Same, but different

One thing hasn’t changed since lock-down began a number of weeks ago.

I still wake up to the ritual of making, and sipping, my first cup of coffee. Every single day.

No matter how horrible my sleep might have been, or alternately how well I slept, that first cup is my one enduring love. ๐Ÿ’—

I typically have a maximum of three cups throughout the morning. Since I am an early riser, mornings span across several hours. I enjoy all my cups, of course, but that first one is my favorite. ๐Ÿ˜‰

But of course it is not all happy happy joy joy.

These days, every scoop of coffee incites a stark reminder how the current supply chain might possibly, slowly dwindle. How borders, theoretically open to accommodate the essential supply chain parade, is at the mercy of an orange ape when he deems it’s time for a meltdown.

It also feeds into my conscious at how those countries who grow coffee beans may or may not understand the urgency of protecting against the virus. Do they? I don’t know, I haven’t researched this. But I do worry that some of these communities may end up getting sick and inadvertently spread it through their villages…

Sorry for the down-turn in perspective here. (Not sorry.)

I’m not trying to be pessimistic sitting here in my heated house with my family and my health. And food. And toilet paper… ๐Ÿ™„

I’m a pragmatist. I know instinctively that we have do adjust how we lived before, away from the waste and the fluff and the endless me-me-me mentality.

Some people turn inward. Some turn to their faith. Some, unfortunately, stay in denial hoping they can just keep doing what they were doing without any regard toward the greater good. Or with an eye toward the vulnerable, confused, helpless and sick.

What I’m saying is, that first cup of coffee is a bittersweet luxury I am still enjoying right now. I am however anticipating price hikes of imported goods coming at some point in the not too distant future.

This, unfortunately, has already begun.

Now…are you interested in the homeschooling events going on in this house? Or the adventures we have experienced involving guinea pigs and cats?

Also, today marks the first day of online classroom teaching for my kids, and only one kid is up and ready to go at 9 am…you wanna hear about that?


Brace yourselves WP readers. I am about to unleash a flurry of posts on you.

40 thoughts on “Same, but different

  1. Apes everywhere are getting a bad rap and probably insulted right now. I’m certain they are the higher intelligence being in that comparison. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    We are seeing some pretty extreme price hikes on things that aren’t even imported. Just normal things that are often even sourced locally seem to be getting in on the price hike trend and I haven’t seen any justification for it other than everyone is freaking out that there won’t be enough. When Hubby went to the store for us yesterday, we were both a little blown away at how much higher the bill was then normal for mostly basic items.

    One of the very few things I did a sort of panic buy on when all of this started was coffee. It would be dangerous to everyone within probably a 10 mile radius if I were to run out.

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    1. Our premier (like governor) went on a rampage when he found out some hoity toity stores charged $30 for Chlorox wipes. They apologized and went back saying it was a mistake.

      As if.

      Anyway lets hope it doesn’t get extreme…

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      1. We are supposed to have rules and regs in place to prevent price gouging, but people still try and get away with it. I can’t say for certain that the uptick in the prices at the store are really that or if there is a reason, but I have yet to see anything that would indicate the raise is legit.

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      1. I can’t wait for breakfast. I usually put the coffee pot on first and then munch toast until the coffee is ready.

        I really am unbearable if I haven’t eaten ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  2. I had time for one cup of java today. My help line consists of making sure the charter school students are logging in and they did, mostly as soon as they recognized my name I had a flurry of calls and only had time for one cup of organic coffee from Aldi’s. Thank goodness, takeout tonight of Cuban sandwiches from husband run to take out store. Sometimes this is the life saver. Tomorrow promises to be busy and I will get my 2 cups of coffee but there will be no time for flurries of WordPress. I am hustling on the computer ……moving quickly.

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  3. Hmm, my overactive imagination has been worrying about supply chains and food production as well, so many of us are dependent on the whims of Governments and Border guards to allow goods through, hopefully they’ll be fairness and enough for all.

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  4. I am not an early riser–but that first cup of hot coffee in the morning is just as memorable, even if enjoyed after 10:00 am. I joke that when I moved, seven years ago, I never switched from California time. I, too, switch to tea if I’m under the weather–not British–and only barely Canadian.

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  5. I drink decaf (Macdonalds brand from the grocery store) which can be hard to find on a good day, so I stocked up with 5 bags of it, which is now down to 3……


      1. Thatโ€™s why they said if you get fever, try not taking a fever reducer. The fever is the bodies way of killing the virus. If your fever gets stupid high, then you do something

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      2. That advice, letting a fever run itโ€™s course because it is the bodyโ€™s way of fighting a virus, has always been the case. A fever can be a good sign that your body is working properly. Where did you hear that it doesnโ€™t like heat? I heard that yesterday from an unverified source and meant to check into it further.

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      3. Honestly, Iโ€™ve heard it a bunch of places, donโ€™t know how verified it is, but itโ€™s been multiple news outlets and I really only read the times, my nyc corona email and local/national ABC news

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      4. Definitely! If itโ€™s too high, you need to keep it in check with OTC meds and lots of liquid. I rarely get a fever, so when I do, itโ€™s usually a big deal. The last fever I had was 2017 when I had strep that wasnโ€™t treated right away.

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      5. And Strep is bacterial requiring antibiotics. My kids had it for the first time ever a couple of years ago (both over the age of 10) and my daughter was really sick. The boy got rid of it before the fever hit…

        But the viruses are trickier because there is no medicine other than fever reducers. Like you say, keep an eye and use common sense.

        I just hope everyone manages to stay healthy. ๐Ÿ’—

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      6. We had strep in my house ALL THE TIME when my kids were growing up. I had it a few times when I was teaching, but the 2017 infection happened when I was traveling and when I came home I ended up being snowed in with no power for 2 days. Then, the doctor gave me an antibiotic that I was allergic to, even though I told him I wanted a z-pack. Finally after a few days with the allergic reaction plus the strep I got the z-pack and finally got better. It was a rough time including the fact they tried to charge me for a second visit and additional meds after their mistake!

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  6. We are so similar it’s funny sometimes – I get up, have a shower, brush my teeth, and then make a coffee. Strangely, if I’m unwell I switch to tea – and I have no idea why.

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