OT.....Hunker Down American......where are you ?

yoyobon_gw

I'm here in the southern tier of New York State....yes, that would be the state with all the cases of the virus. We are self- isolating except for food or medicine....and ever those could be delivered if I make arrangements.

New York strong !!

Hang in there friends.

We can do this.

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yoyobon_gw

I didn't mean to eliminate all those not in the US, by the time I realized my error I can no longer edit ! Mea culpa !!

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carolyn_ky

I'm just home in Louisville, KY, from a week at Perdido Beach near Pensacola, FL, where they have not had any cases of the virus. My two best friends from high school, a younger driver-friend of one of them, and I had a really good time mostly talking to each other, sitting on the condo balcony overlooking the beach and ocean, and eating seafood. It's the most relaxing vacation I've ever had.

Here at home, public venues are closed--including the library. It's pretty eerie driving past empty shopping centers and with only drive-through restaurants open. i went to the Post Office to pick up my held mail this morning. It was open but had all its doors propped open so you don't have to touch them, and the clerks were wearing plastic gloves. Then I went to the grocery where there was very little on the shelves. They seemed to have plenty of fresh produce, bread, and milk but empty shelves where staples should be, not much meat, and almost no frozen meals. No toilet paper, of course. What are people doing with all those huge packages of TP? There was a joke on Facebook saying that the next epidemic would involve diarrhea and people would buy up all the nasal spray.

We have 47 reported cases in KY, with two deaths. Maybe if people are serious about staying in and careful to wash their hands, we can slow the spread and get past this.

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dedtired

Hi friends. It’s been awhile since I posted here regularly. Now that I’m home more, I will probably be back. I live outside of Philadelphia. Right now I am social distancing and dreading an order to shelter in place. The number of cases of Covid 19 is growing around my county. I go to the grocery store as needed and pick up prescriptions. My biggest worry is my very, very elderly mothers who lives in her own nearby. I am there every day but I don’t know what I will do if she runs into a problem.


Book club is scheduled at my house next week but that will be called off. We are reading The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. I’m more than halfway through and I think it’s excellent. May have to figure out a way to have a virtual meeting!


Going out for walks is saving my sanity plus chatting with neighbors at a great distance. Best of luck to you all. Stay strong and be smart.

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annpanagain

I live in a suburb of Perth in Western Australia, the most isolated city in the world! So far, only people who are self-isolating are doing it for a good reason. The cases that have appeared so far have been from overseas or contact with someone from overseas. As a result, the port and airport borders have been closed for entry excepting for citizens and permanent residents like me.

Schools are still open as the children are safer in a controlled situation and the many parents who are service workers can't be spared to home school them.

Life is pretty much as normal apart from hand sanitizers being put out in shops and offices for public use and some shortages from panic buying. At present there is a run on freezers, bread makers and equipment for working from home, apparently.

On the social side...Restaurants are turning to home delivery as they can't cater for crowds now and weddings, celebrations etc. are being affected. Sports are played without any attending public.

The retirement village where I live would be fine if I had to stay indoors. I am on a street and have a private garden at the back. At present I go to the library and shops but I noticed today that the supermarket had marking to indicate the metre distance that we have been advised to allow between patrons in a queue.

Yes, life is almost normal!

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yoyobon_gw

Needless to say we in New York State have been directed to stay in our homes . A state of emergency has been declared by our Governor as well as by all local counties. Travel is restricted to an " only as necessary" basis. Went to the grocery for a few items yesterday and there were such odd shortages.....no paper products or sanitizing products at all, just vast empty shelves. Yet, the meats had been restocked where three days ago there were reports of cases being emptied out. Most groceries are now offering " elderly shoppers only" the first hour of business, though I'm not sure what that gains since so many show up early and line up closer than the social distancing allows. There are two confirmed cases of Covid-19 in our county now. Pretty much all businesses have shut down.

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annpanagain

Yoyobon, the shortages I have noticed are sugar and flour. If they are in stock only one each of those items can be taken as well as some other basics.

I heard that a young woman asked why anyone would need flour! Obviously used to take-aways only!

"Kindness to others." is being promoted, with stories being told to illustrate that. It helps to offset some of the nastiness being displayed. I liked the story of the school class who made cards for the workers at their local supermarket to show their appreciation.

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yoyobon_gw

Because of the statewide shut downs and shelter-at-home directives the restaurants have turned to making packaged takeout dinners to order and pickup. Most also offer free packaged lunches for school children who relied on school lunches and are what is called " food insecure". It is heart-warming to see all the efforts being made to meet the children's needs in every way possible.

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msmeow

I work in Orlando, FL and live in a nearby town, Winter Garden. I work for a locally-owned hotel chain and so far all eight of our properties are still open, though the vast majority of our associates are not working, and the central office people (which is what I am) are reduced from 40 hours per week to 24.

Some sit-down restaurants are still open, but have been asked to move the tables 10 feet apart. Grocery stores are the same as everywhere - out of many things. DH & I need to make a run this evening for some food.

On a happy note, some of our housekeeping staff have been employed to deep-clean Orange County Schools, so they have some income coming in. And we were able to buy up to 4 rolls of TP from the company. :)

Donna

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yoyobon_gw

As of Sunday night New York State will be on lock down.

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sheri_z6

I'm in central Connecticut and we're pretty much in the same boat as Yoyobon. Gatherings of over 10 people have been forbidden, schools are closed, restaurants are take-out or delivery only, and the supermarket shelves are bare of TP, paper towels, kleenex, and cleaning stuff. And forget hand sanitizer. I was in line at Target over a week ago (before things really got serious) and the woman in line behind me offered the kid doing the check out $20 for his less than quarter-full bottle of Purell.

My husband is a planner by nature, so we did a lot of prep before the virus reached the East Coast. I'm grateful to be in fairly good shape food and paper goods-wise. I'm still doing grocery and CVS runs for my 80+ year old Mom & stepdad. Initially they both thought it was ridiculous they couldn't go out themselves, but as I'm under 60 and they're well over 80, there's no need to take that risk. As the number of cases in CT has risen, they're happy to stay put (thank goodness!), On the other side of the equation, our son is home from college and just found out yesterday he'll be doing the rest of the semester from home. He certainly understands, but he is not a happy camper. And in the midst of all this crazy, my daughter just bought a house. She's working from home up in MA and is very happy to have more than just work and corona virus to think about.

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kathy_t

I'm right in the middle of the Midwest - Columbia, Missouri - aka "flyover country" to many East and West Coast folks. We kind of like it that way, and truly the virus has been slower reaching us. Our first confirmed was just three days ago, on Tuesday. Then the patient, a woman in her sixties who'd recently returned from abroad, died on Wednesday. That was kind of a shocker, an eye-opener to be sure. We have strong compliance with the nationwide social distancing policy.

One thing I'd like to say is that I am amazed at how swiftly the US, a geographically huge country, has been able to shut down, and thus far, it has been totally voluntary. Businesses will be losing huge amounts of income, and yet they all seem to be doing what they can for the greater good. I'm very pleased to see this, after so many months of divisiveness in this country.

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yoyobon_gw

Tough times call for tough folks and Americans are surely that.

In every situation we've put aside differences to pull together......person to person, community by community.

As with 9/11 when the first responders were the heroes.....today every medical personnel is beyond heroic in the face of this crisis.

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vee_new

Here in W Gloucestershire and in fact the whole of England and Wales the Govt has announced the total closure of clubs, pubs, theatres, museums, gyms etc as of tonight. I think they hoped to keep them open with just a few clients but quite a lot of younger people seem to think the advice doesn't concern them so the much stricter regs have been introduced.

Schools and libraries have closed from today, with no idea when they may reopen, 'though few may stay open to care for the children of key workers. Our younger son who is disabled attends a Day Centre which hopes to stay open, but it will depend on availability of staff. If he has to stay at home I think he will have to be put on gardening fatigues . . .if it ever stops raining for long enough!

DH tried to go shopping at the time designated for senior shoppers only to be met by a scrum of people of all ages acting as though the end of the World was nigh. Although if it really was nigh there would be no point buying groceries, as surely praying would be more beneficial. He also learnt from a friend at the checkout that people are going crazy and buying bigger fridges and freezers, even putting them in their living rooms. Somewhere to stash their piles of unnecessary shopping?

Sheri, our daughter and S-in-Law have just bought their first 'proper' house after moving from London to Manchester (now the centre of the Universe apparently) As she has been managing a bar/restaurant and is now temporally jobless she will find plenty to keep her busy in her new place. After years of living in flats she is looking forward to going upstairs to bed.

At the moment this area is virus-free (DV) but it only takes a couple of returners from abroad etc to alter the stats.

Keep well everyone.



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astrokath

Here in South Australia, we are being asked to use social distancing (keeping 1.5m apart) but nothing has yet been ordered closed. The Federal Government has decided to keep schools open, but our borders have been closed. Tasmania has separately closed its borders even to other Australians.

The silliest thing here is the shopping. Large electrical stores have sold out of freezers and apparently breadmakers. I went shopping yesterday to two supermarkets, and neither had toilet paper, methylated spirits, flour or pasta (luckily I didn't need any of those). The first also had no mince nor any kind of fresh chicken (whole, breasts, thighs - nothing), and the second had very little cereal or packets of biscuits.

Both however had lots of fresh and frozen produce. Apparently, shopping levels are what would be expected for a country with twice our population.

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Rosefolly

Keep well, everyone!

We live in Santa Clara County which has the highest number of cases in California, though New York State and Washington State are higher yet. We are also on a shelter-in-place order, no end date in sight. The order started here but has extended to the entire state. We are allowed to go to the grocery store, bank, drug store, or for medical appointments, but no social activities. Even the courthouse is closed. I canceled my upcoming dental appointment (non-emergency) even though it is permitted. It seemed like a bad idea to me. We are encouraged to walk daily for exercise, and do, but must keep our distance from people we meet.


We spent a couple of days buying supplies to keep us home without needed to shop. Lots of canned good, lots of beans and rice, and a freezer full of meat, fish, and a few prepared meals. Tom has a couple of his pies in there. It's not a large freezer but it helps a lot. We'll run out of milk, but we bought soy milk for the baby. I have canned condensed milk for my coffee, and calcium pills. I'm of the age when I need to pay attention to that.


I listed my activities on the thread about reading in the pandemic and I won't repeat them here, but in addition I watch the baby a couple hours a day. His mother is working remotely and needs some help with that.

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yoyobon_gw

Rosefolly.....NY will be on lockdown but we are allowed to send one person to get any grocery items needed. I'm not a one to have to always be on the go so this is not too different than my ordinary activites. I have books , am knitting socks, have yarn for my loom and wool for rug hooking. The worst part of the lockdown will be cancelling my hair appt. :0)


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annpanagain

Rosefolly, tomatoes don't seem to like the same soil in the second year of planting. I had a climbing vine of small cocktail tomatoes once that yielded over 200 fruit and nothing the next year. I was told that the soil had been leached of nourishment.

Re hand sanitizer. A well known sportsman here has changed his factory from making gin to sanitizer to help out. Others are doing something similar.

We normally get a lot of goods from China but now the traffic is in reverse! The people who normally send the highly profitable baby formula to China are sending other items as well.

Our Village Manager has closed her office to casual drop-ins. We now have to phone or email her to arrange a meeting.

I am getting emails from all kinds of companies about how they are dealing with hygienic practices. I am grimly waiting for scammers to take advantage as I am sure they will. It will make a change from the usual phone calls!

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annpanagain

Yoyobon, love the pix! I have been putting off going for my usual trim and took to my fringe with the hairdresser scissors that are part of my late husband's beard kit! Usually once my fringe hits the top of my glasses, I get an appointment but I am being reluctant this time.

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yoyobon_gw

As of today all such services in NY have been ordered to shut down. Looks like I will be doing my own styling for a while. And my hair style requires a bit of angulation which will be a challenge toward the back !

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annpanagain

Yoyobon, would you be able to find a home-service hairdresser?

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yoyobon_gw

No, lockdown means stay put. And no person to person contact. Last week the local hairdressers and barbers were offering appts. where there is only one stylist and one customer in the shop at a time........now they are ordered to close by 8pm tonight for lockdown.

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yoyobon_gw

Lol......A friend in France sent this :


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yoyobon_gw

Translation : I'm telling you. If the school are closed too long the parents are going to discover a vaccine before the scientists !

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reader_in_transit

Merci, Yoyobon.

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kathy_t

Regarding hair salons, my brother speculated that in a few weeks, we'll know the real color of everyone's hair. :^)

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yoyobon_gw

Kathy.....I was just thinking about that this morning ! Years ago I adopted the "if not now, when" attitude toward my hair color and letting the highlights grow out. I like what I ended up with very much, but many of my friends insist on coloring.

Into day 7 of SIP ( shelter in place), I've discovered that sliced bananas slathered in peanut butter and covered with chocolate chips, then microwaved for 20 seconds are quite yummy.


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merryworld

dedtired, I just had a virtual book club meeting. It went pretty well. I set it up on WebEx, and it was very east to do, but it takes a couple of days to get the account. It's free, you can have as many people as you like and be on for as long as you like. We had 7 people on video conference for about 2 hours. People can link via any device.

My little town outside Boston is the headquarters of BioGen which had a conference a few weeks ago. Turns out one of the people had the virus and now we have 15 confirmed cases and 95 people on mandatory 14 day quarantine in our town alone. We are staying in except for grocery, pharmacy, and post office (we are out of business without them). My daughter is home from college and doing work and school remotely.

Because we work from home anyway, not that much has changed in the day to day for us. But we also used to travel a lot for business and that has all been canceled.

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vee_new

Just heard on the BBC news that three (separate) factories in England that normally make vacuum cleaners, racing cars and driverless vehicles are re-tooling to design and produce ventilators, of which there is a serious shortage. We still call this the Blitz Spirit!

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yoyobon_gw


In these days of infestation,

It is often times a question,

Should I shave my legs or

Wax my upper lip ?


For I find with isolation

My fashion takes vacation,

And my makeup....well,

There's one thing I can skip.

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Rosefolly

I rarely wear much makeup - mascara and sunblock do it for me! But I will regret scraggly hair. Mine is short, fine, and naturally curly, and definitely looks its best with a recent cut. But if it helps to keeps us healthy, it's a minor inconvenience.

I'm going to try my hand at sewing a few masks. The directions look easy. The stumbling block is the lack of elastic, which is very difficult to source just now. I have one small packet of almost the right size. I'm going to make a few with that and send them to one of my daughters. She is a nurse, but these days is stay at home mother. She has a friend who works in the ER who is having trouble getting masks who would like to have a washable cloth mask.

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yoyobon_gw

Kathy....lol......the reality check for sure !

I've found , in a pinch, that a sliced banana , plopped with peanut butter and liberally covered with chocolate chips...in the micro for 20 seconds works nicely !

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dedtired

Merry world, I have suggested to my book club members that we meet via Zoom one of these days. Some are more tech savvy than others,. We shall see! Thank heavens for being able to download books.

no sooner did i post this than my book club decided to meet via Zoom.

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annpanagain

Yoyobon, the hairdresser is on the list of shops that can stay open here! I thought of you...

The city library has closed though.

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donnamira

Here in Northern Virginia, the governor has ordered schools, gyms, barbershops, etc closed. My hairdresser's salon voluntarily closed last week. Our library has been shuttered since March 16, where 2 books on hold are languishing for me. :( My office was also directed to mandatory telework last week, but since I've been teleworking since I was hired back part-time (not high enough on the totem pole to rate an office on-site!), the order didn't affect me much. Our county is one of the hardest hit in the state so far, probably due to our proximity to the DC Metro Area with its frequent travelers.

We've been looking into video meeting options for work - where we are restricted to Webex, Adobe Connect or Microsoft Teams. NSF and most universities are using Zoom and are enthusiastic about it. Sadly, our cybersecurity folks won't approve Zoom for our use. Sounds like it would be perfect for our panel reviews.

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yoyobon_gw

Just completed Day 10 of Hunker Down.......

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annpanagain

Yoyobon, love it!

The hairdresser must not exceed 30 minutes! Luckily all I need is a trim as I decided to grow the colour out years ago and found I had a pretty silver underneath. It is more of a white now but still thick, thanks to mother's genes.

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Rosefolly

Yoyobon, that is a particularly nice set of directions, thank you!

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vee_new

Here in England the regulations have tightened up considerably in the last few days.

Now besides all places of entertainment having closed to this is added all shops/stores selling non-essential goods. People must stay at home and go out for no more than an hour a day for exercise. Shopping should be only for necessary goods. People should be in no more than groups of two. Everyone to keep two metres/six feet apart.

The police will advise bigger groups to separate . . . and in some cases have been spat on for their advice! They had to break up a BBQ of 20 people yesterday. Do these idiots have no brains or think rules do not apply to them?

Part of the 'trouble' here is that after several months of rain and more rain this last week has seen more sunshine than we have had probably since August. Folk, especially those with children, naturally want to get out into the fresh air so parks and beaches have become over-crowded.

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yoyobon_gw

I read that in Italy one mayor warned graduates who were threatening to hold their party regardless that he'd come after them with a flame thrower. And he was serious ! Now, there's crowd control.

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netla

Everting has slowed down here in Iceland. Small shops and personal services, like my cousin's hair salon, are closing because of social distancing (hopefully only until the epidemic is over), and a public ban on social gatherings means that only 20 people can be admitted into shops and supermarkets at a time. Hand sanitiser and disposable gloves are provided for shoppers. Swimming pools and many other public service institutions have closed for the duration and essential services are running on necessary staff only, except for health-care providers, which are running full throttle with a reserve team posed to step in for those who might fall ill. Schools have been left to their own devices about solving the social gatherings ban, so some of my friends' kids are studying from home full-time, while others are going into school for a few classes a week. Fortunately, there aren't any shortages (yet) and there doesn't seem to have been much panic shopping.

According to a couple of my friends, there has been a boom in the sales of laptops, smartphones, tablets and gaming computers = People are definitely determined not to die of boredom while they self-isolate. It wouldn't surprise me to hear that online streaming and gaming services are experiencing a boom.

I have been working from home since Monday and will continue until this is over. I like it fine so far, and find that my productivity has actually risen a bit. It's all the peace and quiet.

I hope having a routine will save me from getting cabin fever - at least I can go out even if I have to keep a distance from other people.

My friends club, which meets every couple of weeks, held its first online video meeting last night. Although nothing beats meeting in person (and eating all the delicious treats the host offers up) it was fun and we are upping the number of meetings to once a week until we can start meeting in person again.

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Rosefolly

Has everyone noticed how wonderfully fresh and clean the air is? With so many people staying home, there is not much traffic on the roads, and very little car exhaust.

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vee_new

Yes Rosefolly, I thought and noticed this early this morning. We live on a very busy main road until recently used as a 'rat-run' by huge trucks to avoid the tolls on the two Severn bridges near here. Up until last week if we heard a lull in traffic noise we always assumed there had been an accident. Now we can easily hear the bird-song and the air seems much fresher.

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annpanagain

Sadly, no! We have had some very hot and humid days so the smell from the roads is strong and the same amount of traffic seems to be going past as the school run is still on.

Many places have shut down but the hairdressers have had the 30 minute only rule scrapped! We have only had two deaths of men coming from overseas for the whole huge State.

The holiday island of Rottnest (where those cute selfie-posing quokkas live) has been entirely turned into a quarantine station for State residents coming off a cruise ship which is docking on Monday. Non-residents to be flown home, going straight to the airport from the ship.

Lessons have been learned about letting passengers go off a ship unchecked.

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lemonhead101

I learned that there has been a HUGE uptick in the sale of guns and ammo in the U.S., particularly in the South. One of my DH's friends own a gun shop and he actually ran out of modern guns in stock. He ended up selling some of the older more antique guns to desperate buyers. <smh>.

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astrokath

It's interesting to see what people think they need in this situation - guns in parts of the US, toilet paper everywhere, rice, flour, liquid soap and laundry washing powder, yesterday my DH tried to buy seeds for winter vegetables from our biggest hardware store and there were none! Mincemeat has been in short supply too, along with dried pasta, so I can only assume that Aussies live on spaghetti bolognese :)

Australia has now made it mandatory for people flying in from overseas to spend 2 weeks in isolation in a hotel. I suppose it will be easier to make them stay in. It makes sense because nearly all of our cases can be traced to people who brought it in from OS.

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annpanagain

The gun shops have been closed here in Western Australia. I was surprised to see a new upmarket shoe shop opening in my local mall. Bad timing!

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yoyobon_gw

Rosefolly, not only clean air but also a total end to the awful robocalls and telemarketers ! Blissful peace.

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msmeow

There is a new shooting range in our town and the parking lot is jammed every day when I pass by on my way home. Even today, when our stay at home order went into effect last night. ( I was out because I work for an “essential” business.)

Bon, it is really nice to have no robocalls, isn’t it?

Donna

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yoyobon_gw

The silence is blessed. Now when my phone rings I can be assured it is actually someone I know.....not "Gary" from India wanting to offer me a lower rate on my credit card.

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katmarie2014

No quiet for us I'm afraid. Here on the west coast of Florida 40 miles north of St. Pete Beach/Clearwater it seems like most of the neighborhood is taking this opportunity to have work done on their home. We do not have a stay home official policy in our county. Right now we are listening for the second day to the music by the crew working next door, accompanied of course by pounding and saws.

We are happy about the reduction in air traffic though. A couple of years ago Tampa International Airport expanded and one of the new landing flight plans came right over our neighborhood. The planes are still somewhat high because we are a ways away but still noisy and as we noticed over time, dirty.

We are staying home except for food shopping, which has proved challenging the past two weeks. We are in the middle of tourist/snowbird season and when most of the restaurants closed and a small number went to curbside or take out only with limited hours, all those people needed food. The stores are very empty or picked over, with everyone panicking in general and all the additional people that would normally eat most meals in restaurants shopping for supplies.

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yoyobon_gw

Two weeks into it and people are less panicky......but all are locked down.


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msmeow

Kat, in Orange County (FL) we are under a stay at home order, but construction of all types is on the essential business list. I read the county mayor’s executive order and I think a list of non-essentials would be shorter than the ones deemed essential!

Donna

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yoyobon_gw

Here's a great site to learn something new during this time !

duolingo.com

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rouan

I live in central NY also, and am fortunate enough to work in a field considered "necessary" so I still have outside contact with my co-workers; although we are supposed to maintain the 6 feet distance rule. I miss being able to go to the library and B &N most of all. The paper goods craze has let up a little; it is possible to find TP, some tissue, and some paper towels if you hit the grocery stores at the right time. I have even started seeing some pasta and rice products on the shelves recently. There are 27 confirmed covid19 cases in my county, but no deaths. Most of the cases are downstate, near NYC and surrounding areas. Hopefully, this virus will run it's course quickly and we can get back to a more normal life again.

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annpanagain

Here in Western Australia we are getting social gatherings really cut down. Two people are a group unless family and Police drones with lights and sirens break up a crowd who don't obey the directive, also there will be fines!

The borders are closed to all but WA residents with some exceptions. My son who is returning from touring in a far off State has had to get paperwork to clear his journey at each border!

We hope to keep the bug at bay with these strong measures. So far, only two people, who had returned from overseas, have died but we have accepted sick people from a passing cruise ship for humanitarian reasons. Even though they are taking up precious hospital facilities, they must be treated, of course.

We appreciate so much the people who look after us all. They risk infection but still carry on.

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yoyobon_gw

After two weeks in isolation, we have just been instructed to continue for 30 additional days.....after which I'm sure more will be added.

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annpanagain

Yoyobon, are you able to get out at all?

My daughter is in isolation for health reasons but is able to drive to the beach for walks as long as she distances herself from others. It would be bad for her to be totally cooped up. Total confinement is not good for mental health, surely?

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annpanagain

Here in Western Australia we are closing not only the State borders but creating borders to close off within the State! My son is racing to get back before Sunday 11.59 pm or he could be shut out! If he makes it in time, he then has to self-isolate for 14 days and stay in his region.

However to make sure that the Easter Bunny can get through for the children, a special "Eggs-emption" has been signed by the State Premier. (He is like a US Governor I think! )

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yoyobon_gw

I made my version of Tibetan prayer flags and hung them between two pines trees in front of our home. As the wind blows the flags it carries your wishes across the globe to bless all and remind us we are one.

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annpanagain

Yoyobon, that is a lovely idea.

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yoyobon_gw

LOL....showed it to my granddaughter and she thought that I'd used TP !

To clarify...these are strips of 8 x 18 cotton fabric as the base for the flags !!

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annpanagain

Use precious T/P? What an idea! As if...

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yoyobon_gw

True !!

We have a house in our neighborhood where they have put up all their Christmas lights on the house to cheer everyone. The local news featured them recently.

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carolyn_ky

My great-grandson is a first grader and thinks his mom is a much harder home-school teacher than his classroom teacher. Yesterday, the teachers at his school drove by their students' houses and honked their car horns and waved. He was delighted.

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vee_new

It seems many of our fellow RP'ers are in lockdown from their computers and I know woodnymph has to rely on using one at her local library, but where are the rest of you?

Yoyo I like the 'prayer flag' idea and find it interesting that your house is built surrounded by trees and is seemingly on a steep slope . . . and I hope you are at the top rather than the bottom (thinking of flooding etc)

Carolyn a nice idea from the teachers. I think both pupils and parents are finding 'teaching' and 'being taught' difficult at the moment. English schools normally have a two week break for the Easter holidays at this time, so I bet the parents are heaving a sigh of relief . . or maybe not as the kids will still be under their feet. :-(

I understand that various US States have different regulations concerning social behaviour during this very difficult time and wonder how much effort the 'authorities' put into seeing these new 'rules' are adhered to?

In the UK this upcoming weekend is meant to be one of fine warm weather and usually this would mean a surge of traffic/people heading for open countryside/parks/beaches, but we are now being advised to 'stay at home'. Not an easy call for families who have been cooped up, often in small gardenless places, for more than a couple of weeks.

Re the TP conundrum last night our local TV showed a 'virtual' graduation ceremony for medics at the University of Bristol. One family were shown presenting their daughter with a 'scroll' made up of a loo roll with a red ribbon around it!

These early grads will be rushed onto the 'front line' of hospitals country-wide.



BBC latest news

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annpanagain

Vee, I have been on my laptop a lot recently and watching many news and special COVID programs, a sort of FOMO! My family are not able to call to visit me personally but have been in daily phone contact.

My son and his partner had to dash across the country, making a 22 hour non-stop drive when he disembarked from the ferry from Tasmania as Western Australia is closing the border at 11.59am on this Sunday, even to residents!

With only three deaths of people in the State so far (they were from cruise ships) the Govt are being very hard but the strict rules are working.

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yoyobon_gw

Vee.....we are up the hill, in fact you can glimpse the far corner of our upper deck in the top of the photo. Ours is a deck house with the main living area on that second level so that when I look out the large windows I feel like I am in a big treehouse :0)

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carolyn_ky

Vee, our newspaper has reported two cases of men being fitted with GPS ankle bracelets usually used for home incarceration of prisoners because they have tested positive for the virus and refused to stay home.

There also was a photo of a group of men gathered at a local golf course which caused a lot of criticism and a threat from our mayor to close the public and the private courses.

The playground equipment in our city parks has been rendered unusable--swings having the chains locked to the top bar and basketball goals having the rims removed, etc. Kentucky does have far fewer cases and deaths than the states around us, and our new governor is determined to keep it that way, although he is saying that we have not reached the peak yet.

Have you heard the joke that the next virus will involve diarrhea and people will buy up all the nasal spray?

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annpanagain

I am so relieved! My son and partner have finally crossed the border to our State and have permission to go to their family beach house to self-isolate for 14 days

Lucky that they had that option, as they rented their home out for a year while they were travelling around Australia. They had to move quickly before the border closed tonight but were towing a caravan, which restricted their speed.

Anyway, they are here now and I can breathe again! I wish I could visit them but they will be in another region of the State. My D is in my region but is self-isolating for her health problem. I am on my own for the duration.

I survived the London Blitz so my present situation is nothing really in comparison! We can still talk on the phone.

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msmeow

Ann, I’m so glad they made it home in time!

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vee_new

I second what Donna says! It must be a weight off your mind Annpan.

Everything is still very quiet around here with the occasional car and a few dog walkers; everyone keeping a 'safe' distance apart.

Carolyn we too have our small percentage of badly behaved 'rules don't apply to me' pains in the a***s. Apparently over 3000 people went to a London park yesterday where many sun-bathed, kicked balls around or had 'too close' groupings. While I understand and appreciate that people especially with small kids require some fresh air and exercise there is no need to host a BBQ for all your friends in a public space.

My US (VA) cousin emailed to say their local gun shop has run out of ammo . . .I understand though it also sells animal feed there is no-where one can purchase 'human' food. Are these people planning to get out and shoot their dinners or are they expecting trouble from their neighbours?

I should add that cousin and her DH live in the mountains and are heavy into 'nature' gardening etc and not rednecks or hillbillies. And as her husband comes from Connecticut the 'locals' claim not to understand him when he speaks!

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yoyobon_gw

Ever have one of those days ?! Hang in there everyone.



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carolyn_ky

That photo looks a bit like those of us who frequent hairdressers and are now having to do our own hair!

Vee, I've been reading about all the gun and ammo purchases. It is my feeling that some people are afraid of being attacked for all the stuff they are hoarding. At one point, ground beef was not available along with the ubiquitous toilet paper and paper towels. Wonder what all these people will do with their excess purchases?

Ann, glad to hear that your son got home.

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