Cold February Days

Never doubt that little ground hog they call Punxsutawney Phil (https://www.groundhog.org/ ). Back of Feb 2, 2021 we were told “6 more weeks of winter”. I think no matter where you live in America, you will have to agree that the old ground hog called it right this year! While we have had a total of 4 days “above 50 degrees” so far this month…it is the COLD days we remember the most. We have had 11 days where we never got above the high 30’s, and only one night above freezing. We have been inundated with rain, sleet, ice and a sprinkling of snow. And yet, in the mid-Atlantic region of the US, we are fairly lucky to be on the warmer end of things on the DelMarVa peninsula. On Saturday (Feb 20) I went for a drive, and just 14 miles north of us, there is still ice in the branches of the trees in the forest that lines the highway.

Thankfully, the coming week is a turning point in our weather with much warmer weather and today is our last COLD day! Nights will still be cold for the next couple of weeks, so we are reminded it is “still winter”.

So what have I been doing? A lot more cooking to be sure. I won’t bore you with a lot of photos, but just know that the Emeril 360 Air Fryer I blogged about recently is getting a workout every day.

Cooking with Grandma

My youngest granddaughter (4) arrived one morning with an agenda. First up was getting her nails polished, which she is showing off here so cutely. Second up was to bake something. She does love to crack eggs and whisk them in a big mixing bowl. We baked a cake while she was here. (It was in the food photos above)

I’ve done a bit of hand sewing too during the cold evenings. Some days have just been too cold for me to want to venture out to my sewing room or too icy, so I was lucky to have my English paper piecing bag in the house. I usually save working on these hexi’s for sea days on a cruise, but that is another subject! I had given up on hand stitching at home because the cats want to pester me the minute I thread a needle. The night I worked on this double diamond I had to fend them off mightily, but I did win. I actually got two done in the course of two evenings. It is something to keep my hands busy while watching t.v.

Hexi hand work

Another project I have been working on is clue 3 for the Scrap Dance Pachanga Mystery Quilt brought to you by the blog FROM MY CAROLINA HOME (See the link above). This was an easy clue that went quickly, because every thing had already been cut during clue#1.

Clue # 3 Scrap Dance Pachanga
Clue 3 Scrap Dance Pachanga

While all of the above has been going on, my “over 65” friends are seeking out the vaccine from local providers. We are a very small state, with a population just under 1 million (974,051 according to the state website). Our state has a website where you can track what is going on (https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state/vaccine-tracker#vaccine_tracker ) with the vaccine. So far we know that 176,959 doses have been administered. No way to know if that is first & second dose. We can also see that there have been NO doses delivered in Delaware since Friday, Feb 12th. I have friend who have had one shot, some who have been scheduled for a second shot.

17% of our population is OVER 65 (data source – https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state/community-characteristics). That’s 165,588 people in our state over 65. So, one would hope every over 65 has gotten at least one shot. NOPE. My hubby is registered on the waiting list and still hasn’t been “INVITED” by the state. He gets lots of emails from the state, but has yet to be scheduled, and I know others who are still waiting. I signed him up the first day they had an online registration. I am in what they call “group 1C”, as I won’t be 65 for a few months, yet have “underlying health conditions”. So, I will patiently wait my turn, but will be in line when my turn arrives. Hard to even forecast when that will be if the state isn’t getting any vaccine delivered. The state is blaming vaccine deliveries (https://www.delawarepublic.org/post/state-announces-delay-covid-vaccine-rollout-focuses-second-dose-delivery ) Not sure what is delaying other than “demand and weather”. I thought the “new” president was going to speed things up, but you can look at the above graph and see how that worked out for yourself. This week, there are second doses being delivered – and I am scratching my head at how “excited” the state is. On the Delaware Department of Health and Human Services Facebook page, they posted ” Day 1 of Delaware’s second-dose COVID-19 vaccination event at the Dover International Speedway is underway. With the assistance of FEMA, DEMA, and other local partners, the goal is to give second-dose vaccinations to 3,000 Delawareans each day for the next six days.The Dover International Speedway’s event is by appointment only and all spaces are currently full”. I comment that I thought 18,000 shots in 6 days is a pretty low goal to have when we have 165,588 over 65 year old people.

According to one source “Phase 1c, scheduled to start in March, includes people 16 to 64 with medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus, such as diabetes, chronic lung or heart disease, and cancer; people in high-risk group settings, such as homeless shelters, prisons and group homes; and essential workers in other fields. The rest of Delaware’s 50-plus population becomes eligible in Phase 2, which is expected to start in mid-April.” Source – https://states.aarp.org/delaware/covid-19-vaccine-distribution .

Curious what is happening in YOUR state? What are you doing to stay busy during this cold weather? Are you looking forward to any changes as the vaccine rolls out?

15 thoughts on “Cold February Days

  1. Oh, man, you have me seriously thinking about an air fryer, and I have no kitchen counter space for it! The cake looked yummy, and that chicken looked scrumptious!! As for the vaccine, it is just going to take time to logistically get 300 million people vaccinated with two doses. In our county, there are 16,000 people on the wait list already, with 80,000+ in the county and we are getting 300 first doses a week. Let’s hope that the ramped up production and new pharmacy outlets will get everyone done in the next few months. Hang in there!!

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    • 🙂 Tempting you with gadgets…I love it. I seriously had to give up something to make room for it. I had to move my Food Saver machine and now it has to be taken out for occasional use. I went around the kitchen looking at what was on the counters and what I used the most often and the least often. In truth my stand mixer is the least often, but the heaviest of all and storing it elsewhere could be a pain. So, the Food Saver won for simplicity to move. It is light and easy to lift and move when it is time to package & seal bulk meat purchases. Regarding the vaccine, our state is failing in distribution. Production hold ups I understand. My background is in logistics, and I am constantly looking at the methods the state is using for distribution and wanting to scream. They have had nearly a year to come up with a plan for distribution, and to hear they had to call FEMA to do it this weekend makes me realize they failed the entire state. I have registered to be a volunteer for the state in the distribution, but they chose not to use the volunteers they begged for. Shaking my head. It will be at least 2 years at this rate before those wishing to be vaccinated will be.

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  2. Such a cute granddaughter!! Love her nails. Mine is into baking too. She will be 12 in three days! My daughter and SIL rented out a theater and we are having a movie party this afternoon. They spent the night with us Friday night and she and I sewed yesterday. I’ll be posting about that hopefully when we get back from the party! The media never tells you what’s really going on with Covid. They just put their spin on it. I’m not getting the vaccine and no one in my family is either. Pfizer even says it doesn’t prevent you from catching it, it just changes your DNA to create some protein that supposedly will make it better if you get it. God gave me this DNA and I don’t want man made anything to change it! I honestly don’t trust any of it! That’s just my opinion. To each his own. LOL

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    • Thanks for the sweet comment. Just read your post and your 12 year old GD is a doll. Sounds like the party was fun. As time goes on we will know “more” with the vaccine. Having a choice is what makes this country great. I think we need “more science” to know what is going to work. I equate it to the flu vaccine, where you stand a 50/50 chance of “did they get it right?”. I keep reading and learning more about the vaccines and the illness and got the following I would like to share with you.

      Info from the CDC – “Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA? No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.
      Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease. Learn more about how COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work. ​

      At the end of the process, our bodies have learned how to protect against future infection. That immune response and making antibodies is what protects us from getting infected if the real virus enters our bodies. source; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html

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  3. Oh, I do miss the days of having a grandchild who wanted to visit and bake. Good memories. 🙂 Our state gets about 17-20,000 vaccines each week. The group over 65 amounted to 300,000+ people signing up for the vaccine. They’re wading through it right now. We’re up for a second shot this week if nothing is cancelled. 🤞

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  4. Here in the rural part of our county, shots will not be available to anyone no matter the age or health considerations, until they have given everyone in “underserved” areas of the county their shots. It’s okay. We are used to being last in all county services from road paving to law enforcement but the county is more than happy to collect our taxes. The more I read about the “vaccinations” the less like I am to get one anyway, but I know many of our elderly neighbors would like to get them. If anyone is undeserved in this county, it is our rural area.

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    • It’s distressing to me that the distribution is so screwed up. Honestly, when you look around towns and see a CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid on nearly every corner, and supermarkets and Walmarts with pharmacies; you would think it would be easy to let them handle the vaccines. California has received 7.45 million doses so far. Choice of taking the vaccine is your own. when you look at the numbers being vaccinated around the world, you can make your own risk assessment. As things progress, you will probably not be able to cruise or fly without proof of vaccination in the coming year. I know of at least 3 cruise lines so far who have stated their position. I want to travel and hope this is one building block in getting us on the sea again.

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  5. Your grand daughter is adorable! No clue what the vaccination situation here, except that medical personnel are on their second round. We will not be getting the vaccine, the whole mRNA thing is just too weird and untried for us to take the risk, especially when I’ve had reactions to plain flu shots.

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