Same old, with a covid-twist

It’s hot.


Don’t @ me, I’m allowed to state this fact. We had a 6 month winter and I like it when it’s hot. I’m just sayin’…Also. Air conditioning is nice for sleeping. ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday was normal hot, not humidex hot, day so I spent the entire afternoon outside, gardening in the front yard.

I’m not completely done, but a big chunk was finally completed which included shoveling six wheelbarrows full of dirt. The dirt was in a huge bag on the driveway near the backyard, which we had ordered when we prepped the soil to re-sod. I wanted to empty the unsightly bag. So I did.

Well let me tell you. I felt like I used to when I still went to bootcamp. Sore, hot, and tired, from physical labour.

Shoveling did a number on my arms. Which is a good thing! I like physical labour. What a great way to disconnect my brain from all the drama around here…

Physical labour however is not the same as physical exercise. And although my GOMAโ„ข participants have been posting or texting me their results from their daily exercises, I have not achieved any. Belgium posted just recently, whereas Germany and Australia have texted me instead. You all deserve a medal and you are welcome to kick my ass for abandoning you.

Except for the gardening aka physical labour I have not exercised.

Here’s a bit of proof of my gardening accomplishments:

The flowers look a little…sad. They were given to me by someone who didn’t have enough space for all their purchases, and so they left them sitting in their plastic packs until they got all stringy. I’m hoping my nutrient rich soil and some extra fertilizer in the water will bounce them back into fuller blooms. Time will tell.

I realized by the end of the day that it was really nice to be outside, away from the laptop and the drama, and using my body in a physical way even though I hadn’t been walking.

As far as the drama is concerned, there was a digestive issue that moved itself through us last week. We had no other symptoms beside the need to stay close to the loo. I think my partner got the worst of it, and he was convinced it was covid-related, so he went for a test. (He’s negative, which doesn’t surprise me.) But despite the negative result, he still wants to continue to quarantine for the remaining two weeks, just to be sure.

How accurate are those test results anyway? We’ve all heard of false positives…is there such a thing as a false negative?

Anyway, he’s going to do what he feels is best. But it put on hold all the other stuff that was supposed to be starting up again: flying at the club (he’s a pilot instructor part-time), taking the boy child to baseball practice (where he is a coach), shopping for hockey equipment… Apparently the boys are cleared to do some practices in small groups now.

Also, while he remains in quarantine, there are no golf lessons, no driving range practices, that sort of thing. They were looking forward to getting golf started.

I was looking forward to getting them OUT of the house. ๐Ÿ˜›

All this flip-flopping is a bit of a pain in the ass, isn’t it. It certainly doesn’t look like this covid-situation is going to go away any time soon. But we have to find a way to stay sane, and staying sane for many people means doing things like socialize with other people. The trick is to find a group, in an intimate bubble, to do it with. People who are in line with your thinking and acting, following protocols and all the rest of it.

For my kids, things have slowly started to normalize. Perhaps not as busy as pre-covid, but at least they’re out doing something occasionally. My son’s friend has a set up at the side of the house, on the driveway, where he and his friends can play some sort of video game together. The dad allows up to 3 boys over at a time. It’s something…and they’re appropriately socially distanced while doing what teen boys like to do these days – play fortnite or similar games. There’s also a basketball area which they use regularly. And sometimes, they take their bikes.

My daughter has been going on bike rides with friends, stopping at a local river to play, sometimes bringing a picnic. Plus, the local outdoor pool is open and she’s been there at least three times before we got sick. It’s nice to see them go out and be with friends finally, after all the lock-down time.

And me? I’m back and forth between mom’s place and my own house. When I do go to mom’s I get a lot of writing done – I have a room with a door there, privacy, almost no interruptions. My daughter usually accompanies me and she and my mom do stuff together. We were there on the weekend with the Schnoodle Molly, whom we’ve looked after for the past 13 years ever so often, and it was nice!

Next trip to my mom’s place is being contemplated to happen over the next couple of days. I have two deadlines I’d like to meet prior to the end of July so I’m counting on some writing time to be in my immediate future shortly.

What’s happening in your neck of the woods? I need to catch up with blog reading…I’ll drop by shortly. It’s supposed to rain today so I’ll be indoors most of the day.

Happy Thursday.




28 thoughts on “Same old, with a covid-twist

  1. Physical work if it leaves a material benefit in addition to exercise is doubly productive. Garden work can be counted as exercise, you have my blessing on this.

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      1. true, but as it seems this crazy virus affects people differently, did you know that other seemingly dormant diseases are making a return ie. the bubonic plague ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  2. Planting flowers! So Claudette had you ever thought of creating a kitchen garden? I toyed with the idea after hearing all the scaremongering (been FAR too many lies spun this covid disaster) that we’d run out of fresh food. I’m pleased to hear you and your family are in a good place, as for me I’ve been back at work 6 weeks which is fab, and my mother’s social life has begun to pick-up and best of all some kind of normality is returning to my nieces lives……… as an aside we’re reliably informed many women aren’t returning to wearing bras post lockdown! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Well I’ve been kitchen gardening on and off for 20 years but the city wildlife just isn’t interested in sharing my produce with us humans. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Having said that, I’ve harvested two cucumbers already, plenty of arugula, and some Swiss Chard and herbs.

      As far as bras are concerned…I rarely wear one when staying home. Rest of time…hit and miss. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. I live in southern CA where there are still a lot of cases, with numbers rising, so we are still sheltering in place. We do go for walks or bike rides. It’s a bit boring, but better than being sick…

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  4. Thereโ€™s a newscaster here. He reported from the hospital about how sick he was. This went on for awhile. 4 negative test results. No antibodies. Was he sick? Weโ€™re they false negatives? Who knows. FYI Iโ€™ve been walking my twenty minutes a day…just lazy about telling you

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    1. Well my man here had a 24 hr GI issue. No other symptoms. I personally think his negative is a hard covid negative but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a different bug. Definitely not a respiratory one…(inho)

      If he was positive we’d all sequester the 14 days as per health protocols. But with no symptoms and an official negative the practical in me is acting accordingly. Meaning we mostly stay home and if I do go out it’s with a mask. But I rarely go out…


      This virus will drive us all into the looney bin sooner or later… ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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  5. Iโ€™m afraid there is such a thing as a false negative result, so be careful. Itโ€™s been hot as all hell here with high humidity which is unusual for us. But weโ€™ve had 2 gloriously cool days before we hit another scorcher this weekend. The older I get the more content Iโ€™d be to skip summer heat. Itโ€™s exhausting.

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  6. We got that rain yesterday, and it was much appreciated. Today, there’s nothing pressing, so I’ll undertake a project to revitalize two old bicycles we bought on craigslist. It’s crazy to climb into a car to go to the post office, or to the local grocery store. But it is about a mile and a half–so it eats up a lot of time to walk. The bikes are just the thing. And, I have a summer fantasy that we’ll ride from time to time, to go out for pizza. So, it’s new tires and tubes for the bikes, and then some tinkering and fussing with brakes and gears, and we’ll be on our way.

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    1. I know what you mean about walking taking up time. I can walk to the drug store – there and back in about 1 hour 15 – which used to be a lot of time when we had schedules and things.

      I prefer cycling to walking, unless I’m with a dog. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  7. Sunday was sunny and hot here, too…and like you, I spend hours working on the (rock) garden, determined to get rid of a million unsightly weeds. I suppose it could have waited for a cooler day, but by then the garden would have resembled a jungle.

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  8. Consider your ass appropriately kicked ๐Ÿ˜‰

    That said, gardening definitely counts as exercise as far as I’m concerned. Anything that gets you outside and moving is all to the good.

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