October 1, 2020 – Trump tests positive for COVID-19
COVID-19 numbers today:
- Global cases – 1,022,957
- US cases – 7,278,285
- US deaths – 207,808 / 949 Americans died today.
Trump tests positive for COVID-19 and is spending the day golfing at Bedminister. Dr. Gupta wonders why Trump went anywhere today if he was positive. I wonder how his base will react, now that Trump has contracted a virus that he said was a hoax.
NYT reports COVID-19 cases have increased by 25% since September. COVID-19 has eliminated snow days in NYC, now that students attend class from home.
October 2, 2020 – Trump is hospitalized
COVID-19 numbers today:
- Global deaths – 1,026,717
- US cases – 7,331,784
- US deaths – 208,693 / 885 Americans died today.
Today Trump was airlifted to Walter Reed Hospital, out of precaution, after he started to exhibit classic symptoms. He’s being treated with an experimental antibody cocktail. I do not wish for his demise but hope that his case is severe enough that he takes this pandemic more seriously.
Later in the day, reports hint that his condition is worse than originally announced, and there is some speculation that he may need to transfer his power to VP Pence in the short term. Trump is in the high risk morbidity group due to his age and weight. His chief of staff convinced him to be airlifted to Walter Reed while he was still able to walk to the chopper without assistance. Near midnight, he stars taking Remdesivir for ‘sudden onset’ symptoms. Hypoxia is a term making the rounds on Twitter. Dr. Gupta says Remdesivir is usually given to people who are already on supplemental oxygen.
The Rose Garden event (where Amy Barrett was introduced as the SCOTUS nominee) was apparently a super-spreader event. Two senators and three journalists are among the newly infected. The Secret Service are not amused.
In other news, I prep for my 1st virtual art show October 10-11. I’m turning my sewing room into a mini show boot after working out the kinks on the online platform. Vicki is coming over tomorrow to spend time with the cats so I can build out the rest of my ‘booth’ and get a few more hats thrown together, especially the Kraken.
October 4, 2020
Today the doctors gave a more detailed account of Trumps condition, which is substantially worse than we were first told. He’s now on 3 heavy-duty medications – antibody, antiviral and a steroid to improve his lung function. He wants to be released tomorrow because he’s bored, but the treatment will take another 2-3 days and he needs to be in quarantine for an additional 8-14 days beyond that. He says the White House doctors can take care of him. Doctors at Water Reed oppose this plan.
Vicki ended up spending much of the day here yesterday, and returns today with videos. Her keeping the cats busy is really helping me get ready for my show. The Kraken is progressing nicely and a NewsGirl / Apple Cap is on the boards for today. We also took 3 turns around The Res today which is about 1.5 miles. I end my day with a dinner of salmon and chermoula stuffed delicata squash, and a temp spike of 99.1.
October 5, 2020
COVID-19 numbers today as of 9:30 AM: US cases – 7,423,328, US deaths 209,857. Since October 2 we have lost 1,161 Americans.
Fall has arrived – the trees on the street have turned gold virtually overnight. My temp is back to normal but I had serious insomnia last night which will hamper my day today. I get actual clothes on for a staff meeting and a mid-day walk, and try to build some planking and stretching in to the end of my day as a transition from desk to sewing machine.
Trump returns to the White House tonight. “Don’t be afraid of COVID. Don’t let it control your life” is his most damaging Tweet thus far. He has received thousands of dollars in treatments that regular Americans will probably never have access to, especially if Congress and SCOTUS succeed in cutting the ACA. Doctors also warn that the steroids he is on make him feel invincible (Day 1), followed by agitation (Day 3+) and anger (Day 5+), followed by severe depression. Stuff to watch for in the coming days…
I need to strategize on how not to let this stuff derail me. Stress eating and lunchtime doom-scrolling continue. I break away from the news, take 1.5 hours of vacation time away from my work desk, and start a new cuff for the Kraken cap.
October 6, 2020
I slept in this morning and wake up feeling like crap, but don’t have a temp, so I chalk it up to stress. The extra hour in bed helped me to resolve a design flaw on the Kraken. I realize that the show this weekend is East Coast time, so I need to be “live from my studio” starting at 7 AM, and stay there until 5 PM for my West Coast customers. I’m really glad now that I’m taking Monday off.
In COVID-19 news:
- Trump’s “no fear” statement is being widely criticized.
- New COVID-19 cases are up 25% per day since September. NYT estimates that today’s cited 210,000 deaths from COVID-19 is probably closer to 275,000, which would include deaths outside of hospitals that have now reached capacity.
- UW Medical Center is studying long term and rebound effects, some of which are occurring months later in seemingly healthy people (fatigue, anxiety, depression).
- There are now 30 new cases in the White House, but the White House refuses to do contact tracing from the Rose Garden event.
- Trump’s doctor, Conley, plans to confine Trump to the residence and a temporary office which has been set up for him in the basement near the medical suite and away from the West Wing. Dr. Conley wants Trump quarantined there unto October 12.
- White House says all precautions are being taken to protect the 100 staff that serve the residence, many of whom are in high risk groups (age, Latino, Black). I wonder how it will compare to the 1918 flu epidemic when Woodrow Wilson was in the WH.
Anand Giridharadas, editor of The Ink, supplied this quote today: ” He hosted a super-spreader event to honor a justice who would have the government control your body but refuse the duty to care for it – and when the virus he helped to go around came around, availed himself of the healthcare he would deny others, financed by the taxes he refused to pay.” Which pretty much sums it up…
In other news, SCOTUS now threatens to overturn same sex marriage as well as Roe v. Wade. In the category of “Unintended Consequences,” Dune and Batman releases are now postponed until October 2021, resulting in Regal Cinemas closing all locations in the US and Great Britain until further notice.
October 7, 2020 – COVID-19 at Pentagon, Trump returns to the Oval Office
COVID-19 numbers today: US cases – 7,506,743, US deaths – 211,108. We have lost 1,251 Americans since October 5 and now account for 25% of the global death count.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff are now in quarantine, and COVID-19 is now in the Pentagon. White House staff are very fearful as Trump breaks his quarantine and returns to the Oval Office today. He insists on flying to the debate next week, and tells Congress today to stop stimulus talks and focus on Barrett’s confirmation. NBC suggests that the heavy steroid treatment Trump received at Walter Reed might be skewing his judgement. He should be reaching the Day 3 Agitation / Anger phase of his steroid use.
My stress level is maxed out today. No temp or shortness of breath, but a mild cough and very tight chest and lightheadedness, which seems to resolve when I step away from my laptop. Maybe I just need to take more breaks from my day desk.
I finished the Kraken last night and am much happier with the redo. I need to get the NewsGirl prototype finished and invoices out today in case I unexpectedly get orders at the show this weekend. I still need to wrangle up some charisma and dust off my elevator speech. I’m as ready for this show as I’m going to be.
October 8, 2020
The Pink Elephant Car Wash is being demolished today, and its iconic sign taken down. It was my landmark for locating the bus stop after a day at the Seattle Center. I’m sad.
The first presidential debate was a train wreck, with Trump dominating the airtime. Trump has bowed out of the next presidential debates, now that the format is virtual and there’s discussion about muting the mikes when it’s the other candidate’s turn to speak. He acts as though he isn’t contagious (and has said he is now immune). The VP debates were mostly civil. I didn’t watch any of them, will read the analyses and fact-checks today. Also saw that Seattle is at risk of losing federal funding after being designated an “anarchist jurisdiction.” We don’t know what that means exactly…
Ran out of cat food (where did the week go?) so Vicki took me to the store and then for a walk at The Res. The skyline was once again hazy from the ‘giga-fire’ on the CA/OR border that has so far consumed 1.4 million acres.
October 9, 2020
Trump is still on steroids and off his rocker. He’s called for the arrest of Biden and others. Pelosi is assembling a 25th Amendment Commission – “not to target Trump specifically but to have a system in place for future issues” (i.e. Trump specifically). There’s some speculation that he’s really angry today at not being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that he was certain he deserved.
I’m working on the Newsgirl hat with a lace overlay, trying to get it far enough along to show tomorrow, which starts at 6:30 AM for a technical check. It’s going to be a really long day.
I had to cut my Dragon Tree down today. It’s one of my oldest houseplants and a signature piece of my living room. I hope I can get the tip to root so I can replant it.
October 11, 2020
Woke up at 4 AM for the second day in a row. Up at 5:30 for the second day of my art show. My stock from Tubac arrived just in time so I had a full booth for the weekend. I sold 2 hats yesterday and had almost 300 visitors to my website. Vicki has spent the weekend in the other room, with the cats so they wouldn’t interrupt me during my show. She’s been a tremendous help.
Next week I’ll ship hats to Yreka and Peters Valley, and deal with medicare enrollment. I need to schedule a trip to the vet for routine vaccines, and check in with my doctor to let her know I have survived COVID-19 thus far. My tight chest has now mostly dissipated. Staying off the news cycle definitely helps with that. But like a lemming to the sea, once the show ended, I was back to scanning the news.
Trumps first post-COVID-19 rally was at the White House yesterday. 2000 invitations were sent, about 500 showed up, and it turns out they were already in DC attending an unrelated event. ABC News reports that many of those rally goers had their expenses paid in order to attend the Trump balcony “Protest for Law and Order” which is how they skirted the pandemic restrictions on group meetings (protests are exempt).
Trump is now at a sixfold increase of his original rhetoric. He wants Biden, Hillary and Obama to be arrested. The transfer of power in January is going to be a bloodbath. His own party doesn’t seem to fully support him but is not reining him in either. I wonder if Pelosi’s 25th Amendment Commission will be on standby to remove him after the election in November. Pence would need to be on board with that as well as Trump’s doctors, who we now suspect were forced to sign NDAs at Walter Reed, like they did during the mystery hospitalization in November 2019.
You’d think a virtual art show wouldn’t be much different from a regular WFH day, but I’m almost as exhausted as I would be had it been a physical show. Which at this point, I don’t think I am physically capable of doing. But I remember that I’ve been up since 4 AM. It’s now 7 PM and I’m ready to end my day. I’m asleep by 8:30 but awake again at midnight. Damn sleep cycle is all messed up. I answer emails and Facebook hat order queries until 2 AM. My first custom Kraken order comes through, with a 30% tip!
October 12, 2020
COVID-19 infections near 40 million globally, the US has had 214,000+ deaths as of today.
SCOTUS confirmation for Amy Barrett is pretty much a done deal unless a miracle happens and she withdraws. Her religious sect is a bit of a sticking point but I’m sure the GOP won’t have a problem with a ‘handmaid who submits to her husband’s opinions”.
Stellar jays visit my patio today. A fuschia and my Russian Sage are in a second bloom. My cedar tree is trying to die. My Dragon Tree is holding its own. Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend reminded me that I forgot Chuck’s birthday. He would have turned 54 on October 1.
October 13, 2020
COVID-19 deaths today are 1,082,928 globally, and 215,439 in the US.
I wake up with generalize anxiety. We’re expecting 50 mph wind with rain today.
Barrett confirmation hearings continue. Hope springs eternal that a handful of GOP will cross the aisle and vote against confirmation, though that is pretty unlikely. Most of them are so intent to ram this through that they are putting off getting tested for COVID-19 so they don’t test positive, which would prevent them from attending the vote.
A third wave of COVID-19 is now active in 13 states. We’re back to square one on hospital beds. A second governor was reportedly the subject of a kidnapping plot by a far right militia group who were unhappy over the lockdown in their state. Fifteen people were ultimately arrested.
October 14, 2020
COVID-19 deaths today are 216,734. We lost 1,295 Americans since yesterday.
Another morning of generalized anxiety. Every little thing stresses me out now. I plan to take more cat breaks, and look for more immersive projects at my desk. Boredom is as bad as burnout. A suddenly sunny afternoon spurs me to take a walk to mail a hat order.
Trump continues his rallies, continues to say he’s immune, and now says a cure is on its way, which is a fallacy. Herd immunity is now the current WH plan. COVID-19 cases are increasing in several states. I wonder how many people will die before the election, and if that is part of the master plan.
SCOTUS confirmation hearing is going as expected, with no real questions being asked by GOP and no real answers being given to the Dems. Her evasion technique is masterful and I can only hope that she is as open-minded on the bench as she claims to be during these hearings. But I doubt it.
The next presidential debate has been replaced by separate town halls, which ABC and NBC will broadcast simultaneously. I won’t watch or listen to either of them.
October 16, 2020 – 390,000 deaths forecast by February 1…
It’s 3 AM. I had zero productivity today between 5:30 PM and bedtime. Fell asleep watching a movie but was wide awake two hours later. Up and out of bed at 8:15.
COVID-19 deaths in the US today total 218,556, with 652 deaths in just the last 12 hours. We are nearing 8 million cases, with most states now recording new cases in double digits. Contrary to Trumps claims of immunity, second infections are now being reported (1 global case last week, 20 this week), with the second round being much worse than the first. A variant emerges. Models predict 390,000 total deaths by February 1 in the absence of a national mandate.
Biden’s town hall last night had 1 million more viewers on his single network, than Trump had on 3 networks. Trump now has 3 rallies scheduled every day until the election. QAnon are now openly avid supporters.
October 18, 2020 – Pumpkin shopping
I wake up tired, it’s foggy both inside and outdoors today. I shouldn’t be this tired, and can barely abide the thought of climbing into real clothes for our field trip today.
I made pretty good progress yesterday, having gone from zero orders to 10 hats and 5 custom masks in just a matter of days. I pack some things to work on while Vicki takes us to Snohomish.
The town of Snohomish is lined with clear tents outside of restaurants, all the same style – clear sides, white roofs, about 10′ x 20′. I’m not sure how enclosed outdoor seating is safer than indoor seating, maybe it just increases their seating capacity. We’re looking for Vicki’s favorite pumpkin field which we never do find, but we stopped by the Yakima Fruit Stand in Bothel on our way home. It was pretty crowded so I try to stay outside. Vicki rarely buys things on these various missions, I often do, but this time we just admire the wide variety of shapes, color and varieties, especially the celedon ones.
October 20, 2020
Insomnia hits again last night. That probably explains my frequent fatigue. I introduce Vicki to Goodies, my favorite Turkish grocer. I had forgotten how much I miss that place. It’s sunny but expected to frost over tonight, so I’ll bring my fuschia indoors to see if I can get it to bloom over Dia de los Muertos.
I get 3 months of expenses done at my work desk, and make progress on selecting a Medicare plan. I devise a plan to make staff birthday cards from old travel maps, and purchase bookstore gift cards since the Starbucks near our office are now closed. I end the day with a full dozen hat orders and feel productive at long last.
October 21, 2020 – China and Trump
A very quiet day at work. Marie drops by to deliver a parcel I had shipped to her house since packages are no longer secured here and thefts are more frequent.
NYT breaks a story about Trump having a bank account in China and has paid $200,000+ in taxes, vs the $700 or so that he paid in US taxes last year. China paid him $17 million on his inauguration, from which he withdrew $15 million in cash for his personal account. Iran and China have information from voters in Florida and are reportedly sending threatening emails to Democrats in the guise of Proud Boys. It’s a wacky and yet somehow predictable episode in the continuing election saga.
Also today, Netflix sends me an episode of Mr. Robot (Season 3, disc 1) which talks about China backing Trump for president. The episode was produced in 2017. Which leaves me pretty well freaked out for the next several days…
October 22, 2020 – Appliance shortage
COVID-19 deaths in the US are now 223,032, with 1100 new cases. A “dark winter’ is forecast. The EU has also had a dramatic increase. Deaths are still low but long term health care is an issue that no one seems to be talking about.
The unintended consequences of COVID-19 now include a shortage of appliances (dishwashers, refrigerators and ovens) as well as a shortage of people to repair them. Stay-at-home orders mean appliances are getting heavier usage. Repair people are now booked a month out. There’s a shortage of parts. We’re expanding the definition of “essential worker”. Families are reporting ‘being broken by having to wash dishes by hand” and are now buying more disposables. God forbid they ever have to wash their own clothes…
October 25, 2020
COVID-19 total deaths today: 225,001. New forecasts predict 500,000 deaths by February 2021. The WH officially gives up on containment and focuses on vaccines and therapeutics. Dr. Fauci says a vaccine might be approved as early as December but will not be widely available for six months after that. Pence’s chief of staff tests positive but Pence continues to campaign because Trump considers him an essential worker.
Trump signs an executive order which changes the civil service to political appointees. MSNBC says that Dr. Fauci (and every other doctor and scientist who are not loyal to Trump) can be fired at will.
October 26, 2020
Amy Barrett is confirmed by the Senate and is sworn in almost immediately. The hypocrisy is astounding. MSNBC publishes a list of people Trump intends to fire during his second term, which includes the heads of the FBI and the CIA. An interesting move for a “Law and Order President.”
Hat orders are progressing and my achievement today aside from abstaining from most of the news cycle, is ‘perfect pancakes’, fluffy with a crunch from the cornmeal. Ayran might be my new secret ingredient, and my never before used cast iron skillet, my new favorite cookware.
October 28, 2020
There are 73,200 new COVID-19 cases in the US today.
My fuschia is blooming. I set up an ofrendas on my desk today, with pan du muerto and paper banners I procured on a mid-day shopping trip with Vicki yesterday. The paper banners make me very happy. I finished a hat order last night, just have masks to make and shipping labels to process for a run to the post office tomorrow.
Stock markets drop again today for the third time, after the Senate goes on recess, having confirmed the new SCOTUS pick but ignoring the next COVID-19 relief package. Eviction moratoriums have now expired in several states. Happy Holidays :( Never have I seen a Congress who holds in such low regard the very people they are elected to serve. If every one of them loses their seat in the upcoming election, those losses will be well deserved.
October 29, 2020
COVID-19 numbers today:
- Global cases – 44,684,011 / global deaths – 1,176,726
- US cases – 8,881,087 / US deaths – 227,986
- US cases and deaths have nearly doubled in the past 3 months
- A case has been confirmed in our building on Floor 2 (we are 1 of 2 tenants in our building)
There are still concerns about long-term effects and health coverage should the ACA fail.
My election anxiety is getting bad and I’m back to stress eating, I must have had 6 meals yesterday, and slept badly as a result. A treat bag arrives and I try to eat half of it over the course of this ridiculous day. Too stressed out to touch hats, a stack of Vanity Fair magazines takes up my evening.
October 30, 2020
- US cases – 9,036,678 (155,591 new cases since yesterday)
- US deaths – 229,585 (1599 new since yesterday)
- The spread is significant along the US/Canada border and along the entire West Coast and Alaska. Canada is doing a much better job at containment.
I garbed up as a modern day Catrina for a Zoom happy hour. Vicki showed up at lunchtime with long stemmed marigolds, and off we went to the graveyard across the street for a quick photo shoot. In the absence of having a family grave, I decorated the mausoleum of a local founder with bird-friendly offerings for Dia de los Muertos. It was a fun and needed break to the week.
October 31, 2020
COVID-19 US cases – 9,122,144 (85,466 new) / US deaths – 230,502 (917 died today). Sean Connery also died today.
Germany shut down their bars earlier this week. The UK shuts down today for a month. Mexico is shutting their graveyards November 1-2 so families are trying to visit graves today to honor their dead. November is anticipated to be awful on nearly every level. Trump is back to calling COVID-19 a hoax which will vanish on November 4.