Corona Confinement – The Big Q: #24

The Big Quarantine – Thursday, April 9, 2020


The Day in Another Way I Know I’m Not Alone: Apparently a lot of us have this question:

Screenshot 2020-04-09 at 4.14.19 PM

My answer for how many naps SHOULD I take a day is one. My proven answer for how many naps I CAN take in a day is three. Glad I got that questioned settled!

The Day in Blustery Days:  A severe storm whipped through town last night with strong winds, hail, and a spectacular lightning show. My Mom’s neighborhood was without power for hours. She can’t hear well and currently one of her hearing aids is out for repair. Her sound boosting phone is electric and had lost it’s charge. I tried calling her on her emergency cell phone, but she still couldn’t hear me very well.

Once everything got restored she called me to give me her grocery list as I tried to explain what she wants and what she gets may be a little different. She’s cool with that. But the storm freaked her out a little bit. And I don’t think she’s the only one. The few hours without power, computer access or TV was particularly brutal given our Covid state of mind. For the first time in 6 weeks, she asked for a mask and started waxing poetic about going to Kroger. I get it.

And as a non-sequitor bit of personal info: Today’s post-storm day is chilly and windy, blustery, if you will. Blustery days tend to make me think about Winnie the Pooh. I have a very serious and unexplainable aversion to Winnie the Pooh. I don’t think I need psychiatric help, but if I did find myself in a lying on a chaise lounge with the attention of a licensed mental health I would absolutely open with my discomfort regarding Winnie the Pooh. Let’s try to get to the bottom of that, doctor!


The Day in Vocabulary – You say Shinny, I say Shimmy: Two days ago I posted this sentence: “In the park, I saw a black bird shimmying up a tree branch just starting to show buds.” A kind reader pointed out the word I should have used was Shinnying. So I checked it out.

Shimmy, as I was using it, is a dance, a shimmy-shake. Remember Little Anthony and the Imperials?

Shinny, is not a dance. It means to move oneself up something vertical, like a pole, or a tree branch. Technically, that’s what I saw the bird doing.

However, per the Merriam-Webster, I can use shimmy to mean shinny (Definition three of the verb Shimmy). But next time I’m trying to work my way vertically out of something, I will use my brand new shiny word shinny.

As in: I’ll just shinny myself out of this over-wrought explanation for my word choices.


shim·​my | \ ˈshi-mē  \
plural shimmies

Shimmy (noun)

1 [by alteration] CHEMISE 
2 [short for shimmy-shake] a jazz dance characterized by a shaking of the body from the shoulders down
3an abnormal vibration especially in the front wheels of a motor vehicle


Shimmy (verb)


1to shake, quiver, or tremble in or as if in dancing a shimmy
2to vibrate abnormally used especially of automobiles


Shinny (verb)


: to move oneself up or down something vertical (such as a pole) especially by alternately hugging it with the arms or hands and the legs

little anthony and the Imperials
Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop

The Day in Domestic Policy: As you know, there’s a lot going on at the homestead. So much so that I’ve instigated the successful person’s work uniform. Every day I put on the pair of jeans that I fished out of the Goodwill donation box because the crotch was starting to fray. They are perfect for everyday Pandemic wear. I feel dressed, but I’m not “wasting” real clothes. Plus, you’re not supposed to wash your jeans often (or ever if some people are to be trusted) so I can wear them for a long time. Sadly, last night’s chick pea salad, plus my inability to always hit what seems to be the easy, always open target of my mouth, has led to jean washing today. I must say, I felt like a toddler who’s parents have decided it’s time to put Mr. Fluffy in the washing machine. Very stressful!

Splotch…to the wash!

The Day in Zest: Today’s zest is tomorrow’s one-bowl lemon pound cake. I’m trying to give my life little cliffhangers.

When life gives you a lemon and a knife, things get zesty!

The Day in Miniatures: Here are two chipmunks sharing a nut. Very inspirational stuff!!


Covid 19 Info

If you want to help local bars and restaurant and their workers, please check out the links below:

Pleasantry OTR and Allez Bakery: Buy a meal for a healthcare worker

Restaurant Workers Relief Program:

This organization needs funds and donations to keep feeding furloughed restaurant workers for the Restaurant Workers Relief Program. All donations go right back to the restaurants in your city that are feeding people in need.⁣

We need supplies: diapers, baby food, tampons, toilet paper, canned food, and shelf stable food.⁣

We can only buy in limited amounts so we need you to help us⁣
Please order online at @amazon @target @walmart @instacart @meijerstores or any delivery service, buy supplies through your account and ship it to the local restaurant that is giving in your city.⁣

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𝗗𝗖 – @succotashrestaurant 915 F St NW, Washington DC, 20004⁣
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CDC – Cases in the United States

Updated April 9, 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: 427,460 (Yesterday = 395,011)
  • Total deaths: 14,696 (Yesterday = 12,754)
  • 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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