One year of COVID-19 … sometimes we improvise. One year of Wordless Wednesday posts … yay! #Wordless Wednesday

#Wordless Wednesday – allow your photo(s) to tell the story.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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30 Responses to One year of COVID-19 … sometimes we improvise. One year of Wordless Wednesday posts … yay! #Wordless Wednesday

  1. Ally Bean says:

    This seems like such a memory-filled week. I cannot believe it’s been a year, but here we are. Interesting use of tp!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes it is Ally. They are commemorating it in Michigan by lowering the flag to half-staff and tonight at 8:00 p.m. you are supposed to put your porch light on for one hour to honor those who died. One year ago today was the first Michigan COVID-19 case. We are spiking again, likely due to restrictions being lifted about a week ago. That is actually not TP, but a white ribbon. A lot of people have tied a white ribbon around the trunk of a tree since day #1 of the pandemic. We had a storm and high winds and the tree snapped off a huge branch and the homeowner had it cut down. He took a piece of the trunk and put it on the porch. You can’t really tell that is the stump that is left.

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  2. Can’t wait until it’s over. I get my first vaccine shot in 2 hours! Woo hoo!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Oh lucky you Diane … my category will be beginning on March 22nd, but the people in the current category are having difficulty finding a place with shots, so I don’t know if it will happen then or not. I’ve been registered at Meijer for a month or more. Hope you had an easy go of it.

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  3. Linda, I think you are going to like this video. It’s about squirrels and birds. The title of the video is NUT BAR hahahaha… it’s so cute. Real live squirrels eating nuts!

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  4. So many many losses and changes in this last year I consider I live a fairly simple life normally but even that has been greatly changed in the last year, Hope you get your vaccine soon we had our 1st shot 3 weeks ago today so feel a little safer but still following rules and advise to keep safe. Take care stay to save.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I live a simple life too Andy and like you, I am thankful that my simple life before and after COVID, and my enjoyment of nature has been what has sustained me this last year. Every day I read about people who are not doing well psychologically … kids, teens, adults, seniors in nursing homes who just recently have been allowed visitors once again. The toll has been terrible. I will turn 65 in April, so if I can’t get in on the next level (age 50 and above beginning March 22nd), I suppose age will be my friend then. Thank you – you stay safe too Andy.

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  5. Laurie says:

    Can you believe it has been 1 whole year? When this first began, I thought it would be over in a few weeks, maybe a month. I never imagined we will still be in the midst of a pandemic after a whole year! Shows what I know! I don’t know if this is the kind of anniversary we should actually celebrate. 🙂

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Same here Laurie. I recognized it as I knew it was the one-year anniversary and I did the post over the weekend and then the next day the Governor asked everyone to put their porch lights on from 8:00-9:00 p.m. to commemorate the lives lost and lower the flags. (She probably forgot flags were lowered for a month as our longest-serving Attorney General died last weekend). Anyway, I’ll bet they will commemorate this anniversary in some way each year. The picture I used here … the tree lost a huge branch from a wind storm and it had previously had the ribbon for supporting caregivers around the trunk. They just cut the trunk and put it on the porch.

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  6. The year felt so long and so swift too. I had no idea the world could stop like that and the losses many experienced in various aspects of life. Lots to heal from and process moving forward.

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      I admired this homeowner who had the ribbon around their tree in the front yard and then we had a storm and it broke off a huge branch and they had the tree taken down, but kept that piece of trunk with the ribbon around it. I have heard that one in every five persons has lost a family member or close friend due to COVID. So far I do not know anyone who has died from COVID.

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  7. I got my 2nd vaccine shot on the 4th of this month. But then there is the South African variant (which we, they say, will get booster shots for). One sure hope that this covid-stuff ends!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      That’s great … you will be covered soon Tom. I wonder when the booster for the variant will be? One year later, a few months later? I’ve not heard any time frame for the booster yet. I will be 65 in mid-April and I have to go into the classification of all age 50 and above residents. I think they might have made it 60 and above before then. I tried to make an appointment in advance of March 22nd, but you can’t do it until you’re eligible which I thought was unusual. Well, the prognosis looked good for Independence Day according to the President’s press conference the other night. I’m not interested to go out into a crowd and will stay masked up for a good while, even after the shot. But it is good to know good news is on the horizon.

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  8. I was already very aware of the 1918 outbreak. So I know this or any other pandemic isn’t going to go away in a few weeks or months. Plus with so many people rowing in the opposite direction I expect this one will drag on longer then it should? Maybe two years?

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      You know, you mention it being two years and just yesterday I heard a doctor interviewed and he said that despite the President saying that we will/can gather for Independence Day this year, it will not happen and things will take another full year for the U.S. to get back to normal and feel safe again … he said count on Spring of 2022! I believe that as there are too many people not willing to get the shot as of now … we have to have 70% – 90% for herd immunity and we can’t achieve that due to the new variant.

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      • we won’t achieve this “herd immunity” because of those variants…..It’ll be because of too many people not getting the vaccine. We’ll be lucky to hit 50 or 60%!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        I agree with you Wayne. I listen to comments in radio news interviews or on social media and there are so many people who refuse to take the vaccine. They had a radio interview with a 20-year-old girl yesterday … in perfect health, and got COVID in November. She was in dire straits and just returned home last week. She pleaded that people get a shot. Last week it was another young woman, healthy and was in hospital for five months and given last rites several times while hospitalized – she likewise pleaded with people. Here they are worried about two things right now – super spreader events from St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and Spring Break in Florida. I am eligible to get a vaccine beginning March 22nd, but you cannot schedule ahead of March 22nd as far as I can tell. They are having a big event downtown for 60 days at Ford Field where the Detroit Lions play football. They have members of the National Guard giving shots to 6,000 people a day. I am sticking with a local place, hopefully soon.

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      • It’s a shame this virus attacks more older people. If it attacked the young (like Polio) they’d all be paying closer attention!

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        Yes, they think they will never have that problem – it is for old folks or they will breeze through.

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  9. I remember seeing a few of those white ribbons at the beginning but not anymore. I think we all want this to be over but I hope we don’t let our guard down too soon. Good luck getting your first (and second) vaccine! Having both makes such a difference in my attitude!

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Janis – I still see them around here, plus the yard signs too. We have a large hospital about four miles away and they have a lot of trees lining the main drag to get to the hospital. Each tree had a ribbon them. This family had a ribbon their tree and there was a bad windstorm that broke a large branch, so they just moved the trunk of the tree onto the porch.

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  10. Pam Lazos says:

    Interesting …

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    • Linda Schaub says:

      Yes it was Pam. The homeowners had a beribboned tree in front of their house from Day #1 of the pandemic. The tree lost a huge branch and was cut down, so they kept the beribboned part of the trunk and put it on their porch. I thought that was a nice touch to honor the healthcare workers and first responders. Has your husband been able to get his shot yet?

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      • Pam Lazos says:

        My father-in-law had a 🍒 tree he had to take down and my husband made a table out of it! And no, no shot yet. 😞

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      • Linda Schaub says:

        That was one way to make good use of the wood anyway. I think you know my boss is a lawyer (solo practitioner) as was his father. His father lived in a small town and would barter his services if people couldn’t pay. After he died and my boss cleared out the office, he found large pieces of wood and legs to be fitted onto the table by clients who couldn’t pay. So my boss used it when we left the firm for our conference room table. Also his father had a church as a client and they gave him stained glass windows for payment, so he has quite a collection of stained glass items as well. That’s a shame as your husband has an underlying condition. I am not eligible until next Monday, but I hold no hope for a shot until early April, if not longer.

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      • Pam Lazos says:

        Wow, I love your boss’s use of all those things, Linda. Great guy!

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