It’s Inventory Day

Well, in the never-ending quest for toilet paper (which seems to be absent from any store anywhere), kleenex, Advil, and the king of all…hand sanitizer, I have decided to inventory my home.

These are the headings:

  • Personal items: think toiletries, medicine, or vitamins
  • Household goods: which means cleaners, sanitizers, soaps, paper towels, etc.
  • Non-perishables. This is where it’s at. If you’re stuck in your home for a month (and some say as many as 3 months), whatcha gonna eat?? Soups, pasta, beans, rice, frozen foods, etc.
  • What to buy: Here is the stuff I can’t get, but will look for. TP, kleenex, hand sani.

I looked in every nook and cranny and counted the goods. Here is what I came up with. 4….count em, 4 rolls of TP, an outstanding amount of paper towels (31 rolls), almost no kleenex, a decent amount of canned goods. A bottle of Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, Claritin, some decongestants, leftover prescriptions of Flexeril, an oral anti-inflammatory called Voltaren, a few anti-diarrhea pills, NyQuil, and sinus spray. Some other oddball things as well.

Off the the store I went yesterday and today. Most of the shelves are empty, or becoming that way. I ordered TP through a company called Grove, which delivers environmentally friendly household goods, and I should get that after March 20. Luckily, I found 6 packets of travel kleenex, which can easily become TP if needed. I also bought another bottle of Advil and Claritin, because my allergies will be kicking in pretty soon.

I have a box in the basement with rice, cans of soup, broth, extra coffee (can’t run out of that!), salsa, olive oil, nuts, and crackers. I have spent an astounding amount of money on groceries this last week. But, seeing as we are pretty much shut in, I won’t be spending much on dinners, movies, concerts, etc.

I see most of our local events have been cancelled now; quite a shame. It won’t be long until warmer weather however, so we can at least ride our bikes, hike, and talk long walks. The gym is becoming scarier by the day. I will have to use the few weights we have around the house, as well as resistance bands, so I don’t become a pile of mush.

Also, my trip to England in June is falling further from my grasp, as a travel ban is now in place for the U.K. as well. Hope it works its way out by the end of May. I should have time to write more, so comment if you are in the middle of preparing for the plague. We should support each other in time of need. I have a feeling there will be time for reading and writing a lot! Here’s hoping you experience very little difference in your daily life, abundant health, and good spirits. Cheers, Deb

Don’t Look at Your Stocks!

Here we are in a new week of IT…the Coronavirus. So, this weekend we learned the following

  • Italy is pretty much closed
  • There is a cruise ship docking near Oakland with 3700 people, at least 700 infected (aka, a floating petri dish)
  • The number of U.S. infections grew exponentially over the weekend
  • IT has prompted an oil war with prices dropping to $30 a barrel
  • People are stocking up on non-perishable items and preparing to work from home if needed
  • AND…all of your retirement saving have PLUMMETED…so don’t think about retiring soon

Yes, I am still hanging on to a tiny thread of hope that I can fly to Iowa in April, Texas in May, and London in June. Hope they pop up with a vaccination soon! Anyhow, the stock thing is interesting, but depressing. I am purposefully not going to check my 401 numbers until they get a handle on this thing. There would be one reason to though…BUY some stock.

As the big money investors will tell you, just hang on, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride. Of course things were climbing way too well for a few years, chugging up the ladder of numbers everyday and making us feel too secure. Things have to come down after they go up; it works that way. Eventually over time, a gradual increase is seen from a further perspective. Stay in your position and consider what to add to your collection of investments.

I am not a financial advisor. As a matter of fact, I read and learned a lot from my partner only after starting over at the age of 46 from my divorce. I have to say that if you read enough and have enough good advice, you will be able to save and see progress. I have set a goal each year and been able to reach it. Until now……

This is going to take me back a ways and I will just have to suck it up. But then, so will everyone else. I’m sure even Warren Buffett with 82 billion will have a loss right now. How can it be avoided? I guess what I am saying is we have to into a “hibernation” mind set. Nothing is going to go forward until we can eliminate, or at least control, IT.

Here’s some additional info from this morning: https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2020/03/stocks-set-to-plunge-as-coronavirus-fears-continue-what-about-your-401k.html

This will be a test of humanity on a grand scale. Will we be able to unite and defeat IT? Can we stop squabbling and putting our own petty interests behind us for awhile? Hang in there folks, I think it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Wash those hands and stay at home if you can. Love and peace, Deb

Coronavirus

Ugh. That’s all I have to say. When’s the last time you went through a plague? I really thought that maybe, just maybe, we had become advanced to the point of NOT experiencing something as pervasive and awful as a modern-day plague.

Here’s the thing though, I was talking to a patient recently who actually works for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), and this was way before we knew about COVID-19. When asked what scared him or surprised him the most, he said, “you know, we really don’t have to worry about war and nuclear weapons as much as a virus that will be completely resistant and take out massive amounts of people.” Whoa…..I guess he’s on to something there.

It seems strange that I had just asked that question a few months ago, and here we are today, dealing with IT. How do we incorporate IT into our everyday lives? Many people here in the state of Colorado aren’t too freaked out as yet. We just got word that 2 people tested positive, which is much less than other areas of the country. There is concern over travel, however. Just yesterday one doctor I work with was seriously tossing around the idea of canceling his family’s vacation cruise. I have to agree with him – just make alternate plans right now.

This will affect my decision making as well. I am scheduled to meet my daughter in London in June. Can we battle it down by then? When do I have to make a decision? This takes me back to 2001, and 911. We were scheduled to travel to Germany on September 21, but ended up cancelling. At that time, we didn’t even know if international flights would happen. I guess I’ll have to wait and see on this one.

IT is different, in that IT is growing exponentially, and doesn’t know borders or cultures. IT randomly infects anyone, anywhere. Not only did I just move out of Seattle less than a year ago (one of the most infected cities in the US), but we also just got back from Italy 6 months ago. Talk about escape! I am a nurse as well….can I continue to escape the plague?

My hope is that it will somehow mutant, changing into something less deadly, or just fade away…..My other hope is that children will continue to be more difficult to infect, because that would just be the worst. Please, please, know that IT is possible, and wash, distance yourself, and avoid crowded public places for now. We will get through this, and maybe it will make us more united as a human species. Maybe it will make us more empathetic to the trials of other people around the world.

Take care of yourself. Cheers, Deb