Saturday, January 2, 2021

A Quiet Start

The first two days of 2021 have been overcast, chilly, and rainy here in my part of the world. It's been a fairly non eventful beginning. The weather has been too bad to even take a good walk with George and we've had to make do with a couple of small walks to the end of the driveway so he'll do his business. He hates wet weather like this and chooses to stay curled up on his pallet at the foot of the bed, sleeping most of the day. Speaking of George being bored, he destroyed the toy he got for Christmas in record time, and then tore up a stray baseball we brought home from the park the other day. That last one worried me, because he appeared to swallow the leather cover of the ball after he chewed it off. (Since his "plumbing" has been working just fine since then, it seems that things will be okay). So Gregg brought him a need toy home from the pet store on New Year's Eve, one that will hopefully be a bit more long-lasting.


It's made by Kong and it's almost solid rubber. So far so good. Do your worst, Hurricane George.

Speaking of the pets, this little goblin growled at me yesterday over candy. He still didn't get any, but he was willing to fight me for a chance.



We got word from the district office that our schools will be all virtual on Monday and no one is to return to the building until further notice. Covid is worse than it's ever been in this area, so I think that's a good call. I'm not looking forward to more time at home, but people are dying at an alarming rate in this county. Five more deaths were reported just today. Those vaccines can't come soon enough! The building will be open for teachers/staff to gather supplies they may need tomorrow so Gregg and I will be going up there to service the aquariums. The principal will be meeting us up there so we can figure out what to do to keep the fish alive and healthy during this crazy time. It's worrisome. Now I understand why my husband stresses out so much about all of his aquarium jobs. Hopefully we'll be able to pull these two tanks through these times of less than ideal husbandry. All we can do is our best.

I got all of our Christmas stuff put away ahead of New Year's Eve, and although we stayed up till midnight, it just wasn't the same as most years. I had a glass or two of champagne and then went to bed. I'm hoping this year will bring a return to normal (or at least semi-normal) and the next time the holidays come around we'll have a lot of fun making up for lost time. 

I'm re-reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Clink on the link to see my review of it from 2015. I had almost forgotten how beautiful it is. 

How are you bringing in 2021?

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  1. brat bird wanted a chocolate cherry? WOW!

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    1. He decided he wanted whatever was in that box, period! Ha!

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  2. I would probably pitch a fit for a chocolate covered cherry too.
    I think it's a great idea for the schools to go online. Something has to be done. This is ridiculous.
    As to what I'm doing to welcome 2021? Mostly counting down the days until the Inauguration. Beside that, just living my life.

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    1. Counting down the days to Inauguration......you said it!!!!! I cannot wait.

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  3. Your review of the book is lovely, I will not be reading it any time soon, I require pablum at the moment. Trumpsters and proud boys in the hood are causing all sorts of unrest, they will not shut up ever. Their anger grows ,fed by fear and the orange blob. 2021 can only be better , right?
    I LOVE your bird, he is quite the MAN!! Glad you got a pup toy that may last beyond one or two shakes.

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    1. I realized after finishing ATLWCS that it's much too sad to be reading right now. On to something.....fluffier.

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  4. George is so handsome ! I love him. Marco is so Naughty but we all love him. Love that he was willing to fight you for some candy.

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    1. Marco wants WHAT he wants, WHEN he wants it! Period! Haha.

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  5. I hear the orange vision is making trouble again...... When will it end! Good luck.

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    1. It will end on January 20th, if we can hang on till then!

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  6. I love the picture of George with his new toy. The expression on his face makes it quite clear that he knows exactly who's a good boy!

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  7. George sure looks happy with his new toy. I've seen those Kong toys and if he tears that up then he must have some super sharp teeth! Marco growled at you for candy? How funny. But you know chocolate covered cherries are pretty special.

    I'm glad to hear your school is going virtual since things are so bad there right now. If only they could get more of the vaccine out. I'm beginning to think they were so concerned with getting a vaccine that no one thought about how to best get organized to give the injections in a timely manner.

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    1. This vaccine roll out is not nearly what it ought to be. I hope the pace of the rollout improves soon!

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  8. Buster is much the same way...he loves snow buy hates wet and rainy.

    Glad to hear about the vitural thing. I am so confused why restrictions are lifting again when we're at the worst since the pandemic hit. Going out now I hear chances are way more higher now of catching something since many have it and either don't care or have. no idea they have it. Im curbing my grocery and market visits back to once every two weeks again.

    Stay safe toots!

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  9. Making all schools virtual is a very sensible move. If only they'd do it here in the UK!

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  10. Our New Year's Eve was quiet, too, but I must say I rather liked it that way, even though it was odd not to be with my parents and my sister.
    Sorry to hear the weather is not walk-friendly, and I understand your worries about the aquariums very well. Last time I looked at covid numbers for my area, they were still hovering around the same peak as just before Christmas. The current lockdown (with curfew between 8:00 pm and 5:00 am), originally planned to end on Jan. 10, will most likely be prolonged until the end of the month, as it does not seem to have had the desired effect.

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    1. The weather improved enough yesterday that we were able to take a couple of extra walks to make up for the other days!

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  11. The situation in the UK is still pretty alarming. Infection rates are rising rapidly to levels much higher than the first wave, despite major lockdowns across the country, many hospitals are overwhelmed, and the vaccination programme is going at a snail's pace. There won't be a return to any sort of normality for many months yet.

    I hope you can manage to service the aquariums and keep the remaining fish alive.

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    1. We were able to go to the school yesterday and Gregg serviced the aquariums! For now, all is well in that regard. What a relief!

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  12. Bringing it in like just another month and still hoping to wake up one morning filled with energy and enthusiasm.

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    1. Aww, Mitchell. I'm sorry. Keep your chin up, as John Gray would say!

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  13. Kong makes great toys! And I wouldn't worry about the baseball cover, if George doesn't digest it, he'll bring it up... I speak from experience. Being an 'essential' associate, I worked New Years Day. It was fine, our infection rate is not bad, and we're supposed to begin dropping restrictions tomorrow.

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    1. He's been eating and pooping fine since then, so I imagine he digested it. Whew boy!

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  14. Oh, I loved that book when I read it years ago. Love the new George toy! Olga demolished toys pretty readily, too, but not Kongs. We're not going back to school as planned, either -- all our students will be on virtual learning until Feb. 1. Good luck with the aquariums.

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    1. "Demolishes," I should say, although she's a lot less destructive these days than she used to be!

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    2. We'll see how long this one lasts, but you're right...kongs are tough!

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  15. Our schools have been virtual since late August. They tried hybrid classes with only K-2nd graders in November (alternating half in school masked and distanced/half online with poor teachers having to monitor both sets of students--those in class and those on-screen--which is impossible). Lasted just two weeks and then numbers shot up, so it was closed down. School board wanted all grades to go hybrid in January. Yeah...No. Our infection rate has doubled in last two weeks. More than double county health department guidelines for schools. Back to virtual schooling my first grader GS tomorrow after a 10 day break. Expect it to last the rest of the school year--even if at some point we do a hybrid model, he will still have to come to me every other week.

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    1. Good luck with the GS and starting back to school today!

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  16. I did get to visit my granddaughters yesterday and we stood outside around a little fire pit with our masks on. It was so great to see them again - they are 13 and 15 (8th grade and freshman in High School) and have been doing school from home. They love it (not big fans of school). It is definitely safer but not too exciting or inspiring for them. I feel bad that this won't help them love school ever! But things have a way of working out and we all have to wait and see. Good to stay safe for now!

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    1. That's great that you got to see your granddaughters, and that they're doing so well with virtual schooling! I probably would have loved it too (I was an anxious child and going to school was hard for me).

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  17. George looks to be a happy puppy.

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  18. Lovely picture of George. Those Kongs are pretty close to indestructible, but a determined terrier can do one in in a couple of years. I learned by experience.

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    1. At least the toy has lasted a few days now! The last one was destroyed in no time.

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  19. George is so cute! Was he bringing the toy to you?

    I am currently working in an empty building , I'm here to open up for pest control people, air conditioner service, the guy who looks after the plants etc. I would have imagined similar arrangements would be made for aquariums.

    I hope you stay covid free, it's rampant spread is very concerning

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    1. He was bringing the toy to me! He gets REALLY insistent on making us try to "take" it from him. :)

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  20. How come Marco didn't get a gift? A shapely lady parrot called Juanita would have suited him fine.

    P.S. Today (January 4th) your Christmas card finally landed on our doormat. It has taken twenty days to get here. Better late than never - thank you Jennifer! Has our card reached you yet?

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    1. Yes! Your card arrived on Saturday! Thank you so much!

      As to Marco, unlike George he didn't destroy his original Christmas gift in less than 24 hours!

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