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1 July: Wednesday

Indio, California: There is no way to describe the ordinariness of this day. Just so normal. Dave pedaled his bicycle 15 miles inside our resort, then joined me - after I had walked a mile or two - and we walked another two miles together. Most of our miles were covered inside the golf course cart paths (no golfers). We had the opportunity to see so many birds - and the random orange Koi again. Several roadrunners today. The campground is mostly empty of owners, but there are many renters (vacationers) in the resort at this time. I am not 100% sure of my facts, but I think the very cheapest site available in the Motorcoach Country Club is well-over $125 per night. (For a campsite!) Everything is open in our resort... except the restaurant, bar, and fitness center. Our Governor has once again closed all bars, indoor restaurants, museums, etc. Can't even imagine why these establishments opened at all, but no one asked me. Face masks are mandatory throughout California any time you are outside your home. Be safe, people. Even if you are not in California, please WEAR A MASK OVER YOUR FACE. It is not a political statement: a mask can stop you from contracting or spreading COVID-19. It's that simple.

Don't be a COVIDIOT!

We ordered a few pieces of furniture online today (not going to a store!). Just waiting for the 4th of July sales to kick-in to order the few items we need for our new home. 

Well, it may seem like a few items... but a bed frame requires a mattress, and a mattress requires a mattress pad, sheets, pillows, pillow covers, blankets, and quilts. Guest rooms require bath towels. Rugs. Nightstands. Lamps. There is no end.

It is fun. It is stressful. It is exhausting. Some purchases will wait. (Guest beds cannot wait.) The shipment of our belongings from the moving company in Portland will arrive mid-July. After our things are delivered, we can fill-in anything else we need.

A fun appetizer tonight. I've made this a few times, but thought it would be good tonight as only a salad was being served for dinner. To create this appetizer, 2/3 cup finely-grated Gruyere cheese was mixed with about a tablespoon of grainy French mustard. This mixture was spread over four slices of French bread, and the slices were placed under the broiler until they were browned and bubbly.

So good, but honestly, this recipe is equally good if only a lot of black pepper (instead of mustard) is stirred into the grated cheese.

Our salad this evening was made with butter lettuce, Oregon tuna, tomatoes, radishes, olives, and red onion - drizzled with vinegrette (lemon juice, fresh dill, olive oil, pepper).

It was only 102° today, so a nice cold salad was appreciated. I have not a stinking clue what will be served for supper tomorrow. Out of ideas.

We hopped in the golf cart after dinner to get our mail at the resort post office. We (as usual) had no mail, but took a whirl through the golf courses at sunset. So many geese gathering!

Until my next update, I remain, your boring correspondent.

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