Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Take a chill pill

Denial is not a river in Egypt.  Denial is believing everything will be normal again in a couple of weeks when nothing is normal and won’t be normal again for quite some time.  We don’t know much about this virus which means no one can say how long it will take the world to recover from it.  No one can tell us it won’t come back again right away.  A virus is Mother Natures ultimate weapon.  She created a virus as a super predator for fighting back against global warming and over use depletion of resources.

I was very, very disturbed by something said during a presidential news conference a few days ago.  The doctor had said if we get sick we should just stay home and not try getting tested.  He went on to say we could be tested for the covid 19 virus but testing would not help anyone.  At most it would make people feel good about knowing but we should just stay home and not overcrowd the hospitals because there is no cure and no medication for it.  HUH??   I’m not a violent type of person but if I could I’d do one of those Mama smacks on the back of his head and ask what the heck is wrong with you?  People today are really scared wondering if there is anything that can be done to protect themselves and that’s the best advice a doctor can give?   So why are the politicians getting tested?  (Uh, yup, money talks.)  Needless to say I rely on the information from Canada and Italy to stay ahead of what will happen and watch our local KY news for updates.

I said people are scared; however, that may be only partially true.   I’m seeing lots of Covidiots roaming around lately.  Covidiots are not taking this virus thing seriously.  Kids are outside playing in groups on playground things.  Adults are setting together as the kids play.  Just look at how many young people took to the beaches for the big spring break party.  Its the same with several online youtube people.  Everyone is making videos of going out in public to shop or make videos of store shelves.  Its seems as if half the people are covidiots and believe the pandemic is just one long holiday.  Personally I HAVE to take this virus VERY seriously.  I catch absolutely every illness that goes around.  Even before the CV19 started I would often isolate myself to avoid illness.   I’ve not been out of my house except on the porch for fresh air and sunshine since March 11th.  That was the day before the announcement of schools closing and the panic buying.

I talked with my daughter a couple days ago about whether I should go to the scheduled mobile foodbank next week.  The thought of being without any fresh produce is heavy on my mind.  I have plenty of food.  If I need food there are places I can go safely.  Sigh.  I never thought I’d say this but I miss the cabbage, carrots, potatoes, and onions we got every month.   My daughter asked me a simple question – “Is the foodbank food worth dieing for?”  Needless to say I won’t be going back to the foodbank until things settle down again.  I’m self isolating myself in the hope I survive this pandemic.  I also saw on the local news that the main foodbank hub here is seeing a record number of people in lines for food because of job loss.  Well, if I don’t go it means one other person can have mine.  I won’t be going to the store either.  I don’t know how many sick people are walking around there.

Yes, we are living in some really scary times.  Between the CV19 virus and a nose-dive stock market people have worries.  If there has ever been a time when the news reports and the stock markets have scared the daylights out of people more than the last couple of months I don’t know when it happened.   The flu epidemic of 1918 killed millions of people but we have much better communications today.  The Great Depression happened but it wasn’t combined with the flu epidemic at the same time.  We all need to just take a chill pill and start thinking rationally again.

I woke up this morning laughing about something I remembered from last summer.  My son in law had came to cut my grass.  I pointed out some Polk stalks and asked him not to cut it.  When he asked me why I told him I planned to eat them.  He went back to my daughter and said she should buy me some groceries because I was eating weeds.    He thought I was crazy to eat weeds.  When I woke this morning I wondered if he still thought eating weeds was such a crazy idea after seeing empty grocery shelves.  Foraging wild edibles may become fashionable again as food gets scarce.  During WW2 the government actually paid kids to pick certain kinds of edibles to make medicine with.  Rose hips were turned into a jam for vitamin c also pine needles for vitamin C and the tiny pine buds were made into antiseptic.  Wood sorrel was used to reduce fevers.  Willow bark became a pain killer.  Thousands of wild edibles have been forgotten except by a few enthusiasts.  I wish I had access to more of the wild edibles I remember.

It’s a known fact that humor makes people feel better so here’s a link to the Moron Brothers of Kentucky.  They are musicians with a new song you might enjoy hearing.  Its a song about the toilet paper shortage.  Be sure to listen to the whole song.

47 comments on “Take a chill pill

  1. Cerys
    March 27, 2020

    How Anita, been thinking of you, hope you’re well. I’m with Di. It’s not necessary to test everyone and doing so uses up Personal Protective Equipment that doctors and nurses desperately need. There’s also the issue of repeat testing bc having the test could give people false confidence to go out and about but a negative test only means a person doesn’t have it at the time of testing, not that they couldn’t get it later. So it makes sense to have people confer with their own doctors and based on symptoms the test would be ordered. They are working on a test that’s less painful and ultimately to have one that can be done at home and sent in. So there are a lot of people working on this. There was a lack of tests early on which started the hullabaloo that morphed into this idea that everyone needs testing. There are more test available now but maybe not enough given how quickly this virus spreads. What I wish is the people who were overseas were not be allowed to return without first being tested. Also there are problems with the notion of self-quarantine bc some people just won’t comply. Just like college students partying on the beach instead of cooperating with social distancing. Sometimes penalties are needed, and public health requirements. When I was young, my great aunt had TB and she was REQUIRED to reside in a state facility until she got better. I still recall the brick building. Regarding groceries perhaps your daughter and you could look into home delivery and split the delivery fee cost. Also, just FYI, some healthcare places are accepting home made masks and Joanne Fabrics is giving materials for free. I thought of you and your quilting skills, I bet those would be a breeze for you to make 🙂 The masks aren’t as helpful as N95 but healthcare workers are trying to stretch the use of the N95 they do have by wearing the handmade washable ones as a cover. It irks me to no end that China brought this virus into being (by barbaric butchering of wild animals in open air markets with no running water, around other foods, and no control over whether the wildlife they were eating was carrying disease) but now is gaining economic benefit bc too many supplies are manufactured there. I hope in the long run this will bring more manufacturing of essential supplies back to the US. Stay safe 🙂

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    • Anita
      March 28, 2020

      We have so many covidiots running around without any empathy toward anyone else. We don’t have a Joann store here but I did offer to make washable masks with some of my fabrics. I was told they have enough volunteers for now and I was put on a waiting list. I did make several masks and donated them to the foodbank workers before I started self-isolation. I padded them with batting for better protection. They weren’t medical grade but could help some.

      I’m afraid of home delivery or store pick ups because I don’t know who has touched any of the produce along the food chain that may have the virus. From pickers in the fields – to packers – to transporters – to store clerks stocking shelves – to shoppers touching the stuff – to cashiers pushing it past a scanner – to the person putting it into a personal car or delivering to my door. I get sick so easily that I’m just not gonna take that chance. I know I’ll run out of some things but I’d rather do without than play roulette with my life. I may get bored with my food but I won’t starve.

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      • Cerys
        March 28, 2020

        I understand. I never get anything out of a package and we wait three days to handle things so the virus will die off. My anxiety levels are quite high bc I get sick so easily too. Thank you for stepping up to make masks even if they’re not needed at this time. I don’t sew very well only by hand but I’m going to try to make a couple bc I have a dr appt coming up that can’t be skipped. Wish me luck 🙂 I hope your daughter has gotten over the bronchitis. Take good care.

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        • Cerys
          March 28, 2020

          Forgot to add… you mentioned about audible books and I wanted to share that one thing I like is listening to old radio shows. They’re up for free at archive.org and there’s no proprietary software needed. I just listen on my tablet. If this works it’s a link to The Whistler series there: https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Whistler_Singles/Whistler_42-08-22_ep015_Death_Has_a_Thirst.mp3

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          • Anita
            March 29, 2020

            That’s a great idea. I can set at the computer in the evening and listen instead of watching youtube or tv.

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        • Anita
          March 29, 2020

          Yes, she is better but not completely well yet.

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  2. Conni
    March 26, 2020

    Thank you for posting, Anita….I always enjoy your subject and the comments! For fresh greens, sprouts work! Lili at Creative Savv had a ‘how to’ post about a month ago, sprouting lentils.

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  3. tracypacesplace
    March 26, 2020

    You are in a food desert aren’t you Anita, it’s a totally different situation for you: here in Houston there’s plenty of food, even toilet paper and hand sanitiser are making a reappearance.

    If the major supermarkets run out of something here ( and there is HEB, Kroger, Randall’s, Aldi, Fiesta ) you have Walgreens, Target, CVS, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and many gas stations with general stores. All the restaurants are doing competitively priced pick up even free delivery for some, in an effort to stay in business and to serve the community.

    We have also had so many natural disasters here, culminating in Harvey, it all mobilises very fast too, there are already pick up places for meals for those in need after the food bank had a worker test positive and had to suspend services.

    Because of the test kit shortage only people with Covid-19 symptoms are currently being tested in the drive-through centers here, but an antibody test will soon be ready overseas, so presumably here too, then people can get tested for their overall immunity.

    You do the right thing to stay home in the meantime.

    Oh and we see the same silliness here every single flood, people play in the flood water which is full of sewage and contamination…they drive big trucks fast creating a wake which sends dirty water into homes…or drive around the barriers into heavy flooding then need to be rescued or in the worst cases- drown. Some people just won’t be told.

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    • Anita
      March 28, 2020

      Yes, I live in a food desert and I’m also low income. Majority of my food came from the outdoor foodbank, store discount bin, and senior commodities. I’m so thankful I had the good fortune to know about canning, dehydrating, and making do with very little. Knowing those skills has saved me many times over the years and is doing so once again during this crisis.

      So you have flood-idiots as well as covidiots. I believe it. We haven’t got drive through testing yet but its supposed to start soon. I could get grocery pick up or home delivery but I’d be much too afraid of it.

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  4. Texasilver
    March 26, 2020

    I am a nurse. I have lived thru & cared for patients from many scenarios. Think AIDS, swine flu, SARS, H1N1 flu not to mention drug resistant bacteria, tuberculosis, & various types of hepatitis. I wash my hands, follow CDC guidelines, & stay calm. Corona virus is just another disease to me. However I am prudent & don’t do foolish things to encourage infection. Now if I can just convince my husband to avoid foolish things.

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    • Anita
      March 28, 2020

      I wish I were as brave as you. I have to be extra careful around sick people. Even when there is no major crisis like CV19 I’m afraid of catching someone else’s illness. I get sick so easily and it takes much longer for me to recover than most. A three day stomach virus may take me a couple weeks to recover. A fibromyalsia episode may keep me in bed for a month.

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  5. Conni
    March 25, 2020

    Great post and comments, Anita. Thank you! For fresh greens – Lili at Creative Savv has a very informative post some weeks back about how easy it is to grow sprouts. She uses lentils but there are many other beans/seeds to use.

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    • Anita
      March 28, 2020

      Thanks Conni. I’ve got some alfalfa seeds and lentils for either sprouting or for micro-greens. I’m growing some in jars as sprouts and if I can figure out a container or two I’ll also do some micro-greens.

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  6. Jasna
    March 24, 2020

    You are doing the right thing by staying home, Anita. It’s the best option.

    Isolation for my husband and I is not new as we live in a very lonely rural area in the west of Ireland. We don’t own a car, so a friend takes us grocery shopping every two weeks.However, out of precaution, we have stopped that. We are making do with what we have in the pantry and can still get someone to bring us some fresh produce once a week, at least for now. The recommendation is for us over sixty to stay home for twelve weeks. We intend to follow it. To pass the time we do lots of reading, listen to music and watch dvds. I’ve even looked online for new exercises for my arthritis!

    Yesterday I went foraging hoping to find dandelions. Bad luck, I didn’t find any. I LOVE them in salad, with hard-boiled eggs, potatoes and chives. That was our standard spring salad back when I was a child.It is still my favourite. The eggs came from our chicken, and our backyard provided the rest. It cost nothing and was delicious.
    I found no dandelions but instead spotted two small, new nettle plants., I hope to pick up some leaves in a few days for a salad or a stir-fry.

    Thank you so much for your posts, Anita. You are my inspiration! Stay well and safe.

    Everybody take care.This shall pass.
    Love to everybody.

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    • Anita
      March 28, 2020

      In my area as soon as the dandelions sprout the neighbors start cutting grass and spraying weed killer. I refuse to be a covidiot. I’m staying home until about June or later.

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  7. Selena
    March 24, 2020

    I will say I am having a hard time having any empathy or sympathy for residents of states refusing use common sense, continuing to have large events, and refusing to issue stay-at-home orders. Then they have the audacity to ask to be declared a disaster area and now want tax dollar handouts.

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    • Anita
      March 28, 2020

      Me too. I can’t understand why the covidiots don’t take the pandemic seriously. Are they just miss-informed? Are they thinking its merely sci-fy? Do they simply not care? I wonder which state will have the most cases – New Orleans after the Mardi Gras crowds or Florida after the spring break crowds? Or will it be the states that tell people to get back to work and life as normal when nothing is normal anymore?

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  8. Kathleen Waite
    March 24, 2020

    We are hunkering down and staying HOME here as well. It’s really the safest, smartest, thing to do. Actually, staying home has been our normal way of life for a long time now, Just not home ALL the time. I agree that we don’t know how many cases, and where, we have because of not testing as many. I also even more agree that it’s better to stay home, and not overload the health care system with “I want/need a test” situations. I think until more people understand that self quarantine is one of the best ways we have of slowing this virus down, maybe even stopping it?, well, it’s just going to keep spreading. It’s HARD. We have everything we need here. However, naturally, we miss the things we have run out of. We will get through this. We just have to be wise about. Stay safe friend.

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2020

      Kathi! I was wondering about you and David. So glad you commented to let me know you are ok. Are you still being given bottled water or has the water problems been fixed? My fear is that people will be lulled into a false sense of security and the pandemic will grow much worse. Yes, we need to be wise about it. You stay safe too my friend.

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  9. Selena
    March 24, 2020

    Too few in America (or other countries for that matter) don’t remember the polio epidemic. Nor the Spanish flu, much less what the US of the 1940s (which had manufacturing capabilities which we are sorely lacking today). Too many born after 1946 have *no* concept of pitching in for the cause. Why non-cargo air travel hasn’t been put on hiatus is beyond me.
    I’ve been out to pick out last of the supplies I needed (last Friday) and have checked on my parents/elderly relatives. But otherwise I’m hunkered down.

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2020

      You are right the younger people have no concept of what quarantine means or how to pitch in. I heard on our local news that Amazon is closing the local hubs because some employees tested positive. The mayor has closed local parks because too many people were not keeping a distance from each other. Groups were seen playing basketball and others playing touch football. But at the same time many places are hiring to handle the extra volume of customers.

      There are a few things I wish I had stored more of but the costs kept them out of my budget. I could have gone into debt to purchase them but I’m sure glad I didn’t. I don’t want to get to the other side of the pandemic with debt hanging over my head.

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  10. craftytadpole
    March 24, 2020

    Stay well Anita.

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  11. captnmike
    March 24, 2020

    But without lots of testing we don’t know the true size of the problem and how the virus is progressing.
    Good decision to stay home, I am also staying in having stocked up a bit last week.

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2020

      Thanks Captmike.

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  12. Silver
    March 24, 2020

    My husband has had a text message from the NHS here to say that as he’s considered vulnerable, he must stay indoors for 12 weeks. We are now working from home as best as we can (I work in an academic library in document delivery) and even now, we are getting angry emails asking why we can’t post hard copy books out to people and why we are insisting on supplying e-books…

    I am eyeing up the nettles growing down the path – I made nettle soup last year which was delicious. I would have no qualms about doing it again<3

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2020

      Our local library system shut down last week. I love listening to books on CD but can’t get any right now. Audible is offering free books during this crisis but I don’t have one of the devices needed to get them and listen. I understood that going outside was ok as long as we keep ourselves isolated from others. I set on my porch a few minutes each day IF there is sunshine. Yum, nettle soup. Save me a bowl. I’ll be right over. 😉

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      • Josie
        March 27, 2020

        You should double check your audible access. Mostly I listen on my iPad, but I can listen to my audible books right on my computer by going to audible.com and signing in to my account. You can probably listen right on your computer. Would be a shame not to take advantage of free books!

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        • Anita
          March 28, 2020

          I agree and I would love to take advantage of free. My computer is in a bedroom on opposite side of house where I’m working. I would hate just setting and doing nothing so I could listen to a book. I like to keep busy.

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  13. Di
    March 24, 2020

    I don’t mean to be contrary, I really don’t, but that doctor is correct. There is no cure, there is no medicine for the virus commonly available at present. Most people will get mild to moderate symptoms and there’s nothing a hospital can do that can’t be done at home. But if those people don’t stay home they will infect hospital staff who can then infect vulnerable patients who will likely die. Severe symptoms require hospitalization, of course.
    Having a test makes no difference in home treatment-if you have covid-19 or the flu, isolate yourself, it’s just common sense. At the hospital they are treating the symptoms, not the virus itself and the treatment is the same for covid-19, flu, or pneumonia-supportive care, oxygen, respirator, etc. They may test you at the hospital if you have severe symptoms to determine degree of isolation. There is no specific drug to cure this so a test for most people is meaningless.
    There are only so many test kits and staff to process them. They need to be reserved for medical and safety personnel and, yes, politicians. It has nothing to do with money. How many of us, in our daily lives or jobs affect many people? Our leaders affect many people’s lives. We need a strong, functioning government to weather this storm. Our governor makes decisions that will save countless lives (if his directions are followed). I want him healthy and if that means he and his staff get tested and I don’t that’s fine with me. I could die from the flu or pneumonia just as easily as covid-19 and since they can only treat the symptoms, it won’t matter which bug I have.
    If everyone with the sniffles goes to the hospital and demands testing we’ll be in more trouble than we can handle. Save the tests for the truly ill (to isolate and protect hospital staff), medical workers, first responders and our leaders. If you get severe symptoms, call 911, otherwise hunker down and care for yourself as you would with the flu. That’s just the way it is-doesn’t matter how it makes us feel, those are the facts. Being scared doesn’t give the right to hog resources that won’t make a difference if you get sick or not.

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2020

      Hi Di, friendly discussion is good for everyone. My questions are curiosity type questions. I was making a point that the doctor SHOULD have assured people that we will get through this pandemic. He should have given better information about what symptoms to watch for and when to call the doctors. How many old people will die at home alone because they follow directions to just stay home? Having no medication and no cure should not mean there is no treatment at all and that doctor should have said so.

      As for the testing I don’t understand how other countries within days of the first case had started testing people by the thousands daily but here in the US the number of people being tested is going down each day according to the CDC. How is the CDC supposed to track the disease if only a few are tested? For that matter how are the politicians supposed to advise the public if they don’t know where the disease is striking next? As you can see, I have lots of questions with no answers as I’m sure other people do too.

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      • Di
        March 24, 2020

        I’m glad you took my comment as it was intended. Yes, there should be lots of information on symptoms and how to treat at home. I’m in Ohio and Gov. DeWine is just awesome when it comes to getting info out. Our news is loaded with advice and Q&A.
        As to the testing, I don’t know how they will track it otherwise, maybe through reports of illness run against historical numbers for the flu? There’s an algorithm for everything nowadays.
        Be well-hope you and yours stay safe from this virus.

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  14. Roberta
    March 23, 2020

    Not getting tested will give a false count for tracking the disease. You’re smarter than that doctor. Stay well.

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  15. Maxine Sullivan
    March 23, 2020

    Linda, remind your husband that his father or grandfather was asked to go fight a war that lasted 3-1/2 years. He is being asked to sit on the couch for two weeks. I’m not original with this thought, but it does kind of put things into perspective. There are a lot worse things in life than being bored.

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  16. Roberta Cozine
    March 23, 2020

    Not getting tested will give a false count for the tracking of the disease which is not helpful. Stay well.

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2020

      I agree Roberta. The information could also be very helpful in the future when this virus comes around again.

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  17. Emma
    March 23, 2020

    You’ve been on my mind these days. Stay safe. Stay home. Best place to be. I wish my pantry looked like yours. This has been a reminder why skills like canning and heck, cooking, are so important. Take care of yourself.

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2020

      Hi Emma, I wish more people saw the importance of cooking. You stay safe too.

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    • Rhonda A.
      March 24, 2020

      Emma, most people should be at home, with lots of time on their hands. There is not time like the present to learn some new skills, like cooking and canning! Lots of info and Tou Tube videos free on-line to help you learn. Also lots of info about how to build a pantry, how to forage, how to use those foraged items to make food, etc. If people are wise, they will use this time and situation to learn from.

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  18. simplywendi
    March 23, 2020

    Thank you for another wonderful post Anita! I am so irritated by those who are going out for fun………I really am afraid, like you, of getting this. Thanks for always being helpful and having common sense! 🙂

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    • Anita
      March 24, 2020

      People are getting mixed messages about the seriousness of this pandemic. Those of us who have major health issues are already cautious and anything that may effect our health concerns us. You have some pretty darned good common sense yourself Wendi. Stay safe.

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      • simplywendi
        March 24, 2020

        You are absolutely right Anita, people are receiving mixed signals……….and thank you for the kind words! God bless you! 🙂

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  19. Linda in NE
    March 23, 2020

    I understand your fear of catching the virus, I sure don’t want to catch it either. I’m pretty content to stay home, but my husband can’t stand even one day of staying home. Grrrr About the groceries, you’ve helped your daughter a lot over the years, couldn’t she buy you some, especially produce, and just set it on your porch so you don’t even have to get near each other? Stay safe, stay healthy.

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    • Anita
      March 23, 2020

      My daughter has offered to do that. She is still recovering from bronchitis so I don’t want her to take the chance by being in the public either. And, her son has asthma. Not good for him either. I do miss the fresh veggies but honestly I have plenty of other food to eat. I guess its a mental thing. We want what we know we can’t have.

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      • Margie from Toronto
        March 24, 2020

        Very true Anita – I finished the last of the salad greens last night and since I don’t plan to go to the stores until next Thursday I will just have to do without. I have plenty of other options so I certainly won’t suffer – but its odd isn’t it – we don’t really appreciate things until we can’t have them.
        Stay well.

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        • Anita
          March 24, 2020

          Yes, very odd. The things I failed to appreciate until I didn’t have them anymore. Makes me appreciate Grandma Mama even more for her ability to make do with what she had.

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