Corona Confinement – The Big Q: #16

The Big Quarantine – Tuesday, April 1, 2020

The Day in Words: Concentrating on reading has been a real struggle for me during confinement, but I’ve gotten better as the days have gone on (and on) and I’ve settled down. It will be interesting at the end of the year when I look over the books I read during the March/April and see if I actually remember them.

I’m currently about 1/3 of the way through and enjoying reading The Optimistic Decade by Heather Able. Today though, I got to the dreaded word. On page 76 of this copyright year 2018 book, the author just casually threw in the word ‘corona.’ Remember a few months ago when corona was just a word you didn’t use very often? Well now it triggers a cascade of thoughts.  Here’s some of what Merriam Webster has to say about the word itself without the viral implications:



co·​ro·​na | \ kə-ˈrō-nə  \
plural coronas
1the projecting part of a classic cornice
2something suggesting a crown
(1)a usually colored circle often seen around and close to a luminous body (such as the sun or moon) caused by diffraction produced by suspended droplets or occasionally particles of dust
(2)the tenuous outermost part of the atmosphere of a star (such as the sun)
(3)a circle of light made by the apparent convergence of the streamers of the aurora borealis
bthe upper portion of a bodily part (such as a tooth or the skull)
can appendage or series of united appendages on the inner side of the corolla in some flowers (such as the daffodil, jonquil, or milkweed)
3: [from La Corona, a trademark] a long cigar having the sides straight to the end to be lit and being roundly blunt at the other end
That’s pretty innocent talk from such an insidious presence in our 2020 lives.
Also, I totally forgot about La Corona cigars. The company website is not only active, it’s giving away a bottle of scotch with every $250 purchase. I smoke approximately 1 cigar a year, usually sitting on someone’s deck in the suburbs of Cincinnati, while sipping bourbon. Scotch would work well right now. Corona Beer would work well right now. Heck, to get out of the house and see friends, a Corona Cigar and a Capri Sun would work right now. I’m thinking my 2020 cigar event should definitely be a La Corona…to burn the Covid down!!!


The Day in Hearing Aids: One of my Mom’s hearing aids needed service and I had an appointment to drop it off this morning at the hearing healthcare office. I pulled into the mostly empty strip mall where the only businesses with open doors were Servatii’s Pastry and CVS (some fast food places would open later for take out service).

I could see through the window of the hearing office that no one was sitting at the reception desk. The office was open and they were expecting me, but the door was locked and plastered with papers explaining how things work these days. I walked up and knocked on the glass door. And waited.

I just never thought about not just being able to walk into a place of business and to have someone sitting there greeting me. There wasn’t a reason to think about it. But standing outside in the chill morning air, gazing into a completely barren office, hoping someone out of my view heard my knocking, I thought about it. There is a lot of normal I miss and don’t even know.

Someone did come to the door (rather quickly, I should note). I handed her the hearing aid (in a baggie so I wouldn’t accidentally contact the worker – she was gloved). She could see right away that Mom’s hearing aid was broken and had to be sent out for repair. Because it is the right aid that is broken and the right one controls the volume in both ears, Mom’s left aid is stuck at whatever the last setting was. I bet you a nickel my apartment wall-neighbors know exactly when I’m on the phone with my Mom. I talk slow and loud and repeat myself. Mom knows I’m doing it and we think it’s funny, frustratingly funny. Me and my Mom are aware this is inconvenient, but not the end of the world. By any stretch!

Jersey Mike’s is a little more effusive about being open. Connect Hearing is open, too. It just has more rules.

The Day in Brownies: I miss cooking for other people, and especially baking for other people. My normal rule for baking is I can make anything I want because I’m going to give 90% of it away to co-workers and friends. Of course here in confinement I may or may not be carrying the Covid. Nobody got time to play virus roulette with my baked goods. Guess I’m responsible for eating all the brownies.

More worrisome, as I assembled ingredients to make brownies, I realized I have all the ingredients to make chocolate icing. Chocolate icing. I cannot shake the thought.

The Day in Miniatures:  Apparently, today was a day for obsessing about food. In addition to chocolate icing, for most of the morning, I wanted to eat cheese…all the cheese. I ate SOME cheese and spent a lot of time convincing myself I was didn’t need any more. It was tough. I actually put on my daily to-do list “Please do not eat all the cheese.” I stopped myself just in time. 

Trying to pretend I’m out of cheese!


Peace to you! Be safe! Do good things!

Covid 19 Info

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CDC – Cases in the United States

Updated March 31, 2020

These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*
  • Total cases: 163,539 (Yesterday = 140,904)
  • Total deaths: 2,860 (Yesterday = 2405)
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 54 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands)

* Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC or tested at CDC since January 21, 2020, with the exception of testing results for persons repatriated to the United States from Wuhan, China and Japan. State and local public health departments are now testing and publicly reporting their cases. In the event of a discrepancy between CDC cases and cases reported by state and local public health officials, data reported by states should be considered the most up to date.

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