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Everything posted by patsylabrador

  1. I totally agree with that AndyRoo. One of my sons is a trucker for a supermarket and I think he's really appreciated being thanked by people for keeping working and also that companies are supplying goodie bags for drivers to keep the cabs clean and hygienic. He likes being in an essential job. There are a lot of people in our society who are overlooked but vital. I've built up a number of people who I would allow to be in my team should there ever be an actual real pandemic. One of them is a fridge maintenance man I know who can make anything you want from anything you have. He's brilliant but undervalued and underpaid and he has agreed to joining me when the real apocalypse happens.
  2. I read about them last night. They sound like an awful sleazy bunch of people. Gangland bosses and their molls came to mind. I hope I'm right, it reminded me of the rich people in the film 2012 who try to abandon ordinary people but come to a sticky end themselves.
  3. Spring in the garden this morning before the thunder and lightning. We saw one plane going over travelling from Dallas Fort Worth to Singapore. Plane spotting is certainly a lot easier at the moment.
  4. The good thing about this country is that things are legal unless otherwise stated by law which I like and don't want that to change. Trouble is that in this situation you have to rely on the public to respect instructions and each other which clearly many find themselves unable to do. My only consolation is that everyone who is doing the very best they can will be able to hold their heads up high when we're thanked for staying home. The rest of them will always have the shame of knowing that when their country called they spectacularly failed. That shame will always stick in their minds even if they deny it.
  5. I'm sorry you're having a rough time Ali's Girls and AndyRoo. We did Robot Wars this morning. Sadly the flame kept going out and there was no clear winner.
  6. We're still trying to get some kind of contact. We booked through Expedia which I will never, ever use again, ever. In fact I will never use any online booking agency again. They are fine when things are fine but in a crisis they are terrible. Isn't there some saying about that, how you can judge a company? We've managed to make contact with the airline and they are considering our request to rebook but I expect they will simply say that we have to go through Expedia who really don't care to help. I know what you mean about seeing the sea, I think people who live in sight of the ocean must be the luckiest right now. The closest I get at the moment are the seagulls from the local dump! Flights to Japan are really cheap right now!!!
  7. Have a great get together. That sounds really good fun. I'd forgotten that experiment. I'm going to add that to the list.
  8. Lockdown led, as these things often do, to burning chemicals in the garage. Yesterday we tried to extract iron from Cereal mush but it was really quite gross and didn't really work. I won't post the pictures because tbh it looked like a sick bag.
  9. Oh it's still driving me up the wall. I'm being very good and staying in I'm gardening and I have my Crosstrainer and treadmill and I'm still trying to hoola hoop and I'm starting to learn how to swing indian clubs. I do felting and learning Japanese but if I stop and start to think I feel like I'm going to explode. I have audible or podcasts on all the time to stop me thinking too much. It's made me think about prison sentences and house arrests and what those really mean and we've only been going three weeks. I miss London so much. On Sunday we're going to have a virtual trip to London, we haven't decided where yet, probably one of the museums. We're going to have coffee and cake and explore a couple of exhibits.
  10. We've also been slowly building up supplies so we only need now to get fresh milk and veg regularly which generally we can get down the road. Last night we had a delivery 🚚 of veggies from one of the companies that normally deliver to restaurants etc and are trying to keep going. It is lovely stuff. Very different from the forced supermarket type goods. My view for what it's worth is that although the numbers look bad, when you compare them to previous years at this time, they're not extraordinary and seem to be within the parameters of what the government have been predicting so far. Fingers crossed 🤞 I'm seriously impressed with medical staff around the world and hope that their efforts aren't forgotten. Far more people have recovered than succumbed and that is thanks to them. 👏 ♥
  11. I really hope that works DM. It's a very cheery thought. The roads are still very quiet here compared to normal and most cars/vans only have one occupant. It's hard to tell really, my three kids here and husband are all off out and it probably looks bad but they're all in jobs where they're required to keep going to work but they're also avoiding public transport. My husband usually gives lifts home to some of the Nepalese crew at the depot and our van became called the Kathmandu Express but he's had to stop doing that for everyone's sake. He would pick them up at certain points in the car park and he said that at times he felt like one of the shuttle buses at Heathrow! I expect that normal service will be resumed in a few weeks time. 😂
  12. Last night's super moon. A fox strolled by while I was taking this photo.
  13. So jealous. I haven't seen or heard a hedgehog for so many years. When I first moved to London back in the seventies they were everywhere, now absolutely nothing. We're in the suburbs so loads of gardens and green space and woodland but no sign.
  14. When my son gets home from work (ambulance) he strips off in the hall. His brother usually greets him with plastic bags and they do an airlock kind of thing. Then he has a shower and has his tea and then relaxes. It's so bloody weird. He was so wiped out last night he couldn't eat his tea. I'm insisting that he stays here because he gets hay-fever so we want to keep an eye on him. We're still taking our temperature every day. I'm so convinced that we've already had it that I'm not worried but better safe than sorry. I'm glad it's rainy today, it makes staying at home less awful.
  15. Also, although I can only talk for the area where my son works there is tons of PPE for medical staff. What it's like elsewhere I have no idea but that's a relief for me to know. I hope that's the case everywhere else too.
  16. I saw a newspaper article for women about how to dress when stuck at home during lockdown with pictures of glamorous women pouting and wearing stuff. I suppose that makes a pleasant change from them not wearing stuff and showing off their worryingly bony frames. To be honest and I don't know if I should be feeling some shame about this but I'm wearing my normal clothes. I didn't know a 'lockdown look' was a thing. Is this something I should be thinking about or can I just carry on in my old clothes watching movies and eating Easter eggs? 😂
  17. Mine are pretty raggedy. Skin around the nails is really dried out from the alcohol wipes and so on. Sometimes I wear varnish but I'm bad at putting it on tbh
  18. Glad to see that UN, WTO and WHO are all saying that governments need to calm the **** down before there is more damage to more people than is necessary. That may or may not be my words but that's more or less what they're saying.
  19. My street went out to do the celebration of NHS workers. There were fireworks and everything. It was very nice.
  20. We are starting to video message more with my Japanese family. I was very sad and angry about missing seeing them and to be honest I don't know if we'll see them at all this year now. Our grandson is 15 months and loves climbing and he was so proud to show us his little indoor slide. I can't stop seeing his beautiful proud big grin. We're getting into the habit of weekly short but sweet hellos. I was really pleased because I asked in Japanese what his teddy bears name is and he answered me. I don't think either of us knew what the other said but it was still wonderful.
  21. That looks lovely. Good to see and enjoy.
  22. DD made a giant macaroni cheese and a Japanese curry soup and quite randomly some Yorkshire Puddings. One of my sons ordered a chemistry set so we've also been doing that and binge watching The Outsider. I got a nice walk in round the streets this morning and by chance met an elderly neighbour in her front garden. I'd been worried about her but didn't know where she lived. Apparently 'Frank' has been getting everything she needs so that's good.

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