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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 17 Nov 20 - 01:02 AM

Hallů from Iceland again, I hope you are all okei:) and using mask and washing your hands, and using 2 mtr rule. This could be over in 2021 , and lets hope that we can live normal again, for some time before another storm hits again.
Keep singing and make music,
All the best from Iceland Skarpi.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 16 Nov 20 - 12:19 PM

don't let this thread die.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 15 Nov 20 - 11:30 PM

Yeah!

70įF here today. Tshirt weather in mid-November.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 15 Nov 20 - 11:11 PM

Keep this check-in thread going!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 Nov 20 - 09:42 PM

Well, shit, Alice. Hope they caught it early thanks to the scans, and thank you so much for checking in with us.

I meanwhile am kind of in disbelief and also yay half my fellow Americans. Hunkering for some sore losing.

Woke up the day after the election when it still looked bad and I'd stayed up very late and had workers in very early, lay down on the couch while they tore out part of my kitchen, listened to all of our own Anne Lister's Waiting for the hero, wept buckets, and felt much better. But that was then! Hope this is really now!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 07 Nov 20 - 09:08 PM

A different thread had a post from VirginiaTam --
be great if this Mudcat member could post here ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Alice
Date: 06 Nov 20 - 05:59 PM

Thank you, Allison. It is good to be in touch. Wonderful to hear what you've been doing. And a puppy! Good for you.
Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 06 Nov 20 - 05:15 PM

Oh, dear Alice, I'm so sorry to hear about your injuries and cancer! What a year you have had!! Sending love and continued healing wishes.

I am also an old-timer, more recently occasional lurker. I recently moved to the Maine Highlands, three weeks before we all shut down this spring. I now find myself in the county with the smallest # of Covid cases, but it's creeping up, so we're hunkering down again and hoping for the best. I've been a contra dance caller and musician with my dearly beloved, and that's over with for now, along with song leading/voice teaching (although I have one student via Skype and would love a few more). But we're muddling through, in an old Maine farmhouse that we bought as a fixer-upper. Due to many delays, we are only now getting to the fixer-upping. New roof, new siding, new porch, all hopefully before Christmas.

Also, new puppy, and 8-month old rescue from Puerto Rico. Finding joy where I can, grateful for much.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Nov 20 - 04:54 PM

Hi, Alice in Montana ó So glad youíre still on this side of the sod, and with us even if itís only occasionally. Everything Iíve heard about TBI indicates that singing always helps; letís hope the magic works for you, too.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Alice
Date: 06 Nov 20 - 03:31 PM

After years of just posting sometimes instead of posting almost daily in the 1990's, I am checking in from Montana.

I slipped on ice and fell back on my head on concrete while clearing snow at my house on Feb. 2, this year. My skull fractured, I have a traumatic brain injury. I don't remember the actual fall, I don't remember most of Feb.

It was pretty gory as my son described it to me. I am lucky that he was at my house running the snowblower when I fell. Ambulance to the emergency room, ambulance to the airport and a flight to the hospital in Billings, Montana, score of 8 on the Glasgow Coma Scale, also breast cancer found in all the scans done of my body because of the brain injury.

My son and his wife brought me back to Bozeman on March 8 to live with them while I went through neurology and oncology experiences.
Surgery for the cancer in the spring, then radiation and now oral chemo.
The vertigo that was extreme in the beginning is now imbalance when I move, some days better, some days worse.

I was eventually able to be in my home instead of living with my son and his wife. I can't be as active as I was. No gardening. My employer kept my job open that I have gone back to on days when I feel I can work. I still have to pay off the mortgage, no retirement yet because of that. I wish I could retire!

Today I am at home waiting for results of a covid test I took on Wednesday this week. It has been quite a year.

I can still sing, but I don't remember all the songs I used to know! Looking up lyrics is the rare reason I come back to Mudcat. My memory is not what it was before the brain injury happened.

It is good to see news from so many mudcat members I recognize. Take care, everyone.

Alice


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Nov 20 - 09:12 PM

One of our most beloved Mudcat members
has suffered a terrible bereavement since the previous post.
Maybe some fellow Mudcatters don't know that yet.

The pandemic, in the meanwhile, still has the upper hand
and there is no vaccine yet
and limitations are being imposed all over again.
I'm in Massachusetts where the governor
has just ordered that facemasks MUST be worn by EVERYONE
practically everywhere.
At this rate, other states may follow.

AND we're waiting for the presidential race/election to get sorted.
How is everybody else holding up?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Oct 20 - 07:21 PM

Mudcatter Gnu has managed to get out of the house recently
but allows that his "health is still poor."


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 Oct 20 - 11:09 AM

Snicker happy ending

Sorry.

Charlottesville is having perfect weather for my current clothing. Also I asked around and we *are* on alert for Proud Boys etc. issues in January since we are now a symbol for that kind of crap. So good that there is alertness but boo that City Council and our [expletive rethought] of a mayor denied it when I asked *them* (my later inquiry was to the disaster prep folks).

I voted.

Thinking about not doing Thanksgiving but forgot to talk about that on my family Zoom call yesterday.

Enjoying reading about all of y'all!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 03 Oct 20 - 09:55 AM

Likewise in southern Ontario, Skarpi. We are now almost used to holing up at home and wearing a mask when we go anywhere else.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 03 Oct 20 - 06:20 AM

Well the third Covid wave is going on here in Iceland, and they say there is the fourth Covid also coming, so stay save, this is not over yet. All the best from Iceland Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 18 Sep 20 - 12:10 AM

Keberoxu, there are no direct flights from Juneau to Fairbanks. First you fly to Anchorage, almost 600 miles away and then catch a different plane to Fairbanks, another 400 miles or so. Not an easy or quick day.

Any dog I get will have to be small enough that I can carry if need be. For me, in my mid80s, that means around 20 pounds. My preference is to find an elderly dog that needs a happy ending and won't outlive me! I can't bear the thought that a dog might feel abandoned.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 17 Sep 20 - 09:50 PM

Ebbie,
how far is Fairbanks from you?

Petfinder shows that Fairbanks has --
in addition to far far too many shelter Huskies --
a little senior-citizen lady, an English bulldog named Maggie ...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 17 Sep 20 - 05:55 PM

I can vote tomorrow!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 17 Sep 20 - 05:48 PM

Here in Juneau in southeast Alaska, somewhere out there life goes on. I have now been hunkered down for just over six months and I am still stupefied at how quickly life has changed. For me, it could be much worse, friends bring my grocery-ordered to my door, lately the sun has been shining and the sky is bright, my windows are open and I can enjoy the fresh air, a couple of times I have ventured outdoors, friends stay in touch with phones and Facetime, I have started a new story, this one about a raggedy little dog named Rusty and I have sketched portraits of Biden and Harris (singly) that after half a dozen tries I am almost satisfied with. I cope. If it weren't for the devastating fires 'down south' and the impending anxiety-fraught election day coming I could be quite content.

Stay well.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Sep 20 - 06:17 AM

A 'check in' airbrush painting


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 15 Sep 20 - 05:57 PM

Thank you all for checking in, keep it coming, and sorry to yes some have it worse than others. All the best from Iceland Skarpi.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: beachcomber
Date: 14 Sep 20 - 12:43 PM

Don't know if anyone is bothered but I just thought that I'd check in with Mudcat from Ireland. I'm living in the countryside and drive about 15 kms, one day a week at an early hour, to the nearest Lidl supermarket which supplies everything that we need. My wife and I miss our weekly socialising in one of the nearby pubs, the conversation, singing and / or card playing, but we are lucky that we don't have to go in to our village. The place has been absolutely swamped by visitors (homegrown variety mainly) all the summer and is only now beginning to quieten down. I never expected to be grateful for the approach of winter and an end to the Campervan tourists for a while.
Some old friends have passed on and it was so sad not to have been able to attend their funerals. Our Children make careful visits regularly but our Grandchildren cannot understand why we no longer hug and play with them. I have just passed my eightieth birthday and we did have a little party in the garden.
We'll manage, many, many others have it so much worse, we're well aware.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 12 Sep 20 - 12:22 PM

refresh


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 09 Sep 20 - 08:32 PM

Keep checking in, everybody!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 07 Sep 20 - 08:31 AM

Students are back in my college town. Bracing myself, like Bridget in the old joke.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Sep 20 - 11:24 PM

Happy Birthday, Charmion!

And a Happy Birthday to you for your upcoming landmark, Maggie!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Sep 20 - 04:55 PM

MudGuard! How nice to see your monicker on the list again!

Yes, of course I remember that magic weekend at Niort; how could I forget?

Just the other day, I was passing on a tune I learned then to a fiddler friend here in Stratford.

I hope you and the other European Catters are well. In particular, we often think of Wilfried.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: MudGuard
Date: 04 Sep 20 - 02:08 PM

Happy birthday, Charmion! (do you remember Niort, where we met 15 years ago?)


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Sep 20 - 12:09 PM

You're two days older than me, Charmion. I put gas in the SUV once a month whether it needs it or not. They talk about "pods" down here, and we were almost to the point of establishing one with a couple of relatives at mid-summer when the numbers started climbing fast, so we tabled that plan. I envy you your haircut!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 04 Sep 20 - 11:31 AM

Today is my birthday; I'm 66 years old, an age I never imagined reaching back in the day when I should have been planning for this. I have been much luckier than I ever deserved to be.

In Stratford, Ontario, we are stlll in what the Public Health people call "Stage 3", which means masks in all indoor spaces, "social distancing" without masks outside (never have there been so many backyard barbecues in our neck of the suburbs), and the formation of cautious "bubbles", usually relatives, for indoor gatherings.

Bubbling (as we call it) is more complex than it looks at first glance. Yesterday, my hairdresser talked about how whip-sawed she feels between the socialization needs and wants of her elderly mother, her children and her grandchildren, not to mention herself. The administrators of her mother's care home recently announced that she could take her mother out, but if they go to her house -- also frequented by her children and grandchildren -- does she have to bar the younger generations, some of whom are going to school? If so, for how long?

Yikes.

Meanwhile, at the salon, every customer's temperature is taken and recorded on entry, and every visit is documented with a signed undertaking about travel and contact with sick people.

When I tanked up the car the other day, it was only my third visit to the pumps since St. Patrick's Day. I have driven less than 2,000 kilometres in five and a half months, all of it to and from doctors' offices and grocery stores. Fun happens at home, entertainment is a book or Netflix, and exercise is a long walk or a bout of heavy housecleaning.

The cats approve, of course. The house is almost never unattended by humans, so a lap is always available when a lap is wanted. Who can say fairer than that?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Sep 20 - 11:01 AM

My knee replacement was an early mention on this thread - and it works much better than the old one that had me walking gingerly and kept me awake nights (though the surgery is a rough one to recover from, I suspect Mary will concur). The trouble was it was like "all dressed up and no place to go" - I could get out and do things again but everything was closed down. A lot of it still is. The museum where I was volunteering twice as week is negotiating how to set up safe work stations as the museum slowly opens to the public. The cramped office where we worked before is out of bounds now.

My garden went in late and is much smaller than usual, but it is producing enough to provide the usual summer pleasure of picking and eating or picking a lot and canning. Our first frost is usually late October through mid-November, so there is plenty of growing season left.

The curve is gradually flattening, noticeable over the last few weeks; the wearing of masks (a state requirement) seems to finally be turning this around, but the counties here are still are in dangerous territory, with over 200 new cases a day showing up via testing. No telling how many are out there in the community untested. I am still staying home as much as I can; the few trips out are during "Senior Hours" at a local grocery store when possible. I got my annual flu shot yesterday.

I need a haircut. My ex was over yesterday to pick up some groceries after my rare trip out for fresh produce; he is so shaggy he asked me to take a photo to send to the kids. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 04 Sep 20 - 08:10 AM

Ebbie - yes, we had seen the festival program and were looking forward to seeing your friends perform again! The festival was cancelled three weeks out.

Like you we have been staying home more than going out. Our town hasn't had an active case since April, but we are on the junction of several highways so get a lot of through traffic. There's always the concern that someone who is ill may stop here......although with state boundaries closed and quarantine restrictions in place, most cases have been confined to big cities.

Our son and his family live in Canberra where the folk festival would have been held at Easter, but alas - we haven't seen them since Christmas, as our annual trip couldn't happen. We have a three-way family trivia quiz each Sunday night on Zoom (son, DIL, The One And Only Grandkid, and DIL's parents) which is better than not seeing them at all.

Oh well. It is what it is.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 04 Sep 20 - 04:41 AM

Thanks for this thread- feels like old times. I am OK - in a week or two - Who's counting? - I'll have been in self isolation for six months. Started on March 11, but of course the last few months have been far more restrictive than the first two had been.

Nothing much has changed. Still painting and drawing, working on my annual calendar for my daughter and half a dozen other people.

Lovely KT is still picking up my groceries a couple of times a month so I want for nothing.
My daughter in Washington state and I stay in touch by text and once a week or so we Facetime.

I lost my one remaining sister to covid last month so now it is just my one brother and me left out of 9 kids. Told him (he lives in Oregon) the other day that I don't want to be the last one left alive so he has to take good care of himself for awhile ye!
I also lost a friend in Virginia to the virus. What is amazing how fast a person can go from relatively good health to just plain dead. My sis in Oregon went from OK to gone in 8 days, five of them in hospital My friend Irvin went in 7; he died at home after the doctors said they could do no more for him. Thankfully neither was put on a ventilator.

Sinsull, thanks for the update on Kendall. I have wondered how he is.
JennieG, he Alaska String Band (Zahasky Family Band) was touring in Australia when they got the news from our government that Americans should go home.They had a small problem getting back in but they cut the tour short and made it home in April.

Someone onf\ FAcebook said that this New Year' Eve they're going to stay up 'til after midnight- not to see the new year in but just to make sure the old one leaves!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 Sep 20 - 02:14 PM

Things in Charlottesville are quiet. Getting less hot, still rainy, and 2 weeks from tomorrow early voting starts...

Still not going out for errands but do eat on restaurant patios roughly weekly. The estimate is rough, not the meal. The best part of that is sitting opposite a friend longways down the table, like movie millionaires.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Sep 20 - 11:14 AM

since it ain't over till it's over , please check in.

oh, me? still putting my foot in it. As normal.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 05 Aug 20 - 10:38 AM

Someone else has a new hip joint.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 05 Aug 20 - 10:20 AM

Congratulations, Sinsull, on your brave-new-world knee replacement.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Aug 20 - 05:39 PM

Greetings from beautiful downtown South Portland, ME.
Just had a knee replaced and tested COVID free. My partner/soon to be husband and his grandson have been self isolating for months with mask/glove trips to the grocery store infrequently. Waiting to hear if the schools will re-open. Home schooling is such fun.PT is done by ZOOM now. Fine with me.

Kendall is alive and well and in a local facility where he entertains the ladies with his music and stories. Some things never change. We both miss the long nights of music and laughing and amazing food, good friends.

Thanks, skarpi. This thread refreshed years of wonderful memories.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 02 Aug 20 - 08:16 PM

Ontario is heading into Stage 3, even Toronto, and Stratfordís high street looked almost normal on Saturday, with traffic pouring through and all the parking spots taken. The only missing element was tour buses full of theatre-goers.

But many people are acting as if itís all over. Even here in the Magic Kingdom of Perth County, it ainít over.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Aug 20 - 07:40 PM

here in the Big Smoke ... Australia's largest city in the most
populous state

I heading out to visit a friend & on Friday I'll gather with a few other friends, I live alone so its good to meet friends. I go out every day to buy the paper & a few groceries & look at all the folk who are immortal.

gotta go or I'll miss my train & connecting ferry

sandra heading out for a trip across Sydney's beautiful harbour


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 02 Aug 20 - 05:28 PM

And when we thought it was over in Iceland, its up and runnin again, take care all. All the best from Iceland Skarpi


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 01 Aug 20 - 07:22 AM

Test negative. Off quarantine today...


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 01 Aug 20 - 01:26 AM

That was the first time we had eaten in a restaurant since our anniversary lunch, way back on 19th March! Even my birthday in May was 'catered' just for the two of us, we had home delivery from the same restaurant we had visited for our anniversary. They even threw in a bottle of wine as a 'thank you, happy birthday' gift, not necessary but much appreciated.

Probably won't eat out again for several months, but yesterday was a nice treat. I really like honey chicken - can't do it as well at home.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 01 Aug 20 - 01:16 AM

What a luxury - and living dangerously at the same time! The best I manage here is occasional takeout and meet my daughter or ex for a meal in some outdoor shaded location. Usually my front yard, or the open air parking garage next to the museum where my daughter works. We do live in strange times.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 01 Aug 20 - 12:08 AM

We're fine here.

Yesterday Himself and I shouted ourselves (treated, if you're not an Aussie) to a Chinese sit-down lunch, something we haven't done for several months and may not do for several more.....but it was so nice to sit down in a restaurant and order, and have it brought to us, instead of having to prepare it all ourselves. The restaurant was good about keeping people apart, tables not too close, etc.

Our town hasn't had an active case for over three months now, but we're not complacent. We're on the junction of several highways so have a lot of traffic passing through; it's a convenient place to break a journey for a meal or even a night's stay, so we've still been seeing cars with interstate plates although many borders are closed. Big cities have a lot of cases, smaller towns not so much, which makes us very thankful that we shook the dust of the Big Smoke off our feet and moved here ten years ago.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 31 Jul 20 - 02:21 PM

I had knee replacement surgery in mid-February and a home health PT came to work with me on exercises and walking for the next three weeks. She took my temperature and used the pulse oximeter each visit. Realizing that my old slow digital thermometer was barely up to the task I ordered a new digital "no touch" thermometer in the end of February. Turns out to have been good timing as places ran out for a while. I was intent on taking my temperature in case I developed an infection from the surgery that might be detected that way.

Since then I had to cut the out-patient PT short as places shut down in March, but I continued to take my temperature every day. It's only one part of the story of symptoms should I ever be exposed, but it establishes a normal baseline.

I make note of anywhere I visit on those rare occasions I go out to do my own contact tracing.

It's an ongoing battle in the garden to keep the worst pests at bay. I canned a case and a third of tomatoes and am hoping for enough okra and cucumbers this fall to make pickles. The garden is very small and went in late (due to the knee) and while I have the space to make it larger, it's too damned hot out to do that kind of digging and tilling now. Today is 91o because we're in a "cold front." Usually it's up around 100o.

I have an outdoor shower that runs off of the garden hose outside on my back patio. It's wonderful to use after dark. Turn off the porch light back there and no one can see anything, though I don't have any neighbors out the back (it's a wooded creek) and on either side they're far enough away to have no view in.

I'm still making and giving masks to friends and family, and occasionally take small commissions.

Stay safe everyone! Wear the mask! Sorry if this is a repeat - a lot hasn't changed, but I didn't go all of the way back to see what I wrote before. I did look at Ebbie's post again and I do wish someone would help a dog come into her life! Mine are sometimes a handful (I have a training collar on the blue heeler now as I work with her on some of her barking issues) but they are always good company.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 31 Jul 20 - 10:57 AM

keep checking in, everybody


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 29 Jul 20 - 08:10 AM

Got tested, awaiting results. Still feel physically fine but I might have finished my run of being mentally fine, things are starting to bug me.

How are all y'all?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 26 Jul 20 - 01:56 PM

I like those rules, Charmion.

I am self-quarantining for 2 weeks as Weds last I went for a routine check and they said I had a fever. I felt, and feel, fine, but have been taking my temp twice daily, and finally today it is back to my normal.

Unclear on whether I should restart my quarantine clock from today.

We have a lot of grocery delivery things and friends willing to go by farmer's markets for me, so I'm fine on supplies etc, but some folks are unclear on the concept, saying things like (when I canceled my in-person appearances for upcoming meetups) Well, let's see how you feel then.

I feel fine *now.* I am in a 2-wk quarantine.

Or adult child: I know you're in quarantine. I just want to come over and do laundry/watch tv... Nice that they want to hang out with me, but No.

-Reporting from Charlottesville


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 24 Jul 20 - 01:11 PM

I live in Stratford, Ontario, a small city of 32,000 half-way between Kitchener-Waterloo and London. The infection rate in Perth County is very low and only five -- yes, five -- people here have died of COVID-19, but we are surrounded by much larger municipalities where the risk level is frankly scary, especially since people who live there like to come here in their leisure time to wander in the park, eat ice cream and feed the swans. Stratford folks honestly can't help feeling hostile to visitors although our local economy is in deep trouble without tourism.

We had a pub lunch last Saturday on a patio (previously a parking lot) in a party of seven, including my husband's brother and his family and their friend who rents the basement suite in their house. All the wait staff wore masks and blue Nitrile gloves, as well as the apparently obligatory (certainly universal) baseball cap, T shirt and shorts. Except for the loud rock music blaring from speakers on the pub roof, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, although I was taken a bit aback by the brisk recital of rules for using the pub washroom.

"Everybody has a mask? Great. When you go in the main door, put on your mask and sanitize your hand. Washrooms are toward the back on the left; don't take off your mask until you're inside and you have locked the door. Wash your hands after, and put your mask back on. You can take it off again once you're outside."

Oy. Fortunately, I managed to avoid the necessity.

Ontario and Quebec are both seeing a slight up-tick in cases, all in densely populated areas. Quebec began easing up on the quarantine rules before Ontario did, most notably with respect to drinking establishments and entertainment venues, and their rates are climbing faster. Toronto is still in Stage 2 -- take-out and curbside service only, except for essential businesses such as supermarkets and Canadian Tire -- but most of the rest of the province is in Stage 3, with patio dining, and haircuts and gym workouts allowed by appointment. (The data collection for contact tracing at my hair-cuttin' parlour was quite impressive.) At the same time, however, Ontario now has a province-wide public health edict in place requiring masks for everybody in all public indoor spaces. No more Mr Nice Guy.


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