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Day 1 of Emergency Shelter in Place from SF Bay Area

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I live in the Bay Area and we are now in a 3 week Emergency Shelter in Place order due to the Coronavirus. I have been at home for (gulp) 5yrs now due to my rare disease and am now joined by my husband who will be working from home.
Guys, I’m all for science fiction and post-apocalyptic movies, but not quite ready to live one just yet : ). It is a ghost town.

Supermarket shelves have been empty for a bit and our grocery delivery service has gone kaput as of last week. I saw this last part coming weeks ago and made sure that we had at least 2 weeks worth of pantry staples on hand so we were ok for a little while.

I regrouped on the absent grocery order and found another grocery delivery service quickly last Sunday. Still tried to stick to healthy produce: Spinach: check. Broccoli: check. Fresh lemons: nope. That’s ok. Kale: nope. Gotta adapt. Ordered frozen greens, Chicken breast and rice. Hubbie thought it would be fun to throw in some sugary junk. Hmm, ok.
The grocery order showed up yesterday before the lockdown. Hubbie wiped down the bags before bringing them inside. This last part made me laugh. We got a cucumber, some baby carrots and a few other items. None of the healthy dark green produce I ordered. But the Nutella came. Of course it did (smacking myself in the forehead here). Ha!

We have a TINY home that will feel even smaller as the days go by. I will remind myself to be patient and full of grace. I know that things could be SO much worse.

I’m used to being home all the time due to my health, but my hubbie definitely is not. He seems to be struggling with some anxiety over coronavirus fears, as do so many people of course.

I’m trying to encourage him to stick to his daily routine as if he was still at work. Take a lunch break. We are lucky to have a (small) backyard. Go sit outside. He wants nothing to do with my meditation, stretching exercises, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques that I try to incorporate daily, etc. I’ve had a few years of living within these four walls to get used to them now. Cabin fever be damned : ).

If anything, I’ll just keep my daily pain management schedule up. Maybe he will watch and learn? And we will come out of this Emergency Shelter in Place better for it.
And Hubbie will learn to like lentils and quinoa too. Since we are out of rice, Babe. Ha!

Bonus: I have A LOT more of this floppy gym sock of a dog in my face lately, Whoo!

Wishing all of my Spark-y pals a safe and healthy day.
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  • OOLALA53
    Sorry it's under such louse circumstances, but it's so great to see you post! I was thinking about you the other day. Still one of the bravest people I have interaction with. (I see hubble is still at it bringing in the less desirable foods. Sigh. I think I'd trade having a sweet-free house for a hubby, though...)
    396 days ago
    Well it is a bonus that at least you are used to being at home... and that you have a garden! Not to mention your incredibly cute dog - you could watch him/her all day and never get bored!
    398 days ago
    Maybe his transition to Quinoa can be mitigated by cooking it with salsa first. That tends to make it rice-like. throw on some cheese shreds, or wrap (hide) it in a burrito and it'll feel just like rice...right? LOL
    399 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949

    Health issues have had me basically housebound for many years also so 'it is what it is' for my status quo. Being unable to attend a nephew's wedding in January was a bummer but I didn't sink into a pity party. Husband started working from home today and the noise level has risen exponentially. His nervous energy gets picked up on by the two furchildren who get noisier also. Sigh.

    Going to look for cartoon image I saved years ago to post to the Friend Feed.

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    401 days ago
    Take care and stay safe
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  • RAVEN145
    Stay healthy
    401 days ago
  • MUGABI123
    We will survive!
    401 days ago
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