Sunday, February 23, 2020
It is not easy for this body to make it from point A to B with any speed. So I set my alarm for 7am so I could make it to a 10am prayer group.
Part of what weighed on my heart was the change in numbers Friday night of Covid-19. I will label myself a passive prepper. If rice is on sale, I’ll pick up extra. I’ve joked with some friends that in a crisis I would get all I need because I have such a large variety of spices that a few weeks in they would be trading me to break up blah food.
But that all changed this last summer. My kitchen had the most unbelieable invasion of pantry moths. They even got into a sealed jar of planter peanut so I had to throw all away. After a tiny restock they were right back. Also I got some organic dog food that was infested with tiny beetle and again I cleared all. So we have cupboards that are empty. I am keeping everything I need in the refrigerator and one box wrapped in plastic. So when the first hint in early December came of a novel flu, I realized how week to week my supplies had become (help watching eating though).
The basement freezer was empty so I got three months of frozen vegatable, yogurt, cottage cheese, bread and peanut butter. I also went to the hardware store to get some N-95 masks early January and notice supplies were down and discovered the base material came from China and I couldn’t put an order in for more (hubby works at a hospital) for my family. I drove all day to get a pack for each member of my family.
So prayers were really important this morning. So many are working and didn’t have time to prepare. The news has made it feel really over there, rather than on home base. So I hope all get the window of opportunity that the CDC spoke of to get ahead of this.
Some thoughts - rice with lentils or beans will not be a waste and give healthy protein, just buy a tad bit deeper of canned and frozen. Don’t despair if you can’t find a N-95. The CDC has a whole list of other models that will filter viruses. Get hand sanitizer for your car and your front door and start getting the habit to gel coming and going. Do you have a thermometer? I did years ago, but got rid of my mercury one and never replaced it (did today). General: if I were sick what would I need to get me through a couple of weeks is a good way to rationally not panic but be prepared. Most of all act smart we will get through this. I pray you are all safe. Keep on that healthy path.