I’m sitting at the computer in the kitchen checking my emails . . . and Rocky walks into the kitchen and puts his chin on my lap . . .
Rocky: Hey, Mom, can I ask you a question?
Me: Sure, Big Guy. Whatcha wanna know?
Rocky: Do you have the ‘rona?
Me: Oh, gosh, no, baby. I’m not sick. I’m just home because the Guy With the Glasses shut everything down and the library is closed for a little while.
Rocky: When will it open back up? When are you going back to work?
Me: Hard to say, Big Guy. Whenever the Guy With the Glasses says it’s okay to go back. Why?
Rocky: Because you being home is throwing off my schedule and Millie is bugging me ALL THE TIME when you’re in the basement and she’s stopping my naps.
Me: (giggling) Okay, honey, I’ll tell Gov. Dewine that he needs to get this shit figured out so I can go back to work soon.
Rocky: (leaving the room and shouting at Millie) Millie! Mom said you have to leave me alone so I can nap!
These two are killing me . . .
HI!! I’M MILLIE!! HAPPY TO MEET YOU!! DO YOU HAVE A COOKIE FOR ME!! (SORRY, MOMMY DOESN’T LIKE ME TO BEG BUT A GIRL’S GOTTA TRY!!)
MOMMY SAID I COULD WRITE ON HER COMPUTER!! THIS IS FUN!!
MOMMY HAS BEEN HOME ALL DAY FOR SO MANY DAYS!! LIKE WHEN SHE’S ON ‘CATION BUT BETTER BECAUSE IT’S LONGER THAN ‘CATION!! AND SHE WILL BE HOME FOR LOTS MORE DAYS!!
WE HAVEN’T GONE ON TOO MANY WALKS BECAUSE THE WEATHER IS YUCKY!! AND ROCKY DOESN’T LIKE TO WALK IN YUCKY WEATHER!! COZ HE’S OLDER AND HIS BONES HURT!! SO WE STAY HOME AND SNUGGLE ON OUR BEDS AND WATCH TV WITH MOMMY!!
WE LIKE TO WATCH TV EXCEPT FOR WHEN THAT ONE GUY WITH THE GLASSES COMES ON WITH THE LADY IN THE WHITE COAT AND STOPS MOMMY’S SHOWS!! SHE DOESN’T LIKE WHEN THAT GUY STOPS HER SHOWS!!
TODAY MOMMY SAID SHE HAD TO GO TO WORK BUT SHE WAS REALLY IN THE BASEMENT!! WE SAW HER GO IN THE BASEMENT AND WE COULD HEAR HER AND SHE WAS THERE FOREVER!!! WE WAITED IN THE KITCHEN SO WE COULD BE SURE SHE WAS OKAY DOWN THERE!! WE DON’T GO IN THE BASEMENT BECAUSE IT’S SCARY!!
MOMMY SAYS WE HAVE TO HAVE A ROUTINE BECAUSE ALL THIS LOUNGING IS NOT GOOD FOR ANY OF US!! WONDER WHAT MOMMY HAS PLANNED FOR US??!! HOPE IT’S MORE WALKS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!!
OKAY I GOTTA GO NOW!! NEIGHBOR MIKE IS OUTSIDE AND HE HAS TREATS FOR US!!
SEE YA LATER!!
My little part of Ohio is shut down for the forseeable future.
No movie theatres. No shopping . . . unless it’s for groceries. No eating out. No sports. Lots of stuff shut down, postponed, cancelled . . .
Starting next week, I’m working from home two days a week and working a 4 hour shift at work . . .
I’m looking forward to spending a lot of quality time with Millie and Rocky . . . Millie and Rocky are pretty excited about it . . . I’m excited about it too . .
Since I’ll have all this time on my hands and I need to keep Millie busy while I attempt to get some work done . . . I promised her that she could do some guest blog posting . . . she’s so excited that she’s chasing Rocky through the house . . . I’m probably gonna regret this.
Don’t say I didn’t warn ya . . .
The Coronavirus has hit my little part of Ohio . . . almost everything is shut down . . . starting to look like a ghost town around here . . . and not a roll of TP or a can of vegetables to be found anywhere . . .
I’m fine . . . my family is fine . . . I have plenty of supplies to last a couple of weeks. Yes, I was caught a little unprepared and I swear I can hear Prince Charming’s laughing at me for not taking his “prep for anything” lectures seriously. Right now my biggest worry (besides worrying that my mom might get sick) is “will I have enough green beans to feed Millie?” and “why the heck can’t I find any canned green beans anywhere?” . . .
The Public Library where I work has closed until early April. Once the schools closed, the kids were coming into the library to hang out during the day. And since we couldn’t keep the kids away . . . and since we have several staff members who are part of the “high risk” group . . . the Director decided it was best to “shut ‘er down”.
Even though the library is closed to the public, there is still work that can be done and most of the staff will be able to work partial hours at full pay during the shut down. I work in the business office and was offered the opportunity to work from home. For the next couple of weeks, I have to work four 4 hour shifts. Two days a week at home, and two days a week at the office . . . I won’t have to work on Fridays!! The library provided a laptop and a mobile hotspot to use as an internet connection . . . I just needed to find a spot to convert into an “office” for the duration . . .
So that’s what I did today . . . converted Prince Charming’s “Ham Shack” in the basement into my new “office” . . . and it broke my heart to tear apart all his ham radio equipment and put it away someplace safe . . . because . . .
And now that I have an organized work space . . . I need to clear out the clutter in the rest of the basement . . . and maybe tackle the spring cleaning . . . and . . . and . . . and
If nothing else, it’s going to be interesting . . .
I survived The Haigs with very little incident . . .
Haig 1 realized he’d over stepped his bounds and made himself scarce for the rest of the week that The Director and The Fiscal Officer were gone. Although he did cruise the hallway in the Admin Wing pretty frequently he never ventured into The Business Office again . . .
Haig 2 was sick the first two days of the week and kept to her own office when she was at work because we told her we didn’t want her germs . . .
Life was good . . .
End of Month processing went smoothly . . .
Preparations for the upcoming State Audit have been relatively uneventful . . .
Then . . . the shit hit the fan . . .
Coronavirus hysteria hit my little part of Ohio . . . it hit the entire state . . . and ALL the Haigs are expressing opinions. . . spreading rumors . . . stirring the pot and causing chaos. Life is not good . . .
I am safe. I have plenty of food, water and necessities for the next couple of weeks. My family is safe and they’re all healthy. There are no reported cases in my little county. Just about every library in the state has closed or will be by the first part of next week. The Director is trying to balance the best interest of the patrons and the best interests of the staff . . . and it’s not a job for the faint of heart . . . right now it’s more a matter of “when” we will close and not “if” we will close . . .
Right now my biggest concern is keeping my regular level of every day anxiety from flying off the charts with the “what if” scenarios and “am I prepared enough” second guessing discussions with myself . . .
I’m half tempted to tell the fates “I’ve been through way worse than this . . . is this all you’ve got?” but I know better . . .
Hang on, y’all. We’re in for a bumpy ride . . .