Last Thursday night, as I was sleeping, I awoke at some point to pouring rain. I entered into twilight sleep and then heard a huge BOOM. I figured it was thunder and slipped back into sleep.
This is what I walked out to last Friday morning as I was looking forward to going to work. Much to my relief, my car sustained minimal damage, just a big dent along the back of my roof where the awning landed on it. Thank goodness, there was a behemoth of an SUV parked next to me and strut both of which, I believe kept my car from more damage than it could have sustained.
Yeah, I didn't go to work. I had a small meltdown once the shock started wearing off. After I pulled myself together, I realized I had a rare free day off to spend with my new fur babies. So I did, I tried to relax, totally loved on my babies and ended up taking two cat naps on the couch.
Later that day, before venturing out to do what little grocery shopping I needed to do, I gave my car a good going over. It looks like the dent on top is the only real damage. The car was drivable and seems in good shape otherwise. Thank goodness!
I hit Smith's at 4:00 and even expecting it to be busy, I was overwhelmed at the mess that was Smith's. It took me an hour and a half to do what should have taken me about 20 minutes to do. It was crazy! I understand being concerned and taking precautions. And it's not unusual to see people who either have large families or only do shopping once a month.
But I can honestly say that many people had overflowing carts or more than one cart close to overflowing. Many were trying to buy more than the allowed amounts of restricted quantity items. Yes, the paper towels and toilet paper aisle was practically empty when I stopped to pick up some TP. It was completely empty when I passed it again on the to check out.
I stood in line for 35 minutes behind two customers, both of whom had overflowing carts. Both of whom had to make decisions on what to put back. I checked out in about 5 minutes. The harried woman who checked me out gave me a big smile and said thank you. *chuckles* I feel so bad for the checkers who were doing their best to keep everything moving as smoothly as possible.
Back at work Monday, we're all working at adapting to the new normal. With all non-essential businesses and everything else either closed down or in the process of doing so, we are finding our way. As a medical facility, we will not be closing down. We are so busy, I'm finding it more difficult to balance calling to verify receipt of Urgent findings and tending to my doctor line which is even crazier than normal.
With everything going on throughout the world and in my own back yard, I'm finding myself overly emotional, often crying with no provocation or reason I can fathom. On the other hand, I am aware we are somehow on a precipice...so many possibilities...it's frightening.
However, I refuse to panic. So, here's to a better end of the week, in spite of everything going on around me. Here's to focusing on the good while doing what needs to be done to stay healthy both physically, mentally, and spiritually. Here's to remembering, looking, and sharing the good that exists...instead of just the bad that is going on. No, I'm not burying my head in the sand, I'm very aware of all that is going on...especially as I am technically in a high-risk group due to my age. The only thing I am worried about is not being able to find groceries, including food and stuff for my cats, but I refuse to overreact. I will muddle through, as will we all, one day, one hour, one minute at a time.
Brightest Blessings and so much love out to the world and the Universe!