If you had told me a week ago that I would be writing about being quarantined in my home, it would have sounded like a work of fiction.
Paul was in Minneapolis when we started seeing this virus taking its grip on our country.
As a result of sporting events across the nation being cancelled, his company’s entire fleet of trucks was re-called to the home office, except for his. His re-call came a day later, and he was on a plane toward home on Saturday.
Friday was our normal grocery day. I hadn’t yet made a menu for the coming weeks, but knowing lots of folks were heading toward grocery stores, I decided this grocery trip probably needed to be full of staple items for our pantry and freezer.
I’m so glad I went! By Sunday, stores here were pretty empty. It’s odd, and really unsettling, to see store shelves bare.
I picked Paul up from the airport on Saturday. We stopped for lunch, and to return some building supplies, on the way home.
Everyone was out just doing their normal things- it was strange to see, especially since I kept reading all these stories about corona virus spreading through the US.
As it happens, our family has had a head cold that seems to want to linger. We decided to stay home from church on Sunday. That was quarantine day 1, for us.
It’s exactly what we needed as a family.
Paul and I quietly discussed what the coming days might need to look like for our family- more and more states were advising that residents stay in small groups, and out of public places. We played Charades and Monopoly with our children tonight. That was a lot of fun! Paul spoke with his brother on the phone. All is well.
We decided at that point to start our 2-3 week quarantine, (hopefully, this will have calmed some by then.)
We normally do buy groceries for 2 weeks at a time, so I believe we should have what we need to not have to leave our house for the weeks ahead.
On this day, I’m thankful my husband is home. I’m thankful I was able to buy groceries before all of this began. I‘m thankful none of my family is showing signs of illness. I do miss my church family.
Day 1 Menu-
(I’m hoping this might be inspiring to someone trying to come up with ideas for eating with limited options.)
B-Cereal (I had a pile of cereal stocked I found at Dollar Tree)
L-Hamburgers with a bag of chips and a dill pickle (I had hamburger patties in my freezer, pickles from the 1st grocery trip this month, and chips we were saving for a zoo trip, but it doesn’t look like that is happening any time, soon.)
D-Chicken and Brown Rice with Dill Carrots and bread (These were the last 4 hamburger buns we had from a pack I sliced and buttered.)
(This week, we ate off of a turkey I had purchased on sale after Christmas. We smoked it and today, I started turkey broth in the roaster.)