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Home & Garden > Living Life in the Time of the Virus

Living Life in the Time of the Virus

The virus didn't start to impact us until about the middle of March when we started isolating ourselves. The social aspects of isolation are devastating. I wonder how many divorces will be spawned because of short tempers and touchiness. I miss my friends and we don't keep up like we should by phone. Ted and I have insurance people and plumbers in and out because of a leak in the hot water connection. The insurance company has denied our claim for damages citing small print in the policy. It would cost more to try and get them to fix it than to go ahead and have it fixed ourselves. This is the number two ranked insurance companies and suffice it to say that it will be cancelled when the term is up. Another little ploy the insurance company uses is to value your house at about twice what it would sell for so that if you have wind and hail damage they can deduct two percent. The two percent is on the inflated value and they come out smelling like a rose once again. If I sound bitter, it is because I am. Wind and hail damage is a given in Oklahoma. Ted and I have not had a shortage of toilet paper or paper towels and due to the policy of the locally owned market I shop at, items that have suddenly become the target of hoarders are limited one to a family. I have plenty of everything. I have made a surface disinfectant with bleach and water in a spray bottle if I run out of lysol and clorox wipes. Vanity has gone down the drain because muffled in a mask and sun glasses no one can tell what you look like. I have one friend that I can walk our dogs with and being outside we don't worry about the virus. We keep a distance between us as well. We enjoy the outing and so do the dogs. My roses are glorious.

posted on May 10, 2020 6:22 AM ()


One of my heart's pleasures, when I think of you and wish you well, Jeri, as I do often, is imagining the flowers in the full bloom of springtime around you. Despite staying safe at home and missing your family and friends, I hope seeing the blooming flowers brightens every day.
comment by marta on May 10, 2020 7:37 PM ()
It does because beauty soothes the soul.
reply by elderjane on May 11, 2020 6:13 AM ()
We had a guy in the other day to help me get my chimney cleaning tool out of the chimney. One of the rods split and it got stuck on the way down, but he had the right tool. No mask when he got out of the Jeep. Should have told him then to get the hell back in it and leave. But this seemed to be the safest time to get it done. Long story short: Donna was pissed, although she's finally getting over it. The guy is 79 and not afraid, but he should show some concern for his customers.
comment by jjoohhnn on May 10, 2020 3:43 PM ()
Yes he should have. Our plumbers wore masks and gloves and disinfected the door knobs when they left. It was appreciated. Last night while walking the dogs a neighbor stopped and told us that the ball park was full and no one had on masks. dumbies!
reply by elderjane on May 11, 2020 6:15 AM ()
It's just good you're getting things at home fixed, despite the evilness of insurance companies. They are horrible. I saw my younger sister last weekend, and although I wouldn't stay longer and have dinner like she suggested, we went for a long walk out in a park, since once in a blue moon the weather is nice here. I'm so grateful my family hasn't been sick, either.
comment by drmaus on May 10, 2020 10:35 AM ()
Yes. We had not one single adjustor come out they make their determination from pictures and because we decided to have a new hot water tank put up there since the plumber thought it would be wise, they are trying to blame it on the hot water tank rather than the broken connection. grr!
reply by elderjane on May 11, 2020 6:20 AM ()
You are so beset. I sympathize totally. We just have health insurance. It's lovely to have family that would benefit from our having life insurance, but we don't. Hang in there. Eventually we'll come out of this. Stay safe.
comment by tealstar on May 10, 2020 9:17 AM ()
I am eager to see the end of all this mess. I am consoled by the fact that the virus is raging through the white house. my bad!!
reply by elderjane on May 11, 2020 6:22 AM ()
Oh I have hated insurance companies for a very long time! They are all rip offs in my opinion. They should be banished. I’m bitter as well!
This is an interesting time to be alive. I’m glad you are staying as safe as you can! We are doing the same.
Happy Mother’s Day to you
comment by kristilyn3 on May 10, 2020 6:35 AM ()
I hope Ron took you on a picnic!! that would be family time and safe. I miss friends and family and going out to eat more than anything. I am fresh out of cooking ideas.
reply by elderjane on May 11, 2020 6:18 AM ()

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