Interrupting my regularly scheduled programming – COVID-19

Mar 16 2020
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As Bloggers, Influencers, etc. I feel we have at least some moral obligation to stop what we’re doing for a second and acknowledge what’s going on in the world. I also believe we absolutely have the obligation to spread this right now: DON’T PANIC! Currently, in my state of MN, schools are closed by tomorrow (or already are) and it seems pretty much everything else that is not mandatory is already closed or not far behind. Its time to go home and stay there (if you possibly can) and binge watch Netflix for a bit.

I can’t personally do that entirely but I can MOSTLY. I don’t need to go the grocery store or go out to eat or go out to a bar. I don’t need to do anything currently but go to my day job and go home. My day job has five employees and we’re not hugging each other lol.

When I close up at the end of the day I hit every door handle, light switch and surface with a Clorox disinfecting wipe. I don’t feel we’re being silly or idiotic.

Our boss (my Mom) is currently going through chemotherapy treatments and we have banned her from all public places. I will be getting anything she needs for her from grocery stores etc… its not negotiable lol.

It really bothers me to admit this but I am taking far more precaution than I normally would have BECAUSE my Mom is in the vulnerable percentile. I will be the first to say that is outrageous total horrible bull shit on my part…. But it is what it is. And it is a large part of why I’m writing this blog post.

PLEASE think of people like my Mom before you decide that this is all hype. It won’t hurt anybody to stay home a bit more than usual and wash their hands…

I know people are being idiots. I know the media is to blame for a lot of it.

Sanford however, is not listening to the media and they’ve decided to restrict access to their health care facilities. Where I’ll be taking mom to get her next chemotherapy treatment patients can only bring one family member.

Said family member has to go through screening at the door before we’re even allowed in the building. (Can’t have traveled outside the country, can’t be sick, obviously etc.)

As that family member I am fully aware that I am going to be around the most vulnerable among us and I consider it a life or death responsibility. I know that if my Mom gets sick (with the measures we’re taking) it will be most likely me who gives it to her.


I’m limiting my social contact.

Not necessarily because I believe the hype, in fact I haven’t bothered to have an opinion, I’m doing this because I love my Mom. Her health is not something I’m going to take chances on. And its not like staying home is such a burden good grief!

I want to drop a ton of links here for resources but because this situation is changing so rapidly I feel like anything I share will be outdated almost immediately.

The CDC’s website and your state’s department of health website are good places to start. They have up to date Facebook pages as well as newsletters you can sign up for. I’m following my local community, newspaper, town, county, state etc all on Facebook.

These are the current CDC recommendations: “… all Americans avoid groups of more than 10 people, discretionary travel, as well as eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts… schools are recommended to close. The guidelines are to last for at least 15 days.”

Seriously, only buy what you need. NO ONE will need twenty years worth of toilet paper. If it has a WIC label – buy something else if you can. If it will most likely expire before you could possibly eat it please don’t buy it, leave it for someone else.

Lots of restaurants are giving free lunches to kids for as long as schools are shut down, check out your local resource pages (newspapers community groups etc) on Facebook or check your school websites.

If you have more than you need PLEASE DONATE IT.

Mr. Rogers said that his Mom encouraged him in these times to “Look for the Helpers.” Because mass media only posts about the extremes sometimes the helpers are hard to find in all of the noise.

But across my personal Facebook profile people are GIVING and DOING and OFFERING and DONATING what they can. Stay at home moms are opening their homes to look after other friends’ kids for free while they’re at work. We are not a country of total panic-driven idiots but we do have our share unfortunately.

Stay home all that you possibly you can. (Going to the movies or the mall with your kids entirely cancels out the point of all of this.) Good luck and try not to kill your family LOL. The only stop I’m making is a stop at the liquor store on my way home. Everything is gonna be all right. We’ll be laughing about all of this in a couple of weeks.

Now, Grandma’s House DIY will return to our regular scheduled posts 🙂


  1. March 16, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’m so sorry your mom is one of the more vulnerable during these strange times. Yes, I also believe the media is making this more than it is, but at the same time, there is nothing wrong with being careful. I hope your mom’s chemo treatments help and all this passes soon.

  2. March 17, 2020 at 2:25 am

    Morning sweet pea! Well. Glad to see you around after a few weeks absence,
    but most of all, thanks so much for the most sensible, uplifting and sensible (yes, I
    did mean to say it twice!) comment today. Over here the national papers are full of damaging
    headlines which only contain a modicum of truth, and then the articles beneath are full
    of stuff which whilst correct, make people frightened. Sensible comments like yours,
    related in your own style make everyone smile a little and remember it’s not just about
    “me”, but about everyone else, too. So again, thank you. By the way, I have a very elderly
    family member (the oldest and one of only two relatives). She is def. in the “at risk”
    category, but has worked out her own way of dealing with this….. and is unafraid at 94.
    It’s certainly true that we are entering a bad time, but all your advice is just what
    everyone should be hearing and doing. Take care of those you love, and keep posting.
    And, if you don’t mind, Tarah, I will repost a couple of sections of your advice onto my own blog.,

    • March 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

      Susan, thank you and yes share as much of the post as you like! Take care Susan, I’m sure we’ll get the other side of this one way or another 🙂

  3. Kirstin
    March 19, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Evening, I love seeing people react level headedly during this. I may not be in or around the vunreable like your mother, but if people ignore sane advice to stop the spread as best they can, and cause an over flood of the the Hospitals like whats happening in Italy, I do become one of them. I am 35 weeks pregnant with my second child, and my first ended up in a C-section after 3 days of labor. If the hospitals are overflowed with sick patients from this virus, how well will they respond to other issues? The college aged people just aren’t thinking through the full consequences. Or people are over thinking and going crazy. I was at a grocery store buying a can of tuna for my sick cat (whom my husband and I had to let go the next day, she had advanced cancer and a massive tumor we found too late) and got sprayed by Lysol simply because I was crying over my cat and this crazy lady thought I was sick and sprayed a 35 week pregnant lady with her 2 year old daughter for having red rimed eyes. People need to calm down, find the facts and be cautious and protective of the vulnerable. I’m sharing your post with my own idiot family members who are out partying instead of being safe and smart.

  4. Jeannette
    March 22, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    I am so glad to hear that you have half a brain ha ha! I totally agree with you some people are a little panicky. No toilet paper to be found here in Telford PA! But I understand where you stand – I take care of my mom (she’s 95 now) and we need to be very careful with our movements so she doesn’t get sick. Thank you so much for posting this – you are a very smart level headed person. God bless you and your mother. I’ll be praying for you!

    • March 23, 2020 at 9:01 am

      Thank you so much Jeannette, sending hugs your way too!

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