Tuesday, March 17, 2020

One. Day. At. A. Time.

Aside from COVID-19 (aka Corona Virus) taking center stage in the news and on social media, there have been other happenings stemming from this nasty and quick spreading virus. At the top of the list is the great toilet paper shortage and empty grocery store shelves. It's obviously a real and growing concern for a lot of people. Understandably so...

Personally, I think there are going to be a lot of changes in the days and weeks ahead. In our state, all of the schools are closed. A lot of businesses are voluntarily closing their doors for 14 days or more. Restaurants are no longer offering dine-in service. All local events and such are postponed and/or cancelled. And, our governor will more than likely take further precautionary measures. 

All of these changes have forced people and families to make a considerable amount of adjustments. That includes, but is not limited to, schedules, work, parents having to homeschool their kids, structure, meals, and "normal" activities and outings having to be put on hold.

Over the past week, I have lost count of how many people who are already complaining about all of the above and then some.

In the realm of my Work at Home Dog Mom life, I have felt the strain as well...

1. My plans to have the Bodacious DIY Dog Mom Workshop in full swing on Monday came to a halt. Yes, the workshop is finished and ready to rock and roll. But, delivering and shipping any finished products is temporarily on hold. 

2. We can't venture to retail locations for supplies. Whether it's going to Home Depot for wood and DIY supplies, Michael's for varnish, or Walmart for craft paint and sewing supplies, it's not safe. We have limited our travels to the grocery store, pharmacy, and the gas station.

3. Creating a 2 week menu is a little challenging. Prior to this COVID-19 pandemic, I used to make a 2 week menu for meals. That included breakfasts, lunches, and snacks for Lisa. And dinners for us. After creating the menu, I would make a grocery list. As of late, a lot of ingredients have been selling out. I'm still able to create a menu, but I have needed to have backup plans. Thankfully, my 35+ years of cooking and baking experience has become quite useful. 

I do need to mention that our kids are fully stocked with meals and snacks. Their meals and snacks have not been altered because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

4. Social distancing. We had plans on having various people over for dinner because they weren't able to make our House Warming party. However, we have postponed those plans. Lisa is an essential employee. She is currently working 12 hour days, including having to work on Saturdays. Even though we have greatly reduced our travels except for the bare essentials, she is still working. At a distribution center. With lots of people. Until further notice, we will not be having people over for dinner.

Despite the strain, we are doing well. Remaining positive. Doing what we can to prevent exposure and the spread of the nasty COVID-19. 

One day at a time...

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