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I commute 3 says/wk and work from home the other two days. I wear a mask at work, in the grocery store, and when I go walking.



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5/22/20 8:35 P

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I haven't been doing a whole lot other than mostly staying home. When I go out I wear a mask. I am trying to start making the outside of my house look nicer, but it is hard for me. It takes me something close to 2 hours to mow the front lawn. I got part of the top terrace in back one day but was hurting too bad to get at it again the next day. After mowing the front the other day my mower died. I charged it, but I still can't start it. Had to get a hose fixed so I could water the 2nd side of the front yard. I got some petunias to put out front, but haven't planted yet since I eeded to put some potting soil in the pot. I also need to put some of that in a good pot to plant basil in.

I have been to see a couple of friends in the last couple weeks. Took a couple things to my "nieces" (not blood relatives) and had lunch with their grandmother. We were a distance apart.



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5/22/20 2:07 A

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KOSHIE1, you've been on lockdown longer than us, we started on March 13th. I did have to go to the grocery store about four times, but now we're just doing deliveries. We use 5280 Produce and pick it up. Also, Miller farms are delivering to your homes.

We're starting to work on the yard and that will keep us busy for a couple of weeks. We had about a month of being lazy and not doing any of those things we wanted to, but now it looks like we're getting things done.

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5/21/20 1:06 P

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It's been total isolation for the 3 of us since March 9 (except for 3 grocery visits and DH's drive-thru prescription pickups). It's been..... 74 days; and I confess we're are all getting tired of being lazy and self-indulgent!
DH is actually doing the small home repairs and maintenance -- which he generally leaves to me. DD actually went and pulled weeds in the garden without my asking! And I'm finally interested in finishing all those projects set aside last year...

Finding something worthwhile to do, something that someone else needs done, something that will earn appreciation or admiration -- or at least something to TALK about at the dinner table! -- has really been helping us stay socially isolated.
It also helps that we have a pet (parrot), and that we have a big wild piece of land to -- well, mostly just stare at and watch the wild animals come through. We watch and we talk and we try to identify the birds we see..... Turns out having a somewhat meditative "hobby" is helpful too!

A big bear has been sighted nearby during the day..... I can't help but wonder if is the same juvenile bear all grown-up that I had to keep chasing away last year. I hope he's still scared of me!

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4/17/20 9:19 P

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I qualify as a senior, so IF I MUST go get groceries (I limit myself to once every three weeks), I go at senior hour on senior days. It makes a difference since there are fewer people and the shelves tend to be stocked!

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4/17/20 2:18 P

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I haven''t ordered from Chewy yet, but my friend orders from them sometimes so she got what I wanted once. This time, since I had a gift card for Amazon from her I went to Amazon to order something I needed and looked at the pet supplies. They were a little lower than Chewy for what I was looking at. She also has a Prime account, so shipping is free for her. Either place I would have to pay shipping.

I hope your Mom is okay.

I have been to the Sprouts by me and they were very good about keeping things safe. Hope they are where you go. I have read some bad things about other stores around here. The biggest Kings close to me isn't taking any safety measures at all, from what people who have been there are saying. Some said the one closest to me isn't doing anything, but they are doing all except having employees wear masks. I am going to have to go to the Safeway in Aurora for something else and according to reports it is the safest store to go to. It isn't something I can do at curbside pickup or delivery. May also have to go to Walmart for a prescription and the one by me doesn't have a drive-thru. They might deliver, though, I don't know. It's just one prescription.



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4/17/20 1:55 A

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Hello, everyone!

So the appointment was canceled and it's scheduled for today and since we're going to be out I'm going to head over to Sprouts on Colfax while my mom is doing her appointment. Kaiser didn't let me go in with her the last time. I was thinking of going to Sam's club, but not sure. I just want to get some meat from them.

Darlene, have you tried ordering from Chewy.com? I put in an order and it usually comes pretty fast. I have a picky dog and can get what he likes from them.

I'm not sure if I mentioned this but when Amazon shows no times open for delivery I wait until after midnight and times open up. I hope that helps some of you out.

I hate having to go out and I'm hoping this is the last time for my mom has to go to Kaiser.

Stay safe everyone!
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4/16/20 9:51 P

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Paula, I hope your call went well.

I was going to give some gloves to someone who works at a hospital where they were out, but when I opened the box I found Kleenex. So this morning I ran out of that Kleenex and opened the other side for more. That turned out to be the gloves. Guess I have some to wear if I ever end up going shopping on my own. We are in one of the harder hit areas of Denver (not hardest hit though) so my friend has told me to stay home and she does my shopping for me. She also has the Amazon delivery going to her house, so it should be here pretty soon. She has gotten a couple things from the order, but the cat food isn't supposed to get there until the 23rd. Hope Orzo doesn't run out of his dry food before then.

They were talking about what the stores are doing to safeguard people and it looks like the best store to go to is over in Aurora. The ones near me are not wearing masks and some are not cleaning buggies. Sprouts most of them are wearing masks and I know for sure the buggies are being cleaned. There is one guy who just sits and waits for the buggies to come in and all he is doing is cleaning them. They just don't have everything that the big stores do. I cant get the cat food that Orzo eats from there. Not Petco, either, and I don''t know about PetsMart. He's picky.



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4/15/20 6:59 P

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Hope everything goes good with you ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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4/15/20 9:59 A

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Today I am having my very first Tele-Medical Appointment. I am wondering what it will be like?

It is a follow up appointment from a Sleep Study that I had last year.

Afterwards, I need to go to the bank and then pick up some groceries. I need some fresh fruits and vegetables.

In general, I do not leave the house.



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4/13/20 12:10 A

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I've been trying to stay at home, but the last two days came up against problems and had to go out. My computer had Malware lock me out of it, so I had to have it cleaned. Like I could afford that. I had to transfer money to pay for it. Since I had to go to those two places I went ahead and got my free Spoonbender (BD) and to a Sprouts.

Yesterday I had to go pick up a friend who's van broke down. For everything both days I wore a mask and used hand cleaner and Clorox wipes.

Today I stayed home. I attended church online. I usually don't know how to get to the service, but my friend has been sending me the link every week.



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4/12/20 4:06 A

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Happy Easter everyone!

I believe I'm on day 30 and only went out twice to get groceries. I'm not even stepping foot into the Kings in Green Valley Ranch because it's crazy in there. I go to Montbello and the Walmart Neighborhood Market there. The first time was quiet, but two weeks ago there were more people. More people were wearing masks, but many younger people weren't. I hate having to go out, but ordering online there's not a lot of option and so many things are sold out. I try to pick a time when there are fewer people like mid-morning.

I have to take my mom to Kaiser on Tuesday for a follow up on her finger that has a bad cut. It's healed, but they still want to see her. I run into the Walmart market that day.

I live near a golf course and there were so many people out there playing and not staying distant. We'll all going to be at home until summer.

Stay safe everyone.

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I pray a lot!!! I am following the quarantine. I do go out for my fitness - wearing my double mask and getting quite used to using my gloves. Going to the market for some needed food,
and I am cognitive of the 6-8 steps.
May everyone be safe and well!!!

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4/5/20 1:12 P

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I have been staying home reading and walking in the early morning with my dog. IT is rare for me to see other people.

I am also taking Vitamin, D and C as well as Zinc.

Prayers for ALL SPARKERS emoticon

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4/2/20 11:27 P

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I've been doing Vitamin D and Vitamin C. At least I try to remember every day.



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4/2/20 10:22 P

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recent medical data put out by I-forgot-who says that 1-10g Vitamin C taken daily has been shown to reduce symptom severity of COVID-19



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4/2/20 1:49 P

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Did you go to the Kings up there, or is there a smaller market nearby? The Kings near us are both crowded. I went to Safeway last week and it wasn't crowded, but they didn't have much. After I went to Walmart to find what I couldn't get at Safeway. I currently need only one thing and think Ace would be the better place to get it to avoid crowds. I will call them first to see if they have some. It costs less at Natural Grocers, but they will probably be more crowded.



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4/2/20 3:05 A

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I'm in Denver near DIA and had to go out for groceries last week. I ran in and ran out in ten minutes and did the self-service line. I was shocked how empty the store was. The shelves were full, but not many people and I was fine with that. I really didn't want to go out, but we needed some milk and fresh veggies. I agree with you about not wanting to go into stores. It was weird to be in there. I picked our neighborhood market over the big Super Walmart we have by us. If I have to go back out I'm choosing the smaller store.

Stay safe everyone!

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4/1/20 8:37 P

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I have been staying home after venturing out the first time after 2 weeks for groceries last week. I am running out of at least one thing I need to make my own bread so I am trying to figure out how I want to get it. I don't want to go into the stores, so it is either order whatever kind they have at the grocery or order from the hardware store. Then do the pick up at the curb thing. Of course, the hardware store often doesn't have what I need, so that might decide for me.

Other than that, I just don't want to go out except in my own yard. Tomorrow I don't want to go out anyway.



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4/1/20 12:38 P

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CDC has said it is better if everyone wears masks.
Since there aren't enough masks to go around, you can make them. JoAnne's Fabrics will tell you which fabrics are best, but ANY mask out of ANY fabric (old tee shirts?) is better than nothing. 2 layers of a properly made tee-shirt mask can decrease your level of risk by 30-40% when going out in public.

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3/22/20 10:41 P

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After 10 days isolation, I went grocery shopping to "fill in the blanks." I was able to stock up on the fresh and frozen veggies I had previously not been able to due to lack of space in fridge/freezer at the time. And there weren't many people at the store when I went!
Anyway, I was able to practice my precautions against contamination 😷(wearing a mask, hoodie, gloves, glasses, and a certain pair of shoes, and then stripping all those things off in the garage, and then spraying the bags and my hands with alcohol before carrying them upstairs, then wiping all boxes, bags, and wrappings with disinfectant {can't get the disinfectant directlly on the foods} after getting those things into the kitchen NO I'M NOT FINISHED YET!!!!😱-----THEN going upstairs🏃 and stripping and bathing and putting a load of laundry in (pant pant pant gasp gasp gasp )😧 and FINALLY coming back downstairs to put the groceries away!😨

I am DONNNNNNNE! I have no desire to repeat said performance any time in the next 2 months! Primarily, this is because I REAALLLLLLYYYYYY dislike breathing through the mask. And since I felt I couldn't get enough fresh air fast enough, I kept trying to adjust the thing (i.e. touching my face!) 😬 and trying to disentangle my hair. I learned I'm going to have to wear my hair in a ponytail; pin my bangs aside; and constantly breathe with my mouth and jaw trying to form a massive overbite so that I can direct moist air DOWN and out insead of fogging up my glasses! I learned -- since I'm not able to totally kill all the germs I am inevitably going to carry in with fresh food -- that WE just are going to have to do without. Both DH and DD saw my struggle to achieve decontamination and DH was STILL fussing after everything I did. He's the one who feels most vulnerable, so I believe that he'll acquiesce gracefully to the need to eat only non-perishables for as long as we can. But otherwise, the precautions not directly related to food felt do-able and wise. It's a good feeling knowing that. I was the ONLY person wearing a mask; There were plenty of people wearing gloves.

And that is the news from north of Boulder.



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3/20/20 9:38 P

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I have stayed home since last Friday. I am fortunate to have a job I can work from home. I try to get outside while being mindful of practicing social distancing. We went shopping a while back and have enough food for another 2weeks, maybe longer. We are not planning on going out anywhere and I am checking on family via phone calls and conferencing apps (so we can see each other as a group from several different locations). And we are aware to wash our hands and don’t touch your face.

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3/20/20 1:40 A

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My 73rd-year-old mom lives with me and we decided to stay home and not go anywhere. I stocked up on things last week. We've been at home since Friday. It's only two of us and our dog. We've started spring cleaning the house to keep busy and once the snow is gone we'll start on the yard. We have no plans to go anywhere. If we need any groceries we're going to order from Amazon or Sprouts.

Stay home and be safe. emoticon

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3/19/20 10:27 P

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I am just staying home as long as I can. My neighbors got me some stuff from the store and left it on my back steps and took the peanut butter I gave them (huge jar and I still have 3 from before). Where I am there are people all over offering to help get things, so I am doing okay. Cancelled my doctor appointments for a couple of months.



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3/19/20 3:17 P

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In my home, we've agreed:

1. to engage in social distancing.
A. I've stocked up as best I could on non-perishable essentials (canned and dry foods), toilet paper, and laundry detergent to last as long as possible
B. we've agreed to not go ANYwhere, as long as possible
C. we've backed out of our steady social engagements

2. to practice contamination containment so that we do not track germs into the house and can generally behave normally inside, at home -- resulting in much less stress for the small effort.
A. to wear our masks in public (we have a tiny supply which, if worn for a full week for our VERY rare trips out in public, should last us 2 months or more since we AREN'T going out in public if at all possible!)
B. to wear a dedicated pair of shoes and gloves when going "out" in public and LEAVING those items in the garage or our cars. (Since I can easily go AND return from a typical grocery shopping trip in less than 4 hours [COVID virus life-span if very long!] such precaution is needed because germs fall and live on the floor as well as the cans and stair rails we are ALL likely to touch!)
C. to using our sanitary wipes on hands after removing shoes and gloves.
D. to bathing and changing clothes immediately upon returning home IF the trip involved public exposure.

I believe that we each understand that whether or not we fear for our individual selves, our precautions are protecting our immediate family and making home life -- and public life --easier for us all. I certainly feel safer when I see that a person is actively trying to NOT transmit of receive this particular virus. It is actually harder to remember to stop touching your face and hair, and things in the public domain! So, I don't think our precautions are over-reacting. It is going to take awhile before these actions become the new normal for us!

*public: coming within 10 feet of a person or surface that might be contaminated

** remembering WHY I'm doing this: SO MANY of the vulnerable population (babies, pregnant women, the sick, the elderly) wil die because there aren't enough hospital beds or resources if ALL to get sick at the same time!

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