Covid Restrictions, time to end them
It has now been one year since I've been able to visit with my mom who is living in a local nursing home, due to visiting restrictions from the Covid-19 virus. During that time I have done every kind of alternatives that they have offered including, 'Window Visits,' 'Lobby Visits,' and, 'Video Calls,' but no in-room visits with actual contact with the person like holding their hand etc...
My mom is 84 years old now so every day with no visiting is like months in a younger person's life. Thank God she has a telephone so I can talk with her each day to see how she' s doing. I also send her cards once a week to try brightening up her day. Just today I took up a bag full of candy and snacks for her. You need to ring the huzzer at the front door and then wait for someone to get it and take it back to the room. While I was there I got to wave at her through the window in her room.
Every resident in the home and all employees have received some version of the covid virus vaccine (both shots) but still no in-person visiting.
Why? Everytime we ask they say its up to the state health department when they will allow in-person visiting again. Living in PA. where our current govenor Tom Wolf is acting more like a King then a publicly elected official who knows when he'll get off of his power trip and open the state back up again.
For any of you asking why I just don't get my mom out of the nursing home and take care of her myself, I wish I could do that. In the last year and a half that she has been in there I have spent many nights praying for an answer on a way to do just that. But I suffer from several health issues myself including heart problems and trouble with my legs.
It's time to let people visit their loved ones again in nursing homes.
#Covid, #NursingHomes, #VisitingRestrictions
2021 Softball Season, Mother Nature-1 College Softball-0
Going in to the 2021 college softball season everyone was worried how Covid19 would affect it but so far in the early part of the season its been Mother Nature who has been the problem.
With unseasonably cold weather and even snow hitting parts of the deep South and the Southwest numerous games and tournaments have had to be rescheduled or completely cancelled.
Hopefully as the 2021 season moves along Mother Nature will be in a better mood and all of the scheduled games can be played.
College Softball on TV
Several years ago I started watching college softball and quickly became a fan of the sport. I use to live in a house and had dish's satellite service so finding the games on tv was pretty easy. Well fast forward to my move in to an apartment that doesn't allow any service other then the local cable company who's service isn't that great and really overpriced. I decided to get it anyway and signed up for the extended years packge to get a better deal.
After a few months I could see it wasn't gonna work for me so I signed up for Sling TV. That worked out okay but with softball season fastly approaching I decided I needed to do something so I could watch the games. So I upgraded my Sling package to include both the Blue (which I already had) and their Orange service which has all the ESPN sports channels. I also got Sling's sports package which has the Big Ten, ACC, and Texas Longhorns sports channels.
It wasn't too bad on the wallet either at $65. a month for all of it.
The only bad part is I'm still stuck in my cable tv contract for another year and half.
So now I'm ready when the new softball season starts later this month to watch the games.
#collegesoftball, #softball, #tv,
Remember the days when news meant they gave you the facts and let you form your own opinions? Now they give you their opinions and leave out the facts.
#news, #truth, #factsmatter,
Farmer Bill Gates?
When I think of farming and farmers Bill Gates would never pop into my mind. That was until I recently read that he now owns the most private farmland of anyone in the United States.
Gates owns 268,984 acres, with 242,00 acres of it being farmland in a total of 19 states. Those states include, Washington, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana.
I'm not sure why but Gates owning that much farmland gives me a nervous feeling knowing his past with Microsoft.
There are only really a few things people need to survive, including the big three, air, water and food. So someone controlling that much of the potential food supply makes me stop and think.
The Big Tech Three
Today I really started thinking about just how much power is in the hands now of just three tech giants, Twitter, Facebook and Goggle and the various offshoots they own, Instagram, YouTube etc...
No one under 50 watches tv or reads a newspaper to get their news anymore. That makes these tech giants often the go to source for attaining people's daily dose of news and information on the latest happenings in the world.
All that power in the hands of so few people opens up a whole Pandoras Box of bad possibilities.
Basically they get to control what information gets out to the general public and more important what information gets buried to never see the light of day.
They also get to decide who can even participate in the discussions by limiting who can use their sites.
I'm an anti-monopoly type of person and think anytime just two or three giant companies control a whole industry and are able to use their power to bully smaller companies around it isn't a good thing for the general public.
That's my thought on the subject from my deep mind shaft.
Christmas is one of those weird times of the year when both the good and bad in people come out. Last night in the apartment building I live in there was a fight between two elderly men probably in their 70's who must not have gotten the message about having the, 'Christmas Spirit.' The one guy punched the other guy several times in the head until he stumbled out of the building.
Then today there was a knock at my apartment door by a kind neighbor who knew I would be home by myself for Christmas day. He had made a full ham and turkey and also living alone wanted to share it with other neighbors on the floor.
So it's up to you on what side of the Christmas spirit you want to fall on.
Thoughts on life
Welcome to my blog. On here I'll be sharing my thoughts on life in general along with some of what's going on in my personal life. I hope that you find some entertainment value here and more important some helpful thoughts to help you out in your life too.