A Little Check In

I’m still knitting the socks. I’m almost there but life is getting in the way.

This is the look on Myles face when he first hears the rumble of thunder in the distance. He’s not a fan. He hates fireworks too. This is going to be a tough week for him. I’ll try distracting him with treats, extra attention and the TV and air conditioner on high. Maybe the fact that we are expecting thunderstorms will cut down on the fireworks. He hates those most of all.

So how are you doing? Do you feel as tense as Myles? I’ve been reading some not so great things about new coronavirus spikes. The stories are mixed. Some of it politically motivated. Some of it really sad. I’m still limiting my intake of news, still social distancing, taking my vitamins and wearing my mask. We have ventured a little further towards normal activities. But only baby steps. We’ve visited a couple of medical professionals, eaten some take out and visited the grocery store more frequently. But most of all we are taking things one day at a time. I hope you’re holding up. If you’re stressed take Myles advice: pop some popcorn, turn on the TV and watch something fun.

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20 Responses to A Little Check In

  1. Interesting suggestions to combat stress – but I don’t have a TV, so I go to pick up the knitting, eat some chocolate, read an escapist book! But I don’t feel particularly stressed; if I feel a need to get out of town, the camper insulates me from interacting with strangers. I kayak, and that’s inherently physically distancing. Vermont is a pretty safe state, with very low incidence of disease. My friends and family are extremely careful. It’s true that the violent thunderstorms the other night kept waking me up, so I have some sympathy for Miles! Nothing like the crash of thunder directly overhead to startle one out of a sound sleep!

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    I’m on a mission to walk a couple of miles every day. hopefully between that and the garden and crafts I will stay calm. My students are returning to the house for lessons, and I’ll trade the disinfecting routine for seeing them in person any day. So far, so good, though we are still pretty much home except for groceries.
    Hanging there yourself, only go as fast as you are comfortable.

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  3. sewadilly says:

    Same in our house regarding fireworks. Stay strong Myles … sending you some hugs

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  4. momdussa says:

    Pixie, my long haired chihuahua, hates fireworks as well. In the past we used a medication from the vet to “calm her down”. Basically it made her unable to “get away” from the scary noises, essentially trapping her in her own body but still frightened. I also never was comfortable when she was on it, because the idea of accidental overdose freaked me out. A couple of years ago my friend told me that she uses CBD oil to calm her dog during stressful times, like fireworks. I tried it and it is amazing. I get a very small amount on my thumb and gently rub it on the inside of her ears. Within 30 minutes the world is a much less scary place. she is able to stay calm, walk around and do normal dog things. If at 30 minutes she is still nervous and panting heavily, I rub on a tiny bit more. We did notice that one time her eyes were a little bit bloodshot. But she assured me that she always craves doritos…

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  5. RebSef says:

    Aw, Miles. I hope you have a calm week. I don’t like the sounds of rumbling thunder, either.

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  6. Meg Hanson says:

    Yes life does get in the way on a regular basis! Nice that knitting is a great way to keep us focused when we start to feel anxious with all the crazyness going on in the world.

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  7. Alissa Head says:

    Good advice. I haven’t even turned the heel on my first Pride sock. I feel like a failure. Will there be fireworks where you are? They’ve all been canceled here.

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  8. knotfancyknitter says:

    What a good boy. Maybe the fireworks will be cancelled? Although here in Chicago people like to set off their own in the alleys. Very sophisticated.

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  9. chrisknits says:

    My oldest dislikes the thunder and fireworks too, so we just try the Bendaryl route. And open the closet so he can hide under the clothes. Hey, it works for him. I am back to mostly normal, just waiting on my quilting guild to re-engage, and yearning for the concerts that were all cancelled. The case spikes are the worst thing to follow, they only show that people test positive for the virus. It does not mean a spike in hospital stays and deaths. Those are the measure to note.

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  10. Hope things are calm for both you and Myles! It sounds like you have some good coping techniques for both of you. Stay safe and stay healthy!

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  11. ReginaMary says:

    Can’t see Razz’s face because all 85 lbs is sitting on my lap. All I see is tongue.

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  12. Stefanie says:

    Totally SMH about the spikes and being safe as possible when I have to go out. Sorry Myles has a hard time with this time of year. My neighbor’s dog also and she talked about getting some thunder vest to help in the future.

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  13. Olivia says:

    This virus is very stressful for me, the people I live around just do not take it seriously even my own family who I cannot see because of that. I’m not sure they understand. Younger people think they’re invincible and that is causing the problems because they go out and spread the virus among them and then go back to their families. On top of that it’s been a week of workmen in my house trying to finish my kitchen. One half is almost done, just need to install the hood and venting for it. But today they are demolishing the second half. That means no sink no dishwasher, and plastic barriers all over the place. Me and three dogs are out in the screened in porch with a little camp set up of a microwave paper towels paper plates and my knitting. This is going to be a very difficult week. And on top of that I have to keep reminding the workers to shut the door and keep their masks on.

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  14. kmkat says:

    Two of our three dogs get very nervous and clingy when they sense thunderstorms approaching; ditto, fireworks or gunshots (we live in the woods). They get Valium if the disturbance appears to be prolonged. Thank goodness for on-line weather radar — we can see if the storm is a quickie or long-lasting. I have been seeing ads on TV for Thundershirts; if we didn’t have the Valium I might think about those.

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