An interesting time we currently live in, isn’t it? Kinda scary, too. What with the Corona Virus running rampant, and everyone pretty much on lock-down for the next several weeks. How long is your quarantine? Are you all able to stay home and hunker down? Here in Washington State, schools are shut down through April 24th, with the first day back on April 27th. Bars, restaurants, and pretty much any and all ‘gathering places’ are also shut down, at least until April 1st, but I hear that it could possibly last through the summer.
That’s a long time, but if it helps thwart the spread of the virus, I’m all for it, but I sure hope there’s some form of relief for those of us counting on income during that time, in spite of everything being shut down. More than anything, though, I worry for those that are prime candidates to get the virus – like my mom, who’s been fighting sinus issues since before Christmas and needs surgery, but can’t have surgery because of the virus (and chance she’ll be exposed to it). And my sister, who had the hemorrhagic stroke before Thanksgiving, whose immune system is still ravaged from that.
Having things shut down and everyone pretty much quarantined is a good idea, considering there are people who might not have symptoms, or may be lucky enough to be immune to it, but could still potentially pass it on to someone less lucky.
What is with all the empty store shelves? It’s been crazy – way worse than when people are getting ready for a hurricane or major snow storm. I mean, I get stocking up so you don’t have to go to the store when you need to stay away from people and keep that ‘social distance’ thing going, but to completely wipe out the store shelves in short order? Madness!
I do our grocery shopping twice a month – usually the 10th and the 25th, since that’s when the hubby gets paid. I was glad I decided to go early this month – mostly because I didn’t want to be gone a big chunk of a work day during the week (I go to three or four different places to get the best deals for our semi-monthly shopping, which makes for a long day), so I went early on Saturday morning the 7th instead.
I just had a feeling I needed to go early and not wait, and noticed when I did the Walmart Grocery Pickup (which not only saves me an hour-and-a-half+ inside the store, but saves me money, since I don’t end up making a bunch of impulse buys) the pick-up area was more packed than usual, and it took three times as long as normal for my groceries to be brought out to my car (to put it in perspective – on a ‘normal’ day, it only takes 10 minutes tops, this time it was more than a 30 minute wait…still saved time overall).
There were quite a few items from my ‘cart’ that had been substituted, but this time I wasn’t a fan of the substitutes, so I refused them. And for the first time ever, they were not only out of the toilet paper I had selected, but they didn’t offer up a substitute. Luckily I’d checked the picked order before I left the house, noticed they were out of stock on my preferred toilet paper and that it wouldn’t be included with my order, so I promptly placed an order on Amazon, relieved that delivery would be just in time before we’d completely run out.
Apparently my timing was impeccable, because while I did get my toilet paper delivered on the date promised later in the week, but as you know there’s been a huge debacle with toilet paper out of stock everywhere since, including Amazon. I have a feeling things are only going to get worse before they get better. I’m hopeful when it’s time for my next grocery shopping run next week, that things will have calmed down a bit.
Just please be sure you all are staying safe and healthy!
OK, enough with the crazy, let’s move on to the funnies, shall we? This cracked me up:
We have to bring some levity with the COVID-19 getting us down, right? Here you go, and you’re welcome:
A Publix bakery made a funny (cool) cake:
And I’m just going to leave this right here for you:
This is for Cathy and all my cat loving friends:
And of course this is for everyone:
And here’s some St. Patrick’s Day fun for you:
Link up your Random (or not) here:
Keeping the random alive (barely) – feel free to snag a badge and play along – one for my wino friends:
And one for my non-wino friends: