Why are we making so little progress?

Saturday morning is very cool and gray here in the San Joaquin Valley. There was a bit of rain at the end of Friday and now the fog has rolled in and continues to make the outdoors damp. The cats come in with wet coats.

I have no where to be today and I am grateful for a day to stay home, in my warm knits, sans makeup, and drink hot coffee, bake cinnamon rolls, and read my newspapers, books, and social media, including your blogs. It’s nice to savor the time and not be watching the clock, thinking about what needs to be done.

Of course, with the cold and damp, I am not going to be working in the yards today, even though they sure need some tending. I have gotten all the mulberry leaves off of the front lawn and rearranged the pear tree leaves in the backyard, using them for mulch under the shrubs.

Feeling more optimistic for 2022, I had put an organ recital date on my calendar, but now that the day is near, I’m feel less optimistic. Gosh, the numbers just keep climbing. People just keep going places and spreading this virus. Terry has physical therapy on his shoulder twice a week near a favorite Chinese restaurant. I had hoped to go along one day this next week and shop while he did therapy and then stop in for some of our favorite dishes. But now, I’m not feeling all that confident about going into a restaurant and taking off my mask.

I don’t just feel stuck, but rather that we are going backwards, not getting a hold on this virus. The vaccines are there. The possibilities are there. And yet we make no progress.

10 responses to “Why are we making so little progress?

  1. I hear you. I’ve stopped sitting inside the coffee shop because I don’t want to take my mask off. Coffee to go seems to be the ticket these days.

    • And just as I sent this post out into the world, a text message came telling me that the brother of one of my retired teacher friends has died. Of Covid. 2x vaccinated and boosted. He became ill after attending a Rotary meeting and had to be hospitalized and the doctors couldn’t save him.

  2. I’ve also heard that some people are getting the flu AND COVID! This is so out of hand that it’s impossible to think of it ever ending. I would rather spend time in a restaurant than in a grocery store where there’s more people and you come more in contact with them. Somewhere in the back of my mind I think of Aldous Huxley’s writings about the future. Strange, to be sure.

    • I zip in and out of a grocery store whereas one lingers in a restaurant. Masks must come off to eat and drink. Lots of talking, too, with people in tight quarters. Gives me the creeps just thinking about it.

  3. Elizabeth Rogers

    Yeah, it definitely feels to me like we’re going backwards vis-a-vis COVID, thanks to Omicron. I’ve stopped grocery shopping in person (again!); it’s back to curbside pickup. I celebrated my 85th birthday yesterday with a delicious take-out dinner dropped off in a brief visit by our son and his partner. She (and he) had selected a lovely dish garden as a gift. I’m grateful, of course, but how much more celebratory it would have been to go out to dinner at a restaurant WITH them. Well, maybe next year. . .?

    • I’m sorry that you didn’t get a lovely evening together with your family to enjoy dinner and celebrate your birthday. How many more celebrations will be held hostage? Since I wrote this blog post early this morning I just keep hearing of more cancellations and postponements of events.

  4. DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

    Part of the answer: because when this pandemic started, the states and cities drew up guidelines for it with CDC and expert advice. Then the politicians couldn’t stand it and partially reversed all plans WAY too soon. If people would have gotten vaxxed quickly, to 70% of the population, only then would we have seen some reversal of the virus’ mutating behavior. Fauci even said we may need 80% of folks vaxxed. Many wouldn’t, so the virus has mutated many times, continuing to spread. If we’d done what was laid out, little ones wouldn’t be getting it now. Everyone thinks the Spanish Flu was eliminated on it’s own: sort of: enough people had it, died, and spread it around that the remaining population had herd immunity. Until more are vaxxed for the sake of themselves, the unvaxxed, and those refusing vaccines, will we even MAYBE be near herd immunity, now requiring a much higher percentage of the population to be vaxxed. This will be difficult when no amount of reason will change an idiot’s mind. Linda in Kansas

  5. The world is a scary place right now.

  6. Elizabeth Rogers

    Linda in Kansas: I SO agree. Our adversary is the VIRUS, but too many folks seem to see the issue differently, which opens more doors for the virus to thrive and mutate. Arrgh.

  7. It seems the virus will never end but I keep trying to hang to hope that it will. It has for sure gotten out of hand.

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