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  1. It’s a really good thing that people are starting to raise some of their own food. I hope more towns remove their bans on chickens. Every day when I collect eggs I am so glad that we have the chickens. More people should be allowed to do this.
  2. Ours was direct deposited in our bank account. We will put part to pay down our mortgage a little (goal is to have it paid off in a few years). The rest is going into our rainy day fund.
  3. Of course, we all know about the shortages of toilet paper. Goodness gracious you'd think this pandemic involved heinously awful diarrhea, the way TP has disappeared! It might be worthwhile to list other items that have disappeared or are in short supply. In my excursions to the stores I have seen barren or almost barren shelves for: - Hand sanitizer and commonly recommended ingredients for home made sanitizers such as aloe gel -rubbing alcohol -hydrogen peroxide -Vitamin C -cold and flu treatments -zinc lozeng
  4. So. Our employer has issued each of us "essential employees" with ONE disposable N95 mask (the non-respirator version). Our employer has NOT issued us anything with which to sanitize the masks for re-use. Of course, we do not have access to hospital methods of sanitizing them. Even a bottle of spray peroxide would be better than nothing. But any mask care is up to us. I am pondering how I will sanitize mine at work. I suppose I could take it home each night, spray it down, hang it to dry, and return with it each workday. Hmmm. These things are like gold these days, so
  5. That it is. It is a good inside day. Have a big spiral sliced ham in the oven, along with sweet potatoes. Gotta love after Easter sales. I will package the leftovers and freeze them and we will be eating off this monster ham for ... months. I need it to warm up so I can build another raised bed in the garden. And so I can plant. I am just itching to get into the garden!!
  6. Was hoping to maybe get something done outside today, as my knee is a bit better. NOPE. It is cold and windy and *S*N*O*W*I*N*G*
  7. I took a mask and hand sanitizer and ventured out to the stores yesterday. Got more vitamins C and D3. We are working on boosting our immune systems and are currently taking extra of both, and I realized my stock of it needs a boost. CVS is taking appropriate precautions and I feel relatively safe there. Also ventured to an IGA in a nearby town and bought some fresh meat. Most of the people, customers and employees, were wearing masks. I was pleasantly surprised that they have a senior discount. I'd never asked for it (didn't know about it). But the cashier gave it to me. I guess
  8. I was planning a store run yesterday morning, but instead had the lawn mower fixed. That lead to outdoor projects and my knee was hurting worse last night due to over-use. So then I was going to go shopping early this morning, to try to avoid the crowds. BUT DH suggested that we just rely on preps for awhile, let my leg heal up (we really need ONE fully ambulatory person), and maybe I can shop next week or the week after, to avoid the Easter crowds and the extra health risk that shopping today would likely bring. It isn’t like we will starve if I don’t shop. We just won’t have salad greens. So
  9. Eight *confirmed* cases in my county now. Employee where I work who was out sick for three weeks with pneumonia WAS NOT TESTED. Like everywhere else in the USA testing here is not widespread. One co-worker with a dry cough and a few other symptoms WAS TURNED AWAY for testing when she requested a test at the suggestion of a doctor. Health Department says they do not find any links between the confirmed cases.
  10. Got the rider mower running today. Neighbor kid came over to help put in a new battery I’d bought. I hurt my knee this week. So now I am wearing a knee brace and using a cane. That’s why I needed to get some help. Which brings up the prep aspect of this situation, a sort of cautionary tale. When you are stocking up on OTC meds, quadruple your estimated usage. At least. Because even though you typically only use a certain amount over a month, a year, etc., one injury or illness can blow through that typical usage rate in a quarter or a fifth of that time. And if TWO people end up hurt
  11. SO, almost exactly in answer to this complaint, I learned today that ALDI'S is implementing COVID-19 policies: an employee will stand at the entrance and limit people entering the store. They will allow one person per 5000 square feet, admitting another only when one leaves. Aisles will be one way to avoid having to pass other customers. They will sanitize carts. So maybe it is worth going back for produce - our garden won't be producing for awhile yet.
  12. Our eldest DD is a physician’s assistant, and our youngest SIL is a paramedic. DD is high risk for complications if she gets the virus but she keeps going to work. She’s my hero. They are in my prayers.
  13. Heroes put it all on the line to keep us safe. Not all heroes wear Army boots or capes, though. Some wear medical PPEs if they are able to find them.
  14. EXACTLY. When I discuss anything prepping related in the real world, all I say is that I stock up for winter, just in case we get snowed in. I never let on just how long we could hold out. I don’t want anyone outside our family to know. I am the gray woman. At work, I complain about the bare grocery shelves. I do not say that we’ll be OK.
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