Check, Check and Check!

Desktop. Check. iPad. Check.
Android. Check. German classes
connected to schools in Germany for
two hour video conferences. Check.
Why telemedicine? Check?

Teaching an old dog new tricks is
challenging! Patient portals. Check.
New app to download and practice.
I prop my devices on a music stand.
Check. Check. Check. WhatsApp??

 

Skype, Zoom, FaceTime. Check.
A question if I may: why can’t the
doctors all use the same method to
communicate with patients? In a
pandemic, we make do. Check.

Screen size on a cell phone is limited.
Squinting and peering at the postage-stamp-
size- screen, I pretend I am in
a television studio. Check. How do
doctors examine us virtually?

  

Next item on the agenda: a haircut for my
husband. Ordered a replacement kit.
My skill set remains from former days
of cutting his hair as my mother did for
my Dad even though we joked: what

hair? He would simply chuckle. Maybe
men should wear more pony tails.
The main thing: stay safe and healthy.
For now: virtual hugs for all. We hope
and pray for a return to normal. Check!

   

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32 Responses to Check, Check and Check!

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    I like your humourous approach to the challenges of technology to us old dogs who are reluctant to learn new tricks but somehow manage to adjust to the digital era. My wife has similar problems with hair cuts and I would prefer to see a barber if I could. Have a great day, Mary Ann!

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    • Peter, thank you for such a nice comment. I find humor important and being able to laugh at oneself means you can take life as it comes at you. From analog to digital, the technology changes with or without us. With the right scissors and different tools, I can manage my husband’s haircut; however, we await the new kit which comes in early May. Thank you for the well wishes. I hope covid-19 is not too much in your area. Enjoy the weekend the old school way! “”__””

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  2. Darlene says:

    I offered to cut hubby’s hair and trim his beard but he said he would rather wait. He’s starting to look like an old hippy but I kind of like it! Mom used to cut my dad’s hair too now that I recall.

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    • Darlene, thank you for your amusing comment. The image of an old hippy is funny. I think women can tolerate longer hair more than men. So maybe that earlier time was an era of the do-it-yourself barber or hairdresser. It does save money! Hope all is well with the pandemic in your area. We are fine but all non-essential businesses are closed through May 15. Too bad the NY Governor did not allow Upstate NY to open sooner. Be safe and stay healthy. “”__””

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  3. balroop2013 says:

    Thanks for the smiles Mary Ann. 🙂

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  4. Check! ❤ Stay safe and healthy and enjoy your weekend, Mary Ann! xo

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    • Check, Bette. You as well, my dear. Does ME have many covid-19 cases? Bracing for snow tonight and tomorrow. oxox

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      • 831 confirmed cases and 29 deaths… 😦 No snow other than possible flurries here, but we had a bad storm Thurs. before Easter and lost power for 5 days. You stay safe and well! Daffodils are ready to start opening. Yay! xoxo

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      • Bette, thanks for the corona virus information. Turns out we had a dusting of snow here. That’s a long time to lose power. I hate when it is long enough that the contents of refrigerators and freezers go bad. I wondered at one point about getting a generator for us but that never came to be. We had some of our daffodils open about one week ago. When I used to fly from VA to NY, I saw from the air how vegetation and flowers were behind what we had in VA. Yay! I agree. I love to watch the process and the birds flitting about from limb to limb of trees and bushes. Doing the happy dance! oxoxox

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  5. I thought my computer skills were pretty good, but Zoom was new territory, and a bit rough, at that. My favorite photo was the egg tree with a snowy background. I like your light-hearted approach to the current situation. Most amusing!

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    • Anne, your insightful comment is much appreciated. Thank you. I need to keep a sense of humor in all the madness about, Yes, the virus spreads quickly, but we need to use common sense about closing businesses down. Some states are much better off and actually Upstate NY is mild compared with NYC. I decided early on to find my giant Easter eggs and hang them from the apple trees. It is enjoyable to see how they move in the wind and bring some cheer to the neighborhood. I’m happy you understood my message and light-hearted approach. Now, forget Zoom for me. The Chinese have used this to spy on us and capture our videos. But then again, who knows about the other video formats. I keep my webcam covered when I work on the desktop. With technology, it is the new formats which are most challenging. Seems we learn one and then something new comes along. I used to laugh my way through some of the workshops we teachers had to take. Why? Seemed as if I had to learn a new foreign language. But I digress. Enjoy your weekend. What restrictions if any do you have? Masks? Stay at home? One size does not fit all. Never did. oxoxox

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      • The non-essential businesses are closed, though I’m amazed at things that continue to operate. Thankfully, lawn services are working, though church services are not. We’re looking a bit shabby because barbershops and salons are closed. Restaurants are open for take-0ut, those that haven’t shut down completely. We have no trouble going to the supermarket. There are few people there, and shoppers often wear masks. The store workers don’t. Most of our shelves are full. Only toilet paper and tissues are missing. John wore a bandana from his train outfit when he went to get an allergy shot.

        We are staying at home most of the time. Grandson David works at Burger King. He immediately washes his hands when he comes in the house and changes his uniform. At work he wears gloves when working with food or different gloves when handling money. We are not taking the virus lightly, but we have only four confirmed cases in our whole county today. No deaths yet.

        I’m glad you are being careful.

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      • Thanks for the detailed account, Anne. Our grocery now requires customers to wear face coverings/masks and there are plexiglass barriers to protect the cashiers. The smaller independent grocery has toilet paper and tissues. Interesting what is deemed essential. My new haircut kit should arrive next week and none too soon for my husband. Glad you grandson takes precautions at work. Our daughter was removing all clothing, putting in a trash bag and leaving her shoes in the garage. Shower first after her 13+ hr. shift and then washing her scrubs, etc. The hospital later approved them to wear hospital scrubs which were then cleaned by the hospital. That was a wise move so none of the virus and other germs were brought outside the hospital. Of course, wiping down cell phones and keys plus car door handles and steering wheel were/are part of the routine. I even receive nurse guidelines from her as to how to correctly remove the vinyl gloves: use hand sanitizer on the gloved hands and then safely remove. Who knew?

        Glad you are basically at home most of the time and safe. Day 32 of our lockdown at home. I read a lot, sing, write and walk outside. I step outside in the yard without a jacket to wake myself up when I feel I have had too much warm indoor, heated air. We have had a few deaths and infected are still lower than anything seen in NYC, Basically, we could open sooner if the governor said so. I have the feeling that will happen soon. The virus will still be around but we now know what to do. I saw Pikes Peak again today when VP Pence spoke at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. Graduates sitting in chairs ten feet apart without families. It was a sight to see. I love the chapel there with the shape of praying hands. Be safe and stay healthy. ox

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      • We’ve been to the chapel at the Air Force Academy. It is most impressive. I’m trying to imagine the scene you saw of graduation without families. I feel sorry for students who have no graduation ceremony.

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      • Anne, I just love the praying hands as that Air Force Academy Chapel is lovingly nicknamed. The snow covered peak of Pikes Peak in the background was gorgeous. Don’t know if they used a drone to show us the seating of the cadets at 10′ apart. Looked as if it might have been the football field but don’t know that. I am certain there are still images to be seen via a google search. I bet that all the families had some link to the ceremony to watch live. I have no idea whether or not individual diplomas were awarded, but mention was made of several in the class who had received awards. It was very moving to me. Stay safe and healthy. oxox

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      • We had church in the bedroom today. Before and after the video of the service, there were short takes and photos taken when we were preparing the Good Friday service. Daughter Kate in NJ was watching our service and saw quick shots of us.

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      • That’s so cool, Anne. I watch in the computer room; my husband in his bedroom . We are then joined by our daughter on LI and son in FL. It’s just wonderful that we can attend the same service even though apart. How is your NJ daughter? I know their numbers have been up because of proximity with NYC and Conn. Thoughts and prayers. oxox

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      • We texted NJ Kate about the church service, but we didn’t ask how she was. She must be well! As a supermarket cashier, she is very much in contact with the public.

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      • Anne- glad you stay in contact. Some supermarkets here protect their cashiers with plexiglass barriers. I would think if good hygiene practices including masks, gloves and hand sanitizer are in place, she should be safe. Hope you have a lovely sunny day! oxox

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      • Kate is now protected by a shield at the supermarket. She and all the cashiers are constantly wiping surfaces in their areas and wearing gloves. It’s always good when she phones and we can hear her bouncy voice.

        Our day is sunny now after a night of rain. It’s still cool here, too. I think the hummingbirds must be shivering.

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      • Glad to hear about the shield to protect Kate at work. Isn’t it amazing how we detect a mood via a person’s voice? I love the sound as well. Birds are singing away here today. I don’t think Old Man Winter is done with us for this year…Enjoy.ox

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      • I love Winter, but I have to say I’m ready for Spring. If only we would have Spring instead of jumping headlong into sweltering Summer!
        ox

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      • Anne, as I read your lovely comment, I glance out our window at the snow coming down. Winter is not finished with us. It seems if we have spring, it is only 1-2 days long and then hot summer. Be well and safe. oxox

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      • Thank you for your prayers. I’ve been praying for your LI daughter on the front line. How are things for your son in FL?

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      • Anne-thank you for your prayers for our daughter who still remains safe despite long days of contact. Our lawyer son works from home. His wife manages a department at Costco so also has busy days. They care for two of my sister-in-law’s beagles in addition to their own dog. Deceased about 4 years now, she left a dog trust to cover expenses. So long walks allowing the dogs to stretch their legs are in order plus riding a bicycle several miles keeps him healthy. They were in the midst of selling their condo to buy a house, but that idea is on hold for the time being. Difficult days. Everyone seems to be managing. Thoughts and prayers for you and yours. oxox

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      • Thanks for news of your son. I’ve seen his photo on your blog, but I didn’t know much about him. Having three dogs would keep you busy!
        oxox

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      • Anne – sometimes no news is good news with young folks and their schedules. He has to use video conferencing to speak with judges and clients these days. Busy, busy. I am always happy that he is out walking or riding his bicycle. The three dogs known as the “wolf pack” was never intended for a condo. But our daughter and her two cats would not have been an option for the beagles. We can’t either because of my allergies. Hence, the beagles enjoy the good life in FL. oxox

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  6. Emily says:

    Glad you’re both staying safe and continue to do so! ❤️

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    • Emily, thank you for your loving concern. We have you in our thoughts and prayers that you stay healthy and safe while working the front lines. And this too shall pass. Be safe and stay healthy. oxox

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  7. Clare Pooley says:

    I don’t like video-messaging at all! I can never think of anything to say but I do like to see my daughter’s face and hear her voice. The whole technical business is beyond me! I am glad my younger daughter and my husband are able to sort it out for me.
    Take care and stay safe, Mary Ann xoxo

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    • Clare, I very much enjoyed your comment. Smiled too. When it comes to accepting calls, I think I can do that. Have to add that I prefer the land line without video for most calls. Wish me luck this next Mon. when my Dr. supposedly calls me for my appointment. It remains to be seen if this works. Must remember to turn on the cell phone which is always off and away…(That’s how much I dislike cell phones.) It’s always a pleasure to chat with you on the blog. Be safe and well, too. oxox

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