First, thank you for your good thoughts about Elder Son. I was touched at how many of you are thinking of him. He is hanging on well, but of course we are all a bit worried.
I think I mentioned that Younger Son has gotten into yoga, but I don’t think I passed on that this winter he took all the classes and fulfilled all the requirements to become a yoga teacher. He doesn’t teach any classes yet, and I don’t know if he will, but I am glad he has yoga to help him through this quarantined time. Oddly, he hasn’t been doing much biking, if any; his biking friends who did go out told him that the paths were crowded, and he is being very strict about distancing.
Smokey’s brother lives in a small town south of Chicago. He is alone since his wife died a couple years ago. We haven’t heard from him in months, and when Smokey calls, he doesn’t pick up. Worrisome. I sent him a message on FB, hoping that would get through. Turns out Smokey did, too. His stepdaughter messaged Smokey yesterday because she was worried about his brother; Smokey will call her later today. He thinks her daughter still lives in the same town as Brother, so she could check on him. Or we could have the police do a wellness check on him, as a last resort.
I am finding it increasingly difficult to find humor to post here. Earlier today I was reading a story on the Washington Post about all the wacky things families are doing to keep themselves amused during this quarantine. It should have provided some delightful blog fodder, but instead it repulsed me. Posh homes, well-stocked pantries, designer kitchens, even so much tp that they could use it in place of a ball during blindfolded dodge ball. Given how much a lot of people are suffering, I found it disgusting and obscene. So, no wacky videos of people doing stuff to amuse themselves.
The governor of Wisconsin has extended our safer-at-home order to May 26. Good move.
A friend of Smokey’s (our mechanic, actually) posted on Facebook that someone is going around our county shooting horses. WTF? It’s better than shooting his wife and kids*, I guess, but still. Not only does he shoot them, he shoots them somewhere in the body so they die slowly and in pain.
Has anyone else gotten their stimulus payment? We haven’t. And the IRS site to (supposedly) check on the status has not been able to help. We both have our social security checks automatically deposited and filed a 2018 tax return, so I know they have our banking information.
More travel posters.
A short treatise on capitalism.
Whatever disasters cats cause, we now know it was deliberate.
Some screenshots of a newsletter that arrived this morning.
* I am assuming it is a man doing this. And I think that assumption is fully justified.