Situation summary: The United States reported more than 4 million coronavirus cases in November, which is higher than the total number of cases seen all year by most other countries (exceptions being Brazil and India).

November 1 – 9,198,700 cases in the US with 230,994 deaths

Saints won in a nailbitter against the Bears but it was otherwise a calm and easy day.

November 2

Worked on the upstairs office/apartment. Tossed three contractor bags of trash and found lots of cool things – my paternal grandmother’s last will and testament, an award to my maternal grandmother for her work NOAA, lots of pictures including me modeling this spiffy yellow and black tracksuit in front of Ferris Barracks when we were stationed in Erlangen Germany in 1973.

November 3 – The Louisiana Department of Health reports 1,150 new #COVID cases reported to the state. The vast majority (95%) of these new cases are tied to community spread, rather than congregate settings. The majority of these new cases are among 18-29yo (21%); 17% are among 30-39yo; 16% are among 40-49yo; 13% are among 50-59yo; 12% are among 60-69yo; and 11% are among 70+yo. Today’s reported cases come from all regions of the state, with the most coming from Acadiana (23%), Greater Baton Rouge (19%) and Bossier/Shreveport (19%) areas. They report 17 additional #COVID deaths today, bringing Louisiana’s death toll to 5,737. The Alabama Public Health Department reports 194,892 cases with 2973 deaths.

I drove to Michelle’s so I could take her to go vote. Her mom had already yelled at her for her support of the medical marijuana amendment so I took her to the Seminary Community Center on Highway 49. The line wrapped around the parking lot, which was full so I parked on the highway and was buffeted by cars roaring by while I waited for her to do her civic duty. Afterwards, we ran some errands and had lunch and I went the rest of the way to New Orleans.

November 4 – US cases 9,465,646 with 233,535 deaths

Surging caseloads in nearly every state pushed the United States to a record 104,004 new infections today

I worked in the yard – sweeping up leaves and other debris and picking up all the fallen branches. I filled the trash can and two contractor bags before my allergies got too bad to continue working. I still need to rake and fix the parts of the fence that blew down but I’m not seeing any other damage from the Theta, thank goodness.

November 6 Today America had more than 122,000 new infections, and more than 1100 people died.

November 7 – 9,831,030 cases in US with 236,989 deaths

An analysis by the Associated Press shows that 93% of the 376 counties with the highest numbers of coronavirus cases per capita voted for Trump.


November 10 – Alabama Public Health reports 206,567 total cases with 3120 deaths. Louisiana Public Health reports 189,682 total cases with 5829 deaths.

IWO’s board meeting was this evening. We spent some time talking about the election and what the results mean before getting down to business.

We also gave a certificate of appreciate to Senator Karen Carter Peterson for her work as Chair of the Louisiana Democratic Party for the past 8 years. She came onto the zoom call so we could give her the certificate as personally as possible (we had already delivered the framed copy to her office).

Nov 11

Today states reported 144,000 new cases and 1,562 Americans died, the highest number of deaths since May 14.

It is Veterans Day. I thanked Dad for his service.

Nov 12

Today more than 153,000 new cases were reported, with 66,000 people hospitalized. More than 10.4 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus, and more than 242,000 have died.

Nov 13 – US cases 10,715,764 cases with 244,217 deaths

I went to Fort Morgan Public Beach and took a brief walk. Lots of shells.

In case anyone needs reminding, here is the updated list of Trump’s atrocities – https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/the-complete-listing-so-far-atrocities-1-978?s=03

Nov 14

Americans killed in World War I: Over 116,000

Americans killed in Vietnam War: Over 58,000

Americans killed in Korean War: Over 36,000

Americans killed by the coronavirus: Over 242,000

Nov 16

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States passed 11 million on Sunday. It took 100 days for the nation to log its first 1 million cases; it took just six days to get from 10 million to 11 million.

Nov 19

IWO hosted a Zoom in support of Stacey Abrams and Fair Fight. She did a marvelous job of mobilizing voters and Louisiana needs to do the same. We were able to have Councilmember Helena Moreno and US Congressman Cedric Richmond join us for the virtual event. The organization gave $1000 and we tried to raise that again from the members to support the election of 2 Democratic Senators from Georgia.

Nov 22

Today the G20, which consists of leaders of developed or developing countries from around the world, met virtually. When members of the G20 began to talk about responses to the global pandemic, Trump left the meeting and went golfing. This was his 298th golf trip during his presidency. Today America surpassed 12 million coronavirus infections.

The Saints pummeled the Falcons to win 24-9.

Nov 23

Took my Dad’s truck to Michelle’s house as, in the clear out, there were several metal shelving units that needed a new home and she was in big need of outside storage. We rearranged her porch to accommodate them, filled them and tossed a bunch of stuff in the dumpster that had been trashed from the last couple of storms

Nov 24 – The Louisiana Department of Health reports 3,266 new #COVID19 cases reported to the state since November 23, 2020. The total number of cases reported to the state is 224,403. Individuals between 18-29 represent 20% of these cases. There have been 39 deaths reported to the state since yesterday. The current total death count is 6,323.

We drove to Gulf Shores for the holiday, stopping to drive-by Shopkick all along the way, not going into any stores but seeing what registered for points from the safety of the car.

The Louisiana Governor, John Bel Edwards, announced that the state had to reimpose tighter restrictions and return to Phase 2 because of the rising COVID19 cases and increased hospitalizations across the state.

Nov 25 – The Alabama Public Health Department reports 239,318 coronavirus cases with 3,532 deaths.

Made pecan pie brownies as an alternative to the overly sweet but hugely traditional pecan pie. They came out pretty good and the recipe here

Nov 26

Happy Thanksgiving. I grilled the bone-in turkey breast and we also had green bean casserole, dressing and mashed potatoes. We sat with at least 6 feet between the guests and moved the post meal conversation to outside.

Nov 27 – Coronavirus cases in the U.S. topped 13 million today, even as many Americans ignored Thanksgiving travel warnings.

Mom and I received a chest of drawers from the refinisher – it looks amazing. He was able to bring out the wood grain of the walnut and get all the drawers open. He had a well wrapped box of things he pulled out of the drawer (he trashed all the clothes).

Nov 28

We had my sister and her husband over. She cut everyone’s hair and I made hot turkey sandwiches as a riff off Kentucky Hot Browns. Recipe here

Nov 29

I drove Michelle back to her home and took her grocery and sundry shopping along the way to get her well stocked up.

November 30 – The Louisiana Department of Health reports 171 #COVID19 cases reported to the state since November 29, 2020. The total number of cases reported to the state is 232,414. Of these cases, 110 are confirmed cases and 61 are probable cases. 1,166 new tests have been reported to the state, bringing the total number of tests to 3,495,253. There have been 13 deaths reported to the state since yesterday. The current total death count is 6,420.