Whiny and sarcastic

Covid-19 and politics are clearly affecting my disposition so feel free to move on to someone posting a lovely flower photo. I understand, really. πŸ™‚

I’ve been staying home, picking things up curbside again, and just mainly avoiding my fellow residents because of ‘hot spots,’ ‘exposure sites,’ ‘community spread,’ and a daily increase in cases.

People are sick of Covid-19. I get it. I’m sick of it, but not wearing a mask is not part of the solution. I’d like someday to be able to hug my grandkids again so I’ll continue to wear my mask, and I would sincerely appreciate it if you’d wear yours too.

We’ve had ten restaurants and bars shut down because of community exposure. Hello, people, do you still think it is a good idea to go to your favorite bar when some folks are also going when they’ve already been diagnosed positive? I don’t understand why there isn’t a ramification of any kind if you choose to go out into the community when you’ve been diagnosed with Covid-19.

They shut down hockey rinks here for a couple of weeks after a community spread so they could clean and everyone could be tested before starting up again. What happened? Parents protested the idea of their kids having to be tested before they could return.

Halloween in a middle of a pandemic? In what universe do parents think it is a good idea to send their young children to strangers’ houses to take candy from them? We’ve been going through months of being advised to wipe down all of our groceries so what is going to happen on Halloween – Lysol spray all the candy wrappers?

As I headed to pick up groceries curbside, I drove past so may political signs I couldn’t count them with some of them the size of a small billboards. I’ve never seen yard signs this big before. Maybe they think retirees need large print.

Do you have ugly signs too? I mean we have these huge signs hand painted or with banners that cannot be called anything but nasty and inciteful. It makes me wonder who these people are and what their end game is because it’s certainly not to bring us together that is for sure.

I voted weeks ago, but everywhere I look including my phone, internet, TV, mailings, signs, everyone wants me to vote.Β  I voted folks, leave me alone. I’ll check back in on the 4th.

I hope this last week in October finds you well, not bothered by these issues, still sane which I’m clearly not, and that you will stay safe this week as we head into November.

Now, I think I’ll just have some apple crumb pie with some pumpkin spiced coffee.

Life will seem much better after dessert at least until I get the next text, email, turn on the TV, or go out to get the mail.

I also need to grab the snow shovel so it’s handy because the ‘s’ word is in the forecast for the end of the week, which is definitely the cherry on life’s sundae. πŸ™‚

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90 Responses to Whiny and sarcastic

  1. Joyce says:

    No, Judy, you are NOT “insane” to be frustrated by the defiance that’s prolonging this awful pandemic. I just don’t get it either. My sympathies are mostly for health care workers. Even though my RN daughter has a no-patient-contact position, many of her friends are on the front lines and it’s serious. My suggestion is that those who feel invincible or rebellious have a “non compliant” tattoo on their wrist. (I know many would PROUDLY sport this!) The tattoo would be a “do not treat” message to hospitals, protecting doctors and nurses who have enough to do healing innocent victims of this plague.
    In all my “grandma years” I have never seen such political ugliness as what we’re experiencing now. I agree with every word you wrote in your vent!

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    • Please thank your daughter for all of her efforts. Let’s face it – our medical community is as important as our Armed Forces right now and should be respected as such. I bet that tattoo idea would go over big, and it would save medical personnel from being unnecessarily exposed. It’s one thing when a person decides to go trolling on the net to see what is being said about politics, but it’s another thing to just drive down your road and see signs that make you cringe and wonderful how they are affecting school-aged children. I’m with you in that I’ve never seen anything like what we’ve seen in 2020. Stay well, my friend.

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  2. I truly feel your pain. I am not very impressed with many of my fellow citizens right now. I’m from a blue county in a blue state so I haven’t seen many of those signs locally but I do see them on the internet. I pray for good results in Nov. so we can find some kindness again. Stay sane and enjoy your apple crumb pie.

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  3. Move over and let me whine with you. I can relate to everything you said but the snow. None predicted here yet. There was a local rally yesterday and from the pictures, it’s probably a superspreader event. So sick of it all. I’ve also voted and feel that I should not have to listen to continuing pitches. For anyone who does not at this point know for whom you are voting I shake me head. Can’t wait to go back to car and drug commercials on TV and radio.

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  4. Heather says:

    From the northern side of the border, I support the coffee – let’s say Latte – and apple crumb pie. We can only control so much at the moment – just inhale and enjoy a moment of quiet caffeine contemplation. You’re not alone.

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    • My control amounts to the off and the mute buttons and sufficient quantities of good caffeine. πŸ™‚ Applause to you folks north of the border because your numbers are way better than a lot of others, and I’ll leave it at that. πŸ™‚ Stay well.

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  5. You nailed it, Judy. So many what-the-heck moments, even in Maine, which is doing pretty well during the pandemic. I don’t understand it, I really don’t. What will it take to convince people to wear masks and keep a safe distance? Someone in their own family dying? I definitely could use a piece of apple crumb pie. Pronto! πŸ˜‰

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    • The local news this morning was talking about how well Maine has done in comparison to a lot of other states. Maine is second from the bottom with only Vermont having a lower number. πŸ‘πŸ» Of all the things we could be asked to do in a time of a global emergency, a piece of cloth over our face doesn’t seem like that huge a deal, but it sure is to some folks. If we lived closer, I’ll warm you up a piece of pie and we could sit on opposite ends of your patio and enjoy it with a warm beverage. πŸ™‚ Stay well, my Maine friend.

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  6. Donna says:

    Friend, you made me laugh, but it is really all so sad. You really hit the nail on the head. Instead of apple, I had peach crumble today. You are definitely not alone in your feelings. Stay safe.

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  7. I can relate so well. In Florida little has been done to mitigate the pandemic, with a Trump sycophant for a governor. I’m a nurse and I can assure everyone this is for real. I’ve never seen so much suffering and felt so angry at the anti-maskers. I was in Walgreens yesterday to pick up sterile gauze , hubby had back surgery , a sign out front said β€œmasks recommended β€œ . Only a few and myself wore masks . I felt vulnerable and At risk. I’m so tired but will keep asking these people to wear masks though they are rude maybe they will think about it.

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    • I’ve had back surgery so I send him my best wishes for a full recovery. πŸ™‚ I know they feel some ‘right’ has been stepped on by being asked to wear a mask, but I don’t understand how they will risk their own lives, their family, friends, neighbors, and those in their community all because of a piece of cloth. But, I really was beside myself when they announced that people who had received a positive Covid test took themselves off to their favorite restaurant/bar and infected everyone else in there. Please accept my sincere thanks to you and all of your fellow medical professionals who have risked everything to take care of your patients. The numbers would be even worse without all of your efforts. Thank you. ❀️

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  8. Lavinia Ross says:

    I hear you, Judy. Between politics and pandemic, the tension in the air is almost unbearable at times. All I can do is keeping looking for the good things where I can find them while being aware, but not consumed, by current events. Stay safe and well.

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  9. Ally Bean says:

    We have nothing but ugly political signs everywhere now. I find them a blot on the joy of autumn. We, too, are doing curbside grocery pickup all the time again. And we’re wearing masks on the few occasions we go outside. Some of our local restaurants have gone out of business and that makes me sad for those entrepreneurial people who have gotten caught in this pandemic mess. The problems are everywhere and are overwhelming. Stating the obvious, aren’t I?

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    • Sounds like our lives are pretty similar right now. πŸ™‚ I also feel a deep pain for all those restaurants who have not been able to make it with the change in weather and not being able to secure enough profit from their to-go-orders. The available commercial space is certainly not good for the tax base either. If only we could have hung together and slowed this down, I think we could have saved a lot of businesses. No going back to correct our mistakes, and it seems like we are headed full speed ahead into a winter of rising numbers. Sad state of affairs.

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  10. I wonder if there has been a single person who has ever decided who to vote for someone based on a sign they saw in passing.

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    • Excellent question! Think of the money and the resources that would be saved. I wonder what that number adds up to when you think of the printing, paper, and metal times the number of candidates times the number of states. We’d probably go into cardiac arrest if we really knew what it added up to. πŸ™‚

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  11. Murphy's Law says:

    Get out of my head Judy. Reading your post I was wondering when did I write this all down and how the heck it got on your blog!! Lol. It’s hard not to feel alone in our thoughts about the world situation right now when we are so isolated from one another. All we can do is keep using our masks, social distance as best we can, wash our hands constantly and use waterless cleaner in between.

    Yes, to be able to hug and kiss family and dear friends again would be wonderful. None of us will ever underestimate the importance of that kind of human contact. FaceTime is great, but it’s still a poor substitute for actual human contact.

    Apple crumb pie sounds perfect. I’ll pass on the pumpkin flavored coffee. Tea for me please.

    Hang in there friend. If our neighbors don’t kill us with their stupidity, we can look for a brighter tomorrow.
    Ginger

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  12. Denzil says:

    Nothing whiny here Judy, just plain speaking and common sense. If folk would just stay home unless absolutely essential then things will get better, but not if they put their freedom to be idiots into practice.

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  13. Oddment says:

    You had me at “Whiny and sarcastic.” You speak for me with every word. In Indiana our numbers are heaving upward. We do have a mask mandate but I still hear the powers that be say “masks are recommended.” Or –even more irritating — “you are encouraged to wear a mask.” How about tarred and feathered if you don’t? My granddaughter just got her first job. All the employees wear masks but many customers do not. This makes me nuts.

    I saw something today about how older people are dying not of COVID but of isolation. Aren’t we proud?

    You are not whining. You are giving voice to the angst and anguish many of us feel. Thank you!

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    • I sincerely wish your granddaughter the best on her first job and hope that her mask and multiple hand washings keep her safe and well. Isolation is something I previously associated with convicted prisoners who were being punished, yet here we are going into the eighth month. Our town had a very nice senior center that drew from neighboring towns. Classes were full, fun was had, trips were enjoyed. They closed it immediately, and there has been zero communication about whether it will ever open again. It’s just like it never existed. I think about all those folks who went there multiple times a week for companionship, and it just makes me sad and angry. You stay safe and well, my good friend.

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      • Oddment says:

        Thank you for all good wishes. I have to admit I will be worried about my granddaughter, but I think the job is short-term so I have hope she’ll get through it OK. That is so sad about your senior center. Lots of sadness everywhere, no getting around it. You stay safe and well, too!

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  14. We’re not inundated with political signs but they’re around. Fortunately, our HOA has a limit on the size and the amount any one house can display and for how long so those that are out will be gone soon.

    Dessert sounds like a fine way to distract yourself. I’ve been watching old Cadfael episodes, and some Sci-fi and keep telling myself I need to start reading the books I’ve purchased, but can’t get motived to read anything. I don’t know why!

    I limit my visits to places that have people anymore and I glove and mask up at those. I don’t wear a mask when I see my Grandsons and kids. As long as they’re healthy and I am too I figure we’re okay and hugs are a must! I could just gobble those boys up I tellya! 😍 When I get home from seeing them I stay close to home for a week just to be sure all is good. We’ve been using this playbook since lockdowns started and knock on wood…We’re all so far.

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    • I am so glad you are getting to not only see but hug your grandkids. πŸ™‚ Both of my young adult grandkids have underlying issues so distance is key. I would be a better woman if I could just hug those two. πŸ™‚ Bless your HOA with the rules. I’m not kidding some of these signs in a regular yard are like something you’d see on the side of a building. When they are covered in hateful messages, it is almost more than you can handle just driving by. One really good thing about next week is the signs will have to come down. Stay well and safe so you can keep hugging those handsome boys of yours. πŸ™‚

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  15. Relax... says:

    Well, young people make up some of the virus cases (if fewer hospitalizations — so far!), and very young children are getting a serious spin-off virus.. it’s not just older/compromised paying for others’ maskless, distance-free immaturity. However, 400+ non-mask wearers made Delta’s no-fly list, so there’s hope for some oversight. I’m praying for an even greater hope from November 3.

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  16. Your frustration is real and warranted, in my opinion. Rant on.
    I’m in Ontario, so not dealing with lawn signs, but snow is not only in the forecast, it is on the lawn! Snow is a four-letter-word, in my opinion, especially when it falls so early in the season. I’ll see your whiny and sarcastic and raise you a heartfelt curse word that also starts with “s”.

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    • Thank you for the hearty chuckle, and that “s” word definitely applies in my humble opinion. πŸ™‚ We have several wonderful CN friends who normally go south in the winter, but not this year. 2020 has probably been the strangest year we’ve all tried to maneuver and it keeps getting extended. Take care, stay well, and applause to you and your countrymen and women who have kept your numbers as low as they have been.

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  17. We all need to rant now and then!

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  18. Whiny and sarcastic!! All right! Judy unleashed! Preach it, sister! Let’s see if I can remember what boxes you ticked that might have ticked me off. The whole mask thing? First world problem. Get over it and wear it. People cramming into bars once things opened up again? First world idiocy. Want them open? Enter responsibly, although when alcohol’s involved, you have a problem to start with. Unhappy about your children getting tested? Keep them home and get a life. I’m sick of Covid, but don’t want to be sick from it, so I’ll wear my mask indoors and close to others and not go much or anywhere unless I can be outside (walking, a few coffee places). Voting? We both did already as well.

    Sending you lots and lots of hugs and love.

    janet

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    • I think we’re at a point where we can’t keep doing what we’ve been doing because it’s not working, and at some point we just have to admit it and put in some rules for everyone to follow. Other countries have done that, and they’ve seen better results. Preaching to the choir I know. πŸ™‚ Stay safe and well and keep the camera clicking. πŸ™‚

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      • Not sure about other countries as Europe is spiking again. The problem is that if we have to depend on common sense, we’re in trouble. It’s not common anymore. As for the camera, it’s always clicking. 😁

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  19. I have followed you for years but have never commented. I almost did last month when you sounded so down. I love your pictures, recipes and stories. I also love your candor and honesty. I totally agree. 100%. It’s scary that only crazy radicals seem to have a voice. Shout it sister! And hang in there.

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    • You made my day by joining in the conversation. πŸ™‚ All of us wearing masks have put effort in to putting a stop to this, but we can’t make any headway because of all those who feel it is their right to not wear them – frustrating and scary. It made me smile to look up your fabric store in WA because some of my favorite relatives live in Auburn, WA. When we visited a while back, we were up and around the Yakima area. If only I’d known, I would have done some damage to my charge card and come away with some of your beautiful fabric. Thanks again for stopping, and stay well. πŸ™‚

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      • Cindi Rang says:

        Oh my goodness, next time you are in Washington I would love it if you would venture up to Ephrata. We have lodging for you and I would love to show you our garden and our lake. Thank you so much for your sweet message. Hang in there, we’re all right there with you.

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  20. Without getting complicated, life has been a real bummer since the day after my birthday. Glad we went out for dinner because it never crossed my mind that it would be the last eating out we’d do for the next seven — more? — months. Everyone is bummed and I suspect, at least a bit depressed. This is NOT a world we signed up for or have ever lived in. I just want it to end, but in the meantime, here I am. Home again home again home again.

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    • I remember eating out in March, and I never thought to appreciate it either. 2020 definitely doesn’t go along with ‘those golden years.’ Yes, we are all home again, home again. Glad you are safe and well. πŸ™‚

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  21. Judy, my county had a mandatory mask requirement that recently changed to recommended (BTW, our #’s are on the rise again), so how stupid is that. Enforcement is the biggest problem. The County can mandate, but the sheriff’s dept. has to enforce and they don’t have the manpower to answer every complaint. Fortunately, it is a very small percent in my county that refuses to protect the rest of us. We don’t enter restaurants or businesses that allow ‘no masks’ on their employees. As far as signs, I live in an HOA that forbids signs of any kind, so I don’t have to look at them every day. Political ads are senseless but irritating. Venting is good. Now go plant something beautiful!

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    • Applause to your HOA for making your life at home a lot easier on the eyes and less stressful. πŸ™‚ The area in SC that we visit in the winter just lifted their mandatory mask requirement. I know they can’t enforce it, but if it even makes a few more people wear their masks I’d be grateful. If only I could go plant something, I would. I’m down to looking on line and planning seed orders. πŸ™‚ Glad you are well.

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  22. germac4 says:

    It is a dreadful time in the world at the moment … our best wishes for the US ….as someone has said ..maybe people who don’t care could have a sign saying β€œ non compliant… no treatment needed”
    As my mother used to say β€œthe trouble with common sense is, it’s not that common!”

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  23. Eliza Waters says:

    Loved your rant, Judy. You’re only voicing what we all are feeling. I think it’s important to get this off our chest, ‘better out than in,’ I always say. πŸ™‚

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  24. Nancy says:

    We all feel the same way! Wear your dang mask people!

    And these rally’s on the side of the road … not one of them is wearing a mask. They are all together waving flags. And some getting in the line of traffic. But I can’t go to a simple flea market because it’s closed due to Covid. Really? But we can have all these rally’s everywhere!!

    I too have voted… everyone has their mind made up… can you believe how much money we could have saved from not airing all these commercials!

    I pray for our country!

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    • There seems to be no consistent approach to mask wearing, and we can certainly see where that has gotten us. Money on commercials and mailings could have been given to local food pantries and we could have fed people for a long time. Our own behavior, hope, and prayer seem to be all we have control over. Stay well. πŸ™‚

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  25. Judy, from way over here where things are so much better and we have very few covid cases I send my sympathy to you and everyone. We see what’s happening on the TV news and just shake our heads. Believe it or not, we are also seeing hour by hour coverage of your election. All the debates have been live telecasts and journalists have been sent over to cover the election. I can’t understand why our media outlets would deliberately send people when the job could be done from here. It’s so irresponsible. At least the election will be over soon and all those nasty signs should disappear. Sadly, the same can’t be said for covid. Stay safe and well, best wishes to you, your family and your friends. Enjoy that apple pie. It looks delicious.

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    • You have banded together to attack it together. Together being the key word. πŸ™‚ All we can do is protect ourselves through cautious and safe behavior. Both issues are really embarrassing because of our response. Prayer and Pie – I’ll keep leaning on both. πŸ™‚

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  26. I hear you, Judy. The incompetence with the handling of this pandemic is astounding. Luckily for us, political signs aren’t allowed in our gated community, so everything looks quite civil. Masks are required for entry into all stores and everyone is complying. I can’t wait for this election to be over. I going quite blue in the face from holding my breath. 😳πŸ₯Ά

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    • Applause for no signs because even that small break is good for the soul. πŸ™‚ Most people in the major stores are compliant with masks here. The restaurants are being hit hard by cases on a daily basis. I feel sorry for the restaurant industry here in cold country, but I haven’t been inside one and don’t plan to any time soon. Stay well and I wish you plenty of blue skies. πŸ™‚

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  27. Joanne Sisco says:

    Sending you virtual hugs, Judy. It sounds like you really need it. I get your whiny and sarcastic because some days it really does start to get under the skin. I can’t believe that back in the spring I was actually naive enough to think that this pandemic might make the world a kinder, gentler place. HA!! Talk about a misfire.

    Let’s continue hoping for better days ahead though. It’ll give us something positive to do πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, let’s raise our coffee cups to better days ahead. πŸ™‚ Along with you, I thought when it started it would be approached like 911, and the country would come together to fight it. I guess that’s why it still shocks me that it’s every person for themselves. Our ancestors must be rolling over watching us. Stay well friend and hope that renovation is going well. πŸ™‚

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  28. jkitt750 says:

    You are most definitely not alone in your frustration with current events. Since we can’t make major changes in other people’s behaviors we just need to find ways to cope. It sounds like you are already doing a lot of that. I just bury (not literally) myself in my gardening and try to ignore the unhealthy, unsafe and boorish behaviors of some others. Chin up. This too will pass.

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    • I wish I still had gardening to keep me busy, but mine is put to bed. I’m guessing with your greenhouse and much larger gardens you can still keep going, and that is a good thing. πŸ™‚ Thinking about plants is sure more satisfying than trying to cope with how other folks respond that’s for sure. πŸ™‚ Take care.

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  29. Great post and just as fascinating as a flower! These are things that warrant being irritated over.
    Hope dessert was delicious anyway.

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  30. Dan Antion says:

    Yes, yes, yes, yes to everything, yes. Signs, masks, no masks, trick or treat, commercials, stupidity, anger and apparently more anger. At least for now, I’m not upset at having to stay six feet from the rest of the world. I hope things start to calm down, Judy. I’m not counting on it, but it’s worth hoping for. I’ve been lucky, as the bar I like to go to has been nearly empty as most people seem to prefer eating outside. If the inside starts getting crowded, I’ll stop going.

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  31. Susanne says:

    I’m exactly like this. My latest post was exactly like this too. I’m so frustrated, angry, and fascinated over people’s total stupidity and naivety regarding the pandemic. They think everything can be like normal when a killing disease is raging all over the place? I don’t know how to react anymore, it’s just…. fascinating.
    At least, I’m glad to see there are more people out there who can use their brain..
    Hang in there.And… apple crumb pie? I need to make some!

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    • Thanks for stopping by, and I think there are a lot of us out here trying to do our part and frustrated by those that are choosing to ignore the safety suggestions and rising number of cases. Stay well in your beautiful country.

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  32. Eilene Lyon says:

    It isn’t you who is crazy, I assure you. Can’t wait for the election and Covid to be behind us!

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  33. joey says:

    My mama never told me there’d be days like THIS, okay? I share your angst, but on an Indiana level.

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  34. Brenda says:

    The pandemic isn’t going away any time soon. Idiots aren’t going away any time soon. Our ugly political situation isn’t going away any time soon. But maybe, just maybe, if we’re lucky, the armies of political signs will come down after the election. If someone could figure out how to shred them and turn the into masks, they’d be rich.

    Hang in there.

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  35. Crazy times ahead.

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  36. Maywyn says:

    Your common sense attitude makes me smile. Good advice there. The pumpkin spice coffee sounds great, and worthy of a carry over until spring.

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  37. aFrankAngle says:

    I know I’m late for this post, but because I had some time this morning thought I’d snoop around. Wow – I see about 7 or so bloggers here that I know. πŸ™‚ Oh – loved the rant.

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