Today I ventured out to the grocery store! Originally I was going to wait until next week but logistics are a little harder for me because I need Jon to watch the kids while I go. My thought was that there would be less people at 10 am on a Friday than anytime on a Saturday or after 5 pm during the week. So off I went with great fear and trepidation!
My first stop was at our church....I will confess I liberated some Clorox wipes and spray that I knew were there. I may have been the one to buy them in the first place I'm not sure but I will compensate the church for them one day!!!! Thus more fully armed I ended up in the parking lot of Publix. It wasn't too crowded. In the van I suited up, got my mask on and the gloves The mask was a lot more complicated than the ones I've used before and kept sliding off my hair. It took a bit but I got it stable on my face/hair before I got out. I certainly didn't want to touch my face once I got in the store. Just guessing I'd say about 35% of people had gloves on and 20% had on masks. Usually the folks who had on masks had on gloves too. Surprisingly the store was pretty stocked. Fruits and vegetables were full there was some meat- only two packet of fresh chicken per person was allowed. There was one lean pork roast that I grabbed up ( that'll make 2 Brunswick stews Sarah's favorite food) There was frozen chicken that was buy 1 get 1 free!
The paper aisle was quite bare looking so I did not even go down it/ Because of the various advertisements I did go down some of the boxed food aisles and they were quite empty. There was no instant mashed potatoes but plenty of real potatoes! It seems like people did not want to work too hard with their cooking! My plan is not to return until next Friday at the earliest! But next week I may have to brave Walmart for dog and cat food!!!
I did a little 'dance" trying to get the groceries in my van with some help from a Publix associate. I wipe down all the drinks bottles I'd bought with a wipe after cleaning my gloves. Then we loaded the car. After grocery shopping it was time to buy gas. Gas is $1.89 a gallon here! We can not remember the last time it was so low! At the grocery store I"d turned my gloves inside out ( a trick I learned from a nurse) so the clean inside of the hand was now the outer part. I then laid them on the floorboard of the van. At the gas station I put on a new pair of gloves to pump the gas and threw away the first pair of gloves along with the second pair after I was done pumping the gas. Once back in the van I still put on hand sanitizer. Then once I got home I changed and put my clothes in the laundry machine. (I did not strip on the porch LOL)
Being out in public as the cornovirus cases continue to raise was scary to me. It's not that I'm so afraid for my health (although I am starting to have a little concern) but I'm so very afraid to bring it back home to my family!!!!! My three youngest children are at much higher risk than other children We will continue to do all we can to keep them safe and well.
We are going outside daily for 15 minutes of direct sunlight then an hour of swinging in the shade. Usually in the late afternoon I take Sarah out on the front porch and we sit on the swing together. She is a snuggle bug and is loving us all being home with no interruptions. She loves for me to "hold" her, she's getting bigger than my lap! Or she will sit with her hand in mine, sometimes she'll reach for both hands so she can hold them. She's so sweet. Sam does like to sit with us at night and get his back rubbed but during the day he likes to play with toys in his room. All his toys make noise...lots of noise. I've learned to tune them out.
We are watching a lot of TV- I'm rewatching some shows. I just finished Call The Midwives I love that show. I'll probably be judged for this but I'm rewatching The Sopranos. I love that show too but I do a bit of fast forwarding through some scenes. I totally relate to that show maybe because Tony and Camilla are middle aged and dealing with their kids! LOL everyone has issues even mobsters! Though the years I've been more of a book reader than a movie or TV watcher. One of the reasons is that I hate commercials and don't like the hassle of DVRs. So I'm a Netflex HULU Prime Disney HBO girl! I have NO idea what's on regular TV and never watch it. Actually I never have watched regular TV but I'm trying to catch up with the rest of y'all now by binge watching at night. But I still read- and with much chagrin I will admit I'm now a Kindle girl....I've not bought a real book in the past year. One of my best friends started using Kindle before me and I thought it was jsut awful.....oh how the mighty have fallen! I do the monthly $10 Kindle subscription and believe me I get my money's worth! Right now I'm reading a bunch of COZY mystery books. They are very G rated and some even talk about God. Maybe I'll blog about that experience one day.
Anyhow stay safe out there and try and enjoy this extra time with your family. Thankfully all the friends I asked prayer for are getting better, although several are still on a vent