Monday, October 5, 2020

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, my blogging pals! I'm finally back. And I have missed you all terribly! I will confess that I have been secretly visiting all your blogs and keeping up to date with what's been going on in your part of the world. Some of you have dealt or are dealing with difficult times and I'm so sorry that you are. Sending you lots of hugs. I'll stop by later to visit all your blogs and leave a comment.

So what's been going on over here? Well, the worst thing was my father-in-law's passing in August from COVID. At the age of 93 and in a weakened state, we knew that the chances of him surviving were very minimal. The saddest thing was that he died alone in the hospital since he had to be isolated and visitors were not permitted. It was very difficult on the family. I can't stress enough how important it is to take this virus seriously. You don't know if you'll get it and how you'll respond if you do. And should you be unfortunate to need hospitalization, you're going to be completely alone. No one will be there holding your hand.

Okay, off the soapbox...

The summer zipped right by. I did some gardening but not as much as I'd hoped to. The most amazing man in the world and I took a lot of walks and kept as busy as we can. I got together each week with a friend that lives nearby and we took lengthy walks and had coffee dates on her deck. We visited my daughter in Ottawa a couple of times, and she and her boyfriend drove down to our place other times, as well. Other than that, it was one of the quietest summers we've ever had. With everyone else I know, it was either video chats, phone calls, text messages, messenger contacting, etc. COVID has really dominated 2020.

I'll write more in future posts and I invite you to share your own news in the comments below. And now, let's get to the funny stuff! Enjoy, and have a wonderful day ahead.

58 comments:

  1. Welcome back Martha. So sorry about the passing of your FIL.

    Loved them all especially the mask one after climbing all those steps!

    betty

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  2. Welcome back! And I can relate to the Odin worshiper.

    Very sorry to hear about your father-in-law. It is terrible the isolation this virus forces on its victims in their last days.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, the isolation with this virus is just awful. I don't wish it on anyone. And I wish people would take this more seriously.

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  3. Martha! Welcome back so good to hear from you and thanks for the laughs. So sorry about your father in law.

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  4. Awww Martha.....You come by so infrequently but, when you do, it ALWAYS makes me smile. Hope you are well.

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    1. I am so sorry about you father-in-law.

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    2. Linda, thank you so much! For your comments about my father-in-law and for the wonderful welcome :)

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  5. Martha, welcome back to blogging. You have been missed. My condolences to you and your husband for your loss. The Coronavirus is lethal, something our government has ignored, so your warning is spot on. Thanks for the cartoons, even if they are a bit dark.

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    1. Thanks! So happy to finally be back. I've missed all of my blogging friends!

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  6. Hello Martha and a warm welcome back, I enjoyed the funnies, thank you :)

    Although, I was saddened to read about the loss of your FIL, my sincere condolences.

    My good wishes

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you for the condolences, Jan. It's just one of those things in life. Hope you are well!

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  7. I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law - i know that this has happened to people where they can't even console and comfort those who are sick and dying. No words...other than sorrow about that. i've missed your newsy posts and your comics. So glad u have come back to post . Summer here has been hot, somewhat smoky with the fires around (not right here in our area0... but just too hot to want to get out much and walk. When it's too hot and we need to get out we just drive around to the different lakes out here and get out for short walk and photographs. Sons have visited here and there. Really not that much news. Our little town had a flu a bad flu going around from December through about February. As it turned out - it was Covid up here that hit and i was down for about 8 days with it but recovered. Just the other day we realized we probably got it from our neighbor who had been visiting his kids got the flu and stayed down the mountain with them for about a week. Right after he got home he came over to visit us and within days it came to our house. We all thought it was a bad variant of the normal flu. His doctor just told him he had antibodies from Covid so he said that's what Ray had. Anyway that's all the news i have.

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    1. I'm glad to hear you're doing well, Sandy. Some of us may have already had COVID and not even know. Or we might even be carriers and not know. It's such a strange and unpredictable virus.

      Anyhow, our summer was much more comfortable than last year. We didn't have as many heat waves, which is great. We were able to get out more.

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  8. So sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Martha. My condolences and hugs to you, your husband and your family.

    Glad to have you back in the blogosphere! You always find the best LOLs that never fail to make me laugh! And today's post is no exception!

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    1. Thanks, Debra. I appreciate that.

      I'm very happy to be back! Gotta keep you all smiling, no?

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  9. Welcome back! I missed you. I am so sorry about your father-in-law, please pass my condolences to your husband. That is heartbreaking that he had to be alone as so many with COVID had to be.
    Great bunch of funnies. I love the got your mask one, reminds me of all the times I have to go back to the car because my mom forgets hers when we go to Walmart. I now keep a disposable in my purse for her. XO

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    1. Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate them. It was really awful how he passed. He's at peace now.

      I do the same as you - I keep a disposable mask in my purse at all times. And there's one in the glove compartment of our car. xo

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  10. I'm sorry about your father-in-law. It breaks my heart that people die without a loved one to hold their hands and tell them how loved they've been. Stay on your soapbox as long as you like. I'm on mine, too.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. It's a terrible way for someone's life to end. I don't wish this on anyone. xo

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  11. I'm sorry to hear about your father-in-law, Martha! My condolences to you and George and your family. My heart breaks for all the families who have lost loved ones, and dying alone is especially cruel. It's great to see you back, and I loved your funnies. Terry and I are doing well so far. I've been stuck at home since March 7th, but that's a small thing compared to what so many others have suffered and endured. Take care!

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    1. It's been a tough year for a lot of people but we're doing the best we can. I'm glad to hear you're doing well!

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  12. Good to have you back, Martha! Sounds like you are keeping as busy as permissible. Stay safe.
    Sorry to hear of your father-in-law's passing. Please give my regards to your husband and family.
    We are staying as active as before. We are fortunate to live outside the city where it is quiet and less people. It has been, and continues to be, an unusual time for us all to say the least.

    Everyone knows to keep things the same with kitties OR ELSE!! lol Thanks for the laugh and memories.

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    1. Thank goodness we have nature, Jim! We live in a small city, so we're not as much at risk. Very few cases here, but we still have to be smart about it because we're close to two major cities.

      Glad you enjoyed the funnies!

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  13. Welcome back. I still am on hiatus. Kind of.

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    1. So pleased to be back! Blogging has been a struggle for many this year. Not much to say!

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  14. I am sorry about your father in law. I live in isolation in a place where no-one seems to take this seriously. Please take care. Thanks for the funnies.

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    1. Stay safe! I know people who are a little reckless. I hope they don't lose someone they love to this virus.

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  15. Sorry about your father-in-law'.
    I missed your posts.

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  16. Good to see a post from you. Sad news about your FIL. We had a quiet summer too, lots of walking, a few visits to our favourite quite spots. Lots of crafting and gardening time. Stay safe.

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    1. It's been a very unusual year, to say the least. At least we have the beautiful outdoors!

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  17. Nice to see you back Martha. So sorry to hear about your father-in law. I understand how hard that was as my father-in law passed the end of May, he was 96. He had been failing and it wasn't unexpected but as you said family wasn't allowed in so it was very hard on my mother-in law. It's been such a strange year but we're still trying to make the best of it. Glad to see your comic's again. The cat ones are so on point!

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that about your father-in-law. Really sad that families have had to deal with these tragic situations. No one should pass away alone like that.

      I'm glad to be back. It's been a struggle trying to blog but I enjoy the connection with my blogging pals!

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  18. I'm so sorry about your father in law Martha! That is so sad. I admit, shamefully, that I didn't take covid as seriously as I should have back in February when all of this was coming to Canada. I certainly do now though and I'm like that Loch Down Monster!

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    1. You're not alone, Rain. Way back in February, most of us didn't know what to expect or what this was really all about. It was all new and very unclear. Now we know better!

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  19. Welcome back you were missed. I'm so sorry to hear about your father-in-law. My mother had it at age 92 and survived. No one knows how we will cope with Covid, so keep as safe as you can.

    Love the funnies!

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    1. That is amazing about your mother! Yes, we don't know how each of us will react. Best to just be smart about it and stay safe.

      Glad you enjoyed the humour!

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  20. I'm so sorry about your father-in-law. It is so incredibly important to take this virus seriously, it makes me so angry when people don't and even go so far as to say it isn't anything at all. WTF ? oops, censored ?
    Kingston has a very hard time with university students ... so I get that part intensely.
    You made me laugh with these funnies .. I appreciate that (especially the Viking one ! ) THANKS ! ;-)

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    1. Joy! I hope you are well. It's been a crazy year. It really is upsetting about those who don't take this seriously. They put others at risk. Whenever I run across someone like that, I shake my head. And stay away from them! :)

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  21. I'm so sorry to hear what happened to your father-in-law, and that none of you were able to be with him during his passing!

    That's an awful virus!

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  22. I like the idea of being a legend in hell although at this point I don't think I would want to be there with Donald Trump. He's definitely going. You have my sympathy for your father-in-laws passing. My Dad is now in a nursing home which we cannot visit. I hate the thought of him dying alone there but it is a real possibility. The stress of this year has not been kind.

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    1. I'm so sorry to hear that about your dad. I can only imagine how difficult it is for you and for him! It's been a very unkind year to many. Wishing you well.

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  23. I think I'll go for the million. This could be fun.

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  24. Missed you so much dear Martha ,i am glad you are back :)

    i am sorry for your father in law 's death ,i know pain get bigger when situation is such ruthless and harsh ,one of my sister in law's father in law died exactly in same circumstances and family suffered with same painful process .this is unbelievably worse indeed
    i hope your most amazing man is fine now as he must have been stressed with all the trauma .
    this is great that you did gardening ,it is therapeutic indeed ,i am always impress with your reading fondness ,this is incredibly great :)
    wishing you more joy and peace ahead !

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    1. Thank you, dear friend! No one should have to go through this but unfortunately this is what's going on. I look forward to the day when this virus is no longer causing so many problems.

      I am really pleased to be back. I've missed you all!

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  25. Martha, I'm so sorry to hear of your father-in-law's passing, and in such lonely circumstances. This virus has been extra hard on so many elderly people and their families. It makes me angry to see people not taking it seriously when it can have such devastating consequences. So many people are fighting for their "right not to be muzzled" - oh for pete's sake, people, get a grip - what about other people's right to live, or to die with the comfort of their families being present? Rant over. Thank you for the funnies, I appreciate the smiles.

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