A few days ago we had to get some food supplies, We were running low on fruits and veggies. I don’t know about you but going out in this city now gives me the creepy crawlies. This months shopping trip I am sharing with you all involves a pandemic. I guess this would be considered a trigger warning for anyone out there sick of hearing about the Red Monster. Like always, I will have some fun post following this one. Time to get some things off my chest. So skip this post if you are tired of the pandemic.
It is a whole process to get ready to shop here in Arizona. The day I am writing up this post is a day when our local news would report that as of today…
“ Arizona now has the highest Covid 19 infection rates per capita on Earth.”
On earth! can you believe that.? We beat then all, the whole planet. Yeah, bet shopping out here would freak you all out too.
To top things off with a beautiful cherry on top( yeah that is my weird sense of humor trying to get me through this), well, my cousin’s test results came back and she tested positive. Please keep her in your prayers and well wishes. I am really worried about her and her family. Her youngest daughter, son-in-law and baby are all sick too and the daughter also tested positive for the virus.
This is how contagious that bug is. My cousin and her family were the very first ones to get hand made face masks from me and my family. She only asked for 3 in the beginning when this first started when there was a shortage on masks.
In the early days when we had masks shortages,our medical leaders, here in our country stood up and looking into the cameras told us all that “Masks don’t work” then added “We need them for our medical workers” all in the same breath. That is one wicked lie right there. Some are healers and some are only out for themselves it turns out.
“Don’t believe them” I told my cousin and gave her more then the three masks she asked for and told her to pass them out to everyone in her family. I even added some masks for my mother and sister and their family. We are estranged, they are cruel and hurt my children with their toxic games but I still love them. A secret my cousin and I share, she would pass the masks on without telling anyone where they came from.
My husband, daughter and I made masks to pass out to as many people as we could. I even made some friends upset when I told them things to pay attention to and look out for. One friend was not ready for what I was saying, so I backed off. another even said “I am not changing anything over a stupid flu, that’s all it is” . Our pandemic was being turned into a political hate storm of sorts.
In the early stages of this pandemic our country looked to our leaders. If only the head doctor and his female assistant doctor (if you are reading this in the states then you know who I am writing about)… if only they would have been honest from the very beginning and instead of saying the masks don’t work they should have said…
” Hey people, we are low on supplies, we need to protect our nurses and doctors, so please stop buying face masks and start making your own for yourselves and for others as well. We will all get through this if we all look out for each other.”
Those early medical experts told our leaders and all of us what to say and believe. What works…and now everyone is pointing fingers to who is to blame. Now they expect people to listen to them when they say the opposite of what they were first telling us.
“Please wear a mask.” we are told now. And you wonder where this hate comes from with our masks. There are still people out there repeating those earlier lies these same doctors were saying in the beginning, like they don’t even hear them now when they say “Masks help, please wear them.” Back and forth head games when the whole world has no time to play games right now.
I would have loved it if those earlier medical doctors, our countries dream team, would have said the honest to God’s truth from the start. Instead they lied by saying “Masks don’t work”
I remember emailing one of my friends and saying that was a lie about wearing masks and that one is going to come back and haunt them, more then likely they will turn this into something political during the election.
One of those earlier doctors on the team was even telling everyone why masks don’t work, going so far as to say “If you wear a mask you touch your face more so you increase your chances of getting Corona when you wear a mask” not exact words but she did pass this information down at one time. Such wickedness and a twisted way to manipulate a lie with a bit of truth to it, what motivation is behind this I wonder.
This so called medical expert even wore scarfs every time she made an appearance. Scarfs that I believe she wears because she knows that what ever environment she is in, she can always cover her face with those beautiful scarfs she wears …because she has always known, in all those countries she traveled to, helping others with other pandemic situations, she always knew..that covering your face is better then not covering it at all, especially when dealing with an invisible bug. Yet she never shared this knowledge with the general pubic when this ugly invisible monster first showed it’s face…hmm?.
This, that you are witnessing, should have never happened to the level it has. People lost their lives all for wicked political reasons. This country is in serious trouble I believe. If we don’t start turning things around…the whole world is.
The world looks at the ones called our leaders and it no longer completely trusts them. It is a scary place to be when you don’t know who to trust. There are new members that have been added to our medical team and I trust their word more then the older team members that started out during this pandemic. Every time the scarf doctor or those earlier team members get on stage I turn the TV off. They lost my trust. They can speak all they want…I press that off key as soon as they appear.
There are better healers in my opinion, with more courage to share the truths, to listen to. Such sadness and so many lives lost because good old common sense was thrown out the door when this all first started. My question would be to those doctors we were suppose to trust , just one word…
” Why?” .
Do they not understand that every number out there is a real human being that has someone that loves them. I am talking about the medical experts…they are the ones that spoke to our leaders, they are the ones that we all looked to for honesty. They are the ones we all should be pointing our fingers at. Everyone else on the team, that were non-medical, were just puppets relaying those words they were told to say, that they believed were truths themselves, just to pass down to millions of frightened people and their families.
” As long as greed is stronger than compassion, there will always be suffering,”
Anyway, my cousin who I love very much has the Red Monster. She is not just a number. Last I heard they were resting at home with symptoms that run from having fevers, aches, some have coughs, some don’t, stomach problems and killer headaches.
The weirdest thing was that my cousin said at first she was dealing with the worst ear infection she ever had and was taking antibiotics while waiting for her test results to come back for Corona. Seems the Red Monster likes to find each individuals weaknesses and attack those areas. What a frightening enemy he is.
This is Arizona right now…scary. I remember when Italy, a country my husband has family in, was hit hard and they lost thousands of people. Everyone knows about Italy. If I could have two home countries to travel back and forth to, Italy would be one of the countries I would pick. Heck, I feel more like an Italian then an American sometimes and I’m not even Italian…just your typical American mutt. I love Italy.
Now here we are in my country and the state I was born in, the state I love, and it ends up being number 1 with the highest infections per capita on Earth. Why are two of my favorite and most loved areas getting hit so hard.
I know this is weird but sometimes I think that old Red Monster is out to get me personally. I know we all feel that way with this invisible enemy we are dealing with. We all are afraid it is looking for us. My husband talks about this as well. That everything we touch, or anytime we go out, which is rare, we always think the Red Monster wants to get us sick. And I know many of you feel the same way.
We still need to live though, we still need to figure out ways to stay safe and shop. It is doable. Just cover your face when in public, wash your hands, and social distance from each other. Doing all these things I decided to visit that garden and search for a birthday gift. I was on the hunt for some of my favorite flowers. I don’t know what they are called but they do well in the heat. They are like the Elephant food plant I have but they come with different colors of flowers, like yellow, bright pink and a an orange tint I think.
We were already at the supermarket, following all the guild lines when it comes to staying safe. Right next to the supermarket is a huge garden business that is family owned. It is one of my favorite places to visit. I usually go there for Spring, Valentines, and Mother’s Day for a gift. We were in lock down during those months. I never went out during those times. The garden was always open. It is an essential business in our state.We only have so many weeks to start preparing for Fall/Winter. This election year I fear will get uglier and uglier the closer we get to it. Summer time was the only time we had to prepare after a two month lock down. Now look what is happening here in our state.
I stopped by the garden to see what it is like during the summer, usually I stay away from garden nurseries during the hotter months here. Here in Arizona our nurseries are pretty bare around those times because the heat kills everything.
There were some changes to the garden I noticed. Like the goats were all gone. Too many people were touching them I suppose. That is dangerous behaviors during a pandemic.
There was a friendly cat that walked right up to me begging for some attention. I couldn’t resist and petted her. I heard somewhere that cats are catching the Red Monster, could be a rumor. Poor little creatures. They have no idea what each of us humans could be carrying on our hands. I was clean. Sprayed and washed my hands before hitting the garden because I had visited another store. After each stop I always wash up and throw away any latex gloves I have on. The new normal. I will wash my hands again after touching this cat.
The garden even has it’s own wash station. This was something new added to the garden.
The adobe house was closed. They are doing repairs inside. I hope to see it opened once again. I love walking through this old house. This house is my favorite part about the garden. They have all kinds of hand made items from local artists that they sell inside. Pretty signs, candles, and lots of home decor.
The peacocks were guarding the place. Every time I come across a peacock I always think of those old renaissance paintings.
They still have their old phone booth at the garden. This will probably end up in a museum. All those generations of babies not yet born will look at this in the future and scratch their heads trying to figure out how we all existed without tiny phones in our hands everywhere we went. Of course who even knows what the future phones will be. Might be in our glasses and they will run off of commands from our own voices.
Everything else was in disarray by the old adobe home. I hope they clean it back up and add pretty pieces of furniture and products again. I enjoy outdoor shopping more then indoor shopping, especially now with the Red Monster out there. The Red Monster hates outdoor shoppers.
I still want this table desk, or whatever it is called. I would clean it up and maybe add some color to it. Maybe I would make it all white and add colorful art supplies all on it. Turn it into an art station. Or maybe I would just give it a good bath and leave it the way it is, then add art supplies. It definitely needs some TLC.
They did not have a lot out in the plant selection. It is summer time so that was to be expected. The tables were bare.
It is so hot, we mostly stay indoors in my state during the summer months here in Arizona. Think that is another reason why our Red Monster numbers are so high. We are all stuck indoors breathing each others air conditioned air. Not a lot of people brave enough or stupid enough, depending how you look at it, to shop out doors here during the summer. Once again my husband and I had the whole place to ourselves. We went early. If you live in Arizona during the summer you have to get up very early to do errands or any outside chores. We were up at 5 am this morning. Had critters to take care of and plants to water. I think we were at the garden at 9 am or a little after. As you can see in the photos it is very bright at that time. Temps can already be at 100 F by this time. This is why we need to plant more trees for shade, keeps the planet cooler.
I could not find the flower I was looking for.
I was looking around at all the slim pickings trying to figure out whether everything was low because of the heat or was there a shortage here like other stores around our city. Are plants becoming rare as well?.
It was still fun getting out. Even if it was hot.It is a huge garden, very safe for social distancing. I don’t know if we were brave or just being stupid out there in the heat but we were having fun at least. Oh, and I noticed something else different at the garden. They took their huge refrigerator away…didn’t see it. It is normally filled with water bottles during our hot months to give out to people “Brave” enough to shop during our hotter months. It was gone. Maybe just another casualty of the Red Monster. We are no longer encouraged to touch those items that go close to our mouths.
Hope you all enjoyed this months shopping adventure with me. Please stay safe out there. I will add some older photos down below of what the garden adobe home looks like inside . This was before the pandemic of course. How fast the world can change. Happy shopping adventures everyone.
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