Upside to Lockdown

My grovernor is pretending to schedule opening of the state, little by little.  Naturally, this will start with the other end of the state, and work its way toward me, so we’ll be last.  I’m really sick and tired of the moving goalposts for the lockdown.  It was initially so that hospitals didn’t get overwhelmed.  They didn’t, so the next excuse was “Keep granny safe.”  If someone’s granny won’t emerge from her cave, how can I infect her, even if I have asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2?  Now, it’s that we have to wait for a vaccine, that might not even be effective, although we still don’t have a vaccine for HIV after four decades.  This is bullshit.

In the meantime, I’ve discovered some great restaurants around here that we never knew existed.  They deliver via Grubhub or Doordash during lockdown.  Yeah, it’s more expensive to schedule delivery than order for pick-up, but not really all that much, and some restaurants don’t even allow pick-up nowadays.  I thought we only had one Japanese place in town that had been there forever.  It turns out there’s a relatively new one that makes stellar pork gyozas, and sukiyaki.  Yum!  There’s also one that’s sort of pan-South American, specializing in empanadas.  I can easily make empanada dough,  and have done so, but the variety of fillings they make are things for which I don’t always have the ingredients on hand.

The one Vietnamese place we have in town isn’t doing delivery.   I miss their giant bowls of pho.  I don’t necessarily mind not being able to order from the Korean place, since making mandoo is pretty much the same as making potstickers, which I can easily make at home from scratch.  Grocery stores have not had toilet paper for at least five weeks, but we can always find flour, and Asian ingredients, which I consider staples, anyway.

We have not yet been able to plant veggie seedlings in our garden, but since we had such a mild winter, our herb garden is going gangbusters.  Even things that are normally grown as annuals this far north are coming in from seeds they spread last fall.  I’ve got a nice supply of fresh sage, oregano, rosemary, thyme, and cilantro.  Cilantro bolts pretty quickly, so when it does, I just let it go to seed for coriander.  Any renegade basil we might get hasn’t sprouted yet.  If it doesn’t, a six-pack of seedlings is only ~$1.50, and they will bush out to knee height within three weeks after being planted.  We give the stuff away to neighbors who want it, just like we do wood chip mulch.

Oh, well.  Whatever.  We’ll …

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