Since the 18th, I planted spinach, lettuce, swiss chard and kale. Nothing has come up so far. I’ve been dutifully turning the eggs in the incubator twice a day. Later tonight I’ll candle them to see if there is anything going on inside. My seedlings are coming along nicely! I even had some Echinacea germinate last week, which was great!
Hubs got a thumbs-up to continue his job, which is great. That being said, he does have to take precautions; sanitizing and such. Of course there are no antibacterial wipes to be found, so he is improvising with baby wipes and a spray bottle of Everclear (that I had, thankfully, bought a few months ago for a project).
As a homemaker, not much has changed for me either. That being said, I am really missing our weekly visits to the library. And monthly visit to the thrift store. Date night has morphed into “go for a drive for takeout” night, which isn’t nearly as fun.
Here is a list of things that are sometimes (or always) hard to find, and how I’m improvising:
Hand sanitizer: Using soap and water to wash our hands before and after going to town. Also, as I mentioned, sanitizing surfaces (only for Hubs’ work) with grain alcohol. It’s definitely not cheap, but it is over the CDC’s recommended 60% alcohol.
Toilet paper: still have a large pack left from my haul in January. Trying to make it stretch as long as possible, though, since the toilet paper supply hasn’t bounced back yet. You can get it, sometimes, at Walmart, but you might have to pay an arm and a leg. I bought these bidet attachments and am keeping “family cloth” in the back of my mind just in case TP is still in short supply a month or two from now. Personally though, I think in a month or two the TP shortage will be over.
Vitamin C: I still have some packets that I bought in November, but I’m trying to save them in case one of us (more likely, one of our older relatives) gets sick. In the meantime, I’ve changed our menu to increase vitamin C content. I’m spending a little more money to buy kiwis, mangoes, bell peppers, and other foods high in Vitamin C. Also in the process of looking for wild vitamin C supplements… things like pine needle tea or rose hips.
Ground beef: we are just using whatever other meats are available at the grocery store. I still have a turkey in the freezer and some venison as well.
Elastic: I began making reusable face masks for our local hospital, but I had to stop at six, since that’s where my 1/8” elastic supply ran out. And guess which store near us is selling more? Not. A. One. Anything narrower than an inch is completely sold out. I am going to keep looking though. I’ve read that some people are using elastic headbands from the Dollar Tree. I may also try cutting wider elastic in half.
Masks: About masks. It’s been said that masks don’t really stop the spread of COVID-19 unless you are a health care worker (or someone working right up close to a sick person) or if you ARE the sick person. That being said, I have noticed a lot of people improvising in our community with bandannas, construction masks, etc. I don’t know if these people think they are protecting themselves or if they are wearing them just in case they feel a cough coming on, and want to protect others.
As a frugal person, I am used to cutting corners and using substitutions to save money. What I’m NOT used to is simply not being able to buy stuff, money in hand!! I feel like this is a strange mix of the Great Depression and WWII. In a way, it is kind of neat. When I’m in my sewing room making masks, I feel like I’m “contributing to the war effort”. LOL! And I like that feeling! I hope you are all getting along well, finding everything you need and staying healthy.
Til next time,