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  1. My family members are law-abiding citizens who are obeying all the COVID-19 social distancing rules. We're not looking to congregate with other people. Two members of a family playing tennis or a father and son shooting basketball hoops does not endanger anyone with COVID-19 and does not violate social distancing laws. So it surprises me that the basketball and tennis courts are roped off, closed and locked because people should be getting fresh air and doing healthy activities. But nevermind-- this isn't about basketball or tennis. This is about power and freedom. Families like ours don't need the heavy hand of government bc we are self-disciplined and follow a higher law that includes the belief that God is allowing all that is happening now--including the things that are shut down and all the officials and politicians that are in place ("He [God] removes kings and sets up kings" Daniel 2:21). So, of course I will defer to God on this bc what He gives me is more valuable than basketball or tennis ("Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's" Mark 12:17). My family happens to be very active and "outdoorsy" with an elite athlete who usually works with a team of coaches. We don't sit around much, don't binge on TV and things like that. So when parks and gyms, recreation and certain facilities are closed it's a bit of a bummer for us, but we are being very creative and making the best of it. I am humbled and reminded today how blessed I am, that I serve a sovereign God and that, in the end, He will make all things new. (Rev 21:5)
  2. MercyA--As a conservative Christian woman who affirms Biblical marriage, first I want to give you a (((hug))). This is not easy and these are trying times. Have you prayed about this decision? Have you prayed with your husband about this decision? Ideally I would want to discuss reducing meds with my Dr and husband in the same room. I understand that your Dr would approve of what you are doing, but he could have a different course of action (how much to cut dosage if you want to reduce or eliminate the meds). Most importantly what really matters is what God's Word says. I'm sure you are very familiar with these verses and I would like to prayerfully share them with you. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body." 1 Cor 6:19-20 (read 1 Cor 6:12-20) "The man said, 'This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.' For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh." Genesis 2:23-24 "The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does." 1 Cor 7:4 "You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in and understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered." 1 Peter 3:7 Ephesians 5:22-33 (I won't quote the entire passage, just portions, but you should read it in its entirety in your Bible) "Wives be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord...... Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.....So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies." MercyA--Based on what God's Word says, I don't believe that our bodies belong to ourselves and that we can do whatever we want. (You have free will, so you could do whatever you want, but not if you love the Lord and you love your husband.) (And to caution you, whenever we as Christians find ourselves saying anything that has the words "I should have complete control over..." that should be a red flag to us. Because we are not to take control, but rather hand control over to God (we may have responsibility for some things, but control is for God). As a Christian, you were bought with a price so you now belong to Christ--body, soul and all. If your husband is a loving, Christian partner in your marriage, he will care about the side effects of this medication you are taking. Since you have been taking this medication for quite some time, I also wonder what prompted you to make this decision. I urge you to talk with your husband and pray together about what course of action you should take. His perspective does matter. I am praying for you.
  3. I pay taxes for all these parks and services. But I realize that a govt that gives you something is the same govt that can take it away. I understand thoroughly what is going on and my family and I are extremely law-abiding citizens. I just think some "rules" have been taken much too far and will affect people's health negatively. While social-distancing is wise and will save lives from COVID-19, I think a lot of people will suffer loss in health as a result of staying indoors for extended periods of time--such as: increased anxiety, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, Type 2 Diabetes, asthma, allergies, etc. (not to mention what happens to the mental & physical health of the unemployed segment of the population). We make jokes about the "Quarantine 15" but in reality it's no laughing matter. Too many people are very unhealthy in our country as it is. eta: so on that note I'm out for my run with my DD so I don't stay parked by the computer which is also unhealthy in many ways 🙂
  4. Yes, they are. You are not allowed to shoot hoops at the public basketball court. They are roped off with signs saying you are not allowed to enter.
  5. You can shoot hoops by yourself or with your own son or daughter. I don't see liquor stores and pot shops as necessary in a time like this. (Frankly I don't see them as necessary at all but that's just me.) People aren't allowed to gather outside of their family (family also=people they live with) so this could encourage some people to drink alone.
  6. In some states, basketball courts are roped off and tennis courts are locked. But--hey liquor stores and pot shops are open! 🙄 ETA: Olive Garden just sent me an e-mail "Now Serving Wine & Beer ToGo." I can't go out and shoot basketball hoops by myself, but I can sit at home and drink.
  7. This is the link for the police dept
  8. Several weeks ago when the governor of WA was asked how he would enforce his order to limit large gatherings, his answer was "by complaints!" so it's no surprise where things are at now. It's been little, by little by little. I find these kinds of things very frightening and worry about the fallout of actions like this after the crisis has abated. At some point in time the pandemic will be over, but I am very concerned about the damage left behind by how people have treated each other and the power of government in our lives.
  9. Government surveillance I personally don't want government surveillance on our country's citizens. (There are already many things going on that I disapprove of.) While I see a role the govt can play in helping during a crisis like this, I fear this crisis will cause negative changes for our kids' privacy rights and their freedoms in the future.
  10. Ok, first world problem, I know. 😉 I have an iPhone 8Plus. I'm trying to delete photos/videos on my phone bc I'm running out of space. Supposedly if you delete it on your phone, it will also delete it from iCloud and vice versa (it's supposed to sync periodically). That's what the folks at Apple told me, but it's not happening. My goal is to store certain photos/videos on our computer HD and delete most of my other photos/videos from my phone and iCloud. I want to be able to delete it from one and have it disappear from the other. It's driving me batty. (DH has tried to help but he has a Samsung)
  11. From what I understand, some places like NYC and San Fran continued to have large gatherings (Lunar New Year for example) that may have helped spread the virus. Whereas in the Seattle area they were cancelling these events.
  12. I feel the same. Humans were not created to live in isolation--and to spend so much time inside wooden/brick boxes. As a society we're already fairly isolated--we're so busy and then we come home pull our cars into our garages and that's it. When I was growing up there were so many of us kids playing out in the streets while parents often sat on the front porch chit-chatting or had friends over for coffee. Since I became an adult, I haven't seen anything like that in the places I've lived. And I miss it so much. And where we live now the culture is not warm and friendly. So not being able to see my church family and to lose the little connections I have is devastating for me as well as DH and DD.
  13. Journalism professor in her 70's--opinion column. Don't let it upset you--you gotta love her humor and perspective!
  14. Interview with Dr Fauci-- “It is conceivable and maybe likely that when we get to the next season, we may see another blip of this, but it would really be different. And I’ll tell you why it’s different because a certain percentage of the population will already have been immune. A bit of what we call herd immunity. We likely, by that time, we’ll have tested a number of drugs [h]opefully some of them will be effective in treatment. And as I mentioned, just a couple of days ago, we started a vaccine trial and we hopefully within a year to a year and a half, would have a vaccine.”
  15. When did you sign for the condo? I wonder if you could get out of it bc of the pandemic. I'm hearing that you feel you found the perfect place and really want it to work out. But, if it was me, I would probably try to get out of it if my current home wasn't sold yet and it could put me in a financial bind. I know a lot of people do it, but I could not feel at peace buying another home without selling my current one first (or at least having a clause in the contract to protect me from being stuck with 2 homes). This also depends on your local market, but I don't think now is a good time to sell...however it will come back up over time. I don't know how far away you are from retirement, but if you're over 50 I would say you should not take on a mortgage. Also, if you end up financially strained in the condo and want to unload it, typically condos don't sell as fast as single family homes. Your worst case and middling scenarios are quite risky. Your best case scenario is highly dependent on selling your home for a good price and it sounds like you have not (very recently) explored if that's possible. You need more concrete information on your current house. Is there anyone involved in this that you could talk with (lawyer?) for some honest advice? It's a difficult decision so if you have a faith that your practice, I would pray for wisdom and peace. That's just my personal opinion. (((hugs)))
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