Is a preventive coronavirus coming soon?

LOCATION:  In our tiny house in Retama Village, in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Hot and sunny.  High 93

So, this has been nagging me……  Is it preventive or preventative? 

For those who know me, you know that I am somewhat of a grammar nut.  I go batty with grammar flaws such as confusing the usage of me and I, further/farther, lay/lie, and go nuts when I hear  the horrible “graduate college”.  When our daughters were young, most dinner conversations contained topics such as clarifying the use of bring versus take, slow versus slowly, fewer versus less, etc.  We are weird, right?   So, this preventive versus preventative issue has been bugging me.

Google to the rescue.  I learned that this very topic has been bothering linguists for about 300 years.  People have debated both words.  Bottom line…..both are acceptable.  So, let’s just hope we get a preventive OR preventative coronavirus vaccine soon!


I  took a nice, long walk around the neighborhood, enjoying a cool morning with birds singing and flowers blooming.  There were a lot of spring-like smells in the air.

Four of us tried a yoga class via Zoom with our yoga instructor teaching us from her home studio.  We did it outside on our neighbor’s driveway.  She lives in a port home, so there was lovely shade.  She carefully marked out our places with a measuring tape, to ensure we kept 6  feet apart. I wore my swimsuit with shorts, as I was going directly from yoga to water aerobics.  During one challenging yoga pose, I almost had a “wardrobe malfunction” incident! 

Water aerobics was great.  I monitored a sign-up sheet and we sanitized our hands after touching anything other than the chlorinated water.  Nine of us did the class.  I don’t think the 10-person limit will be a problem as some people are afraid of the pool (even though the CDC has said it is ok) and the fact that our Retama Village population decreases daily.  Another big rig left this morning.

Then, this afternoon, a pleasant surprise……..There are a lot of talented seamstresses and quilters here.  The craft room has closed, but many of the ladies have sewing machines in their houses.  They found patterns and shops donated cloth to them.  They have made more than 200 masks in the last few days, and today distributed them free to all of Retama Village.  Here is George accepting a mask from one of the sewing ladies.

I will wear the mask when we venture out to go grocery shopping next.  George isn’t too keen.  Our daughter who works in a hospital tells us that all employees with direct patient care are now required to wear masks at all times.

Here we are……looking like we are preparing to rob a bank!

DINNER:  We don’t eat a lot of eggs, but had run out completely. When George was at the meat store last week, I asked him to look for a dozen.    It seems strange, in this time of shortages, that the only eggs available came in a big 30-egg flat.  Oh well – it will last us awhile.  With so many eggs on hand, I made a frittata.  I used a lot of leftovers – sausage, onions, peas, and cheese.  Side was sweet potato fries. 

BOOK:  I started and finished an entire book today!  I just couldn’t get motivated to clean another set of cupboards.  I read “Confessions of a Murder Suspect” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.  A very strange murder mystery.  3 stars out of 5

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