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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 #681 "If this were easy ... "

1/23/2022 

Thanks to you who responded to yesterday's post with affirming comments. It feels awkward and sad to cancel activities we want to do with people we like and love. As our friend David so helpfully reminded, “Just because we’re paranoid doesn’t mean it isn’t out to get us.”

Are you also are confused about quarantining? This HuffPost article is the clearest article I’ve read yet about how long to isolate if one has Covid, or one is positive, or if one has been exposed.   

Quarantine Diary #680 Too Close Covid

1/22/2022

Judy suggests a podcast that her daughter-in-law, an infectious disease physician, listens to and recommends. It’s The Osterholm Update: COVID 19. Osterholm is an epidemiologist and Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. He’s on President Biden's COVID-19 Advisory Board.

The podcast is a little wordy here and there but one can fast-forward. Here is what I learned that makes a difference to me.

Quarantine Diary #674 - MLK Day

1/17/2022

It’s Martin Luther King Day.  I read this last week (in Soul Matters for those of you who are UU). 

There is no such state of being that can be called - “I’m not a racist.”

There is only racist and anti-racist.

Quarantine Diary #668 Making an Effort

We hiked on Sunday.

1/11/2022

How was your weekend?

Have you noticed that with this omicron iteration of covid isolation – if one is not an employee - it’s tricky to tell what is a weekend and what is not? I think about what my kids might be doing and maybe we call them and that is the main way weekends are different from weeks. By what other people are doing.

Quarantine Diary #664 Whine, whine, whine.

1/7/2021

Lincoln gave a speech in January of 1838 to Americans alarmed by mob actions.

He begins: “In the great journal of things happening under the sun, we, the American People …

Quarantine Diary #662 Janus month.

1/5/2022

I can still hear my mom saying, “I don’t know whether I’m coming or going today.” I thought of this, one of her favorite sayings, when I wrote this letter to the Third Graders yesterday.

Dear Kids!

I hope you had a fine winter holiday. Now it is January 2022. Do you know where the word January comes from?

In ancient Roman culture, Jānus was a god of doorways, beginnings, and of the rising and setting of the sun. The Latin word jānus, means doorway. Janus is where you enter or leave a space.

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