Coronavirus What to Do Now

Coronavirus What to Do Now (3rd Week March)

Hi Guys. I’m just checking in. I’d like to see how you’re all doing. And I’d like to make this check-in a kind of regular thing. Maybe every week? When you get this, I’d love to hear from you! Say “hey” so I know you’re still there and still carrying on and share any thoughts if you want; we’re all in this together, amirite!

Coronavirus What to Do Now

When I first started this site years ago, I was very private; I just wanted to share what I knew in the hope of helping people eat better even if they were on a budget. To share strategies and use recipes to illustrate those points. It was my daughter who said, “Mom, just “own” it. That I have. It’s become very personal to me over the years and a good part of my life. I don’t ever expect to be a major player on the internet. I like right where I am, just me, doing what I do and you, if you like, stopping by. 🙂

No Specific Agenda:

I guess that puts me in a good place because I don’t have any big agenda or business plan and hey, that means I can kinda just do what I want. And what I want to do today is talk about what’s on everyone’s mind! Maybe talk about some things we can do to help out ourselves & each other. We’re all in this together and it’s not business as usual.

First, I’d like to share about me. Some of you follow and know some of this. So here’s me. I’m lower-income at this stage of my life, high-risk several times over, and staying in, along with Chance my deplorable Labradorable as I call him and Homer the Cat. Yep, we thought she was a boy until she went into heat. My daughter, Jess, is in Georgia with her husband and eight children (it’s a complicated blended family) from newborn up to 16 and some of them have respiratory issues. My son, Kraig, is off fighting demons of his own and unavailable and has potentially been exposed.

I’m taking coronavirus seriously and determined to help “flatten the curve” as they say. I don’t want to get ill and possibly die, but I really don’t want to be in a hospital slowly deteriorating. And I especially don’t want to take up precious resources. I’ve been out three times since they asked us high risk people to stay home in early March.

  • I got my car in for a recall before everything hit, they found a major unrelated and very expensive safety issue & I had to get it to a trustworthy shop. In the meantime, the #%# hit the fan here in Minnesota.
  • I got Chance in early for his checkup and shots, always pricey, but this visit was over the top; the vet felt his hip and leg had to be looked at. He was injured awhile back, on med, strict orders to not run or jump, hoping he could heal before his hip plate closed. My neighbors were feeding wild animals & we were overrun. All hope was lost; he is permanently crippled.
  • I’ve stocked up modestly over the past few weeks but going to three months of prescriptions, buying over the counter meds and cleaning items (I bought only what I had to) put me over budget and that’s without the car and vet expenses. I was able to participate in my Church’s food for all program and went last week. Thank you all volunteers & donors!

That’s where I’m at right now, right along with all of you. I feel like I’m kind of right in the middle, a little precarious, but I have an income and am so much better off than so many. I’m expecting to use up anything fresh right away before moving on to a lot of meals that are pantry/freezer meals and then things are gonna get a little creative and maybe even a little weird. I’m already thinking about peanut butter ramen!!

The way I see it? Worst case scenario: I die and Chance and Homer eat me or I come out with a new Instant Pot recipe, dare I say it? Well, I don’t know how I’d decide who goes first! Probably Homer coz she’s just a cat (did I say that out loud?)

 

Coronavirus What to Do Now (March)

 

But the worst of it is I’m feeling the isolation and I know some of you are too! It’s one thing to tuck in at home because you want to but quite another when you’re told you have to! Hey, I feel like a kid that’s been “grounded!” I’m imagining that any novelty of staying at home is wearing thin for many of you, especially those of you that have little ones and I can’t even imagine how poorly most tweens and teenagers are handling the situation!

I’ve been thinking about really positive things that we can do to better our situations; of course, that depends on your situation. I can’t advise you on anything financial or anything to do with economics, but I can think of some things we can do around the house that might help improve things in the long run. Some of them might be possible family projects – fair warning, they’re not all fun, but some might be with the right attitude.

 

Corona Virus What Can We Do Now

 

Do Something Good, Every Day:

Random acts of kindness. It’s a good thing and can be big or small and a great thing to teach your kids. Get them involved!

Bring up someone’s mail, drop off a dish, see if they need anything. Check on your neighbors. Check on your family. Find out where you can volunteer, safely online or in person. In a couple of weeks, many volunteers will succumb to the virus and we need them more than ever. Thank people, profusely, for being there for you.

 

One good thing we can all do:  Follow the guidelines our President put out Monday: “Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.” Discretionary means acting on one’s own authority and judgment.

 

This Week, Preserve What Fresh Food You Can:

Think about it anyway. Those cherry tomatoes that are starting to get a little shriveled or tomatoes that are approaching too ripe can be turned into oven or sun-dried tomatoes, other veggies can be dried, blanched and frozen or pickled. Fruit can be dried or frozen, too and there’s always small-batch jams, jellies and so on.

Bread items that are going stale can sometimes be refreshed (wrap in a damp cloth and microwave for 30 seconds or so) but before any of it molds, make into croutons or slice and dry in the oven for crostini.

You might only have little bits of this or that, but there’s no sense in letting things go to waste if it’s something you might be grateful for later. There is also no sense in going out for items if it is putting someone at risk. I’ll be posting some helps on more basic little projects and have quite a few on my site that I’ll organize into easy to find groupings.

If you haven’t gone through and stocked up your pantry, see my post on Stocking Up for Coronavirus, but wait until it’s safe to do so or order in.

Learn to Cook:

I read a couple of years ago that only 20 percent of us in the States cook, although I assume if you’re here, you’re one of them! Or maybe you just like me. If that’s the case, Kudos to you, lol!! j/k If there ever was a better time to get cooking and or baking, I don’t know when it would be. At the very least, try your hand at bread and/or items you can’t just get anymore.

Some of my best and most vivid memories are cooking with my Mom and Grandmas. That’s a gift you can give your children. Cooking, too, can keep you busy at home if you’re downright bored!

Start a Facebook Community Group:

If you or your older kids are social media adept, think about starting a community Facebook group, a place where people can meet up online and share what they have and connect with people in need.

This is a definite lesson in social justice and community involvement and will need administrative monitoring and parental oversight if your child is underage. It’s a project and a long term commitment but one that can teach so many lessons.

As a matter of fact, I’m calling out all my blogging friends to do the same! This is one of my things in the works.

Go Through Family Photos & Share Family History:

Have you ever been in an antique store and saw an ancient old photo album? That’s the saddest thing in the world. If you’re an elder, sit down, maybe with your children or grandchildren if it’s safe, scan, label, whatever needs to be done so they will be preserved.

This is a great time to think about getting items to those who would like them. Don’t be like my folks who just passed on some family silver that sat in a chest in a closet for decades to my brother now that he’s in his 60’s.

Scrapbook:

It doesn’t all have to be about old ancient family history! Scrapbook with your kids and create your own history. Maybe it would be a great time to look at the scrapbooks and diaries you can find online from people who have experienced far worse pandemics and challenges and what they went through to overcome. There are lessons in history that we can use today!

Garden:

Right now, I think everyone who possibly can should be planning for and planting a garden. Maybe they should be called “Win Gardens” instead of the old Victory Gardens since I just heard President Trump say we are going to win. Depending on where you live and what the soil is like it can be $$ to get one going.

There are options. Neighbors too old or busy to garden might have one lying fallow. You could help with & share the harvest. You might have flower beds you can repurpose or at the very least, tuck vegetables in and among existing plantings. Gardeners are usually generous people; they might loan you a rototiller and give you valuable advice. If you have kids it can be a great family project.

Get Healthier:

We may not be eating the best in the future, some of us, and I haven’t seen too much “buzz” about this, but it stands to reason that if there was a time to take a look at any and all of our issues and get them under control, it’s now. Hey, the better shape we’re in when we’re exposed, the better off we are going in, the better off we’ll come through it.

Work on dropping a few pounds if you need to (especially if you are pre-diabetic) and exercising. Exercise is like a magic pill, one that’s a little hard to swallow but helps with so many issues, lowering blood sugar and triglycerides and exercise is one of the key recommendations for everything from depression to mental deterioration with aging. A massive Chinese study showed hypertension (high blood pressure) as a key risk factor.

Walking & Biking:

Get out by yourself or with family or meet friends (social distance) and pick a neighborhood. It’s going to help with the stir crazies and get you some fresh air. The streets are empty and there’s plenty of room.

My son said some businesses and areas are becoming higher risks with no people around. Walking (safely) is a great way to put feet on the pavement and if you’re biking, that’s the best drive-by ever.

Spring Clean:

Start with the bathrooms. Get rid of things you don’t need.  Be ruthless. Toss out old medicine (safely) and over the counter stuff, old makeup (it’s dangerous) and as much clutter as you possibly can. Put items you normally use but won’t necessarily use if you’re ill in a basket so they can easily be picked up and removed if you’re sick and replaced when you’re well. Think of every single item in the bathroom as an item you are going to have to disinfect, possibly multiple times a day and certainly every day if someone is ill. Remove, at least temporarily, any decorative items.

This is a fabulous time to go through your house (you should see how bad mine is right now with all my shoulder issues) and get rid of clutter, old broken things and at the very least, make sure that every room is reachable by any emergency personnel. Declutter hallways and stairways especially and pay attention to kids’ toys if they’re crazy at your house. Box some up, especially ones that can’t be disinfected, rotate them in and out.

As you change out seasonal items, give away items you won’t be needing any longer especially children’s summer clothing and especially to someone in need or to a reliable nonprofit organization. If you must, sell on Facebook. It’s gonna be a long time before the next garage sale season. We’ll miss this year for sure, and most likely next year. All precautions should be taken with clothing!

Headliners This Week:

  • March 15 Trump directed all to stay in (no shopping, travel, social visits),  to school & work from home,  limit any public gathering to less than 10 people, among other directions. See more at the White House Coronavirus Guidelines for America.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Friday (March 21st) in this video that Americans will most likely have to continue staying at home and practicing social distancing for “at least several weeks.”
  • Over 80 million Americans on virtual lockdown; we have about 311 million in the country.
  • Tested and positive cases as of March 21st: More than 300,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus and at least 12,944 died worldwide. The US is behind the curve with limited testing and has 21,365 cases of coronavirus confirmed by lab tests and 266 deaths as of 2:36 pm Eastern time.

What Am I Doing Today?

Reading a little, watching a little Food Network, and I’ve taken everything out of my China cabinet (where I keep so much of my food since my shoulder issues) and cleaned it out. You know me, I’m all about the food! Since I have items from so many places I want to make sure everything is secure in glass and/or plastic and there won’t be any infestations. See, I know how to have a great time!!

I’m trying not to watch anything on those crazy spring breakers on the beaches (I have a solution, fence them in and give them tacos and Coronas for two weeks – they’ll be happy & we’ll be safe) and I’m trying not to look at any numbers! 

Take care, all, stay in and stay safe! Let me know how you’re doing!

Mollie

 

We're coming up to the end of the first week at home for Coronavirus. Just checking in & talking about what we can do now! #CoronavirusStayIn

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36 thoughts on “Coronavirus What to Do Now (3rd Week March)

  1. Stay safe and calm. Thank you for sharing this. These are great ideas. I’m an essential behavioral healthcare provider so I go out to work two of five days as they figured some ways to work at home. I haven’t been out to shop or town for almost two weeks now. I have sent Hubby out to the store and to fill up the cars. Everyone is in this together and all things work out one way or another. Keep the faith, hope, and love!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Nancy Ruth, bless you!! I imagine this is a time when behavioral healthcare is so needed by so many but is being dropped as more and more people isolate. I’m glad to hear your employer has found ways to minimize some of your risk and you’re staying as safe as possible. While so many are focusing on every little negative thing they can find, I think they forget to thank every day heros! You’re one! Thank you!

  2. So many wonderful comments with kind words. You take care of yourself Mollie, I knew some of the back story but not everything. How can I help? I am so sorry about Chance, I hope he can stay healthy and strong. No way you are going to be cat food! Your words are well written and from the heart. Thank you.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Oh, sweetie I’m good for now but thanks so much!! Just checking in makes me feel better! I know I’ll worry about everyone as this darned virus spreads!

      As far as Chance/Homer I guess that’s a little “gallows” humor as they call it! Of course I suppose everyone that’s alone is a little worried about what would happen if they get sick and/or die. Well, we’re all worried!
      Just know I am determined to eat them b/4 they eat me lol!

      Homer has a habit of sitting on my lap and slowly working her way up to snuggle by my neck. She’ll purr and knead and then, for some off reason, just when she’s looking her cutest, she’ll give my nose a little nip! She’s looking at me right now and I’m thinking, hmmmm, if I die you better not eat my nose!

      Chance’s condition was a bone that somehow was bent, the vet thought it came from a blow of some sort. The hope that he was that as he was young and growing if it wasn’t stressed by running/jumping it would mend itself and straighten. Because the hip plate wasn’t closed that would give that leg the little extra cush as it healed. We’ve gotten past that stage now it seems, poor guy and arthritis is setting in at age three.

  3. Hi Mollie, Wonderful post with a lot of great ideas. I’m so sorry to hear about Chance. We’re sitting tight up here and hoping everyone will do what needs to be done to get us all through this as safely as possible. I do miss seeing my extended family and I’m worried about my son who lives in Toronto but I’m keeping busy with stuff around the house. I’m trying to stay positive and envision a time when all this is behind us. Be well and stay safe!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Hi Lori, In a few months we’ll be swimming & that will help him so much! It’s such a worry when family is far away but you have the right attitude!! Do you want to know what I love most about your site Lori? The sense of calm I feel with all the lovely imagery!

  4. Hi Mollie, I shared your lovely post to my Facebook page! The part about preserving personal history really resonated with me as I am a personal history enthusiast and have created many books for my family and my clients! Thank you for the lovely reminder and suggestions. Plus your recipes are always awesome. Great stuff!! So happy to have been following you!! Blessings to all! The Frugalista, Jody

  5. Hi and thanks for checking in. The two of us plus two old cats are hanging in there just fine. We have a multitude of items stockpiled for about a month’s worth of avoiding shopping. We debate going out for perishables or just doing without. We are passing the time with great local jazz radio, finally reading some of those books, a little online time, outdoor hikes, and learning a few new chords on the guitar. Soon it will be warm enough outside that tons of yard work and various chores will start up once again therefore there will more than plenty to do to occupy time.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Sounds like you guys have four “cats” hanging out who know how to do it in style!! My Dad was a sax player so I have a love of old jazz, especially! Although I was a teenager 70s and will probably never give up my rock n roll, lol! I have been walking the yard every day and we had the first daylily shoots three days ago!! Keep busy, keep safe & keep cool! Thanks for checking in, Charlie!!

  6. Oh goodness. You’d better stay put! I just figured out I have to go to the grocery store tomorrow. Delivery services are limited in our small town, and we need fresh food before wednesday. I think they’ve figured out that most all people who contracted the virus were in large crowds – traveling, churches, concerts, so that makes me more relaxed. But it does get boring some times! Take care!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Oh Mimi, take care out there! It does seem like passing contact isn’t a big deal…I guess like most things it’s that closer contact. Don’t be afraid to tell people to back off or “social distance” if they crowd up to you at the checkout!! The boredom at my house has started…I have finished up cleaning up my pantry and started on my cupboards, lol! You gotta know I’m bored if I find that exciting…I AM feeling as if I am accomplishing something, anyway!! 🙂

  7. Thank you for reaching out with your usual balance and humour. Some great ‘to dos’ for the days ahead. Will tackle my fresh veg immediately. Please keep ideas coming for little comforts from the kitchen.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Thanks so much, Jane! I absolutely will! I’ve always been curious about your “handle.” Are you in or related to the dairy business?

  8. Ron

    Hi Mollie, a wonderful tool for us to all stay in touch. When in Isolation (as we are) I believe it’s important to stay connected to one’s community and luckily we have blogs to say hi on or get on our soap box and say our piece.
    As with you, I’d not fair well should I contract the evil disease. But, luckily I have my wonderful wife looking after me while teacher her special needs children via the internet.
    Here in Sweden we’re seeing our share of the Covid demon, but we live in a small community out in the country and thus far no problems have arrived. They will and we’ll take care of each other and get through this.
    I do not understand the hording, especially the toilet paper. I guess those who are hoarding all the toilet paper have forgotten all the possible uses of that old catalog, wrapping paper or junk mail they got.
    We’re fortunate here as the Swedish government has been preparing us for a crisis for some time and advised all those living here to have a minimum of a month’s basic foodstuffs on hand at all times as well as water and such. So we’re good there. No, Swedish government didn’t see this coming, but we do have a great fear of the Great Bear (Russia) at our Northern border. So, we have plenty of toilet paper, the markets still have food on the shelves, but no hand sanitizer. Not to worry though, Absolut vodka just shifted their production so as to make hand sanitizer.
    Stay well my friend…

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Ron, I didn’t realize Eva worked with special needs children; she’s truly one of our special heros! What a fabulous thing of Absolut to do! Hopefully ideas will catch on everywhere! How wise of Sweden; in this day and age we don’t think about countries swallowing up others (except for the irrational fear in the US of our neighbors to the south) but yet Russia has already!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Thanks so much, Linda! Stay safe over there; I think Ohio is a lot like Minnesota, not showing too much activity but not as many testings? I’m assuming here a much larger range of the virus spread than we think. Stay safe!

  9. Nancy L Janssen

    Mollie girl! Keeping in touch this way is a great idea! I read so many of your recipes and don’t always make the time to respond, but I have to say, I’m grateful to have Ball jars with your dry soups, like onion and cream of everything.
    I’ve switched to quart jars to house many of my pantry supplies, and replaced the metal tops with plastic; pretty and they won’t rust!
    Randy is recovering from a back injury, my sweet Zeus crossed the Rainbow Bridge right at the beginning of this mess, so our silver Lab is pretty lost without him (and so am I!). Bo is much like Chance was at 2, and so darned sweet.
    Schools and restaurants are closed here in the Burg, although they can serve takeout orders, just no dine-in, We have decided to try to do that once a week to help support those small businesses.
    Our daughter and her family live here. Her oldest son, age 11, (speaking of battling demons) is in a residential facility in DSM, and we can’t visit now, but he has generous phone privileges. I really miss him. Her middle son, age 8, is the only healthy one in their household right now, as she, Luke, and their little one, age 4, all have upper respiratory issues, colds/broncitis. She’s on top of things, so hopefully they’ll all recover soon.
    Our sons, one in Minneapolis, the younger in the Chicago area, are being mindful of the quarantine and watching out for each other and their fiancés. Ryan, in MN, and Liza are camping this weekend; 30+* weather and all. Jared and Kimberly are taking the isolation the best as Kimberly has asthma. Jared is out of his chef job for now, but has filed for unemployment.
    We also are not allowed to visit Randy’s sweet mama in the nursing home, but he’s wonderful about calling her, plus the home has set up a message center online.
    In a nutshell, we are all doing our best to NOT be part of the problem, in the hope that it will all be a distant memory sooner rather than later.
    I’ll look forward to keeping in touch with you. Don’t you dare become dog food! Send up a flare and I’ll send help!
    Love you, babe!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      I’m glad you checked in; I have missed you since you’re not on FB!! So sorry to hear about your Zeus! So heartbreaking! My gosh was he a beauty. Speaking of labs, ya gotta love them, there are so many and you’d think they’d be all a like but each one so unique! Chance will be four soon and is really starting to settle, finally! Scoundrel, still tho! My Gibs was a service dog so I’ve been trying to teach Chance some commands. About a year ago we were working on opening and closing drawers but it backfired he was so excited about it he was opening and closing them all the time, even not on command so I let it go. He hasn’t forgotten it even a year later and now whenever I open any drawer, Chance slams it shut with his nose, whether my hand is in it our not, and sits back so proud!! But speaking of dogs I’m sure there are going to be many pets in crisis rigtht along with their mamas & papas…

      My folks are in Sioux Falls still, in assisted living; we may not see them again but at 89 and 92 they’ve lived full lives and they are where they want to be. I know how passionate you are about your grand babies, my heart goes out to you – the best grandma ever! If there ever was a person who’s stepped up it’s you and you’ve done everything possible for them! Such a worry to be so far away, I’m sure! You let Ryan know if there’s anything they need or I can do for them, I’m here!

      I’m assuming there was no St. Paddys celebration this year; that must of been tough on so many businesses, and of course, now this. My heart goes out to you guys; it’s always in E’burg anyway!!

      Mollie

  10. I love your main graphic. We’re staying on the couch. My partner is a week into a bad cough–no fever, so we’re sure we’ve dodged the bullet, but a doctor advised us to stay in for two weeks. It’s over the top, but since our idiot government (we’re in Britain, so that’s a different idiot government than yours) didn’t plan on testing people, so now that they’ve decided that, gee, maybe testing would be useful, there aren’t enough kits, even for front-line health care workers.

    Sorry–don’t get me started.

    Anyway, we’re sitting heroically on the couch. Lots of graphics are circulating of National Health Service workers holding signs saying things like, “We’re at work for you. You stay home for us.”

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Oh my gosh, Ellen, that’s crazy about the testing!! Wishing your partner the best and hoping for a quick recovery for her! We’re seeing lots of those signs too! I think it’s great and puts a face on the medical community!

      Right up your alley I think would be a post about our historical fear and deep suspicion of “intellectuals” has gotten us to where we are today, right now with inadequate leadership in so many areas of the world. And now all we can hope for is that nerds will save the world and they’ve been trying to but are blocked on so many levels.

        • FrugalHausfrau

          I got really bent a few weeks ago when I was watching this video and ppl were making fun of his looks, his presentation, and contradicting him, accusing him of being a conspirator through Harvard. Now you have to dig deep through the comments of ppl watching him and saying he was right to see some of it, but there are still weird comments like this one with 1.5K upvotes and 1 downvote “Being friendless and unattractive is finally paying off.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDelUkpFm60

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Wendi, you too! I was thinking of you and your precious little ones when I was writing this! I imagine you’re pretty busy right now! I’ll stop over to your site soon, I’ve been crazy distracted from blogging…following this stuff too closely. It’s making me grim…

      Mollie

  11. Bobby

    I like your recipes and enjoyed learning about you while reading this tonight. You are totally different from who I had previously imagined. Thanks for the ideas to help keep us busy during this period of isolation, you motivated me to clean out my clutter and organize the food I have stocked up on. God bless and stay safe. I’m looking forward to hearing more!

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Hey Bobby! Well I hope you imagined me far more glamorous and hip and possibly with a cocktail! lol!! I’m glad to hear you’re staying home safe and sound, motivated and busy!

      It’s been my pleasure and I appreciate the compliments! Thank you God bless you, too!

      Mollie

  12. Linda

    Thanks for all of your tips and suggestions. So far I have been somewhat overwhelmed by what to do and what food to get while I still can get out. I hope to have a plan set by the time I go to the store on Tuesday when our Costco has early morning hour set aside for over 60 and immune compromised. Your article gave me some ideas, thanks.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      It IS overwhelming. When you’re unsure when you’ll get out again each decision seems so disproportionately important, doesn’t it? It’s such a blessing that the stores have responded with those early hours…that will keep us all safer and hopefully well and out of the hospitals. I kind of went off on people for stockpiling the other day on the post I reference below!

      Did you check out my post on Stocking Your Pantry For Coronavirus? I put it out last week and just linked it above, but here it is: https://frugalhausfrau.com/2020/03/13/stocking-your-pantry-for-coronavirus/ Don’t forget to get something fun to eat (last time I was out I was like, “Darnit, I’m getting that triple chocolate fudgy caramelly ice cream and eating it, all by myself, blood sugar be #$#%# because who knows if I’ll have another chance” lol! And then I felt guilty….oh well.

      Take care and thanks for checking in!!

      Mollie

  13. Melanie Lucero

    We’re doing well in Lemon Grove, CA. Just got back from camping in desert with family of 5. Bummer they closed County parks here. For some reason people going a bit loco about stocking up on toilet paper and bottled water. Everyone knows this isn’t an intestinal thing right?

    • FrugalHausfrau

      I used to love camping with my kids (one year my son got a record in scouting with 192 days, a pretty good feat in Minnesota with our cold winters. What a great way for you to be out of it all for a while. Campers are usually a unique breed, self reliant with good judgment and a lot of common sense.. Strange to me that they would close the County parks; I suppose they are worried about adequate staff to oversee?

      I don’t get it either the tp or the bottled water…I suppose initially people were afraid that they weren’t going to be able to get out and get anymore and then it turned into a self fulfilling prophecy so to speak. And bottled water? Stupidest idea ever but I sure wish I owned a company, lol!

      Lemon Grove sounds lovely and I like that you have a giant lemon!! What a hoot! I live very close to North St. Paul, and they have a giant 44 foot snowman. The largest in the world, they claim!! http://www.northstpaul.org/299/Worlds-Largest-Snowman

      Take care Melanie and thanks for stopping by!!

      Mollie

  14. Kathy B

    Ha Ha! Nothing wrong with peanut butter ramen if you’re creative and add a few things to it! Soy sauce and hot sauce come to mind along with veg you might have.

    • FrugalHausfrau

      Hi Kathy, glad to hear from you! Yes! And a little sesame oil if ya have it! Maybe some red pepper flakes? I’m actually gettng a little hungry for it, lol, but want to save that for the towards the end!! Stay safe!

      Mollie

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