Well, it's Day 29 of the Safer at Home order in Wisconsin. (I can hardly believe I typed that number.) It seems sort of unbelievable, but here we are. I wonder if you're anything like me and my family? We've been really good about staying home and social distancing. Not everyone around us is doing the same thing though. I see kids playing together, grandparents visiting, people chatting as they walk down the street. I try not to judge, because this is truly an impossible situation. Here we sit in Wisconsin, with 3,341 confirmed cases in Wisconsin and a declining rate of new cases since April 1. Now, that isn't to say that we are out of the woods. I know we're not. I read the gut wrenching stories from front line workers in New York City and other hot spots. I know that we are at risk of that happening here. For now, we feel like we are pretty safe. Maybe that's not the right way to feel, but we do.
I am the only person that goes out to grocery shop. We only go out to take the dog for a walk or be in our own yard. We are sanitizing our home and phones every day and washing our hands often. I do have people with compromised lungs in my house, so we are really trying to keep them safe. I really wish we could go back to life as normal, but I don't actually know when or how that is going to happen.
The kids are doing school from home and that can be very challenging. I'm glad they have something to do, but it's a very different way to learn and isn't easy for many kids, as they struggle to manage their learning on their own. They also struggle because they can't see their friends, and as teenagers, this is very difficult.
My husband has been working from home and that has been really...interesting. The technology to link up to his office servers never works as easily as you want it to and we have a lot of people using up that precious wifi bandwidth. I'm displaced from my desk to work and have to find other ways to get my work done for this business.
I have to say that I've had so much local support for my business and I'm grateful for each and every order. What a great community! I've had lots of fun new products come out, so that has been really popular with my customers.
For now, my family is working through Day 29 and not thinking about Day 30 or any of the days after that. I'm trying to create fun for my kids wherever I can and keep my own sanity in days that run together. I'm baking more, cooking more, and playing more board games than I've ever playing in my life. I hope you have positive "more" in your life because I do think we are all benefitting from that in the long term. It's a reminder about how important it is to slow down and spend time with our families.
I've also had more sad days and teary days, which I don't like to think about a whole lot. I've got to focus on getting through #29. I'm sending you super healthy vibes and hoping/praying that this ends soon.