Morning all: Our Governor has ordered bars in seven counties to shut down again. . Santa Barbara County is on his 'recommend to close bars' list along with some others and I suspect our county medical director will do that today. OH and I were desperate for Mexican food last night (haven't had any since early March!!) and I toddled over to our favorite restaurant to see how things were. Only three tables inside (windows and doors open) and their outside tables reduced to 6, all well spread apart. I got stopped at the door by someone wielding one of those point-and-shoot thermometers, who declared me safe to enter and order take out. Everyone in masks and gloves and the cashier squirted hand sanitizer on my hands ('so you don't have to touch it') after the credit card transaction. We were happy campers.
Diane: They have the same problem in the Southwest with visitors to canyons where a friendly river can turn into a sudden raging wall of mud following thunderstorms many miles upstream. A whole family was lost a year or so ago. Hope your creek doesn't overflow....
Wendyb: Glad you got the dogs on a owner-friendly schedule. I'm booked for a haircut tomorrow. :-)
Lindybird: So nice that 'yogurt' is no longer the 'yuk' word it was when my grandkids were small. I've mentioned before that I used to get frozen yogurt and tell them it was ice cream... Per Wendy's note about the Welsh border being closed, how does that affect plans for a visit to the caravan?
OG: Haha. Had to smile at the thought of you pretending to make greeting cards (though I know you really have done it in the past). Hope the clearing out is cathartic. Sounds like just a spruce up for the kitchen then... Oh, and happy late birthday to J.
AQ: How's your rainfall so far this season? The house behind us was painted before it went on the market but they missed the trim on the eaves that overlook our house, were gone before we noticed and I didn't have the heart to tell the new owners after they moved in. .
A busy week here. I'm going to roll up the runners and two carpets and take them to be cleaned while all the work is going on. And we've been measuring various bookcases in various rooms with a plan to replacing the two tall dark heavy ones OH still has in his office with lighter and lighter-colored ones that might work better and not dominate the room. OH hates this kind of stuff whereas I could spend all day shuffling furniture around to see how it looks here or there.... And I'll be the one re-organizing the routers, modems, cables.... Oh joy.
Take care all.
Wendyb: A lot of rules for a small island. :-)
CNN's headlines are often a bit too dramatic and simplistic, but the do cover earthquakes and other disasters very well. Lately, I've been checking the website each morning in guilty hopes that a certain world leader has suddenly been called to that great sunbed in the sky. The U.S. Supreme Court got the main headlines this morning, but they were only slightly larger than those addressing the world-shattering news that Costco has stopped making half-sheet cakes that serve 50 people. This is allegedly part of a plan to discourage large gatherings....
I'm going to make lunch and have a nap. It's all too much..
DIANE – That’s some creek! Hiking? More like a white water rafting weekend, or should it be muddy water rafting. Holidaying people can be so stupid - “It won’t happen to me.” I hope you are dry and safe.
ANNETTE – We saw that your state was going back to increased restrictions. That must be worse than the first time. Our state has had average rainfall this autumn. Perhaps I should not complain about these dry days after all.
Our state’s run of 33 days with no new cases ended yesterday with 3 testing positive, all in quarantine from last weekend’s returned overseas travellers. Meanwhile Victoria had 75 new cases yesterday, making 2 weeks of double digit numbers, and they are increasing. Authorities are considering suburb lockdowns to contain the outbreak clusters. It is doubtful that we will open our border with VIC as planned in 3 weeks. School holidays next week and thus more wanting to travel.
OH is wandering around, wondering whether he will go out to lunch. I wish he would decide as I need to plan a smaller tea if he has been out. And also what will I get him for lunch if he stays? <sigh>
Just a thought
As one door closes so another opens, as one bird ends his song, another sings. And as one chapter finishes, another is beginning. There is no end to life, nor anything. (Karen Rene)
In reply to aquilareen:
Thanks, AQ and Annette. I'm okay. The creek that flows along my patch used to flood all the time. A few times it threatened the house, so I'd been worried about it. Flood insurance is very, very expensive here, especially in my "zone," so I can't afford it.
But then a local rich man (a millionaire) built a recycling and trucking operation back in the woods on the other side of my creek. Suddenly the state (or the county?) came in and worked on the creek. They dredged and expanded the tunnels where the water flows under the major highway. I'm not real clear about exactly what they did, but my creek hasn't flooded since. I guess he used his wealth and influence to motivate the politicians. I can't complain. LOL
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