Sunday, January 29, 2023


How would you describe your mental state in the last year dealing with the pandemic?

For most of us, 2020 was a difficult year. And the “difficulty” is not yet over, although there seems to be promise that life could be returning to normal. At least, there’s light at the end of the tunnel (where there was seemingly no light before).

Most of us have had difficulty coping with the pandemic. Just living our lives with a goal of avoiding catching the virus and/or ending up in a hospital has been tough. Many of us have lost family or friends, or seen others suffer. Families who normally gathered together often were forced to remain apart. Yes, it’s been a very challenging time.

So how are you doing? Has the last year been difficult for you? Have you felt down, or depressed, or lonely, or all of the above?

Please answer our poll. We hope you are doing okay and that you are hopeful of a better future. Time will tell. Hang in there…


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1 year ago

This is my opinion ONLY. God has not given us a spirit of fear. I know positively who is in control. We are
full time, attend church in Texas. Follow the rules, WE do not wear a mask outside.

1 year ago

I am amazed at how many people are still drinking the Kool-Aid! Only one place to find hope and assurance, and it’s not our government!

Bill N Stacey
1 year ago

AmericasFrontlineDoctors dot com is a Fantastic Resourse…

1 year ago

Both of us being retired, we could easily stay away from the crowds and protect ourselves. The lock down wasn’t all that different from our normal lives but we haven’t dined in a restaurant or seen a movie in a theater in over a year. It hasn’t been much of a sacrifice. We got used to putting a mask or two on when entering a grocery store but will be glad when we won’t have to. We cancelled a few longer trips last year and earlier this year but we can reschedule when this episode is over. We camped at parks in our home state instead. We didn’t lose any friends or family to C19 but some contracted it and survived. Although we couldn’t see them face to face, we phoned or texted. There wasn’t anything that we simply couldn’t do that we did before COVID, we just did things differently. Not much sacrifice there. We took COVID seriously. Restoring competency and integrity to the presidency was extremely stressful. We were relieved with the outcome of the 2020 election.

1 year ago

I’m surprised at the % of people answering the survey who feel their lives have not been negatively impacted to any notable extent. Lucky them.

1 year ago

I actually feel much better. I have lost 35 lb. The biggest problem that I have are the idiots who believe this is a joke and refiuse to wear a mask and endanger everyone around them. I have gone to our local Walmart and (with a friend’s help) got on their pa system notified everyone in the store to be aware of the people without masks being infected with the Covid-19 virus. It didn’t take them long to leave the store.

Tim Bear
1 year ago

Watching the clips of unmasked, body-to-body revelers, my most frequent feeling is of the utter stupidity of so many people. That kind of careless, dangerous behavior is … just … incomprehensible to me during a pandemic. Even though it had declined, those crowded antics are the very reason numbers of cases are increasing again. And hospitalization will follow, higher death numbers a couple weeks from now. Sigh—

Brian Burry
1 year ago

Other than complete government interference in all aspects of our lives, I will strive to be a free man of free choice. Nanny state is obviously preferred by some, many of us see 99.84% survival rate as worth the risk!

Ed Day
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

Finally a comment with some common sense. I wish the self righteous people calling others idiots, would educate themselves on Viruses, how they live and how they infect their hosts and how worthless “Masks” actually are.

John Macatee
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

Yes, common sense! I agree.

Tommy Molnar
1 year ago
Reply to  Brian Burry

I totally agree Brian. All the ‘self appointed’ mask police folks scare me. It reminds me of a certain WWII political regime. Anyone who is really interested can find all manner of evidence on the web of why we should NOT be doing what we’re doing, as directed by the government. I could go on, but I won’t . . .

1 year ago

Quite frankly, life for us has not changed much at all. Had I not ever turned on the news, I don’t think I would have “worried” at all. The constant “crap?” coming out on the news seemed to get everyone riled up. Had I not listened to the news at all, and I did watch way too much, and someone just sent me a note in the mail telling me to wear a mask for a while, I don’t think I would have been affected at all. You see?, my mom taught me to wash my hands, and I have never wanted to be in a packed crowd anywhere to do anything. I believe Covid is real, I believe many people have suffered, but having to just “change plans” isn’t even an inconvenience, it is just a part of life. It distresses me that our nation put itself in a panic. That scares me.

1 year ago
Reply to  KellyR

excellent response. Very good articulating

1 year ago

Besides all the restrictions, there is a huge level of uncertainty in traveling. Will enough attractions, restaurants, etc. be open to make it worthwhile for traveling to some place. Or will I just spend a bunch of gas and campsite costs and not be able to do all or even most of what I would plan.

1 year ago

As a small town Canadian, I must say that other than universal mask-wearing, physical distancing, a standard set of rules for entering businesses, a standard set of rules for gatherings, some restrictions on in-country travel, more video-conferencing, and more telemedicine (we have had that option since before the pandemic) life goes on. For the most part, there is compliance without argument or discussion. Our scientists speak openly and often. Our politicians yield to their expertise. Perhaps there is even more ‘contact’ with friends and family than usual – using electronic means of course. Sure, we have our wing nuts but they live mostly in echo chambers among their ilk.

1 year ago
Reply to  warmonk

🙂 As another Canadian I too am generally pleased with how our governments and Public Health agencies handled the pandemic. And yes, not everyone complied but overall it has been easy to avoid situations that could be personally uncomfortable. Plenty of healthy outdoor exercise over the seasons and curbside pickups made for convenience.

Dale Sain
1 year ago

New friends, new places. As a full timer, with the assistance of one of those friends, I found a wonderful place to winter over with some like-minded people and away from COVID hot spots.

Paul S Goldberg
1 year ago

We returned from a trip to Panama early, directly into lock down. It was difficult because we had not had any time to prepare. We sorted it out. We decided to spend the summer mooch docking in our son and d-i-l’s farmyard. The hardest part was that my wife fell and did a lot of damage and spent a month in the hospital, the good news was I was permitted to visit all day every day. Eventually she healed and we moved on, eventually back to our homebase in Jojoba Hills SKP Resort. This warm and friendly community of people who love to volunteer for most any job has been our base since December. We have kept ourselves very busy chairing committees and managing projects for the good of the Coop. Soon we will go back on the road to wander for several months. The biggest thing we miss is the hugs that come with camaraderie and Escapee way of life

Mitzi Agnew Giles and Ed Giles
1 year ago

I’m retired from nursing& knew this day would come(pandemic) Not only this one, but another one is probably waiting in the wings. I took the actions from coming out of isolation rooms and transferred them to our personal life. My severe depression and high stress over the last year was political more than medical. Unfortunately, the solution is only gaurenteed thru 2024.

1 year ago

I totally agree with that, the last year was a one I never in my wildest dreams thought I would live to see and on so many levels!

Mike Albert
1 year ago

Very similar situation and, Agreed. Don’t know if our country can endure another term of his kind. Glad to be able yo breath again.

1 year ago

As a full time traveling RVer I think it has been easier to keep a positive attitude. We stayed in place longer last spring and then made longer stays (weeks instead of days) as we moved between CA – OR – WA having scrapped our plans for midwest travel. I find it easy for us to avoid crowds and still get out doors and hike or Geocache in new areas. Masks (and now double masks) are part of our routine and we completed our vaccine doses earlier this month in AZ. I can sit in my RV, sleep in my bed and enjoy different views out of the windows. All Good.

1 year ago

Provided online SLP service to school aged kids (a HUGE adjustment for a 60 year old 😆) and was amazed at how resilient and tech savvy they were-even some preschoolers! Even more amazed at the parents managing them as well as their own new work situations.

Noticed some silver linings as well. Curbside pickup is a wonderful thing and will likely continue. So grateful to the workers at the frontlines. I was so happy to see our local businesses thriving when they adapted by offering it as well as online ordering.

1 year ago
Reply to  kamwick

WONDERFUL to be able to see some doctors online. I received a cancer diagnosis at the end of November, completed chemo and radiation treatments in February. I felt so blessed to have so many caring professionals helping me while navigating a deadly pandemic. We all celebrated their protecting us all when they received their vaccinations.

Yes, it was an awful year in so many ways. And yet, I can’t help seeing the many blessings and heroes. Can’t help but feel optimistic.

1 year ago

I try to stay positive. My wife and I have had her mother, my father, 1 very good friend and 2  other friends die this year but only 1 from Covid.  There is a season for everything. Hanging in as well as we  can; don’t want it to get us down. We can’t and shouldn’t blame everything on covid.

Neal Davis
1 year ago

We live on 15 acres surrounded by my parents’ 105 acres. We had a March RV trip cancelled when the campground closed and an April trip was delayed. Ultimately, we traveled for a few days each month beginning in June. Aside from our RVing we did a lot of work around the farm instead of hanging out with friends. We always had our parents in our “bubble” because of their proximity. My youngish wife took over shopping for groceries. I only went to a nearby gasoline station to purchase fuel to run power tools and the mowers, or to the hardware store to keep the chainsaws running. Our retirement income was unaffected.

1 year ago

We have been so incredibly fortunate this last year. We work as campground hosts full time (with no actual house anywhere), and this time last year we worried that all our campgrounds would close. But that was not the case, and even when they did close, we were needed as caretakers. The only thing that has changed for us this year was the number of newbie campers who made a little more work for us.

Marion Runcie
1 year ago

I was very worried, but starting to feel better, until I read some of the comments. My elderly mother and my sister who has serious asthma have both been vaccinated. Our daughter, a kindergarten teacher, wears a mask but students don’t. There is no fresh air and no social distancing but teachers are next to be vaccinated. One grandson goes to a school where parents organized masking the other learned to put on his own mask last summer when he was two! Things were looking up and people started letting down their guard until the Brazilian variant started spreading (in BC) and appears to be more dangerous to a younger population. Those of us with RVs have the luxury of escaping even if it is only for a day in our van.

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