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This is yesterday’s Quarantine Diary report:

It took about one hour per side to stain these fence panels and it's what I did all day yesterday. When I was finally done, I thanked my painting clothes for their service.

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You might consider hiring yourself out — that is if your periwinkle muscle can handle it.

MB and Len: What will happen if your Gov has to reopen and people are afraid to go to work? What a mess this piecemealing it is! Saw the President briefly at a press conference yesterday, a brief press conference, and, in my Nana’s words, “My dear, he didn’t look at ALL well.” I hope it’s just stress and exhaustion. Quarantinedly, Sedgwick
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This deserves more of an answer than I have. None of us know what will happen. Remember the poster from our youth; "What if they had a war and no one came?" What if they have an economy and no one will attend it? The bar rats were out - they literally packed popular bars within ONE-HALF HOUR of the supreme court ruling. The Wisconsin Bar Association sent out an email. Funny how they had that together in under an hour but we couldn't inform people about Covid for months - and we still are doing a piss poor job of it. If a person doesn't seek out good info - then the info they get is not complete nor even always correct. I am curious how long nurses and doctors will "heroically" save the lives of Covid patients who obtain the disease by going to bars and parties and "protests." I'd not be serene about risking everything I am and my family, too, for humans who put themselves in harms way for no essential reason.

You accomplished a whole lot more than I did yesterday which consisted of a short bike ride and a couple garden things... Thought of cleaning the house but who's going to see it... Thanks Covid "Mañana"

Great job! Can't wait to see them:)

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Quarantine Diary #150 8/11/2020 Taking a Break

I’m depressed. How about you?  I’m not the kind of depressed where I should call a doctor. I’m more “Michelle Obama depressed.”  Things feel stuck, wrong, and getting worse. There’s the pandemic and the feeble, chaotic response to it. There’s racial strife. When, if ever, will the police police themselves? Teachers and kids are being thrown back into schools like spaghetti thrown against a wall - to see who will stick? There’s the angry self-entitled idiocy of too many people.

Quarantine Diary #142 Swimming Lessons

“It's a good idea to begin at the bottom in everything except in learning to swim.” Unknown author

I was well into my 40’s when I realized that one doesn’t have to wait for perfect weather if one wants to go into the water. 

Quarantine Diary #141 8/5/2020 "Red Dust"

I just finished reading “Red Dust – A Path Through China” by Ma Jain.  It is a remarkable book that asks more questions than it answers.

Ma Jain was born in the 50’s and grew up grew up very poor in a small Chinese city. He remembers when his mother would simmer stones for dinner so that the neighbors would see her cooking and not realize how poor they were.  (A whole different take on the children’s tale “Stone Soup.") The violent and terrifying Cultural Revolution that Chinese citizens lived through is over but memories of it are in everyone’s minds.

Quarantine Diary #140 7/31/2020 Wishing you a Merry Quarantine Weekend

When I’m in a certain mood I love how-to articles – and I’m in that mood right now. I think it happens at the intersection of reasonable weather and Friday ... when happiness still seems possible.

I googled “How to have a nice weekend in the time of Covid” and guess what? There are no Wiki-How articles on how to be happy in a pandemic.

Let’s invent this right here, right now.

Quarantine Diary #134 Written while sweating …

My best coping skill for appalling weather is to show it who is boss. 30 below?  Cool. Let me put on all my clothes plus a hat down to my eyebrows and another one up to my glasses, and I’ll go out there.

Quarantine Diary #131 7/23/2020 "Becoming Labrador"

Yesterday I forgot to write about a movie we watched which I think many of you might like to watch, also.  We’ve been talking here about what one can stand to read and watch these days when our spirits are stressed and anxious.

I thought I wanted to reprise some of our Canada travels.  FYI, if you’ve traveled in a place you loved, put that place into your streaming service Search window, find some great or mediocre documentaries about that place, and revisit your memories.  It’s fun.

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