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MORNING ROLL CALL! ! ! January-March 2021

Good morning everyone on this Friday morning January 1, 2021

 

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Good morning to everyone on the Front Porch on this January 1, 2021!

Ringing in 2021 at San Filippo Neri Hospital in Rome. Credit...Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

A difficult year comes to a muted end

Most places in the world, from a virtually coronavirus-free New Zealand to an Ireland in lockdown, have now greeted the arrival of 2021.

In Auckland, a fireworks show and parties went on as usual. The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged, enjoyed boisterous festivities. But in general, celebrations were muted — or virtual — as the world bade good riddance to a difficult year. In most cities, there were no roaring crowds, no gatherings for fireworks shows and, let’s hope, no strangers kissing at midnight.

Though Madrid eased its curfew for the night from midnight to 1:30 a.m., people were told to stay at home as much as possible, to eat the traditional New Year’s Eve grapes while watching events on TV (and gathering in groups of no more than six). London’s Big Ben, largely silent in recent years as its clock tower underwent renovations, rang 12 times at midnight. And in Paris, the only people roaming the Champs-Élysées were some of the 100,000 police officers deployed around the country to prevent crowds from gathering.

 

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Hi folks.  Dreary cloudy day here but not cold, about 45 or so.    Supposed to hit 56 but I have my doubts. 

 

Our  hospice nurse and his wife have received their first Covid vaccines and only the wife had a negative reaction.   I have received email from my doctor that they have vaccines available. 

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Hi, Folks!

I did watch all of the daytime inauguration events. Guess I turned of the TV around 4 PM.

@wvgirlforever ...I so agree with you about the young poet Amanda Gorman. She was so inspiring.

@MsStretch ...Yes, the lines for the sugar cubes. I do remember that.

 

I did a pre-registration for the COVID vaccine on our county website. They are supposed to notify you via email when and where you can make an appointment, but there is no vaccine available and like someone mentioned, they are using what they have and will get to continue vaccinating the healthcare workers and those that were originally in the first group.

I certainly want the vaccine ASAP, but will not stand in line for hours...it's just not doable.

Plus, I don't want to butt in line ahead of people like teachers and police! I think they should be next after healthcare workers and folks in nursing facilities. If we want to get the schools open, we need to get the teachers vaccinated!

Hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!

Today is National Blonde Brownie day (Blondies) 😸

Mmmm!Mmmm!

 

But if I smell coffee.....But if I smell coffee.....

 

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Hahahahaha!   Oh my gosh, cat woman!!!!  That kitty poster is just too funny!!!!

And yes... I admit to licking the brownies in the other poster, too.  (There's no calories, that way!)

In regards to the Covid vaccine, I don't think it would be possible to butt in line ahead of first responders or healthcare workers since they get their vaccines at their jobs.

I didn't know the "common people" could pre-register online to get the vaccine.  I'll have to check into that.  However, I know it will take 2 shots to do the trick, and that vaccines are being put aside for the people who have gotten the first one.  And lest we forget, the US companies that are producing the vaccine are also shipping their production to foreign lands as well, and not making the vaccine just for our country.  So there's all kinds of reasons why the vaccine is becoming unavailable for the rest of us right now.

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@wvgirlforever , I remember the sugar cubes, too!  And remember the small pox vaccination when they kept pricking your arm over and over?  And it left a scar forever, it seemed.  I was an Army brat and we were always getting poked and vaccinated for this or that; I can't even remember how many diseases we were protected against.  When we lived overseas, they took no chances; boosters once a year.  Yeah, I don't recall having a say in the matter.

 

Congrats on getting called down for the vaccine.  Virginia expanded the 75+ to us younger whippersnappers 65+ for the next in line.  But, my health district is still vaccinating the first tier and do not have enough vaccines... yet.

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She is indeed lucky to getting called down for the vaccine.  Just heard on the news a few moments ago that of 50 states, mine is #46th in line to be getting the vaccine for those 65+.

Nothing is expected to even get here until February...and even then, not sure if there will come close to being enough to vaccinate everyone in that age group even the first time around.    Very disappointing news for us...

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Good Wednesday morning to everyone on the Front Porch! Our weatherman tells us  we will have cold temperatures and a chance of snow this weekend.  By the weekend we will see temperatures drop into the teens at night and upper 20's during the weekend day time and into next week.

I'm hoping we will see a peaceful transition of government in the next few hours! 

I wish our new Commander-In-Chief, his Vice President and his administration well.

MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA AND OUR FUTURE!

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18* and cloudy.

 

Spent this am, listening to Navy band tuning up in front of WH with , Hit the road, Jack to Trump.

 

Intend to watch the Inauguration of Biden and Harris this day, and avoid outside activities.

 

We did get flurry action last night, judging by covered snowmobile and 4 wheeler next door.

 

Time for breakfast and coffee, 

 

Froze

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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@Frozenoem  even though I am working from home, my day was spent watching (at times) & listening to the inauguration yesterday.  Several high points to me.  The young poet laureate was amazing.  That young woman will go places in this world.  The sun was shining here in Illinois which made the day even better.  It's a new day!  

 

@MsStretch I received a call yesterday from my country health department and have an appointment to get my shot on Monday at 1:15.  That made me so happy that I almost felt like crying.  I just wish there weren't people who are saying they won't get the shot.  I think about the polio vaccine that was given out to kids when I was young (sugar cube form) in school.  There wasn't even a question about whether you would take it or not.

 

Hope everyone will have a wonderful day.  😎

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@wvgirlforever 

 

Vague recollection of Sabin vaccine in Kindergarten or 1st grade, apparently I don’t remember everything.

 

AntiVaxxers, mumble grumble, not going to comment today. Amazing what some people swallow hook, line and sinker.

 

As soon as our new batches of vaccine come in, I’ll be on the list. Had spoilage in shipping someone dropped the ball on storage temp’s.

 

February or March maybe 70+ year olds still ahead of me. 

 

Time to suit up, need a walk.

 

Froze

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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@wvgirlforever  It seems we are neighboring states!  (Midwest is best!!!)

 

The morning is bright and reflecting off the crystals in the snow, making it look like someone threw tiny diamonds across the surface.  Beautiful!  

Hope everyone is looking forward to a new year with hope, kindness, peace!

 

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@Frozenoem , at least we have been moved up to 1b from 1c.  My health district in Virginia is still in 1a, but I filled out my form from the health department providing an email and phone number to be notified.  Latest update from the VDH site says appointments will be made through email.  Sounds like they are trying to avoid those pesky website crashes and those forever waits on hold that many across the country are experiencing.  My sister (year younger) lives in a county further west of me whose health district has moved to 1b.  Need to see if she's been able to score yet. 🤔

 

Not looking for snow, but is Katahdin open this time of year?  Seems I've always heard AT thru-hikers need to finish by certain time of year due to terminus closure.

 

Yup, tomorrow is a big day.  Very eerie to see Washington, D.C. shut down and empty.  Sad, really.  Yesterday was MLK Jr. Day and his Memorial was closed. 😞

 

I have a dentist appointment tomorrow (yes, on Inauguration Day) and then off to get 'lost' in the woods again on Thursday  --  far, far away from the maddening and infectious crowds.  😁

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@MsStretch 

 

In the good ol’ days pre-pandemic you’re right come October it was bye , bye.For through hikers.

 

Now, I can’t even keep up with new reg’s - winter camping is allowed via reservations for skiers , snowmobilers or hikers with sleds.

 

NH white Mtn forests however are open, for playtime in Tuckerman Ravine or Wildcat Hut systems.

 

I’ve hit the delicate age where if there isn’t a woodstove or a mummy bag at Trails End not happening. Camping on unheated plywood bunk,in unheated hut Nope, just not happening anymore.

 

Great when your 20-40, now that my bones make peculiar noises when I lay down - nah, not happening. At least led flashlights don’t freeze as easily as my old searchlights on grain of wheat lamps.

 

Only 70+ year olds are up for vaccines now, maybe next month for me.We know where we’re supposed to go just awaiting news of when vaccines arrive.

 

Barely 11” at Katadin we have more snow this year and we’re lower, course they had more life flights from summit.

 

Froze

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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@catwoman500Your foamy cat cup is hilarious.    A nice  sunny day here in NW Ga, plenty of cold weather for peaches this year. 

 

An acquaintance of ours in intensive care with the virus.  Hope he makes it, his youngest child is 11, he is early 50s.  I was so happy that I did not know anyone who had contracted this weird disease.

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Good Sunday afternoon to all you Porch Peeps.

We are having a sunny but chilly day. Mild temps for the middle of January, but the wind has been picking up, bringing 43 to a "feels like" 36...still not bad for this time of the year.

Picked up a Powerball ticket as usual when I when grocery shopping today. It's now up to hundreds of millions since no one won last night. Mega-millions is even higher. It's always fun to dream about what you'd do if you won, but with hundreds of millions, it's almost impossible to figure out where you can spread the wealth. 😂

 

@Frozenoem ...I sure hope you don't freeze up there!

 

@LaDolceVita ...I know what you mean about being happy none of your close friends contacted COVID. My one friend who did have it still hasn't had her sense of taste or smell return yet. She says it is such a very odd feeling. ☹️

 

Keep hoping all of you are being cautious and are remaining safe and healthy.

 

Off to get more coffee...

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No worries on freezing, heat is working. Firewood backup is Re-stocked, only need to open up 300’ long path to woodpile.

 

Means we got snow on Saturday with a trace of glaze.Today - Monday 26* awoke to the sounds of chains in driveway. Took awhile to remember what they were, most use studded tires up here.

 

Froze

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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Hi, Peeps, 

It's Tuesday afternoon.

@Frozenoem ...it's sure been a while since I've heard of chains being used. I remember my dad putting them on the car when I was a little kid. I remember the clunking when the streets got bare and someone still had theirs on, and then that "special" sound when a link broke. 😯

By the time I had a car, studded snow tires were the main thing, and now with all weather tires, we really don't need them here in eastern, PA. Still no snow other than flurries in the forecast. It was flurrying a bit earlier today while the sun was shining. Kind of windy today. My hair was going wild when I came out of the store.

Big day in DC tomorrow. Keeping fingers crossed that everything goes well.

As for me...caffeine on the agenda right now...

What? What? no such thing as too much coffee!What? What? no such thing as too much coffee!

 

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Caffeine will always be on my happy list, for required. It’s now warmed up to 20* and partly cloudy.

 

It was the skidder in the driveway almost as much as the chains that broke my reveries from dreamland.

 

Amazes me that some places with ice and snow ban studded tires. The old Jetta and studs always managed to deliver me safely wherever.

 

Including FL while driving through 2 blizzards to escape to warmer climes. The dogs, wife and I all required warm weather that year, 2 weeks whether required or not - prepandemic.

 

Really hoping tomorrow goes off without a hitch, surprised McConnell finally admitted someone lied to incite T’s followers.

 

Back to joy now, need to play with an app, I hate them just never can find a 13-year old when you need one. My niece seems to be better with them , than I am.She can code🤣.

 

And call around for vaccine, I know where it’s supposed to be, but, I’m one year off from age for this week or months shots. @MsStretch almost old enough - just not quite old enough.

 

If you truly wish to play in snow, Mt. Washington or Katahdin for joy, just nott try until ai have 2 shots under my belt.🤣

 

Still getting used to new and improved AARP, expect to see a new post for Jan. 1 that turns into whatever today is when ai open it.

 

Froze

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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Good Thursday morning to everyone on the Front Porch! Our weatherman tells us  we will have mild temperatures and a chance of snow Wednesday night. By the weekend we will see temperatures drop into the low 20's at night and upper 20's during the weekend day time and into next week.

I'm hoping everyone is adjusting to the changes we carried into this new year! May we now be able face a challenge to our country. I'm hoping we can find a peaceful solution to this challenge to our the country's democracy. May we see brighter days ahead. I'm hoping you all are in line to get your vaccines as soon as you can. 

May we again salute our Front line workers who are more over taxed now than ever.

 

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Hello, Everyone!

Some good news to report on the delivery end of things. I finally received that Ebay item that was sent to me on 12/28 from VA and has been sitting in the Philadelphia distribution center since 12/29.

And this one is almost unbelievable...I ordered coffee from Amazon yesterday afternoon and it was here before noon today! I think that's the fastest Amazon has ever delivered to me.

My water bill that was due the 8th finally arrived. Glad I fought to figure out how to pay it online the other day.

I'll keep thinking positive thoughts! 😺

Time for a boost...

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You all stay well!

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Thursday afternoon or evening I’m confused.

 

Weather I leave to my back and hip, feels like snow. Weather person says rain, I’ll know by Saturday who wins.

 

Things are getting weird even in Maine. We’re launching a rocket 🚀 single engine biofueled from Limestone.

 

Security is tightening up around state house, and some have lost their collective minds.

 

That’s as non-political as I can get. Give me snow and I may feel like it’s a normal winter, despite what’s happening around the country this year.

 

Froze

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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It’s Friday, survived another night in Paradise. Ran out of oil and found an emergency stash of firewood.

 

Today it’s timber cart to woodpile for happiness.I’m shouting praises to foaming my basement crawl space.DIY $500 vs Pro $2900. Complete with hazmat suit, gloves and a 5-pak of N-95 masks, who knew 10 years later I'd need those masks to shop.🤣

 

House stayed at 60* despite temps in the teens, with a 2-log fire last night. Still have indoor plumbing and now oil.

 

Froze

 

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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@Frozenoem , agreed on preferred hiking in snow over rain.  Rarely go where postholing is necessary though (no Rockies or Sierras on the east coast), so my winter Vasque hiking boots usually suffice.  No need for snowshoes... yet; at least not in the mid-Atlantic. 🤞

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Good Sunday afternoon, Peeps!

Early this morning as I was waking up, I heard tapping on the window so I figured it was sleeting a bit as was forecast. On TV, the weatherwoman was saying it wouldn't be too bad and would change to rain. So I got human and ready to go to the grocery store. Looked out the window and saw it had stopped and there was just a little ice on the car. So I remote started the car, went back in the bathroom to finish up, put on my coat, opened the door and within that 5 minutes it had started to snow along with the sleet, and it was laying in the street and the driveway...just enough so that these dysfunctional knees would never make it to the car. Scratched the idea of grocery shopping for today. It cleared a couple of hours later and was just wet, but that was my EBay listing time, so tomorrow will be good enough for shopping. 

 

@Frozenoem...I use "Fluff" in my chocolate fudge! 😀

 

Those renegade Mummers just had to do their thing and "strut!"

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Froze...Hope you don't get too much snow!Froze...Hope you don't get too much snow!

 

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Hey there, Folks!

Just popping in to say, "Hi!"Just popping in to say, "Hi!"

 

Where has everyone been?

@Frozenoem ...Glad to hear that you've dug yourself out.

 

We are in a dry spell for right now and through the weekend thank goodness. Chilly (27 this AM when I woke up), but not that bad for January in PA.

 

Not much going on around here, that's for sure. I have put away all the Christmas decorations for outside and inside the house. Next I will tackle the tree.

Made my bi-monthly trip to the bank and Fresh Market today. I felt like royalty...at the bank the security officer saw me coming and opened both doors for me, and the same on the way out. Not sure what that was all about, but it sure was nice to see and experience. 😺

Not that you care, LOL, but I picked up a crab cake for dinner and of course stopped at Starbucks! 😻

 

Food for thought...I was thinking about nothing specific the other day when I started to wonder why on Earth do they still run those idiotic commercials for some sort of laundry additive with the grown women who insist on smelling the dirty laundry from their hampers. The first (and every) time I see that commercial it turns my stomach. How disgusting! Pretty sure no adult friend of mine would take a nose dive into the dirty laundry hamper.

Have any of you seen those commercials and wondered...WHY?????

 

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Good Afternoon, Cat lovers!!!   I got a good chuckle our of your "kitty in the box" photo, cat woman!   No matter how many cat toys we buy for our kitties, it always seems they like a plain cardboard box the best!   Happy New Year!!

 

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Happy Sunday morning.  That's such a funny picture of the cat popping out of the hole.  We need something to make us laugh now-a-days.  One thing we know for sure where animals are concerned, they can definitely put a smile on our faces.  I really miss my little dachshund, Sidney, that I lost over a year ago.  It has been cool but dry here in Illinois this past week.  Hope everyone will have a good week.IMG_0013.jpg

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16 sunn  the degrees in Maine, and no coffee to be found in house.😡

 

Guess I know where my first stop is, and then it’s back to work or at least looking at 5am surprise.

 

Froze

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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Good Monday afternoon, Porch Peeps!

Anyone for coffee?Anyone for coffee?

 

@LaDolceVita ...Laundry sheets! Yes! I had a co-worker years ago that always smelled like Bounce! Guess she just pulled her clothes right from the dryer and got dressed. I do use Bounce, but it has to be the Bounce Free, with no dyes or fragrance. Apparently the original was irritating my sensitive skin.

I am not sniffing the laundry!I am not sniffing the laundry!

 

 

@wvgirlforever ...It has also been dry here for the last 10 days, and the forecast looks the same until the weekend.

 

@Frozenoem ...oh, gee, I sure hope you got some coffee yesterday. That would just about lay me flat if I ran out.

 

So USPS has still been so late with the regular mail. Not sure why I keep getting all the junk mail, but not my bills. Spent a half hour online this morning creating an online account with the water company just so I could pay the bill which had never arrived. Grrrr! 😾

 

Another pet peeve...My buyer from last Sunday finally paid me today. When I sent a second invoice over the weekend, she said she would pay today; she was having money problems. My descriptions of my items always include, "please pay within 3 days." So my question to the cosmos is...Why do people bid on items when they don't have the money to pay for them?

Another Grrrr! 😾

 

Heard from a friend over the weekend that she had COVID. Not real bad, but her quarantine is over now and she still hasn't regained her sense of smell and taste. Yikes!

 

On the positive side...it's mostly sunny today, and chilly but not too bad. 😸

You all continue to stay safe!

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Afternoon 29* and partly cloudy, was hoping for snow fear rain and black ice in my future.If Saturday is a change.

 

@catwoman500 

Had to settle for Folgers and Green Mountain at local convenient, happiness will be shipped UPS.🤣

 

My shipped stuff has been arriving in normal time, post office is back to semblance of normal -pre Trump time.

 

Best guess sorting machines are being Re-assembled. Least that’s what PO says.

 

Need some Pilon expresso, it’s calling to me.

 

Froze

And yes, after long days/nights, I'd still like to swing these hunks of glass , plastic and silicon against the nearest wall Come on retirement!
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@catwoman500   I just had to laugh at the laundry sniffing.    I have my own laundry gripe.  When I walk with the dogs enjoying nature as much as I can with the traffic noise  surrounding us, I smell overwhelming fabric softener/drier sheets from my neighbor.   I use only unscented stuff because I get a bit sick smelling perfume used in most if not all products.  OK it is a small gripe and I like my neighbors, but yuck!  Looking forward to moving this year. 

 

Anyone know what is going on with deliveries?  Mom's medical supplies are not here and Amazon says most of my Subscribe & Save is not deliverable.

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