Last night I challenged my friends and family on Facebook:
Name a SONG you wish was a MOVIE.
I gave my example (Down South by Tom Petty) and my friend Cindy picked Wild World by Cat Stevens. Great choice, great song. And right now it definitely seems like a real wild world, doesn’t it? Although I am not completely shocked that the world is experiencing a viral pandemic, it is a weird time and according to the news, which has droned on incessantly, “unprecedented.” Well, yes and no. According to the CDC:
“The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history… It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.” – Source
I remember when I first learned about the flu of 1918. I was in my English Comp class in college. I had a fantastic professor who introduced all kinds of authors and subjects, and the flu epidemic was one of them. I remember thinking as I read the stories and the numbers… why didn’t I know this before? And how did this happen? I was frightened then, to be honest. I could not imagine that scenario playing out.
And yet, here we are, with pandemic affecting the entire world. Even those countries not hard hit with people getting sick will feel economic shock waves.
So, here we all are. Baby, right now it’s a wild world.
And yet, Mr. Gordon and I… we are keepin’ on keepin’ on. We have an ample larder; I work from home, Mr. Gordon is now working from home (we both work full-time in tech… he with his English degree and me with my Poli Sci degree, har har); we have what we need to get by. Some items we did order from Amazon – like the powdered milk I ordered on March 17. I’m glad I did. It’s actually not that bad.
Some of the things we’ve found to be helpful during this time:
- Finishing projects started earlier this year – see below for a photo of the pretty “geese flying” screen that Mr. Gordon made me for the living room so that I could “hide” the TV. I love it.
- Starting a new project – we brought home chicks! – and I explain more about this choice in another post. (We have been talking about raising chicks for years – so the idea wasn’t new.) Click here to read Finally, Chickens!
- I have been taking advantage of my library systems e-book loan program and borrowing library books via my Kindle. I have a post about it here. Perhaps not everyone is aware that they can borrow books electronically. Here’s a post that will teach you how!
- We are not going out to the grocery store. We are sourcing our meat and eggs from a farmer up the road who is practicing physical distancing
- Getting creative with the ingredients in the pantry and fridge. Some Greek yogurt? Some hamburg? Let’s make Greek burgers with yogurt lemon dill sauce! Let’s serve on homemade bread! 🙂 See below. By the way, that green tomato on the plate is from last summer – we pickled green tomatoes!
- The NEXT night Mr. Gordon made homemade deep-dish pizza dough and we topped with leftover pizza sauce (from the week before), leftover feta cheese and crumbled hamburger from the night before, along with sliced onions and black olives. AMAZING.
- Focusing on the garden – we would be doing this anyway right now. I am tending to my sprouts. Growing your own food… Knowing HOW to grow your own food… Hmm, now more people are finally getting a glimpse as to WHY that is so important!
- Related – our neighbor dropped off 5 to 6 yards of composted sheep manure. We now have to figure out what to do with… 5 to 6 yards of sheep manure. 😀
- Sanity measures: Acorn TV (British TV) ran a special – free month to try, $5,99 thereafter. I took advantage of that!
- Just good to be able to do: Banking via app. I finally downloaded my bank’s app so I can remotely deposit checks. (I know, it took me THIS long…) But now I can even avoid going through the bank’s drive-thru.
- Protection measures: Mr. Gordon sewed us face masks and inserted clean, new HEPA filters as an extra measure. While we are not going places, we did wear them when we went to pick up our chicks.
Okay… I’m moving to photos to tell the rest of the story.
Happy Easter – looks like the Bunny visited this old one-room schoolhouse!
Tell me about what you are doing? What tips might you have?
What were you well-prepared for… what were you not, but will be in the future?
Examples: I will definitely keep a supply of powdered milk on hand. That has been really useful! Also, I am going to find a source for raw milk. This has been on my radar for a long time, but now I will make it a priority. I also need to start making my own cheese. 🙂
Some photos on this page taken with my Canon PowerShot SX530 HS Camera; others with the ol’ iPhone! 🙂