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bearcountrygg - Monday Mar 23, 2020
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Up before 5....quite typical though...D just now getting out of bed. 

My list of things to do today

Clean out litter box -Done

Pay a couple of bills -Done and in the mailbox

Wash bedding-Done

General housework...get roomba going and do some picking up

Trash to the garage - DONE

Put new tag on license plate and new registration in car -DONE

Put disposable gloves in car - DONE

Remake bed

Propane delivery - DONE

Keep checking to see if amazon is sending the printer that they have already shipped the ink for...NOPE!

Straighten car up.......( possibly take out things to be donated...will be doing that at a later date...also possibly remove returnable cans too......not doing that right now either).


This is Dr James Oneill from Clarkston Michigan.

He is a super human.......he was Doc O'Neill  to our kids, our 8 foster kids, and even D and I when needed.  You could call him in the middle of the night, he would open his office on the weekend to stitch a kid up.......he was even known to treat a dog that had been hit by a car in front of his office...or a patient's pet monkey...........he is a legend in Oakland County Michigan and beyond.  I was honored to work for him after the kids all grew up..........he will always have my respect.  He now suffers from alzheimers and he has a message for all of us.

Word is that we will be in lockdown when the Governor comes on in less than an hour.......I've been home since the 12th......so far...so good....D has been home since the 12th...and talked to a neighbor in the road a couple of days ago.....

Yup.....stay at home order for 3 weeks........We can do this!!!

Lunch was rice and beans and broccoli...baked some salmon and didn't feel hungry enough to eat it...so saving that for later.............phone ringing repeatedly........I need a nap.



Horn_of_plenty on 03/23/2020:
Excellent to-do list and great progress with it !!!!

Sounds mike an amazing doc indeed and lovely message ! He still looks like a handsome fellow :)

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2020:
His son now runs the business....and he was amazing....Loved working for him.

Innerpeace on 03/23/2020:
I love how you stay busy. Thanks Doc!

bearcountrygg on 03/23/2020:
Still looking for things to fill the day....... The Doc's past employees are loving this pic.......he's a well loved pillar of the community.

Donkey on 03/24/2020:
Doc sounds like a wonderful person! This warmed my heart, especially yesterday, which was not very pleasant.

bearcountrygg on 03/24/2020:
He is one in a million...Even after they became aware that he had some form of dementia....he wanted to come to the office...but of course they couldn't let him see patients.....so they set him up in a small room with a stack of papers to sign....until he got too bad to take there....his son is now the main doctor there and a very nice guy as well...but no one can compare to Doc!

bearcountrygg - Sunday Mar 22, 2020
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Lots of snow still on the ground and cold.....no desire to go out.......D had a normal breakfast and I had the leftovers from yesterdays lunch and coffee for breakfast.....( and I enjoyed it).

Things that rarely get done going on around here today...........cleaning the bathroom ceiling fans and moving some cabinets.......

We had bought some water to store back about a month ago when we saw things statrting to get serious...and the store was well stocked...........today...I need to find a place for those so we don't keep walking around them in the hallway...........

We are looking for things to do...and having no problem finding them........keeping busy is serving us well.

Most likely later I will be spending some time shredding unnecessary papers........

Just read that gas pump handles are spreading the virus.........something new to watch out for.

Lunch will be a boxed skillet meal thing made for chicken....but we have ground  beef...so....that will sub for the chicken....and add some veggies

And life goes on........................

I do believe that we can get by with what we have at home.....I hear it's like getting stabbed in the brain...and people are grabbing the nurses arms in panic..........so......this makes staying out of the public a bit easier!

Donkey on 03/22/2020:
Regarding gas pump handles, those have ALWAYS disgusted me. I keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in the car and that is the first thing I do after I'm done pumping gas. In the winter time, I wear gloves, so I have that level of protection. With this outbreak, I am washing and rotating my winter gloves on a more regular basis now - like, almost daily.

bearcountrygg on 03/22/2020:
I had never given it a thought until today...I just figured because they were outside...that they would just naturally become safe...UGH!

Donkey on 03/22/2020:
I was thinking about stockpiling/hoarding/prepping last night. I really don't have a good place to store large supplies of toilet paper, bottled water, etc. The stairs that head down to the basement have water jugs at the end of the steps, down to the first landing before the stairs turn to go down into the actual basement level. I try to have 3 unopened jugs of distilled water for my husband's CPAP machine, and then I try to have 3 jugs of water from work (unsoftened) for the cats and plants.

bearcountrygg on 03/22/2020:
We have a well.....but no way to get the water out if we lose power....so that is just for "in case".....but I hear you about the cpap...we used to use those too,,,,but used tap water.....that was quite a few years ago...I can see the benefit in using distilled water though.

Donkey on 03/22/2020:
(Replied to your comments to me from yesterday and also on your entry from yesterday, too.)

bearcountrygg on 03/22/2020:

Horn_of_plenty on 03/22/2020:
with the water, when i run out of my seltzers, i'm switching back to plain water and cleaning out my britta and using the britta fitlers again. i waste SO MUCH money on buying seltzer (and only drinking seltzer) for home. so, being that it's quite frustrating to shop for bc it's heavy and i load up my cart, i have decided to MOSTLY do away with it (still buying kombucha though!)

totally not looking forward to getting gas, yup!...i figured that.

i am busy enough too, so far. some people may take online classes, but i have a textbook to read and i can only manage a little of it at a time. i will do this at my pace.

yes, that doesn't look comfortable at all getting swabbed!

stay positive as you are! it's nice you are home with D. having company, a person or so, is motivating.

that's why i walked with R today. it's easier to get outta the house with a little push from a friend! we didn't walk closely together.

bearcountrygg on 03/22/2020:
We really don't need the flavored waters...we got spoiled....funny how simple life can become when it needs to be. We are out of those too....and really not missing them....Good to hear that you have R for company...good for both of you.

bearcountrygg - Saturday Mar 21, 2020
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Well....still lots of snow......one bright light here....the ink for the new printer is on it's way....LOL....no printer...but the ink is going to arrive......lovely!

CEREAL.....I've been craving cereal......and I LIKE IT!  It's light and full of added vitamins....it doesn't make me feel bogged down...and there is plenty of it here.

The past prepping is paying off........I guess this was what it was all for.  I hope when this is over with...and it will be over with......I hope everyone realizes the importance of keeping things around just in case...........

The things we don't have here are an alternate heat and water source......once many years ago when the boys were little.....we had an ice storm that knocked out our power for a week......we hung a blanket over the living room doorway and heated the living room with the fireplace......and we did just fine.  Youngest son remembers and thought it was pretty cool....and today has a wood stove. 

BUT.........we feel secure that we will be fine as long as we stay home.....so far...going out in the yard is enough. 

Breakfast = coffee and cereal with almond milk


Donkey on 03/21/2020:
Oh that just cracked me up that the ink is on its way, but not the printer. Did you ask yourself, "How does this help anyone?"

My husband has been eating more cereal lately too. It started because we had some milk in the house (before the panic) that had to get used up. But then he started having tummy problems so the cereal seems to help him.

My alternative light source is candles. We don't have an alternative heat source though, as the fireplace is gas only.

Sad to say, but if we are ever in a Walking Dead situation, my husband would probably be gone after Episode 2. I on the other hand might last the first season as long as I can see. (I'm terribly near-sighted.)

bearcountrygg on 03/21/2020:
LOL...it's bad enough that I have to throw this old one away while I still have new packages of ink...LOL We do have a generac that runs on propane...but that will empty the tank way too quickly....lights will likely be flashlights around here....all I have left for candles are tapers....and they all got a little out of shape...my luck.....they would fall over when they were lit....LOL

Donkey on 03/22/2020:
Thinking about this a little more, if life were to become a Walking Dead scenario, you would not only live through the entire series, but make into at least season 2 of the sequel or spin-off show.

bearcountrygg on 03/22/2020:
On second thought I think I would rather starve first...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 03/22/2020:
omg yes! first time ever i have no cereal except for the warm cereals like oatmeal. i may go buy cereal at the store next time i go...fiber one or something. maybe even a general light type of cereal like honey nut cheerios or corn pops!

it's a good thing that during the brunt / middle of this, it will be during the warmer seasons...

bearcountrygg on 03/22/2020:
There is so much added nutrition to cereal.....and it's light and tasty...I'm loving it.

bearcountrygg - Friday Mar 20, 2020
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Well...they say it's spring....but not here...more snow today.......been in the house now for many days......I did get to the mailbox today...and out to look at how much propane is left in the tank...came back in and ordered more...that will arrive next week.....all kinds of notices from banks and credit card companies today....doors shut....customers stay out......kind of scary when they have our money.....phone busy again this morning.........tylenol instead of motrin or advil if you think you might have it.  Laundry done, dishes in DW........

breakfast = coffee, cereal and pumpkin scone, lunch - hotdog/bun/catsup and some roasted carrots...1 bite beef and 1 bite potato.....working through the leftovers so as not to waste food.

Seriously I am at my best in a crisis....youngest son is the same...he brought that up today......we' re cut from the same cloth......( we are very different in other behaviors)....but we both function best when push comes to shove.



Donkey on 03/21/2020:
I saw that you got more snow (in your general area). They are saying we're going to get some Sunday night into Monday. So as if it weren't bad enough that I have to go to frickin' work on Monday - because I'm "essential" - I will have to shovel first.

Anyway, I read your post yesterday at work, and was inspired to have hot dogs for dinner. Kind of a nice change!

bearcountrygg on 03/21/2020:
We had them again today too...LOL

Horn_of_plenty on 03/22/2020:
the first day of spring by me was exceptionally nice temps at 70F. but that was just for one, fleeting day! now we're back to 35-40 and windy. but i am not complaining, there's no snow or rain!! trying to get outside most days for longer walks if i can. i feel like it's best to get the walk in one time and not really go out multiple times during the day? still thinking about this one. i do have my bike and stepper (and should really start experimenting with using the stepper more and more!)

thanks for the tip on tylenol, i just bought a new bottle recently.

what brand is the pumpkin scone?

keep on going, bcgg! thnaks for checking in with us!

bearcountrygg on 03/22/2020:
The scone brand was Kusteaz.

bearcountrygg - Thursday Mar 19, 2020
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The phones have been ringing all morning........I guess everyone is getting a little antsy..........Walmart is cutting their hours of operation because the people are getting to be too much to deal with.......

Ordering things has now become close to impossible........so many sites are just refusing orders.........my printer and ink and the storage cabinets we ordered before this show no movement as to being shipped......luckily they aren't  really necessary things. 

I went ahead and e filed income tax and both have sent confirmations that they arrived......sigh of relief here.

D's prescriptions have been ordered....will have to wait and see if they arrive now.... (most likely made in china ugh)

Sick sister in law in a panic.......

D's other sister and her husband are hiding out up north........and we just found out that her husband has had a heart attack......and is still being treated for his cancer and has a port in his chest.........( mid 60's)

Next door neighbor accidentally face timed me...LOL.....

Younger son just checking on us.....

Friend wondering how to tell his 4 year old that they can't go to the fishing tournament...without scaring her.

Older son talking about the store and the outrageous shoppers.

We had a roast from the freezer, roasted carrots before they go bad, a boxed potato mix and a boxed mix of scones for lunch.....I had yesterdays leftovers for breakfast......( I can eat anything in the morning!)........just a little snacking for the rest of the day........my rule is use what is in the fridge first......freezer second.....and pantry only as needed.........it is saving the shelf stable stuff for later......

I'm going to go take a nap now........





Donkey on 03/20/2020:
Wow, my husband gets his meds in the mail, too! I never thought about then being delayed, but now I'm thinking maybe so.

I bet all those phone calls made for a busy day. That's ok! And it's good that folks are checking in with you.

Let's see what today brings!

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2020:
Yup....phone ringing all morning again....the med thing is a little scary!

innerpeace on 03/20/2020:
I never thought about medication. I hope DH can still get his when it's time to renew. I never thought to wonder where they might be made.

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2020:
I believe that most of the meds here are from China....this country needs to knock that off and right now!

horn_of_plenty on 03/20/2020:
Good job on getting your taxes fine. I will do the census either today or tomorrow.

Yes I will be using up my meats also on an expiration date sequence too like you are doing with all your food. On my list is to make the turkey meatballs again :-) I have ground turkey meat to use up and that’s it of my fresh meat supply ! Everything else is smoked or cured meat like salami :) should last me awhile. Also have a few veggie burgers and frozen items :)

bearcountrygg on 03/20/2020:
Good plan...definately not the time to be wasting food.....we could regret it later.

bearcountrygg - Wednesday Mar 18, 2020
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Today will be about accomplishing more.........census filled out, bills filled out,...heading for the mail box. 

Cleaning in places that often get put off or ignored, moving a few things in the way...out of the way.......it's a good time to just do those things that kind of bug me yet I ignore. 

My printer quit....I ordered another one plus ink from amazon...and I get a message last night...amazon will only be shipping essentials like food and meds as they become available......I'm chomping at the bit to get the income tax printed and mailed......and the printer may not now arrive........

Little frustrations that are not life threatening...yet...they are frustration inducing.......

Corona virus email notices from so many places arriving in my email...the bank, walmart, amazon, everyone..........sending them all to keep....just in case for later.

Today home becomes, neater, cleaner, more efficient and a little more fun.......getting out a few games to break the monotony. 

I got a call yesterday from a sister in law who is a nealy blind amputee 68 year old...........her helper is staying home with her own family.......a family member has gone to their cabin in a small northern town........she has cancelled all future doctor appointments...and now is only in phone contact......she is sad and lonely....and both D and I chatted with her.  She is okay.....but those that usually help her are not coming around and I can't blame them.......isolation can be tough on anyone....being severely handicapped and alone is really tough......we had a few laughs and hope that she felt a little less alone.

Retail store  son is dealing with a unending number of out of control people......some are polite...and some are a down right  menace to society. He does everything he can to accomodate them and they take out their frustrations on him.  He tells them when the trucks will be delivering and they complain that the times don't fit into their schedule....sometimes...you just have to let miserable people be miserable.......and life goes on.

I'm hoping everyone is staying safe.......and know that I am praying for all of us.........




Donkey on 03/18/2020:
I think we all have to try to do the best we can, and looks like you're at least being productive. And you and D have your health. I think managing the physical is easier than managing the emotional. Isolation, loneliness, boredom, etc. - can be more difficult, in my opinion.

I don't get people who get mad at the store employees. Just really unnecessary.

bearcountrygg on 03/18/2020:
We all just need to try to keep our spirits up....

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/18/2020:
i got my census and will fill it out on the weekend or if i'm off i'll do it sooner..

i'm glad you are contacting your sister in law...i'm sure she appreciates it more than you can imagine :)

stay safe.

bearcountrygg on 03/18/2020:
The census will take about 5 minutes.....very few questions. You can do it online too....we sent ours in...I'm getting a little iffy about adding any new info online.

bearcountrygg - Tuesday Mar 17, 2020
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Just putting this here as a reminder that we can just do our best and take pride in that we are part of the solution instead of part of the problem.......rather we have to stay home or have to go out.....we can just do our best.

Stay safe friends.

It has arrived to a town near us and a hospital that D had surgery in back a few.......I'm sure there are many that have it,...and have had it...and were never diagnosed.........Being 70 and 71 here...we are just staying home and hoping for the best.......we have supplies to last for quite awhile.......( all purchased over the last few years.)....I guess this is when the prepping now pays off.  Spirits up...and making use of this time to do some things that need doing....and keeping busy.

Donkey on 03/17/2020:
Amen... I'm hoping that now that my MIL closed on her new place, that husband can stay home now.

My biggest fear is becoming a carrier and bringing the virus home. I'll be ok, but Hubby is very vulnerable, and I don't think he wants to admit that to himself.

bearcountrygg on 03/17/2020:
Exactly Donk......we all just need to do our best.....trying times...

Horn_Of_Plenty on 03/17/2020:
you are also thinking in a positive, powerful way at this time :)

bearcountrygg on 03/17/2020:
Yes......kind of my M.O.......just naturally....I have my down days....but the up days are more frequent!

bearcountrygg - Monday Mar 16, 2020
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Been in the house for days now.........everything we need is here so it works......boys keep calling to check on us.......one keeps giving me you tube sites to watch........he must think I'm bored!  I'm not! 

Our tiny town is closing down tonight except the gas station, grocery store , drug store and banks, one restaurant in town will take food orders for pick up and all others will stay closed until April. 

The puppies we were waiting for are going to  be delivered by C section tonight because they are not moving and are past due.  Friend has the Mom and we are all waiting for word but it doesn't look good.....we are all worried about her....waiting for that vet call.

I got the taxes done and now the printer won't work.....so ordered another one.......a week and a half out.

Actually not snacking much...and in fact I'm not overly hungry...so no stress eating here.  Pants still snug though.......

Edit.......what we suspected happened.....the puppies were stillborn.......Mama dog is at her home and recovering.



Donkey on 03/16/2020:
Oh no!... I'm so sorry... I know how much you were looking forward to the puppies. Poor mama dog... just heartbreaking. (((hugs)))

bearcountrygg on 03/17/2020:
It is sad, and I hope they didn't suffer too much....Mama dog is doing well...

innerpeace on 03/17/2020:
So very sad to hear! Puppies would be a good thing right now.

bearcountrygg on 03/17/2020:
Yes they would....

bearcountrygg - Saturday Mar 14, 2020
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Inside and keeping busy...there is always so many things to do.  We still have the snow issue here so I'm not going outside right now but i will say that I'm looking forward to spring.....( and that isn't usually my M O...........)   We have what we need here and there is comfort in that. 

The short trip we had planned for may has been cancelled......we don't want to stay in a hotel, eat restaurant food and use public bathrooms....one son is cancelling their trip out west as well.  Other son works retail and it's pure craziness there in his store. 

We are still waiting for puppies....and they are now overdue.....

Continuing to work on taxes because life goes on.......Hopefully they will be done this weekend.

There are so many ways to keep busy at home.......so many books to read, so much cleaning and organizing, baking, mending ,laundry.....wash windows......play games, a deck of cards lends itself to so many games...including solitare.......do those crafts that we have been putting off.......turn the Tv on long enough to catch up on what is going on and then....turn it to a uplifting movie......exercise, dance, try some new things with hair and make up.......soak in a nice hot bath.  Go through all of those CDs and DVD's and find joy in using those again. Move the furniture around and create a nice fresh new look at home.  Call friends...call family....video chat........Pray for health for all.......

There is plenty to do..........

Donkey on 03/14/2020:
There IS plenty to do at home. And oh boy do I ever feel your son's pain - the one in retail. My daughter is completely stressed out at work with all of the panic buying that is going on. I confess that I had Husband buy the last bottle of hydrogen peroxide, which I use to clean my mouth guard during the day, and that I will start using to clean my yoga mats more often. << I just have to make the mix (water, peroxide, essential oil to smell good) in the spray bottle.

bearcountrygg on 03/14/2020:
Yes...His store emptied shelves for certain things...but have an over abundance of other things....funny how that worked......but he did say that the trucks continue to come in every night and they restock quickly...apparently the customers are getting quite rude....

Donkey on 03/14/2020:
I'm having problems saying that I'm looking forward to Spring. I feel like what we're having now in Chicago is the Spring that we're going to get. A few warm days, some chilly days, but not freezing, snow is gone, sidewalks are cleared. Windy. Chicago never gets an ideal Spring. It goes from this to either butt-blazin' hot (summer) or down-right cold (winter).

bearcountrygg on 03/14/2020:
We still have a foot of snow....very windy here yesterday....I know what you mean.....spring is fast around here too.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/14/2020:
Yes, there is enough to do at home for now!

Stay safe, video chat is good. I may do that later with my own parents.

For now i'm chilling on the couch, reading some Project managements class notes...

baking later :)

home is welcome for now!

bearcountrygg on 03/14/2020:
Yes.....home feels good today....cozy, warm and and a time to catch up on things!

Horn_of_plenty on 03/14/2020:
i do agree with what you wrote to donkey about eating less and less as we get older. that's a definite i think.

bearcountrygg on 03/15/2020:
I think so too. I've seen it in my family.

Donkey on 03/15/2020:
Bear - I replied to your comment on my Saturday entry. Please read! I was wrong, and I'm sorry for my self-centered insensitivity.

bearcountrygg on 03/15/2020:
Not self centered at all...no problem. No worries...I didn't take offense at all. It's all good Donkey! ;)

bearcountrygg - Friday Mar 13, 2020
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Well...the next month will be interesting........but since we have been preppers for 20 years....we don't find it much of a challenge since we have been in the state of preparedness for so long. 

In fact we live where the city folk bug out too....so there is that.

Schools closed state wide until April 6th and so many working from home that it will allow people to head north.

We will be staying out of the public especially because we are in the age group that is most at risk.

Working on income taxes is currently keeping me busy and I will just work on one project after another until this next month is over.....and there is always the home gym so we aren't stressing about it.....

Pants are still snug.......UGH..and I'm not really snacking.....so maybe just accepting where I am the right place to be......but somehow...I don't want to settle for that.

Horn_of_plenty on 03/14/2020:
Keep on doing what you are doing! It's good you are rather prepared as you are used to this sort of living without always having stores to go to at the last minute and that you have things you need at home to use.!!!

NYC schools still open as over 75% of kids are poor and rely on the meals and school support.

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