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Life with Coronavirus in the world
It's all over the news!!! Coronavirus hits hard! Blah Blah Blah! So, after recovering from my (corona) virus/cold that had me in it's thrall for over 14 days, we are looking at a virus crisis! I've heard the virus may have originated with bats! OMG! More bad press for bats! So silly! Like the Bird Flu that hit China back in the mid-2000's. The truth of that outbreak was never published on world news. I know the true story of that outbreak, hidden by press and health officials. Ask me and I will tell all.

Today, there was a residents meeting. Only few attended, always the same women, men seldom come. I guess the men want to go outside and complain to each other. If you don't speak out, no one will hear your concerns. Our building manager was called to a staff meeting, so she wasn't present. Dorothy ran the meeting. I noticed she didn't bring any writing material to take notes. Just her personal hand sanitizer! It was a pointless meeting but many confirmed cancellations for our regular classes here at the complex. No yoga, possibly no breakfast on Wednesday.

I gave some suggestions regarding use of different agents to clean off surfaces with. White vinegar spray, followed with hydrogen peroxide sprayed on any hard surface will kill most anything. This is an alternative to using bleach, so hard on our environment. Plus, it's possible that, like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, bleach will be unavailable soon. The two previous mentioned agents are organically accepted ways to sterilize disease. I have used it in my hen houses between older flocks and bringing in day-old chicks. It worked extremely well rather than bleach. You can look it up on the internet...and find many answers to this question...does it work?

One of the residents said something about Chinese in one of our counties that has the most outbreaks of the coronavirus. I objected and she raised her voice...said I pissed her off! She has been known to have her own problems with different races. But I stood my ground and told her she shouldn't be raising her voice to me. She later apologized to Dorothy but not me.

In response to this easily spread virus, I will stay at home, clean my apartment and binge watch shows on TV. Basically, that is the best move (or non-move) anyone can make.

Changing subjects, I saw some radishes peeking up in my garden yesterday. Rain expected tomorrow, so I am hoping for more seeds to pop up after the rain. I expect to see the peas soon! Netting will go up as soon as the peas are all up. Then I hope to plant some lettuce seeds!

I hope everyone is staying well...and thanks for reading!
Apartment Life
I've been sick with a bad cold for the past 12 days. Strange cold, no fever or joint pain, loads of congestion in my sinus. I went through a box and a half of tissues blowing my nose, which was very sore and is now peeling. I may be over it, but I have heard this is a boomerang cold, goes away but comes back in a few days. So, I have been eating a lot of home made chicken soup, drinking a lot of fresh ginger root tea, Netti Pot several times a day, onion sandwiches and resting. But mostly blowing my nose and coughing up mucus. Taking care of this illness has made me tired!

And now this stupid time change! I do wish the "powers that be", the government, would STOP it!!! The only ones who benefit are the golfers! I believe it is the golf lobby that controls this time change. It takes me over a month to adapt to the spring ahead, most of the winter months to adapt to the fall behind time! Studies have shown more heart attacks happen the day after the time changes, most likely due to people rushing to catch up!

Politics have been a hot topic lately. One of my friends is a great Warren fan and went into mourning when she dropped out of the race! To make it worse, Warren said she wasn't serious about running! And then there is Mitt Romney, the only republican to vote to impeach the donald. I think he is setting himself up to run against our sitting "president". The only question is: should the donald loose, how do we get him out of the White House? He has said he won't go! Meanwhile, he is threatening to change Medicare and AHCA. And cut benefits to low income people. Then there is the coronavirus issue! And the WALL! I wonder how much the Great Wall of China cost? And did it work?

I did get my sugar snap pea seeds, spinach and radishes into the ground on Friday. The we had some snow come, but it is all melted now. I am hoping the peas will be ready by May 1. Spinach and radishes will be ready sooner. I did  have good harvest of cucumbers and lettuce, but the Scarlet Runner Beans didn't do much, no bees to pollinate! I did have many Black Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars in my parsley and some Painted Lady butterfly caterpillars in my Borage. Root aphids really impacted the kale and beans. So, I bought and added some lobster meal to the soil recently. I hope this will help.

It is almost noon with this time change...so time for me to go. Thanks for reading!