So Garry and I are listening (Audiobooks) to the biography of John Wayne written by Scott Eyman. We can’t turn on a baseball game, which we would normally be doing. There’s nowhere to go because it’s cold and rainy outside. We could go to the parks. They aren’t crowded and I could take pictures.

But the book is interesting. It’s mostly old news for Garry, but mostly new to me. While we listen, I’m also checking email and pondering what to do about supper. We are not out of food, but we don’t have much variety. We have boneless pork loin X 2. Boneless chicken thighs X 2. Leftovers from dinner the other night. A couple of packages of chopped meat.

Uxbridge still has no toilet paper, so Owen bought all the rolls in the shop he runs — 12 small rolls for $9.00. But we can’t run out of toilet paper. That would be really bad.

I keep reading a lot of rants by people who think the whole Coronavirus thing is just to scare people. The problem is that because we have no tests available, we have NO idea how many infections there are … or where they are. Even people who need to be hospitalized can’t get a test. Why do I have a sneaking suspicion that Trump and his nasty band of sycophants are intentionally slowing down the testing so we don’t have to admit publicly how bad things are in the U.S.? Am I being cynical?


For all of you who think you are living someplace where there is no virus, think again about that. With no testing going on, you have no idea if there is or isn’t some or many infections in your area. No tests? No information.

Meanwhile, even if you are sure this isn’t going to be a big deal for you, if you have any passing relationship with other human beings who might be over 60 or have medical issues, like asthma, Lupus, MS, diabetes, heart disease, or be under treatment for cancer, AIDs, and other chronic medical problems … your staying healthy might save their lives.

This is inconvenient. More than merely inconvenient. But this siege won’t last forever. In a couple of months, assuming we start acting responsibly, it should peak and then recede.

Assuming we do what we should be doing, that is. If we keep doing nothing, it’s possible in the end this will be the country to be the hardest hit by the virus.

Think about that.

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  1. Believe it or not, you can live without toilet paper! It might be bad but not life threatening (at least I hope!) It’s hard to fathom the level of government incompetence – that’s the reason for the panic. Simply immoral. But … one gets tired of pointing out the obvious! Take care!


  2. He’s no longer self-quarantined. He says the doctors assure him it isn’t necessary! Interesting that! How would he know if he hasn’t been tested? How did his wife get the virus? I’ve listened and read several articles lately and I wished I could find a way to send them to you Marilyn. Ver enlightening!


  3. To compassionately care for ourselves by socially withdrawing in turn protects the lives of others…children who need healthy parents, patients who need effective health care, neighbors who need safe shelter, and the homeless, migrants, prisoners, “others” need all of us. We all need reliable and consistent information absent of political gain, media greed, corporate gain, and emotive discord. The absence of reliable testing only ensures a delay in self/other care and the explosion of hospital cases. In truth, we are all in this together…denial is not an effective preventive tool.


    • I hope we will show ourselves as better than we have been showing ourselves in recent years. I am incredibly glad my son moved back in. I’m not sure we’d be able to make it along right now. We are trying to just stay out of the way. We went out to dinner for my birthday, but they were all tables set with plenty of room on all sides … and the bar was NOT crowded!

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      • Marilyn, my daughter lives about an hour away and has three adult children and one grandchild who live within the same town. She has arranged for all of her college classes to be taught online when students return from their extended spring break. We are relieved that her husband resigned from his position with TSA a few months ago. For us, to lessen her anxiety and any feelings of only child responsibilities while supporting her love and care requires my husband (history of heart surgery and currently a cancer patient) and I (69 years old) to be invested in effective independence. I am a recent follower of your blog and enjoy reading your narratives.


  4. I’ve read your writing since I started writing on WP and was wondering what you thought about this. I wish I was as even keeled as you are. Your words are wise and steady. Of course, I have two teenagers at home now, so I don’t know if I can be wise and steady in the next two weeks, but I will try.


    • I’ve achieved even-keeled-ness post heart surgery. Garry thought if I didn’t calm down, it was going to kill me. I thought about it. He was right. Also, I guess I’ve FINALLY realized worrying doesn’t solve any problems. Worrying is exhausting, depressing, and makes the people around you crazy. What’s going to happen is going to happen, whether or not you worry about it. Most of the time, your worst-case scenario doesn’t happen. If it does, at least you haven’t wasted all the weeks beforehand brooding and getting exhausted and obsessive.

      As far as this disease goes, there absolutely nothing I can do. I can’t make it unhappen. There’s no vaccine, no preventative action I can take. I can just hope that our little town is spared. If it isn’t? Well, it’s been a hell of a life.


  5. We are hunkering down for this. Our Prime Minister’s wife has it and he’s self quarantined.


    • A bunch of our senators have it and other government officials. But there hasn’t been much testing, so we really don’t know how bad it is. I’m betting it’s a lot worse than they are telling us. It won’t last forever, but these next couple of months are going to be pretty dicey.

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  6. We may have to divert again to Ken Burns’ “Baseball” series. Always a good standby.


  7. I am in the UK Marilyn. And me if my husband are isolating at the moment because I have had cancer and had to Stephanie blind turned into wheelchair but also with Cyprus of glass and some heart issues so we’re trying to stay safe. It is really hard though. And she is also very very frightening. But it is the only way we can go with it. I agree with you that it is best for those of us with underlying health issues that everybody does all that they can to stamp this damned disease out. It isn’t nice to be isolated but at least it’s safer

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  8. We don’t seem to be testing enough here either, despite lots of people being symptomatic, asking for tests and trying to do their best to avoid infecting others. I guess it keeps the “numbers” down here too.

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    • Yes. When they don’t test, they never have to admit how bad it is. But I think eventually every nation is going to have to fess up or we’ll never get it under control. It’s going to take the better part of a year to create a vaccine and until then, life is weird. I sure am glad I have computers!

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