Checking In With You

Hi everyone!  I’m sorry I’ve been absent for a bit.  I’ve been dealing with some post-divorce issues and it has been really unpleasant so I was too stressed out to write.

How are you?  It’s almost the end of the summer.  Are you excited for Fall?  I can’t believe it’s Saturday again.  I just can’t seem to keep the days straight.  Maybe that’s because we’ve had Groundhog Day over and over (remember that movie with Bill Murray?)!  Does it seem like an endless Groundhog Day to you too?  Or are you doing different things and getting out more often now?

The kids and I are still home.  I have ventured out to eat in a restaurant a few times outside, but with the fall/winter approaching I wonder what the rules will be when it’s cold out and we can’t eat alfresco anymore comfortably?  Have you gone out to eat?

I feel like the terror of Covid-19 has relaxed a bit.  While it’s still upfront and personal, I am not disinfecting everything all the time.  I used to wear gloves to get the mail, but I don’t anymore.  Why is that?  Are you relaxing your germ protection too or are you still vigilant?  Sure, I wash my hands all the time (and make the kids do it too), but the craziness of the isolation has relaxed a bit here.  Are you doing the same or are you still hyper vigilant?

I have friends on both sides of the germaphobe extremes.  I like to think I’m careful, but not an extremist.  Then again, it’s fine to be ubercareful if that keeps you safe and comfortable.  Perhaps I’m the fool to not be as vigilant as I was a few months ago.

How about you?  Have you noticed an increase in your vigilance or a decrease?  Just wondering…

I hope that you are healthy and safe wherever you are!  Check in and let me know how you’re doing!  I miss you!!

 

 

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19 Responses to Checking In With You

  1. petespringerauthor says:

    I’ve seen what you’re experiencing too, Janie. I think it’s human nature to start letting one’s guard down following a period of fear. I understand it and tolerate those who are willing to take a few more risks than me. What I can’t process are the people who show no amount of respect/fear of the virus. How long do we want to stay in this nightmare? I’d say that I have relaxed some, but I’m also not going around in public places without a mask.

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    • janieleeds says:

      I don’t go anywhere in public without a mask because we have to here. There’s no choice. I’m careful, but I don’t take chances if not necessary. Grocery shopping is necessary so I go weekly now instead of having delivery as I did in the beginning. Stay safe Pete

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  2. Paula Light says:

    I’m in the middle too, careful but not as careful as some.

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  3. scr4pl80 says:

    Bummer about the drama. We have not relaxed much although I did venture into our local Target and got some needed things. First time I’ve been inside the store since April at least. Masks all around and washing of hands for sure.

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  4. Rainey says:

    We wear masks whenever we go inside a public place like the grocery or hardware store. We’re supposed to wear them outside in public if we can’t maintain a 6’ distance to others, but that never happens around here, there just aren’t that many people. So we wash hands, but rarely wear masks, or gloves, or shoes for that matter.

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    • janieleeds says:

      LOL Rainey, confession, we don’t wear shoes ever inside the house and I rarely wear socks.
      It is the same here with masks. I used to wear gloves to the grocery store, but now I don’t. I just wash my hands either with hand sanitizer or the wipes until I can get to a proper sink.
      Stay healthy and safe!

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  5. LA says:

    I wear a mask and wash my hands a lot….but as things open I partake…

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  6. OmniRunner says:

    We are fatigued and getting lazy also.
    We used to spray the mail with Lysol! My wife puts the grocery bags on the kitchen table, though I do not.
    Things are just as bad and probably worse than when all of this began. We cannot become complacent.
    I’m still good with hand washing, though I always was. I’m a little lax with face masks but still tring to be good.
    I’ve been to a restaurant twice this summer and have not taken a vacation since last year. The last time I was on a plane was in February.
    We need to keep up our guard as I fear the fall and winter are going to be horrible.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Thanks for writing back. I feel similarly and think about what may be coming so I’m preparing a bit since I imagine that if we have another lockdown, it will be hard to get supplies. I’m not a hoarder nor a preppier, but I know I’ll use the paper products and canned veggies over the fall/winter.
      Stay safe and keep washing those hands and wearing your mask! 🙂

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  7. I’ve been meaning to comment but didn’t get a chance until now – here in Toronto things have relaxed a bit, things have opened up a bit, and the lineups are sometimes there, sometimes not. The shelves are full of all the things we think we need. AND, everyone has to wear a mask inside a building. In my few little spots where I go I don’t see any rebelling, although I’m sure there are spots where this is happening.

    I wouldn’t say I let my guard down by tackling things like going to mass producers again, or malls. I don’t hang out there, but then I never did before; I go, I do my thing, I move on.. But I do approve of getting life back to some degree.

    Main point is always don’t touch your face until you wash your hands. This means I sometimes have my mask on my face longer than I want to because I don’t trust all the sanitizing products that are provided (I am almost positive Dollarama waters theirs down).

    But, yesterday was a spike in numbers, schools are delayed by at least a week from starting, restaurants are in danger of going out of business despite some loyal patrons going there regularly so I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet.

    I keep focus on immunity building, washing hands, and keeping my sanity. The rest…comes as it does. I guess…

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    • janieleeds says:

      Stay safe and thank you for the update from your homefront. I agree that immunity building, washing hands and keeping a positive attitude are key factors in getting through this time in our world.

      I’m sorry to hear about the spike in numbers. Like you, I get in and get out of the stores with my mask on and I am mindful of touching my face as well (and washing)!

      Be well…thanks for sharing!

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  8. TJ Fox says:

    The more I read about this and how it is spread, I’m more concerned about going places than surfaces, but I’m still very careful. We established a routine early on of disinfecting after trips out of the house, but they aren’t too extreme (probably still more so than some). There hasn’t been any eating out for us since this began (which my daughter loves and my son hates, I only miss the nights where I didn’t have to cook, but leftover nights help) and I’m not sure that is going to change any time soon. We didn’t do a lot in the first place, so it isn’t a huge change. Our trips out of the house are still mostly essential trips and we opted for online only school for my daughter this fall. I think I probably am more cautious than some, though, because there is a chance I fall into a higher risk category with my annual bronchitis.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Stay healthy and safe TJ and keep up the great work! We have only eaten out or gotten take out a handful of times, but I will say that it has been a nice change from the cooking every night that I have been doing for months. We used to go out to eat a lot when I was married so the occasional ability to get take out helps.

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  9. Ainsobriety says:

    I’m lazier. We wear masks out, and I still only use grocery pick up, but we do have more fast food.
    I’m back in my office, and have returned to a very small yoga studio.

    We had a quick road trip this weekend for my son to see friends, which is a big step. I realized typing this that I did not sanitize after pumping gas. Even though I wore a mask.

    Definitely less focused.

    As an aside, there are 12 cases in my city of 75k people. So I guess my risk is low ish.

    Anne

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