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And then there’s the weather… (Puzzle & a Contest)
Saturday, March 28th, 2020

UPDATE: The winner is…Laura!

We’re doing okay here. The kids aren’t going stir-crazy. My dd keeps them working on “projects”—like yardwork, pool prep, etc. Today, they cleaned off the back porch and hung solar lights around the seating area…just in time for a humongous lightning storm!

Yeah, weather’s bad here and getting worse. We’re under a tornado watch, hence today’s puzzle theme. Work it. You’ll enjoy it!

Another thing. We’re reluctant to brave Walmart or the other grocery store in town. We’re going to use the pick-up service, but they are limiting the number of items you can buy. Can you imagine a family of eight being limited to one carton of eggs or one gallon of milk? Yeah, if you could get eggs. We can’t. Also, no hamburger, no rice, no egg noodles, no pasta… Ugh! So, we’re going to get creative this week with what we have in the pantry. I do have a can of spam…

Hope you’re doing okay where you are. I also hope you’re hunkering down. The sooner we flatten this curve, the sooner we can get out and about. Although, it does look as though I’ll be sequestered in my rooms for the next year—past the second wave or until the appearance of a vaccine…

Let me know if you’re experiencing shortages and what you’re doing to entertain yourselves for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card! Love you. Take care! ~DD


19 comments to “And then there’s the weather… (Puzzle & a Contest)”

  1. Laura
    · March 28th, 2020 at 2:52 pm · Link

    In my small town area we have no coronavirus patients. I’m 45 minutes from the nearest city where there are coronavirus patients. I go out twice a week Mondays and Thursdays get what I need and bring it home. When I was out this week there’s still a shortage on toilet paper. Because I’m in the country and use a septic tank I have to use a very specific type of toilet paper which is not a namebrand softy type.

    I have a tendency to stock up on things when it goes on sale long before the lockdown situation started. I’m used to snow storms and floods and that sort of thing. So I stocked pantry and freezer goes without saying. And it’s always best to buy it when it’s on sale. That has been my way since the mid-1990s when I move to the country.

    My son and his girlfriend went to check on her cats so I’ve asked them to stop to see if they can pick up some more toilet paper. I have plenty if I’m all by myself. Since the sons girlfriend and her son is staying with me I would probably run out.

  2. Elizabeth Andrews
    · March 28th, 2020 at 3:02 pm · Link

    Our county was just added to the state’s stay at home order last night, along with 8 others, so now 19 of 67 counties are basically shut down.

    Yesterday was my normal bi-weekly grocery shopping day, but when I went two weeks ago, the stores were already out of things we needed, and since then have been limiting things so hoarders can’t hog up everything, so I’ve had to make multiple trips in the last couple weeks. My two sons are in the next county and in need of toilet paper. It took me 7 stores to find any. Unreal. I wonder what people are doing with all of the toilet paper? Making alternates to blanket forts?

    Stay well!

  3. Beth
    · March 28th, 2020 at 3:56 pm · Link

    We are a family of crafters so we have plenty of stuff to do, when we aren’t reading or playing video games.
    So far the only thing we are in danger of running out of is meat(only so much room in freezer) and toothpaste. Toothpaste shelf was nearly empty the last three times I went to store this month. Why are people going after that much toothpaste? A single tube lasts me almost 2 months.
    We have enough TP to last about 2 weeks. Hopefully by then those hoarding all the TP will be done buying and there may be some for us regular folks.

  4. Delilah
    · March 28th, 2020 at 6:24 pm · Link

    Laura! Sounds like you’re well-isolated. Keep safe!

    Elizabeth! People get worried when they see empty shelves where you always expect to see plenty. It’s been a wakeup call to say the least.

    Beth! A Family of crafters! Us, too! I ordered a big industrial-sized box of TP from Amazon when the stores first emptied out. We’re good for a while, because my daughter got worried, too, and ordered one as well. 🙂

  5. Mary Preston
    · March 28th, 2020 at 8:01 pm · Link

    4:09; since we are all home-bodies not too much has changed for us. Grocery shopping is a big worry – no deliveries expect for the elderly/vulnerable right now.

    I am buying brands I would not normally buy, because favourites are no longer on shelves.

  6. Jennifer Beyer
    · March 28th, 2020 at 9:17 pm · Link

    I tend to stock up normally so I don’t really have any issues with that. I had pumped up my stores when I have had the chance like with a home delivery of groceries. I have been struggling to have enough fresh fruits and vegetables in the house because everyone returned home so my fridge is bursting whenever I manage to pick up fresh stuff.

  7. ButtonsMom2003
    · March 28th, 2020 at 11:51 pm · Link

    We don’t normally go out that much except to our clubhouse several times a week. It’s been shut down for about two weeks now so I’m staying in and getting more reading done.

    Last week we couldn’t find bread or eggs at Walmart but supplies were back when we went earlier this week. TP is still nowhere to be found but fortunately I had a pretty good supply. I also have several boxes of tissues and wipes. LOL

    I’ve had very little incentive to get dressed since I can’t go out but that is starting to get old. Reminds me too much of when I had surgery and couldn’t get dressed or go out for several weeks.

    Glad to hear you and your family are hanging in there.

  8. Pansy Petal
    · March 29th, 2020 at 12:40 am · Link

    Nice puzzle. Looks like our weather here in Mid-west Michigan is getting interesting. Thunderstorms this evening and high wind warnings for tomorrow. On the supply front, I am good though for whatever reason, there is still no Toilet paper to be had. Not even on Amazon. Really folks? Good thing I already had enough before this started. But . . . I when it comes to tp, I was already prepared for the apocalypse. But, it’s not going to last forever and I would like just one more package, please. When I shopped last week, shelves were spotty, but I found reasonable substitutes. (Except for tp) Like bacon rather than chicken. Lima beans instead of corn. It is kind of weird what is gone and what is left. Okay, I am weird! I like Lima Beans! And frankly, they are better for me than corn anyway. *shrugs* Although the bread aisle was barren, the bakery had my bread. That shelf was actually reasonably well stocked and I prefer that anyway. So, I consider myself doing well. Thank you for asking.

  9. flchen1
    · March 29th, 2020 at 3:11 am · Link

    The image is so lovely even if the subject matter might not be! 2:16

    We’ve been thankful to be mostly fine; my BiL did a big grocery run today for us, and the store was sold out quite a few ordinary staples, but thankfully still plenty of food to be had. We typically stock up on stuff like TP when the brand we like goes on sale, so we should be OK there for a while too 😉

    Take care, and stay safe, Delilah!

  10. Debra Guyette
    · March 29th, 2020 at 5:25 am · Link

    We are reading and binge watching and crocheting.

  11. Diana Cosby
    · March 29th, 2020 at 8:09 am · Link

    Love your puzzles. Keeping busy reading, writing, gearing up for my upcoming book release, and taking photos of nature. Take care and be safe. *Hugs*

  12. Misty Dawn Cecil
    · March 29th, 2020 at 11:43 am · Link

    We have a few things that are running short, but overall we are doing good. I have been reading, baking, binge watching some tv shows, and trying new recipes.

  13. Colleen C.
    · March 29th, 2020 at 12:08 pm · Link

    Reading, doing little tasks around the house and yard… yes, some food items I want are not in the stores…

  14. bn100
    · March 29th, 2020 at 4:40 pm · Link


  15. Delilah
    · April 7th, 2020 at 8:02 am · Link

    Mary! I hear you. I had to order dried beans off Amazon!! And I was happy to pay $22 for four damn pounds!

    Jennifer, yes! When packing our fridge, it’s like you have to have a degree in engineering to get everything inside.

    Buttons! Our Walmart is rationing things like bread and eggs. And paper towels? None to be found!

  16. Delilah
    · April 7th, 2020 at 8:05 am · Link

    Pansy! Glad you were well-prepared!

    Fedora! Nice to know you’re doing well!

    Debra! You’ll have to share pics of what you’re crocheting! I save that for winter months.

    Diana! Glad you like the puzzles! And keep taking those pictures!

  17. Delilah
    · April 7th, 2020 at 8:42 am · Link

    Misty! My daughter has been pulling out her Pioneer Woman cookbooks and experimenting. I’ve been enjoying the results. 🙂

    Colleen! Reading is always a good thing… 🙂

  18. Delilah
    · April 7th, 2020 at 8:44 am · Link

    I’m so glad you all enjoyed the puzzle! And thanks for sharing how you’re coping with the lockdown!

    My random number generator chose #1—Laura!! You win the Amazon gift card! Congrats!

  19. Laura
    · April 7th, 2020 at 11:11 am · Link

    Thank you so much.

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