TP. Everything else looked normal. Except for the buggy attendant that got your buggy and wiped down the handles. Also single use gloves were available.

    Did the church broadcast. Five of us. Sound guy, preacher, camera operator, director/switcher and myself to do graphics. 30 people on the stream, unknown on broadcast.


  16. Weren’t the casinos open until recently?

    They closed the casinos in counties with a reported infection immediately. Closed the rest last Wednesday. Oklahoma is implementing shutdown and stay at home orders on a county by county basis. Once a county has a reported infection then the serious measures go into effect. Currently less than half our counties have an infection reported.

  17. Here in UK, there’s a 3-week “Stay at home unless you’re an essential worker, or for a once-a-day exercise/shopping outing” rule in place. Practice “social distancing” if you do go out.

    That’s for the general public. If you’re in the “at risk” category – over-70, with one or more of a list of medical conditions, it’s “don’t go out for 3 months. Practice social distancing with your family”.

    That’s me folks – over-70, diabetic (type 2, non-insulin dependent), compromised immune system (from cancer treatment). Can’t even go out to my off-site storage to recover some hobby hardware.

    And all my hobby outings are being cancelled/postponed right-and-left. I’ll be climbing the walls before this is over.

    G


  18. –yes, and spray them down or leave in the sun to disinfect.

    I’m using Mold Armor and letting packages sit until dry. Just did an Amazon bag.

  19. Me too.

    And spraying the door knob and step around the package as I spray the package. Doorbell too.

    n

  20. Geoff,

    YHBT.

    Unless you were trolling me, in which case IHBT.

    YHBT = you have been trolled

    IBHT = ????

    ADD: Duh ! I have been trolled.

  21. Lynn:

    I think you misread IH indeed BT as IB…HT. Expand the acronym, and you get “I Have indeed Been Trolled”. But I forgive you.

    G.

  22. @Nick;

    Thanks for the pointers to YT channels. I have a few faavourites of my own.

    G.

  23. The politics of personal destruction are getting worse. “Pelosi on Trump’s coronavirus response: ‘As the President fiddles, people are dying’”

    They have to lay the groundwork that Plugs debating Trump is beneath the dignity of the Democrat nominee because the fate of the country is at stake in a way never before seen in history.

    Unless they break their own rules to yank Biden, and they didn’t even do that in 1980 or 84 when it was clear they couldn’t win.

    As for 88, Dukakis had sufficiently sharp elbows to defend his position going into the convention. People forget it was his staff who broke the story about Plugs’ plagiarism problem.

  24. Lynn:

    I think you misread IH indeed BT as IB…HT. Expand the acronym, and you get “I Have indeed Been Trolled”. But I forgive you.

    G.

    Yup, incompetent today. It is most days now.

  25. OK, the learned scientists are all over the place on the number of dead from SARS 2, COVID-19, in the USA.
    1. Three weeks ago, it was one million dead
    2. Two weeks ago, it was ten million dead
    3. Last week it was back to one million dead
    4. Now it is predicted that 80,000 will die
    https://gulfnews.com/world/americas/coronavirus-us-covid-19-deaths-may-top-80000-despite-confinement-study-1.1585242429831
    5. I wonder what next weeks prediction will be ? 5,000 ?

    The number of dead in the USA due to SARS 2 is now 1,559.
    https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

    Ok, todays prediction is: “Fauci says 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from coronavirus”
    https://www.axios.com/fauci-coronavirus-deaths-america-aa3c1c66-329b-49a6-bcc4-50484ace46ed.html

  26. I just spent the afternoon setting up security cameras and getting the system set so my wife can check it from her phone. Not an exterior system, as break-ins are not high on my concerns list, but an interior setup to keep an eye on the 1000-year-old granny who’s taken to leaving pots on to boil and forgetting them and then scorching the pot (nuisance but not really a safety concern) and once in a while setting its contents on fire (kind of getting up there as a safety concern); or to falling down walking to the kitchen; or to leaving outside doors open or the water running. No blame is involved, it’s just that her brain is rotting. It’s not much of a concern currently because my wife and I are home all day, but someday (presumably) that will end. There’s resistance to getting a caretaker in even part-time and the emergency bracelet thing (which took a while to set up because finding a service with Mandarin support was not easy) was discontinued a while ago because Grandma wouldn’t wear it or broke it or something. Putting in overwatch of the kitchen and sunroom was the best I could figure out.

    Nick, I’d have contacted you to see about buying the gear from you a couple months ago, when she and I first discussed it, but think I forgot or didn’t get around to it or insane clowns ate the email or something. What I installed is an “everything you need” kit my wife got but didn’t tell me about for a while because, it seems, she forgot. It seems to be a decent setup; details available if anyone cares.


  27. Not an exterior system, as break-ins are not high on my concerns list, but an interior setup to keep an eye on the 1000-year-old granny who’s taken to leaving pots on to boil and forgetting them and then scorching the pot (nuisance but not really a safety concern) and once in a while setting its contents on fire (kind of getting up there as a safety concern);

    I did this with my late Mom. I have enough Arlo cameras that I stuck one in her room (she didn’t like that; I told her “tough titty”), kitchen, anywhere she could go and setup motion sensing (can arm; unarm). I had one pointed at the bathroom but not inside. One time she fell hard enough I had to call 911 and they transported her just in case. I get a beep on motion sensed on my phone.


  28. With all the abandoned retail space in Manhattan, I’m sure even DeBlasio could find a better place to set up a temporary field hospital than a tent in central park.

    That would’t be as dramatic. Never let a good crisis go to waste.

  29. I’m out of digits to be able to count the shades of green. Ok, add in limbs. Twenty-four isn’t enough.

    I do like this time of year.

  30. @greg, no landlord wants to have a plague building afterwards. City would have to buy it.

    n

    @Steve, set the motion alarm on the one in the kitchen based on times. Should be doable. Depending on cams and NVR it might have ‘left object’ or ‘object removal’ that you could set for the stove. They make sensors to monitor a stove out of hours for just that purpose too, but I don’t have a link or recco.

    My wife’s uncle’s mom used to do that. She’d get up in the middle of the night, put something on the stove, then go back to bed. Not a good thing.

    n

  31. Whew. Did a bunch of cleaning and moving stuff around in the driveway. First step is reacquainting myself with what’s under the tarps, and in order to do that, I have to be able to move the pallets. SO I have to move other stuff to make room to use the pallet jack, and clean enough that it will roll…… and on and on.

    Did that for a while, then changed the air filter in the mower and mowed the back yard. No way will the lawn guys get back there now.

    I also moved some minor stuff in the garage. SO MUCH more to do.

    Kids played minecraft all day, and are still playing. Crazy. Someone took all the tedious ‘grinding’ of in game resource management and acquisition and made it into a game. Not for me, that’s for sure.

    Steak, pasta, and broccoli for dinner. Cobbler and ice cream for dessert.

    @geoff, my non-prepping hobby just send out an email canceling all group activities for the duration. They are encouraging us to email the web secretary with any of our activities and pix to be shared around in mini versions of our monthly enewsletter. That should ease the pain a bit, if anyone does it.

    geez, just fell asleep in the chair for an hour.

    Bedtime for kids, and maybe dads too.

    n

  32. @greg, no landlord wants to have a plague building afterwards. City would have to buy it.

    Given the state of physical retail in New York, the city will have to buy it anyway, especially if the virus is TEOTWAWKI.

    Bezos can only turn so many flagship department stores into Amazon offices, and WeWork is effectively toast.

  33. “Texas governor orders all travelers from Louisiana to self-quarantine for two weeks”
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/texas-governor-orders-all-travelers-from-louisiana-to-self-quarantine-for-two-weeks

    “Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order mandating that all Louisiana residents who enter the state of Texas to self-quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

    “Louisiana has one of the largest COVID-19virus outbreaks in the United States outside of New York. In order to stop a larger outbreak of the coronavirus from occurring in Texas, Abbott requested that Louisiana residents seeking refuge in Texas self-isolate on Sunday. The order expands on a previous one that was limited to travelers from New Orleans.”

    “He continued, “This order will be enforced like the order that I issued previously about travel from New Orleans. It will be enforced by the Department of Public Safety at and near entry points from Louisiana.””

    “Texas has nine confirmed cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 people, which comes out to 2,552 cases total. Louisiana has 76 confirmed cases of the coronavirus per 100,000 people and 3,504 cases total.”

  34. Some youtube channels I find relaxing and interesting.

    Grandpa Amu – traditional and very clever handiwork, chinese grandpa

    Baumgartner Restoration – very relaxing, has versions without talking but I prefer the voice over to know what he’s doing too. Fine art restoration.

    Bedo’s Leatherworks – leather and shoe repair. Less of relaxation, more of satisfying hand craft and awesome results. Don’t watch with headphones on.

    Toy Polloi – classic action figure repair, mostly 80s and 90s toys

    Mr Carlson’s Lab – mostly vintage electronics repair. Absolutely soporific. Pedantic and thorough, but very soothing voice.

    Harry Rogers – leatherwork and bodging. Less relaxing but very calm, short and interesting.

    Man + River – finding lost items underwater, older stuff is more relaxing and oddly satisfying when he gets stuff back to the owners.

    Watch Repair Channel – watch repair, very soothing and calm, older stuff especially. Well shot.

    baremetalHW – restoration and customization of hot wheels cars. If you are a car guy, you can paint hundreds for the price of one RL car…..

    WATCH CHRONICLER – very calm and relaxing, beautiful pics of watches. Older stuff especially. Not the unscripted ones.

    n

  35. Went on a walk this afternoon with the wife and dog. Saw a man washing an old Ford Ranchero in his driveway around the corner from you. Turned out to be a friend of mine that I have not seen in a number of years. His 1959 Ford Ranchero is tan and has a 390 cubic inch V8 transplanted in it (the car came with a inline 6). The aftermarket air conditioning has been removed due to failure. He drives it when it is cool outside.

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