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Happy retirement Day! Enjoy!
Rioting was a bit more subdued after the national Guard was called in and they started enforcing curfew. So sad to see the photos.
Cooler weather gas been nice, but warmer air is on the way...
I better get moving...my youngest has speech this morning.

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Wow, this pandemic sure has caused a lot of things to happen.
I'm enjoying the cooler weather today. going to work after supper - a three hour shift, one more three hour shift tomorrow afternoon then on June 1st Monday it is celebration time for me - RETIREMENT! emoticon

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Hi Mary Beth,
Cool and refreshing temps here today and supposed to be pleasant all weekend.
Things started opening up here, but now we have looting/rioting, so we are under curfew orders. We are quarantined anyway, but Target closed at noon today...and we are restricted from 8pm-6am.
Hubby is camping in the back yard with our young scouts, so the nice weather is good.in hope all your medical things go as scheduled!

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Hi Lori
Well today hubby opened windows. It's a bit cooler but still rather muggy. More bearable than the last two days and tomorrow we are supposed to go back to more normal temperatures which will be nice. Husband's next surgery is booked for June 9th. Tomorrow he will be going for urinalysis at the local hospital lab.
I wish you good luck with the online programming. We certainly are living in a different world now aren't we. I got notice that my eye care place is re-opening tomorrow - lots of restrictions though. I had been scheduled for an eye exam in April so I guess they will be calling me for an appointment soon.
Husband needed new slippers so I went and got him a pair today. I also got a new headgear strap for my CPAP therapy. It was seniors day so I got a discount.

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Hi Mary Beth, I can't take the heat either! My hubby doesn’t might do it as much...maybe guys just don't pay attention to the sweat--lol.
Nice morning right now...we'll see how warm it gets.
Pandemic has definitely changed things. We do not have ours going out in the community now, so no direct support workers. The day programs remain closed, and they are trying to get some online things going. My kids will need assistance to benefit from the online programming, so we'll see if we can make it work.
I was able to get some good produce on my instacart order yesterday. It's good to have more variety:).
Gotta go--my youngest just announced that he is ready to start school.

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It is hot and muggy here in Ontario as well. I couldn't handle the heat so I turned on the a/c. My husband doesn't care for air conditioning, guess he likes the heat. but he also spends most of his time down in the basement where it is cooler. the a/c helps to rid the humidity though and keeps more even temperatures throughout the house. I like open windows too but when its this hot I really need air conditioning. the windows will re-open at the end of the week as it is supposed to get cooler on Friday.
Thanks for your prayers. I wasn't too happy to see hubby trying to do some digging in the garden today in the heat. He didn't work at it for too long thank goodness. I really don't need to see him have a stroke or heart attack!
The staffing has really changed with Christian Horizons where I work. Some of the clients from independent homes went to stay with their families during the pandemic so some staff had to be re deployed to other locations for work. I was doing mostly Passport positions where I would take a client out into the community and do fun stuff together. That all came to an end so its been hard to try to get my 16 hrs part time weekly. I've just been getting 11 hrs a week and then using up whatever I have in vacation/stat time. Doesn't bother me though and I'm glad to be leaving soon. The pandemic has caused a lot of extra precautionary measures and changes and I no longer want to be involved. It's not a fun job to go to anymore. The health unit will be doing COVID testing for the organization's staff and individuals on June 1st - guess I will not have to go through that as it's my first official retirement day!
No one knew that this pandemic was going to last as long as it has. I am sure we all want to see it come to an end soon but that's probably not going to be the case. Oh well, one day at a time!

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Hi Mary Beth,

Sorry to hear about your husband's health-scary disease and a scary time to be sick. Our music pastor's husband is a bladder cancer survivor (8 years I think) and they tell of many hospital trips during the time of his treatment and a few years following. He is doing quite well now! Praying the same for you hubby.

Glad you are looking forward to your retirement...I'm sure your clients will miss you greatly! Before COVID, group home staff was in high demand here--every home was short staffed and often had staff who couldn't work because they were over the monthly limits set by the state (275 hours/month). In the metro area I live in, most of the COVID deaths have been among senior citizens/disabled people in group homes or retirement home settings. Currently, staff is short because of kids being out of school and more parents staying home, but when they get to the reorganization process it will be interesting to see how things end up.

Hot and muggy here today...I was hoping to avoid using the AC, but I was drenched when I was at the piano, so I turned it on. We are supposed to get rain followed by cooler temps, but the clouds just blew over and the sun is back out...wonder if the next cloud bank will bring the rain...

Long weekend here in the states...My elementary kid has fake Friday on Thursday now because they have Flex Friday on Friday with no new assignments given, so it feels more like Saturday, but then we have the real Saturday after that and it starts to feel like we're in a Beatles song with 8 Days a Week! With Monday off this week, it felt like we had yet another Saturday....And with a full schedule today, how many days has it been since I got up this morning? Anyway, my young scouts did a driveway tribute to their Grandpa yesterday. They announced his name, and hubby played taps. The kids were hoping to be able to hear other scouts in the neighborhood,but we didn't hear anyone else. I did hear about others doing it further away, so I think it ended up being a good substitute for the usual Memorial Day ceremonies.

Karate, scouts and Moms group tonight via zoom, so I better get back to work.

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Hi Lori, glad you are enjoying music time and able to connect with your worship community online.
Yesterday I was to work a three hour shift but called someone to fill in for me. My husband had bladder cancer surgery two weeks ago and he is still having some bleeding. He was in some awful discomfort yesterday with back pain. I felt I needed to stay home with him in case we should have to go to hospital. He finally felt better after some Tylenol started to kick in. We think maybe the problem was that on Saturday a friend of mine came over and we sat outside for a safe distance visit. Bob was sitting on the front cement step for quite some time (I was sitting on a chair). I had reminded him to stand up after sitting for quite a while. He seems much better now and I think he is going to call the urologist today to ask about the bleeding. He has to have another resection surgery in June - the tumor was high risk stage 1.
I am working a five hour shift this evening, then I only have two more three hour shifts to work next weekend. Retirement is June 1st - I am excited and somewhat relieved that I won't have the responsibility of taking care of the individuals and their home any more. I will have more time to delegate to my husbands medical issues now and hopefully I will stay healthy and well myself.

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5/23/20 11:34 P

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I enjoy the music time, so that is helpful for me during the quarantine. Our music pastor continues to put worship online--they have just a few musicians each week, and wipe down the keyboards, mics, etc and put the service online. It has been wonderful to have that option. We had our end of the season choir party on zoom, and it was great to see everyone and talk a bit.
Turing here...since you work in a group home, you have an idea of some of the needs here...I have one son who is quite extreme in his need for safety supervision...he really has NO safety awareness at all! I is amazing that he can have hundreds of hymns memorized, but still ask when it will be his turn to get hit by a truck...sigh...so, he requires constant supervision! And taking him to the piano with me keeps him safe and decreases his anxiety, so it's a total win!
Well, I better finish the project I started and then head off to bed.

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Wow Lori. I feel for you and your family. I've really kinda taken a break from music and don't sit at the piano much at home. Maybe I will after June 1st as that is my retirement date from working at the group home. The team of musicians at my church have still been planning ahead by choosing weekly hymns so that still keeps me involved. Even though we did not use all that we planned out for March,April and May it was still good therapy to read the scriptures and plan music that is fitting. I actually enjoy doing that planning but it is somewhat time consuming as there are so many choices in music to pick from. If and when we do get back to our churches, I may have to go in and practise at the organ. It always came naturally to me after so many years and I didn't have to go in ahead of time to practise, but after being away for so long who knows what might happen.

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I crave corporate worship, so I really miss choir and ensemble time at church.
I don't know how long until I will be able to be with other people again...my husband and 3 of my 4 kids have health conditions that make them vulnerable, so we are under total quarantine here. Also, if I get sick, there is no one to take care of my insulin-dependent diabetic child...
I just keep praying that God will make things known to the scientists who are working on this...I would love to see a medical breakthrough that will allow us to gather together again!

I still make time for some music at home, and usually at least one kid will join me.

What do things look like for you?

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How's everybody doing? enjoying your break from music ministry? do you think we will ever get back into it again? Things will likely be different if and when we ever do get back to our church gatherings.

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Hang in there Lori.
I've been enjoying tapping in to online religious programs this week. It's really hard to believe that we all have to celebrate the Good Friday and Easter celebrations at home rather than in our church buildings this year.
Hope you have a good day today. emoticon

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Monday was our worst school day so far...yesterday was a bit better and today we seem to be surviving.
Migraine today is not helpful...
The Holy Week reflection sounds good...our church has ours online...I haven't had a chance to look at them...I think what I really want is just time to actually reflect, and not manage behaviors and try to order groceries...sigh...

I'm going to try something more restorative for a bit before I need to get started on supper...need something creative...

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Good luck Lori with the schooling. I'm glad I don't have to worry about that. My day off today from work so I just took it easy and relaxed. Finished reading a book and now to move on to another one. I want to tap in to a Holy Week reflection on line each day this week so I better go look that up now.

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I keep hearing about the amazing cleaning folks are doing in their spare time, and I keep thinking it will eventually get to a place here where guys are actually able to allow me more than 2 minutes before doing somet6dangerous, but so far, no chance of any deep cleaning for me...sigh...
When I was in college there was an organization that had a music lending library--it was great for small churches! I don't know if there is anything like that now that choirs are in decline, but if so, it would be a great place to donate music to.

Palm Sunday yesterday-- my kids made paper palms last year, and waved them again yesterday...one decided to rip his...sigh...

Sunny weather gave us some great outside time and I made good progress cleaning garden beds.

Better get my kids started on school!

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Thanks for sharing Lori. Sounds like your patience might be getting tested somewhat these days.
I am grateful for the spare time I've had to be going through some music I've had hanging around forever. I'm sure someone must have passed all this stuff on to me at some point and maybe I went through some of it before but never decided to do anything about it all. There were a bunch of sample anthems that I've gone through and only keeping a bare minimum. I hope someone else will be glad to have the time to enjoy looking at these - I'm just not sure where to donate them.

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I have two young adult sons who have disabilities and they don't get the quarantine. One son is rarely sick, so he cannot comprehend being sick for 2 weeks. However, my sons are on the list of folk who tend to die from covid-19, so we have completely quarantined. They also tend to pull out tubes, disconnect monitors and set off alarms when they are in the hospital, so being in a situation where the hospital personnel are stretched beyond capacity is frightening!

We started online school yesterday--technology was NOT our friend! We spent hours trying to post school work and mostly ended up watching the circle of death on the screen. Today is better, and one boy is done. The other is working better than usual today.

Online church is good, but I miss times of fellowship. Still, it's good to see faces of leadership and be cyber connected.

Sunny here today, so we will get some good outdoor time.



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I work in a group home part time so am still able to get out. It's not easy working with individuals who can't really understand the whole concept of this virus. The one fellow I work with is a social butterfly so for him to be stuck at home is really very difficult. He does use a cell phone though and has a large family. He talks to family members every day and to some friends. he's really addicted to his cell phone. I have a hard time when he asks me to try to help him with something on his phone as I am not tech savvy at all. I have a cell phone but use it only minimally. I prefer to use landline for phone and a regular computer monitor for internet. Maybe I am too old fashioned, but I really can't stand seeing people so hooked and tied to their cell phones all the time.
It was good to watch church on the computer, even though we don't see any people in the pews. Nice to hear the gospel message and words of encouragement from the pastor.

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Yes...we take so much for granted...I think the pace of life contributes to that-- we get busy, and count on our conveniences more than we count on God, and it takes a drastic change to get our attention! Sounds like a good sermon.
They did a short 'Wednesday night Live ' online from church this week...they will have online options for different ages groups beginning in April, but I think we'll all end up with the elementary group, since I will need to supervise the kids with the iPad.
We have had 2 sunny days, and I am thankful for our fenced in back yard!
I miss choir, but at least I can sing with a kid or 2 here at home.

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It's great that we can access so many things from the internet. This is probably the only way people can really connect at this time in order to avoid the spread of the CoronaVirus. What on earth will we do if all the computers decide to crash???? I was just listening to a sermon and I wrote down a couple of things he said for us to think about - How blind we have become to the things we have placed before God. In prosperity we take God for granted.

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Same here, pianist and worship pastor for the traditional service...a small praise band (more of an ensemble than a band) for the contemporary. It felt good to gather at home and sing along...kids enjoyed church in jamming and I was happy to get a break from leading here.

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Lori, Thank you for saying "stay if I want. Our church will be streaming services. No choir.Just 7 musicians.


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I'm with you MaryBeth! The lack of fellowship fellowship and corporate worship/music are huge voids right now. Our church leadership is still working and they will put worship services online, so we can at least stay a little connected.
I'm glad we have access to so much online. In addition to our church, I know pastors in other areas, so I can access their sites as well.
I hope you are well!

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Hi there. Good to see a chat starting up again. It is really very strange not being able to go to church at this time due to the current situation with CoronaVirus. I don't make a lot of money from my music church jobs; it is the fellowship and joy of music ministry that I will be missing.

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I say stay if you want!

Currently, our governor has issued and executive order not to gather, so I am only singing at home for now...I think it will be similar around the country for the next month at least.

None of us will police you and you can chime in or not according to your preferences, life needs, etc.

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Hello everyone. Not sure if I can remain on this team because I stopped playing alto sax in church last February due to health reasons.I do still play at home for my own enjoyment. What say you all about this? Thanks for any feedback. emoticon

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Yes--organists are not common any more...it is a complex and lovely instrument, but not 'in style' for contemporary style worship. We have a wonderful organist in the church we attend, and my oldest loves the organ pipes. He watches to see the little doors open, because he knows it will get louder then! I'm glad you also get to contribute to different congregations and share your God-given gifts that way. Giong to different churches is hard for me with kids who have special needs, so I am thankful for the opportunities I have where we are. So fun that there are different options and that we have the freedom to choose!

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It is kind of nice to be able to share our talent where it is needed. In my parish we have many who play music. I get to play organ, or piano, once or twice a month on a Saturday evening in my parish Catholic church. Because we have so many who play music, I ventured out quite a few years ago to help out in a Protestant church on Sundays. It was quite a change for me, but thoroughly enjoy the experience in any church I serve in. Organ is my favorite instrument to play, and organists are hard to come by now a days.

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It's great that you have opportunities in different congregations! What a blessing to those who need a pianist!
we enjoyed worship with some of our favorite songs this morning...and wonderfully kind folks to fellowship with.

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I'm playing at a new church this morning; I don't have a regular, weekly position, but I do supply for various churches around town. My own church already has 2 pianists, so I volunteer in other areas there. I'm looking forward to worshipping on piano today!

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Oh, I'm glad you have help with the driving and that things are okay so far. As you said, it seems that the tiredness is a more delayed reaction...I have even heard some people say that they didn't feel the tiredness until the treatments were done...quite a delay
It's good that you have folks locally to help and to encourage you! I'm still praying for you here!

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Hi Lori,
Treatment #5 was today. All is going well so far. They tell me it takes about ten days before you start to see any side effects so I shall see how things go next week. The travel time is what kinda wears me out. I've been doing some of the driving - usually on the way there and then my companion drives home. It is a one hour drive to get to the hospital where I have treatments. Treatment time takes only about 20 minutes maximum (most of that is spent lining me up correctly for the radiation machine - the actual radiation part is about three minutes). So far its been external treatments which I feel nothing from - I've gotten used to the sound of the machine and I bring in a CD so I can listen to music while I'm being treated. Have to hold still for ten minutes while they do their work. I also have to have a full bladder at time of treatment. But since I have such a long drive, my bladder has been pretty much 'too' full when I get there. I must cut back on the amount of coffee I drink before leaving home I guess, but I do love caffeine and you're supposed to match water to the amount of coffee. Therefore I am probably over hydrating rather than dehydrating. Soon I will be having one of the 'internal' radiation treatments - not looking forward to that at all because it is more invasive. Thank God there are only three of those treatments.
I am blessed to have many friends and family who have offered to go with me to appointments. I give credit to all those who have been praying for me too - it has helped me to stay positive through the whole process.

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Hey MaryBeth
Just checking in to see how radiation is going for you...
Hope you are doing well and getting lots of care and rest

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Sounds like you have some good plans to modify things as needed, while still being able to participate in the things you enjoy! Will be praying for that to all work out as planned--or even better!

Here the kid programs tend to start the week following school starting. I like not having everything start at the same time--it lets us kind of ease into things. This fall will be somewhat experimental for us, since we are at a different church now. The leadershp changes in the old church made it difficult for our family. There was much secrecy surrounding changes being made, and I just couldn't keep up, and with kids who have special needs, it's often helpful to give them info before an event--and I cna't do that if everything is a big secret. I honestly don't get how 'go and tell' became 'get them in here, but don't let them know what we're doing'. It's just weird.

Church was nice this morning. A young man sang 'Symphony of Praise' in Spanish, while they showed gorgeous nature photos with the English text. Steve Green sang the song several years ago--you can probably find it on Youtube if you're not familiar with it. We also sang favorites of both my older 2 sons, so it felt good to be back from vacation and at home in a relatively new place.

I have a project to finish, so I better get back to work.

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I have a children's choir that I usually start up the week that school starts or the week after. I think I'll wait till the 17th since the 10th is my first treatment date. The children won't be singing at a church service until October so I would still have lots of time to prepare them.

The Sunday choir will work out okay because we only have practises on Sunday mornings before church service. I get my treatments on Monday through Friday so I should be good on Sundays to do music.

I have great hopes and expectation that I will have enough energy to be able to go to work occasionally. I miss my job with the people that have intellectual disabilities - I start up again with them on Labour Day weekend (Sept 6/7). The radiologist gave me the okay to go back to work with the condition that my shifts may have to be adapted and that I may need recovery time at the very end of my treatment period.

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yes--it is so much fun! And our director for the week is a composer/arranger, so we get fun music too!
I keep thnking that Sept. is farther away because school doesn't start here until the 8th...but that's already a week in, so I guess it really is just around the corner. Will just continue in prayer for you as you prepare.
Got a sweet email from the choir director at our new church, and I'm all set for choir there in the fall. Have your choir folks been supportive to you during these health challenges? Or is it harder during the summer when programs are on hold?

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I loved the video. Looks like it was an awful lot of fun!
My treatments start on Sept. 10th. Thanks for the prayers.

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Yea for getting through surgery recovery. I'll be praying for you as you go through radiation--I've heard it can be quite tiring!

For some fun--check out this video:

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It's a short overview of our family camp in OR. The little drummer in the blue jack at about 2:37 is my 3 year old.

We are changing churches, so am trying to figure out choir and kids stuff for fall.

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Good to hear from you Lori.
Soon be time to start up choirs after summer. Guess I better start planning.
It's been a strange summer for me - surgery on July 13th, got through my six week recovery, now I am facing radiation treatments, to start in a couple of weeks.

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Got home Sunday night, and now beginning to get caught up again...really need to get back into a routine and more healthy eating.
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Our retreat was wonderful and after some playtime at the beach,we will begin heading for home in the morning!
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Waiting for camper repair, and then will head to the coast for our retreat. Will have several church musicians on campus this week.
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It was a rough trip west, but we made it to OR and had a great day at church with friends this morning.
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I hope you have a good family vacation Lori. Tell us all about it when you get back.


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Oh, how fun to be back with your 'team' for Sunday music.

My family was grumpy yesterday, so it was good to just lose myself in the worshp music for a while!

Getting ready to leave for vacation, and tryng to figure out how to organize things here.

Ahh...just saw the weather report and it looks like we will have some slightly cooler weather tomorrow---great for loading the camper!

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Thanks Lori.
Good day to be back at the Sunday church job yesterday - the full choir was there and they were all happy to see me. They were going to sign and send off a get well card but too late, I'm already back to music! No anthems during the summer but choir still come up to lead the hymns.

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