The joke around the neighborhood these days…. what are you going to do tomorrow? I dunno, maybe I’ll stay in and do things at home. Ha!
Things are the same here. We are still allowed out for limited hours for essentials only – food, pharmacy, gas, bank, and health care. But, as authorities are increasingly frustrated with rule breakers, the penalties have increased. You can lose your license for 3 months, have your car impounded, pay heavy fines, and be arrested. Community service is the usual sentence. These folks got to clean the streets.
Daily updates and information continue. The priority is keeping people safe, but more efforts are being made to help needy people with food and money for necessities. Hopefully there is help coming for businesses also, so they will still exist to put people back to work when this is over. That’s not going to be over any time soon though. The few tentative projections I’ve seen think there will be a couple more months of lockdown, and then gradual lifting of the restrictions and a recovery phase extending until the end of the year. Of course though, as conditions change, plans and projections change. Whatever happens though, this is a life altering thing for the whole world.
My daughter shared this really interesting article with me. https://forge.medium.com/prepare-for-the-ultimate-gaslighting-6a8ce3f0a0e0
What have we learned? What good things do we want to keep in our futures like more time with family, cleaner air, different priorities, more caring for each other? What forces are going to tell us what to think, buy, believe, behave, and how much of that will not be those good things? How will we fight for something different, something better? Sometimes the most growth and change come from the most difficult times.
As for us, we are staying in today. ha! One day runs into another and I can’t remember for sure when we were out last, 3 weeks? more? But, we continue to keep busy and happy. The house has never been cleaner. Daily music practice continues. The rains have come back!! ~happy dance~ It’s the end of the dry season and intense heat, so cooling and healing rains are very welcome. I’m getting back to yard work, getting a head start on the rapid growth that comes with the rain.
Oh, and I’ve learned to make masks too. It is requested that we make fabric masks (and wear them at all times when out) and leave the commercial ones for essential people on the front lines. They even have inmates in the jails making masks. This seems to work – https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/news/2020/04/04/coronavirus-face-mask-tips-how-make-fabric-instructions/2945209001/ though 7″ of elastic was almost twice as long as I needed. I sewed the elastic to the back instead of inside so it would be easy to take off if I needed to change the length. I also sewed a piece of large twisty tie material/wire into the edge that goes over the nose so it could be shaped to fit nicely against the nose without gaps.
Speaking essential people, the trash men are making their rounds. The dogs are going NUTS! The dogs have so little to bark at these days that if they hear a dog barking 3 blocks away, it must be SOMETHING so they all get in on it. They usually ignore a neighbor tending their yard but now that is also a time to go crazy.
Generally though, it’s pretty darn quiet around here these days. We were all confined to home for the whole weekend and I heard a car leave the neighborhood on Saturday. What was THAT?! Who is that? where are they going? why? I think that’s the only car or truck or motor I heard all weekend so it was kind of a event. But, mostly its just the sounds of nature, many bird songs, the wind in the trees, maybe a neighbor, oh yes and the dogs LOL. We’re pretty darn fortunate that we can enjoy all this without worry about meeting our daily needs. If only that were true for everyone.
Someday this will be us….