Where do we go from here?

I would never tell someone to risk health for money in this current climate by Airbnb'ing, so all those posts had to go. The rest of the posts just don't feel empathetic to the world's current struggle, so I said goodbye to them as well. Quarantine cleaning has extended to all areas of our lives, another example of Covid leaving nothing untouched.

My father and stepmother were in the hospital with Covid, but they thankfully are recovering. I am grateful to be fully employed and fully remote, as is my husband. My frugal box has been reduced to our house, but it's a beautiful safe space and I have finished multiple projects. I don't explore the world without a mask, but I have had fun matching my masks to my outfit for my grocery store runs. Family planning has been put on hold indefinitely, but it gives us more time as a couple. Our stocks took a turn for the worse early on, but are already back at their pre-Covid levels (and then some, as we continued to invest). We started HelloFresh to reduce grocery store trips and add some variety, and it has been a lot of fun and sufficiently replaced our desire to go out to restaurants. Our cleaning person is also self-isolating, so she continues to come every other Friday while we take our laptops to the lannai. Our lawn and pool cleaning schedules are unchanged. It's not fair when others are struggling, but I'm thankful and grateful for the privilege we have.

I've been extremely fortunate in that we are able to help our community during this time. I have been upcycling old newspaper boxes for use throughout the city as lending libraries, spreading brand new books and donated books throughout them. As of now, I have placed over 70 boxes in 62 locations. Interviews were done by Tampa Bay Times, Fox 13, ABC and NBC. We put about $1,400 of our own funds into the project now. If you feel inspired, donations are keeping our project going.

I hope you all are staying safe, staying healthy, and doing the right thing for your family. There are no right answers, only the reality we face.