Lessons Learned from the Coronavirus Pandemic

Lessons that I Learned From the COVID-19 Pandemic

Seeing as how the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, I am considering this a work-in-progress.

1. Modern Americans will panic-buy weird stuff (toilet paper, fresh food, bread, etc).  If you are concerned about being able to get back to the grocery store or the items’ availability when you get back, then stock up on non-perishable foods and home goods that you regularly use. Hoarding perishable items is bad for many reasons, but are you really going to eat 10 loaves of bread before it goes bad? Plus, purchasing loads of stuff at the last minute will force others who may really need it to have to go without. Maintain a good supply every day so that you won’t fall into the panic when an emergency does occur.

2. The media and social media are MAJOR contributors to people’s panic, stress, and bad decisions. (Not a new lesson, but I wanted to include it.)

3. Americans have become very dependent on paper products (TP, paper towels, napkins  ), so anything that you can do to reduce your dependency will give you a step ahead of your neighbors (as well as save you money).

4. The average modern American no longer cooks at home or knows how to make anything.  Being a DIY’er at a time like this can help to reduce stress significantly. Knowing how to cook, and doing so regularly not only saves money and helps to keep you healthy, but during a pandemic, will significantly reduce the chance of you being exposed. All it takes is one infected restaurant worker to share the germs with a lot of people.

5. If the government orders a quarantine, do your part and STAY HOME. Don’t argue, don’t fuss, just do it. The government didn’t want to put quarantine orders into place, but when they asked people nicely to refrain from gathering in groups, and to limit outings, people didn’t listen. Weeks after the government began pushing protective measures, people were still going out and going about their daily routines as though there was nothing to be concerned about… This is why federal, state, and local governments took action and began tightening restrictions. These restrictions will continue to get tighter as needed until people stop pushing their luck, and the spread of the virus is under control. Then even after the virus is under control, the restrictions will need to stay in place for whatever period of time is necessary until people stop getting sick.

Each time someone new contracts the virus, that extends this pandemic for another 2 to 3 weeks or longer, so as long as people keep getting exposed to other sick people, we will continue to be restricted for the foreseeable future. So, instead of getting upset about the situation or being defiant because you don’t think that you should have to put up with it, just find something to do at home, and try to stay healthy and safe.

6. Preppers of all types truly learned the value of having the knowledge and supplies that they so carefully accrued.

7. A home garden of any size is invaluable when simply going to the store could be life threatening.  Gardening has many benefits from the hobby of giving you something relaxing to do with your free time, to providing healthy food and herbs for you and your family.

Whether your garden is on a large plot of land, containers, or hydroponic these benefits are there for you just the same. So if you don’t have one already, now is a great time to

8. There is still good people in the world. (Luby offering food) (OK jail making masks) (MD brewery making handsanitizer), a boat sail manufacturer in Maine retooled their sewing machines and began making masks to donate. Yes, over time the government did begin ordering manufacturers to stop making the items that they were making, and instead begin medical related supplies that are in extremely short supply. However, these people that I mentioned did what they did of their own initiative. The government didn’t have to order them to do this, they did what they did simply because they saw that it was severly needed and they knew that they had the ability to help.  I’m sure that there is a lot more stories like this across the country and around the world, but these are just some that I came across.  During this time of panic, stress, and dispair, it is encouraging to see that some people are still willing and interested in helping others even those who they may not know personally.

Easy Cream Cheese

Make your own cream cheese at home from only one ingredient.

This is not my video, but I want to share it because I think that this lady is great. If you enjoy this video, then I encourage you to rate it a thumbs up to let her know.

Besides, who wouldn’t want to know how to easily make their own cream cheese.

March Gardening

Gardening – March 2020

With all of this #coronapocalypse in the news right now, don’t forget about your garden…  All of the panic that is going around; and the stores selling out of everyday essentials just helps to point out that self-sufficiency is especially important now days.

If you have not yet been working on your spring garden, then you should put extra effort now into planning, preparing, and planting…  If you are one of those lucky / unlucky people who will be off work or working from home for the foreseeable future and will have a little extra time available, be sure to make the time that you need to ensure that your garden does not get overlooked.

The article below lists the different plants that you can be plant during the month of March. Be sure to check the USDA region shown so that you are planting for your area. If you have any questions or concerns, please post in the comments below so that we can discuss.


Words of Wisdom for March 10th, 2020

The Holy Beard’s Wisdom for today:

Don’t procrastinate spending time with the ones that you love. Whether they be family or friends, pets or livestock… if you feel a positive bond, make the time to spend with them. Sometimes all that it takes is popping in for a few minutes when you are in the area, making the phone call when you are thinking about them, or (for animals) spending an extra minute with them during feeding time. These small moments don’t seem like much, but they really do make a big difference in the person’s life, and when the time comes that you don’t have this ability any more, you will be really glad that you had these moments. So next time that you tell yourself that you will visit with them later, or that you are trying to hurry and can’t spend the moment with them right now, Make the Time. …One day you will be glad that you did. One day you will wish that you had made more time to spend with them.


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