5/21-5/24/2020

Friday was a big day for me…My girlfriend and I went to a few garage sales…WooHoo!!!  We were really conscious of mask wearing and social distancing, and it was SO MUCH FUN to get out of the house for a few hours.  The weather wasn’t bad but as we pulled up to the last sale, it started to drizzle, and that’s when we called it quits.   We could have gone to more, but we’re fair weather garage salers (is that a term?)                                      Our county is considered “Code Yellow” for corona “control,” meaning we haven’t had many cases, only twenty-two since they’ve been keeping track.  That number seems really low, but please remember, we didn’t have many testing kits in the early weeks of Corona, so we might have had more people diagnosed if we’d had the tests..  The governor is still recommending we wear masks and social distance, but we can now have twenty-five people gathered.  I think the number of people gathering is how the garage sale people decided they could start having them again.   In the ads for the sales, they all mentioned that you had to wear masks, and as we’d drive up, we’d see that not only were the people having the garage sales not wearing masks, but neither were most of their customers.

Saturday, Rich and I went to our friend’s house on Lake Erie.  It was really warm in the sun, but really cold on their porch, so we ended up  staying inside.  They’d bought the house next to theirs and did some serious remodeling, and wanted Rich and I to see what they’d done with it.  I have to say, it looked amazing.  They still have a few projects they need contractors to finish, but they did most of the work themselves, and it looks 100% better than it did before.  Their son has lived in LA for the last ten years (or more) and with Corona being so invasive there, he and his girlfriend decided they are going to move back to Ohio…I know his parents are thrilled with the decision, and I think Patrick (their son) will love the new house….and I hope his girlfriend loves it too.  I’ve heard some of the living conditions in California, and I can’t imagine living there during this pandemic.  Patrick had to order all of their food online, as none of the grocery stores are open…The governor had requested that people not go to parks or go outdoors unless they have their own property to exercise on.  Patrick lived in a small apartment before the pandemic, and moved in with his girlfriend and her mother when the pandemic hit, as Californians are basically stuck in their homes…I couldn’t live like that, and after a couple of months, Patrick’s calling it quits, and I don’t blame him.  I’m looking forward to seeing him when he gets home in the next week or so…

Today I worked on some diamond art and did a lot of laundry.  I don’t like to let the laundry pile up, but I had four loads to do, and that’s a lot for me..I normally do two loads and am caught up, but not this week…darn it.  Rich was weeding in our backyard, and thought he got stung by a bug, but turns out it was poison ivy, and it’s the first time he’s ever had it.  He got it on the back of one leg, then crossed his legs, which spread the poison ivy to the other leg and he is miserable.  I’m having him change towels every day so he doesn’t get the seepage from his leg on the towel and then somehow reuse it and end up spreading the poison ivy to another body part.  I know that doctor’s say you can’t get poison ivy from towels, but one of my friends gets poison ivy every year, and maybe she’s more prone to getting poison ivy, but she’s gotten it and it’s spread all over her body and the only explanation she had was her towel…I don’t know if it’s true or not, but why take the risk?  If any of you know if you can spread your poison ivy through towel usage, let me know.

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t think there are many things worse than having a crazy itch that can’t be controlled, and that’s where we are with Rich’s poison ivy.  He’s taking Benadryl, and we’re using lots of creams and lotions, but he’s still seriously itchy…..

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