Random 5 Friday ~ Bored & busy, dogs, rules and Grover

It’s Friday, here are my 5 randoms from “shelter in place” / COVID-19.   Such a strange time we’re living in.

1    I’m grateful to be employed and my job is busier than ever, so many conference calls – 3, 6, 10 a day.   Now, because we’re working remotely,  we’ve transitioned to Web/Video calls.     Maybe I’m just punchy from being home this long but there’s a small part of me that wants to train the webcam on my Grover puppet (had since I was 7), wonder if anyone would notice?

Bueller? Bueller?

2   Sometimes the calls I’ve been on are very interesting and sometimes they are calls to prepare for other calls.  During the latter, I bundle up and take a walk.   But other times, after a flurry of morning calls, I might have one or even no calls that afternoon.  I walk anyways but instead tune into podcasts (free).   One still resonates … the author talked about being “bored or busy.”  In this pandemic, many find themselves on one side or the other and wish for the opposite.  Busy?  Man, wish I had time to be bored!  Bored?  Man, wish I had something to do!  The point being that, regardless what we’re doing through this, NO ONE LIKES IT.  Why?  It wasn’t our choice.   Ding! Ding! Ding!    All we can do is do it.

Outta my way, peeps, I’ve got stuff to do!

3   Back to my walks, I’m dead serious when I say they are saving my life right now.  Getting fresh air, sunshine or not, with my Toque, scarf, coat and mittens, has been life-saving.  I wave to neighbors I’ve never seen before and smile at the dogs being walked.  And I haven’t seen a sad dog yet!     🙂

Our Frankie-bear resting during a walk; an Emjayandthem (C) photo.  Sure do miss him.

4  Hubbs and I are adapting – missing out on Easter with our kids & grands was hard, very hard.  He’s cried a few times from the stress of it all.  I’m a pretty strong individual but seeing my big-shouldered man cry makes me cry.  On the flip side, we belly-laugh about the silliest things:  songs we’ve made up, the 3,000 paper towels he has in reserve (but not so much TP),  pictures the kids send us of our grand kids and grand dogs.   Jokes back and forth.  Going through this together, I’m grateful that the life we live is a life worth rushing back to.

5   Michigan’s Governor has enacted some of the most Draconian stay-at-home orders possible;  folks are ticked, to put it mildly.    Under the rules, you can buy Pot, but not seeds for a garden.  You can buy Lotto Tickets and Liquor but not carpet or paint.   If you own a Michigan cottage “up north” you can’t travel there, but if you live out of state and own a Michigan cottage “up north,” you can.   Stupid.  People are stressed and some have ratted others “out” for perceived “wrongs.”  *Shudder*.   Freedom isn’t free and what’s legal isn’t always what’s moral.   And there are some in power who want this to drag on and on so as to create a nation of people dependent on the government.     Not me! *Shudder*

PS Not a Libertarian

 

So … how are you holding up? 

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10 thoughts on “Random 5 Friday ~ Bored & busy, dogs, rules and Grover

  1. Thought about you with all this news about the ‘laws’ in your state. Some of them make NO sense. And….we know most, if not all, of it is political.
    I’m happy that my Motor Man can continue to go to the shop and work. Or not…his choice. And I’m so thankful that the two of us get along and enjoy each other’s company.

    • Thanks for weighing in. Agree, most of it is political. And yes, like you, I’m thankful we enjoy each other’s company ~ MJ

  2. I was wondering what you were thinking about your dear governor. (I guessed correctly) 😉 Here in Iowa, I LOVE ours. She does not have her sights on draconian rules..believes in the rule of law just like you and I, and for us to have as much freedom as absolutely possible. So far, my style hasn’t been cramped all that much. Wife and I started watching the Hillsdale college on line classes (they’re free) I may have already told you about them. (sorry if I have) We’ve finished all the lectures for Constitution 101, all the quizzes and now just have to take the final test. Hoping to do that this afternoon. It has enriched both of our appreciation for the form of government we were originally given. Boy the school of thought your governor subscribes to has been around a lot longer than I realized..(way back @ the turn of the century) “progressives” is what they call themselves…that term is very deceptive…what they term progress is some of the very problems our founding fathers were attempting to prevent.. there is a reason the people who determine what gets taught in school have intentionally left out teaching in more detail, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, etc. We never covered this stuff in high school. It pisses me off. I feel like someone who has been given a big inheritance as a young person, and the adults in my life have intentionally been trying to keep me in the dark.

    • I think you’ve mentioned the Hillsdale College classes ~ definitely a reputable organization.

      I’ll stay out of the fray but will offer this ~ We are fine with staying home and staying safe. But – History shows that those who are quick to grab power are not quick to hand it back .. hope history doesn’t repeat itself. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are all being chipped away … and I don’t like it. ~ MJ

  3. Our gov put laws into effect too. Some like them and some don’t. For the most part they make sense. Businesses can apply for exemptions and they are constantly revising them. It’s new for everyone so we need to be kind to all. Funny thing here is that most people are annoyed that the state liquor stores are closed. (Seriously? That’s all you worry about?) You can buy on-line but the website crashed. To compensate they are bringing the workers in the stores back to package on-line orders. Adjustments, adjustments. I am always amazed at what people whine about. I can still buy food and cat food too so I’m happy. Miss my friends though and zoom isn’t the same as in-person. Stay safe.

    • Like you, we don’t have any problem staying home and following the rules – but, at least in our state, some just went too far. Nonsensical. And we’ve had Sheriffs push back that the rules are “unenforceable” – example they are being asked to “investigate” (anonymously of course) someone who normally has 2 cars in the driveway having 3. It’s pitting people against each other. This is not who we are!

      Hubby usually does the grocery shopping but, being asthmatic, I’ve taken that over for now – I go out about 1x every 10 days for fresh vegetables, dairy etc. We still have gobs of food, so much that I freeze half of what I cook and the freezer is full.

      Miss our boys/grands the most – but this too shall pass. Stay safe and well!

      -MJ

  4. In general we’re hanging in there, but I definitely had a moment with myself this morning. For the first time I resented the thought of wearing PPE to help protect my local grocery store employees. (I was tired and grumpy). I hit the stores no more than once a week, and today was the first time wearing gloves and a mask. What hit me loud and clear was, “I didn’t sign up for this (sh!!).” You nailed it when you mentioned things not being our choice right now.

    Sorry to hear about your governor. So far, here in WA I think our government is doing as good a job as they can.

    • Yeah I feel this – we’ve all had those moments. last month, when we had both been sick and I was about 80% recovered, I made a run out for paper products. I caught myself speeding, realizing that my heart was pounding. I talked myself down off the ledge. It was a “didn’t sign up for this sh$t moment,” for sure.

      Yes, from what I’ve seen, your GOV has done a good job and been cooperative. Ours is talented and smart, but using this as an audition. She’s lost a lot of ground with many. Sad!

      Take care Susan! MJ

  5. The walks! I hear you. I get outside daily if at all possible and also feel like this is what is keeping me sane.

    My job is keeping me busy too, and I’m grateful. It gives me purpose and fills these long days at home with productivity.

    Minnesota’s governor? He’s a gem. Sorry you’ve got some crazy rules hanging over your head. Hang in there, friend!

    • we’ve had snow this week so walking has been slowed down a bit – but hoping to get out again today! I’m glad to hear from you, Tee. Give Lucy Pie some love from me 🙂 MJ

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