Saturday, February 13, 2021

Mini Meltdowns

 I had a few yesterday. I was on CBC again (no clip yet, sorry) speaking on seniors and this ridiculous speedy election (power grab, basically) and the challenges for seniors having to vote in person (no internet usually, no access to online or fax requests for ballot). And another challenge, which falls below the radar of most, some of them have to work to make ends meet at the polling stations. I worked it last year and I'm telling you the toll of 16 hours on my body for $200 had me two days in bed. As it had the other seniors who worked it. 

So I expounded on what most would not be aware of, this fresh hazard for seniors with their compulsion to vote at all costs, as they have always voted. And begged a cancellation of this silly election. And lo and behold we had two pressers from the premier and the chief medical officer yesterday and we are now on Alert Level 5 overnight and this egregious election cancelled. The UK variant is here and most infected by this are under 20.

So yes mini-meltdowns. It's hard to be living alone in such circumstances. No one to share the fear with, apart from texting and phone calls which are not the same. There are still the long hours of silence when music can have the effect of making one long for live concerts and theatre. As when I played my Glenn Gould playlist, my god how he interpreted Bach is sublime!


I worry and cry for the young ones in my family. The long term effects, the mental burden of no socializing in the years when it is so important. 

My mail (I crept to the mail boxes late at night so I would not encounter the Maskless Wonders who would fuel my residual rage) was full of delight. Two gorgeous handmade cards from Daughter and 3 photos of my great-niece and great-nephew (twins) with a lovely card.

How do I plan my food was questioned in a couple of emails I received about my new regimen. Simple. I write everything down ahead of time. And stick to it. I am never hungry. One of the secrets is a little bit of protein and a little bit of fruit at 10 at night. So there's none of that night starving.

A long post.

A dear diary kind of entry. But there you have it from the Land of Alert 5. And oh yes, the weather. Here you go. Outside my window. There's no end to the joy.





16 comments:

  1. Heartfelt hugs and oceans of caring are flowing your way.

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    1. Thank you EC, this has all thrown us for a loop, though expected by many of us. Too complacent by half.

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  2. Well fought! I love your view. take care of yourself. Hugs from A not as cold Denmark.

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    1. Charlotte a friend of mine from your beautiful country sorted out my chrome problem today. I am so grateful!

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  3. So sorry everything's do hard right now. I'm alone and I really hear you about needing to talk in person.

    I'm glad you were able to enjoy the mail, though.

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  4. I worry for the children, too. No socializing in school down to neonatal babies that cannot see nurses smiling at them, the long weeks and months they are on support. My last granddaughter is back in school. They are separated in class, wear masks in the halls and class, eat lunch six feet apart. At least she's back in school.
    I hope you recover your usual equanimity soon.

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  5. I can't listen to that kind of music, to me it's elevator music and I'm never more pleased than when the doors open and I can get away from it. I'm a Rock and Roller/Country person.
    I am glad your election was cancelled, but sorry for the cause. We have that UK strain here, in Victoria, so the state borders are closed again with officials scrambling to track down those who raced across into SA before the midnight cutoff point, to get them tested.

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  6. I can't imagine what Stage 5 is. It sounds worse that our Stage 4, which we are at now for five days.

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  7. Can you hear me clapping? Well done on the election front.

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  8. It's too bad the election was canceled. And, I did not realize that it is not possible to have mail in ballots there. In Hawaii, we vote by mail. Take care of yourself. It's hard for everybody dealing with pain and loneliness.

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  9. Too bad about the election and lack of mail-in ballots. I've mailed my ballots for decades now, starting when I was still teaching and left too early in the morning and was too tired in the afternoons to be able to stop at the poll. Sure hope your virus numbers come down.

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  10. You can only control what you do.
    There is no need to be mad at the ijits who are doing stupid things..you have no control over them.
    You aren't helping anything by making yourself sick over this. Go along as if everything is fine.
    A healing warmness filling your body,filling your mind, your soul. Peace to you . Meditate... your happy place , your safe place, your doggies, good memories. Every day..we all hold you in our thoughts and good wishes.

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  11. It's a tough time to be a young person, for sure. I can't imagine going to school or starting out life as an adult during a pandemic.

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  12. Writing down what you will eat is a very smart move. I am so very susceptible to social eating, it's like that when you live with three other people.
    Keep plugging away, hopefully things will be easier soon

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  13. People around the world must be cursing the UK variant. I gather the three virus cases in Auckland are also the UK variant. All we can do is sit out the pandemic as best we can until the virus is finally under control. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

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  14. I hope Bach helped a bit?

    Yes, I know about going through this on one’s own. Not at all easy. In fact, it’s getting harder by the day. Sometimes I want to hide away in my bed and simply not face another day of loneliness, lack of stimulation and depression. That’s why I have started regular blogging again, that way I can pretend that their is a world outside the barrs of my prison.

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