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Spencerian writing is one of my hobbies. Dip pen. Skritch skritch skritch. 

I also write with a modern Bic fountain pen for my daily everything. 

 

I'm back because I just had a wonderful uplifting gift. at some point in the early part of the century, I kept a daily written paper gratitude journal for three years. It changed my life for the better. In these strange times I thought it might be a good idea to again identify the small things that happen each day that keep the light in my life. But because I'm a modern woman now 🙂 I downloaded 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gratitude-happiness-journal/id1372575227 to my ipad. Free. Simple. Lovely. Except... I have some serious vision problems so because it never hurts to ask, I wrote the developer Shashi Kumar and asked pretty please if we could get a bigger font. This morning in my email, was his response. Yes he could, yes he did. I am SO happy for this little thing. 

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From tomorrow our curfew gets pushed back by one hour, and we get an extra hour of outdoor time! Woooo hoooo!!!! 

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We don't have lockdown either. The states vary somewhat and I'm glad my daughter and grandson are in Massachusetts, where they at least show some concern for public safety. I miss them but they'd better not dare come to this deathtrap! Here in Texas it's business as usual. We are required to wear masks in public, but it's not always enforced.
I order my groceries from the supermarket and I get most other things on amazon (I can't even consider a boycott at present!) I do have to work, and since masks became mandatory there, we're down to five active cases. It used to be a lot more. But five is still too many.
I was in the middle of some dental work when COVID hit and I paused that. Can you imagine how much airborne virus must be in a room after a dental procedure? I'm gap-toothed, but alive, knock wood. I have to mask up in public anyway, so nobody sees. I'll get a bridge when this blows over - and my insurance won't be maxed out then. Maybe I can get one with a little gold star on one tooth. I always wanted one of those! 😁
I read that at least 75% of the almost 200,000 people who have died here so far would still be alive if our government had taken action.

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@Decan @katrinka I hope you won't have to go into a hard lockdown. If you are going into winter I can imagine cases might increase. It's such a crappy situation, it feels like whatever we do, something important will be sacrificed. On one hand people die, on the other hand people suffer. It seems an easy choice (death trumps suffering), until recession hits. For the hardest hit, government hand outs are being pulled back at the same time banks are unfreezing mortgages - we are expecting to see many defaults, and can only hope we don't end up with a slew of newly homeless people coming into Christmas. We made it through the GFC only to be taken out by a virus! Though I must say, we've only had 797 deaths total as of today. We can't begin to fathom the extent of what it COULD have been if we didn't go into lockdown. But will all this really stop a third wave? Only time will tell. Trying to stay positive in the meantime, and enjoy my extra hour of allowed outdoor time. 

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1 minute ago, gregory said:

And here we have stepped backwards to groups of <6 from a max of 2 households - JUST as my choir had found a way to start up with social distancing.

Fingers crossed restrictions don't need to get tighter! And of course, it was always going to happen just as you have stuff to do!

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1 hour ago, gregory said:

*hugs katrinka*

 

*who recoils* :rofl:

Yes, but I recoil in a most agreeable way, since you comprehend the horrorshow that is Texas: "Die for the economy". "Human stock capital". etc.

1 hour ago, Grace said:

@Decan @katrinka I hope you won't have to go into a hard lockdown.

I would welcome hard lockdown. It would mean that someone gave a s*** if we lived or died.
That will never happen here. Because what St. Molly Ivins called BIDNESS reigns supreme.

 

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7 minutes ago, katrinka said:

It would mean that someone gave a s*** if we lived or died.
That will never happen here.

😪 Very sad. My thoughts are with you. Hopefully SOME restrictions are put into place at least - and ENFORCED. Otherwise there is no point.  

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6 minutes ago, Grace said:

😪 Very sad. My thoughts are with you. Hopefully SOME restrictions are put into place at least - and ENFORCED. Otherwise there is no point.  


Abbott won't do anything. But #BidenHarris2020 makes me hopeful. The federal level beats the state! :smiley:

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And for more light relief:

 

For anyone else mad enough to consider this - one drink that Does Not Work is vodka and pineapple juice. I wanted a screwdriver but the open juice was pineapple. OK, I thought....

Waste of two perfectly good liquids. :classic_sad:

(Yes I drank it. But I shall not repeat the experience.)

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2 hours ago, gregory said:

And for more light relief:

 

For anyone else mad enough to consider this - one drink that Does Not Work is vodka and pineapple juice. I wanted a screwdriver but the open juice was pineapple. OK, I thought....

Waste of two perfectly good liquids. :classic_sad:

(Yes I drank it. But I shall not repeat the experience.)

Yuck. 

I was pleasantly surprised when my daughter turned me on to vodka and Hawaiian Punch, though. The whole was definitely nicer than the sum of its parts.

Moderation is key though - sugary cocktails make the worst hangovers!

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Where my parents live is back in lockdown, so we can't see them. Not too bad for me, I can Skype quite happily, tough on my seven year old who had hysterics when they went home on their last visit because he was worried he wouldn't be able see them for ages after he returned to school (after a slightly rocky start, he's now happy in school, if complaining that the work is too easy). I bought my mum a fountain pen, some nice paper and bottles of ink as well. Might end up posting them at this rate!

 

On the positive side where I am has amongst the lowest rates of Covid in the country last I checked. I'm just working, reading and doodling the time away.

 

Of course we've not seen my husband's family since Christmas and who knows when we'll be able to go there, difficult with the six people rule.

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I am technically under severe restrictions - but as I am a mere 1/2 mile from the county boundary and the nearest case to me has been 45 miles in the other direction I am not taking it very seriously. (I'm doing the rule of 6, masks, sanitiser etc, but...) And as I GENUINELY went to town today to arrange for new glasses, I can always pull a Cummings !!!()

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It's taking time, but new cases are going down! Patiently waiting till October 26, at which point we'll hopefully be able to leave our 5km bubble. 🤞

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I did post the pen and ink to my mum, no idea when the local restrictions will end or if it will seem safe for them to have close contact with us when they do. At least she can have a new nice thing to do.

 

We're just trying to keep our child busy, he has so much energy, will go to school then happily play for two hours in the playground afterwards. We've been down to the river and splahed around where I used to play when I was his age which made me so happy (I may have splashed around as well 😆). We also have 40-something garden snails as pets (around 35 are babies from the first couple we 'adopted') at the moment and the last week or so we've had some aquatic snails from the nearby stream (though they need to be released this week). Everything is about bugs and fish!

 

I also risked a hair cut last week as I couldn't stand it any longer, my hair was so long.

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I understand how difficult the isolation can be for a lot of people, in fact it’s probably one of the hardest things somebody who hasn’t isolated before has to go through. My heart goes out to the elderly, disabled and ones living alone that rely on other people’s visits and company for their socialisation. I’m grateful due to my health and introverted nature that I’m more tolerant of isolation but it must be very difficult for a lot of people. Hope everyone stays safe & happy! 

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20 minutes ago, Georgia said:

I understand how difficult the isolation can be for a lot of people,

I have to say that I never considered myself to be a very social person. While in lockdown I was not completely alone, I'm living with the other half, I have lovely neighbours that I talk to over the fence and the nice weather during the strict lockdown in spring and early summer helped. I thought I'm fine, I can cope with minimal social contact. Until I did eventually go back to work and started talking to other people. Only then it hit me how horrendous it really was during those weeks. I feel sorry for the other half, he is still working from home and apart from me, occasional visits to his family (but not too many, he is worried about his elderly parents) and a couple of pals he barely sees anybody. He says he's ok, but I can tell, he's been getting moody and cranky. I don't think it is healthy.

we're making a point to pop by the old lady at the corner who lives alone for a chat once a week, it's harder now that I'm back to work full time. 

I agree, it must be so hard for elderly people and others who can't get out. With autumn time arriving in the Northern hemisphere, the daylight hours are getting shorter, and people are out and about much less as well. I worry what happens around Christmas time, when families normally get all together and celebrate the togetherness. It will be a tough one 😞 

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I don't consider myself as a very social person too, even though at times I make a few efforts.

What I find really depressing with this pandemic is to see and feel a sort of global threat, and what our world looks in 2020, with the global warming too, the endangered animal species who disappear and so on, and we are powerless.

 

Well, I think I'll get vaccinated this automn (against influenza); they advice this because at the beginning the symptoms with the Covid-19 are similar somehow, so in a way this could help a diagnosis in case there is a problem. I don't get vaccinated against influenza usually (and for many many years!).

That way if I have some symptoms but vaccinated I will take the situation serioulsly pretty quickly, it's the general idea.

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