COVID-19 and Holidays

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Oct 9, 2020

The first holiday to come upon us is at the end of this month. It is Halloween. This means lots of kids, who wear masks, who don't wear masks, who went back to school or who didn't. We live on a dead-end and really don't get a lot of kids unless they are accompanied by their folks. We also get older kids later on. I have to confess I have only thought about this once, but @bustrbrwn22 mentioned this in a post this AM. I think that it deserves its own discussion.

I don't think that we will be turning on our outdoor lights to welcome any tricks or treats. I will not be jeopardizing surviving 23 years of lung cancer to anyone if I can help it. I love and adore kids but they will have to do without my candy this year. I think that it is too risky for everyone.

I know that this sounds hard but the world has changed and we all have to adapt to it. What will you do about this holiday?

I have found that planning a future gathering (post-Covid) has taken my mind off this season. Figuring out who to invite, where to put up our big party tent, music, menus…

Or maybe we'll have a series of parties – one for family, one for neighbors, one for friends, one for my gardening gang..I'm thinking a summer-long celebration in 2022, and I'll hire kitchen help so we can relax and enjoy.
Sue

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@sueinmn

I have found that planning a future gathering (post-Covid) has taken my mind off this season. Figuring out who to invite, where to put up our big party tent, music, menus…

Or maybe we'll have a series of parties – one for family, one for neighbors, one for friends, one for my gardening gang..I'm thinking a summer-long celebration in 2022, and I'll hire kitchen help so we can relax and enjoy.
Sue

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@sueinmn– Good morning. We have some upgrades to do on the house, but nothing major. I need to pick out colors for painting the inside, some new furniture and then I can plan a party! Hiring kitchen help is the only way, or having it catered!

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@merpreb

@sueinmn– Good morning. We have some upgrades to do on the house, but nothing major. I need to pick out colors for painting the inside, some new furniture and then I can plan a party! Hiring kitchen help is the only way, or having it catered!

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Yes, I am sitting in my kitchen waiting for my husband finish hooking up my new range. We needed to replace the over range microwave, and to my surprise he asked for a new stove as well because things were beginning to break down on the old one and he didn't want to tear it apart again! I did a little research, Monday we made an appointment for an individual consult at our favorite appliance store, came home with 4 options and made the final choices by phone. They delivered yesterday, put up the microwave and took away the 22 year old ones – wow! Lots has changed on the range – convection, touchpads, 5 different BTU burners, all that shiny black & stainless steel. Of course, now he is talking about replacing the over 20 year old refrigerator and dishwasher as well…maybe I'll wait a few months.

So much time at home has me looking at painting, and spring will bring the wood floor refinishers and replacement of the tiny piece of carpet we do have one the stairs and in the main hallway. Maybe I should go South instead – very little to "fix" in my tiny house.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Yes, I am sitting in my kitchen waiting for my husband finish hooking up my new range. We needed to replace the over range microwave, and to my surprise he asked for a new stove as well because things were beginning to break down on the old one and he didn't want to tear it apart again! I did a little research, Monday we made an appointment for an individual consult at our favorite appliance store, came home with 4 options and made the final choices by phone. They delivered yesterday, put up the microwave and took away the 22 year old ones – wow! Lots has changed on the range – convection, touchpads, 5 different BTU burners, all that shiny black & stainless steel. Of course, now he is talking about replacing the over 20 year old refrigerator and dishwasher as well…maybe I'll wait a few months.

So much time at home has me looking at painting, and spring will bring the wood floor refinishers and replacement of the tiny piece of carpet we do have one the stairs and in the main hallway. Maybe I should go South instead – very little to "fix" in my tiny house.
Sue

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@sueinmn– DOn't you think that you will feel less confined if you stay at home this year?

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Hi Sue! You may find a reduction in your energy bills with newer appliances. I just replaced my 20 yr dishwasher with an Energy Star one. I need to replace my above microwave too. It died. I want new flooring also. Seems we are on a similar path.

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@windwalker

Hi Sue! You may find a reduction in your energy bills with newer appliances. I just replaced my 20 yr dishwasher with an Energy Star one. I need to replace my above microwave too. It died. I want new flooring also. Seems we are on a similar path.

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@windwalker– Both our washer and dryer and refrig are on their last legs too. I'm hesitating to allow anyone in to replace them.

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Merry & Terri (@windwalker)
First, as far as staying home – I want to, but Jerry doesn't. Infection levels at both ends and in between in January will determine what we do. And there, we can be outdoors at will – I can put up with walking in the cold, but he has diabetic neuropathy, and it's really difficult for him to tolerate – even with battery-operated socks & gloves, etc. Aside from doctors and one trip to the appliance store, he doesn't go out at all here at home.

Washer & dryer were replaced 2 years ago – you are right about the energy savings. After a lot of research about the newer types, we bought Speed Queen commercial models, and have been delighted with them. Also, last year we replaced 46 year old furnace & A/C – as well as installing an excellent air purifier – didn't even go to the highest efficiency, and saw a 25% drop in utilities. If we do the refrig & dishwasher (also both 20+ yo) we should be set for as long as we'll be here. Oh yes, we just did the softener & water heater again too – that's what happens when your house is getting ready to celebrate its 50th birthday.

Merry – We use the same independent dealer every time – their prices are competitive, customer service is excellent, and their installers stay with them for years – we even had to make an appt to select our appliances. We were asked to mask up and stay out of the room where the installers were working. Our personable young men were properly masked & extremely careful. The first one came in alone to remove/install the microwave, the second only entered to help remove the old range & bring in the new one, which he had unpacked & assembled on the driveway to minimize his time in our house. We sanitized all the surfaces after they left, and felt quite safe.

Sue

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@sueinmn

I have found that planning a future gathering (post-Covid) has taken my mind off this season. Figuring out who to invite, where to put up our big party tent, music, menus…

Or maybe we'll have a series of parties – one for family, one for neighbors, one for friends, one for my gardening gang..I'm thinking a summer-long celebration in 2022, and I'll hire kitchen help so we can relax and enjoy.
Sue

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I love it sueinmn. Am going to do the same. Have been really down in the dumps. My mom turns 90 in December and was planning a grand celebration. She is in excellent health and still drives so us kids told her to be prepared for even a bigger party hopefully in 2021!
Can I ask if anyone has reservations about getting the CoVid vaccine? I go back and forth on it. I do get my flu vaccination every year with no problem. Just curious as to what others thought.

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@coderhomer

I love it sueinmn. Am going to do the same. Have been really down in the dumps. My mom turns 90 in December and was planning a grand celebration. She is in excellent health and still drives so us kids told her to be prepared for even a bigger party hopefully in 2021!
Can I ask if anyone has reservations about getting the CoVid vaccine? I go back and forth on it. I do get my flu vaccination every year with no problem. Just curious as to what others thought.

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Vaccines don't scare me, so we will be getting it, as well as our kids/grandkids. My take is that the risk of side effects is far less than that of getting the virus, and even partial protection is a big advantage. I was of the same mind with Shingrix and pneumonia – had mild reactions to both, but last time I got pneumonia, it morphed into a lot worse. And seeing what others have gone through with shingles, there is no way I want to deal with it.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Merry & Terri (@windwalker)
First, as far as staying home – I want to, but Jerry doesn't. Infection levels at both ends and in between in January will determine what we do. And there, we can be outdoors at will – I can put up with walking in the cold, but he has diabetic neuropathy, and it's really difficult for him to tolerate – even with battery-operated socks & gloves, etc. Aside from doctors and one trip to the appliance store, he doesn't go out at all here at home.

Washer & dryer were replaced 2 years ago – you are right about the energy savings. After a lot of research about the newer types, we bought Speed Queen commercial models, and have been delighted with them. Also, last year we replaced 46 year old furnace & A/C – as well as installing an excellent air purifier – didn't even go to the highest efficiency, and saw a 25% drop in utilities. If we do the refrig & dishwasher (also both 20+ yo) we should be set for as long as we'll be here. Oh yes, we just did the softener & water heater again too – that's what happens when your house is getting ready to celebrate its 50th birthday.

Merry – We use the same independent dealer every time – their prices are competitive, customer service is excellent, and their installers stay with them for years – we even had to make an appt to select our appliances. We were asked to mask up and stay out of the room where the installers were working. Our personable young men were properly masked & extremely careful. The first one came in alone to remove/install the microwave, the second only entered to help remove the old range & bring in the new one, which he had unpacked & assembled on the driveway to minimize his time in our house. We sanitized all the surfaces after they left, and felt quite safe.

Sue

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Sue- This is a tough situation, I know because I've been on your husband's side with lung cancer and not being able to tolerate the out of doors during the summer season, especially. I feel very guilty that we haven't gone places or done things because of me and Dave just won't do them without me. I love the man It's so very difficult to be the one who causes a change in activities because of health reasons. He has never, never made me feel this way. We have had so many plans that have had to be put on the backburner now also because of COVID-19. But we can dream and go places by sharing our memories and hopes. No putting up with travel snafus and lost luggage that way, right?

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@sueinmn

Vaccines don't scare me, so we will be getting it, as well as our kids/grandkids. My take is that the risk of side effects is far less than that of getting the virus, and even partial protection is a big advantage. I was of the same mind with Shingrix and pneumonia – had mild reactions to both, but last time I got pneumonia, it morphed into a lot worse. And seeing what others have gone through with shingles, there is no way I want to deal with it.
Sue

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@sueinmn– Oh, I'm not afraid of vaccines either. I've just had 2 of them myself. I feel as if I should be excited about them, but because they have understandably rushed this through, all of the side effects and kinks haven't been worked out. I guess I'm afraid of upsetting the applecart with my health. Hopefully, my worries will be for naught.

I had a shingle shot a few years ago and Dave got a mild case of it right after I came home. My doctor said that since it was a live virus that could happen. I now have to go and get the new one (2 hots I think it is).

That's terrible that your pneumonia developed into something worse. How long were you ill?

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@merpreb

@sueinmn– Oh, I'm not afraid of vaccines either. I've just had 2 of them myself. I feel as if I should be excited about them, but because they have understandably rushed this through, all of the side effects and kinks haven't been worked out. I guess I'm afraid of upsetting the applecart with my health. Hopefully, my worries will be for naught.

I had a shingle shot a few years ago and Dave got a mild case of it right after I came home. My doctor said that since it was a live virus that could happen. I now have to go and get the new one (2 hots I think it is).

That's terrible that your pneumonia developed into something worse. How long were you ill?

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@merpreb I used to be ok with vaccines until I noticed myself gettting sick for a week after every flu shot. The stories about neuropathy starting after shingles vaccinations has scared me from it and I had an extremely mild case maybe 10 years ago. Can you please let us know how your husband feels after his shots? I just can’t imagine adding more neuropathy pain on top of what I already have. Thanks for sharing. And also how the Covid vaccine goes?

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