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    Good evenin' my frien's

    The year 2020 has been a very frustrating one for many reasons. Diana and I have been in isolation and have not allowed visitors into Hoopin Holler since February. I had my pace maker replaced in December and my Doctor ordered me, for health reasons, into isolation in January ~ due to the pandemic. I have only ventured outside for medical purposes, juggling medical appointments, tests, prescriptions, etc. I was happy to retreat to my computerin', cookin' and carvin'. I continue to have vision problems and require a lot of light and magnification. Slows things down but still allows me to put in the detail that I so much enjoy. Then retreated from the computer as much as possible as the divide in our country increased and I lost friends and family.

    Last week, Diana had her monthly appointment with our primary care physician. Mudbug, my four legged companion, and I sat at a picnic table as he Mudbug.JPG challenged entering and exiting patients ~ and I carved. Diana was out in only a few minutes and I asked her what was going on. She replied, "Dr. Schudy told me, 'This pandemic is hitting Springfield very hard and even some of the staff in the clinic have been infected. I want you and Paul to immediately head back home and stay there. I don't want to see either of you in the clinic until Spring ~ unless you really need me. I am going to call in your prescriptions to your local pharmacy.'
    I told him of our plans to grocery shop and stock up at Sam's Club. He asked is there anything you really can't do without? When I said no ~ he said, "Get in your car, head home and do not enter any other store. The flu season is starting and the hospitals are already almost full." We obeyed and I now do all of my shopping at a couple of "no contact" stores for groceries. Not too big a problem for us as we have lived in isolated areas most of our lives and are used to shopping with a list and stocking up. Our pantry has 160 feet of shelves, we have a deep freeze and two side-by-side refrigerators/freezers.

    Anyway, I am getting back online and, in the next few days, will be updating several of my posts involving carvings that have been, or are almost complete (barn owl and otters).

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    It's nice to hear from you again, Paul. This has been very challenging year, especially for us old carvers!

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    • #3
      Great to see you. I had surgery for a bad infection in the jaw, which lost almost all my teeth... in Jan, got a call right after ...we got a pandemic in China I am afraid this one is bad news....prepare and heads up. Much like you lockdown since February,... only it is me and the cats. One gets this bad feeling when your only conversations are with the cats who look at you like you have lost your marbles!

      I just got the doctors no go ...for Thanksgiving and Christmas family gatherings. Doctors said, "What! are you crazy??? We have a major surge coming...you know better.!" I said,
      Yes I know better but I rather have a doctor's notice than put up with people's BS.
      Miss you and happy to see you back, I am also having issues with eyesight .....my son got me a big computer screen. Looking forward to seeing your work again.

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      • #4
        Glad that you got to your computerin', It sounds like Diana was in good enough shape for the time being. We've had one daughter-in-law come done with cancer of the breast & is receiving chemo right do, surgery later, My daughter and son-in-law are quarantined, & feeling like crap../ with Covid-19. so it is the season to take all precautions. We do our grocery shopping using 'Shpit', We order they do the shopping and delivery. Pay $99 a year service, but at this point worth it. I believe we can get our prescriptions delivered now as well.

        Paul you and Diana take care, & I hope you get to whittle & computerin'∙∙∙∙∙Be safe
        . . .JoeB

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        • #5
          Hi Paul. Good to hear from you. Hang in there. Hopefully we'll see normalcy soon.

          BobL

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          • #6
            Paul,

            Good to see you posting again looking forward to your photos.

            For all the forum regulars, take care, stay safe and make chips. I think we have some dark months ahead but thanks to big pharma there seem to be a light in the distance.
            Ed
            https://www.ebay.com/sch/bmart50/m.h...1&_ipg=&_from=
            Local club
            https://www.facebook.com/CentralNebraskaWoodCarvers

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            • #7
              Glad you are back with us Paul. Look forward to seeing you projects. Glad you are taking care.
              We live in the land of the free because of the brave!
              https://www.pinterest.com/carvingbarn0363/

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              • #8
                Thanks for the posts my frien's.

                The only thing isolation has meant here in the Holler is, no visitors. It is a quarter mile of one lane toad from our drive to the "so called" county road and three quarters of a mile to the paved highway. Nearest shopping is a 36 mile round trip. I have started a new carving and spent the morning and most of the afternoon roughing in the block, still a long way to go to get to the polar bear.

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                • #9
                  Hi Paul , Welcome back and looking forward in seeing that Polar Bear. Merle

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                  • #10
                    Glad to hear from you, Paul. We are agoraphobic recluses so any "lock down" orders are actually the norm. However we do go out every week or so for some groceries.
                    Bill
                    Living among knives and fire.

                    http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                    • #11
                      Good to see you back on the site,y'all be safe and keep posting pictures, please.
                      Mark N. Akers
                      My Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KarolinaKarver

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                      • #12
                        Hi Paul.

                        Good to hear from you. Stay safe!

                        Claude
                        My FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ClaudesWoodCarving/
                        My Pinterest Page: https://www.pinterest.com/cfreaner/
                        My Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/claudeswoodcarving/
                        My ETSY Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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                        • #13
                          Hi Paul!!
                          Glad your back and doing well. Please follow your doc's advice and have a happy Thanksgiving with your wife at home and stay safe!

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                          • #14
                            Paul glad you are back , sorry for all your health problems... stay well keep carvin
                            Jim

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                            • #15
                              I hope everyone will pass this time with success. 2020 was frustrating for every one of us, and me, as a business owner, I felt on myself what the feeling of losing smth means. I could hardly keep up with everything that was going on, and I read many articles and books to encourage me. I was impressed actually by neetish sarda, and his power to survive his business in such a terrible time. What surprised me was that he admitted that the post-pandemic world would be about acceleration, expansion, and opportunities, which I totally hope will happen.
                              Last edited by MariaSlater; 08-16-2021, 02:50 AM.

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