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  2. I haven't had any alone time since this all started, LOL! 9 people in the house ALL THE TIME has been an adjustment for me. DH works from home, I have 4 kids doing distance learning, and I still have my clients to attend to. But, it has been great to not have a strict schedule to abide by. Reach out to friends and family on the phone or Facetime. That's what we have been doing. I can't wait to take my kids to the park and zoo again :)!
  3. I have good days and bad days. I like reading and doing puzzles, so it's nice that I've had more time to do those hobbies. But I really miss social interaction in a big way. Just trying to take it one day at a time.
  4. Our family has been using "Zoom" to for group video chats. It's very easy to use and really fun! We had a 10 person session yesterday with my grandmother, mom, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins. I have friends who are playing a long distance trivia game using it. It's as close to sitting around a table with friends as you can get right now.
  5. Last week
  6. This is very similar to being home during my stint of chemotherapy. I am a pro at this.
  7. Ive been chatting with a few people. mostly people from church. all of our church services/meeting are on facebook now.
  8. Do you have anyone you could do skype or messenger calls with? I talked to three people yesterday and a spouse group of 14 ladies.
  9. Not really, I kind of like not having any obligations. I have lots of at home hobbies though.
  10. anyone else struggling with the isolation? I like my alone time but this is a bit too much. lol. I think its worse if you're single and live alone like I do.
  11. Earlier
  12. I feel this. I'd give up my husband's yearly salary to keep him home for the next year. The money means nothing to me right now.
  13. He's been deemed essential. I'm riding a roller coaster that I want off of. Every day is a new worry it seems!
  14. Florida is finally shutting down. We don't know yet whether my husband's job is considered essential. They have a roomy facility and everyone is way more than 6 feet apart. But if they are classified non essential they have to shut down anyway. This is the worst possible scenario for my family. I'm not mad, and I don't think it's the wrong decision per se, because they can't really visit facilities on a case by case basis to make these determinations. I'm just actually worried for our financial future for the first time. I was prepared to handle a paycut but not his entire paycheck gone.
  15. Out of a 9 man crew at my son's electrician job, they have 4 guys working. My 18 year old is one of them, so we are grateful he has an income right now. He and I both have letters from our employer's stating we are "essential". Employees are wearing masks at work.
  16. We have been on "Stay in Place" since Wednesday and before that it was "encouraged" - but my job is still open (gov't) and unless/until they offer administrative leave, I am not inclined to burn through my personal leave and our office doesn't have the equipment to let people work remotely. We have the capability, just not the equipment. They have supposedly ordered 5 laptops for our 14-person office. Three people do need to stay home because of age and/or underlying health conditions, so that leaves two that they want to hold in reserve in case someone else needs it because of exposure or illness. Our office space is set up so we are not on top of each other, social distancing was something we tended to do anyway (I work with a bunch of introverts), so I don't feel any more at risk about going to the office and back. They are allowing flexible schedules to reduce the number of people in the office at once. I took a personal day on Friday to help with that but also because I haven't had a day off since MLKJr in mid-January. I used the time to do a few things around the house I've been wanting to do.
  17. some good news, the person I know in ICU with the virus is now out of ICU and doing better. I'm so glad she's a great person... . keep her in prayers if you would like too. thanks.
  18. They shut down the job site my son works on as of today, which is fine with him because two people yesterday were there sick and wearing a mask. He is 18 and was pretty freaked out about it, not that he worked near them, just the fact that he didn't know what they were sick with. Dh has a couple remodeling jobs lined up, was able to get paint for one, windows were already delivered on another one, and the store where he buys crown molding is doing curb service with limited hours. So we shall see how much he can do in the next few weeks. "Commercial" businesses are allowed to be open according to Gov. Hogan's list.
  19. Hmm, I wonder if DH will finally have to stay home. I've been staying home but sure that he will be the carrier who brings the virus home to me. My system never met an upper respiratory infection that it could resist. And the consequences are more and more distressing as I age, got the bronchodilator ready just in case. Hope it passes us by. Praying that the "flattening of the curve" measures work for us all and that the financial/political actions don't turn us into a third world country.
  20. this means other than going to out to get food, we need to stay at home. stay away from people. limit exposure to people. crazy. all non essential businesses closing today at 5pm.
  21. miranova

    Aye Corona(virus)

    People are complaining about a bit more than sitting on a couch. People are losing their jobs and their livelihoods.
  22. For most people it is an inconvenience, but for others life and death. I will happily be inconvenienced to help not make someone sick. I really feel for businesses and employees financially hard hit. We will just have to ride it out.
  23. For those of us who are seniors and have cancer or heart disease (me and DH) or other health issues, this virus is a life and death matter. We won’t even get into the $200k we’ve lost in our retirement accounts the past two weeks. Lots of people are worrying about their small businesses failing or losing their jobs and health benefits. This is about a lot more than a paid staycation.
  24. Roy

    Aye Corona(virus)

    To help keep all this in perspective, a friend of mine was speaking with a 90+ year old World War II Vet. He says he was sorry what everyone is going through at the moment. But it's nothing compared to what they had to go through in the 1940's during World War 2. We are being quarantined to our couches in our homes, they were being sent off to war. Not to mentioning all the rationing going on back in the day. I think what is going on now is a small taste of what our Parents, Grand Parents and now Great Grand Parents had to endure during the great war. I am not complaining so much anymore.
  25. I don't know about you, but I'm getting corona-weary. I never thought I'd experience something like this in my lifetime. Previous generations had wars and unrest and uncertainty. I know 9/11 changed so much about how we lived our lives, but this coronavirus feels like it is changing our society on a more personal level. I don't know how long it will be before it peaks in our country, but I do know that how people communicate and interact with each other, for business, leisure, well-being is changing. In a way it feels like we're beginning to look up from our phones and other devices to see each other, and at a time when having the technology and communication network those same phones and devices represent provides a safe way to do so. DSHome's work is having him work from home a couple of days a week to reduce the number of people in the office at the same time. My office is allowing flexible hours between 6A and 7P plus half-day over the weekend. I don't have work-technology to allow me to work from the house at this point, but they may be working something out to get the right equipment to allow VPN. If that happens, I'll likely do a combo of working from home, working in the office, and taking some annual leave. Nothing is changing for DSAway as his classes were already online, and he wasn't planning to attend the graduation ceremonies, so if they are cancelled (as they probably will be), he'll not be disappointed or missing out on something he wanted to do. DH's biggest inconvenience was the closing of the public library. He had a book on hold that he was going to get last Saturday but they sent out the closing notice on Friday after they were already closed. But believe me, he will not run out of things to read based on the stack of books he's been meaning to get to at home. Because we buy loss-leaders and stock up routinely, we were not part of the "woe is me, I can't find toilet paper" crowd. We had purchased our three-month supply a few weeks ago. We did lay in some extra groceries so we don't have to go into the store / mingle with other people. Restaurants are still open in our area and we agreed to help support them as we can through take-out service a little more than usual. (It's nice to be in BS7 where we can do that.) What's been interesting to me is how much people are sharing with how to make the most of closed schools through instructional classes, information, etc. Virtual tours, exposure to art and opera and painting and all sorts of things. Businesses stepping in to help sustain their communities even when its costing them what little margin they may have. Big businesses expanding their community outreach. Anyway, I hope our LLNOE friends stay well and weather this storm successfully. Be safe. Be well.
  26. texasred

    Happy New Year

    I have followed your journey since the beginning and am totally impressed.
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