COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 12

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 12

Another foggy morning, but it turned into a beautiful day!  Hopefully the weather will continue to warm up so we can actually get outside and get fresh air after being cooped up for so long.  The weather is making my allergies go crazy and now is NOT the time for another sinus infection, so be gone crazy weather!

I ventured out to Target today where I was treated like I had the plague (*full eye-roll*).  So, I guess this is the new norm.  Treat literally everyone as if they have the plague… as if this wasn’t surreal enough.  Precautions are necessary, but this is not how any of this works, people.  I was forced to lay my phone down with the barcode on it for them to scan, then step away from the counter.  So, now my phone is covered with literally every germ on that dang countertop.  Fail.  I literally wanted to walk up to the girl shopping haphazardly down every aisle of Target with a scarf around her mouth and shake her.   Violently.  Honey, that scarf isn’t going to do squat to protect you, not to mention it’s NOT COVERING YOUR NOSE (*face palm*).  There are photos of gigantic lines where seniors are lined up literally RIGHT NEXT TO one another to purchase groceries during their senior hour.  That’s not how this works… that’s not how any of this works!  I get it… mass hysteria has ensued due to the media, but if you’re this afraid for you and your family, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE.  People are breathing oxygen around you.  An easily spread virus will catch up with you if you’re out, so stay home.

Life is bleak in heavily populated cities that contain mass transit.  New York City’s statistics are staggering, however most of America doesn’t live their lives this way.  Yes, take things seriously, stay home as much as humanly possible to protect yourself and those you love and to minimize the amount of people who must seek medical attention.

To put your mind at ease a bit, here are a few facts about this virus (directly from the WHO website on 3/24/2020 at 1:47 pm) that the media isn’t sharing (and no, I don’t care if you “disagree”… science is science and facts are facts, so shut it…):

Current World Population: approx. 7.8 billion

Total COVID-19 cases: 375,498

Total COVID-19 fatalities: 16,362

So, this means that about 4.8% of the world’s population has been infected with the virus and only 4.3% of those have died. In other words, only 0.0002% of the population has died from this virus.

How about the seasonal flu?  Approximately 389,000 people die of the flu worldwide (which equates to a staggering 32,000 PER MONTH).  Scary, huh?

Yeah, yeah… I hear all of you out there who refuse to believe these numbers screaming “NOT EVERYONE IS BEING TESTED, IDIOT!”.  Cool it on the name calling, home slice… no, not everyone has been tested and not everyone needs or should be tested.  Showing severe symptoms?  Fine, test and quarantine to slow the spread.  This is what we currently do with the flu.  Why isn’t everyone who shows cold symptoms tested for the flu?  Because it’s expensive an unnecessary.  Cool it.

Stay healthy, take precaution, and protect yourselves, but… how many of you are in danger of being one paycheck away from total ruin?  Most of us.  Why in the world are we allowing a government who has continually told us to NOT WEAR A MASK if we aren’t ill (*cough, cough* DEWINE *cough cough*) and today is saying “Wear masks!  They are currently doing this in China and we all need to wear masks!” and “Healthcare workers WILL DIE!” (can you say mass hysteria and fear mongering???) to plummet us into financial ruin by their scare tactics?  POLITICS.  Simply politics.

Hang in there, peeps.  Hopefully this will be over soon.  Pray for our president as he’s been pigeonholed this entire time.  It’s a darned if he does and darned if he doesn’t situation.  Pray for our politicians who clearly don’t have the people’s best interest in mind, but their own political agendas (like women’s choice to murder their own children and physically impossible CO2 emission guidelines).  Pray for your pastors that they will continue to speak truth about the only thing that truly matters-God and his sovereign word.  Truth about this situation and what is currently going on in our government and in our society.

Take care everyone!  Enjoy the sunshine and take a walk, but if anyone gets closer than 6 ft to you, shove them as hard as humanly possible, because… social distancing…

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 11

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 11

Well, on Day 11 this is getting down right depressing. I am definitely more productive working from home, but it’s just so strange to not be able to go anywhere or do anything. More than anything it’s depressing to me how economically challenging this time is for the majority of hardworking middle class families and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

I also learned how hard it is for technical people to use Microsoft Teams for a conference call. Apparently it’s VERY difficult… but hey… we accomplished what we needed to.

Stay well everyone… and be sure to use your social distancing donuts!

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 10

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 10

Well, a typical Monday here with the exception of an extra child in the house (always a good thing!). We made pretend lattes, washed sink loads of dishes, ran around the house like crazy people, did a little school work, and made biscuits and gravy for dinner, which was a new one for me. If I had known biscuits and gravy was that easy I’d weigh 500 lbs by now… I never should have tried it-haha!

As I took the dog out for the last time this evening I couldn’t help but stand there and just listen. I listened to the nothingness and I’ve never heard so much quiet around our house. We’re close to a park and several fairly busy roads and it stopped me in my tracks to just hear it. The nothing. It wasn’t really eerie, which is what I wanted to feel, but it was peaceful. Unfortunately, it didn’t feel as peaceful as it should have because it was forced nothingness. None of us like being told we can’t have our normal lives right now, but I can’t argue that it isn’t peaceful, meaningful, and enjoyable.

Stay healthy everyone.

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 9

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 9

Pretty lazy Sunday around here.  Tomorrow will be Manic Monday… we might get crazy around here.  A little schoolwork, a little cleaning, a little cooking.  Our house is a happenin’ place, people!  Hope you’ve all had a relaxing Sunday with friends, since we apparently aren’t aloud to go anywhere by law now… even though there isn’t even anything open…

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 7

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 7

Well, today is officially a week since our oldest last went to school.  We’ve survived! Woo hoo!  After going to the grocery yesterday and picking up a few things I knew I’d need to prepare meals for a while, I feel more relieved today.  After the storms last night we had warm weather this morning, so we were able to go for a walk and open the windows most of the day today.  This was handy considering the dog ran from me and peed behind the couch at 5 am after I had been up with him since 3 am because of the storms.  Yeah… he’s my favorite.  Moving couches and hardcore cleaning carpet is what I always want to do at 5 am after being up all night.

I digress… the tiny people ate their lunches and healthy snacks (minus the Reese’s Pieces) all day, our oldest did his school work (reluctantly, but we tried to make it fun, so he enjoyed it), I made dinner that EVERYONE actually ate (here’s the recipe if you need an easy crowd pleaser!).  The youngest actually had three bowls and I had time to make brownies with the oldest after dinner.

I was able to get 4 loads of laundry done and most of it folded and put away, which usually takes at least a week to do.  The youngest refused to take a nap,  but eventually passed out and I was able to get nearly half a day of work done while the oldest did some school work and made up his own art projects to do.  There was a lot of coffee today.  A LOT of coffee.

I’m starting to feel sad.  Not about not being able to go anywhere, but that life isn’t just normally this way.  This is how it should be.  Not too rushed, enjoying time with kids, and just taking things as they come.  No rushing to get the oldest on the bus, then the youngest to the grandparents, run to a store on the way to work, rush to get the oldest off the bus, pick up the youngest, wonder how I’m ever going to be able to get dinner finished before people starve to death or heck… just pick up dinner every night.

I actually love cooking and baking, but I hate cleaning up because every evening is so rushed after school, work, homework, and the list goes on and on.  Simple is best.  Simple allows us to take it all in.  I’m a creature of habit and hate change, but this change… this change is good.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 6

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 6

Foggy day here in the DYT.  I ventured out for a “quick” grocery trip that turned into much longer than expected.  I had a list of things I thought we may need and I figured I’d get a little Easter candy shopping done just in case.  Just in case of what I’m not really sure… total shutdown maybe?  I don’t know.  Just seemed like it would give me some sense of normalcy somehow.

Anyways… this post is dedicated to all of the individuals who are working overtime in grocery stores all over America.  Every aisle I went down contained at least two employees stocking, cleaning and scrubbing, and doing everything they could to keep the stock coming in and the store as clean and safe as possible.  Lines weren’t long, a lot of lanes were open, and the employees seemed tired, but optimistic.  Please be kind to your local store employees.  They’re risking their health serving us and they’re pulling long hours away from their families, so be kind and make their lives a little easier!

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 5

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 5

No pictures today.  No cute little crafts to display.  Reality has set in.  It has set in that the world has lost its dang mind.  Completely.  It’s raining, which is making it all the more depressing and ominous because if it continues, I know I will be getting zero sleep tonight due to the neurotic chiweenie that claims residence in our domicile.  The kids aren’t here, since I’m working from home (which… per my previous post, Karen, you can’t fully commit to working when kids are home… you just can’t).

You know, the weird thing about all of this isn’t the virus-I couldn’t give two craps about the virus.  I’m not afraid of it or its affects-it’s no worse than the flu (do your research, don’t argue with me… it’s DIFFERENT… not worse).  What kills me is the response to all of this and the mass hysteria that has ensued.  Sheeple are scary.  VERY scary.  The amount of misinformation, panic, and outright incorrect information floating around is astounding.  I’m also perplexed (although not terribly shocked) about how willingly everyone is to allow full government control of this entire situation.

Hear me out for a minute here… I realize the entire point is to “flatten the curve” by “social distancing”, but if I hear those two phrases again someone will receive a quick punch to the face.  Everyone gets it… we all get it.  Stay away from other people.  But honestly, you’re grocery shopping.  You’re around people.  You WILL see people.  I’m just shocked that responses are “protect those with low immune systems!”.  Yeah, we get it.  But when do the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many?  Here’s a little example: one child in an entire school has a mild peanut allergy.  Should the school ban peanuts entirely due to one child? No.  The answer is no.  Everyone is too quick to answer, “Yes! Do what we can to protect the one!”.  No.  Not even close.  You are demanding everyone else take care of the one.  Now, don’t get me wrong… proper hygiene, stay home when you’re sick, make common sense decisions, but come on.  An entire country quarantined for the few that this will affect?  Those with low immune systems should be urged to self-quarantine until it runs its course.  The flu?  Ever heard of it?  Did you know that over 80,000 people in the United States alone died from the flu in the 2017 – 2018 flu season?  You didn’t?  Now you do.  The CDC estimates that there have been 22,000 – 55,000 deaths due to the flu since October 2019 and 370,000 – 670,000 hospitalizations due to the flu during this time period.  How many have died worldwide from coronavirus, you ask?  8,944 worldwide.  Approximately 56 of every 1,000,000 Chinese citizens tested positive for coronavirus.  Doesn’t sound so scary now, does it? Yeah, yeah… I know not everyone was tested.  Still, not as staggering of a number, is it?  Why are we treating this different than the flu that has already killed as many as 55,000 people in the United States since October? Why????

This virus spreads fast, it’s semi-unpredictable and hasn’t been studied extensively, so precautions are being taken to not overcrowd hospitals.  I’m not debating that that doesn’t need to happen, but what I’m debating is HOW it’s happening.  The blatant fear mongering that’s taking place at a state level is astounding.  Stop “guesstimating” numbers to scare people.  Present facts.  Stop telling me you’re getting take out for dinner to support local business… guess what?  All local mom and pop business are now in economic RUIN.  People’s financial lives have been destroyed completely.  So, you economically devastate a large majority of a country to protect the small minority that are immunocompromised?  There’s something more to this.  Time will tell…

For now, have fun at home with your loved ones, peeps!

 

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 3

COVID-19 Quarantine – Day 3

Well, the tiny humans are still alive.  Only major catastrophe has been a water paintbrush was used on a book of real paints… still trying to figure out how the heck he even got this out of the giant, heavy craft bin under the coffee table.  Toddlers, man… they’re little Houdinis!  I haven’t found what else the paint ended up on besides in the book.  Surprises are fun, right? Right…

Here is what I learned on Day 3:

  1. I apparently lack the ability to get myself ready if I don’t set an alarm.  Pajamas are still on, teeth are unbrushed, face is unwashed, and hot mess status has been achieved.  Tomorrow I set an alarm.
  2. I have this home school thing on lock. I mean, I rocked it.  This one was a pleasant surprise.  I have a plan for the rest of the week (and really the next 3 weeks, thanks to suggestions by Liam’s awesome school!), I made sight word flash cards and dry erase math worksheets.  I moved Liam’s Melissa and Doug calendar to the dining room so Liam can keep track of the month, day, year, weather, and any holidays that come along, thanks to Tia (thanks, Aunt Astrid!)!
  3. I put together a modest lunch of any perishable items I thought the tiny people would eat.  Matchstick carrots were thrown on the ground, guys… it got ugly.
  4. I am a horrible, horrendous, heinous mother.  My kids have had “screen time” by 2:30 pm (*gasp*).  Seriously, moms?  Chill the heck out.  If your child is addicted to a screen, fine, do what you need.  If not, let them play games… chances are they’ll learn something or gain a skill you never expected.  I’m sure every child is different and some are more addicted than others, but dang… the mom guilt is real on this one!  It’s not a competition of who is “momming” harder than everyone else.  In the words of Tay Tay… you need to calm down.
  5. I also learned that I am a horrible mother because I do not have a schedule.  A SCHEDULE.  My little people get to have 3 weeks (at least…) out of school and you people are complaining about your schedules being ruined on the first day already.  Really?  *full eye roll*  I’m just over here like “anyone know what stores still have frozen chicken?  I need some…”.  I get it, kids need structure sometimes, but a schedule down to the half hour?  Nope.  Not even going there with a toddler in the house.  Sure… I have a plan so education can continue, but holy cannoli, Batman!  Take a deep breath!
  6. Kids hear EVERYTHING.  The image for this blog entry is of my kids’ kitchen.  Just before taking this picture I found Liam cleaning the entire thing wearing an apron and a chef hat.  I noticed the “closed” sign on his chalkboard and asked why his restaurant was closed.  He said “Corona Virus” as if it was a normal, everyday occurrence for a restaurant.  Bless their hearts.  I think most kids are dealing with this situation better than the adults.  We can learn from their hopeful, matter-of-fact attitude in life.
  7. If we shouldn’t be having mass gatherings, why are we voting tomorrow?  Seriously… think about it.  We’ll be in line less than a foot away from each other when we’ve basically been quarantined to our homes, but we’re supposed to do our civic duties to vote.  Wow.  Just wow.

Hope your days at home were pleasant, peeps!  Have a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow!