Tuesday, May 5, 2020

I'M STILL STANDING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,

I'm sorry I haven't been around. I got out of the habit of writing posts and now I can't get back into the habit.

Besides, I'm extremely busy doing nothing.

I've noticed that some people on our street are no longer interested in social distancing. Example: the guy with a teenage daughter. She was out in the street today in front of their house with a conglomerate of her male buddies. They love to drop the F-bomb, but they don't merely drop it. They scream it.

I swear if it's going to be like this during the entire summer, I'll have to take some action. I don't know what it will be.

My pink-camo mask is missing. It's a good thing that Carol had a blue camo left. A few years from now I'll probably find the pink one.

For those of you who don't wear masks and don't trouble yourselves with social distancing and other precautions, please do not darken my door. When restaurants, bars, playgrounds, and beaches re-open, I expect to see a spike in the number of confirmed cases and, sadly, the number of deaths.

We can't give up now.


Infinities of love,

Janie Junebug


Penelope is such a fashionista. Recently she wore a cap that matched her bandanna. In spite of her pride in her appearance, she still takes off when Carol and I try to photograph her.


She looks downright appalled in this photo,
but what's the point in dressing up if you won't allow
anyone to see how great you look?
 

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  1. I am f-bombingly glad to see you ARE still with us. And glad that you continue to stay safe.

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  2. Hi Janie - glad you're still here. Take care - I'd ignore what's going on - you'll only incite more. Stay safe ... Hilary

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    1. I'm not the only one disturbed by the teens. I expect the police will receive some calls about their behavior.

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  3. Sorry about your neighbors. My neighbor has 3 young boys who are very noisy. They all went out of town for a week. It was gloriously quiet. Penelope is so cute. I wonder why she is so camera shy?

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    1. The kids have all been out of sight since the quarantine began. I'm not thrilled that they're back. I can't figure out why Penelope is camera shy. She also won't allow Carol to photograph her. I have to sneak up on her to get a photo.

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  4. Glad you know you are safe. Yes this virus isn't going anywhere fast and I feel as soon as they lesson the lockdown here in the UK the numbers of deaths will rise again. I'm not going anywhere, as I feel there will be a second wave. Keep safe!

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    1. I feel quite certain of the second wave with the way that Trump is trying to re-open everything, while the number of cases continues to rise.

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  5. Penelope is a fashion queen. Are you sure SHE didn't take your pink-camo mask? Maybe the [pink] camo blends in so perfectly that you can't tell she's wearing it. I agree about the people not being cautious. They can stay away from ME, too. Glad you, Carol, and Penelope are all well... and together!

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    1. Maybe she does have the pink-camo mask. She loves to dress up

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  6. I can relate to the noisy neighbors, but it's raining today thank goodness. Peace and quiet.
    McFamily and I are not changing our isolation practices, either. You know there will be spikes all over the place as they open unprepared.
    Also busy doing nothing over here--LOL! ;)

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    1. Before long we'll get to the part of the summer where we have a thunderstorm every afternoon. Maybe that will keep the kids inside.

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  7. Now do you have a mask to match Penelope's finery?
    I really tried to get back into the blogging groove, but then like you, I got so busy with all of the nothing...or maybe just ran out of exhilarating things to discuss as time went on?

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    1. I can't find my pink camo mask, but Carol came up with blue camo for me. That will look pretty good with her outfit. I think it's hard for me to write because I'm bored with myself.

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  8. I live where the rules are possibly the strictest in the nation, an I, too, have seen folks who don't wear a mask or keep much distance. I don't shame or blame, just do what I can myself.
    For the most part, it's much quieter all over than before this befell us.

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    1. It's noisier here because the next-door neighbor and his renter are bored and spend a lot of time outside at night playing music, shouting, and laughing. I haven't said a word to them. Some nights I sleep in a chair in the family room so I can't hear them. I don't see many people without masks, so that's good.

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  9. I'm busy doing nothing too. It's exhausting!

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  10. Are you located in a hot spot? I'm on Long Island and was infuriated by my neighbors hosting a party on their front lawn on Sunday. If I have to be stuck in the house and miserable to save lives, then so should everyone else. :) Stay safe and healthy!

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    1. Fortunately, the party people in the neighborhood are keeping to themselves. They've been replaced by the next-door neighbor and next to him, the teen-age girl.

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  11. I'm glad you're doing well, Janie! ☺ It's nice to see a post from you, but I can relate to the blogging "doldrums." I was off for over a month and finally posted something last week. Not in the mood to do more yet. Sigh...You're so right about people disregarding precautions! I know there will be a spike in infections and deaths if their callousness continues. Noisy neighbours are annoying and likely won't respond well if you say something. Not a fun situation! I hope it gets resolved peacefully. Penelope looks adorable! ♥

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    1. Penelope thanks you for your approval. We have certain people in the neighborhood who like to party and play very loud music. I've heard from neighbors who live on the party side of the street that when the noise gets too loud, they call the police and the police respond. They're quiet now, but they've been replaced by the next-door neighbor and the renter, who are often right outside my bedroom window drinking and having a loud time. During the day, they're replaced by the teen-age girl.

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  12. I'm finding its hard to keep motivated. (Thats my excuse and I am sticking to it.)

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  13. Some people are idiots, social distance is important I am still staying home and staying safe

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  14. As we are re-integrating with no plan or direction, it really is up to us to maintain the safety standards we've become accustomed to.

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    1. Yes! The federal government refuses to take charge so we have to do it ourselves.

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  15. Penelope is merely modest, a lovely quality in a human or a dog. Cats never are, so I won't add them to the list.

    It's so frustrating to have thoughtless neighbours. We've had drum practice going on in the house behind us now for about two weeks - eeek! Like you, I'm not looking forward to how much worse it will be in warmer weather with the windows open :)

    Stay calm, stay safe, stay cute, Janie and roomies.

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    1. Drum practice must be quite a horror show. I'm very sorry for you.

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  16. I do not understand the people whining about social distancing and masks. Do they want to die? Do they want to kill someone else? As someone said on FB, it's as if you turned your lights on during the blitz. You endanger yourself and others. And that's all I'll say about that. Glad you are well and sorry about the F-bombs. I like them myself, but try to keep them quiet so not to offend others who may not appreciate the word. And out in public is a definite no-no in my book. It's called consideration, I think ;)

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    1. I'm concerned about the teen-age girl and her playmates. They are male for the most part and they get very handsy with her right out in the street. Young children live across the street and they can hear the profanity. It's not good for little kids to be under the influence of the teens.

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  17. I am always trying to catch up.... I sleep alot and although that may sound like fun it is not !
    Happy to know all is fine, except for the teens, take care !
    parsnip

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    1. We're hanging on. I'm awfully glad that Carol is here, although she's eager to go home.

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  18. I'm also in the 'doing nothing' club. Been a member for a while and expect to be for some time :) I do believe a second wave will hit with the nice weather rolling in. People will get restless - and reckless.

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    1. Some people are already reckless here. They've forgotten--very conveniently--about social distancing.

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  19. Hi Janie...

    Such a SWEET Baby.... Love her! I couldn't agree with you more... on all you topics. Kids need to have SOME respect for their neighbors. I am EXTREMELY fortunate in my new neighbor the kids are so respectful and sweet. The young teen girl rides her bike with friends around the blocks with very little noice. The younger kids play by their house on the street (dead end ) and have fun not disturbing anyone but my Westie who does not like kids. He makes way more noise than they do. As for the "non-Maskers..." I have absolutely NO patience for anyone who is not trying to keep themselves and others safe. Once again, I am very lucky here. I see many even wearing masks as they walk around the block, which really isn't necessary since they are more than twenty feet from most houses. But it is smart and kind of them (these are the senior members of the community).

    I do everything in my power to social distance, I even had a birthday gathering of a few neighbors on my very large front porch. I put small tables of two six to seven feet apart and had individual plates of food and drinks on each... so no one had to get up. The twenty-eight by ten foot space worked out perfectly and we all had a great time...social distancing, YET being very social. One only has to be creative in these times to stay safe and still enjoy the simple things in life ... like a birthday...

    Take care and stay safe, Janie!

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    1. That must have been a lovely party. A belated happy birthday to you!

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  20. Ouch, why do many people ignore the suggestion to keep their distance? I am excited to read their story. Do they perhaps think that supermen is immune to viruses ... oh no.
    They should realize that.

    Stay safe.
    Greetings from Indonesia

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    1. I don't know why some people are determined to catch this virus and perhaps die from it.

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  21. I am with you- stay safe!!! Our little county is now at the epicenter of the C0VID 19. It is pretty scary. I had to go to the grocers yesterday and I was amazed at the amount of people with no masks or any type of covering...no wonder we are at the epicenter. We are second in the nation for cases per capita.
    I find that men are the worst about wearing a mask. A macho man can go down as quick as a little old lady with COPD if they get hit with this thing! xo Diana

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    1. I didn't think about it before, but your comment made me realize that it is mostly men who don't wear masks. Perhaps they're following the bad example of some people in government.

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  22. Penelope is quite the model.
    Sounds like your neighbors are a pain.
    I just don't get why some people are making a huge deal about wearing a mask. It's such a simple thing to do and could save lives.
    Take care and stay healthy.

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    1. I'm getting pretty tired of the neighbors, but it's getting warmer and more humid. I hope the weather will drive them inside. I'm surprised the mosquitoes haven't already don't the job.

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  23. Life sucks. It does now. I thought it did before. So we need something worse to appreciate the life we lead today. (No, I don't believe any of that but I'm friggin bored).

    Here's the good news: we're still alive.

    Hang in there, Janie.

    Blue

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    1. I'm hanging. When do I get to stop? Blue, you are you. Tell me what to do when my brain aches.

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  24. Hey there!!! So nice to "see" you again! Glad to know you are ok. Yes, the social distancing violators are numerous here in Houston too. I went to a store the other day (HEB) and while ALL employees were masked and most gloved and practicing the distancing, I bet about 1/3 of the customers didn't seem to have a care in the world. I just really don't get this argument that it infringes on freedom. What? Remember the old "no shirt/no shoes/no service" signs in restaurants and stores? I don't think these same people freaked out back then. We're not doing this because it's fun we're doing it because it's right. We're ALL in the this together and it's up to ALL of us to help us get through it. Sigh.

    Stay safe and nice to hear from you again.

    Hugs from Houston!

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    1. Thank you. It's nice to see you, too. I doubt if many people understand or even know about the flu pandemic of 1918. It killed millions of people--no one knows for sure how many. If more people understood how bad it was, maybe they'd respect the need to wear masks.

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  25. Hey Janie! I've been absent from blogging for a while now too, just trying to get back into the groove of things. Hope the quarantine is going well for you.

    www.onesilverastronaut.blogspot.com

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    1. Quarantine is a joy for an introvert, but of course, COVID-19 is not a joy.

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  26. Penelope is quite the model.
    We went into Phase 2 in NC and the number of folks that tested positive jumped 1100 in 24 hrs.
    Hope your neighbors have settled down.

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    1. Oh, my goodness! That jump in numbers is horrible. The neighbors have not settled down. I don't know how they can stand to be out most of the night with the humidity really high now. And the mosquitoes! I can get bitten just walking out in the backyard for a few minutes.

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