Saturday, April 11, 2020

Flattening the Curve, Day 24

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Friends, today, the twenty-fourth day of my quarantine due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, was spent making another (larger) cloth face mask like the one I shared here yesterday. The second mask sewed up quicker than the first one and I got a chance to take it for a test run when we had to go out grocery shopping. Getting accustomed to wearing something on my face is a challenge right now, but I'm sure I'll be a pro soon enough.

It was interesting, though, to see how Trader Joe's, our favorite grocery store, has adapted to this new pandemic reality. Jim and I waited in a queue that had orange tape affixed to the sidewalk at six foot intervals. There was a store clerk at the door, freshly cleaned shopping carts at the ready, and he signaled us to step forward when it was our turn to enter the store. The doors opened and we entered. 

All the store clerks were wearing face masks and safety gloves and the number of shoppers allowed in the store at any one time is dictated by the square footage of the store in order to maintain proper social distancing. I immediately noticed the music was back to its loud volume and the atmosphere was more upbeat than the last couple of times we were there.

When it was time to check out and pay for our groceries, we were requested to maintain the social distance while the cashier tallied the order. This means we were to stand six feet away from the check stand and wait for our items to be scanned and bagged. When it was time to pay, the cashier stepped back so we could approach the debit/credit card reader. Once the transaction was completed, I was invited by the cashier to retrieve my receipt and we were on our way. I thanked the cashier for being there.

Such is life in the slow (shopping) lane...

Speaking of slowing down, I took some time yesterday to sit quietly in my backyard with my brand new camera - an Olympus OMD, E-M10 III. I sold my Lumix GH2 late last summer but kept the telephoto lens. I call it the birdie lens. As you can see from the image above, it can capture my favorite little creatures quite well. This is a sparrow and they have an extremely high metabolism and are constantly moving. I managed to get quite a good sharp image despite the constant movement.

Well friends and family, I wonder what is in store for us tomorrow.

Take care and have a peaceful Easter Sunday.  

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