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About Marianne

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    photography (that's #1), travel (also tied for #1), yoga, hiking, biking, art, politics, visiting museums - art, history quirky - love them all


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  1. We're #InThisTogether - our entire planet - offering a price break when the world's economy is tanking seems like a reasonable move, 40% of something is better than 100% of nothing at this point. When I think of healthcare workers risking their lives, with over 100,000 cases already here in New York, not to mention those suffering and fighting this pandemic in the rest of my country and the rest of the world, I feel lucky to be alive.
  2. LOL. I am suffering from insomnia and clearly not expressing myself as clearly and precisely as I should be 😎 it only takes an hour to install...
  3. My niece in Spain sent along more photos of her week-old daughter. I love being Tia Marianne.
  4. Did you all hear about the 101-year-old Italian man, who was born during the Spanish flu epidemic? After being hospitalized he recovered from Covid-19. A bright spot in all this.
  5. I bought one online for the upstairs bathroom and it arrived just before my husband got sick, so we haven't installed it yet as I'm currently living downstairs, using the half-bath and only venturing upstairs to bring him food and use the only shower. But he is on the mend (after a televisit with the doctor, our MD has concluded it's bronchitis). His surgery is meanwhile delayed indefinitely, but at least we have enough toilet paper to get us through until he gets better, and with improvement each day, hopefully that will be fairly soon. Out of an abundance of caution, I haven't been to a shop since he got sick, and the few items I managed to order from Amazon pantry (no lysol spray or wipes, TP or even peanut butter) won't be here for at least 3 weeks, knowing we have the bidet is a positive. (It's a seat you attach and they say it takes about an hour, so you don't need a plumber). Just FYI. 😎
  6. After a friend up in Waverley, Rhode Island who was up at her house for needed repairs has a state cop and and National Guardsman show up at her house (neither wearing masks), simply because her car has NY license plates, I received a very nice letter from the year-round resident head of our beach association at our summer house in Connecticut, just 20 minutes south of the Rhode Island border, expressing support for all residents (summer and year-round) discussing how they were trying to work out how things will work this summer so we can all enjoy the beauty of our surroundings and stay safe. My siblings and I were supposed to be up there opening the house for the season this weekend, but have delayed that indefinitely at this point, but with all the New York bashing going on in certain parts of the US (you'd think we invented this horror - it would be nice to see some sympathy towards fellow citizens - something that all we human need for each other right now. I was beyond angry and miserable to be an American yesterday and the letter really gave me hope in my fellow citizens. I also found a great recipe for cinnamon coffee cake and I have everything I need in my increasingly bare pantry. Hope my sharing it here makes your day! Sour Cream Cinnamon Coffee Cake Being on this forum gives me faith in my fellow humans and my fellow Americans. You are all the best. #InThisTogether
  7. There are Puffins in Maine too Betty, a little closer to home. Amazing birds, haven't seen them myself. Love those photos. Here is one of mine - a place close to my heart - a beach near my family's summer place. Canada geese in it too - in keeping with the bird theme.
  8. I have a new great niece, born in Spain, mother and baby are doing well. My husband has been sick all week with a fever and cough, had to postpone his surgery ....but the good news, he finally got a visit via Zoom with our GP and she thinks he has bronchitis and not the dreaded virus. We have enough food for the next couple of weeks, and I got creative tonight with quinoa, vegan cheese, spinach and a bunch of spices. Which I made along with chicken sausage. We also have an entire shelf in our freezer full of blueberries. I'm thinking about making some sort of cobbler this weekend. The sun was shining and I took a nice walk around my neighborhood. I like this thread Betty! Thanks! I'll find the nature one too.
  9. I'm not sure how anyone can make financial predictions at this point with so much worldwide uncertainty - but the fact that they are all set up remotely is reassuring - and I can attest that an email I sent last week was answered promptly. I have no idea if adding new photos is the best use of my time right now, especially if the worst happens and I don't have much time left, but doing my normal day to day activity of taking photos, processing, keywording and uploading is reassuring. It's normal life in the face of all this uncertainty.
  10. Thanks! Some guy in Tennessee was arrested for buying up thousands of containers of hand sanitizer and scalping it on Amazon or ebay - I forget which. He's been buying them for a few months anticipating the need. We New Yorkers aren't as bad as our reputation might have you believe, although our stores are empty, and there are always some rotten apples - then again, fear is palpable - if the pandemic is as bad as the worst case scenario, we will have over 15,000 fewer ventilators than needed (this is from a New York State policy paper - which talks about how to decide who gets a ventilator, so right from the source - of course estimates are just educated guesses) but it says best case we will still be down by over a thousand and that's with all the stockpiles they've got in case of emergency - our doctor's office sent out an email telling people to wear masks when they show up - LOL we don't have any - I was looking for some to use for sanding some furniture a month ago and they were already gone. My husband needs surgery which he was scheduled for next week and it was just postponed indefinitely which could have consequences - with over 20 million people our state, still the hardest hit, is facing shortages and we have nowhere near enough hospital beds unless we get the Federal help the governor has asked for to retrofit dormitories and possibly the Jacob Javits convention center for hospital use. Our governor is doing all he can, but the suburban county where I live has more cases every day. I've been trying to be positive but the reality is very scary. Some good and promising news on Covid-19: Two potential treatments being developed by Regeneron, a biotech company here in Westchester, NY close to where I live. I was reading about their arthritis drug which may help keep people's lungs from getting as inflamed when they have a severe immune reaction and this could reduce the need for ventilators. They are working on speeded up double blind clinical trials right now in partnership with a French company (with global office including one in New Jersey). and they hope to have clinical trials outside the US soon too, especially in Italy. And there's a Swiss (I think) company that also makes a similar drug. So if it works this could be good news for a lot of sick people around the world. A similar drug (one that targets the same receptor) worked in a small clinical trial in China. And more promising it looks like they have also come up with a antiviral cocktail that could work both for those already sick and possibly prophylactically - but those clinical trials aren't expected to start until the summer unfortunately, which could be too late for us here in NY, though they are prepared to make hundreds of thousands of doses if the clinical trials prove successful. I'd certainly volunteer for one if I got sick. I don't have a link because it opened in my Apple News app but you can google : "Regeneron’s CEO Says We Could Have a Covid-19 Treatment ‘Quickly’ and you'll find several articles about both of the treatments. Stay healthy everyone!
  11. I was taking a couple pix of the massively duck taped hand sanitizer (they've been disappearing from offices so I'm guessing that's why they've got it locked down) and then noticed the sign about disinfecting the parking pay stations. We got out for a walk over the weekend. Ran into some friends and their daughter now home from college for the rest of the year. Pretty sparse even with fine weather and miles of hiking trails. Notice no Senior benefits on weekends. so I just bought another 3-year pass last spring. Hope I get to use the whole thing. Face-timed with my grandson today - playing peek-a-boo with an 18-month old can certainly brighten your day. This is a very historic and important worldwide event and must be recorded from the intense to the mundane. Sadly this is history, and could cause as much death and economic disaster worldwide as a war, not to mention threats here in the US to democracy as we try to move forward with the most important elections of our lives. I never even thought about the need to disinfect the pay station - yikes how do I disinfect my card after it goes through the system? Treat it like money and disinfect my hands - with homemade disinfectant - it's been sold out everywhere in NY for a month.
  12. I don't think we can contain it but every bit we slow it down could save a few more lives. I think a plan for testing and making sure people have food and can afford to stay in is the most important thing at this point, Hoping saner and more compassionate voices in our government are heard. But we all need to take responsibility for our own actions and do the best we can. Hoping I live to vote in November. What a scary world we find ourselves in. My one consolation is that my husband (healthy and under 60), daughter, grandson, siblings and most of my nieces and nephews are likely to fare well. Concerned for half my friends, many cousins and bro & sister-in-laws.
  13. The idea is to slow it down so hospitals aren't overrun with not enough ICUs to care for the critically ill. If it gets too bad too fast, they will have to do wartime triage and sadly make decisions about who gets limited resources, which means being unable to save those who might otherwise be able to live through it with the right medical help. If 80% get the virus over the course of a year, rather than within the space of a couple of months, the death toll is lower.
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