Last Thursday, Ben and I took Ben’s mom to the Atlanta airport to fly back home to Kenya before the borders closed. It wasn’t hard to stay six feet away from people as there were very few people there. Still, we wonder if that few minutes in the elevator were going to be a problem. Just being out in the world made us feel vulnerable. So, since his mom had been in a meeting with a lot of people and then on a plane, we decided it would be best to self-quarantine for 14 days.
However on Saturday, I had to pick up the groceries I had ordered on Wednesday. There was no contact and I didn’t have to go into the store. That was okay. But on Monday, I had to pick up an order at Sam’s Club. They don’t bring it out to you, you have to go in and get it. Once I had figured that out, I cautiously stepped inside and told someone I had a pick up. She called and I waited. She called again and I continued to wait as I watched 10-15 people walk past me. Finally on the third call, someone responded and I got my two items and left. That didn’t feel good.
I just went to Walmart to pick up a prescription and while there decided to look for a couple of things I needed and hadn’t been able to find elsewhere. I walked past an employee who was coughing, but not covering her mouth. I held my breath until I got well past her, but wanted to say “Go home!”.
Chances are, we will have no problem, but if I do get something, like the COVID-19 virus, no one wants me to share. So, I’m trying to make use of the time by getting some extra sleep, exercising, writing, contacting friends and neighbors to check on them. But it is becoming Spring, and I got into a bit of Spring Cleaning the other day. I reorganized my pantry. I had already reorganized my closet. So, a long, long time task that I’ve put off for several years suddenly became a priority.
I have two metal boxes with plastic drawers in them for keeping nails, screws, nut, bolts, etc. Things were all mixed up and I generally had to look through about 10 of those dirty little drawers before finding whatever I was looking for. Many of the items had been in there for over 20 years and were rusty and nasty. I’ve now washed ALL the drawers, thrown out the rusty stuff and sorted everything, even labeling each drawer. They all fit into ONE of those metal boxes, so I have a spare if anyone needs one.
Having completed that chore, I’m now looking at the various curtains in my house and thinking of washing and ironing them. What are you doing to keep occupied?