The Big Quarantine – Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020
The Day in Shakin’ it Off: I woke up this morning full of piss and vinegar, not so much angry, as full of energy, and feeling like maybe we are on the short side of confinement. Maybe? We will experience a variety of as yet unknown stages as we come out of this Covid thing, but if we consider sheltering in place stage one, a lot of it is behind us.
If nothing else, maybe I can be an example of hope. I have had some contact with people who are not doing well at all through this. That is to be expected. No one is the champion of confinement/self-isolation/sheltering-in-place. This is no way for humans to be. But we are going to make it.
More than half-way through this? Maybe! I’m feeling good about it. I can see the light. I have hope.
The Day in Walking it Out: I didn’t channel that energy into much in my apartment, but I did go on my nearly daily 3 mile power walk. Today, in addition to my extra pop of energy, the barometric pressure felt like it was going to rain the whole time I was out. To beat the possibility of getting rained on, I moved fast – like competitive race fast. When this is over, I’m signing up for every 5K walk in town. One, I’m trained. Two, I’m doing a lot of 5K’s without getting the t-shirts or medals I deserve!
The Day in Ham Butts: My family doesn’t necessarily celebrate any religious holiday, but we eat traditionally for all of them and Easter means ham. I love a good spiral ham, but that is way to much ham for me to shove down my gullet in a reasonable amount of time. I opt for the smaller ham-esque cut, cottage ham, sometimes known as cottage butt. Where a traditional ham is cut from the leg, cottage ham is cut from the “butt” of the shoulder. So it’s not butt, per se, but (ha) referring to this cut as butt is a regional thing. That’s what we call it in Cincinnati. I don’t know if you more than funny looks if you ask for ham butt any where else in the country.
Of course, my inner 12-year old boy wants to call the Easter meal Cottage Butt, so I’m going with that. Butt is easy. You put potatoes at the bottom of the crock pot, then onions, then fresh green beans, then a little water, and then butt. Cook for 7 ish hour on low, or 5 ish on high. I add pepper while it’s cooking but never salt until the end if it needs it.
Oh, my secret at the end, I pull out the butt, and as I’m adjusting the seasoning I add about a TBS of dijon mustard. The acid cleans up the flavors.
The Day in Frugal: I took special care in peeling the potatoes so I could make one of my favorite frugal snacks. I soaked the peels in water while assembly the Butt (it never gets old!) and preheated the oven to 450. I dried the potato skins, tossed them in olive oil, Penzey’s Northwood’s Seasoning, and a little seasoned salt and baked the skins until they were crispy.
In normal times, I might mound the crisped potatoes up in the middle of the pan and melt some cheese on them. During Pandemic Poundage, I’m trying my best to limit that kind of behavior. But man, freshly baked skins with some melted cheddar, sprinkled with green onions and served with sour cream…I think you know what I’m saying, delicious!
The Day in Miniatures: A few more Easter bunnies, and an errant hare.
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CDC – Cases in the United States
Updated April 12, 2020
These numbers are updated regularly at noon Mondays through Fridays. Numbers close out at 4 p.m. the day before reporting.
- Total cases: 525,704 (Yesterday = 492,416)
- Total deaths: 20,486 (Yesterday = 18,559)
- Deaths recorded in the last 24 hours of reporting: 1,927
- Total cases: 459,165 (Yesterday = 427,460)
- Total deaths: 16,570 (Yesterday = 14,696)
- 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.