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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 09 Jul 20 - 05:10 PM

Texas is a hotbed of activity right now, with nearly 10,000 hospitalized around the state, many ICUs at full capacity, moving people to other facilities if needed. 98 died yesterday. I'm not going out, groceries were delivered today. A couple of friends have stopped by and we speak out in the driveway in the open air.

The governor has finally decided he needs to act and masks are required in public, fines are hefty. It's too late to help people now, though, it is widely spread through the community and testing shows only a fraction of those affected.

I maintain web contents for a regional site, and post topical COVID-19 charts every so often. There are local GOP bullies who always come in to dismiss the sound science of these, and now I'm deleting or blocking them. I've had it with allowing opposing views even when they're unsupported by facts of logic. Hitchens's Razor at work.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 09 Jul 20 - 02:54 PM

People south of the border have noticed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 09 Jul 20 - 09:14 AM

Your mental picture is close to perfect, Mrrzy. In these fraught times, I read the news from south of the border and feel massively grateful to be here, and just a bit bored.

Here's a video on the subject from Brittlestar, who in real life is a guy named Stewart who lives here in Stratford.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 09 Jul 20 - 08:09 AM

I'm trying to imagine a Canadian griping. I see someone wearing the mask and politely commenting on being mildly uncomfortable, eh?

Not like here, where people are breaking bones and killing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jul 20 - 01:49 PM

In southwestern Ontario, up to five people may gather indoors now and up to ten outdoors, but the provincial and municipal authorities are finally getting serious about masks. Ottawa and Toronto require them in all public indoor spaces, including shopping malls, supermarkets and subway stations. Of course, people are griping.

We are physically fine, if a bit bored, but I am definitely developing some hermit-like tendencies. It's high summer and blistering hot, so I tend to lurk in the air-conditioned house, and I find that I feel less and less inclined to go anywhere. "Out for coffee" means buying a take-out cup and drinking it at a picnic table in the market square. Restaurant meals come in compostable boxes and you eat them at home or at another picnic table in the market square. Shopping is done on line or as quickly as possible at Sobey's or Canadian Tire, trying not to go the wrong way in the aisles. Any expedition is likely to include Himself complaining about who is and who is not wearing a mask.

While I'm tired of the whole thing, I am only too aware that being tired of the whole thing is a huge privilege. I've just been reading about the state of hospitals in Houston, Texas -- yikes.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 08 Jul 20 - 01:00 PM

Charlottesville is still ish. There are open restaurants but I only go to outside places. I had a waiter touch me on the shoulder and told him it was a bad idea, I occasionally see one of my kids or the other, I've gone to a park but not with people, I've gotten a river tube but not gone floating.

I zoom regularly with my sisters, and this week we are adding in a favorite cousin.

I am still zooming regularly with the org I'll be teaching for this fall, discussion classes, faculty meetings.

I always do the Mudcat Singaround zoom. Trying to get my Tazzie sister to join.

But the few times I've seen people In Real Life, it's *so* much more invigorating than zoom. I am looking forward to seeing all the cool research on why that would be.

I am an extrovert. I get psychic energy from BEING with people. Zoom, while parsecs better than solitude, ain't that.

I am amazed at how sane I still am.

Good to hear from all of you!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 08 Jul 20 - 12:44 PM

Keep checking in, everybody!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 30 Jun 20 - 06:19 PM

Well it´s all in one direction it´s coming again, just harder so take care all, the worst has not happen yet .
all the best from Iceland Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Acorn4
Date: 30 Jun 20 - 04:37 AM

Leicester, UK, has just gone into lockdown again after a local spike, but we are 100 yards outside the boundary line. Won't be going back to the pub yet while there is so much palava involved, but enjoying some good online stuff both listening and participating,


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 29 Jun 20 - 12:38 PM

Well we are getting the opening in our back, the virus is back came from US, and the Goverment are about to tight up things again, all the best skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 25 Jun 20 - 10:21 PM

flouting regulations goes on here, too. Some in COVID-19 hotspots dismiss the health risks ...COVID-19 was not dangerous because he was young and healthy. "It's not deadly, it's like any other virus," he said. "It's killing old people. A person who's 99 years old is dying, 100 years old is dying … they're going to die the next day regardless, so why does it matter? ... (small businessman who need to run his business, not a business I'd visit!)

One of our folk clubs is opening cautiously mid July following the regulations covering the community centre they use, which include limited numbers (30 people normally nearer 70) & a list of everyone present & their contact details which are kept by hirer & hall owner for 28 days.

I can't open up my folk club yet as my local gov't area assumes all hirers are businesses as they need in fill in a Workplace covid-safety form which can only be filled by folks in broad industry groups, missing out on groups of friends running a folk club or some similar small activity!

last night I listened to a video of a song mentioned in another thread & sang along! That's the nearest I'll get to a concert for a while.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Tattie Bogle
Date: 25 Jun 20 - 03:27 PM

Well, here we are in Scotland, a fair bit behind "opening up again" as it is in England. Our First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has been adamant that we should not relax regulations too soon, and I am fully in support of her stance. I cannot help thinking that the driving forces in England have more to do with business and economics than the nation's health, and there is almost certainly bound to be a second or even third spike of infections and deaths. And sadly, too many people are flouting regulations to suit themselves.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 23 Jun 20 - 03:35 PM

... don't go away ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 21 Jun 20 - 03:47 PM

Tulsa is a day's drive from North Texas so there are possibly people who attended the Trump rally heading back to their Texas homes today. There were only a few masks sighted in the whole arena, and though there were only about 6200 attendees, that's 6200 vectors of COVID-19 into the surrounding states.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 20 Jun 20 - 02:34 PM

Such a great idea, Skarpi,
to start this thread in the first place.

Happy Midsummer /Summer Solstice to you,
and
can we all please keep checking in?   Best, and thanks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 09 Jun 20 - 03:18 PM

Well my government is opening Iceland , I fear that is a bad idea ,
we are island and small country and if we get a large number of covid
they have ti close the country again, please take care and stay save .
All the best Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Jun 20 - 11:09 AM

Protests and some right-wing malcontents stirred up things in North Texas, and I fear the COVID-19 germ has been given traction. We should begin to hear soon if this was the case, depending on test results.

Age + COVID19 risk were a bridge too far to join the protesters, though I have joined in the marches several times in recent years. Also, it's a robust allergy season and the Sudafed isn't enough always to suppress the symptoms. No one wants a sneezing marcher these days. I continue to sew and share face masks, occasionally diving into the closet or donation bin to find suitable cotton materials.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 07 Jun 20 - 02:01 AM

We're still alive and kicking in north-western New South Wales, where winter is arriving.....mornings are chilly frosty now, even if the days are nice.

There are apparently no current cases of the plague in our region, haven't been for a month. Now that many areas are opening up we will see if that makes a difference.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Rapparee
Date: 06 Jun 20 - 09:49 PM

I'm still kicking up here in the mountains of Idaho. Yellowstone hasn't blown as of right now, but this seems to be a year of jackpots.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 06 Jun 20 - 09:34 PM

... because this thread is
getting pushed down the queue too fast ...

post no. 99.
Somebody else can claim the next one.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Jun 20 - 02:21 PM

Referring back to Jack Campin's
where are these Mudcat members post:

Gibb Sahib has not posted to this thread,
however he contributes posts to other Mudcat threads recently,
such as the "Lyrics Add Trump's Lysol" thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 23 May 20 - 09:21 AM

I haven't been here much for quite some time, but I'm doing well in central Maine. We moved here in February and had just under a month to develop some friendships and get involved in our new community before the stay-at-home began. I now spend even more time on the internet than I did before. But Spring has finally arrived and so outside activities (garden, canoe, bicycle, etc.) are in full swing. Sadly, no gigs, and no contra dancing or harmony singing for the foreseeable future, if ever.

I lost one friend to the virus early on, and then Micca left us, and I haven't seen my about-to-be 94 year old mother since Christmas, so there's some sadness, but I try to remind myself that I have much to be grateful for.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 22 May 20 - 06:31 PM

For the United States Mudcatters in particular:

How are you observing the long weekend with the
Memorial Day holiday on Monday?

Me, I'm still at the mental health clinic,
and savoring the fact that
I get a day off from psychotherapy on Monday ...
it's usually a morning appointment,
so I get to sleep in ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Pete Jennings
Date: 20 May 20 - 09:52 PM

Glad to say that me and Judi are okay, thanks, albeit observing the lockdown advice here in the UK, what with both of us being retired. I had double pneumonia back in February and spent six nights in hospital but there was no mention of the virus by the medics, although I'd had all the symptoms before taking taken in. Stay safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: rich-joy
Date: 19 May 20 - 06:25 PM

Thanks, Keb!
So glad Azizi is still around, sharing her vast knowledge and research.

R-J


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 May 20 - 10:11 AM

I took the liberty of posting an e-mail to Azizi Powell.
You will not hear from her here, directly, as she said
'thanks but no thanks.'

She sounds as ever, still in touch with her own adult daughter,
still posting to her own blog.

"I credit Mudcat ( and often quote Mudcat),
but I've moved on.
Be safe and be well."

That's all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 18 May 20 - 02:39 PM

As per Jack Campin's question:

Former Mudcat member
Azizi Powell is still posting at her blog
pancocojams.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: HuwG
Date: 18 May 20 - 10:39 AM

Checking in, from Glossop in Derbyshire. Apologies for long absence, most of it nothing to do with COVID-19. Just before Christmas, I went to the doctors' for an annual checkup. When I went back for the results, they used the C-word (and they were not swearing). They rushed matters a bit after that, and I found nyself in hospital for a big operation in the first week in February.

I had a couple of setbacks during recovery, and was kept in the surgical ward for six weeks. While I was in hospital, my little brother arranged for my house to be reconstructed. This was a job I had been preparing and budgeting for for a couple of years, but my brother precipitated events. When I was discharged, the house was still largely a building site, so I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law for a few weeks. I am now back at home, but as a member of several vulnerable groups as defined by the government, I am still effectively in Purdah.

There is another operation to go, but I am well enough otherwise. The only drawback in the DVLC (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Centre, in Swansea), who are refusing to let me drive until I have had an eyesight test, which cannot be arranged for at least twelve weeks. Quite what part of Health and Safety guidelines equates the loss of several inches of large intestine with potentially defective vision is not clear to me, but I promise to be good and leave the car alone for a bit.

I have lost two friends over the last three months, but to old age rather than any pathogen.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Maryrrf
Date: 17 May 20 - 08:45 PM

I haven't been on Mudcat for ages, but I stopped in tonight and it was good to see that so many have checked in and are okay. I now live in Spain and went back to Virginia in early March to check on a family member who was not well (not COVID19). I haven't been able to get back to Spain for 2 1/2 months - flights keep getting canceled. I have a flight booked for Tuesday, so far, so good it looks like it will be a go. I'll then have a two week quarantine in Spain which I'll gladly do.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 May 20 - 01:32 PM

Yikes.

Apparently I don't need the gloves:

https://www.inverse.com/mind-body/are-you-wearing-gloves-a-mask-to-the-shops-you-might-be-doing-it-wrong/amp


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion's brother Andrew
Date: 17 May 20 - 12:39 PM

Checking in from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Our province and that of Quebec are demographically unusual in the pandemic in that the virus is killing more women than men. Theories are that it is worst among the those in long-term care, largely women pensioners. Too many guys pop their clogs before they make it into old folks' homes. My 98-year-old mother-in-law is in a facility with an outbreak that has killed eight on her floor alone.

The House of Commons is mostly meeting in committee by using remote means and, when it does meet in the chamber, they keep numbers at a minimum and suspend the orders that would otherwise require them to speak from their assigned seats so that they can maintain a safe distance from one another. They have us minions working from home and "mailing it in."

I am off for a bike ride this afternoon to see if I can get by the sentries that the government of Quebec has posted at their end of the interprovincial bridges.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 17 May 20 - 10:48 AM

Where's DECKMAN?

My county has 2,000 reported deaths. Reported numbers are known to be minimized and testing numbers are really skewed at 100,000.
Virginia and DC numbers are lower but those numbers are probably more fraudulent than ours. The degree of secrecy is possibly associated with concerns of social unrest of which I have seen no evidence.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 17 May 20 - 10:02 AM

In Stratford, Ontario, the farmers' market reopened yesterday, using only stalls under canvas in the parking lot instead of the lovely big market hall. Food sales only, lots of social distancing with caution tape and dots on the pavement. Everybody obviously thrilled to be out in the sunshine to buy fruit & veg.

Incidentally, the market was the first place we have used cash -- y'know, actual folding and clinking money -- since before Easter; our last cash withdrawal from the bank was on 16 March.

Likewise, the garden centres are open again. We blew lots of dough (plastic, this time) on perennials for the garden, notably a rosebush, several foxgloves and some hellebores.

Still no restaurants, except for carry-out and delivery. And of course no theatre, concerts or cinema.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 May 20 - 09:39 AM

Aw, man, Ebbie, how awful.

It was close to 90°F (about 32°C) on Friday. I took the opportunity to go to several outdoor farmers' markets. Mask, gloves, sweat *pouring* down my arms from under the gloves when I reached for things so I tried not to drip on shelves. I think Imma need those terry cloth wristbands I use for seasickness next time...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 May 20 - 12:06 PM

Jos, it's good to know you recovered from what might have been the virus.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jos
Date: 16 May 20 - 10:41 AM

I am fine now but I was ill for about five weeks (cough, horrendous sore throat, very very tired) but as it started on 7 January I just thought "I've never had a cold like THIS before." At the time it didn't occur to me that it could be the virus that was causing problems in China - how could I possibly have caught it?
But on New Year's Eve I had been travelling on trains going to, through, and from Gatwick airport carrying passengers coming from abroad including skiing trips in Italy, Austria and France, and I had spent nearly an hour at Gatwick station amongst these travellers. So now I believe I have had the virus, and I am looking forward to the antibody test being available to see if I am right.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 16 May 20 - 12:26 AM

Willie-O, our friends who live in B.C. and who enjoy cruising had previously booked a cruise to see the fall colours along the Maritime coast and New England. They decided to cancel. Better to be safe than sorry; my friend did once succumb to norovirus on a cruise and doesn't want to catch anything else, after that experience.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 15 May 20 - 09:51 AM

here in Australia cruise ships are taking bookings for August! I can't find the news article I read recently,but did find 2 cruise line websites accepting bookings. weird

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Willie-O
Date: 15 May 20 - 09:05 AM

Been very very long! Me and Molly are holed up in our Ottawa Valley home, made the year’s maple syrup and I am almost fully supplied with next year’s firewood. Tilled the garden.

Normally I’d be in Cape Breton by now—lobster opening day today in fact, but it wouldn’t be the same even if we were down there. No deadheading on my buddy’s fishing boat, certainly no gigs. No pub sessions. The past few years I got back into busking because I discovered the Sydney waterfront is fertile ground for yer stirring shanties when cruise ships are in. Believe it or not they are now planning to start coming again in August, and fall looks as busy as ever, lots of big ships. Don’t know what to make of that. Masked busking or just stay away? Provincial borders are still sorta-closed anyway.

I’ve been too dispirited to play much music. But I’m happy to have lived long enough to be (temporarily, but still) receiving a living wage from the Canadian government to be an unemployed folksinger. So, speaking rhetorically, god bless Canada, and all of you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Gurney
Date: 13 May 20 - 12:03 AM

Easing of restrictions here in New Zealand tomorrow, many businesses back to work. However, not completely freely. No groups of more than 10 allowed, don't sit next to strangers on the 'bus, 1metre spacing from others, phone orders into takeaways, book into restaurants, stuff like that.   
We did get off very lightly so far, though. Not many carriers, prompt government action, most people accepting the restrictions.
Only 21 deaths, two souls in hospital.
Haste the inoculations, because that's what it will take to get rid of Covid 19.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Neil D
Date: 12 May 20 - 11:20 PM

Well, it snowed here yesterday. So far this year we've seen Australia burning, a worldwide plague, murder hornets and now snow in the middle of May. I'm surprised the Holy Joes aren't running around with there hair on fire convinced the end times are here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mysha
Date: 10 May 20 - 09:55 PM

All self-isolated, and a bit scared of the nearby centre for asylum seekers where some 25 people caught 19. But for the moment, staying in should mean staying safe. School might re-open start of June, thus the coming week will be a lot of planning to see if we can social distance but still welcome everyone back in. Possibly it'll be mixed distance learning and classroom.
Just had the invitation for the Workum Liereliet, and I'm wondering whether start of October we will actually be able to gather in the hundreds without getting infected. Even so, I'm not sure what shanty I could do at the open podium, finding something that goes well with a disease running around.
But if the centre for asylum seekers will not spread 19 further, then we should be alright.

Mysha


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 May 20 - 08:23 PM

goodonya, keberoux


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 10 May 20 - 11:06 AM

The mental health clinic, after two months of suspended admissions,
is resuming new admissions this week.
As they are all from out-of-state and
the pandemic restrictions are still on,
the new admits (if they don't say No at admission, which they may)
will be quarantined for two weeks
in the admit wing of the clinic's in-patient residence.

i'm one of the patients who has volunteered to help
to make the newbies feel at home,
a task I have never before undertaken.
We will see what happens.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 07 May 20 - 10:21 PM

here in the Big Smoke, on the edge of the CBD we also have screens in our supermarkets & pharmacies, & not so many people on the streets, or in buses & trains. Several times I've been the only person on the bus, my very own private chauffeur-driven bus which carries up to 80 passengers!

Tho as I live in backpackerland, I do see groups of young folks not taking the situation seriously.

Another group that does not take things seriously (well, has many members who do not take things seriously) are footballers - young Gods for whom rules to not apply, who post their infringements on social media for their worshippers to see.

sandra (an Olde Pharte who is not on social media)


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 07 May 20 - 07:13 PM

Ebbie, so sorry to hear about your animals. Keep on being Rapunzel in your tall tower.

When all this madness was getting underway in mid-March both Himself and I had a hair trim. He of course didn't have as much off as I did (I have long hair so only need a tidy-up trim every six months or so, but this time had several inches taken off) and is now finding out that his barber has probably retired; he has talked about doing so for the past year or more, and now his shop has closed.

Being in a country town makes it easier than if we were still living in the Big Smoke. We venture out once or twice a week for fresh food, and of course for the drug run when we need medications. Many stores now have put in clear screens as barriers between staff and customers, and you can bet your life they won't ever be removed.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 May 20 - 04:44 PM

The rate of infection is still rising in my part of the great state of Texas, so I'm being very careful about going out. Today I picked up dog food and some takeout Chinese for lunch. Last week I got take out Mexican. I want my favorite restaurants to survive.

The garden is growing and I have time to expand it out over the next couple of weeks for some of the hot weather plants. I'm starting some from seed right now.

I did my shopping for meat over the last few weeks and have cut up some beef and pork into single portions and frozen them. I already had a lot of individual portions of chicken and fish. Grains and cereal are fine, and it's usually fresh vegetables and fruit that take me out to the store every couple of weeks. As summer advances it'll just be fruit since I'll be growing my own vegetables.

I fear I won't be making many trips out or resuming my museum volunteer work for several months. If you live in a state that doesn't take this very seriously, you have to do all you can to protect yourself because the governor is more interested in my pocketbook than my health.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 05 May 20 - 09:31 AM

Ebbie, I'm so sorry about your animals. This is a terrible time to be suddenly bereft.

In Stratford, Ontario, CET and I are rubbing along, our routine in retirement changed most by the closure of Ontario's provincial court system (CET was doing Legal Aid lawyering). We both work at home anyway, each tapping away at our respective computer. He has a very messy office, I work in the study, which I keep neat because otherwise I could not stand it.

Our garden is waking up and the trees are full of robins, cardinals, blue jays and mourning doves. CET goes out for long hikes on the Avon Trail. My range is shorter, thanks to arthritis in my feet, but I can still do up to eight km (five miles) around town. I like to check out the geese doing flotilla manoeuvres on the river, and the municipal swans preening on the banks. The great blue herons and the cormorants should be back soon from their winter quarters down south.

Some other Canadian provinces are beginning to re-open their economies, but not Ontario yet. I'm not at all sure that I'm prepared to take the risk of letting anyone who is not CET breathe on me, even to get my hair cut. As for restaurants ... Um, no. We can cook, and are not that desperate for the company of others.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 05 May 20 - 05:59 AM

sending hugs


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 05 May 20 - 04:43 AM

I am in my 11th week of self isolation and if was young, had long hair, a curvy body in a long gown and my apartment was in a tall tower I'd spend even more time at the window. But I cope.

I have my windows open as often as I can. Today and yesterday the sun shone and that was nice.

I am now fully alone. I had my cat put to sleep on March 1 and two weeks ago I had to put down my beloved little dog- he had developed pancreatitis and it was time.

I cope..


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