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Christmas 2020

 

We found out that our son does not want to visit with us for Christmas because he is worried about either catching or giving either of us the covid19 virus. That made Katy sad but I can understand how my son feels. No one wants to catch the bug and get sick nor do they want to be the reason someone got sick. I have heard of people who have been super careful and caught the bug anyway. They did not go out in public in big gatherings of people and wore a mask when they did go outside to get gas or groceries or go to work. That thought is a bit disconcerting when you think about it. Our hopes were for all 4 of us to be together for Christmas. I have to work on Christmas day but that is a Friday which means we could celebrate together on Saturday or Sunday. Thanks to the pandemic it will only be Katy, Kristina and I. Maybe we will have some eggnog and sing Christmas carols. LOL. Our daughter Kristina aka Koalie could care less about Christmas so she probably wont be singing Christmas carols anytime soon.

I have to work this weekend so I spent yesterday getting some stuff done. I got my hair cut and then I spent some time burning cardboard in a new burn barrel I just purchased. I had to go get a gas can from Sunoco. That stupid thing cost $19.32. I had a friend come over from accross the street to help me clean up the yard which was full of doggie land mines. Then we tore apart the card board and fed it into the barrel. I doused the cardboard with gasoline and used a fire place lighter to get it going. I managed to singe some hair on my right arm as I pulled it out of the way of the big whomp and flames. LOL. I am glad that I was not standing right over that thing when it ignited. I might have lost some eyebrows or more. Once that was done we strung up some solar powered christmas lights on the front yard fence. I will be surprised if those things actually work though. The solar panels will probably need to charge for a day or two.

I cannot believe that the end of 2020 is near. Back in March our government shut us down. Businesses were closed, schools were closed and all forms of indoor and outdoor entertainment. They did that in order to slow down the tide of Covid19. Go home, stay home was the mantra that they delivered via every form of media. For those of us that were essential workers and did not get furloughed that was all you could do. Go to work, get groceries and gas. That is about it. No movie theaters, no bars, no bowling, no nothing. All you can do is sit at home and stare at the TV or social media. As the year wore on things were slowly allowed to open up. Some movie theaters are open but practicing social distancing. Most of the Fall TV line up has been severely delayed or shows have been canceled. We were disappointed that Yellowstone with Kevin Costner was canceled. Movie producers, actors and writers were put on hold as we wade through the pandemic and all that has to offer. Everyone is waiting on the new Top Gun movie with Tom Cruise. That was supposed to be released this last summer. Now we get to wait until 2021 for it to be released. I am not sure if we will have to watch it on cable tv or if we will be able to go see it on the big screen.

I know there are a lot of conspiracy theories going on about the pandemic. No matter what, it IS a serious thing to consider. Loved ones have lost their lives to this virus. Any way you cut it this pandemic has affected everyone in one way or the other. Families and friends have lost those who are near and dear to our hearts. We can only hope that the vaccine that was rushed to production will slow the tide of lost lives sooner than later. First responders are getting the vaccine and then other folks will eventually get it. I am not so sure I want to take it. What are the side affects, if any?

Life is precious. One day we are here and the next thing you know we are gone. I believe that the bible says that life is like a vapor. Keep your loved ones close and let them know how much they mean to you. Do not wait to let someone know that they are loved and appreciated until they are gone. By then it is too late. Forgive one another and figure out how to get past squabbles of the past. They are not worth it.

My hope and prayer is that you find a way to enjoy the Christmas holidays and bring in the new year safely with loved ones. Be safe and protect one another as you travel this holiday season. May 2021 be a new year and hopefully we can get our lives back to the normal that it was before March of 2020.

Happy Holidays to one and all !

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2020 Year of the quarantine

We will look back at 2020 and remember it as the year of the quarantine. COVID19 also known as the Corona Virus or China Virus is a global pandemic which has many nations on lockdown.

We are being told to go home and stay home in South Carolina. All of our traffic warning boards say that. Some of us are being obedient and some of us are going about our day with indifference. I am one of the lucky ones, in that, I have a job working for a healthcare provider. Being a healthcare provider my employer is an essential business. I am happy that I still have a job and I have not been furloughed like some of my friends in other industries.

Many small businesses are being impacted and a lot of employees are out of work and signing up for unemployment. The tourist and hospitality industry has been hit harder than most other industries. People are having a difficult time paying their rent or mortgage much less any of their other bills. Bills do not go away when you lose your job. Creditors still expect payment. Some utility companies and creditors understand the hardships that come along with this pandemic and are working with their customers to delay some payments.

Our government set up a stimulus relief program which will cost our children and grandchildren 2.2 TRILLION dollars. Many millions of Americans will receive 1200 dollars if they are single and make less than 98,000 per year and 2400 dollars if you are married and filing jointly and make less than 150,000 per year. Low income citizens certainly need the help first because they are enduring the brunt of the hardships.

Many businesses are shut down. All restaurants have shut down their dining rooms and some are adapting to provide take out, curbside and delivery for their customers. Life as we know it in America has come to a screeching halt. The only thing we can do is go buy groceries, get gas for our vehicles and go to work for those that still have jobs. Some of the local parks are still open so you can go visit them as long as you practice social distancing. That means keeping a minimum of 6 feet between you and other people who are not someone you live with.

Social media is ablaze with the different agendas and media spin from the different groups who are pointing their fingers at others and placing blame. The noise is deafening and sometimes depressing. It is so much so that I have long since stopped reading or listening to it all.

As we practice social distancing we are fortunate to be connected to one another globally through the Internet. This is a powerful tool and we are responsible as citizens on how we use it. Our message can be one of hope or one of fear. It is our decision on how we use it. I am hopeful that we can share good news and hope with one another and find ways to help one another in practical ways.

Lets reach out to our neighbors while practicing social distancing and do what we can to help those who are not as fortuante as us. No matter what, lets be kind to one another as we endure this pandemic. We may all be in the same boat but not everyone is experiencing the same hardships. Sometimes a kind word and friendly help goes a long way and brings some sunshine into the lives of others.

I for one will be looking for ways to focus on the positive things in our lives. Less social media and focusing on some of the simple things of life like walking in my neighborhood or going to the park with my wife and dogs.

How are you dealing with all of this dear readers?

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