Just So I Don’t Forget

Just so I NEVER forget…..

Gas price was $1.18
School children are taught from home by their teachers via the internet.
Self-distancing measures still are in place.
Tape on the floors at grocery stores and others to help distance shoppers (6ft) from each other. Children are putting great pictures and quotes in sidewalk chalk on the paths to bolster morale.

Some stores are limiting the number of customers in the store at a time. The line outside spaces the customers 6 feet apart.
Limited number of people inside stores, therefore, lineups outside the store doors.

Some stores have customers going down each aisle one way.
Non-essential stores and businesses mandated closed. The store I work in was closed. They paid us for 2 weeks even though we didn’t work. It though that was good of them. Now they have put me on furlough and I will apply for unemployment. They will continue to pay the health care for those that are full time. The heads of the company are taking a pay cut. Rick continues to go to work, but the hours have been cut from 48 to 40/week.
Parks, trails, entire cities locked up. People are encouraged to get food from restaurants with curbside pickup or buy gift cards for later use to help the small business from going down. Buying gift cards from hair salons also is an action that can be taken as those are closed as well.
Entire sports seasons cancelled. Drafting teams will be remotely done via internet. People are using YouTube to exercise with a coach. Music is being played from balconies in the evening in large cities to promote morale. Non essential doctor/dentist visits like check-ups are being rescheduled.
Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events – cancelled. Our concert in May was moved to September. We cancelled for now. The lead of the band has Covid-19.
Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings – cancelled. Many people are making masks
No masses, churches are closed. We are watching our services streamed at home. Our pastor records them at first in church and then in his basement. The early days of the virus before shut downs there was no handshaking or pacing the offering plate. The last time I went to church was Ash Wednesday.
No gatherings of 50 or more, then 20 or more, now 5 or more. Now we just need to not gather at all.
Don’t socialize with anyone outside of your home.
Children’s outdoor play parks are closed.
We are to distance from each other. It is difficult when your elderly parents need personal care, shopping and cleaning done. We get it done though.
Shortage of masks, gowns, gloves for our front-line workers. Shortage is kind, in some places it is nonexistent. I saw today where some healthcare workers who were not provided with personal protection equipment went home because they would be in peril.
Shortage of ventilators for the critically ill. States are bidding against each other to get the same pool of supplies. Then FEMA is bidding against them. Insanity.
Panic buying sets in and we have no toilet paper, no disinfecting supplies, no paper towel no laundry soap, no hand sanitizer or in extremely short supply.
Shelves are bare. One day there were 6 loves of bread on the shelf at the Pig, no TP at that time, 2 rolls of paper toweling, no rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide.
Manufacturers, distilleries and other businesses switch their lines to help make visors, masks, hand sanitizer and PPE. People are using innovative ideas to create masks and barriers out of found materials.
Government closes the border to all non-essential travel.
Fines are established for breaking the rules. Right now there are misdemeanors fines.
Stadiums and recreation facilities open up for the overflow of Covid-19 patients.
Press conferences daily from the President. Daily updates on new cases, recoveries, and deaths.
Government incentives to stay home. Not all states want to comply.
Barely anyone on the roads. Air quality is improving. Some insurance companies are giving their customers money back as they are not driving.
People wearing masks and gloves outside.
Essential service workers are terrified to go to work.
Medical field workers are afraid to go home to their families. Anthony Fauci is the voice people listen to now. Voting in primaries was rescheduled for many states….not Wisconsin though as it seems partisan feelings are more important than life of citizens.

This is the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic as seen from my view on de April 7, 2020.

Why, you ask, do I write this status?

One day it will show up in my memory feed, and it will be a yearly reminder that life is precious and not to take the things we dearly love for granted.

We have so much!
Be thankful. Be grateful.
Be kind to each other – love one another – support everyone.

We are all one! ❤️

My Quarantine Guest List

Since I have excessive time on my hands and the whole reason for writing this blog in the first place was to release anxiety through writing, I figured this would be a good day to give it a go again.

I have been thinking of all the people that I would like to sit down and talk to or listen in on them talking to others. I decided to make lists. I am good at that. If this was even a possibility I would have rules, well…because it is my event and I can make rules. Since this will never ever happen I can make rules that the guests have to adhere to.

The problem is, and everyone knows this, if you have an event and there are many guests it is rare to actually sit down and have heart to heart conversations with as many people that you want to and have the time to do it. So here are the rules;

Everyone invited has to be pleasant, if not deep down lovely to me, my friends and each other. They have to speak and understand English so my friends and I can communicate effectively. They need to know what is going on currently and what has transpired to this time since their demise. They need to be patient with me as I may ask questions they think I should know about, but don’t. They have to eat what we have, though they will have to bring snacks or make food to share. They need to be clean and follow standards of modern cleanliness. They can cook and order food as long as they share. They have to do their own laundry. They really have to be nice. I can’t emphasize that enough. They can disagree, but there will be no actual fighting or calling of names.

They will stay at a resort of some sort where people can mingle and talk. That way there will be enough rooms and they will be there for a long time so I can talk to everyone. With this many people they will have to be there a very long time. It will all be recorded in case I forget something they said. It won’t cost anyone anything….because…this is a fantasy.

So, who is invited? All my friends and my agreeable relatives. The others have gained recognition in some way and would be affable enough (see rules) to talk to and I would surely learn many things.

I put them in no particular order. Some are alive and some are passed. I may add to it as someone pops into my mind. Mind you, I may not agree with what I perceive are their positions at this time, but would like to talk about it and find out. There were others that I considered, but don’t perceive them as people that are affable in general or can be persuaded to be affable. I would really like to talk to Steve Martin, as I think he is a great talent, but am not sure he would like to talk.

Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth I, Deborah from the Bible, Nellie Bly, Maya Angelou, Clara Barton, Barbara Jordan, Lillian Gilbreth, Abigail Adams, Sacagawea, Jane Austen Brene Brown, Julia Child, Elizabeth Blackwell, Helen Farnsworth Meers, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Beatrix Potter, Edith Wilson, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Laura Bush, Michele Obama, Madeleine Albright, Condolezza Rice, Pink, Joanna Gaines, Suzann Stabile, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Sandra Day O’Connor, Elizabeth Warren, Trisha Yearwood, Oprah Winfrey, Angela Merkel, Katie Luther, Marie Yovanovitch, Melinda Gates, Alicia Keys, Christiane Amanpour, Beyonce Knowles, Rachel Maddow , Eve , Gayle King, Fannie Brice, Dollie Parton, Corrie Ten Boom, Robin Roberts, Emma Thompson, Ada Lovelace, Diane Sawyer, Amy Klobuschar, Meryl Streep, Phillis Wheatley, Maria Montessori, Leslie Stahl, Melissa McCarthy, Shirley Chisholm, Shirley Temple, Goldie Hahn, Fiona Hill , Doris Kerans Goodwin , Jenny Lawson, Betty White, Tina Fey, Cokie Roberts, Laura Logan, Phyllis Diller, Annie Oakley, Sonia Sotomayor , Joan of Arc, Mary the Mother of Jesus , Pocahontas, Ellen DeGeneres, Barbara Walters, Mary Magdalene, Margaret Thatcher, Jim Lovell, Yo-Yo Ma, Adam, Jesus, Andrew Weil, Andrew Yang, William Wilberforce, Martin Luther , Conan O’Brien , Sanjay Gupta, Dave Asprey, Fred Rogers, Ira Glass, Dean Ornish, David Brooks, Ralph Lauren, Wayne Dyer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jon Stewart, Dr. Phil, Ted Koppel, Dan Rather, Richard Davidson, Dwayne Johnson, Stephen Dubner, Dave Ramsey, Tony Robbins, Pres. Truman, Abraham Lincoln, President Obama, Theodore Roosevelt, Phil Donahue, David McCullough, Joseph Ellis, Andrew Carnegie, J.R.R.Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Ken Burns, Anthony Bourdain , Paul from the Bible, Dave Chappelle, Nelson Mandela, Pope Francis Warren Buffet, St Francis, Michael Lewis, Anthony Fauci, Charlie Gibson, Paul Ryan James Comey, Stanley McChrystal, James Cordon, John D. Rockefeller, Leonardo da Vinci, Shakespeare, George Washington, Galileo, Johannes Gutenberg, Ghandi, Dalai Lama, Francis Collins and Edward Snowden.

Maybe the next thing would be; what interests me about them and what food would they bring with them?