Our Days of Quarantine – Saturday

For Saturday, an update and a secret to surviving this that I’d like to share. No not the secret in the meme, something really, you know, secret.

First, let’s look at where we stand.

Travel bans are expanding to every country. We even have a soft quarantine on the US and other foreign travel. We’re being advised to socially distance ourselves.

As well, the grocery stores are packed like it’s Christmas and they’re giving away free turkeys. And Timmies sent me an email saying please come back, they’re doing their best (cuz with me not going, their coffee sales have dropped by 12% and their donut sales by 55%).

For us, the day began with a moment of terror.  We had no power! It was bad enough I couldn’t get a Timmies coffee, but this????

And worse, with two teenage boys, it would be like a jail running out of cocaine and toilet gin. The inmates would riot.

Luckily, by the time everyone had struggled out of bed, we had power. Little did the boys know they came this close to doing a day of chores. But we needed a few supplies, so I took that on.

Now, like hobbits preparing for a siege, we’re pretty well stocked up, but we still had a few gaps, and since we couldn’t go out, I made my first online delivery order from Superstore. We’ve used Save On in the past, but their site was down and I needed cream for my homemade coffee, so I HAD to find a new supplier.

I have to say, Superstore did a great job, though they were out of things like fruit and chicken (and likely toilet paper, but I didn’t need any.) I ordered everything at about 11 and by 2, I had my cream, bags of chips for the boys, some unexpectedly huge containers of ice cream (hey, they looked small in the picture) and supplies to make at least three dinners.

We were now set.

Health-wise, none of us seem to be affected so far. When we woke up, we all took our temperatures and had normal results. That’s good news. If it spikes, then we’ve been told to call our doctor, again, and we’ll see where we go from there.

It’s the state of the world, but let’s face it, we’re better off than some countries.

Ok, sure the whole ‘call 811’ thing for answers isn’t working because they’re simply overwhelmed by calls, but we got through to our doctor so it all worked out. Thing is, this pandemic will put an enormous strain on our ability to provide healthcare, so we’re trying to do our part (as are many more now, at least according to FB posts.)

My hope is that they can balance the curve. See video here.

Ok, so it’s been a little frustrating dealing with the medical folks, but that’s kind of to be expected, right? None of us are good at sitting around and waiting for stuff to happen. A part of our big challenge is that we want to know now, we want our families to be safe, now, and we want to be cured. Now.

In the meantime, though, here’s the secret I told you about earlier… it’s a secret on how to survive in quarantine.


*whisper voice* It’s ok to spend time apart in the same house.

The Great Blanket Fort of 2020

Cuz that’s what we did today. The-Oldest played online games with his friends, while The-Youngest battled the world in Call of Duty.

I worked on figuring out online ordering, which for me is like a handicapped monkey trying to figure out how to put together an ikea wardrobe. And The-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World worked on household duties and catching up with all her friends.

Our plan is to watch a movie together tonight, but other than that, we’re in our own spaces doing our own things.

In a perfect world, we would have been tested and found out for sure if we had the virus or not, but since that option is not available, we’re just chillin’, waiting the whole thing out.

So, life is good here, even if it’s fraying at the edges and a storm rages around us.

Inside the great blanket redoubt

About Joe Cummings

Aquarius. Traveler. Gamer. Writer. A New Parent. 4 of these things are easy. One is not. But the journey is that much better for the new people in my life. A life I want to share with others, to help them, maybe, to make them feel less alone, sure, to connect with the greater world, absolutely.
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2 Responses to Our Days of Quarantine – Saturday

  1. Silk Questo says:

    Greatest fort of all time.

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