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Just another Saturday (Puzzle)
Saturday, March 14th, 2020

At least, we’re trying to make it that way.

I’m under self-quarantine. At my daughter’s insistence. The kids have been briefed several times about handwashing, not touching things when they’re out and about, not touching their faces, coughing into their elbows… And we all have coughs at the moment, but we’re also sneezing, which means, most likely, we have our seasonal allergies hitting us hard. After all, the pollen has started to drop.

We canceled a weekend trip to New Orleans and are planning to stay at home. So, of course, we’re planning on lots of movie nights, game nights, etc. We’re stocking up on popcorn. 🙂

Right this minute, my dd and the older kids are shopping at Walmart, hoping there’s something left to buy for meals. We’ve already ordered a large crate of TP from Amazon, have dog and cat food stored, lots of canned and dried goods put back. We think we’re ready for whatever comes. Her hubby’s a cop, so he stocked up on manly things. I swear, he thinks it’s going to be like The Walking Dead, and we need more bullets. Gah. Although after watching numerous videos of families warring over toilet paper at the supermarket, maybe he’s right.

We live in a rural area, with lots of woods and pasture around us. It’s peaceful here, except inside our house. Four kids, who aren’t really all that well-behaved, make life a little chaotic. Thank goodness for game stations!

As for work… My dd is a fulltime mom. Her hubby’s a cop. He has to work no matter. So, we don’t have to worry about missing a paycheck there. I work from home anyway, so we’re very, very lucky. We know this. So many families will be worrying about where the money’s coming from. I hope something’s done so people who have to stay at home will get some sort of assistance. Otherwise… [Play the theme music from The Walking Dead.]

For now, here’s a puzzle. My way of giving you something fun to do when you have a quiet moment and don’t want to think about a zombie apocalypse…

I know. That was kind of mean, right? 🙂

7 comments to “Just another Saturday (Puzzle)”

  1. Diana Cosby
    · March 14th, 2020 at 1:24 pm · Link

    Thank you for the puzzle. A good book also helps to enjoy the time as it passes. 🙂

  2. Laura Le Capelain
    · March 14th, 2020 at 3:27 pm · Link

    They’re no cases of coronavirus near where I live there’s a confirmed case in London Ontario 45 minutes east of me the rest are in Toronto three hours east of me. I went to see my accountant today for tax purposes I vacuum the living room and I’ll be cooking my supper soon. I live in a rule area on 30 acres of land i’m gonna self Quarantine so I don’t have to talk to anybody. I’m quite happy self Quarantine for as long as it takes the rest of the world to get rid of this virus.

    I have a freezer full of food both upstairs and downstairs lots of vegetables lots of pasta and sauce if I need it lots of tea but only 16 double rolls of toilet paper. As long as I’m alone I think that should be enough.

  3. Jennifer Beyer
    · March 14th, 2020 at 3:59 pm · Link

    I decided to see what’s up last night at 9pm so I got in my car and went to the grocery store. Holy heck! The shelves were empty. I don’t get it. People bought all kinds of weird stuff. Like there were no pineapple chunks left in the store. It was nuts!

  4. Delilah
    · March 14th, 2020 at 5:41 pm · Link

    4:46. Laura, sounds like you have the ideal situation! Wish we didn’t have to send kids to school on Monday. Otherwise, we’d have no outside contact other than with the SIL when he comes home.

    Jennifer, it is nuts. Really does make you think about the things you can’t live without.

    Diana, amen on the book!

  5. flchen1
    · March 14th, 2020 at 11:37 pm · Link

    DH has been working from home for the last week and it sounds like that will be the new normal for the foreseeable future. The kids’ schools have all announced we are transitioning to distance learning for at least the next three weeks. The oldest will be moving home this coming week; the university is moving to online courses for the spring. We will all find it an adjustment to be sharing space 24/7 😉 Thanks for the puzzle distraction! 2:34

  6. Pansy Petal
    · March 15th, 2020 at 1:03 am · Link

    4:05 I do enjoy you puzzles. Thank you. An interesting story for you. I automatically stock up on tp. It is just something I do. I know I am weird. My niece, who is the lucky person who gets to take me shopping teases me about it. I joke about needing to be stocked up the the Zombie Apocalypse. I generally always have at least one full 18 roll package in my cupboard, and if it has been on sale, there will be more. It has been a thing for a long time. Consequently, when my niece checked up on me the other day, she asked how I was stocked for tp. I grinned and joked that I as getting low, only 25 rolls and the apocalypse was here! Since I live alone, that is really enough but . . .

    Seriously, I am more worried about the food issue. I generally do my shopping about this time of month. We have plans to go on Wednesday. Will there be any there for me to buy? So far, our town seems to be okay, but it is only a matter of time, I am sure. We are a small town so who knows. I have my books, yarn for knitting or crocheting, lots of movies, and Netflix and Prime. Mostly, same ol’, same ol’ for me.

    Y’all stay healthy.

  7. Debra Guyette
    · March 15th, 2020 at 5:46 am · Link

    3:09. I am not prepared and I know there are some cases in my county. I do have toilet paper though.

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