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BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide

Ebbie 18 Sep 20 - 12:10 AM
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Mrrzy 17 Sep 20 - 05:55 PM
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Donuel 16 Sep 20 - 06:17 AM
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Ebbie 04 Sep 20 - 11:24 PM
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keberoxu 03 Sep 20 - 11:14 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Check in Mudcatters world wide
From: Ebbie
Date: 18 Sep 20 - 12:10 AM

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

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


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

Ebbie,
how far is Fairbanks from you?

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


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

I can vote tomorrow!


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

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

Stay well.


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

A 'check in' airbrush painting


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

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


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

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


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

refresh


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

Keep checking in, everybody!


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

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


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

Happy Birthday, Charmion!

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Yikes.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Oh well. It is what it is.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Someone else has a new hip joint.


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Ontario is heading into Stage 3, even Toronto, and 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: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 02 Aug 20 - 07:40 PM

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

Test negative. Off quarantine today...


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

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

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


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

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


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

We're fine here.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

keep checking in, everybody


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

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

How are all y'all?


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

I like those rules, Charmion.

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

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

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

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

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

-Reporting from Charlottesville


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

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

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

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

Oy. Fortunately, I managed to avoid the necessity.

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


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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 16 Jul 20 - 03:54 AM

woof?


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

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


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