Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Times They are Changing

I've tried to write a blog post several times over the past couple weeks. It is just too hard. What is going on in the world? Things have certainly turned upside down. Things we never thought we would ever see in the greatest country in the world. We are so behind the times. Other countries are so much better at this than Americans. What will happen here in the next few months is anyone's guess.

So what are you up to right now? Are you in isolation? Social distancing? Laughing it all off? Disbelieving?

Here in Kansas we have 482 confirmed cases as of this morning. That doesn't sound like very many when you compare us to New York or California. But we don't have nearly as many people. So far we have seen 10 deaths. And there are 8 people with confirmed Covid-19 here in my county. So I don't think we are really taking it that seriously yet. And there probably isn't that much testing being done. Hopefully we will before it is too late. 

All of our schools in Kansas have been closed until next year. Necessary, I think. But so many upset abut it. My bonus granddaughter, Piper, is a senior this year. And she is grieving over the loss of prom and graduation. I told her she will have a great story to tell her kids someday. It will be a much greater story that the one we told. You know where we had to walk to and from school. In knee deep snow. All uphill. Without gloves. But, right now she didn't think it was too funny. 

Things for me haven't changed all that much. I already stay home most of the time. And I have very few visitors. So none of that has changed. I no longer go pick up my groceries. I pay the extra and have them delivered to the front porch. There are a lot of items not available. But that doesn't really bother me. I'm down to a case and a half of water. So I now have two choices: venture out to get a case or suck it up and drink the nasty tap water. Might be time to buy a filter. They will not deliver water. I am not sure why. And they don't deliver toilet paper either. But I won't run out of that for a time. 

Charlie is getting pretty shaggy. I think this week I might bathe him and see if I can trim some around his face. I didn't go for the last grooming appointment and I will have to see how I feel about going to this next one. So far she has not closed. So many businesses are closed here in my city. 

Update on family: Justin is busier than ever. Quarantines have brought the crazies out. He is dealing with more murders. (He is a deputy sheriff). We hear very little from Darian. So I hope he is well and taking care of himself. Harley is working in the nursing home and has changed her hours to night shift. She moved into her own apartment this week. The wedding is off. They are still trying to decide if the relationship is off. I'm just shaking my head. Paige lost her job. She was working in a restaurant/bar. But she quickly found another job at Aldi's. The girls have finally gotten it through their head that grandma doesn't need them to come see me. They don't stay home so I don't need them to bring me their germs. Know what I mean? How is all your families doing during this time?


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  1. Thanks for the update Paula! Wow surprised about the wedding being off but its good to know that sooner or late. I guess they have to resolve what will happen with the house if they decide to call the relationship off. I wonder if it was hard for you to bite your tongue when she was saying things as I'm sure you probably had an idea this would happen when she moved in together with him after her graduation, etc. It must be hard for the seniors to miss out on things they anticipated for 4 years of school. I have a dear friend who did online college through the University of
    Arizona. She was sent to graduate this year full honors and was going to come down from Montana for graduation; that won't be happening. It would have been lovely to see her, but what can we do? Our family is hanging in there. Son's restaurant did close temporarily but he'll be eligible for unemployment. Not sure of DIL's work yet. Schools are closed so step granddaughter is able to watch grandson when the parents aren't around as she is 14 so no day care though maybe the day care closed, who knows??

    betty

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    1. They have been having problems since November. She still wants to date him but just put the wedding off. I have my doubts about that working out but it's her life, not mine. I think they are just not a very compatible couple and I hope she figures this out before she ruins her life or involves a kid or two. Wow I can't believe your step-granddaughter is already 14.

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  2. I think America was slow on this one because North America seemed so far away from it. But in this day and age, any distance is just a plane ride. I wish people there had taken it seriously early on and not spent so much time laughing at the rest of the world, but there you have it.

    Vietnam now has 222 cases. No deaths, and NO person-to-person cases. Every case came in from outside. Right now, the only people allowed into the country are Vietnamese nationals, but many are returning from Covid locations. They are immediately put into quarantine, regardless of whether they show symptoms.

    Please take good care of yourself!

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    1. Today our wonderful American president was blaming Vietnam for contaminating the sailors on the USS Ted Roosevelt. He's such an idiot. (my opinion). I bet you are glad to be out of China. How is the quarantine been for you!

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  3. We have been in lock down for two weeks. Just saw that the governor declared an emergency for two more months. We are over-reacting in my opinion. I worked in a hospital in 1968 during the Hong Kong flu and I don't remember this level of anxiety. 100,000 died here in the states. The media feeds on the hype and dishes out more. Stay healthy.

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    1. I would rather over-react than not react at all. I have worked during some of the flus and we did kind of get crazy during the H1N1 flu. But then we had flu vaccines. This time there is nothing. I think for most people it is not a big deal. But you never know when it will be you (or someone you love) who dies.

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  4. We are doing ok here. My husband I are self isolating just to stay away from everyone who might be ill and not know it or knows it but goes out anyway. Stupid people. Right now I am just focused on me and my family and hoping that none them takes ill. We are set with supplies - I do go to the grocery once a week during senior hours generally. And I do wash hands all the time and do a regular Clorox wipe of frequently touched surfaces in my home - just to be sure - even though it is just me and my husband. It is such a strange strange time. It is like living within a science fiction novel. Glad to see you on a post again.

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    1. I would like to say I am amazed at how stupid people are about this. But I'm not. This is the me, me, me generation and they feel so entitled. Some of the older people too. I am only focused on me right now. LOL But I haven't been out of the house for a month now.

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  5. Good to 'see' you again, Paula. I can't escape the feeling we're living in a Stephen King novel. Please keep well!

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  6. I'm in total isolation here. No one going or coming except for my kids bring groceries. They stans at a distance and leave them on the steps. I've not ben out in forever and may take the care for a ride today and see if it still works. Like you, I'm mostly on my own most of the time, but was looking forward to our family easter gathering, but it's been cancelled until later on. Hopefully sooner than later. I'been reading a lot and that is the best way to get my mind of things and pass the time. Hope you sty safe and all there. Sorry about the wedding. Lots of things have had to be put off.

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    1. I'm with you Ma. The only people I have seen are the grocery delivery people. And I don't open the door until they are gone. I haven't gone completely crazy yet. But I might be getting closer. LOL

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  7. Stay safely in your home. I had a friend die yesterday from this virus. Florida is finally starting to take it seriously.
    I made my first attempt to order grocery delivery yesterday but that and the pick-up service were fully booked for 2 days which is all they book for. I'll try again tomorrow. We are well stocked, but didn't want to wait until we were desperate to order.

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    1. Oh my. I am so sorry . Florida really should have stopped all those spring breakers. They left Florida and spread all across the USA and now there is more sickness. But kids don't listen. I have stopped picking up my groceries because of the long wait time. It is usually only one day for delivery. I am trying to staying ahead of things so I won't be desperate either.

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  8. I order my groceries to be delivered now. I always keep tp and pt, laundry pods etc. stocked up so I'm ok there. I have city water but have a few PUR pitchers and keep them full. I'm good on food too.

    I work for Advent Health so I'm still working but we have to wear masks and they take our temps. before work and when we go home. They passed out "Essential Person" papers to us all a few days ago and we have to keep our badge on us at all times.

    Our streets are no where near as crowded as they usually are. Even though it's a small town it triples in residents from Halloween to just after Easter. Now you can't tell anyone is here from up north unless you look at the cars in all the driveways.

    Hopefully this will end soon. I pray you and your family stay healthy.

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    1. I am thankful that I am retired now. I just don't want to be going into a hospital or clinic at this time. People just don't think about the health of our health care workers and I'm not willing to die for stupid people. I'll pray for you too Vicki

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  9. We are hanging on and doing the best we can one day at a time. I'm still working but will be off next week and on a alternating weekly work schedule until this is all blows. My husband delivers for Uber Eats so he's super busy! We are staying safe hopefully!

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  10. They shut down California a couple weeks ago, so I haven't been doing much. Sorry things have been so rough blogging-wise. You should definitely look into getting a filter for your water. We have one here, and it's so nice not to need to go and get bottled water.

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  11. I just wrote a wonderful long post, and then clicked on Sign Out. Damn. Basically I said our governors are wiser than our president. They got the "flatten the curve" memo and began acting on it. Without that, we would be Italy or Spain right now. Yes, we are horribly short on equipment and that will cost lives. We came into this administration with emergency preparedness in place. But the current administration shut it down in order to pass out income tax increases and keep the stock market rising, to fuel his reelection. Well, we got what we voted for.

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    1. No kidding about the governors. I have been listening daily to Governor Cuomo. Trump has no intelligence and it really shows now. Yes, they got what they voted for. I am hoping this is showing a lot of people they should not vote for him again.

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  12. I'm glad you're staying home and safe. We have no option here in London. We are only allowed to go out for essential shopping, medical reasons or for exercise once a day. We have to observe social distancing (2 metres apart) and it is very strange and scary. The hardest part is not being able to see the family but we regularly facetime so that helps. Keep well.

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    1. I wish they would completely shut down America but our president seems to have a problem with that. He is so much more worried about the economy than he is about people dying. Yes, I miss seeing my kids too.

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  13. I was so glad to see this post. I sure miss your voice out there in the world. I don't blog much either, so I really don't have room to talk, lol. This post gave me a lot to think about. Take care, Paula, and stay safe. --Lisa

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    1. I think about you all the time lady! Stay healthy!!

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  14. These are indeed surreal times. I'm trying to teach from my living room and it's not easy. All this talk of teachers flipping their classrooms and moving to digital/distance learning is not touching on how demanding it has been. Anyhow, enough of that... I've been keeping my distance from my parents, I would hate to expose them to anything, so we have increased our emailing (I hate talking on the phone).

    I'm glad you updated--I've been thinking about you!

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    1. I know a lot of parents who are finding out right now how hard a teachers job is. I have been thinking about you too.

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