Post 2020 Post

The last time I updated this Blogspot was at the end of July 2019.
The remainder of 2019 was relatively uneventful, Christmas and New Year came and went, then we all arrived at March 2020.

Work: God's Pantry Food Bank

Friday 13th March 2020 is the day we designated as the start of the effect of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on our mission. That is the date I use in most of my reports.
To say that things went a little crazy busy for the next few months would be an understatement. As Food Procurement Officer it was my task to order enough truckloads of purchased food to keep us supplied, and as Reporting Officer it was my task to keep everyone updated with all the relevant numbers.
During those months I ended up working a whole lot of overtime, ranging up to an extra 10 to 20 hours per week over the regular 40.
The workload did settle down by the end of 2020 and I was even able to start taking planned time off to give myself a break and relax from working. I know many that did not take a vacation day in 2020.

Recently Kentucky was hit by an Ice & Snow storm, then major flooding, especially in the Appalachian counties.
Our notification of relief actions and appeal for assistance went out on social media, including this Tweet:
Flood Relief Tweet

Our website is here: www.GodsPantryFoodBank.org
I highly recommend you scroll down to the "Our Current Fiscal Year Impact" numbers on the main page.

Church: Ironworks Pike Community Church

Our website is: https://www.IronworksPikeChurch.org

The church has dealt with the issue of in-person meetings in a few ways, depending on the directives given to us by State Governor Andy Beshear, a man I highly respect.
We have had small inside gatherings, outside meetings at our shelter, and purely virtual services via YouTube Channel
Google Meet has also been used for prayer groups which has been a true blessing.

Our household made the decision to not attend in-person meetings and have been gathering instead on an online capacity.
We do look forward to the day we can all safely meet together again, and visit each others homes - that day shall be soon I am sure.

Home: Household

Since the start of the pandemic, our household has been pretty much self-locked-down.
Started with Arianna & I, then we were joined by her Mum Eva to make it a household of 3.
Arianna has 60% lung capacity so we have been keeping her as safe as possible.

Regarding Eva, "Dragon-in-Law" is my term of affection for her, and she laughs at it.
In the last few years she has:
a) Slipped on water, falling in a supermarket.
b) Diagnosed with breast cancer. For months I would daily drive her to chemo.
c) Had a hip replaced.
d) A dog attacked her in her yard, damaging her defending hands and arms. She had to get a rabies shot.
e) Light dose of shingles.
f) Fell causing damage to her knee. She moved in with us as she went through PT.
g) After a PT appointment she and her friend ate carryout and she got food poisoning.
h) While being tested for the food poisoning, she was diagnosed with diverticulitis, undergoing surgery and a few weeks in hospital.
i) Good news is that she never caught COVID-19!!!
Daily I have been driving to her house to feed her cats, inside and out.
She may be my Mother-in-Law, but I love her.

The 3 of us may live in the same house, but we all have our own areas.
Arianna & I both have our own computer rooms, which has been really handy for the times we each have had to work from home.
Eva pretty much has the run of the living room, including large TV and Roku box. She has became a YouTube searching expert!!
Most of our meals these days are made by Eva, so it is wonderful to have hot food ready at the end of our workdays.

Most of our groceries get delivered by Kroger Supermarket, but we have occasionally shopped at Costco and the local Crossroads IGA store (Independent Grocers Alliance)
We have been wearing masks when out even before it was mandated to do so.

Arianna and Eva have received their 2 shots of the Pfizer Vaccine. They both done well with no real symptoms, even after the 2nd shot.
I received my 1st shot yesterday afternoon at Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park. Glad they did not use a horse needle!!
The whole operation was ran with military precision by Kroger Pharmacy and the Kentucky National Guard. When you entered the arena, after being expertly guided to park by the Guard, you join the queue which snakes for about a literal mile inside. Despite being that long, it moved pretty well. Everyone staffing the event were very polite doing their jobs extremely well. When someone got up from a seat a Guard member immediately wiped it down! The Kroger employees were also very efficient.
Did have some cold / light flu like symptoms last night, but only have a sore left arm today.
My 2nd shot will be about 3 weeks.

Linux & Computers

An update of my Computing Devices and the Operating Systems on them: Years ago there was a group named Bluegrass Linux User Group (BGLUG) that met here in Lexington, KY. It has gone the way of the Dodo for many years.
Since then most of my Linux interactions have been online, especially via Telegram and YouTube (static and live).
Had fun on Thursday, as I noticed a Tweet from the Portland Linux / Unix Group (PLUG) stating they were having an online meet that evening via jitsi at 7:00pm their time, which was 10:00pm for me.
I joined the chat and had a great time. Looking forward to joining them again in April.
Have been informed that the San Francisco Linux Users' Group (SF-LUG) does the same, but their monthly meeting is on Sunday morning, which is difficult for me.

Home: Personal Projects

At the start of 2020 I had hoped to catch up on a few of my own personal projects including:
At least we have been able to keep up with regular household duties, including laundry and dishes.


Back in October 2010 I posted this blog: Biblical & Political Non-Political Conviction
During the last Presidential Election here in USA that conviction was highly challenged.
I prayed and thought much and decided to register to vote. Let's just say I did not vote for the previous President, and was very glad to see him voted out by the American citizens.
As a Scotsman I am still highly infuriated at this event: Trump and Scotland - A BBC News Report
Although I highly surprised Arianna, my church, and many who know me, I absolutely believe I did the right thing.
During the last election period many friendships were stretched, and I even had to Facebook block someone after many years of not doing so. Hopefully we can all move on together now, get through this very real pandemic, and be the nation we should be.

Podcast Listening

At the start of 2021 I went from listening to 1 podcast to at least 5:

On the morning of Friday 19th February 2021, as I was feeding my Dragon-in-Law's outside cats, I banged the top left of my head against the bottom corner of Ruthven the Rav4's back vertical door. It was not open all the way due to the build-up of ice on top on my vehicle.
I went down like a sack of tatties onto the snow and ice covered street. Pretty sure I blacked out for a bit.
After waiting 10 minutes I did carefully drive to work. When I got there I reported to the nearest Director informing her of what happened.
She had me sit in the board room to rest and recover, which I did for 30 minutes, after which I used the elevator (lift!) to go to my office.
Although I worked most of that day I was definitely not at full speed.

On Monday 22nd I went to my Doctor's office. They examined me, confirmed I had a concussion, and wrote me off work for the week.
That afternoon Arianna drove me to get a CT Scan, which came back with the following report:
Subject: Message From Organization: FPA . CT Head WO CONTRAST
1. No evidence of intracranial trauma, bleeding or midline shift.
2. Normal CT of head.
So unsure of their definition of "Normal"!!!

That week I found myself napping 2-3 times per day, with deep sleeps but waking up with horrible headaches.
Worked remotely on end of month reports on Sunday 28th taking my time during the day, and went back to the office on Monday 29th.
Only worked a few hours that day going home exhausted.
On Tuesday 30th I called my Doctor's office with my symptoms of exhaustion, deep napping, headaches, and concentration which feels like a bunch of cotton wool, to which they wrote me off for the rest of that week also.
My medical records were updated with these notes:

Have been referred to Neurology for what I expect will be a dye scan or something like that. That visit is not until mid-April, the first appointment they could give me.
This Monday, 8th March 2021, I am going back to my Doctor's office for a check-up, including blood work. Need to starve myself for over half a day.... poor me!!! he he

Thank you so much for your concerns, thoughts, and especially prayers as I go through this. Also for Arianna & Eva as they have stepped up greatly to help me.

... and anything else....

This is probably the most typing I have ever done in one day on this Das Keyboard Model S Professional Cherry MX Blue Mechanical Keyboard and it has been a pleasure to type on!

I think I am done for now.
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I smell a wonderful aroma of cooked Breakfast Casserole that Arianna cooked for us.

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