Thank you to all who took the time to comment on my last two posts. Your participation is important for me to be motivated to keep writing here.
I have some sad news about my book, The Thrifty Yankee’s Guide to Frugal Living. It’s only 1/3 finished (managing the pain after my fall on the ice and endocrine disorder issues/testing further delayed my writing) and I won’t resume until after coronavirus is history. I know you’re thinking, wait, what do you mean? We need to learn how to live with less now more than ever! We need Yankee thrift!
Yes, that’s true and not to worry, I will continue to share my frugal living tips here in this new landscape. However what I’ve written so far in my book applies to a different world. Examples? Talking about eating out less where now we can’t at all; a whole section on how to yard sale like a pro where I share my hard-earned secrets when in reality for the foreseeable future (a year or more?) buying second-hand in crowded spaces won’t be happening. Those are just a couple of examples, but really the issue is that the overall approach would come across as tone-deaf now. This represents a loss of income I had planned on for this summer but this sort of thing is happening for so many of us. (By the way L.L.Bean which is normally open 24/7, even during the big ice storm of ’98 had to install locks because they, too are closed.)
Moving forward I will be sharing my journey through coronavirus as a simple living thrifty Yankee offering tips and inspiration along with my usual photos and stories of nature, wildlife and the beauty of Maine. These are the things that always offer me hope. My vintage library has always been an important source of strength and wisdom. We need those perspectives from earlier times (Great Depression, prior pandemics) now more than ever. Look for those here soon, too.
Something I resumed which I never thought I would? Facebook. I had deactivated but not deleted my account for two reasons. The first was that I hadn’t yet downloaded all of my data, photos and videos I didn’t have anywhere else (so many are of my late guinea pigs). The second reason was if there was some kind of natural disaster like an ice storm and I needed to see what local acquaintances and neighbors were sharing about who had power, what was open, etc. Other than that I saw no good reason to return. Well, as I wrote on Facebook yesterday: “I left Facebook almost one year ago to forgo virtual social connections for the real world. Now I’ve returned to forgo the real word for social connection. #coronavirus”. It’s the only way I’m in contact with local acquaintances and some neighbors. Also, we need to know who is selling TP, right?
Lucky for me the real world is also what’s happening in our home, my backyard and the woods where good news abounds. Like everyone I have to moderate how much news I watch and invest extra time in maintaining my mental health. I happen to be very adept at that because I’ve had to do it my entire adult life and have a graduate degree in it. This may be a topic for a little Kindle book along with managing and maintaining sobriety during a pandemic where recovery meetings aren’t possible.
As for groceries, the stores here other than Whole Foods are pretty bare. I’ve always kept my kitchen well stocked with over a month’s worth of staples (flour, pasta, grains, beans and frozen veggies) so we’re good there. Home delivery and curbside pickup aren’t available due to high demand. Fortunately I married an older man who, as I suspected, can open doors! Wayne will be doing our shopping during the newly implemented “senior shopping hour” available at said grocers!