Sunday thoughts: 8th March

I got up to let the dog out at 7.15 as Hubby was still fast asleep. She did a huge wee, then we came back to bed only for her to want to go out again. I gave up on the thought of a lie in, so for once I’ve accessed my blog early.

Mixed thoughts are going through my head today. Seems there have been another 3 cases of Coronoavirus in the UK taking our total to 209. I still can’t find anything about those in Lincolnshire and that goes beyond angry annoyance now.
Seems rationing of some goods is coming into force in some of the supermarkets (link) , so you can be assured that others will follow suit and shelves will be stripped within minutes of opening. Being Sunday, our shops don’t open until 10 am, and I bet the queues are already starting.  With Hubby still asleep, he hasn’t seen that yet.

In my mind, things are spiraling out of control, and I am certainly not reassured by some grinning Government Official ass telling us to sing Happy Birthday (twice) or God Save The Queen when washing our hands for the recommended 20 seconds.
I wash my hands a lot during the day, especially when I’m cooking as I don’t like the feel of raw meat and more recently vegetable peelings against my skin. We’ve been having a bit of a game with the temperature of the water coming out of the hot tap and turned it down last week. We’ve put it back up again and I have bottles of antibacterial handwash in the kitchen as well as the bathroom anyway. Good hygiene practices are a must now.
With the absence of hand sanitizers everywhere (and the bastards selling stocks on e-bay at 50 times the original price should be shot IMO), people are looking at making their own. One old lady in the chemist was buying the necessary ingredients to make some from a shopping list. The assistant was really helpful but was apologetic that she couldn’t supply the alcohol required.
‘Never mind dear,’ the old lady said. ‘I’ll just use vodka.’
(Quip: Depends whether you want to wash in it or drink it I suppose. This is supposed to be a humorous aside, not a suggestion)

This is a suggestion though, have you noticed that in the media photographs of people wearing masks or improvised head protection NO-ONE is wearing gloves? We are being told to wash our hands often and avoid touching our face, mouth and eyes. OK, that makes sense but the surfaces we come in contact with are rife with germs anyway let alone this virus and we are touching door handles, shopping baskets/trolleys, cashpoint machine buttons or digital keypads when paying for goods,  all the time. All of us like to squeeze a loaf to see how soft it is, pick up cans or trays of eggs and put them back on the shelf.  Wearing disposable gloves could offer that extra bit of protection.

 To say I’m not worried would be lying through my teeth. I am, because I don’t like the unknown or things I can’t control, and although we may be OK today, it could be a totally different story by the end of next week.
I’m angry, which makes me impatient and snappy. It was one of the reasons I thought making cards yesterday would help, but it didn’t really. Another way for me to unwind is to bake, but that’s pointless apart from the basics as Hubby can’t eat a lot, and certainly not the stuff I was thinking of which is pure comfort food in the guise of cheesecake.
Our shopping has changed anyway and I won’t buy things specifically for me (OK, there’s a bag of jelly babies in the drawer which has been there unopened for almost a week), but will do so for Hubby as his choices are becoming increasingly limited.  We appear to be making some headway and then it all goes out of the window due to bad timing or a change of recipe. I make our meals from scratch, so know exactly what goes into each. Portion control has been addressed, but he can only eat little but often until around 5pm when it’s cups of tea only thereafter and nothing after 7 o’clock.

Add the recent anxiety with the dog, and you can understand why my nerves are a wee bit frayed and depression is banging at my door. Well it can sod off and take this bloody virus with it.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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18 Responses to Sunday thoughts: 8th March

  1. fransiweinstein says:

    These are very scary times indeed, and the mixed messages we’re all getting certainly don’t help. It is being very badly handled. The governments are causing worse panic because they are keeping us all in the dark and at this point no one knows what to believe. I agree with you about the rubber gloves by the way. What staggers me is how unprepared the industrialized nations are for this. Shocking!

    • We’ve done some basic shopping this morning and got everything on our list. Everyone had full trolley again though….. even we had one today as we bought a tray of UHT milk. It’s the only milk we can drink without side effects of some kind and we usually buy a month’s supply of 3 trays at a time.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I don’t know if you have Costco in the UK. They are throughout North America — huge warehouse type shopping at discounted rates. They sell everything from groceries to some furniture. Doesn’t really work for me because everything is in huge quantities — it’s good for families. But it’s interesting — it’s there you see people going crazy with carts full of toilet paper and hand sanitizer and canned goods and even meat and fish. There are aisles where the shelves are completely bare. But I haven’t noticed that happening so much in regular grocery stores.

      • We have Lidl and Aldi throughout the UK, which are on a par with each other and cheaper than the main five. We prefer certain things from one and others from the other which is why we do our monthly shop in one hit as we have four stores to choose from and get various things in each! We have Lidl here but apparently plans have been approved for an Aldi and Tesco which should prove interesting. It’s not too bad here at the moment, but all the bread had gone, and eggs. The cheaper brands of beans are available as individual tins but the multi packs have gone, toilet rolls are OK as are cereals and biscuits . Pricey stuff brands are being left on the shelf. My favoured yogurt is out of stock again, so I’m trying something else which is the same price.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Here people are going crazy with toilet rolls. I’ve seen people with carts filled to the brim just with toilet rolls.

      • We had special offers on multi packs of 12 last month so I bought 2. If I see them again on special, I’ll buy another, but I’m not going to go mad about it. I foresee price hikes though. Can’t blame it on Brexit so this will suffice instead.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        I’ve seen price hikes on a lot of items here too. Disgusting if you ask me, capitalizing on fear.

      • The way of the world unfortunately.

      • fransiweinstein says:

        Unfortunately 😪

  2. The paranoia can get to us. It’s unknown and with so much false information being propagated, it’s much more scary. Take care, Di.

  3. I believe the news media, in an effort to have catchy headlines, is spinning everything up. If you are doing all you can do, there is no point in worrying. It will play out as it will. I have two older (elderly really) brothers who have compromised immune systems. I worry about them but at the end of the day I remember something my mom always said. When it’s your time to go, there is nothing you can do except enjoy today to the fullest. BTW the death statistics on this strain are low at least here in the US and it’s suspected that they may be lower because mild cases are going undiagnosed. I hope the two of you are spared and hopefully within a month this will be history.

  4. willowdot21 says:

    I just don’t know what to say, I have spent most of today trying to get mother-in-law to see reaon about stay safe (she is 100 yes in May ) only to get abuse! I give up she is old enough to sort herself out ! 💜💜

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