Hello from Washington state, sadly, one of the epicenters of the CoronaVirus breakout. Here in Washington, we have been on a shelter at home order for about a week. I am on the east side of the state where there are about 136 cases and, as of today, 4 deaths--out of 500,000 population. The state, as a whole, has 4,896 infections, 195 deaths, but they say our new infections are leveling off.
Tragically, it targeted our most vulnerable population--nursing homes. A friend of mine lost her mother last week and couldn't be by her side because of the nursing home rule. Another is losing his mom, probably today--a problem breathing, that occurred while she was hospitalized for cancer complications--most likely she also contracted Covid-19.
I do wonder, now, if I had Covid-19 late January when I returned from Sedona. It had all the hallmarks, but I hadn't been to China--and they were like, "If you haven't been to China..!" But I did have close contact with Chinese tourists--who probably had been to China--and I offered to take their group picture--with their phone--and did not wash my hands after (because I had hiked there). They looked healthy and happy, and I highly doubt I had it--and would do it all over again (except now I'm better at carrying anti-bacterial) --but I will get the antibody test when it's finally out.
What I had was a horrible virus that didn't go through any of the normal stages--it just hit the lungs like BOOM! I coughed so much and so hard, I pulled the muscles around my ribs, and they are still not fully healed, over a month later.
My toe isn't healed either, but I was able to wear big boots and ride bareback last week.
I rode everyday last week, but that seems like a lifetime ago. This week, since the shelter at home, order, the weather has been full on crapola. Wind. Rain. Cold.
We did finish installing new flooring in the Dining Room and my music room.
There had been carpet there before and, it's embarrassing to say, but that spot had become a doggy peeing place. Any new dog who came into our house smelled it, and confused it for the okay place to relieve themselves. LOL. It was a long overdue project. The room had also become overcrowded after I moved my electric piano back from the office. I took out my large desk and now it seems so much bigger.
As for the future, Covid 19 is here to stay. We're all doing our part to flatten the curve and hope it works fast so that the economy can get going again. But our lives aren't going to be the same for a long time--and maybe never. Just how they've changed, we don't know. As I search for things to ground myself to--the horses are an anchor. If there is any light at the end of the tunnel, maybe it's that spring is here--and the return of living things--an awakening that will hopefully console all of us.