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Today, I start a trek home. I am taking a little hiatus. I will post when I can, but it will be delayed.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to wish everyone a happy, safe Thanksgiving.

My tips for a safe thanksgiving.
You cannot lower your risk to zero, but if you are smart, you can protect yourself and your family from this potentially deadly virus.

How to help avoid getting and spreading COVID-19 this Thanksgiving
  • Traveling increases the chance of spreading COVID-19. If you will be traveling during this holiday season, take steps to protect yourself and others during your trip:
    • Your family should be in a cohort. Drive with family members in a private vehicle to avoid exposure to people outside your household if possible.
    • Mask, mask, mask! The rate of colds, influenza, and COVID are down since we started masking. Wear a mask when you leave your car (at gas stations and rest stops).
    • Avoid eating in restaurants while traveling. Reducing exposure is key and eating is an aerosolizing procedure that increased the risk of spreading the virus. Make meals ahead of time to avoid restaurant stops if possible or us a drive-through. Just park and eat in your car while traveling or use a roadside park.
    • Social distance as much as possible. If you must travel by air, remember to maintain physical distance in security lines and concourses and wear masks in airports and planes.
  • Celebrate with members of your own household. The lowest-risk option, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is to limit in-person gatherings to people who live in your household. Planning a special feast, cooking with your children, and decorating your home for the holidays are great ways to enjoy each other's company while protecting your family and other loved ones from COVID-19.
  • Think of creative ways to share the experience remotely. Consider preparing a favorite recipe with extended family with virtual Thanksgiving. Keep the tradition of sharing what you are grateful for, or set aside time to say grace together, for example.
  • Plan a drop-off potluck. Another low-risk activity, according to the CDC, is to prepare traditional recipes for family and neighbors. Instead of sharing them in person, delight them with a doorstep drop-off.
  • Grocery shop online and help elderly or higher-risk loved ones. Staying home as much as you can is the best way to reduce COVID-19 risk. Grocery shop online with delivery or curbside pickup options if possible, and consider holiday food deliveries to elderly relatives. If you need to shop in person, try to go at a time when stores are not as busy.

Know the risk of mixed-household gatherings

If you do have an in-person gathering with people outside your household, which increases COVID-19 risk, these steps can help make it safer:
  • Keep the gathering small & short. Keep your guest list as small as possible and reduce the amount of time you would ordinarily visit.
  • Wear cloth face coverings and keep your distance. People from the same household can sit together, but arrange for those who don't live together to stay 6 feet apart--especially while eating. Remind everyone to wear cloth face coverings whenever they are not eating or drinking.
  • Open windows & stay outside when possible. If you're indoors, open windows for better ventilation if possible. If weather permits, gather outdoors (think Thanksgiving tailgating!). Consider cooking a turkey on the grill or in an outdoor turkey fryer (be sure to follow these fire and burn prevention tips). Remember to maintain physical distance and wear cloth face coverings even outside.
  • Safer serving. Choose one person to do the serving to avoid everyone touching serving utensils. Remind children to wash their hands often, and keep hand sanitizer easily available.
  • Remind everyone to follow the safety steps beforehand. For two weeks before coming to dinner, ask guests to be sure to follow steps that lower the risk of COVID transmission. This includes wearing cloth face coverings, physical distancing, limiting outings and social gatherings as much as possible, and washing hands often. Consider offering your guests a “self-screening" checklist and ask them to join you virtually rather than in person if they don't pass the screen.
Stay safe during Thanksgiving 2020 and your family will be even more grateful for your traditions in the years to come. Hopefully, we are all around to be thankful next year.

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Today, I start a trek home. I am taking a little hiatus. I will post when I can, but it will be delayed.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to wish everyone a happy, safe Thanksgiving.

My tips for a safe thanksgiving.
You cannot lower your risk to zero, but if you are smart, you can protect yourself and your family from this potentially deadly virus.

How to help avoid getting and spreading COVID-19 this Thanksgiving
  • Traveling increases the chance of spreading COVID-19. If you will be traveling during this holiday season, take steps to protect yourself and others during your trip:
    • Your family should be in a cohort. Drive with family members in a private vehicle to avoid exposure to people outside your household if possible.
    • Mask, mask, mask! The rate of colds, influenza, and COVID are down since we started masking. Wear a mask when you leave your car (at gas stations and rest stops).
    • Avoid eating in restaurants while traveling. Reducing exposure is key and eating is an aerosolizing procedure that increased the risk of spreading the virus. Make meals ahead of time to avoid restaurant stops if possible or us a drive-through. Just park and eat in your car while traveling or use a roadside park.
    • Social distance as much as possible. If you must travel by air, remember to maintain physical distance in security lines and concourses and wear masks in airports and planes.
  • Celebrate with members of your own household. The lowest-risk option, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is to limit in-person gatherings to people who live in your household. Planning a special feast, cooking with your children, and decorating your home for the holidays are great ways to enjoy each other's company while protecting your family and other loved ones from COVID-19.
  • Think of creative ways to share the experience remotely. Consider preparing a favorite recipe with extended family with virtual Thanksgiving. Keep the tradition of sharing what you are grateful for, or set aside time to say grace together, for example.
  • Plan a drop-off potluck. Another low-risk activity, according to the CDC, is to prepare traditional recipes for family and neighbors. Instead of sharing them in person, delight them with a doorstep drop-off.
  • Grocery shop online and help elderly or higher-risk loved ones. Staying home as much as you can is the best way to reduce COVID-19 risk. Grocery shop online with delivery or curbside pickup options if possible, and consider holiday food deliveries to elderly relatives. If you need to shop in person, try to go at a time when stores are not as busy.

Know the risk of mixed-household gatherings

If you do have an in-person gathering with people outside your household, which increases COVID-19 risk, these steps can help make it safer:
  • Keep the gathering small & short. Keep your guest list as small as possible and reduce the amount of time you would ordinarily visit.
  • Wear cloth face coverings and keep your distance. People from the same household can sit together, but arrange for those who don't live together to stay 6 feet apart--especially while eating. Remind everyone to wear cloth face coverings whenever they are not eating or drinking.
  • Open windows & stay outside when possible. If you're indoors, open windows for better ventilation if possible. If weather permits, gather outdoors (think Thanksgiving tailgating!). Consider cooking a turkey on the grill or in an outdoor turkey fryer (be sure to follow these fire and burn prevention tips). Remember to maintain physical distance and wear cloth face coverings even outside.
  • Safer serving. Choose one person to do the serving to avoid everyone touching serving utensils. Remind children to wash their hands often, and keep hand sanitizer easily available.
  • Remind everyone to follow the safety steps beforehand. For two weeks before coming to dinner, ask guests to be sure to follow steps that lower the risk of COVID transmission. This includes wearing cloth face coverings, physical distancing, limiting outings and social gatherings as much as possible, and washing hands often. Consider offering your guests a “self-screening" checklist and ask them to join you virtually rather than in person if they don't pass the screen.
Stay safe during Thanksgiving 2020 and your family will be even more grateful for your traditions in the years to come. Hopefully, we are all around to be thankful next year.

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A safe Thanksgiving to you too my friend.;)
 

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Credit where credit is due..
Well done Chuck..
Thank you for going to the trouble of posting that..

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone..
Stay safe and healthy..

Teddy
 

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Credit where credit is due..
Well done Chuck..
Thank you for going to the trouble of posting that..

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone..
Stay safe and healthy..

Teddy
You too and Thanks. ;)
 

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I had to cancel my travel plans. I am going to do it virtually. May this will give me some time to build a rocket.
 

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I had to cancel my travel plans. I am going to do it virtually. May this will give me some time to build a rocket.
We just scrapped ours -- two possible exposures, not worth the risk.
 

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We are staying home. This doesn't make anyone happy, but it seems like the most prudent strategy right now. My wife gets to cook a turkey for the first time. :)
 

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I'm working, so Thanksgiving dinner with my nurse and pilot partners for the day. Family events were cancelled. My dad is cooking dinner anyways and making deliveries to his parents, siblings, and my wife and son. I'll have a plate when I get home.

One of our doctors said to spend Thanksgiving alone so you don't spend Christmas in his ICU. I'm working Christmas day too (my choice, because my wife is working too and we will get the weekend off together.) Don't make me come get you or yours for the Holidays. You don't want the gifts in our bags.
 

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I had to cancel my travel plans. I am going to do it virtually. May this will give me some time to build a rocket.
Staying home and takiing out rockets in storage to get them ready for flying. Have to finish building my Gabriel III from Launchpad Rockets. Here's a recent clip we did with my Arcon. The F67 is a nice motor.
 

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Well, guess we are not so prudent. My mother and father in-law(s?) are coming over for Turkey Day. Note that they have been over at least twice in the last 3 weeks. Mother in-law is retired and rarely goes out since the pandemic started. Father in-law works remotely four days a week. 5th day he looks like a surgeon ready for battle.

I think we will be okay.

Thank you cw for starting this thread. Sorry your plans got nixed.

Happy Gobble Gobble Day everyone.
 

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Younger daughter lives two hours away, in IL. She declined to drive down here as she knows that my odds of surviving COVID are not good at all, and she doesn't want to be the one to possibly transmit it to me. Instead she's having her three cats for Thanksgiving---no, not THAT way! :D She made tempura vegetables for dinner. She might not come down for Xmas either.:(
 

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Younger daughter lives two hours away, in IL. She declined to drive down here as she knows that my odds of surviving COVID are not good at all, and she doesn't want to be the one to possibly transmit it to me. Instead she's having her three cats for Thanksgiving---no, not THAT way! :D She made tempura vegetables for dinner. She might not come down for Xmas either.:(
For us Thanksgiving has been spotty attendance since the girls all finished college anyhow. They just live too-far for a one day holiday.

Christmas is another story and it is going to be a tough adjustment for all this year.
Normally the whole family is together at least Christmas Eve and Christmas day. It has been that way since the sixties for me and the kids have never known any different.

So we're still strategizing how to pull-off a virtual Christmas.
But for now just my wife and me for Thanksgiving.
I'm retired but she's a nurse manager and working stupid-long days.
So the calm day today will really help.
 

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For us Thanksgiving has been spotty attendance since the girls all finished college anyhow. They just live too-far for a one day holiday.

Christmas is another story and it is going to be a tough adjustment for all this year.
Normally the whole family is together at least Christmas Eve and Christmas day. It has been that way since the sixties for me and the kids have never known any different.

So we're still strategizing how to pull-off a virtual Christmas.
But for now just my wife and me for Thanksgiving.
I'm retired but she's a nurse manager and working stupid-long days.
So the calm day today will really help.
We are the opposite. We stay home for Xmas.
 

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Started the day by stopping in at church to say hello and pray with our (socially distanced) team of volunteers who were preparing 300 (free) Thanksgiving dinners for the people of our community. Normally we deliver well over 1000 meals and have over 100 volunteers, but with COVID we reduced it to 600, split that number between two churches, dramatically changed the preparation of the meals, and got our indoor volunteer team down to 15 or 20 spread out in a BIG room with good, filtered, ventilation, for much less time than usual and moved all of our delivery drivers outdoors to an entirely non-contact delivery system. Then I came home and we started cooking (my job is to lift heavy things - like the turkey and the air fryer- and make the salad).

Later, we enjoyed an awesome Thanksgiving dinner. My wife and son (#1) experimented by making a turkey (at least in part) outside in his air fryer. Then, since our daughter has been working in a Covid-19 unit, we dropped off all the fixings, (plus the baklava that son (#2) made, at the daughter and SIL's house and picked up some of our daughter's shrimp and the cream cheese balls that she made. It was nowhere near our "normal" Thanksgiving, but with everyone working together, it was still wonderful.

Oh, and there was both blueberry and pumpkin pie to go with the baklava.

I ate too much, but since both breakfast and lunch were cereal bars, I probably didn't do too terrible.
 
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