Saturday, 28 March 2020

Gramma Camp Week 2.4

We started the day off with a bang. Isabelle was resurrecting the fire and set off the smoke detector!
We've all done it, we assured her!

We did an overview, and figured out we covered a lot of curriculum subjects!

We have had quick communication with parents, the girls Facetime and text them, too. Both their parents are working from home on respective laptops! Jos snitched and told momma that Izzy had Bumberry pie and a cookie for breakfast yesterday. We're going to have to work hard on that one! They both had toast for breakfast.

JB took them to the rendezvous point for the hostage exchange Friday morning. Momma met them there.
 It's quiet here. We went for a drive yesterday afternoon. More on that later.

Momma sent me a note. On Wednesday, Isabelle's Girl Guide Troup leader is doing a virtual Zoom meeting online. We'll see if that works out. I do regular teleconferences with my ODPRN group.

It's awful in many places. I know we are really lucky here. This NY Times article says:
"A kind of pandemic caste system is rapidly developing: the rich holed up in vacation properties; the middle class marooned at home with restless children; the working class on the front lines of the economy..if there is even work to be had."
Rural mayors are complaining about cottagers. At least in B.C., Canada, we are flattening the curve. Good thing. Our local hospital has one ventilator. The city hospitals have many more.

The US Administration didn't take it seriously in January. Citizens weren't warned and didn't take any precautions. People are paying for private testing and for $80,000 one can get treatment and care options. Thankfully, we have universal healthcare in Canada.

We've still got people overseas. There are 248 Canadians on the cruise ship Zaandam, at sea for 20 days unable to find a port. Four passengers have died, and 130 have flu-like symptoms. There are 1,243 guests, and 586 crew. I think big business has much to be accountable for, sending people off in these germ factories. I feel the worst for the poorly paid staff.

Four passengers dead on cruise ship anchored off Panama ...

The Zaandam departed Buenos Aires, Argentina, on March 7. The ship was trying to get to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after being denied permission to dock at its original destination of San Antonio, Chile a week ago. The cruise line said no one had been off the ship since March 14 in Punta Arenas, Chile.
People are crying and pleading for help online to news agencies, but they simply do not understand that countries have their own quarantine laws, and have closed borders and/or airfields, and our government is having trouble as foreign governments have their own issues. Plus, airlines are laying off staff.

There are quite a few flight attendants with COVID–19. They have been amazing. PSWs are caring for clients without proper PPE.

JB is off to pick up our grocery order. There is about a week's delay, as they are overwhelmed. There were substitutions! BLess their hearts for staff doing this for us all. There are so many heroes on the front lines.

Out the front window, Maggie and 3 deer plus numerous turkeys were there.

Snow and/or rain on the way. Sigh.

Buckle up, buttercups, it's gonna be a long ride! We'll get through it, for sure. Likely not unscathed. There are lots of lessons to be learned. All the best.


Anvilcloud said...

How awful to be stuck on a cruise ship like that. Our daughter has cancelled her trip, scheduled for later in the year.

Tom said... would have never gotten me on a cruise ship in good times. Hang in there and stay well.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
I was just saying this morning that - whilst the health workers are marvellous, they are not really doing anything outside their remit - but all the grocery stores (here at least) have been A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. having to learn new things, adjust systems, upgrade computer programs and boost storage, all the time facing a great deal of abuse from a greedy and pathetic public who have no idea of the logistics involved. I admire the health peeps - I love and adore the supermarket bosses and staff who have been ready to do battle on our behalf!!! YAM xx

Nancy J said...

The map does not show NZ!!! Go figure, we are hopefully amongst the countries with a low number of cases, so far one on a ventilator, one more in ICU, and last count, total of 8 in hospital. Grocery substitutions here too, a long wait for online shopping or delivery, some have up to 7 days wait. Times like this a stock up a few months ago would have been great, I did get flour 3 weeks ago, the last bottle of yeast, Hugh got the last 4 litre of Methylated spirits, I have decanted 1 litre to a friend.Left it at the front gate for her. But maybe I thought ahead, and did get fabric and threads, free online keep fit starts tomorrow, and I will also make myself do a 12 minute walk every day, just round the block, XXXXX

Karen said...

It looks like an animal sanctuary or zoo outside that window. Sweet!
I know a travel agent who has never been on a cruise ship, never will and will not book them from her office. What does that say huh? She thinks they are seething cesspits!
My sister friend was just telling me how she and her partner are battling boredom. I was telling her how M. and I hop in the car and find a new area to walk the dog. I wonder how long that will last.

Red said...

I can not understand the cruise ships. This one left after other cruise ships had big problems. Why did anybody want to get on a cruise ship?

Kay said...

I really feel awful for those people on that cruise ship. That is so scary.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It is a difficult time for everyone, and how we handle it will make the difference. I suspect that confinement is going to be the new norm for quite a while yet.

Lowcarb team member said...

These are such difficult times.

As Tom said … Hang in there and stay well.

My good wishes.

All the best Jan