Then, I took my trash cans to the curb and took neighbor T's trash cans, too, for her. Our mail carrier was making the rounds and I chatted with her for a bit before I collected my mail.
Just before I left the house, however, one of my friends called. She had just heard on the news that the Bay Area was asking residents to shelter-in-place and was calling to ask how my daughter was. It was the first I had heard of it, so I texted daughter and she said, yes, she had just heard the news, herself. So, of course, I had to turn on the news! As of midnight on Monday, seven counties in the San Francisco Bay Area were being mandated to stay home for three weeks and go out only for essentials such as food and medicines. This is what we have all been preparing for, but, when it comes, it still catches you off-guard, so to speak. Daughter called and asked me if she should make one more trip to the store to buy a couple of items such as another packet of sanitary napkins and a container of milk to add to the stock she has on hand. I said to go ahead and get what she needed while she still could.
Then, I went to hand in my tax documents. By the time I left the house, around 2:30 p.m., it had started to rain!
On the way home, I stopped by the Kroger-affiliated grocery store that had been closed for restocking and sanitizing when I went on Saturday. They were open, but, allowing only two of certain items per family. I bought two more bags of cat food ($10.99@; I feed 6 garden cats in addition to Dancer and we go through a lot of cat food), two cans of evaporated milk ($1.49@), two bottles of oil (@ $1.89, must buy 2), a small beef roast ($3.24), a small cabbage (@ 3lbs/$1), a head of lettuce ($.99), 2 cans of spaghetti sauce (@$1), a 2-b. packet of spaghetti pasta ($1), a jar of hazelnut spread ($1.99), and a bottle of dish washing liquid (@ $1.99. My bill came to $23 and some cents.
The cabbage slaw my neighbor sent me the other day reminded me that cabbage keeps fresh for a long time in the fridge.
It was pouring with rain when I came home and brought the groceries in! In fact, I left the bags of cat food in the car because I didn't want them getting wet!
I got home around 4:00 p.m., put away the groceries, warmed up the last slice of pizza I had bought from the dollar store, and had that for lunch. Friend R called and we chatted a bit.Then, I had a cup of tea and watched the news. While I watched news, I started knitting a new pair of socks, using a skein of variegated wool (100% wool) that I had bought on clearance, last year. Knitting is calming for me and I needed something calming to do while watching news!
Cousin P called, later in the evening and I chatted with her for a bit. She and her daughter had gone to visit Aunt T, yesterday, and they had said the rosary, after all (it had been postponed till the end of the month, earlier).
Dinner was a salad and a banana, as I wasn't very hungry. I did the dishes that had piled up and wiped down the kitchen counters.
Later, daughter and I video chatted. She is now sheltering-in-place for the next three weeks or until further notice. I, too, will be staying home to the extent possible, although I do have my appointment with the tax preparer on Wednesday (unless things change, in which case, I guess we'll deal with it as best we can).
I keep thinking of things I forgot to buy, but, I have plenty of food and other supplies on hand and fresh lemons and oranges in the garden. I just hope and pray that we won't experience an earthquake on top of everything else! How's that for "gloom and doom"?
Today, I am grateful for:
- Daughter and I are ready to shelter-in-place
- I was able to get the tax papers to the accountant
- I was able to get the last few groceries bought
- More rain for the garden
- I've plenty of projects to work on while I stay home for the next few weeks
Today's joyful activity was video chatting with my daughter.
On the To Do List for Tuesday:
- Laundry (didn't do any, today)
- Continue with kitchen cleaning
- Water the indoor plants
How was your Monday? What are your plans for Tuesday? Is anyone else preparing to shelter in place?