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Old 21st March 2020, 10:32 AM
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I don't know about the rest of you but I'm getting distinctly sick and tired of all the gloom and doom and wails of agony - not only here but also in the media in general. (And it's the same around the world - or at least in the news sources I check.)

I'm starting a thread here to point out some of the "good" stuff that is happening during this trying time. We can't do much about the "bad" stuff, but it does seem to help to see that some people are trying to help the situation or adapting in ways that ultimately are beneficial (to them or to those around them).

I know I'm finding that I finally have "the time" to start in on those long-delayed projects I always had put off until "I have the time." And to spend some time preparing meals and trying some recipes I had tucked away to try "later."

I'm learning to shop from a list - in order to use my much-reduced shopping runs efficiently. And by concentrating on the list preparation before hand, I can put on an item or two needed to try some of those new recipes I want to try (and actually check the recipe while I prepare the list).

And although this is a repeat from another thread, I'm still rather impressed that a local psycho-therapist is offering free tele-consultations for the folks in town who are feeling anxious or depressed over the current situation. (The town has a large proportion of elderly folks.)

There IS some positive stuff going on out there. You just have to look for it.
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Well, I am not sure this is really a positive... but, as reported in another thread, we finally got around to placing our first ever Drive shopping order. Still not ready to try anything like fresh foods. But, there seems to be little issue with soap, toilet rolls, canned tomatoes, etc.

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Finally... forced teleworking . I love it.


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Oh, and thank you to Bev for the excellent work you do on this forum; and thanks to all for the information and pearls of wisdom I’ve acquired on this forum


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According to experts, the number of lives saved in China by the reduced pollution levels since the beginning of the coronavirus episode far exceeds the number of deaths due to the virus.
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...forced teleworking...
I totally agree.

I had two 90-minutes online meetings yesterday with Zoom. By the end of the second one, I had upped my Zoom game considerably. Although this will not replace all in-person meetings, I suspect that once the dust has finally settled teleworking will have risen a notch or two in our daily activities.

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Well, I am not sure this is really a positive... but, as reported in another thread, we finally got around to placing our first ever Drive shopping order. Still not ready to try anything like fresh foods. But, there seems to be little issue with soap, toilet rolls, canned tomatoes, etc.
In a similar vein, I have been expanding my current repertoire of online apps and functions, too. And will probably attempt placing a Drive order when supplies start to get critical in a few days (or weeks). (DH has tried it once and didn't find it overly convenient because of having to place your order 24 hours in advance - but that was then and this is now.)

One other positive about the "confinement" is that I no longer have any excuse not to exercise in the mornings. Usually, my excuse is that I don't have time before I have to go somewhere or do something. But with that one gone, I've been getting on the rebounder (and entertaining the cats - who can't figure out what I'm up to) and turning the music up. I'm actually having fun with this - and yes, it does help me feel a bit more lively the rest of the day. (So I'm actually getting stuff done, too.)

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I have managed to start something that I’ve been putting off for a while. Cleaning. I’m sure it wouldn’t pass muster with any of you meticulous ladies, but in typical bloke fashion, on the surface all is gleaming, but dig much deeper and boy does it disappoint......
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I have managed to start something that I’ve been putting off for a while. Cleaning. I’m sure it wouldn’t pass muster with any of you meticulous ladies, but in typical bloke fashion, on the surface all is gleaming, but dig much deeper and boy does it disappoint......
Who cares conky.. long as it is relatively clean and tidy. I always say to people who say 'please excuse the mess'; I haven't come to see your house I've come to see you and long as you have wine I don't care and as I tell people who come to my house, if you don't like it, there's the door you're free to leave.

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Who cares conky.. long as it is relatively clean and tidy. I always say to people who say 'please excuse the mess'; I haven't come to see your house I've come to see you and long as you have wine I don't care and as I tell people who come to my house, if you don't like it, there's the door you're free to leave.
and next time buy two bottles of wine - drink one before you ring the bell and you will find my little home as perfect as you could wish and you will be in a perfect mindset to chat to me while sharing the other bottle.
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