Day 45 of Sheltering-in-Place here in Panama City Beach, FL. This morning’s statistics for the COVID-19 virus in Bay County are 65 confirmed cases and 2 deaths, and for Florida are 31,528 cases and 1074 deaths. So far the restricted hours for the beach are working and law enforcement has reported no problems. But there was a comment on my Nextdoor app that some tourists from Georgia are staying at an Airbnb in my neighborhood. For one, vacations rentals are not allowed currently per order of the governor, and two, Georgia has done a poor job of mitigation and they need to stay in their own state until it has been deemed safe to travel.
This morning I watched CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley, since CBS All Access gave me another month free, when I went to cancel. I like the show because it is usually uplifting. One of the stories today got to me. It was about Chef Bruno Serato, who though his restaurant is closed is feeding pasta to the needy in Orange County. When asked one mother said that that food would get them through another day. Even writing about it makes me tear up. Though at one time in my life I have lived pay check to pay check, I have never gone hungry. My heart goes out to all those that are hurting during these times.
After moving everything around, my house is almost back to normal, but I do have little piles here and there that need to be dealt with. I have decided not to call the shed the shed anymore and call it my studio now.
Today was Family Zoom time, which always leaves me feeling good. We chat, laugh and rant. I had planned to drive out to Colorado in a few weeks to attend my granddaughter’s high school graduation. That is on hold right now.
In reality, I am not having a big problem with the solitude. Being an introvert helps I think. One key is maintaining a routine, another is finding ways to connect with family and friends. Keeping my hands and my mind engaged also helps. I have been enjoying reading USA Today’s Quarantine Diaries and seeing how some famous people are spending their time; today’s article featured Madeleine Albright.
Stay Safe, Stay Healthy