posted on May, 24 2020 @ 06:30 PM
Finally! I really wanted to go out to eat again, but had a lot of misgivings too. I’ve been very careful since our governor mandated a safer at home
order which was supposed to go to May 26. I started ordering delivery for my groceries (sometimes) and ordered delivery from restaurants quite a bit.
I’ve been taking my temperature twice a day for weeks now. I’ve been washing my hands frequently, but that was something I had been doing long
before the COVID-19 outbreak. I’ve been trying to get out every day if I can to walk, 3-4 miles a day. The weather has been awful here from mid
March right up until this weekend. I’ve found with the warm weather and sunshine now, I feel so much better when I spend time outside. I have a
couple of patios, and have been spending a lot of time out on them.
On one of my walks, I walked downtown in my town of about 25,000. The downtown is thriving again, now that things are open. My favorite watering hole
has tables outside, separated by six feet. There were people eating and drinking, and I felt a little wistful envy. I had no intention of eating at a
restaurant for awhile, but today I woke up and thought, screw it! So I went there, sat at a table outdoors, wasn’t within six feet of anyone, and
all the servers were wearing masks. They were really nice, and I felt wonderful being able to do this again. There’s just something about eating
outdoors in the sunshine. I had a couple of beers and some pizza. I probably spent a couple of hours there. There were many walkers and people on
bicycles going past, lots of smiles and hi’s and hello’s. The server let me take my time, and didn’t try to rush me out. I felt happier than I
had in awhile. I’m glad I did it. I also noticed the servers were cleaning a lot when they weren’t bringing food and drinks. Everything was spic
and span. So places really can open if they do these things, common sense things.
Life is too short to live in fear. I’m still being careful. It’s not like I’m gonna seek out crowds of people and hang out. This was a mellow
introduction back into the world for me. A couple of weeks ago, I felt a little under the weather and had some mild symptoms, but they only lasted
about 24 hours. It was more like the flu - I ran a temperature and had a headache and body aches. I’ve been taking an extra zinc supplement since
mid March, and I kept doing that. I feel much better now. Who knows what I had? So much is unknown, and the information changes about every day. But I
have a life to live, and like everything else, I’ll go about this in moderation and baby steps.