My concentration isn’t great this week although I’m reading a book for the first time in months. Hopefully there will be a decision on our election soon and some sort of life can return. In the meantime here are a couple of observations.
I hate hand sanitizer. I always have. Given the choice I’d rather wash my hands than use it. Life is different now and the few times I need to pick up something, I use it multiple times. I have it in my car and I use it at stores. It’s getting to the point where if I don’t have that sticky feel on my hands they don’t feel clean. There’s something wrong with that.
My nose is sensitive to smells. I swear I can smell anything. Maybe I have a dog nose that could sniff out drugs. Sometimes it’s a problem. With the shelves so bare, I’ve been reduced to buying what’s available rather than what I like. The sanitizer I have is “citrus.” When I looked at that (it was the only choice) I thought how bad can it be? Very bad. It was eaten by a monkey first, then harvested and made into sanitizer. The worst thing is I’m getting used to the smell and it’s normal now. Longing for the good old fashioned unscented or very gently scented.
On my last grocery trip, the cleaning supply shelves were again bare. No toilet bowl cleaner in sight. What do people do with that other than clean toilets? There were so many bare shelves which I haven’t seen in months that I wondered if people knew something I didn’t.
Gas prices are up. When we went into lockdown in March, they dropped way down to prices we hadn’t seen in years. Many years. No one was going anywhere so there was no run on gasoline. All that seems to have changed. Either people are back to their normal driving habits or the large companies have figured out a way to run the prices back up. Oh yes they can. Produce less. Make it less available. All sorts of things up their sleeves.
Every family has one, sometimes more. I taught the beloved husband how to block on Facebook. Gone are the conspiracy theorists, the folks who wear tin foil hats to ward off aliens and those who spew negativity. Life is better without them.
If we hang in there long enough, life will return to something we can call normal. Maybe. No promises though.