Wednesday, March 18, 2020
The first full day of self isolation
Just before I started writing this, the border between Canada and the United States was closed. We are definitely living in unprecedented times, my friends. I think if I was reading this in a novel, I'd think the author was stretching things a bit.
I began staying home on Monday and my husband made a trip out Tuesday to buy eggs at the health food store (they had just received a shipment) and later to purchase water softener salt to last awhile.
Thankfully, we can hold up for a few weeks at least. Since I am a high risk candidate for complications, it is time. I'm surprised by some of the items that have been sold out. I knew some items would be sold out but I was shocked to find the meat and the potato areas empty the last two grocery trips I made. (I do have plenty of rice and some packets of instant potatoes so we will be fine.)
My husband wondered if that is because it is the Midwest where meat and potato diets are still in vogue? Would this happen in say... LA? Hmmm... maybe. Fortunately, I had just enough potatoes left at home to make colcannon for our traditional St. Patrick's Day dinner. There were plenty heads of cabbage left, even on sale. ;)
I understand the temptation to be fearful. I have friends and family who have had important trips cancelled. Graduations and other important events have also been cancelled. Not to mention those who will lose their source of income during this time. We need to lift up those affected in prayer and help those who are within your ability to help.
There was a beginning and there will be an end to this pandemic. We do not need to fear but to decide this is an opportunity to trust God, help others, and take advantage of more time to talk to family. Either in person or online. Better yet, write a real letter.
I have some books I've been wanting to read and movies I have set aside to watch. There will be no excuse for being too busy to read the Bible during this time and I'm pretty sure we especially can use the Psalms right now.
I hope to put together a Sunday post of my favorite books and movies that bring peace. On that subject... I ordered a book from Amazon today for my husband's April birthday because I heard they were slowing their delivery times. Even for Prime members, the earliest the book would get here is next week already.
Image: Cotswolds Evening by Robert Duncan (You are welcome.)
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