How are you doing with maintaining your food and necessary supplies these days? A simple trip to the grocery store has turned into a venture into the unknown. It's a bit nerve rattling to shop for groceries not knowing if you'll be exposed to the virus from another shopper or if it is really safe to touch and pick up that can of green beans. Now here in the U.S. the CDC has recommended we start wearing masks when we go out. The last time we bought groceries we did wear masks and it just felt strange. I've never worn a mask to the grocery store - what is happening in our world? Of course the other shoppers had masks on too and that made it feel even more weird. Yes, I think we've landed on some new planet and we are pioneers trying to tame and settle it. We were buying groceries once a week and now we are trying to do it every two or three weeks. And then when you get home you have to deal with all those groceries. Are you trying to wipe them down in any way? Here it has been recommended that we do that so we've been going over everything with a sanitizing wipe and hoping that is enough.
Are you finding new things to do around the house now that you are staying home all the time? How many jigsaw puzzles have you put together so far? Okay, I know not everyone likes jigsaw puzzles but there has been a big rise in their popularity. I read that puzzle sales in the U.S. are up nearly 400% in just the past two weeks. And that is just in one country. They said the surge in the demand for jigsaw puzzles is similar to what it was during the Great Depression. That is something to think about.
|A puzzle I worked on recently|
We all live in different places, big cities, small towns and even different countries. Do you think where your home is located has much effect on you during this isolation? If you are in a big city do you feel safer or more at risk? And of course the same can be asked of someone living in a small town. I live in a small suburban town of about 15,000 and for me I think it is easier. Everyone pulls together for the most part. Today we had a parade of all the school teachers drive around town honking their horns and just letting the kids know they are still here and still care about them and miss them. Tonight at city hall the city officials will be passing out a free disinfectant cleaner/hand sanitiser to any citizens that need it. And yes, many of us are still keeping those Teddy Bears in our windows for the kids to see and sometimes even count. This morning a father and small son were walking around our neighborhood with a piece of paper noting and counting all the Teddy Bears in the windows they could find. I love that.
I hope I don't sound like I'm trying to write a downer post because I don't really mean to do that. We are all going through pretty much the same experiences and at least for me, it helps to know I'm not alone in all this. Everyone take good care of yourselves!