Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Shut Down

[This post was written about a week and a half ago, well before the post you read yesterday.]

Last night after we wrapped up a game of One-Eyed Jack, I checked my phone to see what was happening in the world and saw that our governor was recommending that all schools in the state be closed for four weeks to prevent the spread of Covid-19. I had suspected this was coming so it was not much of a surprise but it still caught me a bit off guard and made me reassess things.

The next morning, I was checking the morning news and broadcast after broadcast was covering various stores around the country where long lines of people are cleaning shelf after shelf off. Since we have a deep freeze and a healthy supply of canned foods, we could probably go a month or two at any one time without going shopping especially if we weren't too concerned about fresh fruits and vegetables. Later this summer we won't have that problem but right now, everything is out of season for us. So begrudgingly, we made a trip to our local grocery store to stock up on a few things before things got crazy around here. We almost missed our chance.  Although there weren't lines of people waiting to get in the stores, they were pretty crowded for a Monday morning and shelves were getting thin in places. I'm guessing by later today, they will be nearly bare.

I have no problem with sheltering in place for the next four weeks and am in fact looking forward to the prospect. No school activities, no social activities, no nothing. Although restaurants in our area are still open as of this writing, they probably won't be by the time you read this if seeing the response in other states is any indication. Thus far in my local area, stores have mostly just reduced their hours of operation and the library has shuttered its doors. Fortunately I have a ten year supply of books to read so I am not sweating that closure at all.

I got the last of the backsplash set this morning and after a thorough cleaning, put a coat of sealer on it so that perhaps I can grout it tomorrow. I can't wait to get past that step since it brought me such a sour stomach for weeks last year as I worried over the ruined tile. After I get a couple coats of sealer on after the grout, I need to make a couple of trim pieces for the raw edges of tile showing, do some touch up painting and our kitchen will OFFICIALLY by complete! I can then turn my attention back to carrying out some of the changes into the rest of our house, namely the hardwood flooring and baseboard trim. Not sure that will keep me busy for the next four weeks or longer, but I have plenty of books if not.

7 comments:

Bob said...

Knowing you wrote this just prior to everything shutting down, this is good for perspective. What do you think? Do you think social distancing is working to slow the spread?

Ed said...

Bob - I don't, at least not in our state. People are still going to a wide variety of stores, to work and other places. I think it is a matter of time before our state goes through an explosion in positive cases, at least in urban areas. I think we need to make staying at home mandatory for everyone unless absolutely essential and then add some teeth to it like many European countries are doing. If you look at our case curve compared to say Italy, we are getting more cases faster which doesn't bode well for later on down the road.

Kelly said...

It's hard to make Americans follow rules.... just sayin'.

I have't been anywhere in almost a week, but when I go to volunteer at our local food pantry tomorrow (they've put into effect different rules of distribution, as well as no 'help services' like utility assistance, for the time being), I figure I'll swing by the bank and Walmart while I'm out. Arkansas has not set a forced stay-at-home mandate yet.

Ed said...

Kelly - Yes, no American likes to be told what they can and cannot do.

Jeff said...

These are interesting times we live in... It's weird, in my job, not to have face to face contact, but we're getting through it okay.

Ed said...

Jeff - I can imagine how odd it is. It definitely was strange attending church via the computer screen this past Sunday.

Debby said...

I am really enjoying Salman Rushdie at the moment.