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The End of the World As We Know It?

This has been some kind of year. I have very strong opinions about most things, and in most cases, I find it is best to keep them to myself!! In the Double Up microcosm, things are not dramatically changed, for which I remain grateful on an hourly basis.

WEATHER: We had flooding again and again and again - this has resulted in a good deal of fence damage, snake activity, and an overall Carolina miasma that makes us feel like we live in a swamp. In the end, all residents made it through safely and all structures are still standing!!

COVID-19: So far, so good. We don't know anyone who has contracted the virus. Social distancing has always been kind of a way of life for me (see earlier posts on being a curmudgeon). The economic impact has seen the destruction of my retirement income, so I may end up having the shortest retirement ever and having to go back to work, but for today, I am still on the farm full time. Our little farm business may not recover, which unfortunately puts me in good company with thousands of other small businesses.

SOCIAL UNREST: I have never been more thankful in my life to live in a rural community. I pray a good deal in support of the rest of the world, I continue my personal focus on helping people who are hungry and rescuing animals. I read a lot, and debate a lot, and try to understand everyone's point of view, whether I agree with it or not. I believe real change comes from acting on an individual level. I don't respond well to people telling me what to do, or what to believe, although I appreciate their right to try. I have turned into one of those people who simply don't believe anything I read in the media. I remain boggled by people who have time to march, and protest, and spend hours and hours on social media and I continue to offer them safe places to come and shovel manure with me!!

I am not really much of a bad-ass, but sometimes I feel that way.

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