9 thoughts on “Zooming into Fall

  1. Carol F Thomas says:

    I hear that folks have been purchasing propane fire pits and propane patio heaters to extend the outdoor season. Maybe this would work for you?

  2. Heidi Lynn Taylor says:

    I’m happy to zoom or go for walks this winter. We all need to keep each other sane!

    • Jean says:

      Thanks, Heidi, I will definitely take you up on that. I’m starting to formulate a plan that will include one in-person interaction and one Zoom interaction per week.

  3. Sue McPhee says:

    Ah… social interaction. I am very fortunate that I was given permission by the State to return to work as a massage therapist on June 1. This gives me ample interaction, done safely and within the guidelines set forth by the State, the CDC and our national organization: the ABMP. Although it’s a professional relationship and not a substitute for friends, I and my clients appreciate the in-person nature of the situation.
    I applaud you for reaching out so much and seeking out those opportunities to interact via Zoom.
    (BTW: I owe you and Diane a Zoom session. Mea Culpa.)

    • Jean says:

      Sue, I didn’t realize that you had been able to reopen your practice. That’s great. I agree that a professional relationship is not a substitute for friendship, but it is in person and, even better, includes touch.

  4. Jean R. says:

    I can second the idea of propane fire pits and propane patio heaters to extend the time you can spend outside. Here in Michigan they are quite popular and do a pretty good job well into the winter.

    The job of stacking all the wood would be a daunting idea in my world. Your whole October job list is, but I’m sure it’s keeping you healthy and happy.

    I suppose Zoom is something I need to look into doing since we’re going to be dealing with the pandemic at least another winter and spring. Love how pro-active you are at creating social contact.

    • Jean says:

      Jean, Zoom is pretty easy to learn to use. The hardest thing for most people is figuring out how to get the app downloaded onto their device. If you have a laptop with a microphone and a camera, though, it’s pretty straightforward. Then it’s just a matter of figuring out how to mute and unmute yourself, how to adjust the tilt of your laptop screen so that people are looking at your face rather than your ceiling, and how to position lighting so that it lights your face from the front rather than coming over your shoulder and turning you into a silhouette. I have an account, so if you ever want to try it out, you could use my contact form to send me your email address and I could send you an invitation that you just click on to get into Zoom.

  5. Diana Studer says:

    Will you do a virtual choir? I have watched some wonderful video clips of music.

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