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  1. CO went up about 200 cases since yesterday. Only 36 more were hospitalized tho....21 deaths [using death-from-COVID stats]. Our county is staying quite steady.... thankful for that. MtRider
  2. IT RAINED......not snow....RAIN today! Course there was the usual mountain thunderstorm too. Unplug the laptops and other fragile things. And it reallllllly POURED DOWN for a while. I was watching it pass thru on the Doppler. Green/yellow/red rain and storm speckles all over CO today. Bits of blue [snow] speckles on the highest peaks. Our expanding container garden is WELL watered. Had to cover it all cuz now we're quite chilly and could frost tonite again. We're expecting a lot of rain chances this week. We are definitely out of fire danger for a while...... lol few days at least. A dozen collard babies. Peas beginning to peek up. Lettuce in the big tin wash tub. Potatoes in 3 containers need more soil dumped in again. I'm really curious about how those will turn out!!! Got my truck going. I'd left it too long in this COVID ...just used the car. So DH climbed half into the motor to take top off the air filter and spray a bit of starter fluid down carburetor. It's a big old Ford truck. Then it started right up and I took it for a spin to get all parts moving again. LOL......It's been so long since I drove it, it was still in 4-wheel drive for snow/ice. Felt that when I started....stopped and got out to turn the hubs on the front wheels - back to 2-wheel. Dehydrating sliced mushrooms DH got yesterday. May have to run it again tomorrow...today is HUMID compared to our usual. Tomorrow we have to drop car off at mechanic for some usual stuff and a Maintenance Required light. Ugh...EARLY. I've been sleeping from 2-10 am. MtRider
  3. I can't see the pic but I've worn a buff for decades. I absolutely hate wind in my ears. I'll wear them under stocking hat in winter. Over ears in wind. Keeping hair back as needed. Try Sportsmans Guide [ NEVER buy one of THEIR products....cheap/falls apart!! Just other name brands they sell....ask me how I know] They go under neck gaiter or face mask/head cover. Or tube head cover. I'm dithering but will place order for one from somewhere. My last one is decades old and frayed badly. I don't like them squash-tight but firm to the face when I wear it that way. They have more options than I'm seeing on this page. https://www.sportsmansguide.com/productlist/clothing/personal-accessories/hats-caps?d=112&c=17&s=335 Jeepers....75 pounds? How does anyone carry them???? Ask if they are shipped in waterproof wrapping - likely cuz they can't get air or they'd begin to EXPAND! I was staying with my folks during the Broken Hip Incident when DH brought in and set up this one. So I didn't see it in the compressed form. MtRider ....DH is still seeking his unemployment checks. Got some and then.... Restaurants are opening but not his yet.
  4. Jeepers....re: the mattress delivery. Have them send it to your son's house! Then he can dump it inside at your house. They are heavy but not that big...if you got the foam, expandable one. Otherwise....this wise tip is null and void. As for your mystery check....we're getting SOME action after DH emailed to our state representative....for the Unemployment checks + $600. As for your bank....can you give son financial power of attorney and have him go there in person to see WHY you can't do off-site banking? Sounds ridiculous! Hmph! Or...is there a banking overseeing something you can contact? Might have to plan another ROAD TRIP!!!! MtRider ...won't it be nice to finally go to Indy and sleep on the wonderful bed?
  5. Yeah, Annarchy. I get the small house thing. Then we have less space cuz of the mice. There was one under the bed chewing....HOPEFULLY on the poison! Hmph. When will MIL return to AZ? Homesteader.....YIKES! that all will go smoothly....at least you'll get her settled at your place. also for when you DO have her at your house. Did you ever get your kitchen put back together? When does Operation Laundry Cart happen??? What a circus this COVID has created ....and we're not half done with all the ramifications of this time period. Our state is scrambling to make up the deficit from low sales tax, etc. Keep an eye on that aspect in all your states/counties too. I was reading about ours today. MtRider .....for LittleSister and her dh
  6. And UK....Spain...and Italy graciously give up their spots in the Top Three.... Colorado is opening restaurants.....today? Soon anyway. DH's restaurant is choosing not open in the first wave.. MtRider ....just sayin'
  7. DH went on his once-every-two-weeks to grocery early this morning. Dropped off for my folks and my dad was in a VERY grateful mood. Can't ever tell. Yesterday, he hid his car keys from himself [on purpose] ......so he wouldn't just take off when he's not thinking straight. Yeah, read that sentence three times and see if it makes you [even the part about.....he's driving?] Then as I was trying to talk to my mom on the phone last nite, he was getting more and more furious .....cuz he couldn't find the keys and he DID remember that he hid them from himself. I want an update on that one tonite but I surely WON'T be asking him! It's a wonder my mom is sane at all. I've got a new saying for her. I gave her a new puzzle when COVID began and in two months she could NOT finish that thing! So she put it away and began one of her other puzzles. She finished it in a couple days and is much happier! I'm going to tell her: You're old. Success Has To Come Quicker!!! Not that any of us are in that category..... Sunny warm day. I think I will try to walk dog. DH came home with groceries to sanitize JUST after I got up. Hadn't eaten. Got the tremors and blithering-brains before I'd finished. He was in basement with the rest of the groceries. Gah, can't start my day off so BIG! Gotta e a s e into things! Y'know? Soooo, I'll see how walking does by now. MtRider
  8. Jeepers. How about this one instead? https://bgr.com/2020/04/15/science-news-cicadas-brood-ix-2020/ They have bulging RED eyes like the "Murder Hornet" but are certainly less dangerous.....except to young trees. A delightful gorge of food for birds and such. MtRider
  9. Sheeeeesh, Kappy. You thot of several things that I didn't. And I OWN the blue couch. ---Withholding Soc Security? ---Medical pre-existing condition if we can't get any lasting immunity if we've had it? And being a corona-type virus [common cold, flu ] that's a likely possibility. ---Will it keep returning....wiping out the elderlies until only the Millennials are left as the oldest? OK...that was tongue-in-cheek. We've had a few over 100 yrs old beat this thing! Right? But vaccinations....rushed to market..... .... OK, the word 'RUSHED' is problematic. But so is the word 'MARKET'. Market means profit and we all know how PROFIT means ever so much more to some folks than ETHICS and RESPONSIBILITY. I might be hiding from profit ....er, I mean vaccines as much as from the COVID itself! Hmph! MtRider ....yeah, I'm kinda queasy about "contact tracers" too!
  10. In the second article, I read some of the comments. This one caught my attention: QUOTING..... This weekend, I sat down and read through a chunk of The Knot Book (a textbook on knot theory – for those who don’t know, this is a branch of topology in mathematics). I have no background in topology, or in math beyond undergrad calc/diffeq. I have no use for this in my day to day life, in my job, or in my future career plans. Yet it was very real work (in that it was concrete effort for my brain). And it was driven by pure curiosity. That’s the value I’m finding in this forced deep reset. It has made it easier to cut away things that get in the way of my life. It allows me to refocus on my most important goals. Which means the rest of the time, my brain can simply explore. It’s a throwback to your 2008 entry on the “activity vacation” – which I wish I’d taken more to heart at the time, though I wasn’t quite ready for the necessary paradigm shifts – but I’m seeing similar effects now. Perhaps it’s a little silly to re-engage my academic side given that I am not in academia, but the increased room to engage in randomness, serendipity, curiosity… I’m finding it’s bringing meaning to my life. And though this topic is not relevant to my career, similar dynamics have led to me recently engaging in other things that *are* relevant to my career. That can only be a good thing. I’m excited to see where this reawakened curiosity will take me. END QUOTING...... Bold is mine This is how I feel about learning Hawai'ian language. Will it serve any purpose for my time spent? Even if I move there, very few speak the language now...tho there is a resurgent movement. But ... ..... it's simply interesting. It pleases me. AND I've read several articles that say it's likely having all sorts of beneficial affects on my older brain. I also pursue other odd, random, peculiar articles to learn about things that will never really have an impact on my life. YET finding them INTERESTING is quite rewarding enough to continue. ...... Of course, over the years, you all have heard about my "odd, random, peculiar articles" ..... MtRider .....my only complaint is that it leaves me less time for reading fiction!
  11. https://marker.medium.com/inside-the-flour-company-supplying-americas-sudden-baking-obsession-623034583579 This was an informative and kinda entertaining story of how COVID hit the King Arthur Flour company and the various ways they're adapting to America's Great Bake Off. https://www.calnewport.com/blog/2020/05/22/the-lost-satisfactions-of-manual-competence/?utm_source=pocket-newtab This is a philosophical article about how we MIGHT feel the collective need to be involved in REAL things after staying home with COVID. Folks doing only computer work for a decade, suddenly making bread and homeschooling their kids might rethink being someone who frantically tries to punch in enough 0's and1's for a living. I found both to be interesting. Similar but different reflections on this COVID WAVE that hit us all. MtRider ....as snow falls, so does our temperature!
  12. ......forgot to add Annarchy and MIL to our group concerned for our elderlies!! Give them wisdom too, God! TX - AZ is a huge distance problem! Then there is the SPACE problem.... Kappy, my friend is treating her latest rescue older cat for "cat acne". Got him in for that diagnosis just before COVID. She's had to keep up with the med but it's working. It's on his face/chin. Glad you found something for your kitten! Wellllllll......I just had to tell y'all........... IT'S SNOWING ALL OVER THE COLORADO HIGH COUNTRY! Might snow all thru the night. Got various sizes of groupel from itty-bitty to pea size snow pellets. Then....it changed over to SNOW. Were expecting this overnight. I'd like to see it continue. So far it's not sticking on gravel of driveway/roads but is sticking on and among the pine trees....and on grass. MOISTURE! Antithesis of wildfire. My mom just called....wanted to know if I can find which Dish channel the NASCAR race is on right now??? I was trying but he started yelling and she gave him the phone. I quickly said I had a lot of data but need to find data for his location on TV..... So he stayed quiet while I clicked buttons. I've never had cable/dish TV. Haven't had ANY TV for decades. I'm outta my league. So he says: I think I'll call G [my brother in DC] cuz he seems to be able to find this stuff. Yeah, Dad.....that would be a better idea!!!! {MtRider passes the hot potato to Lil Brother!} MtRider
  13. for Brazil. Gotta be scary when the elevator is going up so fast, looks to be bursting out the top. MtRider
  14. In mine too, Little Sister. I know what it feels like when every door seems to close; when you know "this can't keep going like this" ...... but no solution presents itself. It's like watching a car collision in slow motion ...ya know it's happening and can't do a thing. I hope we both.....all three with Homesteader....get workable solutions. Soooooon, please, God? Nothing I heard about today.....but don't think my mom had much chance to tell me. We talked of pleasant things like: starting a puzzle that she can actually put together. She'd started one at beginning of COVID and couldn't get it finished. I couldn't be in there to help ....EVEN with a puzzle! Then Maui called and congrats were in order for a graduation [of sorts] and a birthday. Pictures sent for us to "join them" - a nice conversation around their dinner table. 2 of us "Social Distancing from CO". Jeepers, I'm not sure if their auto payments are coming out of the CC ....or from their bank account. I HOPE from the bank account!!! That would only leave grocery, Walmart, etc on the CC. My dad thinks he owes $17 on CC..... doubt that! BUT he's ALWAYS right.. ...except he knows he can't remember if he walked upstairs! THANK YOU for prayers ....all of you!!! I was about at wit's end last nite......and I"M not IN the HOUSEHOLD. I can hear my mom wearing out. MtRider .....got to bed at 4AM last nite cuz dog NEEDED to GO OUT at 2AM. SHEEEEEESH!
  15. My dad's been stirred up and he keeps making everything worse. It's like he's knocking down all the dominoes and none of us can get ahead of the cascade to stop them from falling. I've been on the phone with him longer each day than I can talk to my mom - trying to cheer her up. They're out to stores multiple times now. Can't get their credit card situation dealt with cuz.....we think he threw away the bills cuz he's afraid of COVID and doesn't listen that the virus is dead on paper after a few days so it sat in P.O. for 3 wks and then spread out on garage floor for 3 wks and .....then he bunched up a lot and threw them away. And now he can't believe that he missed payments on CC? They HAVE money! STOP THROWING OUT YOUR BILLS!!! He has always been So Very Meticulous about all the business. Which is why my mom has never known anything about it. And now..... I'm not even at their house and I'M wiped out. The futility of trying to DO anything. My brother needs to get their bills sent to him...right now! I think he's working on that. Please pray we get some solution for them. I can't even describe it.... MtRider
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