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post #1 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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The Latest Friday Night Conversation

Hello everyone and welcome to another round. Hope things are going ok where you are. Seems most where under colder temps in America this week. How are you? How are you holding up? How is the all important toilet paper stock?

Supper plans? For me some sort of chicken but no clue as to which way I am going to turn it into. Drive thrus and take out are still open here but honestly I don't feel like going. Plus Remington gets some chicken, pizza not so much.

At times it seems like the week is going by fast, at other times it seems like an hour takes forever. How about you?

A little piece of good news to pass along for those looking for some entertainment. HBO is offering their services for free. Information here. https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/...195001137.html

Any other specials yall hear about please pass along.

As always any and everything is welcome. Somethings to add to the conversation or share your thoughts about what it's like for you. Also please just add a little something just so folks can see your name. We all have posters that cross our minds.

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post #2 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 10:49 AM
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I made some healthy tuna salad and we've been eating tuna melts for the last few days. Next dinner will be cauliflower gratin with gruyere cheese. I've been trying to duplicate this cauliflower gratin that a food delivery place used to make. I've never quite gotten there, but I felt like trying again. I found a recipe online that seems similar, but I'll be adding shallots and fresh sage, possibly fresh thyme also.

LOL toilet paper. I've still got plenty. I did go to the neighborhood store today, and they had quite a bit (looks like they had just gotten it in) whereas the last few times I had been in they had none. It wasn't the kind I like, and I'm not in need, so I didn't get any.

We've got a strong, wet cold front coming in this afternoon. I've got to go out to the barn anyways, so I'm going to blanket Teddy. I thought I was done with blanketing, but they are saying it might get into the 40s with rain, and he has shed out most of his winter coat without growing in his summer coat (check out his shoulders) so he is quite threadbare right now.
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post #3 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 10:58 AM
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We're doing ok here. Our state is still resisting a Shelter in Place order (the governor says she doesn't have the authority to do it and is waiting for a federal mandate) and people are still going about their business (about half) or sheltering in place (the other half) along party lines. More and more people are getting restless, though, and are starting to push for opening things back up and saving their stores and businesses and taking the risk since we are a more rural area, and the general thought seems to be that if the most vulnerable quarantine themselves, the rest of us won't have to. We've been shut down for the most part now for nearly a month, and no end in sight. 'Flattening the curve' is pushing the peak date later-- now projected to late May or June, so what happens when we're all shut down for four to six months? Initially, schools were paying teachers when they thought this would be past in a month. Now they're balking at paying anything but the base salary, regardless whether you've been teaching 20 years or 2, and not paying the additional stipends for special teachers (music, etc.) so DH is looking at a big pay cut. I was initially to be paid by the city even though the library is closed, but after a month with no end in sight, they're saying they aren't going to do that anymore since I'm considered a 'non-essential employee' so things are going to get interesting down the road for sure. My Board says we need to be closed or kids flock to the library which defeats the point of closing schools, but the city says we need to consider reopening anyway. Schools have now pushed the start date for continuing class back to May 1, and say that time will need to be made up. We'll see if that happens. I could definitely see us being one of the few states having school, but requiring everyone to wear a mask and check temps as people enter in the morning.

We're ok on toilet paper because we went to Sam's Club and got three large packs in early February when I could see the writing on the wall in regards to the pandemic. We stocked up at that point on toilet paper, paper towels, chicken broth, dried beans, rice, cereal, coffee, clorox wipes, pasta, sauce, and meat and veggies for the freezer, etc. My husband thought I was nuts, but is now glad we did it as those items are nearly impossible to find. Our local store got their first truck shipment in four weeks on Tuesday. I was able to get the food items my parents needed because I was there right when they opened, but by 10 am, the shelves were bare again. The larger stores are starting to be restocked, but still, staples like paper products, meat, etc. are nearly impossible to get. I'm doling out TP to family and friends who have none, too.

Supper tonight will be roast chicken. We'll have that with mashed potatoes and some sort of veggie-- probably carrots -- and then I'll make stock and chicken soup from the leftovers.

It was 75 degrees two days ago. Yesterday the temp dropped and we had freezing rain all night. Right now everything is coated in ice and the 'real feel' is 9. Welcome to spring on the Great Plains! On the plus side, spring is coming early which is a godsend as nobody got decent hay last fall, and the sooner the grass comes in, the sooner the horses will look better. Ours did ok, but we did feed hay I normally wouldn't have, just because there was nothing else available. Thankfully they pick through and won't eat the bad spots, which is nice. Still, they are not looking as good as I would like. They aren't skinny or ribby, but don't have the condition they usually have. Everyone's animals look like crap. A few weeks on grass and they will slick off and look like new coins, though.
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post #4 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 10:59 AM
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Oh, thanks for the tips on free HBO! Lovely husband and I have been itching to watch a movie but our internet isn't strong enough to stream via Netflix or those sorts of services. Will have to check it out.

A little public service announcement for anyone (in the US) that needs this info: starting today, the Small Business Administration opened its emergency loan program. Small businesses (those less than 500 employees) can apply for up to 2.5 times their monthly payroll (numbers from before the crisis). The Paycheck Protection Program will turn the loan into a grant- e.g., totally forgiving the interest requirements- for businesses that keep their employees on the payroll. To be forgiven, the money must be spent on payroll, rent, mortgage interest and utilities during the eight weeks after the loan is made. NONPROFITS are also eligible, which is not always the case for SBA programs, so if you are a nonprofit executive director or board member, consider investigating. There are no requirements for personal guarantees or collateral. The hope is that grants will be turned around in no more than 5-10 days, though the optimistic expectation is same-day payouts. Find info on Paycheck Protection Program from the SBA here. If you need help navigating, consider reaching out to your state's Small Business Development Center- every state has a main office and several regional offices. Find yours here. OK, end PSA, and hope this helps someone!

Dinner tonight is probably going to be sweet potato curry and homemade naan bread. We are very fortunate that our local general store is doing online orders for curbside pickup, so we are so far staying well stocked in the pantry and doing a ton of baking at home. We've already gone through 5lbs of flour during the stay-at-home period!

I mentioned elsewhere on HF but we got a new English Shepherd puppy two weeks ago, and he is such a joy to have around. We've got a good routine down for playing, bathrooming, and sleeping and I'm really grateful we're at home while he's so small (he's 11 weeks old this Saturday). He's growing like a weed and feels heavier every day Meet Hugh Malone (named after an Irish brewer who came to America in the early 20th century and taught us how to brew good beer- until prohibition ruined everything...)





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post #5 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 11:23 AM
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TGIF LOL daughter reported that the local Walmart is limiting how many people can shop at a time to 50 they wipe the cart down for you and squirt hand sanitizer on your hands.

I go this afternoon to pickup my grocery order I placed Monday so waiting to see how much of my small order I actually get. And I need to go to R. King to see if they have dry dog food.

If you remember me telling you about D.I.L.'s co-worker showed symptoms and they both had to get tested. Her Co-workers came back negative so that is good.

Grass needs mowed so will have to get the mower fired up. Maybe I could rent some goats or some other grass eating animal. LOL Gas is $1.15 at the mall but Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to cut production so it will start rising again. The farmers and such can use the low price right now as planting season has begun.

I am good with T.P. Also seemed the IRS was requiring those on social security to file a return for 2019 to receive that $1200 even if they normally would not have to do so. Well they changed the rules and they will now use the total from the form they sent to social security recipients each Jan. telling them how much S.S. paid them from last year. (SSA 1099 ) so recipients will not have to file a return for 2019.

supper well that might depend on how much of my grocery list is filled. LOL
No, I got some beef and stuff in the freezer and canned.

Besides @ACnATX 's dinner sounds good. Maybe we all should stand around her house and lick our lips. LOL.

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post #6 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 11:28 AM
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Happy Friday All!! TGIF! I can't wait for 5. Weather here is BEAUTIFUL! Can't wait to get out in it!

@aubie - I agree on the week seeming to go by fast and then slow way down... when it was Wednesday I was like wow already Wednesday now it's slowwwww...

@SilverMaple - wow that's awesome that you saw this in February...

I think Sling TV is also offering free TV if you have internet. If not sorry!

For supper I am making flour tortillas now so will use those... maybe fish tacos? I'm running out of flour and a few other things... dang

This weekend is going to be all about yard! And I'm going to try to bathe Captain.... he's been sprayed off but never a full sudsy bath so we shall see. Need to figure out what to do about my mom's house, it's pretty bad.... @RegalCharm - Thanks for the words in the last one.

For me it's been very isolated, I haven't been out for a long while. It's not that I'm afraid I will get it, I'm afraid I will carry it to someone who doesn't need it. My Mom's Assisted Residence just tested positive for it.... probably someone went out and brought it back. She's ok but they are testing everyone and will let me know if that changes, her health is very compromised.

I have 3 N95 masks... I feel super guilty. I have offered 2 of them up to friends that have essential businesses... so far only one took me up on it the other person wants to try to make one first.. whatev...
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post #7 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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TGIF LOL daughter reported that the local Walmart is limiting how many people can shop at a time to 50 they wipe the cart down for you and squirt hand sanitizer on your hands.

I go this afternoon to pickup my grocery order I placed Monday so waiting to see how much of my small order I actually get. And I need to go to R. King to see if they have dry dog food.

If you remember me telling you about D.I.L.'s co-worker showed symptoms and they both had to get tested. Her Co-workers came back negative so that is good.

Grass needs mowed so will have to get the mower fired up. Maybe I could rent some goats or some other grass eating animal. LOL Gas is $1.15 at the mall but Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to cut production so it will start rising again. The farmers and such can use the low price right now as planting season has begun.

I am good with T.P. Also seemed the IRS was requiring those on social security to file a return for 2019 to receive that $1200 even if they normally would not have to do so. Well they changed the rules and they will now use the total from the form they sent to social security recipients each Jan. telling them how much S.S. paid them from last year. (SSA 1099 ) so recipients will not have to file a return for 2019.

supper well that might depend on how much of my grocery list is filled. LOL
No, I got some beef and stuff in the freezer and canned.

Besides @ACnATX 's dinner sounds good. Maybe we all should stand around her house and lick our lips. LOL.
Check on that Regal, I think now they are saying you don't.
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post #8 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 11:43 AM
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For dinner, I have some chicken in the freezer I really need to do something with but I'll get around to figuring that out later. I did however bake some Irish soda bread (a very biscuit like bread that I highly recommend!!) so perhaps some sort of hearty chicken and potato soup?

Toilet paper I have heavy stock in. I was down to one roll back when the panic started to set in and ended up having to order some online but the only one that I could find still in stock was a box of 96 rolls! Lets just say a lot of my friends and neighbors know who to go to if they need a few rolls!

Chickens have started to lay more productively now that warm weather is starting to make an appearance which is perfect timing as eggs are now pretty much nonexistent in the stores anymore.
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post #9 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 02:06 PM
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Things up here aren't too bad. I went to do my Costco shop early in the week - shelves were basically fully stocked. Lots of everything (except lysol wipes). I didn't buy TP b/c we still don't need any.

Our weather this week has sucked. It is not spring like and when I think that we would be planting the garden in 6 weeks it seems unbelievable. We still have lots of snow and ice, and the temps this week have been back in the -20's (celsius). It does warm up a bit this weekend, but nothing above zero. :(

Supper tonight? Well, I made a sweet potato/quinoa curry soup the other night, so I will probably just have leftovers. B/F has pork chops, so I might find a baked pork chop recipe for him...and maybe make mashed potatoes for his dinner.

I think this weekend I will actually spend some time planting seeds and starting some plants in the house. I am a little concerned that the greenhouses may not be open this spring, so I think I will start some tomato and pepper plants just in case. I have enough time on my hands now to do it! Other than that, I have lots of books to read and will still get my workouts in.

@egrogan , your puppy is super adorable!! I have been browsing the puppy rescue sites, but one good thing about this virus is that everyone is adopting dogs. All the puppy appointments are booked in no time. I can't adopt a dog, but did think of fostering if they needed foster homes. I just hope there isn't a case of abandoned dogs once everyone is back to their regular schedules.
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post #10 of 41 Old 04-03-2020, 02:18 PM
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Things are well here although would be better if the weather was warmer, we got about 4" of snow yesterday and it was about 12F this morning. Luckily its supposed to be near 50 over the weekend and Im actually off work so can enjoy it a little bit!

My daughter has been out of school for about 3wks now, about to be extended from my understanding. We have a stay at home order in place, my husband and I both work at a restaurant so we are both still working although our hours have been greatly reduced since its only take-out at the time. People seem to be out and about as normal despite the governor's orders. We have about 245 cases in the state of Montana and 5 deaths, so far we have 0 cases in our county and 0 in most surrounding counties as well.

Of course as with most, a lot of our plans have changed. I had another tattoo booked for April 10th, thats not going to be happening and the breeding I have booked for my mare this year is post poned as well. I was supposed to bring her to the breeder either today or April 11th and at the moment there is no date, so a bit depressing for me but compared to many others nothing awful.

My vet came out a few weeks ago and gave everyone their vaccines and overall health exams, everyone is all healthy so thats a plus! Ive been playing around with Squishy a bit more lately and will probably attempt to hop on Bella in the next few days

Hope everyone has a good weekend!
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