Grateful for What’s Not Happening

 

Watching riots, fires, attacks on law enforcement and listening to the idiotic decisions of mayors and governors is enough to drive any sane person over the edge. I try to limit my viewing of these incidents or reading about people taking steps to damage their cities and states.

And then I remind myself that I have so very much to be grateful for, regarding and in spite of coronavirus:

I live in a peaceful community where blacks and whites co-exist and wave at each other on our walks.

We have a governor who has shown wisdom in his decisions regarding COVID-19 and hasn’t caved into the crazies.

We have a sheriff who warns marauders that he advises his citizens to own guns.

No buildings have been burnt down.

No graffiti has been painted.

No one in our community is wearing Black Lives Matter tee shirts

We’re only seeing local political signs in town and none for Biden. (We can’t post political signs in our yards.)

No one has yelled at me when I walk in the mornings without a mask.

The tropical storm Isaias missed us.

We’re both healthy.

I can still talk to hospice patients by telephone.

I’ve attended some good zoom training programs on Alzheimer’s.

We’ve gone to a couple of restaurants, gone to my work-out facility three times per week, had my nails done and my hair cut!

I’ve got two–count ’em, two!–Torah study partners.

I’m sure I could list many more things but I’d rather hear your expressions of gratitude.

(My thanks to @arahant for telling me about this perfect mask!)

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Susan Quinn:

    I had mine on today, too. They get a lot of laughs and comments.

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn:

    I had mine on today, too. They get a lot of laughs and comments.

    I just got mine and I expect the same!!

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  3. Stad Coolidge
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn:

    I had mine on today, too. They get a lot of laughs and comments.

    I’m sorely tempted to buy one . . .

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  4. KentForrester Moderator
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    I thought I posted this earlier. Oh well. Here’s mine:

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    KentForrester (View Comment):

    I thought I posted this earlier. Oh well. Here’s mine:

    OMG–you could be Bob’s twin!!

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  6. Arahant Member
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    Stad (View Comment):
    I’m sorely tempted to buy one . . .

    https://diashop.org/face-masks/

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  7. JustmeinAZ Member
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    I am grateful also for almost all of the things on your list (except hospice, Torah and zoom items, ha,ha).

    I just got an email that my 66 year old brother and his wife now have the virus but they just feel like crap, not like they are going to die. I am grateful for that. I am grateful that our state is (mostly) open and we can go about our normal lives.

    But I am beyond depressed that social politics has now infected baseball. I will now never be able to have joy in Opening Day and a wonderful summer of baseball every day. I have said goodbye to something I loved. It will take a long time to get over the loss.

    I refuse to wear a “cute” mask. That would be giving in. 

    But the sun is shining and it’s on it’s way to 102 today. I am grateful for AC.

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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):
    I just got an email that my 66 year old brother and his wife now have the virus but they just feel like crap, not like they are going to die. I am grateful for that. I am grateful that our state is (mostly) open and we can go about our normal lives.

    As often happens, you and I relate to similar things, @justmeinaz. Here’s hoping that your brother and his wife have a quick recovery! Re the mask, my thinking is that we still have lots of people wearing them and are miserable doing it. I figure (as @arahant suggested) that the mask will interject some playfulness into these dire times.

    So sorry about your losing baseball.

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  9. OldPhil Coolidge
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    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):
    I refuse to wear a “cute” mask. That would be giving in. 

    Yes.

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  10. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    OldPhil (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):
    I refuse to wear a “cute” mask. That would be giving in.

    Yes.

    As I said in #8–

    Re the mask, my thinking is that we still have lots of people wearing them and are miserable doing it. I figure (as @arahant suggested) that the mask will interject some playfulness into these dire times.

    Come on, folks, let’s not completely lose our sense of humor! 

     

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  11. OldPhil Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    OldPhil (View Comment):

    JustmeinAZ (View Comment):
    I refuse to wear a “cute” mask. That would be giving in.

    Yes.

    As I said in #8–

    Re the mask, my thinking is that we still have lots of people wearing them and are miserable doing it. I figure (as @arahant suggested) that the mask will interject some playfulness into these dire times.

    Come on, folks, let’s not completely lose our sense of humor!

    I can’t get a sense of humor about this. Sorry.

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  12. Arahant Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    Come on, folks, let’s not completely lose our sense of humor!

    I’m all about having fun with it.

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  13. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    Come on, folks, let’s not completely lose our sense of humor!

    I’m all about having fun with it.

    Me, too. But I think for some folks, it represents the oppressiveness of the state, as well as being forced to do something uncomfortable. I meant no disrespect, @oldphil or @justmeinaz

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  14. Richard Fulmer Inactive
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    We missed the plague of locusts that hit Africa. That’s definitely on the plus side. No murder hornets have been spotted in our area, though I have murdered hornets in the area. 

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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Richard Fulmer (View Comment):

    We missed the plague of locusts that hit Africa. That’s definitely on the plus side. No murder hornets have been spotted in our area, though I have murdered hornets in the area.

    Now the first is a win as is the second! Maybe you missed your calling: Murder Hornet Exterminator, at your service!

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  16. Arahant Member
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    But I think for some folks, it represents the oppressiveness of the state, as well as being forced to do something uncomfortable.

    In my case, I have various health issues that mean I can’t go out in the cold without a mask or scarf. Last winter, I would carefully wrap up in a scarf, and then take it off when I got into the store so I didn’t look like a robber. Then I would have to wrap up again. This upcoming winter? Easy-peasy. I’ll have the mask to help keep the air warm and moist, and going into stores, they have signs up asking me to have it. How cool is that? This is actually making my life easier.

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  17. Percival Thatcher
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  18. Susan Quinn Contributor
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Wow! Now that’s a mask! Do you have a servant who shines it up for you every night?

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  19. Richard Fulmer Inactive
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Now, that makes a statement.

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  20. Percival Thatcher
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    Wow! Now that’s a mask! Do you have a servant who shines it up for you every night?

    Pages are on armor buffing duty just as soon as the horses are watered and fed.

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  21. OldPhil Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    Come on, folks, let’s not completely lose our sense of humor!

    I’m all about having fun with it.

    Me, too. But I think for some folks, it represents the oppressiveness of the state, as well as being forced to do something uncomfortable. I meant no disrespect, @oldphil or @justmeinaz.

    None taken, of course. 

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  22. Basil Fawlty Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Austrian funeral helmets are better.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/dk3eFMzzc4MfoQCw6

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  23. Percival Thatcher
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Austrian funeral helmets are better.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/dk3eFMzzc4MfoQCw6

    Nice look.

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  24. Richard Fulmer Inactive
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Austrian funeral helmets are better.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/dk3eFMzzc4MfoQCw6

    Nice look.

    Look out for low branches.

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  25. Housebroken Thatcher
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    KentForrester (View Comment):

    I thought I posted this earlier. Oh well. Here’s mine:

    Who is this really? Bossmongo?

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  26. Housebroken Thatcher
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    The only thing I can put it to is fear of WuFlu, but we have had only two loud to 4 AM parties next door since early March! (I love sleep, especially on Saturday night!)

    More importantly, a friend that has gospel message broadcasts in Spanish on radio stations worldwide was taken to the hospital with WuFlu but after two weeks is now out and well and since all his programs are prerecorded there was no break!

    My daughter in law’s mother in the DR died very quickly, but was able to echo Paul (2 Tim 4:7) before passing. Double blessing.

     

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  27. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn:

    I had mine on today, too. They get a lot of laughs and comments.

    Oh, it is perfect. But I am sticking with my bandanas for the cowboy look. 

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  28. Hartmann von Aue Member
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Austrian funeral helmets are better.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/dk3eFMzzc4MfoQCw6

    Isn’t that in the Kulturhistorisches Museum?

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  29. Percival Thatcher
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    Hartmann von Aue (View Comment):

    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    Austrian funeral helmets are better.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/dk3eFMzzc4MfoQCw6

    Isn’t that in the Kulturhistorisches Museum?

    The funeral helmet of Albert Von Pranckh.

    If it’s in a museum, then he’s through with it.

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