July 31, 2020

Humbled Females: new forum reply to How's Everyone Doing? (Late July 2020)

New reply from mouse

<p>Hi @Nina E., (and everyone else),</p>
<p>It is blessing that no one close to us has died. One person we do know did and they became quite ill, they're still recovering months later. That's enough for us to not want to mess around with this virus. </p>
<p>We are plugging along, doing whatever Master feels is most prudent to ensure our safety. Unfortunately, we live outside a delivery zone for most supermarkets, so about twice a week, mouse wears a mask and heads out to the market with a very detailed shopping list/meal plan. Master has passed on all social gatherings, outings and everything else that could involve being in crowds or even small gatherings.</p>
<p>Master is very cautious at His place of business when He must go into the office, but has been working more from home whenever possible which is another challenge for Him. He is extremely vulnerable to bad outcomes for this virus (heart/type 1 Diabetes and everything that goes along with those). He definitely wants to mitigate risk. He decided that it's too risky to send the kids back to school, sent the letter to school district, and settled on a Homeschool curriculum that mouse will be responsible for, also it's a good time for them to start learning to cook and clean so the extra time at home is a mixed blessing. </p>
<p>Meanwhile mouse has "virtual" therapy sessions and the therapist (and of course Master) is helping her greatly especially with everything going on. Depression is awful, and during this whole pandemic hasn't been easy to cope. The worry and fear is overwhelming, the only difference is that now it has a name (Covid-19), whereas before it wasn't an underlying sense of unease. </p>
<p>Sorry for being absent for so long. </p>
<p>Hugs and love to all,</p>


Original Post by Nina E.

How's Everyone Doing? (Late July 2020)

<p>I know we already have <a href="https://humbledfemales.net/general-discussion/the-strange-days-of-covid-19/page-2/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a great covid thread</a> ,very useful and informative, but it's more intellectual, philosophical and general-informational, and I just want to know how you, specifically, are doing.<br /><br />Coronavirus, economic shutdowns and insecurity, angry protests (at least in the US), and also hurricanes! (I'm sure I'm leaving something out)   How are we all doing during these "interesting times"?<br /><br />No one close to me has died, which is the biggest and happiest news I have. :-)<br /><br />I still have a job, another great piece of news, considering everyone who has been laid off. :-(  Office job, so I can work from home. So far, my company's industry seems to be doing OK, so I'm crossing my fingers. The overall aid the government passed in the Spring has helped as well for me and those I care about. Here's hoping they do the right thing again this time around.<br /><br />I'm outside of a big city in far suburbs. No hurricane effects (so far, crossing fingers as we are in the zone that gets these), and I stayed clear of the protests for coronavirus and other safety reasons. I live in a state with heavy virus cases (sunbelt state) but my local county is in pretty good shape, virus-wise.</p>
<p>When I go out to run errands or just to get out of the house for a short while, I wear a mask and usually gloves too. I look like a rubber geek or a hospital worker, but I'm in that age group that gets bad symptoms from the virus (a.k.a. death), so I don't care.  I've cut  down on the usual shopping/errands/grooming things. Occasionally, when my Master desires it, I will take a risk and go out someplace with Him. If it is a restaurant, obviously we take our masks off to eat. It feels weird to do that these days. Scary. But it is such a relief to sometimes leave the house. I don't get too much cabin fever because I have many fun things to do online to keep myself occupied. Or unfun things, like the recent work deadline from hell (thankfully now over). But occasionally I feel restless and stifled by all the shutdowns and things that cannot be done. I think I miss going to see a movie in a theater the most. Or taking a trip into nature. Then again, I hear a new crowd of people are using our national parks as their new "frat party houses" and they are all getting horribly trashed these days. So maybe I am not missing much.</p>
<p>My various routine medical appointments are all well overdue. I'm not particularly sick, but I'm definitely at the age where medical appointments increase. I postponed them in the Spring because "things were supposed to clear up in the summer," right? But starting in August, I think I am going to slog through them, Master permitting, as the Fall may turn out to  be worse. He's running the show on what risks His slaves can and cannot take. So these are just my plans. Circumstances may change them.  </p>
<p>Finally, I am ashamed to admit this but I am rather addicted to doom-scrolling (obsessively reading the bad news going on in these ever-changing weird times). I'm working on that one! ;-)</p>
<p>What's it like with your local economy?  A lot of small businesses have closed in my area and it looks like they will not be back. :-( But other parts of the city I live near have been hit much worse. For those of you who live in places with large homeless populations, what is happening to them? I don't see much i the news about Covid 19 and the homeless. Are their sidewalk shelters and tents still up? Has safe housing/hotel rooms been found for them?<br /><br />I'm concerned about the news coming out of Hawaii and Texas (hurricanes) and I know Cali is getting bad fires again plus the big virus surge. I'm worried about Oregon, too, but for other reasons. :-/  I hope HF members from these and other hard-hit regions are doing OK. Please check in if you can and let us know. </p>

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