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Old 05-11-2021, 06:08 AM   #91  
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Lockdown extended again. I think our populist premier is going to continue this until he feels he has reached "herd immunity" within the province and then he's going to open up everything immediately. Which will bring a 4th wave crashing down on us.

Idiot! Too little too late and nothing is being enforced. Anyone who still has some economic stability is lucky. Most of us will go down if this keeps up until September. We'll be alive but with no jobs, homes, food, etc.

Not a good plan.

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Dagmar, do you or DH qualify for COVID benefits? I saw that Canada has some.

Not much has changed here. The grocery and drug stores still ask that people wear masks while shopping. I went for a blood draw yesterday, and of course masks are being worn in the labs and waiting room, and the waiting room has been set up for distancing.
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Medical offices here are still doing masks, temp checks, etc. I noticed the Starbucks I go to most often has taken down the plastic shields (but are still wearing masks).

I had a 6 month oncologist checkup yesterday. Only 5 more months until I can taper off the tamoxifen!! YAY is all I can say. That stuff is causing me to have a lot of muscle cramps, among other unpleasant symptoms. It can cause cataracts too, and the optometrist spotted one beginning in my right eye a few months ago.

It's getting hot here.
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Alice! So happy that the end of your treatment is in sight. Way to go! May you continue to be healthy!

My lab results came back, and my blood glucose is higher than usual. But, my cholesterol is lower than it has been in years. I'll have to wait until my doctor comments to see what this means. I think the glucose has to do with lack of exercise. It's concerning because my mother developed diabetes when she was my age, and I don't want to go there.
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Yay for your treatment ending Alice and I hope your health issues have the best possible resolution JayEll.

Re COVID benefits DH has been working throughout the pandemic and so have I. Although I lost a lot of income I've got 2 new clients and make "too much" money to qualify for benefits. Just as well - there are people, like my hairdresser, who have not been able to work for most of the past 12 months. They are really on the ropes and need the money much more than me.

I spoke in general terms of a lot of businesses going under and arts programs and other cultural organizations being in very shaky situations due to being shut down for so long. I really enjoy attending cultural and arts events and going to museums and galleries. The quality of life here will be so diminished for me if a lot of these organizations can't make it back.

I think DH and I will be OK, though our small savings have been depleted. As long as we both can keep working we can keep up with the bills. A lot of people no longer can and their COVID benefits have ended. There is no further help for them either from the federal or provincial levels of government.

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For the first time since spring of 2020 I feel "normal". I have energy and want to start doing things.

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For the first time since spring of 2020 I feel "normal". I have energy and want to start doing things.
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It's a good feeling, yes? I hope it has lasted!
Maskless is coming soon here. Many stores have lifted their restrictions. It's interesting to me how many vaccinated people are hesitant to take off their masks.
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I put my mask around my neck when I get out of the truck. If the employees in the store are wearing masks, I put mine on. If not, I'll forego the mask as long as it's not crowded. But I have to admit I feel a bit exposed indoors if I don't wear it.

It's time to get ready for backpacking. Last year I planned a couple of trips that got cancelled the day before because of the fires. I was hoping to do those same trips soon, but unfortunately a lot of the areas will be closed all year. I've heard the fires could still be smoldering under the snow and might pop back up. I sure hope not!!
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May your backpacking trips happen, Alice. That's interesting about the fires. I guess it's like banking a fire--the embers get enough oxygen to stay hot, but not enough to break out in flames. I hope they are extinguished after all.

I'm going for a walk this morning. It's 70 outside right now--perfect! I do need to keep moving.
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I hope your backpacking trips happen Alice.

We are having hugely hot weather here way too soon - 31 C today and brutally sunny. Going to do all the dog walks on leash at a ravine system with a lot of shade. Not sure about the water quality of the stream there so will take my collapsible dog bowl and a really big bottle of water for the pups.

Had to ask a neighbour to help me break into my house this morning. Front door handle failed and our back sliding doors are kept shut with a steel bar. He managed to pop the small front slider window and I slid through it feet first. So glad I've kept my weight down and done the yoga all these years!

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Oh gosh, Dagmar! Not fun! Good you were able to get that window open. Being locked out is so annoying!

Our weather is hot by midday now, but mornings are still cool and pleasant. Time to do more walks, while it's still nice.

At our haircutter's yesterday, no one was wearing masks--although you were welcome to wear one if you wanted to. I found that I didn't remember what our haircutter looks like without one. It seemed a bit odd, but I think it won't take long to get used to it.
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Snowed here yesterday - nothing stayed on the ground. Odd. Not very motivating for summer weight loss. SIGH.

I can't do anything or go anywhere except the grocery store. Hoping our "accelerated" second COVID shot comes soon.

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Snow! It also snowed up in the high elevations of the Sierras last weekend. This late in the season is very unusual.

For the third year, a pair of ravens has raised a family in our large eucalyptus tree. The babies started flying a couple of days ago. I'm still trying to figure out if there are two or three young ones. They are already as large as the parents!

I keep overeating at night. I'm trying to figure out how to stop doing this.
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So cool about the ravens Alice. We've had several species of birds - robins, cardinals - try to nest around our property but the raccoons got both sets of babies.

I'm eating at night too. Mostly due to caffeine crash and fatigue from the day's walks. I have found having my predetermined evening snack and then going and brushing my teeth usually cuts me off from eating anything else. I also relocate from the living room with TV to our bedroom and I read. I was an avid reader when young and have now taken it up again and really enjoy it.

We have had the most beautiful sunny spring-like weekend. Trixie and I have been out and about walking through landscapes filled with newly green growing things. Good for the soul.

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June is here, and the afternoon rains have begun. Just in time for the thirsty plants!

I love ravens, Alice! I was surprised at how big they are--definitely not crows. We don't have ravens in Florida but I've seen them in the West. The first one I encountered stood knee-high!

It's been home repair and improvement week here. For some reason a lot of things need to be replaced all at once, and the house siding needed to be washed. I hire people these days for such things, but they still need supervision.

I hope you're still enjoying the weather, Dagmar.
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