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Alive and well down here in Tassie, Shake my head at some of the strange items out of stock on the shelves. Vegemite is one, Ice cream topping is another. Surprised at the run on meat. My town has 5,000 people including the farms, one Woolworths supermarket, one IGA. Son in Spain in total lock down, has to provide so much in the one of identification to get permission from the police to go to the supermarket, can't walk their dog. He has no work. Grandson in Sydney has no work and has had to shut down his business. Pubs, all three are closed. Cafes & restaurants can only do take away or home delivery. Luckily I did a big cook up at the end of January so my freezer is full. I used to do this when I worked full time in Sydney and was leaving home at 06:00 and getting back at 05:00, too tired to cook. Took meals to work and had them for lunch. Get up the same procedure when I retired. The elderly and vulnerable ( boy am I annoyed at that label) have a dedicated shopping hour between 07:00 and 08:00 but since I have finally, after 6 years of retirement, managed to sleep past 05:00, rarely get there then. I have always had a well stocked pantry (legacy of being a single mum and shopping by the specials catalogue (wish we had coupons down here like you do in the U.S.A.) I am not worried about the food situation. Can happily self isolate. Have thousands of books and a heap of DVDs to watch. Life as we knew it has changed and will never be the same again. All of you keep safe & healthy
HI all, Katiek checking in from Las Vegas. We're pretty much shut down; however being retired has its advantages. At least we don't have to worry about our next paycheck. Gov has put state on lockdown for all non-essential business. Stores are hit and miss - depends on what you are looking for. Luckily, we had just done a 2-week grocery run before all this happened, and for some insane reason, hubby brought home a bunch of TP and canned goods. Doesn't seem so insane now - stopped by our local grocery store Friday morning - no rice, no bread, no TP, NO paper products at all, no soups, chili. In fact, thinking back on it now, there was very little in the way of canned goods. We did luck into water, and they were well stocked with fruit, veges, meat, eggs, dairy. So we are OK for the next few days. If this goes on for weeks, it might get a little dicey.
Prayers for all of us - be nice to each other. Watch out for your neighbors. This will end.
All of California is on lockdown right now and all non-essential businesses are supposed to stop operating or have their employees work from home. Lots of people are being furloughed from their jobs. It’s a scary time but so far my county has had less than 30 confirmed cases.
Since my husband and I both are high risk for complications, we are taking the stay at home order seriously. We both have a bit of cabin fever. My daughter has been laid off from her job and my grandsons aren’t allowed to go to school, so they are pretty bored at home.
I’m proud of the way the people of my town have complied with the stay at home orders and have reached out to help vulnerable neighbors. I just wish they would stop panic-buying food and toilet paper!
Home alone ! In the sunny Caribbean, where we have 245 infected, 3 deaths and two sent home today CURED. Only suspected cases are tested by both private and official labs. We have a “state of exception”, stay home as much as possible, and a 8:pm curfew. No public transport, dicey supermarket shopping. You buy what they have, not whats on your list. Obviously all cultural and sporting events cancelled. But being a fan of opera and classical music I go to https://www.staatsoperlive.com/ where you can watch streaming. Plus 600 TV channels.
we still have quite a few delivery services, farmacy and some groceries as well as some foods. My maid now comes in only 3x a week to make it easier for her.
Talking to friends and family on the phone, reading and you all. What more do I need?
Stay safe all my friends and don’t forget to count your blessings every morning.
P.S. 11 year old and his sister belonging to the Mozart children’s orchestra composed this handwashing canon.
I live in northern Minnesota and we've had some disturbing news in the last couple of days. Our Governor in in quarantine, our Lt. Governor lost her brother to Coronavirus and our Senator Amy Klobuchar's husband is in the hospital with coronavirus. We currently have around 235 cases (mostly in the Twin Cities area) with 1 death. The county I live in has only one case so far. We haven't yet gotten the official Stay at Home order, but we're expecting it since neighboring states have done it. We have had only essential businesses open for about a week and 1/2.
I work at a local nursing home, so I'm still working. We haven't allowed visitors (except for hospice/end of life care) since March 13. All workers and necessary people (pharmancy, doctors, etc) have to be screened before being allowed further than the front door. We have no cases at our facility.
Our local stores have had the same issues with out of stock items. I hate to grocery shop so I've always been a "stock up" shopper. Did manage to fine TP last week, but even my 2 cat's food was hard to find. Have to go to the pharmacy this week and maybe one last run to the grocery store for a few things, but then I'll hunker down. The only thing that sucks is that I was suppose to go to my sister's this Wed (she's my hairstylist and lives 3 hours south of me in the Twin Cities) to get my hair done, that is now out the window. Haven't had long hair in a very long time so this should get interesting, may come out of this with a whole new look...…can't remember what my natural hair color is, but I guess I'll find out......LOL.
I belong to a couple of game sites, have DVD's I haven't watched and books I haven't read, guess I could also try and fit in some Spring cleaning (NOT!!) and of course there's MC and the MC forum to keep me busy and somewhat sane.
Stay safe everyone, keep and eye out on your family, friends and neighbors and support the bars/restaurants (that are open) if you can.
Woke up with a sore throat.
Kinda scary, but I'm self-isolating and doing the right things.
There is no reason I would have C-19, and a quick check on the official government site agrees.
Either way it would be irresponsible of me to do the road trip.
I'll see how I feel tomorrow as to whether I should go to the doctor.
I'd never go see a doctor for a cold or flu in normal times and I don't want to take a test away from someone who needs it.
There is also the psychosomatic factor. I'm acutely aware of anything out of the ordinary. Any other day I'd just ride a sore throat out and get on with life.
Good news is, we have found paper towels!
Whoever said they were using them as loo paper, be careful or you'll be hit with a hefty plumber bill.
I forgot to tell you that every night at 8:30 we all go to our windows or balconies and applaud our medical and paramedical staff, nurses and first reponders and security employees, police , military.
Hello, wonderful MC friends!
Here in New Mexico, USA, we have a proactive governor and a few people with common sense. The governor asked us to shelter at home today. Essential people/businesses still going. Restaurants take out only, although they may close soon. School closed since the 13th, our school sent students home on the 12th. We are trying this great experiment in teaching online, too early to tell if it will work. Some of my students don’t have Internet at home, or it’s too spotty for doing schoolwork.
Both my husband and I work at the school. We have decided to send home learning packets with review work and/or enrichment activities that those students without Internet can do the old fashioned way. Hoping to finish the year with a graduation ceremony, but it will depend upon events that are out of our control.
Both of my sons work at a grocery store and are “essential “ for now. People have been a bit weird, grabbing whatever is there for no apparent reason. Don’t they realize that if everyone just got their regular groceries, there would be plenty for everyone? By giving in to their fear of others hoarding, they have ensured that the store shelves would become empty. However, the supply chain will work itself out eventually.
I have spent some time calling friends and relatives to check on them. So far all is well with them. I’ll continue to check on them. Like most of you, I have plenty to do here in the house, with lots of fun in the castle to look forward to. I’m glad we have this forum and each other to lean on.
My prayers for all, stay healthy!
This situation is going to effect and change so many things for a long time, across the world.
I feel frustrated, a retired nurse just over a year ago. Early might I add. Have been asked to go back, to help out. Which I so want to. But I’m a ‘vulnerable person’ being T1DM. So can’t.
Husband works in the NHS, so can shop before the stores are open. We have enough things in the cupboards anyway. No need to stockpile. We will be having some interesting meals, I’m sure, before the end of this. Chance to grow some veggies, perhaps. Healthy exercise, out in the fresh air, in isolation.
Elderly family members, not good with computers, only eat a small number of things. Which are now low in stores and not available online. Worrying about them. Now increased contact via emails, to a few times a day.
Getting on with the lockdown. Spending more time on Ancestry. Helping and supporting friends and family online. Oh, I’ve even washed the car. Enjoying the sunshine, birds singing (quite around here now).
Take care, Tracy
I'm in Fort Worth Texas. I'm doing okay just taking care of my mom. She ended up with a UTI and has to convince the nurses at her doctors office to call in an antibiotic. They wanted her to go to Urgent Care. She is 87 years old and no way am I letting her get out. She is high risk.
My county has not set up a stay at home order yet buy bars, restaurants, which will only do takeout or delivery, and gyms are on the closed list. Other non essential business has been asked to close their doors.
I'm doing okay but the one that has to get out for food and pharmacy runs. Im also high risk as I have COPD. So its nerve racking to get out. Also we have no car so I have to take a Lyft to get wherever I need to go so there is added contact.
My grandson needed a place to stay for a couple of weeks so he is here staying with us. That's the one bright spot that has happened since its been ages since I have seen him.
Other than that I have my same routine. Watching TV, playing my mobile games and gifting out in MC. I no longer do the rounds and just play during events or content update.
Everyone stay safe.
ETA: Today my county finally issued the Stay At Home Order so its official, although I have been doing that already.