I cant start all of the plants I want to have from seed as many of my seeds are a lot older than I thought and are not germinating. If you have gone to many seed suppliers you know they have sold out of many of the seeds or the shipping time is so long you will miss the “Prime Time” of planting or starting seeds. Two or three weeks in Spring time planting season can be critical to starting your garden.
I got Sun gold cherry tomato and early red tomato. Most of my pepper seeds seemed to be old so I got a yellow and red bell pepper along with two tomitillo plants. If you want tomitillos you must have at least 2 plants for cross pollination. I have bought new seeds and have started them but those seeds are still waiting to germinate so I’m adding more store bought plants just in case my starters are a bust.
I was a little disappointed in people I saw shopping in Fred Meyer’s today. I’m guessing about 10% of the people I saw had on masks of any sort and very few were wearing any kind of protective eye wear. Many people seemed to be browsing the store rather than having a list of items to get and get out as quickly as possible. The parking lot seemed about average for a Saturday and while people were not panic shopping they did seem complacent about the Wu-Flu. There was no tissue paper or paper towels but plenty of hand sanitizer in small 2-4 oz bottles. Pet supply shelves were hit hard but it looked like most people were buying mostly mid quality/cost pet foods. There was plenty of the very cheap and more expensive wet and dry pet food on the selves. I bought the last bag of 12 pound store brand of dry cat food that is 38% protein. My cats are doing great with cat food and I mix it with a 31% protein mix I get from the local farm store. My cats also get a half a can of wet cat food every night.
A new thing at my local Fred Meyer is cashiers not handling reusable bags. I love reusable shopping bags when I use my walker shopping but I know those cloth bags could hold bacteria and viruses so I shifted over to the more rigid plastic coated bags because I could spray (Lysol) sanitize the bag. This bag is coming into my home so I’ll do everything I can to keep the virus outside my home.
I asked the cashier if she could handle the bag and the store policy was no. Okay can you let me bag my stuff after you ring it up? YES! Great, the cashier follows store policy and I can use my easy to sanitize bag for groceries. I don’t know where the plastic bags most stores use are made but it is probably China or a place whit with WU-Flu so this is a win-win for stopping extra contamination. Cashiers should not need to be the experts about the virus or be attacked by customers that feel a mild inconvenience is an assault on their rights as a consumer.
I know wearing a mask properly is annoying it feels like breathing into a very sauna at best. You have to adjust your googles or glasses from fogging up. Putting on gloves and using hand sanitizer is not fun and all that hand washing can dry and crack your skin. Don’t go out shopping unless you want to put up with masking up, wearing gloves and sanitizing everything when you get home. I’m not telling you not to go shopping but the cashiers and workers in stores deserve customers that are willing to mask up in the stores. Even if wearing a mask is annoying to you.
Get over what other people do, you can be the little hero the wears a mask out shopping! Be nice to the cashier and people keeping stores open and relatively safe with extra cleaning. It is those cashiers, truckers, janitors along with doctors nurses, CNA and cleaning staff that are heroes. Farmers, gardeners and handyman of all sorts are the heroes keeping this economy going.
The elites hate that they are behind the power curve and are not all that important to peoples daily lives and the people are starting to realize it. I like to think that people given good info will do the right thing. But most people don’t get good info and don’t do much research on there own. I’m not an expert, just a former Army Field Sanitation NCO that learned a bit about the spread of disease. The answers are simple for a pandemic. They just are not easy for people.
Really it should be a simple if not easy process:
- Isolate all countries and stop travel and shipping. This is brutal to trade but a 1-2 week level of stoppage should be enough to mitigate the virus.
- Stop all flights for 1-2 weeks. All nations take the hit equally and then slowly open flights to those countries that get control of the amount of people using hospital’s care.
- Give a USA open for business order but allow states and cities to modify that order locally.
- This is crazy but give people good info and let them decide the level of risk they will accept. I know this idea will drive the state and local governments crazy to let people decide risk/reward.
- I think most people are ignorant about this virus. The Government at all levels has failed to educate the people. Getting a cold or the normal flu does not make you a bad person. Most likely you will get the Wuflu and have flu like symptoms. The pneumonia part of the Wu flu is when stuff gets scary.
Bend the curve stop the spread of the flu and that is easy:
- Wear a mask and glasses to stop the spread.
- Social distancing will help
- Add a few vitamins and mineral to your diet. Vitamin C and Zinc, D3 seem to help fighting all flu viruses.
- Stay on your property and work on that garden. I’m sorry for folks that live in High- Density areas and are dependent on mass transit. This should show you the government won’t save you and you are on your own.
- You better hope those farmers have a good harvest and plenty of farm animals are grown for meat and the truckers are allowed into cities to feed you.
- Nine meals from anarchy…