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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

skarpi 28 Mar 20 - 09:57 AM
Steve Shaw 28 Mar 20 - 10:50 AM
MudGuard 28 Mar 20 - 11:08 AM
DMcG 28 Mar 20 - 11:23 AM
Charmion 28 Mar 20 - 11:24 AM
Stilly River Sage 28 Mar 20 - 11:48 AM
Mr Red 28 Mar 20 - 12:53 PM
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Helen 28 Mar 20 - 02:16 PM
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Subject: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 09:57 AM

Well, it´s been along time.
I was wandering if we all checked in here and tell eatch other that we are okei, the world news are all over us,and some are correct and other not. Here in Iceland we have nearly 1000 infected, 10000 in Isolation,
we can´t get together and are told to stay home as most of the world is doing, My family is okei still we are, but remember we all can get this virus, so may God be with you all and stay save , don´t forget to play and make music and sing us through this, all the best from sunny cold Eastern region of Iceland N Atlantic Ocean .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 10:50 AM

Mrs Steve and I are fine. We live three miles out of Bude, in the middle of nowhere, and have to go into town to shop. We also shop for another couple who are older than us and who are self-isolating. On our way home we stop on a cliff top to go for a walk. There's hardly anyone out and about and there are huge open spaces. The weather's lovely at the moment. My 91-year-old mum is in a care home ten minutes' drive away but I haven't been allowed to visit her for two weeks, and she's too deaf to use the phone. I've been writing lots of letters to her. We can't visit or be visited by our children or grandchild. The supermarkets round and about have organised themselves very well to maintain social distancing, except for Lidl, who have done next to nothing and which is full of shoppers who are ignoring the guidance. I won't be going there again after my trip this morning to shop for our friends. If they want us go shop from now on, they'll have to pay Morrisons prices!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: MudGuard
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:08 AM

Hi Skarpi - what a timing - today after a very long time I listened to a CD "Rosin Okkar" (you, Rosa and Helgi) which I got from you in Portaferry.

And now you are writing here ...

I am fine, though working from home - we have 4 positive cases (at least I know of 4) in my company, 2 of them recoved after having a mild version, 1 still in hospital after 3 weeks, 1 I don't know about.

I am in Munich, Germany.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: DMcG
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:23 AM

All well here (Southampton, UK) - myself, wife, sons and daughter, and other relatives.


One nephew's wife is concerned because she is a nurse and expecting to give birth in around two weeks. She has been told her husband is not allowed to be with her at the birth. Then when she gets home of course all the relatives are barred from fussing, helping, giving them a break and so forth. So that's not good, but it could be a lot worse.

Another nephew - his brother - is an actor, so no work in the foreseeable future. Otherwise, everyone's job seems to be ok at the moment.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: Charmion
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:24 AM

CET and I are safe and well in Stratford, Ontario. We are self-employed pensioners, so we work at home all the time anyway. The biggest changes in our routine is shopping at the crack of dawn, the hour reserved for "vulnerable" groups at the supermarket, and staying home on Sunday mornings because all the churches are shuttered.

Our town has a big, important repertory theatre festival that runs all summer. Not this year; the Stratford Festival is off until the beginning of June at the earliest, and the related tourism-based businesses in town, especially the restaurants, are staring at bankruptcy.

Like most Canadians, we are socially responsible folks in Perth County, so we stand six feet away from each other in line at the bank and take care to walk the long way around people we meet when taking our solitary walks.

Skarpi, so glad to see you on the board today. Likewise MudGuard. Please give Frau Merkel our best wishes; I'm so sorry she's retiring and taking her common sense with her.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatter´s world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:48 AM

I (from a distance) join Charmion and himself in working from home (contract web content editor) as a recent retiree in the region around Dallas in North Texas, USA. I was self-isolating before it was a thing after knee replacement surgery in mid-February. I have ventured out a few times to small grocery stores (easier to walk in and less crowded).

Now that the six-foot rule is in place I try not to go out at all because I live (alas) in a Republican (think Trump's party) state, where a lot of them seem to echo their witless leader in thinking that this is "overblown" and a lot of people can't be arsed to keep their distance. And the other day I was surprised at a counter to turn around and find a woman right behind me with her cart. When I pointed to the line on the floor five feet behind her that the store had posted as the waiting place, she wanted to argue that she can measure and blah blah blah. More like her I can do without. I fear members of the dismissive GOP party are going to take a lot of others with them. I don't want to be a victim of such willful ignorance. This is a real disadvantage to having a "populist" president, who is busier being offended by frank questions from reporters and governors who aren't nice to him, who argues that ventilators aren't really needed (he's a doctor now?) and is always keeping his eye on his stock portfolio.

I just ordered a Kindle copy of David Quammen's book Spillover. He's a great science writer, but I missed this one when it came out in 2012.

"[Mr. Quammen] is not just among our best science writers but among our best writers, period." ?Dwight Garner, New York Times

The next big human pandemic?the next disease cataclysm, perhaps on the scale of AIDS or the 1918 influenza?is likely to be caused by a new virus coming to humans from wildlife. Experts call such an event “spillover” and they warn us to brace ourselves. David Quammen has tracked this subject from the jungles of Central Africa, the rooftops of Bangladesh, and the caves of southern China to the laboratories where researchers work in space suits to study lethal viruses. He illuminates the dynamics of Ebola, SARS, bird flu, Lyme disease, and other emerging threats and tells the story of AIDS and its origins as it has never before been told. Spillover reads like a mystery tale, full of mayhem and clues and questions. When the Next Big One arrives, what will it look like? From which innocent host animal will it emerge? Will we be ready?


I will be home reading, along with my online work and putting in a new garden (slowly, because the knee is coming along but isn't 100% yet).


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mr Red
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 12:53 PM

photos of coping humour in our area some new photos added today. Enjoy.
Fit and well here in Rouge Towers - walked most of the way to town, but wimped-out and took the bus for the other 2.5 miles, only passenger. Met up with GF and queued (with markings at 2 metres) just to get into the supermarket. Empty shelves a lot. Walked back at least 2 of the miles - that bus was empty too. The bus co. state they are not running all on the timetable - obvious why.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Murpholly
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 01:35 PM

Hubby and I are both well. Living in North Lincs there are only 5 reported cases in the entire area although my bank in local town has just closed down following a suspected case which will make life difficult as I need to transfer some money to pay large bills! In the meantime I go our shopping and my hubby goes out early mornings to the main drain to take some exercise and view the wildlife. Nobody around at that time of the day. Keep well all and keep making music.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Helen
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 02:16 PM

Hubby and I are well in Newcastle, NSW Australia. He has been working from home for a week so far and I am retired. We plan to get our out-of-control garden into some sort of order, including the vege patch.

The supermarkets here are very well organised, although there are a lot of empty shelves for some items. The special access hour for the elderly - I guess that's us! - and people with a disability has been fantastic and there are social distancing marks on the floor and a security person at the entrance asking everyone to use hand sanitiser before being allowed in. Very civilised.

The blood & plasma donation centre is still open so I am donating as often as I am allowed because there will be less eligible donors than usual due to the risk of infection.

My twice per month session group has sadly had to cancel further sessions until this pandemic gets more under control. This will be the first real break for this session group in nearly 40 years. I'll have to commit to practising music on my own. Not as much fun.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: fat B****rd
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 02:39 PM

In splendid isolation at home in Dunfermline. I live alone anyway (apart from my cat)so not too bad for me I've not been out since last Saturday apart from one short walk to the post box. My nearby family look out for me, bless 'em, stocked up on most things before supermarket madness set in!. My newsagent is doing a grand job by changing his opening times in order to deliver our papers, as he has no delivery boys. As yet I haven't got round to doing all the "creative" stuff I had planned, but, ironically, plenty time for them.
So far so not too bad.
Love and best wishes to you all
Stay safe
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 05:01 PM

Where did my nice note to skarpi go? I was the first to post on this thread (after skarpi that is).

Anyway the virus is here, my kid's sweetie's boss has it and same kid's coworker is out sick with so-far unidentified fever... but kid and sweetie have been declared Essential so they have to keep going to work.

Kid and I had dinner a week ago, so just in case I am self-quarantining for another week. I am fine, though. Bored but neither lonely nor depressed. Which amazes me, frankly.

Looking for complicated recipes... Skarpi, stay well, and thanks for checking.

Oh, yeah: here being Charlottesville, Virginia.

message not deleted, so must have gone missing in transmission. Best of luck to you and yours. ---mudelf


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Senoufou
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 06:02 PM

Hello there skarpi! Best wishes to you and yours from deepest Norfolk UK. Our village is managing quite well at the moment, everyone is looking our for everyone else. Hope the same applies to you (and all on here) Eliza x


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: rich-joy
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 07:28 PM

Greetings, Scarpi in Iceland!
We here in Maleny (Sunshine Coast Hinterland of Queensland, Australia) seem to be managing okay (maybe coz we are not near a city).
Though sadly, my Choir, Yoga, and QiGong classes have now all closed.
Another unfortunate change is that we are now legally reduced to Take Away coffees, rather than lazing around, chewing the fat with our friends, rain or shine, at the excellent local Cafes!!!
However, Australia-wide, SO, SO many folks no longer have a job, a career, or a business, or even a Place of Business and things are definitely NOT looking good for the future.
It will be a Brave New World indeed, for those of us left, in the glorious Land of Oz.
..... sigh .....
I am so very fortunate to have wonderful friends, family and neighbours, who all look out for me and the Community.
Once I clean and de-clutter my house, my "reward" is to get another feline companion (it's been 4 months since my beloved Hector died), and sadly there are increasing numbers of surrendered pets now looking for a new "Forever Home" :(
However, I spend most of my days at the computer, and have done the last 6 years since My Beloved passed over, so though I am quite used to Social Distancing and even Isolation, I just wish I made better coffee, LoL!! :)

Cheers to one and all !!
(I am more a Lurker in the BS section than a Poster)
Rich-Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: EBarnacle
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 07:58 PM

Lady Hillary and I are mostly self isolating in Basking Ridge, NJ. Yesterday we volunteered at our local Personal Protective Equipment drop off site. We were asked to return next week but decided that with our risk factors we shouldn't press our luck.

I have had an idea for a group project that I will share and invite participation in in a new thread in a few hours.

As we say in Ham radio, 73, all.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 09:54 PM

Himself and I are spending our time at home in Tamworth which is in northern New South Wales, Oz......just up the road from Helen in Newcastle. (a four hour drive is 'just up the road' in Oz!) We are doing well, also venturing out for the Olde Phartes' early shopping hour when supplies are needed. Next venture may have to be tomorrow morning at sparrowfart because we will eat the last of the dark chocolate tonight, and to be chocolate-less would never do.

Much the same here as everywhere else, everything has been cancelled. Choir is off, ukulele groups are off. Volunteering 'jobs' are off. One cannot go for a stroll along the main drag expecting to stop in for coffee at any of our excellent cafes unless one wants a takeaway - but a lot of the fun in our regular coffee stops is the people watching it entails while sipping on said coffee, and now there are no people to watch. Which is a Good Thing, because it means people are heeding warnings and staying home.

Stay safe and stay sane, folks!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Gurney
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 10:06 PM

Pretty quiet here in New Zealand, all shops closed except for the important ones, H.I. and I and family are OK. Only 500 or so cases here, one death, and one serious case. However.....
I heard of some idiots holding a Coronavirus Party two days ago.
That should improve the species.

Sunny but cool. Early Autumn. Newspaper is 90% Coronavirus. Daily Government advice on TV.
Stay safe, everyone.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Helen
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:00 PM

One day, one bright day, after this is all over I think we should finally all meet. What do you think, JennieG and Sandra in Sydney and rich-joy and the other Aussies?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: JennieG
Date: 28 Mar 20 - 11:09 PM

Excellent ides, Helen! Sandra and I have met many many times, it wuld be nice to exntend that to a gathering.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: rich-joy
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 04:06 AM

Haha - yes Helen!
Maybe we should meet in Wuhan? I am so drawn to this Choir Clip (which I posted about in the "Singing on Conference Calls and Zoom" thread, but it needs to be seen more! So please forgive me for inserting it here.....)
It's rather eerie but very beautiful - both the city and the music :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZyLkQxALwk
Virtual Choir: Stay With Me, dedicated to Wuhan under coronavirus lockdown
"SSAATTBB Acappella composed by Cao Guanyu, a young female composer living in the city of Wuhan. Virtual choral singing: South China Normal University Choir Lyric: Stay with me, Stay together. Stay with me, Stay stronger. Face the sun, the shadows will 'behind you. It is still the most beautiful place in my heart. Sheet music is free for choirs. Thanks for your encouraging to Wuhan & China!?"
•Feb 18, 2020


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 04:27 AM

Self-isolating, enjoying my usual walks (though I avoid routes that are popular) , getting deliveries, getting the garden in shape, keeping well.
RtS


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 04:57 AM

Liz the Squeak, Phoebe are fine here in London. The streets are pretty quiet, every day seems like Sunday morning. The supermarkets seem to be getting their stocks in order and although we can't always get our favourite items the necessary stuff is there. We live in a part of east London with lots of Victorian terraced housing and lots of corner shops which seemed to stock stuff when the supermarkets were selling out.
The 'lockdown' in the UK is pretty lax, we're allowed out to shop for necessities, or to walk the dog and for one form of exercise day for which there seems to be no time limit. It doesn't appear to be enforced although there are stories of traffic police stopping caravanners and telling them to go home. Some parks have been closed after so many people flocked to them (before the lockdown) that social distancing was impossible. The people that used to do all their exercise in gyms seem to be appearing on the streets now.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 06:31 AM

All good here in my little (pop. 25k) town on the edge of The Lincolnshire Backwoods. My Border Terrier and I get our designated ‘one exercise-period per day’ by means of a 90-120 minute walk (3 to 4 miles), mostly along a section of our river-bank where it’s unusual to see any other human being. Our local Tesco has an ‘OAPs-only’ hour on three days per week, and numbers of people permitted in the store at one time are very strictly limited, trolley-handles are wiped after use by a store employee but I wear disposable nitrile gloves anyway, so I’m not too concerned.

Mrs. Backwoodsperson is an ‘Essential Worker’, but she’s able to work at home most of the time, only having to go to the office, where there’s only one other employee in attendance and in a different office, for an hour or so per day, so we’re pretty comfortable with that.

There are, of course, distinct benefits to sticking close to home - the house is unusually clean and tidy, my guitars are getting considerably more playing-time than normal, and I’m trying my hand at songwriting again - unfortunately with not a great deal of success so far!

Stay safe, stay well everybody!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 09:17 AM

rich-joy, I hadn't seen that before it is beautiful - I'll be sending it out to 2 lists.

Here in Sydney, on the edge of the CBD near the beautiful Harbour (tho it is hidden by lots of buildings) we are in self isolation, but I go out each day to buy the newspaper & get a few groceries, one day I even got toilet paper!!!

I'm sending lots of emails & making lots of calls & receiving lots of calls, too.

My craft groups are cancelled (2 per week & one per fortnight), all concerts & sessions are cancelled, all libraries are closed (when I run out of Library books I have lotsa' books of my own to re-read!)

Not many people are around & most of us do keep our distance, but this is backpacker land & some are determined to have FUN! & PARTY!

I'm working on current craft projects & will soon tart on a big one I've been meaning to get on with for at least 3 years, a blanket/quilt of t-shirt motifs, fortunately I have some very experienced quilter friends to ask including JennieG (who like then others has never made a t-shirt quilt)

I'm also scanning & blogging archives of my folk club, and doing on-line jigsaws & paper crosswords.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 07:41 PM

I wish that Liz the Squeak
would update us on the resident tits.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 11:41 PM

Here in Juneau, Alaska, population about 31000, we reportedly have 5 cases of confirmed with either one or two deaths, depending upon whom one believes. Alaska itself, has of today 102 confirmed cases, the preponderance grouped around military bases.

I live in a complex of about 65 persons, most of us over age 65, and so far as I know, no one is currently ill. It appears that most of us are staying home- when I take my little dog out 3 or 4 times a day I rarely see anyone. I spend my days drawing portraits and landscapes, listening to music and watching TV. I would like to tune in political news just once or twice a day but so far I don't have that much self control.

I have to keep reminding myself of the fact that previous generations' lives have been far more constrained than mine currently is. There is one delicious moment in the day- when I first awake and have not yet been slammed with the knowledge of the day.

Hi Skarpi! I love knowing that I have a friend in Iceland, and a very talented one at that.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 01:49 AM

We have new birds nesting in the garden, I think Liz said they were tits.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Senoufou
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 04:46 AM

We have two pairs of Great Tits in our garden, and they've started up with their incessant "Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!" on and on until we could scream. I think it's either a mating call or a territorial signal. Very irritating.
But the wood pigeons are still making us laugh. When we put bread scraps and bird food out on the lawn, they make a call which sounds exactly like "Fooood! Fooood!"
Magnolias are in full bloom around the village, and most trees & shrubs are in leaf. Our over-wintering Canada geese are honking overhead as they muster for the long flight home.
Haven't seen our village Mad Swans yet (the pair that waddle down the middle of the village street with their poor cygnets struggling along behind)
These lovely signs of Nature carrying on as usual are very reassuring during the present pandemic lockdown situation.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 05:08 AM

Hi Skarpi. I still have and play your cd, reminds me of the shark meat and Brenavin !
glad you are safe. I am still ok, as is Mrs Viking and our vikingettes. Hi Mudguard, nice to know you are safe. It's like waiting for the sword of Damocles to fall ( especially with kidney failure, dialysis, diabetes and heart problems)

Take care all. Keep playing and singing.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 06:32 AM

"We have two pairs of Great Tits in our garden"

Grrr. That's a gathering of more than two if you're outside as well. Tell those women to go home!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Senoufou
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 06:51 AM

Hee hee Steve! They'd be 'blue tits' in this chilly weather!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 11:11 AM

I don't do nothin' in southeastern Idaho 'cept MC and FB. Well, I watch the golfers runnin' around the meadow out back whilst whacking their balls with cluns. Wisht it was warm enough to do this important stuff from the back porch, but it ain't, yet. Also I gotta git my left thumb fixed by surgery on April Fool's Day. So we are doin' 'bout as well as can be expected, which these days ain't much.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 02:22 PM

Virginia just got stay-at-home orders. No end date mentioned.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Janie
Date: 30 Mar 20 - 02:41 PM

Safe and rather contentedly self-isolating. Fortunate to have a young and healthy friend who will, if necessary, go foraging for me if I need supplies.

Thanks for asking, Skarpi, and for starting this thread.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: The Sandman
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 12:39 PM

good tohear that liz the squeak and her tits are doing well. I am fairly isolated near dunmanus bay ireland,but am able to wal;k quarte of amile every day to the beach generally at low tide.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 01:26 PM

My wife and I are both well, living on the outer edges of South Croydon in the UK. My wife is on the Sainsbury's vulnerable list so we have one delivery slot per week, and she is completely on top of this!

Stay safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Bill D
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 07:30 PM

Doing fine in Silver Spring, Maryland. Have food and paper products for several weeks. (I made a huge pot of beef stew last week to supplement various frozen stuff.)
Will need to look for milk and fresh veggies soon.. but cows always need to be milked, so I hope supplies are steady.

Beginning Spring yard work cutting vines and digging out the lawn mower. The street is pretty quiet, but I see more people walking dogs than usual. It's no problem being able to walk and be outside here.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 31 Mar 20 - 09:13 PM

Is it possible to be well AND to be living in Croydon?? Heheh....


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Gorgeous Gary
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 12:21 PM

Hey all! Been a LONG time since I peeked into Mudcat. Parenting a hyperactive preschooler will do that to you.

So far we are okay here in MD. My trade association switched to all-telework back on March 16th. Sheryl was originally going to to her lab at NIH (*NOT* working on coronavirus) all week but is now working from home 2 days a week.

We have a nanny coming in any weekdays it's just me at home. It's a risk, but I can't do work just in the early AM or late PM like some people since my job involves lots of conference calls and webinars.

Finding most things I need in the nearby Safeway except TP. That I had to show up at Target right at opening to score a pack.

Looking for good concerts to stream and perhaps circles to join. Watching a lot from my friends in the filk community. Only challenge is we are a NO FACEBOOK household, so we're out of luck when performers rely on Facebook Live. Can do just about anything else.

Gary


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 12:50 PM

End date right now for Virginia stay-at-home orders is June 10.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 03 Apr 20 - 03:40 PM

Massachusetts stay-at-home order is through May 4.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 12:08 AM

Gary, that is dangerous, the nanny coming and going. Perhaps she should stay with you during the duration?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ed T
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:11 AM

All is well in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Outside of a local daily walk,and online grocery pick ups, we have been "stay at homes for the past two weeks (spouse, a techie, works from home).
Today, our premier repeated the message "stay the blazes home". Methinks that he was thinking the "F" word.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:26 AM

Methinks too


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 12:00 PM

Good one, Sandra. Some of the popup YouTube performers haven't figured out how to capture just the song and not the empty room echo behind them. Passing this on.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: BTMP
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 12:38 PM

Our daughter, who is a nurse practitioner, has quarantined my wife and me here in Vermont. She says Vermont is prepared for any virus surge, but of course, everyone is anxious. I am working on a new recording project in my basement. Stay home everyone, stay safe.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: fat B****rd
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 01:50 PM

My step-daughter and her husband just delivered me a plentiful supply of toilet rolls because he says I'm full of s**t!!
Doesn't a crisis bring out the best in us :-]
BTW they take very good care of me and it is much appreciated.
My newsagent is delivering all the papers himself as all his paperboys are stuck at home.
If I wasn't so idle I would have loads to do (garden etc) but maybe I'll be glad I left everything for a while if the lockdown forecasts are correct.
Take the best care everybody
Charlie


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: maire-aine
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 02:08 PM

Hello, all.

I haven't been here in quite a while, either, but I occasionally look things up in the db, and am in contact with some folks on Facebook. I'm doing okay here in Michigan. Love to everyone.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Raedwulf
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 05:14 PM

Gosh, Skarpi! A long time since I've seen your name. Mind you, that's a product of neither of us being very regular posters these last few years, rather than anything more sinister.

Hurrah for Iceland! I won't say you're an island of calm at the moment, but you do seem to be being a bit more sensible than some. The last figures I saw for your lot suggested a death rate of ~0.25% for Covid, in line with seasonal flu (a little bit more serious). Yet the world is reacting like Covid is Ebola. Ho hum. If you're willing to do a bit of your own looking, you'll find there's lots of reasons to think that Covid is not as bad as is being made out. If you're vulnerable (or in regular contact with someone that is), take care. If you're not... Quit panicking. There are worse things in the world to worry about.

Yes, I'm still going, folks. To the huge disappointment of Mr Shaw, I daresay. ;-) Curiously enough, Steve, my Mum is 90 tomorrow! Family party called off weeks ago, unsurprisingly, but the Grand Old Girl is still going strong & not especially deaf, so I can phone her & will!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: leeneia
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 05:25 PM

My dear husband and I are doing fine in Kansas City. The only cases in our circle are some neighbors of a good friend. She lives on the sixth floor, and there are three people in hospital on the second floor. All are elderly.

Our home is being renovated, and today we are sweeping and vacuuming construction dust. I better get back to it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Severn
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 06:37 PM

Still here.Staying put. Getting out walking in parkland. On hiatus from participation I'll n my two radio shows,but I hope to be back on air soon.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 06:46 PM

whatsa 'rhiatus' ?

is it shaped like a rhombus?

type repaired


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jack Campin
Date: 04 Apr 20 - 08:21 PM

Isolated with wife and two cats in our row cottage in a former mining village outside Edinburgh. A couple of minutes walk from open countryside, so not at all claustrophobic. Not used to ordering groceries etc for delivery but it's not working out too badly. Two friends have had the bug - one with multiple serious health issues recovered very quickly, another who seemed marathon-ready has been struigling for breath for three weeks. Connection to the outside world is a bit flaky - no house landline or internet, one recent and one very old phone on congested 3G. Been digging the garden more thoroughly than it's been done for years and doing lots of tidying. Then hopefully do lots of musical instrument practice.

The most visible thing that's gone wrong is litter. Bags of dogshit everywhere and car drivers being typically disgusting about flinging stuff out of their windows and flytipping. The council can't possibly deal with it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Neil D
Date: 06 Apr 20 - 05:46 PM

I'm hunkered down here in a small town south of Akron, Ohio. I only go out to take the dogs and my son brings up groceries. My wife on the other hand is a registered nurse at a senior care facility. So far they have managed to keep it out of the facility by allowing no visitors and checking the temperature of all employees and visiting Drs before they can enter. They did have a scare 10 days ago when a nurse from a temp agency had no temperature upon entering but had one of 102 5 hours later. My wife, of course, sent her straight home and contacted the agency to find out that nurse had been in a different facility a few days earlier where there were 3 cases of Covid. It was, as I said a scare, but 10 days have passed with no residents or staff showing symptoms. My wife moved into a spare room on site for a week, mostly for my protection, but is back home now.
I am grateful to You-tube, Netflix and Prime for keeping me occupied. Speaking of which, Skarpi, I watched a very good mini-series that was set and filmed in Iceland called "The Valhalla Murders". What a land of stark beauty you live in. I would love to visit some day, but gods know when anybody will be visiting other countries for pleasure again.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Rapparee
Date: 07 Apr 20 - 09:14 PM

Still around and more or less healthy.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: skarpi
Date: 09 Apr 20 - 01:13 PM

Halló all , today I got a result from the test we got the other day, and it´s negative, but still we have to go careful, this is not over yet, today they have tested 32.623 people only in Faroyjar Island have tested more in the world, people who got better are now more than who are getting covid 19, that means that the covid virus is going down slowly here in Iceland, we have only YET 6 death´s, and god help us if it´s come back, stay save and do not beileve the false news around the world, about treatment´s and drugs and all kinds of shit´s that goes around, please stay home, please help the nurses and doctors and the EMT ´s the more we stay home, the better change we have and we can help the health care get fewer cases and help those who are in need, these are strange time´s, strange Easter, and it´s strange to see the world in lock down. Again stay save, all the best from an Island in the N-Atlantic ocean, that may or may not go to lock down, we don´t know yet, let´s hope not , best regards to all from us in Iceland Skarpi .


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ernest
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 05:21 AM

Hey Skarpi,
good to hear that you are well!
I am still healthy as well, since I was working from homeoffice anyway there is one change less for me. Trying to learn new tunes for the time when we can have sessions again, using phone and email to keep in touch with friends.

Greetings from Life-at-Standby, Co. Everywhere, Planet Earth
Ernest


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 10 Apr 20 - 05:42 AM

good results & advice, Skarpi,


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Eric the Viking
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 05:13 AM

How nice to hear from Liz.the Squeak and family. By the way, I still have the sheep !


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Black belt caterpillar wrestler
Date: 11 Apr 20 - 05:45 AM

The last time we met up with anyone was 13th March for local clogging group (Anne dances despite the need for a hip operation, I play).

Since then we have done a click and collect at Asda once a few days after that, and then I have driven to the post box to send books to the grandchildren and to post off model kits to purchasers 3 times.

Luckily we had plenty of stores in before the crisis started.

We live in a remote location, in a ten acre field with the one of the local farmer's sheep for company, one acre fenced off as garden. So the nice weather has meant that I have been out catching up on the garden jobs which have got a long way behind because of the very wet winter.

We have a public footpath and a permitted footpath running through our land. We have closed the permitted footpath as there were so many new walkers coming through with dogs not on leads.

They say "Oh our dog is well trained, it won't chase the sheep".
My reply is "How do the sheep know that?".

We have a couple of lambs there now and more to come.

At least we have some Zoom sessions to keep us on our toes doing a bit of practice!

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 07:11 AM

Hello Skarpi! A good idea of yours. We are fine here in Suffolk England. We are close to some lovely country walks and the larks are singing (melodious) in the skies, the leaves are bursting and there is evidence that wildlife is flourishing without so many humans around! The garage has never been so tidy and the office is a work in progress! Gardening helps as well. Stay safe everyone.

Peter


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Apr 20 - 10:10 AM

In Silver Spring the universal Horror movie plot of this Cofefe 19 thing is that its so damn invisible. It would be great if this monster was as big as a rabid raccoon on a 6 foot leash.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: bbc
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 12:47 AM

Hi, Skarpi,

Thanks for asking! bbc, checking in from Troy, New York. Although things are not as bad (at least, yet) here as they are in & around NYC, as of a couple of days ago, we had nearly 80 confirmed cases & 5 deaths in my county. I have been sheltering alone in my apartment since March 13 & am doing well. I have a good stock of food & supplies & am just trying to stay out of the way. Contact by phone & Internet is invaluable! I’ve been able to get deliveries of food & my 2 sons are willing to help out if I need them. Both of them are able to work from home—David from his computer company & Jay from NYS Taxation, taking tax questions by phone & helping maintain the 24-hour COVID-19 hotline. Surprisingly, my days seem quite full & I am in a good frame of mind, although I’d like to be out, photographing the Spring wildflowers. I find myself living more mindfully, aware of & thankful for each thing in my life. As time passes in this new normal, I’m feeling that good can come from our current situation if we are willing to let it! Be at peace, my friends! Stay safe & well!

Love,

Barbara


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: CupOfTea
Date: 13 Apr 20 - 02:21 PM

I've been in solo seclusion since leaving work on March 19, and until yesterday, I had not ventured farther from my house than the curb. I had stocked up on my way home from work, and supplemented groceries with one delivery.

Toilet paper was unavailable, as was flour: it seems everyone has taken up baking! A younger friend comes around weekly to have me cosign checks for church, and she'd offered to shop for anything I really needed. I thanked her but declined. Then the deluge came, and I had a sudden infestation of big ants- more than I'd ever seen in a house! Aresols are out with my asthma, so I called her and told her I'd reconsidered; would she get me some Borax, please? If she found TP and flour, that would be nice, but not as essential. She arrived with all three, only the TP was a pack of 30 rolls! I laughed till I was out of breath, "well, they'd only let me get one package!" She said.

Until yesterday, my close up interaction was limited to my boss bringing me a Mac so I could work remotely. I tried to get my prescription delivered, but was told I'd have to present my brand new medicare card in person to get my essential inhaler, so I masked up and ventured out. The car was creaky from being unmoved. I had been thinking to get some Easter candy & other things since I was out, but was limited by the behavior of other shoppers.

Been spending way too much time on Facebook, though the delight of facebook concerts by performers I love has been incredible! Anne Lister, Deb Cowan, Gina Forsyth, Sally Rogers doing a song-a-day, and all the other online ways with PayPal "tip jars" to support musicians. Zoom church participation, ballad and sing-around sessions, online interaction has moved more completely to our heart of hearts in many places.

I live in Cleveland, Ohio & watching our governor set the standard for a medical science-informed approach has been pleasantly astonishing. (He's a republican) The first cases in Cleveland were in my zipcode, but so far the only cases have been at several degrees of remove. I consider myslef very lucky, indeed.

Joanne in springtime Siberia on the Lake


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Manitas_at_home
Date: 14 Apr 20 - 04:34 AM

The weather here in London is gorgeous if a bit nippy. This is a bit of a smack in the face for those trapped at home without gardens but we are seeing more restraint with people not flocking to the parks. Phoebe had a cough last week and chose to self-isolate. Her office asked if she would like to go on furlough (the company can then reclaim 80% of her salary from the government). The cough passed, and hasn't been passed to Liz or me, so Phoebe and Liz went for a big shop yesterday. The supermarkets are restricting the numbers in store so they had to queue for a while but everything on the shopping list was in stock although they had to buy different brands for some items. Phoebe has gone into work today as nothing seems to have happened about the furlough. From conversations with her manager it seems they may operate a rota so that there are 2 or 3 people on site each day.

We live not far from the local hospital and I occasionally pass by when exercising. There are a lot more patient transport ambulances (as opposed to emergency vehicles) outside the hospital than usual. In less than a week they built a facility for cleaning vehicles and now the ambulances are waiting in 2 lines, one awaiting cleansing and one ready for use. There are far fewer people outside of the hospital, even to take a smoking break. The majority of out-patient clinics are suspended and visitors are being discouraged.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 11:07 AM

Refresh this one --
still a great and timely idea.

oh, about me?
I'm in a mental health clinic.
There are LOTS worse places I could be during this crisis.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Jack Campin
Date: 30 Apr 20 - 06:23 PM

Haven't seen anything from McGrath of Harlow for a bit. Or Gibb Sahib or John Moulden.

Ex-Mudcatters who might be in touch with current ones - M.Ted, Masato Sakurai, Azizi Powell, Mick Tems, Volgadon?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 04 May 20 - 07:12 PM

Jack, the thread that was closed,
about clapping for the NHS workers,
had a recent post from McGrath of Harlow,
for what it's worth.


Come on, let's hear from the rest of you --
I know that many more of you
are not getting out very much ...


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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 10 May 20 - 08:23 PM

goodonya, keberoux


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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'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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 23 Jun 20 - 03:35 PM

... don't go away ...


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Mrrzy
Date: 12 Jul 20 - 11:57 AM

I had to look that up: Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 12 Jul 20 - 04:23 PM

Here you go (from Wikipedia):

Hitchens's razor is an epistemological razor expressed by writer Christopher Hitchens. It says that the burden of proof regarding the truthfulness of a claim lies with the one who makes the claim; if this burden is not met, then the claim is unfounded, and its opponents need not argue further in order to dismiss it.

Hitchens has phrased the razor in writing as "What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence."


Florida Sets Daily U.S. Record With Over 15,000 New Cases. This is in contrast to the hotspot in Texas where "only" 10,083 new cases yesterday.

We have quite a few Mudcatters in the southern tier of the US. Stay safe, everyone!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 15 Jul 20 - 03:36 PM

I accept that that the worst is yet to come; yesterday a doctor said that this fall and into early spring this country will be hit hard. So far in Juneau we're still fairly in control, numbers are small- if everyone complied rigorously with what we know does work, Alaska could be one of the 'safe' areas because we are remote and the only way in is by water or by air.

I am attempting to simply remove myself from the equation- just as fervently as I don't want to get it (that is NOT the way I want to die) I also don't want to give it to anyone else. So I stay home, order my groceries by phone and KT does a curbside pickup for me once a month or so. I am well taken care of.

Couple of things I have learned: #1. I would not like to be in prison. I had often wondered how I would fare but the question is now answered. In prison I would not be living in a suite and I would probably have to share my cell with a roommate. #2.There are still a lot of things for which I am grateful and I remind myself of that every day.#3. I wish someone would show up at my door with a dog.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 03:54 AM

woof?


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 11:53 AM

Ebbie, it's like the nation is under house arrest, isn't it?

Are there any SPCA shelters in your area? You can do a lot of the looking online these days, and in particular senior animals make great pets, they've pretty much settled down and lost the destructive puppy ways. The SPCA near me is doing online applications then appointments to meet animals in a safe socially distant way.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Donuel
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 01:59 PM

The evermore increasing likelyhood of a worst case scenario in the southern US is when someone sick calls for an ambulance they will be told that all new Covid patients have no ICU beds for them to go and they will have to weather the storm at home. Triage decisions are already being made. :^\


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 17 Jul 20 - 12:39 AM

Stilly River, I check our humane society every day or so. Adopting old animals is what I used to do, just to give them a happy ending. After about a half dozen I wasn't sure I could bear going through the grieving process again so I broadened my standards. The last two dogs I adopted were both considered unadoptable, one had an inoperable congenital heart wall condition, the other dog was Ellery who was only two years old and eminently adoptable except that he had to have expensive surgery. After the surgery he was fine for almost 10 years. He was a purebred Chinese Crested and maybe that is why he developed pancreatitis- purebred dogs tend to be more vulnerable in a number of ways.

Juneau people are very good at adopting our shelter animals (and there is only one) so many times there are no animals available. Right now there is a 60 pound dog available- I can't take him because I have to be able to carry the dog if necessary- and they have a budgie and a half dozen turtles. Think about the budgie from time to time but frankly I want something I can cuddle!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 19 Jul 20 - 08:34 PM

First time I ever heard of Hitchens's Razor.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Jul 20 - 09:40 PM

I had heard its words but not heard it called that. I don't think it's a razor, though.

So yeah, 22h00 and 35°C, about to go try to see the comet.

Will report back.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: robomatic
Date: 19 Jul 20 - 10:53 PM

It's a good time for dogs being liberated from impoundment. Anchorage has many parks, some of them devoted to dogs. I do not have a dog but I know a couple with an elderly lab, and we walk her every day. The main socializing I've done since Starbucks kicked us all out of the indoors. Been enjoying the outdoor life and meeting all sorts of interesting dogs. I never knew there was such a thing as a Giant Schnauzer. (I'd call it a "Monster" Schnauzer).


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: keberoxu
Date: 21 Jul 20 - 07:01 PM

Anchorage and Juneau are a ways apart from each other,
are they not?
Alaska is a very big place after all.
Maybe Anchorage has more animal rescues than Juneau?
Or,
has Juneau got dog rescues
who don't do the shelter thing
but foster the dogs in their homes?
Some of those rescues do a nice job
of matching dogs with prospective owners.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Mrrzy
Date: 22 Jul 20 - 04:28 PM

Forgot to say, did see comet. Cool-ass.


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 23 Jul 20 - 03:10 PM

Yes, Anchorage and Juneau are pretty far apart- by partial ferry trip and then by road it is more than 800 miles. By air it is an hour and 15 minutes flight and costs almost $400. Come to think of it, it may be a good deal less money than that- working for the state I used to book travel for tech trouble-shooters and that tended to be pretty much at the last minute.

Juneau is the capital of Alaska but Anchorage is by far the largest city in the state, about 700,000 residents versus about 31,000. Juneau is the third largest town, following the Fairbanks area.

It is a strange piece of land and way back in the past there was talk of making it into FOUR states!


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: freda underhill
Date: 23 Jul 20 - 11:34 PM

Checking in from Erskineville, Sydney, Australia. Thanks Skarpi for this thoughtful thread.

Since the lockdown, I have enjoyed gardening- spending time planting, weeding and enjoying. I have also spent quite a bit of time reorganising my home. I have recycled books and clothes, and have got rid of some unneeded furniture, and am creating better storage for my art equipment and artworks.

I’ve really missed listening to live music, and the folk festivals I normally go to.

My daughter in Germany, her partner and kids, all contracted Covid 19 in February, and, while they were very sick, were fully recovered by March.

I am lucky to spend time with my 4 Sydney grandchildren, one of whom was born in May.

It’s good to read about how others are coping. Here in Sydney we are bracing for a second wave. I’ve just bought some more face masks and carry antiseptic gel in my back pack. As mentioned elsewhere, I am doing a huge amount of reading, including a lot of translated books by Scandinavian authors including my favourite, Arnuldur Indridasson, an Icelandic author. Reading is my escape and joy during these restricted times.

Thanks again Skarpi and best wishes to all

freda


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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: robomatic
Date: 24 Jul 20 - 12:26 AM

I've got relatives in Sweden who are reporting in weekly and so far have not been sickened, but Sweden has gone its own way and apparently is experiencing border isolation from its Nordic neighbors.

Ebbie is in Southeast Alaska. I'm hundreds of miles away in Southcentral Alaska. Both of us are hundreds of miles from the Arctic Circle and the Arctic Circle is hundreds of miles from the North Slope. And that is just South to North! East to West is even greater when you include the Aleutians!

Anchorage just inherited literally a boatload of Covid positive people. We're just thrilled. There are regulations about exposed people maintaining self-quarantine but the scuttlebutt is there is lax enforcement and checking. Our death rate remains extremely low but we're a bit nervous and most of us are wearing masks. I tried a restaurant a couple of times but my dog walking friends told me my dog walking days with them will be over if I try that again. Damn, they made a wonderful squid special!


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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: 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: 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: Charmion
Date: 02 Aug 20 - 08:16 PM

Ontario is heading into Stage 3, even Toronto, and Stratford’s 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 it’s all over. Even here in the Magic Kingdom of Perth County, it ain’t over.


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 - 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: keberoxu
Date: 12 Sep 20 - 12:22 PM

refresh


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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