Tough Times Part 2

Weird times indeed. After staying 2 weeks at home, I had to go to the war zone today, a.k.a. the supermarket. Access to supermarkets is limited to one person per 10 square meters and a duration of 30 minutes per customer. Much to my surprise, it wasn’t a chaotic experience. There was no queue of impatient angry customers and everyone was friendly and calm. Before you could enter the supermarket, a security guy disinfected your shopping cart and hands. Yes, there were some empty shelfs; toilet paper (of course), Italian pastas, some frozen food… But if you asked a shop assistant for info they all checked the stock to see if they could help you with an alternative product. Respect for all the hard working people nowadays!

I should stop watching the news. It makes me really mad. There are still state leaders all over the world who doesn’t give the people a sober analysis of the situation and clear instructions. Haven’t they seen the dramatic footage of what’s happening in Italy and Spain? No, a border won’t stop the coronavirus. Idiots. 

Meanwhile, Jimi stays indoors and takes serious precautions while he’s taking a nap. Sometime, all you need in life is a cozy blanket to make everything feel just a little bit better. Can I join you, sir Jimi?

Stay safe and healthy!

Enjoy this beautiful day, my friends, wherever you are. Peace, love and understanding.

77 responses

  1. You are SO right about attitudes and information…..we probably know more than the so called leaders do as we are on the “front lines” ! Speaking of lines – good for you having a mostly positive grocery shopping experience. I still have trouble with empty shelves at the grocery and pharmacy but if I just keep looking, I eventually find something I need. We hope you and Jimi stay safe and of course HEALTHY……It is our hope (and everyone else’s) that things will begin to change for the better soon – sometimes when you’re at the bottom, the only place to go is UP! Hugs to you both.

    Pam (and Teddy)

    • Hi Pam. These are indeed very hard and difficult times and it isn’t over yet. Thank goodness most of us realise this is very serious and take good precautions.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

      PS: no problems to buy chocolate for 2 weeks! 😉

    • Hi Herman. Glad to hear all is well with you and Jimi. I had a calm shopping experience today. We have similar measures in place for shopping in the UK. I haven’t watched the news for years because I can’t stand it. I sometimes listen to the news on the radio or read a newspaper. At the moment, not so much!

      • I’m always watching the news because I want to know how the situation is evolving. Unfortunately, it’s still always bad news… I saw the news about the crowded metro wagons in London… my God, what a dangerous situation.
        Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

    • I don’t understand that today still some countries hardly taking any serious precautions to protect their citizens and keep talking about a little flu and choose to save the economy. Idiots.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  2. Stay safe, Herman! We’ve been lucky that we can get groceries delivered and the cat supplies already come by mail. As an American I am sick at heart about my country’s lack of leadership in this. We have such resources and we should be able to use them to protect our own and also help others, instead of our leaders floundering and denying. Cats and chocolate are our comforters.

    • So true, especially the ending part about cats and chocolate!
      It really blows my mind to hear ‘someone’ talk about saving the economy and not (or hardly) worrying about the health situation of the people.
      Wishing you all the best. Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

    • You’re so right. But I always want to know the latest information. Can’t help it…
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

  3. Most of our grocery stores have limited amounts of toilet paper, tissues, and cleaners. Otherwise, most things are available. Hang in there. Jimi knows what to do.

    • Hi Tim. The situation was better compared with was happening last week. And yes, no problems to get your hands on chocolate. Thank goodness…
      Jimi doesn’t need to worry about his food and treats. Pet stores are still open and no problems with their stock.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

      • I haven’t been able to get the hard food I normally feed the kitties. I got a different brand. They are almost out of the other, so I’ll soon see how they do with the new food.

        We can get chocolate and coffee, the two most basic food groups.

        • I could change the food from one brand to another without problems concerning Mr. Bowie. Due to his medical problems I had to change it a lot. He always loved his food. Jimi seems to like all kinds of food, he also likes what I’m eating. Thank goodness he stays away from the coffee and chocolate…
          So far no problems to buy coffee and chocolate in this part of the world. Hope it stays that way…

  4. Well. hopefully, they don’t broadcast our idiot President there. If you had to listen to him, you’d start throwing things at the TV. We are lucky to be retired and accustomed to staying at home. I only go out to physical therapy, and the kitties’ dad only goes out for shopping. It does appear that the humans where you live are more civilized than hey are here. I am not surprised. You and Jimi stay safe, sane and healthy! XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

    • Glad to read you’re doing good and you’re all healthy. Unfortunately, your potus is everyday in our news bulletins. I hope people listen to Anthony Fauci. He’s a well respected authority in this part of the world too.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friends!

    • Hi Anita. Thank you so much for all the useful information! I’m going to send this link to my friends.
      I saw the stats about the situation in New York City. I’m afraid they’re heading to an unbelievable dramatic situation… I’m very happy people adapted to the new way of living in this part of the world. The first days were confusing and there was some resistance. But everybody seems to realise this is the only solution to get trough this hard times.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

  5. I agree. Everyone, all over the world needs to take this seriously to make it go away. Stay healthy. XO

    • So true. Everyone needs to realise this is the only way to beat this global pandemic.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

  6. It is the same here, Herman. Grocery store swept clean of many items, even the warehouses can’t keep up. You and Jimi stay safe and well. Cats and crew here wishing you a wonderful day! You, Jimi and your father are in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Hi Lavina. I hope you and everyone at the Farm is ok and healthy. These are really weird times… I’m glad our government took hard measures to fight this virus situation. I still don’t understand that some idiots (also in this part of the world) keep talking about saving the economy and to start again some local sport events. We only need to think about the welfare of all people.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

    • Bonjour France. Hope you and your family are doing well.
      Jimi sends his regards! Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

  7. I am glad to hear you dear Herman, same in here too, we are at home but not being allowed to go out for us (up to age 65), but everything seems so scary. Please be in safe, Thank you, Love, nia

    • Hi Nia. We’re all living in very strange times. Let’s hope we all get trough this in good health.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Susanne!
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  8. Same here, in the US, Herman. Moshu and I have enough cat litter, cat food and chocolate. I have experienced that my cat Moshu has become much more attached to me than before, I believe that animals are very sensitive to what’s going on in the house our worries and around the universe. Moshu feels like crawling up with me all the time during the day and of course even more at night. Have you had that experience too with Jimi. Stay safe my friend.

    • Hi Cornelia. I bought extra cat food (and chocolate) last week so we are safe for some weeks. So funny you mentioned the behaviour of Moshu. Jimi never jumped on my lap but the last weeks he crawled up to me 4 times! But after a few minutes he moved over to his blanket beside me… It seems cat can detect there’s something wrong with our emotions…
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  9. What a great idea your supermarkets have adopted. I did a short drive to an art store today for an ordered I made online and prepaid for. I could just pull up and pop my hatch and they placed it in there. No need to get close to anyone. On the way home, I drove past the supermarket and decided to keep going after seeing all the cars in the parking lot. I’m too scared to get grocery this week, hows that for being dramatic? Then, I tried to order grocery online but the next delivery date is April 14th ! oh, geez Louise, move over Jimi, I’m definitely joining you. Be well my dear Belgium boys. 💕xK

    • Hi Kelly. Yes, we are living in very strange times… I checked out to order stuff online but like you said, I had to wait for weeks to get it delivered home! I really hope this situation gets better soon but I’m afraid we’re in it for a very long time…
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  10. hahaha Jimi has the right idea! 😀
    I am glad your shopping experience was so civilised. 🙂 I have found the same here in SA – a few empty shelves, but no panic as yet.
    You are nearing the end of your Lockdown! Hooray!
    Keep Safe. 🙂

  11. Ugh. We are mandated to work at home as are millions of other people. I am lucky to have a job and grieve the terrible toll on life in Italy; worry about the growing chaos in NYC. It is difficult to comprehend all of this. I hope you and Jimi, and most especially, your dear father, are sheltering at home and are safe.

    • The corona situation in the US of A is everyday in our news. It’s hard to believe what’s happening in NYC. I still don’t understand why so many countries wait so long to act and only worry about the economy first…
      I’m keeping my father and myself isolated from the rest of the world. He turned 95 years old last week and feels very good. He says he’s going for 100 years!
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!

  12. I thought maybe we were the only place with crazy hoarders; guess not. What is it about toilet paper? That sounds like a safe trip for you. They don’t have anybody outside the stores here cleaning carts and your hands, and we aren’t limited to number of people or time spent in the store. Those are good ideas. The man in charge here wants to start opening up areas already, assessing counties inside states as a designation, just as we become the country with the highest count of diagnosed people. Sure, we all know that the virus will have respect for county lines, as will the people who carry it around. Tough and trying, scary times, indeed Herman. Be well, be safe.

    • I think the crazy hoarding situation is a world wide thing. I don’t understand why. If everyone would act in a normal way, everything would be alright in the stores.
      I’m glad stores in Belgium have very good measures for our safety and health, thank goodness. And yes, your potus is a complete idiot. If our Prime Minister would act that way, people would kick his ass in jail. Not joking…
      Stay safe and healthy, my dear friend!

  13. Stocks are slowly returning to the supermarket shelves. Two weeks ago, there wasn’t much. Last week was an improvement. This week is much better than last. I have found there is no rhyme or reason to those items that were subject to the panic buying.

    Jimi has the right idea of being wrapped up in his blanket.

    Stay well, stay safe.

    • Hi David. The shop assistent told me the situation was much better compared with the first week of the lockdown. I couldn’t buy a few things but hey, that’s not the end of the world. I hope everyone remains calm and we all get trough this situation safe and healthy.

      Yesterday, Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès and the National Government extended the lockdown conditions until April 19 and they will crack down harder on those who flout social distancing rules. She added the lockdown could be extended again for a further two weeks to May 3.

      Stay safe and healthy, my friend! Wishing you and your loved ones all the best.

  14. The strangest thing I’ve seen sold out is bananas – possibly the shortest shelf life of all fruits. As you know, here in the US the government swings from reality to fantasy on a regular basis so there is no finger-pointing at Europe over here (with the exception of said government.) Snoops and Kommando are defying social distancing at the moment, sleeping together on the bed.

    • Bananas are no problem overhere, in fact, all fruits were available. Thank goodness, because I eat a lot of fruit. Italian pasta was gone but rice was in the shelfs. And of course, toilet paper was sold out. Can someone explain why…??
      I guess right now cats lead a wonderful life and they don’t lay awake at night.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend! Take care!

  15. In my neighborhood, the Carrefour supermarket does not disinfect people’s hands or the baskets …. even if they only bring in 50 people at a time, the torpid corridors still cross paths
    Friday I did the shopping for 3 weeks and like you I used to go to the war zone with a little fear in my stomach. Friday in this supermarket, I heard an elderly person coughing (she wore a small mask) but I did everything to try to avoid it …
    Jimi …. dear Jimi …. you make me laugh there under this blanket and in any case you are very relaxed

    • These are very hard and difficult times for all of us. The local supermarket is also a Carrefour. I’m glad they were disinfecting the baskets and people’s hands before they could go inside. But of course, there will always be a certain risk of getting infected. I stayed at home for 14 days but I needed to go to the store last week.
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

      PS: Jimi sends his regards!

    • Thank goodness the chaotic situation is almost back to normal the last days. However, access to supermarkets is still limited (during the whole month) to one person per 10 square meters and a duration of 30 minutes per customer. Occasionally some products are out of stock…

    • Hi Julie. Hope you and your loved ones are ok and safe at Frog Pond Farm.
      It looks like we stay in lockdown modus the whole month. It’s really a strange feeling…
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend! Jimi sends his regards!

    • Hi Mary. We have to be very careful but I’m sure we will get trough these hard times safe. But this situation keeps me awake at night…
      Stay safe and healthy, my friend!

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