social distancing is awesome but the world has become surreal

Removed from all context, I am loving social distancing.I was very disappointed to cancel our planned vacation to visit west-coast family and friends. But other than that, I am having a great time.Reading.Writing.Practicing piano.Doing jigsaw puzzles.Watching movies and series.Walking outside.Stretching and meditating inside.Playing with our dogs. They are loving have me around all the time.Cooking. The Instant Pot is working overtime!Getting things done around the house.Poor Allan, because he w...
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Rain Day

blog 031820 Rain dayVery soon I am going to hang out my shingle Rain Maker. Yes it has been beautiful for the past 3 days I can't complain but this IS the desert it's not supposed to rain much. Oh well everything is different including our l
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Door of the Month, March 2020: Quai d’Anjou & Quai de Bourbon, Ile Saint Louis

As I mentioned in my last post that I take a brisk walk everyday across from the Ile Saint Louis.   On Friday, I walked along the Quai d’Anjou & Quai de Bourbon on Ile Saint Louis to take some door photos. Almost all the buildings along the two quais’s are former hotel particuliers, from the early to mid 1600s and have been well maintained.   Please read an interview about my photography on the blog Architects and Artisans at this link
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Hawaii shutting down, issuing stay at home orders, 14-day quarantine for arrivals, some say state isn't doing enough to protect against COVID-19, news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki surfers ©2020 All Hawaii News Oahu, Maui issue stay-at-home orders in ‘extraordinary’ push to stop spread of virus. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell issued an emergency “stay at home” order Sunday for Oahu, saying only employees who deliver essential services — from health care to banking to groceries, gas and car repair — should be leaving the house every day to report to work. Later Sunday, Maui Mayor Mike Victorino followed suit — and the governor said he was conferring with the st...
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Bryce Canyon National Park

To see Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks we stayed in between the 2 in the tiny town of Glendale UT. Bryce was about a 50 mile drive. The landscape was through the mountains with farm valleys along the way. We passed through an area in the Dixie Nation
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St Patrick's Day

blog 031720 St Patrick's DayThere was an appointment on the books for this morning for between 8 am and noon so I had to get up and going just in case they showed up at the first hour. As time dragged on I decided to sweep out the camper. Well one th
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This Too Shall Pass.....

How many times did my mother remind me of that More than I can count. But she was always right. Moms are always right Hey kids...can you hear me now Whatever was in the passed. Perhaps not always as quickly as we might like but it al
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U.S.-Saudi Oil Accord One Idea Discussed, Energy Secretary Says - Bloomberg

U.S.-Saudi Oil Accord One Idea Discussed, Energy Secretary Says - Bloomberg:U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said the possibility of a joint U.S.-Saudi oil alliance is one idea under consideration to stabilize prices after the worst crash in a generation. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#AbuDhabi evictions, car seizures, bank account freezing halted amid Covid-19 impact - Arabianbusiness

Abu Dhabi evictions, car seizures, bank account freezing halted amid Covid-19 impact - Arabianbusiness:Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, on Monday directed the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department to halt all rental property eviction cases currently underway.Executive procedures like imprisonment, blocking of bank accounts, seizure of vehicles, stocks and assets have also been halted for a period of two months as the coro...
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#AbuDhabi’s Etihad says only #UAE citizens or diplomats to board its flights from overseas - tweet - Reuters

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad says only UAE citizens or diplomats to board its flights from overseas - tweet - Reuters:Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways said on Monday that effective immediately only citizens of the United Arab Emirates or diplomats will be able to board its flights from overseas destinations and only if their final destination is Abu Dhabi, the airline said on twitter.The UAE is suspending all passenger flights for two weeks from Wednesday to contain the spread of the coronavirus. [Author: no...
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Despite OPEC+ deal collapse, #Saudi oil exports yet to rise-sources - Reuters

Despite OPEC+ deal collapse, Saudi oil exports yet to rise-sources - Reuters:Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has yet to boost crude shipments significantly, two industry sources who track the flows said, suggesting a lack of demand despite a deep slide in prices as major producers battle for market share.The kingdom plans to ship more than 10 million barrels per day (bpd) from May following the collapse of a supply-cut pact by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other produce...
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Crude edges higher, U.S. gasoline slumps over 30% on sinking demand - Reuters

Crude edges higher, U.S. gasoline slumps over 30% on sinking demand - Reuters:Oil prices inched higher on Monday, while U.S. gasoline prices plunged more than 30% to a record low as global restrictions on travel to slow the spread of coronavirus destroyed demand for fuel.Brent crude LCOc1 futures ended the session up 5 cents at $27.03 a barrel while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures for May delivery rose 73 cents, or 3.2%, to $23.36 a barrel. Both benchmarks traded in negative ter...
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MIDEAST STOCKS-Most Gulf stocks decline as region self-isolates against virus - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Most Gulf stocks decline as region self-isolates against virus - Reuters:Most bourses in the Gulf extendedlosses on Monday, as a rising number of lockdowns in the regionand elsewhere to contain the spread of the coronavirusintensified fears of a deep global recession.In Dubai, the index declined 3.8%, pressured by a5% plunge in Emirates NBD Bank. Dubai Islamic Bank dropped 3.2%.The UAE, the region's tourism and business hub, said itwould suspend all passenger flights and airport t...
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I Like Big Bundts! Chocolate Almond Coated Chocolate Cheesecake Bundt

This cheesecake bundt is a triple whammy! It's a rich chocolate cake filled with a surprise layer of creamy vanilla cheesecake. On top it is coated with a crunchy topping of chocolate and toasted almonds! And now is when we need this chocolate cake to end them all more than ever!
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Oil Finds Firmer Ground on Hopes for U.S.- #Saudi Price Detente - Bloomberg

Oil Finds Firmer Ground on Hopes for U.S.-Saudi Price Detente - Bloomberg:Crude rose for a second day after the U.S. signaled it was open to the possibility of an alliance with Saudi Arabia to stabilize prices.Futures in New York gained as much as 4.1%, after advancing 3.2% in Monday’s session. U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said that a joint U.S.-Saudi oil alliance is one idea under consideration to steady the market after the worst crash in a generation. The market was also supported by...
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Social Distancing The Empty Terraces

It had been a fairly uneventful drive up north. Snow was covering the peaks in North Pennines but fortunately the road was nice and clear. We stopped for a short wander in Gretna. The wedding business looked like it was needing a few extra customers as i
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Facing the Unknown

It's a beautiful Sunday morning here in Santiago Chile. Most of our small group arrived on Friday morning looking forward to a lovely trip through four countries in South America and for me another chance to escape some of the winter's colorless cold i
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Hysterical Journey to Historic Places

WASHINGTON MISSISSIPPIThe origins of Mississippi are roughly as confusing as Fathers Day in Nogales is. It started out to be a part of Georgia back when Georgia extended to the Mississippi River. Back in those days the Colony of Virginia ex
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Fuel Launches ‘Crisis Management Resources for Hotels’ Master List to Help Hoteliers Navigate the Coronavirus Pandemic and Other Adverse Market Conditions

Myrtle Beach, SC - March 23, 2020 - Fuel, the premier provider of hotel marketing software and digital agency services for the hospitality sector, announced the launch of a new online resource to benefit the hospitality industry as it works to combat the effects of the COVID-19 virus, titled the "Crisis Management Resources for Hotels" Master List.
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U.K. Declares Partial Coronavirus Lockdown, Bans Gatherings of More Than Two People

U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson has declared a partial lockdown of the country, effective immediately. In an address broadcast to the nation on Monday evening, Johnson urged Britons to stay home to save lives. The prime minister forbade leaving home for anything apart from shopping for basic necessities like food and medicines, medical needs, one […]
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12.den madeira

Tento zapisok mal byt z ostrova terceira no neni. Furt som na uprsanej madeire.Na ranajky som dorazil mlieko tak zajtra si dam hrianky a vajicka. Konecne zmena.V noci okolo 0100 ma zobudil talian co bol v kuchyni. S niekym telefonoval dost hlasi
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Brazil 201920 part III Street Art

Little Red Riding Hood goes girl power and a lot more All photos in this blog entry is of street art. First of all we want to point out that we make a difference between street art and graffiti. Street art is often not always but often
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How To Protect Your Business From The Coronavirus Epidemic | By Yelyzaveta Horbenko

The hospitality industry is particularly affected by the coronavirus epidemic. The number of reservations is rapidly going down, some hotels are forced by law to close temporarily. However, some positive prognosis says that this situation is temporary and will last several weeks, as far as all measures have been taken.
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U.S. Jobless Claims Could Top Record 1.5 Million Next Week: Economists

A wave of layoffs at restaurants, bars and hotels, as efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic bring much of everyday American life to a halt, could drive new applications for U.S. unemployment benefits to a record 1.5 million or more next week, economists warned on Thursday.
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UK tourists overseas told: 'Come home now'UK tourists overseas told: 'Come home now'

FCO says Brits should return while flights are still available
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Coronavirus: S'pore Government to make its contact-tracing app freely available to developers worldwide

In a move to help the international community combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Government will be making the software for its contact-tracing application TraceTogether, which has already been installed by more than 620,000 people, freely available to developers around the world.
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The Growth of Newly Announced Brands Since 2015 in the United States

The U.S. construction pipeline is now in its ninth consecutive year of growth and should continue to remain strong through 2020 and the early part of the new decade.
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Ce sa nu ratezi cand ajungi in Germania

Germania are foarte multe orase si zone frumoase care merita cu siguranta vizitate. Peisajele ruinele padurile imense si viata de noapte sunt doar cateva din lucrurile pe care trebuie sa le vezi si sa le experimentezi insa exista ceva mai interesant s
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ExCeL could become makeshift coronavirus hospitalExCeL could become makeshift coronavirus hospital

Plans being drawn up to deal with growing number of cases
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