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Surviving isolation in the era of Covid-19

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Valentine's Day is designated the day for love. Cards, gifts and candies are symbolic things to show love and affection for your significant other. But today we are forced in many instances to shower love virtually. Although romancing remotely may not be the most romantic way, it is the best alternative currently. Of course, many will chance closeness perhaps while wearing masks and self-distancing, but lovers may desire more intimate situations. Alas, we are learning how to navigate through this time. Valentine's Day is designated the day for love. Cards, gifts and candies are symbolic things to show love and affection for your significant other. But today we are forced in many instances to shower love virtually. Although romancing remotely may not be the most romantic way, it is the best alternative currently. Of course, many will chance closeness perhaps while wearing masks and self-distancing, but lovers may desire more intimate situations. Alas, we are learning how to navigate through this time.Valentine’s Day is designated the day for love. Cards, gifts and candies are symbolic things to show love and affection for your significant other. But today we are forced in many instances to shower love virtually. Although romancing remotely may not be the most romantic way, it is the best alternative currently. Of course, many will chance closeness perhaps while wearing masks and self-distancing, but lovers may desire more intimate situations. Alas, we are learning how to navigate through this time. Valentine’s Day is designated the day for love. Cards, gifts and candies are symbolic things to show love and affection for your significant other. But today we are forced in many instances to shower love virtually. Although romancing remotely may not be the most romantic way, it is the best alternative currently. Of course, many will chance closeness perhaps while wearing masks and self-distancing, but lovers may desire more intimate situations. Alas, we are learning how to navigate through this time.

<p value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">There are many good communication apps out there, the most used are Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and for Apple users, Facetime, that comes with the iPhone and iPad. We are able to see and hear our friends, constituents and family wherever we are. I think it is a great way to meet new people on some of the Singles sites and this is a wonderful way to watch and check on our beloved seniors. I find Zoom to be my preference of virtual communication, while Skype is a close second. If you do not have these apps, the links provided below will lead you to where you can download them to your devices. There are many good communication apps out there, the most used are Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and for Apple users, Facetime, that comes with the iPhone and iPad. We are able to see and hear our friends, constituents and family wherever we are. I think it is a great way to meet new people on some of the Singles sites and this is a wonderful way to watch and check on our beloved seniors. I find Zoom to be my preference of virtual communication, while Skype is a close second. If you do not have these apps, the links provided below will lead you to where you can download them to your devices.There are many good communication apps out there, the most used are Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and for Apple users, Facetime, that comes with the iPhone and iPad. We are able to see and hear our friends, constituents and family wherever we are. I think it is a great way to meet new people on some of the Singles sites and this is a wonderful way to watch and check on our beloved seniors. I find Zoom to be my preference of virtual communication, while Skype is a close second. If you do not have these apps, the links provided below will lead you to where you can download them to your devices. There are many good communication apps out there, the most used are Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and for Apple users, Facetime, that comes with the iPhone and iPad. We are able to see and hear our friends, constituents and family wherever we are. I think it is a great way to meet new people on some of the Singles sites and this is a wonderful way to watch and check on our beloved seniors. I find Zoom to be my preference of virtual communication, while Skype is a close second. If you do not have these apps, the links provided below will lead you to where you can download them to your devices.

There are many good communication apps out there, the most used are Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and for Apple users, Facetime, that comes with the iPhone and iPad. We are able to see and hear our friends, constituents and family wherever we are. I think it is a great way to meet new people on some of the Singles sites and this is a wonderful way to watch and check on our beloved seniors. I find Zoom to be my preference of virtual communication, while Skype is a close second. If you do not have these apps, the links provided below will lead you to where you can download them to your devices. There are many good communication apps out there, the most used are Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and for Apple users, Facetime, that comes with the iPhone and iPad. We are able to see and hear our friends, constituents and family wherever we are. I think it is a great way to meet new people on some of the Singles sites and this is a wonderful way to watch and check on our beloved seniors. I find Zoom to be my preference of virtual communication, while Skype is a close second. If you do not have these apps, the links provided below will lead you to where you can download them to your devices.

These are only three of the most popular platforms used today. All of them allow for chatting as well as real time face to face communication. You can even take snapshots of your participant while conversing with them. This is a great way to get photos of your grandchildren. Some apps even allow streaming and sharing files and content between users. These are really wonderful tools to use in this time. You do not have to wait to see anyone; if you have a smartphone or iPad, you can pretty much touch base anywhere and anytime. These are only three of the most popular platforms used today. All of them allow for chatting as well as real time face to face communication. You can even take snapshots of your participant while conversing with them. This is a great way to get photos of your grandchildren. Some apps even allow streaming and sharing files and content between users. These are really wonderful tools to use in this time. You do not have to wait to see anyone; if you have a smartphone or iPad, you can pretty much touch base anywhere and anytime.

Many businesses utilize these tools for long distance meetings and conferences. This saves a lot of travel money and it is an excellent way of following the rules of distancing during the pandemic. They use more sophisticated apps such as:

Even doctors are using this to schedule and conduct doctor visits with their patients. I have conducted doctor visits with my doctors via their communication apps and find it very convenient, especially when it is just follow-ups. The doctor is able to refill and prescribe medicine to your pharmacy quickly and forward you any information that they think you need. How great is this!

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Summer Gone So Soon

So soon is the summer leaving us. This is the first summer that I did not go swimming, a past-time that I truly love. I think that the Covid virus has taken a toll on me. No, not my health, but my mental and well-being. This has been the saddest and unfortunate summer for everyone. I lost two beloved pets, my dog, Foxy and my cat, Lady, to devastating diseases of cancer and congestive heart failure. Although they were both very old, nevertheless, their deaths left me empty and grieving. I still have one cat, but she knows that things are not the same. Autumn lived with two other pets and now it is just her and myself. I have been more attentive to her and she to me since the others are gone.

The Swimming pools I usually swim in at home in the summer

My father and step-father also passed from diseases. My step-father died from the coronavirus and my dad, from bone cancer. My sweet nephew, buried his pet guinea pig who also died of old age. Yes. this has been the worst summer and year that I have ever experienced. The swimming pools were not crowded this year, far from the photo that was taken last summer, because everyone is effected by this god-forsaken virus. I miss seeing my neighbor tenants walking their pets in the evening. Everyone is in after dark. We live in a beautiful apartment complex in the rural-suburbs of Macomb county in Michigan. It is so strange to see my neighbors not walking or sitting on their patios and balcony after dark.

The summer was very hot this year and we have had more blue skies than we have had for the past 3 years in Michigan. It truly has been a lovely summer. But we can feel the havoc that this virus has taken on all of us. I plan to get another dog soon, but I will always remember the pain of Summer 2020. I spent more time sitting on my patio looking out on the pond than going to the pool. As I said, I have not swam at all this year. My spirit was just not up to it. Ever since I moved here, since November 2014, I looked forward to summer to swim in the 3 pools. This is a large apartment complex with over 2000 tenants. I looked forward to evening walks with my dog and sitting outside of the apartment guest house watching others swim. It is so nice watching the swans, geese and ducks swim around the ponds. And there are large bass in these ponds too. My neighbors are seen fishing. You see we have large ponds outside of our patio doors, so we can fish anytime we want without even leaving our homes. How great is that? But I only saw one or two of my neighbors sitting along the banks fishing this year. Yes. This was a beautiful summer as far as the weather, but a gloomy one otherwise.

I miss my dad and I really need to go see my mom, wearing a mask of course, since my mom is 82 years young. She does not look or act her age, but precaution is needed in this age of Covid-19. I miss my cousins, some who have passed away this year from illnesses other than Covid. I hope and pray that we will see better days. But I will concentrate on adopting another dog to give both me and my cat company and love. Be well, family!

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All Dogs go to Heaven*

My best friend, Foxy Cox

This year has been a very sad one for many, but it has been especially grievous for me. My best friend and companion passed away on August 18, 2020 from cancer. Foxy was a beautiful and sweet mix Pomeranian that loved to ride in my car and take long walks. Recently, before her death, she was pushed in her pet carrier to her favorite places. I live in Clinton Township Michigan in a beautiful apartment complex surrounded by rolling green hills and land. Foxy had the best times when she could roll in the grass and bark at the other dogs. She lived with two cats, one that also passed away with congested heart failure. All of my past pets lived to be 18 to 23 years old. Foxy passed away at the ripe old dog age of 18 years old and my cat, Lady, died at the old age of 23 years old.

Foxy loved Lady and she loved her. They are both survived by my youngest cat, Autumn, a Maine Coon.

She originally belonged to my grandmother until she passed at 97 years old in July 2014. With the death of my father and stepfather this year, it has been very hard. My dad loved Foxy and she was always so happy to see him. Foxy was a very frisky and happy dog and she easily took to children and cats. It took a little while for her to grow on other dogs, but eventually she did. Foxy was surrounded in a apartment community of dogs. So she was able to see and get to know one or two of them. But she bonded with me and we were inseparable. I adopted Foxy from the Detroit Anti-Cruelty Shelter in Detroit Michigan two weeks before Christmas of 2005 after the passing of my girl, Muppet, a mixed Terrier.

She too passed away in my arms with congestive heart failure at the age of 22 years.

All of my pets have been either strays or shelter adopted. I loved all of my pets that are no longer with me. Foxy was only the latest and she is greatly missed. I would love that all homeless pets have a loving forever home as my pets have had. So I choose to donate to the animal shelters and rescue services for animals. I am especially grateful to the Michigan Humane Society of Rochester Hills Michigan for the kindness and compassion shown to me and Foxy at the end of her life. She was put to sleep by them, but before they decided to do so, they allowed me the privilege to make peace with my girl Foxy for one more day. As I held my dog in my arm in bed, I knew that this would be the last time. I took her with me the next day to have my laptop repaired. Before the afternoon was over, Foxy started shutting down and I knew that she was not going home again with me. I quickly contacted the doctor and said that it was time and I was resigned to give my baby girl rest.

It was very hard, but I could not bare any longer to see my dog suffer anymore. Foxy could no longer hold her head up and her legs were completely lame. She could not stand and she was breathing irregularly. The staff assistant came outside with a blanket and I kissed and said my last good-byes to my best friend and companion. Foxy left my side for the first and last time. She will be forever loved and missed.