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    funnylegs4 ~

    You're right in that police officers are put in those situations, and they most likely have received some training in how to handle a birth or overdose, until paramedics arrive. I would guess that overdoses are more common than birthing babies. I wonder how many know how to care for someone having a seizure?

    Today, I watched an interview with the Chief of Police for Houston, who supported protesters marching after George Floyd's murder. He said that people don't want "less policing," they want "better policing."

    My prayer is that our Congress can come together to enact laws to protect citizens against police brutality, which will then be implemented by police departments in every city in the country. There is a bad apple in every bunch, and they need to be tossed out immediately, before they infect other apples.

    One officer had his knee on George's neck, while the other officers did nothing. That's an infection among the officers.

    And now, I would like to leave this topic, because it's upsetting and depressing. I also feel like I'm bordering on a taboo topic, and I don't want to overstep.



    BEE IN MY BONNET

    Today, I managed to gather up some energy to deep clean and do laundry. There are so many things, which have been left far too long. With Jim's illness, then the restoration, which still isn't finished, I've not had the time nor the energy to tend to certain housekeeping tasks.

    This is my Ta Done List:

    Dusted

    Living Room Furniture
    Every louver on 12 sets of shutters
    Window sills, which means contorted positions on the futon, because it's right next to the shutters
    Every nook and cranny, ceilings, floors, behind and under furniture
    Wiped brick fireplace, a precarious situation with our current furniture arrangement
    Living Room doors, inside and outside

    Waxed

    Living room furniture and double doors

    Cleaned Fridge

    Unloaded a lot of expired stuff and veggies gone bad

    Took out the trash

    Swept the front entry and the rafters, the walls and the entry light fixture

    Two loads of laundry.

    And I walked 3/4 mile this morning.

    Tomorrow, I may not be able to get out of bed or move, but every day, I realize that I cannot continue in this filth and clutter and find peace. So, I'm endeavoring to reduce it day by day.

    I feel like I've accomplished something today, and that lifts my spirit a bit. I feel that Jim, Jon and Michael are sad to see me working so hard, but they also know that these things need to be done, and I'm the only one here to do them. They also know that I feel better, when our home is in order and clean.

    Thank you all so much for your love, support, and prayers. I love you and pray for you and your loved ones.

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    Aah Rose - California isn't so far from North Carolina (only about 3,000 miles). Think you could stop by and get some things done in my house? Now that you're wound up you could just keep on going. Hope you are not overly tired today.
    Virginia

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    Virginia~

    So glad to see you here and that you are feeling better. May it continue to be so!

    Okay, let's see. I don't have luggage. I am terrified of flying.

    While it hasn't many miles on it, I doubt our van would make it there and back. I never drive more than 6 miles around town, so cross country is out of my league now. But, when I was young, I drove all over the country, with Jon, Michael, and previous spouse. Cross country every Christmas, the last time to return permanently. We took turns driving the boys in the car and driving the U Haul It van.

    Aside from that, and 24 loads of laundry in the garage, sure! I'll be right over!

    If I could, you know that I would, Virginia. I'd be there with masks, gloves, gowns, sanitizers, and everything to take your vitals. I'd wait on you hand and foot, literally. And we'd laugh. A lot. And cry. Quite a bit. And then laugh again.

    It's nice to imagine ~

    Please take good care of yourself. I love you and you and your loved ones are in my prayers.

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    My dear Rose,
    First of all, Happy Father's Day to Jim in heaven. I'm sorry I've been MIA recently. We've been up north at Jim's family cottage which has no internet and then when we got home, Jim became ill. He's not feeling well at all so we're getting bloodwork done on Tuesday and we'll take it from there. Home now and his golf cancelled yesterday and today. I'll keep you posted on how his tests go. We are still locked out of Nick's home - the province made new (crazy) rules for families which are impossible to follow. I'm going to call the nursing director tomorrow and find out what's happening. We had been planning our first visit for today with Nick since the pandemic was declared. Jim's not feeling well enough to go anyhow, so instead we are going to zoom while watching Liverpool play their first match of the season at 2pm today. Natalie will be online and we can watch and chat at the same time. Next Sunday we are planning to visit and have 'father's day' then with the gifts that we had delivered to Nick's place. I ordered two nice belts and 'woodsmen's' style socks. For the country gentleman haha!
    Very little else is new around here! Quiet and I'm taking of care Jim and Daisy of course. I'm so glad that you're getting out for a walk, Rose, and getting through your crazily long list of household chores one at a time. Well done!!!!
    Sending much love,
    Donna xoxo
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    Thinking of you today. Glad to see Donna came on to give you a little company.
    Virginia

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    Donna ~

    I'm so sorry that Jim is ill. What are his symptoms? I'm very concerned about him. It's unfair to be ill on Father's Day. Please let him know that I'm praying for him and sending him healing energy. Prayers for you too, of course. I'm sure you're worried about him.

    I see Liverpool vs Everton was a goalless game. There are a lot of things, which I don't understand about soccer, and that's one of them. In American sports, a game never ends with a 0-0 score. Countless times I commented about this "oddity" to Jim, probably spoiling his enjoyment of the game. He was so patient with me, and I did try to understand soccer, but it just bores me.

    Now, when we watched baseball, football or basketball, we were both on the same page! As were Jonathan and Michael!

    I hope you all had fun watching it together virtually.

    It's just awful that you've been kept away from Nick for so long! I hope the nursing director will help you. How is the COVID in your area? Are cases less or increasing?

    In the U.S., the cases are increasing. Not a surprise, after all of the folks flocked to the beaches, parks, and pools on Memorial Day. Plus the protesters, who are less likely to spread it, because they're outside, and the majority of them were wearing masks. Then there was yesterday's campaign rally in Tulsa, where almost no one was wearing a mask. They were hollering and chanting and spitting all over each other. Those in attendance had to agree not to sue DT or the government, if they get COVID. I just shake my head and weep.

    I know that everyone is anxious to get back to our pre-COVID life, but that is not going to happen. Evidently, this is a virulent virus, and it can cause health issues for weeks. The U.S. COVID fatality toll is now about 120,000.

    The more that people push the envelope to get out and back into society, the greater the risk of an increase in COVID cases. It's just logic. It's also science, based upon the medical/science experts, who keep warning us about re-opening too soon. When will it not be too soon? We don't know, but if everyone insists on going out and being exposed, "not too soon" is a long time away.

    As much as I want to have the mold under the kitchen sink removed, and the kitchen finished, I just don't feel comfortable having these strangers (basically, nice as they are, they're strangers) in my house again as COVID cases increase.

    I am terrified of getting COVID, because I am alone, and I'm elderly and immune compromised, under enormous stress. I don't want to be "my friend, who died from COVID" to my friends. I also have a tremendous amount of stuff to take care of like getting the house somewhat back in order. I will at least have our tree trimmed. I don't have to have contact with the tree trimmers.

    I just wish that those people, who are desperate to go out and do what they want in a public setting would think about people, like me, who will perish, if we are infected. We have to be isolated to protect ourselves and those we love, and those, who we don't know, who will suffer and possibly die.

    This pandemic is depriving all of us of things we want to be able to do. It's keeping you away from your son. That is to protect Nick, you, Jim, and everyone else in the family.

    Is testing readily available in your province? If so, then perhaps you, Jim and Nick could be tested. If you're all negative, then you should be allowed to visit, wearing masks, gloves, and gowns. I've been through this so many times in ICU, so I know the protocol.

    I'm just so sorry that you're separated and that the rules are complex and difficult to manage. I pray that you find a way to see Nick.

    All of my love to you, Jim, Nick, Natalie, Alex, Daisy and your entire family. My prayers are with you always.

    Virginia ~

    Thank you for thinking of me today. This has been a difficult weekend, of course.

    I know that Jim, Jonathan and Michael are celebrating Father's Day in Bliss, perhaps, as SuzE suggested, shooting hoops with Kobe and his daughter. There is an image to give me a smile.

    Today, I started sorting out the stacks of things displaced from the restoration on the landing and in the office. Everything was filthy from dust and the fans blowing constantly to dehumidify the areas affected by the leak.

    I found a place for many of these items, all filled with memories. I am comforting myself by reincorporating these very significant "artifacts" of our life.

    I pray that you are feeling better and stronger, Virginia. I think about and pray for you too everyday, dear one.

    Please, everyone, stay safe, be well, eat well, drink fluids, take your vitamins, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and stay strong.

    I love you and pray for you and your loved ones ~

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    :) Rose no message are you okay? You being home alone are like me, and you need to be super careful/ Love, Jeanie :)

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    Rose, Your Ta Done list made me tired! It's been oppressively hot this past week. This makes everything more of a struggle. We have air conditioners in our bedrooms but not the rest of our house.
    I hope that you felt your angels around you on Sunday. We had a special dinner for my husband on Saturday. Gave him a Fit Bit (I have one and love it!). Our state is opening slowly and it feels good and is scary all at the same time. It definitly leaves things open to personal comfort level. We passed on a nephews birthday party with kids but had a very close friend over for dinner outside. It's going to be a balancing act for sure. My sister in law is supposed to visit from Florida late July. BUT our Governor may instill a 2 week quarentine for travelers from Florida. I have mixed feelings about her visiting mostly because there will be "get togethers" and I will have to be strong and make difficult (and possibly unpopular) choices. Stay safe strong and positive Rose!
    Sending safe virtual hugs your way always!
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    ((((((Hugs to All)))))) ~

    First, I ask you all to join me in prayer for Donna and her husband, Jim. Jim has been unwell for a couple of weeks and is undergoing testing. Please hold them, Nick, Natalie and their beautiful family close to your hearts, and send them positive, healing energy. Thank you all so much.

    Mary Grace ~

    These are very difficult and painful decisions to make during this pandemic. Florida's cases are increasing as of today, so your concern about your sister-in-law's visit is quite understandable. I've been in this situation many times through the past few decades. I know you feel like the "bad guy." You aren't. You are protecting Kathleen. And all of your family.

    Like the flu, or any other virus, a person can feel just fine in the morning and be sick by that night or the next morning. A person can be asymptomatic, with no fever, and still have COVID or the flu, or a simple cold.

    No one else is living your life. People may think they understand, but truly they cannot. What does your gut tell you? Go with that. As much as we all want to be close, together, have our pre-COVID life back, it isn't feasible now. And, it is dangerous.

    Go with your gut, Mary Grace. Always.

    My prayers are with you and your lovely family.

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    Rose, I hope all is well.
    Keeping Donna and family in my prayers.
    I agree about following your gut it's proved to be a very good gauge. I'm not sure if my sister in law will even come now since there is a travel ban coming into NY (So thankful our governor is so proactive in dealing with this virus) . We've gone through the fire and now the state is seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. It would be sad and tragic to have other state travelers bring it back to a dangerous level.
    Kathleen handled not going on vacation quite well. She's already talking about going next year. She brought out her picture books and did a lot of reminiscing. She really amazes me sometimes.
    Sending safe hugs and many prayers your way.
    Mary Grace

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