I haven't posted here in ages. I feel the same way as Jessica (although I admit... I have a lead foot at times!). We aren't around anyone really that is high risk, but that doesn't mean we don't mask up and take precautions. I worry about the virus, but I'm tired of being told to be afraid and stop living which is basically what the Government has had us do since March. My husband, my daughter and I went for a quick trip to the orchard last weekend so my husband could get some local honey, we also stopped by our local grocery to grab a few things. That is the first time my husband has stepped foot into our grocery store (or any grocery) since the end of February! he's been to Lowe's and TSC 2x each this year. Work. Home. Work. Home. My daughter and I have ventured out a little more here and there but not much. We are under mandatory mask law here. A couple of weeks ago I finally...FINALLY... got to go to a horse event. The BIG yearling horse sale. They have an app called Virtual Badge that you have to apply for a credential, so I applied for media since I was supposed to work the sale. I also had to go to the track and get tested for the virus, then upload my results and submit so I could get approved. I was told afterward that I could only go in the sales pavilion for random horses, not stay in there. Well... there goes my job for that sale, because I NEED to stay in there and get pretty much every horse - I never know who I need until after the sale is over. So I just opted to stand outside and get something of every horse coming/going from the sales ring, and while I lost out on the job front, I still have my private sales photo sales, and I enjoyed it very much. Later when those horses race, those pictures can be of use. Honestly, I think it's silly I could not be inside. The most frustrating part of the sale is finding out that owners and buyers were not made to take the test, and while it was said masks are mandatory, I'd say maybe 50-60% of people at most were wearing masks or social distancing. It's frustrating, because most of the non mask wearing people were owners/buyers, but yet us 'little people' had to be tested? It makes no sense The track's fall race meet starts this coming Friday. I didn't even find out if I was going to be able to work it until yesterday! Ugh. Not much time to prep for that, and still don't know some of the details. I do know they are doing the same Virtual Badge app, and I need to go tomorrow or Tues if I want to take the opportunity of getting virus tested on site, so... I'll do that tomorrow. I do think they will possibly enforce the mask issue more for the races. Only limited media is allowed, and no General admission, only season boxholders and club members will be allowed to attend the races outside of owners/trainers/jockeys/grooms. I'm looking forward to going, but at the same time I know it won't be the same There is a major racing championship in November at the track (moves around each year), and we at least have our team for that including my kids as helpers. We're all looking forward to that. My daughter is doing virtual schooling and so far so good. It's been about a month and a half now. Tomorrow, in school finally gets to start, and I'm hoping and praying it goes smoothly for all those returning. My daughter will stay on virtual until winter break, then we have the option to go to in school. My daughter is definitely starting to feel sad about not going back My son is in college/trade school and goes 4 days a week, so basically his schooling is not affected. Sorry to write a book!