Monday, March 23, 2020

Day One Million, But Who's Counting

Okay, I know I'm exaggerating... or am I? We've been isolated for so long I have lost count of the days. I think each day is a century long. Even though Roger and I are hermits, we did not get to our ripe old age being overwhelmed daily by foreboding news. This new reality requires channeling our energy (what little there is of it) to new ideas and activities.
Roger made his own face mask. He read somewhere on the internet that it would work. We had a good laugh about that.
I took out my old Tassajara Bread Book and baked a loaf of whole wheat bread. The first time I ever used this recipe was back in the 1970s when I lived in Oregon. My housemates and I planted our first garden, and I learned how to bake bread. I loved this recipe, but haven't made it in many years. It was delightful to be reminded of the rising dough, the punching down, the kneading and kneading. I think I'm going to continue baking even after this pandemic nightmare is over.

I just hope it's not a million more days from now.

Oh and you'll notice that comments don't automatically post anymore. Some anonymous person left a comment that really made me want to screen before posting. Sometimes pandemics bring out the worst in people.

We hope all is well for you out there in your own socially isolated worlds. Take care, stay safe and healthy.

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  1. Bread looks delicious and I love Roger's hippy mask. In Western Australia we are just going into lockdown. Went into town to grab last minute things to keep us busy gardening and working around the block. It was pretty crazy. Peole buying ammunition in the tmall sports/fishing store. You'd expect that in the US bit here it's unusual. Already thefts occurring and talk of depression rather than recession. It was impossible to abide by the 1.5 meter guidelines because our local grocery store only fits one person in the aisle.

    I got that nasty comment too. Some troll who didn't put his name to it. I changed my setttings so I don't receive 'Anonymous' comments now. Gutless wonder! (that's Aussie slang for weak and cowardly)

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    1. Dr. Michelle-- I'm hoping things calm down as we ease into this routine of sheltering in place.
      I'm thinking about changing the settings for no more anonymous comments. I got another one, and it was even worse than the first.

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    2. That sucks. I have a feeling that alot of young people would be happy if us Baby Boomers died so they had a better chance at acquiring real estate. I get they are angry re climate change - it's a fair assessment that many BB's have had it good and done a lot of damage. But we aren't all the same.

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    3. Dr Michelle-- It's true. We BBs are not all the same. I marched in the very first Earth Day rally in the 1970s. It' been my goal for 50 years to have a light eco-footprint.

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  2. Yeah, I had a comment from poor old Anonymous too, but he/she clearly doesn't know who it is here at the other end of ether. I spent years dealing with troubled young people and must have been told to f*** off or drop dead a million times. The first couple of times it hurt, but I soon realised that they were the very ones who needed help the most. I hope our commenter finds help soon, otherwise he or she will have a sad time here on this incredible planet.
    Roger needs to be careful that he's not taken as a bank robber in that get up. Incidentally it suddenly strikes me that no one has been arrested for wearing a surgical mask, even in those countries where wearing a hoodie or a hijab raises all kinds of suspicions.
    My brother is also threatening to start making bread though I doubt his will look as yummy as yours does. Take care.

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    1. John-- I love your perspective. It really helps to see that person as suffering and needing help. I also hope s/he finds it.
      Yes, Roger definitely looked like a robber to me as well. I loved it!
      I hope your brother does make bread. It really is so yummy. You take care too.

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  3. So, threatened with the modern-day equivalent of the ten plagues Jahweh inflicted on Egypt, you bake bread. Could this qualify as a passive reaction or, perhaps, displacement therapy? Never mind. All of a sudden I was visited by a desire to know what the ten plagues consisted of. And here they are:

    Blood, Frogs. Bugs, Wild Animals, Pestilence, Boil, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, Death of the First Borns.

    Curious how they ebb and flow as if Jahweh (he was, after all wearing his OT robes) wasn't concentrating all the time. First the Nile turns to blood, then at Number Nine, darkness falls. Heck, it could have been nighttime; nothing plaguey about that. Things should have got steadily worse, crescendo fashion. Mind you, speaking as a First Born, I'd have preferred that to be postponed for ages.

    Frogs would have been bad, but worse now. Squishing beneath the Good Year tyres. A boil? I may have one in the traditional place. Sorree, time to break off. Time for my first singing lesson using Skype. I'll report later on Tone Deaf.

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    1. Roderick-- Interesting. I hadn't thought about the Ten Plagues. We really are living in interesting times. Not sure how interesting it will be though when the death toll reaches one million. Will it happen? Mmm... I wonder.

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  4. Some people just want to watch the world burn. Others think it is only half baked. But like your loaf of bread, I think we're going to see some people rising to the occasion.

    I'm making a last dash into the office this morning to collect a few things, then it's time to hunker in the basement for the duration.

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    1. Paul-- I'm hoping we see people rising to the occasion. It's going to be a very long sad time if they don't.
      Take care there, and stay healthy and safe.

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  5. The Tassahara bread book, now there's a classic. I received a meanspirited post the other day, too. Screening is obviously the way to go. I never read troll comments all the way through and take great pleasure in deleting them. They get to be evil, and I get to delete them. It's a win/win situation.

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    1. Colette-- I think I'm going to change the comment settings to no more anonymous. We'll see how it goes. It's such a sad surprise to find such mean-spiritedness here.

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  6. Love the funny mask...which may make you feel better, but probably won't stop germs that are one micron in size. I've got some old dust masks, and 2 painting masks which I wear around people...anyway, love the bread. I'm eating my last bagel (a bit stale) and thinking of future breads!

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    1. Barbara-- We loved that funny mask too. It's really good to find stuff to laugh about these days. I hope you find some yummy bread!

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  7. We have never gone out that much compared to some . However, itis stilla jolt when you want to do something and then think I better not go out. Yes. the old bread machine is out here too.

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    1. Red-- It really is a jolt how this pandemic interrupts the entire routine of our planet. I'm glad you're making bread. It's a good way to spend some time.

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  8. Oh, I bet that bread smelled good. Kind of sorry I donated my bread machine long ago.
    Love Roger's mask. I have seen some doctors wearing similar when supplies ran out. The good thing about that one is that you can wash and reuse--not throw away. I have a couple allergy masks that I am not sure work but they should make me feel better.
    Stay safe you two.

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    1. Patti-- It had been quite a while since I baked bread, and yes it fills the house with great aroma.
      We have a small box of masks in the car that we used to take when we visited my mom. We may take them out and start using them.
      You stay safe and healthy too.

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  9. If memory serves, didn't you used to make 2 loaves of bread a week? Or is that my friend Sarah? My mind is not working properly.

    Roger looks positively (not that kind of positive) ravishing in his scarf!

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    1. Tara-- Oh yes, there was a time I made two loaves of Tassajara bread on a regular basis. It's been quite a while though. I got into making the No-Knead bread for a while too. I think I'm getting back into it.
      I'll let Roger know you think he looks ravishing!

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  10. Our son was just complaining to me this morning that when he went to the store there was NO YEAST. Not quick or regular, not packet or jar. What angers him is that he knows most of the yeast was bought by hoarders who will allow it to sit in their pantry until it is no longer viable. And in so doing, keep bakers from making bread.

    I understand about the bad news feed. It's everywhere. Even without watching the "news," we are bombarded with emails from financial institutions and insurances, reassuring us they won't penalize us for late payments. (We've never once made a late payment on anything.) They feel obligated to include the latest updates.

    And yet, I feel guilty complaining when we are so much better off than most.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- It has absolutely blown my mind how people have over-run the markets. We've gone to the store several times trying to buy some bulk items, and they're out every time. Yes, we are better off than most, but I fear what will come next. Please take care and stay well and healthy.

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  11. No worry about the comments I've been doing that for a while. BTW you do not need a mask unless you are in close contact with a person how has the Virus, but like anti bacterial hand wash, it a waste of time as it will not kill COVID-19 which is a virus not a bacteria, all it is good for is washing your hands. Better to use soap and wash them for 20 seconds.
    Been making my own bread for a while using a bread maker, best thing I ever bought. Stay Safe

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    1. Billy-- I'm thinking about wearing a mask and gloves when we go to the store tomorrow. Our local co-op has been incredibly thoughtful, marking their checkout lines to show how far apart 6 feet is. I've been washing my hands with soap and water like a neurotic germophobe for years. This is second nature to me.
      Enjoy your bread, and stay safe and healthy.

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  12. I love the bread that you have been making. I have never tried baking breads (except when my brother taught me how to bake banana breads which are yum!). Roger looks cute on his DIY face mask though! Hope you guys are all well and safe there, and it is very much right to isolate one's self from the society during these times. We are on the 10-11th day of lockdown and a lot of people are still stubbornly going outside and "stroll" when we are instructed by the government to stay at home and just one household member will go to the stores and buy the supplies. But most are complying to using masks when going outside which I think is a good first step?

    Stay safe and be healthy!

    Stevenson
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    Stevenson Que Blog

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    1. Stevenson-- Thank you so much for stopping by. We are in our 7th day of isolation here. It's challenging in man ways, but we're giving it our best. I hope you stay safe and healthy as well. Take care.

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  13. That is a beautiful loaf of bread! And, yeah, I know about that nasty bot that is posting slime to everyone's blog. That's why I screen mine.

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    1. Catalyst-- It's a yummy bread too. We're enjoying it toasted in the morning. Sorry to know you have the bot as well. Ugh.

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  14. That bread looks delicious. It seems everyone is taking to cooking or baking. Me, I'm still in the process of moving.

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    1. Sharon-- It must be so hard to move during this pandemic crisis. I hope all is well for you.

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  15. Bread baking is wonderful and I also have made a couple of loaves recently. Problem is that we enjoy eating it too, but then considering the state of the world today, that's NOT a problem at all. I liked Roger's mask, very colorful.

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    1. Beatrice-- I used to bake bread all the time, but in the past few years I stopped. There are three local breadmakers here in our small town, and they are fantastic. With the virus shutdown, their baking schedules have changed. So, I'm inspired to make my own again. It's delicious, fun, and takes time-- which I have plenty of!

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  16. I seem to be having problems commenting. I'm trying to use my Google account.

    My mother used to bake all her bread back in the late '60's and early '70's. That was when about all you could buy in the grocery store was white bread. I got so used to it that I baked my own bread for a while.

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    1. Mark-- I am going to bake another loaf tomorrow. I think I may be getting back into it. Yum!

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  17. Actually, Roger's face mask WILL work. See the link I posted on Friday.

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    1. 37paddington-- Thank you. I'll go check. I hope all is well for you and the family.

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