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Better than getting my groceries this morning, I got to see, albeit very briefly, my nurse daughter...been two weeks since I saw her last.  She stopped by today to pick up a few things, she wore protective gear while in my home.  She told me she worked 90 hours last week (that's a lot of overtime!) and has a bunch of Covid patients in her unit. She says they have a total of 75 coronavirus patients at her hospital...I hope to never be one of them!  My heart aches for the patients and the families who have loved ones in hospital and no one is allowed in but staff. 

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When I hear about your daughter, Michael, and the staff of the NHS here, I think we might have a chance of coming out ahead in this crisis.

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9 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

Better than getting my groceries this morning, I got to see, albeit very briefly, my nurse daughter...been two weeks since I saw her last.  She stopped by today to pick up a few things, she wore protective gear while in my home.  She told me she worked 90 hours last week (that's a lot of overtime!) and has a bunch of Covid patients in her unit. She says they have a total of 75 coronavirus patients at her hospital...I hope to never be one of them!  My heart aches for the patients and the families who have loved ones in hospital and no one is allowed in but staff. 

My daughter has recovered from the virus and has been regaining her strength the past week. She’s not there, yet. I haven’t seen her in 6 weeks.

My good news is that she did recover, it could have gone badly. Kansas, at the bottom, is #51 (including District of Columbia) on tests per capita. Rather pitiful.

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6 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

My daughter has recovered from the virus and has been regaining her strength the past week. She’s not there, yet. I haven’t seen her in 6 weeks.

My good news is that she did recover, it could have gone badly. Kansas, at the bottom, is #51 (including District of Columbia) on tests per capita. Rather pitiful.

 

So good to hear that your daughter has recovered, that must be a big relief!!  Was she never able to get tested? 

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Good to hear your daughter is better and gaining strength Betty.

 

Good thing that happened today?  - - - - I woke up.

 

Allan

 

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I’d kind of given up on our robins’ nest because I so seldom see the birds. So when I was walking in the garden I went near it and peeked. When I didn’t see a bird sitting on it I figured they were gone but then I noticed a bit of movement. When an adult bird across the way began an alarm call I knew there must be babies! I went to the other end of the garden and stood behind a bush for a while. The robin finally stopped screaming and flew in the direction of the nest… Hooray. Such good news.

 

Paulette 

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7 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

 

So good to hear that your daughter has recovered, that must be a big relief!!  Was she never able to get tested? 

No, Michael. Never tested. Kansas testing...well I shouldn’t gripe, but it is severely lacking. First responders, medical, and those that can’t breathe get tested. The rest fall through the cracks. 
She saw her rheumatologist Friday and he listened to all the symptoms she had while sick. Then he said, “You had it, no doubt!”

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1 hour ago, NYCat said:

I’d kind of given up on our robins’ nest because I so seldom see the birds. So when I was walking in the garden I went near it and peeked. When I didn’t see a bird sitting on it I figured they were gone but then I noticed a bit of movement. When an adult bird across the way began an alarm call I knew there must be babies! I went to the other end of the garden and stood behind a bush for a while. The robin finally stopped screaming and flew in the direction of the nest… Hooray. Such good news.

 

Paulette 

Wonderful!

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My good news. I’ve needed peroxide and dinner napkins and paper towels. Unavailable online ordering. I picked up my drive-up order this morning, then decided to go inside all masked up. Multiple bottles of peroxide, what’s up with that?  2 packages of napkins, I took one. I got my missing items!

Happy camper!

Betty

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2 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

No, Michael. Never tested. Kansas testing...well I shouldn’t gripe, but it is severely lacking. First responders, medical, and those that can’t breathe get tested. The rest fall through the cracks. 
She saw her rheumatologist Friday and he listened to all the symptoms she had while sick. Then he said, “You had it, no doubt!”


Well if it makes you feel any better, my daughter works with Covid patients most days and is an EMT on an ambulance on Sunday nights and has never been tested.  She has not had any symptoms but may have had it and been asymptomatic.  I think these frontline people should be tested as often as possible. But I also know these test kits are a commodity.

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3 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:


Well if it makes you feel any better, my daughter works with Covid patients most days and is an EMT on an ambulance on Sunday nights and has never been tested.  She has not had any symptoms but may have had it and been asymptomatic.  I think these frontline people should be tested as often as possible. But I also know these test kits are a commodity.

I agree wholeheartedly. Medical should be tested regularly. Especially so they won’t take it home to their families, let alone possibly spread it to some poor person suffering from another medical problem, like a heart attack.

Obviously, no matter how careful they are, infection is still happening to our medical people. And some are dying. I understand your feelings about your daughter being exposed daily.  I’d be terrified. Chances are, though, being young, she’d get through it ok.

Betty

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I visited my daughter who has recovered (mostly) from Covid-19. I walked around to the back of her house. She sat by her sliding door, I sat at the opposite end of her deck. We were about 10 feet away from each other. Fresh air. She hadn’t been contagious for 11 days at that time.
We chatted, discussed masks, laughed together and she showed me the mask she made. General consensus, we both have a problem feeling like we are not getting enough air while wearing them. It feels like we use up the oxygen under them very quickly. We are both asthmatics.

I have a few masks ordered from fineartamerica with my artwork on them. They could be useless to me, but maybe I can stand one briefly to run into the grocery. I’ll be fashion-forward if I can.

 

I can’t tell you how nice it was to see her face-to-face, eyes on, which I’d been longing to do for what seems forever.

Betty

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A good thing that happened in my life today.

 

Did my online tax return. Only took about 20 minutes so I quickly ran the vacuum (Hoover) around the house.

 

Allan

 

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My old MacBook Air, bought in 2014, had just about given up the ghost: running slooooooow, taking an age to load a webpage, etc. So I took delivery today of a 2020 model. It took about half an hour to ‘migrate’ all my files from old Mac to new Mac (this is my ‘writing’ Mac, not ‘photography’ Mac), when I thought it would take all day. I’m no techie, but it’s great to have a fast and responsive machine again. OK, not a big deal, compared with the news I’m hearing this evening, but, right now, I’ll take any excuse to look on the bright side… 

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On 21/04/2020 at 17:48, NYCat said:

I’d kind of given up on our robins’ nest because I so seldom see the birds. So when I was walking in the garden I went near it and peeked. When I didn’t see a bird sitting on it I figured they were gone but then I noticed a bit of movement. When an adult bird across the way began an alarm call I knew there must be babies! I went to the other end of the garden and stood behind a bush for a while. The robin finally stopped screaming and flew in the direction of the nest… Hooray. Such good news.

 

Paulette 

I promised pix of visiting robins but it hasn't happened yet........today I was cutting up a bit more tree when one perched on the back of a chair 3 feet away Camera? Of course not. Then a pair of bluetits with beaks full of nest-fluff came by for a bark insect snack. Camera? Not till they were at the top of the tree.

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8 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

A good thing that happened in my life today.

 

Did my online tax return. Only took about 20 minutes so I quickly ran the vacuum (Hoover) around the house.

 

Allan

 

I’ll send mine to you, Allan. I like your speed. 😉

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On 21/04/2020 at 13:01, Betty LaRue said:

Wonderful!

You will enjoy watching them, I hope. Get some fledgling shots if you can, Paulette. I can always tell baby birds even when they are fully feathered. They keep the bright yellow at the corners of their beaks for awhile. Little food beacons! 😁

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8 hours ago, John Morrison said:

My old MacBook Air, bought in 2014, had just about given up the ghost: running slooooooow, taking an age to load a webpage, etc. So I took delivery today of a 2020 model. It took about half an hour to ‘migrate’ all my files from old Mac to new Mac (this is my ‘writing’ Mac, not ‘photography’ Mac), when I thought it would take all day. I’m no techie, but it’s great to have a fast and responsive machine again. OK, not a big deal, compared with the news I’m hearing this evening, but, right now, I’ll take any excuse to look on the bright side… 

John, I have always loved getting a new lightning fast computer. Until I start bogging it down, lol. It is a big deal. And something to brighten your days.

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Another good thing. My car was very dusty. We just had a heavy rain, called a gully-washer in my part of the country. I backed the car onto the driveway. Now all I have to do is towel dry it. A nice, Mother Nature car wash with soft water.

I have to take my pleasures where I find them.

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I'm dancing!! I finished super-tagging all my 2020 batches!! 523 pictures.  And I filled in the optional fields as well.

And now on to my next project. Creative photography, just for my own enjoyment, not for Alamy.

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Good for you, Gen!  Btw, my upload today passed right away. Some are reporting delays. How’s it for you?

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2 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

Good for you, Gen!  Btw, my upload today passed right away. Some are reporting delays. How’s it for you?

 

I haven't uploaded in April Betty. I'm just about to edit the next and last batch. 

 

With self-isolation, I am limited to the campsite around my motorhome. It's amazing what I found. 

There is an orange potter wasp busy building its nest 2 metres from me. It does trips bringing mud, build a capsule with a hole. Goes away, comes back with a caterpillar which it pushes through the hole. A few more caterpillars. Then it blocks the hole with more mud. Job done. Then it starts on the next storey. I have the whole sequence. Will it ever sell on Alamy? I doubt it but it costs nothing to upload.

 

Then there are various colourful bugs with their instars at various stages. I found a cicada trying to emerge from its exoskeleton but didn't make it. 

 

We have ringneck parakeets landing on our shoulders and arms to get fed while sitting under the awning. And a boobook calling at night in the tree overhead. It's a zoo!! Lots to see for people bothering to look.

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7 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Good for you, Gen!  Btw, my upload today passed right away. Some are reporting delays. How’s it for you?

 

Delays! Delays!  Don't talk to me about delays. My Alamy account has come to a dead stop, nothing working, no progress, uploads stuck in QC, no replies to emails, no views, no zooms, no sales, no payments.  Is there anything I have left out?

 

Seems like I am on an Alamy holiday just at the time I need something to keep me interested. Yes I can play about with images in LR but that is paling in significance.

 

Allan

 

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