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Odds and Ends

March 25, 2020

In this time of social distancing, I have managed to double book myself. A virtual weight-watcher’s (WW) meeting, and giving blood. 🙄

One of the more mundane chores has been to replace it light bulb in the bathroom. The replacement bulb is noticeably brighter. On the one hand, you can see a lot more in the mirror. On the other hand, you can see a lot more in the mirror.

And now I am listening to a woodpecker trying to attract a mate by banging on our chimney cap. My work station is in front of the fireplace.

And of course, across the country, adorableness abounds.

These are times that test one’s soul. We took our walk at lunch today, in a light rain. The sidewalks were emptier than other days. Possibly due to the drizzle. But could be in response to our Governor’s directive to STAY HOME. STAY SAFE. Our walk is actually still allowed, as long as we keep our personal space large. I also received my letter that, with my work ID will allow me to travel around the area, for work that is. Apparently safe drinking water and sewer services are essential.

Our mask. It might not protect us from Covid-19, but it should keep others from getting too close.

Gene

March 24, 2020

Love you.

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Picture credit to Mark Axe

Bubs+Harry on deck

Mom and her biggest fan

Walkies and Talkies

March 22, 2020

We took our walk at midday today. Shorter than yesterday’s, but probably 3 miles and got me to “goal” on my tracker. Our general goal was dropping off mail at a post office, and sanitizing hands afterwards.

Today’s tree photo.

For scale, Carl’s arm is sticking out the left side of the tree, clad in grey.

There is lots of chalk art around. You all should know that hop scotch is alive and well, as well as other art.

Wellcome (sic) to the Beach

And pretty pets

We ate the matzo ball soup provided by a neighbor through a porch pick-up, and spent a few hours enjoying

You can read more about our nephew, Daniel Axe, on the RegenAxe blog. Thanks to Ashlan for assisting our views.

Finally, thank you to our grocery friend for delivering some lentils. There will be chili next week! After we get our next grocery order together, including a jalapeno pepper.

Working at Home

March 21, 2020

Many are now learning the ins and outs of working from home. Everyone has a slightly different experience. From isolation, good and bad, to sharing the work space. I have one co-worker with 4 adults in the house stressing their bandwidth. And those with small children have an entirely different dynamic to manage.

We have just the two of us. We are managing, and Carl is understanding more of what I do for a living.

Hard to tell, but he is on my knee

Since today is not a workday our midday walk was much longer. Over 4 miles by my tracker. We wandered around Tangletown, an area with streets that don’t strictly adhere to the grid system. My parents neighborhood is referred to as the spaghetti bowl I think.

Today’s Twisty Tree

Carl’s imitation twist

The other tackled task included chatting with Rey and Becca for a while. As per usual I learned something new. It had to do with the connection between Cincinnati, Cincinnatus and General George Washington, and the Society of Cincinnati that appreciated their similarities. This is likely not fully correct as I didn’t take notes. If you want an explanation I will put you in touch with Rey.

Weirdness Day Whatever

March 19, 2020

I am working remotely every day, and starting to lose track of which day of the week it is. Life has gotten into a not unpleasant rut. Sun helps! Walks at lunch, and before dinner.

Knobbly Tree on the night walk

I try to get at least one non-Covid related task done each day. As one caller told me today, if we can get him the information he is requesting, he has a better chance to keep his people employed.

Another result of forced social distancing has hit very close to home. Mother had a fall, resulting in a few days in the hospital. She has now moved to a rehabilitation facility, but they are not allowing any visitors. None! I can’t imagine what she is thinking to be in a strange place, with nothing but strangers. For who knows how long.

I know the reason for their decisions, but it is still hard to accept.

Day ??? Of the Situation

March 18, 2020

To start or end with humor. Maybe both.

Our Mariners season tickets arrived today. Of course we don’t really know when they will play again.

Humorous?

We continued our midday walk, and added a pre-dinner walk as well.

We further took advantage of the good weather and our neighbor’s lack of paying work to get some yard work done. … A few hours in the sun and the hedge looks much better, and the spruce tree isn’t being overrun with branches. The strange part of this exchange is our inability to pay for the work.

Filthy lucre is not to be touched, and a check is equally suspect. I don’t have a compatible digital transfer app, so we will owe for the time being.

We are still trying to modify our own behavior further. Likely to try to take advantage of the senior shopping hours, and maybe order and pick up.

Of course, this still won’t get us hand sanitizer or lentils.

Midday Walks

March 17, 2020

It’s probably too soon to call this our normal daily schedule, but the sunny weather provides an invitation to step away from the computer for a few minutes. We have taken these moments to stretch our legs, buy a few items from a store, and say hi from a distance to our neighbors. We even met our new next door neighbor.

Today’s purchase included Guinness. For St. Patrick’s Day celebration. And some canned black beans, more broth and some cheese. Still no lentils.

More meetings, although we’re getting more efficient. I even got to three non-Covid related items done.

There was a moment when I got distracted by a phone call Carl was on because I heard Corwin “talking”.

On the work front, Carl is learning a lot about the inner workings of water and sewer. He is subjected to daily check in calls and various other meetings over the web. I don’t have headphones and use speakerphone so I can continue to type. I even made him monitor a meeting for me while I was on a separate call.

Our new normal.

Weekend

March 15, 2020

For our social activities this weekend we took walks in the sunny, but cold, city. During each walk we did a little shopping.

We got ground turkey, olive oil, lemon juice, frozen veggies, broth, etc… What we didn’t find was hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes or lentils! I have learned to get down on my knees to look to the back of the low shelves.

We didn’t need TP. Yet.

And we did have breakfast out. Support our local little restaurant. And we had pizza delivered for Pi Day.

The weather was very brisk, but lovely.

The stores were lively, but the sidewalks were not crowded.

Tomorrow it is back to work. From my dining room. I am hoping for a more effective time than Friday, when I had some technical issues that took at least half the day to manage.

No Visitors

March 12, 2020

It feels like we are entering a whole new plane of existence.

Between yesterday’s post and now, I, and all of the District office types, are to telecommute. The office is closed to visitors, except for the public Board meeting. Mail and deliveries will be accepted, because we do need to continue to operate. Operations are split to two crews, to reduce the chance of everybody catching something.

There are no wipes or sprays to be found. Unless you have some special karma going, like Jane.

Schools are shuttered, universities are online, no athletics, museums are closed, concerts cancelled. We actually had a few social events this month, but only the dentist appointment remains. And the traffic is quite a bit lighter.

The freezer is filling slowly, and there are more canned goods than usual.

My biggest question now is, for how long will this new reality persist. We are in a reasonably comfortable position, as long as we stay healthy. Water and sewer service is not an option, like a daily latte. But there are many whose hours are reduced, or businesses closed. Precarious times for many.

Covid-19 Comes Home

March 11, 2020

Day 1 back, I was told to work from home. Overslept and still “got to work” by 8.

Day 2, 3 and 4 back it was/is/will be my turn to come to work. This situation really has impacted how we do business.

  • Staggering personnel at work
  • Many working remotely
  • Staggering lunch hours
  • Single person vehicles
  • No customers at the front counter, use the drop box, telephone or email
  • Go to Meetings, or whatever other version a person has, including our public Board meetings.
  • Maintain 6 feet separation if possible
  • Lots of meetings postponed
  • Clean, clean, clean, washing hands and sanitizer.

And now it gets personal!

The governor has decided to limit gatherings of more than 250 people. The Mariners are not a top draw, but normally exceed 250, especially on opening day. A family holiday. For game 2 they might be able to maintain 6-foot separation between fans.

On my own personal response, I now sing, quietly out loud, while washing my hands. I have increased my personal space bubble. And I really need to stock up on more lotion, my hands are completely dried up.

Favorite hand washing tip, “Wash your hands like you just got done slicing jalepenos and you need to take your contacts out.”