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    Most of our snow is gone. But this is what it looked like in our neck of the woods on Sunday:

    That’s my photo. I’ve posted quite a few of them to our televised weather service network.

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    @devilishrobby I’m sure it is. However, I am a wee bit on the cheap side. Not to mention, space-saving/”don’t accumulate stuff” side. And “I’m already paying for this, so why aren’t I getting it?” side. Which brings us back to “cheap” … LOL!

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    @devilishrobby Thank you! I guess I will have to rely on info from the kind posters here. I tried logging in online to my streaming service and watching the season finale. The episodes all show up, but when I try clicking on it, there’s no play arrow. Rather frustrating! And all that’s available via my cable box is “Revolution of the Daleks” (it used to be that all the post-gap seasons were available). I wonder if this is due to licensing restrictions from the BBC?

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    @devilishrobby I agree, it could have been better.

    Having said that, I finally got around to a second viewing yesterday, and I will admit that my opinion of it improved. One of the things that bugged me first time around was what seemed like an interminable wait to finally get to the Doctor and her companions. All that buildup to what the bad guys/gal were doing seemed to take forever. I didn’t even recall that the very first scene was from a previous episode. So it took me a long time to realize that this was a continuation of Season 11’s “Resolution” holiday special.

    So, once I knew all of that, and wasn’t trying to get my bearings as we went along, I could appreciate the episode more for what it did offer (rather than what I felt was lacking). The best scenes were the personal ones. They really felt personal to me, not there simply to move things along. And the goodbye from Ryan and Graham didn’t feel as tacked on as it did on first viewing.

    Jack was still a highlight … as always! And Whittaker’s Doctor continues to gain ground with me. I think her musings over her identity were not to answer questions; those were already answered by the Master. But her familiarity with her “self” is knocked completely off its foundation. She had to get herself back to that realization that, no matter what her past is, or where she really comes from, she is still the Doctor.

    Can someone remind me: Where did the extra TARDIS come from? I know it featured in the season finale, but for the life of me I can’t remember the details. “The Timeless Children” may be due for a rewatch, too!

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    I finally got to watch the presidential inauguration ceremony Friday evening. I was amazed at how relieved I was to feel hope again. Yes, I know the inauguration is largely image, but it’s an image many of us desperately need right now. I do think it’s a rocky road ahead for Biden and Harris. The stark divisions that have split the un-United States are not going away anytime soon.

    But Biden is old school, from a time when reaching across the aisle was the norm, not the exception. Hopefully there are enough Republicans who remember that, or are willing to learn it, that the federal government will return to getting work done, rather than finding ways to impede that process.

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    @devilishrobby I agree with you that this would have worked much better as a two-part special. Too much was shoehorned into one episode, which resulted in a rather incoherent narrative. I wonder why it was not done as a two-parter. Maybe that was the original idea, and the BBC wouldn’t roll with it? I still haven’t done a second viewing. I have Monday off, so I will watch it then.

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    @janetteb That’s part of why my father planned his funeral service well in advance. That way, everyone knew what he wanted, and the service would follow his wishes. And it did!

    @winston @dentarthurdent @thane16 Thank you for your thoughtful condolences. It seems like we are all in this same general age range when the death of a parent is expected. Not welcome, but we know it’s coming. And, for many of us, it has.

    Dad was a French horn player and music ed major in university. So music was one of his passions. He chose every organ piece and every hymn, along with the bible readings. I found the music to be the most moving parts of his service, because it resonates with my childhood. I know what the music meant to him, and so it’s deeply meaningful to me, too.

    Dad always took notes during the pastor’s sermons. If he liked one well enough, he would type it out on his computer. Included in Dad’s packet of funeral instructions was a printout of a sermon from several years ago. Dad told the pastor, “If you want to do that one again, I’m good with that!” The pastor did not recycle his sermon. But he was impressed with Dad’s attention to detail. As he said, he’s amazed when people remember his sermon from a week ago. But from years ago? Yup, that was my dad!

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    @blenkinsopthebrave @winston @janetteb and all, thank you for your kind thoughts. Dad’s funeral service was wonderful. My father was a retired university professor of counseling and psychology, teacher education and statistics. Before that he was a high school band director. So teaching was his life, and as such, he was one of those very organized, methodical teachers. Dad had meticulously planned his funeral service, down to the last detail, all instructions neatly typed.

    There were a few little winks in his obituary, and in the service, that made us laugh. For example, he specified in his funeral instructions to make sure the candlesticks were filled with oil prior to the service; apparently he had witnessed services with the candles went out because someone forgot to fill them. His obituary said that he “enjoyed family gatherings, traveling (especially in Europe), Volksmarch walks, live music performances and brief obituaries.”

    Because of his religious faith, he was not afraid of what was coming. He took comfort in “knowing what comes next.” So I take comfort in that, and also that his physical suffering was relatively minimal and not prolonged. Small mercies.

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    I have sad news about my father. He passed away early Saturday morning. His funeral is in one hour. Because of Covid, I can’t be there. But fortunately they are live-streaming the service, so I do have that.

    Can I blame Covid for his death? It’s hard to say. Dad was 93, with a pre-existing health condition. Five years ago, when he was diagnosed with a mass on his kidney that caused a subsequent gradual decline in kidney function, we knew this was the eventual outcome unless something else got him first. When he contracted Covid, we all worried that that was the something else. Fortunately he contracted a mild case, so he did not suffer the physical ravages of the disease. However, the two 14-day isolation periods, combined with multiple back-and-forth trips between various hospitals (never to return home), did him no favours. Covid seems to be the last peg that got pulled out from under him, causing his health to collapse.

    Dad knew his time was limited, so over the past few weeks we had the good talks we needed to have. He leaves behind countless wonderful relationships that he cultivated during his time on this earth. And he went about as “gentle into that good night” as we humans can hope to go. I am grateful for that.

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    @bluesqueakpip @miapatrick Thank you for that clarification. I’m from the States, but live in Canada, which has a parliamentary system similar to the UK’s. The “secretary” designation raised eyebrows for both me and my Canadian husband.

    @blenkinsopthebrave I may have to bite the bullet and go the purchase route. Or be prepared to be patient through the interminable waiting period, till the uninterrupted version finally lands in my cable streaming service.

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    @bluesqueakpip Thank you for that excellent analysis. It arms me with a lot more context for a second (and hopefully more appreciative) viewing.

    Question: Did I hear correctly that the security official, who eventually became leader of her party and prime minister, was called Secretary? Is that correct, in the UK? I would have thought she’d be called Minister. Secretary is more of a U.S. term (as in, Secretary of Homeland Security).

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    @missrori I hope you are feeling completely well again soon! It’s good that you your essential needs are met. As you say, it can be so much worse. I am glad that you are comfortable, all things considered, and managing your way through this.

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    @missrori @ichabod I agree with both you about the “too much explaining” going on in Chibnall’s dialogue. Yes, the Doctor has always been wordy, but it wasn’t always to explain each and every thing. I sense a lack of connective tissue in the writing. Which, given Seasons 1 and 3 of Broadchurch, surprises me. Clearly Chibnall is capable of writing dialogue that doesn’t whack us over the head with THE POINT. But, in my opinion, he keeps falling short with Doctor Who. I keep hoping, and there are moments that rise to the occasion and deliver emotional punch (the conversation between Jack and Yaz being one of them), but it’s not sustained throughout an entire episode.

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    OK, I’m going to have to watch this again when there’s not a grumpy spouse in the room who can’t remember the last two episodes of last season, is going “What?” when the Doctor says she’s not who she remembers, and is honked off at any messing around with the Doctor’s origin story. (Like that’s a new thing in the Whoniverse.)

    My usual complaint, watching it in Canada, has to do with the commercial interruptions, which completely disrupt the flow of an episode. That is probably my biggest issue with any new episode of Doctor Who, watching it as I do on cable during the current season. It’s not a problem once a new season has started and the uninterrupted episodes become available, on demand. But I have to wait for that to happen.

    Because of those interruptions (and grumpy spouse giving colour commentary throughout), the episode didn’t flow for me, emotionally. There were parts that I knew were meant to have emotional pull, but they didn’t move me as much as I would have liked. Maybe on second viewing, they will.

    Captain Jack Harkness is such a breath of fresh air! I had forgotten that only the companions met him last time around, but the Doctor missed out.

    Jodie Whittaker exuded more power this time around, which I liked. I would love to see her Doctor and Jack in more scenes together!

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    @winston @blenkinsopthebrave @mudlark @dentarthurdent I echo your sentiments for a Happy New Year. Here’s hoping that 2021 will be an improvement on its predecessor.

    One bit of wonderful news from our corner of the world: A friend of ours has polycystic kidney disease (which she inherited from her mother, who died from it). Her kidney function had declined to 10 or 11 percent, meaning that she would have to start dialysis. Another friend of ours came to the rescue and donated one of her kidneys. What an amazing gift! Donor and recipient are doing well. The recipient posted a photo of her empty plate of spaghetti with tomato sauce. It was the first time in a very long time that she’d been able to eat anything with tomatoes. She’s home now. I’m so happy for her and her family, and I’m in awe of our other friend who donated her kidney.

    I must say, this news has been a much-needed ray of light for our little town. The fact that it happened at Christmastime makes it even better!

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    By the way: I’m sure this is ancient news, but I just found a delightful book in my public library system’s Overdrive collection. It’s called Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories. I just completed the first one. Wonderful stuff!

    12 Doctors, 12 Stories

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    @arbutus We get Crave with our cable subscription, so as far as I know, that’s still the same. We have a combo package that includes HBO, so that gets us most of the programs, films and specials we want to watch.

    As for my dad’s recovery, we think this is his last day of isolation. But now my stepmother is faced with the task of finding him a spot in some sort of nursing facility, and hoping that this time she can make it work. I don’t know if the previous facility, with whom she’d already had everything arranged, will still be able to take him after this delay. My sense is that no, they can’t, since she told me she’s back to Square One.

    @missrori Oh, gosh, you have been through the wringer! My heart goes out to you, your parents and your boyfriend, and all the deprivation you are enduring. I’m glad that your health has been restored, but I am sorry about your father’s health having suffered in the aftermath of Covid.

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    @blenkinsopthebrave I do have cable, and so I watch Doctor Who via the CTV Sci-Fi channel. Which reminds me: I need to check to see when the holiday special is airing!

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    Thank you, @dentarthurdent! Dad is recovered from Covid. He also happened to develop pneumonia after he’d recovered from Covid, probably due to his inactivity while being hospitalized for so long. So it looks like he has recovered from that, as well. His 14th day should be Sunday, Jan. 3. So hopefully he will test negative on Jan. 4, and then plans can proceed from there. Fingers crossed!

    Congratulations on being Covid-free! That still appears to be the case in my neck of the woods, as well (southwestern Nova Scotia). We too are having a bit of topsy-turvy weather, though that has been my experience of winter weather since we moved here in 2011. We benefit from oceanic Gulf Stream currents that tend to moderate our temperatures year-round. So, while the U.S. eastern seaboard got dumped with snow during a nor’easter a couple of weeks ago, we received very little snowfall from that storm. If you look at a map, you’d wonder how it’s possible that we missed out. It’s because the Gulf Stream current that flows between Nova Scotia and the U.S. East Coast tends to keep those storm systems west of us. They will push up into New Brunswick, but more often than not we are spared. Not that I’m complaining!

    The negative effect I have seen, in terms of climate change, is that our part of Nova Scotia is being hit with summertime droughts. Again, hard to believe, since we’re surrounded by ocean water, but it’s happening with increasing frequency. And part of what’s so difficult is that very few towns and rural households are on any kind of municipal water supply. Most people rely on their wells. Drilled and artesian wells seem to hold their own through these droughts, but many shallower dug wells run dry. It’s bad enough during normal times, but the last thing we need during a pandemic is people unable to wash their hands because they don’t have a potable water source at home.

    My streaming service in Canada is Crave. Weirdly, in my cable lineup for Doctor Who, all I see are the Christmas specials, no other episodes. However, if I log in, I can view all of the episodes via the Crave website. That one’s a bit of a head-scratcher! But since I was already logged in, I watched the episode that way. Jenna Coleman’s elder makeup job doesn’t look as bad on my computer screen as it does in HD, LOL!

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    Hello, all! We enjoyed a good, quiet Christmas. We gathered with a small group of “bubble” friends for dinner on Christmas Eve, then took our annual Christmas Day beach walk. It was 15F/59C here, so our walk was quite pleasant.

    Dad’s health continues to improve. Probably because of all his inactivity after being hospitalized for Covid, he then contracted pneumonia, but he has recovered from that. He is finally off all medical devices. No oxygen or IV! And he seems to be doing well with his physiotherapy exercises.

    The bad news is that Dad is still in hospital. He was supposed to be transferred to a nursing facility this past Monday, but the day of the transfer, they tested him for Covid, and sadly he tested positive. No surprise, since he was diagnosed with Covid on Nov. 10. He has no symptoms, but could still be carrying the virus. So he could not be admitted to the nursing facility, and instead was transferred to yet another hospital. I think this is his third one in nearly two months. And, he is once again in isolation. So this was not the happiest of Christmases for him or my stepmom. Not to mention that today is their 31st wedding anniversary. First time they’ve been apart on their anniversary. But at least they are both healthy and can talk on the phone. That’s something!

    I’m currently watching Last Christmas, my favourite of the Doctor Who Christmas specials. I often forget about The Gift of the Magi aspect of the two lies the Doctor and Clara told one another at the end of Death in Heaven. I forget, that is, until I am reminded of them again in this Christmas special.

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    Hello @arbutus and all! I’m sorry you have had health problems to deal with, but it sounds like that is mostly resolved.

    Dad continues his slow progress. He was moved to a rehab hospital, then another ailment popped up, so he was briefly transferred back to the main hospital. Then, last week, he was moved back to the rehab hospital. He believes he will be there for 10 days, and then we’ll have to see where he is. He is discouraged by the fact that he can walk only a few steps before becoming winded. Both of his late sisters had chronic lung issues (emphysema and COPD), so I’m sure that is preying on his mind. He’s never had to deal with breathing issues before, other than asthma (which he more or less outgrew). We all hope that he will build up enough strength to go back home … but we will have to wait and see.

    Nova Scotia continues to fare reasonably well, compared with the rest of Canada. The provincial government has been very good at cracking down immediately, as soon as an outbreak occurs. So areas that are experiencing community spread are immediately required to follow greater restrictions, while the rest of the province is still operating under the protocols set before the second wave began. Nova Scotia has 1,383 total confirmed cases (dating back to the spring), with 78 active cases currently.

    As far as I am aware, my little corner of the province has had only one confirmed case from back in the fall: a university student at Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia. That’s about an hour-and-40-minute drive from here. The student was tested and already isolating, as university students here are required to do upon entering campus, so there was no community spread.

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    @dentarthurdent Dad has had books, crossword puzzles and Sudoku to keep him busy. Oh, and the dreaded TV, too. But he told me that doing those things felt more like having to do them, rather than wanting to do them. That’s the toll isolation takes, I think.

    However, I received very good news yesterday: Dad’s oxygen levels are up where they need to be, so he was transferred yesterday into a different Covid unit, with the plan of transferring him to a rehab hospital soon. So things are looking up!

    @winston My small town in Nova Scotia has experienced something similar. Halifax is undergoing a similar tightening of restrictions starting on Monday. But even before that, people from “the city” were driving here, and elsewhere along the South Shore, because it’s “safer” to shop here. Of course, we worry that they will bring the virus with them, to a region that up until now has had only one assigned case of Covid (a university student who had arrived on campus, was tested and was in isolation with the positive result came back, so there was no community spread). Now hairdressers and other small business owners/operators are asking their clients if they have visited Halifax recently. I know people will be upset by that, but it has to be done.

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    Hello, all! I spoke with my dad on the phone today. Not much change from when I spoke with him on Friday, except that he complained of hearing strange sounds all the time. Apparently this comes and goes. He mentioned this to his doctors, and says they are not concerned, that this is “just part of it.” He is bored, unsettled by the constant hospital interruptions, and frustrated by the isolation … understandably so. But physically, he feels all right. Minor discomforts, but nothing major. I think that’s as good as it gets, at this point.

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    Hello, @bluesqueakpip @janetteb and all! So far, so good for my dad. He’s still in hospital, but feeling reasonably well. His oxygen level is still low-ish, so that’s why they’re keeping him there. Meanwhile, Dad is reading a book I sent him, filling out crossword puzzles and Sudoku. Plus he watched an Indiana University football game on TV. They won … which made him happy!

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    @missy @winston @blenkinsopthebrave @janetteb @dentarthurdent Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. I’m worrying, yes. But my father has been dealing with health issues for four and a half years now. They were serious enough that I was confronted by his mortality in a way that I’d not been beforehand. Up until this point, I thought it would be my father’s failing kidney, not Covid. Assume nothing, right?

    Doctors are treating him with Remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has shown to be effective against Covid. So we all hope that he responds well to that treatment.

    Living in Nova Scotia as I do, I’ve been in a bit of a bubble when it comes to Covid. We have had 1,134 cases in the entire province, and only one case in our specific sub-region. So, while I have not been casual about Covid, it does seem rather distant from me. My parents live in Indiana, and they have been telling me how serious the situation is, yet it still felt far removed from them, somehow. Maybe that was me projecting my own experience onto them. It’s not at all distant now.

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    Well, now I can add myself to the list of those whose loved ones have tested positive for Covid-19. My 93-year-old father, who has low kidney function, tested positive last night. He is hospitalized, in isolation, with mild symptoms. But I know how quickly things can change with this virus, so it’s scary.

    I feel especially helpless, since I’m in Canada, he’s in the States. I don’t know if I would feel any better, living in close proximity. I suppose I would feel equally powerless to help in any meaningful way … as we all do.

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    @thane16, I’m so sorry to read this news of your mother’s passing. Hugs as you work your way through this grief.

    @missy, I had the same initial confusion and emotional reaction to Puro’s post, so you’re not alone. Then I breathed a sigh of relief that it was not our dear Puro (though saddened by the news about her mother).

    Speaking of breathing a sigh of relief: When I learned of the election news Saturday afternoon, I finally felt I could exhale. I didn’t realize what a toll this past four years had taken. And then to hear first Kamala Harris, and then Joe Biden, speak like true leaders … wow! I’d almost forgotten what that sounded like.

    I still fear that Trump will attempt a scorched earth policy in his graceless exit. And I also fear what some of his followers may attempt. But for now, I feel hope. It’s all the more bracing for having been missing for so long.

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    49…that is way too young.

    Indeed it is. Very sad news about Grant Imahara.

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    Oh my, I am late to the party! Apologies to @winston @blenkinsopthebrave @arbutus and all, and thank you for the Canada Day wishes! It was a good, quiet day for us.

    And yes, we do live in a beautiful country. My little neck of the woods, along Nova Scotia’s south shore, is especially exquisite. I’ve been driving to our local beaches and watching piping plovers, willets and Arctic terns. I haven’t seen any chicks yet, but hopefully will soon. I love being by the ocean, and the shorebirds make it all the more enjoyable. You never know what you will see. Thursday I was watching an adult piping plover foraging on sand lance (a small, eel-like silver fish). S/he was having quite a good meal of them! It does my heart good to see a wild animal living its life as it should, without any care or concern for all the “stuff” going on in human lives.

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    @blenkinsopthebrave It’s good that folks are being responsible. Sadly, there are some, in various parts of the world, who still believe none of this applies to them, and they are above it all. But I’m glad that’s not true where you are!

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    @blenkinsopthebrave Ha, we love The Beaverton! But, as @winston points out, it may be satire … but parts of it are all too true. Some folks wield their sense of entitlement like a bull in a china shop (at the expense of everyone else).

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    @winston A nursing home in Halifax has been similarly devastated. It seems especially cruel that people living out the last stage of their lives should be hit in this way, and their loved ones can’t be there with them. The COVID-19 deniers are exasperating … as are many “human nature” things these days.

    I’m not sure how we’ve managed to escape the scourge of COVID-19 where we are, but I think a big part of it is because we are rural, and people can spread out rather easily. There’s not the congestion that big cities have. Now, when the summer really hits, and people feel free to travel more? And they think they’re “safe” by coming here? We’ll see if that changes. I hope not.

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    @dalekbuster523 Nova Scotia beaches (especially in my part of the province) are rarely crowded. The crowds can be larger near Halifax, which is the only city in the province. Hence, the population density is higher there. But where I am, the population is sparse, and during most of my beach walks, even in summer, the most people I see are five, 10 at the most. Some beaches typically have only a few people. So it’s not at all risky. In fact, it’s far easier to practise social distancing at our beaches than almost anywhere else!

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    Hello @thane16 and all! I realized it was time to check in and see how everyone is doing. My husband and I are plugging along, both of us still working. They just reopened the beaches (with physical distancing rules in place, of course), so that’s a huge relief. Walks on the beach are one of my favourite stress-relievers. I’m looking forward to following the return of the shorebirds as they migrate back for the summer!

    So far, my little corner of the world has no (as in zero, zip, nada) assigned COVID-19 cases. I don’t know how we have managed that, except that we are in a small, rural part of the province. And so somehow there has been no community spread of this virus. Because surely, if even one person picked it up from somewhere and brought it back, there would be community spread. But we haven’t seen that here. It’s a different story in the more densely populated regions of the province. And it may be a different story as temperatures warm up, and people come here, perhaps thinking they are “safe” here. Maybe, maybe not. We shall see.

    @whisht Denmark! Oh, that’s one of my favourite places! Where in Denmark? My husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary there, driving around the mainland. (He’d gone there for business travel, took one walk on a local beach and knew I’d love it. He was right!) I’m envious. I’ve always imagined living there. Of course, as is true with anywhere, vacationing there is, I’m sure, quite different from living there. So I doubt that those special trip memories would make the transition to full-time living there. But still ….

    @missrori I sympathize. Believe it or not, I just read this comment on Facebook. My friend, a former co-worker in Kentucky, was complaining about meat prices. Here’s a reply to her post, quoted verbatim:

    “Thank the Democrats for this fake plague… All of the meat producers have been shut down for several weeks. There’s plenty of meat, just not enough hands to process it. Prices will be stupid on meat for at least a month.”

    Really, “fake plague”? And it’s the Democrats’ fault? Sadly, the Trumpsters are still out there.

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    @winston and @janetteb Thank you for your kind thoughts. I think we will never have many questions answered, and certainly not to our satisfaction. One of the awful things, besides the magnitude of the tragedy, is that people cannot gather in groups to grieve together, because of the COVID-19 lockdown. But one good result of that is that media outlets have been contacting the government, asking for permission to travel here. They were turned down, again because of the COVID-19 lockdown. So at least these small towns and villages are spared the media circus that usually descends.

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    Thank you, @blenkinsopthebrave It is a tough time. It was already a tough time, before this. But I believe that sense of community you remember will get us through this. But I feel so shaken for those who must live with this terrible trauma.

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    @blenkinsopthebrave I’m with you on Picard. I think what I loved most about it is that for a Star Trek series, it was beautifully restrained. The action was just enough, not relentlessly over the top the way Discovery has been (at least, for me). The characters’ nuances really shone through, in the best “show me, don’t tell me” tradition. My husband and I both loved it!

    My husband is far more familiar with Picard’s past than I, so the only drawback for me was not knowing all that Next Generation backstory. But it didn’t detract to the point where I lost the thread of the story.

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    As many of you know, Nova Scotia is my home. My husband and I moved here in 2011. It’s a small province, and we live in a rural, sparsely populated region. It’s peaceful, beautiful, a wonderful place to live.

    Our little town was well away from yesterday’s horrific mass shooting, but I know we have driven past many of the impacted communities on our little sojourns throughout Nova Scotia. It’s hard to wrap my mind around what has happened only about a four-hour drive away. My heart aches for those whose lives were stolen, and those left behind, whose lives will never be the same.

    What’s even more awful is that this sets a new record for Canada … and it’s one no one wanted. This is Canada’s worst mass shooting, the first to surpass the École Polytechnique massacre in 1989.

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    @winston Yes, I am still working. Our grocery store managers put up more Plexiglas at checkouts, and we are constantly sanitizing our belts, bagging areas and other surfaces. Plus we have arrows on the floor for people to follow through the store so that traffic is moving in the same direction, and people aren’t moving into that six-foot distance zone of other customers. For the most part, it’s working reasonably well … though there are some who are frustrated by it and don’t see the need for an abundance of caution. *sigh*

    Before we moved to Nova Scotia, we lived in Brockville, Ontario (my husband is from North Bay). So I am familiar with the places you mentioned. I hadn’t even considered the agricultural sector, other than that seasonal migrant workers might not be allowed to travel for work. Seniors’ homes have been hit hard here, too. So far, no local cases … but I can’t imagine that our luck will hold forever.

    I live in a small, rural town with little in the way of manufacturing. Most of our economy in western Nova Scotia is made up of small businesses. Of course, most of those businesses have been forced to close during this state of emergency. The lobster industry is a big employer here, and they were sort of the “canary in the coal mine” early on when the Chinese market dropped out. China is our biggest market, and normally people would be buying lobster to celebrate the Chinese New Year. But when people were quarantined at home, no one was going out, so no one was buying lobster. So, lobster shipments stalled, then the price plummeted, and has stayed down ever since.

    It is a double-edged sword, but in many ways I am glad to be where I am. Our part of the province is sparsely populated, with only 42 cases reported so far (total number of cases for the entire province is 342). So, on the one hand, anyone who becomes ill faces a longer trip for diagnosis and treatment. But, on the other hand, fewer people are interacting, which reduces the risk of transmission. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out.

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    Oops! In my previous post, my editing “window of opportunity” timed out before I realized that, after I moved the last paragraph up to where it belonged, I forgot to delete it at the end. So anyone reading it will be scratching his/her head, wondering why I repeated myself at the end. Sorry about that!

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    @winston Just looked at your Sandy Point webcam but all was dark except for the lights on the water so I will look tomorrow. We love N.S. and spent a month there in 2015 on the Digby Neck and it was so beautiful!

    Sorry I am so late in replying; I just spotted this! It’s likely we are in very different time zones, in which daytime here might well be nighttime for you. If you click on that Sandy Point cam, you should be able to scroll back to earlier in the stream. It won’t be “live”, per say, but you can see what it looked like earlier in the day. Having said that, sometimes the “rewind” feature doesn’t always work.

    Sandy Point is a 10-minute drive from my place. The Shelburne Harbour webcam shows the waterfront of my small town, which is a five-minute walk from my home. It’s a beautiful place to be, especially in this time of self-isolation. At least I can walk outside and smell the salt fragrance in the air. I can hang laundry on the clothesline, and it needs no artificial scents. The fragrance imbued by the fresh air is delightful!

    How wonderful that you visited Digby Neck, another place I love! We have gone whale-watching out of Westport many times. It’s about a four-hour drive to get there. If we could go as the crow flies, then it would cut the time in half. But of course we have to drive from the South Shore up to the Acadian Shore, then swing back around St. Mary’s Bay, then drive across Digby Neck, taking two ferries to cross the islands before reaching Westport at the very end. But it’s worth it. The drive is beautiful (unless it’s foggy and you can’t see much). We have never been disappointed in the whale-watching out on the Bay of Fundy. We have seen humpbacks every time out (including a mother and her calf, who swam right up to our boat). The operators are very respectful of the humpback whales and know how to visit their home without causing them undue stress. It’s a very special experience, and will always rank among our favourite memories of living here.

    I’ve taken countless photos of the Sandy Point Lighthouse. Here’s a link to one of my favourites:

    Sandy Point Lighthouse

    And here’s a video I shot at that same time: Sandy Point Lighthouse

    In normal times, the Sandy Point Community Centre hosts Saturday-morning breakfasts. The view out the big, plate-glass windows is as good as the food. The first time we went there, we counted our lucky stars to be here. Needless to say, those breakfasts haven’t been happening for weeks now. And, I’m sure the same will be true for our annual lobster festival, which normally occurs at the end of the lobster harvest season in June. The lobster fishery was sort of the “canary in the coal mine” for what would transpire later. The fishing season started off on a high note in November. Then, when COVID-19 flared up in China, all the orders for lobster (normally purchased and consumed during the Chinese New Year) dried up. China had become our largest lobster market, and so when that vanished, the price plummeted. So one of our biggest employers saw a precipitous decline early on … and now, with the shutdown imposed by COVID-19, many other businesses have followed suit.

    Having said that, sometimes the “rewind” feature doesn’t always work. Sandy Point is a 10-minute drive from my place. The Shelburne Harbour webcam shows the waterfront of my small town, which is a five-minute walk from my home. It’s a beautiful place to be, especially in this time of self-isolation. At least I can walk outside and smell the salt fragrance in the air. I can hang laundry on the clothesline, and it needs no artificial scents. The fragrance imbued by the fresh air is delightful!

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    @missy So far, so good. I work as a cashier in a grocery store, and that has brought its challenges, for sure. We now have plexiglass shields set up at all checkouts, plus barriers behind us so that we’re not in any direct contact with customers (other than handling cash or coupons).

    The main issue is that we are doing so much sanitizing at our checkouts and all throughout the store, using a spray sanitizer, that several of us have developed asthma-like symptoms in response to the spray. I know I am (and I realize that this may have been going on for quite a while now; it’s just that I’m noticing it a lot more now). It’s not serious; I had a much worse asthma episode as a child, and this is nothing like that. But it’s noticeable.

    @craig Happy birthday (wished belatedly)!

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    @blenkinsopthebrave Picard will be on our viewing schedule tonight. Can’t wait!

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    My husband, who is nine years younger, is the original Doctor Who fan in our family. He started watching as a young’un during the Tom Baker years. So he was quite excited when he found out about the reboot. I had a sort of “meh” attitude about the whole thing, but agreed to watch “Rose” with him. And I found myself completely drawn in. I loved Chris Eccleston’s Doctor. His wit and whimsy, contrasted with his occasional turning inward to somewhere dark, enthralled me.

    I also liked Billie Piper’s Rose and her relationship with Eccleston’s Doctor throughout that first season. “Everybody lives, Rose!” is one of my favourite Doctor Who moments. As time went on, I liked Rose less … but not enough to completely dislike her. (I think it was the relentless emphasis on a romantic undercurrent between Rose and David Tennant’s Doctor that wore me out.)

    But certainly, this first episode turned me into a Doctor Who fan.

    It was much the same as James Bond … though I’d actually seen a few James Bond films prior to Daniel Craig. The only Bond films I genuinely liked before that were For Your Eyes Only and The Living Daylights. But ever since Craig signed on, I have been a fan.

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    @miapatrick I am so sorry to see this news about your significant other. I hope this is temporary, and once this thing settles down (as we all hope it will do), his treatments will resume. But I know it must be hard to think so far forward into the future, and even more difficult to keep from worrying about the present.

    @thane16 Good to see you! I’m glad you got home safely. I fervently hope that all the precautions on your flight safeguarded you!

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    @blenkinsopthebrave You are correct, we haven’t seen the most recent episode. That might be in tonight’s viewing lineup. Thanks for revealing no spoilers!

    @jimthefish I loved Penny Dreadful, so I’m up for a rewatch blog!

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    @jimthefish I agree. Chemistry is one of those elusive qualities. A relationship either sparks it, or it doesn’t. Even though they are actors, doing what actors do, sometimes there’s that little extra something that makes all the difference, in terms of believability.

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    One of the things I loved about “Day of the Doctor” is how Clara and Matt Smith’s Doctor really connected. I never felt that emotional connection in the regular episodes. And she really clicked with David Tennant’s and William Hurt’s Doctors, as well.

    It seemed such a shame that it didn’t happen (at least, not for me) at other times. Over time, I felt that Clara and David Capaldi’s Doctor did develop a strong chemistry. And then Capaldi’s Doc and Pearl Mackie’s Bill hit the ground running. It’s interesting how that happens … or doesn’t. And maybe it’s all in the eye of the beholder/viewer. I’m guessing that for others, Clara and Smith’s Doc had a chemistry that I missed.

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    @blenkinsopthebrave As I watched that episode of Picard, I made a similar mental connection to Doctor Who. I am siding with the notion that the mental image now afflicting Dr. Jurati is a fiction concocted by Commander Oh to compel Dr. Jurati to do what she did. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if it was real. Either way, I liked Picard’s response, that just because this happened before doesn’t mean it’s going to happen again. It doesn’t match the Doctor’s insistence that the future can be changed, that what they’ve witnessed as they travel forward in time isn’t the only possibility. But it aligns with that belief.

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    @missy I just got around to watching the video you linked. Who’d have thought? Zookeeper’s interpretive dance, complete with prop. I love it! Thank you for sharing that. I hope you are well and safe. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.

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