Who would have thought the lockdown would last so long, and it may be awhile longer yet. Current deadline for New York’s PAUSE order is May 15, but while New York City’s virus numbers are falling, here in Erie County they’re still climbing. Somewhat dramatically. Erie County’s number of positive cases is already higher than that in some states.
I got all excited when I found disposable face masks and gloves “in stock” on Amazon, so I ordered some. It was only later than I learned they were coming from China. That was a couple of weeks ago, and according to the tracking information, they’re still in China. Probably the pandemic will be over before they ever get to me.
Of course, I can always make my own masks. It’s not that hard. But I’m also not all that energetic, and I don’t have a sewing machine. So I went back on Amazon and found some cloth masks that ship from right here in the good old USA. They were, in fact, shipped within 24 hours, and hopefully are on their way to me right now.
Meanwhile, I try to stay in as much as possible. There’s plenty to do in my own house and in my own yard, and certainly it’s safer here.
I wonder about certain neighbors who insist on having mini-block parties whenever the temperature rises over 50 degrees Fahrenheit. No masks, kids (and adults) running from house to house. Didn’t they get the memo? But at least they’re far enough away that their activities don’t really impact me. The closest I get is if I have to drive by on the way to a medical appointment.
Not much happening this week. It’s been rainy most days, and the back yard is a swamp. There was one nice day during which hubby and I managed to clean up the weedy front yard. It’s still too cold to put new flowers in, and I’m thinking I may not bother at all this year, other than to maybe get a couple of free-standing planters. We’ll see.
Meanwhile, I can enjoy the buds coming out elsewhere:
Yes, we’ve managed to get Puppy Cody out occasionally, although now that we know dogs can also get COVID-19, we always wipe her paws with disinfecting wipes before she gets back in the car. I could maybe handle it if one of us got sick, but not the dog – never the dog!
Enough for today.
May everyone stay safe and healthy. The end may be in sight.
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