It’s Thursday Again

I’m amazed at the number of “elderly” (our age) people who tell us their kids won’t let them leave the house. What? They don’t live under the same roof at all, but the kids are making their parents stay home. It makes me wonder. Our kids just ask what we’re doing. Does that mean they don’t love us? Hardly. One of the kids picked up toilet paper for us when we couldn’t find any in our stores. Other than that, we speak to them and check in about everyday life but don’t go further than that. Is it that they trust us to be cautious? Is it they don’t think of us becoming ill and dying from it? I choose to look at it that they think we know what to do. What do you think? Have you told your parents to stay home? Our mom doesn’t listen too well. At nearly 91, she still insists on going to Walgreen’s and Hy Vee for groceries herself. She has a good chance at becoming exposed. I’d rather not be exposed.

Our Hamburger Night was good again. We visited and made plans for Taco Night tonight. The Babe heads up the kitchen staff for that. I’m not able to lift anything heavy or stand for a long time, so I come along for moral support mostly. Not sure if I’ll join him or not. It’s that or stay home to let the dogs out, let the dogs in. Let the dogs out. Let the dogs in. Let the dogs out. Let the dogs in. You get the idea.

i’m putting together some notes for the rest of my book. I need more meat in the story at certain chapters. It’ll be hard (maybe) to get another 8K words. Once they start, though, they come easier. It’s not impossible. Just need to get to it. I hope to hear from my book coach in a couple of weeks and see what the assessment of my first three chapters is. At a much younger age I used to agonize over such things. I don’t anymore. I do hope it comes back favorably though. If not, back to the drawing board.

This one is thought provoking.

Thank God for the empathy of others. We especially need that now.

I remain hopeful our Veterans graves will be decorated with the American flags this Memorial Day. It would be a shame if they remained bare. A news story yesterday stated the VA is not allowing groups such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to plant the flags as they usually do. The National Cemeteries in Long Island, New York have 500,000 graves in them. It sounds as if it will not be allowed at all. I understand the social distancing, believe me. I would think that even if they worked in pairs the Boy and Girl Scouts could find a way to socially distance and still be able to plant the flags. Yes, it is a symbolic gesture, but it is an important one I believe. After all, people are allowed to go the store now, and even pick up dinner from a restaurant. It will be interesting to see what happens. I hope someone regains their mind to let them put the flags in.

The remainder day will probably go quickly. We will start serving tacos to some hungry veterans and Honor Guard members after 4 p.m. More talking with friends tonight, and hoping everyone is well. It will be a good afternoon. Until it’s time for me to leave, I’ll do a little more editing and planning. I hope you all have a good rest of the day, stay safe, and keep up the social distancing. See you back here tomorrow!

Thankful Thursday

Yesterday, I wrote about venturing out for the first time. Or rather, the anticipation of going out for the first time. If you’d like to read it, check yesterday’s post, Woo-Hoo Wednesday. We all felt very strange going somewhere to dine again, and to especially see our friends after two months.

I spoke with a lady who reiterated what I felt yesterday. She mentioned feeling safe because we all know each other. I wholeheartedly agreed. It was wonderful to be out. To be among friends. To feel safe while relaxing some aspects of social distancing. The Post strictly adhered to the guidelines the Health Department insisted be followed for reopening. People understood. People were kind to each other. As I reflect back on it today, I am thinking of those who did not come out. They were not convinced they should be out yet. And that’s ok. We took a risk, and it was a good one.

It did our hearts good. Sharing a meal with friends who are like family is almost a sacred act. I can only imagine the joy we’ll feel when we are able to be with our grandkids again. Hugs for all! We all miss those the most. Yes, it felt like forever since we were able to gather. We tried to catch up on the news from each other. We had a limit of six to a table, and had to rotate in and out to not break the rules. It was so worth it. Some men hadn’t shaved for awhile. Some women needed haircuts. None of that mattered, we were just glad to be out.

All that said, I can’t say I have a desire to get on a plane, drive to Colorado (really hard to not go, with a new grandson and all!), go shopping in a crowded place, or attend a outdoor concert yet. I don’t feel we’re safe enough to do that yet. We may not be for a long time. Yes, warm to hot weather is going to make the virus unable to make us ill, but traces will still be around. It will be round two in a few months with a double punch from Coronavirus and the flu. Lucky us. We’re going to be doing this for a long time, folks. We can do baby steps getting out again. In time we will be more secure about it. Just pick a place you know you’ll feel safe. And go, when they’re open. And you will experience joy at being with your friends again. A reward for staying home these past two months, that we were all present. It will happen for all of us soon. Enjoy the experience. Savor your people.

I may have lost 3K words from my book while editing with Pro Writing Aid. Not sure if the word counter had a hiccup or anything, I don’t see where they are missing. It may take awhile to locate the gaps. There are some chapters that need more work, and I’d still like to reach 50K words or more. Lots of loose ends to tie up, and relationships to mend (those that can be mended). Hoping I can find them sooner rather than later. It will work out, things always do!

Ancient Chinese Proverbs May Be The Best

Thank you for reading today, I appreciate you taking the time to do so. Hope to see you again tomorrow. I’ll be here! Stay safe! Wash hands, Be Kind, Call a Friend Today!

Woo-Hoo Wednesday!

May 6, 2020 – Today is a monumental day for us. Our VFW Post used to have Food Night every Wednesday. We’ve been going for several years. They have not been open since just before St. Patrick’s Day. This is due to Coronavirus, and has been a good decision. The Governor of the State of Nebraska has reduced restrictions and okayed openings with caveats. As a bar serving food, they have decided to open and test the waters. We’ll see if folks are willing to venture out tonight or not. We’re not expecting a huge crowd, and think it will be manageable.

Yes, people are concerned. Nationally, the gambit runs between panic at going out and mob protests about “rights being violated by being quarantined.” People, please! Your rights do not supercede mine to stay well. Think further than yourselves! Don’t be selfish. We need to look at the greater good here.

Yes, most of our people are retired. That doesn’t make us less important to the world than those who are younger. Those of us who are venturing out do so cautiously. We feel safe since we know the premises will be cleaned and sanitized. The rules are being followed. We know our close friends have been careful because folks our age need to be. We all want to be able to see our grandkids when this is all over. We didn’t reach this age by being stupid! Will I go to a restaurant for dine-in? Unless it was where my son works, no. I know how clean his employer keeps the place. I’m not ready to get into the mainstream general public yet.

I do believe there will be many more cases of COVID-19 diagnosed. The Babe and I are on the list the Governor requested we register on. We had no symptoms all through this ordeal. We receive check-backs from the state asking if we’re still ok. If we are not, we will be monitored and only if they think we need testing will we receive testing. That’s how it should be. If you are well, there is no need to test you. I think there may be misinformation about testing. Just because I want a test doesn’t mean I will be tested. I can only be tested if I develop symptoms. I don’t think some people understand this concept and this is where the public needs to be educated by facts and information, not led by emotion and rumors. Please. Let’s be sensible as we venture out.

While we are looking forward to seeing our friends again, I’m going to say there was a frantic moment yesterday while I was using Pro Writing Aid to edit my book. The software highlights errors like spelling, tense, offers more interesting word substitutions and the like. Well, as I got to the end, I became aware an entire chapter disappeared. Panic set in. Luckily, I had a copy in Google Docs so I copied the chapter and inserted it where it was supposed to be. I’ll run it through Pro Writing Aid one more time, then set to work to see if anything isle disappeared. Pray a rosary for me today, ok?

Since it’s a little weird today, I’m just going to pin a quilt or two before settling in to read for a little while. It will all be ok, for sure. I have faith in the universe and God that it will be ok. Not going to get too excited about anything. Except for seeing our friends again. That is worth venturing out. Thanks for reading today. I appreciate your support very much. Hope to see you tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it was to be out in a very controlled with environment with our friends. See you then! Be well!

Grocery Shopping During a Pandemic