Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
We're doing ok here. Our state is still resisting a Shelter in Place order (the governor says she doesn't have the authority to do it and is waiting for a federal mandate) and people are still going about their business (about half) or sheltering in place (the other half) along party lines. More and more people are getting restless, though, and are starting to push for opening things back up and saving their stores and businesses and taking the risk since we are a more rural area, and the general thought seems to be that if the most vulnerable quarantine themselves, the rest of us won't have to. We've been shut down for the most part now for nearly a month, and no end in sight. 'Flattening the curve' is pushing the peak date later-- now projected to late May or June, so what happens when we're all shut down for four to six months? Initially, schools were paying teachers when they thought this would be past in a month. Now they're balking at paying anything but the base salary, regardless whether you've been teaching 20 years or 2, and not paying the additional stipends for special teachers (music, etc.) so DH is looking at a big pay cut. I was initially to be paid by the city even though the library is closed, but after a month with no end in sight, they're saying they aren't going to do that anymore since I'm considered a 'non-essential employee' so things are going to get interesting down the road for sure. My Board says we need to be closed or kids flock to the library which defeats the point of closing schools, but the city says we need to consider reopening anyway. Schools have now pushed the start date for continuing class back to May 1, and say that time will need to be made up. We'll see if that happens. I could definitely see us being one of the few states having school, but requiring everyone to wear a mask and check temps as people enter in the morning.
We're ok on toilet paper because we went to Sam's Club and got three large packs in early February when I could see the writing on the wall in regards to the pandemic. We stocked up at that point on toilet paper, paper towels, chicken broth, dried beans, rice, cereal, coffee, clorox wipes, pasta, sauce, and meat and veggies for the freezer, etc. My husband thought I was nuts, but is now glad we did it as those items are nearly impossible to find. Our local store got their first truck shipment in four weeks on Tuesday. I was able to get the food items my parents needed because I was there right when they opened, but by 10 am, the shelves were bare again. The larger stores are starting to be restocked, but still, staples like paper products, meat, etc. are nearly impossible to get. I'm doling out TP to family and friends who have none, too.
Supper tonight will be roast chicken. We'll have that with mashed potatoes and some sort of veggie-- probably carrots -- and then I'll make stock and chicken soup from the leftovers.
It was 75 degrees two days ago. Yesterday the temp dropped and we had freezing rain all night. Right now everything is coated in ice and the 'real feel' is 9. Welcome to spring on the Great Plains! On the plus side, spring is coming early which is a godsend as nobody got decent hay last fall, and the sooner the grass comes in, the sooner the horses will look better. Ours did ok, but we did feed hay I normally wouldn't have, just because there was nothing else available. Thankfully they pick through and won't eat the bad spots, which is nice. Still, they are not looking as good as I would like. They aren't skinny or ribby, but don't have the condition they usually have. Everyone's animals look like crap. A few weeks on grass and they will slick off and look like new coins, though.