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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 #320

How many feelings have you cycled through since the Inauguration? I’ve been the Lance Armstrong (without the drugs or cancer) of ups, downs, responses, relief, and outrage.

I read that the Twitter word trending last Thursday morning was “slept.” As in “I slept well last night for the first time in four years. How about you?”

Quarantine Diary #312

“You know me, I think there ought to be a big old tree right there. And let's give him a friend. Everybody needs a friend.” ― Bob Ross

This tree lives in Waukesha and stopped me in my tracks when I was out for a walk.

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 When will this Quarantine Diary end? When Len and I drive out not wearing masks to go to a place where we will stay overnight. Just letting you know. FYI we started last year on Friday the 13th of March.

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Quarantine Diary #308 1/15/2021

My life is pretty fine, and I bet yours is, too. Warm place to live. Food to eat. Friends to share and laugh with - even if we have to do it via Zoom.

At the same time, who isn’t feeling anxiety and dread? Will the white supremacist insurrectionist knobs attack the inaugural? Will they screw up state capitols and infrastructure? One lone guy blew up Nashville a mere three weeks ago. What the hell is going on?

Quarantine Diary #307 Brain Names

Remember when there was no autism? Sure, there were kids in our schools who were weirdly able to remember stuff, or were hard to control, or whose emotions triggered at the oddest time. We generally ignored those kids. Those of us who were kind did, anyways. Others bullied. 

Remember the mopey kids in high school who knew too much about depressing art and angsty music and sometimes killed themselves?

Quarantine Diary #306 Hunched Over & Paying Attention

I am going to write some Quarantine Diary entries again. There’s a lot going on and sometimes it helps to hear a small voice as well as the big voices of journalists, pundits, networks, the other public media we follow.

I have had a small headache off and on for days. I worried that I might have contracted Covid, except dang it, I haven’t gone anywhere! And then, thinking about it, I realized I am hunched over my phone much more than usual. These mild on-again, off-again headaches are from eyestrain and weird posture.

Rime and Treason

These photos were taken by Len on Monday in that other time and world that existed before the Trump gorgons mobbed the Capitol. (Gorgons existed in Greek literature. Gorgons are the poisonous siblings with hair of living snakes. Those who beheld them face-to-face turned to stone. Or were killed by being beaten by a fire extinguisher.)

I have been trying to write about that but it is too hard. There is so much that is clear and is informative. You are reading it as much as I am. Blessed be the journalists, right? 

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