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    on the subject of masks

    It has always made sense to me that masks of any sort filter out bad stuff. Even if it's just 10%, it's still something. And yet we were all told at the beginning of this that masks did not help at...
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    Is this a horrible time to buy a house?

    We have been planning to move for several months - back to Texas. Found a little house that ticks all the boxes and is reasonably priced for that market. It would be like we did with this house, a...
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    We have been cooking labor intensive dinners...I...

    We have been cooking labor intensive dinners...I guess to pass the time. Tonight was chicken pot pie made from scratch. We have always been just in time food shoppers so hoarding/stocking up doesn't...
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    I won a seed starting package at a garden show....

    I won a seed starting package at a garden show. One of the seed packets was heirloom Russian red kale. It has sprouted so I am anxious to try as it is supposed to be sweeter.
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    stuff not in stores lately??

    Such odd things that are not available in stores right now. After the obvious like toilet paper, I can't find dental floss, soy sauce, laundry detergent, sugar, water filters, cat litter, flour,...
  6. Thread: Tiger King

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    I don't like to be reminded how stupid humans can...

    I don't like to be reminded how stupid humans can be; I watched about ten minutes of Tiger King and couldn't go any further. Somehow I ended up watching Kinsey with Liam Neeson instead.
    I would hope...
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    We are so grateful to be able to get by when many...

    We are so grateful to be able to get by when many will have hard times. Grocery shopping has been a big frustration and we are getting low on certain things since we didn't hoard like so many. Tried...
  8. I tried to buy some seeds online yesterday and...

    I tried to buy some seeds online yesterday and their website said they were overwhelmed and understaffed so add 10 extra days to delivery time.
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    I will get back to my lists tomorrow. Today was...

    I will get back to my lists tomorrow. Today was our opportunity to get some fresh produce and who would have ever imagined that grocery shopping could be so stressful. Lines out the kazoo, only so...
  10. I guess optional doctor visits are up in the air...

    I guess optional doctor visits are up in the air now. Noting that the bump on my arm that was to be scanned is getting more painful. But it's not an emergency yet so I am trying not to think about...
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    I have never been one to waste things but...

    I have never been one to waste things but resourcefulness is really kicking in. Washing the alum foil and freezer bags. Every piece of trash gets scrutinized to see if it might have another use. I am...
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    We sometimes have a lunch of good quality...

    We sometimes have a lunch of good quality sardines on crackers along with slices of apple and cheese. When this all got going a few weeks back, I went though our food and came up with 20 dinners...
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    I don't have an iPhone. Android.

    I don't have an iPhone. Android.
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    Tried to buy a camera today so we can do FaceTime...

    Tried to buy a camera today so we can do FaceTime from our Mac. Everyone is sold out though there are many on Ebay for 2-3x normal price. Ugh!! Wondering now what other items will be hard to find...
  15. Thread: Boy, that Dow

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    Starting to see pleas for toilet paper on...

    Starting to see pleas for toilet paper on Nextdoor from people who are elderly or sick. I recall helping a friend clear out an estate when I first moved here. The basement had a whole wall of toilet...
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    My concern is not toilet paper but fresh produce....

    My concern is not toilet paper but fresh produce. Being in the above 60 crowd, I am beginning to fear going out at all except for walks so need to try delivery I guess.
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    I have always been a list maker but being retired...

    I have always been a list maker but being retired has seriously limited the things I "have" to do. One thing that is bothering me is that I never made the "death" book we talked about some time ago...
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    It seems that celebrities and others of...

    It seems that celebrities and others of wealth/notoriety are able to be tested immediately. Story of life...
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    There is a sense when we wake up every morning...

    There is a sense when we wake up every morning that perhaps this is just a bad dream. One really has to focus on daily moments rather than an unknown future. Leisurely cooking and cleaning, long...
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    There are starting to be reports that though the...

    There are starting to be reports that though the numbers are lower, the virus may not be as benign to young people and kids as previously thought. DD is now worried about her nonprofit job. Every day...
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    I generally leave groceries, packages and mail in...

    I generally leave groceries, packages and mail in our very cold mudroom for a bit before bringing in. If I have to start washing eggs, I will just give them up for a while. A big thing for me is no...
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    I think the only clear thing right now is that...

    I think the only clear thing right now is that none of us know how this will unfold. I must admit I am having some hopefully irrational fears that I might not see my kids and grandkids for a long...
  23. Thread: Boy, that Dow

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    I am just a bit worried about things like state...

    I am just a bit worried about things like state pensions (like mine) for the long haul. So many are invested heavily in the market.
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    Made our last grocery run for a while this...

    Made our last grocery run for a while this morning. Trader Joe's was packed and out of all frozen vegetables, rice, beans and toilet paper. The Costco next door had a line of cars out to the street...
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    I am thinking about my maternal grandparents in...

    I am thinking about my maternal grandparents in the 1918 flu epidemic. They were newly married and homesteading high in the Colorado western slope area. I suppose their isolation and resourcefulness...
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