We’re halfway through May – 2020 sure seems to be terminally long so far, doesn’t it? I’m sure it has something to do with all the ‘hurry-up-and-wait’ we’re having to deal with right now. How are you holding up? What kind of ‘reopening’ is going on in your neck of the woods?

If things continue to go as they are here in Washington State, they’ll be ready to initiate ‘Phase 2’ of the reopening. Our Stay Home, Stay Safe orders were extended through May 31st, with a 4-phase plan of slowly reopening everything. Phase 2 might begin on June 1, but our Governor has said that’s not a guarantee. It all depends on if the risk assessment is satisfactory to public health officials.

I’m hoping it’ll happen, though – ‘permitted’ in Phase 2: outdoor recreation, manufacturing, construction, domestic services, retail, real estate, professional services, nail salons, barbers, pet grooming, and restaurants (all with strict safety measures). Each phase will last for a minimum of 3 weeks before moving on to the next phase, and each industry that opens has a state-issued set of safety guidelines that must be followed. 

We’ll see how it goes. I’m curious to see what our ‘new normal’ will ultimately be. How are things shaping up where you are?

Weird to think that 40 years ago yesterday, Mount St. Helens erupted:

I remember that day well – it suddenly got dark, and then there was ash falling on everything. I also remember in the subsequent months, driving to Eastern Washingon over the Northern mountains, thinking how weird the desert areas looked – more desert-y with layers of ash covering everything. It was surreal. It’s hard to fathom that 40 years has gone by already – seems like yesterday!

I think it’s time to move on to the funnies, don’t you? This cracked me up:

Have you created yourself as a new avatar on Facebook, yet? It’s fun, and a nice positive distraction. But this really cracked me up:

Cats are smart and oh so funny:

This is funny:

This cracked me up:

This is hysterical:

This made me laugh:

This is funny:

This cracked me up:

And I’m just going to leave this right here for you:

That’s a wrap for this week – you know the drill, link up and join in the , everyone is welcome. Please stay healthy and safe!



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  1. Great funnies! I didn’t quite get the one about the candle, but I love the Toy Story toys and Bigfoot’s name is Daryl! We’re starting phase 2 but I think it’s too soon. I’m not ready to shop or go to the gym yet!

  2. Here, construction, which includes janitorial and maintenance work, has never been shut down. Thus i am working for any who will let me come work, using mask and gloves and armed with more Lysol than i care to think about.

    Thanks for the funnies, this has been a hectic day and i needed the laughs.

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