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MORNING ROLL CALL July - September 2021

MORNING ROLL CALL July  September 2021

Good morning everyone on this FRIDAY morning July 2nd, 2021. 

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So with the new CDC directive re: wearing masks, I've got mine standing by.  Actually I never put them away.  Unfortunately, my county is in the orange zone (Substantial transmission), so here we go again.  😷

 

It is what it is.  So I guess this means I can go back to being an incognito slob again. 😁  That's my silver lining.  

 

AC has been on 24/7 here in mid-VA.  Humidity.  Humidity.  Humidity. 🥵

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57* and humidity  coming tonight with rain. 

3 selections of masks, reusable

in wash, surgical with filters, and 

N-95’s on standby.

 

Think I’m taking this seriously, you could be right. Delta variant has hit Maine, least survival is good with vaccinations.

 

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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Wildfire smoke reported here in VA.  I have not smelled it, although neighbors on the Nextdoor app have.

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Hey, Everyone,

Weather has been glorious for 3 days here. Haven’t had to use the AC at all. Things will change tomorrow though….back to the 90 mark. Loving the low humidity, it’s 84 and feels like 84.

@RosemaryF433825 …hear you about the "feels like" in the 100’s…had a lot of that earlier.

@Frozenoem …our smoke is gone, too. Haven’t smelled the smoke here, just have seen the haze with the unhealthy air quality warning, but that seems to have been lifted for now.

 

Found out more about the bad storms that ripped through here last Wednesday.

Stepson was here Wednesday and said that on his way home the hail dented his truck, the Turnpike was down to 5 mph and they were all in the middle lane because the outer and inner lanes were flooded! He had taken a photo of a Prius on the side of the road with a tree on top of it! YIKES! 😲

My friend emailed that they lost power for about 22 hours and the township sent around extra trash trucks to collect peoples’ spoiled food!  😝 This all happened a few miles away from me….not even 10 miles!

Sure hope we don’t have any more of those storms. We seem to be in this little pocket that doesn’t get hit as bad as other places (sometimes), thank goodness.

@LaDolceVita …so glad you are still enjoying the nice kind of days you like. 😺

 

Having the windows open is such a treat, but this morning I was rudely awakened by some landscapers across the street from my bedroom window using power tools at 7:10. The ordinance is 8 AM on weekends. This was my last morning to sleep in as my stepson starts my renovations on Monday. At least I have been able to have my coffee on the porch the last few mornings. Not looking forward to having my sleep routine all topsy turvy, but it will all be worth it in a few months (I hope). 🙄

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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Hello, Porch Peeps,

Where did July go? It’s the last week already!

Haze from the West coast fires is back in our area.

 

Stepson started rocking my foundation Monday. LOL I’m trying to get used to a new routine in the AM. Even though most of the work is outside for now, I have to set the alarm so I can unlock the doors in case he needs to come in. I try to get my mobility exercises over with before he arrives, but Tuesday he was even earlier and arrived before 7:00. I’m not even human at that hour, so hope I’m not scaring him or the boys. LOL He has his son who starts at Pitt in the fall and a friend working with him this summer.

Dumpster and Porta Potty arrived early Monday…such a visual delight.

 

Yesterday was the first inspection of the foundation…it passed. Today the concrete blocks were delivered and the cement will be poured.

At least it is not as hot as yesterday. We are in the 80’s with a storm brewing for tomorrow. No AC for me yet today.

 

@LaDolceVita …sorry you got the heat, but glad you can bear with it until fall arrives. As my mom used to say, “It’s the hum-midity that’ll do us in."

 

@Frozenoem …that hotel looks familiar. I may have seen it when I was a kid and we took a vacation to some New England states. I definitely remember Mt. Washington and the cog railway.

Enjoy your day, everyone!

 

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Wow, you are smelling the smoke all the way from across the country!  I read about it but you two are the only ones I know who experienced this.  Makes a difference somehow.

 

Our lovely weather continues although the the forecast is showing a few days in the 90s.  Have now started the countdown to fall.  If the weather is hot I start in May!   No really bad news to report 😎.  

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Good Morning, Gang!!!  😁  No smell of smoke here in Iowa, but there has definitely been a cloudy haze here for days now!  

The weather report for today is a heat index (how it actually feels with the humidity) of 105 degrees!   YOW!!  😅  We have heat advisories all over the place which is encouraging people to stay inside at home.    (NOT good for my business today!!!)  Argh!  It's supposed to be up to 98 degrees without the heat index figured in by Wednesday.  And no rain in the forecast.  😭. My poor flowers and tomato plants will need some TLC for sure.  

Wishing all of you a lovely weekend, where you are!!!!

 

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@MsStretch 

@LaDolceVita 

@RosemaryF433825 

 

79* and sunny now👍, waiting for grass to dry, although backyard looks like haying required, it’s tall.

 

Only had smoke for 3 days, AC has HEPA filter and I used it between rains.The joy of being 20 minutes from White Mountains of NH and prevailing winds.It was similar to living downwind of outside wood furnace with short smoke stack👎🏻.

 

Time to play, haying calls.🤣

 

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   Oh my goodness!  I was so surprised to read that you live close to  the White Mountains!  I actually spent a 4th of July celebration (many years ago now) with some Bostonian friends on the lawn of a huge hotel on Mount Washington. We enjoyed a picnic supper with music on the grounds, followed by a beautiful fireworks display.   The view was amazing!

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@RosemaryF433825

 

When we still were living in Hatfield, MA my ex and I went camping with our nephew in Mt. Washington hut systems and watched as sunrise came and the Omni appeared in the mist of dawn. I swear I was tempted to delay a day, before roughing it in a hut.

 
Depending upon the number of years ago, huge lawns sounds like Omni Mt Washington Hotel , where my favorite late chef/camper worked.

 

Found picture of hotel

 

61* and pouring right now, think we’re in for the day/night. 

Froze

 

 

 

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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   That is huge and looks like it ought to be the setting for one of those European soap operas I watch from time to time.

 

It hit hot and humid yesterday!  So far only hot today, do not feel humidity yet.  Comforts me to know that it can last only 5 weeks now.  Sometimes a beastly summer can be as long as 12 weeks.  

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@LaDolceVita 

 

Can’t honestly remember a humid summer - here lately.

Sticky maybe tomorrow.

 

Woke up to 59* and smoke from Canada and Western fires, had to turn on AC to breathe easier.

 

69* now and time hay, courtesy of the last weeks of rain.

 

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.  Spent my holiday outside animal ER and many of the previous days and following days in vet's office.   Tessie my best buddy was startled by a deer in our driveway while chewing on cracker boxes on the basement couch.    To make a very long horrid story short she ended up with a wad of cardboard in her nose, to be removed   during bronchoscopy.   All is well now, I am a bit wiser and poorer as you can imagine.

 

 Had the cataract surgery Monday and so far so good.  The first 2 days were kinda  crummy with dilated eye and other irritating stuff.  

 

BTW our cool summer continues.   Nothing even close to a heat wave yet.  The 4th was a balmy 84 or so, not much humidity.

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@LaDolceVita 

 

It’s been a weird Summer for all this year cool or rain👍, friends in Vegas or CA would differ on that opinion.

 

69* and raining off and on for last 4 weeks, have required AC six times this year. 

About the only thing less than fun with my cataract surgery was the eye drops, they tasted like spoiled milk.🤔 And the welders goggles for lights or sun.Everything was so much brighter.

 

And on that note - friend still here and going to Doctors with me tomorrow, to see how much longer this 💩 will last. She’d prefer to keep me alive vs a file to read.Pathologists are Doctors😀. And 3 years even with a pandemic is just too long to wait for answers.

 

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, All,

@LaDolceVita …oh my goodness…what an ugly experience for Tessie!

On the other hand, glad your summers are (so far) better than your usual.

Haven’t had to have the cataract surgery yet. Next eye appt. is at the end of this month. I definitely will need a new prescription and will need new sunglasses also this time.

 

@RosemaryF433825 …Oh, good grief! That storm sounds so scary! I would have been a basket case. I don’t handle storms very well since being by myself. Those dang warnings on our cell phones are sometimes scarier than the real thing. So glad you are OK. And yes, there is a new MORNING ROLL CALL thread for July to September.

 

We are still just tolerating the humidity. Windows had to stay closed with AC on last night again.

Take care, all!

 

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@Frozenoem   I hope you get a decent answer soon.   Really ridiculous to wait even 1 year!  @catwoman500  The 4th day after cataract surgery was already pretty good, I cannot recommend the first day though.   Only good thing to do is watch old shows on TV and eat comfort food.  Mine was sugar free ice cream.   The newer brands are terrific.

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@LaDolceVita 

 

During pandemic I was lucky enough to get Doctors & hospitals, the first 6 months of how to handle it were rife with cancellations.

 

At least for now it’s improving, tune in next month though Delta variants, who knows🤔.

 

20-30 cases of Delta in Maine, 62.8% of pop. Vaccinated.

 

Looks like I’m booked through December in doctors, and keeping friend for another month.👍

 

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, Porch Peeps,

We just had 2 nice days with lower temps and humidity. Today will not be one of those days.

@Frozenoem …good to hear your friend will be staying for a while! Comfort in numbers!

 

Not much going on here. Hairdresser’s today and lunch out with friends tomorrow and that’s about it.

Woke up to my worst knee being wonky and sore, so no idea what adventures I had in Dreamland last night. Had to get my cane, and that was a long walk/shuffle to the kitchen where I left it. Hoping I can make it down the basement steps at my hairdressers.

A few hours later:

Success, I did OK navigating the steps, but she missed the last step and fell on the floor! 😲

She was OK, but my face must have gone as white as a sheet because she kept apologizing to me for scaring me! She is younger than I am, but has had a couple of mini strokes, and was just in PT earlier this AM. Geez, Louise, I was scared for her and of course, I’m unable to do much anyway let alone with a knee worse than usual! It was scary. He husband who has cancer and is on dialysis was asleep upstairs, couldn’t have heard us if we yelled, and couldn’t do anything to help anyway. At least we both had our cell phones if we had needed them. Holy cow…as they saying goes, old age is not for sissies! (I did come home with my blonde back and my hair cut despite the turmoil.)

Sure hope all of you had a calmer day than that!

As for me…

 

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@catwoman500 

 

Decided it was easier to have doc on standby to translate into English just what the heck tests were.

 

Went to bed smelling smoke, killed AC , woke up to being in the tailpipe of Western wildfire smoke alert. Guess it will smell like Winter for another day.

 

78* and cloudy with some rain coming👍, maybe we’ll lose smoke sooner.

 

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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Have you been sick, Froze?  You keep talking about doctors and such.  (Concerned look here!)

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Yeah @Frozenoem …I started to notice the haze yesterday after the hairdressers. Next thing was the news on TV telling us it was coming from West coast fires. Rain today is supposed to help with that and also usher in some nice, less humid weather.

Got out to lunch and back just fine, but right now, just missed a bad storm that passed by us on its way into Philly and NJ. Lots of thunder, a little wind and some insignificant rain. They keep breaking in to the programming to say the winds were 80 mph.  😮  Luckily that passed to our west and hit the town on the other side of us. Sun is out just now, but for how long?

Y'all take care! ❤️

 

 

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@catwoman500 , when we were kids, everything was a grand adventure.  Roll the windows down and let the wind in your hair (and everyone else's). 😄 Not sure, but did vehicles even have AC back in the day?  I remember the station wagons and all us kids fighting to see who gets to sit in those little seats waaay in the back.  I remember the ones that faced each other.  And no seat belts! 😲

 

@williamb39198 , can't help but remember road trips with fondness, but more traffic, faster vehicles, more reckless behavior, more interstates, and the old thrill is gone.  You even get on one of those designated 'scenic highways' and you've got someone dead on your rear bumper.  I hate driving nowadays.  Feel like I'm playing Russian roulette every time I hit the road and I still drive a stick, so that stop-and-go traffic just doesn't cut it anymore.

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75* and sunny with no humidity?. I’ll be a skinny pincushion for another 6 months of appointments??.

 

The earliest I remember AC in cars was my aunt’s Buick something in ‘56. Mere mortals on hot days were relegated to back seats in our 57 Chevy vinyl  & cloth seats fun, or if really lucky cousin or uncles Triumph or MG convertible. Top down @50-60 it’s cool at 80*.

 

Only actual AC’s we had before 2000 we’re in RV’s, turn on generator and crank it up, kept dogs and humans happy.

 

Time to clean house, have a friend actually coming up from Boston for first time in 2 years🤣.

 

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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Hello, Everyone,

Ugh! The humidity is gross, so uncomfortable. Slept great Saturday night, but got out of bed and started getting clammy skin, so on went the AC and it’s been on since yesterday AM. Couldn’t even open the windows last night…warm wet air was right there in your face.

@Frozenoem …hope you had/will have a nice visit with your friend. It’s great finally getting together with your peeps. A couple of us are planning a lunch with someone we haven’t seen in almost 2 years.

 

Not much going on around here…just the normal routine.

I hope some of you are so busy doing some fun things that that’s why it’s so quiet here on the “porch.”

 

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@catwoman500 

 

Visit will continue for awhile👍Rain free 78* and sunny day with no humidity.

 

We took a slow hike to old camp today, only 3 miles in and back out again. At least this time it was pure pleasure, missed the lakes.

 

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 Saturday morning, Peeps!

@MsStretch …I was actually thinking about the hair blowing all over the place when I wrote that! LOL

When I was in high school, back in the 60’s, we had a convertible, and man, what that could do to your hair especially if it was long like mine was. It was so tangled it was painful to try and brush or comb it after a ride in the car. 🙀

 

@Frozenoem …hope you made out OK at the doc’s and didn’t get stuck too much! 📍📍

 

Was happy to have my coffee on the porch earlier. Very humid still, but it was only 72. Looks like we’ll only be in the 80’s today with sun in and out. Nice to hear the birds first thing too.

Enjoy your day!

 

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YEP!YEP!

 

 

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Good morning to everyone on the Front Porch!

We did get a strong storms last  night. Most of the storm damage was Northeast and Southeast of here.

We have had smoke laden air which has come from wild fires in Western Canada.

Hopefully people will realize that this Virus is different from the one that we first experienced in March of 2020.

Also they must be ready for it to take on new forms again and again until people are vaccinated. 

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Thursday am yeesh up for Dr’s appointment, 2 hours away. 56* and raining, what else.

 

Here’s hoping livery arrives, feeling older than actual age today. If it doesn’t get officially hot, there may be a woodfire tonight.

Not on bbq but in stove🤣.

 

Time to prepare to be a pincushion again, what will it be more tests or an actual answer.

 

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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First time in over a year, I actually went to visit friends out-of-state!  Last Monday, went south to NC.  About 15 miles S from home on I-95 sitting in heavy traffic, I heard a high-pitched screeching sound.  WTF?  Was that me?  Checked gauges for anomalies and saw AC light blinking and pushed it off.  Screech stopped.  Oh heck (<<< very sanitized version). 🤬  Do I turn around?  I turned up the fan, rolled down the windows, broke free of the local city commuter traffic, and kept on getting it.  It was a long HOT ride. 🥵 (Brought back some old traveling memories when I was younger, more resilient, and never had AC.)

 

Asked my friends in NC if they could recommend a mechanic and he made a few phone calls, but no one available until the following week.  *sighs*  Was hoping I'd have better luck in a smaller town in NC than I would've back home during the week before a holiday and end of month, but alas... 😞

 

Nonetheless, had a fun visit.  Even went to see fireworks on Friday night.  (???  Don't ask why so early; I did, but no one was sure.  Maybe the outfit putting on the show had commitments elsewhere for Sat. and Sun. 🤷)

 

Came back yesterday.  Knew it was a fed holiday.  Knew I would hit some traffic, hoping to at least get closer to Fredericksburg, VA before it would get ugly, but oh no, came off I-85 to I-95 in Petersburg before Richmond and it was on the rest of the way (stop...creep...go...creep some more...stop...go...stop).  HOT!  HOT!  HOT!  It was in the 90s. Hard to roll down windows when you're not moving very fast to generate much air and you're breathing exhaust from around you.  I survived though and fell out on my air conditioned floor when I got home with my indoor furkid to give me welcome-home-where-have-you-been nudgies. 🥰😻 

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Road trip highlights! Glad that you made  it back okay.

It certainly seems, as I get older, road trips do become less frequent…still enjoyable, just less frequent. 

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