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Hopalong

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #345 on: September 30, 2020, 08:12:47 AM »
I'll keep my fingers crossed you get some sunshine that day, Tupp.
I had a memorable moment last winter (the Before Time) when Pooch and I went downtown one afternoon and I suddenly craved a beer. Couldn't go indoors with Pooch. But one bar at the end of the bricked-over downtown has brick walls and directly faces south (and is partly sheltered from the west by a hotel). Anyway, wound up sitting there in I think February feeling perfectly toasty! Had a warm Pooch on my lap and a frosty beer and it was cozy. It surprised me how nice it was.

Sunshine for Monday, request submitted.

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« Reply #346 on: October 01, 2020, 08:40:06 AM »
I'll keep my fingers crossed you get some sunshine that day, Tupp.
I had a memorable moment last winter (the Before Time) when Pooch and I went downtown one afternoon and I suddenly craved a beer. Couldn't go indoors with Pooch. But one bar at the end of the bricked-over downtown has brick walls and directly faces south (and is partly sheltered from the west by a hotel). Anyway, wound up sitting there in I think February feeling perfectly toasty! Had a warm Pooch on my lap and a frosty beer and it was cozy. It surprised me how nice it was.

Sunshine for Monday, request submitted.

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Finding cosy places to snuggle in during the winter months is so lovely, Hops, I love it when you can find a place where sitting outside is a pleasure, even when the weather's bad.  There's a place in the next town where they put an awning out over the winter with clear plastic sides and big blankets on the chairs so you can shelter whilst looking at the river - of course, it's usually too busy to sit down anywhere but that's the rub!  I've sorted our little predicament out as I checked the opening hours again and they've increased them since last time we went so it will work now with minimal loitering; maybe ten minutes tops but there's a sheltered fire exit we can huddle into if need for that short time.  Usually we could sit in the waiting room but they've closed that due to covid.  Do none of the bars allow dogs?  Most pubs here do, and a lot of cafes do as well, you quite often see a pair of big brown eyes looking pleadingly at you when you eat your chips :)  Lol xx

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #347 on: October 01, 2020, 12:13:35 PM »
A very few places do on sort of sheltered (plastic drapes usually) patios that have big propane heaters. I wish dogs were allowed indoors at a few places (after Covid) but they just ain't. The U.K. is a lot more adaptable to pooches, imo.

I've been agonizing over a steel round simple firepit thing for the small patio. It's not cheap and would require a lot of logs. No maintenance, good heat output, etc. And movable so no permanent installation. But I'm asking myself whether with my back issues, I should even bother. Stacking firewood would hurt and also require a rack I don't have....a lot of fuss and bother.

It might be that my best solution to virus isolation this winter will be just to suck it up, make walking dates for sunny days, and/or find 1-4 people (possibly including M IF (big IF) the just-friends thing works out)-- to be in a "pod" so once or twice a month I could host or attend a movie night with just 1 or 2 invited at a time. Masks on indoors, sitting 6'-8' apart. Would be weird but maybe comforting. Third option is just to wait it out.

M is the only person I know so far who's as intense about virus precautions as I am, but he's problematic. It's possible Zoomie could become one. He's been very careful but has gone into some stores. I suppose I could tell him if he gets tested negative after 2-3 weeks of real quarantine, he can be in my pod!

The social drive is SO powerful. To get a grip when I'm wavering, I check the daily Covid dashboard for my area. Forty-six new cases today. That'll do it.

I hope you find happy safe places where you can get a bit of that humanity-feeling!

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« Reply #348 on: October 01, 2020, 04:01:16 PM »
Been torturing myself over a lovely minimalist patio steel firepit that gets great reviews for putting out a LOT of heat and being generally wonderful. However, it's not cheap...and, it requires wood (I don't want to mess with propane) and eats a lot of it, so that would mean also setting up a firewood rack, and dealing with tarps and covers and cleanup. (You just turn the pit thing upside down and it leaves very little ash...burns almost all of the wood to nothing.) But it should be protected.

So by the time I get the steel pit AND a firewood rack AND split firewood AND a cover or tarp....it's not small bucks on my budget. It'd be perrrrrfect on my patio but who knows if that many people would even want to come during the cold months?

I am vacillating between talking myself in or out of it. Thought of a chiminea, but I like this sleek smaller thing a lot better. Patio's fairly long but not wide.

Just yappin'...
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #349 on: October 01, 2020, 10:25:06 PM »
What IS this fire Pit....thing you speak of, Hops?

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« Reply #350 on: October 02, 2020, 03:54:31 AM »
I'd be inclined to see outdoor heating as an investment in health and wellbeing, Hops.  If it means that at least the possibility of people coming over is more real and keeping safer while you socialise is more possible than I'd say it's worth the investment.  Could your gardening chap stack wood/chop it small/look after the maintenance of it for you?  Long walks on sunny days is a good idea. I think socially distanced movie nights would work, odd though it would feel at first?

Cases are up in our area as well, it's sobering.  We're still being mostly inside and very careful but for most people it's nigh on impossible - by the time you factor in work, school, checking on elderly relatives and so on, there's a fair amount of mingling going on however careful people are being.  Is it true that Trump has it?  I wasn't sure if it was a (not very funny) joke doing the rounds.  Hard to know with the internet these days! xx

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« Reply #351 on: October 02, 2020, 10:02:05 AM »
Do yu really think Trump tested positive for COVID?  I think it's more likely than not.

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« Reply #352 on: October 02, 2020, 10:06:19 AM »
Lighter, search for "Solo stove Bonfire" and you'll see it. There's a larger one too. I like their looks and they're portable, so you don't half to walk/sweep around it the other half of the year.

Tupp, he does have it, and the first lady. Schadenfreude. After his terrifying rampage of a debate it's a mercy he may be a tiny bit quieter for a while. Boy, it's a real test of whatever traces remain of my childhood religious training....not to think of karma. I'm trying to channel "When they go low, we go high" except that may have gotten us this sociopathic president in the first place. The U.S. has been asleep at the wheel for too long (that's karma too). The damage done is heartbreaking.

I'm still reading with my jaw on my chest. Time to write more postcards to voters. I voted early, curbside (like a drive-thru restaurant!) a week ago and in this small city it was a breeze. But in other places like Texas, one side is doing all it can to suppress the vote--the governor there just ordered only one secure outdoor ballot box per COUNTY (you can drive almost 2000 miles from end to end of one). So seniors and/or the disabled who really need to deliver their votes outdoors ... how can we have sunk to this? Okay, I'll stop. I apologize for the politics, that's not our VESMB custom. And that's wise. It's just a really tense time until the outcome.

Back to cozy patio fantasies....my lawn guy is going to deliver some split seasoned firewood and there's a super-cheap way to build a sturdy rack: four steel brackets made for the purpose. You insert two treated pieces of lumber lengthwise for the bottom, and four regular ones that stick upright from each corner. You choose the rack dimensions based on how much firewood you'll get (about 250 lbs for me for the season is my guess, not much) and buy 2'x4' lumber cut to suit. Even I could assemble this thing!

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #353 on: October 02, 2020, 10:41:40 AM »
The cheap rack sounds perfect Hops, I'm glad there's a way to do it without spending a fortune.  Good omen, I reckon.

The thing that struck me most about the Trump news was whether or not I could believe it.  How have we go to a point where we can't trust anything we see or hear anymore (at least now without a decent knowledge of the source or the topic)?  Kind of scary.

And yes, voting.  I kind of don't want to watch, here or there.  I'm still looking at eco retreats in out of the way places and wondering if I can break son's internet addiction and get him into coppicing or something instead :)  Lol x

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« Reply #354 on: October 02, 2020, 01:22:42 PM »
Coppicing! Brilliant! I loved the documentary about that...

Even in high-end media (just the commenters, not the reporters/opiners) there's some speculation about T's diagnosis being a hoax. I have a feeling it's not, but doubting that sort of news is a symptom of what he and his ilk have done to us.

UGH.

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PS In case I didn't say, I bought the fire pit. It'll be here end of Oct. and I'm glad.
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #355 on: October 02, 2020, 07:50:19 PM »
:: kicking back next to burn barrell::

I think a lively fire Pit is a most excellent investment, Hops.

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #356 on: October 03, 2020, 01:21:10 PM »
Just walked into emergency care center to ask about Covid-19 Rapid Test.

First avail appt is Monday.
Rapid Test is $179.00 without insurance and $200.00 for regular test.....should have asked about timeframe for results, but so upset over crap poor planning, high expense and lack of care I had to turn on my heel and walk out.

I guess the policy is.....go home.  Spread whatever you have.  If you can afford the test, come back and get an idea of what you've been giving to those around you, bc....
that's a plan.

My brother found the rapid test at a little mom and pop emergency clinic for $120.00 a person.  I guess price gouging is up to the provider, and their sense of entitlement to profits.

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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #357 on: October 03, 2020, 06:43:56 PM »
What spurred it, Lighter?

Have you been exposed?
Or feeling any symptoms?

I've worried about your mingling/hosting etc....

Fingers crossed,
Hops
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« Reply #358 on: October 03, 2020, 11:39:50 PM »
Not me.....guest tested regularly before meetings with care team.  At least I know he doesn't have it.

Brother felt he might go to island, but alas...
no power or water so all that money wasted....$360.00.
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Re: Coronavirus
« Reply #359 on: October 07, 2020, 07:19:12 AM »
400 more cases in the last week in our county, almost all in the area our University is in.  They should have put all teaching online, this is just a crazy risk to take - I understand it's different with younger kids but adults can stay home and learn from their laptops and with online seminars and so on.  The death rate is still mercifully low (I think because it's mostly affecting younger people so they're recovering from it) but that's still a huge jump in numbers in such a short space of time.

Lighter, I hear you on the testing!  It's an absolute shambles here; they miscounted thousands of results because they were apparently just using a normal Excel package - like the one you have on your own computer at home? - to run the database???????  And the numbers got too big for it to handle so tens of thousands were unreported until the following week.  People are finding they can't get a test at all and of course, a lot of people can't afford to take time off work so I'd lay money that some people have symptoms and aren't going for a test or self isolating because they just can't pay their bills if they do.  I did find out that our local osteopathy clinic is doing private testing for about 100 a time - our chances are low but if either of us got sick I'd rather know sooner than later.  Absolute madness.  A friend's son is doing a work placement with a pharmaceutical research company - all staff get tested weekly as standard - smart move, I think.  Teachers, on the other hand, aren't even considered a priority for testing and many are having to stay off work for two weeks at a time because they can't get a test to find out one way or the other.  Crazy bonkers madness.