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Discussion: Hi from a social distance

in: Mick; Mick > 2020-03-22

Mar 23, 2020 12:25 PM # 
Are you able to work from home over the next while? I’m sure the boys would be very helpful. I imagine it’s difficult to explain this pandemic to kids in a way that gets them to take it seriously enough while not scaring them.
Mar 24, 2020 1:31 AM # 
I'm quite used to working outside the office. Lots of time in the field, so that is not a problem for me. I've no shortage of work, but this is still a major strain on my company. This could be a problem down the road, but I certainly am not idle.

I think John is a little concerned, but Paul doesn't seem phased at all. In fact, he is having a great time: sleeping in every morning, he has started riding his bike with no training wheels, they played nicky nicky nine doors on our front and back doors for an hour while I was on a conference call, they were 'tobaganning' down the stairs on an old crib mattress, ... It is mayhem here.

It is going to be hard to maintain fitness through this. We are busy.,but that isn't something to complain about at times like this.

How are you and Richard? You are very lucky to be living out in the wilds right now. Lots of benefits to access to a forest and some space.

Take care
Mar 24, 2020 3:20 AM # 
Thanks for sharing that "slice of life"! Glad you're able to work at home. These days I'll bet lots of conference calls are spiced up by rambunctious kids and barking dogs. It sounds like this experience might actually leave your kids with some good memories.

We are lucky to have the forest although we heard the police were at the main Palgrave Forest parking lot yesterday forcing mountain bikers to leave. We haven't heard any reason. The TRCA's website says their parks are closed but the trails are open and unmaintained, to be used at our own risk. Maybe the parking lot was too crowded. Halton Region closed their CAs completely; maybe that will happen here too.

Richard's office is closed for the foreseeable future. Our main stress isn't for us. Mostly we worry about his patients and staff. Although the office is closed, he is still paying staff rather than laying them off in hopes that government subsidies to employers might improve in the coming weeks. Once we figure out how it's all going to work - patient emergencies, staff compensation - we can enjoy the most expensive vacation we've ever had in our very own home.

It's not all bad. We're eating very well. Household repairs are getting done. The dogs are thrilled to have us both here all the time. Richard plans to learn Spanish. Trilliums will be out soon.

Take care and stay healthy.

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